Geochemical signals foretell Icelandic earthquakes

first_imgSeismologists have long yearned for a way to forecast imminent earthquakes, which remain predictable only in a long-term probabilistic sense. Past studies have suggested that earthquake precursors could take the form of changes in electromagnetic fields, radon levels, or even animal behavior—but the evidence has been anything but rock-solid. Now, researchers have found that, just before two large earthquakes in Iceland, geochemical signals changed dramatically in nearby ground water. Measuring ground water from a 100-meter-deep borehole, they found that hydrogen isotope ratios and sodium levels spiked in the months before the earthquake. One magnitude-5.6 earthquake occurred in October 2012 along the Húsavík-Flatey fault (pictured), and the other, a magnitude-5.5, went off in April 2013 in the Grímsey Oblique Rift. The researchers, publishing online today in Nature Geoscience, suggest that the changes could have been caused by a subtle stress-induced expansion of the rocks in the lead-up to the earthquake. The expansion, and the microfractures associated with it, could have triggered the geochemical spikes by allowing the mixing of separate bodies of ground water with different geochemical signatures.last_img read more

Santi Cazorla’s five-year-old son Enzo stuns Arsenal fans with his dribbling skills

first_imgThe phrase ‘like father, like son’, wouldn’t have suited anyone better than Santi Cazorla and his son Enzo.The five-year-old was seen leaving the Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium spellbound with his dribbling skills. As Arsenal, who had crushed Aston Villa in their final game and finished second of the 2015-16 Premier League season, were doing the lap of honour, Enzo was filmed dribbling past other boys on the field.  Arsenal defender Joel Campbell’s effort to win the ball went in vain as Enzo showed glimpses of his father in his moves and managed to keep possession.#SignHimUp @Arsenal RT @FFArsenal: Enzo cazorla ?????????? Arsne’s Son (@hughwizzy) May 15, 2016last_img read more

South Shore Valley Western Communities Share in Funding

first_img Six community groups in Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties will receive more than $35,000 to help make theirfacilities more accessible to seniors and people withdisabilities. The projects include installing automatic dooropeners, wheelchair accessible washrooms and building ramps. The projects are among 19 projects worth a total of $146,000announced today, May 19, by the Nova Scotia government under theCommunity ACCESS-ability program. The program helps communitygroups make public buildings and other facilities more accessiblefor all Nova Scotians. This brings the number of approved projects to almost 200 and thetotal investment to $1.2 million since the program was announcedin May 2000. “These projects are vital for Nova Scotians with disabilities tofully participate in their communities,” said Barry Barnet,Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Thecommunity organizations we are supporting are helping to makeNova Scotia a more inclusive society and we are proud to workwith them.” The Kingsport Community Association will be receiving almost$1,100 to build a ramp at the community-owned Kingsport WharfCanteen in Kings County. “A lot of visitors drop by our canteen when they’re touring thisarea, and many of them are elderly or in wheelchairs,” said AlexSinclair of the community association. “A ramp will help themmake the most of their visit to Kingsport.” Installing wheelchair ramps and lifts, accessible washrooms andautomatic doors in community halls, recreational facilities,municipal offices and other locations across the province are thetypes of projects supported by the Community ACCESS-abilityprogram. Under the program, the province contributes $2 for every dollarraised by the project sponsor. Donations of labour and materialscan be included in the sponsor’s share, making it easier formunicipalities and community organizations to raise their portionof the project costs. Following are the projects approved in Annapolis, Kings,Lunenburg and Yarmouth counties: — Port George Recreation Centre, Annapolis Co.: $10,000 (ramp,washroom)– Mahone Bay Centre, Lunenburg Co.: $10,000 (wheelchair lift,auto doors)– Evangel Assembly Hall, Yarmouth: $7,097 (wheelchair lift)– Yarmouth Co. Ground Search and Rescue Team Training Centre andHall, Arcadia: $5,862 (ramp, doorway, washroom)– Bonnie Lea Farm – Pew Baker Centre, Chester: $1,842 (dooropener)– Kingsport Wharf Canteen, Kings Co.: $1,071 (ramp) Guidelines and application forms for potential project sponsorsare available on the website or by calling902-424-7798. SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–South Shore, Valley, WesternCommunities Share in Fundinglast_img read more

FB investing in inclusive AI to curb harmful content

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook has announced long-term investments in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to proactively detect content that violates its policies. “To help us catch more of this problematic content, we’re working to make sure our AI systems can understand content with as little supervision as possible,” Manohar Paluri from Facebook’s AI team said during the company’s F8 conference in San Jose, California, on Thursday. “Advances in natural language processing (NLP) have helped us create a digital common language for translation, so we can catch harmful content across more languages,” Paluri added. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Facebook has developed a new approach to object recognition called “Panoptic FPN” that has helped AI-powered systems understand context from the backgrounds of photos. “Training models that combine visual and audio signals further improves results,” said Paluri. Facebook is currently facing several probes across the world for privacy violations and the spread of harmful and biased content on its platforms, including WhatsApp. Joaquin Quinonero Candela from Facebook’s AI team said the company is building best practices for fairness to ensure AI protects people and does not discriminate against them a” into every step of product development. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “When AI models are trained by humans on datasets involving people, there is an inherent representational risk. “If the datasets contain limitations, flaws or other issues, the resulting models may perform differently for different people,” said Candela. To manage that risk, Facebook said it has developed a new process for inclusive AI. This process provides guidelines to help researchers and programmers design datasets, measure product performance, and test new systems through the lens of inclusivity. “For vision, those dimensions include skin tone, age and gender presentation and for voice, they include dialect, age and gender, said the company.last_img read more

