Physicists have invented a much faster way to switch off liquid crystals, the materials that control light in many computer screens and televisions. The new technique probably won’t end up in liquid crystal displays (LCDs), as the switching is far faster than needed in those devices. But it puts a new twist on the concept of an LCD.”This is something new and very fresh,” says Tigran Galstian, an engineering physicist at Laval University in Quebec, Canada. “People must think about this to see if there is some practical application.”Liquid crystals resemble both of their namesakes. As in a liquid, molecules in a liquid crystal jumble about freely and flow. But as in a crystal, the rodlike molecules orient themselves in the same direction. The alignment defines an optical axis and gives the liquid crystal unusual properties. A key one is the way it affects polarized light—light whose electromagnetic waves ripples in a single direction. As it passes through a liquid crystal, light polarized parallel to the optical axis travels at a different speed than light polarized perpendicular to it. 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The display consists of a layer of liquid crystal between two plates of glass, which sit between two more plates of polarizing glass. The polarizers are set at a 90° angle, so that light that enters the display from behind and passes through the first polarizer is blocked by the second. In the “off” state, the liquid crystal is aligned so that it does nothing to the light and leaves the screen dark (see figure). When flipped “on,” however, an electric field reorients the molecules so that collectively they rotate the polarization of the light, allowing it to pass through the second polarizer and out of the screen. To form a picture, bits or “pixels” of the screen are controlled individually.The scheme has a basic limitation, says Oleg Lavrentovich, a physicist at Kent State University in Ohio. The electric field wrenches the molecules into the “on” orientation in nanoseconds. When the power goes off, the molecules relax back into their original orientation, which is set by a pattern etched into the confining glass—but they do so 1000 times more slowly, in milliseconds. “That’s the Achilles’ heel of liquid crystals,” Lavrentovich says.Now, he and Kent colleagues Volodymyr Borshch and Sergij Shiyanovskii have demonstrated a faster way to switch a liquid crystal, as they report today in Physical Review Letters. They begin with the usual crossed polarizers and a liquid crystal called CCN-47. In the experiment, in the off state the molecules start out in an orientation that lets light through. Lavrentovich and colleagues then apply an electric field. But they do it in a way that does not rotate the molecules but instead changes the amount of birefringence.Here’s how that happens. The molecules in CCN-47 aren’t cylindrical, but are shaped like planks. Normally, the planks all point in the same direction lengthwise, but neighboring molecules twist randomly in all directions, as thermal energy keeps the individual molecules jiggling. The electric field overcomes the twisting and stacks the planks like lumber. In that more orderly state, the liquid crystal has a slightly different birefringence, which changes the angle by which the light’s polarization rotates and the amount of light allowed through the cell. When the electric field vanishes, thermal jiggling of the individual molecules restores the liquid crystal to its initial condition in just 30 nanoseconds.The change in birefringence doesn’t shut off light completely, so the display is only dimmed rather than darkened. But the contrast could be heightened by adjusting the geometry and materials, Lavrentovich says. He says the technique might find uses in steering laser beams like the ones that can carry signals between satellites or in creating ultrafast shutters.The real value in the work may be the new approach, which relies on the collective behavior of the molecules to turn the polarization of light and their individual jiggling to flip between on and off configurations, Galstian says: “It’s a clever idea.”
What would a government do if somebody proclaims himself King of Chaos and parades the city streets with revelers, acrobats, clowns, jesters, dancers and brass bands?Arrest him! Put him behind the bars!But in idyllic-sylvan Goa, the state government spends a fortune to aid King of Chaos or King Momo govern his unruly kingdom. Every year, a new King Momo is selected from amongst the people of Panaji. He rules as the King of Chaos for three long days, ordering his subjects to “eat-drink-and-be-merry.”The street revelry in Panaji, Vasco, Margoa, Ponda and Mapusa is embraced by hundreds of thousands of NRI Goans, locals, foreigners and peoples from all parts of India.An estimated 250,000 Diaspora Goans flew to Goa this year in February to join the revelries during the Goa Carnival.The festival is an opportunity to visit their villages where birds still chirp, sea waves generate plumes of froth as they dash against the shores and villagers brew feny from cashew nuts, much as their forefathers did.Non resident Indians, especially overseas Goans, were instrumental in the global popularization of the Goa Carnival since its revival in 1962. Every year thousands of them flock to Panaji for the carnival from Canada, Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and Australia. Entire cities in Goa are festooned with flowers, papers, balloons and colorful ribbons.The festival was introduced by the Portuguese and its character has been preserved with street processions of clowns wearing gaudy-colorful dresses and people donning decorative masks and dancers hooping it up in the streets. The Carnival, which begins around Easter Sunday, this year displayed colorful floats, amazing dances and colossal parades. Related Items
A boat carrying 18 persons capsized in the Ghagra river in Sant Kabir district of eastern Uttar Pradesh, police said on Saturday.It was carrying local farmers who were travelling to the fields.While 14 persons have been rescued, the remaining four are still missing, the police said. “We are searching for the four persons with the help of divers,” said the Sant Kabir Nagar police.Senior district officials and police officers are on the spot.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took cognisance of the incident and directed the officials to ensure immediate help to the victims with the help of the State Disaster Response Force.
Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “There’s always a possibility. We’ve gone through these as looking for improvement,” said Racela told reporters after his team got eliminated in the quarterfinals after a 106-93 loss to top seed San Miguel Beer on Tuesday.The addition of Cruz did wonders for the KaTropa, who had been longing for another offensive weapon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCruz averaged 17 points in his first two games for the KaTropa, but struggled against the Beermen scoring only three points on 1-of-7 shooting from the field with seven turnovers.“With the new guys that we brought in, we know we’ll be good. Jericho has only been with us for two weeks, three weeks and we like what we saw. It’s time for him to fully adjust. We have enough time during the break of the season,” said Racela. MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Racela also did not want to reveal too much asked about TNT’s import for the Commissioner’s Cup.“We have a short list, but we’re still looking at the timing and availability of some names. We’ll come up with the decision maybe by next week,” he said.“Of course, Joshua is there. But Joshua right now is still playing in Japan. So he’s in game shape. But no more names as of now, but Joshua is part of the short list,” he added, referring to Joshua Smith.TNT went to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals last year with Smith, known for his heft and inside dominance, in tow, but lost to San Miguel in six games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Nash Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt seems like TNT isn’t done in making changes to its roster. The KaTropa acquired Jericho Cruz late last month in a trade with Rain or Shine and coach Nash Racela said “there’s always a possibility” for a lineup shakeup.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES
The 43-year-old Victolero was one of the youngest head coaches to win a title while the inverse can be said for Reavis, who at 41 was one of the oldest players to win a championship, his 11th in the league.Reavis said he couldn’t fully explain the feeling of winning a title and playing for his former teammate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“That’s something and that’s so foreign, I don’t know any other words to describe it,” said Reavis. “Our first was 18 years ago and that was when we were teammates and now we won with him being my coach.”“Winning under him is just awesome. Words can’t describe it. He’s a great coach but he’s a great person first and foremost.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victolero arrived in the Magnolia franchise before the start of the 2016-17 PBA season and he led the team to three straight semifinals in his first year with the Hotshots.The Hotshots got to their first finals in the Victolero leadership in this season’s Philippine Cup but they lost to San Miguel in five games.Magnolia eventually broke its four-year title drought in the season’s final game with Victolero stamping his legacy in the franchise, whose last title was the 2014 Governors’ Cup and was part of the coveted Grand Slam.“It’s a great feeling to be able to win with him,” said Reavis. “I’m just so happy to be with him.”ADVERTISEMENT Edward Kelly gets rematch with Christian Lee at ONE Jakarta card LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It took almost two decades for the pair of Chito Victolero and Rafi Reavis to follow up their last title in 2000, so long in fact that one of them had a change of career.Victolero and Reavis were once teammates in the now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association under the San Juan Knights franchise and 18 years later, the player-coach tandem celebrated Magnolia’s 2018 PBA Governors’ championship after its 102-86 Game 6 win over Alaska at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
New Delhi, March 3 (PTI) BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today said he is hopeful of the Himachal Pradesh government giving the go ahead for the World Twenty20 match between India and Pakistan in Dharamsala following a meeting with state Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. Thakur said he expects the March 19 match to go ahead as scheduled despite the Himachal government stating that it does not want to host the game. “I am very hopeful (of the match taking place). The meeting (with CM yesterday) was held in a very positive atmosphere. The state government will also try and speak to those (families and few others) who have raised concerns. I am very hopeful of a positive outcome. The state government have to announce that the match is on. From the BCCIs side, the match is on,” Thakur said here. Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh had earlier expressed inability to provide security for the marquee clash in the wake of objections raised by the Kangra-based families of martyrs and ex-servicemen, who consider hosting Pakistan as an “insult” to the soldiers who lost their lives in Pathankot airbase terror attack in January. The BJP MP further said a decision was taken that any bilateral match between India and Pakistan will not be held in Dharamsala but the World T20 game must take place as the state and countrys image is at stake. “It was decided (in the meeting) that in case of a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, no matches should be held in Dharamsala. But the venues for the World T20 were decided a year ago and to organise the match elsewhere now is almost impossible. So we (BCCI) and the state government are making our best efforts to sort out the issue at the earliest. “Bilateral series is a different ball game. But this is is a world event and India has the honour to host the event. We are not hosting with any other country. India is the sole host and onus is on us to make it a successful event,” he said. Asked about the objections raised by families of martyrs post the Pathankot attack, Thakur said: “We all condemn the Pathankot attack. But at the same time, we cant bring politics to sports. “We have the utmost respect for our martyred soldiers and their families but some of the people (mainly politicians) who are objecting to the game are same people who let Pakistan play in Dharamsala post Kargil War. In 2005, these same people were seen with the Pakistani players,” said the BCCI secretary, who is also heading Himachal cricket. He said the BCCI doesnt have a Plan B if the match is not allowed to take place. “There is no Plan B. It is anyway not easy to make changes at the last moment,” said Thakur. He said the Chief Minister has assured that there is enough security personnel in the state for the big match. “I asked the CM that if there is a shortage of security personnel in HP, you can also take the help of central government. But he has assured that the state has enough policemen to provide security,” Thakur added. PTI BS PM PMadvertisement
Paris Saint-Germain squandered a chance to ignite their stuttering Champions League campaign as Napoli came from behind to earn a 1-1 home draw on Tuesday.Lorenzo Insigne punished a Thiago Silva error from the penalty spot after 61 minutes to hand the Italian side leadership of Group C following Liverpool’s earlier 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade, Napoli’s next opponents.Gianluigi Buffon, making his Champions League debut for PSG, had made several saves to preserve a lead earned by Juan Bernat, but his foul in attempting to atone for Silva’s loose touch allowed his former Parma boss Carlo Ancelotti to have the last laugh. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Edinson Cavani’s late introduction against his ex-employers failed to provide the inspiration PSG needed to convert a point into something more valuable to their hopes of advancing.Neymar was lively in the opening exchanges and carved out a promising early chance for Marco Verratti, which drew Kalidou Koulibaly into a crucial block.The Brazil star also provided the pass for a thumping Kylian Mbappe strike that flew across the face in the 23rd minute.For all their attacking riches, PSG had wing-back Bernat to thank for breaking the deadlock with a composed close-range finish, Mbappe having bamboozled Raul Albiol before supplying the cutback.17 – Kylian Mbappe is involved in 17 goals in his last 18 Champions League games (12 goals, 5 assists). Unleashed. pic.twitter.com/DGDt0F9knv— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 6, 2018Napoli started the second half with purpose but ran into an inspired Buffon, who twice denied Dries Mertens in quick succession.Eventually, the incessant Napoli pressure told. Buffon bore little blame for clattering into Callejon and, with lasers shone in his eyes, could do nothing about the emphatic Insigne spot-kick that put Napoli in the driving seat.There was some late frustration for the hosts as they lost Mertens to a serious-looking shoulder injury in a match that saw Marek Hamsik become the club’s all-time appearance leader.What does it mean? PSG fail to dispel flakiness fearAccusations of a soft centre have long been levelled at PSG and, though they clung on here for a handy point, their inability to see through a period of pressure will only heighten the focus on the team’s character.Callejon showcases classHe was frustrated in his attempts to get on the scoresheet, but attacker Callejon deserves plenty of credit for pouncing on Silva’s error as the most important moment of a consistently dangerous display.Silva slip-up costs PSGSilva will receive no sympathy for the error which came from nothing and handed Napoli their equaliser.Key Opta Facts- Of sides they have faced at least four times across all European competitions, against only Real Madrid (0/4) and now PSG (0/4) have Napoli failed to win any of their first four meetings against a single opponent.- PSG’s tally of five points from their opening four matches of this season’s Champions League is their lowest total at this stage since 2004-05, the last time they failed to make it out of the group stages.- Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne has scored in each of his last five home matches in the Champions League (seven goals), becoming the first Italian player in the competition’s history to achieve this feat.- PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has been directly involved in 17 goals in his last 18 Champions League games (12 goals, five assists).- PSG goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon (40y 282d) has become the second oldest player to make their Champions League debut for a club after Mark Schwarzer (41y 65d), when he turned out for Chelsea back in December 2013.What’s next?Napoli will aim to stay in touch with Serie A leaders Juventus when they visit Genoa on Saturday, while PSG head to beleaguered Monaco the following day. read more
Seasonal flu vaccine for the 2010-11 influenza season will now be free for all Nova Scotians. “Because of the potential for H1N1 to be one of the main influenza strains next winter, I feel it is important that Nova Scotians have easy access to seasonal flu vaccine,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “We are making life better for Nova Scotians in every region by making an investment that will help keep families healthy during the upcoming flu season.” In previous years, the province’s seasonal flu program was publicly funded for certain risk groups, including people 65 and older; children six to 23 months old; pregnant women, health-care workers; and first responders. This year, the program will cover anyone who wants to get immunized. “The flu shot is a simple, safe and effective way to protect yourself and your family against the influenza virus,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Public Health Officer for Nova Scotia. “I encourage all Nova Scotians to receive the vaccine when it becomes available this fall.” More detail on the flu season and the vaccine will be made available as soon as it is known. Nova Scotia’s vaccination program usually begins in October. Influenza season in Nova Scotia typically runs from November to April.
New Delhi: Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Friday warned the industry not to violate the spirit of law saying that the government will take violations like round-tripping seriously. “I can assure you that nobody at all who has not done any wrong will have any problem. But at the same time, those who have indulged in any wrong doing, I can equally assure you that there will be the strictest of action because truly that is the only way, we can change the culture and mind set of this country,” he said here. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe minister, in his interaction with members of industry body CII, also advised lawyers and big four global tax consultancy firms not to misguide investors. Citing an example of foreign direct investment limit in the multi-brand retail sector, Goyal said companies should respect that law and not try to circumvent them by finding loopholes. The big four firms are referred to PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and E&Y. “We have a policy that in multi-brand retail, only 51 per cent is allowed when it comes to FDI. We stand by that and we are firm on that and I would urge everybody to follow that, to respect that. Moment you recognise that reality and make your business accordingly, there will be no problem,” he said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsThese remarks assume significance as concerns were raised by the government about circumventing norms related to FDI in e-commerce by certain e-retail companies in the sector. “I would urge you all. If there are any lawyers in the room, please pardon me and if there are those four bigs in the room, double pardon me, but please stop giving advise which is not in the spirt of the law that is prevalent in India. “Please do not try to misguide any investor into finding those elements” from which a company can circumvent norms, he added. “Go by the spirit of the law. Spirit of the law takes round-tripping very seriously and if any of you have done that, better to acknowledge that and come clean and close the chapter, rather than struggling to evade the law of the land,” the minister said. He advised not to find some comma and full stop which can give an exit route to do a back door entry, as “that cannot be possible and that cannot even be possible for us to overlook”. Talking about some issues on a free-trade agreement with Asean (Association of South East Asian Nations) which India has implemented, Goyal said he has raised those matters with members of the 10-member bloc. Some clauses in that agreement are “onerous” and “I have flagged” those with the concerned countries, he said. To boost manufacturing, the minister said he has asked the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) to identify 50 sectors and work on those. He also asked the industry and exporters not do depend too much on government subsidies and instead focus on improving competitiveness and quality of products.
