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GM reaffirms Oshawa closure after meetings with Ontario and federal officials

first_imgThe Canadian Press TORONTO — General Motors says it has reaffirmed plans to close the Oshawa Assembly Plant in meetings with the Ontario and federal governments.Company CEO Mary Barra met briefly with federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains Monday on the sidelines of an auto show in Detroit, and company executives met with Ontario Premier Doug Ford earlier on Tuesday.The company says it told both governments that it intends to continue to be a major manufacturer in Canada with its Ingersoll and St. Catharines plants and an expanded automotive research base.GM announced in late November that it would wind down its Oshawa operations by the end of 2019 at a loss of about 2,600 unionized workers and 340 other staff.Bains said in a statement that he urged the company to reconsider the Oshawa closure, and regrets that the company’s position hasn’t changed.He said the federal government stands ready to play an active role to find a solution for Oshawa’s workers.last_img read more

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Tommy Lakes Forest Fire grows to over 20000 hectares

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Tommy Lakes fire that caused residents north of Prespatou to be evacuated Saturday night, is now over 20,000 hectares in size.According to an update posted Sunday morning by the B.C. Wildfire Service, the fire is now 20,000 hectares and approximately 29 km northeast of Mile 109 of the Alaska Highway.  Officials are still saying the size of the fire is only an estimate and that they will do further tracking on Sunday to determine the full size and of the fire.  On May 26, the fire did move to the Northeast.The evacuation order is in effect for the following area: Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service from earlier in the 2018 wildfire season. 1 of 6 Interface: Interface Interface FireEvacuation Order is in effect.On May 26, 2018 at 1700 hours the Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for Electoral Area B due to the Tommy Lakes wildfire. The evacuation order is in effect for:Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.More informationIt is expected that an area restriction will be in place to restrict public access to the active wildfire area and access roads within the Tommy Lakes wildfire boundary. This is to ensure the safety of the public and crews.Cause: Lightning Lightning CausedResources• 77 firefighters• 7 helicopters• 7 heavy equipmentThe primary objectives are to establish machine guard and if conditions permit conduct controlled burning operations, in order to protect oil and gas infrastructure and other values in the vicinity of G80340. Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector continuing west of the Nig connector to Tommy Lakes junction. Additional crews are working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommys Lake Road. They will also be preparing for controlled burning (burn off) operations if weather permits.The Tommy Lakes (G80340) is the result of the amalgamation of the former Beatton Lake (G80340) and the Tommy Lakes Road (G80341). This amalgamation occurred on May 25, 2018.Please refer to attached perimeter map for location of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.Smoke may be visible to the public from this wildfire. Photo taken by Ina Dick Discovered: Tuesday, May 22, 2018Size: 20,000.0 hectares (estimated)Status: Active• 0% containedThe fire is approximately 20,000* hectares, 0% contained*This area is an estimate only. The wildfire is expected to be tracked today to determine a more accurate area including the May 26th excursion to the northeast. Starting at the junction of Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road bearing northerly along the Beaton Airport Road ending at the bridge on the Beatton River. Next bearing SE along the Beaton River continues stopping near Two Creeks Road near the Beatton River. Next bearing SW along the Two Creeks Road returning to the junction of the Beaton Airport Road, Birch Road and Two Creeks Road.Forest Fire PhotosHere are some photos of the fire submitted to Energeticcity.ca by Ina Dick and the B.C. Wildfire Service: Below is the latest update from the B.C. Wildfire Service:Tommy Lakes (G80340)Last updated: Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 9:47 AMLocation: Approximately 29km northeast of mile 109 Hwy 97 (Alaska Highway)• See approximate location of this wildfire by clicking here Photo was taken by Ina Dick. Tommy Lakes Wildfire courtesy of the B.C. Wildfire Service Photo taken by Ina Dicklast_img read more

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Effort to rewrite Jack Danielssupported legal definition of Tenn whiskey fails for

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this May 20, 2009, file photo, Jeff Arnett, the master distiller at the Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tenn., tests the aroma of whiskey at the distillery. Jack Daniel’s is fighting efforts in the state Legislature to dial back the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey, including a provision that requires the spirit to be aged in new oak barrels. State lawmakers on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) Effort to rewrite Jack Daniel’s-supported legal definition of Tenn. whiskey fails for year NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State lawmakers on Tuesday decided not to rewrite the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey this session, meaning the rules supported by Jack Daniel’s will govern other distillers in the state for at least another year.The proposal that could have led to the outright repeal of the labeling law was moved to summer study panels that will convene after the legislative session ends.Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett, who has heavily lobbied lawmakers to uphold the current law, welcomed the decision to put off suggested changes like removing a requirement to age whiskey in unused oak barrels.“We stand behind last year’s law, we truly believe it’s best for Tennessee whiskey all over the world,” Arnett said. “And for the players who’ve located in the state of Tennessee, we need to uphold these quality standards.”The debate has pitched two global liquor giants against each other. Jack Daniel’s which is owned by Louisville, Ky.-based Brown-Forman Corp., first proposed the establishment of a Tennessee whiskey law last year. George Dickel is owned British conglomerate Diageo PLC, which led this year’s attempts to dismantle that law.Guy L. Smith IV, executive vice-president of Diageo, said he hopes the study committee gives serious consideration to changing the law.“Rather than having one company dictate for everyone, we can do this the right way and come together in an open forum to discuss how to create the best standards for Tennessee whiskey,” Smith said in a release.While some smaller distillers like Full Throttle in northwestern Tennessee had spoken out against the restrictions, others like Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery in Nashville argued that strict rules akin to those governing bourbon whiskey would ensure a baseline of quality.“It’s a relief that we’re upholding the standards of Tennessee whiskey for now,” said Nelson’s Green Brier CEO Charles Nelson.Nelson said the state law conforms with the way his ancestor first made Tennessee whiskey, and that his company had planned to distill its own version following that recipe regardless of whether the legal definition had been changed.Jack Daniel’s is by far the largest producer of Tennessee whiskey, shipping 11.5 million cases of its Black Label last year, a 5 per cent increase from 2012. Dickel was the second-largest Tennessee whiskey producer in 2013, with 130,000 cases sold.Whiskey is clear when it goes into the barrel. It’s during the aging process that the whiskey acquires colour and flavours. Arnett, the Jack Daniel’s master distiller, argued that employing reused barrels could lead some distillers to be tempted to use artificial colours and flavouring agents.Arnett said he’s ready to put the arguments over the definition of Tennessee whiskey to rest.“I would love to stop debating it and get back to making it,” he said. by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press Posted Mar 25, 2014 4:15 pm MDT read more

