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Representative Lamar Smith: ‘I Will Promote Legislation That Encourages Scientific Discoveries’

first_img U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology Representative Lamar Smith Today, ScienceInsider is taking a closer look at the three veteran politicians running to become chair of the House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology: Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI), and Lamar Smith (R-TX). The winner will be selected later this month by the House Republican Steering Committee, a group of about three dozen House Republicans. Just elected to his 14th term in Congress, Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), 64, represents the 21st congressional district of Texas, north of San Antonio. Although Smith, a founding member of the House’s Tea Party Caucus, is known for his arch-conservative views on immigration and criminal justice issues, he’s also earned a reputation as a skilled legislator who is able to work with Democrats. In 2011, as chair of the House Judiciary Committee, he helped build bipartisan support for a landmark patent reform bill. Although the high-tech community backed those reforms, parts of that community have pilloried Smith for sponsoring legislation that critics say would give the government too much access to people’s private activities on the Internet. Smith has served on the science panel for 26 years, but doesn’t hide his lack of technical training. “In high school, I had won the Bausch & Lomb science award, and I aspired to be a physics major in college,” he told a Washington, D.C., audience earlier this year. “Then, as a freshman [at Yale University], I took a physics class taught by the chairman of the department. … Looking to either side of me, I soon realized that I was sitting next to the future Einsteins of the world, and I wasn’t one of them.” (Smith’s physics class was taught by D. Allan Bromley, who 2 decades later became science adviser to President George H. W. Bush.) 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He’s also added his voice to those who are skeptical of government action to address climate change, and played a high-profile role in debates over how to allow foreign-born scientists who earn advanced technical degrees at U.S. universities to stay and work in the United States . Smith declined an interview request from ScienceInsider this week. But his office did submit a written statement: Over the past few months, I have had the opportunity to share my vision for the Science Committee with my colleagues in the House of Representatives who will select the next Chairman. I am pleased with the enthusiasm and support that I’ve received. American innovation is the engine of our economy. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I worked across party lines to enact policies like patent reform that spur innovation and support new technologies. If given the opportunity to chair the Science Committee, I will promote legislation that encourages scientific discoveries, space exploration, and the application of new technologies to expand our economy and create jobs for American workers. I plan to present my agenda for the Science Committee to the Steering Committee later this month. If I have the honor of serving as Chairman, there will be plenty of time then to discuss the initiatives and legislation the Committee will undertake. Last month, he also released a statement that touched on some of his potential priorities if elected chairman of the science committee: When I was first elected to Congress, the Science Committee was my first choice. Long ago and far away, I won the Bausch & Lomb Science Award in high school, studied astronomy and physics in college, and later earned my pilot’s license. So I have had a longstanding interest in subjects overseen by the Science Committee. It is important that NASA have a unifying mission. Even though it has been almost 40 years since man last set foot on the moon, we should continue to shoot for the stars. And we can help future generations get there by encouraging kids to study in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). If America is going to remain competitive in today’s global economy, we need to remain innovative and focused on exploring science and expanding new technologies. Through the work, research and development of American innovators, we can reach our goal of energy independence, develop new technologies to save lives, and discover new worlds in outer space. See more coverage on science and the U.S. 2012 elections.last_img read more

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NCAA volleyball: San Sebastian starts life after Soltones era

first_imgSan Sebastian head coach Roger Gorayeb said they’ve brushed off last season’s championship heartbreak after they saw their thrice-to-beat advantage crumble against title-holder Arellano University.“We’re already looking at the future,” said Gorayeb. “In fact, after this year, we have four or five recruits coming in and we expect them to really make a significant impact on the team right away.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSan Sebastian will now rely on the defensive leadership of Alyssa Eroa while leaning on May Guillema, Joyce Stan Rita, and Dangie Encarnacion on offense.“We’re still a fighting team but we have to avoid injuries,” said Gorayeb. Champions Lady Chiefs will start their title defense against Mapua with Jovielyn Prado leading the charge against te Lady Cardinals at 1:30 pm.Backing up Prado are Regine Arocha, Necole Ebuen, and Andrea Marzan as Arellano shoots for its third title in four years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES San Sebastian Lady Stags. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThings will be a lot different for San Sebastian as it starts life in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament without three-time MVP Grethcel Soltones who graduated from the team in 2016.The Lady Stags will face off against Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 12 pm opening game at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mountain bike world champ seriously hurt in car crash ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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Pogba: No issue with Mourinho’s captaincy call

