Miami Football Commits React To Al Golden’s Firing On Twitter

first_imgAfter Saturday’s 58-0 loss, Miami has fired head coach Al Golden. Golden had not lived up to expectations on the field, but he had the makings of really strong recruiting classes for the next three seasons. Per 247Sports, Miami’s 2016 class ranks No. 10, 2017 is No. 2, and 2018 is No. 1 in the country. Many of those commits have reacted to the news on Twitter.Four-star 2016 wide receiver Sam Bruce:Wooooooooooooow!— 6-3 (@_QUICK6) October 25, 2015Three-star 2016 safety Cedrick Wright:Sheeeeeshhhhhh!— 2016 All- American (@_CedTooLive) October 25, 2015Not answering any questions so don’t try to link me thanks!— 2016 All- American (@_CedTooLive) October 25, 2015Four-star 2016 cornerback Tyler Byrd:For anyone who might call or text me about coach golden being fired it doesn’t effect my commitment it’s still all about the U #loyalty— SAUCIN17 (@D1fuzzymuffin17) October 25, 2015Three-star 2016 tight end Evan Hinson:evan hinson golden RTThree-star 2016 tight end Michael Irvin Jr.Why would they do that to my dawg— A1 (@M_Irvin17) October 25, 2015Three-star 2016 defensive end Joshua Uche:Aw man— Josh (@Uche_Josh20) October 25, 2015Is this real or fake ?— Josh (@Uche_Josh20) October 25, 2015Well that’s just great ..— Josh (@Uche_Josh20) October 25, 2015Three-star 2016 running back Zack Moss:Woah— ZMIV (@D1_Zeezy) October 25, 2015No tweeting from me not gonn get me— ZMIV (@D1_Zeezy) October 25, 2015Waits for the UM commits to start Decommitting— Neru (@Livekidd8) October 25, 2015Chill— ZMIV (@D1_Zeezy) October 25, 2015Four-star 2017 running back Robert Burns:Time will tell— Robert Burns (@RobertBurns_) October 25, 2015Four-star 2017 linebacker Tyler Dunning:Noooooooooooo!— Tyler Dunning (@44_dc_) October 25, 2015Four-star 2017 tight end Tre’ McKitty:Woah— Tre’ mckitty (@T_mckitty) October 25, 2015Three-star 2017 linebacker Waynmon Steed:Al golden fired— W.Steed Jr. (@TheyEnvyWayne) October 25, 2015Three-star 2017 cornerback Nick Roberts:2017 #Miami commit Nick Roberts remains solid to #Miami: “I’m committed to the school, team.” @nr2__ #TheU— Corey Bender (@Corey_Bender) October 25, 2015Three-star 2017 safety Ahman Ross:Coach Golden,great guy and I wish him the best , with that being said my commitment is with the university of Miami— Ahman Ross™ (@ross8156) October 25, 2015Three-star 2017 linebacker Aundre Kearney:aundre kearney goldenMany of these players will likely switch their commitments, but whomever takes over the ‘Canes has a lot of potential talent in the pipeline.last_img read more

France Prevents Fincantieris STX Takeover

first_imgzoom France has decided to refuse the proposal of Italian shipbuilder and ship designer Fincantieri to acquire the majority stake in STX France shipyard. By using its right of preemption, France will control 100% of STX France in the next few months.The decision will give the country time for better negotiation and agreement, Bruno Le Maire, French Minister of Economy and Finance, tweeted on July 27.However, the nationalization of the shipyard is temporary as the country does not intend to remain the sole shareholder, STX France said in a statement. France would set up in the long term a round table aimed at forming STX France’s new shareholder structure.The country will continue to negotiate with Italian partners in the coming days, Le Maire added.Specifically, France plans to offer Italy to expand shipbuilding cooperation into naval ships, Reuters reported citing Le Maire as saying.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Interactive Cancer Patient Education Program Announced

first_img Nova Scotia cancer patients, their families and their health-careworkers have a new tool designed to help them through the variousstages of the disease. Cancer Care Nova Scotia today, Oct. 7, announced the introductionof the Oncology Interactive Education Series (OIES), aninteractive, computer-based cancer-education program forpatients, their families and health professionals. The program was developed in Canada by Jack Digital Productionsin collaboration with Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital. NovaScotia is the first province to test it. It is being piloted infive health districts: Capital Health, Cape Breton DistrictHealth Authority, Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority,Pictou County Health Authority, and South West Health. “Hearing the words, ‘you have cancer,’ is traumatic,” said Dr.Andrew Padmos, commissioner, Cancer Care Nova Scotia. “There areso many questions, so many fears, many of which can be alleviatedif patients have access to quality cancer information.Information puts people back in the driver’s seat. It helps themunderstand their treatment options and make informed decisions. “For health professionals, access to quality patient educationhelps them support their patients. And, research also indicatesthat it leads to a better understanding of the illness, bettercompliance with treatment and thus better outcomes. OIES willrespond to the needs that patients, families and healthprofessionals have identified and ultimately lead to bettercancer care.” Each of the 24 cancer-type specific titles in the series containsbetween 18 and 25 hours of information. Each topic follows thepatient experience, providing information about diseaseprevention, early detection, symptoms, diagnosis, staging,treatment options, nutrition, pain management, psychosocial careand community support services. It also provides answers to anumber of commonly asked questions. The learning is supported bythree dimensional anatomy, patient experiences and cleargraphics. Donna Grant, nurse educator with the Capital Health Cancer CareProgram, said that feedback from staff who have been trained onthe program has been very positive. “We feel it is a valuablelearning tool for ourselves and for our patients.” “Having the OIES program will allow patients and families to bebetter informed about their disease,” said Mona Baryluk,director, Cape Breton Cancer Centre. “This interactive programenables patients to learn at their own pace and in their owntime. Supported by volunteers, OIES supplements the one-to-oneeducation patients and families receive as part of their careduring their cancer journey.” OIES is designed to meet the need of a broad range of learningstyles, computer experience, literacy levels and language skills.Trained volunteers will help patients, families and healthprofessionals to use OIES. Patients who have access to a computermay also borrow titles from the program’s lending libraries. “The old adage that ‘information is power’ means a lot to peopleliving with cancer,” said Charlene Porter, patient navigator,Guysborough Antigonish Strait Health Authority. “OIES willprovide our patients with the information they need to face theirillness.” Joanne Cumminger, patient navigator, Pictou County HealthAuthority said that OIES is helping her provide timely andaccurate information to her patients. “This program is enablingme to contribute to better patient outcomes, increase complianceand satisfaction with care, lower anxiety and improve the waysthat patients cope with their disease.” “We are very pleased to have the Oncology Interactive EducationSeries available in South West Health,” said patient navigatorDarolyn Walker. “It has become a valuable resource to both healthprofessionals and patients who are seeking quality cancerinformation.” OIES will be evaluated to measure the use of the tool bypatients, families and health professionals, as well as theirsatisfaction with it. The evaluation will also seek healthprofessionals’ opinions on how best to use the teaching tool aspart of the care process. The decision to implement OIES acrossthe province will be based on evaluation results, which areexpected to be available in June 2005. Cancer Care Nova Scotia is a program of the Department of Health,created to reduce the burden of cancer on individuals, familiesand the health-care system through prevention, screening,education and research. CANCER CARE N.S.–Interactive Cancer Patient Education ProgramAnnouncedlast_img read more

