Top Stories: Self-Healing Plastic, a Virtual Universe, and Erasing Memories

first_imgSmelling the Opposite Sex, Mysterious Lines in the Desert, And Surviving the Dinosaur Apocalypse Astrophysicists Build a Virtual UniverseWant to watch our universe evolve? You’re in luck. In the most detailed effort yet, astrophysicists and cosmologists have modeled the evolution of the universe right down to the formation of individual galaxies. The findings once again neatly confirm cosmologists’ standard theory of the basic ingredients of the universe and how it evolved—a result that may disappoint researchers hoping for new puzzles to solve.Designer Microbes Expand Life’s Genetic AlphabetSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)From bacteria to basketball players, all life as we know it encodes genetic information using two pairs of DNA letters. Not anymore. Now, along with the double helix’s two natural pairs, a bacterium growing in a California lab can incorporate and copy a third, artificial pair of letters. The newly expanded genetic code opens the way to a whole universe of new proteins—a potential boon to drug and materials developers.WHO Calls Polio an International EmergencyCiting “extraordinary” circumstances, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the international spread of wild poliovirus a public health emergency of international concern, saying the recent export of polio from three nations to adjoining areas could threaten global efforts to eradicate the disease. Under the new recommendations, the three countries deemed to pose the greatest risk of further spread—Pakistan, Cameroon, and Syria—must now ensure that all residents and long-term visitors have proof of recent polio vaccination before leaving the country.How the Brain Deletes Old MemoriesDo you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming new memories.New Chemical Blend Helps Plastic Heal ItselfMaterials that heal themselves are going bigtime. Scientists have cooked up a chemical concoction that can patch a 9-millimeter-wide hole in a sheet of plastic, just like a human wound repairs itself. This scale of self-repair is orders of magnitude larger than ever demonstrated before, and the finding could lead to new kinds of airplanes and spacecraft that can repair themselves midflight. 00:0000:0000:00last_img read more

Universities should not function as degree-giving institutions, Devendra Fadnavis

first_imgStating that universities in the State should not merely function as institutions doling out degrees, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday urged varsities to build themselves into centres of innovation.“We see universities as hubs of innovation and not merely as institutions giving out degrees. If we fail to generate merit in our varsities, then we will not be able to build a competent human resource force. Hence, I appeal to all universities to focus more on skill development,” he said, pointing out that the service sector was set to grow massively in the near future owing to a number of provisions announced in the recent Union Budget.Mr. Fadnavis was speaking in Solapur district on the occasion of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new administrative building and exam centre of the district’s Punyashlok Ahilyadevi Holkar Solapur University.“It is the responsibility of a university to churn out a skilled workforce in order to build the economy,” said the Chief Minister, who also approved of setting up of a chair named after Ahilyadevi Holkar, the legendary 18th century queen, at the varsity while assuring funds for its expansion activities.Mr. Fadnavis later performed the groundbreaking ceremony for a housing scheme project for journalists in Solapur.“Our government has already extended the coverage of Mahatma Phule JanArogya Yojana to journalists and now, a pension scheme for them will be implemented in a month’s time,” he said, speaking on the occasion.Stating that the BJP-Sena government was working extensively to implement housing schemes in the state for every section of society, he remarked that the government was eager to provide affordable housing to journalists in every district in Maharashtra and was currently working on it.A total of 238 houses are to be constructed with the help of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) scheme for the Solapur Working Journalist Housing Society.Mr. Fadnavis was in the district ahead of the annual puja (worship) of Lord Vitthal in the temple town in Pandharpur. Mr. Fadnavis will offer worship early morning Friday. Last year, the quota agitation by Maratha outfits had compelled Mr. Fadnavis to cancel the annual worship event.last_img read more

