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10 months agoCrystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been rocked by a stunning offer made to Wilfried Zaha.The Daily Mail says Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month.The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid players in the world.They propose to pay Zaha a minimum of £44m — after tax — over four years. The winger could earn an extra £2.5m a year in bonuses and the club will fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK. The package would be worth around three times his current contract, under which he is reported to earn £130,000 a week.Dalian Yifang, who are coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace once the transfer window reopens. last_img read more

Salah avoids FA diving charge

first_imgMohamed Salah will face no action from the Football Association for the incident which saw him win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at Anfield on Boxing Day.Reds forward Salah appeared to go down easily after having his arm tugged by Paul Dummett, and Magpies boss Rafael Benitez branded the spot-kick “soft” in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.He said: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “The second goal was crucial, it gave them more confidence and was more difficult for us, you have to take more risks, be more open then you make more mistakes and pay for that.”However, the FA has confirmed the second-half incident did not meet the threshold to constitute deception of a match official.The Egypt international could have faced a two-game ban had he been charged with simulation, but will now be free to take part in the crunch clashes against Arsenal and Manchester City.Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey had suggested to The Sun that action should be taken, saying: “Mo Salah should face a two-match ban if the simulation panel are consistent.”Newcastle defender Paul Dummett does put his hand on Salah’s arm, but the Liverpool forward does not need to go to ground in that manner and it is an act of simulation.”Oumar Niasse and Manuel Lanzini were given two-game suspensions for ‘deception of a match official’ last season.”Salah has gone to ground just as easily as they did and could easily face the same punishment.”The authorities need to act quickly because incidents like this are happening too often in the best league in the world.”Salah has now been cleared and converted the penalty he won on Wednesday to double Liverpool’s lead following Dejan Lovren’s opener before Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho scored to wrap up a result that took Jurgen Klopp’s side six points clear at the top of the Premier League.Salah has found the net 12 times this season and is one behind the division’s leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

UK: McMurdo’s Smartfind M10 AIS Class B …

first_imgMcMurdo, October 7, 2013 zoom McMurdo, a business of the Orolia Group, has announced that the Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is now available, following its preview at METS 2012 in Amsterdam. This simple to use Class B Transponder represents the next generation of AIS Class B the compact, high performance safety product is designed to benefit both the leisure and commercial market.The McMurdo Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder, part of McMurdo’s new range of innovative AIS products, is perfect for smaller non SOLAS vessels, where the complexity of a Class A Transponder is not necessary. It transmits vessel position information as well as receiving all AIS targets within 20 miles of the boat, typical. Using the built-in GPS receiver, the Smartfind M10 determines position, speed and course, and once this is combined with other navigational information, it is automatically transmitted without any user interaction. When received by other vessels and coast stations, the data built up to provide a live graphical display of traffic in the area.Engineered for flawless integration with navigation systems, the Smartfind M10 supports NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 output, meets IEC 62287 and related standards, and features an optional WiFi interface as well as USB connectivity.Benefitting from an SD card slot, the Smartfind M10, can be quickly and easily used as a data recorder, enabling the capture of all messages – to assist in system and safety monitoring, including incident investigation. Recorded data is logged and stored. The ‘Silent’ option, allows the user to temporarily stop the broadcast of identifying information on occasions where either privacy or security is required.The Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is available worldwide through McMurdo’s network of internationally based distributors. McMurdo also provides AIS installation and training courses through its service and support division.The McMurdo Smartfind M10 AIS Class B Transponder is available from £399.00 ex VAT/ Euro €479.00 ex TAX. Smartfind M10 key features include :• High performance AIS Class B transponder• Dual-channel AIS receiver with DSC• NMEA2000 and NMEA0183 connectivity• Mini USB-B socket• SD data logger card slot• Built in high-sensitivity GPS receiver with GPS antenna included• Optional silent mode (suspend AIS transmission)• Compact and stylish design• Low power consumption, 12 to 24V DC power supply• Supplied with AIS Viewer and Configuration software for PC 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

LNG Bunker Vessel MV Kairos Christened in Hamburg

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement MV Kairos, the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply vessel, was officially christened in a ceremony on the River Elbe in Hamburg, Germany, on February 8.Owned by Babcock Schulte Energy (BSE), a joint venture between Babcock International Group and Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the ship departed South Korea, where it was built by Hyundai Mipo Dockyard, in October 2018 and arrived in Germany in December.Chartered by LNG provider Nauticor, the bunker unit will serve marine customers in the North Sea and Baltic Sea, the Klaipėda LNG fuelling station in Lithuania and the Linde LNG terminal in Nynäshamn, Sweden.MV Kairos is equipped with Babcock’s Fuel Gas Supply Vessel Zero (FGSV0) which, according to the owners, eliminates the release of boil-off and flash gas to the atmosphere during normal operations.With a tank capacity of 7,500 m³, Kairos is the world’s largest LNG bunker supply ship. It features a ballast-free design and installation of a CNG tank to store vapor return gas from customer vessels.Video Courtesy: Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagementlast_img read more

