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Wall-less Wizards Wallop Nets, 121-103

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares WASHINGTON — With John Wall sidelined by a sore and swollen right knee, Ramon Sessions stepped in to help the Washington Wizards prolong their playoff hopes for at least another game.Sessions scored 18 points and had a season-high 13 assists in his first start of the season as the Wizards defeat the Brooklyn Nets 121-103 on April 6.“Just going out there from (the) jumpstart knowing John is down, I’ve just got to pick up the minutes,” said Sessions, who learned he would be starting an hour before tipoff. “I was just trying to keep pushing the pace and just play my game.”Bradley Beal scored 25 points, and Marcin Gortat had 16 points and 12 rebounds as Washington clung to life in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.With Detroit defeating Orlando, the 10th-place Wizards (38-40) need to win out, have the Pistons (42-37) lose out and overcome ninth-place Chicago (39-39) to make the playoffs.To make that happen, Washington will likely need Wall to return from an ailment that forced him to miss his first game since last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals.“He had some swelling in (the knee) unlike it had had this year,” coach Randy Wittman said of his All-Star point guard. “I didn’t think he wasn’t going to play, because he’s played 77 games. But I had an idea. And then we came in here and it wasn’t much better than it was this morning, we said shut it down.”Washington visits Detroit on April 8.Thomas Robinson scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Nets, who have lost six straight games by an average of 19.3 points.Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points off the bench as Brooklyn sent out its 20th starting lineup of the season. The Nets were outrebounded 53-38 after it was announced center Brook Lopez and forward Thaddeus Young would be rested for the remainder of the season.“We knew there was going to be a discrepancy on the boards,” interim coach Tony Brown said. “I’ll give them that, but there are still a lot more things we could’ve done.”Wall has been the one sure thing in Washington’s inconsistent season, averaging a career-best 19.9 points and 10.2 assists.But in his first start of the year, Sessions picked up the slack and had 10 of his assists by halftime, helping the Wizards to a two-point lead at the break. After halftime, he marshaled an offense that turned it over only twice while the defense forced Brooklyn into eight giveaways.“Ramon played great,” Wittman said. “I thought he kept a good pace to the game, and for us as a team to have 36 assists on 48 baskets, it doesn’t get much better than that.”(IAN QUILLEN)last_img read more

Here is an amazing Tyreek Hill infographic

first_imgNCAA Football: Florida State vs Oklahoma StateI hope you enjoy this week’s Tyreek Hill infographic — if last week was any indication it’ll be a full-time job trying to keep up with No. 24 and all these stats.By the way Kyle and I recently started a little side project called Info Launch making infographics (like the ones you’ve seen on Pistols Firing) for universities, teams, and individuals.If you know anybody in the market for this type of thing, let Kyle or myself know or just visit our contact page.Also, you can follow us on Twitter here: If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

NSWTA State Cup – Day One

first_imgThe NSWTA State Cup commenced on Friday, 5 December 2008 on a day that had everything.In what has become a tradition for the annual NSWTA State Cup in Port Macquarie, the heavens opened in the morning only for the sun to shine through later in the day. The stars were also shining on the stadium field of the Port Macquarie Regional Stadium.The mercurial Benji Marshall showed how he recently claimed a Rugby League World Cup medal and his silky skills emphasising why he has become such a sensation for Wests Tigers and the New Zealand Rugby League team. The speed, step, and smooth passes from Benji helped Wests to be one of the three unbeaten Men’s Open teams from Day One of competition.Hornsby Lions Dylan Hennessey was again in sensational form and despite Benji’s presence, showed to the delight of the crowd why he is rated the hottest player in the game at the moment. The Lions had a draw with the Canterbury Bulldogs in the first round in what may be a Grand Final preview.Easts won both their games but will have to lift if they wish to repeat their efforts from 2007. Penrith are the third team with two wins from two games in the Men’s Open.In the Women’s Open, Wollongong, Canterbury and Easts are all undefeated. Wests had a disappointing day losing to both Canterbury and Easts and will need to find form to challenge for the title.Further results can be found from the NSWTA State Cup website – read more

Predicting The Next 5 College Football Coaches Who Will Win Their First NCAA Title

first_imgA CFB coach seen with his face covered. Nick Saban AlabamaWill Saban win another one?Winning a national title is no easy task. Realistically, there are only 10 programs each season that have a shot at winning it all, though that list can look slightly different each and every year. The standard programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Florida State, and the now-obvious addition of Clemson, always seem to be part of that list. Other teams have proven capable of positioning themselves for a title run, too. By now, college football fans are all aware that Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, Les Miles and Jimbo Fisher have etched their names in the history books in recent years, and all have a shot at another title run in 2016. But which coaches are on their way to winning their first national title?Here are the next five coaches who will win their first NCAA title. Get Stared With No. 5 Dabo Swinney >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6last_img read more

