Airbus Bombardier plan for long C Series partnership despite takeout clause

first_imgMONTREAL – Airbus and Bombardier plan to remain strategic partners on the C Series program even after the European aerospace giant is able to buy out its minority partners, the chief executives of both companies said Friday.According to terms of the deal announced Monday, Airbus has the option to buy out Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) in about seven years, and the Quebec government in 2023.Following a joint appearance with Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare at the Montreal Board of Trade, Airbus CEO Tom Enders said that’s not the company’s plan.“We have no intention to buy out the others because we know they are great partners and if they want to stay on the journey going forward they are very welcome to that,” he told reporters.He said the priority is to close the deal next year that gives Airbus majority control, build a second assembly line in Alabama, sell more aircraft and make the program a huge success.Bellemare said the Montreal-based company also intends to remain a part of the program, but even if that should change, the agreement ensures that the program will continue to support jobs in Canada until 2041.“The best guarantee of jobs is to perform,” he said.Bellemare said Airbus’ support will assuage customers who were worried about the future of the C Series.He said the result will be many more sales that will benefit Bombardier’s Mirabel, Que., production facility even though a second assembly line will be built in Alabama.Bellemare reacted forcefully to questions about Airbus not paying any cash for the transaction.“The point is it’s not coming from dollars, it’s coming from the value that they bring to the program and that is the reason why the value of this program will more than double,” he told reporters.The aerospace executives and Premier Philippe Couillard travelled to Mirabel to speak with Bombardier employees, who gave Enders a hearty welcome.Bombardier executive chairman Pierre Beaudoin, who guided the launch of the C Series and its costly development for US$5.4 billion, said the company’s founding family isn’t in mourning over the sale of a majority stake in the program to Airbus.During a brief interview with The Canadian Press Friday in Mirabel, he said the Quebec company had found in Airbus a partner that would allow to achieve the “total success” of the program.Union representative Dave Chartrand said employees are concerned about the potential negative impact of a second production line in the U.S., but view the partnership with Airbus as the best move to secure the program’s future.“I wish Bombardier on its own could have become a third world player, could have competed with these two giants in the aerospace industry, could have sold 3,000 airplanes. But there’s a difference between your heart and your head,” he said in an interview.Earlier, Enders told business leaders that he expects Boeing won’t give up easily after launching a trade action with the U.S. government against the C Series that has resulted in 300 per cent preliminary duties on imports.“The B guys will certainly throw everything into our way they can figure so the coming months might be a little bit rough and tough but we’ve seen that before,” he said.Ultimately he said the C Series will weather the challenge and prevail, but the partnership will change the global aerospace industry.“There is no doubt we are throwing a big stone into the global aerospace industry pond and there are ripples and there will be new alliances formed as a reaction to it, new products being launched,” he said.“My philosophy is it’s much better to be proactive and throw the first stone into the pond than reacting to the initiatives of others.”Enders added that Canadians have nothing to fear from Airbus, saying the company will add to Montreal’s large aerospace cluster and provide more opportunities for local suppliers, universities and aerospace training schools.“We’re not taking anything away here,” he said, adding that he knows there are concerns by some members of the public.“If anything we will add, we will add to Canada, we will add to the success of the Canadian aerospace industry, Bombardier and suppliers and certainly we will add to the world-wide success of Airbus.”He said Airbus already has a presence in Canada, employing about 2,000 people and working with suppliers that generate about $1 billion of business.Enders said Airbus’ designation of Canada as its fifth home country opens the door to it growing its Canadian presence in the military, space and helicopter sectors of its business.Airbus’ supporters in Alabama are already lobbying in Washington to show how the partnership will create U.S. jobs.“That’s what President Trump wants. More jobs in America, so how can you be against that?”— With files from Julien Arsenault in Mirabel, Que.last_img read more

UN wellplaced to address issue of international migration Mexico says

3 October 2007The United Nations is well-placed to address international migration, the Ambassador of Mexico said today, calling for the issue to be viewed from a comprehensive perspective and not simply as a security concern. “By virtue of the multidimensional character of international migration, Mexico considers the United Nations to be the suitable forum for dealing with the issue based on the principle of shared responsibility and the strengthening of cooperation among States directly concerned with the phenomenon,” Claude Heller told the General Assembly as it continued its annual high-level debate.He emphasized that migration should not be treated solely as a security concern and called for the promotion of a vision based on respect for the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their status, which takes account of all economic, social and cultural implications.As a country of origin, transit and destination, Mexico urged effective measures to strengthen international protection for migrants, Mr. Heller said, adding that the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families offers a “valuable frame of reference” in this effort. read more

British entrepreneur Branson backs UN campaign against HIV discrimination

“I applaud UNAIDS’ tireless efforts to encourage countries to remove travel restrictions on people living with HIV. Everyone should have the chance to travel freely, and I welcome the opportunity to work together on such an important issue,” he said, referring to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS.“With the support of tireless advocates such as Sir Richard Branson, we will bring about a new era of equal mobility for people living with HIV,” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé said.Last month Fiji became the latest country to lift its restrictions on entry, stay or residence based on HIV status. “Fiji’s leadership sends a strong message, and my hope is that other governments will follow their example,” Mr. Branson said.With the removal of Fiji’s HIV travel restrictions, UNAIDS counts 47 countries, territories and areas that continue to impose some form of restriction on the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV based on their HIV status, the Programme said in a news release. At least 128 countries have no such restrictions. Sir Richard is the founder of the Virgin Group, which has expanded into many diverse sectors from air and ground travel to telecommunications, health, space travel and renewable energy through more than 200 companies worldwide.In 2005, he started Virgin Unite, the Group’s non-profit entrepreneurial foundation, which works with partners to create new approaches to social and environmental issues. Virgin Unite has also helped to incubate a number of global leadership initiatives, including the Elders, the Carbon War Room, and the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He has participated in various UN forums. 7 September 2011British business entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson today threw his support behind a United Nations-backed drive to rid the world finally of the remaining discriminatory laws that keep people from visiting, or living and working in countries solely because they are HIV positive. read more

