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Alicia Keys Writes Article On Social Injustice

first_imgTweeting about social injustice is not enough for Alicia Keys – so she has penned an entire article for The Guardian.“I know critics will say that people like me should stick to making records,” she wrote. “But musicians are voters too. We are artists and we are human, alive to what is going on around us. We seem to be able to connect to millions of people who have either lost faith in the system or who need to feel a part of a community. Music has an uncanny way of getting to people’s emotions. And when we listen to music it is as if the consciousness changes around us. I intend to keep on speaking out, as do a number of my peers. We feel it is our duty to use our fame for something bigger than empty things.”You can read the entire article here.last_img


Chamber holds luncheon on Population Change Business Opportunities

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held their monthly Speaker Series Luncheon on Tuesday at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre.Guest speaker for the Luncheon was Marleen Morris, Co-Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute, presenting Population Change = Business Opportunities.Morris shared the results of the Fort St. John Community profile and highlighted how this will translate to business opportunities. According to Morris, Fort St. John stands out in population when compared to other Northern B.C. communities as most communities have lost population.“Looking at our population, Fort St. John has seen steady growth since 1981, except for a little blip in the mid-80s that was consistent with the global economic downturn of the early 1980s. Fort St. John really stands out in terms of Northern British Columbia, in this regard. Many communities in Northern B.C. have actually lost population over this period of time or have remained only stable.”Morris says that, despite economic cycles, the income trends for Fort St. John have grown in recent years with the highest median of income in B.C. of $104,000 per year.Morris also says that Fort St. John has a growing senior population and sees this as a business potential since they typically have a greater money reserve and will require in-home care and medical needs.She also sees immigration as a business opportunity as businesses can adapt and offer products/services that cater to their culture or needs.For more on Population Change = Business Opportunities, the CDI of UNBC will be holding a series of Brown Bag Lunch Sessions in partnership with The Forge starting on May 2 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 9904 94 Avenue in Fort St. John. For more information, and to register, you can call 250-261-9917 or email cdi@unbc.ca.last_img read more


Oilsands future bright for Alberta Canada

Oilsands future bright for Alberta, Canada With 170 billion barrels of recoverable oil in Alberta’s oilsands, the future of the province seems secure and for the first time in history, and The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine is dedicating an entire issue to the subject of the oilsands.Like everything, there will be ups and downs, but Brian Milner, senior economics writer with The Globe and Mail, is bullish on our future being tied to the oilsands for at least the next 15 or 20 years.“It’s become pretty clear over the last couple of years that this is the single biggest development over the last decade, not only for Alberta and the industry itself, but for Canada as a whole,” he explained.Of course there are environmental concerns and with a weaker oil market forecast for 2015, there are a number of questions there as well, but Milner doesn’t think we’ll see the drop off we saw in the early 80’s that had cities across the province rolling up sidewalks.“I really think that even though it’s true that right now oil prices are at the weakest level in some time, they’ve just fallen below $80 [a barrel] again, I don’t think that’s a long term situation,” he said, adding countries like China, India and Russia will continue to be buyers.“US refineries have been designed to produce this stuff but they’re not well designed to deal with their own shale oil production and they’re not about to invest billions of dollars more to re-tool,” said Milner.Alberta’s economy is tied to the success of the oilsands, but Milner said there are opportunities for oil to generate a more diverse economy.“We’ve seen how Norway has used its oil money, mostly to finance social programs but in Alberta they’ve basically frittered away that opportunity and used up Peter Lougheed’s rainy day fund pretty quickly,” he explained. “But it’s still going to be responsible for a lot of the growth you see already in the service sector, in the public sector, the development of schools and hospitals, research facilities and even manufacturing.”Environmentalists continue to target the oilsands and Milner said there’s an easy explanation for that, they’re an easy target.“It looks polluting coming out of the ground, it’s dirty looking but in fact once it’s refined it’s exactly the same as every other kind of oil,” he said, adding a lot of undersea projects are much more suspect, but you can’t see them.The magazine hits newsstands Friday, but is available online now. by News Staff Posted Oct 30, 2014 8:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more