High court upholds life term of man for sodomising 4yearold child

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has upheld life imprisonment awarded to a man for sodomising a four-year-old child, saying his perverse act would have caused physical injuries and left deep emotional scars on the victim.The court said the 25-year-old convict was himself a father of a small child, but he had no compunction in committing such a heinous crime. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Vinod Goel upheld the verdict of a trial court which had awarded life term to the convict, a neighbour of the minor, and dismissed his appeal. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCThe bench noted that the victim was lured by the man in his room as he offered to feed him chicken-rice and the child innocently accepted it and went to his room which was in the same premises where he and his family were residing. “By committing such a perverse act, the appellant (man) has not only caused physical injuries to the victim but more than that, the said act would have left deep emotional scars on him likely to stay on in his mind for a long, long time to come. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”This reprehensible animality demonstrated by the appellant would have caused the victim such trauma that he will be wary of reposing trust in an adult or live a joyous and carefree life in his formative years,” the bench said. It said when the spirit is broken, and that too at such a tender age, it is bound to stultify the healthy all-rounded growth of the child. “It is noteworthy that the appellant was 25 years old on the date of committing the offence. He was married and had a child. But that did not deter him from lusting for the 4-year-old victim. The fact that the appellant was himself father of a small child and yet he had no compunction in committing such a heinous crime, gives strength to our resolve to uphold the judgment,” the bench said. The high court said that considering the nature of the crime and the tender age of the victim, the compensation amount of Rs four lakh awarded to the child by the trial court ought to be enhanced. It said that a copy of this order be forwarded to the Delhi State Legal Services Authority for appropriate orders. According to the prosecution, the incident took place in January, 2016, when the child’s mother was sitting at terrace and he had gone to eat chicken-rice at the man’s room. After some time, the child came to his mother who saw him bleeding. He informed her about the man’s acts after which she raised an alarm and the accused was caught by the neighbours and the matter was reported to the police. The man had denied the allegations levelled against him and claimed that he was falsely implicated in the case by the child’s parents who had borrowed money from him earlier. The bench also said this is a case where, for once, the police did not lose any time in conducting the investigation and the sequence of the events that stand amply corroborated in all material aspects are borne out from the independent evidence brought on record. It said when all the evidence is taken together, it endorsed the testimony of the victim that it was the man who had committed carnal intercourse with him and said it has no hesitation in upholding the trial court’s judgment.last_img read more

Looking to the sky BC company says it is sucking carbon from

first_imgIt sounds like spinning straw into gold: suck carbon dioxide from the air where it’s contributing to climate change and turn it into fuel for cars, trucks and jets.A British Columbia company says in newly published research that it’s doing just that — and for less than one-third the cost of other companies working on the same technology.“This isn’t a PowerPoint presentation,” said Steve Oldham of Carbon Engineering. “It’s real.”As policy-makers work on ways to try to keep global warming within the two-degree limit of the Paris agreement, fears have been raised that carbon dioxide emissions won’t be cut fast enough. Some say carbon will have to be actively removed from the atmosphere.In an article published Thursday in the peer-reviewed journal Joule, Carbon Engineering outlines what it calls direct air capture in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere through a chemical process, then combined with hydrogen and oxygen to create fuel.“If these aren’t renewable fuels, what are?” said David Keith, professor of applied physics at Harvard University, lead author of the paper and principal in Carbon Engineering.At least seven companies worldwide are working on the idea. Swiss-based Climeworks has already built a commercial-scale plant.It costs Climeworks about US$600 a tonne to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Carbon Engineering says it can do the job for between US$94 and US$232 a tonne because it uses technology and components that are well understood and commercially available.“We’re tapping into existing industrial equipment and then defining a new process and applying some unique chemistry to it,” said Oldham.Carbon Engineering’s plant in Squamish, B.C., currently pulls about one tonne of carbon a day from the air and produces about two barrels of fuel. Since its components are off the rack, it should be easy to scale up, Oldham said.“We’ve bought the smallest scalable unit of each piece of technology we have.”Carbon Engineering’s fuel costs about 25 per cent more than gasoline made from oil. Oldham said work is being done to reduce that.Because the plant currently uses some natural gas, by the time the fuel it produces has been burned it has released a half-tonne of carbon dioxide for every tonne removed from the air. That gives it a carbon footprint 70 per cent lower than a fossil fuel, he said.That footprint would shrink further if the plant were all-electric. And if it ran on wind- or solar-generated electricity, the fuel would be almost carbon neutral.Long-distance transportation would welcome such fuel, suggested Keith.“Solar and wind power have got amazingly cheap, but only in really great sites and only when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining. That cheap power doesn’t magically make an airplane go from Winnipeg to Halifax.“What you need is a way to make a fuel in a place where you’ve got really cheap low-carbon power, and that will power the airplane. That’s the core idea here.”Putting a price on carbon has been crucial to Carbon Engineering’s development, said Oldham.“We would not be in business if carbon pricing did not exist.”Carbon Engineering’s next step is to build a full-scale plant. That’ll take about 2 1/2 years, said Oldham.One of the great benefits of making fuel from air is energy independence, said Oldham.“Any country, any region, can have its own fuel. They’d be no longer dependent on the geopolitical situation if Country X has oil and Country Y does not.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

