Feliciano Lopez ousts Nadal from Cincinnati Masters

first_imgFeliciano Lopez stormed into the quarterfinals of the Cincinnati Masters after defeating fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3) in a well-fought two-and-a-half hour match.Nadal had to work hard to win the first set from Lopez who switched gears to take the second, serving six aces and no double faults on Thursday, reports Efe.The third set was closely fought with each player holding on to his serve. With the match poised at 6-6, Lopez seized the advantage in the tiebreaker and with it the match, to hand Nadal a stunning defeat.Feliciano reached round 16 after defeating Canadian Milos Raonic and then Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6(6), 6-2 while Nadal came from a 6-3, 6-4 win against French Jeremy Chardy.last_img read more

Manpreet shatters national record, qualifies for Rio Olympics

first_imgKolkata, Sep 16 (PTI) Shot putter Manpreet Kaur smashed an 18-year-old national record to win gold and qualify for next years Olympics as Railways dominated the show on the opening day of the 55th National Open Athletics Championships here today. The 25-year-old Railways girl, who had the previous best of 16.39 at last years Delhi National Open, threw the iron ball to 17.96m in her second attempt to shatter Harbans Kaurs earlier national record of 17.43m that stood since 1997. This was Manpreets hat-trick of gold medals at the National Open and sixth overall as she also got past the Olympics qualification mark of 17.80m. Ace long distance runner OP Jaisha, also from Railways, who has already booked an Olympic berth in marathon, set a meet record in the 5000m in the very first event of the day. Jaisha clocked 15:31.73 to better Preeja Sreedharans eight-year old meet record of 15:45.96 as Railways made a clean sweep in the womens 5000m. Sarita Singh bagged Railways the third gold of the day when she threw 58.97m in the hammer throw, while Sonam of LIC and Gunjan Singh of Railways bagged silver and bronze respectively. The day also marked the return of Odisha sprinter Dutee Chand who represented Railways as she blazed the track in the 100m dash semifinals. Dutee, who had won 100m and 200m double in National Open 2013, was banned last year under IAAFs hyperandrogenism policy after tests revealed that her body produced natural levels of testosterone above permissible range. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport, in its July verdict, suspended the “hyperandrogenism” rules, which will be scrapped if the IAAF, the world body of the sport, cannot provide new evidence. PTI TAP PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli among world’s highest-paid athletes: Forbes,Virat Kohli among world’s highest-paid athletes: Forbes

first_imgSHARE Team India captain Virat Kohli. File Photo   –  PTI celebrity SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on Team India captain Virat Kohli. File Photo   –  PTI COMMENTcenter_img sport Ranks 100th in the table India cricket captain Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes, ranked 100th in the table. Kohli is last on the list of top-100 athletes, headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi, announced on Tuesday.According to the Forbes list, Kohli estimated earnings is USD 21m from endorsements and USD 4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to USD25m for the last 12 months. Ranked 83rd on last year’s list, Kohli has climbed down to the 100th spot despite an increase of USD 1m in endorsements.Meanwhile, Messi has dethroned retired boxer Floyd Mayweather as the sports world’s highest earner, raking in USD 127 million via salary and endorsement deals. Messi is now ahead of long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus and Portugal star is was second with earnings of USD 109 million. × June 12, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