SMMT reception celebrates automotive apprenticeships

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) At an evening reception on Monday 6 February, senior industry leaders and politicians celebrated the wealth of opportunities open to automotive apprentices and the government and industry-led momentum to guide young people towards a rewarding career within the automotive industry.Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive and Minister of State for Further Education and Skills, John Hayes both took to the stage to congratulate the other special guests in the room – the apprentices themselves.31 apprentices from 12 companies attended the event, where they spoke to stakeholders, MPs and the media about their experiences of the wide range of training programmes available across the industry.Click through to download the SMMT fact sheet on skills, apprentices and employment in UK automotive.Throughout National Apprenticeship Week, vehicle manufacturers and retailers have been championing the opportunities on offer through their apprenticeship schemes.BMW Group is increasing the number of UK apprenticeships available through its company and dealership schemes to around 200 in 2012. The majority of places are available across BMW and MINI dealerships, which are looking to recruit around 130 young people. There are also opportunities within the MINI Production Triangle, which is set to double its intake to 70 places in preparation for the next generation model.Apprenticeships within MINI’s UK production network last between three and four years and cover a wide range of skills from human resources and business to electrical maintenance and engineering. The training leads to an NVQ level three qualification and some apprentices will have the opportunity to progress right through to degree level in the course of their career.Dr Juergen Hedrich, Managing Director, MINI Plant Oxford, said, “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plants; therefore we are delighted to be able to offer young people the chance to join our modern apprenticeship scheme.”Apprentice numbers at BMW’s Hams Hall engine site are set to rise significantly as the plant prepares for future production. The facility manufactures highly fuel-efficient, four-cylinder petrol engines for both BMW and MINI vehicles, and young people have the opportunity to apply now for the apprenticeships.Nick Spencer, plant director, said, “Investment in young people is a key part of our development strategy for the plant; therefore we are delighted to be able to offer young people the chance to join our modern apprenticeship scheme.”Apprentices with Ferrari are employed at dealerships throughout the UK and attend 24 weeks of dedicated training at Ferrari North Europe’s head office during the three year programme. The training includes hands-on diagnostic and mechanical training on the current range of Ferrari models, as well as access to other models from Ferrari’s recent past, to ensure they have the necessary skills to service the cars they are most likely to see in the workshop at their dealerships.Matteo Torre, Regional Manager Ferrari North Europe, said, “We were delighted to support the SMMT’s event because Ferrari North Europe has made significant investments in our new in-house Apprentice programme, which is part of the Ferrari philosophy of investing in young talent. Ferrari’s aim is to ensure that the Ferrari dealer network has a continual supply of high quality, knowledgeable and expertly trained apprentices who we hope will become the Ferrari technicians of the future.”Nissan has announced 25 new apprenticeship places available at its Sunderland manufacturing facility, on its Trainee Maintenance Technician Scheme. Announced to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, these new posts bring the number of apprentices ever taken on at the plant to 1,073 during its 26-year history.The 25 new trainees will become part of the highly-skilled maintenance team who uphold and maintain the production facilities at the site and following a structured programme, the apprentices will graduate the scheme with a foundation degree in Maintenance Engineering.Nissan Sunderland Plant Engineering Director, Richard Ebrahim, who started his own career as an apprentice, said, “We are proud to support apprenticeships and would like to see more companies in our region doing so.“Hiring apprentices is a tried and tested way of investing in the future of the company. It supports the development of future managers and directors, giving our staff the practical skills and academic qualifications they will need for a successful career.”In addition to manufacturing and engineering programmes, Vauxhall is now offering commercial apprenticeships for the second year running. In 2011, as many as 124 places were filled with apprentices taking up training at five different sites in Bedfordshire and Cheshire as well as retailer operations nationwide.Phil Millward, Vauxhall’s HR Director, started his own career at the company as an engineering apprentice 43 years ago on the shop floor of the Ellesmere Port plant.Speaking about the opportunities available, he said, “Apprenticeship programmes offer a very attractive alternative to university study, as the young people will receive valuable tuition at partner educational institutions whilst training on the job, receiving support and advice from the team as well as an attractive compensation and benefits package. At the end of the cycle, most apprentices stay within the business well suited to become our leaders of tomorrow.”Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that the company is seeking candidates to join its apprenticeship programme at the end of August 2012, working alongside skilled craftspeople in leather, wood, paint, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, assembly and finesse roles.The company’s programme provides young people with the opportunity to train with the Goodwood-based manufacturer for up to four years, combining on-the-job experience with studying for nationally recognised qualifications. Since the programme’s launch in 2006, more than 30 young people have been employed following completion of their apprenticeship.Andrew Ball, Corporate Communications Manager, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “We are delighted to announce that Rolls-Royce is seeking candidates for its apprenticeship programme. This demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the development and training of young people at the very highest levels of UK manufacturing.”Click through to download the SMMT fact sheet on skills, apprentices and employment in UK automotive.Photos from SMMT’s National Apprenticeship Week launch event are available to view and download via the slideshow below. The full list of vehicle manufacturers in attendance at Monday’s National Apprenticeship Week reception were:Bentley MotorsBMW GroupFerrari North EuropeFord of BritainHonda of the UK ManufacturingJaguar Land RoverMININissan Motor ManufacturingRolls-Royce Motor CarsToyota Motor ManufacturingVauxhall MotorsVolkswagen UK read more


Commentary Urban Meyer did what Jim Tressel couldnt

With 24 of the nation’s most sought-after high school football recruits heading to Columbus in the fall to join what was already one of the most promising teams in the nation heading into the 2013 season, I’ll go ahead and say what everyone else is thinking. I don’t miss Jim Tressel. Not even a little bit. The events that unfolded on Wednesday’s National Signing Day provided all the evidence I needed to solidify coach Urban Meyer as the most feared and ruthless recruiting powerhouse in all of college sports, nailing down his second consecutive top-five recruiting class at OSU. Many would argue that this year’s class, which finished No. 1 in Scout.com’s rankings and No. 2 in Rivals.com’s rankigns, is the best in the nation. And he’s just getting warmed up. Not to say that Tressel couldn’t do his fair share of recruiting, or that he failed to deliver national championship-caliber teams, but I would say that from the day Meyer walked through the door of Tressel’s old office, football recruiting at OSU soared to new heights. Here’s the statistic from Wednesday that catches my attention the most: Meyer’s 2013 class includes 13 players from states outside Ohio. Most of these players are from states residing in the southeastern region of the country – territory that the SEC traditionally sweeps with dominating fashion. I look at these players, such as five-star safety recruit Vonn Bell from Rossville, Ga., who chose OSU over Tennessee and Alabama, and what I see is this: a pattern of highly touted players choosing to pack their bags and follow Meyer to Columbus rather than punch their ticket to an SEC school and join forces with without a doubt the most impressive conference in college football for the past decade. Meyer’s healthy ties to recruiting areas in SEC territory gives him a clear advantage that Tressel never had and gives the Buckeyes new talent that Tressel could have never persuaded to make the trip north. Ultimately, it would appear that playing for Meyer is a much more attractive sell to players from all parts of the country, not just Ohio recruits who have grown up as Buckeye fans. When Tressel held the reigns, big-name recruits from outside Ohio were few and far between. With Meyer, it’s becoming business as usual. I don’t know about you, but that’s something I can get used to. read more


