Mayor of Oshawa Ont hopes report of GM closure is just a

first_imgThe Canadian Press OSHAWA, Ont. — The mayor of Oshawa, Ont., says he hopes reports of the pending closure of a General Motors plant in the city are “just a rumour.”CTV News reports that General Motors Canada plans to close its manufacturing plant in Oshawa, affecting thousands of jobs.Mayor John Henry says he has seen the published reports but hasn’t heard from the company — which is the city’s main employer.A spokeswoman for GM Canada said the company had no news to share Sunday night and would not comment on speculation.According to the company’s website, the Oshawa Assembly Plant employs 2,522 workers with Unifor Local 222.Henry says the economic impact of a closure would extend well beyond the plant itself.Jennifer French, who represents the city in the provincial legislature, says she finds the report of the plant closure “gravely concerning.”“If GM Canada is indeed turning its back on 100 years of industry and community — abandoning workers and families in Oshawa — then this is a callous decision that must be fought,” she said in a statement.last_img read more

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Cohen inquiry wraps up amid virus controversy

first_imgAPTN National NewsRobert Brown went from jail to the streets and back again for many years, until an incident late last year made him realize that something had to change.Brown took the next step and enrolled in the Housing First program. And thanks to Housing First, he’s now off the street, working, and successfully dealing with his issues.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has the story on Housing First and what it’s meant to many of the country’s homeless.last_img

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Deeply saddened by Daniel Pearls death Annan salutes journalists courage

‘The Secretary-General salutes the courage of Mr. Pearl and his colleagues around the world, and reiterates his long-standing commitment to the right of journalists to carry out their vital work without fearing for their security, freedom or life,’ said a statement released in New York this evening by Mr. Annan’s spokesman. ‘Where that right is threatened, all of us are placed at risk.’Through the statement, the Secretary-General also extended personal condolences to Mr. Pearl’s wife, family, colleagues and all others touched by this loss.

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US regulators Still heavy risk in big bank loans

by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2016 8:56 am MDT Last Updated Jul 29, 2016 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US regulators: Still heavy risk in big bank loans WASHINGTON – Federal regulators say risk remains heavy in large loans made by banks and other financial institutions, though lending standards have improved.The Federal Reserve and other agencies cite increasing risks in loans to oil and gas producers as oil prices have fallen to three-month lows. The regulators said their latest examinations also showed continued high risk from loans made to companies that are already heavily in debt.The steep decline in oil prices has hurt many energy companies, making it harder for them to repay their loans. The amount of large oil and gas loans that are at risk of failing or already in default doubled in the first quarter from the same period in 2015, according to the agencies’ semi-annual review released Friday. Those loans jumped to $77 billion from $38.2 billion.Overall, the review found that loans at risk of failing or already in default, plus those showing potential weakness, remained high at 10.3 per cent of the total $4.1 trillion in large loans.That was up from 9.5 per cent of a total $3.9 trillion a year earlier.The review found that the level of problem loans remained higher than in previous periods of economic recovery and growth, raising concern that future loan losses could increase significantly in the near future.The regulators said banks have improved their lending standards for loans to heavily indebted companies — something they have been pushing banks to do.Loans in the oil and gas industry represent 12.3 per cent of total large loans outstanding.U.S. banks posted increased loan losses in the first quarter driven by a huge jump in delinquent energy loans.Oil prices have fallen dramatically over the past couple of years, touching levels not seen since the depths of the recession in 2009. They now are running around $41 a barrel for crude oil, down from a $100 high in mid-2014 — slicing into the profits of energy companies and putting projects on hold. As cash flow from oil sales has trickled, some companies are straining to repay their loans.Regulators are worried about a heavy load of risky loans weighing on institutions’ financial soundness and the potential threat to the broader banking system. By conducting the periodic reviews, they are seeking to prevent the kind of risk-taking that touched off the financial crisis in 2008.Through a series of rules for banks’ increased capital cushions against losses and other requirements, regulators have put into effect the tougher standards mandated by Congress in a 2010 financial overhaul law that responded to the crisis.The semi-annual review is conducted by examiners from the Fed, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. It examines large loans, defined as those worth at least $20 million that are made jointly by three or more financial institutions. read more

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UNESCO chief condemns killing of journalist in Brazil

“I condemn the murder of João Miranda do Carmo,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a statement issued on 24 August. “I call on the authorities to investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice so as to protect journalists’ ability to continue contributing to informed public debate,” she added. Mr. do Carmo owned and edited SAD Sem Censura, a local news website. On the evening of 24 July, he was shot at his home in the city of Santo Antônio do Descoberto in the country’s Goiás state. UNESCO’s chief regularly issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States in 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” read more

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UN Africa forum launches highlevel migration panel to help create political momentum