Leggie Chawla claims four as India win by 38 runs

first_imgPiyush Chawla scalped four as India beat Australia by 38 runs in their World Cup warm-up tie at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday.A low scoring match saw Australia batsmen getting out for a meager 176 in the 37th over in reply to India’s 214 all out.India leggie Piyush Chawla proved to the wrecker-in-chief scalping four wickets on the day.But that was post two good partnerships by the Aussies batsmen. First openers Shane Watson and Tim Paine forged a 51-run first wicket partnership and later skipper Ricky Ponting got busy with a 67-run second wicket partnership with Paine.The partnership was finally broken by Yuvraj Singh when Paine holed out to long-on where Munaf Patel took a fine catch. He fell for 37 as Australia were 118/2. But after his wicket, India got rid of another batsman in a jiffy with Piyush Chawla accounting for Michael Clarke on a duck. Australia were 120/3 at the stage.But Chawla hadn’t finished yet. He struck back to pack off Cameron White and David Hussey on consecutive balls to bring India back in the game. From 120-3 the Aussies were now on 138-5.But, Chawla was still hungry. Maybe he wanted to show his critics what devastation his bowling can do on Indian tracks. Soon he accounted to Callum Ferguson on 8 to push Aussies to the wall. The Australians were 148-6 at the stage.Piyush Chawla took four wickets on the day. APHowever, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting was still at the crease and in such a scenario India were still far for a win. But, Harbhajan Singh made sure that he didn’t stay for too long and accounted for his wicket even as the Aussies score read 166-7. Ponting attempted a slog sweep but failed to connect and India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stumped him on 57.The rest was easy for the India bowlers as they quickly pressed for a win and that’s what they earned – winning the match by 38 runs in the 38th over.advertisementIndia inningsEarlier, India put on 214 with opener Virender Sehwag top scoring with 54 runs and Yusuf Pathan scored a quick-fire 32 even as the rest of the regular batsmen failed to make a mark.Early in the innings Dough Bollinger got the better of opener Gautam Gambhir. A good length ball pitched on the off got a thick outside edge of the India opener’s bat and the Cameron White did the rest in the second slip. He fell for 6 even as India slumped to 12-1.Just when Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli were looking set for a big partnership, John Hastings struck and sent back Kohli on 21. A good length outside off takes the edge off Kohli’s bat and David Hussey at backward point takes an easy. India were 54-2 at the stage.Soon Yuvraj Siingh too departed. A bouncer from Mitchell Johnson did the trick. Yuvraj failed to decide when and how to play the ball even as a weak upper edge carried away towards Tim Paine. He fell for 1 as India were 63/3.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to shed his poor form and got out on 21 with Hastings accounting for his wicket as the hosts fell to 101-4.Virender Sehwag was the latest to fall. The opener had batted with gusto even as the rest of the batsmen made quick visits. He tried to cut Jason Krejza’s ball failed to connect and ended up edging into his own stumps. He scored 54 as India score read 113-5.Suresh Raina too could not stay at the crease for long and fell to Brett Lee’s pace. An away moving ball took the edge of Raina’s bat and wicketkeeper Tim Paine performed the final honours behind the stumps. He managed to score 12 even as India slumped to 132/6.Finally, it was left to Yusuf Pathan to push the scoring rate up with his batting blitzkrieg. He scored a fine 32 off 39 balls decorating his innings with two massive sixers. But post his dismissal it was all over for India as the Aussies needed just one wicket to end India’s innings and they did that by scalping Ashish Nehra on 19. India were all out for 214 in 44.3 overs.Surprisingly, India did not play Sachin Tendulkar in the game. Maybe the team management wanted him to get adequate rest ahead of the big tournament considering that he was recently injured during the India tour of South Africa and had to be flow back during the ODI series. Zaheer Khan too was rested in this warm-up match.advertisementlast_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards Nearly 35 Million In Grants During December