Morocco to Diversify its Energy Sources with Natural Gas

Rabat – Morocco is changing its energy strategy by focusing on liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a cleaner and more cost-efficient source of energy. The most recent development in Morocco’s energy sector is an LNG project near Casablanca.The National Office for Electricity and Water (ONEE) launched a tender for the $4.5 billion LNG import terminal project on October 1, according to Minister of Energy Aziz Rebbah. The project, according to an analyst firm Fitch Solutions, will be set in the Jorf Lafsar port in El Jadida province, near Casablanca, and will supply the industries based in the region.Read Also: Natural Gas Discovered in Morocco’s Ksar El KebirThe jetty, regasification terminal, and 400-kilometer pipeline are expected to be complete by 2025.Morocco intends to use the facility to import up to 7 billion cubic meters of natural gas in the context of the national gas-to-power initiative. The main goal of the port will be to sustain the rapid growth of electricity use and demand in Morocco. According to Fitch Solutions’ estimations, the annual growth in electricity generation will be 5.5 percent over 2017-2027.Morocco also aims to use cleaner energy with natural gas. Coal generate 58 percent Of Morocco’s total electricity and oil generates 5.5 percent. In parallel to the import facility, the gas-to-power plan involves the construction of two power plants in Jorf Lafsar and two others in the coastal city of Kenitra, near Rabat, with a total capacity of 2,400 megawatts.Read Also: Gas Exploration Company May Have Found Natural Gas in MoroccoMorocco is aiming to switching to a cleaner power mix and to significantly increase its renewable energy use. The country intends to make renewables a 52 percent share of power supply by 2030 and gas a 23 percent share. New source of natural gasThe gas-to-power plan will not only allow Morocco to efficiently adapt to the increasing needs of its population and growing economy, but it will also allow it to decrease the costs of power. It will also reduce Morocco’s dependence on Algerian oil. Morocco remains the largest importer of oil in North Africa and is bounded by a 10-year contract with Sonatrach in Algeria. The contract is soon to be renewed following a joint declaration on October 2 about talks on the deal. Morocco has decreased its imports of Algerian oil over recent years. Morocco anticipates being more energy independent, especially after the UK exploration company Sound Energy discovered natural gas in Tendrara, eastern Morocco. The discovery, according to Sound Energy, contains up to 31 trillion cubic feet of gas. When production begins, it could turn the country into a net gas exporter.The UK company expects that production will begin in 2020 at an average production rate of 60 million cubic feet per day over a 10 year period. There is also a plan to construct a pipeline connecting the Tendrara field and the Gas-Maghreb-Europe pipeline from northern Morocco to Spain. The discovery of natural gas in Morocco and the gas-to-power projects could bring more stability to Morocco as Algerian oil exports have recently deteriorated and are uncertain. Morocco also now has more leverage in negotiating the Sonatrach deal. read more

Burundians fleeing food shortages insecurity go to Tanzania UN refugee agency says

An increasing number of Burundians are fleeing their country to shelter in overcrowded way stations in neighbouring Tanzania, citing lack of food and growing insecurity as their reasons for leaving home, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.“There are visible cases of malnutrition among the new arrivals,” UNHCR spokeswoman Jennifer Pagonis told journalists at the UN complex in Geneva. “A toddler died last week on arrival suffering from dehydration and three young children died in January from acute respiratory infection.”More than 4,000 Burundian asylum seekers are living in three way stations in the district of Kibondo, in north-western Tanzania, she said. Some 3,500 Burundians have crossed the border since the beginning of last month and the numbers have been growing at an average rate of 100 new arrivals a day. More than 500 newcomers were registered in way stations along the border yesterday alone, most of them at Nyakimonomono, where more than 2,500 people now live in very poor conditions, she said.“The living conditions in Nyakimonomono and other way stations are not good,” Ms. Pagonis said. “Way stations are designed to receive people who have just crossed the border for a very short period of time only – no more than a few days in most cases.”UNHCR and its partners have done their best to improve conditions in the way stations, she said. Water supplies have been improved, the ground drained around water supply areas, new garbage pits dug and additional shelters, kitchens and latrines built.Nonetheless, the health hazards of having so many people staying in places meant to accommodate only a few are high and staff on the ground describe the situation as critical, she said. Concern is especially high for those most vulnerable – small children, the elderly and the sick and pregnant women.Following the peace accord that brought years of ethnic violence to an end in 2002, UNHCR started a voluntary operation which repatriated more than 290,000 Burundian refugees at a rate that rose to 10,000 people per month. The number of those choosing to repatriate has plummeted in recent months, however, to around 1,000 people a month.UNHCR said it is aiding some 350,000 refugees in Tanzania, 195,000 of them from Burundi and the rest mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more

Security Council strongly condemns Taliban attack on US consulate in Herat

In a statement to the press issued in New York, the Council’s 15 members condemned the attack – reportedly a suicide truck bombing – on the US consulate in the Western Afghan province, for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility. The Security Council in its statement expressed deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this “heinous” act, and to the Government and people of Afghanistan.Council members also condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives, which endanger or take innocent lives and seriously impede the normal work of such representatives and officials.Further to the statement, the Council reiterated its “serious concern” at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, diplomatic facilities, international military and international assistance efforts in Afghanistan, particularly in light of a number of recent terrorist attacks in Kabul and elsewhere in the country.“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard,” the statement stresses.Reaffirming that terrorism “in all its forms and manifestations” is criminal and unjustifiable, the Council also reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.Finally the members of the Council reiterated that no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, “which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community.” read more

Portland State rolls past NW Nazarene 9175

BOISE, Idaho — Derek Brown and Holland Woods scored 16 points apiece and Portland State rolled to a 91-75 victory over Division II-member Northwest Nazarene on Saturday night at the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase.The Vikings (3-2) scored the first seven points and never looked back. Portland State’s lead grew to 20 by the 8:45 mark and it upped its advantage to 48-23 at halftime. Michael Nuga made back-to-back layups to push the Vikings’ lead to 30 with 14:52 to play.Nuga finished with 15 points, Robert McCoy totalled 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals and Sal Nuhu contributed 12 points, nine boards and two blocks.Adonis Arms paced the Nighthawks with 18 points and six rebounds. Jayden Bezzant added 14 points and Obi Megwa scored 11. Northwest Nazarene shot just 20 per cent (6 of 30) from the floor in the first half but hit 16 of 30 shots (53 per cent) in the second half when they outscored the Vikings 52-43.Portland State is 46-1 all-time against lower-division opponents, including 34 straight wins.The Associated Press read more