first_imgPaul Pogba claims Jose Mourinho’s decision to strip him of a role as Manchester United’s vice-captain “doesn’t change anything”.On the back of playing a leading role for France in their 2018 World Cup triumph, the 25-year-old midfielder was handed the armband by his club.With Antonio Valencia sidelined at the start of the campaign, Pogba was given the responsibility of leading United into Premier League battle. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He was, however, to see Mourinho rid him of that role amid reports of a rift in the Old Trafford ranks which has led to a breakdown in the working relationship between outspoken coach and flamboyant playmaker.Pogba has remained a regular for the Red Devils despite being dropped down the captaincy pecking order and claims to have no issue with his manager’s choice, telling reporters of that call ahead of a Champions League clash with Juventus: “It didn’t affect me. I’m still playing and really happy to play.“The manager is the one who chooses who is going to be captain. If he takes the armband away, it doesn’t change anything for me.“I just want to play, perform and give my best for the team, the fans and the club and that’s it. It didn’t really touch me or affect me.” Mourinho made his decision as Pogba’s form was questioned, with his actions sparking reports of an impending exit for the Frenchman as he struggled to justify an £89 million ($117m) price tag.The Portuguese has, however, maintained throughout that he has never had any problem with a star performer and has stressed again that the pair are happy to be working in tandem.Jose Mourinho Paul Pogba Manchester United“One thing is what the press says, and another thing is what Paul says and of course another thing is what I say,” Mourinho said.“The press says we have a terrible relationship, Paul some weeks ago said we had a typical coach-player relationship, I think we have a good relationship. I would classify it as a good relationship between a coach and a football player.”With any issues being ironed out behind closed doors, United are in the process of trying to rebuild a season which has suffered a number of early setbacks.Inconsistency continues to frustrate those at Old Trafford, but a battling 3-2 victory over Newcastle prior to the last international break saw Mourinho’s men collect three points at the start of a run which has delivered seven more from their last three outings.Pogba believes a dramatic win over the Magpies has been a catalyst for United, with confidence having slowly returned to the fold.He said: “We started to realise we are Manchester United. Before that game it was really bad and confidence was low, we didn’t give enough but after the win over Newcastle we came back. [We] played really well against Chelsea, we played all together and when you play together it’s always easier.”last_img read more

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Rishabh Pant’s hundred 50th in IPL history: Stats you need to know

first_imgRishabh Pant slammed his maiden and the 50th hundred in the history of the Indian Premier League overall as Delhi Daredevils took on the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi.However, his efforts went in vain as fifties from Shikhar Dhawan (92*) and Kane Williamson (83*) helped SRH beat Delhi by nine wickets and seal the first playoff spot in this year’s IPL.But, Pant’s innings was nothing short of spectacular. He slammed his hundred off 56 balls and then finished off with an unbeaten 128 off 63 balls as DD posted 187/5 from their 20 overs.The 20-year-old hit 15 boundaries and seven maximums in his 63-ball knock on Thursday.He also became the second youngest to hit a century in IPL. Manish Pandey, who now plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, remains the youngest IPL centurion. Back in 2009, he had hammered a hundred for Royal Challengers Bangalore, aged 19 years and 253 days. Sanju Samson is now the third youngest – he had scored a hundred for DD last year when he was 22 years and 151 days.Quinton de Kock (23 years and 122 days) and David Warner (23 years and 153 days) are fourth and fifth respectively in the list of youngest IPL centurions.He also became the Orange Cap holder in IPL 2018, with 521 runs from 11 matches. The 20-year-old has one century and three fifties in this year’s IPL. The diminutive wicket-keeper batsman has smashed 56 boundaries and 27 maximums in IPL 2018 so far. He is now tied with Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the list of most sixes in this edition of the IPL. However, he leads the charts in terms of boundaries. KL Rahul is second with 53 fours.advertisementHe is now also the highest score by an Indian batsman in the IPL. He overtook Murali Vijay’s 127 for CSK vs RR in Chennai back in 2010.Pant’s ton was the 17th ton by an Indian in the IPL and he is the 12th Indian overall to hit a century. Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has hit the most number of centuries (4) by an Indian while Chris Gayle has the most (6) overall. Other than these two, AB de Villiers, David Warner and Shane Watson have hit three centuries each.Brendon McCullum (158* versus RCB) was the first ton in the history of IPL while Pant’s ton was the latest.Here are all the centuries in the history of IPL cricket:Brendon McCullum (KKR) 158* vs RCB in 2008Mike Hussey (CSK) 116* vs KXIP in 2008Andrew Symonds (Deccan Chargers) 117* vs RR in 2008Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers) 109* vs MI in 2008Sanath Jayasuriya (MI) 114* vs CSK in 2008Shaun Marsh (KXIP) 115 vs RR in 2008AB de Villiers (DD) 105* CSK in 2009Manish Pandey (RCB) 114* vs DC in 2009Yusuf Pathan (RR) 100 vs MI in 2010David Warner (DD) 107* vs KKR in 2010Murali Vijay (CSK) 127 vs RR in 2010Mahela Jayawardene (KXIP) 110* vs KKR in 2010Paul Valthaty (KXIP) 120* vs CSK in 2011Sachin Tendulkar (MI) 100* vs Kochi in 2011Chris Gayle (RCB) 102* vs KKR in 2011Virender Sehwag (DD) 119 vs DC in 2011Chris Gayle (RCB) 107 vs KXIP in 2011Adam Gilchrist (KXIP) 106 vs RCB in 2011Ajinkya Rahane (RR) 103* vs RCB in 2012Kevin Pietersen (DD) 103* vs DC in 2012David Warner (DD) 109* vs DC in 2012Rohit Sharma (MI) 109* vs KKR in 2012Chris Gayle (RCB) 128* vs DD in 2012Murali Vijay (CSK) 113 vs DD in 2012Shane Watson (RR) 101 vs CSK in 2013Chris Gayle (RCB) 175* vs PWI in 2013Suresh Raina (CSK) 100* vs KXIP in 2013David Miller (KXIP) 101* vs RCB in 2013Lendl Simmons (MI) 100* vs KXIP in 2014Virender Sehwag (KXIP) 122 vs CSK in 2014Wriddhiman Saha (KXIP) 115* vs KKR in 2014Brendon McCullum (CSK) 100* vs SRH in 2015Chris Gayle (RCB) 117 vs KXIP in 2015AB de Villiers (RCB) 133* vs MI in 2015Shane Watson (RR) 104* vs KKR in 2015Quinton de Kock (DD) 108 vs RCB in 2016Virat Kohli (RCB) 100* vs GL in 2016Steve Smith (RPS) 101 vs GL in 2016Virat Kohli (RCB) 108* vs RPS in 2016Virat Kohli (RCB) 109 vs GL in 2016AB de Villiers (RCB) 129* vs GL in 2016Virat Kohli (RCB) 113 vs KXIP in 2016Sanju Samson (DD) 102 vs RPS in 2017Hashim Amla (KXIP) 104* vs MI in 2017David Warner (SRH) 126 vs KKR in 2017Ben Stokes (RPS) 103* vs GL in 2017Hashim Amla (KXIP) 104 vs GL in 2017Chris Gayle (KXIP) 104* vs SRH in 2018Shane Watson (CSK) 106 vs RR in 2018Rishabh Pant (DD) 128* vs SRH in 2018last_img read more