On the wings of paper cranes UN staffers aim to spread message

6 August 2010In 1955, 12-year-old Sadako Sasaki began folding a thousand paper cranes to try to heal her leukaemia, in accordance with a Japanese tradition. Despite surviving the bombing of Hiroshima a decade earlier, she had developed the “atom bomb disease.” Over half a century later, United Nations staff members hope to harness that same spirit to remind the world of the horrors wrought by nuclear weapons. Sadako died on 25 October 1955, having completed 644 origami cranes. Her friends completed the remaining cranes and she was buried with them in Hiroshima, where the Children’s Peace Monument now stands in her honour and children from all over the world send more than 10 million cranes each year.To commemorate the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, dozens of UN workers at the Organization’s Headquarters in New York and at its offices in Tokyo have worked together to fold a thousand origami cranes. The cranes were then assembled into a garland that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented today to the Mayor of Hiroshima at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony. This marks the first ever trip by a Secretary-General to the annual ceremony.“We expect that his presence at the [ceremony] as the first UN Secretary-General… will further develop international momentum to abolish nuclear weapons… and lead to consolidate political will of national governments that have been working for a world without nuclear weapons,” Kazuaki Oku, a Hiroshima municipal official heading atomic bomb commemoration activities, told the UN News Centre.He commended the Secretary-General for showing “strong will toward the abolition of nuclear weapons by proposing a five-point plan to rid the world of [them].” The paper cranes presented by the UN are highly significant, Mr. Oku said. “We believe that paper cranes could help forge the momentum for world peace and strengthen public opinion seeking a world without nuclear weapons, through conveying this episode to the world.”Cranes, which symbolize longevity, are considered mystical creatures in many parts of Asia. In Japan, it is said that folding 1,000 origami cranes grants that person one wish, and people often send these cranes to those who suffer from illness or ill fortune in hope that their lives will improve. Through Sadako’s story, the folding of cranes has also become a symbol of world peace.The UN cranes project was spearheaded by Kiyo Akasaka, a Japanese national and the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Mr. Akasaka said “this will be a very special commemorative gift for the Secretary-General to present during his visit to Hiroshima, symbolizing the strong wishes of the UN staff for world peace without nuclear weapons.”UN staff members folded the cranes in their spare time, with two or three made by each person. “The message we’re trying to send to the Japanese people is we want peace. That’s what the UN is about, peace and stability, and we want to prevent things like [the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki] from happening anywhere in the future,” said staff member Natalia Samoilova, who worked on the project in New York.The cranes also helped to bridge the gap between the UN and Japanese citizens, says Shinichi Kushima, another UN staff member who participated in the project in New York. “For me, as a Japanese, it’s great that the UN cares about us,” he said.Moreover, the project engendered wide-ranging emotions in the UN staff members who helped fold paper cranes. In addition to being “honoured to be invited to participate,” Ms. Samoilova said that “it was much fun. I never did origami before. I admire people who are very skilful at origami and at least to [learn] how to fold a crane – especially if it’s going to be part of this big garland – oh, I felt so happy.”Edita Zunic, another staff member who folded cranes, said that “it was interesting how it made me contemplate what we can do in our daily life to send out these messages of peace, to spread positive energy. This is a really small, small, undertaking, folding one crane. But I think when we all get together you see we make 500 or 1,000 cranes. It symbolises that one person can really make a difference.” read more

Ban welcomes joint request by Colombian Government and FARC to set up

A statement issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the communiqué was issued by the two sides from Havana, Cuba, where peace talks have been under way since 2012. According to the statement, the requested UN mission would constitute “the international component of a tripartite mechanism to monitor and verify a future agreement on a bilateral and definitive ceasefire and cessation of hostilities and the laying down of arms.”“The Secretary-General also welcomes the parties’ request to the members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) to contribute international observers to the mission to be established by the United Nations,” continued the statement.The UN chief congratulated the Government of Colombia and the FARC-EP on yet another significant step toward the peaceful resolution of the armed conflict. He reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to continue to support their efforts in the search for peace.The FARC rebels have been in talks with the Government seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has left nearly a quarter of a million victims. Throughout the discussions, which started in Havana in 2012, negotiators have reached agreement on key issues such as the political participation, land rights, illicit drugs and transitional justice.Addressing the UN General Assembly’s annual high-level debate this past September, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said “Colombia is on the path to peace,” aiming to bring an end to the longest armed conflict in the Western Hemisphere. He also announced that 23 March would be the deadline for signing a final agreement. read more

Union boss urges secondary picketers to desist says action not sanctioned

first_img Friday 31 Mar 2017, 8:45 AM By Sean Murray Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL THE GENERAL SECRETARY of the National Bus and Rail Union, Dermot O’Leary, has said that the union did not orchestrate the pickets that are causing massive disruption to Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services this morning.In a statement, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was “actively monitoring” the transport chaos. He called the new situation for commuters this morning “unofficial and unjustified”.O’Leary said that he knew nothing about the picketing before it happened, and urged Bus Éireann workers at depots to stop and for rail and Dublin Bus workers to return to work. Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieHe told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that he was “categorically stating [he] knew nothing about this action until this morning”.“I assure you, there was no union involvement in this,” he said.I’m urging those who are picketing to stop, and people [at Irish Rail and Dublin Bus] should go to work immediately.O’Leary did say, however, that he had flagged the potential for this dispute to spread for several weeks.He had contacted colleagues across different areas of the country in the last few hours to try get them to encourage some workers to cease their picketing.“I don’t condone this,” he added before suggesting that he hoped the picketers and the rail and Dublin bus workers see some “sense” in the next few hours.“I can tell you categorically the only dispute I have is the official dispute with Bus Éireann,” O’Leary said.Other parties needed to come together to resolve this dispute quickly, including the government and Bus Éireann, he was unable to reach a spokesperson from Siptu for comment.Read: Chaos for commuters with severe disruption to Irish Rail and Dublin Bus services this morning Union boss urges secondary picketers to desist, says action not sanctioned In a statement, Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he was “actively monitoring” the situation.center_img Share364 Tweet Email 106 Comments NOTE: This is a developing story – find regular updates on our LIVEBLOG HERE > Mar 31st 2017, 8:45 AM 21,615 Views last_img read more

