Video: The Secret of the Jellyfish

first_imgNothing we have ever built can ply water as efficiently as the humble jellyfish. This video shows the pressure systems created with each of its thrusts, with vortices of low pressure (blue) rolling from the front of its bell-shaped body that meet up with the bulge of high pressure (red) that forms behind it. This pressure gradient pulls the jellyfish through the water with little exertion. Research on jellyfish propulsion over the past 2 years revealed a key design feature that makes this translucent beast so efficient: bendiness. (This was confirmed by building robotic jellyfish—the bendy models left the stiff ones behind.) But are jellyfish the only animals to have discovered the magic of bendiness? A new study examined the propulsive limbs of 59 animal species, from the flukes of killer whales and the wings of moths and bats to the winglike feet of sea slugs. Not only is bendiness ubiquitous, but it is finely tuned. No matter if a creature lives in air or water, whether it propels itself with skin, feather, or gelatinous flaps, the propulsive limbs of all animals seem to have the same bendy design constraint: About one-third of the length of the structure flexes during steady motion, and the bending angle ranges from 15° to 40°. This narrow “morphospace,” described online this week in Nature Communications, can’t be the result of shared genes. The same solution was reinvented countless times. Instead, the finely tuned bendiness of fins and wings is just good design, discovered again and again by evolution. Being stiff is literally a drag.last_img read more


Report: BATE 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgOlivier Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea’s progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Wednesday.France striker Giroud headed in Emerson Palmieri’s cross in the 52nd minute to decide a tentative contest and break his club drought dating back to May.BATE, who hit the woodwork three times, would have been deserving of a point, but will now seek to revive their hopes in their next meeting with Vidi, who edged PAOK 1-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That result means the Blues, having racked up a fifth successive competitive victory, must wait until the Greek side’s visit later this month to confirm top spot in Group L..@_OlivierGiroud_ #BATEvCFC pic.twitter.com/GhY786y8uC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2018Two goals down inside eight minutes at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, BATE were unfortunate not to be ahead early on home soil as Dmitri Baga crashed a long-range shot against the post.Chelsea soon settled into a dominant share of possession without ever looking like making the breakthrough before half-time.Giroud had fleetingly threatened with one header before the break and it was in similar circumstances that he opened the scoring, convincingly meeting Emerson’s cross at the near post.Only another moment of misfortune prevented BATE from responding quickly, with Nikolai Signevich’s close-range effort coming back off the underside of the crossbar, before an unmarked Aleksey Rios skied an even more promising opening.Eden Hazard was withdrawn just after the hour and with him went the last of Chelsea’s minimal attacking verve as they settled for an uninspiring, albeit important, 1-0 victory after the upright denied substitute Evgeni Berezkin.3 – This is the first time Chelsea have started three English players (Cahill, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek) in a European match since April 2014 vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (Cahill, Terry, Cole). Homegrown. #BATEvCFC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018What does it mean? Scoring confidence for Chelsea strikersBlues boss Sarri suddenly has competition for his centre-forward spot with Giroud following the lead set by Alvaro Morata against Crystal Palace and finally finding form in front of goal.794 – Olivier Giroud’s goal for Chelsea was his first in 794 minutes of action for the club, since netting against Liverpool in May. Relief. #batche #EuropaLeague— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018Emerson provides amid short supply of opportunitiesIn a match of few clear-cut chances, Emerson’s wicked delivery from the left for Giroud’s winner stood out as a moment of overdue quality.Loftus-Cheek a let downIt may be a case of two steps forward and one back for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struggled to make any kind of impression on the match despite his team’s wealth of possession, marking a stark contrast to his hat-trick heroism in the reverse fixture. Key Opta Facts- BATE have lost on each of the three occasions they have hosted an English side in Europe.- Chelsea have won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when they went on to win the Champions League.- Maurizio Sarri has won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager, with his sides scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.Three Englishmen started for Chelsea against BATE (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in European competition since April 2014 versus Atletico Madrid (Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).- Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since netting against Liverpool in May – he had gone 14 games, 793 minutes and 24 shots without scoring.What’s next?Chelsea host an improving Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, while BATE have a break before next weekend’s clash with FK Gorodeya in the Belarusian Cup. read morelast_img read more


Pravasi Bhartiya Divas Convention date moved to accommodate Kumbh Mela, Republic Day celebrations