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Paul Finebaum Trashes Major College Football Coach

first_imgPaul Finebaum explains why Clemson will lose.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum has often been critical of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh.Of course, Finebaum seized the opportunity to do it again today.The ESPN college football analyst bashed Harbaugh and the Wolverines’ program following Saturday’s embarrassing loss to Ohio State.“We’re four years in now,” Finebaum said on SportsCenter this morning. “And if you couldn’t beat this Ohio State team with Urban Meyer, … you’re not going to beat them. If you’re a Michigan fan, just accept the fact that we’re going to lose to Ohio State every year as long as Urban Meyer is there. As bad as Urban Meyer has been this year, this has been the worst season we’ve seen in Urban Meyersince his last season at Florida in 2010, all of the pressure. And he can still put a game plan together to make Jim Harbaugh look like an idiot yesterday, then he might as well throw in the towel.”Harbaugh will remain Michigan’s head coach, of course, but Finebaum thinks the program has serious questions to answer moving forward.“The decision to be made for the University of Michigan is where you want to be,” Finebaum said. “Do we want to have a big-time coach that makes $7 million a year for and lose every year to our biggest rival? That’s the choice. They have a good program. They could go 10-2, 11-2 and most programs would be happy. But Michigan is not happy losing to Ohio State. I think some there, probably Jim Harbaugh more than anyone else, better look in the mirror and quit taking responsibility and decide, am I the right person to lead this program? Because if you can’t beat your rival, you have no future at a school like Michigan.”Harbaugh fell to 0-4 against Ohio State with Saturday’s loss. He became the first head coach in Michigan history to have an 0-4 record against the Buckeyes.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, is now 7-0 against Michigan.last_img read more

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Matalon Family Donates Yacht to CMI

first_imgThe training capacity of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in Kingston has been significantly boosted by its acquisition of 60-foot yacht, valued at $20 million (US$200,000).The vessel, the “M/Y Penny Reel”, is a gift from the Matalon Family, and will be incorporated in the CMI’s training programme.Features of the yacht, which can accommodate 30 persons and has two stories, include a recreational area; bar; kitchen; three rooms; three bathrooms; and a dining area.It was formally handed over to the CMI by Joseph M. Matalon, during a commissioning ceremony on Wednesday, April 24, at the institution’s jetty at Palisadoes Park, Norman Manley Highway. [RELATED: YUTE Renews MoU with CMI to Assist Young People]Mr. Matalon said the decision to donate the yacht, which was acquired by the family a number of years ago, was taken during a meeting they had recently.“We are very pleased, indeed, to be in a position to support the educational efforts of the institute in the very promising areas of seamanship, and hope very much that this vessel will be put to good use in training the many aspiring seaman students of the CMI,” he said.Minister without Portfolio, Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, expressed gratitude for the gesture, pointing out that the Government welcomes donations that facilitate training and development in Jamaica. “Your contribution has demonstrated your continued belief in the capacity of our country for excellence. You have now enabled the premier educational institution of choice for higher learning, training, research and consultancy in maritime activities in the western hemisphere, to realize the dream of owning a yacht, which can now provide a training armamentarium to its multifaceted course offerings,” he noted.Dr. Guy said the donation will also serve to better position Jamaica in this “rapidly growing” segment of maritime activity and, “once more, re-affirm the CMI’s leading position as a centre of excellence for tertiary maritime education in the Caribbean.”In his remarks, CMI Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, described the Matalons’ gesture as an “awesome blessing”, adding that “you are showing that you believe in your country, and we are transforming Jamaica.”The commissioning ceremony, which followed included the reading of the Commissioning Order by Dr. Guy, blessing of the yacht, a ribbon cutting exercise, and the traditional practice of smashing a bottle of wine against the vessel’s hull.By Douglas McIntosh, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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University Enrolment Increases in 200910