Three killed in Veyangoda accident

All three victims were on the motorbike and had suffered serious injuries.They died on admission to hospital, the police media unit said.  The victims were aged 21, 21 and 18 and are residents of Veyangoda. Three people were killed last night following an accident in Veyangoda, the police said this morning.The police media unit said that a motorbike and a car, both traveling in opposite directions, were involved in the accident. The driver of the car has been arrested.  (Colombo Gazette)

Duel of virtual assistants Google releases alternative to Siri on new app

Duel of virtual assistants: Google releases alternative to Siri on new app for iPhone, iPad AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2013 10:37 am MDT SAN FRANCISCO – Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad is facing competition from an up-and-coming rival made by Google.The duel began Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri.It’s the first time that Google Now has been available on smartphones and tablet computers that aren’t running on the latest version of Google’s Android software. The technology, which debuted nine months ago, is being included in an upgrade to Google’s search application for iOS, the Apple Inc. software that powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It’s up to each user to decide whether to activate Google Now within the redesigned Google Search app, which is available through Apple’s app store.Siri tried to dismiss the competitive threat. When asked for an opinion about Google Now, Siri responded: “If it’s all the same to you, I’d rather Google later.”Mike Allton, a St. Charles, Mo., resident who has owned an iPhone for four years, could hardly wait to check out Google Now, even if Siri might interpret it as a betrayal.Siri “is looking a little green with envy,” Allton, 36, said with a laugh after he installed Google’s new app. “I love Apple products, but I like to see the competition because it probably will lead to even more improvements. I believe this technology is going to be even more deeply ingrained in our lives a few years from now.”Other iPhone users — even those who have grown fond of Siri — welcomed Google Now’s arrival to iOS in mostly enthusiastic and sometimes amusing remarks posted on Twitter and Google Plus. One person joked that Google Now is so helpful that the technology prompted him to wash his hands after using the bathroom. The biggest gripe was about the possibility of Google Now’s location-tracking features draining a device’s battery more quickly.Google Now’s invasion of Siri’s turf marks Google Inc.’s latest attempt to lure iPhone and iPad users away from a service that Apple built into its own devices.Google quickly won over millions of iPhone users in December when it released a mapping application to replace the navigation system that Apple dumped when it redesigned iOS last fall. Apple’s maps application proved to be inferior to Google’s ousted service. The app’s bugs and glitches made Apple the butt of jokes and fueled demand for Google to develop a new option.Apple has been losing to Google on other fronts in a rapidly growing mobile computing market, an arena that was revolutionized with the iPhone’s release in 2007. Smartphones and tablet computers running Google’s free Android software have been steadily expanding their market share in recent years, partly because they tend to be less expensive than the iPhone and iPad. In 2012, Android devices held about 69 per cent of the smartphone market while iOS had about 19 per cent, according to the research firm IDC.Android’s success has been particularly galling for Apple because its late CEO, Steve Jobs, believed Google stole many of its ideas for the software from the iPhone. That led to a series of court battles over allegations of patent infringement, including a high-profile trial last year that culminated in Apple winning hundreds of millions in damages from Samsung Electronics, the top seller of Android phones. That dispute is still embroiled in appeals.The rise of Android also is squeezing Apple’s profit margins and has contributed to a nearly 40 per cent drop in the company’s stock price since it peaked at $705.07 last September around the time that the iPhone 5 came out.Android’s popularity is good news for Google because the company’s services are built into most versions of the operating system. That brings more traffic to Google services, creating more opportunities for the company to sell ads — the main source of Google’s revenue.Siri is billed by Apple as an “intelligent feature.” Since the technology’s release in October 2011, Apple has made it a centerpiece of some marketing campaigns that depict Siri and its automated female voice as an endearing and occasionally even pithy companion.Google believes its Siri counterpart is smarter because Google Now is designed to learn about a user’s preferences and then provide helpful information before it’s even asked to do so. The technology draws upon information that Google gleans from search requests other interactions with the company’s other services. Knowing a person’s location also helps Google Now serve up helpful information without being asked.“This concept of predicting your needs and showing you them at the right time is unique to Google Now,” said Baris Gultekin, Google Now’s director of product management. “We want computers to do the hard work so our users can focus on what matters to them so they can get on with their lives.”If the technology is working right, Google Now is supposed to do things like automatically tell people what the local weather is like when they wake up to help decide what to wear and provide a report on traffic conditions for the commute to work. During the day, Google Now might provide an update on the score of a user’s favourite sports team or a stock quote of a company in a user’s investment portfolio. On a Friday evening, Google Now might offer suggestions for movies to see or other weekend events tailored to a user’s interests. For international travellers, Google Now might provide currency conversion rates, language translations of common phrases and the time back home.Most of this automatic information is provided in summaries that Google calls “cards.” Like Siri, Google Now also is equipped with voice technology that allows it to respond to questions and interact with users, though it hasn’t shown the wit that delights some of Siri’s users.The Google Now app for iOS isn’t as comprehensive as the Android app, which only works on devices running on the latest version of Android — known as “Jelly Bean.” Some of the Android features missing from Google Now’s iOS app include cards for showing airline boarding passes and movie tickets bought though online vendor Fandango. Both of those options are available on the iOS through Apple’s built-in Passbook feature that’s designed to be a digital wallet.Google Now’s expansion on to the iOS underscores Google’s ambitions for the service. The company, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., views it as a pivotal tool in its effort to peer deeper into its users’ brains. In doing so, Google believes it will be able to provide more useful services and also show more relevant ads. For Google Now to become more intuitive, it needs to widen its availability.“The more you use Google Now, we will have a better chance of understanding what your needs are and providing you with the right information,” Gultekin said. “It’s a virtuous cycle.”Shawn Jacob, a student at the University of North Texas, activated Google Now on his iPhone Monday and was startled by how much the service already knew about him when he logged in for the first time. “I was blown away,” Jacob, 21, said. “It made me wonder if I really want Google to know this much about me. It’s like Google wants to take over the world.”Gultekin declined to discuss whether there are plans to make Google Now apps for mobile devices running on Microsoft’s Windows system. He also refused to comment on speculation circulating in technology blogs that a Web version of Google Now will be offered as a replacement for iGoogle, a tool that allows people to encircle the Google search engine with a variety of services suited to their tastes. IGoogle is scheduled to close in November.___Online:http://www.google.com/landing/now/ read more