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Improvements in Afghan audit will enhance integrity – UN

The United Nations in Afghanistan has welcomed several refinements made this week to that country’s ongoing audit over the results of the presidential run-off poll, saying the improvements will strengthen the “integrity of the process”.In a statement from Kabul today, Ján Kubiš, head of UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said that all parties had a responsibility to ensure the delivery of credible results of the roughly eight million ballots. “The objective of the unprecedented audit agreed to by [the two Presidential candidates] Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani is to identify and excise large-scale fraud from the millions of valid votes,” said Mr. Kubiš. During the last week several refinements were discussed in the Audit Management committee co-chaired by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and UN with the participation of the two campaigns and international observers. “As we continue to learn every day by carrying out the audit, the IEC, the UN and the two campaign teams are working to tighten the procedures and criteria so that the demand of the Afghan people to separate fraudulent ballots from valid votes can be achieved.” The most significant of these issues was the new special scrutiny procedure, which commenced on 16 August. It was required by the 12 July Agreement reached between Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani, which allowed agents from their campaigns to request special scrutiny on ballot boxes that register certain results. “Operationalising the special scrutiny provision is important to promoting broad acceptance of the result of the audit,” said Mr.Kubiš. Other updates include a process on how to identify improbable sequences of voter ID cards in voter logs, and further clarifications on what constitutes a ballot marked according to procedure. “Now both candidates can have the confidence that the polling stations about which they had the greatest concerns will not just be audited but also receive full recounts under the close monitoring of the most experienced IEC staff, UN experts and observers.” The issues were raised by the electoral campaigns based on their experiences with the audit, which is expected to have completed 10,000 boxes by Sunday. Following extensive deliberations on each issue, UN recommendations on technical matters and other issues were put forward with the aim to contribute to the audit overall objective of capturing and cleaning large-scale fraud. read more

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Brock PhD student to carry Parapan Am torch

A Brock University PhD student is quite literally taking up the torch for athletes with disabilities.Aly Bailey, a first-year PhD Student in Applied Health Sciences, will be one of the torchbearers when the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games torch relay rolls through St. Catharines Monday evening.The 26-year-old was nominated by two fellow students who felt Bailey was deserving of the honour because of her masters research involving body image experiences facing individuals with physical disabilities.“I’m definitely honoured and humbled by the opportunity … as well as excited, and a little nervous,” Bailey said with a laugh.Bailey’s research led to a passion for working with individuals with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. In addition to working on her PhD, she works at Brock’s Centre for Health and Well-Being, where she’s developing a positive body image program that can be widely used among individuals with disabilities.Bailey said her masters research made her realize people with physical disabilities have both negative and positive body image experiences.“I feel that the positive gets missed a lot in the media and in some of the notions people have around disability. A lot of them are inaccurate,” she said. “The celebrations of the Parapan Am Games are highlighting some of the positives, so it definitely resonates with me.”Brock PhD student Lindsay Cline, who along with Brock alumna Larkin Lamarche nominated Bailey, said being a torchbearer will allow her friend to continue spreading an important message.“One of the reasons we thought to nominate Aly was to give her this platform for her research and to bring some needed attention to the Parapan Am Games,” Cline said.The Parapan Am Torch Relay Celebration will take place at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie Monday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Bailey and the other torchbearers will each carry the torch for about 200 metres. read more

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2015 Really Was The Bizarro Peyton Manning Season