first_imgTo accommodate those travelling from around the world to attend the Kumbh Mela and Republic Day, the date for the 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention has been moved from January 9 to January 21 to 23.While Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) has been celebrated on January 9 every year, the decision to move the date this time was done as PBD 2019 will be held in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi.The Indian diaspora attending the event will also get an opportunity to participate in the ‘Kumbh Snan’ and attend the Republic Day parade.The website for the 15th PBD 2019 was jointly inaugurated by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath in New Delhi on Saturday.The event also launched the commencement of online registrations for participation in the PBD Convention 2019. The government of Uttar Pradesh is the partner state for the convention.”In 2003 it was during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure that we decided to dedicate a day for overseas Indians. While deciding on the date, it was felt that it should be on the day Mahatma Gandhi – the most important overseas Indian – returned to India from South Africa and became the main protagonist of India’s freedom struggle. So it was decided that January 9 should be celebrated as Pravasi Bhartiya Divas,” said Sushma Swaraj explaining the history of PBD.She added that she received a lot of requests from various quarters to postpone the event by a few days in order to include Kumbh Mela and January 26 celebrations in their itinerary. “We will be celebrating PBD on January 9 but have decided to move the big event to a later date to accommodate the wishes and requests of our overseas Indians,” she said.advertisementA statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs explained the reason for the change in date.”In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations, the 15th PBD Convention is being organised from 21 to 23 January 2019 instead of 9th January. The convention will be held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. After the convention, participants would be given the opportunity to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela on January 24, 2019 and witness the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi on 26th January 2019,” it said.The three day event will kick-off with the inauguration of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 21 which will be held in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament of Norway, will be the special guest and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament of New Zealand will be the guest of honour at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.The government of Uttar Pradesh will also organise the state PBD 2019 on January 21, 2019. “PBD is an event for overseas Indians to connect with India and with their culture yet again. They have preserved their culture wherever they live in the world,” said Yogi Adityanath.On January 22, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the PBD convention. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, will be the chief guest of the convention.On January 23, the valedictory address will be delivered and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind.PBD convention is the flagship event of the government and provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas diaspora. The theme of PBD 2019 is the “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.On January 24, arrangements will be made by the UP government for them to experience Kumbh Snan (holy bath) at the sangam.”We are proud to have been given this opportunity to host this event… I am thankful to the External Affairs Minister. We will be welcoming all participants to Kashi to ensure they feel at home. Arrangements for the same have already begun. We are going to organise Swiss cottages and hotels as well as home stay experience for travellers,” said Yogi Adityanath.With a focus on “religious tourism”, the Chief Minister said Kashi is prepared to host the guests and take the opportunity to show them important religious places.”After the event, all the guests will move to Prayagraj where they will not only see the sangam but will also be taken to various other places that are connected to the times of Ramayan like the Ashram of Rishi Bharadwaj, Singarpur which is famous for the friendship of Lord Ram and Nishadraj, or the Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswati sangam. We will be taking them to ‘Akshay Vat Vriksha’ which covers thousands of years of Indian culture”, he said.advertisementThe Railway ministry has offered to bring the participants to Delhi and they will then be able to attend the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.Also read: 2+2 dialogue: Sushma, Sitharaman meet with American counterpartsAlso read: Yogi Adityanath immerses Vajpayee’s ashes in Yamuna at native villageWatch: India Today investigation exposes Uttar Pradesh’s cash-for-encounter rajlast_img read more


Slovenia vs Scotland: Team news & TV

first_imgScotland Slovenia vs Scotland: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Andy Robertson Scotland Getty Images Scotland WC Qualification Europe Slovenia v Scotland Slovenia World Cup Gordon Strachan’s team must win to keep their chances of reaching the play-offs for next summer’s World Cup alive on Sunday Scotland’s World Cup hopes rest on their final qualification match against Slovenia.Gordon Strachan’s side boosted themselves into second place in Group F by beating Slovakia on Thursday and now have their fate in their own hands.Their task is simple: they must win. If they do so, they will book a spot in the play-offs and keep their dream of going to Russia alive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Slovenia vs Scotland Date Sunday, October 8 Time 17:00 ET / 12:00 BST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM ScotlandIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Slovenia players Goalkeepers Oblak, Belec, Koprivec Defenders Cesar, Jokic, Samardzic, Mevlja, Skubic, Struna, Delamea, Viler, Sirok Midfielders Kurtic, Verbic, Rotman, Vetrih, Repas, Bohar Forwards Ilicic, Matavz, Bezjak, Sporar Slovenia will be without midfielders Valter Birsa and Rene Krhin, who picked up yellow cards against England and are suspended.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Struna, Mevlja, Cesar, Jokic; Rotman, Kurtic; Bezjak, Sporar, Verbic; Ilicic. Position Scotland players Goalkeepers Archer, Gordon, McGregor Defenders Anya, Berra, Cooper, Hanley, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Whittaker Midfielders Bannan, Fletcher, Forrest, McArthur, McGinn, McGregor, Morrison, Phillips, Snodgrass Forwards Fletcher, Griffiths, Martin Ryan Fraser has dropped out of the Scotland squad but Strachan will not name a replacement.Andrew Robertson suffered a wrist injury against Slovakia but played through the pain and should be ready to feature again in this match.Potential starting XI: Gordon; Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson; Morrison, Fletcher, Bannan; Forrest, Griffiths, Phillips.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Andy Robertson ScotlandScotland are 13/8 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Slovenia priced at 9/5 and the draw available at 11/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW ScotlandScotland have the momentum behind them after one of their biggest wins in recent years against Slovakia.They still have a long way to go to reach the World Cup finals due to the difficulty of a two-legged play-off, but they know what is required to reach that stage: just win again.Although they currently sit bottom of the second-place ranking, a victory will be enough to ensure they rise above Greece. They play Gibraltar in their final match, and so will not gain any additional points as matches against sixth-placed teams are discarded.Even if Greece fail to beat the minnows, Bosnia & Herzegovina – the team that could subsequently replace them in second – cannot keep pace with a Scotland win.A draw will not be enough. In that scenario, Scotland do not catch Greece and the representatives from Group D and Group I, whoever they may be, are guaranteed to finish ahead of them.So the Scots must go away from home and pull it out of the bag again. They will be aided by the absence of two experienced midfielders in Rene Krhin and Valter Birsa for yellow-card accumulation but face a formidable opponent in Jan Oblak.Having won four of their past five games and been so close to beating in England in the fifth, Gordon Strachan’s men will not be short of belief.last_img read more