Safer Exit at Highway 118 Fall River

first_imgImprovements at Exit 14 on Highway 118 in Fall River, will reduce backups on the highway and give motorists a safer way off the ramp. Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal crews will begin the installation of traffic signals at the end of the Exit 14 ramp this week. The new signals will allow the department to assign right-of-way to ramp traffic and permit motorists to make the left-hand turn on Perrin Drive on a green light, without having to come to a full stop. Motorists will see further improvements at the intersection of Perrin Drive at the southbound on-ramp to Highway 118. The intersection will have a new traffic island to create a separate lane for right-turning traffic headed for the signals at Trunk 2. Currently, drivers must come to a full stop at the intersection. This change will allow vehicles to make the right-hand turn without having to stop. Both improvements will have video detection systems installed to enable a signal controller to assign additional green-light time for motorists during peak hours. “The intersection improvements will address the immediate problems drivers are experiencing with traffic backing up on Highway 118,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Murray Scott. “This solution should be completed by early December and give drivers in this area a much safer drive to and from work.” Traffic volume in the Fall River area is increasing and tie ups that occur at nearby locations have compounded traffic problems at Exit 14. “These improvements will provide a short-term solution to the traffic-congestion problem experienced at this interchange,” said Mr. Scott. “The department will continue to investigate long-term solutions to deal with traffic capacity issues at the interchange.”last_img read more

Stevie Wonder Rocks The United Nations For Peace

first_imgUnited Nations Headquarters in New York sang and danced to the music of award-winning artist and humanitarian Stevie Wonder and other renowned musicians on Thursday evening, during a concert to celebrate the world body’s 67th anniversary.Stevie Wonder on stage at UN Day ConcertCredit/Copyright: UN Photo/JC McIlwaineWonder, who is also a UN Messenger of Peace, performed his well-known ‘Happy Birthday’ song, as well as some of his best known hits, to a General Assembly Hall full of enthusiastic UN staff, members of the diplomatic community and guests, in observance of UN Day, observed annually on 24 October. The date marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945.“Everybody knows about the famous Seven Wonders of the World. But we know there is an eighth wonder – Stevie Wonder!” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his remarks at the concert. “His songs fill us with optimism and hope. His sound carries our spirits to new heights. And his voice expresses caring, happiness and love. We are all inspired by Stevie Wonder’s amazing music. But for the United Nations and people around the world, he is even more than an artistic legend. He is a towering humanitarian.”Mr. Wonder has advocated for the work of the United Nations since 2009, when he was appointed a UN Messengers of Peace, with particular focus on championing people with disabilities.UN Messengers of Peace – who are widely recognized for their talents in the arts, academia, literature, sports and entertainment – help raise worldwide awareness of UN ideals and activities. Through their public appearances, contacts with the international media and humanitarian work, they aim to expand public understanding of how the UN helps to improve the lives of people around the world.The other performers at the 2012 United Nations Day Concert – entitled ‘A Message of Peace, featuring United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder’ and which took place at the UN General Assembly Hall – included Janelle Monae, Sting and Valerie Simpson, amongst others.The 90-minute concert was streamed live by the UN website, allowing people all over the globe to join in the celebration of the world body’s work in the areas of humanitarian assistance, gender equality, human rights, peacekeeping, and economic and sustainable development, among others.“Tonight [Mr. Wonder] gives us the gift of an unforgettable concert in celebration of our UN – the UN that stops wars and promotes peace, the UN that stands up for human rights and works to bring down poverty, hunger, disease and suffering,” Mr. Ban said in his remarks. “Tonight, we are ready to sing, dance and clap our hands. And tomorrow, we continue to forge a better world for people everywhere, and for our future as a human family.”Source:UN.orglast_img read more

CREATIVE TRICKS FOOD STYLISTS USE TO ENTICE YOU

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: All featured products are curated independently by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, we may receive a commission. (Photo: Courtesy of JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Recently a photographer friend sent me a video that appears to reveal clever tricks food stylists use to make certain dishes look more enticing on camera. It’s equal parts fascinating and horrifying: shoe polish brushed on chicken to make it look perfectly browned, fabric protector misted over pancakes to prevent the butter and syrup from soaking in, mashed potatoes tinged with food coloring and scooped to look like ice cream because the real thing melts too quickly, and white glue substituting for almost anything (e.g., chocolate syrup, melted cheese, and frosting).The problem is, most real food stylists don’t do any of this crazy stuff—at least not since digital photography became the norm. Sure, they handle food differently than you or I might at home since it’s their job to make it look tempting for a professional photo shoot, but some minimal corrections also happen in the editing room.That’s why we asked a couple of experts to share some of the creative tricks food stylists use to entice you.last_img read more

