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Kohli and Co intimidates Pak Younis

first_imgManchester: Former captain Waqar Younis believes the current Indian team intimidates Pakistan, who are always under pressure ahead of big-ticket clashes against the arch-rivals. Pakistan suffered their seventh defeat to India in the World Cup, going down by 89 runs via D/L method here on Sunday and Younis said the defeat exposed the “massive difference” between the two sides. “In the last few years, there’s been a massive difference between India and Pakistan – and again it showed at Old Trafford on Sunday,” Younis wrote in a column for the ICC. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev”Pakistan are still trying to rely on talent alone, while with India it’s all about teamwork. They all know their roles, and they execute them superbly. “We had good sides in the 1990s, but now I think this India team intimidates Pakistan. When Pakistan teams head into these games, they are always under pressure and feel like they’re the weaker team,” former Pakistan captain added. Younis said Pakistan have to improve their fitness to challenge India. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”Culture needs to change first, and then the fitness level needs to match the Indian players,” he said. Sarfaraz has drawn flak for electing to bowl after winning the toss and Younis too slammed the Pakistan skipper and said it is their bowling which let the team down at Old Trafford. “Of course, Sarfaraz got it wrong at the toss; especially when you’re playing two spinners and you decide to bowl first,” he wrote. “More than that though, I feel that they got it wrong with the ball in hand. They struggled to put the ball in good areas on a regular basis, and it was easy pickings for the Indian batsmen. “India have very classy batsmen, let’s not forget. They wait for the bad ball, and didn’t have to do much against the Pakistan attack given the inconsistency in the length. Mohammad Amir was the only one who created a bit of pressure by bowling a good length.” Younis, a pace legend himself, however, pointed out the lack of genuine fast bowlers in the Pakistan bowling unit and called for the inclusion of young pacer Mohammad Hasnain in the playing XI.last_img read more

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El Ferdaous Calls for Investment Charter Reform Ideas

Rabat – Othman El Ferdaous, the Secretary of State for Investment, has announced a call for ideas for reforming the investment charter of 1995.In a Facebook post written in Darija assessing his first 100 days in office, the secretary invited the public to send ideas to renew the 22-year-old charter. He said he had already received proposals from the CGEM, CCIS, GPBM, Casablanca Stock Exchange, and the Associated of Chartered Accountants. “After taking the proposals of other ministerial sectors, institutions, and representatives of economic actors, today we open the door for citizens to show us their proposals for reforms of the investment incentive system,” wrote El Ferdaous “To catalyze private initiative, we wish to clarify and innovate with new common core (framework law), sectorial, and territorial (decrees) offers.”On his LinkedIn page, El Ferdaous elaborated on the “five key principles” that had already been presented to the governing council in early May: the installation of at least one free zone per region, sustained support to the least favored regions with additional benefits to operators allowing for economic catching-up between regions, granting “free zone” advantages to major exporting industries, indirect exporter status, IS to 0 percent for five years for new industrial enterprises.The secretary invited citizens to share their ideas on LinkedIn until August 14, using the hashtag #fikrainvest.“We will develop a new version of the bill on the basis of the best proposals, the most accurate / realistic and the most likely to improve the return on private investment,” he wrote. read more

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Business leaders welcome pipeline approval but fear it may not be completed

CALGARY — Business leaders say they are pleased with news that Ottawa has re-approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but will hold off on popping champagne corks until construction begins on new pipe from Edmonton to the West Coast.Jack Mintz, tax policy and economics expert at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, says the approval of a project that will add about 600,000 barrels per day of potential oil export capacity is a rare bit of good news for the sector.But he cautions that legal challenges could still cause delays and the extra capacity won’t be enough to allow the industry to grow, nor will it necessarily create more interest from financial markets in Western Canadian oil and gas investments.Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, one of the leaders of the Iron Coalition hoping to bid for an equity stake in the pipeline, says he’s pleased that the federal government intends to consult with Indigenous groups on selling all or part of the pipeline company to them.Chris Bloomer, CEO of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, urges the government to move forward with construction “immediately” to alleviate as soon as possible the industry’s market access issues blamed for discounts on Canadian oil.In a statement, oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. also calls for construction halted last summer after a court decision to be restarted as soon as possible.In his announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said work is expected to be restarted during the current construction season, but Gary Mar, CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, says opposition will test the federal government’s conviction.“It’s too early to celebrate this decision. I will be more optimistic after construction commences and is completed on TMX,” he said.The Canadian Press read more

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UN talks seek to boost global access to climate data

