Hong Kong protesters face crucial weekend test after airport setback

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement faces a major test this weekend as it tries to muster another huge crowd following criticism over a recent violent airport protest and as concerns mount over Beijing’s next move. Ten weeks of protests have plunged the international finance hub into crisis with the communist mainland taking an increasingly hardline tone, including labelling the more violent protester actions “terrorist-like”. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USChinese state media have put out images of military personnel and armoured personnel carriers across the border in Shenzhen, while the United States has warned Beijing against sending in troops, a move many analysts say would be a reputational and economic disaster for China. The nationalistic Global Times newspaper said there would not be a repeat of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, in which hundreds — or even thousands — are believed to have been killed, if Beijing moves to quash the protests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “The incident in Hong Kong won’t be a repeat of the June 4th political incident in 1989,” it said, insisting the country now had more sophisticated approaches. It was a rare reference to the bloody events, which are taboo in China. Hong Kong’s protests were sparked by opposition to a plan to allow extraditions to the mainland, but have since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. Millions of people have hit the streets while clashes have broken out between police and small groups of hardcore protesters for 10 consecutive weekends. For most of that time, US President Donald Trump has taken a hands-off approach to the unrest but began speaking up this week, suggesting any potential trade deal with Beijing could be upended by a violent response from the mainland. Speaking on Thursday, Trump urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to meet protesters and solve the crisis “humanely”. Activists are now planning to hold a major rally on Sunday, which is being billed as a “rational, non-violent” protest designed to show the movement still maintains broad public support after suffering a setback earlier in the week. On Tuesday, protesters blocked passengers from boarding flights at the city’s airport and later assaulted two men they accused of being Chinese spies. The shocking images damaged a movement that until then had largely only targeted the police or government institutions, and prompted some soul-searching among protesters. China’s propaganda apparatus seized on the violence, with state-media churning out a deluge of condemnatory articles, pictures and videos. Sunday’s rally is being put together by the Civil Human Rights Front, a protest group that advocates non-violence and has previously been the driving force behind record-breaking rallies in June and July that saw hundreds of thousands of people hit the streets. “This coming Sunday should be another million-strong march. Hong Kong people can’t be defeated, Hong Kongers soldier on,” prominent pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo wrote on Facebook. But the likelihood of renewed clashes over the weekend remains high. On Saturday, activists have vowed to gather in Hung Hom and To Kwa Wan — two harbourside districts popular with mainland Chinese tourists — despite police banning their proposed marches. And while police have given permission for protesters on Sunday to rally in a major park on Hong Kong island, they have forbidden demonstrators from marching through the city. Previous bans in the last few weeks have simply been ignored by demonstrators, leading to running battles with riot police. Authorities say they have been compelled to ban recent rallies because of increasing violence used by hardcore protesters, who have often targeted police stations alone their marching routes with bricks, slingshots and Molotov cocktails. Hong Kong maintains freedoms unknown on the authoritarian mainland under a 50-year deal that came into effect when the former colony was handed back to China by Britain in 1997. Many Hong Kongers say those liberties are being eroded and have hit the streets in huge numbers in recent years. Yet their demands to elect their own leaders and halt sliding freedoms have fallen on deaf ears. The current protests are the biggest threat to Beijing’s authority since the handover and as violence has escalated, party leaders have only hardened their tone. Beijing has also ordered Hong Kong’s companies and influential tycoons to toe the line. On Friday Cathay Pacific announced the shock resignation of its CEO Rupert Hogg after the Hong Kong carrier was excoriated by Beijing because some staff supported the pro-democracy protests. Many tycoons have published statements calling for an end to the protests, the latest coming from the city’s wealthiest man Li Ka-shing who took out adverts in seven Hong Kong newspapers.last_img read more