Football Ohio State vs Michigan – By the Numbers

Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 9 Ohio State (10-2, 8-1 Big Ten) came into the Big House on Saturday to take on archrival Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten) and defeated the Wolverines 31-20 in a game that featured plenty of momentum shifts. Michigan got out to an early 14-0 lead. In the history of the rivalry, Michigan had never lost when up by two touchdowns. But it watched as its two-touchdown lead went away with two Buckeye drives. In the end, the Buckeyes outgained Michigan 350-295 in total yardage and were able to do just enough to come away with the win.Here are some of the important statistics from that game.53.1 – John O’Korn completion percentage. When the dust settled and Michigan had 295 total yards and 20 points, it became clear the Ohio State defense did its job. It held the opposing offense to less than 300 yards and gave its offense a chance to win. But the defense did not look great. Tight ends and wide receivers often found space and broke open. But O’Korn could rarely ever find them, for he hit only 53.1 percent of his passes.Looking back at that statistic, it’s hard to believe it was even that high. O’Korn looked about as bad as he has the entire season, even though he recorded 195 passing yards and a touchdown. The fifth-year senior missed open receiver after open receiver, and the Michigan offense could have seriously damaged the Buckeyes had he connected on even just a few more of those passes. The game-sealing interception with 2:36 left in the fourth quarter was by far his worst pass of the night. He lobbed up a floater to Buckeye safety Jordan Fuller, who was camping underneath the ball with no Wolverine receiver near him. The Ohio State defense might not have allowed many yards in that game, but it really has no one to thank more than O’Korn.15 – carries for both J.K. Dobbins and J.T. Barrett. When Ohio State struggles offensively, it tends to rely on the quarterback run too much. Rather than handing the football off to a running back or attempting passes, Barrett keeps the ball and runs. And at first, that’s what the Ohio State offense looked like it was going to do. At halftime, Barrett had 11 rushes for 74 yards compared to Dobbins’ six carries for 44 yards. But by the end of the game, the two had evened up, and both Dobbins and Barrett finished with 15 carries. Dobbins had 101 rushing yards to Barrett’s 67.Part of the reason the two ended up at 15 each was because of the injury Barrett suffered in the third quarter. At the time, he had 15 carries and Dobbins only six, but his injury pushed him out and brought in redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a pocket-passing quarterback without Barrett’s mobility. And while Haskins attempted three rushes, removing Barrett from the equation forced Ohio State to run with Dobbins. It paid off for the Buckeyes as Dobbins finished leading the team in rushing yards and scored the game-winning touchdown in the third quarter.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor-6 – total yards for Ohio State in the first quarter. It was still early in the game, but it looked like Ohio State was in serious trouble. The Buckeyes were trailing the Wolverines 7-0 and Michigan was going to begin the second quarter at the Ohio State 3-yard line, knocking on the door of making it a 14-0 game. Ohio State had not moved the chains and had five plays of negative yardage, two penalties, a single complete pass and just two plays for positive yardage. All told, it finished the first quarter with minus-6 yards of offense.It would have been easy for Buckeye fans to be concerned at this point. Ohio State seemingly had nothing going on offense and the defense was not doing its part against a Michigan offense that has struggled mightily at times this season. Michigan scored on the first play of the second quarter to make it 14-0. At that point it became make or break for Ohio State. The Buckeyes managed to do what they needed in their next two drives to tie the game up, but that first quarter was an early indicator their win streak against their rivals was in jeopardy.53 – receiving yards for K.J. Hill. The Buckeyes have such a wide array of starting receivers that it is always easy for someone different to take the lead in receiving yards for a day. With H-backs Parris Campbell and Hill and wide receivers Johnnie Dixon, Austin Mack, Binjimen Victor and Terry McLaurin all listed as starters, it would not take much for one player to have a breakout day. But with so many options, it would probably seem surprising that 53 yards by Hill was all it took to lead the team in receiving yards for the day.Even crazier might be that second and third on the team were Mack and tight end Marcus Baugh with 27 and 25 yards, respectively, both coming on just one catch apiece. Ohio State shied away from throwing the ball against a pass defense that had allowed the fewest receiving yards per game in the nation. However, Hill formed a connection with Haskins twice, and hauled in 29- and 24-yard receptions in the fourth quarter. The Buckeyes went through a part of the season where 53 receiving yards might not even be third on the team. But now that they have found themselves running the ball so frequently, passing has become less of the go-to plan of attack and more of a fallback plan in long-gain situations.Ohio State redshirt sophomore receiver K.J. Hill (14) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor43 – distance on missed field goal from Sean Nuernberger. Ohio State has not needed many field goals this season. Nuernberger entered the game having attempted just 15 field goals, making 13 of them. He had attempted just one outside of 39 yards against Maryland, and missed. On Saturday, he attempted two field goals longer than 40 yards, the first he made from 44 yards and the second he missed from 43.The first attempt extended Ohio State’s lead to 24-20. The second attempt was equally as critical because with a connection, Michigan could only tie the game with a touchdown rather than take the lead. The kick sailed wide left, however, and the Wolverines took over possession from their own 27-yard line. Nuernberger was bailed out on the first play of the Michigan drive when Fuller picked off O’Korn, but that miss could easily have changed the game and came back to haunt Ohio State. read more

Doosan to promote Green Energy Technologies at Intermat

first_imgDoosan states that it sees ‘Green Energy Technologies’ as a platform for strong growth in the future. At Intermat 2012, Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment will launch several new products meeting the requirements of the latest EU emissions legislation. As well as meeting the new regulations, these new generation Doosan machines offer many features to increase productivity while reducing fuel consumption.The main focus of Doosan Infracore (DI) in the green energy technology field is to develop the optimum intelligent excavator system for maximising operational efficiency. Hybrid excavators, equipped with a diesel engine and a device to store electricity to help reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency, are now under development. In addition, Doosan Infracore statest that its commitment to ‘Green Energy Technologies’ will continue with the development of a concept excavator known as CX, which is designed to be environmentally friendly and economically efficient. Also being developed by Doosan Infracore are unmanned robot excavators that combine ‘i-Hand’ technology and an intelligent excavator system. The key to developing i-Hand technology is the ‘Master-Slave’ excavator control system, whereby an operator wears an electronic sensor detection device to manipulate the excavator remotely by moving their hands and arms. The first-stage model for this system, the first of its kind in theworld, was developed in 2007.last_img read more