31 August 2009United Nations talks aimed at boosting access to climate information to help the world’s poor and promote development kicked off today in Geneva, with a top official from the world body voicing hope that such increasing the availability of such data will also contribute to the fight against climate change. “Today, every government, society or institution appreciates the urgent need to mitigate climate change,” Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said at the start of the World Climate Conference, noting that strides have been made in climate prediction and knowledge of the climate system has increased.The creation of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) – an expected outcome of the Geneva gathering – “will contribute to address the challenges of climate variability and change being experienced by societies today and those expected for the future,” he stressed.Such a system will also play a role in disaster risk reduction and speed up progress in reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline, he added.According to the WMO, which is organizing the Conference, climate predictions show the timing and quantity of rain in a given area, giving advance warnings of potential malaria epidemics. Climate data can also help to predict possible droughts, allowing farmers to adjust their planting schedules, crop varieties and irrigation strategies.Last week, Mr. Jarraud said that those attending the event will attempt to “bridge the gap” between those who possess this kind of climate information and decision-makers around the world.When socio-economic decisions – such as those involving health, food security and transport – are made by governments, the private sector and others, it is essential that they are based on “the best possible scientific information,” the WMO chief told UN Radio.More than 2,000 people from over 150 countries are expected to take part in the event, which will be addressed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later this week. read more

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Cineplex CEO weak Q3 attendance was due to one month Q4 looks

TORONTO — Despite Cineplex’s lowest third-quarter attendance numbers in more than a decade, the head of Canada’s largest movie theatre chain says 2017 will probably end up on a par with last year thanks to a strong roster of new titles in the final months.Cineplex CEO Ellis Jacob told analysts Tuesday that members of the investment community have asked in recent weeks if Cineplex is facing a “systemic” or a “cyclical” decline in attendance.Jacob’s answer: this year’s poor third-quarter box-office performance was due to a weak August and “one month does not equate to a systemic decline.“We categorically believe this to be a cyclical, content-related scenario and look forward to a strong film slate for the fourth quarter that will continue into 2018,” Jacob said during the Cineplex quarterly conference call.He said the third film in the “Thor” super-hero series recently had the fourth-largest opening weekend of 2017. It will be followed by the latest “Justice League” movie, opening Nov. 17, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opening on Dec. 15.There are also five films opening on Dec. 22 including the third “Pitch Perfect” movie, the latest “Jumanji” starring Dwayne Johnson, and “The Greatest Showman” — an original musical starring Hugh Jackman.“We’ll probably balance out for the year compared to 2016,” Jacob said.Nevertheless, Cineplex (TSX:CGX) had fewer than 16.8 million patron visits for the three months ended Sept. 30 — down 12.8 per cent from last year and the first time since 2008 that fewer than 18 million patrons visited during the summer quarter.Revenue totalled $370.4 million, down from $376.0 million, while net income fell to $17.2 million or 27 cents per diluted share from $26.0 million or 41 cents per diluted share a year ago.Part of the reason for Cineplex’s reduced earnings was its investment in reclining seats for more theatres, as well as other capital spending.On the positive side, moviegoers paid more per person — with box office revenue per patron rising 1.7 per cent to a Cineplex record $9.81 and concession revenue per patron rising 5.6 per cent to a record $6.01.Cineplex has been working for several years to reduce its dependence on Hollywood films by diversifying into alternative types of programming in its theatres, more technologically sophisticated theatres, sales and rentals of movies for viewing outside the theatres through the Cineplex Store and non-theatre entertainment.“Today, our company encompasses many, many facets and we will continue to diversify and grow those businesses,” Jacob said in an interview after the conference call.The company is reviving the Playdium brand as a place for teens and families to play and dine, following the success of The Rec Room — considered more of a party place for adults in the millennial age group.But Jacob also said that age group will also come out in force to see movies — if they’re good — despite a perception that millennials don’t want to go to theatres.The horror film “It” — based on a Stephen King story — had record-breaking attendance for that genre in September — with millennials making up 60 per cent of the audience, he said.“Guests loved the movie and the word-of-mouth was excellent and that’s the difference. Today, with social media, people are so aware of something when it’s good that they’re out there in droves.” read more

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Sri Lanka elected Vice President of the UNGA for 72nd Session

At meeting of the UN General Assembly, Sri Lanka was elected by acclamation to serve as one of the Vice-Presidents of the General Assembly for its 72nd Session (September 2017 to August 2018) representing the Asia and Pacific Group.The General Assembly also endorsed the nomination of Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia, as the President of the General Assembly for the 72nd Session. Sri Lanka last served as the Vice President of the General Assembly in 2007 at the 62nd Session. The Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN, Ambassador Rohan Perera will serve as the Vice-President to the General Assembly representing Sri Lanka, during the 72nd Session. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Victims of paedophile teaching assistant tell court they were bullied for getting