Analysis Tax cuts spending to raise deficit to 1T by 2020

first_imgWASHINGTON – The combined effect of President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill is sending the federal deficit toward the $1 trillion mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.The CBO report says the nation’s $21 trillion debt would spike to more than $33 trillion in 10 years, with debt held by investors spiking to levels that would come close to equaling the size of the economy, reaching levels that many economists fear could spark a debt crisis.Republicans once laced into President Barack Obama for trillion-dollar-plus deficits but mostly fell quiet on Monday’s news.CBO says economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7 per cent on average to the nation’s economic output over the coming decade. Those effects will only partially offset the deficit cost of the tax cuts. The administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves.Instead, Monday’s report estimates that the GOP tax bill, which is Republican-controlled Washington’s signature accomplishment under Trump, will add $1.8 trillion to the deficit over the coming decade, even after its positive effects on the economy are factored in.The economic growth promises to drop the nationwide unemployment rate below 4 per cent starting this year, CBO predicts, though interest rates would rise more rapidly than the agency had earlier predicted, countering some of the positive economic impact of the tax cuts.The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of the federal deficit, predicting it will hit $804 billion this year, rise to just under $1 trillion for the upcoming budget year and permanently breach the $1 trillion mark in 2020 unless Congress stems the burst of red ink.The government would borrow about 19 cents of every dollar it spends this year. Deficits would grow to $1.5 trillion by 2028 — and could exceed $2 trillion if the tax cuts are fully extended and if Washington doesn’t cut spending.“Such high and rising debt would have serious negative consequences for the budget and the nation,” said CBO Director Keith Hall. “In particular, the likelihood of a fiscal crisis in the United States would increase.”Republicans controlling Washington have largely lost interest in taking on the deficit, an issue that has fallen in prominence in recent years. Trump has ruled out cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and Capitol Hill Republicans have failed to take steps against the deficit since Trump took office.But if warnings of a future fiscal crisis turn out to be true, lawmakers might be forced to take painful steps, Hall warned, that would be more draconian than if they tackled the deficit now.With conservatives complaining about the $1.3 trillion catchall spending bill — which blew through previous budget limits by $300 billion over this year and next — House GOP leaders have scheduled a vote this week on a proposed amendment to the Constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The vote is sure to fall well short of the two-thirds required to pass and is being rushed to a vote without hearings or committee debate.“The CBO’s latest report exposes the scam behind the rosy rhetoric from Republicans that their tax bill would pay for itself,” said top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. “The American people deserve a Congress that is focused squarely on helping the middle class, not patronizing Kabuki theatre — like sham ‘balanced budget’ votes — from Republicans who blew up the deficit to benefit wealthy special interests.”The White House is also likely to propose rolling back some of the spending increases in the government-wide funding bill, targeting domestic programs backed by Democrats, but the idea isn’t gaining much traction on Capitol Hill.“It’s going nowhere,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “We made a deal.”Republicans are unlikely to pass even a nonbinding budget blueprint, instead opting to take a pause in the heat of election season.“Without question, we have challenging work ahead,” said House Budget Committee Chairman Steve Womack, R-Ark., who promised he will be “working with my colleagues in the days ahead to craft a responsible budget plan.”Many economists believe that if deficits continue to rise and the national debt grows, government borrowing will “crowd out” private lending and force up interest rates. And if interest rates go up, the government will have to pay much more to finance the more than $14 trillion in Treasury debt held by investors.Last year’s deficit registered $665 billion, which was well below the record $1.4 trillion posted during Obama’s first year in office, when the Great Recession led to plunging revenues and a spike in spending. The deficit settled below $500 million for part of Obama’s second term but has steadily risen since then.The new report predicts the economy will grow by 3.3 per cent this year but that gross domestic product growth will drop to 1.8 per cent by 2020. It warns that interest rates on government borrowing will spike, with the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, currently yielding 2.8 per cent, will average a 3.0 per cent interest rate this year and 3.7 per cent next year.“We expect interest rates to accelerate faster,” said CBO’s Hall.last_img read more

Talks between Ban Kimoon and Iranian leader focus on nuclear Afghan issues

24 September 2007Iran’s nuclear programme, the situation in neighbouring Afghanistan and reform of the United Nations system were the focus of talks today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at UN Headquarters in New York. Mr. Ban “acknowledged Iran’s engagement in favour of peace and security in Afghanistan,” according to a readout of this afternoon’s meeting between the two leaders provided by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.While he underlined Iran’s interest in regional peace and security, the Secretary-General urged the country to comply fully with the work plan it recently reached with the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and to contribute towards the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions regarding its nuclear activities.The readout stated that Mr. Ahmadinejad also raised the issue of UN reform, including its decision-making processes, as well as the work of UN agencies.The Iranian President invited Mr. Ban to visit Tehran, and the Secretary-General said he would do so at the earliest opportune moment. read more

Top UN envoy to Haiti welcomes national dialogue after elections

After updating the Security Council on the election process in Haiti, the United Nations top envoy to that country welcomed President-elect René Préval’s invitation for Haitians to join together in a national dialogue.“We believe that dialogue and reconciliation are the concepts to be applied today in Haiti, and we also expect that his dialogues with the private sector he announced for tomorrow will also be fruitful,” said Juan Gabriel Valdés, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Haiti.Besides supporting such national dialogue, Mr. Valdés said that upcoming priorities for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – now that its mandate has been renewed – include the professionalization of the police force, so that it is able to confront the security situation in the Cite Soleil, the gang-ridden inner-city neighbourhood of the capital Port-au-Prince.Along with security measures, he said it was also necessary to create with the Government a common approach for social development of the area.Applauding the Haitian people for their patience and continuing commitment to democracy, both the Security Council and Secretary-General Annan last week congratulated Mr. Préval on his election victory after a tumultuous week of vote counting.Today, Mr. Valdés said that preliminary vote counts for parliamentary elections should be finished by today or tomorrow, but no doubt a second round of ballots would be needed as many leading candidates would not have the requisite majority to win on the first round. read more

Despite progress Afghanistan faces major economic security and political challenges in 2016