first_imgEnrolment in Nova Scotia universities has risen 2.2 per cent this year. Total full-time and part-time enrolment at the province’s universities is 42,628, data compiled by the Association of Atlantic Universities has found. The increase of 928 students ends a four-year trend of modest enrolment declines. Last year, enrolment dipped 0.1 per cent. “I am pleased even more young people are recognizing Nova Scotia’s world-class universities,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “We know that there is stiff competition for enrolment at post-secondary institutions around the world. That’s why the government of Nova Scotia is offering students less expensive tuition, low-interest student loans and more grants. We are also encouraging them to build a life here with initiatives like our new Graduate Retention Rebate.” Dalhousie University led the province with 650 more students (a 4.2 per cent increase) this year, bringing Dalhousie’s enrolment to 15,970. The top percentage gain is at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, with an 8.5 per cent increase (71 students for a total enrolment of 904). Seventeen universities in the Atlantic region form the Association of Atlantic Universities. Its preliminary enrolment data is a count of students enrolled in participating universities as of Oct. 1. The full report can be found at www.atlanticuniversities.ca .last_img read more

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Huawei to launch first commercial AI chip on Friday

first_imgBrussels: Chinese technology giant Huawei will launch its first commercial AI (artificial intelligence) chip and a new open-source AI computing framework on Friday, the company said. The information is included in a Tuesday invitation to Brussels-based journalists to join the launching event via livestream. It also mentioned that Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu will launch the chip and the framework, the Xinhua news agency reported.last_img

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Healthy evacuees can return to home on Saskatchewan First Nation smoke remains

first_imgPRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A Saskatchewan First Nation lifted an evacuation order Wednesday, allowing some people to return to their homes that had been threatened by forest fires.Chief Peter Beatty of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation rescinded the order for the Pelican Narrows community after consultations with the Saskatchewan government.Smoke in the air remains, so the elderly, children, pregnant women and those with breathing or general health issues will still be kept out.For those travelling in private vehicles, convoys of 60 were to start Wednesday night.Ray Unrau, deputy commissioner of emergency management and fire safety, said those with the means can return on their own and fuel allotments will be handed out, though they are being asked to bring their own groceries with them if possible.The rest will be transported by bus on Thursday.“Their planning unit does have a contingency of buses on standby and what we will do is we will tailor the amount of buses for the people that we know need rides back,” he said.Evacuees should check in at the Henk Ruys Soccer Centre in Saskatoon or the Senator Allan Bird Memorial Centre in Prince Albert before heading out.Deanna Valentine, provincial coordinator for Emergency Social Services, said she wasn’t sure of the exact numbers of those returning home, saying it depends on who is in the priority health group.“But we expect that the majority of people from Pelican Narrows will be able to go home,” she said. “We may have a thousand people or less left out — the majority will be able to return home.Officials have said about 2,800 people fled forest fires in northern Saskatchewan and more than two-thirds of them are staying in Prince Albert, while just over 800 are in Saskatoon.People have been out of their homes since the end of August due to the fires.The First Nation said in a news release that schools will reopen on Monday.(The Canadian Press, CJWW)last_img read more

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Jack Nicklaus To Attend Nicklaus Childrens Hospital Corporate Golf Invitational

first_imgMiami Children’s Health Foundation hosts its 33rd Annual Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Corporate Golf Invitational presented by Stearns Weaver Miller today, an incredible annual golf experience that benefits children and families of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.Golf legend and philanthropist, Jack Nicklaus, will have an on-stage Q&A with South Florida sports legend and morning show host on Sports Radio 560 WQAM, Joe Rose.Jack Nicklaus is considered golf’s greatest champion and a sports icon that has been recognized with countless honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and now the 2015 Congressional Gold Medal (only the 17th in history to receive both). He was recently inducted into the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Champions. He is a passionate supporter of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, who, along with his wife Barbara Nicklaus as the guiding light, supports the fundraising efforts for the Together For The Children campaign. Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Corporate Golf Invitational is a great 33-year golf tradition organized by a group of compassionate business and community leaders who come together to raise funds for the children.WHEN: Monday, October 19, 2015 WHERE: La Gorce Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course 5685 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33140last_img read more

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Haiti UNbacked quake relief operations expand beyond devastated capital

