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Liquor party bust: Crime branch summons Modhwadia, 25 accused

first_imgAhmedabad, May 10 (PTI) A day after senior Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia claimed that police took bribe to “settle the matter” after busting a liquor party which was also attended by his son, the crime branch today summoned him to provide “proofs” to substantiate his allegations.Crime branch, which was handed over the probe yesterday, also summoned 25 youths, including Modhwadias son Parth, who were arrested at the party here for allegedly consuming liquor.An FIR was also lodged against a woman sub-inspector of police who had conducted the raid on Sunday after Modhwadia accused her of taking money.Manufacture and sale of liquor is prohibited in Gujarat.Modhwadia, the former state Congress chief, has been called to provide proofs on the charges of corruption he had levelled yesterday against Chandrakala Jadeja, attached to Satellite police station, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) J K Bhatt.During a press conference yesterday, Modhwadia claimed that Jadeja took a bribe of Rs 4 lakh to “settle the matter” after conducting raid at an apartment in Satellite area.”The raid was conducted by the woman PSI and two constables of Satellite Police Station with an intention to extract money. The PSI asked for Rs 11 lakh and then settled for Rs 4 lakh. I have an audio clip, in which, she can be heard saying that she accepted Rs 4 lakh,” Modhwadia had alleged.He had also circulated an audio clip, in which, Jadeja is purportedly heard admitting that she has taken Rs 4 lakh from the family members of the accused for not arresting the women present at the party and expediting the bail process of 25 male accused.advertisementBhatt said an FIR was lodged against Jadeja and three others, including those who allegedly gave the bribe and two mediators.”After the matter came to the attention of police inspector of Satellite (police station) M U Mashi, he has lodged an FIR with crime branch against Jadeja and 3 others under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act. We will conduct thorough investigation into this matter,” said Bhatt.The officer said Modhwadia has been summoned to give his statement in this regard.”We have also asked him to submit any other audio clip or any other material to help us in our investigation,” the JCP said.He said all the 25 accused will be questioned at the crime branch headquarters. (More) PTI PJT PD NSK IKAlast_img read more

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New device can produce electricity from falling snow

first_imgLove snowfall? Except for making people really happy, snowfall now might also generate electricity.Scientists have designed a first-of-its-kind 3D-printed device that can produce electricity from falling snow.Where?The device designed by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).It is just an inexpensive, small, thin and flexible like a sheet of plastic.”The device can work in remote areas because it provides its own power and does not need batteries,” said UCLA’s Richard Kaner, senior author of the research published in the journal Nano Energy.”It’s a very clever device — a weather station that can tell you how much snow is falling, the direction the snow is falling, and the direction and speed of the wind,” Kaner said in a statement.What is the device called?The device is called snow-based triboelectric nanogenerator, or snow TENG and it generates charge through static electricity, produces energy from the exchange of electrons.Science behind it”Static electricity occurs from the interaction of one material that captures electrons and another that gives up electrons,” according to Kaner.”You separate the charges and create electricity out of essentially nothing,” he said.Snow is positively charged and gives up electrons.Silicone — a synthetic rubber-like material that is composed of silicon atoms and oxygen atoms, combined with carbon, hydrogen and other elements — is negatively charged.When falling snow contacts the surface of silicone, it produces a charge that the device captures, creating electricity.”Snow is already charged, so we thought, why not bring another material with the opposite charge and extract the charge to create electricity” said Maher El-Kady, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher. Wow! What an idea!”While snow likes to give up electrons, the performance of the device depends on the efficiency of the other material at extracting these electrons,” he added.advertisement They tried other materials too!After testing a large number of materials including aluminum foils and Teflon, the researchers found that silicone produces more charge than any other material.Do you know that about 30 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered by snow each winter, during which time solar panels often fail to operate? So, id this gets functional on a large scale, it will definitely change the way we look at electricity currently.The accumulation of snow reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches the solar array, limiting the panels’ power output and rendering them less effective.The new device could be integrated into solar panels to provide a continuous power supply when it snows.What can the device possibly do?The device can easily be used for monitoring winter sports, such as skiing, to more precisely assess and improve an athlete’s performance when running, walking or jumping, Kaner said.It could usher in a new generation of self-powered wearable devices for tracking athletes and their performances, researchers said.The device can also send signals, indicating whether a person is moving. It can tell when a person is walking, running, jumping or marching, they said.The team used 3D printing to design the device, which has a layer of silicone and an electrode to capture the charge.The researchers believe the device could be produced at the low cost given “the ease of fabrication and the availability of silicone,” Kaner said.Also read: Why is NASA returning astronauts to Moon?Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Brendon McCullum makes match-by-match prediction. Mark Waugh disagrees about India chances