“In 2016, it is vital that the National Unity Government demonstrates increasingly its effectiveness, not only to the Afghan people but also donors, on whom it is largely dependent for financial, material and technical assistance,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom told the Security Council.He stressed that many Afghans are anxious about the future, with some feeling they have no choice other than to leave the country in search of security and economic opportunity elsewhere.“Civilians, as ever, continue to bear the brunt of the conflict, as casualties rise at an ever increasing pace and more people have been displaced from their homes by the conflict,” he said, stressing that with the fiscal gap between revenue raised and spent, poverty is no less prevalent, economic contraction has led to high unemployment, and corruption has yet to be overcome,” he said.While challenges of such a scale and complexity would test any Government, however, there has been progress on reforming the civil service and electoral sector, economic growth though low is projected to increase in the next years, and Afghan security forces (ANSF) have shown resilience in the face of an intensified insurgency, he noted.Mark Bowden, UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, discusses the security and humanitarian impacts of the ongoing conflict in the country. Credit: UN News CentreMr. Haysom commended the Government for continuing to put into place the building blocks for long-term economic improvement, including through regional integration, and he noted that while the temporary loss of key district and provincial centres like Kunduz revealed major ANSF shortcomings, almost all of these centres have been retaken.“The ANSF may be stretched to capacity but, for the most part, they are holding their ground,” he said.“This does not ignore the need for improvements to ANSF functioning, with a particular focus on logistics and administration, and remedial measures to boost both morale and diminish rates of attrition, as well as continued international support for its attempts to build its own air support capabilities.”Mr. Haysom highlighted the need to tackle corruption and make governance reform to reassure the international community that its aid will have a tangible impact in 2016, with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) meeting in Warsaw to pledge its military commitment for four years, while in Brussels donors will recommit to civilian aid.“UNAMA will be encouraging donors to invest in Afghanistan’s reconstruction and security, rather than bear the costs of immigration,” he said, referring to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, which he heads.“This situation cannot continue indefinitely – sooner or later the financial resources currently available to the country will decrease. Afghanistan needs to find a political route to peace,” he added, calling on the Taliban to commit to entering into a peace process as the Government has.He pledged that during 2016 UNAMA will continue to pursue its three track approach to engagement with the Taliban – on human rights, humanitarian access and on political engagement. read more

LaQuinton Ross to forgo senior season at Ohio State pursue professional career

Junior forward LaQuinton Ross (10) drives past an opposing player during a game against Northwestern Feb. 19 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won 76-60.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorIt’s official: LaQuinton Ross’ days as an Ohio State Buckeye are finished.The Buckeye junior forward announced his decision to forego his final year of eligibility and pursue a professional career to OSU coach Thad Matta and the rest of the Buckeye coaching staff Friday, according to a press release. The decision confirms a Monday report by ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Goodman.“My experience at Ohio State has been incredible,” Ross said, according to the release. “Coach Matta, my teammates and the staff were amazing to work with on a daily basis. My goal has always been to play at the next level and I believe now is the best time.”Ross departs from OSU after leading the Buckeyes with 15.2 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in 2013-14 as the Buckeyes went 25-10 and finished fifth in the Big Ten after going 10-8 in regular season conference play.Matta said Ross’ abilities meant a lot to the program’s success in his time here.“LaQuinton was an instrumental part of our success over the last three years,” Matta said in the release. “His goal is to compete at the highest level possible. He will have that opportunity because of the work he has put in to prepare for this day. He will be missed at Ohio State and we wish him nothing but the very best.”After the initial report by Goodman, Ross took to Twitter Monday to dispel any rumors that he had decided to head to the NBA.“To all the people tweeting me I haven’t said anything so guys are wasting your time!! I didn’t make a decision!” a tweet posted at 3:24 p.m. Monday from Ross’ personal account, @qross2011, read.After OSU’s 60-59 loss to Dayton Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Ross said he would make a decision on his future “in the next couple of weeks.”Ross’ decision to leave early means the Buckeyes have just 10 scholarship players on roster for the 2014-15 season, after sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle announced Saturday his intentions to head back to Europe and pursue a professional basketball career. The Buckeyes also lose senior guards Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. to graduation.OSU is set to have four seniors on scholarship next season with Ross’ announcement. Those include guard Shannon Scott, forward Sam Thompson and centers Trey McDonald and Amir Williams. read more