Christchurch attack will change fabric of international sports hosting: New Zealand Cricket CEO

first_imgAuckland: The Christchurch mass shootings will have far-reaching implications for hosting sporting events in New Zealand and elsewhere, according to New Zealand Cricket CEO David White, who said the impression of the country being a “safe haven is gone”. Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead Friday, with one gunman — identified as an Australian — livestreaming the attack. The Bangladesh cricket team escaped unhurt despite being in close vicinity of a shooting attack on a mosque but its tour of New Zealand was called off. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting. I think everything changes now,” White was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz. “We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now. “We now have to be very, very vigilant – all the authorities and sporting organisations, absolutely.” The Bangladesh team’s tour was called off after the players had a narrow escape from the attack on a mosque in Christchurch, described as an “unprecedented act of violence” by the country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgery White said, “They’re shaken up all right. They’re shocked like everyone else. New Zealand Cricket’s thoughts were with Christchurch and people affected by the shootings. We are shocked and appalled, as I’m sure all New Zealanders are.” The International Cricket Council had said it “fully supports” the cancellation of the third Test. “Our thoughts and sincere condolences go out to the families and friends of those affected by this horrendous incident in Christchurch. Both teams, staff and match officials are safe and the ICC fully supports the decision to cancel the Test match,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson had said.last_img read more

Morocco Establishes itself as Destination for Refugees and Migrants: UNHCR Official

Rabat – For years now, sub-Saharan and Arab refugees and migrants have been seeing Morocco as a transit country to Europe. However, Volker Turk, UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, says that Morocco is now establishing itself as a destination for refugees and migrants.On October 22, Volker paid an official visit to Morocco, where he met with refugees and migrants. During the meeting, which took place in Rabat’s Orient-Occident Foundation on Tuesday, the refugees and migrants in attendance discussed the daily challenges they face in the transit country. Some of them talked about the issues of identity documents, while others referred to health care access and education issues.In a post-conference talk, Volker discussed Morocco’s vital role in promoting the situation of refugees and migrants. Volker told Morocco World News that “there is a very strong legal framework for refugees at the international level.” He added that “148 countries signed the 1951 Refugee Convention, “which outlines their rights as well as the legal obligations of States to protect them. Volker added that Morocco was the first African country having signed the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention, which is very interesting.”While “Morocco remains a transit country for refugees and migrants, it is also fast becoming a country of destination,” said Volker, noting that the country is working to offer protection to refugees under its National Policy on Immigration and Asylum (NPIA), which was launched in September 2013 under the instructions of King Mohammed VI.The High Commissioner Assistant did not deny that there are still countries that violate the refugee convention rules across the world.“You will always have challenges violations. Some countries are still violating the convention around the world. We always react quite strongly when we see this.”Volker added that the UNHCR have “faced many issues in different parts of the world, especially the issue of sending back refugees forcibly to their countries,” explaining that this issue is the worst possible fate a refugee.The UN official added that there is always the potential to negotiate and solve these issues through dialogue and cooperation.Volker brought up the 2018 Global Compact on Refugees initiative launched by the UN. The compact will focus on four key points: easing pressures on countries that welcome and host refugees, build self-reliance of refugees, expand access to resettlement in third countries and other complementary pathways and foster conditions that enable refugees voluntarily to return to their home countries.During his visit to Morocco, Volker also met Abdelouafi Laftit, Morocco’s Minister of Interior. After their meeting, Volker told media, “It is clear that Morocco made huge progress not only in the management of migration issues but also in terms of addressing the question of refugees.”Laftit continued that the meeting with the Moroccan official was an opportunity to show “our great admiration for the Moroccan migration policy since 2013, which also includes refugee protection.”Volker added that Morocco has established “good practices in that area,” welcoming the “very close” collaboration with he Moroccan government as well as with Moroccan civil society. read more

This Week: Housing starts, Fed policy update, Slack IPO

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week:HOUSING BELLWETHERThe government’s monthly snapshot of U.S. housing starts should provide insight into the state of the new-home market.The Commerce Department is expected to report Tuesday that builders broke ground on new single-family homes and other residential housing projects at a faster pace in May than in the previous month. U.S. home construction accelerated in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.Housing starts, monthly, seasonally adjusted annual rate:Dec. 1,142,000Jan. 1,291,000Feb. 1,149,000March 1,168,000April 1,235,000May (est.) 1,250,000Source: FactSetTHE FED SPEAKSThe Federal Reserve delivers an update on interest rates and the U.S. economy on Wednesday.The remarks will follow a two-day meeting of the central bank’s policymakers. The Fed is facing pressure to cut its key short-term rate amid signs of slowing economic growth. Many stock market investors worry that the U.S. trade war with China will hurt corporate profits, and expect the Fed to cut rates at its meeting in July.SLACK IPOA popular messaging platform is set to go public.Slack Technologies is expected to make its stock market debut Thursday. The company plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker “SK.” Slack’s IPO follows those of Pinterest, Lyft, Uber and Zoom.The Associated Press read more