Gov’t Secures Property for Women’s Shelter

first_img Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse. “We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said. Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange, says the Government has acquired a property outside of Kingston, which will be used as a shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse.The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.“We feel that Government has a responsibility to ensure that we provide the facilities and we are leading the way and setting the example in addressing issues of gender-based violence. We have physically taken over the property, and we are now assessing what renovations and refurbishing needs to be done,” Minister Grange said.She was speaking to journalists following the launch of the Jamaica Women’s Health Survey Report at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel on June 21.Minister Grange informed that funds were allocated in the budget to purchase the property, which was previously being used as a guest house.“We know that before the end of the year, we will have the shelter up and running. We got a good deal on the property as we were able to purchase [it] in addition to the furniture,” Ms. Grange said.The Woman Incorporated Crisis shelter in Kingston was officially reopened on in October 2017 after extensive renovation and expansion to house additional women and children, who are victims of violence.The project was undertaken by the Government through more than $14 million in funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The Women’s Health Survey, the first of its kind in CARICOM, was conducted in Jamaica in 2016.It provides data on the national prevalence of violence against women and will support the country’s global commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as implementation of the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence. Story Highlights The facility, which will be funded and run by the State, will house the women and their children and provide counselling and other services.last_img read more

Sakshi Misra posts complaint on Yogis portal

first_imgBareilly: Sakshi Misra, the daughter of BJP MLA Rajesh Misra whose marriage to a Dalit man made headlines last month, has now come out in support of her father, her family and also her in-laws. Sakshi has posted a complaint on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s ‘Jan Sunwai’ portal, alleging that some people were trying to malign the image of her father and her husband’s family by spreading false stories. Demanding action against such elements, Sakshi has said that misinformation was being spread through videos on YouTube. She said that this was having an adverse impact on her father’s political career. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I want to live peacefully with my husband and his family but some people are creating problems for us,” she said in the complaint. Sakshi eloped with Ajitesh Kumar on July 3 and got married at a temple in Prayagraj. The couple later posted a video on social media claiming that they faced a threat to their lives from Rajesh Misra. The matter later reached the Allahabad High Court that held the marriage valid and ordered the state government to provide adequate security to the couple.last_img read more

Human Rights Tribunal orders Canada to speed up changes to discriminatory FN

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal on Tuesday rapped Indigenous Affairs’ knuckles over the pace of its response to a January decision that found the department’s funding of child and welfare services on reserves discriminated against First Nation children.The tribunal released an “updated order” on the remedial relief it requested in January as part of its landmark human rights ruling on First Nation child welfare services. The tribunal’s updated order found the department’s response inadequate and issued updated instructions, including deadlines, to Indigenous Affairs to draft a clear plan on how it will change the way it delivers the program.“This is the season for change,” said the updated order, in a section using bold-black letters. “The time is now.”The tribunal’s updated order also requires the department to immediately begin implementing Jordan’s Principle on all jurisdictional disputes involving First Nation children—whether the disputes be between Ottawa and the provinces or between federal departments. Jordan’s Principle basically calls for governments to provide the care First Nation children need before sorting out which jurisdiction is responsible for paying.“While it appreciates the federal government’s commitments and efforts to date, the (human rights tribunal) panel requires more clarity from (Indigenous Affairs) moving forward to ensure its orders are effectively and meaningfully implemented,” said the tribunal’s updated order.In its January decision, the human rights tribunal demanded the federal government make sweeping changes to the way it manages and funds on-reserve child welfare services. The tribunal found that current funding formulas create an incentive to remove children from their families. The decision covered all on-reserve child welfare programs delivered across the provinces and in the Yukon.The decision was a resounding victory for the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society and its president Cindy Blackstock, who first launched the human rights complaint, with the Assembly of First Nations, back in 2007.“Again, the tribunal is putting the interests of children first,” said Blackstock, in response to Tuesday’s updated order. “This will improve the lives of many children.”The January decision found that funding schemes used by the department for on-reserve child welfare services discriminated against First Nation children. The tribunal ordered Indigenous Affairs to “immediately remove the most discriminatory aspects” and to “cease its discriminatory practices and reform the…program to reflect the findings in the decision.” The decision required the department to respond to the tribunal on how it planned to implement these changes.On Tuesday, the tribunal said the federal governments was moving too slow.“While the panel did request clarification on certain remedial items and understood the federal government may need some time to review the decision and develop a strategy to address it, that was three months ago and there is still uncertainty amongst the parties and the panel as to how the federal government’s response to the decision addresses the findings,” said the tribunal’s updated order. “The panel appreciates that some reforms to the…program will require a longer-term strategy; however, it is still unclear why or how some of the findings…cannot or have not been addressed within the three months since the decision. Instead of being immediate relief, some of these items may not become mid-term relief.”The tribunal said it would now “supervise the implementation of its orders by way of regular detailed reports by (Indigenous Affairs).” The tribunal ordered Indigenous Affairs to provide, within four weeks, a “comprehensive report” that would include budget allocations for First Nation child welfare agencies, detailed calculations of those budgets and adjustments flowing from the tribunal’s January decision, along with implementation timelines.On Jordan’s Principle, the tribunal found Indigenous Affairs’ and Health Canada’s response on the issue did not meet the spirit of the January ruling. The federal government says Indigenous Affairs and Health Canada “have begun discussions on the process for expanding the definition of Jordan’s Principle,” according to the updated order.“The (tribunal) did not foresee this order would take more than three months to implement,” said the updated order. “The order is to ‘immediately implement,’ not immediately start discussions to review the definition in the long-term. There is already a workable definition of Jordan’s Principle that has been adopted by the House of Commons…The (tribunal) sees no reason why the current definition cannot be implemented now.”The tribunal gave Indigenous Affairs two weeks to confirm it was implementing the Jordan’s Principle order.The tribunal also said it would soon be ruling on a submission from the Nishanwbe Aski Nation (NAN) which filed a motion seeking interested party status. NAN wants to a say in tailoring the tribunal’s decision to remote northern Ontario First Nations.The tribunal said its ruling on NAN would likely impact any of the relief issues stemming from the specific 1965 agreement that covers on-reserve child welfare services in Ontario.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett’s was not able to immediately comment on Tuesday’s order.The updated order summarized Ottawa’s response to date, which included an increase in funding for child-welfare programs on reserve in budget 2016 which allocated $634.8 million over five years and $71.1 million in this fiscal year.  Ottawa has also committed to “full-scale” reform of the program including: more funding for an engagement process for medium and long-term reform; a review of the Ontario agreement; re-establishing a national advisory read more