1963 Ohio State Buckeyes reflect on hollow victory vs Michigan after John

OSU running back Paul Warfield (42) catches a 35-yard pass from quarterback Don Unverferth late in the second quarter for a touchdown against Michigan Nov. 30, 1963. OSU won, 14-10.Credit: AP wirephoto published by The Lantern Dec. 2, 1963In a typical year for the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, there might not be anything that takes precedence above the rivals’ annual meeting at the end of the regular season. The Game took a backseat in 1963, however, to national tragedy.Nov. 22, 1963, 50 years ago Friday, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade to an appearance in Dallas. The Ohio State-Michigan game, originally scheduled to be played the following day, was postponed one week — though not immediately.“We were actually at the stadium getting dressed when it was canceled,” Arnie Chonko, a cornerback on the 1963 team, said in an interview with The Lantern. “They didn’t cancel the game until 10 in the morning.”Members of that team acknowledged that had the game gone on as scheduled that Saturday, it would have been difficult to focus on football.“It was just the demeanor of the team was like, this game isn’t really important,” linebacker Ike Kelley said. “It’s a big game and as far as the rivalry goes between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, but at that particular moment when we heard the news, it really didn’t matter.”Greg Lashutka, a tight end on the 1963 team who later became the mayor of Columbus from 1992 to 2000, said he thought postponing the game — as well as most of the other college football games scheduled around the nation that Nov. 23 — was the “smartest thing that collegiate football did.”“I think that was the right thing to do so people could put themselves around their own reflection, get with their loved ones,” Lashutka said. “I don’t think we could have really played the game very well that next day if we had to. It was hard enough a week later, let alone the day after.”The Game was rescheduled for Nov. 30, the latest a game between OSU and Michigan has been played until this year’s contest, which will also be played Nov. 30.The postponement had a number of effects on the rescheduled game, which the Buckeyes won, 14-10.The official attendance of that game at Michigan Stadium, which had hosted 101,450 people during a game against Michigan State earlier that year, was only 36,424, the lowest of any game at Michigan Stadium that season.The cold, wintry weather that often characterizes late November also played a factor in the game.“It was a really cold day and snowy,” Chonko said. “Not snow on the field, but sort of flurries.”The day had a high of 41 degrees and a low of 27, according to Weather Underground.The postponing had a tangible benefit for the Buckeyes, Kelley said, as it gave a number of injured players another week to heal.“I’m not sure that we would have won that game if we would have played it the next day,” Kelley said.In the aftermath of tragedy, however, Lashutka said the win was a “hollow victory.”“You wanted to play the game, you wanted to win, but it clearly (took) a lot of the enthusiasm out of the classic Ohio State-Michigan rivalry,” Lashutka said. “We all played for the sake of the game and for self-respect, but I don’t believe anybody’s heart was 100 percent in it.”Kelley said even eight days later, the normal thrill of a victory against Michigan was quickly replaced by the reality of what happened Nov. 22.“Everybody was happy that we had won the game but then it was back to the, you know, how’s the country going to heal up after such a horrific incident taking place,” Kelley said.During the game itself, however, Chonko said his focus was solely on OSU’s annual goal in the rivalry game: beat Michigan.“Once you see those helmets, those Michigan Wolverines helmets, you immediately get refocused,” Chonko said. “There’s just something about those damn helmets that just irritate a Ohio boy.”Unlike this year’s game, in which the Buckeyes (10-0) are set to play the Wolverines (7-3) with an eye on berths in the Big Ten Championship Game and in a BCS bowl, OSU’s 1963 season ended on that Nov. 30, as OSU fell short of qualifying for the Rose Bowl by finishing the year with a 5-3-1 record. Still, the OSU players said the win helped bring back some normalcy in what Chonko called a “time of great turmoil.”“We enjoyed it ‘cause we won,” Chonko said. “It would have really looked bad if we would had lost.”Nonetheless, all three players said they still vividly remember, 50 years later, how they felt when they heard about the assassination.“You remember where you were specifically the moment you heard the news,” Kelley said. read more

Deaths of two brothers the worst tragedy to ever hit Sligo community

first_imgA LOCAL COUNCILLOR in the Tubbercurry area of Sligo has said the community is “shocked and absolutely stunned” by the deaths of two young brothers at their home on Saturday.Nine-year-old Brandon Skeffington was found with stab wounds at the family’s house in Banada, near Tubbercurry on Saturday evening. It is reported today that the young boy was found by his parents when they returned home and was taken by air ambulance to hospital where he died of his injuries.His older brother, Shane, who was 20-years-old, was also found dead in a shed beside their home and gardaí believe he stabbed his little brother and then took his own life.A garda source told TheJournal.ie that Shane was known to gardaí for minor offences but had no convictions. Preliminary post-mortem results are due today but gardaí are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.Fianna Fáil councillor Jerry Lundy described the incident as “the worst tragedy that has ever hit this part of the country”.Lundy offered his deepest sympathy to the family of the two brothers and said the community will do everything possible to console and support them over the months ahead.“You never get over this type of thing,” he said. “It’s such a fright also for the local national school where this little boy was in third class – all those young boys and girls in the school are wondering what happened”.Read: Post-mortems under way on brothers found dead at Sligo house>last_img read more

How long would it take to read every possible English language tweet

first_imgWeb comic XKCD is great for lots of laughs, and a little learning too. If you want a little less laughing, but lots more learning, there’s always the weekly XKCD What-If. This week it answers the eternal question, “How long would it take to read every possible English language tweet?” First you need to figure out how many valid English tweets there are. The answer is surprisingly complicated.If you just look at the raw numbers, you have 140 characters per tweet. There are 26 English letters, plus the space. So with 27 characters, you come up with 10200 possible strings of letters and spaces. But then there is Unicode to deal with, which brings the total number up to 10800. That is a 1 followed by 800 zeros. Sounding insane? Not to fear, most of these permutations are meaningless nonsense. To get to the true valid English tweets, we have to apply some information theory.To find out how many likely valid English tweets there are, we can estimate that value based on the information contained in each letter for aggregated samples. In the mid-20th century, Claude Shannon pioneered several key concepts in information theory. Among his contributions was the discovery that, on average, each letter contains 1.0-1.2 bytes of information. This was based on having test subjects guess on blanked out letters in a sentence. It sounds bizarre, but the compression ratio he predicted holds true when tested.So where does that leave the math, according to XKCD? In a piece of text with n bits of information, there are 2n different messages possible. So 2140*1.1 equals 2*1046 different English tweets. This calculation is based on unicity distance, a principal in cryptography for predicting variations. Still a big number, but much less than the 10800 figure from before.Back to the original question: how long would it take to read all of them? Just 1047 seconds, which is 3*1039 years. But that’s just if you read straight through! Let’s say you work a 16 hour day reading tweets out loud before retiring for a night of fitful sleep. At that rate, the heat death of the universe would have happened several duodecillion years before you finished the task.XKCD creates a handy new unit of time to make this easier to grasp. Imagine each day was 1032 years long (again, that’s a 1 followed by 32 zeros). It would take ten thousand years made up of these super-long days to finish reading all those tweets. In short: lots of tweets and lots of years. It’s math!last_img read more