Interest rates corporate earnings in focus this week on North American markets

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2014 4:00 am MDT Interest rates, corporate earnings in focus this week on North American markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets are likely in for another choppy week of trading as traders concentrate on Canadian interest rates and a number of U.S. earnings reports.The Bank of Canada makes its next rate announcement on Wednesday and analysts fully expect the bank will leave its key rate where it’s been since September 2010 — at one per cent.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz has struck a decidedly dovish tone with rates since taking over the top job last year and economists generally don’t expect any movement in rates until the second half of next year. They also don’t expect him to abandon that stance in favour of a more hawkish tone that would indicate higher rates are on the way.“I don’t think they have enough confidence in the Canadian recovery to suggest that,” said David Watt, chief economist at HSBC Bank of Canada.“And certainly recent numbers would suggest there is no reason for them to turn more dovish. So I do think they have to sort of stay in that neutral stance that they have been having and they have been trying to emphasize over the last couple of months.”The bank will also deliver its latest monetary policy report Wednesday, with a news conference by Poloz scheduled for later that evening.Watt said the item he will most closely look at is the bank’s outlook for exports as shipments have declined lately.“In January, the (central bank) was looking for exports in 2014 to contribute 1.2 percentage points to GDP growth of 2.5 per cent — a fairly hefty contribution from exports,” he said.“And if you look at the way numbers are unfolding right now, it looks like exports are actually going to be negative in the first quarter. So that makes it kind of tough to forecast a vigorous rebound in exports for the rest of the year.”Watt added that inflation will also be in focus as it’s been rising lately and is set to come in higher than anticipated in the first quarter.He is looking at inflation to rise 1.2 per cent in the quarter, higher than the bank’s forecast of 0.9 per cent.“They will acknowledge that inflation is a bit higher but I think they will continue to highlight the downside risks to inflation in order to get away from the idea that they will move away from neutral,” said Watt.Meanwhile, North American stocks could be in for more losses after losing ground last week as disappointing Chinese trade numbers for March raised a new round of concern about growth in the world’s second-biggest economy.The TSX lost one per cent but New York markets were particularly hammered on worries about corporate earnings and stock valuations.The Dow industrials fell 2.35 per cent, the Nasdaq fell 3.1 per cent, down three weeks in a row in its longest losing streak since November 2012. The S&P 500 moved into negative territory for the year to date, losing 2.65 per cent. Both the Nasdaq and S&P 500 posted their biggest weekly drops since mid-2012.Biotech and technology sectors were particularly hard hit after registering big gains last year.“There are very, very rich multiples on names like Facebook, Netflix and Twitter,” said Colin Cieszynski, a senior markets analyst at CMC Canada.“And that‘s why they are so vulnerable in these kind of pullbacks.”There are also worries about whether first quarter earnings reports can justify the strong runup last year where U.S. indexes jumped around 30 per cent.“Heading into this earnings season, we have had stock markets going to all-time highs, which has built in very high expectations,” added Cieszynski.“And the question is, will there be enough in the earnings to help markets carry higher or have they reached an interim top here that could last for a while?”On the economic calendar, the major U.S. report of the week comes out Monday. Economists are looking for retail sales in March to have climbed about one per cent. Severe winter weather impacted consumers during February, when sales increased only by 0.3 per cent. read more