BC government to consider relief for record gas prices Horgan

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan says the B.C. government will consider “some relief” for those who can’t afford record high gas prices.Horgan says his government will monitor prices at the pumps over the summer after they reached the benchmark record of almost $1.64 a litre today in Metro Vancouver, but he also suggested provincial taxes aren’t the only factor affecting prices.He says he can’t explain a 12 cent a litre increase and perhaps the industry should invest more in refineries and the federal government should invest more in supply. Dan McTeague, an analyst at, says there are several factors at play, but chief among them is a shortage of gas across the province and the northwestern United States caused by two refineries in Washington state running at reduced rates.British Columbia’s carbon tax also increased to $40 a tonne on Monday, which is double the federal carbon tax introduced in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick _ provinces that did not previously have any carbon tax in place.McTeague says the effect is a 1.2 cent per litre bump at the pump, which may be small but should not be discounted.Horgan says the provincial government will monitor prices through the summer and if there’s an opportunity to step in and help, it will do so.“But at this point, I’m hopeful there will be some correlation between the commodity price and retail price. Those are issues that are market driven and out of my control,” Horgan says.last_img read more

New nature reserves to be added to UN list

In total, 25 new proposals and applications for extension will be examined for addition to the list of biosphere reserves during the five-day meeting of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB), a programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The proposed additions to the MAB network come from 20 countries. The Council will also examine applications for the MAB Awards for young scientists, UNESCO said in a press release. Every year since 1989, 10 young researchers have received awards worth up to $5,000 each to support their examination of ecosystems, natural resources and biodiversity. This year, two special awards, financed by the Austrian MAB committee, will also be given to young scientists within the context of the International Year of Biodiversity. Those seeking the Michel Batisse Award, which is worth $6,000 and is awarded every two years, will present their work to the Council showing how they were managing a nature reserve. A touring exhibition of aerial photographs of the Rhône Delta in France taken by Jean E. Roché will be the subject of a presentation on Wednesday. The MAB World Network numbers 553 sites in 107 countries. It includes sites as varied as Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, the largest freshwater lake in Asia; the Mare aux Hippopotames (Hippopotamus Lake) in Burkina Faso; the Pantanal wetland region in Brazil and Fuerteventura Island in the Canaries Archipelago in Spain. Biosphere reserves are sites that are proposed by local and national authorities, in cooperation with local communities, where new practices for reconciling human activities and nature are tested. In this way, biosphere reserves are laboratories for sustainable development, according to UNESCO. 31 May 2010New nature reserves such as lakes and wetlands will be added to a United Nations network that was created in an attempt to halt the loss of biodiversity and promote sustainable development, during a meeting that began today at the headquarters of the UN agency tasked with preserving the world’s heritage. read more

Kosovo UN personnel come under fire as jail break is foiled

There were no casualties, but two vehicles were hit by gunfire, a UN spokesman said today.Within the prison, staff managed to reassert control after initially being overpowered. Simultaneously, however, the Romanian Unit was shot at by unknown persons. Police are investigating the events both inside and outside the prison.The UN has administered Kosovo since North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces drove out Yugoslav troops amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between majority Albanians and Serbs. read more