JK Rowlings husband brands former PA a good liar amid claims she

JK Rowling’s husband has described his wife’s former PA as a “good liar” amid claims she used a company credit card on spending sprees and took Harry Potter toys meant for dying children.Ms Rowling claims Amanda Donaldson, 35, wrongly benefited to the tune of £23,696 by using the card and taking merchandise. She is suing her former PA under her married name, Joanne Murray.Dr Neil Murray, the author’s husband, said Ms Donaldson was employed to organise his wife’s business and professional matters.The former employee, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, denies the allegations and claims Ms Rowling has “not suffered any loss and is not entitled to damages”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Dr Murray told Airdrie Sheriff Court that Ms Donaldson was suspended and later dismissed in 2017 over alleged unauthorised spending that included £3,629 in the cosmetics store Molton Brown, £2,139 in the stationery shop Paper Tiger and more than £1,800 in Starbucks and Costa. Asked by his wife’s solicitor, Kathleen MacDonald, if there was any reason for the £3,629 spend at Molton Brown, he replied: “Well, not for the office, it doesn’t make sense. I think the vast majority was purchased by Amanda for Amanda.”He added: “I heard from office staff there was an occasion Amanda was out socially with staff and they bought pizza. Amanda offered to pay for the group and took it out of the business credit card. I was told she said, ‘Don’t worry, Neil doesn’t check this card’.”Steven Simou, an accountant, told the court that a safe Ms Donaldson had access to was missing more than £7,700 after she was suspended. He analysed the credit card account after concerns were raised by another member of staff.He told Ms MacDonald: “I was just quite shocked to see so many expenses there, clearly not of a business nature.”The Harry Potter author alleges that Ms Donaldson also used her position to take merchandise worth hundreds of pounds, including a Motorised Hogwarts Express, a Harry Potter Wizard Collection and a Harry Potter Tales of Beedle The Bard Set.The case continues. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Dr Murray said there was a small staff of four full-time and two part-time workers who shared an office with Ms Donaldson in Edinburgh. Amanda Donaldson denies the allegationsCredit:PA JK Rowling was said to have explained how the credit card should be usedCredit:Getty The civil case heard that he was co-manager of his wife’s business affairs and that an accountant raised concerns with him over Ms Donaldson’s spending between 2014 and 2017.Dr Murray said: “I believe my wife sat down with Amanda and explained exactly what the business card was to be used for. amanda donaldson “In these statements there are dozens if not hundreds of entries where Amanda has used the card to purchase things for herself.”He added: “For me there is the matter of principle here. I firmly believe she has stolen a substantial amount of money and a substantial amount of Harry Potter merchandise from the office which was to be given to sick and dying children.“She has consistently denied it throughout the whole disciplinary process which led to her dismissal and continues to deny it. We have a duty to bring this to some sort of conclusion, if that was a small business she could destroy that small business.”He said the biggest concern was over alleged cash withdrawals of £400 and £250 in December 2016 that Ms Donaldson claimed were for a Christmas lunch deposit.He also said he challenged Ms Donaldson in “an astonishing encounter”, adding: “Amanda had always adopted a lively, slightly bubbly, a bit scatty, demeanour.”I thought she might be emotional or run about the office looking for bits of paper, but what I found was a completely different personality. She shut down, was calm and basically lied.“I have personal experience of lying, I ran a methadone clinic and usually there are giveaway signs but she remained calm, her pupils didn’t close and her cheeks didn’t flush, I was completely taken aback.” jk rowling read more


Metso Minerals division expands with incorporation of Pumps business area

first_imgMetso says it is looking to better support the common customer interface and growth plans of its Pumps business area by moving it into its Minerals division.Previously, Pumps was reported under the Flow Control segment together with Valves. Metso said it will continue to report externally under the two segments, Minerals and Flow Control, and will run its operations through seven business areas grouped under these two segments.“The majority of Metso’s Pumps business area’s customers are common to the Minerals segment, and sales already largely operate through the Minerals market area structure,” Metso said. The Pumps business area will now be headed by Mikko Keto, who acts also as President of Metso’s Minerals Services business area, while John Quinlivan will continue as President of the Valves business area.The change is effective immediately, with Pumps to be reported under the Minerals segment as of January 1.last_img read more


Obamas press secretary quits in shock move

first_imgWHITE HOUSE PRESS secretary Jay Carney is leaving his post and his No. 2 is taking over.President Barack Obama announced Carney’s departure in a surprise appearance at in the White House press briefing room Friday. He said principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest will take over the job.Obama called Carney one of his closest friends and a great press secretary whom he said will continue to rely on as an outside adviser. Source: D3j5vwomefv46cThe president said Carney plans to take the summer off before getting a new job.Read: “It’ll be hard to convince people Hillary was born in Kenya,” Obama tells Fox Newslast_img