Augusts MustSee Cosmic Events Include Perseids Meteor Shower

first_imgStay on target The sky waits for no man (or woman), and while folks continue to moon over last week’s crimson eclipse, the August atmosphere is prepping an exciting lineup.Culled from National Geographic and EarthSky, I have compiled a schedule of this month’s must-see celestial shows, starting with a few lunar rendezvous.Aug. 4: Moon meets UranusSet an early alarm, grab the binoculars, and look skyward for the last quarter Moon to guide you to the viridian ice giant. In the predawn hours, Earth’s satellite and seventh planet Uranus will be visible in the southeast—only six degrees apart.Aug. 5: Moon meets JunoJuno, the eleventh-largest asteroid, is currently shining bright, making it easily visible through binoculars or a small telescope. Look for the 160-mile-wide rock among the stars of faint constellation Cetus (the whale). Juno will appear about five degrees away from the Moon.Aug. 6: Moon meets AldebaranReset that alarm, because the waning crescent Moon will be paired with bright orange star Aldebaran—the lead in Taurus’ bull constellation—early Monday morning. If you’re up before the sun, look carefully between the two orbs and you might spot the Hyades star cluster. The distant V-shaped collection of stars is one of the closest to Earth.Aug. 8: Cosmic teapotFancy a cuppa? Friday’s new Moon will help direct viewers to the great celestial “teapot,” a distinct pattern (complete with handle, lid, and spout) at the heart of the constellation Sagittarius. Short and stout, the asterism is easy to spot in the dark sky: Look for the protruding lip facing down, toward Earth (and imagine the Milky Way pouring out).Aug. 8: Lagoon NebulaBinoculars in hand, locate Sagittarius’s mythical centaur to see the Lagoon Nebula some 6,500 light-years away. The red-and-orange-hued gas cloud, also known as Messier 8, is home to hundreds of young stars.Aug. 8-9: Moon meets GeminiIn the morning, you’ll find the waning crescent Moon in front of the constellation Gemini. The Twins’ brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, represent brothers in Greek mythology.Aug. 11: Partial solar eclipseExpected to last a whopping 3.5 hours—peaking at 5:46 a.m. ET—this marks the last in a trio of summertime eclipses. Folks in the Arctic regions of Canada, Greenland, northern Europe, and northeast Asia can watch as the Moon’s shadow briefly traverses part of the Sun.Aug. 11-13: Perseids peakEarthlings will be treated to the most popular meteor shower of the year as our planet passes through the path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. At its peak (Aug. 12), folks should see about 60 to 70 meteors per hour. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an outburst like 2016’s, which features 150 to 200 meteors an hour.Aug. 16-17: Moon meets JupiterContinuing its journey through the Solar System, the Moon will spend two night moving past Jupiter.Aug. 20: Moon meets SaturnThree days later, Earth’s satellite will be only four degrees from bright gas giant Saturn.Aug. 22-23: Moon meets MarsThe final lunar pairing of the month comes when our Moon meets the Red Planet for two nights in the southern sky. This is the perfect photo opportunity for anyone who missed its appearance in early July.Aug. 26: Mercury morningEven the least morning-person people will want to wake up early for a glimpse of Mercury, shining brightly for about 45 minutes before local sunrise.Summer TriangleThroughout the sunny season, the Summer Triangle asterism appears at nightfall—an imaginary triad of stars. The pattern, drawn on the northern hemisphere’s celestial sphere, features defining vertices at Altair, Deneb, and Vega: the brightest points in the constellations of Aquila, Cygnus, and Lyra, respectively.Happy hunting, stargazers!If you think meteor showers are awesome displays in the night sky check out our pieces on lunar eclipses. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Scientists Discover Possible Interstellar VisitorWater Vapor Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet last_img read more