She said to McCartney: “They have been blamed for getting you into trouble by the other children and struggled with guilt for getting you into trouble because of their own fondness for you. That’s because you had carefully groomed them.McCartney, of Blaydon, Gateshead, was found guilty of seven counts of sexual assault after a trial, and admitted two counts of possessing indecent images of children at an earlier hearing.  An NSPCC spokesperson said: “McCartney’s crimes will have had devastating and long lasting effects on his young victims, particularly since his horrific behaviour would have robbed these girls of the feeling of safety every pupil should have at school.”We hope today’s sentence will go some way to helping McCartney’s victims regain those feelings of safety, but they will also need every support to help them fully recover from their ordeal.” Victims of a paedophile teaching assistant have told a court they were bullied by other children for getting the popular member of staff jailed.Treva McCartney abused three young girls, aged between seven and eight, while working at a school in Tynedale after “carefully” grooming them.Newcastle Crown Court heard he preyed upon two of the victims in one-to-one sessions, taking advantage of having them alone to slap and squeeze their bottoms.The court heard the 55-year-old’s behaviour only came to light when one of the girls told her older sister she “liked him but wished he would stop touching her”.Victim personal statements from the families revealed the girls had been “blamed for getting McCartney into trouble by the other children”, and had struggled with their own feelings of “fondness” towards him.When police searched McCartney’s home after receiving reports of abuse, officers seized his computer and found indecent images of children, including nine of ‘category A’ – the most serious.Judge Amanda Rippon told McCartney that “no-one should feel guilty but you” as she sentenced him to three years and six months in prison.Referring to victim personal impact statements, Judge Rippon said the three girls had been left “confused and distressed”. 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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Tribute to US mines and mining companies

first_img·    Meridian Gold‘s, Beartrack mine project, located in Salmon, Idaho, won the 2006 Hardrock Mineral Environmental Award. The company is completing reclamation of this open-pit, heap leach operation that employed up to 165 workers from 1994 to 2000 and today holds the state record for the highest annual gold production from a single mine. Meridian has continuously been cited for its environmental and safety accomplishments at Beartrack, as well as for its commitment to the people of Lemhi County and its cooperation with state and federal regulators ·    GeoQuest and Chicken Gold, located in Chicken, Alaska, won the 2006 Small Operator Award. Mike and Lou Busby are the owners and operators of patented mining claims on Chicken Creek in the Fortymile mining district of Alaska. The Busby’s are successfully integrating tourism and recreation mining with local mining history and commercial mining, as well as with on-going reclamation activity.11 US coal mines received special recognition as the US Office of Surface Mining (OSM) announced the winners of the 2006 Department of the Interior Reclamation Awards. Kempthorne presided over the awards ceremony.Coal mines in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, Texas, West Virginia and Wyoming were honoured for exemplary efforts to reclaim mined land for beneficial uses and for attending to the needs of local communities.“These mines join a select group of US coal mines that since 1986 have been recognized by OSM for their outstanding environmental stewardship,” said Naasz. “The companies we honour today have provided thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, forested recreation, wetlands and usable roads for local communities,” he continued, “NMA is especially proud that our member companies have been recognized for their outstanding mine reclamation efforts.”The 2006 OSM Award winners for surface coal mining operations are:Good Neighbor Award:·    Western Energy – Rosebud mine, Colstrip, Montana·    Thunder Basin Coal – Black Thunder mine, Wright, Wyoming·    AEP Kentucky coal mine, Lick Creek, KentuckyDirectors Award:·    TXU Mining – Oak Hill mine, near Henderson, TexasNational Award:·    Pritchard Mining – Lens Creek mine, Charleston, West Virginia·    North American Coal – Red Hills mine, Ackerman, Mississippi·    United Minerals and Black Beauty Coal – West Fork mine, Huntingburg, Indiana·    Black Beauty Coal – Schuyler County, Illinois·    Peabody Coal – Lynnville mine, Lynnville, Indiana·    Alcoa – Sandow mine, Rockdale, Texas·    Seneca Coal – Seneca II West mine, Hayden, Colorado20 American mining operations won recognition from the US Department of Labour (DOL) for outstanding mine safety achievements during 2005, the safest year on record for US mines.The annual Sentinels of Safety Awards, co-sponsored by DOL’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the NMA, were presented to company representatives at a luncheon ceremony held in conjunction with NMA’s fall annual members meeting. The awards recognize coal and mineral mining operations in several categories for recording the most hours in a calendar year without a single lost-time injury. A minimum of 4,000 hours are required for award consideration. The award categories reflect the safety accomplishments of both small and large mines.“These awards are a timely reminder of the importance of safety in the mining industry and of the further progress we must still make to ensure every miner returns home safely after each and every shift,” said Naasz. “The companies we honour today are the true sentinels of safety and we look forward to implementing the new federal mine safety law President Bush signed in June and, in so doing, setting the world standard for mine safety.”Initiated in 1925 by then Commerce Secretary Herbert Hoover, the Sentinels of Safety Award programme has helped foster a strong safety commitment on the part of US mines. Sentinels of Safety Award winners include:Large company award winners:·    Taylor plant, Badger Mining, Taylor, Wisconsin·    Processing plant no. 1, Brooks Run Mining, Sutton, West Virginia·    Sorter’s Road Sand and Gravel, Porter, Texas.·    Sandersville mill, J.M. Huber Corp, Sandersville, Georgia·    South Fort Meade mine, Mosaic Fertilizer, Fort Meade, Florida·    St. Genevieve quarry, Tower Rock Stone Co, St. Genevieve, Missouri·    Lee Ranch mine, Lee Ranch Coal, Grants, New Mexico·    Skyline mine, Canyon Fuel, Scofield, Utah·    K-2 mine, Kinross Gold, Republic, Washington·    Peerless mine, Mississippi Lime, St. Genevieve, MissouriSmall Company Award Winners:·    New Paris plant, Elkhart County Grave, New Paris, Indiana·    No. 1 loading dock, Harold Keene Coal, Honaker, Virginia·    Central Arkansas Sand, Little Rock, Arkansas·    Florence plant, Central Stone, Moline, Illinois·    State Line Resources, Negley, Ohio·    Mitchell crushed stone, Rogers Group, Mitchell, Indiana·    Freelandville east mine, Triad Mining, Edwardsport, Indiana·    No. 1 Wallins, Rex Coal, Grays Knob, Kentucky·    Billie mine, American Borate, Death Valley, California·    Imperial mine quarry, Vermont Quarries, Danby, Vermont ·    Coeur Alaska‘s Kensington mine, located near Juneau, Alaska, won the 2006 Hardrock Community Outreach and Economic Security Award. Coeur Alaska employs about 300 people working to construct this mine in a historic mining area near the state capital and expects production to begin next year. The company developed a ‘mutual gains’ approach designed to solicit opinions of all land user groups in the region and then worked effectively with each to identify and address community concerns about the project. Recognition of the rich cultural heritage of the area was key to developing a successful community outreach plancenter_img Four US mineral mining companies have been awarded for their environmental and community outreach efforts by the Department of the Interior. The department has also honoured 11 US coal mines for exemplary efforts to reclaim mined land for beneficial uses and for attending to the needs of local communities. Further recognition was granted to 20 US mines for outstanding safety performance.The Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards are presented each year by the Bureau of Land Management to mineral mines that demonstrate exceptional environmental stewardship and community relations. This year four companies have been recognized. “The mines we honour this evening show how practices that integrate economic activity with community service make our environment and our communities stronger and more sustainable,” National Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Kraig Naasz said at the annual awards dinner sponsored by NMA.“This year’s honourees again demonstrate that today’s mining companies can provide the nation with essential minerals and metals, while at the same time providing local communities with jobs from ongoing mining operations and economic opportunities by reclaiming mine lands,” said Naasz.·    Idarado Mining won the 2006 Hardrock Mineral Director’s Award. The company worked closely with the State of Colorado and the local communities of Telluride and Ouray on a mine closure and reclamation project that featured innovative engineering techniques, water management and vegetative covers to preserve the historic legacy of the area, which dates back to the 1800s. Much of the company’s land has been returned to public use in cooperation with the Trust for Public Landlast_img read more