Electric stimulation for the brain could help people struggling with math

first_imgIf you happen to be someone who struggles with mathematics, a new type of therapy could help math become easier for you. No, it isn’t a new way a learning arithmetic like you see on those late night paid commercials. This therapy involves a little bit of electricity applied to a certain part of your brain.Researchers for the Oxford University have uncovered a useful benefit from a non-invasive low current applied to the parietal lobe of the brain. In test subjects, this transcranial direct current stimulation, or TCDS for short, stimulated the brains ability for learning math and was able to improve the subjects math abilities for up to six months when combined with study.According to Oxford study researcher Roi Cohen Kadosh:AdChoices广告I am certainly not advising people to go around giving themselves electric shocks. But we are extremely excited by the potential of our findings.The benefits shown from the Oxford study even have researchers applying for a patent for a device that could aid learning by supply low voltage to surface areas of the brain. The future looks promising for a new aid to help people with learning.So for now let us be patient. I don’t want to hear about someone rushing off to the car to try and jumpstart their head with jumper cables. The only math you will be performing then will the sum of removing one (meaning yourself) from the population of the planet.Read more at Discoverylast_img read more


Romanian government backtracks on plan to decriminalise corruption after mass protest

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10,338 Views Image: AP Photo/Darko Bandic Share Tweet Email1 Feb 4th 2017, 7:39 PM ROMANIA’S PREMIER HAS announced a dramatic climbdown on contentious corruption legislation after five days of demonstrations that were the biggest since the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989.Sorin Grindeanu told a hastily convened news conference that the government would meet on Sunday to repeal the emergency decree that had raised worries of a retreat in the fight against graft.“I do not want to divide Romania,” Grindeanu said at government headquarters in Bucharest, prompting celebrations among the estimated 120,000 people protesting outside for a fifth evening in a row.The decree, passed late on Tuesday and due to enter into force on 10 February, was to make abuse of power a crime only punishable by jail if the sums involved exceeded 200,000 lei (€44,000).The left wing government, which has been in office barely a month, also wants in a separate decree to free some 2,500 people from prison serving sentences of less than five years.Grindeanu, from the left-wing Social Democrats (PSD), had said that the measures were to bring penal law into line with the constitution and reduce overcrowding in prisons.Critics had said that the real aim was to let off some of the several thousand officials and politicians ensnared in a major anti-corruption drive in recent years, many of them from the PSD.Earlier this week Brussels, which had previously praised European Union member Romania for its efforts on graft, warned against “backtracking”.The US State Department said it was “deeply concerned” that the new measures “undermine rule of law and weaken accountability for financial and corruption-related crimes”.Grindeanu said today that the penal code still had to be fixed but that a bill would be sent to parliament and the proposed 200,000-lei limit scrapped.- © AFP 2017Read: Hundreds of thousands protest Romanian government’s plan to decriminalise corruption http://jrnl.ie/3223345 By Cormac Fitzgerald Romanian government backtracks on plan to decriminalise corruption after mass protest Hundreds of thousands to the streets for the past five days in protest. Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 7:39 PM 20 Comments Short URL Image: AP Photo/Darko Bandiclast_img read more


Un ordinateur à moins de 100 euros voit le jour au Bangladesh

first_imgUn ordinateur à moins de 100 euros voit le jour au BangladeshQuelques jours après la présentation en Inde de la tablette la moins chère du monde, un ordinateur à moins de 100 euros (130 dollars) vient d’être dévoilé au Bangladesh, par le Premier Ministre Sheikh Hasina.Après la tablette indienne à 35 dollars (voir notre article), l’un des ordinateurs portables les moins onéreux du monde a été dévoilé au Bangladesh par le Premier ministre Sheikh Hasina, rapporte le site ubergizmo.com. Baptisé Doel, il a été développé par la compagnie publique de télécommunications Telephone Shilpa Sangstha (TSS).À lire aussiLe premier programme informatique a été créé en 1842 par une femme !Quatre modèles différents sont proposés, tous fonctionnant avec l’OS de Google, Android. Les ordinateurs seront d’abord distribués dans les divers départements du gouvernement, avant d’être vendus aux étudiants puis au grand public, et ce pour seulement 130 dollars, soit 95 euros environ.Pour le moment, 90% des pièces détachées qui constituent l’ordinateur sont importées. Le reste est issu de la production locale. Mais le Bangladesh entend faire passer ce chiffre à 60% au cours des six prochains mois.Le 12 octobre 2011 à 19:09 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