first_imgWhile every other former cricketer picked their favourites for the World Cup 2019, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum took out time to give a detailed, match-by-match prediction for all the 10 teams in the tournament.The New Zealand power-hitter, who guided his team to the 2015 World Cup final, believes England and India will carve out their ways to semi-final easily with 8 wins each, while Australia will join the two with 6 wins.McCullum predicted the race for the last knockout spot will be between New Zealand, West Indies, South Africa and Pakistan but wished for his home country to be favoured by luck.Former Australian player Mark Waugh looked impressed with McCullum’s analysis but disagreed with him on India’s chances of making to the last four.Mark Waugh felt India will struggle to qualify for the semi-finals based on the team’s weak middle order and over dependency on skipper Virat Kohli and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.While many Indian fans might not be happy with Waugh’s predictions but the Aussies’ worry regarding India’s middle-order stands true, given that the Indian side had not discovered their No. 4 batsman until their warm-up match against Bangladesh.Good summary. IMO I think England and Aust certain semi finalists. India not so sure but probably sneak in.Preparation a little suspect and batting lineup uncertain in the middle order. Big reliance on Kohli and Bumrah. NZ slightly ahead of WI and Sth Africa for 4th.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) May 31, 2019India have gone through a dozen or so players in their search for an ideal No. 4 batsman since the 2015 World Cup, but their search looked to come to an end only when KL Rahul, playing at No. 4 position, fired 108 runs with bat in the recent World Cup 2019 warm-up game against Bangladesh.advertisementIt will be interesting to see, if India continue to bat Rahul at the same spot when they begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: I am a fast bowler, not medium pacer, says annoyed RussellAlso Read | World Cup 2019: IPL stint was important for returning Smith and Warner, says FinchAlso Seelast_img read more

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Hyundai leads UV segment in July with sale of 16234 units

first_imgNew Delhi: Hyundai Motor India sold over 16,200 units in the utility vehicle segment in July to take a lead over Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) and Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M), which have for long dominated the vertical. Last month, Hyundai sold a total of 16,234 units of Creta, Venue, Tucson and Kona Electric, while in comparison M&M sold 16,003 utility vehicles (UVs). M&M sells seven models in the UV segment like XUV 500, Scorpio, Bolero and Thar. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalMSI on the other hand reported sale of 15,178 units in the UV segment last month. Its UV portfolio comprises models like Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. “Hyundai has strong position in compact SUV segment with Creta. Now with Venue, we have further consolidated our position in the UV segment,” Hyundai Motor India National Head-Sales Vikas Jain said. The company’s UV market share is now more than 21 per cent with the combined sales of Creta, Tucson, Venue and Kona Electric, he added. Overall, the passenger vehicle sales continued to be in slow lane last month as well. Continuing to face rough weather, MSI, Hyundai, M&M, Honda and Toyota reported a double-digit decline in sales in July as consumer sentiment remained subdued.last_img read more

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King Mohammed VI Invites Vladimir Putin to visit Morocco

Rabat – King Mohammed VI received senior-level Russian official Nikolai Patrushev in Casablanca on Friday, according to an official statement from the Moroccan government disseminated by the Maghreb Arab Presse.“King Mohammed VI received today in the royal palace in Casablanca, the secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patruchev, who is on a working visit to the kingdom,” the release said.King Mohammed VI receives senior-level Russian official Nikolai PatrushevThe Moroccan monarch visited Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin earlier this year – signing several cooperation agreements related to counter-terrorism, transportation and more in the process. Mohammed VI made a formal invitation to Putin to visit Morocco during the meeting with Patruchev this week, with Interior Minister, Mohamed Hassad, the king’s advisor Fouad Ali El Himma and Russian Ambassador to Morocco Valery Voroblev present.The king reiterated his “determination” to strengthen security ties between Morocco and Russia in the coming months, in all agreed upon fields, according to the statement.Russia welcomed the position of King Mohammed VI in coordinating Rabat-Moscow’s stances, Russian President’s Special Representative for the Middle East and Africa, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mikhail Bogdanov, said Thursday in Rabat.The two countries share close positions on a number of issues related to the Middle East and Africa, Bogdanov told the press following his talks with Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, according to an earlier MWN article.Yesterday’s talks included issues in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Palestine, the Russian diplomat said. read more