Ontarios opposition parties warn the Liberals may sell provincial assets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 16, 2014 9:38 am MDT Ontario’s opposition parties warn the Liberals may sell provincial assets TORONTO – Ontario’s opposition parties said Wednesday the Liberal government is not being honest with people about its plans to “maximize” the value of provincial assets like the Liquor Control Board, Ontario Power Generation and Hydro One.This week’s provincial budget talked about “unlocking” value from government assets, while the Liberal re-election platform stated they would generate $3.15 billion through “asset optimization.”Both the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats said they wanted to know what the buzz words really mean, and what exactly the Liberals plan to do to raise that amount.“They certainly are not being straight up with the people of this province about which of the people’s assets are going to get sold off to come up with this sum,” said NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.“It’s a pretty specific sum, and they had to get that number from somewhere.”The Tories said they aren’t opposed to trying to squeeze more value out of provincial assets, as long as they stay in public hands.Interim PC Leader Jim Wilson asked Premier Kathleen Wynne during question period how many jobs would be lost as the government looks for efficiencies at the LCBO and its electricity agencies.“Here’s a chance to tell employees at the LCBO, OPG and OPA just how many of their jobs are on the line,” said Wilson.“Here’s a chance to tell the lenders and credit rating agencies exactly what you mean by optimize and maximize.”Wynne suggested it was a bit rich for the Conservatives to ask about job losses when they just campaigned on a platform to slash 100,000 public-sector positions, and said no decisions on asset sales will be made until after an expert panel reports.“We have been very honest, and we are honestly concerned that the assets that are owned by the people of Ontario, that they be optimized, and that those revenues and those assets work for the people of Ontario so that we can reinvest in the infrastructure that is needed,” she told the legislature.The previous Progressive Conservative government should have appointed a panel to review assets before they sold off Highway 407 in 1999, added Wynne.“Had the government of the day had such a process in place when they were looking at the 407, I believe there would not have been such a bad deal for the people of Ontario,” she said. “There are billions and billions of dollars in revenue (from the toll highway) that are lost to the people of Ontario in what was a public asset.”Finance Minister Charles Sousa later told reporters the government would want to retain majority ownership in the LCBO and the electricity agencies, even if it decides to invite pension funds to invest in the provincial agencies.“The intent is to protect those interests for the public, recognizing that they have strong revenues,” he said.“You don’t unleash or remove a strong revenue source for government and for taxpayers. Their value, frankly, is in the ownership structure that we now have.”The government has promised to eliminate a $12.5-billion deficit within three years, but Sousa said all revenue generated by maximizing the value of assets will go into the Trillium Trust to be reinvested in transit and infrastructure projects.The Tories complained the legislation has a loophole stating “the regulations may require that a portion of the net proceeds of disposition be credited to the Trillium Trust,” which they said would allow the Liberals to use the money any way they want.But Sousa said there was no loophole.“No, it’s all going to the Trillium Trust,” he said.“We’re dedicating all the revenues that come and whatever maximization or leverage that we may take from it, that will all go to the Trillium Trust.”The government also plans to sell some of its real estate holdings, including the LCBO and OPG headquarters in downtown Toronto, as well as the shares it purchased in General Motors during the recession.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter read more

More than 7500 doctors warn they will be too scared to admit

first_img“Patient safety is paramount and a culture of openness is critical,” it says. 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. “I recognise a lot of the concern that’s being expressed out there but it’s really important that we differentiate between this case, where a doctor was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, and everyday mistakes.“This is different from the mistakes that doctors may make in their everyday work. The judge ruled that even taking account of the system’s failings, the standard of care provided by the doctor was truly exceptionally bad.” Jack Adcock, who died in 2011 “Doctors frequently take on the work of two or more in order to keep our hospitals open. We have seen doctors punished for whistleblowing about unsafe staffing levels.“We now see them being held criminally responsible for mistakes made whilst working under these pressures, which, with chronic staff shortages, prolonged underfunding and low morale now occur with worrying frequency.”Consultant neurologist Dr Jenny Vaughan told Channel 4 News that a number of doctors convicted of the same offence had gone back to work and “not been erased”.“Doctors are not above the law but one of the jobs of the regulator is to look at the effect of their decisions in the context of patient safety,” she said.But Charlie Massey, chief executive of the General Medical Council defended its decision to strike off Dr Bawa-Garba. Doctors have warned they may be less likely to admit mistakes after a pediatrician was controversially struck off for causing the death of a young boy.More than 7,500 medics have signed a letter raising deep seated concerns about last week’s decision to strike Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba from the medical register.It comes after Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, raised similar concerns, warning that the decision could have implications for patient safety if doctors felt they could not admit openly to their mistakes.Dr Bawa-Garba was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock, who had Down’s Syndrome, in 2015, and received a suspended two-year prison sentence.The letter, which is being circulated amongst medics and has been signed by many lead clinicians and high profile consultants, warns that the decision made by the General Medical Council  punishes Dr Bawa-Garba and other doctors for admitting their mistakes, which could only lead to further tragedies.It says the doctor’s mistake had to be considered in the context of the extraordinary pressures she was under and warned that it would frighten doctors away from honest self appraisal, with potentially terrible consequences in the future. Jack Adcock, who died in 2011 Dr Bawa-Garba failed to spot that Jack, from Glen Parva, Leics, was suffering from septic shock, then “inexplicably” mistook him for a different child under a “do not resuscitate” order and ordered colleagues to stop life-saving attempts when his heart stopped. He died at Leicester Royal Infirmary in 2011. Wouldn’t be appropriate for me as Govt Minister to criticise a court ruling, but deeply concerned about possibly unintended implications here for learning & reflective practice in e-journals. Am also totally perplexed that GMC acted as they did: patient safety must be paramount— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) 25 January 2018last_img read more