Accessible tourism will benefit everyone say senior UN officials on World Day

“Everyone has the right to access leisure and tourism services on an equal basis,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on World Tourism Day. He added, however: “Even with modern technologies, those with visual, hearing, mobility or cognitive impairments are being left behind in many tourism destinations.” According to the message, while almost 1.2 billion people are travelling aboard each year, close to one billion persons with disability, along with young children, older persons and persons with other access requirements, still face obstacles in accessing the most basic travel needs such as clear and reliable information, efficient transportation and public services, and a physical environment that is easy to navigate. “Tourism has become a powerful economic sector, a passport to prosperity and peace, and a transformative force improving millions of lives,” noted Mr. Ban, underlining that benefits of accessible tourism will not only provide an important market opportunity, it will help ensure that all people are able to participate in tourism and enjoy unforgettable travel experiences. The theme for this year’s World Tourism Day is Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility.In a separate message, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the specialized UN agency that works for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism, highlighted that travelling has become a major part in many lives and said that with the world’s population ageing, everyone sooner or later will benefit from universal accessibility in tourism. “As we celebrate World Tourism Day, let us recall that all of the world’s citizens have the right to experience the incredible diversity this planet has to offer,” he said, urging all countries and destinations, as well as the tourism industry, to promote accessibility for all. In September 2015, the UNWTO’s general assembly designated Thailand as host country for the 2016 World Tourism Day. As the host, the South-east Asian country will partner with the UN agency to celebrate the occasion. In her own message, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, said that in addition to understanding the needs of everyone, considering the environment impact of tourism is equally important. “As the world of travel and tourism is an expanding industry and the number of travellers increases every year, we have to ensure that travelling the world has to be safe and seamless at its utmost,” she said. In 1979, the UNWTO General Assembly decided to institute the World Tourism Day to be commemorated every year on 27 September, the anniversary of the adoption of the UNWTO Statutes, to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. Tourists on a ferry boat going across the Nile River, Cairo, Egypt. Photo: World Bank/Kim Eun Yeul read more

Fire Safe Ways to Celebrate Independence Day

ETV News stock photoBLM Press ReleaseIndependence Day is a great day to celebrate America’s national public lands. These lands provide tangible goods and materials we rely on and use every day, as well as an amazing array of recreation opportunities. Help keep public lands healthy and beautiful by taking extra precautions to prevent wildfires when celebrating Independence Day this year.Following a wet winter, many areas surrounding our local communities have high-density cheatgrass and other readily flammable vegetation. Cheatgrass fires spread rapidly and may be impossible to control with simple garden tools and hoses. Moab Interagency firefighters have responded to several human-caused fires in recent weeks that started as debris burns and escaped, spreading quickly to surrounding dry grasses and weeds. Current hot, dry weather and winds have led the National Weather Service to issue red flag weather warnings for the area. These escaped fires are preventable and you can help protect lives and property in your communities and surrounding areas by taking simple precautions.Here are some ways to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday and help keep families and the landscapes we treasure out of harm’s way.Enjoy a family picnic at a scenic overlook.Take a hike to your favorite shady spot or creek.Paddle or raft the river or enjoy Ken’s Lake.Go for a bike ride – earn your apple pie!Enjoy a colorful sunrise or sunset.Explore a local historic site, think about the early pioneers and American Indians who first explored and settled here.Attend a city or county sponsored fireworks show.Be considerate of others and good land stewards, practice fire safety when outdoors.Here are some simple reminders for preventing wildfires:Possessing or using fireworks on public lands, in national forests and in national parks is illegal and puts our natural resources at risk.Keep campfires small and extinguish them all the way out, so embers are cold to the touch of your hand.Notify local fire departments prior to undertaking burn operations. Before burning fields or debris piles, establish control lines by clearing space around the perimeter of the area. Control lines should be wide enough to ensure flying embers don’t ignite nearby dry grass.Dispose of cigarettes properly.Stay on established roads and trails to avoid igniting dry vegetation with hot exhaust pipes or brakes.Keep trailer and safety chains secure to avoid sparks caused by dragging metal on the ground.Alert authorities if you see any smoke or wildfire and always practice fire safety when outdoors. Contact 911 to report a wildfire.These simple steps help prevent wildfires, keep families safe, protect communities and reduce unnecessary risk to fire fighters. The Bureau of Land Management and the Moab Interagency Fire Center wish everyone a happy and safe Independence Day celebration.For more information about fire restrictions, wildfires, fire prevention and fuels treatment projects, please visit https://utahfireinfo.gov/.Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact Lisa Bryant during normal business hours. The FRS is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. Replies are provided during normal business hours. read more

Brock visual arts prof creates app to uncover historic nuclear testing

A screen shot of Szoke’s appOn August 6, 1945 at 5:30am, the world as we knew it changed forever. Stories of the devastation caused by atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are ones we know well. The truth behind the secret research and creation of these devastating weapons is also now public record.What many still do not know is just how close to home lay 270,000 painful reminders of secret atomic testing carried out during the infamous Manhattan Project.Brock researcher and visual arts professor Donna Szoke has uncovered and exposed this history through her newest project, “Invisible Histories.”This work followed an extraordinary discovery Szoke made while doing research on the Niagara Region. Just 13 kilometres due east of Niagara-on-the-Lake lay the remains of 270,000 radioactive mice buried at the Niagara Falls Storage Site in Lewiston, New York.In the years leading up to the atomic bombings, Manhattan Project researchers injected the mice with uranium and plutonium to measure the impact of these substances on the body (https://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/pi/article/viewFile/1450/988). Following the experiments, the mice – considered radioactive waste – were shipped to the Lewiston storage site to be contained and buried.“There’s a radio active waste storage site that no one, especially locally, seems to know about,” says Szoke. “That was kind of my impulse, to make visible what’s invisible.”Szoke created a geolocative interactive app features 3D, individually animated green glowing mice that scurry across the screen in the direction of the burial site. As users get closer to the Niagara Falls Storage Site more mice begin to occupy the screen with increasing intensity.Szoke describes this interactivity as “the mice leading the user to their grave,” ultimately exposing evidence of the effects of nuclear testing in the area.Six years before the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs were dropped, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt received a secret letter from the scientific community that would change the course of history.The letter, signed by Albert Einstein, warned the president of scientific advances made by the Nazis that could lead to the creation of a bomb capable of unthinkable destruction. The fear of foreign atomic weaponry triggered by this letter lead to one of America’s best-kept secrets: The Manhattan Project.Although the Manhattan Project employed over 120,000 Americans, very few knew the ultimate goal of the research and no one could have imagined the lasting impact these atomic bombs would have on the world. 1945 marked the world’s entry into the nuclear age.“When we think of that research and this enormous radioactive footprint, I think that’s really stunning,” notes Szoke. “It makes us think about the terrifying power of nuclear war.”She says that, as a form of new media art, the app aims to have users consider how deep and complex the histories of places can be.“The mice act as a representation and reminder of the impact of nuclear testing and situates this fearful reality close to home,” says Szoke. “The 270,000 radioactive mice also demonstrate the lasting effects of nuclear warfare.”As Szoke notes, “there’s something so humbling about a little mouse revealing that to you.”The app is available for free at the iTunes store. read more