Furthermore, border control measures and stringent policies also prevent Africa from realizing the benefits of migration, underscored Abdalla Hamdok, the Acting Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the launch of the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa. “Travel in Africa by Africans is curtailed by stringent visa requirements, excessive border controls and immigration restrictions,” said Mr. Hamdok, noting that it not only increased costs, but multiplied the risks that migrants are forced to undertake. “Data shows that less than three per cent of Africa’s population have migrated internationally and less than 12 per cent of the total migrant [population] in Europe are from Africa,” he added. On top of this, the issue of safe migration for the continent given that every year, thousands of migrants perish while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to reach mainland Europe. “Just last week, some forty young men and women died of thirst in the Sahara Desert, while trying to reach Europe,” said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs the High-Level Panel. Maureen Achieng from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) also shared this view. “Migration from Africa towards other regions is taking place in a much lower level than one might think,” she said. The 14-member High-Level Panel was established in April last year by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) to push migration issues to the top of policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners. Over the next few months, it will hold consultations at the national, regional and global levels and propose recommendations on building and sustaining broad political consensus on the implementation of the international migration development agenda, while taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations. The report will be submitted to the African Union Summit in July 2018. read more

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Record order book for intrinsic mine safety equipment supplier

first_imgMutech, based in Manchester, England, has announced a record order book. The company, which has 25 years experience in electronics design and manufacture of intrinsic safety equipment for leading companies worldwide, quoted a 40% increase for Q4 of 2012, compared with the same period in 2011. Business has expanded, particularly in the oil, gas and mining equipment markets, as Managing Director, Colin Cameron, explains: “We have increased our marketing and customer service in the core areas of hazardous and functional safety. Our growth is driven by an expanding international end user market.”The expanding order book is reflected in staff intake, which has increased by 20% over the last 12 months. Colin Cameron is keen to recognise the significance of high calibre personnel: “Our success has been powered by professional, motivated and valued people. The award of IIP Gold earlier this year proved that investing in personnel is the key to our long term goal of becoming a centre of excellence for our chosen specialist markets. And, very importantly, we still have huge potential for further innovation, development and growth.”Colin Cameron, who was elected Chairman of the important L/6/10* committee and who has recently returned from the international IECEx* series of meetings to discuss harmonisation with the industry, stresses the importance of certification for continued success in global markets: “The UK’s standards are currently seen as the benchmark and Mutech’s strategy is to work towards product certification for all its markets.”The company embraces the wide spectrum of electronics, from specification, circuit design, software development, through approvals and testing, to prototype and low volume production. A member of the Association of British Mining Equipment Companies (ABMEC) Mutech designs, builds and tests internationally approved products for customers in the fields of mining and other hazardous areas.*L/6/10 comprises manufacturers, users, certification and government bodies, offering a UK perspective to the international committee. L/6/10 is the sole route for UK input into the IECEx scheme.The L/6/10 committee reports to the British Electrotechnical Committee (BEC), the UK Committee for IEC. The L/6/10 is responsible for issues relating to the certification of electrical and mechanical equipment used in hazardous areas (the IECEx scheme), including the oil, gas, mining and landfill industries, as well as food and other process industries.IECEx is the International Electrotechnical Commission System for Certification to standards relating to equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.last_img read more

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MineARC launches next generation refuge chambers

first_imgMineARC Systems latest model range of refuge chambers for the hard rock mine (HRM) industry is the HRM Series IV; “featuring the very latest in safe-refuge technology,” says Mike Lincoln, MineARC General Manager. The MineARC HRM range is now embedded worldwide; deployed in over 100 operations, in over 40 countries, on six continents. The HRM Series IV builds on the success of the Series III.  It’s now even safer, it’s smarter, and it’s easier to maintain and service.  We’ve also included a number of structural modifications that make it easier to position onsite.” A major upgrade is the new Series IV CO/CO2 (carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide) scrubbing system.  Gone are often cumbersome ‘free-pour’ chemicals – the Series IV now uses pre-packaged chemical canisters that are easy to load and handle, and store for long periods.“The prepackaged chemical canisters are already widely recognised and accepted within the industry.  The popular MineARC HRM-ELVP (extra-low-voltage-portable) range of refuge chambers already uses the canister system,”  says Lincoln. Another unique feature of the Series IV is the Intelligent Voice Audio Navigation system (iVAN).  The iVAN system is the onboard guide that ‘talks’ occupants through the operating procedures and alerts at important regular intervals that require action, such as scrubber chemical change outs and gas-level recordings.  iVAN can be programmed to speak in any language.Lincoln: “With the HRM Series IV we feel we’ve taken emergency refuge to the next level.  The self diagnostic capabilities, the new digital controller interface and the simplicity of the new scrubbing system are key to this”As with all its HRM chambers the Series IV was designed and refined in co-operation with some of the world’s leading mining companies, and complies in full with the 2009 West Australian Dept of Mines & Petroleum Guideline: Refuge Chambers in Metalliferous Mines.The New Series IV HRM is available in both standard and custom-engineered models.  The standard model range includes 8, 12, 16, 22, 26 and 32 person models. Lincoln: “The Series IV HRM had its ‘pre-launches’ at MINExpo in Las Vegas and at GME in Kalgoorlie in September/October 2012. Since then the response from industry has been very encouraging and we’ve already received a number of pre-orders both from Australia and internationally.” Key features of the new MineARC Series IV HRM refuge chamber include: Advanced digital controller interface with full chamber diagnostics capability12 hours self maintenance function including battery, scrubber and inverterFull remote systems monitoring, including live internal video streamInternal LCD monitor displays, USB port, PC docking stations and Ethernet connectivityAdvanced CO/CO2 scrubbing system with increased scrubbing/air flow capacityEasy to load pre-packaged scrubber chemical canisters (not free-pour)iVAN (Intelligent Voice Audio Navigation)‘Talks’ occupants through operating proceduresAlerts at regular intervals requiring actionAvailable in any languageBattery back-up (UPS) now upgradable to 96 hoursSeparate battery ‘string’ monitoring to pinpoint potential failures caused by surge/drainageImproved structural integrity and transport featuresImproved rear chamber housing providing added protection for air-conditioning unit, transformer and air filter kitRear escape hatch with internal and external accessImproved lifting lugs, skid-base and front end loader featuresBlast resistant optional to 15 PSI.last_img read more

