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Nova Scotia Communities Celebrate Family Literacy Day

first_imgToday, Jan. 27, has been proclaimed Family Literacy Day in Nova Scotia. Family Literacy Day celebrates outstanding literacy and learning efforts by families, schools and community groups across the province. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education is partnering with community literacy organizations to host reading circles, children’s activities and family entertainment to mark the day. A provincial celebration planned for Gaspereau, Kings Co., has been rescheduled to Friday, Jan. 28, because of weather conditions. “Investing in family literacy builds healthier families, economic potential and stronger communities,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “Parents and guardians are children’s first and most important teachers. By focusing on literacy at an early age, we have the opportunity to instill in children a lifelong love of learning that will give them tremendous advantages throughout their lives.” The government has supported the development and delivery of family literacy programs for more than a decade. The Nova Scotia Family Literacy grant program awarded $260,000 to community organizations this year. The province also partners with the Halifax Youth Foundation to deliver family literacy programs. This year, the foundation approved $110,000 for 21 projects. Shirley Caldwell, a participant in the Publish It! project sponsored by the Valley Community Learning Organization, said she never dreamed she would write a book with her children. “It was a great experience for me, my husband and my kids,” said Ms. Caldwell. “We did it as a family and now we are all reading more than we ever did before. Plus, my kids want me to read to them more often.” For more information or to view Family Literacy Day activities, visit www.gonssal.ca and select Family Literacy Day under Latest News.last_img read more

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Microplastics are harming our drinking water

first_imgResearchers have found plastics in our waste streams are breaking down into tiny particles, causing potentially catastrophic consequences for human health and our aquatic systems. For the study, researchers investigated nano and microplastics in water and wastewater treatment processes. The team found that tiny pieces of plastic break down further during treatment processes, reducing the performance of treatment plants and impacting on water quality. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”Due to their small size, nano and microplastics can easily be ingested by living organisms and travel along water and wastewater treatment processes.” “In large quantities they impact the performance of water treatment processes by clogging up filtration units and increasing wear and tear on materials used in the design of water treatment units,” researchers said. Approximately 300 million tons of plastic are produced globally each year and up to 13 million tons of that is released into rivers and oceans, contributing to approximately 250 million tons of plastic by 2025. According to the researchers, since plastic materials are not generally degradable through weathering or ageing, this accumulation of plastic pollution in the aquatic environment creates a major concern.last_img read more

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EU to Investigate High Rate of Visa Approvals in Morocco

Rabat – The European Union will conduct an investigation into how Schengen visas were issued over the past twelve months in the Maghreb countries, including Morocco.European officials are suspicious of the high numbers of successful visa applications in some consulates, reported Al Massae this weekend. The EU has identified many people who might have played a bridging role between visa applicants and consulates’ employees.Among documents that are effectively targeted by controls are visa applicants’ bank statements. Durations of stays provided by consulates will also be under the EU spotlight. The investigation will concern several employees of the consulates and embassies of European countries in the Maghreb. Some of these employees are of European nationalities.Earlier this year, Moroccan authorities arrested members of a gang specialized in forging documents in Agadir after a complaint filed in court by the French Consulate in Agadir, reported Moroccan newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia.France’s consulate in Agadir decided to file a complaint after noticing that people who were provided visas to enter France had never returned to Morocco.After conducting an investigation, the consulate discovered that some applicants who were rejected then successfully made second attempts using forged documents.The Royal Gendarmerie forces were able to make an arrest of a visa applicant after the consulate complaint, finding their file was full of false documents.After his arrest, the applicant revealed that there was an prominent document forgery mafia in Agadir. The gang’s members convince visa applicants, whose files had been rejected, promising them to make their applications eligible for a sum of MAD 70,000.Morocco and EU Migration and Mobility PartnershipIn 2013, Morocco and the EU signed a migration and mobility partnership, intended to ensure the movement of persons and facilitating the issuing of visas for certain groups of people, especially, students, researchers, and business professionals.“One objective of the Partnership is to improve the information available to qualified Moroccan citizens on employment, education and training opportunities available in the EU and also to make mutual recognition of professional and university qualifications easier.Another objective is to support the integration of Moroccan citizens who regularly visit an EU Member State,” said a statement issued by the EU in 2013.Negotiation talks on visa facilitations were also held in 2015 between Morocco and the EU.The European Commission said then that these talks only conceredn short-term visas (90 days) “since the EU is not competent for other visas whose rules are fixed on a national basis,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).During the talks, Moroccan representatives presented the practical problems faced by Moroccan citizens when applying for visas, including the cost of the application procedure, the lack of recourse in case of refusal of the visa, and the delay in the issuing procedures.However, EU negotiators said that any visa refusal case should be justified. They also pointed out that the possibility of appeal is provided by the European legislation in case of a refusal. read more

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Trump to propose ban on flavourings used in ecigarettes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says his administration will propose banning thousands of flavours used in e-cigarettes amid an outbreak of breathing problems tied to vaping.State and federal health authorities are investigating hundreds of breathing illnesses reported in people who have used e-cigarettes and other vaping devices.No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified.Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says the Food and Drug Administration will develop guidelines to remove all e-cigarette flavours from the market, especially those favoured by children.The FDA regulates e-cigarettes and has authority to ban vaping flavours, but has resisted calls to take that step.Instead, the agency has said it is studying the role of flavours in vaping products, including whether they help adult smokers quit traditional cigarettes.The Associated Press read more