Freshmen shine on the mats for Ohio State wrestling

Freshman Kyle Snyder (second from left), redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan (middle) and redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello were named co-captains for the Buckeyes dispite being in their first years of collegiate competition.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterDespite seeing an early exit at the National Duals in Iowa City over the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team might have discovered the future of its program.Freshman Kyle Snyder and redshirt-freshmen Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello are ranked No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in their weight classes, and have been a staple in the team’s success. All three were named co-captains along with redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, even though they are wrestling in their first competitive year at OSU.Tomasello said he is grateful for the opportunity to help lead the team toward its goals.“Getting voted as captains was very humbling, I feel we have done a good job of being supportive, helping the team improve each week and have come together to make a run at a title at the end of the year,” the redshirt-freshman said. “We’ve learned a lot and the coaches have gotten us prepared and it’s been a great experience so far.”Jordan (16-0), a redshirt-freshman, has been called upon to not only win his 165-pound matches, but to do so by getting bonus points to increase the team’s chances of winning. Jordan said he doesn’t focus on the extra points as much as the coaches do, but added he wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.“I’m not really thinking about getting the extra points, but if I go out and wrestle to the best of my ability and stay where I’m good at, I know I can throw up a lot of points and I’ll see what happens from there,” Jordan said.Throughout the season, Jordan has been known to hit a point in his matches where a whole new level of intensity is shown. He said he can feel when it’s time for that to turn on.“There’s a point in every match where my lungs feel like they are on fire, and when I start to feel tired and things are starting to get tough. I know my opponent is feeling the same thing, so I know it’s time to click and throw it into the next gear,” Jordan said.Jordan also credited Tomasello (24-4) when it comes to being motivated to go out and give it his all.“(He’s) the guy who starts the fire in everyone at the beginning of each match,” Jordan said.“I don’t think there is anyone else in the nation that I would rather have starting off our matches at 125 pounds besides Nathan Tomasello,” Jordan said. “He gets after it for seven minutes and he gets the team fired up.”As for starting out first each night, the 125 pounder said he wouldn’t want it any other way.“I want to be first on the mat every time,” Tomasello said. “I want to bring the intensity and go at it for the full seven minutes and then I get the rest of the dual to cheer on my teammates.”Snyder (24-2), a favorite to win the Big Ten Championship in two weeks, credited his co-captains and teammates for keeping him focused.“It helps when everyone is doing their part, and when you have Nate and Bo who are both freaks in the sport of wrestling, it helps in preparing for big matches,” Snyder said. “Nate always gets the ball rolling when he starts the match, and it gets our heads in the right direction, and when Bo goes out and gets bonus points, it motivates me to do the same.”Snyder said preparation has taken its course and now it’s about proving who’s the best in the sport.“This is the time in the season where you have to just go out and win matches,” he said. “It’s fun just competing and practicing to get better, but now it’s all about getting your hand raised.”OSU had everything going for it, including victories in nine straight dual meets. All of that came to an end when the No. 3 Buckeyes were upset by the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 21-18, on Saturday.The Buckeyes managed just four victories over the Mountain Hawks.The trio of freshmen continued to put up big numbers in their individual matches and their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, coach Tom Ryan said.“We have four bright spots right now, and three of them are freshmen,” Ryan said. “Other guys are going to have to figure out who and what they want to be in this sport in the next two weeks.”The Buckeyes are set to host the Big Ten Championships March 7-8 at St. John Arena, and as long as they follow Stieber’s and the coaches’ lead, they should be successful, Jordan said.“Logan’s leading the way so we just have to follow him and listen to the coaches and go out and wrestle our best,” Jordan said. “We have what it takes to win it all and it’s time to go out and prove it.” read more