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Im in the perfect place right now Pendred buzzing for UFC debut

first_imgCATHAL PENDRED’S ENTIRE mixed martial arts career has been geared towards this Saturday night.Or at least that’s how it must feel for the 26-year-old Dubliner.After beating everything that was put in front of him in the welterweight division of the top European promotion, Cage Warriors, he has been solely focused on one goal — becoming a UFC champion.‘The Punisher’ earned a place on season 19 of reality television show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, where he lived with the other contestants in Las Vegas and trained under the guidance of BJ Penn before losing out to eventual winner Eddie Gordon in the semi-final.The defeat would turn out to be a blessing in disguise, however, as it freed him up to fight on 19 July.When the event was staged at Dublin’s 02 Arena back in January 2009, Pendred attended with his brother. That night he promised that the next time the UFC returned to Ireland, he would be on the card.Sure enough, the UFC have come calling and he makes his debut in front of home fans in two days’ time.“The Irish get behind their athletes,” Pendred said yesterday when asked about the level of support he is expecting.“You will probably hear it on Saturday, fans always chant ‘You’ll never beat the Irish’. Obviously that’s not true because we sometimes lose in sporting events but I tell you what, you will never beat the Irish when it comes to support.They are the loudest and most supportive fans hands down. You’ll see on Saturday night — at half 5 the first fight will begin and at half 5 that place will be full to the rafters. I’ve been to UFC events all over the world and you never see that.“That place will be packed and they will be singing right up until Conor McGregor gets his hand raised.”He faces a familiar face in American Mike King, who also competed on TUF where he finished runner-up to Gordon. And while Pendred admits the pair struck up a friendship during their time together, that will be irrelevant when they step into the Octagon for the middleweight bout.“In terms of knowing Mike King, it makes no odds to me,” he adds. “I was a bit disappointed when I heard it was him because we had kept in contact after the show as we get along.“But I immediately cut off all ties with him. I don’t have any emotions towards him – I don’t dislike him, I don’t like him. He’s just a body in my way and that’s the way I’m looking at it. It’s just the same as every other fight.“I’m in the perfect place right now. I’ve had a great training camp. I’m around people who are training for the same goal on the same night and you’re going to see the best Cathal Pendred ever. I’m going to make a statement.”UFC fighters arrive in Dublin, then show off their hurling skills‘I’m gonna blow the roof off this place’ – McGregor set for Dublinlast_img read more

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Best Practices for the Mobile Web