Scaloni on Argentina: We think we’re good

first_imgLionel Scaloni hopes Argentina can take confidence from their win over Qatar into their Copa America quarter-final against Venezuela.Goals from Lautaro Martinez and Sergio Aguero helped Argentina beat Qatar to move into the last eight, where Venezuela await at the Maracana on Friday.Scaloni said that victory had given his side plenty of confidence as they eye the semi-finals. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “We think we’re good because we came from a win that gave us a significant emotional boost,” he told a news conference.”It’s going to be a difficult game, but we are confident.”Argentina have dominated Venezuela at the Copa America, winning their five meetings and scoring 28 goals while conceding just three.But Scaloni said he expected his team to be challenged by a Venezuela side that were unbeaten in Group A.”Football has evolved,” he said. “Nowadays, every team has difficulty.”#SelecciónMayor ¡Última práctica!Con la mente puesta en @SeleVinotinto . #VamosArgentina pic.twitter.com/xyxJNhs293 — Selección Argentina  (@Argentina) June 27, 2019 Argentina have seen their share of struggles at the competition in Brazil. It started on matchday one when they were outclassed in a 2-0 loss against Colombia and spilled into the side’s second match when they were held to a 1-1 draw against Paraguay. That left the team in desperate need of a win against visitors Qatar just to reach the knockout rounds. Their opponent on Friday, Venezuela, have earned just one win over Bolivia so far, but played to a draw with Peru despite going down a man on matchday one and held hosts Brazil to a draw as well. Scaloni has yet to settle on a first-choice side, bringing both he and the players under pressure, but he encouraged his country to get behind the club earlier in the week rather than making the team feel as though they were going to war.  “Sometimes, these guys go out to play a soccer game and they seem to go out and play a war. With the pressure on them sometimes it is difficult to play,” he said. “The message should be that while playing in the Copa America we are all on the same side.”last_img read more


Iron Ore workers in NL ratify new fiveyear agreement

first_imgLABRADOR CITY, N.L. – Iron Ore Company of Canada workers in Labrador City, N.L., have ratified a new five-year contact to end a strike that lasted nine weeks.The United Steelworkers Union says about 80 per cent of the workers who voted cast ballots in favour of the new agreement.The union says more than 1,300 members of two locals will return to work over the next several days.More than 300 other workers at the company’s port and railway operations in Sept-Iles, Que., will vote on a similar offer on Tuesday.The five-year agreement includes wage increases averaging 2.4 per cent annually, including cost-of-living allowances.Ron Thomas, the president of USW Local 5795 says the deal also includes increases in medical benefit coverage and pensions, as well as an increase in the cap on medical benefits.“It is time to get IOC back up and producing so that our members and our communities can get some normalcy back into their lives,” added Local 6731 president Tony Record.The Labrador City strike began on March 27 after workers turned down an earlier offer from the company, and remained on strike after rejecting another offer in mid-April.last_img read more


Groups push Liberals to boost child benefit to aggressively cut poverty rates

first_imgOTTAWA – A national coalition of anti-poverty groups is asking the Trudeau government to boost the basic amount it provides in child benefits in hopes of cutting child poverty rates in Canada in half by the end of the decade.The coalition wants the government to change the rules so those earning less can keep more of the benefit, and to increase payments with the cost of living, retroactive to when the new benefit was first introduced last July.The goal would be to reduce child poverty rates by 50 per cent by 2020, the group Campaign 2000 says in a written submission to the Trudeau government as part of federal consultations on a national anti-poverty strategy.Anita Khanna, the group’s national co-ordinator, also wants the government to consider more lucrative employment insurance benefits, including for new parents, and further expand job training programs.Such measures, among others, would help to rework the social safety net to help more people climb out of poverty and contribute more to the economy, Khanna said in an interview.“Any time spent in poverty in childhood is too long. It does have detrimental effects through the life cycle,” she said. “This is a real cornerstone piece for us and the government has hung a lot on the (Canada Child Benefit) as well.”The government is spending roughly $23 billion on the benefit, billed as a key weapon in the fight against child poverty. The average family receives about $2,300 more per year compared to the tax credits and benefits it replaced, the Liberals say.The parliamentary budget watchdog has warned that fewer families will qualify for the benefit unless its levels are tied to inflation, which would ensure its buying power — the so-called “real value” — doesn’t erode over time.The government’s internal calculations show the child poverty rate this year would drop to between 11.7 and 13 per cent as defined by the low-income measure — less than half of the median national household income. That measure is used internationally to compare poverty rates between countries.In absolute terms, that means 213,000 fewer children would be living in poverty than in 2013, or 199,000 fewer children based on 2014 data, says a November briefing note to Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos.Those impacts are below the estimates of almost 300,000 children the Liberals have touted using a different benchmark, the low-income cut-off.“This is normal because the (low-income measure) is a measure of poverty relative to how the rest of the population is doing,” the briefing note says in explaining the difference.“The (Canada Child Benefit) not only increases the income of low-income families, but also increases the median household income from which the (low-income measure) poverty threshold is established.”The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the briefing note under the Access to Information Act.The actual impact of the benefit won’t be known until 2019 — the year of the next federal election — when official figures become available.Campaign 2000’s report also urges the government to take a second look at eligibility requirements to ensure immigration status doesn’t act as a barrier to support. Permanent and temporary residents who have been in Canada for at least 18 months can receive the child benefit, but not so for some sponsored spouses.“There’s no real logic to the current practice,” Khanna said.“If the principle is that money should go to children who require it, there are some who are being arbitrarily denied it based on their parents status.”— Follow @jpress on Twitterlast_img read more