From a lot of angles, Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback of all time. His second Super Bowl win, however, came in decidedly un-Peyton-like fashion, with Manning riding in the wake of an all-time defense while doddering well below replacement level for most of the season. Perhaps this is karma, a just reward after a career of — with a few exceptions — being shackled to some of the worst defenses ever to run deep into the playoffs. It’s the popular line of thinking, at least, and popular enough to dig a little deeper. So: Just how bad were Peyton’s defenses in his best years?Here’s a look at the statistical profiles of Hall of Fame and near-Hall of Fame QBs from the modern era — this includes the defensive and rushing support each received throughout his career, but especially his prime. To find this, I took each passer’s performance in a few categories — completion percentage, yards per completion, touchdown percentage, interception percentage, sack percentage — and sorted them by their percentile relative to the league in any given season. I then weighted each season to give more weight to a player’s best years according to value over replacement (like I did with Ken Griffey Jr. here). Then, I did the same for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for both rushing offense and defense. PERCENTILE VS. LEAGUEDVOA FROM… Brett Favre78558257704763 Terry Bradshaw48788643616282 Roger Staubach79707983407375 Ben Roethlisberger81797157355968 It’s been a stunning reversal, the likes of which we haven’t really seen from such a good QB before; the only possible exceptions were the final full seasons of Marino, Ken Stabler and Joe Theismann’s careers. Those performances all came in the service of mediocre teams, though. Somehow Manning actually turned an even more extreme version of this formula into a championship.We aren’t sure if the Super Bowl was Manning’s final game, and it’s hard to speculate about how this changes Manning’s legacy (not that a paltry two titles will ever satiate the “Count The Ringz!!!” crowd anyway). But even if Manning happened to be dragged to a championship in the final throes of his senescence by Von Miller and Denver’s ferocious defense, it’s hard not to appreciate the strange symmetry after Manning spent a career elevating middling and worse teams with his brilliance. Troy Aikman88384677788056 QUARTERBACKCMP%YD/CMPTD%INT%SK%RUSHING OFFENSEDEFENSE Carson Palmer69597551775547 Peyton Manning91648870956052 After breaking down the characteristics of Manning and his teams over the years, it’s amazing to see how sharply the usual tendencies were inverted along Denver’s path to the championship. On average, Manning’s teams were middle-of-the-pack on defense, and a shade better than that at running the ball. That was more than enough to rattle off an absurd string of 10-plus-win seasons, because Manning was very good — if not completely and totally great — in every facet of passing the football. His average defense was worse than that supporting Brett Favre, Joe Montana or Steve Young, and the running game was less efficient than what Tom Brady, Drew Brees or John Elway was working with.Manning did have a lot more help than Dan Marino, but he also bested him across every passing category — like a more accurate, deeper-throwing version of the Dolphins great, who got the ball out just as fast but was more careful with it. And since we’re looking at percentiles instead of raw output, the differences between eras soften, though they don’t completely disappear.That was prime Peyton, however. This year’s version was far, far worse, particularly in categories where he once excelled. To wit: His rates of completions, touchdowns and interceptions, each typically among the top 30 percent of regular QBs, all dipped into the bottom quarter of passers this season. Meanwhile, his defensive support, usually in the middle of the pack, zoomed up to the best in football. Dan Marino74577866945030 Tony Romo80778259606954 Ken Anderson83526784486945 Warren Moon74537159705259 Kurt Warner93828944676061 Joe Namath42886839924930 Aaron Rodgers82799388367759 Bob Griese86558756458750 John Elway59646367637649 Drew Brees90528267887031 Jim Kelly76647947656456 Dan Fouts81697160875530 Steve Young98719078428267 Donovan McNabb45677285457972 Sources: pro football reference, football outsiders Tom Brady77688485787852 Philip Rivers82738167644333 Joe Montana93327484717369 read more

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Two shot dead on Londons streets amid warnings fluid supply of guns

Two people were shot dead in London within eight hours amid police warnings that gangs are finding increasingly inventive ways to import firearms.A 25-year-old man is believed to have accidently shot himself when a bullet ricocheted off the windscreen of a parked car in broad daylight.One eyewitness said the victim “came to shoot someone else, but he ended up shooting himself” on a busy street in Sydenham, south London shortly before 4pm on Sunday.A 56-year-old local resident said: “The bullet bounced off a car window. After it happened, the boy he came to shoot stood there filming him.”A shopkeeper said a group of men had been sitting in the car but ran off when the other man approached, prompting him to start smashing the vehicle with the back of a gun.“As he was hitting the windows the gun went off and he shot himself,” he said. “That’s what we’ve been told.”  Three men fled the scene as a witness called the emergency services in Sydenham Three men fled the scene as a witness called the emergency services in Sydenham Police at the scene in SydenhamCredit:Lucy Young/Evening Standard /eyevine It was the first of three violent deaths in the capital on Sunday. Some ten miles away, in Kentish Town, a man in his 20s was shot just before midnight.A witness who tried to save his life said he heard a loud bang before finding the man unconscious on the street with a “tennis ball” sized” wound in his chest.In a third attack in nearby Camden, a woman named locally as Shakira Mercedes, 23, the mother of a six-year-old boy, was stabbed at around 11.15pm after it is claimed she “tried to stick up for someone” in an argument. A 35-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder. The violence came as police warned that the “fluid supply” of guns was becoming increasingly difficult to control, with gangs using new and innovative ways of smuggling them past border defences. Police at the scene in Sydenham A video that emerged last night showed a man dressed in black and wearing a balaclava leaning over the body yelling: “He’s shot himself, he’s f—ing shot himself” before running away.Det Chief Insp Richard Leonard from Scotland Yard confirmed that officers were investigating the possibility that the man had “unintentionally discharged a firearm resulting in his fatal injury.” Simon Brough, head of firearms at the National Crime Agency (NCA), also warned that the “sheer volume” of firearms coming into the UK represented a “pernicious threat” that urgently needed to be addressed.“The scale is really challenging, he told the Telegraph. “We are doing everything we can but criminals are operating in a lucrative business where they can be increasingly innovative and operate in a highly effective way.” Last week, an Irish man found with 60 firearms in his car in Dover, en route from Calais, admitted gun smuggling.Robert Keogh, 37, was stopped on August 2 by Border Force officers who found the weapons concealed deep inside the vehicle’s bumper and both rear quarter panels.The number of shootings has been on the rise since 2013 and has in part being linked to the 2,000 drug supply chains identified as part of the country lines network.Mr Brough said hand guns were being smuggled through eastern Europe, across nexus points in Belgium and the Netherlands and then onwards into the UK.“Some of the methods criminal groups are using are incredibly sophisticated, for example, they are built into the interior of vehicles,” he said. “The challenge at the border is the sheer volume of the operation.“When a gun is coming in as a fast parcel, how can we find that? It’s a needle in a haystack.”Shotguns lawfully held are being diverted into the criminal market via burglaries while other weapons are purchased blank and then converted.Mr Brough said there was a trend towards “new and clean” guns being used for the first time  that did not link to previous crimes. “The source of them and availability leads to incidents such as we’ve seen this weekend,” he added.Towards the end of last year, the NCA took the rare step of using its legal powers to direct every police force to step up their fight against illegal guns.Mr Brough said the directive had received a good response and had led to a rise in intelligence and new leads but said more investment is needed to develop new capabilities. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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Christmas report card how Irelands football stars fared this year