Closing Bell TSX sharply lower amid rising eurozone anxiety RIM warning of

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market sold off amid growing worries about Spain’s banking sector and the future of tech giant Research in Motion Ltd.Here are the closing numbers:TSX — 11433.22 -176.08 -1.52%S&P 500 — 1313.32 -19.10 -1.43%Dow — 12419.86 -160.86 -1.28%Nasdaq — 2837.36 -33.63 -1.17%The S&P/TSX composite index retreated 176.08 points to 11,433.2.The BlackBerry maker’s shares shed 82 cents or 7.14% to $10.66, after saying that it expects to report an operating loss in the first quarter and plans on major cost cuts. RIM has hired J.P. Morgan Securities and RBC Capital Markets to advise on its troubled business and financial performance as the company continues to give up market share.The Canadian dollar was down 0.6 of a US cent to 97.16 US cents.New York markets were also well into the red with the Dow Jones industrial average down 160.83 points at 12,419.86.The Nasdaq composite index fell 33.63 points to 2,837.36 while the S&P 500 index lost 19.1 points to 1,313.32.Oil fell US$2.94 to US$87.82 a barrel.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Analysts bearish on RIM after CEO update, shares fallInvestors flee Spain as banking fears deepen, Greeks warned of catastrophe14 horrible facts about the Spanish economyCapital flight may now be hitting all of EuropeON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Current account balance (Q1): Economists expect a deficit of $10.9-billion Survey of employment, payrolls and earnings (March) UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.Challenger layoff report (May) 8:15 a.m.ADP National Employment Report: Economists expect a gain of 150,000 jobs 8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 370,000 claims GDP (Q1): Economists expect 1.9% rise annualized Corporate profits (Q1) 9:45 a.m.Chicago Purchasing Managers Index (May): Economists expect a reading of 56.8 CORPORATE NEWSCANADACIBC Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.89 a share National Bank of Canada Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.85 UNITED STATESSAIC Inc Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 33¢ a share read more

With Boris Johnson tipped to win PM race UK eyes rocky ride

LONDON — Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride.On Tuesday, the U.K.’s governing Conservatives will announce the winner of a contest to replace Theresa May as leader of the party and the country. Just over three months later, on Oct. 31, Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union.With the new British leader on a collision course with both the EU and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit, the U.K. could be heading for a political crisis, a recession, an election, a referendum — or several of those options at the same time.Nick Wright, an expert on EU politics at University College London says “It’s a very fluid situation …. literally, anything could happen.”___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and the Conservative Party leadership race at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Press read more

Former US President Bush in Pakistan as UN envoy to spotlight earthquake

FAlthough harsh winter weather kept him from visiting areas devastated by October’s earthquake, former President Bush met with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and made plans to visit affected areas as soon as possible, a UN spokesman said today.Mr. Annan appointed the former president as Special Envoy on 15 December to represent the UN system in the national and international response to the 8 October earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 and left millions homeless.Today marks 100 days since the disaster, and a senior UN relief official reported that pledges and commitments to the UN’s appeal for earthquake relief funds had reached close to 60 per cent.“That doesn’t mean that all the money is in the box, but it means that the money is firmly pledged and therefore you can expend against it if you have the resources to do so,” Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Margareta Wahlström told reporters in New York.In late October, the UN increased the level of funds sought from $238 million to $550 million to save the lives of tens of thousands of earthquake survivors.Ms. Wahlström said humanitarian workers needed to maintain the relief operations over the next few months until the harsh winter weather eases at the beginning of April and recovery operations can begin.“We need to sustain the efforts to get the 100 per cent financing,” she said. read more

We must fight terrorism together without sacrificing legal and human rights declares