Bret Hart issues apology on Facebook to Michael Hayes and Freebirds why

first_img JFJ He was indeed the excellence of execution at his prime and its a pity that he is now a bitter old man Google+ Agreed…He is always going for cheap heat and pops Facebook WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) October 14, 2016 at 2:00 am I’ll give Bret Hart credit he was man enough to apologize and make some good points on The Freebirds doing great things in Texas against the Von Erics. Maybe now he’ll get his repetuation back in a positive light. October 13, 2016 at 10:56 pm 11 COMMENTS Wooo we love you Bret! October 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm WhatsApp October 14, 2016 at 5:27 am He also said Jimmy Hart isn’t in the WWE HOF even though he was inducted in 2005. Concussions are catching up to him. Plus , he had a reputation for being angry & bitter before he ever did a podcast. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TheCyberZon October 13, 2016 at 7:46 pm In his apology, Bret also screwed up the names of the Freebirds. Ronnie Garvin was never a member of the Fabulous Freebirds and is not in the WWE Hall Of Fame. JIMMY Garvin, however, was a Freebird (He’s mentioned by Michael Hayes in his song “Freebird Road” The line that mentions him is “Sometimes Jimmy Jam came along”) and is in the WWE Hall of Fame. Bret Hart has posted a statement on Facebook issuing an apology to Michael Hayes and the Freebirds for comments he made in a recent interview with Forbes.com.During the interview, Hart took WWE to task on recent Hall of Fame inductees including the Freebirds saying they weren’t worth and “never drew any money.”Hart also issued an apology to Triple H and Seth Rollins for comments he made in recent months and revealed he has quit doing podcasts because they, in his words, tend to be an “outlet for negativity” and left him having a reputation of being “angry and bitter.”You can check out Hart’s full statement on Facebook below. J™ Updated RAW Preview: Clash of Champions contract signing, new Firefly Funhouse segment Pinterest Twitter October 14, 2016 at 1:59 am October 14, 2016 at 12:57 am And not just in World Class either, but also in Georgia, Mid-South/UWF, the AWA and WCW. TheCyberZon delos56 Glenn Wolf in other words he’s suddenly realised he might not get asked back anywhere to make more money. “left him having a reputation of being “angry and bitter.” never a truer word.i give his apology 4/10. *Von Erichs* WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins discovers his siblings through a 23andMe DNA test Good for you Bret. I’ve always been a fan but even I couldn’t back you on those harsh comments you made about The Freebirds…and um, it was Jimmy Garvin in that group, not Ron Garvin.Like I also said before, the Hall of Fame is an on-going process. You can’t put in everyone every year. I’m sure all those names you mentioned will all eventually get their day…like Jimmy Hart did in 2005. Just so you remember. Cameron Huff October 14, 2016 at 2:41 am October 15, 2016 at 6:56 am October 14, 2016 at 2:04 am Steven Herrera October 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm TheCyberZon A1 The Northwesterner Comments are closed.last_img read more

SNAP Consolidates Conferences

first_imgThe Society of National Association Publications has become the latest magazine association to downsize its events.The group has decided to consolidate a pair of annual events into one, effectively folding its November conference in Chicago into its Association Media and Publishing conference, planned for June 3-4 in Washington, D.C.According to SNAP president Kathleen Rakestraw, the decision “allows us to further elevate and enhance our Association Media and Publishing conference, focusing our efforts on bringing members the highest caliber conference possible and ensuring we cover content relevant to all types of association media.””The Chicago conference became broader-focused than our membership there,” SNAP executive director, Amy Lestition, told FOLIO:. “Less than 30 percent of attendees were coming from Illinois—they were traveling from all over the country. So, we decided to produce one larger annual event.” As part of the decision, SNAP is launching a series of “targeted” half-day education programs that will “cater o specific career paths, media types and association structures.” The first of these programs is scheduled for March 27 in Chicago.Last week, the Audit Bureau of Circulations postponed its annual conference in Toronto. Last month, the Magazine Publishers of America canceled its American Magazine Conference, the consumer magazine association’s annual, glitzy gathering of high-powered magazine editors and executives. A week later, b-to-b publishing trade association American Business Media downsized its two-day, e-media-focused Digital Velocity event to a half-day series of live Webinars.last_img read more

Mansueto Names ExInc Exec as President

first_imgIn a statement, Mansueto said the acquisition and appointments “allow the company to be even more aggressive in pursuing new business opportunities and illustrates our commitment to expand the influence of both the Inc. and Fast Company brands.”In Koten’s absence, the company formed an executive committee made up of CFO Mark Rosenberg, Fast Company editor Bob Safian and Inc. editor Jane Berentson. LaPointe will join the committee, the company said.LaPointe first joined Inc. as circulation director when the magazine launched in 1979. He also launched and led the Inc. Business Resources division before leaving the magazine in 2001. Joe Mansueto—the billionaire who founded Morningstar Inc.—purchased Fast Company and Inc. in 2005 from Gruner + Jahr for $35 million. A little more than a month after John Koten stepped down as Mansueto Ventures CEO, the company announced today that Bob LaPointe, former president and CEO of Inc.com, will rejoin the magazine as president. In his new role, LaPointe [pictured] will oversee Inc.’s business-side departments and will work out of Mansueto’s New York and Boston offices.Mansueto also said today it has acquired LaPointe’s Trendline Communications. Trendline’s Jon Feld will join Mansueto as editorial director of Inc. and Melissa Stern will serve as an account manager.last_img read more