Iraqis flee violence as US considers drone strikes on militants

first_img Source: John Kerry/Twitter Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul line arrive at Khazir refugee camp outside. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMILITANTS BATTLED SECURITY forces for control of a strategic Shiite town in north Iraq today, forcing half the area’s population to flee as Washington weighed drone strikes against jihadist fighters leading the charge.US Secretary of State John Kerry also said he was open to cooperating with arch-foe Iran to resolve the week-long crisis which has spurred the United Nations and United States and Australian embassies to begin evacuating some staff. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMilitants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadist group are said to have killed scores of Iraqi soldiers as they pushed an advance on the capital, including in a “horrifying” massacre that has drawn international condemnation.In the latest fighting on today, militants entered and took control of several neighbourhoods of Tal Afar, a Shiite Turkman-majority town in Nineveh province, according to officials and residents.Abdulal Abbas, the local official responsible for the town and surrounding area, said Tal Afar was dealing with “martyrs, wounded, chaos and refugees,” and that around 200,000 people — nearly half the area’s population — had fled to nearby areas. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIrish charity Christian Aid launched an appeal to enable its partner organisations in Iraq to step up relief operations to help those who have fled the violence.Relief services in the areas people have fled to are already hard-pressed coping with the tens of thousands of refugees who have arrived from the conflict in Syria in recent years.The charity’s humanitarian programmes manager Adrian Ouvry said today that there is “an overwhelming need for help”. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe town, which lies near the Syrian border in otherwise Sunni Arab and Kurdish-dominated Nineveh province, had briefly held off a militant offensive that saw fighters led by ISIL take control of vast swathes of territory north of Baghdad in a matter of days.Militants also took control of the Al-Adhim area, in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, on Sunday.Drones an option Kerry said on Monday that drone strikes were an option in combating the offensive, after US President Barack Obama said he was weighing “all options” on how to support the Iraqi government.Drones might not be the “whole answer,” Washington’s top diplomat told Yahoo News, “but they may well be one of the options that are important to be able to stem the tide and stop the movement of people who are moving around in open convoys and trucks and terrorising people.” As POTUS said, we’re accelerating security assistance & pursuing intensive diplomacy inside Iraq & across region. Top priority is our people— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) June 13, 2014 Washington has already deployed an aircraft carrier to the Gulf, but Obama has ruled out a return to Iraq for US soldiers, who left the country at the end of 2011 after a bloody and costly intervention launched in 2003. Secretary of State John Kerry addressing a conference today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe US and Iran have also raised the possibility of working together over the crisis — with Kerry saying he would be open to cooperating with Tehran, just days after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country may “think about” cooperating with Washington.The Wall Street Journal reported, citing US officials, that the Obama administration may use nuclear talks starting in Vienna today as a venue.The sweeping unrest has prompted a partial diplomatic evacuation from Baghdad, confirmed thus far by the United States and Australia. France, meanwhile, said some non-essential staff had been moved to Paris.Washington also announced that its sprawling embassy — which sits in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone — would receive even more security.Government claims progress The Iraqi government insists it is making progress in retaking territory from militants, who currently hold most or parts of four provinces north of Baghdad.It said yesterday that security forces had killed 279 militants and that soldiers have recaptured towns north of Baghdad.The toll could not be independently confirmed, and Iraqi officials often tout high numbers of militant deaths while downplaying their own casualties.As troops began to push back against militants, evidence of brutal violence against members of the security forces emerged.The US condemned a massacre in which ISIL militants appear to have killed scores of soldiers around the conflict-hit city of Tikrit, while the burned bodies of 12 policemen were also found in the town of Ishaqi. Source: APPhotos posted online were said to show jihadists summarily executing dozens of captured members of the security forces in Salaheddin province, of which Tikrit is the capital, with tweets attributed to ISIL claiming they had killed 1,700 in all.The photos and the claims could not be independently verified.“The claim … is horrifying and a true depiction of the bloodlust that these terrorists represent,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.The international outcry came as the crisis entered its second week.After days of unrest elsewhere in the Sunni Arab-majority north and west of Iraq, militants launched an assault on the country’s second-biggest city Mosul on 9 June, and swiftly moved down to Tikrit, executed dictator Saddam Hussein’s hometown.Iraqi forces performed poorly early on, abandoning vehicles and positions and discarding their uniforms, with militants reaching within less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of Baghdad.Baghdad’s embattled forces, which have done better in recent days, will be joined by a flood of volunteers after a call to arms from top Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, but a recruitment centre for volunteers came under attack on Sunday, leaving six people dead.- © AFP 2014 with additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Related: Militants post terrifying images of captured Iraqi soldiers>More: Iraqi security forces stage major counter-attack against militants>last_img read more

The CarrierIQ plot thickens Researcher receives a CD and Verizon distances itself

first_imgRecently, we asked a very serious question. Do we really know what is happening on our own phones? Security researcher Trevor Eckhart revealed some of the deeper functions inside many phones today that shows how information is searched, recorded, and transmitted to the clients of CarrierIQ, a mobile data analytic company, for their use.CarrierIQ makes sure to keep themselves covered legally by telling everyone that they follow the privacy policies of the their clients to the letter, in terms of what data they collect and record forever. In my research with Eckhart, and my communication with the companies that he discovered are working with CarrierIQ, it felt very much like the companies were surprised. Surprised that such a big deal was being made, almost as if they weren’t sure why we didn’t already know this was going on. Or, perhaps it was surprise that they’re practices had been noticed.If you had nothing to hide…Shortly after Eckhart published his research, the legal team at CarrierIQ paid him a visit in the form of a PDF take down notice. The request was for Eckhart to take down all of the content that was infringing on copyrights and made false allegations about their product. As if that wasn’t enough, CarrierIQ also asked that turn over contact information for everyone who had gotten information from him and replace the content on his website with a statement provided for him by CarrierIQ. Fortunately for Eckhart, he had consulted a lawyer before publishing and knew what to do next.Shortly after the PDF arrived in Eckhart’s email, legal consult at the Electronic Frontier Foundation responded on Mr. Eckhart’s behalf. The response letter explained clearly that Eckhart’s research was covered by his First Amendment right to free expression. Essentially, the CarrierIQ guys didn’t have a leg to stand on, but they decided it was worth trying to scare Eckhart into compliance.Why, though? CarrierIQ has an airtight setup. All of their work revolves around the principle that they only provide the information that their customers’ customers agree on. Everyone from the carriers to the manufacturers who build and install the software, even CarrierIQ themselves, all released statements that they weren’t doing anything wrong. So, why the cease and desist letter?In fact, after a more thorough review, the only incorrect information published by Trevor Eckhart was information he published about Verizon Wireless. A spokesperson from Verizon clarified that the privacy policy information they published on their website was not in any way related to CarrierIQ. In fact, Verizon claims to not have any dealings at all with CarrierIQ on any of their handsets. Of course,  the Verizon spokesperson failed to comment when Mr.  Eckhart responded by pointing out that his research discovered three IP addresses in the CarrierIQ network that were pointed to by domains like and happens next?CarrierIQ made the biggest mistake possible by allowing this incident to cause more noise. Now, it won’t be just Eckhart who will be trying to discover just exactly how deep this issue goes. With the Electronic Frontier Foundation involved, it’s likely that other security researchers will decide to take a look at how things work in the CarrierIQ network. Maybe some day we will see a proof-of-concept from someone like Eckhart that shows exactly what is going on. One thing is for sure, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.More at the EFFlast_img read more