Beyonce And Solange Knowles Miss A Meal For Charity

first_imgMore than 50 million Americans go hungry every day. With those despairing statistics, fashion designer Tina Knowles and daughters Beyonce and Solange joined forces with Bread of Life, Inc. to make a difference.Beyonce Supports The Miss A Meal CampaignCredit/Copyright: PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records/Parkwood, Mason PooleThe Houston-based non-profit organization founded by Rudy and Juanita Rasmus aims to fight for the needs of the less fortunate with the fundraising campaign Miss A Meal.“When we say ‘we are starving,’ we have to remember that there are people who are literally starving. If everyone fed one person, one meal, we could make a huge difference,” says Tina Knowles. “To miss one meal is a small sacrifice to make in the fight against hunger.”According to a recent study, Harris County families struggling to keep food on the table have a food budget shortfall of $12.97 per week, per person. To fill the meal gap, $277 million is needed annually to ensure that every person has three meals a day. The Miss A Meal initiative is designed to meet the needs of the hungry by encouraging people to miss a meal and pass the plate by donating the money they would have spent. The donation is then used to feed those who are less fortunate.“I was 13 and my sister Solange was 8 when we started donating and serving meals to the homeless after church,” says Beyonce. “There were people from all walks of life, even children, who needed a meal. We learned that we are all three paychecks away from poverty. It was a lesson in humility for all of us.”Solange adds, “There are dozens of memories of me and my sister volunteering at Bread of Life, we got to see firsthand how grateful people were to receive a hot meal. For many people this was their only meal of the day and we learned early on not to take anything for granted. I’m passing on those same lessons to my son Julez.”What started as an idea sparked by indie recording artist Cy Jackson’s song “Heartbeat” has blossomed into a growing movement against hunger. Miss A Meal encourages people to donate as little as one dollar, which in turn can provide one well-balanced meal through Bread of Life.Through their Bread of Life non-profit organization, Pastor Rudy and Juanita Rasmus have been providing solutions for the hungry and homeless in Houston, TX for the past 21 years. Bread of Life serves 14,000 meals per month and through a Community Wide Food Fair and Senior Supplemental Food Program; they distribute 9 tons of fresh food and produce every Wednesday. Additional programs include medical services, job development and placement, case management, recovery groups, drug and alcohol counseling, life skills training, The Culinary Art Program, The Art Project Houston and the Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments.“We must continue to build bridges through our community,” says Pastor Rudy. “Each of us has the power to change another’s life just by passing the plate. It only takes one plate!”The Knowleses are inviting national and local celebrities to pass the plate and take a stand against hunger. Together everyone can make a difference, one person at a time. Those wishing to pass the plate can donate by texting “50555” or by visiting www.missameal.net.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


Small business owners upbeat about companies look to expand

first_imgNEW YORK — Small business owners are upbeat, looking to expand and worrying less about financial concerns like health costs.That’s the finding of a survey of 1,067 owners released last week by Bank of America. The survey shows owners are optimistic about the short and long term. Fifty-seven per cent said they expect their revenue to increase in the next 12 months, and 56 per cent have plans to increase business over the next five years. Two-thirds said they’re planning to expand in the coming year.The survey also shows owners are less worried about health care costs than they were a year ago even as the price of insurance is still an issue for many. Sixty-three per cent called health care a concern, compared to 72 per cent a year ago. Owners were also less concerned about consumer spending, commodities prices, the strength of the dollar and minimum wage increases. But they were slightly more concerned about interest rates, not surprising considering that the Federal Reserve has raised rates four times in the past year.The survey was conducted between late August and mid-September.A separate survey by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School showed small business demand for outside financing, including equity investments and loans, was down just over 11 per cent from three months earlier. Just 27 per cent of companies tried to raise outside financing in the past three months.The drop in demand is likely due to the fact that companies are overall doing well. Fifty-five per cent said they didn’t seek financing because their cash flow is sufficient. Twenty-nine per cent said they had enough financing in place.Small businesses are becoming more successful in obtaining bank loans, another sign of their increasing health. Nearly 46 per cent said they were successful in getting loans, up from nearly 44 per cent three months earlier.Looking ahead, only 28 per cent of small businesses said they’re planning to raise financing in the next six months, a sign that owners expect to keep doing well. Strong cash flow and sufficient financing were again cited as reasons why owners aren’t seeking more money.The survey questioned 878 business owners during October. The companies had revenue up to $100 million. The survey, which broke out some data according to company size, considers a small business to be one with no more than $5 million in revenue._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more