21 January 2010United Nations-supported relief efforts to reach the countless victims of Haiti’s devastating earthquake are expanding to areas away from Port-au-Prince, the capital, to smaller towns and communities as aid agencies struggle to ramp up their operations to meet the enormity of the task. In Léogâne, UN peacekeepers from Sri Lanka are providing security while food is being distributed for some of the nearly 200,000 residents of the town, 18 miles (29 kilometres) west of the capital of the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) reported today.A mountain of flattened concrete now rises where a university was under construction, the rubble of destroyed houses piles high along the lanes while others teeter precariously to one side, ready to crumble at the next aftershock, like the tremor, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, which rocked the area yesterday.That aftershock occurred eight days after the original quake measuring 7.0, which according to some estimates killed up to 200,000 people, injured many others and affected 3 million people, a third of the total population. UN agencies in the town such as the World Food Programme (WFP), government bodies like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the French Agence française de Coopération Technique et de Développement (ACTED), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as CARE and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), are distributing health kits and jerry cans as well as food.WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran began a two-day visit to Haiti today to assess the situation, visit those affected and meet with Government and relief agency officials.But relief operations in Léogâne seem to reflect the continuing inability noted elsewhere to meet all the pressing needs of the catastrophic disaster. Town mayor Alexis Santos underlined “the insufficiency in relation to the number of people in need and the difficulty of reaching the neediest and the injured,” and NGO centres have been stormed by thousands of impatient survivors. Medical teams from Canada and Argentina have so far treated 600 people.The Canadian military will install a field hospital with 50 beds within the next two days and the Japanese Government has already set up a similar medical facility.UN Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes highlighted the general difficulties in responding to such a vast catastrophe yesterday when he told a news briefing in New York that the world body was doing all it could to ramp up relief efforts but still had a very long way to go.“We’re straining every nerve again to make sure that there are the right number of doctors, the right amount of drugs and equipment and field hospitals,” he said, voicing deep concern at the very large number of injured who may be infected or waiting for urgent surgical treatment. “We’re hoping that we’ll be able to turn a corner there very soon.” At another news briefing today he cited the “incredible international response and incredible outpouring of generosity and solidarity” with Haiti. “If we have [logistical] problems at the airport, in some respects, it’s because so many people, so many planes want to get in there bringing aid literally from all round the world.”Noting the UN mandate to coordinate the relief, he praised the extremely close cooperation from all the countries, agencies and NGOs involved. “Of course it’s a frustrating business; it’s never as fast as we would like, the logistical problems, the problems of chaos on the first few days took some overcoming, but I’m confident that we’re getting there…”“This is a massive international effort. It will continue to be a massive international effort,” he concluded.” MINUSTAH meanwhile has welcomed the Dominican Republic’s Government’s assistance in establishing a humanitarian corridor linking Santo Domingo and Port-au-Prince, allowing speedy delivery of urgently needed aid. The Dominican Republic is sending 150 military soldiers to help protect the corridor and has already dispatched military field hospitals, humanitarian aid, food rations and rescue teams. read more

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Young people to lead the connected and autonomous vehicle revolution as 71

The research, conducted with Strategy&, PwC’s strategy consulting arm, shows CAVs have the potential to significantly reduce social exclusion. 71% of survey respondents aged between 17 and 24 said this new technology would improve their quality of life. Meanwhile, 69% said they feel positive about CAVs, with almost half (49%) saying they would get in one today if they could.Automatic braking and parking and the car’s ability to self-diagnose faults were cited as key attractions of CAVs, contributing to a reduction in driving stress – the biggest attraction of owning a CAV among this group. Meanwhile connected entertainment features such as music and video streaming were also appealing. Freedom to travel spontaneously and socialise with friends and family were also seen as life-changing benefits, with 88% of people who believe CAVs will improve their social life saying a CAV would help them get out of the house more regularly.Mobility is a challenge for many young people, with more than a quarter (29%) saying the cost of car ownership, particularly high insurance premiums, restricts their freedom. They also cited the high cost and infrequency of public transport as a barrier. The potential for saving money, therefore, was highlighted as a key benefit of connected and autonomous vehicles.Other advantages included the ability to access further education such as A-Levels, a degree or a post-graduate qualification, while 15% said they believe CAVs will provide greater employment choices. In fact, Strategy& calculates that CAVs have the potential to give one million more people access to higher education, enabling them to increase their earning potential by an estimated average of £8,509 per year.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,The benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles are life-changing, offering more people greater independence, freedom to socialise, work and earn more, and access services more easily. While fully autonomous cars will be a step change for society, this report shows young people are already tuning into their benefits – and it’s great to see tomorrow’s new car buyers getting excited about the vehicles they’ll be driving in the future. The challenge now is to meet this excitement by creating policy to allow this technology to thrive, given how it will deliver these wider societal advantages.Mark Couttie, Strategy& partner, said,There is a real risk that this momentum and competitor advantage in the UK will stall if we don’t do more to create positive public perception, overcoming our inherent risk averse culture. Expanding people’s horizons about the advantages of fully autonomous cars is a vital first step. This means better communicating the art of the possible to increase social acceptance and dispel concerns that our survey identified relating to cost and safety. Significant investment must also be made to improve the connectivity infrastructure across the UK road network and this report provides a number of clear recommendations to ensure that we capitalise on this window of opportunity.Although fully connected and autonomous vehicles aren’t expected to become mainstream until 2030, most new cars are now connected via sat nav or Bluetooth, and more than half are available with safety systems such as collision warning or autonomous emergency braking. The UK is also fast establishing itself as a centre of excellence for this exciting new technology, with billions of pounds of investment already delivering public trials of autonomous driving and testing of prototype vehicles by car makers on UK roads.SMMT has already identified a £51 billion economic opportunity to the UK, as well as the potential prevent some 25,000 road accidents and save 2,500 lives.2 This new research suggests that the potential of CAVs to get more people into education or work, and enabling them to more freely access healthcare, amenities and leisure activities, could deliver a further economic boost.Notes1 Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionising Mobility in Society, March 2017, Strategy&, includes findings from a survey of 3,641 UK consumers aged between 17 and 65+ conducted between 2 and 17 March 2017. The sample included 1,000+ respondents in each of the demographics: people aged 17-24, people aged 65+, and adults aged 17 and above with disabilities.2 Connected and Autonomous Vehicles – The UK Economic Opportunity, March 2015, KPMGClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 71% of young people say connected and autonomous cars will improve their lives and give them greater freedom, finds new study.Next generation of car buyers leads CAV charge, with half of 17-24 year olds saying they’d use a self-driving car today.Stress-free driving seen as the biggest benefit, with cars that brake and park themselves and in-car entertainment top attractions.Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of more than seven out of 10 young people, according to new research published by SMMT. Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Revolutionising Mobility in Society,1 the first UK-based study of the human impact of CAVs, canvassed the views of more than 3,600 consumers and found that this new technology will offer unprecedented levels of freedom to young people whose lives are currently restricted by costly or infrequent public transport, or prohibitively expensive car insurance. read more