first_imgIT HAS BEEN far from the best of years for the Ireland side. Indeed, much of 2013 has been relatively depressing from a supporter’s perspective, owing to the side’s many dismal performances and tame failure to qualify for the World Cup.On the bright side however, the year did end on an positive note. The appointment of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane brought renewed optimism to the set-up, while the performances of James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman of late have given hope that the future of Irish football may not be as bleak as it previously appeared.With that in mind, we’ve rated each individual player’s year in the style of a school report card.Keep in mind that we’re focusing on players who are both eligible for the team currently and who appear to have at least somewhat of a realistic chance of playing a part in Martin O’Neill’s plans (so sorry Darren O’Dea, Enda Stevens and Keith Andrews).The players’ likelihood of starting Ireland’s first competitive game under their new manager is also assessed from a choice of three categories — ‘probable,’ ‘possible’ and ‘outside chance.’(INPHO/Donall Farmer)David Forde: Forde was disappointing in the vital qualifier against Sweden and was at fault for at least one of the goals. However, he partially made up for it by helping Ireland keep the score down against Germany. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleKeiren Westwood: Did relatively well when called up, though has yet to be fully tested in an Ireland shirt. Regained his place in the Sunderland side following Mignolet’s departure but then lost it again. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleDarren Randolph: A regular in the Championship with Birmingham this season, Randolph is definitely worth considering for the number 1 Irish jersey in the long term given Forde’s age and Westwood’s struggles to acquire regular first-team football. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJoey O’Brien: Hasn’t been picked by Sam Allardyce with the same level of consistency as last season and has again largely been overlooked in the Irish set-up. CLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRichard Dunne: Recovered well from a long-term injury to become a key part of QPR’s promotion push, helping them earn the best defensive record in the Championship this season, though he appeared to lack match sharpness for Ireland in the games with Sweden and Austria. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableJohn O’Shea: Was one of the better players in a poor Sunderland team, and generally performed reasonably well when called upon at international level. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableSean St Ledger: Out of favour at Leicester due to injuries and loss of confidence, while he hasn’t figured much for Ireland either. Will be fortunate to retain a place in Martin O’Neill’s squad on current form. D Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRichard Keogh: Continues to perform well for a Derby side pushing for promotion from the Championship, though has still found his Irish chances frustratingly limited. B Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceAlex Pearce: Called up to the Ireland squad for the friendlies with Latvia and Poland and played roughly half an hour in the latter game in an appearance so fleeting that it would be unfair to judge him based on that occasion. In addition, he signed a new contract with Reading in summer and has subsequently helped them rise towards the play-off positions in the Championship. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceDamien Delaney: Didn’t look out of place when handed a start against Germany and couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals. Probably worth a place in  the squad when fit, particularly as he’s been one of the better players in a struggling Palace team. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chancePaul  McShane: Not as bad a player as his awful reputation among certain Ireland fans indicates, McShane started the year brightly with Hull — many of the club’s fans even suggested him as a candidate for their Player of the Year. However, he has found first-team opportunities harder to come by since their arrival in the Premier League. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chance(INPHO/Donall Farmer)Ciaran Clark: Hasn’t always been picked by Villa and has at times been asked to play in an unfamiliar full-back position. Still, given that he plays regularly enough in the Premier League, he is surely a player Martin O’Neill can’t afford to ignore. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleStephen Kelly: Kelly has not always been a regular starter for Reading and was at fault for one of Ireland’s goals in a rare outing against Germany. Needs to do better if he is to remain part of Martin O’Neill’s plans. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceSeamus Coleman: It now seems incredible that Coleman didn’t make Ireland’s Euro 2012 squad, as he has become a player impossible to ignore. Has consistently improved and become an important part of an impressive Everton side as well. ALikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableStephen Ward: Suffered disappointment after being relegated with Wolves, but has since bounced back to become a first-team regular with Brighton. Also performed reasonably on his return to the Ireland team recently. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRobbie Brady: Has been one of Hull’s best players as they’ve exceeded expectations in the Premier League this year. Injuries and Trap’s reluctance to pick him meant he didn’t get much of a chance to impress at international level. A -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleWes Hoolahan: The midfielder looked impressive when given a chance with Ireland, which makes it all the more frustrating that he has received very little game time with Norwich this year. C -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleDavid Meyler: Enjoyed possibly his best footballing year ever, helping Hull get promoted and impressing in the Premier League. He could be an important player for Ireland under Martin O’Neill if he manages to stay injury free. B +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleStephen Quinn: Performed well in helping Hull get promoted and showed some nice touches amid the minimal game time he’s received with Ireland. Has had his chances restricted in the Premier League though, partially due to injury. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceMarc Wilson: Was poor in Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Sweden and was tried out in a number of positions for club and country, but he remains O’Neill’s best option at left-back. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbablePaul Green: A limited player who did reasonably well by his standards when asked to play at international level, though he hasn’t been getting much game time with Leeds of late. With Ireland now having the promising likes of Gibson, McCarthy, Meyler and potentially Mark Noble (not forgetting Whelan and Hendrick too), it will surely be tough for Green to make the squad if everyone is fit. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chance(INPHO/Morgan Treacy)Aiden McGeady: Injury meant he missed Ireland’s vital World Cup qualifiers, yet his performances in Martin O’Neill’s first two games in charge suggest he will still have an important role to play in the side in future. He was also transfer listed by Spartak Moscow despite being a fan favourite there and so, it’ll be interesting to discover what his next move will be. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableJeff Hendrick: Was a regular for Derby last year, and continued where he left off this season before suffering an ankle injury that ruled him out for 12 weeks. The 21-year-old midfielder has also looked impressive on the rare occasions he’s been given a chance for Ireland and looks a very decent prospect for the future. B +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJames McCarthy: Got the big-money move to Everton that he needed, and has since proved to be a worthy addition to the side. He has also been one of Ireland’s better players, though the suspicion remains that he has more to offer at international level. ALikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: ProbableStephen Hunt: Without a club for much of this season after being let go by Wolves, Hunt finally signed a short-term deal with Ipswich, but has yet to make much of an impact there. D +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceJames McClean: His form at Sunderland diminished to such an extent that the club were happy to let him go, and the winger has made a less-than-solid start to life at Wigan. He has looked good for Ireland of late though. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleAndy Reid: Established himself as a vital member of the Nottingham Forest first team and impressed on his return to the Ireland set-up. At 31 though, time is running out for him to make an impact on the international scene, and he’ll probably need to be playing regularly in the Premier League to convince skeptics that he warrants a place in the national team. A –Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleAnthony Pilkington: Hasn’t been particularly impressive in a struggling Norwich side. Moreover, Pilkington has still only made two appearances at international level. C+Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleGlenn Whelan: Seemed off the pace at times for Ireland and has been in and out of the Stoke side since Mark Hughes took over. He’ll find it difficult to retain his regular starting place in the Ireland team if both Gibson and McCarthy are fit, while even David Meyler will be pushing for a place ahead of him if he continues to impress with Hull. CLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleJon Walters: Has continued to be picked regularly since Mark Hughes took over at Stoke, though he didn’t exactly set the world alight when selected for Ireland. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleRobbie Keane: This year, Keane made his overall scoring tally an incredible 62 goals for Ireland, and also gained a Player of the Year nomination in the MLS. He may still not contribute a lot in the build-up play, but when they need a goal, the Irish side still have no better player to rely upon. A -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Possible(INPHO/James Crombie)Shane Long: A lack of form saw him lose his place in the West Brom side — as well as almost getting sold to Hull — and his performances for Ireland were patchy (although he did score a fantastic goal against England at Wembley).  He has played with much more confidence in recent weeks, however. B -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleSimon Cox: Has a respectable five goals in 13 appearances for Nottingham Forest, but has been omitted from Noel King’s squads and may struggle to break into Martin O’Neill’s team too. C +Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceKevin Doyle: A hugely disappointing year saw Doyle relegated for the second consecutive season with Wolves and snubbed by Trapattoni. Having once been thought of as one of the first names on the teamsheet, Doyle is now not even a guaranteed squad member. And even in League One, he has managed to score just a handful of goals this season. DLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceAnthony Stokes: Stokes was the only Irish player to feature in the Champions League proper this season, and began the campaign impressively; playing an instrumental role in helping Celtic seal a dramatic aggregate qualifying round win over Shakhter Karagandy. On the downside, he was somewhat disappointingly left out of the side for their vital home match against Milan. Nevertheless, his performances with Ireland were decent enough to suggest he warrants a place in the squad at the very least. BLikelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: PossibleConor Sammon: Struggled to get a place even with a team of modest ambition like Derby. His work-rate for Ireland could not be faulted, but he appears to lack the sufficient quality to be a viable long-term option for the side. Consequently, few people complained when he was left out of Noel King’s squads. C -Likelihood of starting O’Neill’s first competitive game: Outside chanceRoy Keane: my relationship with Alex Ferguson is ‘non-existent’>6 things we learned from watching The Class of ’92>last_img read more