Migrants parents unwanted in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Our country’s government has put on a cruel face to look at its migrant citizens, the same citizens who have literally and metaphorically helped build Australia.Members of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities who wish to take care of their elderly parents by bringing them to Australia will have to overcome some rather substantial hurdles.The Productivity Commission’s report, which was filed in April and was released on Monday without an official comment, blames the country’s current policy as having presented many shortcomings in terms of constructing a solid population plan. Focusing on the overall expense, the report pushes towards abolishing permanent visas or significantly increasing prices as the intake of migrants’ parents will cost taxpayers up to $3.2 billion under current laws. The commission suggests that only in extreme circumstances should permanent residency for parents be provided as a token of compassion, recommending a new temporary parent visa holding the children or the parents themselves responsible for covering health and welfare costs.While the report highlights that ­migration has been beneficial to the country’s economy and the financial budget acknowledging it is widely accepted by society, the commission insists there are too many omissions and loopholes allowing people with limited skills and inadequate knowledge of the English language to enter Australia and gain permanent ­residency.Treasurer Scott Morrison, who announced the inquiry’s findings, said that “the biggest gains would come from overhauling the skilled ­migration intake. This would involve ‘raising the bar’ by shifting to a universal points test while tightening entry requirements relating to age, skills and English-language proficiency”.NEGATIVE INTAKE According to the report, the estimated age a migrant can make the greatest contribution to the economy is approximately 25, “the most productive years”. Skilled visa holders can also have a valuable contribution to the country’s economy, given the time of arrival does not go beyond the 40 years of age barrier. Contrary to the two previous categories, parents of migrants deliver anything but a boost to the budget, burdening the economy at an “unbearably high cost for the average taxpayer”. Migrants’ parents are currently able to come to Australia under two different regulations. The first scheme has a waiting period of more than 30 years but involves only a fee of $7000 for the visa, which, compared to the second scheme, is relatively low. Parents falling under the second category are required to pay up to $47,000 for a visa which will contribute to the cost an elder person’s stay in Australia will have on the budget. If you find this cost too high, think again. In the report the aforementioned fee “does not come close to covering the real cost to the taxpayer of a parent visa”, which is ­estimated at between $335,000 and $410,000 after health, welfare and aged-care costs are added to the equation. “Given that there is a new inflow each year, the accumulated taxpayer liabilities become very large over time. This is a high cost for a relatively small group,” the report explains.INHUMANE POLITICS Voula Mesimeri, Pronoia’s general manager for 27 years and with lifelong experience on migration issues and humanitarian politics, dubs most of the report’s suggestions as “inhumane”. At the moment, the annual permanent migration intake is set by the Department of Immigration after a consultation, looking at skill shortages and the needs for family reunion. Specifically, the Productivity Commission stresses that “environmental considerations and Australia’s absorptive capacity are conspicuously absent, as is the investment infrastructure required to provide services to the growing population. There should be a formal population policy setting out the government’s long-term goals for population growth that would ­include the impact of both permanent and temporary migration on social cohesion, the environment and the economy”. The above is to be reviewed every five years along with the Inter-Generational ­Report, however, Mrs Mesimeri remains adamant. “Family reunification is an integral part of the humanitarian nature of immigration,” she says. “We must not forget that. There is nothing humanitarian, though, in the resolutions of the Productivity Committee. Nobody has the right to prevent the reunion of family members, especially if they have been distanced for reasons against their will.”The amount of money families have to pay currently to bring a parent to Australia − the same fee that the members of the committee find ‘insufficient’ − already divides the applicants into those who have the means and those who haven’t got them, Mrs Mesimeri emphasises.“This is a shameless discrimination against lower class citizens, completely unacceptable and even contradicting, I’d dare say, the very essence of this country, which was built on the value of ‘fairness’ among others. Such a policy, which opens the door only to the rich to bring their parents here, is unjust and despicable. The government should take that into consideration. Inquiry conclusions and suggestions are not to be applied like that, without further study.”UNGRATEFUL Can the country’s government be this ungrateful, I wonder, towards those who set the foundations and then built this impressive structure of a nation Australia is considered to be? When Australia was in need of a workforce, it was those migrants who left their families behind to come here. Mass migration has separated many families, while most first generation immigrants arrived at a very young age. The vast majority of this generation lost their parents without ever being able to say “goodbye”. Melodramatic as it may sound, it is true. Meanwhile, a great number of migrants that arrived in the recent decades have parents who are still alive and would not wish to meet the same fate as first generation migrants. COLD CALCULATIONS In its first calculation the commission estimates the cost of receiving close to 8,700 parents under both schemes is between $2.6 billion and $3.2 billion over a lifetime (after allowing for inflation). The report says the size of the annual intake has a big impact on population growth − a negative impact growing bigger every year − taking a toll on everyone even though it is related only to a small portion of the population.Returning to the current cost of family reunification, although it is claimed grandparents contribute to child care, the commission says this is the case for only a minority of parent visas and, in any event, reduces the cost for the family rather than the taxpayer. The report stresses that migrants have increased their share of the population from 23 per cent to 28 per cent in the past 15 years, while a further 21 per cent has at least one foreign-born parent. The overall expense to the detriment of the average taxpayer is great. Furthermore, it is suggested that if migration dropped back to the long-term ­average of 0.6 per cent a year, the population would be 40 million by 2060 instead of doubling to 50 million which is expected under the applying regulations.Voula Mesimeri voices the concerns not only of the Greek Australian community but of the many citizens who come from migrant backgrounds. It is imperative, she says, to have a humanitarian approach when dealing with family reunification cases.“Government policies should be humane not just in name but in practice as well. This is the only way to give back a fraction of what migrants have contributed to this nation; to prove with actions and not just pre-election slogans that ‘Australia is a migrant nation’.”last_img read more

Attorney Police to arrest 4 former Hollywood nursing home employees after patient

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Several arrests are imminent nearly two years after a dozen patients from a Hollywood nursing home died in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.According to Lawrence Hashish, an attorney representing nurses targeted in this investigation, police are set to arrest four former employees of the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills after 12 patients died in the days following the storm back in September 2017.Officials said the victims died due to heat exposure because the air conditioning at the nursing home would not turn on.The facility has since been shut down.Police have not specified what charges the former employees will face.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Village of Beaver narrowly keeps its school for now

first_imgThe Interior village of Beaver’s school will remain open, despite a below-par student count this fall. Download AudioThe Yukon Flats Village School District lost state funding when a 10-student minimum wasn’t met, but at a school board meeting Tuesday, village first chief Rhonda Pitka says a decision was made to continue operating the school at a reduced level, at least through next May.Beaver – downstream of Fort Yukon, north of Fairbanks as the crow flies. Image: Google Maps.“The school board voted to keep the Beaver school open for the remainder of the school year. There were a few positions that were cut. They cut instructional aides, food services, the Gwich’in language instructor, and, I believe, custodial services also,” Pitka says.Pitka says the eliminated positions were part-time. The Beaver School’s only remaining staff member is a full-time teacher, who works with students ranging from kindergarten through high school. Pitka says the school’s status will be re-evaluated, adding that the district plans to petition the state for another head count, after coming up short last fall.“There were three students who weren’t in Beaver at that time. They are in Beaver now. So we’re at 11 students right now.”She says two new kindergarteners are expected to enroll next year, potentially taking the Beaver School to 13 kids, well above the required number for state funding. She says the school’s annual operating budget is about $460,000, noting that heating and other costs are high in the remote Yukon Flats village.last_img read more