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, today announced it awarded nearly $3.5 million in grants to 57 organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways in December.This brings the Foundation’s total grant investments for calendar year 2016 to nearly $8.6 million and builds on its ongoing support for organizations throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.“For nearly 25 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to aggressively confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Sir Elton John. “We are proud of this newest round of investments, in which we support work in over 50 locations, from vital medical services to creative cutting edge activism on some of the most pressing issues of our time.”The Elton John AIDS Foundation has four strategic goals for its grants: • Health and wellness: Ensuring everyone living with or at risk of contracting HIV is healthy, safe, and has unfettered access to high quality medical care and any other services they need to live fulfilling lives. • Rights: Ensuring people living with or at risk of HIV are treated fairly under the law. • Quality of life: Ensuring people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV have a high quality of life. • Resilience: Ensuring the individuals and organizations working on EJAF’s grant-making priorities have the resources and training they need to support their missions efficiently and effectively.The grants made by the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 2016 include 27 first-time grants and over 100 renewal grants. The average size of an EJAF grant in 2016 was approximately $81,000, and nearly all of the renewed grantees have been funded for multiple years to achieve impact and lasting change. Highlights from the December 2016 grants include:• A new grant in southern Haiti supports crucially needed medical services for people with HIV/AIDS. This region was recently devastated by Hurricane Matthew and this grantee, the St. Boniface Foundation, has been at the forefront of the response to this disaster. Other international investments include two new grants providing HIV-related services in Mexico and an advocacy effort across Latin American countries in response to the Global Fund’s withdrawal from middle-income countries. • Twenty-five grants totaling $1,398,000 in investments support organizations in the southern U.S. working across EJAF’s grant-making priorities, as well as targeted investments to build up the response to HIV/AIDS in rural areas, including rural West Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky. • Fifteen grants totaling $783,000 provide services and advocacy supporting LGBT communities, including LGBT Community Centers in New York, Los Angeles, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL, Birmingham, AL, and Philadelphia, PA. EJAF is also investing in efforts to mobilize LGBT individuals in Atlanta, GA, to become engaged as HIV/AIDS activists in their communities. A number of grants will support developing leadership skills in young LGBT people living with HIV. • Seven grants totaling $305,000 support organizations led by and serving transgender communities in Albuquerque, NM, San Juan, PR, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Bronx, NY. These programs help HIV-positive transgender people connect to medical treatment, train doctors and medical providers to increase sensitivity toward transgender people, and help transgender people facing injustice in the criminal justice system. • Three grants totaling $180,000 support programs providing legal counsel, medical care, and support services for people engaged in sex work. • Grants to ACT UP NY and SisterLove in Atlanta include campaigns to increase women’s access to PrEP, the once-per-day pill that reduces the risk of HIV infection. • Six grants totaling $170,000 support programs working with recently and formerly incarcerated HIV-positive people to help them rebuild their lives and remain on treatment after leaving prison or immigration detention. These programs, many led by LGBT people, also help organize the formerly or currently incarcerated to advocate for their health and rights. • Grants in North Carolina and Florida help launch the states’ first legal syringe exchange programs. • Ten grants totaling $520,000 address municipal- and state-level laws and policies affecting people living with HIV. One grant supports a national effort to address issues in the criminal justice system affecting LGBTQ and HIV positive people. EJAF is also funding organizations working to challenge discriminatory laws, including the HB2 “bathroom” law in North Carolina through the Gavin Grimm Supreme Court case.“Our grantees are on the front lines of the HIV epidemic,” said EJAF executive director Scott Campbell. “As one of the largest funders in the world dedicated to ending AIDS, we are committed to making real-time investments that address the latest trends in the epidemic, while also looking for solutions to address the real drivers of HIV – injustice, discrimination, inequality and intolerance.”A complete list and descriptions of all 57 December 2016 grants are posted at read more

Nine Sri Lankans arrested in Indonesia

Immigration officers in Indonesia today arrested nine Sri Lankans who had entered the country illegally, Indonesian media reports said.Officers at the Medan Polonia Airport arrested the Sri Lankans as they were preparing to board a domestic flight. One immigrant had claimed he was living in Medan for the past two days but could not give an accurate address. The Sri Lankans could not explain where they were staying in Indonesia but one of them claimed he came from Malaysia.Among the suspected illegal immigrants were women and a baby, Indonesian media reports further added. read more

Political rivals must end dispute before South Sudan goes down in flames

Warning that the litany of grave atrocities committed in South Sudan and catalogued in a new United Nations report bears the grim hallmarks of genocide, the Organization’s human rights chief today called on the sparring political leaders there to take immediate steps to stop the killing, “before the fire they have ignited [brings] the entire country down in flames.”“There can no longer be any excuse for either President Salva Kiir or his chief opponent Dr. Riek Machar continuing to avoid identifying and arresting their force commanders and other individuals implicated in the commission of serious violations, including war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Both leaders are due to meet in Addis Ababa for peace talks later today. It is essential they make a concerted and genuine effort to bring these talks to a speedy and successful conclusion. In the meantime, they should call an immediate halt to the fighting,” she said. Ms. Pillay’s strong comments come in reaction to the report released yesterday by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) which provides a comprehensive account of human rights violations and atrocities perpetrated during the hostilities that engulfed the country since 15 December 2013 and follows up on an interim report released by the Mission on 21 February. Based on more than 900 eyewitness interview, the report provides a succinct timeline of the conflict, which was sparked by a political dispute between President Kiir, who belongs to the Dinka ethnic group, and his former vice-president Mr. Machar, who belongs to the Lou Nuer, and finds that “from the very outset…gross violations of international law…occurred on a massive scale.” “This report … illustrates just how quickly a political struggle within the ruling party was allowed – or even encouraged – to metamorphose into an ethnic-based conflict of the most lethal sort,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that in the process, it revealed many of the structural weaknesses and leadership flaws undermining democracy and rule of law in the world’s youngest State. As former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Ms. Pillay said she recognized in the report “many of the precursors of genocide: hate media including calls to rape women of a particular ethnic group; attacks on civilians in hospitals, churches and mosques; even attacks on people sheltering in UN compounds – all on the basis of the victims’ ethnicity.”Ms. Pillay warned of the gravity of the situation after visiting South Sudan two weeks ago with the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, and she said that trip, as well as the visit this past Tuesday by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have helped draw attention to the urgency of the situation and put pressure on the leaders of both sides to enter serious peace negotiations as well as to stop their followers committing more serious violations.“There are some indications that they are starting to realize the outside world has finally really woken up to what is going on,” she said, emphasizing that after the release of the UNMISS report, for example, “it is simply not credible that the Government is unaware who, among their commanders, was responsible for organizing the slaughter of more than 300 Nuer men herded into a Government building in the Gudele neighbourhood of Juba on 16 December.” “Similarly, it is not credible that Mr. Machar does not know which of his commanders instigated and led the mass killing of several hundred civilians in the mosque, hospital, market and other locations in Bentiu on 15 April,” Ms. Pillay continued, and added: “unfortunately these are only two of the many examples of the killing of civilians and other grave violations described in this report.”While welcoming the increased attention given to South Sudan in recent weeks, including by the UN Security Council, the High Commissioner called on the international community – especially regional powers and processes such as the African Union, African Commission of Inquiry and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) – to focus even more attention on the dire human rights situation as part of their efforts to stop the country from collapsing into catastrophe.Meanwhile in New York, a UN spokesman said that UNMISS hopes that the meeting between President Kiir and Mr. Machar – who have arrived in Addis Ababa – will reinvigorate the peace process, produce a political solution and put an immediate end to the violence.And in the country itself, the Mission reports Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition troop movements in and around Bentiu, including close to the Mission base.Yesterday, the Mission reported sporadic gun fire in the proximity of its base in Bentiu, where more than 23,000 civilians are being protected. One internally displaced civilian was wounded as a result of a stray bullet, and received medical treatment within the base. The Mission added that it has been asked not to land flights in Bentiu during the next 72 hours. read more

