MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: The Iowa Hawkeyes take the field in front of their fans against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Iowa won 24-14. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We have an extremely tight one at Lucas Oil Stadium tonight, but if things hold, Iowa will be conference champs. After the Hawkeyes and Michigan State Spartans traded five field goals through the first three quarters, C.J. Beathard aired it out, connecting with Tevaun Smith on a deep pass for an 85 yard touchdown..@LucasOilStadium just erupted. Why? Because @HawkeyeFootball just took the lead on this *long* TD. https://t.co/AdE6L3P3p2— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 6, 2015Iowa leads 13-9 with 13:51 remaining in the game. You’re up, Connor Cook.
Liverpool easier to play against than Burnley: Southampton’s RomeuSouthampton have lost their last 4 league meetings and have conceded 11 goals to Liverpool but midfielder Oriol Romeu said it will be easier for the Saints to play against teams who don’t resort to long balls. advertisement Reuters LondonAugust 13, 2019UPDATED: August 13, 2019 20:52 IST Liverpool will face a trip to Southampton for their Premier League fixture on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSouthampton were handed a 3-0 thrashing by Burnley in their Premier League openerSouthampton face Liverpool in their upcoming league fixture on August 17It’s easier for us to play against teams who take more risks and play out from the back: RomeuSouthampton have a better chance of scoring against Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday than they did in their 3-0 loss at Burnley on the opening weekend because the Anfield side does not resort to long balls, midfielder Oriol Romeu has said.Ralph Hasenhuettl’s side struggled to deal with Burnley’s aerial superiority last weekend as the home side scored three times in a 12-minute second half salvo, with long balls being the order of the day to bypass Southampton’s midfield and defence.”It’s easier for us to play against teams who take more risks and play out from the back. There will be more chances to score against Liverpool,” Romeu told the Daily Echo.”Burnley didn’t play anything from the back because it was all long balls which didn’t give us the chance to get higher up the pitch.”The chances will come against Liverpool because they will take more risks and that will give us more opportunities to score goals. Hopefully, we can put them under pressure.”Southampton will be wary of their record against Liverpool, however. They have lost their last four league meetings having conceded 11 goals and scoring only one.Southampton started poorly last season, winning only one of their first 16 games to drop into the relegation zone before eventually finishing 16th, but Romeu is confident they will improve in Hasenhuettl’s first full season.”We are not panicking,” Romeu added. “We need to send the message for everyone to be calm as this isn’t the end of the season. There will be a reaction, I’m sure of that.advertisement”We are all confident that this season is going to be much better, but we just need to follow the way for 90 minutes from the first one until the last one, otherwise it will be tough.”I hope the crowd can be behind us and give us a boost because we need to react after the Burnley game. We need to do better, we need to get a result.”Also Read | Liverpool’s Alisson Becker out injured for ‘next few weeks’: Juergen KloppAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow LiverpoolFollow Premier leagueFollow SouthamptonFollow Oriol Romeu Next
Kolkata: State Finance minister Amit Mitra on Wednesday reacted sharply to the Centre’s decision to roll-out electric vehicles without adequate preparations and thereby closing down the existing automobile industry in the country.Mitra said that Niti Aayog called various automobile industries and asked them to submit a plan within two weeks on how the vehicles which run along the country’s roads can be phased out. He also raised questions on the Centre’s move to close down the petrol/diesel automobile sector within 2025, as many people will be rendered jobless. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”There has been investment of around Rs 1.7 lakh crore in the automobile sector and 3.7 crore people are directly or indirectly employed. How can the Centre move in a direction which will render a large number of people jobless? This is a huge blow to the automobile industry,” Mitra said. Raising question on the role of Niti Aayog, the Finance minister said: “It is a statutory body, a think tank. It has no financial power. How can the Niti Aayog issue a dictate on the automobile industry when it is booming? Where will the automobile industry go? GST meeting has been called on Thursday and it will be conducted from Delhi, where representatives from various states are likely to be participating in a video conference.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”Charging facilities should be set up across the length and breadth of the country before launching the electrical vehicles. Are there enough charging facilities in the country? Even the batteries are not produced in adequate amounts. The price of all the electrical vehicles will be extremely high. The automobile industry is launching the most advanced vehicles to reduce pollution. What’s the point in closing down the industry when it is trying to check pollution?” he added. It may be mentioned here that the GST meeting will be convened on the single agenda of electrical vehicles. The meeting of the Fitment Committee of officers was also held in a great hurry on this very agenda, alleged the state government. The GST council has also talked about tax exemption for electric vehicles.
WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators is pushing President Donald Trump to fast-track the final text of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement so Congress can vote on it before the end of the year.The 12 Republican senators, including Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander and outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, warn that getting the trade pact approved will be more difficult next year with a Democrat majority in the House of Representatives.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already said Congress won’t deal with the agreement until sometime next spring — although that was before midterm elections last month upended the balance of power on Capitol Hill.Since then, a number of House Democrats, including California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have indicated they want to see more robust enforcement mechanisms for the agreement’s labour and environment clauses before they will ratify it.To expedite a vote, the senators have written to Trump to say the White House must submit the final legal text and a draft statement of administrative action before Nov. 30, the date the three countries are expected to sign the agreement.However, it’s not at all clear whether Congress — which will be seized next week with the risk of another partial government shutdown — would have time to deal with USMCA even if the text is submitted before Nov. 30.The Canadian Press
New Delhi: Would you want your teenager to watch terrorists killing people in the real world or someone committing suicide? No one, in their right mind, would ever want their kids to get exposed to such events, simply for the repercussions that such content can have on young impressionable minds. But with a smartphone on their hand and Facebook installed in it, chances of them watching such horrific content some day cannot be denied, especially because the social media giant allows all its users to go live. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The 28-year-old Australian who sprayed bullets on innocent people who were praying at mosques in New Zealand on March 15 decided to broadcast his act on Facebook. Facebook said the video was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast, but it was watched about 4,000 times before being removed from the platform. By that time, copies of the 17-minute video were later shared in millions on other social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Facebook earlier faced flak for the live streaming of suicides on its platform from different parts of the world, including India. So does that mean that live broadcast on social media platforms should be banned? “What happened in New Zealand was one-of-a-kind heinous exhibition of brutality and terror. I don’t think the world has become so bad that we should see such things occurring repetitively,” Faisal Kawoosa, Chief Analyst at market research firm techARC, told IANS. “Live streaming is an essential part of social media platforms and as video becomes the default mode of communication over digital platforms, live streaming empowers users to be real time on these platforms,” he added. Youngsters also find the facility, which is also available on YouTube and Instagram, useful for broadcasting their travelling adventures and tutorials. “The ‘live’ feature on social networking platforms could be good for people who want to publicise stuff like their travel, fashion or subject tutorials,” said 25-year-old Rijul Rajpal who works with a film production company. Many even find it helpful for connecting with their favourite film stars and music icons. But despite the usefulness of the feature, one cannot deny the potential of misuse of the feature, especially because the social media companies have still not developed a technology that can prevent the broadcast of live shooting. Facebook said that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) system could not automatically detect the New Zealand shooting video as the system was not properly trained. It promised to improve its technology so that broadcast of such videos can be prevented in the future. But policy makers are not impressed. In the US, tech firms have already been asked to brief the Congress on March 27 regarding their response to dissemination of the video of the New Zealand terrorists attack on their platforms. The social media giant may face similar questions from lawmakers in other countries in the coming days.
“We encourage the Sri Lankan Government to move quickly to implement the LLRC report’s recommendations,” he said. “The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which was appointed by the Sri Lankan Government to examine events relating to the civil war from 2002 to 2009, published its report on 16 December. We believe the report contains many constructive recommendations for action on post-conflict reconciliation and a political settlement,” he said. Burt however noted that his government is disappointed by the findings and recommendations on accountability. Britain has urged the Sri Lanka government to move quickly on implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).In a written statement to the British House of Commons, British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said that Britain sees a political settlement, respect for human rights and accountability for alleged war crimes as being essential elements in post-conflict reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
WASHINGTON – U.S. service firms grew last month at the fastest pace since August as new orders and sales grew, adding to evidence that the economy is picking up after a slow start to the year.The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its service-sector index rose to 55.2 from 53.1 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion. The ISM is a trade group of purchasing executives.The figures come after a healthy jobs report on Friday also fueled hopes for an improving economy. The government said employers added 288,000 jobs in April, the most in 2 1/2 years, and the unemployment rate fell to 6.3 per cent.The jobs report wasn’t all positive, however. The rate fell mostly because fewer people began looking for work. The government doesn’t count people as unemployed unless they are actively searching for a job. And the jobs figures showed that wages were flat last month.Still, the better services and hiring data represent a turnaround after the government said last week that the economy barely expanded in the first three months of the year. Harsh winter weather kept shoppers away from the malls and dragged down home and auto sales. But spending and hiring has rebounded as the weather has improved.A measure of sales and production in the ISM report surged 7.5 points to 60.9 and a gauge of new orders jumped 4.8 points to 58.2. Both are the highest since August. The increase in new orders suggests business will continue growing in the coming months.The report is “more evidence of growth reaccelerating after exaggerated weakness a couple of months ago,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.The survey covers businesses that employ 90 per cent of the workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services firms.A gauge of employment declined, though remained above 50. That indicates that services firms are adding jobs, but more slowly.The ISM report contributed to a turnaround on Wall Street. The Dow Jones industrial average had fallen about 80 points before the data was released, but was up by a point around noon.Anthony Nieves, chairman of the ISM’s services survey committee, said the healthier picture mostly reflects solid increases in consumer demand. But the better spring weather also helped. One survey respondent in the hotel and restaurant industry said that business picked up because of a “break in the weather.”Solid job creation has made Americans a bit more confident and more willing to spend. Consumer spending jumped in March by the most in 4 1/2 years, as Americans bought more cars, clothes and furniture.More spending contributed to widespread growth among the service industries tracked by the survey.Fourteen of the eighteen industries expanded last month, including arts, entertainment and recreation; retail; construction; hotels and restaurants; shipping and warehousing; finance; and real estate. The industries that contracted were mining; health care; profession, scientific and technical services; and other services.A separate report by the ISM last week showed that manufacturing also grew at a faster pace in April. And a measure of hiring jumped to its highest level since December.The economy expanded at a paltry 0.1 per cent annual rate in the first three months of the year. But analysts are much more optimistic about the April-June quarter. Economists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch on Friday boosted their forecast for second-quarter growth to 3.6 per cent from 3.2 per cent. US service sector expands at fastest pace in 8 months as new orders, sales jump FILE – In this April 17, 2014 photo, Ryan Peterson prepares french fries at a Dick’s Drive-In restaurant in Seattle. The Institute for Supply Management, a group of purchasing managers, issues its index of non-manufacturing activity for April on Monday, May 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 5, 2014 8:20 am MDT
handballViborg HK ← Previous Story Vadim Bogdanov to KS Azoty Pulawy Next Story → MOTOR VS THW KIEL PREVIEW: No chance for Ukrainians The best Danish team in the history of our sports, Viborg HK will continue to exist! That was a question in the last two months since club’s officials announced deep financial crisis and seeking for sponsors immediately. Fortunately, Danish sports market and friends of the team reacted quickly and found about 700.000 EUR (5.2 million Danish crowns) which will be enough that team finish season and make less atractive plan for the future with 30% smaller budget.Viborg HK will leave Marit Frafjord , Cleopatre Darleux , Linnea Torstensson , Anne Kjerst Suvdal and Amanda Kurtović, while Maria Fisker is at the end of the contract.