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Business Highlights

___Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames IranDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. is blaming Iran for an attack on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, including one that was set ablaze. The U.S. Navy rushed in to assist the stricken vessels in the Gulf of Oman off the coast of Iran. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. assessment of Iran’s involvement is based in part on intelligence as well as the expertise needed for the operation.___Twitter deletes accounts linked to foreign governmentsSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says it has deleted nearly 4,800 suspect accounts linked to Iran that the company says secretly pushed that government’s agenda. Twitter is adding those accounts and their tweets to a public database it launched last year to track its battle against government-linked misinformation. It is also adding a smaller number of deleted accounts linked to Russia, Venezuela and the Catalonia region of Spain.___Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targetsLONDON (AP) — The Associated Press has identified a phantom LinkedIn profile that appears to use an artificially generated face, and experts say its activity is typical of espionage efforts on the professional networking site. The imaginary “Katie Jones” seems plugged into the Washington’s political scene, with a job at a top think-tank and a who’s-who network of capital connections. But this “Katie Jones” doesn’t exist, and the persona is just part of a vast army of phantom profiles lurking on LinkedIn.___Pelosi: No debt increase until spending limits are raisedWASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic programs. The California Democrat says she’ll agree to increase the so-called debt ceiling, which is needed to avoid a market-cratering default on U.S. obligations this fall, but only after President Donald Trump agrees to lift tight “caps” that threaten to cut both the Pentagon and domestic agencies.___Lawmakers say doctored videos pose national security threatWASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers and experts are warning that videos altered with artificial intelligence software pose a threat to national security and the 2020 U.S. election. The technology uses facial mapping and artificial intelligence to produce videos — known as “deep fakes” — that appear genuine. The House Intelligence Committee chairman says it allows “malicious actors to foment chaos, division or crisis.” Experts say the U.S. could use sanctions and cyberattacks against producers of such content.___US long-term mortgage rates little changed; 30-year at 3.82%WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates were little changed this week, after six straight weeks of declines putting them at historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage held steady from last week at 3.82 per cent, its lowest point since September 2017. The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans slipped this week to 3.26% from 3.28%.___US airlines are pushing domestic prices higher againNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. airlines are pushing base fares higher again despite a recent dip in fuel prices, according to J.P. Morgan. American confirms it is raising fares on many U.S. flights by $5 each way. J.P. Morgan says Southwest is also boosting prices. In midday trading, shares of the leading U.S. airlines were all higher.___China’s trade rep says ‘external pressures’ can help economyBEIJING (AP) — Chinese media reported Thursday that the country’s top trade negotiator said “external pressures” can help the country’s economy. Vice Premier Liu He, speaking at a forum in Shanghai, described the pressures that China is currently facing as an “inevitable test.”___Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestationMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. says it will spend $30 million to fund new ideas to end deforestation in Brazil. The Minnesota-based agribusiness says more companies, governments and organizations need to work together to come up with real solutions to stop deforestation. Cargill is a key player in Brazilian soy production and soybean farming has impacted ecosystems in Brazil. Cargill says the problem is complex, but environmental groups say commodity traders like Cargill need to do more.___US stocks notch gains, snap short losing streakNEW YORK (AP) — Gains in energy and internet companies helped drive stocks broadly higher on Wall Street Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak in an otherwise choppy week of trading. The gains were initially fueled by rising oil prices. Investors have been searching for direction as they cautiously await any new developments on the global trade war between the U.S. and China. They’re also looking ahead to next week’s Federal Reserve meeting of policyholders.___The S&P 500 index rose 11.80 points, or 0.4%, to 2,891.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 101.94 points, or 0.4%, to 26,106.77. The Nasdaq composite added 44.41 points, or 0.6%, to 7,837.13. The Russell 2000 index of small company stocks climbed 16.01 points, or 1.1%, to 1,535.80.The Associated Press read more