These Buckeyes are better Current team more dangerous than 200607 squad

In their lone season at Ohio State, Greg Oden and Mike Conley piloted an adventurous ride to the 2007 NCAA Championship Game. Because it’s been 50 years since the program has hung a championship banner, the 2006-07 squad is now the standard by which we evaluate the great Buckeye basketball teams. We might have to adjust our measuring stick. These Buckeyes, of the 20-0 variety, are threatening to exceed the scarlet standard. Whether Buckeye Nation cares, the notion that OSU is solely a football school is under siege. Buckeye basketball is back on the map, and coach Thad Matta is trying to make it the capital of college hoops. As talented as the 2006-07 team was, the current crop of Buckeye ballers is even better. These Buckeyes are more versatile. Six players have led OSU in scoring in at least one game this season. Freshman forward Deshaun Thomas ignited the second-half run Saturday that propelled OSU to victory by nailing a pair of 3-pointers and working his defender in the paint for a layup, all in a span of four minutes. The ability of the 6-foot-6 freshman to score in multiple ways helped to turn a three-point deficit into a six-point lead. Thomas and fellow wing players David Lighty and William Buford can all score inside and out. Those 2006-07 Buckeyes didn’t have that flexibility. Freshman phenom Jared Sullinger can step out and hit a midrange jump shot. When he dressed in scarlet and gray, Oden was anchored in the low post, relegated to dunks and short hook shots. Jamar Butler, Ron Lewis and Ivan Harris, all capable shooters, didn’t have the size to help Oden in the paint. The 6-4 Lewis and 6-1 Butler preferred to pull up from deep rather than enter the land of the unknown down low. Despite his 6-7 frame, Harris rarely stepped inside the 3-point arc. Foul trouble hasn’t been an issue for these Buckeyes. Sullinger crashed the boards for all 40 minutes Saturday and only picked up two fouls. Those Buckeyes didn’t have the same good fortune. In OSU’s NCAA Tournament run, refs assessed Oden at least four personal fouls in every contest, save the opening-round formality against Central Connecticut State. In narrow victories against Tennessee, Memphis and Georgetown ahead of the title game, foul trouble limited Oden to 18, 24 and 20 minutes, respectively. Three months before OSU’s loss in the National Championship Game against Florida, the Gators chomped Matta’s squad by 26. Alas, those Buckeyes knew their limits. For these Buckeyes, the sky is the limit. read more