first_imgPublishers may be well-schooled with “traditional” websites but the mobile web is a different beast and still a training ground for many content providers. Here, Annette Tonti, CEO of MoFuse, a specialist in mobile content management that works with publishers ranging from Harvard Business Review to InformationWeek, offers a series of best practices for entering the mobile web, as well as a few tips on what to avoid. Best Practices for Mobile Web Design: ➢Design for “Getting to the Point” Quickly: Mobile People have little time to find information. They will be impatient if you put many slow loading pictures or graphics or if they can’t figure out where to find information on your site in an instance. You don’t want too much downloading to happen before they can get to your information. ➢ Design for Finding Information Efficiently: Mobile viewers are often going for something specific, a function or bit of information from you. Rarely are they meandering or surfing the way someone might do on the desktop web. As you think about the most likely items that they will want to access from you in a mobile mode, you should consider putting those functions at the top of the site. ➢ Call to Action – Make it Easy: Most people read a mobile site from the top then scroll down to the bottom of the site, quickly. If you have a primary call to action, place this at both the top and bottom of the website. That way once they have scrolled to the bottom of the site, the key message you want to deliver is still in front of them.➢ Design for Easy Interaction: Mobile devices have difficult input (tiny keys, small touch screen for example), don’t make your visitors struggle. Click to call or Click to SMS are great examples of making the site easy for viewers. Avoid convoluted paths to get to essential information (don’t nest pages of information unnecessarily). If you can manage it, don’t make them scroll down more than 3 times, this is a good rule of thumb when designing mobile. ➢ Help Your Customers Find Your Mobile Site: Use automatic detection and redirection code on your desktop site in order to ensure that when someone uses the better known URL (the desktop URL), it will automatically display the mobile site. Use a custom domain such as “m.mofuse.com” to better direct traffic to mobile. Use QR codes at every customer touch-point in order to direct traffic to your mobile site.Things to Avoid:➢ Don’t Forget the Variations of Handsets: There are around 5200 handsets in the world today. Consider how your design will work on screens from 2 inches to 5 inches. For example, don’t add side by side images because on some phones these will not appear as you intended – they may wrap and become misaligned. ➢ Don’t Use Heavy or Many Pictures – The journey of your mobile website to the viewers handset is a complex one. Consider carriers, hosting providers, browsers and operating systems, not to mention the actual hardware on the phone. To keep the display journey swift – don’t use a lot of heavy images. Some images are wonderful to keep that site interesting. Just be cautious and remember the journey.➢ Don’t Wait – Your customers are expecting to find your brand on the mobile web today. There are many easy ways to get started. Like when your company built its very first website,there is tremendous learning that needs to occur by being mobile now. Build, test, iterate – then optimize your mobile web touchpoint.last_img read more

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Finance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition

first_imgFinance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition33K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Finance minister terms parliamentarian award as peer recognition33K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee recently conferred the outstanding parliamentarian awards to three veteran leaders. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Karan Singh and regional party Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav were honoured with the awards for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. At a function organised by the Indian Parliamentary Group, President Mukherjee presented the awards to Jaitley, Singh and Yadav, while all the three turned very nostalgic about the past. Going down the memory lane, Jaitley said when he looks back it seems that he has come a long way. Meanwhile, Congress leader Karan Singh recalled his earliest association with the parliament, which dates back to 1950s. Remembering the times of India’s independence, Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav talked about making his Parliamentary debut at the time when it was still abuzz with freedom fighters.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Aug 13 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee recently conferred the outstanding parliamentarian awards to three veteran leaders. India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Karan Singh and regional party Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav were honoured with the awards for the years 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively. At a function organised by the Indian Parliamentary Group, President Mukherjee presented the awards to Jaitley, Singh and Yadav, while all the three turned very nostalgic about the past. Going down the memory lane, Jaitley said when he looks back it seems that he has come a long way. Meanwhile, Congress leader Karan Singh recalled his earliest association with the parliament, which dates back to 1950s. Remembering the times of India’s independence, Janta Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav talked about making his Parliamentary debut at the time when it was still abuzz with freedom fighters.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkars Test batting record is under threat due to New Zealand

first_imgTim Southee.ReutersNew Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee is known for his fierce bowling, wicket-taking ability and swing when he is donning the jersey of the Kiwis. But this time he came in news for a completely different reason. The 30-year-old fast bowler is on the verge of breaking legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s batting record in Test cricket. The New Zealand cricketer equalled the number of sixes Sachin has to his name in Test cricket on the first day of the New Zealand and Sri Lanka Test match at Galle.The pace spearhead who scored 14 runs off 19 balls he faced when he batted at the number 10 position, equalled the master blaster’s record by hitting off-spinner Dhanajaya de Silva out of the park. Both the cricketers have 69 sixes to their name in Test cricket. While the former Indian cricketer took 329 innings to reach there, Southee needed just 89 innings to get equal to, arguably, the greatest cricketer of his generation. Both of them are currently tied at the 17th spot with Younis Khan just ahead of them as the Pakistani cricketer has 70 sixes to his name. File photo of Sachin Tendulkar at Lord’s.Ben Hoskins/Getty ImagesThe record for the most number of sixes in Test cricket belongs to another former member of the New Zealand team, Brendon McCullum. The hard-hitting wicket-keeper batsman has 107 sixes to his name from the 176 innings he played. Adam Gilchrist is the only other cricketer who has touched the three-figure mark with respect to the number of sixes in Tests. The former Australian wicket-keeping legend has a tally of 100 sixes in 137 innings.Indian former cricketer and opener Virender Sehwag has 91 sixes to his name and tops the chart among Indian cricketers.The Kiwis got bundled for 249 runs in the first innings of the match and in reply, the Lankans took a slender lead of 18 runs. Akila Dananjaya was the pick of the bowlers in the match as he picked up five wickets for 80 runs in the 30 overs he bowled.Both the teams are playing the first Test of the two-match series in Sri Lanka.last_img read more