Benzemas goals help Real Madrid forget Cristiano Ronaldo

first_imgFrench striker Karim Benzema is taking the lead for Real Madrid, Los Blancos are La Liga’s leaders after their third victory of the season against Leganes.With all the digs that Cristiano Ronaldo is taking against Real Madrid by not showing to the UEFA gala and his incendiary statements, it appears that players like Karim Benzema are the ones taking leadership of the squad. Because when it’s not Gareth Bale giving a beautiful assist or scoring a howler, it is also Sergio Ramos scoring penalties, or Marco Asensio getting a penalty, or Karim Benzema scoring most of the goals like his days at Olympique Lyonnais. Abusing Ronaldo’s recent tweet in which he kept referring to the Bianconera family, all the Real players are responding as a family too with this impressive start of the season. Bale opened up the count against Leganes with his seventh consecutive La Liga matches between this season and the last one, the Cardiff Express is on fire right now but so is Benzema. Both players are keen on making all the Real Madrid fans forget Cristiano Ronaldo as quickly as possible, and they might have a chance to do it.✅? ¡Los 3 puntos se quedan en casa! ¡VAMOS EQUIPO! ???#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ks5AOmELoQ— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 1, 2018Los Blancos found a bit of opposition during the first half with Casemiro committing a foul on Eraso during the first half, which was called as a penalty and scored by Carrillo. But after that tense moment and some rest during halftime, it was all about Real Madrid as Karim Benzema’s show was about to start. The Frenchman started with a header goal that was taken down the scoreboard at first because of an alleged foul he committed, but the referee got help from VAR and allowed it. But the Frenchman was just getting warmed up as he took a ball in the outskirts of the box and combined with two of his teammates, he then released a beautiful strike from a long distance that gave Real Madrid their third goal and his fourth in this edition of La Liga. Los Blancos started offering a delightful performance after that moment, with several trades of the same style that Julen Lopetegui used when he coached Spain.✌▶ | 1-1 | ¡Comienza la segunda parte! ¡HASTA EL FINAL, VAMOS REAL!?? EN DIRECTO: https://t.co/Txbo3eteNT#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/LZL21PZYpf— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 1, 2018Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.High pressure, fluidity with the ball, everybody participated in the game, even debutant Thibaut Courtois who did a good job on his first ever match wearing Los Blancos shirt. On that goalkeeper note, it is now evident that Lopetegui won’t give any clues on who will start a match or who won’t as he confirmed that both Keylor and the Belgian will interlope in different matches throughout the season. But we still had another intervention that was worth mentioning in order to call this a proper Real Madrid party, Marco Asensio got knocked down inside the box for the third time in this start of the season and he got a new penalty for Los Blancos that skipper Sergio Ramos scored without a problem. This squad looks like it can actually even improve as a team without Cristiano Ronaldo, they have made it their biggest goal to offer the fans the best performance they can as a unit and they are succeeding so far.As far as records are concerned for Karim Benzema, the Frenchman has now scored against 33 different La Liga clubs with his brace against Leganes. Real Madrid has scored 10 goals total in their first three La Liga matches, which is their second-best start of the season in the last 27 years, only one goal behind when Cristiano Ronaldo was still a player for the Spanish giants. Out of those ten goals scored in four games, seven of them came from Karim Benzema (4) and Gareth Bale (3). Also, the Frenchman has officially started his best season for Real Madrid since he came from Lyon with these four goals in three matches and is now at the top of the Pichichi table as the top scorer. Turns out that Cristiano Ronaldo might have been holding many of his teammates back, they now have a chance to fully express themselves but they still have to produce a performance this spectacular in a more competitive game this season.Real Madrid’s new main man ? pic.twitter.com/oLyAtXWM7g— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 1, 2018What do you think about this new version of Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Iwobi says Arsenals victory was a good win

first_imgAccording to the Gunners footballer, the team had a convincing performance today after beating Fulham 4-1Arsenal defeated Fulham FC 4-1 today after a very good performance by the whole team in the English Premier League.And for footballer Alex Iwobi, this was a very good win.“It was a good performance from the team, and a great response after the defeat we had [at Liverpool] so it was a good result,” he told the club’s official website.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Yes, they had a few chances and a few good spells, but we were resilient and able to ward them off.”“Yes, we had a few chances and with the attackers we have, we will always have those. But we were able to get four and that is enough for today!” he added.“We just picked ourselves up in training and you just have to forget about the past but learn your lessons. You could see today that we played with confidence and did well.”last_img read more


Republican National Convention Underway

first_img Share In A Bumpy Coronation, Trump Wins The Crown, By Associated PressThe art of the coronation has taken something of a beating at the Republican National Convention.Nevertheless, Donald Trump now has the crown — and a final chance to summon unity from the party’s restive ranks in the ritual’s closing days.The roll call of the states Tuesday night delivered Trump the nomination. Day 3 brings two conservative stalwarts to the stage — running mate Mike Pence and Trump’s most tenacious primary opponent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That’s the man Trump used to call “Lyin’ Ted.”On the second night, speakers came forward to denounce Hillary Clinton, none to greater effect than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.But discord remains and it remains to be seen if Trump can generate the unity and fighting spirit he’ll need in the fall. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:17 00:00 /03:59 Morning Edition Anchor Eddie Robinson spoke with News 88.7 politics and government Andrew Schneider from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this morning to get a rundown of Tuesday’s events. Click the audio play button above to listen. Click here to view previous coverage and scroll down to view latest tweets.Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is at the RNC this week. He’s heading the Texas delegation in the place of Gov. Greg Abbott, who’s still recovering from severe burns.  Schneider spoke with Patrick about Texas’ role in the November election. Listen to the audio in the player below. Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016 Listen Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Xlast_img read more


Microsoft delays the launch of Xbox One in China

first_imgSeptember was meant to be the month that Chinese gamers got their hands on the Xbox One. It’s a new market for Microsoft, which has been off limits for years due to restrictions on the sale of video games consoles, but with those restrictions now lifted the market opens up for sales and Microsoft (and Sony) have jumped at the chance to launch there. However, Microsoft has just announced the launch of the Xbox One has been delayed in China.No specific reason has been forthcoming for the delay. Microsoft released a statement stating they need to push back the launch in order to deliver, “first-rate gaming and entertainment experiences.” That experience will be provided through partner BesTV, which will sell the console in the region.The Xbox One is still expected to launch in China before the end of the year and Microsoft has promised that those who pre-ordered the console will get it first. A launch event planned for today in Shanghai will still go ahead, as will the planned giveaway of 100 consoles, we just don’t know exactly when those console will now be shipped.Since announcing Xbox One would be heading to China we’ve also learned that the region has some potentially great launch titles, including Neverwinter Online and Mercury. However, it has also come to light that Microsoft is using online activation codes in an attempt to limit piracy and the selling of used games, which could turn many gamers off buying the hardware (or to importing instead). It’s also not encouraging that the Xbox One only managed to sell just 23,000 units during its first week on sale in Japan.Whatever the reason for the delay, expect the Xbox One to be available before the end of 2014, but carrying a price tag of around $800. The activation codes also mean imported games won’t work and potentially pushing up the price of ownership significantly.last_img read more