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Security Council requests panel to assess situation in Liberia

In a unanimous resolution, the Council asked Mr. Ban to establish a panel of up to three members to carry out a follow-up assessment mission in Liberia and neighbouring countries to determine the effectiveness and impact of the measures introduced against Mr. Taylor and others.A Council resolution in 2004 ordered all governments to freeze the assets of Mr. Taylor and his immediate family and barred them from using “misappropriated funds and property” to obstruct the restoration of peace and stability in the region.The panel, which must be set up within a month, is expected to draw “as much as possible on the expertise” of the existing panel of experts, whose mandate expires today, which monitors Liberia.That group, in a report released earlier this month, found there are “credible allegations” that Mr. Taylor – who is facing war crimes charges before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) – has investments in Nigeria that have been unfrozen. Mr. Taylor has called on the SCSL to cover his legal costs at his trial, claiming he is indigent.The panel report also noted allegations “of a large sum of money being with Charles Taylor at the time of his arrest in Nigeria” last year and his continuing ties to a cell phone company in Liberia. It added that the Nigerian Government had not allowed the panel to pursue the allegations and Liberia has not adopted laws authorizing a freeze.But in its resolution today, the Council lauded the “sustained progress” made by the Liberian Government since January 2006, when the inauguration of a democratically-elected president, Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, capped the peace process envisaged in a 2003 peace accord ending the country’s bloody civil war.The Government has made great strides “in rebuilding Liberia for the benefit of all Liberians, with the support of the international community,” the 15-member body noted.The new experts’ panel is also expected to probe the Government’s compliance with the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, a mechanism introduced to prevent so-called “blood diamonds” from reaching international markets.Meanwhile, the Council extended the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the arms embargo in Côte d’Ivoire until 31 October, determining that the situation there still constitutes a threat to regional peace and security. This Group was created in early 2005 to gather and analyze information on arms caches and flows in the region, and was asked by the Council today to submit a written update before 15 October. 20 June 2007The Security Council today called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to set up a panel of financial and diamond experts to renew investigations of whether UN sanctions against Liberia are being broken after learning of “credible allegations” that the notorious former president Charles Taylor may still have access to considerable wealth. read more

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BC premier renews invite to talk pipelines with Albertas Redford

VICTORIA — B.C. Premier Christy Clark has invited her Alberta counterpart for a sit-down when Clark is in Calgary early next week.But the invitation to Alison Redford, contained in a letter released publicly Wednesday, isn’t exactly a thaw in the relationship that grew frosty over B.C.’s five demands that must be met before the province will support Enbridge’s bid to build the Northern Gateway pipeline.“As you may know, there are a significant number of permits required for any pipeline project to proceed in British Columbia,” Clark wrote.Over the summer, Clark announced her province would be looking for a greater share of revenue from the project to off-set what she said was a disproportionate risk to British Columbia’s environment if Northern Gateway goes ahead.The letter makes reference to that argument and goes on to note that she gave Redford and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall a heads up before she released B.C.’s position earlier this summer.“My government has been clear: There are significant environmental risks associated with the Northern Gateway Project proposal and, while there are significant economic benefits to Canada and Alberta, there are few benefits to British Columbia.”A statement from Redford’s office said the Alberta premier is considering the invitation.“If during Premier Clark’s time in Calgary next week we can coordinate our schedules, we’d be open to meeting,” the statement said.“However, Alberta’s position on the Gateway project hasn’t changed. This is a commercial project. It’s not Alberta’s pipeline and Alberta’s resource revenues are not up for discussion.”Clark noted B.C. supports natural resource extraction and the pipeline industry and offered as evidence B.C.’s support for several liquefied natural gas projects.“I look forward to continuing a dialogue with you about opportunities to address British Columbia’s five conditions. I recognize that there are significant benefits available to Alberta from the export of heavy oil to Asia and that this is something your government no doubt wishes to pursue.”Redford said in August she has nothing to talk to Clark about regarding sharing Alberta’s revenues from the project, and maintains what Clark is proposing would amount to a re-writing of the Canadian Constitution. read more

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Moodys says Sri Lanka faces stiff challenges to refinance large debt