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SDGs monitoring and evaluation framework soon

first_imgShamsul Alam, senior secretary and member of the Planning Commission’s general economics division (GED), inaugurates the three-day inter-ministerial consultation workshop to finalise the sustainable development goals (SDGs) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for Bangladesh. Photo: CollectedThe government is going to finalise soon the sustainable development goals (SDGs) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework for Bangladesh to track the implementation progress of SDGs in the country.“We are in process of developing a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Framework for SDGs implementation in Bangladesh,” Shamsul Alam, senior secretary and member of the Planning Commission’s general economics division (GED), said on Monday.“We have already prepared a draft in consultation with the relevant ministries, divisions, agencies and institutions and will soon finalise it,” he added.He was inaugurating a three-day inter-ministerial consultation workshop on “Developing SDGs Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Bangladesh” at the BRAC CDM at Rajendrapur in Gazipur, said a press release issued on Tuesday.The GED with the support from Engaging with Institutions (EI), IP Project and UNDP Bangladesh organised this expert group workshop to examine the draft framework, determine sources data and gather feedback from the relevant stakeholders in finalising the M&E framework.“A solid monitoring framework with robust indicators backed by a credible statistical database is the base for effective monitoring of the progress,” Shamsul Alam said.He hoped the framework would help take informed policy decisions, adjust policies and ensure accountability in implementing the SDGs in the country.At the three-day consultation workshop, the participants will examine and provide detailed feedback on SDGs indicators that are suitable for Bangladesh.They will also recommend targets and potential data disaggregation as well as how to produce required national data for monitoring the SDGs implementation in Bangladesh.After preparing the draft, it would be placed before the National Committee on SDGs Implementation and Monitoring headed by the principal coordinator (SDGs Affairs), prime minister’s office (PMO) for approval.A total of 55 participants from relevant ministries, divisions, agencies, institutions, public institutions and members of UN Data group are taking part in the workshop.UNDP Bangladesh assistant country director Shaila Khan, and UNDP Bangladesh project adviser and SDG lead Fakrul Ahsan also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

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Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas Officials

first_imgPolice escort a group of Rohingya men and boy in Kyauktan township south of Yangon on 16 November 2018 after their boat washed ashore. Photo: AFPMyanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon on Friday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.The boat was bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it in the early morning some 30 km (20 miles) south of Myanmar’s largest city, Kyaw Htay, an immigration officer from Kyauktan township, told Reuters by phone.The group boarded the vessel from internal displacement camps outside Sittwe, the capital of western Rakhine state, he said.”Their destination was Malaysia. The boat was stopped after the engine failed,” he said.Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been confined to sprawling camps outside Sittwe since violence swept Rakhine in 2012.More than 700,000 Rohingya fled a brutal army crackdown in the northern part of the state last year, according to U.N. agencies. The Rohingya say soldiers and local Buddhists massacred families, burned hundreds of villages, and carried out gang rapes. UN-mandated investigators have accused the Myanmar army of “genocidal intent” and ethnic cleansing.Myanmar denies almost all of the allegations, saying security forces were battling terrorists. Attacks by Rohingya insurgents calling themselves the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army preceded the crackdown.Officials say they are ready to accept Rohingya who want to return from Bangladeshi refugee camps. But on Thursday, efforts to repatriate several thousand failed after refugees protested, saying they did not want to return. U.N. officials and aid agencies opposed the plan, saying conditions in Myanmar were not safe.Officials and aid workers told Reuters last week that dozens of Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh had boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia in recent weeks after the end of the monsoon rains in early October.RICKETY BOATSThose who arrived on Friday were questioned on the top floor of a cyclone shelter, where women wearing headscarves, men, and children could be seen through the windows by Reuters reporters.They were led to trucks as a phalanx of officials stood guard, women leading small children by the hand and some carrying small bags, before being driven away towards Yangon.In a Facebook post, Aye Mya Mya Myo, a lower house lawmaker for Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party from Kyauktan, said there were 50 men, 31 women and 25 children in the group.Early on Friday she posted pictures of a rickety boat crammed with people. It resembled vessels the Rohingya typically use to escape the apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine, where they are denied free movement and access to decent education and healthcare.For years, Rohingya on both sides of the border have boarded boats organised by smugglers in the dry months between November and March, when the sea is calm. The perilous journey to Thailand and Malaysia, often undertaken in overcrowded vessels, has cost many lives.Thailand cracked down on the trade after discovering a series of mass graves in 2015, leading to a crisis when smugglers abandoned their human cargo and left boats adrift in the Andaman Sea.last_img read more