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Canal va stopper sa chaîne 3D

first_imgCanal + va stopper sa chaîne 3DLe site Planète CSAT a annoncé que Canal + comptait arrêter sa chaîne 3D lancée en 2010 faute d’audience. Elle disparaitra le 24 janvier. C’est une déception pour Canal + qui avait misé beaucoup sur cette chaîne. Alors que la 3D investit de plus en plus de supports, le géant de la télévision avait en effet décidé de participer à son essor en lançant en juin 2010 une chaîne spécialement dédiée à l’occasion de la coupe du monde de football. Canal + 3D était disponible pour les abonnés CanalSat équipés des décodeurs DualS ou Le Cube ainsi que les abonnés fibre optique (FTTH) Free et SFR, précise ZDNet. À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DMais après un peu plus d’un an et demi d’expérimentation, la chaîne n’a finalement pas fait ses preuves. Le site Planète CSAT a ainsi annoncé que Canal + allait la suspendre et ce, dès le 24 janvier, “l’offre de programme étant jugée insuffisante par l’opérateur et l’équipement encore trop peu représentatif de la consommation des ménages”, d’après le site. Les abonnés seraient seulement 30.000 à utiliser le service depuis un an. Un quota qui n’étonne pas vraiment lorsqu’on sait que seuls 150.000 TV 3D ont été vendues en 2010 pour un total de 8,5 millions de téléviseurs écoulés, d’après une étude du Simavelec relayée par ZDNet. La 3D semble avoir bien du mal à conquérir les foyers.  Le 28 décembre 2011 à 09:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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County flu death toll rises to 24 with eight more deaths last