Low bank deposit rates push retail investors to liquid funds

first_imgRepresentational Image for investments.PixabayFrom a personal finance perspective, 2016-17 was a significant year. Retail investors poured more money in liquid funds, an investment option that is generally preferred by corporates and high networth individuals (HNIs), thanks to falling returns from bank deposits.In 2016-17, the retail portion of assets under management (AUMs) of liquid funds rose 42 percent to Rs 5,800 crore from Rs 4,100 crore in the preceding fiscal, reported Cafemutual, a portal for advisors and distributors of mutual funds, insurance and other financial products.Liquid funds invest in securities that have a residual maturity of less than or equal to 91 days. The fall in interest rates on bank deposits was mainly due to the influx of cash triggered by Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision announced on November 8 last year.Most banks now offer around 6.50 to 7 percent for less than one-year deposit (241 to 364 days), a sharp fall from up to 8.75 percent in 2014-15 while returns from liquid funds are in the range of 7 to 8 percent per annum on an average, a tad higher from bank deposits.”A lot of first time investors first invest in liquid funds and later invest in equity funds. They use the STP facility available in the liquid funds to enter equity markets at attractive valuations,” the portal quoted Lakshmi Iyer, CIO (Debt) and Head Products at Kotak Mahindra Mutual Fund, as saying.The trend could pick up momentum if MF advisors actively promote liquid funds as an attractive option for retail investors who accounted for a mere 2 percent of the total AUMs of liquid funds.”With the interest rate likely to remain low, industry is likely to see higher demand for liquid funds from retail participants,” Killol Pandya, Head of Fixed Income at Peerless Mutual Fund, told Cafemutual.Data published by the industry body, the Association of Mutual Funds in India (Amfi), showed that AUMs of liquid funds stood at Rs 4,13,746 crore as of April 30, 2017, up 31.7 percent from Rs 3,14,086 crore as of March 31, 2017.A note-worthy theme in April was the preference for bank and PSU stocks by MF managers even as they dumped IT and pharma stocks in a big way. Top 20 stock additions included HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Federal Bank, GAIL (India), IOC, Power Grid Corporation, BPCL and Bharat Electronics, apart from two automobile firms, Tata Motors and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd.In a related development, DSP BlackRock Investment’s president and CIO S Naganath said he has quit the organisation. He has been replaced by Kalpen Parekh who was joint president of the company.last_img read more

BNP weighing next course of action

first_imgLogo of BNPAny hope of BNP leaders and workers that party chairperson Khaleda Zia would be released soon, was dashed by the apex court’s decision on 19 March suspending her bail for about two months.The principal opposition party has now reached the obvious conclusion that the Awami League government has designed to hold the national elections keeping the BNP chief in jail, according to party insiders.The BNP leaders have also got impression about the upper judiciary when Khaleda Zia’s bail, granted by the High Court, was suspended by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.They said the government wants to hold a farcical election with the help of the election commission and the law enforcers.In view of the circumstances, they said, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies may take the course of simultaneous demonstration and taking preparations for the parliamentary polls likely in December.The BNP leaders in Dhaka, in consultation with the acting party chairperson Tarique Rahman, decided to intensify the movement with the demand for poll-time neutral government alongside the demand for release of Khaleda Zia.Accordingly, senior leaders said, the party has worked out a strategy to boost organisational activities.”We’ll organise public rallies and meetings with workers at divisional and district levels to boost organisational activities. Party senior leaders are being distributed responsibilities towards that end,” BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed told Prothom Alo.At the same time, the BNP will carry on its legal battle for release of Khaleda Zia, now in jail after being convicted in a graft case by the lower court.A British lawyer has already been appointed to provide legal support to Khaleda Zia’s team, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced at a media briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday.The party is still undecided if it would be wise to join the election of ‘blueprint’ and give legitimacy to the Awami League’s ‘design’ to cling in to power through a manipulated ballot.”The government has unlawfully sentenced Khaleda Zia to keep her out of the election process and to hold another 5-January 2014-like election. It has been clear through the decision of the Supreme Court,” another BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said.The BNP leaders said the AL government wanted to keep the BNP away from the elections in 2014 and this time around, the govenment wants to split the BNP and bring a faction to the election.They fear the AL government would be desperate in the coming days to materialise its plot to stay in power as its popularity has nosedived. A snap poll is also on the cards, the BNP leaders believe.BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo said the government is trying to hold an election by engaging political somersaults. “The unity of the BNP leaders and activists, I think, is now so strong that no one cannot be trapped by the government,” he said.Khandaker Mosharraf pointed out that the BNP has not yet backtracked on its earlier decision to join the electoral race. ”It’s too early to talk about a final decision on the elections,” he said adding that the BNP would join the election where, he said, “level-playing field is there, army personnel are deployed, present parliament is dissolved and finally an an election-time supportive government is in place”.Following talks with Tarique Rahman, the BNP leaders on Monday decided that the party would not go for tough agitation programmes now, other than continuing peaceful demonstration.The party leaders also decided to hold public rallies and increasing contacts with party leaders and workers at the grassroots.The party observed that BNP leaders and activists became more active with the grievances for the party chief’s jailing. On 8 February, the special court-5 of Md Aktaruzzaman sentenced Khaleda Zia to five years’ imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.However, the party’s peaceful demonstration failed to create significant pressure on the AL government and instead, the law enforcers detained quite a number of mid-level leaders.The BNP has formed 37 teams to simultaneously visit 78 organisational districts.A team led by Mirza Fakhrul will visit north and south units of Dhaka, another team led by Khandaker Mosharraf will visit Chittagong, Moudud Ahmed will go to Munsiganj and Gazipur, standing committee members Abdul Moin Khan to Noakhali, Mirza Abbas to Barisal and Mymensingh. Nazrul Islam Khan to Rajshahi and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury will visit Comilla.Dwelling on the state of mind of the BNP leaders and workers after Khaleda Zia’s conviction, former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Emajuddin Ahamed said there might be some frustration over Khaleda Zia’s jailing, “but this should be taken as a challenge”.”It seems to be that they do have this mindset and spirit (to fight back). Obviously, the people want change. So, naturally the government would want to confine its main rival Khaleda Zia,” said the political science professor. “It’s up to the BNP leadership how they would engage the people to bring change.”last_img read more