Understanding light at the nanoscale a nanosized doubleslit experiment

first_imgExperimental configuration of the SPP double-slit experiment. SPPs excite the polariton modes on the metal waveguides (“slits”). The probe taps into the SPP waves and scatters the light toward a photodetector. Image credit: Rashid Zia and Mark Brongersma. ©2007 Nature Publishing Group. 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. PSTM image of SPP polariton interference. Image credit: Rashid Zia and Mark Brongersma. ©2007 Nature Publishing Group. Recently, Stanford University researchers Rashid Zia (now with Brown University) and Mark Brongersma have investigated light on the nanoscale with an adaptation of one of the most familiar optics tests: the double-slit experiment. The test described the propagation, interference, diffraction, and a possible diffraction limit of a type of electromagnetic wave called a surface plasmon polariton. The researchers used a photon scanning tunneling microscope (PSTM) to visualize the SPP propagation by scanning the tip over the metal structure. In a sense, this microscope played the role of the screen located at a fixed distance from the slits, where observers view the interference pattern. In contrast, the PSTM had the ability to image the flow of SPPs over the metal structure.When put in action, an optical evanescent wave was used to launch SPP waves along the surface of the gold. As the SPPs traveled along the waveguides, they excited specific polariton modes in the stripes, enabling these waves to propagate only along these stripes. Further along above the patterned film, an apertured cantilever probe scattered the waves toward a photodetector, which measured the local field intensity and enabled imaging of the diffraction pattern by scanning the surface.Zia and Brongersma’s results closely resembled the interference pattern of Young’s double-slit experiment. Like macroscopic light waves, the pure SPPs exhibited an interference pattern where the two diffracted beams overlap. These experimental results also closely correlated with the researchers’ simulations.The experiment may also help to settle a subject of contention among scientists, by giving support to the idea of an effective diffraction limit for the lateral confinement of SPPs on metal stripe waveguides. In other words, some SPP wave modes will be too small to exhibit interference on a metallic waveguide. The researchers explain that this limit will have important implications for how photonic systems can interface with electronic devices, which can have deeply sub-wavelength dimensions.“Nanoscale photonic systems will have to rely on more strongly confining SPP waveguides that exhibit a deep subwavelength optical mode,” Brogersma explained. “The notion of a diffraction limit for stripe waveguides is not in disagreement with the existence of such strongly guiding SPP waveguides that allow for short distance information transport with nanoscale optical modes/beam diameters. It would have been great if metal stripes on a substrate would have guided light (SPPs) below the diffraction limit, as such structures resemble metallic interconnects that currently carry electronic signals on a chip.”This ability of some metallic (plasmonic) waveguides to guide light well below the diffraction limit, however, is unique to metal structures and impossible to attain in dielectric waveguides or optical fibers. “Despite this substantial difference [between light at the nanoscale and at the macroscale], it turns out that light propagating in dielectric waveguides exhibits a lot of similarities to light (SPP) propagation along the surface of metallic structures,” Brongersma said. ”The similarities can be exploited to help the design of new plasmonic components by leveraging decades of work on dielectric structures.”Brongersma added that some of these devices may include plasmonic sources, modulators, transistors, and detectors that operate at the nanoscale.Citation: Zia, Rashid, and Brongersma, Mark L. “Surface plasmon polariton analogue to Young’s double-slit experiment.” Nature Nanotechnology, Vol. 2, July 2007, doi:10.1038/nnano.2007.185.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Surface plasmon polaritons, or SPPs, occur on the surface of a metal film when struck by a light wave. Because SPP waves run parallel to the metal film, they can help to enhance the surface sensitivity for spectroscopic measurements that use light scattering techniques. Other potential uses of this technology—known as “plasmonics”—include the ability to confine light to very small dimensions, control the colors of materials, and transmit information on a computer chip.However, before these applications can be realized, researchers must understand the fundamentals of the interaction of light and matter on the nanoscale. To do so, Zia and Brongersma designed a version of the 19th century double-slit experiment first used by Thomas Young to detect interference patterns of light waves. (Today the experiment is most famously known in quantum mechanics, where single particles such as atoms or photons also exhibit wave-like interference.)“The experiments have shown that carefully engineered structures are needed to manipulate light at the nanoscale,” Brongersma told PhysOrg.com. “However, such structures do exist and enable new devices to be realized and interesting fundamental studies on the nature of light at the nanoscale. It is exciting to think about the possibilities. Every application where light is used can now potentially be miniaturized with plasmonics, and experiments can be performed at smaller length scales. With conventional (dielectric), lenses we were never able to explore the nanoscale with light or the nature of light at the nanoscale.”In their study, Zia and Brongersma created a slightly different version of Young’s original experiment. Two gold stripes protruding on a 48-nm-thick gold film, which served as waveguides for the SPPs, played the role of the traditional two slits. The stripes’ dimensions—each 2 micrometers thick and separated by a gap of 2 micrometers—were important because, as waveguides, they support only the lowest-order SPP mode (called a “quasi-transverse magnetic leaky mode”). center_img Before nanotechnology can reach its full potential, researchers must understand the way things work on the nanoscale—which is often very different from the macroscopic world. One of these areas is light, and how light interacts with matter on tiny scales. On-chip excitation of nanodiamonds embedded in plasmonic waveguides Citation: Understanding light at the nanoscale: a nano-sized double-slit experiment (2007, July 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-07-nanoscale-nano-sized-double-slit.html Explore furtherlast_img read more