“The primary challenge facing Sri Lanka is its large external debt refinancing needs over the next five years, with over $3 billion principal payable annually on external government debt over 2020-2024,” says Matthew Circosta, a Moody’s Analyst. “While a range of financing options, including international dollar bond issuance and loans from bilateral and multilateral lenders, could support refinancing, the government is highly vulnerable to sudden shifts in investor sentiment that could affect the availability and cost of these funding sources,” adds Circosta. Moody’s says lower tourism arrivals and spending following the April 2019 terrorist attacks will hit GDP growth and add further pressure to public and external finances.Political tensions could also resurface before and after the presidential elections scheduled for late 2019 and the parliamentary election in 2020, with the potential to interrupt reforms and undermine investor confidence. Moody’s Investors Service says that Sri Lanka (B2 stable) faces numerous domestic and external obstacles that will pose challenges to the Government’s ability to refinance its large upcoming debt obligations.In a new report, Moody’s explores the implications of the country’s financing needs and options, the recent terrorist attacks and upcoming elections for Sri Lanka’s credit profile. read more

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Bosma Day 3

Cell phones and the technology to track them played an important part of the investigation into Tim Bosma’s disappearance in May 2013, a court heard today.We heard from the detectives who started investigating when Sharlene Bosma was frantically trying to find her husband and two of them pointed at Dellen Millard as the man they spoke to in the investigation. Afterward staff Sgt. Paul Hamilton said there’s a first time for everything when he pointed at Millard in court, the accused grinned and jauntily waved back at him.Tim Bosma’s cell phone was found outside a business in Brantford by a man hired to mow the lawn. Employees dialed the contact labelled “home” to find the owner, they reached Tim Bosma’s sister, who told them to call police.Paul Hamilton and Greg Jackson got Bosma’s cell phone records and found out what number called him to arrange a test drive. They learned it was a pay-as-you-go phone, bought in March by a guy calling himself Lucas Bate. The address he gave was to a school, with no Lucas Bate attending there.They also learned the phone pinged off cell phone towers in a path that led from Etobicoke, to Oakville, to Ancaster, to Brantford and then Cambridge. The phone also called two other people with trucks for sale online, including Dennis Arujio, who testified that he missed the call. The other man hasn’t testified yet, but court heard he did take two men out for a test drive and told police one of them had the word ambition tattooed on his wrist.Then police got tips from two reliable sources that a man named Dellen Millard had such a tattoo. They found Millard’s cell phone records, which pinged off similar towers as the “Bate” phone the night Bosma went missing. Then they went to the Millard air hangar in Waterloo and encountered the owner, Dellen Millard there. They started surveillance on the place, and decided he was a suspect. read more

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Obama tells Boehner he wont negotiate under threat of economic chaos

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he’s willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of “economic chaos.”Obama spoke to reporters at the White House Tuesday in the midst of the eighth day of a partial government shutdown and a few hours after calling Boehner.Obama says he urged Boehner to hold a vote immediately to reopen the government.The White House says Obama also urged Boehner to hold a vote that would allow the government to borrow more money.Senate Democrats are planning a vote this week to provide new borrowing, without new spending cuts Republicans want. Obama tells Boehner he won’t negotiate under threat of “economic chaos” by The Associated Press Posted Oct 8, 2013 1:50 pm MDT read more

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Multiplechoice questions overrated researcher