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Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic takes charge in Aix

← Previous Story Montpellier wins French League Cup Next Story → Cup Winners Cup (W): Zvenigorod and Rostov with good advantage before return legs Aix en Provenceaix handballhandballhandball coachZvonimir Noka Serdarusic One of the most succesful coaches in the last two decade in handball world Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic (64) will take charge in French team Aix En Provence. Legendary THW Kiel coach (1993-2008) worked with French team as an advisor, but as Handball-Planet.com finds out, his role will change after four months of cooperation. Aix is currently on the 9th place of the League table with 11 points from 13 matches. read more

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Engineers Create a Wireless Charger You Can Cut to Shape

first_img SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit A wireless charger on bags and clothing in any shape you can imagine? Yes, it’s possible.Researchers from the University of Tokyo developed a new system to charge electronic devices wirelessly — and it involves the first-ever cuttable, flexible power transfer sheet, which can be molded or even cut with scissors to fit different-shaped surfaces and objects.“You can do more than just cut this sheet into fun or interesting shapes,” said Ryo Takahashi, a student at the University of Tokyo‘s Graduate School of Information Science and Technology. “The sheet is thin and flexible so you can mold it around curved surfaces such as bags and clothes. Our idea is anyone could transform various surfaces into wireless charging areas.”Of course, there are already existing contactless power chargers. These and the cuttable sheet all use conductive coils in the charger to induce a current in corresponding coils in the device. However, the cuttable sheet is not only much thinner, it also has a wider usable charging area due to the way the coils are designed. These coils are also wired in such a way that provided enough of them remain intact after the sheet is cut to shape, they can still charge a device.The charger still functions after it’s cut due to a wiring method known as H-tree wiring. It can be reshaped to be incorporated into various portable objects. (Photo Credit: Kawahara Laboratory)“Currently a 400-millimeter (15.75-inch) square sheet provides about 2 to 5 watts of power, enough for a smartphone. But I think we could get this up to tens of watts or enough for a small computer,” said Takahashi.In a few years, we might just see this sheet embedded in furniture, toys, bags and clothes.More on Geek.com:This Wearable AI Translator Lets You Talk in Different LanguagesWalker the Robot Is Here to Help Manage Your Smart HomeSony’s Beer-Holding Karaoke Speaker Is a Portable Party Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Crews respond to gas leak in Doral

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials believe a gas line was cut in a Doral neighborhood, which then led to a leak.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene along Northwest 83rd Avenue and 47th Street, Thursday afternoon.Crews responded to the area to repair the break.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Police search for man who stole Juul display case from Davie Tom