Login/Register With: After more than 40 years with CTV News Saskatoon, veteran news anchor Rob MacDonald announced yesterday on CTV NEWS AT SIX that he is retiring from television broadcasting. MacDonald’s final day on the anchor desk will be Friday, Jan. 20.“I have been very fortunate to have been living my dream job for more than 40 years; there hasn’t been a day I haven’t looked forward to going to work – a place where I have learned new things every day,” said MacDonald. “I’m honoured that the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan have allowed me into their homes every night for more than 40 years, and I’m proud to have worked with some of the best journalists in the business.”“As both a journalist and broadcaster, Rob has been a profound part of Saskatoon life for more than four decades,” said David Fisher, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Saskatoon. “We’re so grateful to Rob for his many years of dedicated service, leadership, and professionalism, and we wish him the very best as he moves on to a new chapter in his life. He will be missed.” Born and raised in Saskatchewan, MacDonald began his broadcasting career in 1973 at CHAB in Moose Jaw. In 1975 he joined CKXL radio in Calgary for one year, returning to Saskatchewan in March 1976 to join the CTV Saskatoon newsroom (then known as CFQC). Within months, MacDonald was anchoring the late night newscasts at 11:30 p.m. In 1988, he moved into the anchor chair of the 6 p.m. supper-hour newscast, which later became CTV NEWS AT SIX. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
MONTREAL – Canadian home sales are expected to drop to their lowest level in three years in 2018, driven largely by a decline in Ontario, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Friday.The association expects that 495,100 homes will be sold next year after downgrading its sales forecast for 2017 on a 9.9 per cent drop in August compared with a year ago.It expects sales will fall 2.3 per cent in 2018 following a 5.3 per cent decline this year to 506,000, or 20,000 fewer than previously forecast in June.Seasonally adjusted sales in August rose 1.3 per cent from the prior month — the first gain in five months — due to a 14.3 per cent boost in the Greater Toronto Area. Still, sales in this area were down 35 per cent from a year ago.Benjamin Reitzes of BMO Capital Markets said the August data suggests the worst may have passed for the GTA following Ontario policy changes to restrict foreign buyers, but the future is unclear.“The Bank of Canada’s rate hikes should help contain any renewed exuberance, but if things do heat up again, expect policymakers to step in before too long,” he wrote in a report.RBC Capital Markets senior economist Robert Hogue said last month’s numbers show that Canada’s housing market isn’t becoming “unhinged.”“Our view remains that Canada’s market is in the process of transitioning to a more moderate level of activity in an environment marked by tighter policy, rising interest rates and poor affordability in certain regions,” he wrote.CREA projects sales in British Columbia and Ontario will fall by about 10 per cent in 2017, compared to record highs set in 2016.The association said sales in August were down in nearly two-thirds of all local markets, led by the Greater Toronto Area and nearby housing markets.In Vancouver, August sales were up 7.3 per cent from July and 21.3 per cent higher than a year ago.“Experience shows that homebuyers watch mortgage rates carefully and that recent interest rate increases will prompt some to make an offer before rates move higher, while moving others to the sidelines,” stated CREA President Andrew Peck.The average price for a home sold last month was $472,247, up 3.6 per cent compared to a year ago. Greater Toronto was up 3.1 per cent and Greater Vancouver 17.9 per cent.Excluding these regions, the national average price was $373,859.The national average price is forecast to rise by 3.4 per cent to $507,700 in 2017, lower than its prior forecast because of fewer luxury home sales in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region of Ontario.However, it is expected to dip by 0.6 per to $503,500 next year largely reflecting that a record number of high-end home sales around Toronto earlier this year likely won’t be repeated in 2018.Newfoundland and Labrador sales this year are forecast to decrease by 8.1 per cent, and Saskatchewan down four per cent.Alberta is projected to have the country’s largest increase at 7.4 per cent, but that’s still below the provincial 10-year average.Sales are forecast to grow 5.4 per cent in Quebec and 5.7 per cent in New Brunswick.Manitoba and Quebec are the only two provinces expected to set new annual sales records in 2017, while sales in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are on track to come up just short of all-time record levels.