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Starbucks chair Howard Schultz cowriting book on Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans

by Hillel Italie, The Associated Press Posted Jun 30, 2014 9:02 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Starbucks chair Howard Schultz co-writing book on Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans NEW YORK, N.Y. – Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz is collaborating on a book about veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.“For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice” will be released by Alfred A. Knopf on Nov. 4. The book will be co-written by Washington Post correspondent and editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.“Given that less than 1 per cent of our country has served in the military conflicts of the last decade, this is a time in America when it’s crucial to bridge the divide in our society between our civilian and military populations,” Schultz said in a statement issued Monday by the publisher.The book will tell of deeds both on the battlefield and back home, whether an orthopedic surgeon who enlisted at age 60 and saved numerous lives or a military spouse helping wives of severely wounded soldiers.Schultz has been a prominent advocate for veterans, saying that too little has been done for them once their service was completed. He has pledged to hire 10,000 veterans and military spouses, and earlier this year donated $30 million for research into post-traumatic stress syndrome and brain trauma.According to Knopf, Schultz is giving all author proceeds to charity. read more

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Mens basketball Trevor Thompson remains as the only constant for Ohio State

OSU redshirt junior center puts up a free throw against Maryland on Feb. 8, 2017. OSU won, 70-64. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorIn a wildly inconsistent season for the Ohio State men’s basketball team, there’s been one constant for coach Thad Matta and the Buckeyes: redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson.Thompson was not necessarily expected to be the biggest factor for OSU this season after posting a 6.6 points per game average last season. Originally playing for Virginia Tech his freshman year, Thompson transferred to play in Columbus and had to sit out his first year in Columbus.In his first year of play, he averaged 17.9 minutes in the 2015-16 season.This year, Thompson has averaged 10.6 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. Outside of a zero-point, five-foul performance against Iowa on Jan. 28, Thompson has been one of the biggest driving forces for OSU this year.Outside of junior forward Jae’Sean Tate, no other player has averaged better than 50 percent shooting from the field and more than 10 points per game. Tate has been more of a scoring threat than Thompson, but the ability of the 7-foot center to convert at the free-throw line at a relatively high percentage makes him a much more potent threat.Matta has praised Thompson this season for always being ready to go and bringing the same kind of intensity every night. “I got my own little routine, just to be physically and mentally prepared,” he said on Tuesday. “I know that this team can’t afford me to have a bad game, and I have to be ready to play every single game. I just try to stay as consistent as possible when it comes to just my mental preparation and just my physical preparation.”That preparation has led to career highs in nearly all categories except free-throw percentage. His 269 points-scored is his highest output as a collegiate player in his career, with six games still to play.Against Rutgers, Thompson picked up 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. More importantly, Thompson hit five of his six attempts from the charity stripe. Underneath the rim, OSU has lacked a strong defensive presence apart from Thompson this season. With 1.7 blocks per game, he ranks fourth in the Big Ten, and he provides an imposing force underneath the hoop, and even swatted three shots against the Scarlet Knights.Earlier this year, Minnesota coach Richard Pitino had words of high praise for Thompson.“He was terrific,” Pitino said. “He’s probably the most improved player in the conference, in my opinion.”Before the OSU game against Rutgers, Thompson had posted a 6.1 box plus/minus, up from 2.2 in his previous season. After Matta started rotating Thompson in as much as possible, and eventually in the starting rotation, he immediately began to see results.Although Thompson still occasionally makes mistakes, his coach remains confident in him to keep OSU on a roll.“I think when Trevor is engaged, I think he’s as good as anybody,” Matta said. “There’s moments where he can get out of sync, and as long as we can get him back in and he lets us coach him and get him back into the fold of what we’re trying to do, he’s very effective.” read more

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Ohio State softball would be crazy to not get fired up against

Michigan might be Kelly Kovach Schoenly’s alma mater, but the Ohio State softball coach isn’t pulling punches this weekend. “All I can say is I root for my team,” Schoenly said. “We will work hard as a unit to get a win for Ohio State. I worry about us.” For the first time as coach of the Buckeyes, Schoenly will face a place she once called home. While she was a star pitcher from 1991 to 1995 for Michigan under current coach Carol Hutchins, she insists her loyalties lie with the Scarlet and Gray as they stand to face the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Mich. “If you went to Ohio State and you’re not fired up to play Michigan, then you’re crazy,” Schoenly said. “We’re fired up about it.” No. 12 Michigan has been one of the best softball programs in the Big Ten and has been a national powerhouse since Hutchins took over in 1985. The Wolverines are the five-time defending Big Ten champions. And they haven’t lost to OSU since 2011. But the Buckeyes (21-11, 3-3), despite their underdog status, aren’t backing down. Buoyed by the confidence of three victories against ranked teams already this season, Schoenly and the Buckeyes are ready for the challenges Michigan presents, both offensively and defensively. “The challenges of the preseason have helped (us) tremendously,” Schoenly said. “We’ve seen quality hitters for the last two months and I think they won’t be intimidated by that.” And OSU freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl attested to the team’s belief that it has an extra incentive to win this weekend. “It’s Michigan,” Prantl said. “You always want to beat Michigan.” The desire to compile conference wins in Big Ten play is equally important for OSU. “We haven’t won against (Michigan) for the last two years,” said senior outfielder Alyson Mott. “There’s a little bit more incentive because it’s Michigan, but we have to not pump ourselves up too much and take it like just any other regular game.” After dropping two games last weekend against Purdue, OSU is looking to get back on the winning track as Big Ten play nears the halfway point. OSU begins the three-game series with the Wolverines Friday at 6 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