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Davie Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who took a Juul display case from a Tom Thumb.The man entered the convenience store, located in the area of Nova Drive and College Avenue, at approximately 1 a.m. on June 3.Officials said he took off with a display case valued at $817. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Help us identify this guy who stole an $817 @JUULvapor display case from a #Davie Tom Thumb on June 3rd. Call #DaviePolice 954-693-8200 or @crimestoppers2 954-493-TIPS (8477) if you recognize him. pic.twitter.com/66MfyQ9a7p— Davie Police Dept. (@DaviePolice) June 20, 2019He was last seen wearing a green T-shirt with a Hollister logo and dark colored pants. Police said he fled the scene in a green sedan.If you have any information on this theft, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. last_img read more

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Pokemon Go alert More Shiny Slakoth come out to play June 8

first_img Pokemon Go Post a comment How To • Harry Potter: Wizards Unite best Pokemon Go every way but one News • Pokemon Sleep is Pokemon Go but for bedtime A few days later, from June 13 to 16, the third annual Pokemon Go Fest will kick off in Chicago. The sold-out event gives trainers a chance to complete challenges and unlock rewards. A second festival will run July 4 to 7 in Dortmund, Germany.The event also comes before the anticipated release of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic’s AR and wizarding world mashup. Slaktoths everywhere at June’s Pokemon Go Community Event. Pokemon Go Trainers, get ready. On Saturday, June 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in your local time zone, get together with fellow Pokemon trainers at your favorite spots to look for the Normal-type Slakoth.During the monthly community day event, the slothy Slakoth will spawn more frequently in the wild. While you are out you may encounter a Shiny Slakoth, and if you evolve a Vigoroth during the event and up to 1 hour after, you can obtain a Slaking with a special move. (For a refresher, here’s our guide to how to play Pokemon Go.)Lure Modules will last 3 hours, and eggs you place in an incubator during the event will hatch in a quarter of the distance they normally would. Eggs in incubators prior to the event’s start time won’t qualify for the time boost. Pokemon Go Microsoft’s new Minecraft Earth mobile game is like Pokemon… Preview • The ultimate guide to everything Pokemon Go The 29 best AR apps for iOS that you need try Share your voice 0 1:27 Tags 38 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Phoneslast_img read more

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Legislature Votes To End School Bond Reimbursements But Uncertainty Lingers For Anchorage

first_imgThe Legislature has passed a bill that would put its school bond reimbursement program on hiatus. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that the big question is whether it will affect Anchorage’s $60 million bonding proposition.Download AudioRight now, when municipalities bond for school construction costs, the state pays more than half the bill.“We’re paying nearly $120 million in school bonds in this year alone,” said Thompson.Rep. Steve Thompson, a Fairbanks Republican, carried a bill that would stop the program for five years, and only bring it back with a reduced reimbursement rate. With Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar deficit, Thompson said it was not appropriate for the state to automatically take on more financial obligations.“We are simply trying to control our debt,” said Thompson.Debate over the bill focused on two things: money and timing. Rep. Sam Kito, a Juneau Democrat, opposed it, saying the legislation could create larger deferred maintenance costs.“By taking a holiday, these costs aren’t going to go away,” said Kito. “The costs are still going to be there. They’re just going to be delayed, and it’s going to cost us more when we actually get to that point where we have to fund those projects again.”Anchorage Republican Liz Vazquez said she thought the bill had merit in principle, but that she disliked the process around it. The way the bill is written, it would go into effect retroactively, closing the program to new school bonds issued after January 1 of this year. That would block Anchorage from getting funding for the school bonding proposition being considered in the April 7 election. “Whether it’s the IRS, whether it’s another governmental agency, I detest any government agency or group that decides retroactively to change its rules,” said Vazquez.Rep. Lance Pruitt, another Anchorage Republican, sympathized with this point.“I come from Anchorage, and I will recognize that this is really difficult because some of the individuals in my community are currently making some of these decisions on whether or not to go forward with this bond,” said Pruitt.But Pruitt then stressed that the state could not delay action on the program, given the revenue shortfall. He compared the state to a bird that kept flying into a window of his home — until it killed itself.“This is the appropriate time to step back, to reevaluate the program, to come back with one that makes sense, and to stop running into that virtual window,” continued Pruitt with the metaphor.The House passed the bill with a 23 to 15 vote on Wednesday afternoon. Anchorage Republican Liz Vazquez and Dillingham Democrat Bryce Edgmon joined the minority caucus in opposition to the bill.But in a complicated procedural move, the provision to retroactively apply the bill to the Anchorage election failed. With a 24 to 14 vote, the House did not reach the two-thirds threshold needed to change the date when the bill goes into effect. Representatives will come back on Thursday to reconsider the bill and once more take up that provision. If it fails again, the legislation will go into effect 90 days after it is signed into law, and the Anchorage school bonds will be the last ones to be included in the reimbursement program.The bill has already passed the Senate.last_img read more