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My Net Western Digital lance une gamme de routeurs WiFi

first_imgMy Net : Western Digital lance une gamme de routeurs Wi-FiLa firme Western Digital s’attaque à un nouveau marché. Spécialiste du stockage de données, elle élargit son horizon en lançant une gamme de routeurs Wi-Fi. Quatre “accélérateurs de divertissement” baptisés My Net viennent ainsi d’être dévoilés.La firme américaine Western Digital (WD) vient de lancer sa toute première gamme de routeurs Wi-Fi pour le grand public. Quatre appareils, les My Net, sont présentés sur le site Internet du fabricant de disques durs comme de véritables “accélérateurs de divertissement”.La concurrence est rude en ce domaine, les Box Internet des opérateurs de télécommunications étant elles-mêmes des routeurs. Mais pour faire la différence, WD a décidé de miser sur un atout qui devrait en séduire plus d’un. Les My Net permettent de définir des priorités en matière de bande passante, en fonction des services favoris des utilisateurs et des contraintes de temps, pour les vidéos à la demande (VoD) par exemple.Ce système est basé sur la technologie FasTrack et peut être géré grâce à un logiciel livré avec les routeurs. Ceux-ci offrent également des fonctions de diagnostic réseau, de contrôle parental, de connexion à des NAS (serveur de stockage en réseau) et de création de cloud privé.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”A l’heure où tous les membres d’un même foyer regardent au même moment des films, jouent en ligne et surfent sur le Web depuis leur iPad, leur iPhone, leur Xbox ou d’autres appareils, les sollicitations du réseau ont augmenté de façon exponentielle” souligne dans un communiqué Jim Welsh, le vice-président exécutif de WD pour les produits de marque et grand public. “Le succès que nous avons remporté en créant nos solutions pour foyers connectés, couplées à nos lecteurs multimédia et produits de nuage personnel, nous ont donné une bonne idée des problèmes de surcharge des réseaux sans fil rencontrés par les particuliers. En entrant sur le marché des produits pour réseaux sans fil, WD a une opportunité extraordinaire de renforcer sa gamme de produits pour foyers connectés, conçus pour améliorer l’expérience des consommateurs en matière de divertissement” s’enthousiasme-t-il.Pour s’offrir l’un de ces routeurs, il faudra débourser entre 89,90 euros – le prix du premier modèle – et 429,90 euros. Pour cette somme, l’utilisateur se verra offrir 2 TB de stockage interne. A noter enfin que Western Digital n’entend pas s’arrêter en si bon chemin et commercialisera très prochainement des routeurs équipés de modems.Le 15 juin 2012 à 11:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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SABMiller AB InBev shareholders approve merger worth 100 billion

first_imgIn what is believed to be a tie-up between the world’s biggest beer makers, shareholders of SABMiller Plc and Anheuser-Busch (AB) InBev NV on Wednesday voted in favour of the merger deal between the two companies. The value of the deal is pegged at $100 billion.The voting was held among the investors representing over 60 percent of SABMiller’s capita because the company’s investors — Altria Group Inc (US-based tobacco company) and Colombia’s Santo Domingo family — already approved a separate offer of cash and share, the Wall Street Journal reported.Shareholders of AB InBev NV have also backed the deal during a meeting in Brussels. After the acquisition of SABMiller, the new entity will take on AB InBev NV’s name and give it access to larger presence in the African continent. In addition, the company’s business in South America and Europe will expand.The new combined company will control one third of the global beer market, the Associated Press reported. The deal had to win approval from regulators across the globe because of the market dominance of the combined firm. The merger was delayed due to the complications caused by the currency havoc caused due to the Brexit (Britain’s decision to leave the EU).Following a final approval from a UK court, the two companies have reportedly said they expect the deal to be finalised on October 10.last_img read more