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Get Every Super Smash Bros Ultimate Amiibo… In Japan

first_imgStay on target When Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts that “Everyone Is Here,” the game isn’t just talking about the fact that the 74 characters represent every Smash Brother in history and then some. It’s also laying down the gauntlet for collectors of amiibo, Nintendo’s enduring toys-to-life #brand. The game might as well be saying, “We have every character, but do you?” And if you don’t, soon you can, at least on Amazon Japan where Nintendo announced this massive 63-figurine boxset.Amiibo first debuted with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. And the functionality remains similar in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Scan amiibo into your Nintendo Switch and train them as AI “Figure Players.” They can even take advantage of the new Spirit power-ups. But really amiibo are more dope figures to display that happen to do some things in video games, not the other way around. And this collection, of which only 50 will be made, gives you plenty of dope figures to display.We don’t know the price yet (multiplying standard amiibo prices by the number of figures puts it almost at a thousand dollars). But we do know the set includes every Super Smash Bros. amiibo that will available when the game launches on December 7. You’ll get Mario and Link and Pikachu and Donkey Kong. You’ll get Ryu and Cloud and Bayonetta and Sonic. You’ll even get newcomers Inkling and Ridley and King K. Rool and Piranha Plant, although that last fighter isn’t arriving until next February as DLC. The trophies even come in a snazzy case with a special poster.One of the coolest parts of being a Nintendo fan in New York City is going to the Nintendo NYC store. Among its attractions is a glass case featuring every single amiibo. This boxset, if it ever leaves Japan, won’t have as many toys as that. But it is a healthy start. For more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate check out our recent hands-on impressions of its single-player modes. And for more on amiibo, read about how it’s the last toys-to-life #brand still standing.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero last_img read more

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Learning how to get computers to develop new and useful materials

first_img Citation: Learning how to get computers to develop new and useful materials (2016, May 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-05-materials.html Discovering new materials for use in solving problems or to create new types of structures or devices, is notoriously difficult work—most in the field would describe it has haphazard, with most new discoveries coming about at least partly by chance. Most often the process involves clearly defining a problem, e.g. noting that a certain type of battery should be able to hold a charge longer, than looking at all of the materials that have been discovered so far that fall into a certain category to see if any of them might fill the bill, and if that does not work, striking out into the unknown to see if there is a material that exists naturally in the world that has not yet been identified as a possibility. If that fails, the next step is to see if a new material can be made by combining other materials under various conditions, a process so fraught with difficulties that most simply do not bother, hoping that someone will stumble across a solution by accident sometime in the near future.But, Nosengo points out, things do not have to go this way, why not use computers to do the looking for us, he asks, or perhaps even better, get them to discover new materials for us by virtual combining ingredients and virtually subjecting them to different conditions. Scientists are working on this idea, he notes—starting with building databases that hold information about the basic properties of already known materials, all subdivided into classes, such as those that have crystal structures (useful in battery making). He notes also that several groups have been working on developing algorithms to use such data, such as one called simply Intelligent Search. He notes also that the White House got involved back in 2011, by backing an initiative called the Materials Genome Initiative—which is based on the ideas used with the Human Genome Project approach.As one example of an actual project, the team at Haverford demonstrated in their paper a new approach to developing algorithms to allow computers to use reaction data to predict reaction outcomes—a very necessary component of any large system dedicated to creating new materials out of basic components without guidance from humans. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: Nature ‘Natural selection’ could lead to amazing new materials More information: Paul Raccuglia et al. Machine-learning-assisted materials discovery using failed experiments, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17439AbstractInorganic–organic hybrid materials such as organically templated metal oxides, metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) and organohalide perovskites have been studied for decades, and hydrothermal and (non-aqueous) solvothermal syntheses have produced thousands of new materials that collectively contain nearly all the metals in the periodic table. Nevertheless, the formation of these compounds is not fully understood, and development of new compounds relies primarily on exploratory syntheses. Simulation- and data-driven approaches (promoted by efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative) provide an alternative to experimental trial-and-error. Three major strategies are: simulation-based predictions of physical properties (for example, charge mobility, photovoltaic properties, gas adsorption capacity or lithium-ion intercalation) to identify promising target candidates for synthetic efforts; determination of the structure–property relationship from large bodies of experimental data, enabled by integration with high-throughput synthesis and measurement tools; and clustering on the basis of similar crystallographic structure (for example, zeolite structure classification or gas adsorption properties). Here we demonstrate an alternative approach that uses machine-learning algorithms trained on reaction data to predict reaction outcomes for the crystallization of templated vanadium selenites. We used information on ‘dark’ reactions—failed or unsuccessful hydrothermal syntheses—collected from archived laboratory notebooks from our laboratory, and added physicochemical property descriptions to the raw notebook information using cheminformatics techniques. We used the resulting data to train a machine-learning model to predict reaction success. When carrying out hydrothermal synthesis experiments using previously untested, commercially available organic building blocks, our machine-learning model outperformed traditional human strategies, and successfully predicted conditions for new organically templated inorganic product formation with a success rate of 89 per cent. Inverting the machine-learning model reveals new hypotheses regarding the conditions for successful product formation. (Phys.org)—Science journalist, Nicola Nosengo has published a News Feature in the latest issue of the journal Nature, outlining the work being done to figure out how to use computers and databases to take on the tasks associated with discovering new and useful materials. In the same issue a team working at Haverford College, outlines a proposed method to use machine-learning-assisted materials discovery, via failed experiments. 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.last_img read more