My journey to Rio has been the toughest in my life: Shiva Thapa

first_imgIndian boxer Shiva Thapa is all set to seek redemption at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which is just a week away from now. Thapa was all of 18 when he made his maiden appearance in the 2012 Summer Games in London where he was eliminated in the first round.Four years later, Thapa, now 22, is one of India’s brightest medal hopefuls in the bantamweight (56kg) category. The Assamese pugilist will once again be in focus as he gears up to leave for Rio with a lot more experience and aggression under his belt now.”When I went for my first Olympics, it was a dream come true. All the motivation was overwhelming and at London, I was pretty focused on winning. But, unfortunately, it got over in a flash. I was very dejected. However, I believe that there’s one good thing about me which is I find something good in the most negative of situations so, I made up my mind to make it big at the Rio Olympics,” Thapa told the Times of India in an exclusive interview.”Now, I am a different person and a better boxer for sure. The last four years have been spent in making myself tougher and better. The experience I gained last time, I’m sure that will help. I hope it’s going to be less overwhelming.”THAPA EXUDES CONFIDENCEThapa is confident of a better show this time around and feels that fighting with world class opponents in the international events worldwide has taken his boxing to a different level.advertisement”I have now taken part in two World Championships, two Asian Championships, one Olympics, one Asian Games and one Commonwealth Games. I have fought against many different opponents, which has taken my boxing to a higher level.”There is a lot more self belief in me than before. And the big stage and the spotlight does not make me nervous anymore,” he said.Thapa is working on a different strategy for the Rio Games. While most boxers in his weight category work on their speed, Thapa is instead working on his strength and power along with more aggression, ofcourse.NEW TACTICS”I’m working on blending my style, a calculated fight with adequate aggression. The focus is on building more endurance and strength, and to get tougher. We usually work on speed, but, right now, we are focusing on my strength and power. Different training sessions are planned every day.”The world No. 6 is clearly more focussed and determined to win a medal for India at the Games this year. He is the youngest boxer in the Indian contingent and is leaving no stone unturned in his preparations.”My journey to Rio has been the toughest in my life. I have trained very hard for it, and prepared my whole life for this day. Everything, including all challenges, henceforth can be tackled.”In my journey, I have fought against a variety of opponents, whether it was the World Championships or the Asian Qualifiers, and that has helped immensely with my confidence and growth I am aware that there would be pressure this time and I am ready for it. I am much more comfortable with the spotlight and the big stage doesn’t unnerve me anymore.”The Indian squad this year consists of just three boxers, unlike London where eight boxers had qualified for the finals. But this doesn’t concern Thapa too much and he is confident of more representation from India in the years to come.”I am hopeful that, in the years to come, we will see more and more Indian boxers participating and qualifying for the Olympics,” the boxer added.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Apologizes For What He Said About Miami

first_img Finebaum apologizes to “all Miami fans” and to the university for his “third world program” comments, saying they were “incredibly unfortunate” admitting what he said was “very hurtful to a number of people.” It was very sincere.— Tom D’Angelo (@tomdangelo44) August 27, 2019“I don’t want to incite the crowd here, but when it comes to Miami, nothing surprises me,” Finebaum said in response to a caller’s question about the reported attack. “It’s a third-world program if you ask me.”Finebaum was harshly criticized for his comments.….what the hell are you doing @finebaum? pic.twitter.com/bseVbUeIVA— Parakeet A. Cortes (@Ryan_Cortes) August 27, 2019Finebaum is no stranger to feuds with fan bases outside the SEC, but even he would admit he stepped over the line with these Miami comments.As far as the game itself went, Finebaum was not that impressed with either Florida or Miami.“They did not look like a top 10 team, they did not look like a top 25 team, but they survived it and surviving a terrible night with a win is a lot better than a loss,” Finebaum said during Monday’s appearance on WJOX, 94.5 FM, per 247Sports. “A loss would have really put the eyes in focus on Dan Mullen and Feleipe Franks. Instead, a lot of teeth gnashing for the next two weeks, but I don’t think it’s going to matter much. They get up to Kentucky and win that game, this will not matter much.“I came away thinking Miami looked like the better team, Jarren Williams was unbelievable. But in the end, I don’t think it’s going to have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the season.” An extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has issued an apology to Miami Hurricanes fans for what he said about the program following reports of a Florida band director getting attacked after Saturday night’s game.The SEC Network personality called Miami a “third world program” in the wake of the reported attack.Finebaum opened his radio show this afternoon with an apology.The ESPN analyst called his comment “incredibly unfortunate” and admitted that it was “very hurtful to a number of people.”last_img read more