Oregon hotel apologizes a week after kicking out black man

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. — Attorneys for a black man who was kicked out of an Oregon hotel last week say they want a public explanation for why he was told to leave.Nearly a week later, the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Portland apologized Friday to Jermaine Massey on Twitter. He has accused the hotel of racially profiling him after a security guard called police to remove him from the lobby, Oregon Public Broadcasting reported .“We sincerely apologize to Mr. Massey for his treatment this past weekend, and deeply regret the experience he endured. It was unacceptable and contrary to our values, beliefs and how we seek to treat all people who visit our hotel,” the tweet said.The hotel also said the employees involved had been placed on leave and an investigation would be done.The security guard told Massey that if he could not provide a room number, he would be asked to leave. The Washington state resident was staying at the hotel and left with an officer, according to a police report.Massey posted a video on social media that shows part of the interaction with the guard.“He’s calling the cops on me because I’m taking a phone call at the DoubleTree hotel,” Massey says in the video. “I have not moved, I have been sitting here the whole time and they’re calling the police on me because I’m taking a phone call in the lobby. Did you ask any of those people walking by what room they were staying in? No.”General manager Paul Peralta said in a statement earlier this week that the hotel reached out to Massey to try to reach a resolution, noting the incident was “likely the result of a misunderstanding between our hotel and guest.”Massey said through his attorneys Thursday that he wasn’t interested in a closed-door discussion.“The hotel has requested a private discussion, but Mr. Massey was publicly humiliated,” attorneys Gregory and Jason Kafoury of the law firm Kafoury and McDougal wrote in a statement.The hotel should publicly answer why security approached and questioned Massey and explain how, as the guard said, Massey was a threat to security, his lawyers said.Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said Friday that it was deeply troubling to hear about Massey’s experience.“No one should be treated this way, and I hope this serves as a catalyst for necessary changes that address the systemic nature of discrimination of all forms,” he wrote on Twitter.It’s the latest high-profile incident in which black people have been removed from businesses.Last month, police in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland helped the owner of a frozen yogurt shop kick out a black man because employees said they felt uncomfortable.Police in Philadelphia in April arrested two black men at a Starbucks coffee shop after a manager called police to say they refused to make a purchase or leave.Police, other city officials and business owners in those incidents later apologized.___Information from: KOPB-, http://www.opb.orgThe Associated Presslast_img read more


Palestinian economy wins boost from online programme for customs – UN

10 August 2009International businesses based in the West Bank are set to benefit from a state of the art web-based system for tracking goods coming in and out of the area, launched today by Palestinian customs in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). International businesses based in the West Bank are set to benefit from a state of the art web-based system for tracking goods coming in and out of the area, launched today by Palestinian customs in partnership with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).The online system, known as ASYCUDA WORLD, will speed up transactions and lower costs for Palestinian exporters and importers, according to a news release issued by UNCTAD.Palestinian customs clearance agents and private trading companies will be able to process customs declarations and related documents electronically from their own premises without having to visit customs offices.UNCTAD said that the new software, the final stage in upgrading Palestinian customs’ computerized system, is also expected to improve the customs authority’s risk management and post-auditing processes, reduce fraud and smuggling, provide better data to inform public policy and increase customs and tax revenues. The launch ceremony – sponsored by Salam Fayyad, Palestinian Authority Prime Minster and Minister of Finance – was held in Ramallah, and attended by representatives from the European Commission (EC) and UNCTAD, the main partners for the Palestinian customs modernization programme. read more


Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne pledges 25billion for fund to help keep companies

TORONTO — Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising to create a $2.5-billion fund aimed at keeping businesses in Ontario.Details are scant, but officials say companies would be able to apply for government grants.They say the applicants would have to meet certain criteria to receive the money, details of which will be in Thursday’s budget.Wynne says she believes in “working actively to help create the conditions for companies to succeed.”She says her government will also create what the Liberals are calling the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.The minority Liberals need at least one opposition party to support their budget to avoid an election. read more