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Inter American Press Association warns of mounting attacks on free press in

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday warned of growing threats to journalists in Guatemala following an attack this week on a reporter that came just two weeks after another journalist was killed.The Miami-based press association also denounced government-backed discrimination in advertising against the daily elPeriódico, a newspaper that often publishes stories about official corruption, rights abuses and drug trafficking.IAPA condemned a Monday attack that left reporter Fredy Rodas seriously wounded in the face and back. IAPA called for an immediate investigation.Earlier in August, Guatemalan radio journalist Luis Lima, 68, was killed while sitting in his automobile in front of Radio Sultana de Oriente, in the southeastern department of Zacapa.Lima is the third journalist to be assassinated this year in the Central American country, which is facing an ongoing wave of violence that leaves 16 Guatemalans dead every day – one of the highest murder rates in Latin America.IAPA also criticized “the practice of utilizing government publicity and apparent government coercion of private advertisers as an instrument to pressure editorial content,” according to the IAPA statement.elPeriódico founder and President José Rubén Zamora also has spoken out about the atmosphere of violence and intimidation against journalists in Guatemala. Zamora, who was attacked in 2003, said that in retaliation for stories published in elPeriódico about government corruption, officials cancelled a personal security detail assigned to him following the 2003 attempt on his life.IAPA blasted a paid ad printed in local Guatemalan media by the administration of President Otto Pérez Molina announcing that Zamora’s security detail would be withdrawn. The paid advertisement accused Zamora of “publishing false news” and “lacking proof against government officials.”Claudio Paolillo, president of IAPA’s Commission on the Freedom of Press and Expression, accused Pérez Molina’s administration of taking a hypocritical position on the issue of press freedom and protection.“The government cannot say it respects the freedom of the press and that it does not intimidate a newspaper when it is evident – and government officials have admitted this – that elPeriódico is being discriminated against with official publicity,” Paolillo said.This step by the government is a serious threat to press freedom and the public right to information, as outlined in treaties and various national and international agreements, he added.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Belize urges solution to Guatemala’s long-standing territorial claims Guatemalan president: Pot legalization in Uruguay is ‘an important step’ Guatemala City street gets facelift, and what a difference it makes European Parliament recognizes Guatemala’s Ixil community with SOLIDAR awardlast_img read more

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Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute ri

first_img Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Top Stories Arizona Sports’ Craig Grialou contributed to this report What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img To say the Cardinals have Vick’s number would be a bit inaccurate, as the quarterback is 2-1 against them, but at the same time they seem to do as good a job at defending him as anyone in the NFL. Arizona did win the last meeting, as Vick completed just 16-of-34 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions. “What happened last year is last year, so I don’t go back and look at all that,” Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said. “They’ve got a high-powered offense, a bunch of playmakers, a great quarterback.“We’ve just got to play a perfect game to beat them.”It’s understandable that Dockett would not want to ruffle any Eagles’ feathers — pun intended — with his comments, but if there’s a secret to defending Vick it would appear the Cardinals have figured it out.“It can be very difficult,” linebacker Daryl Washington said of stopping a quarterback like Vick. “When you have a mobile quarterback who can run around and extend plays it can be a big problem.”One way to try and solve the problem can be to put a “spy” on Vick. The idea is that someone — usually a linebacker — will follow Vick, making sure he’s around in case the quarterback decides to take off and run. “I think spying is a good key, keeping an eye on him instead of being able to contain him,” Washington said. “Even if the pocket breaks down and one guy loses contain we still have a spy there to make sure Vick doesn’t run too much.“We’ll definitely have our eyes on him.”Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said facing Vick certainly represents a challenge, but the trick is just sticking with what works for you.“You’ve got to focus on what you’re trying to get done and you have to do it well,” he said.At the very least, the Cardinals will call on their experience from the season’s first week, when they faced off against Seattle’s Russell Wilson. Like Vick, Wilson is adept at making plays with his feet as well as his arm.The Cardinals held Wilson to just 153 yards through the air and another 20 on the ground.“Even when you do your best job of trying to contain him and keep him in the pocket and take the best angle as the outside rusher, he still can beat you to the outside,” defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday said. “So it’s going to be a collaborative effort. It’s going to take everybody.” Michael Vick has played in 113 NFL games over the course of a 10-year NFL career. Playing for both the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles, Vick has completed 56.1 percent of his passes and thrown 114 touchdowns and 78 interceptions. He’s also run for 5,285 yards and scored 34 times.In three games against the Arizona Cardinals — two with the Falcons and one with the Eagles — Vick has completed just 51.3 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s run for 248 yards, but has yet to reach the end zone. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