Agreement Supports New Governance Structure for Hantsport

first_imgGovernment has agreed to fund infrastructure, operating and capital investments for roads, and transitional costs associated with the dissolution of Hantsport. The agreement will provide new funding totalling $3.05 million over five years to help transition Hantsport to a new governance structure. Equalization funding for the combined municipality will be frozen for five years at the level currently paid to the town and municipality. The details are in a letter of intent that will be presented as evidence at the March 23 hearing with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. Last May, Hantsport applied to the review board to dissolve. Transition co-ordinator John Morash worked with town, county and provincial representatives to develop an agreement to transition Hantsport to a new municipal government structure that is in the best interests of residents. Government supported the transition work by providing funds for reports and research to ensure a transparent and evidence-based decision-making process by the review board. If approved by the review board, the new municipal structure will take effect July 1.last_img read more

Southwest Airlines completes test flight to Hawaii

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines has completed a test flight from Oakland, California, to Honolulu to demonstrate to federal aviation officials that it should be authorized to begin scheduled flights from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii.In a statement, the Dallas-based airline said the Tuesday flight was intended to demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration its long-range navigation and communications procedures and capabilities.Southwest has applied for FAA certification to fly to Honolulu and three other Hawaiian destinations from Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Sacramento in California. No dates have been announced but the recent partial federal government shutdown delayed the federal regulatory approval process.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO chief condemns latest murder of journalist in Somalia

31 January 2012The head of the United Nations agency tasked with promoting and defending the freedom of the press today condemned the murder of a journalist in Somalia and called for measures to improve the safety of media professionals in the Horn of Africa country. Hassan Osman Abdi, 29, a journalist and director of the Shabelle Media Network, a private radio and television network, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen on Saturday at his home in the capital, Mogadishu, according to local sources cited by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).“The murder of Hassan Osman Abdi is a severe blow to a country where the media have paid a heavy price for exercising the human right to freedom of expression,” said Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General, in a press release.“The death of journalists undermines the right of people to be kept informed. Somalia’s reconciliation and reconstruction will not take place without securing respect for these two rights.”She urged the Somali authorities to take urgent measures to improve the safety of journalists and investigate the murder of Mr. Abdi, who was reportedly shot by five gunmen after arriving home from Radio Shabelle, where he worked on political issues.Some 21 Somali journalists and other media professionals have been listed on UNESCO’s dedicated web page ‘UNESCO Remembers Assassinated Journalists,’ since 2006.Last year, UNESCO provided equipment and training on safety, conflict-sensitive journalism and humanitarian reporting to more than 40 media professionals in Somalia. The training was intended to enhance the quality and flow of information on humanitarian issues to audiences inside Somalia and to Somali refugees in camps in neighbouring countries.In 2010, UNESCO, in collaboration with Radio Netherlands Training Centre, provided training to 20 Somali community radio journalists, helping them to improve their ability to work in an environment of conflict. read more

Possible overdose at Hamiltons jail

There may have been another drug overdose at the jail on Barton street in Hamilton.Paramedics were called to the Hamilton Wentworth Detention centre just before two this afternoon, for a male inmate in his twenties who had no vital signs.The prisoner was in critical condition when he arrived at hospital. Paramedic Superintendent David Thompson says he had no signs of trauma.Just yesterday, crosses were planted at the jail by the families of 15 inmates who died of overdoses at the facility since 2012.They say they are still waiting to hear how the province will act on 62 recommendations made by a coroner’s jury last year after an extensive inquest that looked into the extraordinary numbers of drug deaths at the jail.Paramedics have been called to the jail 59 times since the beginning of the year. Supporters have been at the jail protesting many times and plan to take their concerns to Queens Park on May 6th. read more