first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 6:19 PM KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Complications for the flu resulted in the deaths of eight San Diego County residents ranging in age from 27 to 85 last week, health officials reported Wednesday.Among the deaths was a 32-year-old North County man without medical issues and a 27-year-old South County man who had additional medical issues. Five of the other six residents who died also had medical issues in addition to the flu. The county did not report if any of them had been vaccinated.The deaths bring the county’s flu season death toll to 24, a far cry from the 174 deaths reported at this time last season. According to the county’s weekly flu report for the week of Jan. 13-19, the county has lab- confirmed 3,097 flu cases so far this flu season, compared to 13,644 at this time last year.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advise the annual flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older, especially demographics with a heightened risk of serious complications, such as pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions.“Healthy young people should not be dying from influenza. That’s why it’s so important to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Sayone Thihalolipavan, the county’s deputy public health officer. “If you have not gotten a flu shot, do it now.”Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 211 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.com, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. Posted: January 23, 2019center_img January 23, 2019 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County flu death toll rises to 24 with eight more deaths last weeklast_img read more

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Search underway for missing Margate man

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who went missing in Margate, Sunday morning.According to Margate Police, 52-year-old Khrishnadutt “Reggie” Ibaran walked away from the Embassy Retirement Home Assisted Living Facility, located at 6093 NW 9th Court. Personnel last saw him at around 11 a.m.Ibaran stands 5 foot 7 inches, weighs about 130 pounds, and has black hair with gray streaks. He was last seen wearing a burgundy long-sleeve shirt and green pants.Investigators said Ibaran is new to the facility and had previously lived in Sunrise and Lauderhill.If you know his whereabouts, call Margate Police at 954-972-7111 or the Broward Sheriff’s Office at 954-476-4720.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Creating a sixqubit cluster state

first_img Citation: Creating a six-qubit cluster state (2009, November 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-11-six-qubit-cluster-state.html Quantum computing: Entanglement may not be necessary The idea of entangling more qubits appears to be gaining traction with a recent experiment conducted the University of Rome in Italy. Giuseppe Vallone is a member of group that was able to entangle a two-photon, six-qubit cluster state. “The degree of entanglement increases with more qubits,” Vallone tells PhysOrg.com. “If you want a bigger entanglement, you need to be able to work with more qubits. This is moving us in that direction.” The results of the experiment can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Experimental Entanglement and Nonlocality of a Two-Photon Six-Qubit Cluster State.”Vallone and his peers believe that this represents the first time a six-qubit linear cluster state built using a two-photon triple entangled state has been experimentally demonstrated. The demonstration aims at creating a hybrid method of increasing entanglement by adding more qubits, but also limiting the decoherence that comes when a greater number of particles is involved with the system. “If we can increase the number of particles and degrees of freedom,” Vallone explains, “you can get a more highly entangled state, which would have a number of possible uses in a possible future quantum technology.”In order to set up the experiment, Vallone and his colleagues prepared a six-qubit state that was hyper-entangled using two photons with triple entanglement. Longitudinal momentum and polarization were used to encode three qubits in each particle, and then a series of unitary transformations were performed in order to entangle some of the qubits. The process was an extension of work that has been done to create four-qubit states.To make sure entanglement had taken place, measurements had to be taken. “We measured each particle with the encoded qubits, and measured their states,” Vallone says. “Entanglement is a correlation between different systems, and we were able to compare the measurements on the two photons and see that there was entanglement.”Going forward, Vallone hopes that the number of qubits used can be increased to eight. “When you increase the qubits, the computational power grows exponentially,” Vallone says. “So it is important to see if we can get this effect with a higher number of qubits. Now that we have shown that it can be done with six, the next step is go on to eight, and then add even more qubits.” This way, he continues, it should be possible to eventually use the method for practical quantum computation. “We are trying to use the two-photon state to perform a quantum algorithm that can be seen as a proof-of-principle demonstration of a quantum computer, and I think that we will be able to get there at some point.”More information: Ceccarelli, et. al. “Experimental Entanglement and Nonlocality of a Two-Photon Six-Qubit Cluster State,” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.160401. Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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.center_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Many scientists believe that quantum entanglement is required in order for effective quantum computing. Entanglement takes place when there is a connection that exists between two objects – even when they are spatially separated – that allows what happens to one to happen to the other. The link is such that each entangled object cannot be adequately described without its counterpart. So far, entangling qubits for practical use has been difficult, since scientists want to be able to entangle several qubits at once.last_img read more

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VIDEO Patrick Warburton brought back face painted Puddy from Seinfeld to pump

first_imgAfter almost 30 years away from the rink, Warburton made a triumphant return to the Devils home playoff game against the Lightning as the body painted Puddy to give an insane, screaming pre-game tirade to pump up the crowd. The Devils lost 3-1, but it was still awesome. Alright, high five.Hey, this is the #StanleyCup Playoffs. You gotta let them know you’re out there. LET’S GET IT ON! #TBLvsNJD | #NowWeRise pic.twitter.com/Ky8QpQeqhd— x – New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 19, 2018 Actor Patrick Warburton is most famous for his role as Puddy, the clueless mechanic boyfriend of Elaine on Seinfeld. Puddy wasn’t too complicated. He loved making out with Elaine and going to New Jersey Devils games in full body paint. Basically, he was “that guy.”last_img read more