Mason Graphite orders longlead key equipment for its planned processing plant

first_imgMason Graphite has made a down payment to a global manufacturing leader in minerals and metals processing technology, confirming a $12.2 million purchase order issued in December 2017 covering approximately 30% of all the required equipment for the processing plant. This order covers key equipment with critical delivery schedule such as all the mills, flotation cells and columns, thickeners and filters.Benoît Gascon, President and CEO of Mason Graphite , commented: “The execution of the project has recently met some major milestones, such as the completion of detailed engineering for the civil work for both sites and the construction of the access road leading to the plant site in Baie-Comeau . Maintenance work on forest Road 202 leading to the mine site has also started last fall and will resume this spring. This purchase order, another very important milestone, brings the project one step closer to construction which will be able to begin once the final authorizations are obtained.”Further procurement work is ongoing and other purchase orders to other suppliers, notably for wet screens, pumps, dryer, scrubber and crusher, will soon be issued according to a delivery schedule. A bidding process aimed at finalizing the selection of contractors for the civil work at both sites has also been launched and is now well advanced as bids were received and are currently being evaluated.Finally, a new piloting campaign is underway, its main objective being the production of additional concentrate material to be used for customers’ testing, piloting work on the value-added products and supply to NanoXplore’s graphene production facility.Mason Graphite is a Canadian mining and processing company focused on the development of its 100% owned Lac Guéret natural graphite deposit located in northeast Québec.last_img read more

Clark County seeks planning commission applicants

first_imgThe Clark County Council is currently accepting applications for a second vacancy on the planning commission.The seven-member Clark County Planning Commission advises the council on land use, planning, zoning and development in areas outside of incorporated cities. They are asked to weigh in on issues such as growth management, roads, public facilities, development regulations and county ordinances.According to a county news release, whomever is selected will begin Aug. 1 and will complete a term that ends Dec. 31.Current applications that have already been submitted for the first vacant position will also be considered for this opening, according to the news release. Those interested can send a letter of interest and resume to Alyssa Weyhrauch, Clark County Council, P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666. Applications can also be emailed to deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 9.last_img read more

Marcelo Its obvious Ronaldo is missed at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid full-back Marcelo admits Cristiano Ronaldo is missed at the club after a difficult start to the seasonThe Portuguese superstar left Real in the summer for Juventus after a trophy and goal-laden nine years.While Ronaldo has since excelled in the Serie A, Real have struggled to adapt to life without their record goalscorer leading the attack.Los Blancos have already lost five of their opening 15 La Liga games this season and suffered their biggest ever European home defeat to CSKA Moscow on Wednesday at 3-0.Marcelo reckons it should come as no surprise to anyone that Real would miss the world’s greatest player, but added that the Spanish giants will always go strong regardless of who comes and goes.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“He is a player who as well as being my team-mate is my friend, as he is with Sergio [Ramos] and Luka [Modric],” Marcelo told Club del Deportista.“It’s obvious that when the best player in the world isn’t in your team you’re going to miss him.“But I don’t want to say that we don’t have the best players in the world in every position.“Any team would like to have Cristiano with them, but Madrid will continue to be Madrid despite players coming and going.”Real will host 19th-place side Rayo Vallecano today at the Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga with kick-off set for 18:30 (CET).last_img read more

Uber and Lyft offering free rides to and from evacuation centers in

first_imgUber and Lyft offering free rides to and from evacuation centers in San Diego County Posted: December 8, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The ride hailing services Uber and Lyft Friday are offering free rides — up to a value of $50 — to and from evacuation centers in San Diego County and other areas affected by wildfires in Southern California.For Uber, passengers should enter the promotion code SOCALSAFE in the payment section of the Uber rider app.For Lyft, the promo code KEEPSDSAFE should be used.”We’re devastated by the fires in Southern California and our hearts go out to those who have been affected,” said Hao Meng, Lyft San Diego market manager.”We are currently working with local officials to offer rides to evacuation centers and we will continue to update those locations as we learn more,” Meng said. “Our main focus is on the safety of our drivers and Lyft community.”Locations where free rides are offered by Lyft are:   — East Valley Community Center, 2245 E. Valley Parkway, Escondido;   — Fallbrook High School, 2400 S. Stage Coach Ln, Fallbrook;   — Pala Casino, 11154 state Route 76, Pala;   — Stagecoach Community Park, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, Carlsbad;   — Oceanside High School, One Pirates Cove Way, Oceanside;   — Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road, San Marcos;   — Bostonia Park & Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia St., El Cajon; and   — Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar.Two Temecula locations are included — Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway, and Great Oak High School, 32555 Deer Hollow Way.Uber’s free ride locations are the shelters in Carlsbad, Escondido, San Marcos and El Cajon. They also included a Riverside County location, Murrieta Mesa High School, 24801 Monroe Ave. December 8, 2017center_img , Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Europes Groupe Barrière content with minority stake in planned US25 billion Wakayama