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Knife crime rises to record levels but as few as a fifth

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data showed three quarters of the police forces in England and Wales – 31 out of 43 – saw a rise in knife crime in the year to December 2018. Knife crime has risen to record levels in England and Wales but as few as a fifth of offenders are being charged, official figures have revealed.The number of knife offences rose by six per cent last year to 40,829, equivalent to more than 110 a day and the highest level since records began in 2008/09.Homicides were also up by 6.1 per cent to 732, equivalent to more than two a day and their highest level for a decade. Four in ten of these killings involved a knife or sharp instrument.However, the number of offenders prosecuted for knife possession has plummeted with just four in 10 (40.4 per cent) of such crimes resulting in a charge. That is down from over six in 10 in 2015/16.In Greater Manchester, the rate has halved in four years with just 22.3 per cent of blade possession offences resulting in a charge, down from 44 per cent just four years ago. Sussex, British Transport Police and South Yorkshire are all below 30 per cent.This week Ian Hopkins, the force’s chief constable, admitted at least four in ten of all crimes were not being fully investigated because of a lack of resources. Robberies recorded by police were up by 11.3 per cent to 82,600, the highest level since 2008, while overall police recorded crime increased by seven per cent to 5.8m offences, its highest since 2004.Fewer criminals are, however, being caught, with only 7.8 per cent of offences leading to charges, down from 9.1 per cent in 2017. The biggest rise was in Merseyside where knife offences increased by 35 per cent to 1,231 followed by Dyfed-Powys (28 per cent), South Wales (23 per cent), Derbyshire (22 per cent), North Wales and North Yorkshire (21 per cent each), and West Yorkshire, Kent and Gwent all on 20 per cent.Knife or sharp instrument offences tended to be concentrated in metropolitan areas with 33 per cent of all such crimes in England and Wales accounted for by London’s 14,660 offences, a rate of 167 per 100,000 of the population.It was followed by Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and West Midlands (with 129 ,118 and 111 offences per 100,000 population respectively). This compares with an average of  76 offences per 100,000 population in England and Wales.One positive sign was a slowing in the rate of increase, from 13 per cent to nine per cent in the latest quarter. In London, where there have been big increases in police stop and searches, there was just a one per cent rise in the latest quarter, down from 15 per cent and eight per cent in previous quarters.Violent crime in England and Wales was, however, up by 19.1 per cent from 1.35 million offences to 1.6m, its highest rate for more than a decade. Yvette Cooper MP, chairwoman of the Commons home affairs select committee, said: “Knife crime is now at record levels and this is a very disturbing increase in violent crime at the same time as the number of arrests is continuing to fall.“The police are completely overstretched and crime prevention work is far too limited. The Home Office and government response on knife crime and other rising crimes is still far too weak and just doesn’t match the scale of the problem.”Alex Mayes, a spokesman for Victim Support, said: “It’s deeply concerning to see homicides continue to rise and we know from working with those bereaved by murder and manslaughter through our national homicide service just how devastating the impact is on family and friends, witnesses to the crime and the wider community.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: “Today’s statistics show that your chance of being a victim of crime remains low, and the Metropolitan Police’s more recent figures suggest that action to tackle violent crime is having an impact.“Yet too many people are still falling victim to serious violence, which is why we will continue our urgent and unprecedented action to reverse this terrible trend. “We have given police forces additional powers and have this year put more than £1billion extra into policing, including council tax and £100million specifically for those areas worst affected by violent crime.“But law enforcement alone is not the answer which is why our Serious Violence Strategy puts a greater focus on prevention, including by consulting on a proposed new duty to underpin a public health approach to serious violence and investing over £220million in projects to steer young people away from crime.” “Particularly during peak hours, night time, we are less able to get enough people to these places as we would like, so end up losing witnesses, physical or forensic evidence,” he said.The continued rise in knife crime comes as police chiefs have given an extra £100 million by the Government to mount a surge to reverse the trend in seven of the worst hit areas including Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire.Theresa May and Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, held a Downing Street summit earlier to launch plans for a “public health” approach to the crisis with a legal duty on doctors, teachers and police to report children at risk of being drawn into knife crime.Yesterday Mr Javid said he was “very concerned” about the “huge rise” in serious violence including knife crime, adding: “I wish there was one single thing that could be done that would bring it down dramatically.But there’s not one thing, I think we need action on many fronts.” Simon Kempton, operational policing lead for the Police Federation, said shortages of officers meant police were less likely to get to a crime scene or report of knife possession within the critical “golden hour” when the chances of solving it were highest. read more