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All Ball Grant Hill talks injury regrets and Kawhi Leonards situation Ray

first_imgEpisode 4:Gottlieb talks with 7-time All-Star and Duke great Grant Hill talks about his Basketball Hall of Fame induction; his regrets over the injuries that plagued his career; and his take on Kawhi Leonard’s injury situation in San Antonio.2-time NBA Champion, 10-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen also joins the pod to discuss his new book From the Outside; why he never as close to coming back over the last several years as was reported; his early days in the NBA; how Boston taught him about making sacrifices to win titles; the truth behind his decision to leave Boston; and the difference between Miami and Boston locker rooms.Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen.last_img read more

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China set to install new but disliked HK leader

first_img Top Stories Sponsored Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Comments   Share   Security was extremely tight on Friday as Hu arrived to oversee the ceremony and mark the 15th anniversary since China resumed control of the former British colony, promising to retain its freewheeling, capitalist ways.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Check your body, save your life Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of HONG KONG (AP) – Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Hong Kong to install a new but already unpopular governor of the semiautonomous Chinese territory.It’s an event that is becoming a magnet for public disaffection about Hong Kong’s widening rich-poor gap and lack of democracy.Large-scale protests are planned for Sunday’s swearing-in of Leung Chun-ying. His popularity has tumbled since he was chosen in March because of a scandal over illegal additions to his mansion and persistent fears that he’s an underground Communist Party member.last_img read more

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Air Canada voted Best Airline in North America in Global Traveler awar

first_imgSource = Air Canada For the third year in a row, Air Canada has been voted the “Best Airline in North America” by the readers of Global Traveler magazine in an international survey of frequent business travellers. The Global Traveler Tested Reader Survey awards are based on the responses of more than 36,000 readers of Global Traveler magazine. Global Traveler readers are frequent premium travellers who average 32 round-trip flights a year, with 78 per cent regularly travelling in first or business class.”We’re so pleased with this award, it’s a great testament to our excellent network and the fantastic service that our staff provide,” said Jeannie Foster, Air Canada general manager for Australia and New Zealand.  “A lot of business travellers connect through our major hub in Toronto, and for our Australian guests Vancouver is a great gateway to 58 destinations in the United States and 59 in Canada.” Passengers travelling from Australia to USA with Air Canada can avoid long queues at Los Angeles Airport, and clear US Customs in Vancouver in transit. Air Canada has renewed its international and North American fleets with new Boeing 777 and Embraer aircraft.  Air Canada has also refurbished its existing fleet to offer all customers personal entertainment systems at each seat, fleet-wide on North American and international routes. Fleet-wide amenities include digital in-seat monitors with touch-screen controls offering hundreds of hours of audio and video on-demand programming, standard in-seat power within reach of every customer, lie-flat beds in Executive First suites, Air Canada’s international business class service, and the ability to collect and redeem Aeroplan miles. Earlier this year, Air Canada was also named “Best International Airline in North America” in the 2011 World Airline Awards conducted by independent research firm Skytrax, in its worldwide survey of more than 18 million travellers.last_img read more

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first_imgFromDatesAccommodation requiredReturn price East Midlands20-23 May3 nights Moscow£604.82 As Douglas Adams said “I might not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” With Skyscanner’s help, you just might!Prices updated and correct as at 12th May 2008ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Edinburgh20-24 May3 nights Moscow£401.10 RelatedTop 15 attractions and things to do in MoscowFrom Lenin to the Kremlin, via a few shots of vodka, we bring you the best things to see and do in Moscow.16 ridiculously cheap places to go on holiday in 2017Want to save pounds on your holiday this year? We’ve put together 16 of the best places for budget travel in 2017, based on flight prices, accommodation, eating out and – most importantly – the average price of a beer. Here’s where’s cheap to travel this year, whether you’re up…6 amazing value surprisingly cheap flights to exciting destinationsSix amazingly good value flights to exciting, relatively faraway places – all (but one) under £65 return this autumn. Liverpool20-24 May3 nights Moscow£368.10 For the truly adventurous, why not incorporate other modes of transport? Overnight first class sleeper train tickets from Tallinn to Moscow are advertised at £121 or there are bus services from £10 for the 5 hour journey. An overnight stay is required in the in the Estonian capital but with a 3 star hotel costing £32, this makes this an affordable option. It also allows a day on the outbound leg and a half day on the return leg to explore the Medieval city centre (and the fruit ciders which I can recommend) while you wait for your connections.center_img Glasgow19-23 May1 night Tallinn + 1 night Moscow + train/bus£298.54 The challenge of finding cheap flights to the Champion’s League final in Moscow awaits the fans of Manchester United and Chelsea after two exhilarating semis brought the first all England final.With direct flights selling out fast and standard indirect options over £1000 plus, fans will have to be creative if they want to enjoy the historic night at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21st.With Skyscanner’s multihop search option, their dreams of an affordable trip could be a reality. Offering the ability to combine flights from different low cost airlines with a single click, Skyscanner can identify a number of unusual options for reaching your destination – if you are willing to take a slightly longer route.Our current league of champion prices is as follows. FromDatesAccommodation requiredReturn price London20-23 May2 nights Moscow£372.17 London19-23 May1 night Tallinn + 1 night Moscow + train/bus£203.94last_img read more