Joe Engemann is helping teachers write better test questions.It’s a device we remember from our younger years as we pored over pop quizzes.Sometimes the answers were obvious. Often, one was “all of the above” or “none of the above.” Conventional wisdom told us that when in doubt, we should pick C.But the multiple-choice question, with its firm role in our education system, might not be doing students or teachers any favours, says Joe Engemann, assistant professor in the Faculty of Education.Engemann has studied the multiple-choice question to find that it is not always the best assessment of how much a student has learned. The “distractors” (wrong answers) are often obvious, the correct answers often written with eloquence and detail, and “all of the above” or “none of the above” are often employed. And when students circle one of four letters on a test page, it’s not necessarily indicative of how well they’ve processed the information, he said.“Most multiple-choice questions are low-level questions,” he said. “They test for knowledge and knowledge only. If we focus on knowledge only, students will get to the university level without the ability to think and analyze.”Engemann’s latest mission is to help teachers write more effective test questions. Questions that require students to think and analyze, such as the essay question, offer a better assessment of how much a student has learned, Engemann said.“Teachers are well intentioned but through no fault of their own, they’re not giving assessment that is valid or reliable to the degree that it should be,” he said.Engemann, who wrote Classroom assessment: concepts and applications with fellow professor Tiffany Gallagher, has taken what he has learned about assessment to the school system. This year, he facilitated a new workshop with teachers in the Halton Catholic District School Board regarding how to write questions that better assess what students have learned. Teachers then take what they’ve learned and teach it to other teachers.“Teachers approach me later and say ‘This is what we need,’” he said. “It makes a difference in their day-to-day practice.”Education is a lifelong passion for Engemann. He taught elementary school for 17 years in the former Lincoln County Catholic District School Board. He taught mostly Grade 7 and 8 math, science and physical education, and also taught in the board’s gifted program.He entered academia because he had strong ideas about education, but found it hard to implement them as a teacher, he said. Now, his research makes it into schools across the province and impacts teachers’ daily lives.He is a big advocate of mentorship. He founded the Brock Mentorship Program, which for 15 years has matched gifted students from Niagara high schools with Brock researchers for a semester of intensive learning. He also co-founded Bridging Our Worlds Through Science, which sees Aboriginal high school students from the Grand Erie District School Board spend two days participating in science activities at Brock.He is also program chair for the assessment strand of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching, past president of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education and former program chair for the science education group of the American Educational Research Association.In his spare time, he plays hockey and lacrosse, and coached both sports locally for 35 years.Engemann also received a Brock University Advancement Fund research seed grant this year. read more

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Not that simple Titans focus on trying to win a game

NASHVILLE — The Titans’ playoff hopes are slim at best after losing five of their last seven games. So Tennessee’s focus for December is simple. And desperate.“Try to find a way to win a game. Put our full focus on the Jets,” first-year head coach Mike Vrabel said Tuesday.The Titans (5-6) had a chance to stay in the AFC South race, but disappointing performances resulted in a 38-10 thumping at Indianapolis last week and then a 34-17 loss in Houston on Monday night.The back-to-back losses have dropped Tennessee three games behind Houston. Now five teams stand between the Titans and the second AFC wild-card slot that they squeezed into last season with a 9-7 record.If that’s not bad enough, Baltimore, Indianapolis and Miami all hold a crucial tiebreaker having beaten the Titans head-to-head.“We can’t think about no playoffs, no nothing, anything about health,” safety Kevin Byard said after the loss in Houston. “The only thing in front of us is the New York Jets.”The Titans, who have lost five of their last seven, wrap up the regular season playing four of five at home. Three opponents currently are 3-8, starting with the Jets and followed by a matchup against the Jaguars on Dec. 5. Their lone road trip is a trip to New York against the Giants (3-8) on Dec. 16.Sunday’s game with the Jets will be only the Titans’ third home game since the end of September.“We got to give our fans something to cheer about,” Vrabel said.First, Tennessee needs to figure out how to give Mariota more time. No team has allowed more sacks this season than the Titans, and they gave up six to the Texans for a total of 39 through 11 games. Mariota has been sacked 35 times through 10 games and easily is on pace to top the 38 sacks in 12 games in his rookie season when Tennessee went 3-13.The Titans wasted a franchise record performance by Mariota as the quarterback completed his first 19 passes and finished 22 of 23 for 303 yards with a 95.7 per cent completion rate that was second only in NFL history to Phillip Rivers’ mark of 96.6 per cent set a day earlier.Mariota said he can do a better job of helping his teammates.“I was holding onto the ball a little too long,” Mariota said. “I got us into negative situations taking some of these sacks. I’ll look back at the film, I’ll get better from it, and improve.”The Titans also gave up a season-worst 281 yards rushing. And a team that went to Houston with the second-fewest accepted penalties in the NFL racked up seven flags for 50 yards.Now they face playing two games in the span of five days, their third in 11 days.“It’s all about us,” Mariota said. “It’s all about us taking care of our business and just focusing on what we can control.”Notes: Vrabel said CB Malcolm Butler (stinger) is in the concussion protocol. He said they hope to get WR Taywan Taylor (left foot) back this week, though S Dane Cruikshank should miss another week.___Follow Teresa M. Walker at www.twitter.com/teresamwalker___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLTeresa M. Walker, The Associated Press read more