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HTC attempt to dodge Apple patent lawsuit by licensing portfolio of exMicrosoft

first_imgWith lawsuits whizzing like bullets in every direction, fired from the big guns of almost every major smartphone manufacturer’s legal departments, 2011 is shaping up to be the year of the mobile patent lawsuit.At least one prominent smartphone maker, though, is diving for cover: sued by Apple for patent infringement, HTC has opted to license the patent portfolio of Intellectual Ventures to protect itself. In doing so, HTC is climbing into bed not just with Microsoft‘s former chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold, but also one of the most infamous patent troll companies around.In a press release, HTC says that it licensed Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio of over 30,000 IP assets in order “to defend itself and its subsidiaries from potential litigation.” This follows a similar move by Samsung last week to license Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio to protect itself in the patent lawsuits that are going to be ubiquitous in determining who owns what in the current smartphone wars.If you haven’t picked up on it yet, the next couple of years are going to be bloody amongst smartphone manufacturers, almost all of whom are suing each other based on file cabinets filled with patents, many of which overlap with other patents and none of which have been tested. Given the fact that mobile is the future of computing, there’s a lot resting on eliminating the competition, and patent portfolios are proving to be one of the biggest weapons in many mobile gadget makers’ arsenals in trying to get a leg up over the competition.The thing that’s interesting here is that even Intellectual Ventures’ patent portfolio is largely untested, so by licensing it, HTC and Samsung are basically offloading culpability in defending their patent innovations to a third-party. That might be smart, but something tells me it’s not really going to mitigate the actual volume of patent lawsuits thrown at them in the coming years all that much.last_img read more

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Sabre hybrid engine promises to fly you anywhere in 4 hours

first_imgIn order to cut the traveling time on long haul flights we can either go faster or travel higher in the atmosphere. Both solutions present quite difficult problems to overcome, though.Going faster means using engines capable of breaking the sound barrier. We have those, but they create sonic booms (very loud claps in the air) that would not be acceptable once you added them to all aircraft and heard them regularly throughout the day and night. NASA may be getting closer to solving that problem, but no solution is in place yet.Traveling higher, literally at the edge of space, is something Virgin Galactic is currently focused on doing, but it requires two vehicles to achieve it. The first is a typical plane design that gets a smaller craft into the air and flying at a decent speeds and height before decoupling and using rockets for power. It works, but isn’t ideal.The ultimate solution would be a plane that can take off and land like a normal aircraft, but be capable of traveling in orbit. This so-called spaceplane is in development, and it’s all thanks to a new engine called the Sabre.Reaction Engines Limited is the UK company behind the Sabre engine being developed for use in the Skylon spaceplane. It is unique because it takes the form of a hybrid and can function as both an air-breathing engine and a conventional rocket. It also promises to let us travel at 5x the speed of sound.By combining the two types of engine, the Skylon can take off and land like a normal aircraft, but ascend into orbit where it switches over to rocket power and cuts travel time drastically. In fact, the Skylon and Sabre combination promises to take you anywhere in the world in no more than 4 hours.The clever thinking behind the Sabre engine is its use of oxygen and hydrogen as a fuel source. At lower altitude the oxygen required is taken from the atmosphere, but in space it switches over to a rocket mode.Reaction is currently testing the Sabre to ensure its cooling system works as it will have to deal with over 1,000 degree temperatures. If the tests prove successful, then it is hoped investment can be attracted to the tune of $400 million allowing the final Sabre engine to be designed.With the prospect of making long haul flights a thing of the past, I’m sure more than a few aviation companies will be very interested in investing.Read more at BBC News and Reaction Engineslast_img read more

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WWEHells Kitchen NXT star scheduled for WWE events

first_img WhatsApp New stipulation added to Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan this Sunday at Clash of Champions Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte Twitter Pinterest WWE stars film appearance for FOX show “Hell’s Kitchen”WWE stars The Miz, Darren Young, Cameron, Eva Marie recently filmed an appearance for the hit FOX show “Hell’s Kitchen” according to a report by Mike Johnson. Hell’s Kitchen is a long-standing reality shows involving cooking and stars acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay. There is no word on when the episode that features the WWE stars will air as of this writing.NXT star scheduled for upcoming WWE live eventsNXT Women’s Champion Charlotte is scheduled for WWE live events this weekend and next week’s TV Tapings in the Carolinas according to a report by Mike Johnson. Charlotte has worked a few WWE live events in recent months and it has been said that her call-up to the main roster is imminent. Source: PWInsider.comlast_img read more

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USDA Secretary Schafer Recommends Inspector General Audit and Investigation of National Soybean