ESCAP 70 years of UN efforts to advance socioeconomic development in Asia

PreviousNextUN News: Can you tell us about the current socio-economic development snapshot of the region and how this has changed over the past 70 years?Shamshad Akhtar:  Asia-Pacific is a very vibrant and dynamic region. It has come a long way since ESCAP was created in 1947 to assist countries emerging from the devastation of World War II. I have to say that the region has witnessed economic and social achievements beyond expectations – it is the region that led the drive for poverty reduction and is today known for being the driver of the global economic recovery. Asia-Pacific is the region that today accounts for 40 per cent of global trade.UN News: That said, Asia and the Pacific also has its fair share of challenges. Can you elaborate?Shamshad Akhtar:  Of course the region has challenges. Because the region is growing very fast, pollution is a major concern. Greenhouse gas emissions from Asia-Pacific account for over half of the total greenhouse gas emissions around the world [and this is] just based on the performance of few countries.There are about 400 million people still poor in the region. This number rises to 900 million if measured using the multi-dimensional poverty index. So reducing poverty is a major issueSecondly, the region has been at the frontier of export-led development. Now it is time for it to move towards domestic-driven growth. Given its potential and the value-added relationships that it has developed, Asia-Pacific has the potential to further stimulate the regional demand.Another challenge is poverty. There are about 400 million people still poor in the region. This number rises to 900 million if measured using the multi-dimensional poverty index, so reducing poverty is a major issue.Furthermore, some larger economies in the region are undergoing rebalancing from excessive structural surpluses to stimulating more domestic demand-led growth.Also, there is the question on how to absorb the growing workforce because there will be significant demographic changes that the region will face – both in terms of further growth in population as well as in terms of the rise in the aging population. A train snakes its way through Seoul, Republic of Korea. Photo: Kibae Park Sala Santithan, the complex that housed the headquarters of the then ECAFE, in Bangkok, Thailand, prior to the construction of its current offices. Photo: ESCAP archives A shopkeeper at a local grain market in Tachileik, Myanmar. Photo: Kibae Park U Nyun, Executive Secretary of the then ECAFE, delivering an address at the twenty-first session, held in Wellington, New Zealand, in 1965. Photo: ESCAP archives UN News: In light of these challenges, as well as for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, what has ESCAP been doing to assist its members?Shamshad Akhtar:  For the 2030 Agenda, ESCAP’s intergovernmental focus and work programme has been transformed to support the development of a cohesive, coherent and coordinated institutional framework, which is called the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development.Also, our member States have worked with us to develop a regional road-map for implementation of the 2030 Agenda and they have also given mandates to have a regional follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda. We are updating our analysis of regional cooperation and integration to help strengthen the sustainable development agenda. This will in turn, help the region get connected in a much more sustainable mannerWe will carry on this work while continuing to support the implementation of sustainable development through our second core mandate – Regional Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific. We are also updating our analysis of regional cooperation and integration to help strengthen the sustainable development agenda. This will in turn, help the region get connected in a much more sustainable manner. At the same time, the 2030 Agenda includes a number of transboundary goals so we hope to leverage regional cooperation and integration to fast-track implementation of these particular goals. We are also supporting the means of implementation of the 2030 Agenda: We have a track for financing for development in Asia-Pacific where we are raising awareness on the significance of, as well as on the means of, boosting domestic resource mobilization, in particular the tax-to-GDP ratio as well as formulating tax policies that are supportive of the sustainable development agenda.We also continue to work on infrastructure financing and capacity building, and also looking at climate change, financial inclusion, science, technology and innovation, and a range of other issues.UN News: You mentioned the fact that the Asia-Pacific region is very diverse. How are you able to cover the entire region while operating out of Bangkok? Shamshad Akhtar: The ESCAP region covers a lot of countries. It has 53 member countries and nine associate members. Given the diversity of the region, we have subregional offices across the region: one in Suva, Fiji, for the Pacific; in Incheon, Republic of Korea, for North and North-East Asia; in Delhi, India, for South and South-West Asia; and in Almaty, Kazakhstan for North and Central Asia.These offices both maintain relationships with the countries as well as coordinate and conduct core work programmes in their respective subregions. The work programme of the subregional offices and the functional divisions [at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok] are aligned, making sure that leadership comes from the principal office in Bangkok and support from the subregional offices.UN News: The Commission will be holding its seventy-third session during the week of 14 May. What are the major issues on the agenda?Shamshad Akhtar: The session will be revolving around issues concerning sustainable development as well as the regional cooperation and integration agenda.  We will also be discussing a thematic report on energy efficiency. Having expanded our work programme to include energy, this will help us promote sustainable energy for all, while enhancing energy connectivity in the region and diversifying energy sources to include renewable sources.We will also be discussing the overall economic and social situation in the region in addition to our core mandate of sustainable development and how they mutually support each other. Representatives from the then ECAFE member States attend the sixth session of the Commission (1950). Photo: ESCAP archives A worker at an integrated resource recovery centre aerates organic waste to speed up the composting process. Matale, Sri Lanka. Photo: ESCAP Delegates attend the seventy-second session of the Commission in May 2016. Photo: ESCAP Video: Ms. Akhtar highlighting progress made by the Asia-Pacific region and the challenges before it. As Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Shamshad Akhtar leads an entity with a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south, and covers a region that is home to 4.1 billion people, or two-thirds of the world’s population.Founded in 1947, as the then Economic Commission for Asia and the Far-East, to assist the region’s countries with economic reconstruction in the devastating aftermath of the Second World War, the Commission’s geographical scope and mandate were expanded in the 1970s to reflect changes on the ground.When ESCAP convenes its 73rd session next week at its headquarters in Bangkok, top government officials will discuss further strengthening the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).In addition, member States will deliberate on regional cooperation for sustainable energy, an issue vital in a region where millions suffer from severe energy insecurity and lack of access. Also on the agenda are exchanges on infrastructure development in least developed, landlocked developing and Pacific island developing countries, applications of space technology for environment and resilience against water-related disasters.UN News spoke to Ms. Akhtar, a Pakistani national and seasoned economist, about development efforts in the region, including ongoing challenges, as well as the work of ESCAP and what is expected during the upcoming session. ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. The UN Conference Centre is in the foreground and the ESCAP secretariat building is in the back. Photo: ESCAP A park in Bangkok, Thailand, where accessibility and assistive features such as detectable guides and warnings have been installed. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe A student at the Tailulu College in Nukua’lofa, Tonga, where broadband internet connectivity has been installed, transforming the way students access information. Photo: Tom Perry/World Bank PreviousNextUN News: What are the major outcomes expected this year?Shamshad Akhtar: Deliberations at the Commission will provide us with greater understanding on what support the region and the countries need from ESCAP. The Commission will guide us on what we can do for the member States to further support them in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and other mandates that have been assigned to us. But the ultimate test will be how we can match the demand with the supply.UN News: Would you like to add anything else?The regional commissions are a very important arm of the UN. However, because they are not based in New York, they often are not so visibleShamshad Akhtar: One thing I would like to mention is that regional commissions are a very important arm of the United Nations. However, because they are not based in New York, they often are not so visible.The technical work done at the subregional level or at the country level is actually being done by the regional commissions. We play a very important role in connecting the global with the national through the bridge of the regional commissions. We are going to be supporting a lot of knowledge-sharing and all kinds of technical work at the regional level, not for the sake of doing it, but to ensure that these are all consolidated with the discussions at the global level. read more