In two recent expeditions, a dive team of archaeologists has discovered 45 shipwrecks in total between the Greek islands of Samos and Ikaria, reports website Deeper Blue.While 22 were identified last autumn, the most recent 23 finds were produced as part of the 2016 Fuorni Underwater Survey, which was undertaken between 8 June and 2 July. In total 25 divers took part from the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and the U.S. non-profit RPM Nautical Foundation, with the discoveries made in waters as deep as 65 meters.In addition to the discovery of the shipwrecks, which dated back to the Greek golden age right through to the early 19th century, many were also found to have anchors, pottery and amphorae in their surrounds.The sunken cargo of amphoras for example, was found to date as far back as the late Archaic period (c. 525-480 BC).A spokesperson from Greek Ephorate attributed the successful expeditions to the extensive knowledge of locals, which had been shared and documented. “Crucial to the success of the investigation has been the awareness of the local population and the extensive information about the existence of antiquities on the seabed provided by the fishing community and the divers of Fourni and the sponge-divers from Kalymnos, which enabled a fast-track approach,” they told DiverNet.According to a statement on the RPM Nautical Foundation’s website, the next step is to “fully catalogue and document the underwater cultural heritage of the archipelago and learn more about ancient trade and navigation in the Aegean Sea.”Samples from each artefact were brought back to the surface, in the hope that lab tests will reveal further information regarding their historical significance. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Paludisme : la génomique pour vaincre la maladieMontréal, Canada – Les chercheurs de l’université de Montréal sont parvenus à décoder le génome de plusieurs souches de Plasmodium falciparum, le parasite le plus virulent parmi ceux responsables du paludisme.Le génome de Plasmodium falciparum a été décodé, selon une étude publiée dans la revue britannique Nature Genetics. Il s’agit de la souche de paludisme (ou malaria) la plus meurtrière, car la plus résistante aux traitements. Il existe plusieurs souches de parasite provoquant cette maladie, mais falciparum est de loin la plus redoutée. Elle résiste aux huit antipaludéens mis au point jusqu’à aujourd’hui et sait s’adapter aux nouveaux médicaments. Selon le Dr Awadalla, “la lutte contre la résistance aux antipaludéens se compare à une véritable course aux armements”. C’est pourquoi les scientifiques ont décidé d’aller directement à la source pour chercher l’origine de cette adaptabilité, dans l’ADN du parasite.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Grâce à la génomique ils sont parvenus à cartographier le génome de falciparum. 200 échantillons ont été décodés, en provenance des régions les plus touchées : Asie, Afrique, Amérique centrale et Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée. Le Dr Awadalla explique qu’il existe “de grandes différences génétiques entre les souches de paludisme dans le monde : les souches asiatiques diffèrent des souches africaines. Il s’est produit un ensemble de variations génétiques, les gènes se sont différenciés dans le temps et l’espace, en fonction de la sélection des environnements, des pressions immunitaires et de l’exposition aux médicaments”. Les chercheurs ont également remarqué qu’en Afrique, le parasite avait pris moins de temps à se recombiner que dans les autres régions.Certains gènes subissent un très grand nombre de mutations, ce qui leur permet de résister aux nouveaux traitements contre la malaria. Ce sont ces gènes que les scientifiques vont tenter de contrer afin de neutraliser falciparum, ou du moins sa grande capacité de résistance. Il s’agit d’une grande avancée pour les populations gravement touchées par cette maladie, vivant essentiellement dans les pays pauvres de l’hémisphère sud. Le paludisme, contracté par les piqûres de moustiques infectés, est caractérisé par de la fièvre, des maux de tête et des vomissements qui trop souvent entraînent la mort. Environ 250 millions de personnes en sont infectées chaque année, il tue environ 5 millions de personnes par an et selon l’OMS (Organisation mondiale de la santé), un enfant en meurt toutes les 30 secondes.Le 19 février 2010 à 11:50 • Emmanuel Perrin
New TCI based magazine debuts: Karibe Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Caricom reaffirms support for Paris Agreement as Trump pulls US out Kazz Forbes no longer managing Miss TCI Universe; may not happen for 2015 Related Items:donald trump, miss universe, shanice williams Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jan 2015 – A range of reactions by readers once Magnetic Media revealed that the online voting for Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, Shanice Williams was not actually linked to the official pageant owned by Donald Trump. For weeks, residents have been pushing and voting for the Grand Turk beauty who amassed over 40,000 votes. Major beauty pageants website on its home page offers the disclaimer that it is not associated nor endorsed by the Miss Universe pageant but still showcases the 88 contestants and encourages voting; some say they are exploiting contestants of the Miss Universe Pageant and their fans around the world. These websites promise to name the contestant with the most votes, Miss Photogenic. Magnetic Media has been bombarded with requests to promote the voting as TCI fans of Shanice Williams believe the voting is linked to the Miss Universe Pageant. Well it is not and even though Miss Universe TCI has been trending exceptionally well, even being named a winner by at least one website there will be no announcement on pageant night, which is this coming Sunday, about her strong show. Others believe residents should continue voting; saying it is good exposure for the Turks and Caicos and gives Shanice a good feeling and more confidence as she steps into the spotlight on live TV. The Miss Universe Pageant will be carried live on NBC this coming Sunday at 8pm.