Trumps revised travel ban facing new court challenges

first_img Share Tweet Email After spending more than a month to fix a broken order that he rushed out the door, the president’s new order reinstates several of the same provisions and has the same illegal motivations as the original.“Consequently, we are asking Judge (James) Robart to confirm that the injunction he issued remains in full force and effect as to the reinstated provisions.”Ferguson said although the revised order was narrower in scope, it still could be challenged on constitutional grounds. Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Source: Elaine ThompsonThe new order denies US entry to all refugees for 120 days and halts for 90 days the granting of visas to nationals from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. It is due to take effect on 16 March.The first order had also applied to citizens of Iraq but the country was dropped from the new list.‘Infected’Hawaii filed the first lawsuit over the new ban on Tuesday, saying it remained unconstitutional despite the changes.“This second executive order is infected with the same legal problems as the first order – undermining bedrock constitutional and statutory guarantees,” said the suit, which was filed Wednesday in a federal court in Honolulu.Judge Derrick Watson put the suit on a fast track, scheduling a hearing on whether to impose a national restraining order on 15 March, the day before the executive order goes into effect.The White House cites national security in justifying the ban, arguing that it needs time to implement “extreme vetting” procedures to keep Islamic militants from entering the country.Broader crackdownIt comes amid a broader US crackdown on undocumented immigrants, following on Trump’s campaign promises of mass deportations and to build a wall on the Mexican border.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the orders toughening immigration enforcement have driven down illegal entries – as measured by apprehensions at the border – by 40% from January to February. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly Source: Susan WalshBut Trump suffered a major black eye in January when his first attempt to impose the travel ban erupted into heart-rending scenes of families being detained and deported at US airports and, eventually, a slap from the courts.Polls show American public opinion is deeply divided on the issue. Most indicate a slight majority of voters opposed, with strong support among Trump’s political base.Arguments that the ban had caused “irreparable harm” proved crucial in a San Francisco appellate court’s decision to uphold the lower court’s move to block enforcement.The challenge facing Hawaii will be to show that the ban violates constitutional guarantees against discrimination on the basis of religion.The White House has modified the latest version of its decree so that it can pass legal muster, stripping away a reference to religion while also explicitly exempting legal permanent residents and current visa holders from the ban.There also has been 10 days notice before it goes into effect, in a clear attempt to avoid the chaos that broke out when the first ban was imposed with no advance warning on 27 January.Muslim banIn its suit, however, Hawaii argues that the second order “began life as a Muslim ban”.As evidence of the administration’s intentions, the suit detailed numerous instances during the campaign that Trump referred to it as a Muslim ban.Hawaii also claimed that the order violates constitutional protections against discrimination on the basis of nationality, the right to travel, fair process in determining who can enter or leave the country, as well as violations of US immigration law.“Nothing of substance has changed: There is the same blanket ban on entry from Muslim-majority countries (minus one),” Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin said in a statement.“The courts did not tolerate the administration’s last attempt to hoodwink the judiciary, and they should not countenance this one,” Chin wrote.- © AFP 2017Read: Taoiseach says he will raise the new travel ban with Trump when he visits the White House> Mar 10th 2017, 7:37 AM Trump’s revised travel ban facing new court challenges Hawaii filed the first suit on Tuesday. Short URL 41 Comments 11,247 Views center_img By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S revised travel ban is facing mounting new legal challenges as the state of Washington, along with several other states, vowed to block the executive order.The announcement came one day after Hawaii filed the first suit challenging the controversial new directive, which temporarily closes US borders to all refugees and citizens from six mainly-Muslim countries.Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose state was the first to sue over Trump’s initial travel ban that created airport chaos worldwide and was eventually blocked, said at least three other states – Minnesota, New York and Oregon – are expected to join in the new legal battle.He said his motion calls on the court to apply an existing injunction against the first travel ban issued in January to the new executive order unveiled on Monday.“My message to President Trump is – not so fast,” Ferguson told reporters. Image: Evan Vucci Image: Evan Vucci Friday 10 Mar 2017, 7:37 AMlast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday The mysterious disappearance of the famed actress Fan Bingbing