What An Awards Program Can Do for Your Brand

first_imgAwards programs have been a go-to brand-building tool for publishers for a long time. But in the consumer quarter, where events and programs of this nature are not quite as prevalent, the benefits may not be immediately clear—ditto for online publishers. But Snooth.com, a community-based site for wine enthusiasts, recently launched a member-driven awards program called The People’s Voice Wine Awards that has resulted in audience and sponsor growth, as well as a first-time Snooth-branded event.  The People’s Voice Wine Awards was launched in June partly as an engagement platform for Snooth.com’s audience, which averages about 900,000 monthly uniques and about one million registered members, and partly as a way to create a more direct connection between that audience and the community of wineries that Snooth relies on for advertising.  The audience gets to vote on their favorite wines, which creates a peer-review alternative to the professional ratings that might be a little esoteric for the casual drinker. And, thanks to a clever Facebook tie-in that automatically attaches a like to every vote cast, wineries achieve a direct-to-consumer connection on the social web. “In the last couple of years, wineries have been trying to go direct to the consumer and one of the ways has been through Facebook likes,” says Snooth Media CEO Rich Tomko. “[The awards] are mutually beneficial for the wineries and Snooth because we want to make ourselves an authority in this space and we want to help the wineries expand their reach.”The program, which concluded mid-November, consists of 80 categories divided by type of wine and price. Each category can be sponsored, which drove incremental revenue, says Tomko, and made the awards cash-flow positive.Online, voters have to be or become a registered member of Snooth.com and were allowed 10 votes per week and could only vote for a wine one time. The list of wines was curated by editors to an initial 1,000 and then members were allowed to add wines, which drove the list up to 1,500. The Snooth team took two weeks to tally the 86,000 votes that came through (the benchmark was 50,000) to determine a list of finalists, which were then presented for a second round of voting. A partnership with Meredith helped in promoting the awards, with Better Homes and Gardens, EatingWell, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Recipe.com and Family Circle all contributing promotional muscle to drive audience numbers. A co-branded awards page was created to look like each brands’ web site (an EatingWell example is pictured at right) and Meredith contributed further digital promotions through e-newsletters and social media. Lastly, the awards are culminating next year in Snooth Media’s first branded event to be held in New York City in March. The company currently produces about 20 custom, sponsored events per year—from 12-person food and wine dinners to 250-person tasting events—but this will be its first dedicated event. Tomko forecasts about 600-1,000 attendees for the 3-day program.last_img read more

Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1600hp behemoth with a light speed transmission

first_img • Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard Share your voice Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: Geneva Motor Show 2019 More From Roadshow Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s 3:31 See All Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh Tags Exotic Cars Performance Cars 59 Photos At the heart of the Jesko is a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine, revised after its time in the Agera RS. It sports a flat-plane crank, the same type of crankshaft that creates the unique sound profile of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and the Ferrari 488 GTB. Thanks to some new turbochargers and other bits, output is a meaty 1,280 horsepower — on regular gas. Throw some ethanol-heavy E85 into the mix, and that number rises to 1,600 horsepower. Torque is a proper 1,100 pound-feet.Sending all that power to the rear wheels — yes, just the rear wheels — is perhaps the most clever nine-speed transmission on the planet. Koenigsegg’s Light Speed Transmission has nine forward gears and seven clutches, yet the whole package weighs less than your average dual-clutch gearbox at about 198 pounds. All that trickery allows the transmission to jump from one gear to another (for example, from third gear to seventh) without moving through the gears between. Enlarge ImageThat wing is a monster. Koenigsegg Equally wild is the two-stage shifter. A light pull of the paddles or shift lever moves up and down the gears like usual, but if you pull a little harder, it engages what Koenigsegg calls Ultimate Power on Demand. The system will determine the proper gear for maximum acceleration and immediately shift to it.Speaking of speed, the automaker says that simulations have seen the car eclipse the 300-mph mark. Of course, bringing those results to the real world introduce a whole host of complications, from tire compounds to location. Still, this could be the first car to hit that ridiculous speed.All that speed means the car really needs to stick to the ground. Its aerodynamics combine to produce 2,200 pounds of downforce. Its damper system is engineered to prevent the car from being squished into a physics pancake. It also has rear-wheel steering and a set of optional carbon fiber wheels. We haven’t even touched on the creature comforts yet. Despite all that attention being paid to making the car perform well, it’s very well appointed, sporting multiple touchscreens, a gauge cluster display, USB ports and a wireless phone charger. All the doors, hoods and whathaveyou can be opened remotely from the key fob. Ridiculous? Absolutely. Rare? Oh yeah. Only 125 will be built, and each will cost a hair under $3 million. Better start savin’. Koenigsegg is known for building small-volume cars that are, simply put, jaw-dropping displays of engineering prowess. Its latest, the Jesko, is no different.Koenigsegg this week unveiled the Jesko at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Just as founder Christian von Koenigsegg lent his last name to the company, this new car’s badge has a special meaning — it’s the name of Christian’s father. The car replaces the Agera RS as the most bonkers thing the automaker builds, but to be honest, everything this company makes is bonkers. 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value reading • Koenigsegg Jesko is a 1,600-hp behemoth with a ‘light speed’ transmission Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Koenigsegg Jesko is a hyper hypercar The Koenigsegg Jesko might hit 300mph 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Anchorage moves forward on downtown road plan