Canonical shows off Ubuntu for tablets

first_imgNot too long ago, Canonical announced that the arguably most popular desktop Linux distribution, Ubuntu, will be coming to the smartphone. Now, two days before the Ubuntu Phone image releases for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 — and around eight months before Canonical projects to be shipping hardware with the operating system — Canonical will continue its assault on the mobile scene with the announcement of Ubuntu for tablets.Ubuntu for tablets isn’t some totally different operating system than Ubuntu for phones. Basically, it’s the same OS, but with an interface tailored to a tablet rather than the smaller screen of a phone. However, now that the final (so far) Ubuntu interface has been announced, Canonical is able to tout that its operating system can morph to any interface style — phone, tablet, PC, or TV. Simply hook your Ubuntu phone up to a display, and the phone will project the Ubuntu OS with the appropriate interface to said display.Canonical isn’t satisfied with just projecting a new interface onto a different display, and the OS will sport a “side stage,” which is a multitasking feature that will allow a phone app to appear on screen at the same time as, and work side-by-side with, a tablet app. The OS will also feature a voice-controlled HUD, bringing all the magic of screaming at Siri and your Kinect to the mobile Linux space.As with Ubuntu for phones, tablet navigation will primarily focus on edge-based gestures for accessing apps, settings, and controls. Canonical boasts that no physical or soft buttons are required. The OS will also feature multiple user accounts per device, fully encrypted.The tablet interface can scale down to as small as six inches to as large as 20 inches, with resolutions of 100PPI to 450PPI. As previously mentioned, Canonical is stressing the morphing capability of the OS, noting that when the tablet is docked to a keyboard, it can offer a “full PC experience” with access to remote Windows applications.Along with the Ubuntu for phones preview image releasing on February 21, Canonical will also release a preview image for tablets for the Nexus 7 and 10.So far, there isn’t quite enough information to really delve into what Canonical is getting at with this device convergence. In theory, it would be convenient (and really cool) if you could carry around your Ubuntu phone and dock it to various screens in order to invoke the PC or TV interface. Though cool, we’d need to see how the feature can make our lives simpler, as for example, docking our phone to our TV in order to watch movies is really just an extra step to do something that our media setups already do. The optimized scalability is certainly useful, but we can’t see the phone’s ability to plug into a monitor and display a PC operating system as replacing our desktops just yet, considering whenever we leave the house and remove the phone, we’d be losing said desktop.However, the ability to morph OS interfaces and beam a “full” operating system to your TV, tablet, or PC monitor from your phone absolutely has potential. Aside from being able to access all of our data regardless of what device is available at the time, we need more information as to how Canonical intends to change our lives with the new OS. Color us intrigued.Check out Canonical’s device page here.last_img read more

Une nouvelle contamination au tritium mise au jour dans lEssonne

first_imgUne nouvelle contamination au tritium mise au jour dans l’EssonneComme sur le site de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés de l’entreprise 2M Process, une contamination au tritium a été mise au jour sur un site situé à Bondoufle, dans l’Essonne. A l’origine de cette contamination radioactive : un appareil contenant du tritium, qui avait été prêté par erreur à la société il y a environ un an par le Commissariat à l’énergie atomique (CEA).C’est un tamis moléculaire expérimental qui en janvier dernier était prêté par le CEA au site de l’entreprise 2M Process de Saint-Maur, dans le Val-de-Marne. Mais cet appareil était alors répertorié comme neuf, alors qu’il avait en réalité déjà été utilisé pour filtrer du tritium et était donc contaminé. C’est ainsi que les salariés de 2M Process ont été exposés sans le savoir et pendant plusieurs mois à du tritium radioactif, comme les visiteurs et les riverains de l’entreprise. Six employés, ainsi que des riverains ont alors été contaminés.À lire aussiLe lac Chagan, ce lac créé par une puissante explosion nucléaire il y a plus de 50 ansMais l’affaire ne s’arrête pas là. Les experts de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) qui ont mis au jour cette contamination ont suivi le cheminement emprunté par le fameux tamis, et viennent de découvrir que le site de Bondoufle, dans l’Essonne, était lui aussi contaminé. Le tamis moléculaire a en effet été testé par des salariés de 2M Process sur le site de la société Etude et Diffusion à Bondoufle, avant qu’il ne soit transféré à Saint-Maur.Des traces résiduelles de contamination ont été détectées dans l’air intérieur des locaux d’Etude et Diffusion, de même que du tritium a été trouvé à l’extérieur du bâtiment, dans des échantillons de végétaux. L’IRSN affirme que cette contamination ne touche qu’une “zone limitée” des locaux de la société, bien loin des doses relevées à Saint-Maur, qui atteignaient 200.000 becquerels par mètre cube. A Bondoufle, c’est un taux de 28 becquerels par mètre cube qui a été détecté. Toutefois, près d’un an s’est écoulé depuis que le tamis a transité par Bondoufle, ce qui laisse donc “supposer que la contamination en tritium sur ce site a pu être plus importante”, souligne l’Institut.L’IRSN a par ailleurs publié les résultats de ses analyses quant aux traces de tritium retrouvées dans les urines des personnes contaminées. Quatre des six salariés de 2M Process ont reçu des doses supérieures à un millisievert (mSv), la limite réglementaire admise annuellement.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 15:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Criminal justice focus of mental health conference