first_img Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 9:00 AM IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair.We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Dee Dee and GypsyThe incredible story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Blancharde was unveiled in this Buzzfeed article back in 2016. Now that the tale has been turned into a film, it’s a good time to revisit where it all started.(Buzzfeed, approx 42 mins reading time) It was a perfect story for a human interest segment on the evening news: a family living through tragedy and disaster, managing to build a life for themselves in spite of so many obstacles. But the story wasn’t over. One day last June, Dee Dee’s Facebook account posted an update. “That bitch is dead,” it read.2. How being a female cyclist led to vulva surgeryHannah Dines is a world champion trike cyclist – but her career has led to major vulva surgery, due to the design of the bike seat.(The Guardian, approx 10 mins reading time)The consensus is that when you first start cycling on your good-as-new, unbruised foof, it is going to hurt. After a “breaking-in” period, the pain-to-numbness ratio becomes favourable: as long as you protect against infection, wear padded shorts with a generous layer of chamois cream, no underwear and make regular offerings to the ingrown hair goddess, things are manageable. This is wrong.3. Why procrastination has nothing to do with self-controlThought you procrastinated because you were just bad at self-control? Turns out it’s actually more to do with emotions.(New York Times, approx 10 mins reading time)Procrastination isn’t a unique character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods induced by certain tasks — boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt and beyond. “Procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, not a time management problem,” said Dr. Tim Pychyl. Mar 31st 2019, 9:01 AM Image: Frederick Injimbert 1 Comment 42,868 Views Short URL 4. The amateur sleuth who found a missing person’s body A volunteer helped discover the body of a missing young mother – so why didn’t the police find her first?(BBC, approx 33 mins reading time)Nine months earlier, in the autumn of 2017, a young mother of five named Olivia Kerri Lone Bear vanished from New Town, a tiny oil-boom city on the Fort Berthold Reservation. The 32-year-old was last seen on 24 October, at the wheel of a teal-coloured Chevy Silverado pick-up truck that she often borrowed from a friend. She was a caretaker for her father, and the following day, he found her wallet and mobile phone at his home.5. CatchersThe man behind The Blackpool Sentinel has been responsible for some fantastic writing about Irish music over the years. His latest longread is about a band from Northern Ireland called Catchers, who emerged in the 1990s.(The Blackpool Sentinel, approx 15 mins reading time)In the best and worst traditions of the period, the band had sent a crudely-formed demo to the Setanta mailing address , 123, Shakespeare Road, SE24, a fine pile in Brixton owned by a Virgin Prunes-loving builder from Wexford. Featuring an early version of one of their best songs, ‘Cotton Dress’, that tape piqued the label’s interest enough to trigger a gushing note by return mail, stuck inside a jiffy-bag of recent Setanta releases and a compilation cassette compiled by Keith with no little affection. This, my friends, was how some of us conversed and flirted way back.6. The mysterious disappearance of Fan BingbingFan Binging, the huge Chinese movie star, disappeared in June 2018. What happened to her?(Vanity Fair, approx 32 mins reading time)She is often described as baifumei, a phrase meaning pale-skinned, rich, and beautiful. “The rules of Chinese beauty are rigid, and she follows them,” says Elijah Whaley, a market researcher who specializes in China. Fan has been the face of Adidas, Louis Vuitton, and Moët, selling everything from lipstick to diamonds. They say you can’t take a good selfie with her, because she will suck all the beauty away. …AND A CLASSIC FROM THE ARCHIVES…The amazing director Agnes Varda died this week. Here’s a delightful interview with her from Interview magazine, about her appearance (alongside some nude men) on the cover of the very first issue of Andy Warhol’s magazine.(Interview, approx mins reading time) I remember telling Jacques, “I’ll go with you to America, but if I don’t like it, I’m coming back.” I wasn’t attracted to American cinema, but I fell in love with Los Angeles the minute I arrived. We rented a little house and two white convertibles. In those days, when Jacques was starting to work with Columbia [Pictures] on Model Shop, I loved driving slowly down these endless boulevards. I got very excited not only by the Los Angeles landscape but by that generation. It was a lot of peace and love, hippies, huge Sunday meetings in the parks. The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas & the Papas would come over and play for free.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday> By Aoife Barry Sitdown Sunday: The mysterious disappearance of the famed actress Fan Bingbing Settle back in a comfy chair and sit back with some of the week’s best longreads. Image: Frederick Injimbert Share6 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Legion Went Full Horror Movie in its Most RealityBending Episode Yet

first_img Legion has changed genres so many times over the course of its short first season. It’s been a superhero action show, a romantic drama, a mystery and a surreal work of art. After last night, we can add psychological horror to that list. After David’s return from the astral plane last week, he seems much more in control of his powers. His new confidence is unsettling right away. It’s such an abrupt turn that we know Lenny/The Devil with Yellow Eyes has something to do with it.Syd is unwilling to notice the change right away, as David uses his powers to give her something she’s always wanted: A place inside their minds where she can be touched without consequence. For a woman who, we learn, once surreptitiously switched places with her mother to experience sex, that’s a big deal. Melanie tries to convince Syd to help her get through to David. Syd reminds her that she’s not part of David’s therapy. He’s her man.The episode really gets going when Lenny convinces David to go after Amy himself. Now it’s clear who’s calling the shots in David’s mind. Cary, now reunited with and taking on the injuries of Kerry, studies the scans he took of David’s brain and figures out what’s going on. There is a psychic parasite living in David’s mind. David wasn’t blocking Ptonomy and crew during memory work. It was the parasite hiding its existence.Jean Smart as Melanie Bird(Photo via FX)Instead of following David, the episode shows Syd, Melanie, Ptonomy and Rudy following David’s trail. What they find is pretty disturbing. David has torn through the Division 3 guards, dismembering some and trapping others in the concrete. We get to see what happened through security monitors they find at the facility. David walks through the halls, excitedly killing every guard who gets in his way. When he crosses into the night-vision camera’s feed, his appearance changes. No longer is it David walking through the halls, but the Devil with Yellow Eyes.Throughout the episode, there’s a question of whether or not the group is in the real world or in a projection of David’s. That line is blurred even further the closer they get to David and the now-rescued Amy. After Cary contacts the group and tells them about the parasite in David’s brain, Sydney is suddenly inside a projection where David is playing banjo and singing an unsettling, emotional rendition of The Rainbow Connection. Syd looks around, closes the door on that creepy Angriest Boy and realizes that David has taken his sister to his childhood home.Dan Stevens as David Haller, Katie Aselton as Amy Haller (Photo via FX)This is where things get really creepy. At their old house, David demands to know Amy’s secret. Lenny comes out of the mirror to torment Amy a bit. She reveals that she was David’s imaginary childhood dog King, Benny, Lenny and the Angriest Boy. David appears to be paralyzed while all this is going on. Amy finally admits that David was adopted. His family never told him for fear of making (what they perceived as) his illness worse. So now we know David’s adopted. Is this the show paving the way for his father to be revealed as Professor X? It’s looking likely.As the Summerland team approaches David’s childhood home, all sound disappears. They can’t speak to each other or make any noise. Cary shows up with a device that will paralyze the Devil, allowing them to speak with David freely. That will be a harder task than it sounds. The Eye, disguised as Rudy, is right behind them. Syd meanwhile has followed the Angriest Boy upstairs to find David and Amy unresponsive. She’s ambushed by Lenny, who’s angry at the Summerland people for putting ideas in David’s head. The sound design is spectacular in this scene, as Lenny’s distorted, old-radio-sounding voice slowly fills out and grows demonic.The rest of the Summerland team bursts into the room and Lenny disappears. The Eye, as Rudy, jumps into the room and fires a gun at David. Syd moves quickly and takes David to the astral plane, but that turns out to be a mistake. The Devil with Yellow Eyes has full control over David’s mind now. It appears in the room and chases Syd down, in the most terrifying scene this show has had yet. Just as it’s about to attack her, David screams, and everyone is suddenly back at Clockworks. David, Syd, Melanie, Ptomeny, Cary, Kerry and The Eye all sit around a group therapy circle. Lenny is their doctor.Aubrey Plaza as Lenny “Cornflakes” Busker. (Photo via FX)Legion has consistently raised the bar with every episode the past few weeks. “Chapter 5” had all the surreal, artistic visuals we’ve come to expect from the show, but the sound design really stood out. From the entire silent sequence to the methodical ping pong sounds that played over the end credits. It was the perfect unsettling ending to a truly scary episode. The Devil with Yellow Eyes and the Angriest Boy have always been creepy, but now we’ve seen them in their full nightmare-inducing glory. This is one of the many things that makes Legion so great. It can switch genres at any moment, and it does each one better than most other shows accomplish with one. It’s not over either. Now, the team is trapped in a psychic construction of a mental hospital run by the Lenny/Devil with Yellow Eyes. Is it next Wednesday yet? Stay on target Don’t Hold Your Breath For Noah Hawley’s ‘Doctor Doom&…How ‘Legion’ Uses Superpowers to Explore Mental Illness last_img read more