first_imgThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) informed the American Soybean Association (ASA) today that Secretary Schafer has signed a memorandum recommending that USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) conduct an audit and, as appropriate, investigation of the National Soybean Checkoff Program based on the petition filed by the ASA on Dec. 10, 2008. ASA’s petition calls for an investigation of the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) to ensure that soybean checkoff dollars are being managed and invested as prescribed by law.”ASA is doing what is in the best interest of soybean farmers ethically, legally and financially,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn. “Ignoring serious allegations of abuse or sweeping them under the rug would have been wrong and would have done a disservice to all soybean farmers who are paying the checkoff. Investigating and then correcting any problem areas is the right thing to do for U.S. soybean farmers. ASA hopes we will have a more responsive and accountable soybean checkoff as a result.”Following a careful review of the allegations and evidence, the ASA Board of Directors voted unanimously on Dec. 9, to submit a petition to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Inspector General of USDA requesting a full and impartial investigation. The allegations of abuse are serious and include:Use of a knife against another individual by an employee at an official functionAn improper sexual relationship disrupting the management of the Japan foreign office and jeopardizing U.S. soy exports to that marketThe misuse of checkoff and federal funds to facilitate the improper relationshipNo-bid contracting violationsA one-sided investigation and white-washing of these actionsThe firing of whistleblower employeesConflicts of interestPotential evasions of salary and administrative caps established in the national soybean checkoff actImproper and wasteful expenditure of checkoff fundsIt is ASA’s understanding that Secretary Schafer and Inspector General Phylis Fong have discussed how best to proceed with the audit and investigation. A process will be established by the Inspector General’s Office on how the audit and investigation will go forward with the involvement of Inspector General staff and other USDA agencies.”The filing of the petition was not about any disagreements that the ASA may have with the USB,” Dodson said. “There are good intentioned people, soybean farmers just like me, serving on the USB Board, but somehow there has been a breakdown in the system that cannot be allowed to continue.”In the meeting with Secretary Schafer, ASA emphasized that its concerns are directed at the operation and administration of the national checkoff board, not the state checkoff boards,” Dodson said. “The allegations and concerns of abuse that the ASA Board has asked to be investigated involve actions taken at the national level by USB and entities it has caused to be created.”For more information about the soybean checkoff, see www.soybeancheckoff.com. To learn more about the views of ASA’s leaders regarding the national soybean checkoff, visit www.SoyGrowers.com/oig/ where ASA has made available a summary of its petition and video interviews with current and past ASA Presidents and Board members. The “ASA Leaders” presentation features ASA Executive Committee members Bob Rikli, Alan Kemper, Randy Mann, Ron Kindred, Steve Wellman, Johnny Dodson, Rick Ostlie, Rob Joslin and John Hoffman. The “ASA Past Leaders” video features past-Presidents David Erickson (1996-97), Bart Ruth (2001-02) and James Lee Adams (1988-89), and former Executive Committee member Doug Hartz (2001-03).”ASA believes strongly in the need for a national soybean checkoff program, but it has to be accountable, transparent and responsive to soybean farmers, and spend their dollars wisely,” Dodson said. “In light of the serious allegations and concerns that have come to light, conducting an independent audit and investigation is the right thing to do and this is what U.S. soybean farmers expect.”last_img read more

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Surveillance video shows moments leading to fatal shooting of store owner

first_imgInvestigators said the man then took Ali back to the office and shot him.Tamarac Fire Rescue transported Ali to Broward Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.BSO detectives are looking for the man seen in the video wearing a black vest, striped red shorts and red slides.A makeshift memorial now decorates the front of the convenience store. Family and friends left flowers and candles in his honor.“He’s my friend last 20-40 years, we had come at the same time to this country,” said Hayder. “Everybody knew him, everybody cried. You see the flower, you see the candle outside.”“I’ve been to his house. I know his wife, all his kids. It just feels strange. I’m waiting for him to come through the door, and he’ll never come,” said Louis Bradley, a friend of the victim, before adding some harsh words about the killer. “He ain’t got no soul, no heart. He’s a coward.”If you have any information on this homicide, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. NORTH LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – New surveillance video has been released showing the moments leading up to the fatal shooting of a store owner in North Lauderdale.Sixty-one-year-old Ayub Ali was shot and killed during a robbery outside Aunt Molly’s Food Store, near Southwest 17th Street and South State Road 7, on July 17.The Broward Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video showing a man they believe is the killer.The footage shows a man sporting a beanie with “Miami” stitched on the front as he walked into the store and confronted Ali at the cash register.“They take the money and take him to the office room,” said Kazi Hayder, who’s also a clerk at the store as well as a longtime friend of the victim.Surveillance video showed the two walking to the back room before reemerging a few seconds after.The robber managed to escape with money from the register only to return a short time later. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Israel lifts all protective restrictions amid ceasefire in Gaza

first_imgGAZA, May 5, 2019 (Xinhua) — Palestinians inspect the remains of a building that was destroyed during Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City, on May 5, 2019. At least 20 Palestinians, including two infants and two pregnant women, have been killed in intensive Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip since Saturday evening. (Xinhua/IANS)IANS The Israeli military said on Monday that it had lifted all protective restrictions, amid a reported ceasefire with militants in Gaza that ended two days of violence.Since Saturday morning, Palestinian militants in Gaza have launched 690 rockets towards southern Israel. Israel responded with over 320 attacks on military positions, making it the most significant escalation of violence since the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict.At the same time, the Israeli air force also carried out massive strikes in Gaza, bombing buildings and militant targets throughout the besieged Palestinian enclave.”As of 7 a.m., all protective restrictions in the home front will be lifted,” Xinhua news agency quoted an Israeli military spokesperson as saying in a statement.Following the statement, most educational institutions across the south announced they will resume classes after they were closed on Sunday in the wake of the abrupt violence.The Israeli government is yet to release an official statement about the ceasefire.In Gaza, Al-Aqsa TV, an official Hamas-run channel, reported that the ceasefire agreement between the armed groups in the Gaza Strip and Israel went into effect before dawn.Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the deal was brokered by Egyptian, Qatari and UN officials.At least 23 Palestinians were killed, including two pregnant women and two babies, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.In Israel, four civilians were killed.Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned “in the strongest terms the launching of rockets from Gaza into Israel, particularly the targeting of civilian population centres”, Efe news reported.He also urged all parties to “exercise maximum restraint, immediately de-escalate and return to the understandings of the past few months”.last_img read more