first_imgIf you go• What: National Alliance on Mental Illness 2014 Washington state conference.■ When: Starting at 9 a.m. today.■ Where: Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay, 100 Columbia St.■ Cost: $100 at-the-door cost for today only.NAMI Southwest Washington• Address: 8019 N.E. 13th Ave., Vancouver.• Phone: 360-695-2823.• On the Web: namiswwa.orgOn the Web:Listen to Dan Pacholke, deputy secretary of operations for the state Department of Corrections, at an event earlier this year: and activists have been “piecemealing” changes and improvements in Washington state’s mental health system for years. It hasn’t been good enough, according to Gordon Bopp, president of the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a grass-roots group that kicked off a weekend conference at Vancouver’s Red Lion Hotel at the Quay on Friday.The conference focus is “decriminalizing” mental illness, and Bopp said systemic legal reform is what’s really needed to divert people with mental illness from jails and prisons and toward solutions and healing.The deinstitutionalization wave of the late 20th century was a great idea — more humane, therapeutic and cost effective than keeping people with mental illness warehoused in asylums and psychiatric hospitals — but it only worked for the lucky few who were surrounded by services and support once they were out, according to Sandy Mullins, an expert on sentencing policy and a public safety advisor to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.The widespread, unintended consequence of so-called deinstitutionalization was actually a massive shift of mentally ill people from one type of institution to another, she said: from hospitals and asylums to jails and prisons.Today, Mullins said, 36 percent of the state’s prison population has mental illness. According to Dan Pacholke, the deputy secretary of operations for the state Department of Corrections, the ratio of mentally ill people behind bars to those in psychiatric facilities is three to one.last_img read more

BlackBerrys Turnaround Strategy Paying Off

first_imgBlackBerry’s efforts to make a turnaround seem to be paying off, as the struggling handset maker earned profit in the last quarter of its financial year, even though revenues continue to slide.The Canadian company surprised analysts with quarterly net profit of $28 million in the fourth quarter ended 28 February, but its overall revenues fell to $660 million from $976 million a year ago and below analysts’ expectation of around $790 million.”Our focus this past year was on getting our financial house in order while creating a multi-year growth strategy and investing in our product portfolio. We now have a very good handle on our margins, and our product roadmaps have been well received,” said Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen in a statement.BlackBerry’s revival plans of shifting its revenue model from hardware-driven to software-driven are showing some positive signs, as the income from the software division shot up by 20 percent to $67 million in the quarter.The company aims to double its revenues from software business to $500 million in the next fiscal. Income from software sales was $234 million during the fiscal year 2015, and the company expects the growth in software division to pick up over the next two quarters with sales of BES 12, the mobile-device-management software it launched in November last year.The silver lining in the company’s transition efforts is the continued rise in its cash position, which stood at $3.27 billion at quarter end, putting the company in a strong position to acquire providers of mobile security software to enhance sales.But the continuing slide in revenue highlights the challenges the company faces in selling smartphones. It sold 1.6m of Blackberrys in the quarter ended 28 February, less than half the number it sold in the corresponding period last fiscal. “BlackBerry continues to do a good job controlling operating expenses and eliminating its cash burn during its business transition, but the total revenue was still a big miss and we still have concerns about the demand side,” said Morningstar analyst Brian Colello, to Reuters.The company’s share price, which trades at around $9.6, fell 95 percent from a high of $230 in 2007, owing to its failure to compete with Apple and touchscreen smartphone technology.last_img read more