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TPCC core committee to hold meeting on civic polls tomorrow

first_imgHyderabad: The core committee of Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) would meet on Sunday to discuss the ensuing municipal elections at Sangareddy with the district leaders. The meeting is the second one following the meeting at Nagarjuna Sagar during last month. In the first core committee meeting, it was decided to hold the executive meetings of the TPCC at the district headquarters every month and the second meeting was proposed to be held at Sangareddy. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy would preside over the meeting and party in-charge general secretary RC Khuntia and three in-charge secretaries would be the guests. The meetings would have three sessions and in the first session discussions would be held with the leaders of Sangareddy, Medak, Siddipet, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Medchal, Mahbubnagar, Nagarkurnool, Wanaparthy, Narayanapet, and Gadwal districts. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Asifabad, Mancherial, Nirmal, Nizamabad, Kamareddy, Jagtial, Peddapalli, Karimnagar, and Sircilla leaders would participate in the second session. In the third session Suryapet, Nalgonda, Bhongir, Jangaon, Mahabubabad, Warangal Rural, Mulugu, Kothagudem and Khammam district leaders would participate. Along with the core committee members, presidents of the town and city Congress committees, district Congress committees, MLAs, MPs, former Ministers, former MLAs, former MLCs and other senior leaders will attend the meeting. Advertise With Us The Congress has already appointed a committee for overseeing the preparations for the municipal elections. The three men committee has held discussions with the local leaders. The core committee would discuss the preparedness of the party in each municipality and corporation. The State leadership would assess the strengths and weaknesses of the party in each civic body. The leaders of the municipality and corporations would be given advices on the steps to be taken to win the polls. The committee would also identify the issues being faced by the residents of the urban local bodies and would prepare the campaign strategy. Along with local issues the problems being faced by people in all the ULBs would be discussed. Congress leaders said the party is firm on winning the municipal polls in a big way to rejuvenate the party which is low on morale after losing the Assembly and Parliament elections. They said the party needs a boost to gain the confidence and the municipal elections are a good opportunity. They said the urban people were angry with the government and this would favour the Congress. A senior leader of the party said the ruling TRS could intimidate the rural voters and make gains. But this was not possible in the ULB elections as the voters would be educated and most of them belong to middle class.last_img read more

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Attackers named in London terror probe

first_imgKhuram Shazad Butt (L) and Rachid Redouane from Barking, east London, believed by police to be two of the three attackers in the 3 June terror attack on London Bridge. Photo: AFPPolice identified two of the London attackers on Monday after Britain’s third terror assault in less than three months, as Prime Minister Theresa May came under mounting pressure over security just days ahead of elections.National counter-terrorism police chief Mark Rowley named two of the three slain assailants as Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane, revealing that Butt had been known to security services.The aftermath of Saturday night’s rampage, which left seven dead and dozens wounded, dominated the campaign trail ahead of Thursday’s general election.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would support calls for May to quit, as she had overseen a sharp reduction in police numbers in her past job as interior minister.The attack, claimed by the Islamic State group, saw three men wearing fake suicide vests use a white van to mow down people on London Bridge and then slash and stab revellers enjoying a Saturday night in the bustling Borough Market area.Armed police reacted swiftly, killing the attackers within eight minutes with 50 shots.Butt was 27 and a British citizen born in Pakistan.He appeared in a Channel 4 documentary entitled “The Jihadis Next Door” about British extremists that was broadcast last year, local media reported.Redouane was 30 and “claimed to be Moroccan and Libyan”. Police said he also used the name of Rachid Elkhdar and a different date of birth that gave his age as 25.Both men lived in Barking, an ethnically diverse part of east London where police carried out several raids on Sunday and Monday. Ten people are currently in custody.Police chief Cressida Dick said investigators had seized “a huge amount of forensic material” from the van.“A very high priority for us is to try to understand whether they were working with anybody else,” she told BBC television.Dick and Mayor Sadiq Khan visited London Bridge as commuters returned to work after some security cordons were removed.Hundreds of mourners turned out later Monday for a sombre vigil on nearby Tower Bridge.“To the sick and evil extremists who commit these hideous crimes, we will defeat you. You will not win,” Khan said to applause.The Amaq news agency, which is affiliated with the IS group, said the attacks were carried out by “a detachment of fighters from Islamic State”.A Canadian and a Frenchman were among the fatalities and citizens of several nations were among the 48 injured, including Australia, Bulgaria, France, Greece and New Zealand.Eighteen are still in critical condition, according to health authorities.‘Evil’ ideologyMay blamed “evil” Islamist ideology and vowed to crack down on extremist content online, warning that attackers were “copying one another”.She said the same ideology was behind the May 22 suicide bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead, and the Westminster Bridge attack in March, which killed five.Britain’s response to the terror threat must change, she said, after the three attacks which in total left 34 dead and some 200 injured.“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” she said, adding there was “far too much tolerance of extremism in our country”.But May’s own record came under fire from Labour, which—according to opinion polls questioned for their reliability—has closed the gap on her Conservatives ahead of Thursday’s election.Campaigning resumed Monday after being suspended for a day.Corbyn noted that for six years, police numbers fell while May was in charge of security as interior minister, implementing a budget-cutting drive.Asked by ITV television if he backed the calls for May to resign, he said: “Indeed I would.”His party is calling for a drive to hire thousands of officers for neighbourhood duties, arguing that a grassroots approach will curb crime and radicalisation.May insisted London police were happy with their resources, while counter-terrorism budgets had been protected and the number of armed officers had increased.Spat with TrumpBritain was already on high alert following the attack at a concert by US pop star Ariana Grande in Manchester in which seven children were among the dead.Grande headlined a benefit concert in the northwestern city on Sunday, alongside stars including Pharrell Williams and Justin Bieber.The national threat level was raised to maximum after the Manchester attack and troops were deployed at key public sites, but reduced to its second-highest level last weekend.Saturday’s rampage was the latest in a string of attacks to hit Europe, including in Paris, Berlin and Saint Petersburg.Global leaders sent messages of support, though US President Donald Trump raised British hackles by attacking Khan on Twitter and enlisting the attack to defend his thwarted travel ban.Asked about the comments, Khan told Sky News: “I just haven’t got time to respond to tweets from Donald Trump.”last_img read more