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Breast cancer patients offered wonder drug for free while NHS makes up

first_imgResearch presented at the world’s biggest  cancer conference in Chicago last June showed that women taking Ibrance with another common drug (an aromatase inhibitor) lived 10 months longer without their cancer getting worse as those given standard treatment.Typically, they enjoyed 24.8 months without their cancer progressing compared with 14.5 months for women on usual treatment. Some women had much better results.It has been hailed by oncologists as one of the most important advances in the past 20 years. Yet in February, Nice issued draft guidance rejecting the drug on cost grounds, causing uproar among charities and cancer experts.Following Nice’s rejection Breast Cancer Now called on Pfizer to explore every possible solution to ensure the drug is made available to NHS patients. 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. A drug company has bypassed the NHS funding watchdog to give thousands of breast cancer patients free treatment while the health service decides whether it will pay for the medication. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, Pfizer said it will supply Ibrance (palbociclib) for up to five months to eligible women until a final decision is made by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) on its use across the NHS.Around 2,400 women could benefit from the drug, which prolongs life by an average of 10 months. Pfizer has promised it will continue to supply the drug for free even if Nice rule that it is not cost-effective.  The programme is expected to be open for a maximum of five months – closing six weeks after Nice issues final guidance on the drug, or on the 30th September 2017, whichever is earlier – with access being dependent on individual NHS Trusts signing up to the scheme.center_img Ibrance is for women with hormone-positive, HER2 negative breast cancer that has spread around the body and which has previously not been treated. Fiona Hazell, Director of Policy and Engagement at Breast Cancer Now, said: “This is an unexpected lifeline for thousands of women living with this type of breast cancer. We are delighted that Pfizer have listened to our campaigners and have found a way to enable patients to access this first-in-class drug in the short term.“While only an interim measure, more than sixteen women every day could have their lives changed by this drug during this window.”Palbociclib can offer a large proportion of patients with incurable metastatic breast cancer significant extra time before their disease progresses – time that can be truly invaluable to them and their loved ones.”last_img read more

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Good Hope woman nabbed with ganja

A 24-year-old woman was taken into Police custody and is expected to be charged shortly after a quantity of cannabis was found in her possession on Saturday afternoon.The suspect of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) was intercepted in her home at around 15:00h.<<>> understands that ranks of the “C” Division (East Coast) acted on information and swooped down at the woman’s home where they found 234 grams of cannabis along with an undisclosed sum of money and other items. Investigations are in progress. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCocaine accused on $300,000 bail; Mother bemoans Police conductApril 4, 2014In “Crime”Four arrested in connection with drug bustMarch 3, 2014In “Crime”Good Hope businessman charged with Mon Repos cocaine, ganja bustJuly 17, 2018In “Court” read more

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NRW Holdings receives BHP South Flank iron ore contract

first_imgNRW Holdings has been given a A$176 million gig to carry out bulk earthworks and concrete works at BHP’s South Flank Precinct iron ore project in Western Australia.The project includes bulk earthworks and concrete for the overland conveyor and primary crushers, together with non-process infrastructure. It also includes bulk earthworks on access tracks, clearing, pads and diversion drains. NRW expects to place around 14,000m³ of concrete as part of the contract.Since BHP approved development of the US$3.4 billion project last month, there has been a spate of contract awards. CIMIC’s CPB won the first major contract, which was swiftly followed by SIMPEC being awarded work on the ore handling plant area. Clough was awarded the EPC contract in May.NRW’s contract is due to run for 15 months from September. At its peak, it will require over 350 workers on site, with plant and equipment sourced from both its internal fleet and a range of hire firms.Jules Pemberton, NRW CEO and Managing Director, said: “The award of this contract is particularly pleasing given the long standing association of NRW and BHP on resource projects, and recognises NRW’s experience and capability in delivering projects in the Pilbara.”He added that the contract would also provide opportunities for employment and procurement from Traditional Owners and local businesses in the area.South Flank is some 120 km northwest of Newman in the Pilbara and is owned 85% by BHP and 15% by ITOCHU Minerals and Energy of Australia and Mitsui Iron Ore Corp.The project is due to expand the existing infrastructure at BHP’s majority-owned Mining Area C, and involves construction of an 80 million tonne per year crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work. The mine will replace the 80 Mt/y Yandi operation which is reaching the end of its economic life.last_img read more