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first_img The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more According to the survey results, the linac models with the highest overall ratings scored the highest for ease of use, functionality, imaging capabilities and device interoperability.ECRI also sought to determine the different ways that linacs are employed. The survey found that nearly half of all respondents typically utilize their linac for both standard radiotherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery.Fifty-nine percent of those surveyed use a treatment planning system and linac from the same manufacturer, and 47 percent use an oncology information system that is also sold by the linac manufacturer. This bundling of systems and services has been a growing trend in the marketplace over the past few years, offering benefits such as higher equipment discounts, reduced training expenses and coinciding service contracts.The ECRI Institute is an independent nonprofit organization that conducts research into the most effective approaches for improving patient care.  For more information: www.ecri.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | June 23, 2015 ECRI Institute Offers Guidance on Choosing a Linear Accelerator Extensive survey finds most users value ease of use and functionality, prefer bundling systems News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more center_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Related Content Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD June 23, 2015 – The ECRI Institute released a new techIQ brief on key factors to consider when purchasing a linear accelerator (linac) for external beam radiation therapy. The report is a compilation of results from a survey of hundreds of users of linac-based radiosurgery systems; participants were asked to rate the functions and features of the four major linac vendors: Accuray, Brainlab, Elekta and Varian Medical Systems.Among the factors considered were:Ease of use;Functionality;Reliability;Siting requirements;Implementation;Service;Vendor support;Training; andCost News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more

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Doctors complicit in torture at CIA military prisons study

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. – Doctors and nurses tasked with monitoring the health of terror suspects were complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, an independent report said Monday.The Defense Department and the CIA demanded that the health care personnel “collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in U.S. custody,” according to the two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.Medical professionals helped design, enable and participated in “torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment” of detainees, according to the report.Collaboration at U.S. prisons in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the Central Intelligence Agency secret detention sites began after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States.“It’s clear that in the name of national security, the military trumped [the Hippocratic Oath], and physicians were transformed into agents of the military and performed acts that were contrary to medical ethics and practice,” said study co-author Gerald Thomson, professor of medicine emeritus at Columbia University.The Hippocratic Oath is a commitment made by medical personnel to practice their profession in an honest and ethical manner.The report, conducted by two dozen military, ethics, medical, public health and legal experts, calls on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee to fully investigate medical practices at the detention sites.Co-author Leonard Rubenstein of Johns Hopkins University focused on force-feeding on Guantanamo Bay’s hunger strikers, as well as CIA agents’ use of harsh interrogation methods and simulated drowning known as waterboarding at secret sites.“Abuse of detainees and health professional participation in this practice is not behind us as a country,” he told AFP.The authors also urged the Pentagon and CIA to follow standards of conduct that would let medical personnel adhere to their ethical principles so they could later heal detainees they encounter.Both the CIA and the Pentagon rejected the report’s findings.The report “contains serious inaccuracies and erroneous conclusions,” said CIA public affairs chief Dean Boyd.“It’s important to underscore that the CIA does not have any detainees in its custody and President Obama terminated the Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program by executive order in 2009,” Boyd said.Obama signed an executive order shortly after taking office in 2009 that banned interrogation techniques used under his predecessor George W. Bush and that critics say amount to torture.Although the president has not banned extraordinary rendition, new rules prevent suspects from being tortured before they are transferred to a different country for interrogation, trial or continued detention.Obama also established a task force to review interrogation and transfer policies and issue recommendations, but the group’s 2009 report remains classified.At the Pentagon, spokesman Todd Breasseale said that none of the critics of prisoner care “have had actual access to the detainees, their medical records,” or the procedures at the Guantanamo detention camp.According to Breasseale, Guantanamo’s doctors and nurses are “consummate professionals working under terrifically stressful conditions, far from home and their families, and with patients who have been extraordinarily violent.”The doctors and nurses “routinely provide not only better medical care than any of these detainees have ever known, but care on par with the very best of the global medical profession,” he said.Allegations of medical personnel complicit in abuses are not new: In 2009, the group Physicians for Human Rights said that doctors were directed to monitor the CIA’s interrogation techniques in an effort to improve their effectiveness.The group said the practice amounted to “unlawful experimentation” on detainees treated as human subjects. Facebook Comments Related posts:Obama will try again to shut Guantanamo prison U.S. increase number of medics at Guantanamo over hunger strike U.S. Activists Protest Guantanamo Prison Camp in Cuba US prepares to ramp up transfers from Guantanamolast_img read more

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Costa Ricas first satellite project enters decisive stage