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DC Department of Health Fight the Zika Virus Bite Event

first_imgTo address the concern about Zika virus prevention, the D.C.  Department of Health is scheduled to hold an outreach event on July 16, in all eight wards, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to provide educational materials and mosquito protection kits to residents. The event will inform residents on the proper use of insecticides, how to reduce mosquito breeding sites in the community and preventative measures people may take to protect themselves. *The locations for the event are: Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard St NW;Stead Recreation Center, 1625 P St NW; Palisades Recreation Center , 5200 Sherier Pl NW; Petworth Recreation Center, 801 Taylor St NW ;Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Av.NE; King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N St SW; Fort Davis Recreation Center , 1400 41st St SE; and Barry Farm Recreation Center, 1230 Sumner Rd SE.last_img read more

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Cardinals Defeated 143 Series Even with Florida State

first_imgLouisville (42-13, 20-9 ACC) managed just six hits on the night as the Seminoles evened up the weekend series. Video: Dan McDonnell Postgame ACC Network Extra Next Game: Florida State 5/18/2019 | 1:00 PM Photo Gallery Preview Video Highlights The Seminoles answered right back though, plating three more in the top of the fifth and cruised the rest of the way. FSU added three more in the eighth and a pair in the ninth on its way to victory. PDF Box Score The Cardinals tried to claw their way back into the game in the fourth with a leadoff homer off the bat of Zach Britton, the fourth of the season for the sophomore and second in as many days. Zeke Pinkham and Dunn had back-to-back doubles later in the inning to plate a second run that pulled the Cardinals back within three. Live Stats Florida State (35-19, 17-12) responded immediately in the second, sneaking a home run just over the centerfield wall with one away to tie the game up. The Seminoles then added five more in the third to open the game up. Story Links Nick Bennett (6-3) allowed six runs on nine hits over 2.1 innings for the loss. Adam Elliott had a scoreless relief appearance, surrendering just one baserunner over his 2.2 innings. Dunn had half of Louisville’s offensive output at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Britton, Pinkham and Drew Campbell had the other base hits on the evening. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – One night after clinching the ACC Atlantic Division, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team took a 14-3 loss against No. 17 Florida State on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Despite the final score, it was the Cardinals that struck first on Friday evening. Lucas Dunn led off the bottom of the first inning with a double down the left field line. Jake Snider was hit by the next pitch and Logan Wyatt drew a walk to load the bases with nobody out. UofL would only manage one run though, as Danny Oriente was hit on the front shoulder with a pitch to force home the game’s first run. The regular season wraps up on Saturday with the rubber game of the three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville will recognize its five seniors during a ceremony prior to Saturday’s game. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Microsofts Super Bowl Ad Unveils Xbox Adaptive Controller

first_img Microsoft is back after a four-year break from Super Bowl commercials: This year, the company’s ad will focus on its Xbox Adaptive Controller and gaming accessibility.On Thursday, Microsoft posted its 2019 Super Bowl commercial on YouTube. Dubbed “We All Win,” the extended version video highlights young gamers with disabilities and how the Xbox Adaptive Controller has helped them play their favorite video games.“This Super Bowl, follow the inspirational story of passionate young gamers rising to the top of their game with a little help from their friends, family and the Xbox Adaptive Controller,” Microsoft said in the commercial’s description. “The story illustrates Microsoft’s commitment to building accessible technology that levels the playing field and creates opportunity for all of us.”Xbox Adaptive Controller (Photo Credit: Xbox)The Xbox Adaptive Controller, which retails for $99.99 on Xbox.com, is designed for gamers with limited mobility: It’s a unified hub that works with a range of devices and connects with buttons, joysticks, mounts, and switches for a customized controller experience. Gamers can also use the Xbox Gaming Accessories app on Xbox One to create and save multiple controller profiles. Like other Xbox controllers, the Xbox Adaptive Controller features Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, Copilot, a 3.5-millimeter stereo headset jack, and Wi-Fi connectivity.However, this Super Bowl commercial isn’t only about the Xbox Adaptive Controller: There’s a bigger picture when it comes to gaming accessibility. The commercial, which is part of Microsoft’s “empowering” ads, shows a more heartwarming message on how all video game fans can have fun playing Xbox, and not experience equipment design limits, The Verge reported.You can buy the Xbox Adaptive Controller on Xbox’s website. Microsoft will show a 60-second version of the commercial on Super Bowl Sunday. And check out our interview with AbleGamers’ Steven Spohn about the Xbox Adaptive Controller.More on Geek.com:Bill-Gates Backed Startup Wants to Test Its Anti-Drone Radar at Super BowlVolvo Wants You to Skip the Super Bowl and Win a S60 Car With a SmartphoneSuper Bowl Tech Deals: Best Sales From Amazon, Best Buy, and More Stay on target ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Airs Creepy Teasers at Super BowlWatch: NASA Space Technologies Are Also in Play at Super Bowl LIII last_img read more