Hackers leak data stolen from German politicians and celebrities

first_imgAngela Merkel is not happy.Image: picture alliance / gettyBy Jack Morse2019-01-05 00:48:00 UTC Ok, #BTleaks is a huge mess, 3000+ hyperlinks from sustained cyber stalker activities on German politicians, it includes Facebook dumps, Dropbox documents, identity cards & other data. Some of the data includes nude or compromising photos, this is an attack meant to embarrass.— Hacker Fantastic (@hackerfantastic) January 4, 2019 The personal nature of the leaked info has led hackers and security researchers to speculate that the dump was “meant to embarrass.” Germany’s BSI national cyber defense team, Reuters reports, met early Jan. 4 to coordinate a response. The government has yet to publicly point a finger at any specific actor, and as of now it’s not clear who is behind the attack. For those of you who have yet to have your online accounts hacked and the contents dumped, maybe take this as an opportunity to do some digital housekeeping — because you never know when an uninvited guest might show up.center_img This data leak has so much data squirrelled away to avoid take downs. It must have required many man hours of uploading.– 70 mirrors of the download links– 40 d/l links, each with 3-5 mirrors– 161 mirrors of data filesPlus the tweets, blog posts, mirrors of mirror links.— the grugq (@thegrugq) January 4, 2019 Maybe we should just stop using the internet altogether. Germany is reeling following the widespread dissemination of hacked data belonging to celebrities and prominent political figures including chancellor Angela Merkel. The stolen personal information, which was spread via Twitter and other online services, includes photos, chat logs, cellphone numbers, home addresses, emails, family members’ names, and more. According to the New York Times, the nearly 1,000 people affected seem to have largely one thing in common: past criticism of the country’s far right. Notably, this leak doesn’t look to be the result of one single, grand breach. Instead, notes Bloomberg, at first glance it seems the attacker or attackers used social engineering or possibly phishing techniques to gain access to social media accounts. Importantly, all the data was not dumped this week. Instead, it was slowly released over the course of the past month. The release only gained widespread attention on Jan. 3, however, after the Twitter account of a popular YouTuber was hacked in an effort to promote the material. Security researcher Luca Hammer wrote that two Twitter accounts, both now banned, distributed the stolen material. A website promoting the data dump was also taken down, but, of course, by that point the information was already out in the world. last_img read more


What is the Rainbow Rush scandal

first_imgBisexual asylum seekers are facing extreme difficulty Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) You could have been beaten, raped, tortured or jailed just for a kiss, a hug, or sex in private.Terrified, you fled to a country that you had heard would protect you.But then there you find out the ‘safer shore’ is not so safe. You are often locked up, met with prejudice and ignorance, and are not given a chance to build your case.This is what’s happening to thousands of LGBTI asylum seekers in the UK. This is the Rainbow Rush scandal.Rainbow Rush scandalIn recent years, Gay Star News have highlighted multiple examples of UK immigration officials misunderstanding the needs of LGBTI asylum seekers and mishandling their cases.UK told asylum seeker, raped by police, she can’t be gay as she has kidsHome Office officials have turned down genuine applicants, advised them to go home and ‘act discreetly’ or even suggested religion can ‘cure’ them.Despite repeated promises from HM Government that these abuses will end, we continue to hear of multiple cases which indicate the problem is systemic and unresolved.UK official told gay asylum seeker ‘to find religion and be cured’The UK government has faced widespread backlash after the Windrush scandal. Around 57,000 people, who came to the UK from Commonwealth countries in the 50s and 60s, were suddenly considered ‘illegal immigrants’. This led to several people facing forced removal from a country they have lived their whole lives.The Conservative party, in a policy instituted by Prime Minister Theresa May, aimed for an ‘ambitious target’ to deport immigrants in the UK. This scandal then led to the resignation of Home Secretary Amber Rudd.UK wants to separate these husbands and send one to his deathLGBTI people are often the worst victims of the asylum system in the UK.center_img Rainbow Rush: Imagine you grew up living in a place where homosexuality isn’t just condemned, it’s a death sentence. The UK needs to stop sending LGBTI asylum seekers to their deathsUK official told gay asylum seeker ‘to find religion and be cured’UK told asylum seeker, raped by police, she can’t be gay as she has kidsRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/what-is-the-rainbow-rush-scandal/ Data shows the Home Office, in the past two years, have turned away two thirds of the 3,535 gay or bi asylum applications. Many of these people have true stories, and are victims of some of the worst personal traumas imaginable. However when they come to the UK, they are treated with suspicion, discrimination and appear to be sent home to fulfill a ‘quota’.Activists are now calling on the UK government to drastically change the way they operate asylum and ensure people are not returned to homophobic countries.Ignorant judges and officials are sending bisexual asylum seekers to their deathsOpen letter to the Home SecretaryGay Star News has written an open letter to Home Secretary Sajid Javid.It has been co-signed by the Peter Tatchell Foundation, UK Black Pride, Just A Ball Game, Bourne Free (of Bournemouth Pride), Proud Cherries (AFC Bournemouth LGBT+) and the African Equality Foundation.Peter Tatchell said many of the asylum seekers he has worked with ‘have been incarcerated like common criminals in UK immigration detention centres, where they’ve too often suffered homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse’.He added: ‘Some were jailed, tortured, raped or badly beaten in their home countries, yet the Home Office compounds their trauma by locking them up.Raped by police, outcast by family, lovers killed: Survivors of anti-gay laws speak out‘This makes it almost impossible for them to prepare a strong asylum application with the necessary material evidence to back their claim.‘No wonder so many fail and face deportation to the terrors that await them in their countries of origin.Bisexual asylum seeker says UK system is driving him to suicide‘The whole asylum system needs major reform and I hope Sajid Javid will be the Home Secretary to do it. ‘Read the full open letter hereGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more