Gyori Audi ETO KC newold Womens EHF CL winners

Gyori Audi ETO KC Gyori Audi ETO KC celebrating the title of the best club in women’s handball! Another epic match has been seen at Papp Laszlo Arena, where Hungarian champions defended title against same rival ZRK Vardar Skopje 27:26 after extra-time (regular part 20:20). Decisive moment happened five seconds before the end of extra-time, when Kiss saved shot by Canadjija for the title…This is the fourth title for Hungarian team. All of them are won by Spanish coach Ambros Martin who ended his era in Gyor in the best possible way.  ← Previous Story CSM claimed bronze at the EHF Final 4 Next Story → Potaissa Turda with +11 to Athens read more


TMobile CEO 10 Percent of Customers Leave for iPhone

first_imgSo, how much does not carrying the iPhone hurt a service like T-Mobile? Quite a bit, apparently. According to a rather candid T-Mobile CEO Phillip Humm, ten percent of the two percent who leave T-Mobile every month are jumping ship to get their hands on a shiny new iPhone.Sure ten percent of two percent doesn’t seem like a huge number, but that certainly adds up–particularly if the carrier doesn’t plan to join Verizon and AT&T on the list of iPhone-friendly carriers. And from what Humm says, it doesn’t sound like T-Mobile plans to do so any time soon.You see, the reason why Humm mentioned this interesting statistic during an investor call is to highlight the carrier’s plan to get and keep more subscribers: cheap Android phones. T-Mobile will apparently be launching a number of Google-friendly phones that will run less than $100, with data plans under $10.So, what do you think? In the wake of another iPhone snub, can T-Mobile reinvent itself as the budget carrier?last_img read more


Apple quietly upgrades the MacBook Pro line

first_imgUsually Apple updating one of its line of products comes with a mass of media attention, a keynote, and people scrambling to order the new device. That’s not the case with Apple’s latest product refresh, which seems to have been rolled out quietly earlier today or late last night.If you visit the Apple Store you may notice the MacBook Pro options looking slightly different. That’s because Apple has upgraded the internals of each model with new processors, graphics cards, and storage options.First up, even though the internals have been upgraded, the price of each model has stayed the same. Whether you see that as a plus depends on how expensive you think Apple products are to begin with, but at least they haven’t become even more so.The MacBook Pro 13-inch model now has a 2.4GHz Core i5 or a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, both of which are dual-core chips. The standard hard drive options have also been increased to 500GB and 750GB respectively. So more speed and more storage for the smallest Pro.The 15-inch model now has 2.2GHz and 2.4GHz quad-Core i7 options, plus the 2.4GHz option ships with an AMD Radeon HD 6770M and 1GB RAM. The 17-inch model also sports the 2.4GHz quad-core i7 and 6770M GPU.Of course, you can upgrade each of those laptops to suit your needs, but then it will obviously cost you even more. Prices start at $1,199 as it is, going up to $2,499 for the base 17-inch model. Adding more memory and an SSD can easily take that past $3,000.At those prices you may be drawn to something cheaper, maybe the MacBook Air? I’m sure Apple won’t mind which you buy.More at Apple, via This is my nextlast_img read more


Latest drone duty Delivering lifesaving kidney for successful implant

first_img Sci-Tech Drones Wellness Share your voice Post a comment 0 Enlarge ImageA kidney arrives after taking flight. UMMC video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET A Baltimore woman is now the proud owner of a kidney like no other: it was the first organ to be delivered for transplant via drone and then successfully implanted. The donated kidney, held in a special cooler, was flown via a custom drone with eight rotors from a location in West Baltimore a few miles to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). There, it was implanted in a 44-year-old woman who had spent the previous eight years on dialysis. “This whole thing is amazing,” the patient, who did not disclose her name, said in a statement. “Years ago, this was not something that you would think about.” The flight, which only lasted about 10 minutes, was intended as a demonstration of the custom unmanned aerial system (UAS). Teams from UMMC had previously shown that an organ could be transported via a drone, but this appears to be the first time one has actually been implanted after a flight.”We had to create a new system that was still within the regulatory structure of the FAA, but also capable of carrying the additional weight of the organ, cameras, and organ tracking, communications, and safety systems over an urban, densely populated area,” said Matthew Scassero, director of the University of Maryland’s UAS test site.center_img Tags The project was led by Joseph Scalea, one of the surgeons who performed the transplant. He hopes UAS can help to streamline the system of getting organs to patients who need them quickly.”This is a complicated web of couriers and expensive charter flights, which, in my opinion, could be avoided.”Scalea says using drones to shave up to a few hours off the delivery time of organs could mean that up to 2,500 more such organs become viable for implantation. Nearly 114,000 people were on waiting lists for an organ transplant in 2018, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the organ transplant system in the US. Over 36,000 transplants were performed in 2018 in the US.There’s still more research to be done to ensure that flying through the air in a box is a safe mode of transport for all organs, and systems also need to be put in place to manage this whole new class of critical deliveries. But eventually, kidneys and other body parts could be zipping through the air to save lives on a daily basis. That is, so long as vultures and other birds of prey don’t get wise to what’s in those slow-flying containers.  Droneslast_img read more