US senator McCain diagnosed with brain cancer

first_imgSenator John McCain during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on the nomination for General John Kelly, USMC (Ret.) to be Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP file photoUS Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war and the maverick 2008 Republican presidential nominee, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, his office announced Wednesday.The 80-year-old lawmaker from Arizona underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week and tests “revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot,” the Mayo Clinic, whose doctors performed the surgery in Phoenix, said in a statement released by McCain’s office.“The senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options,” the statement added, noting they may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive brain tumor affecting adults. It is of the same category of cancer that led to the death of another icon of the US Senate, Ted Kennedy, who died in 2009 at age 77.This is not McCain’s first bout with cancer. Doctors removed several malignant melanomas on McCain’s skin in the 1990s and 2000s, including an invasive melanoma in 2000.Experts had said this week that McCain’s latest operation suggested the possibility of a return of cancer.McCain’s office said the senator “is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona,” and that he will consult with his care team about when he might be able to return to work in Washington.The news triggered a flood of messages of support from across the political spectrum for McCain, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and is in his sixth term in the upper chamber of Congress.“Senator John McCain has always been a fighter. Melania and I send our thoughts and prayers to Senator McCain, Cindy, and their entire family,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “Get well soon.”‘American hero’Trump was accused of crossing the line with his criticism of McCain shortly after the billionaire businessman announced his presidential bid in 2015, disparaging the senator as “not a war hero.”“I like people who weren’t captured,” Trump said, in remarks that foretold the nastiness of the 2016 race.But Trump is well aware of the importance of McCain’s vote on health care, with the latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hanging by a thread.“Plus, we need his vote,” Trump said Monday after wishing McCain well after his blood clot surgery.“John McCain is an American hero & one of the bravest fighters I’ve ever known,” former president Barack Obama, who defeated McCain after a hard-fought 2008 race, wrote on Twitter. “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against. Give it hell, John.”Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell quickly issued a statement saying the entire chamber was praying for their colleague and hoped to see him back soon.“He has never shied from a fight and I know that he will face this challenge with the same extraordinary courage that has characterized his life.”McCain, a former US Navy aviator, was shot down over Hanoi in 1967 as he conducted a bombing mission during the Vietnam War.He was badly injured when he parachuted out, and was tortured during his five and a half years as a POW.Released in 1973, McCain won a US House seat in 1982 before winning election to the Senate four years later.He emerged as a national security hawk, traveling the world on congressional missions to the Middle East, Asia and Europe where he reassured American allies and pricked its adversaries.He also stood accused of heedlessly backing wars or military interventions, and once suggested US forces should remain in Iraq for 100 years.Early this year, the octogenarian who has advocated for more aggressive US military involvement in Syria made a secret trip to the war-ravaged nation to meet with US forces and discuss the campaign against the Islamic State group.Despite his hawkish positions, McCain has served the peacemaker role, too.His scars from the Vietnam torture are visible, and yet he is the lawmaker who perhaps more than any other has guided the rapprochement between Washington and its former foe in Asia.last_img read more

AX J194982534 is a supergiant fast Xray transient observations confirm

first_img SFXTs are a class of high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXBs) with supergiant companions. They showcase significant X-ray flaring activity, experiencing outbursts with very fast rise times and typical durations of a few hours that are associated with supergiant stars.Located most likely some 22,800 light years away from the Earth, AX J1949.8+2534 (AX J1949 for short) was discovered almost two decades ago by the ASCA Galactic Plane Survey. Previous X-ray observations of this source suggested that it is a high-mass X-ray binary (HMXB) with a Be spectral-type companion (BeHMXB) or an SFXT. However, studies published in 2017, which reported the detection of bright flares in AX J1949, favored the SFXT scenario.Now, a team of astronomers led by Jeremy Hare of University of California, Berkeley, have published the results of new observations of AX J1949 using NASA’s Swift, Chandra and NuSTAR space telescopes. The observational campaign allowed them to uncover more details about the properties of this source, which could be decisive in determining its true nature.”In this paper, we report on Neil Gehrels Swift-XRT, Chandra, and NuSTAR legacy observations of the SFXT candidate AX J1949,” the paper reads.The observations revealed that AX J1949 exhibits rapid X-ray variability on kilosecond timescales. The study emphasized that a large number of still unidentified sources observed by ESA’s INTEGRAL spacecraft that showcase such variability, have been classified as SFXTs.Moreover, the researchers found that the AX J1949 binary contains an early B-type supergiant of the Ia luminosity class, which, according to the paper, confirms the SFXT nature of the studied object.”We find that an early B-type Ia is the most likely spectral type and luminosity class of the star, making AX J1949 a new confirmed member of the SFXT class,” the astronomers concluded.They added that in general, early supergiant B-type stars, have been found so far in about 40 percent of the known SFXT systems.Additionally, the observations allowed the authors of the paper to make new calculations regarding the distance to AX J1949 and to estimate the reddening of the system. They found that the binary is located most likely between 22,800 and 26,000 light years away, while its reddening is at a level of about 8.5 to 9.5. © 2019 Science X Network Explore further More information: Jeremy Hare et al. Chandra, MDM, Swift, and NuSTAR observations confirming the SFXT nature of AX J1949.8+2534. arXiv:1904.09762 [astro-ph.HE]. MDM 2.4 m optical spectrum of AX J1949 showing Hα emission and He I absorption. The other spectral absorption features are diffuse interstellar bands caused by the large reddening towards the source. Credit: Hare et al., 2019. IGR J17503-2636 may be a supergiant fast X-ray transient, study finds Based on the results from a set of telescopes, astronomers detected X-ray variability of the source AX J1949.8+2534 and confirmed that the object is a supergiant fast X-ray transient (SFXT). The finding is reported in a paper published April 22 on the arXiv pre-print repository. Citation: AX J1949.8+2534 is a supergiant fast X-ray transient, observations confirm (2019, April 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Silversea Expedition Classic ships head to 1000 ports in 2018