Presidents Trump and Putin met in Helsinki Monday. Photo: White House.Both of Alaska’s Republican U.S. senators take issue with President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki Monday.Listen nowTrump, standing beside Russian President Vladimir Putin, wouldn’t say whether he believes the U.S. intelligence agencies’ assessment that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.“I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, in a written statement, said she was “stunned” Trump didn’t take the opportunity at the press conference to confront Putin. She called it a “sad diminishment of our great nation.”My statement on the joint press conference between President Trump and Russian President Putin today in Helsinki. pic.twitter.com/fKDVYbhODA— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) July 16, 2018In his own written statement, Sen. Dan Sullivan said he disagrees with President Trump. I disagree w/ President’s remarks following Helsinki Summit. Specifically, do I believe the professional and patriotic men and women of our intelligence community, including the Director of National Intelligence, or a mafia regime leader like Putin? It’s not even a close call.— SenDanSullivan (@SenDanSullivan) July 16, 2018Sullivan, though, said it’s up to Russia to improve the relationship.“Don’t invade your neighbors, and move out of the countries that you’ve invaded,” Sullivan said Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press. “Don’t align yourself with the world’s biggest sponsor of state terrorism like Iran. Don’t back regimes like Bashar Al-Assad and certainly don’t meddle in democracies like the United States and our allies.”
Hyderabad: Telangana is likely to experience the heat of economic recession, which hit India almost after a decade. Under the influence of the recession, the TS government is considering reducing funding to some sectors in the proposed budget outlay 2019-20 to be presented in the Assembly in September first week this year. Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday held a high-level meeting with top officials of key departments and analysed the impact of the recession on the state revenues mainly. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The chief minister felt the ongoing recession had its strong impact on revenue generating sources in all states in the country. He asked the officials to finalise the budget proposals to each sector only after examining the gap between revenue generation and requirement of funds for this financial year. The CM wanted to accord top priority to welfare programmes and agriculture sector in the budget. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us A source said that the revenue generating state Commercial Taxes, Excise and Prohibition, Transport and Stamps and Registration department Secretaries were instructed to study the impact of economic recession in achieving the targets set by the government this year. All the Revenue departments have increased revenue targets by 10 per cent as against the targets set in 2018-19. Based on the fresh estimations, the total budget outlay will be finalised. It is proposed to project Rs 2 lakh crore budget. Advertise With Us The Chief Minister already instructed state finance Secretary K Ramakrishna Rao to stop release of funds to non-focal departments and divert the same to welfare sector to meet the growing financial needs. Sources said that the government has already decided to reduce capital investment to some extent considering the demand for huge funds to implement pension scheme and Rythu Bandhu which alone required nearly Rs 35,000 crore per year. To meet the financial needs for the construction of mega projects like Kaleshwaram and Palamuru Ranga Reddy lift schemes, the government already floated corporations and mobilised funds from the banks.
Russian president Vladimir Putin (L) and Chinese president Xi Jinping speak during a friendly match between Chinese and Russian youth Ice Hockey teams in northern China’s Tianjin municipality on 8 June. Photo: AFPChina opens Saturday a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the US over trade and Washington’s withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.Armoured vans lined the streets of the coastal city of Qingdao as world leaders arrived Friday for the 18th annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russia.Its member states also include four ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, Pakistan and India. Iran is an observer member.Authorities emptied an entire oceanside swathe of the city-clearing out shopkeepers, residents and day-trippers to make way for Chinese president Xi Jinping, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani.Pakistani president Mamnoon Hussain and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the meeting.The SCO meeting comes after president Donald Trump controversially pulled Washington out of the 2015 international pact with Iran that placed limits on its nuclear programme in return for easing economic sanctions.Though not officially on the agenda, analysts say that one key topic of discussion this year may focus on whether Iran will be allowed to ascend from its position as an SCO observer to become a full member state-a development it has sought since 2008 but has been unable to achieve while subject to UN sanctions.The 2015 nuclear deal lifted that barrier.Now in the wake of the US withdrawal from the pact, “SCO members may use granting full membership to Iran as a way to demonstrate support for (Tehran) and the nuclear agreement,” said Dawn Murphy, professor of international security studies at the US Air War College.The tensions over Iran come as another nuclear issue dominates headlines, with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un preparing for an unprecedented summit in Singapore.Trade and securityTrade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of “rising anti-globalisation and strains on global multilateral economic institutions”, stoked by Trump’s nationalist “America First” policy.SCO nations may discuss the potential of a joint free trade area, she said, as China also pushes for participation in its Belt and Road global infrastructure project.“Member states of the SCO are key to the success of the Belt and Road initiative and China’s growing influence as a Eurasian power,” said Murphy.China may, however, be hindered from gaining robust support for its project at this summit due to India, the only SCO member that does not endorse it, she noted.Regional security issues will also feature, because terrorism is the most severe security challenge facing the SCO, according to Liao Jinrong, head of the Chinese ministry of public security’s international cooperation department.“No matter what country has terrorists, we must strengthen our regional cooperation and not allow them to affect regional security,” he told a press conference Friday, adding that the SCO bloc had stopped “hundreds” of terrorist acts.The summit will boost cooperation on combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organised cross-border crimes and cybersecurity, he said.
Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneThe neighborhood along Buffalo Bayou just below Barker Reservoir dam in Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.The Texas Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved a bipartisan package of bills that will pull more than $1.7 billion from the state’s rainy day fund to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery and to plan for and protect against future storms. The legislation was named a top priority by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.Here’s a rundown of the bills:Senate Bill 6 would require the Texas Division of Emergency Management to create guides for local officials on both disaster response and recovery and how to manage debris removal. It also would require the division to establish a work group to study how best to train and credential local emergency management directors.Senate Bill 7 would revamp a fund already administered by the Texas Water Development Board that helps pay for flood control projects. The new Texas Infrastructure Resilience Fund, or TIRF, would contain four different pots of money totaling more than $1.6 billion. One account would be to help Harvey-impacted communities with the so-called “matching funds” they need to secure billions more in federal recovery dollars. Another would help finance projects included in a statewide flood plan.Senate Bill 8 would create an official statewide flood plan that would look much like the water development board’s State Water Plan, which is published every five years. The plan — consisting of a list of flood control projects — also would be compiled by regions across the state that would manage different watersheds. The bill also calls for the creation of a 10-year plan to repair and maintain unsafe dams in the state. It is expected to cost nearly $87 million over the next two years.The package would be funded by money from the state’s emergency savings account. The Senate has proposed spending $3 billion total out of the rainy day fund for Harvey-related expenses, including assistance to impacted school districts.During public hearings on the legislation, local officials and community and flood planning groups expressed overwhelming support. Environmental groups, meanwhile, said they did not oppose the bills but hoped that the funding provided would go toward not just large-scale flood control projects but also green infrastructure initiatives aimed at preserving open space.Sen. Charles Perry, a Lubbock Republican who is the primary author of SB 8 and heads the committee that took public testimony on all three bills, appeared amenable to their request.“I would hope it’s a strategy that’s on the table,” he said.On Wednesday, the bills generated little debate and no opposition. Instead, both Democrats and Republicans rose to deliver glowing accolades.Senators made some tweaks to the legislation before votes were cast. Citing cost concerns, Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, a Brenham Republican who is the primary author of SB 6, asked senators to approved the removal of language from her bill that would have created a disaster recovery task force. A spokesman for Kolkhorst said the bill now contains no fiscal note, meaning it wouldn’t require any additional state funding if passed.And Sen. Eddie Lucio, a Brownsville Democrat, successfully offered an amendment to SB 6 that would require the state to study the creation of a single intake application for federal and state assistance.Patrick said the unanimous passage of each bill was “one of the greatest achievements that I’ve seen since I’ve been in the Senate.”The three bills will now go to the Texas House for consideration.Reporter Alex Samuels contributed to this reportThis piece was originally published in The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
BALTIMORE—Baltimore Child Abuse Center (BCAC) is hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 8th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the BCAC facility, located at 2300 N. Charles St. in Charles Village.This will be the first of two bi-annual open houses hosted by BCAC.The evening will include a tour, Q&A, and an opportunity for guests to share ideas with BCAC staff. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a free event for the community.Street parking is available on North Charles and 23rd Streets. RSVPs should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 443-984-3013.Adam Rosenberg, BCAC Executive Director adds, “I am looking forward to the dialogue which undoubtedly will come from inviting the Baltimore community to see and experience the work of BCAC first-hand. These events are a great way for our partners to truly understand the critical work that our team provides to children and families. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides all reported victims of child abuse in Baltimore City and their non-offending caretakers with comprehensive forensic interviews, medical treatment, and crisis counseling services. Baltimore Child Abuse Center is the oldest children’s advocacy center in Maryland and serves more than 1,000 children annually. For more information, visit: www.bcaci.org.