Children should not be allowed screentime for an hour before bed

So far, many studies on screen time have focussed on television habits, failing to keep up pace with the advent of websites and smart phones.Next week the head of the NHS is expected to unveil plans to expand children’s mental health services to deal with the fallout from an explosion of social media.Simon Stevens has said the NHS has been left “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness fuelled by digital overload.It comes after The Telegraph launched a duty of care campaign calling for more stringent regulation of sites like Facebook and Instagram, in order to protect children from harm.The expansion of mental health services for children – and the rollout of a four week target for treatment – are expected to form part of a 10-year plan for the NHS. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “The process of going to sleep is a physiological process involving the secretion of melatonin and screens appear to interfere with that,” he said.Researchers said the review also found links between high levels of screen time and excess weight – perhaps because children were likely to consume more snacks while staring at a screen.The college also urged parents to negotiate “age appropriate” boundaries on screen time with children, with firm consequences if such limits were breached.Dr Davie said families needed to ensure that screen time was “under control” – for adults as well as children.“Children do learn from example rather than instruction. It’s difficult to impose strict limits on your children’s screen use if you are constantly on screens yourself. It’s much better to be authoritative about screens if you practise what you preach,” he said.“We suggest that age appropriate boundaries are established, negotiated by parent and child that everyone in the family understands. When these boundaries are not respected, actions need to be put in place with parents making consequences clear.” Prof Russell Viner, the college’s president, said: “If you are authoritative – tough love and giving clear boundaries and warmth, that works.”The chief medical officer is currently considering setting new recommendations on screen time for children. But the college shied away from recommending a daily screen time limit for all children, saying more research was needed, particularly on the use of social media. Dr Max Davie, from the RCPCH, said stopping access to all screens for at least an hour before sleep was a  “sensible rule of thumb”. Children should not be allowed to use screens for an hour before bedtime, according to the first UK guidance for parents.The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said there was no safe amount of total daily screen time, but urged parents to show “tough love” in setting age-appropriate limits.In particular, the advice says parents should take firm action if time on smartphones and videogames is “displacing” other activities – such as sleep, exercise and face-to-face socialising.And its experts urged parents to “practise what they preach” – and spend less time of their leisure time glued to tablets and phones.The guidance comes alongside a systematic review of the scientific evidence regarding the health impact of screen time, published on Friday in BMJ Open.It found moderately strong evidence for a link between greater screen time and depressive symptoms.Researchers said it appeared that the “displacement of positive activities” – in particular, lost sleep, as a result of time spent scrolling – was the most convincing explanation for the link.And they said the impact of blue light on screens on the ability to sleep was likely to be a factor. read more

Revett funds first phase of grizzly bear recovery programme

first_imgRevett Minerals has recently completed the first phase of funding to enhance grizzly bear recovery efforts in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem (CYE) in Northwest Montana, USA. “While others talk about recovery efforts, Revett is stepping up to the plate to provide much-needed funding for Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) to help carry out the overall grizzly bear recovery programme,” said Bill Orchow, President and CEO of Revett, adding, “the $250,000 provided by Revett will allow FWP to hire a wildlife conflict specialist now and a law enforcement officer later.”This funding is part of a long-term commitment by the company in conjunction with the planned development of the Rock Creek mMine in Sanders County.  “This is just the beginning of what we hope is a long-term relationship with state and federal agencies that will protect grizzly bears and enhance their habitat in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, which encompasses 1.6 million acres in northwestern Montana, a portion of north Idaho and includes the area around our Troy Mine,” Orchow continued. The primary agencies involved in the cooperative effort are Montana FWP, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and the US Forest Service.In another critical step toward grizzly recovery, Orchow reported Revett has also purchased 273 acres of property that wildlife agencies’ experts determined is prime grizzly bear habitat.  That land, near the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness, will be permanently set aside from development once the mining project begins.  Over the life of the mine, Revett will acquire a total 2,450 of acres of land to enhance grizzly populations.According to Orchow the $250,000 provided by Revett is only the first phase of a 30-year commitment by the company to fund in excess of $20 million in today’s dollars. Orchow noted that amount – specifically to benefit the estimated 30 to 40 grizzly bears in the Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem – is on par with what has been spent by all parties to date on grizzly recovery in the entire lower 48 states. He also noted that monitoring by biologists of two grizzly bears recently relocated into the ecosystem near the Troy mine, has shown that the existing underground operation does not appear to affect the bears.Continued funding of the recovery efforts by the company is, of course, dependent on the Rock Creek mine project moving forward. In addition to grizzly bears, the protection of bull trout and the enhancement of their habitat have been given special attention as Revett moves forward with permitting Rock Creek, which will employ 300 workers for more than 20 years. “It’s time to move forward with this project in the spirit of cooperation to protect the wildlife and the environment, not only with government agencies, but also the local communities,” Orchow concluded.last_img read more

Achieving the rapid modelling goal

first_imgMaptek has developed a new solution for evaluating projects, progressing from database to resource report in 30 minutes. Establishing a conventional ore resource report for a typical deposit can absorb weeks or months of geological effort. In response to the demand for faster results, Maptek has developed a new solution which unlocks huge potential for evaluating prospective projects.Currently, after database validation and construction of block model geometry, the next phase involves interpolating grade into individual blocks. Commonly used grade estimation techniques include inverse distance, kriging (multiple variants) and conditional simulation (also with a multitude of flavours). These have been developed and redeveloped, chasing the goal of better prediction of in-situ grades within ore deposits.‘Mathematical techniques on their own cannot deliver realistic grade estimations,’ said Product Manager Steve Sullivan. ‘The geologist provides an intuitive understanding of the deposit geometry, which is key to guiding algorithms to the ultimate goals.’Estimation algorithms have been deployed across industry in many software platforms. However, setting up an estimation for a single variable into a single geological domain using the inverse distance technique entails up to 190 decisions.Likewise, applying ordinary kriging to a single variable/domain takes up to 170 decisions in preparation work alone, to determine appropriate parameter settings using variography and kriging neighbourhood analysis, followed by a further potential 220 decisions to carry out the kriging estimate.Deposits rarely have a single commodity of economic interest within a single uniform geology. For example, one Maptek customer has approximately 900 variable/geological domain combinations. Applying kriging to estimation of the entire deposit requires about 35,000 decisions.Little wonder that establishing a conventional ore resource report involves weeks or months of geological effort. Time constraints often do not allow the competent person responsible for the resource reporting process to validate each and every decision.Through consultation with key customers, extensive R&D and testing with real datasets, Maptek has now developed a new solution to expedite resource modelling and reporting. The deep learning approach, powered by Maptek’s machine learning engine, has already proven beneficial to the mining operation that partnered the development.The geological database is uploaded into the deep learning system with several selected parameters. Data analysis leads to automated assignment of estimation parameter settings, followed by geological domain interpretation, grade interpolation and uncertainty analysis.The results are downloaded in standard Maptek block model format for resource reporting and collaboration with other users of the geological resource model, such as geotechnical, mine planning and mine scheduling engineers.The deep learning process models multivariable/multidomain data simultaneously. Input data is validated prior to modelling and results are validated with standard charting techniques.From geological database to resource report takes about 30 minutes, compared with weeks or months for conventional processes. This is a truly rapid modelling technique. Resource modelling using the Maptek machine learning engine will be available in 2019.last_img read more