2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid debuts to split the difference

first_imgGuys, it comes in green. Ford Ford has been slowly working to change the perception of hybrid and electrified vehicles. Take the forthcoming Lincoln Aviator for example. In its top-spec Grand Touring trim, a plug-in hybrid powertrain is standard with 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. Thrifty and sporty, no?Clearly, that ethos has seeped into the 2020 Ford Escape SE Sport Hybrid, which the automaker revealed on Tuesday alongside the compact crossover’s build configurator. We’ve known the SE Sport trim was coming with a standard hybrid powertrain but this is our first look at how Ford plans to draw those looking for racier looks while delivering efficient drives.Digging through the configurator, the SE Sport Hybrid builds upon the standard SE trim but replaces the 1.5-liter turbo-3 engine with a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 and electronically controlled CVT. Ford estimates the powertrain will make 198 hp and the EPA projects drivers will go more than 550 miles on a single tank. With a base price of $29,450, after a hefty $1,195 destination charge, the perky and efficient crossover is pretty well equipped.There’s a standard 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, 10-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless access with push-button start. The digital instrument cluster and leather-wrapped steering wheel are extras atop the regular SE trim.Outside, the 2020 Escape SE Sport Hybrid gets black 17-inch wheels, trim molding and grille accents to look the part. Honestly, the black accents look good with any color that’s part of the Escape’s palette and you should be delighted to know there’s a green hue available — Dark Persian Green, to be specific. Rapid Red is the only extra-cost color and adds $395 to the SE Sport’s price. All-wheel drive is also optional and costs another $1,500.Overall, the SE Sport seems like a pretty well-packed value with most of the popular options included. For $3,395 more, buyers can also add a Premium Package that bundles fancier 19-inch wheels, a power liftgate, adaptive cruise control and other comforts.Elsewhere, those looking for the least expensive 2020 Escape will be shown an Escape S that will start at $26,080. At the top of the lineup is the Escape Titanium at $34,595. Note, the hybrid powertrain is also standard here, but a 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 250 hp is available for another $2,885. Opting for the more powerful engine also nets AWD standard.We’re eager to get some seat time with the 2020 Escape, but perhaps just as eager to see what Ford has cooking for those who feel the new Escape is too car-like. There’s a “Baby Bronco” coming for that crowd. Tags 83 Photos News • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid sips its way to EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined 2020 Ford Escape gears up for city living 2 4:27 Now playing: Watch this: 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: Plugging in for performance Share your voice More about 2020 Ford Explorer Base FWDcenter_img More From Roadshow Ford 2020 Ford Escape is a citified slicker SUV Preview • 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid first drive: A new kind of Explorer Comments Crossovers Hybrids Ford 2019 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid second drive: The best of both worlds 2018 Mercedes-AMG E63 S Wagon: Der überwagenlast_img read more


Alaska News Nightly Monday Sept 28 2015

first_imgShell pulls out of the Arctic, citing lack of resourceJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaAfter sinking eight years and more than $8 billion into the effort, Shell Oil is pulling out of the Arctic Ocean.Murkowski calls Shell pull-out a ‘kick in the gut’Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.Sen. Lisa Murkowski says news that Shell is pulling out of the Alaskan Arctic hit her hard.Anchorage convenes task force to combat human traffickingZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageA new working group in Anchorage is bringing city, state, and federal resources to combat human trafficking across Alaska.Sen. McGuire won’t seek re-election in 2016Rachel Waldholz, APRN – AnchorageSenator Lesil McGuire, a Republican from Anchorage, likely surprised attendees at the Arctic Energy Summit in Fairbanks today when she announced she would not seek re-election next year.Buldir Island a ‘life changer’ for seabird researchersLauren Rosenthal – APRN ContributorImagine spending three months on a windy island at the tip of the Aleutian Chain. There’s no internet, no cell phones, and not much company — besides the millions of seabirds who flock to Buldir Island to build their nests.As ice melts, Arctic opens for cruise shipsEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeAs sea ice melts and temperatures rise, the Arctic is seeing an increase in vessel traffic, but it’s not just icebreakers and research vessels making the journey up north. Cruise ships, mainly European ones, are also taking advantage of the region’s more navigable waters.DEC to spend $4 million on Wrangell junkyard cleanupKatarina Sostaric, KSTK – WrangellThe Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week it will spend about $4 million to clean up a former Wrangell junkyard site with high levels of lead contamination.With reservoir low, Kodiak asks citizens to conserve waterKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakIt’s been a dry summer for Kodiak, which has lowered bodies of water throughout Kodiak Island, including the Monashka Reservoir.EIS forthcoming for proposed Donlin gold mineLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelPermitting for the proposed Donlin Gold mine, which will affect communities along the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is underway. An official draft of the statement examining the mine’s affects on the environment will be available at the end of November. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more


Texas Troopers Will Be Extra Watchful During Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgPhoto: Flickr.comThe Texas Department of Public Safety will be extra watchful during the Memorial Day weekend and Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, as well as for drivers who are going over the speed limit or who are not complying with seat belt and other traffic laws.The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be extra watchful during the Memorial Day weekend and Troopers will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers, as well as for drivers who are going over the speed limit or who are not complying with seat belt and other traffic laws.“By driving sober, wearing your seat belt, obeying traffic laws and using extra caution, you can help prevent senseless tragedies,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a news release.During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, DPS Troopers issued nearly 60,000 citations and warnings, including more than 1,000 seat belt and child safety restraint tickets.The DPS encourages drivers to drive defensively as holiday travel may present additional challenges and to monitor weather and road conditions.You can visit the website https://drivetexas.org to monitor road conditions in Texas. Sharelast_img read more