Walmart wrestles with how to respond to active shooters

NEW YORK — Like most retailers, Walmart is accustomed to the everyday dealings of shoplifters. Now, it’s confronting a bigger threat: active shooters.Three days after a man opened fire at one of its stores in El Paso, Texas, and left at least 22 dead, the nation’s largest retailer is faced with how to make its workers and customers feel safe.The discounter has long dealt with violent crimes at its stores across the country, including one that took place less than a week ago in Mississippi where a disgruntled employee killed two co-workers and wounded a police officer. In early November 2017, three customers were killed at a Walmart in Colorado in a random shooting by a lone gunman.The El Paso store shooting, however, was the deadliest in the company’s history, Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove confirmed. No workers were killed but two are recovering from injuries.“No retailer is immune to a violent act,” Hargrove said. “That’s why we take training so seriously.”Robert Moraca, vice-president for loss prevention at the National Retail Federation, said he’s fielded lots of calls from retailers around the country over the weekend, many of whom just wanted to go over their security protocols.“We naturally have a heightened security awareness,” he said. He noted that most retailers have active shooting training programs for workers so there’s not “a lot of knee jerk reactions.”Walmart launched computer-based active shooter training in 2015 for all its employees and then in 2017, it made its workers take it on a quarterly instead of annual basis. Last month, Walmart started incorporating virtual reality technology in its active shooter training.The training focuses on three pillars: avoid the danger, keep your distance and lastly, defend.In store locations with high crime, Walmart has off-duty policemen who patrol the parking lots. It also uses a wide variety of technology including towers that have surveillance cameras in its parking lots, Hargrove said.But most of its efforts are focused on curbing shoplifting, including putting more unarmed greeters at the door. Hargrove noted that like with any catastrophic event, Walmart is reviewing its protocols.Melissa Love, a 26-year-old store associate in Long Beach, California, said Walmart’s active shooter training is inadequate and does not make her feel prepared. She said employees essentially watch a video and there is no chance to practice.“It’s kind of boring to be honest. It wasn’t like you were going to learn anything,” said Love, who has worked at Walmart for three years. “It’s like, oh, we have to do this again, and nobody takes it seriously enough. You wouldn’t know what to do if it actually happens.”Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr., who leads a security consulting firm, says there’s not much that retailers can do to stop the next active shooter. But he noted that retailers make the mistake of doing their active training on computers.“You don’t give people a chance to ask questions,” he said.In the end, however, he says it’s not the responsibility of a retailer like Walmart to save people’s lives.“You need to have your own plan,” he said. “You don’t need to be paranoid; you just need to be prepared.”One Walmart employee in El Paso said she had worked for years at the store where the shooting occurred but now works at another store nearby. The employee, who spoke on condition that only her first name, Gabby, be used because the company has discouraged people from speaking publicly about the shooting, said she drove to work on the day of the shooting but spent four hours trying to cross the border back to her home in Ciudad Juarez because of heightened security.“I am always prepared that the Lord will take me when and how he decides to, but I am afraid for the people who love me if something were to happen to me at work,” she said.____Retail Writer Alexandra Olson in New York contributed to this report.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press read more

UN officially notified of US intention to withdraw from Paris climate pact

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today received a notification from the delegation of the United States expressing the country’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change as soon as it is eligible to do so, his spokesman has confirmed. The notification came two months after President Donald Trump announced his intention to leave the accord.“As the Secretary-General said in a statement on 1 June 2017, the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement is a major disappointment for global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote global security,” said UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric in a note sent tonight to correspondents.Under article 28 of the Paris Agreement, a Party may withdraw at any time after three years from the date on which the Agreement has entered into force for that Party, and such withdrawal takes effect upon expiry of one year from the date of receipt by the Depositary of the notification of withdrawal. The United States accepted the Paris Agreement on 3 September 2016 and the Agreement entered into force for the United States on 4 November 2016.This means that the US must stay in the pact until at least 2019.The communication says the US intends to exercise its right to withdraw, unless it identifies suitable terms for reengagement. The Secretary General welcomes any effort to reengage in the Paris Agreement by the United States, Mr. Dujarric said. “It is crucial that the United States remains a leader on climate and sustainable development. Climate change is impacting now. He looks forward to engaging with the American government and all other actors in the United States and around the world to build the sustainable future for our children and future generations,” he added.The Spokesman said that the Secretary-General is the depositary of the Agreement, and will circulate the text of this communication as a notification, in English and French, early next week. read more