At least 37 kidonkid sex assault cases on Washington bases

first_imgJOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other kids on base.An Associated Press investigation finds that sex assault cases occurring where military kids live and learn often die on the desks of prosecutors. Criminal investigators shelved an unknown number of reports.Instead of punishment or rehabilitation, offenders may be shuffled into the civilian world.The Pentagon doesn’t know the extent of the problem.In Washington state, records the military acknowledges are incomplete document at least 37 sex assault reports among children on bases since 2007. According to the records, Joint Base Lewis-McChord accounted for 32 cases.Pentagon officials promised to take “appropriate actions.”last_img read more

Neymar reveals how a lack of cookies made him a superstar

first_imgBrazilian star Neymar opened up on his difficult upbringing and revealed how a lack of food and money was what ultimately made him the footballer he is todayAt 26 years old, Neymar has enjoyed a glittering football career which has seen him represent some of the biggest clubs in history in Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.He’s also a Champions League winner and has tasted a lot of domestic glory in both Spain and France over the last five years.Neymar’s dribbling skills, along with his tricks and creativity, have gathered a lot of admirers in the past with some comparing him to Brazil greats Ronaldinho and Pele.But, in a very open and honest interview, Neymar opened up on his humble upbringing and told the story of what prompted him to become one of the world’s best and richest players.“There’s a story with my mum and I think most people know it,” Neymar told YouTube channel O Primo Rico.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“I really wanted to eat cookies but we didn’t have any, so my mum said: ‘Son we don’t have more money, there’s no way. I’ll owe you this week, maybe next week when dad gets his payment, we can buy it.’“At the same time I told her, ‘Mum it’s OK. One day I will be very rich. I’ll buy a cookie factory so I can eat whenever I want.’“My mum cries when she tells that story because it was really touching for her.”“I think it was by the time I was 14 or 15 years old that I realised I wouldn’t lack anything anymore if I did things right, if I had my parents take care of everything.”Neymar has since returned to Brazil to recover from a groin problem and will miss PSG’s game against Nantes at the Parc Des Princes, which begins at 21:00 (CET) today.last_img read more

Essential Air Service has friends in US Senate

first_imgPhoto of U.S. Capitol by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public MediaAlaska is a big beneficiary of the Essential Air Service program, but Alaska’s congressional delegation isn’t the only one urging that the federal subsidy continue.Listen nowSen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., said at a hearing Thursday he was ‘floored’ to learn President Trump is proposing to eliminate funding for the program, which he said is vital for rural communities.“This is quite a slap in the face to something that’s absolutely critical for their continued economic development,” Peters said.Essential Air Service pays airlines to defray the cost of serving eligible rural airports. For Alaska, it pays carriers nearly $21 million to serve 61 communities.At the high end, Alaska Airlines gets $2 million a year to fly to Cordova. Ward Air receives less than $6,000 for flights between Chatham and Juneau.Sen. Peters said the name, “Essential” Air Service, said it all.“In the state of Michigan, I actually have nine airports that would be impacted as a result of these cuts. I think we’re second only to the state of Alaska, in terms of the impact on it,” Peters said.Actually, Michigan’s eligible airports receive heavier subsidies, so their total benefit from EAS was slightly higher than Alaska’s this year.Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, didn’t attend the hearing but was among 20 senators who signed a letter asking for continued funding for the program.last_img read more

Solar startups set new efficiency records

first_img Research sparks record-breaking solar cell performances In addition to breaking records, another thing these two types of solar panels have in common is that they’re both made of gallium arsenide (GaAs) instead of the more conventional silicon. Although GaAs is more expensive than silicon, it’s much better at absorbing sunlight. To keep costs down, both companies have developed designs that use minimal amounts of the material. Alta has developed a manufacturing technique that fabricates solar cells about 1 micron thick, which is a fraction of the thickness of other GaAs solar cells. For comparison, the company notes that a human hair is approximately 40 microns thick. In addition to being extremely thin, the solar cells are also flexible, offering the potential to be integrated into roof and building materials, transportation products, and other devices. Last summer, Alta demonstrated that one of these solar cells could achieve an efficiency of 27.6% (some efficiency is lost when multiple cells are wired together and assembled into an entire solar panel).Alta’s goal is to make solar panels that are cost-competitive with fossil fuels, and to do so without government subsidies. The company is pursuing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot initiative, which aims to bring solar-generated electricity down to six cents per kilowatt-hour by the end of the decade, making it competitive with coal and natural gas. The DOE predicts that, if this goal is met, solar panels would account for 15-18% of US electricity generation by 2030, up from less than 1% today.As for Semprius’ strategy, the company’s concentrated solar panels consist of thousands of GaAs microcells the size of a pencil point that Semprius claims are the world’s smallest solar cells. The microcells are robotically stamped onto a substrate using a specialized micro-transfer printing process. The panels contain three layers of the microcells, each modified to convert a different part of the solar spectrum into electricity. Semprius’ 33.9% efficiency, which was verified by third parties, smashes the previous record of 32.0% for high-concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) solar panels. Further, the panel is not a prototype, but is intended for commercial use. Semprius plans to open a factory in Henderson, North Carolina, this summer and to start manufacturing commercial solar panels later this year. Like Alta, the company also predicts it can eventually generate electricity at a cost competitive with fossil fuels, also without government subsidies. Image credit: Semprius © 2011 More information: Alta Devices (press release), Semprius (press release)via: IEEE Spectrum, Technology Review Explore further ( — Although Alta Devices and Semprius make different types of solar panels, both start-ups have been breaking records in the past few days. Santa Clara, Calif.-based Alta Devices announced that its solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 23.5%, which has been verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as the highest solar panel efficiency to date. And Semprius, based in Durham, North Carolina, has announced that its concentrated solar panels have achieved an efficiency of 33.9%. Unlike traditional solar panels, concentrated solar panels use lenses to concentrate sunlight at intensities of up to 1,000 suns. Citation: Solar start-ups set new efficiency records (2012, February 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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