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WATCH Rahul Gandhi busy on his phone while President Kovind addresses joint

first_imgTwitterPresident Ramnath Kovind’s speech addressing both houses of the Parliament in a joint session on Thursday morning was attended by all political leaders including Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.While President Kovind explained what the newly elected BJP government should focus on, and its objectives for the next five years, the camera caught Rahul Gandhi not paying attention to the President’s speech but was browsing his phone.Habitual offender @RahulGandhi does it again! Sitting on the first bench in the parliament he’s curtly ignoring the President’s speech. Repeatedly showing disrespect to even the biggest constitutional positions only shows his superiority complex! pic.twitter.com/Top8OoFOpU— Priti Gandhi (@MrsGandhi) June 20, 2019The Congress President, who lost by a thumping a massive margin in the recently held general elections, was sitting next to his mother, Sonia Gandhi, and was concentrating on his phone, not paying heed to what Kovind was saying.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior leaders were also in attendance.President Kovind began his speech congratulating all lawmakers, who had taken their oaths and wished them all the best.He had said, “In this Lok Sabha more than half MPs are first-time lawmakers, the number of women MPs is at an all-time high at 78. This is unprecedented. It represents New India.”He added, “In this Lok Sabha elections, more than 61 crore citizens cast their vote and set a new record. The people of India gave a clear mandate. The government is working for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.”In his speech, Kovind emphasised on the need for women empowerment, and more importantly, the safety of women.He had said, “To ensure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, eradication of practices like Triple Talaq and nikah halala is necessary. I would request all members to extend their support to these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters more dignified and improved.”last_img read more

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Australia to continue to train Myanmar military despite genocide accusations Report

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe Australian defence department plans to spend almost $400,000 for members of the Myanmar military in 2017-18 despite accusations by United Nations and rights groups that Myanmar army was involved in severe human rights violations in its treatment to Rohingya minorities in Rakhine state, a report of UK’s Guardian newspaper revealed.The report published on Monday said that Australian defence department will spend the money on English lessons, event attendances and training courses for members of the Myanmar army.The report claimed that they obtained the documents released under freedom of information laws.United Nations human rights Commission and rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on several occasions accused Myanmar army of rights violation in Rohingya crisis which is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.On Tuesday, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour said that while the level of violence had been reduced, murder, rape, torture, abductions as well as forced starvation continued.  Nearly one million Myanmar’s Rohingya nationals are residing in Bangladesh now as they fled their homeland facing persecution.  A UN human rights investigator Yanghee Lee has said the situation bears “the hallmarks of a genocide”.The Guardian report also said that in 2017-18 Australian defence department will spend $398,000 (a $126,000 increase on last year’s spending) on English lessons and on funding Myanmar’s participation in the Pirap Jabiru multilateral military exercises in the region that Australia cohosts with Thailand.It said that Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to visit Sydney this month for the Asean-Australia special summit.The report said that the US, UK, Canada, France and the EU have cut ties with Myanmar’s military over the Rohingya crisis.Amnesty International’s crisis campaigns coordinator Diana Sayed was quoted by the Guardian that the Australian government’s strategy of continued engagement and careful diplomacy cannot be justified given the extent and extremity of the crisis.“This business as usual approach is unacceptable, and is only going to further damage Australia’s international reputation, especially as Australia takes up its seat on the UN human rights council,” Sayed says. “The decisions of the US, the UK and the EU to cut military ties, and the recent sanctions imposed by Canada all show that Australia is out of touch with the rest of the world when it comes to this crisis,” Sayed  quoted as saying.“Australia’s bilateral defence engagement with Myanmar is limited to humanitarian and non-combat areas such as disaster relief, peacekeeping, aviation safety and English-language training,” a defence department spokesperson was quoted by Guardian newspaper as saying.last_img read more

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Physicists propose superabsorption of light beyond the limits of classical physics

first_imgIn one potential method to realize superabsorption, a superabsorbing ring absorbs incident photons, giving rise to excitons. Credit: Higgins, et al. Citation: Physicists propose superabsorption of light beyond the limits of classical physics (2014, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-physicists-superabsorption-limits-classical-physics.html More information: K.D.B. Higgins, et al. “Superabsorption of light via quantum engineering.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5705 A comparison of absorption: Independent atoms (red line) absorb excitons linearly, while a proposed superabsorption scheme (green line) could absorb excitons superlinearly (ideally, N2). The yellow and blue lines represent superabsorption when accounting for costs in different ways. Credit: Higgins, et al. The ability to absorb light beyond the limits of classical physics could lead to a new class of quantum nanotechnology. One potential application is optical light or microwave sensors that could be used in future cameras or for scientific instruments. Light-harvesting technologies could also benefit by absorbing an increased number of excitons compared to conventional systems. Superabsorption could be particularly useful for wireless power transfer using light for situations where wired electrical power is impractical, such as for remote sensors or biologically implanted devices.”Eventually, harvesting sunlight in a highly efficient way might one day be possible using superabsorbing systems based on our design, but a more immediate application would be building an extremely sensitive light sensor that could form the basis of new camera technology,” said coauthor Simon Benjamin, Professor at Oxford University. “A camera sensor harnessing the power of our superbsorbing rings would have very high time and spatial resolution. And it could pave the way for camera technology that would exceed the human eye’s ability to see clearly both in dark conditions and in bright sunlight.”The physicists say that superabsorption could be experimentally demonstrated in the future in a few different ways, with possibilities including an array of quantum dots or a Bose-Einstein condensate. In the future, they plan to investigate new methods for achieving extreme light absorption.”We are working on an alternative scheme for quantum enhanced light absorption, which uses what’s called a ‘dark state’ as an efficient means of extracting energy from light, and is similar to what happens in photosynthesis, which is in contrast to superabsorption, which is very different to how natural light harvesters work,” Higgins said.”We also have plans to extend the present work by adding another effect from quantum optics, which we hope will make the proposal much easier to implement experimentally and thus realize the potential technological applications more quickly.” The key to achieving superabsorption is to use quantum engineering techniques to ensure that most state transitions take place within a specific frequency (which the scientists call the “good” frequency, in contrast with the “bad” frequencies that should be avoided). Photons can then be trapped so they are not emitted back out. Although the system would likely deviate from the “good” frequency over time, there are a few reinitialization schemes that would periodically monitor and correct the system’s frequency. (Phys.org) —In a well-known quantum effect called superradiance, atoms can emit light at an enhanced rate compared to what is possible in classical situations. This high emission rate arises from the way that the atoms interact with the surrounding electromagnetic field. Logically, structures that superradiate must also absorb light at a higher rate than normal, but so far the superabsorption of light has not been observed. Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps Explore further 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. © 2014 Phys.org Now in a new paper published in Nature Communications, physicists Kieran Higgins, et al., have theoretically shown that superabsorption can be demonstrated using quantum engineering techniques. Structures capable of superabsorption could have applications including solar energy harvesting, novel quantum camera pixels, and wireless light-based power transmission.”If you had a ring comprising 40 atoms, this would absorb light 10x faster than any classical approach,” Higgins, at Oxford University, told Phys.org. “The key thing in this work is that it’s a fundamentally different way of absorbing light. So if you want to design the most efficient possible absorber and you have a certain number of atoms, this is a new and better way to do it using quantum physics. The atoms behave as if there’s more of them than there actually are, which is the really cool thing.”As the physicists explain, superabsorption is the reciprocal of superradiance. Superradiance was first introduced 60 years ago by the physicist Robert Dicke, and since then has found a variety of applications, including a new class of laser. Physically, superradiance occurs when a system of excited atoms decays and moves down a ladder of states called the “Dicke” or “bright” states. As a result, light can be emitted at an enhanced rate that is proportional to the square of the number of atoms.In natural systems, light emission dominates over light absorption, which is why superabsorption has not yet been observed. But in the new paper, the scientists have shown that atoms in close proximity and with a suitable geometrical arrangement can interact with each other in such a way as to exhibit superabsorption. Journal information: Nature Communicationslast_img read more