first_img Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR RelatedPosts Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move European casino operator Groupe Barrière expects an investment level of around US$2.5 billion in the regional Japanese integrated resort it hopes to develop, but says it has no issue with accepting a minority stake.Speaking at a press event at Conrad Tokyo on Friday, Groupe Barrière Casino Development Director Jonathan Strock revealed the company – which is targeting an IR in Wakayama – was looking to partner with multiple local partners of which the majority would be based in Wakayama prefecture.center_img Load More .” “What we believe firmly is that this is a Japanese resort to promote Japanese culture and increase tourism to Japan. As a result of that, we believe the economic benefits should mainly stay in Japan which is a way of saying that we are quite happy to not have a majority shareholding in the consortium,” he explained.Asked to elaborate, Strock said that local partners would ideally bring construction, cultural or MICE expertise to the table.“Financial partners are good to have but we prefer companies that can bring something more – construction companies, real estate companies, companies that know entertainment,” he said. “We know hotels, bars, restaurants and gambling activities but we want companies that can bring us expertise in MICE and leisure. We also want as many companies to come from the Wakayama area as possible.”A minority interest would keep the expense sheet of Group Barrière, whose current Asian operations are primarily focused on hotel development in China, relatively low.“Most of the projections we’ve been looking at come to a figure of around US$2.5 billion but of course it moves whenever we add on spaces or take them off,” Strock said.last_img read more

Motherson duo killed in road accident in Munagala

first_imgMunagala (Suryapet): A man and his 63-year-old mother were killed in road accident that took place on the outskirts of Akupamula village of Munagala mandal on Tuesday. According to sources, the car in which Tummala Narender (43) and his family was travelling turned turtle after hitting the railing of a culvert. While Narender and his mother Laxmi died on the spot, the condition of Narender’s wife, Mamata, is stated to be critical. Meanwhile, Narender’s two sons, Vishnu and Aditya, escaped with minor injuries. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Both Narender and Mamata are natives of Nelakondapally mandal of Khammam district and employees of Divis Company located in Choutuppal in Yadadri-Bhongir district. They were residing at Hayathnagar of Ranga Reddy district. The accident took place when they were going to attend the funeral of their kin Yellamandaiah at Revuru village of Mellacheruvu mandal in Suryapet district.Based on the complaint of kin of the deceased, Munagala CI Shivashankar Goud registered a case and took up the investigation.last_img read more

Campus Recruitment Sees Upswing Women Bag Top Offers from Internet Giants

first_imgFacebook has made an offer of ₹1.42 crore to three students of IIT-B, including a woman. The social networking site has selected two women amongst its five candidates. IIT Kharagpur too saw a woman amongst the top three placements.Coding has emerged as a key talent sought by international majors and usually students from the computer science department bag the top offers. However women enrolling in the course has historically been low, reported The Times of India.The current placement running throughout the premier institutes in the country has seen women emerging paymasters, having received pay packages on par with their male counterparts.Facebook and Google vied for top talent, offering base salaries of ₹65,00,000 or little above $100,000 and also enticed students with signing bonuses and stock offerings, doubling pay to as high as ₹1.42 crore or almost $225,000.Base salary for coders across companies stand at ₹65,00,000, which is where most students found support.Sources say that 2014 has seen a significant jump in the number of offers made in the first two days of recruitment activity, with about 350 companies registering for the privilege. While bigwigs Google and Facebook have been the most prominent names heard, Visa and Goldman Sachs, from the finance industry, too managed to hire key resources.Samsung Korea, apparently has emerged as the second highest paymaster, offering an overall package of ₹93,00,000.The second day of recruitment saw Cisco, Samsung India, Amazon and Oracle, and Yahoo Japan amongst others vie for talent. Start-ups have also emerged as recruiters offering good packages to the students.last_img read more