Colorado Goldfields opts for innovative dry stack tailings plan

first_imgColorado Goldfields is developing a dry stack approach for tailings disposal at its Pride of the West Mill. Although used extensively in other parts of the world, such as Chile and Mexico, this is an innovative method of tailings disposal for the US and Colorado. Mines using dry stacking in the US include: Greens Creek, Pogo, Nixon’s Fork, and Kensington: all located in Alaska. Elsewhere TVX Gold in Montana, JR Simplot in Idaho, and Mineral Ridge in Nevada dry stack talings.  “This approach to tailings disposal should remove all regulatory agency concerns surrounding the existing tailings ponds since those ponds will be reclaimed. Furthermore, and maybe even more importantly, this approach will increase the ultimate useful life and financial viability of the mill by several years,” stated Stephen C. Fearn, consulting Registered Professional Engineer for Colorado Goldfields.Lee Rice, President & CEO of the company, described dry stack plan and its importance: “Moving forward we will develop a dry stack method of tailings disposal as part of a new permit amendment.In a filtered tailings or dry stacking system, the mill tailings are filtered (de-watered) to remove approximately 85% of the water at the mill plant itself. The resulting material is approximately 85% solids and 15% water and can be transported by belt conveyor or trucks to a disposal area where they can be placed in an environmentally contained area and handled with earthmoving equipment. “Utilising this approach for tailings disposal will remove some of the issues associated with our prior permit amendment, such as:Providing improved long term geotechnical stability of the tailings disposal areaReducing concerns about potential seismic activityGreatly reduce environmental risks of contamination of ground and surface waterMaking overall compliance with environmental regulations much more efficient and straight forward.“We will also realise some immediate benefits from this dry stack approach, such as:Smaller environmental footprint for tailings disposal areaSmaller operating area at any one time, which is easier to manageVastly improved management of tailing disposal operations during winter season, which is approximately seven months of the yearFacilitates the ability to use tailings for mine backfill to improve underground ore extraction efficiency and reduce need for additional tailings disposal areaConserves water use in the milling processLower long-term environmental liability from possible failure of conventional tailings dam structures.last_img read more

It would take a Foxconn worker 14 months to save enough to

first_imgIf a Foxconn factory worker decided to start saving up for the latest version of the iPhone or iPad today, by the time he or she had enough money to buy it, it would already be obsolete.A general statement like that probably comes as no surprise to anyone who is at all familiar with the working conditions at the overseas component manufacturer, but it is interesting to actually crunch the numbers and see just how much of a disparity there is between you and the people who make the products you buy.That was the subject of a blog post by self-proclaimed nerd Rob Sim. His analysis provides a mathematical value to the irony of laborers in Asia who are surrounded by Apple product components, yet will probably never own an Apple product. According to his calculations, Foxconn workers who save all of their disposable income (a whopping $59.50 per month) would have enough money to buy the latest iPad in about 10 months. Of course by then, the latest iPad would be an entirely different model than when they started saving. For an unlocked iPhone 5, it would take about 14 months of careful saving.Those numbers are based on a six-day work week at $17 per day and a cost of living amount of $382.50 per month.So what is the point of these calculations? Sim wrote that even he doesn’t know exactly what to take away from this, other than the fact that it seems pretty unfair. If nothing else, it certainly makes everyone else feel pretty good about their living situation.Apple has taken big steps to ensure that Foxconn complies with all of the local labor laws, but when it comes to raising the wages, it is deafeningly quiet.last_img read more

2 hurt after transit bus rearends car in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Two women suffered minor injuries after a Miami-Dade Transit bus hit the back of a car in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene of the crash in the area of Northwest 119th Street and 27th Avenue, just before 2:30 p.m., Friday.According to Miami-Dade Transit officials, the injured victims were riding the bus at the time of the crash. Their injuries were not life-threatening.It remains unclear whether the victims were transported.No one else was hurt.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Detmers Earns Collegiate Baseball Newspaper AllAmerica Honors