Total War Rome 2 will work on a 30000 x 4087 monitor

first_imgRecommended:OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8Processor:2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)Memory: 4GB RAMGraphics:1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.DirectX®:11Hard Drive:35 GB HD spaceScreen Resolution: 1920×1080 The upcoming Total War: Rome II has gamers excited not just because of the jumbo sized real-time strategy gameplay, but because the developers keep teasing us with insane ultra high-resolution panoramic screenshots. The Total War team has just assembled a new screen depicting the Battle of The Nile. It’s a single 30000 x 4087 image file rendered entirely in the game engine. Can your monitor handle it? Probably not, but you will still be able to play the game at wussy lower resolutions.The Total War panoramic hub page contains several insane battle scenes created inside Rome II. The new Battle of The Nile image contains an incredible amount of detail. There are war elephants heading into battle, huge assemblies of troops, and ships off in the distance.You can download the full image file, which clocks in at 80.3MB, or use the image viewer on the panoramic hub page. The online viewer is probably safer for some computers — an 80MB jpeg takes a few seconds to load on a fast system.The online viewer lets you pan and zoom to check out the crazy level of detail. You can zoom in and out with the scroll wheel, but give the image a moment to render the full detail before you zip over someplace else — even tiny smudges of soldiers way in the background have detail when you zoom in. Make sure to check out the previous panorama too. The massacre of Teutoberg Forest is rendered at 30000 x 9785.Rome II might technically be capable of rendering at this resolution, but that’s more a reflection of the engine’s power. The system specs have been released, and they’re high, but not such that you’ll be playing at 30000 x 4087.Minimum:OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8Processor:2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processorMemory: 2GB RAMGraphics:512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support).DirectX®:9.0cHard Drive: 35 GB HD spaceScreen Resolution: 1024×768 Total War: Rome II is set to be released on September 3rd. Until then you’ll just have to salivate over the panoramas.last_img read more