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Dells new XPS 18 is part tablet part allinone desktop

first_imgWindows 8 is built for touch, and so is Dell’s new XPS 18: an all-in-one desktop that can also undock and be used like an 18.4-inch Windows 8 tablet. It’s very similar to the Sony Tap 20 that was unveiled last fall, but there’s one key difference beyond the display diagonal. The XPS 18 weighs less than five pounds — less than half what the Tap 20 weighs.Dell has posted few details about the XPS 18 on its website so far, but it looks like a pretty solid machine. According to Engadget, the XPS 18 base system features a dual-core Intel ULV processor and a 320GB hard drive to go with the 18.4-inch 1080p touchscreen. Other configs will be available, with processing options up to a Core i7 chip, as much as 8GB of RAM, and a massive 512GB SSD as options.Dell’s page does mention “excellent” battery life, but doesn’t provide the mAh or hours to back up that claim. Based on the dramatic drop in weight over the Tap 20, you’d suspect that the battery — generally one of the chief culprits in adding excess ounces to a device — will have shrunk slightly.The Tap 20 can only squeeze about two hours from its power pack before a recharge is needed, and it, too, utilizes an Intel ULV chip. That should be plenty for systems like these, and the XPS 18’s smaller display should give it a slight boost.When you’re ready to use the XPS 18 as a desktop again, Dell has multiple options for you. You can flip down the built-in kickstand or you can pick up a monitor-style dock to raise the XPS 18 up to a more ergonomic height. Dell’s also throwing in a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and you’ll be able to pick the XPS 18 up for as little at $900 when it goes on sale next month. The monitor-style stand will set you back another $50.last_img read more

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Geek deals Save on Deus Ex Mankind Divided Steam controller and more

first_img20% off Deus Ex: Mankind Divided pre-orders for Amazon Prime membersExcited about jumping into another adventure with Adam Jensen? Prime members can grab the standard edition of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for just $47.99, and the collector’s edition for just $111.99. And since the game begins shipping tomorrow, you won’t be able to get this discount for much longer.Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for $49.84If you have a PS4, you really need to play Uncharted 4. It’s a gorgeous action-packed adventure that properly sends off one of the most beloved franchises in recent memory.Dell Inspiron 3650 quad-core Skylake desktop for $579 (Coupon code: DELLDT579)Need a powerful desktop PC that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This quad-core machine from Dell has tremendous versatility, and it’s being sold at a 47% discount when you use today’s coupon code.Steam controller for $34.99Want to play traditionally mouse-focused games on a controller? Valve is tackling this difficult problem with a clever controller that aims to allow for easy interactions even if you’re playing on a couch.Pre-order Star Trek Bridge Crew VR for $47.99 with Amazon PrimeEver dreamed about being part of a starship crew? This VR experience for the PlayStation VR offers you an opportunity to see what that’s like. Pre-order now, and Prime members will save 20%.Reusable self-gripping Velcro cable ties for $6.19 (Amazon add-on item)Tired of untangling cables every time you want to move your gear around? Keep everything organized with these affordable Velcro ties.LG 29-inch 2560×1080 ultra-wide IPS monitor for $199.99If you’re a multitasker, this ultra-wide display from LG is just what you need. Keep multiple windows open side-by-side, and keep an eye on all of your important work.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at commerce@ziffdavis.com.For more great deals of the day deals, check out all the Amazon daily deals on TechBargains.last_img read more

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Budget cuts ax camp for specialneeds kids

first_imgHere’s a look at recreation-budget cutsEvery summer for the past three years, 12-year-old Anna Rolfe has spent her summer at day camp, just like many other kids her age.Like other kids, she looks forward to reuniting with old friends, going on field trips, bringing home crafts; she can’t wait to tackle her day.“She knows the way, and when we’re getting close, she’s smiling, giggling and happy,” said her mother, Alice Rolfe, who drives Anna every morning. “Once she gets there, she hops out — and she doesn’t even look back.”Unlike other kids, Anna has autism. She’s nonverbal and must be supervised at all times. And unlike other kids, regular children’s camps overwhelm her and cause bad reactions.Since 2009, Anna and other autistic and special-needs children have had a summertime option: the city of Vancouver’s Summer Fun Sensory Camp, the only one of its kind in the Portland metro area.last_img read more

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