“We must fight terrorism together, with methods that do not compromise the rule of law and human rights,” said Antonio Guterres, speaking at the end of the two-day conference marking Counter-Terrorism Week, at UN Headquarters in New York.The UN chief said that “we should engage with all who can help us achieve our goals”, including empowering young people through education, jobs and training, and engaging women and all of civil society in the fight against terrorism.He said consideration was being given to establishing a new unit in the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, to ensure that the views of civil society groups – who were among the more than 1,000 delegates attending the landmark two-day event – are “fully reflected” in policies and programmes.A Global Network of Counter-Terrorism Coordinators, was another likely initiative he said, which would allow expertise and best-practices to be more effectively shared.Prevention was also key said Mr. Guterres, adding that “terrorists remain determined to find a weakness in our defence…To stay ahead of the terrorists, I call on the international community, the private sector and academia, to share knowledge, expertise and resources to prevent new technologies becoming lethal terrorist weapons,” said the Secretary-General.Other top UN officials echoed the call for greater youth-involvement as well as preventing the misuse of new technologies and the internet by terrorists.Development can play a vital roleAchim Steiner, the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), highlighted the role development can play in the “prevention approach.”“Very often the context within which extremism grows is to some extent linked to failures in development and weaknesses in the institutions that represent the Nation State. Desperation and frustration then may lead people, young people in particular, to lose confidence in state institutions because they have not delivered,” he said.Our youth is not our greatest threat but our greatest hope – UNDP head Achim SteinerMr. Steiner added that despite youth often becoming the “target” for radicalization by violent extremist groups, many young people display “extraordinary resilience” and are addressing violent extremism in a broad range of settings.“We need to recognize their unique role and further engage them as meaningful partners and leaders. Our youth is not our greatest threat but our greatest hope,” he said, noting that the global community should do “everything possible” to ensure their potential is not undermined by misuse of new technologies of which they are the fastest adopters.In his remarks, the head of UNDP also highlighted the “enormous potential” offered by new technologies, including to enhance public transparency, broaden meaningful inclusion and participation in decision-making.We must not fail ‘our future’ – UN Special AdviserAdama Dieng, the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, cited conflicts around the world where States and non-State actors, including terrorists and violent extremist groups, have committed horrific atrocity crimes and that some of those groups have misused religion and the false interpretation of religious texts to incite and justify violence.Our young people are our future … we must not fail them – UN Special Adviser Adama DiengIn particular, many have sought to entice young people, exploit their grievances and hopes, and drag them into the “trap of violence and terror” he warned.“Our young people are our future.  We must not fail them,” stressed the Special Adviser, calling for including youth in the design and development of workable solutions. “Including youth in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism must be a priority,” he said.In his remarks, Mr. Dieng also called on religious leaders to engage more with young people and reach out to those who are marginalized and may be vulnerable to recruitment by terrorists. Collaborate with them to confront ideologies that promote violent extremism, and address topics that religious extremists monopolize, providing counter narratives, he urged.Gender stereotypes drive choices that terrorists makeAlso addressing the conference, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), spoke of the work done by the Organization to address complex gender dynamics around terrorism.“Gender stereotypes contribute towards the choices that terrorists make: they target women in a specific way, taken them away from families and abduct then where they are not valued,” she said, noting that boys and men too are targeted using “toxic masculinity” to attract them to violence and extremism.Gender stereotypes contribute towards the choices that terrorists make – UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-NgcukaThe head of UN Women also cautioned that terrorist groups are increasingly using women and girls in conducting attacks given that are not perceived as a threat to the extent that young men and boys are.Prejudices and stereotypes against women and girls are now being used by terrorists to use the same “negative stereotypes” that exist in society and perpetuate gender norms that regards girls and boys in different ways, she explained.The world must recognize the role of women and girls of all ages as “partners in prevention” and response, urged Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.“They can facilitate interventions that are human rights-based and gender sensitive … avoiding any unintended consequences,” she said. read more

Brock postdoc named first cannabis health research chair

A post-doctoral scholar who has been researching anti-cancer drugs at Brock University has been named Canada’s first Research Chair on cannabis health by the University of New Brunswick.Yang Qu, who has been part of Brock Biological Sciences Professor Vincenzo De Luca’s research team for nearly five years, will start his new role in January.“Qu’s outstanding work in Professor De Luca’s research group has established him among the emerging leaders in his field,” said Tim Kenyon, Brock’s Vice-President, Research. “He will bring his gifts for inquiry and the powerful applicability of his work to his Research Chair position, to the benefit of his new colleagues at the University of New Brunswick.Kenyon said the appointment is reinforcement of the high-quality research taking place at Brock.“A culture of research excellence and collaboration provides post-doctoral fellows at Brock with valuable opportunities, while the Brock community in turn benefits from the contributions of these groundbreaking scholars,” he said.After earning his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Calgary, Qu came to Brock because of the world-renowned research being done by De Luca around the anti-cancer drug vinblastine found in the Madagascar periwinkle plant. In his five years working on De Luca’s team, Qu made significant contributions around the identification of genes involved in the synthetic production of chemotherapy drugs.“The experience and expertise I gained in biochemistry and the metabolic engineering of natural plant products are directly applicable to the exploration of new opportunities in advancing the Canadian cannabis industry,” said Qu, adding that he’s excited to get started unlocking the medicinal potential of the cannabis plant.“The legalization of both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis provided unprecedented opportunities for researchers to fully utilize this plant,” he said. “The major cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) already exhibit great bioactivities, but additional medical applications may be found in the more than 90 other cannabinoids with future research.”In addition to investigating the potential of other compounds found in cannabis, Qu said he hopes to devise a biosynthetic production platform that uses microorganisms to produce pure compounds and improve the genetics of the cannabis plant to reduce the production costs for greenhouse cultivation.“Our research group is well-aware of Qu’s qualifications and ability to perform creative, novel and applicable research on this remarkable medicinal plant,” said De Luca. “We congratulate him on this achievement and we’re elated that our laboratory at Brock University has played a part in the development of a remarkable young and promising scientist.” read more