Athletes and spectators can expect fabulous experience at Russian Winter Olympics

first_img…to see how far the local organisers have come over the last six years is quite simply remarkable – the competition venues are ready; the spirit of the Games is awakening here; and the athletes, spectators and all others who visit next February can expect a fabulous experience. THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC Committee (IOC) has sought to clarify its position on Russia’s gay law, following its final visit to Sochi to assess progress in preparation for the Winter Games.A report yesterday quoted the Commission Chairman Jean Claude Killy as saying he was “fully satisfied with the gay law”. The IOC said he was “misquouted” and the report was amended.“Mr Killy infact said that “as long as the Olympic Charter is respected, we are satisfied”,” the committee said in a statement. “That is clearly not expressing any view on the law itself and Mr Killy made it abundantly clear that the IOC never comments on national legislation.”Yesterday, Killy said “there is no time to waste” and congratulated the Deputy Prime Minister and President of Sochi for efforts made so far in getting ready for the games. The IOC said it will continue to work to uphold the Olympic Charter “which allows all participants, from spectators to athletes, to take part in the games regardless of race gender or sexual orientation”.Read: Putin sacks Olympic deputy chief on anniversary of Sochi winter games>Read: Putin signs new law punishing people for ‘homosexual propaganda’>Poll: Should Ireland boycott Winter Olympics over Russian ‘anti-gay laws’?>last_img read more

26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre

first_img26 dead as gangs behead inmates in Brazilian prison massacre Officials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison. So why didn’t they do anything?President Michel Temer said on Twitter that the federal government stood ready to provide “all assistance necessary.”Separately, officials in the southern state of Parana said 28 prisoners escaped from a jail in the city of Curitiba after inmates blew up a wall and fired on police.Prisoners armed At Alcacuz, security forces surrounded the prison but had to wait until first light Sunday to storm the site with armored vehicles, officials said.Prisoners had cut off the electricity and were said to have firearms.The prison, just outside the state capital Natal, was built for a maximum of 620 inmates but currently houses 1,083, the state justice department said.The riot was thought to have been a clash between Brazil’s biggest drug gang, the First Capital Command (PCC), and a group allied to its main rival Red Command, Brazilian media said.Experts say the violence is part of a war between drug gangs battling for control of one of the world’s most important cocaine markets and trafficking routes.Drug gang war Violence in the first week of January left around 100 prisoners dead — many of them active gang members, the authorities said.Many of the victims were beheaded, disemboweled or dismembered, officials said.The biggest bloodbath, in the northwestern city of Manaus, left about 60 inmates dead. It appeared to be an orchestrated mass killing targeting members of the PCC. Dozens of inmates are still missing.A second bout of violence in Roraima state killed 33.It was thought to be a backlash by the PCC’s rivals for its violent expansion.The states of northern Brazil, which border top cocaine producers Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, are battle zones in the drug trade.Prisons there — and throughout Brazil — are often under the de facto control of drug gangs, whose turf wars on the outside play out among inmates.Overcrowding Overcrowding exacerbates the problem, activists say.Brazil’s inmate population has been swollen by efforts to crack down on the drug trade.The country’s jails hold 622,000 inmates, mostly young black men, according to a 2014 justice ministry report. It found that 50 percent more capacity was needed.Brazil has the world’s fourth-largest prison population after the United States, China and Russia, according to the report.Temer is under pressure over the issue.After the two riots earlier this month, he announced the federal government would spend $250 million to build new prisons.But human rights activists and experts questioned whether more prisons are the answer.Brazil needs “medium- and long-term policies to reduce the vulnerability of certain social groups, to prioritize prevention rather than repression,” sociologist Camila Nunes of the Federal University of ABC in Sao Paulo told AFP after the previous prison massacres.- © AFP 2017.Read: 60 killed in Brazil prison riot with many beheaded and guards held hostage while inmates escaped>Read: Seven beheaded and six burned to death as 25 prisoners killed in Brazilian prison riot> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 16th 2017, 10:45 AM 22,187 Views Share47 Tweet Email Monday 16 Jan 2017, 10:45 AM THE LATEST IN a string of brutal prison massacres involving suspected gang members in Brazil has resulted in the deaths of 26 inmates, most of whom were beheaded, officials said yesterday.The bloodbath erupted Saturday night in the overcrowded Alcacuz prison in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.Similar violence at other jails in Brazil left around 100 inmates dead in early January.“Twenty-six deaths have been verified,” the state’s public safety manager, Caio Bezerra, told a news conference. The authorities had earlier estimated around 30 were killed as they gathered bodies and body parts, he said.Security forces stormed the prison at dawn and restored order after 14 hours of violence, the local authorities said.ClashesOfficials said members of two drug gangs clashed violently after coming out of different parts of the prison.One family member said the authorities did not seem to be doing everything they could — even after she warned the prison director.“The (prison) director even said he could not do anything” when told an uprising was looming, said Adriana Feliz, the sister an inmate.“I told the director they were going to go in and kill everyone in Pavillion 4,” she added.center_img Image: prison hands image via Shutterstock Image: prison hands image via Shutterstock 14 Comments By AFP Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3188990 last_img read more