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Linux programmers opposed to new Code of Conduct threaten to pull code

first_imgFacts of the Controversy at hand To “help make the kernel community a welcoming environment to participate in”, Linux accepted a new Code of Conduct earlier this month. This created conflict among the developer community because of the clauses in the CoC. The CoC is derived from a Contributor Covenant , created by Coraline Ada Ehmke, a software developer, an open-source advocate, and an LGBT activist. Just 30 minutes after signing this CoC, Principal kernel contributor- Linus Torvalds sent a mail apologizing for his past behavior and announced temporary break to improve upon his behavior.“This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry” This decision of taking a break is speculated among many as a precautionary measure to prevent Torvalds from violating the newly created code of conduct. Controversies took better shape after Caroline’s sarcastic tweet-                                             Source: Twitter The new Linux Code of Conduct is causing huge conflict Linux’s move from its Code of Conflicts to a new Code of Conduct has not been received well by many of its developers. Some have threatened to pull out their blocks of code important to the project to revolt against the change. This could have serious consequences because Linux is one of the most important pieces of open source software in the world. If threats are put into action, large parts of the internet would be left vulnerable to exploits. Applications that use Linux would be like an incomplete Jenga stack that could collapse any minute. Why some Linux developers are opposed to the new code of conduct Here is a summary of developers views on the Code of Conduct that, according to them, justifies their decision: Amending to the CoC would mean good contributors are removed over trivial matters or even events that happened a long time ago–like Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor who was asked to step down after his sex fetish was made public. There is a lack of proper definitions for punishments, time frames, and what constitutes abuse or harassment, inappropriate behavior and leaves the Code of Conduct wide open for exploitation. It gives the people charged with enforcement immense power. It could force acceptance of contributions that wouldn’t make the cut if made by cis white males. Developers are concerned that Linux will start accepting patches from anyone and everyone just to keep par with the Code of Conduct. It will no longer depend on the ability of a person to code, but on social parameters like race, color, sex, and gender. Why some developers believe in the new Linux Code of Conduct On the other side of the argument, here are some potential reasons why the CoC will foster social justice: Encouraging an inclusive and safe space for women, LGBTQIA+, and People of Color, who in the absence of the CoC are excluded, harassed, and sometimes even raped by cis white males. The CoC aims to overcome meritocracy, which in many organizations has consistently shown itself to mainly benefit those with privilege, to the exclusion of underrepresented people in technology VA vastmajority of Linux contributors are cis white males. CC’s Code of Conduct would enable the building of a more diverse demographic array of contributors What does this mean to the developer community? Linux includes programmers who are always free to contribute to its open source platform. Contributing good code would help them climb up the ladder and become a ‘maintainer’. The greatest strength of Linux was its flexibility. Developers would contribute to the kernel and be concerned about only a single entity- their code patch. The Linux community would judge the code based on its quality. However, with the new Code of Conduct, critics say this could make passing judgement on code more challenging, For them, the Code of Conduct is a set of rules that expects everyone to be at equal levels in the community. It could mean that certain patches are accepted for fear of contravening the Code of Conduct. Here is what Caroline Ada Ehmke was forthright in her criticism of this view: Source: Twitter Clearly, many of the fears of the Code of Conduct’s critics haven’t yet come to pass. What they’re ultimately worried about is that there could be negative consequences.Google Developer Ted Ts’o next on the hit listEarlier this week, activist Sage Sharp, tweeted about Ted Ts’o:                                                    Source: TwitterThis perhaps needs some context – the beginning of this argument dates all the way back to 2011 when Ts’o when was a member of the Linux Foundation’s technical advisory board-participated in a discussion on the mailing list for the Australian national Linux conference that year, making comments that were later interpreted by Aurora as rape apologism. Using Aurora’s piece as a fuse, Google employee Matthew Garrett slammed Ts’o on his beliefs. In 2017, yielding to the demands of SJWs, Google threw out James Damore, an engineer who circulated an internal creed about reverse discrimination in hiring practices. The SJW’s are coming for him and the best way to go forward would be to “take a break”, just like Linus did. As claimed by Caroline, the underlying aim of the CoC was to guide people in behaving in a respectable way and create a positive environment for people irrespective of their race, ethnicity, religion, nationality and political views. However, overlooking this aim, developers are concerned with the loopholes in the CoC. Gain more insights on this news as well as views from members of the Linux community at itfloss. Read Next Linux drops Code of Conflict and adopts new Code of ConductLinus Torvalds is sorry for his ‘hurtful behavior’, is taking ‘a break (from the Linux community) to get help’NSA researchers present security improvements for Zephyr and Fucshia at Linux Security Summit 2018last_img read more