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Johnson fits into that mold Under former coach Br

first_imgJohnson fits into that mold. Under former coach Bruce Arians, he caught balls out of the backfield but also lined up like a slot receiver, using his skillet and familiarity with route-running to challenge defenses.In limited preseason action this past month under first-year coach Steve Wilks and new offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, Johnson wasn’t used much in the passing game. The Cardinals’ first team unit didn’t show much as it was.Johnson, however, promised he’d be used in the passing game.“He’s such a threat in everything that he does, and he can make people miss and he’s so versatile that, quite frankly, (opponents) have to guess right sometimes in order to stop him,” Centers said. “I think he’ll be probably one of the top backs in the league, no doubt, this season, in terms of yards from scrimmage.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 2 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “David Johnson is going to be — as history will prove — he’ll be before his time as a player in this league,” Centers said Wednesday while joining Doug & Wolf on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.Related LinksESPN: Cardinals’ David Johnson a fascinating player to watch in 2018Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald, David Johnson sit out of Sunday’s gameEarly as it is, Cardinals feel good about offense built around David JohnsonJohnson, who missed all but a part of one game last year due to a wrist injury, challenged the traditional role as a running back in 2016. The former receiver, who blossomed as a running back in college at Northern Iowa, rushed for 1,239 yards and caught 80 passes for 879 more yards in his second NFL season.Entering 2017, Johnson set a personal goal to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 more receiving during his third season, but a wrist injury suffered in the first game of the year doused that possibility.Healthy leading into this season but under a new coaching staff, it’s back to the drawing board.“I think it’s an achievable goal for David Johnson given his talent level, there’s no doubt in my mind about that,” Centers said of Johnson chasing the 1,000/1,000 club, which has only been reached by former Ram Marshall Faulk (1999) and former 49er Roger Craig (1985).“I think in today’s game, there’s so much of a committee — offense by committee setup with, you know, you have to spread the ball around in order to be effective in today’s league. I predict in the future that the league will be comprised by guys that have a home position but they’ll be required to play multiple spaces in the offense. It’s inevitable, in my opinion.” Top Stories center_img Larry Centers knows what it’s like to be ahead of his time. Arguably, nobody has replicated the type of production by the former Phoenix and Arizona Cardinals fullback.Centers, who played for the Cardinals from 1990-98, still leads all NFL running backs in career receptions (827). Some may have more yards and touchdowns on those touches. Most have more rushing yards than Centers’ 2,188 for his career.Yet few have the perspective of a player whose talents and roles challenged the definition of his respective position on the field, and Centers sees current Cardinals running back David Johnson in a similar fashion. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)last_img read more

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Etihad Airways Inflight Chef

first_imgEtihad Airways Inflight Chef. Etihad Airways is flying renowned Australian chefs, Nelly Robinson of Sydney’s nel. restaurant and Scott Bridger of Perth’s Bib & Tucker and May Street Larder, to Abu Dhabi to compete in Taste the World, a special event in the Taste of Abu Dhabi programme from 10 to 12 November.The pair are among 10 world-class chefs competing to reveal who best epitomises Etihad Airways’ signature food philosophy, which delivers remarkable culinary experiences, on the ground and in the air, using innovative techniques and the creative use of ingredients.Joining Robinson and Bridger in the culinary lineup are Pascal Aussignac (Club Gascon, London), Andre Gerrits (Amsterdammertje, Amsterdam), Michael Hunter (Antler Restaurant, Toronto), Andrea Provenzani (Il Liberty, Milan), Vitaly Tikhonov (G.Graf, Moscow), Siu Hin Chi (Duddell’s, Hong Kong), Sylvestre Wahid (Restaurant Sylvestre, Paris), and Francesco Apreda (Imàgo, Rome). Each was chosen to compete in Taste the World at Taste Festivals held in their home city during 2016.For the Taste the World competition, a dish specially created by each of the 10 chefs will be judged by an independent panel comprising an Etihad Airways in flight chef, a representative of Taste Festivals, and a world-renowned food influencer.Visitors to Taste of Abu Dhabi will also have the opportunity to watch the chefs create dishes that bring to life the airline’s culinary vision in a special Etihad Chefs’ Theatre.Etihad Airways is the global airline partner of 15 Taste Festivals worldwide. Its three-year agreement with Taste Festivals Limited, signed in 2016, is a central pillar of its global sponsorship strategy aimed at establishing the airline as an aspirational lifestyle brand. The partnership with Taste Festivals kicked off in March this year with events in Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong and culminates this month with Taste of Abu Dhabi. The airline will also participate in Taste of Melbourne which takes place in the city’s Albert Park from 10 to 13 November.last_img read more

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