Chemically peculiar star HR8844 could be a hybrid object

first_img(—Astronomers from the Paris Observatory in Meudon, France and the Notre Dame University – Louaize in Zouk Mosbeh, Lebanon, report that an A-type main-sequence star HR8844, could be a hybrid object between two classes of chemically peculiar stars. The discovery was detailed in a paper published Sept. 16 on This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Citation: Chemically peculiar star HR8844 could be a hybrid object (2016, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Previous studies described HR8844 as a slowly rotating, fairly bright (V=5.89), superficially normal A0V star. However, the latest research conducted by Richard Monier of the Paris Observatory and his colleagues sheds new light on the real nature of this star.According to the paper, the model atmosphere and spectrum synthesis modeling of the spectrum of HR8844 reveals that most of the light elements are under-abundant, while the very heavy elements are overabundant. That means the star should be reclassified as a chemically peculiar star.”The derived abundance pattern of HR8844 strongly departs from the solar composition, which definitely shows that HR8844 is not a superficially normal early A star, but is actually another new chemically peculiar star,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Chemically peculiar stars, like HR8844, are main-sequence A and B stars with unusually strong or weak lines for certain elements. Besides their chemical composition, they have magnetic fields and experience very slow rotation with an average velocity of 29 km/s, which leads to extremely sharp-lined spectra.The new findings are based on data provided by the SOPHIE high-resolution echelle spectrograph installed on the 1.93m reflector telescope at the Haute-Provence Observatory in southeastern France. The team has analyzed the SOPHIE dataset and found that HR8844 has under-abundances of light elements like helium (He), carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and oxygen (O) and overabundances of the iron-peak elements and of the very heavy elements such as strontium (Sr), yttrium (Y), zirconium (Zr) and mercury (Hg).Taking into account a mild overabundance of manganese (Mn), the scientists concluded that HR8844 could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars. HgMn stars are characterized by abnormal metal overabundances of Hg and Mn, together with under-abundances of light elements like He. When it comes to Am stars, their spectrum showcases strong absorption lines of metals such as Sr and Zr.Thus, according to the team, HR8844 resembles both a very hot Am star and a very cool HgMn star. Therefore, the star was reclassified as a hybrid object intermediate between these two classes. “Most of the light elements are under-abundant, whereas the very heavy elements are overabundant in HR8844. This interesting new chemically peculiar star could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars,” the paper reads.However, in order to precisely determine the class of HR8844, the researchers plan further observations of the star that would complement the recent study.”We are currently planning more observations of HR8844 with SOPHIE in order to complement the abundances derived here and search for line variability. This will help us address the relationship of HR8844 to the two other hot Am stars, Sirius A and HD72660 and constrain the nature of this interesting new chemically peculiar star,” the team wrote.Lately, Monier’s team was successful in redefining the status of HD 30963 star. That research and the new study are part of a broader project aiming to reclassify main-sequence stars in the northern hemisphere. The derived elemental abundances for HR8844. Credit: Monier et al., 2016. HD 30963 is a chemically peculiar star, study finds Explore further More information: HR8844: A new hot Am star? arXiv:1609.04915 [astro-ph.SR] one archival high dispersion high quality spectrum of HR8844 (A0V) obtained with the echelle spectrograph SOPHIE at Observatoire de Haute Provence, we show that this star is not a superficially normal A0V star as hitherto thought. The model atmosphere and spectrum synthesis modeling of the spectrum of HR8844 reveals large departures of its abundances from the solar composition. We report here on our first determinations of the elemental abundances of 41 elements in the atmosphere of HR8844. Most of the light elements are underabundant whereas the very heavy elements are overabundant in HR8844.This interesting new chemically peculiar star could be a hybrid object between the HgMn stars and the Am stars.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more In June, 2008, Hologic, Inc., of Bedford, Mass., announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Third Wave Technologies, Inc. for a purchase price of $11.25 per share, or approximately $580 million in value, representing an approximately 24% premium to Third Wave’s average trading price over the last three months. The Boards of Directors of both companies unanimously approved the transaction in which Hologic acquired 100% of Third Wave’s stock in a cash tender offer to be followed by a merger to acquire any untendered shares. The transaction, was completed in the third calendar quarter of 2008, and is expected to be modestly dilutive to Hologic’s adjusted earnings per share in the first full year after closing, and increasingly accretive thereafter.Third Wave develops and markets molecular diagnostic reagents for a wide variety of DNA and RNA analysis applications based on its proprietary Invader® chemistry. The company’s current clinical diagnostic offerings consist of products for conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Hepatitis C, cardiovascular risk and other diseases. The company recently submitted the pre-market approval (PMA) applications for its two human papilloma virus, or HPV, tests to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being submitted under the brand name Cervista. These submissions are based on a recently completed clinical trial for its 14-type high-risk and 16/18 genotyping tests where all primary clinical endpoints were achieved. Subsequent to this submission, these applications have been accepted for review by the FDA. There are currently 10 million HPV tests being performed in the United States, representing a $200 million market and growth in excess of 40% in each of the past five years. Hologic believes the global market for HPV testing will increase to $800 million in the next few years.Jack Cumming, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hologic, said: “The combination of Hologic and Third Wave brings together two great companies that employ complementary technologies but share a common mission: to help save the lives of women. Hologic is an established, diversified provider of diagnostic products and therapeutic devices. Third Wave’s HPV tests and other products currently in development employ a patented molecular diagnostic platform to help identify cervical cancer and other diseases at an early stage. This important transaction will broaden Hologic’s range of diagnostic product offerings, enhance our revenue and earnings growth potential and, we believe, create long-term value for our shareholders.“Specifically, we expect our acquisition of Third Wave to help accelerate the growth of our diagnostics division with the addition of the Cervista HR and Cervista 16/18 HPV testing products,” Mr. Cumming continued. “These products, pending FDA approval, are a complementary fit with our current suite of products, and broaden our product offerings into high-growth diagnostic markets for women.“Hologic has an established sales and distribution network for women’s health, as well as extensive relationships with clinical labs and OB/GYN channels,” Mr. Cumming said. “If and when Third Wave’s HPV tests receive FDA approval, expected sometime in the first half of calendar 2009, we will be well-positioned to take these products quickly and effectively to market. We expect the integration process to be smooth and seamless. We look forward to welcoming Third Wave’s outstanding associates to Hologic when the transaction is completed, and to participating in the launch of Third Wave’s HPV test.“We have great respect for Kevin Conroy and his team, the exciting products they have developed and the expertise they bring to Hologic. Before offering to acquire Third Wave, we conducted extensive due diligence on its HPV tests and related technologies, and concluded the Cervista HPV test represents an important new molecular diagnostic platform. Importantly, the senior management team of Third Wave is so confident about the future of this technology that six top executives have voluntarily deferred the vesting of their options and the acceleration of most of their long-term incentive plan payments otherwise due upon a change in control until after the receipt of FDA approval – the strongest possible vote of confidence in Third Wave’s technology and in this transaction, which we fully share,” Mr. Cumming concluded.“We welcome this opportunity to deliver outstanding value to our stakeholders,” said Kevin Conroy, Chief Executive Officer of Third Wave. “We believe that our Cervista HR and Cervista 16/18 products, coupled with Hologic’s women’s health franchise will accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative molecular diagnostic tests. We look forward to working with Hologic to complete the transaction efficiently and to delivering its benefits to our respective shareholders, customers, employees and to women worldwide.”Benefits of the MergerThe anticipated strategic benefits of the transaction include, among others:• Provides a solid platform for future opportunities in molecular diagnostics. Third Wave’s unique Invader chemistry provides an exciting platform to explore new diagnostics for women’s health.• Accelerates Hologic’s growth in cervical cancer screening. With a strong existing presence in cancer screening, the addition of Third Wave’s HPV tests will allow Hologic to expand its ability to serve this important segment of the industry. Cervista HR and Cervista 16/18 are a natural adjunct to Hologic’s ThinPrep pap test.• Broadens Hologic’s presence in women’s health. The addition of Cervista HR and Cervista 16/18 further broadens Hologic’s comprehensive suite of products and diagnostic tests for women’s health.• Enhances Hologic’s value proposition to laboratories and OB/GYN customers. Improves the standard for HPV testing by providing a more efficient test process with increased specificity to Hologic customers, as well as a platform for additional tests and services.Financing and StructureUnder the agreement, Third Wave shareholders will receive an aggregate amount of an estimated $580 million in cash, assuming the conversion of Third Wave’s outstanding convertible notes, warrants and restricted stock. Hologic intends to borrow $600 million to finance this transaction in the form of a senior secured credit facility on terms substantially consistent with the company’s existing credit facility. Hologic has secured fully committed debt financing for the full consideration from Goldman, Sachs & Co.Timing and ApprovalsThe transaction will be conducted through a tender offer to be launched as promptly as possible, to be followed by a merger to acquire any untendered shares. The closing of the tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions and antitrust review, including expiration or early termination of the applicable Hart-Scott-Rodino waiting period, and various country filings, and the acquisition by Hologic of a majority of Third Wave’s shares.Update to Hologic’s Financial Guidance and Expected ImpactThis transaction is expected to be slightly dilutive to Hologic’s non-GAAP EPS in Fiscal 2008 and we anticipate $0.02-0.03 per share dilution to the company’s previous guidance, excluding acquisition-related charges. The acquisition is expected to be approximately $0.10 dilutive to non-GAAP EPS (excluding the amortization of intangibles) in Fiscal 2009 and to be accretive to non-GAAP EPS beginning in Fiscal 2010.Hologic expects to record non-cash acquisition related costs related primarily to the write-off of in-process research and development following the completion of the tender offer. The amount of this charge will be determined by an independent valuation and is expected to be material.Hologic expects the transaction to be cash flow neutral in Fiscal 2009 as a result of the use of $160 million in acquired tax NOLs, including interest and financing expense of approximately $40 million from the term loan of approximately $600 million to finance the acquisition.AdvisorsIn connection with the transaction, Goldman, Sachs & Co. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Hologic, and Brown Rudnick LLP provided legal counsel. XMS Capital Partners and Merrill Lynch & Co. acted as financial advisors to Third Wave. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Kennedy, Covington Lobdell & Hickman LLP provided legal counsel to Third Wave. FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire.center_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more Feature | November 05, 2008 Hologic and Third Wave Technologies Unite Combination to Accelerate Growth and Broaden Presence in Women’s Health Market News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systemslast_img read more