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Korean Air Q4 results positive

first_imgKorean Air Lines, South Korea’s leading airline has reported that its earnings rose almost fivefold in the fourth quarter year on year.According to the airline the positive result was on account to an increase in both passenger and freight traffic.An airline statement revealed that the carrier’s net profit came to KRW146.1 billion (US$130 million) during the October-December period, up KRW498.8 percent from a KRW24.4 billion profit a year earlier.Additionally, the airlines sales increased by 8.5 percent to KRW3.18 trillion in the fourth quarter, while operating profit plunged 34.5 percent on-year to KRW76.6 billion, which was mainly attributed to a dramatic increase in jet fuel costs. For the whole of 2011, Korean Air reported a net loss of KRW98.2 billion, compared with a profit of KRW623.9 billion tallied in the previous year. However sales for the airline carrier increased 5.4 percent on-year to KRW12.3 trillion last year, while operating profit dropped 62.8 percent to KRW459.8 billion.In other news Korean Air has confirmed that commencing 29th April 2012, the airline will begin a new three times weekly service from London’s Gatwick Airport and Seoul.The new service will be in addition to the daily service currently available from London Heathrow Airport. Korean Air recorded positive Q4 resultsImage source: justflying.com Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.Plast_img read more

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Generous quality deal for MSC Cruises Arabian Highlights Fly Land Crui

first_imgGenerous quality deal for MSC Cruises Arabian Highlights Fly Land CruiseGenerous quality deal for MSC Cruises Arabian Highlights Fly Land CruiseMSC Cruises are offering a quality discount for the Arabian Highlights Fly, Land, Cruise deal. This heavily discounted package includes return airfares, transfers, 1 night accommodation, and a 7 night cruise. The MSC Fantasia will travel to the United Arab Emirates and Oman, bringing guests to multiple exotic locations. Guests will discover exotic scenery and attractions. The iconic Dubai city skyline looks like a futuristic journey. Muscat and Khor al Fakkan are authentic Arabian Desert experiences. Sir Bani Yas Island is a peaceful exclusive getaway. There is something for everyone on this exotic experience of a lifetime.Life on board the MSC Fantasia will make every moment memorable. The real stone piazza features an espresso bar for caffeine fans, plus pastries and gelato for a bite to eat.Shopaholics will enjoy the boutiques and duty free centre. Dining is divine at the grand Il Cerchio d’Oro, the Red Velvet with Murano glass chandeliers and El Sombrero’s Tex-Mex.Guests can be entertained with sports facilities, Aqua Park Pool Complex, Formula 1 simulator and 4D Cinema.The MSC Yacht Club luxury area offers exclusive pampering. MSC Fantasia caters to all preferences, from casual to classic.Departure from Australia is for 8 Nights from AUD $2,589pp* – every Friday from 2nd December 2016 to 17thMarch 2017.Further information is available at the MSC Cruises web site: https://www.msccruises.com.au/en-au/Cruise-Deals/fly-land-cruise/Arabian-Highlights.aspx.For further information about MSC Cruises, see www.msccruises.com.au or call 1300 028 502 (in Australia) or 0508 4278 473 (in New Zealand). Arabian Highlights Fly, Land, Cruisebook your cruise deal hereContact UsMarketing Department MSC Cruises (Australia & New Zealand) Pty LimitedEmail:    marketing@msccruises.com.au Telephone:  1300 028 502Online:   www.msccruises.com.au@MSCCruisesAUSMSC Cruises, part of the MSC Group is the Swiss-based, world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and brand market leader in Europe, South America and South Africa, sailing year-round in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Cuba. Seasonal itineraries cover Northern Europe, West Indies, South America, South Africa and Arabian Peninsula.The MSC Cruise experience embodies the elegant side of the Mediterranean to create unique and unforgettable emotions for guests, through discovery of the world’s cultures, beauties and tastes. Its fleet comprises 12 of the most modern ships at sea: MSC Preziosa; MSC Divina; MSC Splendida; MSC Fantasia; MSC Magnifica; MSC Poesia; MSC Orchestra; MSC Musica; MSC Sinfonia; MSC Armonia; MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. Source = MSC Cruises – Australialast_img read more

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