Rabat – Scottish investigative reporter Andrew Jennings has revealed how the 2006 World Cup went to Germany after a key voter was bribed to abstain from the decisive vote. The veteran reporter, best known for his work investigating and writing about corruption in the International Olympic Committee and FIFA, published an extract of his new book, The Dirty Game, in which he details decades of corruption and shadowy dealings at FIFA.In the extract published in the British Daily Mail, Jennings claims that New Zealand’s Charlie Dempsey from the Oceania confederation was allegedly paid $250,000 to abstain from the vote that led to Germany beating South Africa by 12 votes to 11. According to Jennings, Had Dempsey voted to South Africa as originally mandated, the vote would have resulted with a 12-12 tie, and FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who had to back the South African bid, would have had to cast the deciding vote.However, Charlie Dempsey abstained from voting, citing “intolerable pressure” on the eve of the vote. The Oceania delegate allegedly walked out between rounds, went back to the Dolder Grand hotel and collected a briefcase containing $250K left for him in the cloakroom.Jennings also revealed how Sepp Blatter worked hard to divert the 2006 World Cup to Germany at the expense of South Africa in order to satisfy UEFA countries and keep the FIFA presidency.The vote to choose the hosts of the 2006 tournament involved four bidding nations: Germany, South Africa, England and Morocco. Morocco was eliminated from the first round.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
BOZEMAN, Mont. — Biologists have updated a decades-old guide to fish in Montana by creating an app to help people identity species.The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported last week that High Country Apps developed the Fishes of Montana app in collaboration with biologists at Montana State University and state Fish, Wildlife and Parks.The app that launches this month includes photos and descriptions of the state’s more than 90 fish species as well as distribution maps.University professor Chris Guy says they wanted to digitize the book of the same name in a mobile-friendly form to make the guide more available.The app also lists 10 species that biologists don’t want in the state.Guy says officials are trying to use app as a tool to prevent the spread of these invasive species.___Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.comThe Associated Press
“UNDP is at the forefront of helping Africa to cultivate and nurture partnerships that are conducive to socio-economic development,” Abdoulie Janneh, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA), said of the two-day meeting which ends today.”Our corporate agenda of fighting poverty and creating partnerships for sustainable development through policy advice and development of capacities in priority areas is at the origin of proposing the establishment of the AFRASIA Business Council,” he said.African exports to Asia went up from $6.7 billion in 1990 to $17.2 billion in 2000, UNDP said.The launch, co-sponsored by the Government of Mauritius and the Government of Japan, with input from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), followed up on the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) held in 2003.AABC’s goals include helping small and medium African companies improve their performance, market value and competitive edge in national, regional and international markets and showing small business owners the principles, processes and tools that international enterprises use for successful ventures, UNDP said.AABC’s Web portal, “AFRASIA Exchange,” provides a virtual marketplace for investment and technology opportunities, while the initial AFRASIA Exchange desks are based in Cotonou, Benin, Douala, Cameroon, and Accra, Ghana, it said. Additional AFRASIA exchange desks would be set up in Congo, India, Malaysia, South Africa and Tanzania in 2005, it added.
Oracle to buy telecoms gear maker Acme Packet for about $2.1B, deepening appeal to telcos by The Associated Press Posted Feb 4, 2013 11:54 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.Acme’s gear is used by more than 1,900 service providers and enterprises around the world. Its technology will complement Oracle’s offerings for telecoms providers, said Citigroup analyst Walter Pritchard.Oracle, a database software maker based in Redwood City, Calif., will pay $29.25 per share for Acme. That represents a 22 per cent premium over the Bedford, Mass., company’s Friday closing stock price. The companies valued the deal at $1.7 billion, net of Acme’s cash.Shares of Acme soared 22 per cent, or $5.35, to $29.28 in morning trading. Shares of Oracle Corp. lost 62 cents, or 1.7 per cent to $35.58.Acme’s board unanimously approved the acquisition, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013. The deal remains subject to Acme shareholder and regulatory approval.Brian White at Topeka Capital Markets said that the deal might herald more acquisitions of communications gear makers by companies like IBM Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Inc. Targets could include Juniper Networks Inc. and F5 Networks Inc., he said. Shares of those companies were up just over 1 per cent on a down day for the overall market.