first_img Facebook Comments Related posts:Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goal Costa Rica’s first satellite scheduled for deployment in one year Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology Astronauts from 6 space agencies to convene in Costa Rica next week Officials at the Costa Rica-based Central American Association for Aeronautics and Space (ACAE) on Monday announced they will launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 needed to orbit the first Costa Rica satellite, a small device called picosatellite.The 10-centimeter (4-inch) picosatellite is a key element of ACAE’s Irazú Project and is expected to be deployed into space from the International Space Station (ISS) during the second half of 2017. The project takes its name from Costa Rica’s highest volcano, located in Cartago province.Project director Marco Gómez said the research consists of real-time measurements of temperature, humidity and carbon dioxide fixation. Data will be collected in a forest in Los Chiles, a mountainous area near Costa Rica’s border with Nicaragua, and will be used to evaluate climate change effects on forests.In another area of the project, researchers from the Technology Institute of Costa Rica (TEC) will attach devices known as dendrometers to trees in order to measure the effects of climate variations on their growth.The picosatellite will collect all data and will broadcast it in real time to databases at labs at TEC’s campus, where the third part of the project, data analysis, will take place.TEC’s Rector Julio Calvo said that professors and students from the university will be responsible for processing, analyzing and preparing visualizations with daily data obtained at the forest.Data will be used by researchers from various TEC faculties in projects ranging from climate effects to numerical weather prediction. Information collected also will be shared on a website as open data so it can be used by investigators and students all over the world.Calvo noted that the daily collection of data will represent a breakthrough for Costa Rica as countries currently involved in CO2 research “only conduct periodic measurements, usually every year,” he said. ACAE displays a mockup of the 10-cm picosatellite that will broadcast information to evaluate climate change effects on the growth of forests. L. Arias/The Tico TimesThe picosatelliteThe picosatellite weights about 1 kilogram and was fully designed by Costa Rican researchers under CubeSat, or microsatellite, standards.It will be deployed into space from the Kibo Lab, the Japanese module at the International Space Station, with the support of the Kyushu Institute of Technology. Once in space, it will orbit Earth at about 400 kilometers height.ACAE President Carlos Alvarado Briceño said the tiny satellite will remain in space for six months, and all data collected will be analyzed in order to establish the possible relation between the amount of CO2  from climate change and tree growth.“Irazú Project also represents an opportunity for Tico small and medium-sized enterprises because many of the satellite’s components are being manufactured here,” Alvarado said.He said its metal structure was designed and manufactured by Atemisa Precision, a local company currently working in the manufacture of medical devices.Crowdfunding campaignThe project’s total cost is of $500,000. But after six years of negotiations and research, ACAE and TEC currently need $75,000 to finance the final stages of construction, testing and deployment into space of the picosatellite.ACAE will launch a one-month crowdfunding campaign starting at 7 a.m., Costa Rica time, on Monday March 21 at the online funding platform Kickstarter.Donate: Go to the crowdfunding campaign.People interested in helping fund the Irazú Project will be able to donate amounts ranging from $10 to $5,000. In exchange, they will receive mission perks including certificates of appreciation, mission patches, official posters, T-shirts, satellite models, and the possibility to include their names on the picosatellite project.All people pledging $10,000 or more will have their names up into space on the satellite. They also will visit the lab where it’s been being tested and will receive an invitation to attend a special celebration for the satellite’s launch in 2017.The same special rewards also will be awarded to the first 5 Ticos or Costa Rica residents to pledge at the kickstarter campaign.ACAE and TEC researchers expect the crowdfunding campaign will help them raise the funds to complete the manufacturing stage this year in order to begin tests in Japan prior to launching.Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology will be responsible for testing, certifying and launching the picosatellite into space.Watch a video explainer of the Irazú Project that will be at the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign from March 21. (Courtesy of ACAE)last_img read more

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Labor Market Index Improves After FourMonth Slowdown

first_img After slowing for the fourth straight month in August, the Federal Reserve’s gauge of conditions in the labor market made a slight recovery in September.The Fed’s labor market conditions index, which the central bank said it will now release on a monthly basis, added 2.5 points in September after increasing only 2 points in August—its lowest pace of growth in 13 months.As a broad measure of the market, the Fed’s index includes a number of indicators that go beyond just the national unemployment rate, including average hourly earnings, hiring rates, and labor force participation, among others. It has been cited by Fed researchers as a more comprehensive tool for the central bank’s policymakers to use when considering their next move, such as ending bond purchases—a likely development next month—or raising interest rates, which they’re expected to do by the middle of 2015.After slowing down in January, the index accelerated through much of the year’s first half, posting an improvement of 4.9 points in March before hitting peak growth of 7.1 points in April as the economy started a streak of strong monthly payroll gains.The latest increase comes as the labor market reportedly added 248,000 new jobs, helping to bring the unemployment rate down to 5.9 percent.At the same time, however, the labor force participation rate continued to drop as more Americans gave up on looking for work. According to the government’s, numbers, the national U-6 unemployment rate—which includes people marginally attached to the work force and those working part-time for economic reasons—is 11.8 percent. in Daily Dose, Data, Government, Headlines, News October 6, 2014 442 Views Sharecenter_img Labor Market Index Improves After Four-Month Slowdown Federal Reserve Unemployment 2014-10-06 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo You’d think a guy who guided a successful defense for two seasons and then was passed over by that team for their vacant head coaching position would be pretty steamed, right?If you thought that, you’d be wrong. Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton didn’t land the job he deeply wanted when Ken Whisenhunt was fired. Instead, Horton has moved on to be the new defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns and Todd Bowles will lead the Arizona defense. But Horton has no bitterness toward the team that passed on his services. LISTEN: Ray Horton, AZ Cardinals’ former defensive coordinator “Mr. Bidwill, his position is to get the best guy for the team, in his opinion,” Horton told Burns and Gambo Thursday on Arizona Sports 620. “I guarantee you, that’s exactly what he did, in his opinion he got the best guy for the team, and I’m good with that. That’s life, that’s reality, that’s what it is, and you move on.”After the announcement that Bruce Arians would be the next head coach, there were rumblings that Horton had a “heated discussion” with new general manager Steve Keim. Horton addressed that as well.“Not true,” he said. “The GM and I had not talked since Monday morning when we just sat down and had an open, honest communication and talk. “I believe we have a great friendship, so there was no arguing, no yelling and no cursing. I respected the process that they went through and doing their due dilligence, and it was just time to move on.”Despite changing his work address, Horton still hopes for the best for his former colleague, Arians, and the team that gave him his first opportunity to be a coordinator in the league.“Bruce is going to do a heck of a job. You watch, they’re going to be averaging about 30 points per game and I believe Todd will continue to build upon what I did — they’re going to be winning games 30 to 10. They’re going to be blowing people out.” Comments   Share   Your browser does not support the audio element.center_img Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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