Violence against women in the age of new technology

first_imgRelated posts:Explainer: Why is Costa Rica’s former President Laura Chinchilla suing a hotelier over a Facebook post? Making the invisible, visible: In Nicaragua, women journalists call for equality PHOTOS: Thousands march to speak out against violence targeting women (and men) Medical marijuana in Costa Rica? The time has come, says La Nación I wrote you on WhatsApp and you didn’t answer, even though I saw you were online.What are you doing, who are you with?Are you really at work? Send me a picture.I saw you were on Facebook early this morning. Who were you talking to?Who is that you friended on Facebook?If you don’t answer me I’m going to post a picture of you naked on Facebook.—These are just some examples of violence against women in our current technological era, and they are becoming increasingly common. Cellphones, email, social media, instant messaging all translate to new manifestations of violence that are a violation of intimacy as a means of exerting control, often from a spouse, lover or former lover.Margarita Salas, a Costa Rican feminist and activist, explained to The Tico Times that these stories represent the same phenomenon that has been seen before.“This isn’t something new, in the sense that women have been victims of violence by men and society in general for many years. This violence now has moved into the digital world, and unfortunately there are few ways to defend yourself because the influence that these social networks have on people’s lives has really not been documented,” Salas said.She cited several examples, including one Facebook page and website that display photos of Costa Rican women – including minors. The Tico Times has refrained from publishing the name of that site because of its underage and offensive content. Some of these sites have been around for a few years and feature scantily clad women, often of lower economic status, in denigrating situations.In a separate case, classmates targeted and harassed a high school student by creating a fake Facebook profile showing the victim’s face superimposed on pornographic images. The posts included statements suggesting the victim was seeking sexual encounters, including prostitution. The aggressors posted the victim’s phone number. That case was prosecuted by Costa Rican authorities.Other cases involve men who use social media to seek revenge on former partners, such as sending out nude pictures and videos.“One has to understand that this is all within the context of a machista society, where there is a double standard towards women. Why don’t women send out naked pictures of their ex-lovers? Because society places a far lower value on the sight of a male’s body than a woman’s. Women are constantly watched and judged in terms of what they do with their bodies, including the need to appear virginal, pure and chaste. If a picture of a nude woman on social media was no more of an issue than a picture of a naked man, we wouldn’t be seeing this type of extortion.” (Courtesy Day for the Elimination of Violence against WomenTo mark the U.N.’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Nov. 25, Costa Rica’s National Institute for Women (INAMU) and the Red Feminista contra la Violencia hacia las Mujeres (Feminist Network Against Violence Targeting Women) are planning a large march to draw attention to these and other issues.For Ana Hidalgo, INAMU’s coordinator of gender violence response, the use of technology – in this case, cellphones and the Internet – as a means of spying and controlling the lives of women is nothing new.“This used to happen when all that we had were telephones. There are men who use the phone as a constant, ongoing tool to control women, to know where they are, to try and control everything about what they do. And even when there is really no relationship, some will continue the harassment using cellphones,” Hidalgo said during an interview with The Tico Times.“It’s all about control during a relationship, and the new methods follow the same old logic of trying to be as possessive and controlling as possible, thus exerting power that scares women into believing it is impossible to maintain privacy. It’s a type of emotional and psychological violence,” Hidalgo said.Nonetheless, she said Costa Rica still doesn’t have any systematic database that tracks this kind of violence.According to an international campaign called “Dominemos la Tecnología,” online cyber-harassment “uses information and communication technologies to monitor and trace someone, which causes anguish and fear for one’s personal security.”This includes sending threats or false accusations via blogs, chats or cellphones, sending undesired communications frequently with sexual overtones, stealing someone’s identity and personal information, and spying and tracing computer or Internet use without a person’s permission.A report called “Voices from digital spaces: Technology related violence against women,” prepared by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), points out that those who commit this type of violence use GPS applications on smartphones, and are able to obtain passwords that they use to monitor text messages and incoming calls. They also steal and distribute personal, sexual photos and recordings from women without permission. In some cases, the Internet is used to distribute fake notices and messages to attract women into situations where they are sexually assaulted.Isabel Rojas, a researcher at the Sulá Batsú Cooperative, explained that communications technology should be treated with the same logic as other everyday situations. For example, problems could start with a simple password request.“Many times you hear couples asking each other for their passwords as a show of commitment and proof that there’s nothing to hide,” Rojas said. “But for the same reason you’re not obligated to hand over your house keys, you are under no obligation to share your passwords or email address, because these are all invasions of your privacy. You must have a clear understanding of the boundaries of what is personal and private and not cross those boundaries. It is not proper to ask for or share passwords.”She added that, “You shouldn’t have to justify what you’re doing when using social media. If you are unable to answer a message immediately, you are under no obligation to explain yourself to anybody else.”Along these lines, Salas added that people often are confused and don’t understand that jealousy is not a demonstration of affection.“The type of behavior we’re seeing has to do with control. It’s not about whether or not I’m worried about you. It’s about showing that I’m upset because you didn’t answer when I wanted you to. It’s important to remember that women have as much right to be autonomous and manage their time and lives any way they want,” she added.Watch a video of “Take Back The Tech!” a campaign promoting the creative use of technology to end violence against women The harm caused to women by this type of violence is primarily psychological and emotional, including fear, rage, stress and depression. Rojas said the harm is manifested in the same way as verbal, physical or emotional aggression.“People become anxious and preoccupied, and they aren’t able to enjoy things they happen to be doing. The recurring thought process is: ‘I have to answer,’ ‘I have to monitor all my messages,’ ‘I can’t allow anyone to take pictures of me,’ ‘I can’t be friended.’ All of this reflects that someone is suffering from some kind of violence using social media,” Rojas said.AnonymousSome aggressors think they’re committing acts of violence anonymously and from afar, and that they can’t be identified and won’t face justice. But their actions can be traced through service providers.Hidalgo said this type of violence can be reported, and victims should keep texts, voice messages or Facebook posts to be used as evidence.In the case of phone calls, judges can order telephone companies to provide a list of callers, which can be used in court.“Sometimes a distinction is made between the real and virtual worlds, and one shouldn’t make the mistake of thinking the virtual world is anything but real. It is just as important to keep as much proof as possible of any type of abuse to be able to make your case, whether virtual or ‘real.’ These kinds of cases fall under the same legal category as any abuse against women,” Salas said.Internet service providers are required to maintain records of information shared via their services for a certain period of time, and they retain the right to suspend Internet service if it can be shown that networks are being used unethically.According to Salas, “when a contract is signed with a service provider for Internet services, the person is agreeing not to use it for nefarious purposes. Thus, using these services to cause violence against women is definitely a good enough reason to suspend a user’s service.”She added that it is possible to identify where a computer is located and when it is being used to send these types of messages.In more complex situations, such as identity theft where the perpetrator is unknown, crimes should be reported to the Information Crimes Unit at the Judicial Investigation Police.Rojas thinks the problem isn’t whether or not one has a legal recourse, but rather it’s more an issue of lack of knowledge.“Most people have no idea where to go if they’re suffering this kind of violence, and they don’t realize that it can be reported and prosecuted. People sometimes think that if you’re on a phone line or in front of a computer you can’t be found and won’t go to jail, as if there are no consequences,” she said. “But there are.”—What: The march “Sin retroceso: Defensa y avance de los derechos”When: Tuesday, Nov. 25, coinciding with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 9 a.m.Where: Parque de la Merced, San José, and then on to the Legislative AssemblyMore info: Click here Facebook Commentslast_img read more