by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 4:33 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Walking Dead’ creator Frank Darabont sues AMC over profits from hit zombie drama LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The creator of “The Walking Dead” is suing AMC over what he claims is an effort to deny him tens of millions of dollars in profit from the hit drama.Oscar-nominated writer-director Frank Darabont (“The Shawshank Redemption,” ”The Green Mile”) and Creative Arts Agency filed suit Tuesday in New York Supreme Court against defendants including AMC Network Entertainment LLC.Their suit claims that despite four seasons of “unprecedented programming success and profitability” for the defendants, Darabont hasn’t received any profits for developing the series.AMC declined Wednesday to comment on the suit, which also alleges that Darabont was fired as producer without cause. He developed “The Walking Dead” from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series about zombies.The lawsuit alleges that AMC decided to produce the series in-house and paid itself a deliberately low license fee to air it, engaging in what the suit labels “the improper and abusive practice of ‘self-dealing.’”“The sole goal of this sham transaction is to enhance the profits of the parent company by minimizing the revenues that go into the ‘pool’ of funds for the show’s profit participants,” the suit alleges.The suit reflects others filed by creators of successful TV shows, including “Will & Grace.” When a studio licenses a show to be aired by an affiliated network or cable channel, the fee can fail to reflect fair market value and diminish payments to creators and others, such lawsuits argue.Darabont’s legal action follows his clouded exit from “The Walking Dead” early in its second season and critical public comments he has made about AMC.His suit claims that a formal agreement called for him to be paid as if the series were produced by an unaffiliated studio engaging in “true arm’s length negotiations over license fees.”As of December 2012, two years after the show debuted, AMC’s participation statements show “The Walking Dead” had a $49 million deficit to overcome before Darabont or CAA would see “their first dollar of profits.”“AMC’s sham imputed license fee formula is clearly designed to ensure plaintiffs never see that first dollar,” the suit contends.
by Julie Watson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 11, 2014 1:34 am MDT SAN DIEGO – Army reservist Dennis Rances had a general idea of how he would spend Veterans Day with his military friends, and none of it required money.The Afghanistan war veteran figured they would start with a free breakfast, ride their motorcycles and then stop for a no-cost dinner. Not just food was on the house Tuesday, there was also free admission at select theatres to the World War II film “Fury,” starring Brad Pitt.“Let’s go, dude!” said Rances’ Army veteran friend, Cesar Garcia. He stood among motorcycles outside a packed Denny’s in San Diego as fellow veterans wearing hats with Purple Heart logos and military T-shirts passed.Veterans Day is not only a time to honour those who have served in the military: For American businesses, it’s also a time to back up that appreciation with a freebie.A slew of locally owned businesses and national chains offered something free Tuesday to anyone who has served in the military — a trend that has been growing since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.“I think it’s pretty cool businesses are showing their appreciation this way,” Rances said.Many, like Rances, started the day with a free meal. Denny’s was offering a Grand Slam breakfast on the house, and IHOP served up free red, white and blue pancakes.Veterans could then walk off the calories in national parks, which offered free admission to everyone, and re-energize with a free 12-ounce cup of Starbucks-brewed coffee for current and former military members and their spouses.They could stop in for a free haircut at Great Clips or get a card to redeem one by Dec. 31, then grab lunch or dinner without spending a dime at Applebee’s, Olive Garden or Chili’s, among others.And that’s only scratching the surface: There were free appetizers, beer, gym passes, car washes and video game tokens.Retired Navy Cmdr. David Glazier, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, said he was inundated with offers.“It’s kind of overkill,” he said. “There’s only one of me, and I can only eat one lunch.”While veterans appreciate the goodwill gesture, many, like Glazier, missed out because they had to work. Some businesses were extending the deals beyond Tuesday.Glazier planned to go to Knott’s Berry Farm, the theme park south of Los Angeles, which is offering free tickets to present and former military members and a guest until the beginning of January.Bob Goldin, executive vice-president of the Chicago-based food industry consulting firm Technomic, has not seen figures on the impact of the deals, but he does not believe they lead to a long-term boost in sales.But with so many big-name companies offering freebies, there is pressure to join them.“It’s like apple pie,” he said. “It’s patriotism. Who dares being anti-veteran?”Most veterans were well-aware that the freebies were also a marketing opportunity for businesses, but Glazier said that’s not a bad thing.“To me, the real perversion is Memorial Day, because Memorial Day has become a giant party day and sale day for American businesses, yet that is supposed to be the day we honour America’s war dead,” Glazier said. “Veterans at least are alive and here. So offering a free lunch to them or another sincerely good deal, I think it’s a nice thing to do.” Free coffee, lunch and a movie among slew of Veterans Day freebies offered to military members AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