NPR Host Robert Siegel Signs Off

first_imgStephen Voss/NPRRobert Siegel hosted NPR’s All Things Considered for 30 years. He retires after working at NPR for over 40 years.The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the median number of years that American workers have been working for their current employer is a little over four.I say that to acknowledge how unusual it is that I have been working at National Public Radio for a little over 40 years — 41, to be precise.For the past 30 years, I’ve been doing the same job: hosting All Things Considered. And doing it very happily.No one is more surprised by my tenure than I am.NPRRobert Siegel opened NPR’s first overseas bureau in London. He was posted there from 1979 to 1983.I came to NPR on what I thought was an unfortunate, but necessary detour that — I hoped and figured — would last a couple of years.I’m a native New Yorker and the New York FM radio station where I worked was sold in 1976 and — to put it mildly — I didn’t figure in the new owner’s plans.Leaving New York felt like what I imagine it feels like when a player for the Yankees was sent down to play for the Toledo Mud Hens.No matter, I figured, I would work my way back to civilization.The fact that I am still here is a tribute to how colossally wrong I was about that.At the NPR of the late 1970s, I found myself among a team of young, creative people, as un-cynical a group of broadcasters I could have possibly imagined.At a time when our audience research was by today’s standards limited and primitive, we operated on what I still consider a healthy instinct. We put on a program that we, ourselves would listen to.We didn’t imagine a great distinction between people like us, who reported the news, and people like you, who listened to it.We weren’t the only curious people in the country. There had to be millions more Americans out there who would welcome a smart, conversational program about politics, culture, science, the arts and just plain fun.NPRRobert Siegel interviews Xiaoyu Xie, a pianist who grew up in Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, during a reporting trip in 2008. Siegel and other All Things Considered staff were there when a devastating magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck.Despite some near death experiences many years ago, NPR is still here, much bigger, much more listened-to, much more important than it was way back then.But what remains the same is that authentic sense of purpose, still undimmed by cynicism or commercialism.A very accomplished friend of mine used to speak of the last paragraph in a story, the windup, as the “And-So.”And so, for the last time I’m signing off, proud of my association with this unique institution, mindful of things I might have done better, grateful for the company of thousands of gifted colleagues, and thankful to you, for being — as we used to say in those hackneyed but truthful fundraising messages — for being the public in public radio.I’m Robert Siegel. And you’re listening to All Things Considered from NPR News.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

The spiritual self

first_imgIndia International Centre is hosting an exhibition titled Aura — The Mystery by Rajinder Kumar Saini. The show exhibits abstracts in Chinese black ink. “Aura, or the halo claimed as spiritual signature is the mystery behind universe and the life on earth. Perhaps, since the evolution of human life, whether by God or by nature, the meaning of aura had always been illusive, amazing and mysterious,” says Saini.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The germane of the present exhibition of paintings in Chinese black ink in abstract form is unique in its own way. The seed for the said collection was originated when her mother, then 92 years old, had entered the phase of deep meditation. In order to provide a congenial atmosphere, he started playing spiritual music to reach her inner soul. Consequently, he had to spent more than 500 hours creating  blissful music.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSaini is a self-taught artist with a natural flair that was nurtured under the guidance of his teacher, late G B L Bhatnagar. Being a retired civil servant, he has been working with water colours, painting in small formats, landscapes and is a practitioner of Chinese black ink for over 25 years. He has had a number of exhibitions in India and abroad both as a solo artiste and in group exhibitions.When: On till June 9Where: Art Gallery, IIC Annexelast_img read more

Microsofts Immutable storage for Azure Storage Blobs now generally available

first_imgMicrosoft’s new “immutable storage” feature for Azure Blobs, is now generally available. Financial Services organizations regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and others are required to retain business-related communications in a Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) or immutable state. This ensures that the data is non-erasable and non-modifiable for a specific retention interval. Healthcare, insurance, media, public safety, and legal services industries will also benefit a great deal from this feature. Through configurable policies, users can only create and read Blobs, and not modify or delete them. There is no additional charge for using this feature. Immutable data is priced in the same way as mutable data. Read Also: Microsoft introduces ‘Immutable Blob Storage’, a highly protected object storage for Azure Upgrades that accompany this feature are: #1 Regulatory compliance Immutable storage for Azure Blobs will help financial institutions and related industries to store data immutably. Microsoft will soon release a technical white paper with details on how the feature addresses regulatory requirements. Head over to the Azure Trust Center for detailed information about compliance certifications. #2 Secure document retention The immutable storage feature for Azure Blobs service ensures that data cannot be modified or deleted by any user- even with administrative privileges. #3 Better Legal Hold Users can now store sensitive information related to a litigation, criminal investigation, and more in a tamper-proof state for the desired duration. #4 Time-based retention policy support Users can set policies to store data immutably for a specified interval of time. #5 Legal hold policy support When users do not know the data retention time, they can set legal holds to store data until the legal hold is cleared. #6 Support for all Blob tiers WORM policies are independent of the Azure Blob Storage tier and will apply to all the tiers. Therefore, Customers can store their data in the most cost-optimized tier for their workloads immutably. #7 Blob Container level configuration Users can configure time-based retention policies and legal hold tags at the container level. Simple container level settings can create time-based retention policies, lock policies, extend retention intervals, set legal holds, clear legal holds etc. 17a-4, LLC, Commvault , HubStor,Archive2Azure are among the few Microsoft partners that support Azure Blob immutable storage. To know how to upgrade to this feature, head over to the Microsoft Blog Read Next Why did last week’s Azure cloud outage happen? Here’s Microsoft’s Root Cause Analysis Summary Microsoft announces Azure DevOps, makes Azure pipelines available on GitHub Marketplace Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS): How Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and AWS are democratizing Artificial Intelligencelast_img read more