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first_img Aretha Franklin, who was born and rose to fame during the segregation era and went on to sing at the inauguration of the first black president, often used her talent, fortune and platform to inspire millions of black Americans and support the fight for racial equality.“She not only provided the soundtrack for the civil rights movement, Aretha’s music transcended race, nationality and religion and helped people from all backgrounds to recognize what they had in common,” said longtime civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery.Franklin, who died Thursday at 76, was a close confidante of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a financial lifeline to the civil rights organization he co-founded, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.The Queen of Soul’s commitment to civil rights was instilled by her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, who also knew King and preached social justice from his pulpit at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit.The church, in fact, was the first place King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. Among those in the congregation were Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. It was Jackson who later urged the civil rights leader to “tell them about the dream, Martin” at the March on Washington, where he delivered the oration for which he is most famous.Franklin recorded “Respect” on Valentine’s Day 1967. Black Americans had already won federal legislation outlawing segregation and protecting their voting rights, particularly in the Deep South.But blacks were still a year away from the Fair Housing Act. And just months after the song was recorded, urban centres, including Franklin’s hometown of Detroit, would burn, exposing police brutality and unequal living conditions and job opportunities.“Her songs were songs of the movement,” Andrew Young, the former King lieutenant and U.N. ambassador, said Thursday. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. … That’s basically what we wanted. The movement was about respect.”The SCLC often struggled financially, but Franklin played a vital role in keeping the movement afloat.“Almost every time we needed money, there were two people we could always count on: Aretha Franklin and Harry Belafonte,” Young said. “They would get together and have a concert, and that would put us back on our feet.”King and Franklin were like spiritual siblings, sharing a bond rooted in their Christian faith, Young said. King would often ask Franklin to sing his favourite songs, “Amazing Grace” or “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.” When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin sang “Precious Lord” at his funeral in Atlanta.Franklin’s “Amazing Grace” was also a comfort to the Rev. Al Sharpton when he was a boy. He recalled that his mother would play the song nonstop in their Brooklyn home after his father left.As an adult and an activist, Sharpton became friends with the soul singer. He noted her unwavering faith, which she brought with her on stage to every performance.“Whether it was the White House, Radio City Music Hall or the Apollo Theater, she always did gospel numbers,” Sharpton said. “She was unapologetically a hardcore, faith-believing Baptist. At the height of her career, she cut a gospel album. Who does that? Her faith is what motivated her.”Long after the civil rights movement ended, Franklin remained committed to social justice, helping Sharpton as he began his organization, the National Action Network, in New York. She would call Sharpton for updates on the emerging Black Lives Matter movement, asking about such cases as those of Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner.“She gave so much to so many people, from Dr. King, to Mandela, to Barack Obama,” said Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime friend who visited her the day before her death.Her presence and influence were as valuable to the movement as her financial contributions, Sharpton said.“To have someone like that that involved and interested … was a statement,” he said. “It gave all the credibility in the world. Others had celebrity, but she had gravity and respect.”___For more, visit https://apnews.com/tag/ArethaFranklin___Whack is AP’s national writer on race and ethnicity. Follow her work on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/emarvelous Queen of Soul also leaves a powerful civil rights legacy by Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2018 2:00 pm PDT Last Updated Aug 16, 2018 at 5:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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Hunting LeRoux The Inside Story of the DEA Taked

first_img “Hunting LeRoux: The Inside Story of the DEA Takedown of a Criminal Genius and His Empire” by Elaine Shannon (Morrow).A master criminal and the step-by-step methods used to stop him permeate this gripping account that is both well-written and exhaustively researched by Elaine Shannon.Paul LeRoux was a ruthless killer who took the traditional methods of organized crime and mixed them with modern technology. His team of mercenaries were ex-military men who murdered his enemies without hesitation or remorse. With so many layers to his enterprise, LeRoux was able to stay hidden in the shadows while he raked in the money and others did his dirty work.A few elite Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents saw a pattern, and uncovered the truth. They realized that with all of LeRoux’s worldwide resources in technology, drugs, weapons and people, it would not be easy to take him out.These agents worked for a division called the 960 Group, essentially the elite of the elite. They hatched a bold plan to infiltrate LeRoux’s operation by using the same methods that had given their target so much success: a combination of modern technology and men willing to risk their lives undercover.What follows is a gripping true-crime tale that is both unbelievable while yet being realistic. Investigative journalist Shannon takes the reader beyond the fly-on-the-wall and puts them right into the heart of every action and situation.One can practically see and smell everything as these brave agents provide a minute-by-minute account of the takedown of a master criminal. (LeRoux was arrested in 2012.) The level of research and detail — including exclusive interviews with the people involved — makes this a one-of-a-kind true crime tale.Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Review: Takedown of Paul LeRoux is gripping true-crime tale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img by Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press Posted Feb 26, 2019 12:36 pm PDTlast_img read more

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