TSX racks up small loss as energy stocks decline, golds register strong uptick TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed with a slight loss Tuesday amid further volatility in oil prices, but damage was limited by a strong run-up in gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index declined 23.88 points to 14,640.04 on the second-last trading day of the year.The energy sector fell one per cent even as February crude in New York gained 51 cents to US$54.12 a barrel ahead of the release Wednesday of the latest U.S. inventory levels from the Department of Energy.Crude futures are down about 50 per cent since their 2014 high of $107.26 in June amid rising production and lower demand as a result of slowing economies in Europe and China. The rout in prices has pushed the TSX energy sector down about 20 per cent this year as traders try to gauge just how low prices can go.“It’s a gigantic game of chicken that is going on right now,” said Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management, adding that OPEC is trying to slow the trajectory of growth in North American supply.“The U.S. has gone from (production of) six million barrels to 10 million barrels in about four years and that pace has them scared.”He believes that oil touching $50 and then bouncing right back up is not going to be enough. Jerusalim thinks OPEC needs to keep pricing low for at least six months and he is looking for production, capital expenditures and rig counts to come down.Oilfield service companies have been a major casualty of the plunge in oil prices. Shares in Civeo Corp. (NYSE:CVEO), which provides accommodations for energy company workers mainly in the Canadian oilsands region and in Australia, cratered $4.35 or 52 per cent to US$3.92 as it announced that falling oil prices would negatively impact earnings in 2015. The company also suspended its dividend.The Canadian dollar rose 0.16 of a cent to 86.15 cents US.New York markets were in the red amid mixed data covering American house prices and consumer confidence.The Dow Jones industrials declined 55.16 points to 17,983.07, the Nasdaq was down 29.47 points to 4,777.44 and the S&P 500 index gave back 10.22 points to 2,080.35.The U.S. Case Schiller home price index rose by a greater than expected 0.76 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in October. Economists had looked for a rise of 0.4 per cent. The year-over-year rate eased to an almost on-consensus 4.5 per cent.And the Conference Board’s U.S. consumer confidence index came in at 92.6 in December, up from a November read of 88.7. Economists figured confidence would improve due to plunging gasoline prices, faster job creation and higher stock prices and had expected a reading of 93.9.Elsewhere on the TSX, financials were also a drag, down 0.6 per cent while industrials fell 0.55 per cent.The gold sector was the leading advancer in Toronto, up about 3.7 per cent as a weaker U.S. dollar helped push February bullion up $18.50 to US$1,200.40 an ounce.The base metals group climbed 1.45 per cent as March copper edged up three cents to US$2.85 a pound. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 30, 2014 7:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“Lumpy skin disease has always been considered exotic in Europe, therefore many laboratories in the region are not prepared to detect it, or to differentiate between its various strains,” said Giovanni Cattoli, head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/IAEA joint Animal Protection and Health Laboratory, in a press release.Traditionally common to Africa and Asia, lumpy skin disease emerged in Turkey in 2013 and has since rapidly spread through south-eastern Europe. The disease has been detected to date in six European countries – Greece, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania and Montenegro – with new cases being reported weekly. With a cattle herd of around 87 million heads, the European Union would be severely affected.The two week-long training course taking place at the joint FAO/IAEA laboratory in Seibersdorf, Austria, is held in response to Member States’ requests for urgent support in animal disease preparedness and control.Thirty six participants from 22 European countries, mostly from central and east European countries, will learn to use such techniques as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and genetic sequencing, which can detect the virus within three hours and help trace its origin.The early and accurate detection of the virus is essential to taking containment measures, such as imposing cattle movement restrictions and culling. At present, the growing global demand for vaccines to control the disease is challenging.The virus is transmitted through direct contact with infected animals and contaminated products, as well as through flies and ticks. Although it does not pose a danger to humans, lumpy skin disease can spread between animals and farms, causing severe economic losses.The disease is characterized by extensive skin lesions, and affects milk, beef and leather production. Since 2015, more than 600 outbreaks in Europe have been notified to the World Organization for Animal Health, resulting in the culling of over 10,000 animals as part of containment efforts.Earlier this year, the IAEA, in cooperation with FAO, provided laboratory support and expertise in these techniques to Bulgaria to battle lumpy skin disease. The IAEA has also deployed PCR to help West Africa cope with the Ebola outbreak in 2014 and to Latin America during this year’s Zika virus emergency.