first_imgA view of the troubled section of road transitioning from the Seward Highway through the Fairview neighborhood of Anchorage. Image via Google maps.Officials in Anchorage have taken the first step in what could be a major transformation to a vital piece of the state’s transportation system.The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions committee, or AMATS, approved a plan Thursday to allocate funding for a comprehensive study of infrastructure affecting the downtown core.Listen nowDowntown Anchorage has several different road and traffic projects in various state’s of completion, and everyone from city leaders to community councils says the design plans ought to be integrated. One way of doing that comprehensively, according to assembly member Patrick Flynn, who sits on the AMATS committee and represents the downtown district, is figuring out what’s not presently working with traffic patterns.“There’s a lot of symptoms around,” Flynn said, referring to existing infrastructure problems. “Now it’s time to figure out what the appropriate course of action is, and what the underlying causes might be.”Though small, the step has big potential.As Anchorage looks to its 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the recommendations on how to better connect the Seward and Richardson highways could determine the path of one of Anchorage’s most vital traffic corridors.The recommendation from AMATS will also eventually take multiple projects out of planning limbo, giving property owners and residents in several downtown neighborhoods a better sense of what’s in store for their communities. This is especially true for parts of Fairview, which is bisected by the stretch of Gambell Street connecting the two major traffic arteries.A number of community councils have asked for the city and state to finalize plans for the roadways downtown.“Uncertainty over the design and timeline for these projects has impacted redevelopment and new development for several Anchorage communities,” reads the resolution that AMATS passed.Mayor Ethan Berkowitz supports the study, saying it’ll help local and state officials understand where there are traffic “pinches,” and eventually alleviate the sting.“This is in part a prescription for the Fairview area, because Fairview is bearing the brunt of the transportation pinch right now,” Berkowitz said after the meeting.  “If we can provide a measure of certainty then we might encourage investors to participate there and it enhances the quality of life for people who live there.”The resolution asks the state and AMATS committee to examine the environmental effects of linking the Seward and Glenn highways without the Knik Arm Crossing option, another sign the administration is developing long-term municipal plans that do not involve the controversial bridge.The document also notes that AMATS can access money for preliminary planning studies through the federal Transportation Improvement Program.Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified the Richardson Highway instead of the Glenn.last_img read more

Home guard on duty dies in road mishap

first_imgHyderabad: In a tragic road accident, a home guard who was on duty at Begumpet was killed on Sunday. The deceased was identified as S Prabhakar (30), a resident of Medak. According to T S Uma Maheshwar Rao, SHO, Begumpet Police Station, at about 10:30 am on Sunday when the victim was performing duty at P & T Junction at Begumpet, a Tata Winger car which was coming from Rasoolpura towards Panjagutta lost its control and hit the home guard. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us The incident occurred as the vehicle driver, reportedly Ravi, suddenly developed convulsions and lost control over the vehicle and after hitting the home guard dragged him for about 100 meters and stopped after hitting the pole due to which he sustained grievous injuries and died on the spot. The vehicle also hit another 4 bike riders who also sustained injuries. Police rushed to the spot and immediately shifted the injured to the nearby private hospital.last_img read more

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first_img Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more July 8, 2009 – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a leading breast cancer organization, is announcing millions of dollars in long-term grant funding for research on whether individuals can prevent development of their own cancers.The foundation is asking the scientific community for proposals for long-term research grants – some as large as $5 million – to study everything from the role of natural products to diets to breast cancer vaccines. The foundation aims to work on strategies to prevent breast cancer entirely, or at least pinpoint the environmental and lifestyle issues that may contribute to breast cancer.The research will be funded through Komen’s Promise Grants: multiyear, multimillion dollar projects geared to answer the toughest questions in breast cancer science today.Introduced in 2008, Promise Grants require collaboration across a wide range of disciplines – scientists, medical professionals, caregivers, public health specialists and advocates – who normally may not work together. These teams conduct research with the highest potential to deliver treatments for breast cancer more quickly and for this new Promise Grant to find ways to prevent breast cancer.Komen’s $450 million in research funding since its founding in 1982 has touched every major development in breast cancer treatments during the past 27 years. In the last three years alone, Komen has invested more than $230 million in research projects in the U.S. and internationally.For more information: www5.komen.org/researchgrants/grantprograms.html FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | Ultrasound Women’s Health | July 11, 2019 FDA Clears Koios DS Breast 2.0 AI-based Software Koios Medical announced its second 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | August 13, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Could Yield More Accurate Breast Cancer Diagnoses University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system that… read more IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more Related Content Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. News | July 08, 2009 Susan G. Komen Funds Research on Preventing Cancer last_img read more

BA staff Unite after strikes

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J British Airways and its cabin crew union, Unite have reached an agreement that could end over two years worth of disputes. The carrier’s staff are said to have viewed the latest proposal early yesterday morning and have commenced voting on calling off further strikes, Sky News reported. The deal is said to include reinstated travel perks, which were removed and sworn never to return by previous BA chief executive Billie Walsh, according to media. “Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will address British Airways’ cabin crew at a mass meeting planned tomorrow (12 May) to update cabin crew members on the status of talks being held between Unite and British Airways’ management,” an online statement from the union read. Disputes have cost the carrier up to £150m, according to media, with strikes lasting up to three weeks in total over the two years. last_img read more

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first_img 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories – / 48 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires For the second time Saturday, Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim opted to use a draft pick to bolster the team’s backfield.Keim followed up his fifth-round selection of Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor by taking Clemson running back Andre Ellington with the No. 187 pick in the sixth round.“Wherever they need me to play, I’ll play,” Ellington said in a conference call Saturday. “I have big-play ability, that’s something I thrived off of my whole season and career in college. I feel like I’m a guy who can come in and give the offense a spark.” In 2012, the 5-foot-9 Ellington ran for 1,081 yards (second in the ACC) and 8 touchdowns. He made the first-team All-ACC in 2012 and was named to the conference’s second team in 2010 and 2011.The former Tigers halfback ran for 3,436 yards and 33 touchdowns (third-most in program history) during his four years at Clemson. He was a three-year starter from 2010-12.“For me, being an undersized back it’s just a mentality thing I’ve always worked on and thrived off of,” said Ellington. “I’m not afraid to go in there and put my helmet on bigger guys coming at me.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more