Ohio State blown away by Hurricanes

MIAMI — The Miami Hurricanes won the battle of embattled football programs Saturday.  Previously suspended Hurricanes’ senior quarterback Jacory Harris threw two touchdowns to sophomore wide-receiver Allen Hurns and junior running back Mike James added a touchdown late in regulation. The Miami (1-1) defense held the No. 17-ranked Ohio State’s offense down throughout the game. OSU went on to drop its first contest of the season to Miami, 24-6. After forcing a punt on OSU’s first drive of the game, senior running back Lamar Miller broke a 54-yard run and was finally brought down inside the Buckeyes’ 10-yard line. Miller finished the first half with 128 yards on 15 carries. Harris took center stage on Miami’s first drive, completing a three-yard touchdown pass to Hurns to put the Hurricanes up, 7-0. Harris, along with senior linebacker Sean Spence, junior defensive tackle Marcus Forston, junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo and senior receiver Travis Benjamin returned to the Hurricanes’ lineup Saturday after serving a one-game suspension.  Eight Miami players were suspended for at least one game for receiving impermissible benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, who is now serving a 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in a Ponzi scheme. Harris went back to work on Miami’s next drive, and found Hurns for a second 3-yard touchdown pass to Hurns that put the Hurricanes up, 14-0.  Freshman Braxton Miller saw his first game action in two weeks when he went under center on the Buckeyes’ third drive of the game. Miller’s first pass of the game was deflected and intercepted. Luckily for the Buckeyes, the first pass Harris threw on Miami’s next drive was intercepted by redshirt sophomore safety C.J. Barnett. Junior running back Jordan Hall, one of three OSU players making their 2011 debut after serving a two-game suspension, featured on the Buckeyes’ first scoring drive of the game.  Hall carried seven times on a 16-play drive, which sophomore kicker Drew Basil capped with a 22-yard field goal that cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 14-3.  Hall, along with sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard, were each suspended for the Buckeyes’ first two games for receiving white envelopes containing $200 from a university booster at a Feb. 19 charity event in Cleveland. Redshirt freshman Bradley Roby intercepted a pass by Harris on Miami’s next drive and returned it to within 23 yards of the end zone..  Bauserman went without a completion on the drive that followed, however. The quarterbacking duo of Bauserman and Miller finished the half 1-of-11 passing with one interception, and OSU was forced to settle for a 24-yard field goal by Basil to bring it within eight points at 14-6.  Miami responded with a 25-yard field goal by junior Jake Wieclaw as time expired in the first half and took a 17-6 lead into the locker room.  Both teams were slow to produce offensively after the intermission. OSU stopped Miami on a fourth-and-2 play near midfield with 5:18 remaining in the third quarter, but Bauserman’s struggles continued on the Buckeyes’ ensuing drive. Miami fans, called to cheer by the sound of a mock hurricane siren, cheered louder still when Bauserman overthrew freshman wide receiver Devin Smith on third down. With more than three quarters played, OSU quarterbacks had accumulated only 13 yards on 2-of-16 passing. Miller didn’t fare much better, and fumbled on an improvised run with 9:21 left in the game. Despite missing safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, defensive end Olivier Vernon and tight end Dyron Dye, who remained suspended for Miami for also receiving impermissible benefits from Shapiro, the Hurricanes wouldn’t be denied. James put the finishing touches on Miami’s 24-6 win with a 1-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds remaining in regulation. The Hurricanes went on to win by the same score. The Buckeyes (2-1) finish the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday against Colorado at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by ABC. read more

Berbice goldsmith shot during attempted robbery suspect arrested

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspected bandit gunned down by officer following reports of theftNovember 15, 2016In “Crime”Suspected bandit shot dead in Berbice identified as Essequibo residentNovember 16, 2016In “Crime”Accomplice in botched ECD robbery remandedSeptember 5, 2017In “Court” A goldsmith of Experiment, Bath, West Coast Berbice (WCB) is presently nursing a gunshot wound to his left leg at a government medical institution.According to a police statement, the victim who is said to be in a stable condition was shot by a lone gunman who was unsuccessful in robbing him of a bag containing valuables, at Welfare Street, East Canfield, East Canje Berbice, about 1730h on SunDay.Investigators have since arrested a 24-year-old suspect who resides at No. 2 Village, East Canje, Berbice and he is assisting with the investigating.The suspect who abandoned his bicycle and fled on foot after the victim discharged a round in his direction from his licensed handgun, was recently arrested and questioned in relation to several serious crimes but was released due to insufficient evidence. read more