Les abeilles une bonne source dinformations sur lenvironnement

first_imgLes abeilles, une bonne source d’informations sur l’environnementLes abeilles sont réputées être un très bon indicateur environnemental. De ce fait, un projet à l’échelle européenne vise à installer des capteurs dans 30.000 ruches afin d’obtenir des informations sur l’environnement.Pas moins de 30.000 ruches dans toute l’Europe, équipées de capteurs pour recueillir et transmettre à distance des informations environnementales. Telle est l’ambition du projet Bee-Secured, présenté jeudi au forum 4i de Grenoble et qui se base sur une technologie développée par le CEA-Leti, un laboratoire de recherche grenoblois spécialisé dans la microélectronique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Grâce à cette technologie, les comportements des abeilles vont être finement examinés par différents capteurs situés dans les ruches. “La densité de la grappe d’abeilles évolue en fonction du temps et de certains paramètres extérieurs”, donne en exemple Jean Borel, initiateur du projet cité par l’AFP. Il s’agira donc, après études des données recueillies, d’obtenir des informations sur la pollution, la biodiversité, les bactéries présentes ou la radioactivité.L’intérêt des abeilles réside dans leur propension à parcourir de grandes distance “en moyenne un périmètre de 27 kilomètres carrés autour de leur ruche” précise Jean Borel, et par conséquent de recueillir davantage de données sur la qualité de l’air qu’avec des capteurs fixes. Des prévisions météorologiques, prévisions de récoltes pour les plantes polliniques ou encore des estimations du stress hydrique pourront ainsi être rendues et mises à disposition sur un site internet destiné aux collectivités locales, industriels, agriculteurs, etc.Néanmoins, avant la véritable mise en route du projet estimé à 3,5 millions d’euros selon son fondateur, Bee-secured effectue une expérimentation sur 600 ruches installées au Portugal. Si l’expérience est concluante, le projet passera alors à l’étape suivante pour multiplier les données.Le 5 mai 2012 à 17:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more

Wreaths to be placed on graves of local veterans

first_imgWreaths will be placed at the graves of 100 veterans at Northwood Park cemetery north of Vancouver Saturday morning as part of a national observance.The 10 a.m. ceremony will be part of the annual “Wreaths Across America” event.Northwood Park Funeral Home, 16407 N.E. 15th Ave., is just south of the Clark County fairgrounds off Union Road, which runs parallel to the northbound lanes of Interstate 5.The Northwood Park wreath-laying ceremony will be sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol’s Fort Vancouver Composite Squadron.“Wreaths Across America has worked closely with the Civil Air Patrol across the country,” said Olin Brock, chaplain of the squadron.Work started earlier this year, with fundraising to pay for wreaths.Other participants will include Patriot Guard Riders, American Veteran Honor Guard and local Boy Scouts.Administrator Bonnie Johnson said Northwood Park received 100 fresh evergreen wreaths Tuesday from the Wreaths Across America organization.About 300 veterans are buried in the cemetery, so the wreaths will be distributed on the basis of most recent dates of death.While Boy Scouts have volunteered to lay the wreaths, families attending the ceremony will be able to place wreaths at the graves of their loved ones, she said.The Northwood Park ceremony is the only one in Southwest Washington, according to Wreaths Across America.The program started with a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and went nationwide in 2007. Last year, more than 320,000 wreaths were placed at 741 locations.Tom Vogt: 360-735-4558; http://www.twitter.com/col_history; tom.vogt@columbian.com.last_img read more

Person shot by police Oct 31 still unnamed

first_imgMore than a week after a man shot his neighbor at a stoplight in the Walnut Grove area, police hadn’t released the identity of a person who was shot by SWAT officers during the manhunt, or any information about that person’s injury or condition. Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said the investigation is complex and involves multiple law enforcement agencies. “Detectives don’t yet have a full picture of what happened during that part of the incident,” Kapp said. “They are finishing up some interviews today and over the weekend.” John Kendall shot Abigail Mounce on Halloween morning while his car was stopped beside the Mounces’ vehicle at a red light. The shooting triggered a wave of police response to locations around town where Kendall might have been. During the search, SWAT officers shot an unidentified person who was apparently spotted near Kendall’s vehicle in Blandford Canyon, off East Evergreen Boulevard above state Highway 14. Kendall was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.The Vancouver Police Department did release the names of three officers involved in the shooting: Vancouver police Cpl. Chris LeBlanc, 47; Vancouver police Officer Brian Frances, 38; and Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Spainhower, 39. All three were placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. The investigation will be led by the Camas Police Department, whose officers were not involved in the shooting.“With the number of law enforcement that were in and around that area, it’s just taking a lot longer to do the interviews,” Kapp said. “They’re working as quickly as they can.”last_img read more