first_imgThe 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Detmers finished off the regular season as the ACC leader in wins, earned run average, strikeouts and opponents’ batting average. The lefthander enters the NCAA Championship at 11-3 overall with a 2.80 ERA and 145 strikeouts, just one strikeout shy of tying Louisville’s single season record set by Brendan McKay in 2017. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore Reid Detmers picked up All-America honors, as he was named to the second team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The sophomore is the 31st player in program history to earn All-America laurels and the 42nd All-American selection overall. During Dan McDonnell’s 13 seasons, the Cardinals have had 38 All-America selections. Detmers started on Opening Day for the Cardinals and paced the pitching staff throughout the season. The Chatham, Illinois, native tossed seven no-hit innings against Brown and James Madison in his second and third starts of the season before posting a career-best 16 strikeouts against Georgia Tech. The southpaw has struck out 10 or more in eight starts this season. Detmers helped the Cardinals capture their fourth ACC Atlantic Division crown in their five seasons as members of the league and earn the No. 7 national seed and host spot in the regional round of the NCAA Championship.center_img Louisville opens championship play on Friday against Illinois Chicago at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., ET. Print Friendly Version The accolades have rolled in throughout the season for Detmers, who is a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Week. Detmers was the Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year, D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and NCBWA National Pitcher of the Month for March. He also was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Award and Golden Spikes Award. Story Linkslast_img read more

Condé Nast to Launch Wired Bon Appetit GQ As Their Own OTT

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Ostroff touted the 12 billion views CNE drew in 2017 to its digital video efforts across its social, syndicated and owned-and-operated properties as the place where younger viewers are fleeing from TV to due to the influence of great brands ranging from Glamour to Teen Vogue. “The numbers make it clear that this is the new primetime for millennials and Gen Z,” she said. Among the new pilots planned include Glamour’s “Money Tours,” in which women see how much they can stretch their dollars traveling on limited budgets; GQ’s “Don’t Be That Guy” is a comedic showcase for average Joes getting life advice, and Wired’s “Moral Code,” which ponders the ethics of new technologies. Offline, CNE also has plenty in the works. Fox Searchlight is expected to release the Robert Redford-led film “The Old Man and the Gun” in November just in time for awards consideration. CNE also has eight TV series on the air or in production.Also appearing at the presentation was Lena Dunham, co-founder of the Lenny newsletter that has an advertising partnership with CNE. She touted an upcoming collaboration with another CNE property, Them, that would put a focus on LGBT-friendly content.Earlier in the day, Conde Nast’s parent company, Advance Publications, batted down rumors that Apple was in negotiations to purchase its portfolio of magazines. Wired, GQ and Bon Appetit are slated to become the first magazine brands within Condé Nast to support their own fully programmed streaming channels, the publishing company announced Tuesday at its NewFronts presentation in Manhattan.Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire are among the devices that will carry the channels; Wired will launch later this year, while the other two are expected to be unveiled in 2019.“We are launching dedicated OTT channels for our iconic brands to increase our reach on these booming platforms,” said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment.CNE showed off many of the 60 pilots and 35 returning series expected in 2018-19. While YouTube is where most of its audience resides, the company also touted increasing activity and closer partnerships with Facebook Watch, Snap and, for virtual reality content, Google Daydream.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