Continuing research into and development of tyre grade guayule rubber

first_imgPanAridus will join Cooper Tire & Rubber Co and its consortium partners on a previously-announced $6.9 million Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grant toward development of guayule plant-based polymers for use in tyre manufacturing. This news comes ahead of International Mining’s February article on haul roads, tyres and tyre management. Cooper Tire, PanAridus, and other consortium partners, including Arizona State University (ASU) and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the USDA, are conducting research efforts aimed at developing enhanced manufacturing processes for the production of guayule solid rubber as a biomaterial for tyre applications, as well as evaluating the plant’s residual biomass for biofuel applications. The consortium members aim to harness biopolymers extracted from guayule as a replacement for petroleum-based synthetics and tropical-based natural rubber currently used in the manufacture of tyres. Cooper Tire is leading the overall grant program along with developing all related tyre technology. PanAridus replaces Yulex Corp on the grant team, assuming Yulex’s responsibilities as the primary manufacturer of the material. PanAridus will take the lead in developing commercial processes to produce guayule natural rubber for the tyre industry. ARS is leading the genomic and agronomic development of guayule, while ASU is evaluating the sustainability impact these biomaterial and bioenergy industries have on the American Southwest, where guayule is grown. “We are pleased to have PanAridus join our BRDI grant team,” said Chuck Yurkovich, Cooper’s Vice President of Global Research and Development. “PanAridus brings significant expertise related to guayule seed and agronomic technology that will be extremely beneficial as the consortium continues progress toward our objectives. Their expanding capability to produce guayule based natural rubber will provide a reliable source of materials for our tyre technology related programs. The co-operative spirit and passion for this initiative within PanAridus will be instrumental in development of commercial production processes and continued improvement of tyre grade guayule.” Mike Fraley, Founder and CEO of PanAridus: “Our steadfast focus on guayule genetics and agronomics heightens the likelihood of success for our grant partners, all of whom understand the link between competing favourably on a cost basis in the commodity based marketplace and commercialisation.” Combining the biosciences of genetics and selective breeding, PanAridus has unlocked the key to growing a higher yield of domestically grown guayule rubber per acre than from imported Hevea rubber–and even more inexpensively than synthetic rubber, which is made from petroleum. Its advanced seed varieties ensure a supply of guayule rubber for applications (like tyres), and its agronomic techniques give farmers a more certain and profitable crop.last_img read more