On if WR John Brown is trending in the right direc

first_imgOn if WR John Brown is trending in the right direction:“John looked good today. Knock on wood, hopefully, he’s back.”On if it’s important for Brown personally to get back on the field and play:“There’s no doubt. Just his mindset and to get out there and hopefully catch a touchdown or do something, I think it’d do wonders for him.On which other younger players he’s hoping will break out, similar to TE Ricky Seals-Jones:“Well, Elijhaa Penny has done well with his opportunities. D.J. Foster can continue to improve. Obviously, Will Holden, and Budda (Baker) continues to improve as a safety. Harlan’s (Miller) a safety now. So, all those young guys, each and every one of them. Haason (Reddick) is starting to get to the quarterback, and him having to play two positions this week now.”On how much he has seen from DL Robert Nkemdiche that demonstrates his ability to play:“I think Robert can be a heck of a player. He’s just got to learn that this is the NFL, not college. He does well in practice, and then he goes a little rogue in games and just thinks he’s going to ‘out-athlete’ everybody. And he has to use his technique, but the talent is there.”On what the stability Giants QB Eli Manning has brought to the quarterback position has done for the franchise: TEMPE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his fifth year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media several times leading up to gameday.Here, in this space, with help from the Cardinals’ media relations staff, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following practice.Opening statement:“Not practicing: Antoine Bethea, Josh Bynes, Karlos Dansby, Larry (Fitzgerald) was a vet day off, Gabe Martin, Troy Niklas, Robert Nkemdiche, Olsen Pierre, Frostee Rucker was not injury-related, Earl Watford, Chad Williams and Kerwynn Williams. That’s why we walked through the second half of practice.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling On if QB Carson Palmer practiced today:“Carson? No.”On if Palmer is officially done for the season:“I don’t know how that rule actually works. I think if he’s healthy enough, he can actually come back and play.”On how he felt about the four Cardinals who were selected to the Pro Bowl:“Happy for them and the two alternates. I think it was well-deserved. They’ve all had great seasons.”On if he envisioned Baker having this type of impact on special teams when the Cardinals drafted him:“Yeah, it was one of the reasons (we drafted him). We knew he was going to be a hell of a safety, but we knew he could help us right away. It’s a shame Rudy Ford got hurt because Rudy was right there with him. They had a hell of a competition on who was going to be down the field first and make the tackle, and then Rudy got his knee hurt.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact On the difference in the offensive line the last four games, in which the Cardinals have rushed for more than 100 yards each:“They’ve just been blocking their asses (off). The tight ends have been doing a heck of a job, and Ricky Seals-Jones did a good job in this game. But, to set that edge, and then the interior guys just fighting their asses off. That’s all it is, but it’s all about run blocking. It’s finishing, getting into a guy and staying on him.”On how quarterback and offensive line injuries impact game planning:“It happened today. We had a shift and a motion, and it took us three times to get it. Yeah, he just got here two weeks ago. That’s OTAs and training camp stuff. You get pissed off, and then you’re like, ‘I’m sorry. You just got here. That’s you were talking to.’ So, those things you have to just … They’re going to happen, and you just let them happen, and hopefully, they happen on the practice field and not in the game.”On Stanton being able to correct issues if they happen in a game:“(He’s able) to get it straightened out.”On if it’s hard to be patient with the players who just joined the team:“It’s hard for me to be patient at any time, especially Week 17 or whatever it is, but then you’ve got to realize this is the second week of OTAs for about five of these guys.” On if it would be easier to list those who did practice:“It was about an equal amount.”On if he thinks any of the injured players will return in the next couple of days:“I’m hoping to get two or three back tomorrow and maybe four by Friday, but it’s going to be touch and go on some of those guys. And, the flu is kind of running through the team right now.”On evaluating younger players because he has to play them:“Yeah, they’re starters. They’re playing because they’re starters, not because we’re putting them in there. They’re the next man up, and I’d like to see more improvement out of a couple of them.”On QB Drew Stanton returning to the starting role and getting more reps in practice:“Drew’s one thing: he’s as steady as they get. He’s moving around really good now, and that’s that veteran presence in the huddle.”On how badly Stanton injured his knee and if he could have played sooner:“No, it’s bad. He’s still going to play in a lot of pain, but his mobility’s back.”On if Stanton’s knowledge of the offense opens up more of the play sheet:“No, not really. It’s just, hopefully, we get a little bit better execution. He can help – not that Blaine (Gabbert) couldn’t – he can help a lot of guys out, reminding them what they have. Blaine did a good of that also.” 0 Comments   Share   (AP Photo) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Oh man. Two-hundred and whatever, 80-90 games, or whatever it was in a row. That’s the greatest feeling in the world for a coach, when you know your quarterback’s going to be there every week. No matter who else goes down, they can lead the ship.”On Manning returning to the scene of one of his greatest games this Sunday:“Yeah, I hope he doesn’t get to repeat it.”On RB Elijhaa Penny’s motivation to work hard when given an opportunity after being a tryout player:“Yeah, I think all those guys – Kerwynn, Elijhaa, Ricky. That elevator rides real fast back down. You climbed it, but that thing’s real fast back to the bottom.”On the improved punt coverage, performance from P Andy Lee and accuracy from K Phil Dawson and if that is a good sign for the year ahead:“Yeah. Andy’s (Lee) kicked the heck out of the ball, and that’s helped our coverage so much. His location and his hang time, and we’re covering better. Budda, early in the year, gave up a couple returns on getting ‘rookied,’ and now he’s going to the Pro Bowl. So, those are the things that happen in September that now are fixed. When you play rookies in September, they’re going to happen.”last_img read more

Arrest for using other peoples credit cards

first_imgA 26-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly renting cars with other people’s credit cards.An arrest warrant was issued against the suspect after it emerged he rented cars on two occasions from car rental companies by using the details of credit cards belonging to other people who live abroad. The credit cards were issued by banks abroad.The suspect also attempted to rent cars from two other rental companies, police said. The offences were committed between September 16 and October 10.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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