LHC now colder than deep space

first_img The LHC’s eight sectors have all been cooled to 1.9 kelvin (-271 C, or -456 F) using cryogenic lines containing liquid helium. This operating temperature is colder than conditions in deep space, which is estimated to be 2.7 K. Zero K is the lowest temperature possible.The magnets that bend particle beams around the LHC need to be this cold because at these low temperatures they become superconductors, channeling electric current with almost no power loss, and with zero resistance.In the LHC experiments, two beams of protons will be fired in opposite directions through the ring between the magnets. They will reach close to the speed of light, and smash into one another at four collision points. The collisions are predicted to produce thousands of particles, which will be studied by the scientists, The results are expected to shed new light on the nature of the universe and its beginnings. A magnet problem dubbed a “quench” in September 2008 resulted in the LHC particle accelerator being shut down after a tonne of liquid helium leaked into the LHC tunnel. The facility had to be warmed up to allow for the approximately $40 million in repairs to be carried out.Now the LHC ring is cooled again magnet powering tests can be carried out. In the commissioning process the magnets are powered with gradually increasing current until the operating current of 6 kA is reached. This current is needed to guide the particle beams, which will travel at a nominal energy of 3.5 TeV.CERN will also carry out thorough tests of components of the new quench protection system before the particle collision experiments can begin. The system comprises hundreds of new detectors designed to detect any splice malfunctions at a sufficiently early stage for the machine to be protected. The new system should prevent further incidents like the one that shut down the LHC last year. A low intensity beam test involving parts of the collider could be carried out before November, while particle collision experiments with low intensity beams are expected in late November. If these are successful, the energy of the beams will be increased, with high energy collisions scheduled for December or January.Director of communications with CERN, James Gillies said the high-energy collisions would require delicate operation of the accelerator. He likened the relative distances in the operation to firing knitting needles across the Atlantic and making them smash into each other half way across.The LHC is the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. Its magnets are lined end to end in a circular tunnel 27 km in circumference, buried 50 to 175 meters underground beneath the border between Switzerland and France. Operated by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) at Geneva, the facility is designed to recreate conditions immediately following the Big Bang.More information: • CERN bulletin: cdsweb.cern.ch/journal/article … icles&number=3&ln=en• 3 Questions: Steven Nahn on the elusive Higgs boson© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) is once again colder than deep space as it is prepared for experiments to resume in late November. The LHC tunnel Citation: LHC now colder than deep space (2009, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-10-lhc-colder-deep-space.html Particle accelerator to be ready in ’07 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. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Criticality in morphogenesis

first_img Development of a fly embryo in real time To evaluate this prediction, the researchers used measurements of the protein concentrations of the gene products rather than the direct mRNA expression levels. They report that this immunostaining method gives protein concentrations that are accurate to within 3% of the expression levels. Their results they obtained were in good agreement with these predictions for criticality. They also looked at the correlations between gap gene fluctuations at each position in the embryo. For the “crossing regions” where the levels were transiently the same, the correlation coefficient was found to approach -1, indicating perfect anticorrelation as expected at criticality.The authors suggest that the gap gene network must be finely tuned in order to generate the observed large differences in the timescales for variation in different directions. Similar tuning should be required to maintain the observed correlations over large distances. At the same time however, there must also be a certain level of robustness to details like sequence variation and alterations in the environment in which the embryo develops.Within this particular study, only a couple components of transcription were even evaluated. The authors note that transcriptional regulation is just one context where criticality can operate in biological systems. A similar approach may be taken to look at other systems like for example, neural networks critically poised between quiescence and seizure, or the group behavior of flocks schools. The idea of “avalanches” of all sizes occurring in the system might even be applied to ideas of punctuated equilibrium in evolutionary biology as whole. Looking for deeper principles in biology is perhaps somewhat of a subjective business, but starting with well defined examples backed with abundant data is a great place to start. Gap genes are of particular interest in Drosophila where they serve as “maternal effect genes.” Here they directly transduce information from the mother to the embryo through residual mRNA and other cell components. Gap genes can control development through specific patterns generated in part by cross regulation and mutual inhibition. While it is possible that the phenotype, or appearance, of the organism arises from the actions of attractors in the gap gene dynamical system, the timing of critical events in embryogenesis need not necessarily correspond to critical points in gene expression. In the middle region of the embryo two gap genes, Hb and Kr are expressed at significant levels around the time period specific to the 14th nuclear division cycle. One prediction of criticality is that fast dynamics in expression levels should occur in directions along the embryo where the fluctuations are small, and slow dynamics (variations over time periods of an hour) should occur in the directions where their are large fluctuations. (Phys.org) —In many regards, a brief time-lapse video can teach more about embryonic development than any amount of reading. It is hard not to be impressed how a repeatable form reliably emerges despite considerable variation in both genes and environment. While it had been hoped that concepts borrowed from statistical mechanics or the ideas of self-organized criticality could help to create some kind of physics-based theory of development, much of what has been done lies only at the level of metaphor. In a paper just released to ArXiv, William Bialek and his colleagues from Princeton University, have taken their search for the signature of criticality in a more specific direction. They looked at a particular set of transcription factors in Drosophila embryos which control spatiotemporal development. By analyzing fluctuations in the expression levels of these so-called gap genes, they found evidence for critical tuning in this particular network. Journal information: arXiv Explore further The TALE of new tools to study gene regulation © 2013 Phys.org More information: Morphogenesis at criticality? arXiv:1309.2614 [q-bio.MN] arxiv.org/abs/1309.2614AbstractSpatial patterns in the early fruit fly embryo emerge from a network of interactions among transcription factors, the gap genes, driven by maternal inputs. Such networks can exhibit many qualitatively different behaviors, separated by critical surfaces. At criticality, we should observe strong correlations in the fluctuations of different genes around their mean expression levels, a slowing of the dynamics along some but not all directions in the space of possible expression levels, correlations of expression fluctuations over long distances in the embryo, and departures from a Gaussian distribution of these fluctuations. Analysis of recent experiments on the gap genes shows that all these signatures are observed, and that the different signatures are related in ways predicted by theory. While there might be other explanations for these individual phenomena, the confluence of evidence suggests that this genetic network is tuned to criticality. Spatiotemporal patterns in Gap Gene mRNA Expression. Credit: naef-lab.epfl.ch Citation: Criticality in morphogenesis (2013, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-criticality-morphogenesis.html This document is subject to copyright. 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Busy road closed due to accident