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. Citation: Digital Quantum Battery Could Boost Energy Density Tenfold (2009, December 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-12-digital-quantum-battery-boost-energy.html In their study, Alfred Hubler and Onyeama Osuagwu, both of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have investigated energy storage capacity in arrays of nano vacuum tubes, which contain little or no gas. When the tubes’ gap size – or the distance between electrodes – is about 10 nanometers wide, electric arcing is suppressed, preventing energy loss. Further, each tube can be addressed individually, making the technology digital and offering the possibility for data storage in conjunction with energy storage. The physicists calculated that the large electric field exhibited under these conditions could lead to an energy density anywhere between two and 10 times greater than that of today’s best battery technologies. The scientists also estimated that the power density (i.e., the charge-discharge rates) could be orders of magnitude greater than that of today’s batteries. In addition, the nature of the charging and discharging avoids the leakage faced by conventional batteries, so that the nano vacuum batteries waste very little energy and have a virtually unlimited lifetime.The scientists say that it may be possible to build a prototype of the battery in the next year. Since the energy density is independent from the materials used, the nano vacuum tubes could be built from inexpensive, non-toxic materials. The nano vacuum tubes could also be fabricated using existing photolithographic techniques, and could be easily combined with integrated circuits.As for the possibility of data storage, the physicists explain that each nano vacuum tube can have two gates, an energy gate and an information gate. Each nano vacuum tube can also be charged and discharged individually, in any arbitrary order. By inserting a MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) in the wall of a nano vacuum tube, the state of the tube can be determined without charging or discharging it. “For example, to store the number 22, one would convert it to binary notation 22 = 10110,” the scientists wrote in their paper. “Then use the energy gates to charge the first, third and fourth tube and leave the second and fifth tube uncharged. When the energy gate holds a charge, it induces an electric field in the MOSFET that partially cancels the electric field from the electrodes of the information gate, which modifies the threshold voltage of the MOSFET. During read-out, a voltage slightly above the regular threshold voltages is applied to the information gate, and the MOSFET channel will become conducting or remain insulating, depending on the voltage threshold of the MOSFET, which depends on the charge on the energy gate. The current flow through the MOSFET channel is measured and provides a binary code, reproducing the stored data.”As Hubler explained in a recent article in MIT’s Technology Review, the digital quantum battery concept can be viewed in different ways as a variation of several technologies. “If you look at it from a digital electronics perspective, it’s just a flash drive,” Hubler said. “If you look at it from an electrical engineering perspective, you would say these are miniaturized vacuum tubes like in plasma TVs. If you talk to a physicist, this is a network of capacitors.”Hubler has applied for DARPA funding to develop a prototype of the digital quantum battery, and find out what will actually happen when loading the nano vacuum tubes with large amounts of energy. (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists theorize that quantum phenomena could provide a major boost to batteries, with the potential to increase energy density up to 10 times that of lithium ion batteries. According to a new proposal, billions of nanoscale capacitors could take advantage of quantum effects to overcome electric arcing, an electrical breakdown phenomenon which limits the amount of charge that conventional capacitors can store. High-performance energy storage © 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further More information: Alfred W. Hubler and Onyeama Osuagwu. “Digital quantum batteries: Energy and information storage in nano vacuum tube arrays.” To be published in Complexity. This figure shows the energy density and the power density of nano vacuum tubes in comparison to other energy storage devices. Credit: H?bler and Osuagwu.
IOBit Uninstaller 8 comes with Bundleware monitoring by Martin Brinkmann on June 18, 2018 in Software – 22 commentsIOBit Uninstaller 8, the latest version of IOBits installation monitoring and software uninstallation program for Windows, comes with new bundleware monitoring capabilities among other new features.The default option to remove installed software from Windows machines is pretty basic even though you may improve it. Some of the shortcomings are that you are limited to removing individual programs (no batch uninstallation), and that leftovers are not removed from the system.Third-party software uninstallers like IOBit Uninstaller, Revo Uninstaller, or Geek Uninstaller, support these features and many more.IOBit Uninstaller 8: first lookIOBit publishes new versions of the company’s uninstaller regularly and major versions always include a handful of new features and improvements.IOBit Uninstaller 8 is no exception to the rule; the new version of the program comes with a new bundleware monitoring feature and other improvements.Bundleware is software that includes other software that may be installed alongside the program the user wants to install. Most bundleware offers come with options during setup to block the installation of extra program or programs, but some lack these options.Google published a study in 2016 about the industry that pushes unwanted software installations.Uninstaller 8 monitors software installations when it runs just like previous versions of the application did. The new bundleware monitoring identifies optional software installations and lists all of them under bundleware in the program interface.While IOBit Uninstaller 8 won’t prevent the installation of optional software during installations — a program like Unchecky does — but it does list all optional installations that it identified under bundleware so that it becomes easier to remove them all in one go.It works in this regard similarly to Junkware Removal Tool or PC Decrapifier but with the difference that these programs don’t need to run on the system to remove bundleware and that Uninstaller 8 displays the programs that it can remove in its interface.Software updaterThe built-in software updater has been improved significantly in IOBit Uninstaller 8. IOBit states that the supported list of programs has increased by the factor five in the new version.While that is certainly an impressive improvement, its support database is still nowhere near the level of state of the art programs like SUMO.Still, popular programs like Dropbox, Firefox, Revuva, Notepad++, Google Chrome, or Spotify are supported by the application.Just select “update” next to any program identified as not up to date and wait for the update process to complete. All of this happens in the background; you may get firewall prompts as connections need to be established to download the updated version of applications.Other improvementsEasy Uninstall is another new feature of IOBit Uninstaller 8 which unlocks options to remove software programs from their icons or opened windows.All you need to do is select the option under Tools and drag & drop the icon on the window or icon to start the removal process. Whether that is indeed easier than selecting the program directly in the list of installed programs is up for debate; it may be useful if the program is not listed there, however.IOBit states that the toolbars & plugins database supports double the number of toolbars and plugins in the new verison, and that it is now also possible to remove Windows apps from non-administrative accounts and that all the latest Universal Windows Platform apps of Windows 10 can be removed by the application next to that.Closing WordsIOBit Uninstaller 8 is a useful program; while there are still users out there that don’t touch IOBit software because of the company’s past misconducts, others may certainly appreciate the new functionality and improvements of the new version.The new program version is available as a beta release right now. It won’t be long before the stable version gets released, though.Now You: How do you remove software from your Windows PCs?SummaryArticle NameIOBit Uninstaller 8 comes with Bundleware monitoringDescriptionIOBit Uninstaller 8, the latest version of IOBits installation monitoring and software uninstallation program for Windows, comes with new bundleware monitoring capabilities among other new features.