first_img MONACO — The nine ships from across Silversea’s Classic and Expedition fleet will visit more than 1,000 destinations in 130 countries across the world in 2018, almost 600 via the Expedition fleet and over 400 with the Classic fleet.“At Silversea, we don’t believe that ‘bigger is better’, in fact we believe and deliver the complete opposite,” said Silversea Cruises CEO Roberto Martinoli. “However, in this instance, as we announce our new itineraries, enlarging the range of destinations, further enriching our guests with new cultural references, giving more opportunity to make discoveries, guaranteeing a bigger circle of friends and overloading on unforgettable memories can only be a positive thing.”Silver Cloud starts 2018 as an ice-class expedition ship following an extensive refurbishment and conversion. Silver Discoverer sails deeper into Asia, with many new destinations in Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Japan.“As the company that introduced Expedition cruising to the luxury market, Silversea continues to innovate and over-deliver on destinations and experiences, and remains the pioneer in this regard,” said Martinoli.More news:  Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in JulyHere are a few highlights from Silversea 2018 schedule:. The Ultimate Mediterranean experience: 44 days in the heart of the Mediterranean season aboard Silversea’s flagship, Silver Muse. This Grand Voyage will call at 39 different ports in nine different countries, from the Greek Isles to the Balearics, from the French Riviera to Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.. New Asian experience: Five voyages to the Philippines with three different ships (Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Muse). A key highlight destination is the island of Palawan.. Africa & Indian Ocean: Several voyages in the heart of the Indian Ocean, exploring the Vanilla Islands, with multiple visits to Maldives, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mayotte and Reunion.. Explorer by Name and by Nature: Silver Explorer sails across the Pacific Ocean to Kiribati, the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, adding new ports of call along the way. She will also carry her guests to the North West Coast of America, to Costa Rica, the southernmost tip of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula (home of El Arco), visiting Monterey, Anacortes and Cypress Island. Share Travelweek Group Thursday, September 29, 2016 Silversea Expedition, Classic ships head to 1,000+ ports in 2018center_img Posted by Tags: Silversea Cruises << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Scheduling glitch has American Airlines scrambling for pilots for holiday flights

first_imgScheduling glitch has American Airlines scrambling for pilots for holiday flights Share DALLAS — A scheduling glitch has left American Airlines scrambling to find pilots to operate thousands of flights over the busy Christmas holiday period.A spokesman for the airline said Wednesday that American expects to avoid cancelling flights by paying overtime and using reserve or on-call pilots.American isn’t saying how many flights are affected, but the pilots’ union says that about 15,000 flights were scheduled without a captain, a co-pilot or both.American, the world’s biggest airline, has about 15,000 active pilots and expects to operate more than 200,000 flights in December.Pilots bid each month for flying assignments based on seniority. The scheduling glitch let pilots drop scheduled flights – to take a vacation over Christmas, for example – even when there were no other pilots available for that flight. Normally such a request would be denied, especially during busy travel periods.The pilots’ union estimated that when the problem was discovered late last week, about 19,000 cockpit seats were left empty. The glitch affected flights between Dec. 17 and Dec. 31 from nearly a dozen airports including hubs in Dallas, Chicago and Miami.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“This is a potential crisis that we see well in advance,” said Dennis Tajer, a spokesman for the union. “This is very unusual.”The union has lodged a protest against the company’s plan to fix the mistake by tapping reserve pilots and offering overtime pay for some of the unstaffed flights. The union says American is violating its labour contract by imposing a solution without union input, and is improperly restricting premium pay.Some nervous customers tweeted at the airline, looking for reassurance that their Christmas-travel plans would not be upset.American officials “expect to avoid cancellations this holiday season,” said airline spokesman Matt Miller. “We will work with the (union) to take care of our pilots and ensure we get our customers to where they need to go over the holidays.”Miller declined to say how much American expects to pay out in overtime because of the glitch.Despite American’s can-do response, scheduling mix-ups can create serious problems in the airline business. In September, Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair said it would cancel more 20,000 flights between November and March after admitting it “messed up” the transition to a new system for scheduling employee vacations.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthShares of American Airlines Group Inc. lost nearly $2 after news of the glitch, although they still closed up 3 cents at $49.25. Rivals fared much better – Delta, United, Southwest and JetBlue all rose at least 3 per cent. By: David KoenigSource: The Associated Press Thursday, November 30, 2017 Tags: American Airlines, Travel Alert << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more