first_imgThe affected stretch of road (Image: Inrix) Inrix reports traffic is heavier than usual in the area as a result of the accident. Staffordshire Police are also understood to be at the scene. We will bring you more information on this story when it becomes available. Read MoreTwo arrests following stop-and-search in the Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATED: THIS ACCIDENT HAS CLEARED AND THE ROAD HAS REOPENED A road is closed following an accident between two Staffordshire Moorlands villages this afternoon. The B5051 Clay Lake, between Endon and Brown Edge, is shut following the accident, according to traffic data company Inrix. The road is reported to be closed between Edge Lane and the A53 Leek Road. West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they were at the scene after being called at 3.32pm. A spokesman said: “We were called to a two vehicle RTC on Clay Lake. “We have an ambulance and a paramedic officer in attendance and a second ambulance is on its way.” It is understood that injuries are believed to be minor at this stage. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Peaceniks march on Akrotiri airbase Kyprianou slams government

first_imgAkel leader Andros Kyprianou on Sunday accused the Anastasiades government of being complicit in the deaths of thousands of people in the region, from Gaza to Syria, by remaining silent on the role of the British bases.Kyprianou was one of the main speakers at a protest march on Akrotiri RAF base, organised by the Cyprus Peace Council.“We are here today to shout loudly that we want peace,” he said. “The horrors of war are upon us. In Gaza over one million people do not have basic uman rights. Over half a million people have died over the last eight years in the war in Syria. Millions of refugees, among them children are displaced. Meanwhile Yemen is being bombed without end.”While all this was going, he added, the government of President Nicos Anastasiades “while Syria drowns in blood, is immersed in guilty silence”.“When we called them to respond clearly to the use of British bases in Cyprus [in a western bombing raid earlier this year], they insisted that they were not taking a position on the war in Syria. But Anastasiades went to Brussels fully aligned with the US and British attack against Damascus,” Kyprianou said.Akel believes the use of the British bases or other facilities on the island for military incursions makes Cyprus a base of attack and therefore part of the war against Syria and its people. “The government of Anastasiades bears critical responsibility to make clear that our country is left out of this war,” he added.“The government says one thing, and does another. They proved this when it comes to the Cyprus issue, making statements for internal consumption that the talks will resume, blaming Akel when it can for adopting the Turkish positions.”If Anastasiades has reconciled himself to a two-state scenario, he should say it honestly and clearly to the people of Cyprus, said Kyprianou.“We are fighting and will continue to fight for peace in Cyprus. We will never accept to donate half of our homeland in Turkey. We would never consent to legitimise a crime ordered by imperialism in 1974.”In addition to Akel members the march was being attended by peace movements from overseas, Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot political parties, organisations and movements.You May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndosaikoyThe1 Selling IPTV ServicessaikoyUndoArticles Vally25+ Wealthiest Families In The UKArticles VallyUndo House rejects presidential veto over repossession lawUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more