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
Keep reading below to learn about some of the technology driving the global economy, and how it can change in the future. Although the gears behind the importing and exporting business may be impressive, there are even more remarkable parts working to keep it going. Those are the people behind it all. Technology only exists to help people, and it can only be as effective as someone understands it. One of the biggest leaps the supply chain has made has been an embrace of new technologies, like the Blockchain. With this technology, companies can keep themselves accountable through every step of the shipping process. They can validate that individual employees perform their duties responsibly and effectively. The supply chain links through many different places, after all. Sometimes, people need their goods immediately and have no time to wait. In situations like this, they may opt to rush their order, which means it would be shipped over the air instead of by sea. And this can come at a cost. Sometimes, international trade can be done on the same continent. And in cases like this, it’s cheapest to send goods over a freight truck. Yet, that shipping solution may not be the best. The blockchain automatically accounts for different kinds of messages between computers. So if one computer at one point in the shipping process confirms receiving a package, the blockchain can validate it. It automatically checks to ensure that the package was actually delivered. The flashiest technology doesn’t come in the form of ship engines or air travel equipment. Instead, it comes in software tools which help people keep track of trade. The tools designed to help people trade and ship products have just gotten better as time wore on. Best of all, shipping by sea saves money and helps guarantee products get to where they’re going. Now, software solutions are helping people automatically comply with regional regulations regarding trade. Software solutions are also measuring supply chain efficiency with outstanding precision. Even retailers, which have traditionally exclusively had a consumer-facing role in the supply chain, are becoming part of the supply chain. Yet, sending goods by the air delivers them to their destinations faster than any other kind of transport. Rather than the weeks it can take a ship to cross an ocean, a plane can make the same trip in less than two days. And for people willing to pay the higher cost, it may be worth it. Although trade over trains may seem outdated, they still help pull some of the most critical parts of the modern economy. Rail freight services still lug heavy ores, even during a time when their viability is doubtful. Since they can pull so much weight, freight trains can also pull heavy machinery and other manufactured goods. The world is digital and supply chain management isn’t any different. Without technology to keep ships and freighting equipment running, nobody would ever get the goods they need. And without the software to keep track of it all, companies would fall apart. Since computers only ever do what people tell them to, the blockchain helps guarantee people actually do their jobs instead of just saying they did. First to the Basics: Importing Hardware Keep reading below to learn about the hardware and equipment that goes into different methods of trade. Supplying People with Freight Equipment Is Slow Although the name can mean any kind of transportation, ships have become the main way goods are exchanged between people. If an American business purchases some manufactured goods from China, it will be sent on a ship. And in that vessel will be an unstoppable engine powering a mobile wall of steel. This means companies can automatically stay compliant with government regulations. This also means the supply chain can run more smoothly and efficiently. Blockchain technology has already changed the pharmaceutical supply chain — who knows which industry it may change next. In fact, technology is so interwoven in the importing and exporting business that it’s helping drive advancements in the tech industry. The more companies demand solutions to help manage their accounts or keep track of goods, the more tech industry innovates. Software Helps Keep Supply Chains Hard The Trains Keep Chugging Along To stay informed about technology and how to use it for good, keep reading our blog. Companies like Amazon are monitoring their employee’s efficiency with alarming fastidiousness with new software, all in the name of profit. The combination of increasingly stronger roles for retailers and improved compliance stands to revolutionize the industry. Trucks can take the longest to arrive at their destinations since they travel slower than most other options. They’re also less secure and are susceptible to crashing or being downright stolen. Although trucks may be cheap, they can cost companies more than they could ever save in lost products and squandered time. Those engines will probably be caterpillar 3412 marine engines, or 3516B HD engines capable of pulling more than most people can imagine. Engines like these can produce up to a whopping 109,000 horsepower. With them, ships can plow through waves while protecting their cargo and the people onboard. Importing and exporting businesses are changing the ways technology is used. They’re at the cutting edge of what may be the future of how trade is done, worldwide. Unfortunately, trains are stuck to their tracks. They can’t go anywhere the tracks don’t, which means they have limited use in the supply chain. Blockchain Technology is Advancing the Industry Shipping Depends on Functional Ships Freight planes are equipped with technology to help them get through more than just turbulence. Their basically flying tanks, cutting through some of the most dangerous situations as if they were nothing. Air Trade Is a Trade-Off Without the right hardware, nothing would ever be shipped successfully. That expands the hard drives and processors found in computers — a good supply chain means having good equipment. The boats, trucks, and planes cargo is loaded onto need to be state-of-the-art and above all, functional. People Keep the Industry Going They need to be able to endure many different types of environments and abuse. It’s impossible to know what they may need to go through, for certain, which means they need to be ready for anything. A truck should be able to handle an expected detour up a mountain just like a ship should be able to handle a sudden storm. Those people are paying for more than just airtime, though. They’re also paying for the equipment on delivery planes.