In Kiev a protest camp outside Euro 2012 fan zone

first_imgTwo top EU envoys were in Kiev this week on a mission to monitor the legal proceedings in the Tymoshenko case, hoping to pile pressure on Yanukovych ahead of an appeals hearing at the end of this month.But experts predict she will remain in jail _ despite opposition efforts to highlight the Tymoshenko case to the West and to visiting fans.“There will be T-shirts, there will be rallies in the fan zone, some statements from EU officials,” said Vadym Karasyov, a Kiev-based political analyst with ties to the government. “But nothing will change radically: Yanukovych will not let her out of prison before elections. You don’t have to be a political scientist to see that.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Yanukovych has defied Western pressure to release Tymoshenko and even linked her to a murder case 16 years ago in an interview this week, further diminishing her chances of getting out of jail any time soon. Yanukovych also insists that the boycott by European leaders will have no effect on the championship’s success.Parliament members from Tymoshenko’s party said they would be watching football matches from sport bars, rather than from gleaming new stadiums alongside top government officials, in protest of her jailing. And while they will be rooting for Ukraine, Tymoshenko’s supporters also plan to “enlighten” foreign fans on the true face of Ukraine’s leaders.The work is already under way at the protest camp set up nearly a year ago outside the central Kiev court house where Tymoshenko was tried and sentenced.On a hot afternoon this week, supporters wore white T-shirts reading “Free Yulia” on the front and “Football fest in prison” on the back. They handed out brochures and posters and gave foreign fans guided tours of the camp, where the mock human waste represents Yanukovych’s party and the hanging effigy the judge who sentenced Tymoshenko. The opposition leader herself was shown as a white dove locked in a cage. An English translator was on duty to assist the fans. “It seems very confusing: Why is she in jail? Nobody knows,” said Swedish fan Hakan Kronander, wearing his team’s bright yellow T-shirt, as he strolled through the tent camp. “They (EU) should put pressure on Ukraine to do something about this.”Dressed in the fake chain armor of a medieval knight despite 25 Celsius (77 Farenheit) heat, English fan Stan Stanfield climbed on top of the Yanukovych-faced pig and posed for a face-in-hole photograph, pretending to be a boxer punching the Ukrainian president in the face.“It’s disgraceful, absolutely disgraceful,” Stanfield said. “She’s been locked up, she’s a victim of a corrupt society.”Stanfield is captain of a team of English fans that will be playing against Ukrainian fans next week. His side will be wearing “Free Yulia” T-shirts.“We will help in any way we can by joining the cause and the fight for Yulia,” Stanfield said.But despite the giant Tymoshenko posters, catchy banners and scores of national yellow-and-blue flags, the tent camp seemed drowned out by the soccer fan zone and the general festive mood of the football championship. Some fans stopped at the camp, while many others went through it without paying much attention. Earlier this week, an attempt by Tymoshenko supporters to stage a rally outside the Olympic stadium where the England team was playing France, was blocked by riot police. Associated PressKIEV, Ukraine (AP) – If soccer fans aren’t seeing enough action on the field in the European Championships, they can get a dose of rough-and-tumble Ukrainian politics near the fan zone in Kiev.Supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former prime minister and the country’s top opposition figure, have gathered in a protest camp next to a special area where fans mingle, drinking beer and watching matches on giant screens. On display at the camp is an effigy of a judge, a pile of mock human waste and a plastic pig with the president’s face. Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementscenter_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   Top Stories ErrorOKFree Rate QuoteCall now 623-889-0130 ErrorOK The championships already are being boycotted by Western leaders to protest Tymoshenko’s imprisonment. And the protesters hope their eye-catching camp will further raise pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych to release her.“We are showing what our government is really like,” said Ivan Shibko, a top activist at the Tymoshenko camp. “They are doing this to keep opposition leaders in jail during elections.”Tymoshenko’s seven-year jail sentence in October over abuse of office charges drew a storm of anger and condemnation from the West. The United States and the European Union called the verdict politically motivated and several Western leaders canceled plans to attend Euro 2012 matches played in Ukraine. The EU also put on hold a key cooperation agreement with Kiev over Tymoshenko.The charismatic, blond-braided Tymoshenko says Yanukovych, who narrowly defeated her in the 2010 presidential election, threw her in jail to bar her from the October parliamentary vote. Tymoshenko, 51, spearheaded the 2004 Orange Revolution mass protests that annulled Yanukovych’s fraud-tainted presidential victory. But he returned to power, capitalizing on slow reforms and constant bickering in the Orange camp. 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more