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Scientists call for more eyes in the sky amidst alarming climate change

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Scientists call for more eyes in the sky amidst alarming climate change (2018, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-scientists-eyes-sky-alarming-climate.html Feedback processes include the release of methane from Arctic ices melted by high ocean temperatures, reduction of North American snow cover and Amazon rainforest dieback. These processes compound the inherent difficulty of studying the climate on a global scale, and substantial disagreements exist between models that attempt to predict the future of climate change.Now, in an epic-scale Perspective column in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Goddard Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma describe the difficulties of teasing apart carbon cycle feedbacks, and how satellite observations are already making a significant contribution to resolving these uncertainties. Regarding carbon cycle-climate feedbacks, the authors write, “If these feedbacks change with changing climate, which is likely, then the effect of the human enterprise on climate will change.” In other words, climate feedback mechanisms alter the climate, which in turn affects the incidence and severity of feedbacks. “The current uncertainty of flux estimates of (the perturbation due to fossil fuel emission) is evidenced, in part, by disagreements between top-down derived flux estimates and bottom-up inventory methods,” they write.The paper is a catalog of the intimidating uncertainties climate scientists are confronting as they try to bring a holistic picture of climate trends into focus, including carbon and methane cycling. For instance, the authors observe that ocean models largely agree about global carbon inventories—25 percent of anthropogenic carbon is believed to be sequestered in the oceans—but the fact that there is no consensus about the specific regions responsible calls into question this seeming agreement.The authors are emphatic about the utility of satellite observations for resolving such uncertainties. Satellites can observe column CO2 emissions, even in areas of the world with poor reporting resources, which is key to understanding carbon cycling mechanisms in the tropics. A lack of current reporting from such regions greatly inhibits climate modeling, and existing models have greatly divergent conclusions as a result.Satellites can also measure net fluxes in emissions by their correlation with solar-induced fluorescence (SIF) in the atmosphere. By sampling the oxygen-A band, satellites can determine the optical path length through the atmosphere. SIF is directly related to photosynthesis, so these observations provide measurements of net flux as well as gross fluxes. Finally, the authors cite the long track records of satellites monitoring carbon monoxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels and biomass. Using a combination of these observation and measurement techniques, researchers could reduce uncertainties about climate feedbacks, tease apart the relationships between feedback mechanisms and anthropogenic carbon emissions, and raise the resolution and accuracy of their climate models. This is especially important as climate impacts of atmospheric carbon and methane are becoming alarmingly evident in weather patterns. Planet now at risk of heading toward ‘hothouse Earth’ statecenter_img In the midst of a record-breaking global heat wave, a recent international study presented a terrifying worst-case scenario: that “hothouse Earth” conditions are likely to prevail even if the world meets the carbon reduction levels of the Paris Agreement. Lead author Will Steffen from the Australian National University and Stockholm Resilience Centre said, “Human emissions of greenhouse gas are not the sole determinant of temperature on Earth. Our study suggests that human-induced global warming of 2°C may trigger other Earth system processes, often called ‘feedbacks,’ that can drive further warming – even if we stop emitting greenhouse gases.” More information: Observing carbon cycle–climate feedbacks from space. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1716613115AbstractThe impact of human emissions of carbon dioxide and methane on climate is an accepted central concern for current society. It is increasingly evident that atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane are not simply a function of emissions but that there are myriad feedbacks forced by changes in climate that affect atmospheric concentrations. If these feedbacks change with changing climate, which is likely, then the effect of the human enterprise on climate will change. Quantifying, understanding, and articulating the feedbacks within the carbon–climate system at the process level are crucial if we are to employ Earth system models to inform effective mitigation regimes that would lead to a stable climate. Recent advances using space-based, more highly resolved measurements of carbon exchange and its component processes—photosynthesis, respiration, and biomass burning—suggest that remote sensing can add key spatial and process resolution to the existing in situ systems needed to provide enhanced understanding and advancements in Earth system models. Information about emissions and feedbacks from a long-term carbon–climate observing system is essential to better stewardship of the planet. Credit: CC0 Public Domain This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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