The core of the problem is that plastic pollution is a very new science. Researchers are still feeling their way through an environmental threat whose epicness is likely only second to climate change. Some 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the sea every year. And between 2015 and 2025, the amount of plastic pouring into the ocean could increase tenfold. That is objectively, monumentally terrible, but in exactly what ways it will be so, science isn’t yet sure.“Everyone acknowledges we need more research, but the sky isn’t falling because of leachates or microplastics,” says Burton.At least not yet. This is humanity we’re talking about—just give us some time to make things worse. “I have the exact same problem with sunscreens,” Rocha adds. “All of the studies that analyzed their effects on corals were done in aquaria using very high concentrations only possibly found in beaches visited by thousands of people per day. So in reality, banning sunscreen is doing little to nothing to save coral reefs.”None of this is to say that plastic isn’t terrible for the planet. Big pieces, known as macroplastics, are ending up in the stomachs of all manner of sea creatures. And while microplastics (bits under 5 millimeters long) are everywhere, science isn’t sure yet what their effects might be. “I’m the first to say our problem with plastics is the macroplastics,” says University of Michigan eco-toxicologist Allen Burton, who studies plastics. The bits that are strangling sea birds and clogging beaches and even sinking to the very bottom of the ocean. “We all know how horrible the impacts have been with so many species due to macroplastics. Microplastics, not so much. Leachates, probably even less.” The researchers found clear reactions that varied based on the concentration of leachate, which is indicative of a toxicological response. At low concentrations, there was no difference with the control. But as they increased the concentration of the leachate, they saw the bacteria’s physiological response going progressively haywire. “When the plastic leachates increase in concentration, you see that the cells don’t grow as well, and in fact at the highest concentrations they are dying,” says microbial oceanographer Lisa Moore of Macquarie University in Australia, a coauthor on the paper.Moore and her colleagues were also able to measure photosynthetic activity at these different concentrations with an instrument that looks at the intensity of the cells’ fluorescence. “We saw parallels to what we saw with the growth: a decrease in photosynthetic efficiency, and in fact a pretty dramatic decrease with the higher concentrations,” says Moore.Going further, the researchers looked at the genes of these bacterial populations, whether they were being expressed more or less in the presence of leachate. A large portion of those being expressed less were associated with photosynthesis, “which was absolutely consistent with what we were seeing in terms of the photosynthetic efficiency being decreased, and then the growth being decreased,” says Moore.At fault could be any number of things in the plastics. Flame retardants, for one, and other additives that give plastic its flexibility. Zinc in particular might be having an outsized effect on the bacteria—it’s used in plastic components ranging from colorants to heat stabilizers. This planet has a problem with plastic. Not just the big masses of it accumulating in the Pacific, but with the tiny bits that are blowing into pristine mountaintop habitats. The flecks showing up in a range of sea creatures. The specks materializing even in human feces.Now scientists have exposed a potential new consequence of the plastic menace: The toxins the material leaches into seawater inhibit the growth and photosynthetic efficiency of the bacteria Prochlorococcus, which is responsible for producing an estimated 20 percent of the oxygen we breathe. That means Prochlorococcus is also responsible for 20 percent of carbon capture on this planet (one molecule of carbon goes in, one molecule of oxygen goes out), theoretically spelling trouble for humanity’s quest to keep CO2 out of the atmosphere. This is early research that comes with several big caveats, and also exposes the challenges of studying a threat as new and omnipresent as plastic pollution.Prochlorococcus is a kind of cyanobacteria (taking their name from their blue color) that floats in oceans the world over. We’re talking a lot of single-celled organisms, with an estimated global population of 1027. Like a plant, Prochlorococcus uses photosynthesis to manufacture its own food, taking in carbon and spitting out oxygen, making it a lead actor in the carbon cycle that humans have spun so out of control.Unfortunately, the researchers found that in addition to carbon, the bacteria are taking in plastic toxins leached into the water, known as leachates. They did this in the lab by mixing different amounts of plastic into an artificial seawater base, in which they grew Prochlorococcus. They compared the results with a control of Prochlorococcus grown in untainted artificial seawater. Now, we’ve got some caveats to this study. The biggest is that the work was done in the lab, not out in the ocean, and necessarily so. To do an experiment like this, the researchers had to carefully control the samples of artificial seawater so they wouldn’t be tainted with other contaminants that could throw off the results.“That’s a limitation, trying to equate what concentrations we did in the lab versus what’s in the oceans,” says Moore. “So what we were at least trying to estimate in the article were the number of particles that are found in the ocean, relative to the number of cells that are found in the ocean.”Did plastic leachates have a startling effect on Prochlorococcus in the lab? Yes, absolutely. But that doesn’t mean the effect necessarily happens out in nature. “We know plastic is bad,” says Luiz Rocha, the curator of fishes at the California Academy of Sciences, who studies ocean plastic. “This paper shows it can negatively affect one of the most abundant photosynthetic organisms on Earth, but we don’t know if the concentrations of these chemicals ever get this high in the ocean.” More Great WIRED StoriesMy wild ride in a robot race carThe existential crisis plaguing extremism researchersThe plan to dodge a killer asteroid—even good ol’ BennuPro tips for shopping safe on Amazon“If you want to kill someone, we are the right guys”🏃🏽♀️ Want the best tools to get healthy? Check out our Gear team’s picks for the best fitness trackers, running gear (including shoes and socks), and best headphones.📩 Get even more of our inside scoops with our weekly Backchannel newsletter