A Definitive Ranking of Christmas Songs From Worst To Best

first_imgTHERE IS NO escape from Christmas songs. In the supermarket, in the post office, in the pub: they are everywhere.Here at DailyEdge.ie, we have painstakingly ranked all* the key Christmas songs, and placed them in order from worst to greatest.This ranking is final and definitive.*By ‘all’, we mean ‘some of the main ones’.16. Newsong – The Christmas Shoes Source: NewSongVEVOTravesty? Abomination? Vomit-inducing gorefest of gratuitous sentimentality? It’s hard to decide on a description. This song takes genuine, good emotions and crushes them in its cloying fist until the juices run clear and free.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)15. Status Quo – It’s Christmas Time Source: UMTVMUSICDISCOVERYTHE SCENE: Status Quo’s studio, 2008Rocker 1: Should we do a Christmas song? What’s Christmassy that we can put in it?Rocker 2: Ungggh… uhhhh… roasting chestnuts… nnnngggh… wine…. uhhhh… Christmas time?Rocker 1: Got that on tape Rick. Nice work. See you next year.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)14. Madonna – Santa Baby Source: scrubincAnyone who can hear the phrase “Hurry down my chimney tonight” without shuddering needs to take a long hard look at themselves.(This is only exceeded in awfulness by the Michael Bublé version, in which he refers to “Santa buddy” throughout, giving the whole song the feel of an obnoxious stockbroker trying to be a taxi driver’s best friend at 2am.)(Can’t see the video? Click here.)13. Cliff Richard – Mistletoe and Wine Source: TheChristmaSongsDull dull dull. Also contains the most bizarre pronunciation of “Christ-ee-an” in recorded history.Oh, and the video opens with Cliff looming at the window of a house peering in at a sleeping child. She is now spending years in therapy after her parents refused to believe what she saw at the window one terrible Christmas.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)12. Baby It’s Cold Outside Source: Margriet AskewYes, this is a nice tune. But let’s take a proper look at what’s happening here.A man brings a girl back to his place, insists that there are no taxis to take her home, and pleads with her not to “hold out” on him. Meanwhile, she asks suspiciously “What’s in this drink?”Is this really the Christmas message we want to be promoting/belting out while on the batter? Is it?(Can’t see the video? Click here.)11. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmas Time Source: videosanta69From the dark, dark decade after Paul McCartney left the Beatles and before he figured out how to be cool again. The kind of song your mam and/or dad probably have a dance to after one too many sherries.Although that said, the ‘waow waow’ synth noises are a bit fun. Fair play Paul.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)10. Band Aid Source: PhoneixRising100On the one hand, it’s genetically impossible for any group of functioning humans not to pump their fists and roar “TONIGHT THANK GOD IT’S THEM… INSTEAD OF YEEEEEUUWW” along with Bono when this comes on at a party.On the other, its declarations about an entire continent – significant parts of which are covered in lush, watery jungle – that “nothing ever grows” and “no rain or rivers flow” are a bit of a worrying slip-up from a gang trying to save the world.Also, there might be snow in Africa this Christmas time.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)9. Bing Crosby and David Bowie – Little Drummer Boy Source: GPITRAL0One of the greatest Christmas videos of all time, as David Bowie pretends to mistake Bing Crosby for a butler and hilarity ensues. They then awkwardly avoid each others’ eyes for the duration of the song.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)8. Slade – Merry Christmas Everybody Source: abcdefdjykjOn the all-important Christmas Song 2am Yellability Index, Slade are absolutely off the charts. Hell, Noddy Holder basically invented the whole tradition of yelling Christmas songs by bellowing “IT’S CHRISTMAAASSSSS” unexpectedly in the middle of this number.However, if you’re feeling any less than utterly festive, this song is likely to induce a murderous rage. As such it would be irresponsible for us to place it any higher.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)7. Jonah Lewie – Stop The Cavalry Source: RoscozSleigh bells and a jolly trumpet melody combined with a poignant message of peace? Check. Yearning references to being at home for Christmas? Check. When it comes to giving you that happy-sad feeling that every great Christmas song should induce, Jonah Lewie is a Jedi master. A classic.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)6. Chris Rea – Driving Home For Christmas Source: EdgegbrFundamentally an extremely boring song, but rescued by its uncanny accuracy in describing the feeling of driving home for Christmas.Right down to the moment when you look at the driver beside you and feel a strange sense of kinship, rather than the usual urge to mercilessly run them off the road.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)5. Wham! – Last Christmas Source: John Mc GrathBasically the greatest Christmas holiday you’ve never had. With added heartbreak. Close to perfect, and we’re not just talking about George Michael’s magnificent hair in the video.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)4. Wizzard – I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day Source: emimusicPerhaps the closest humanity has got to expressing pure joy in musical form. Obviously the idea is ludicrous, but if you’ve got as far as singing Wizzard you’re almost certainly too gee-eyed on festive sentiment to care. Happy Christmas!(Can’t see the video? Click here.)3. East 17 – Stay Another Day Source: brianina82Even if the world burns and people forget the Boyband Wars of the early 1990s (an unthinkable prospect), East 17′s legacy will live on through this strangely touching exercise in begging someone who’s obviously gone off you not to leave.The musical equivalent of eating too many chocolates: oversweet, very much in the Christmas spirit, and may leave you with a nasty case of yearning, yearning heartburn.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)2. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You Source: Gabz50Mariah Carey’s major contribution to world culture. If you can sing along to this song without your heart swelling with the thought of someone special in your past, present or future… well… you’re an emotionless automaton with a heart of clanking steel, and should be excluded from Christmas altogether.Enjoy Robot Christmas, you oil-sucking machine you.(Can’t see the video? Click here.)1. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl – Fairytale Of New York Source: skateboardingmadNo contest for number one. It’s sad, it’s clever, it’s fond of rude words, and it only tells you its feelings when it’s drunk: essentially, Fairytale Of New York IS Ireland. Have a great Christmas, everyone.(Can’t see the video? Click here.) A Definitive Ranking of Christmas Films from Worst to Best>Irish biscuits: A definitive ranking from worst to best>last_img read more

Microsoft Research solves AI challenge for The Path of Go on Xbox

first_imgIt’s not just Microsoft’s internal game studios and 3rd-party developers that create games for the Xbox 360. Microsoft Research is also getting in on the act, but more to solve an artificial intelligence (AI) challenge than actually become a well-known game developers bringing in millions of dollars every year.The problem a team at Microsoft Research set out to solve was implementing the Chinese game of Go with capable AI in the functional programming language F#.Why is this a challenge? Well, the rules of Go are very simple, but the complexity involved in mastering the game is much higher than other popular strategic 2-player games. For example, the game of chess has around 20 moves per branch to analyze. Go on the other hand has around 200. So you can see how implementing an AI player of any competence would require a lot more work and processing by a computer. In fact, the processing power does not exist yet to carry out a complete analysis of a single game in a workable timeframe.As the video points out, the strongest chess player today is a computer, but the strongest Go player is still a human with no computer even close to taking on the champions of the Go world. You can’t brute force solve a Go game like you can a game of chess (yet).The team at Microsoft Research managed a solution, though, and named the final game The Path of Go. There’s a free demo you can download from Xbox Live, and the full game will cost you 400 Microsoft Points.The solution was made possible due to the use of F# which made for a very easy translation of the maths required to play into the code for the AI of the game. It’s also worth noting that this is the first Xbox 360 game to use the functional language.Read more at I Programmer and Microsoft Researchlast_img read more