Towing correctly when on your holiday

first_imgIt’s that time you fear again where many of us hook up our trailers, caravans and boats and head off to our long awaited holiday destinations. Now as simple as it might sound, towing a trailer does carry some risks. Many accidents happen on our roads due to the fact that the trailer was not secured properly or even a loss of control. We have compiled a list of things to check before you tow something.1: Before you start hauling an endless amount of cargo into a trailer or hitch up your caravan, it’s best to know the towing capacity of your car, bakkie or SUV. An easy way to find out the towing capacity of your vehicle is to check the owners‐manual. Towing too much weight can cause a myriad of problems, no matter how big and powerful your engine is.2: Check that all your connection points are secure. Many trailers tent to stand outside, in the elements. This can cause some parts to rust and become brittle. Make sure you check everything before loading it up. Give your trailer a good going over and sort out any issues long before you head off to your destination. Also, make sure that the trailers wheels are in good condition and that the spare wheel is inflated. You don’t want to be stuck along the highway because you were not fully prepared.3: Make sure that all the lights on your trailer are working. It is not ok if even one light is out. Be responsible and check that they all work. If necessary, replace all the globes. This is not a costly thing to do yet it can save you from receiving a hefty fine or prevent an accident as many people tend to travel at night time. Make sure that the electrical connection on your trailer and car are in good condition. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 4: Check the mirrors on your car. If you are pulling a big caravan chances are that your rear view mirror will be pretty useless. If your caravan or boat is wide then this has the potential to obstruct your side view. Without the ability to see the cars behind you by simply looking up, switching lanes becomes a much more dangerous manoeuvre. We advise that you get extended wing mirror attachments. You can get these from most outdoor orientated stores or from a caravan dealer.5: Check your speed while towing. It’s nice to feel the power from your car’s engine but when towing, things can get out of hand quite quickly as most cars these days are so powerful we tend to forget that we are towing. With the added weight and length of a towed vehicle, the faster you travel, the more dangerous things will get. Increasing your speed will increase the amount of trailer sway behind you and make it much harder to stop quickly without the risk of fishtailing or even flipping. Speed also makes it more difficult to manoeuvre in traffic. Staying cautious and aware is the best way to ensure a safe trip while towing ‐ so, slow down!6: If your towing skills are a bit rusty, try practicing for a few days. Don’t be that person blocking the parking lot at the Harrismith Wimpy because you can’t reverse with your trailer. Choose an area that’s far away from traffic, like an empty parking lot, and perform simple driving tasks with everything hitched up. Try reversing and using your mirrors, pay close attention to the vehicle’s turning radius. Learn to accelerate and brake slowly on longer stretches of road ‐ remember, the more weight you’re carrying, the longer it’s going to take to slow down.7: Once you have checked the trailer and all of its components and when you are satisfied that you are a trailer towing pro spend some time on your car. Towing a heavy trailer or caravan can put strain on your engine, especially with this heat that we are experiencing. Make sure that your cars liquids are toped up and that you have taken it in for a mechanical check. Make sure that the rear axle is in good condition and that the wheel bearings are all good. Check your tyres and make sure you inflate them to the recommended pressures for towing. DON’T over load your car.Finally, make sure that you have the numbers for emergency services close at hand as well as a first aid kit, not just for you but for other road users as well. There is always a witness to an accident, be an active one. Obey the laws of the road and be cautious when travelling. Get to your holiday destination safely and enjoy your much needed time off.last_img read more


Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital Installs Toshibas Vantage Titan 15T MRI

first_img News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Image courtesy of Toshiba America Medical SystemsOctober 30, 2015 — To provide the best possible patient experience with superb image quality, Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital installed the Vantage Titan 1.5T magnetic resonance (MR) system from Toshiba America Medical Systems Inc. Goshen is a part of Indiana’s largest integrated delivery network (IDN) and is utilizing the system in the hospital to support its heart and vascular center to improve patient outcomes with high-quality imaging and a comprehensive suite of patient-focused technologies.“The Titan’s patient-friendly features, including its noise reduction capability, large open bore and non-contrast techniques have increased our patient satisfaction and safety,” said Melody Ernsberger, director, imaging services, IU Health Goshen Hospital. “For instance, these features have allowed us to decrease sedation and the need for contrast in certain procedures. The Titan 1.5T also fit our business needs, as the feature-rich system included everything we needed without having to pay extra for additional technologies.”Toshiba’s Titan 1.5T MR offers numerous patient-focused features, including a 71 cm open bore that reduces patient anxiety related to claustrophobia. The Pianissimo noise-reduction technology improves the MR experience by significantly reducing MR acoustic noise, while advanced non-contrast techniques makes imaging safer for patients.For more information: www.medical.toshiba.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more Related Content Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | October 30, 2015 Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital Installs Toshiba’s Vantage Titan 1.5T MRI Open bore, noise reduction technology and non-contrast techniques improve patient comfort and safety Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more last_img read more