New 72hour Truce in Gaza

Rabat- A 72-hour truce came into force in the Gaza Strip on Monday 0:01 local (9:01 p.m. GMT).Sunday, the Palestinians and Israel have reached a “simultaneous consensus” on a truce in indirect talks through the Egyptians.The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that the cease-fire of 72 hours would take effect on Monday at 0:01 local time (9:01 p.m. GMT Sunday). Nearly 2,000 dead, mostly civiliansSince Friday, hostilities resumed without reaching the intensity of the previous days and continued on Sunday, killing at least seven people.The Israeli aggression left 1,939 Palestinians dead. The UN says nearly three-quarters were civilians. According to UNICEF, at least 447 of the victims were children or teenagers.

The Latest Telsa CEO heads to court in tweets case

NEW YORK — The Latest on Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s legal problems (all times local):2 p.m.Elon Musk and his lawyers were appearing before a federal judge in New York who will decide whether the Tesla CEO should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.Musk said Thursday as he entered a courthouse in Manhattan that he has great respect for the justice system and thinks judges in the American system are outstanding.The judge began hearing arguments at around 2 p.m.The SEC says Musk violated a settlement with the SEC when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval.A previous tweet about a possible plan to take the company private led to the original round of problems with the SEC.As of Wednesday’s close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.___9:40 a.m.A federal judge will hear oral arguments Thursday about whether Tesla CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of court for violating an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.The SEC says Musk violated the settlement when he tweeted about Tesla’s vehicle production in February without a lawyer’s approval.It’s unclear if Musk plans to attend the hearing.Meanwhile, Tesla’s shares are falling nearly 10% in early trading after the company said it churned out 77,100 vehicles in the first quarter, well behind the pace it must sustain to fulfil Musk’s pledge to manufacture 500,000 cars annually.Tesla also said it only delivered 63,000 vehicles in the quarter, down 31% from 2018’s fourth quarter.As of Wednesday’s close, Tesla shares were down 12.3% so far this year.The Associated Press read more

Dairy scheme among success stories in Afghanistan UN reports

The FAO dairy initiative in the capital, Kabul, and the four provinces of Logar, Wardak, Mazar and Kunduz, has helped increase family incomes from $130 to $650 a year.Further, women do the bulk of the work for the scheme and keep 95 per cent of the money.The initiative started in 2003 and focuses on integrated elements such as improved fodder, access to artificial insemination and improved veterinary services.“Starting from scratch, we helped [farmers] increase their milk production to 10,000 litres a day,” said FAO Dairy Officer Tony Bennett.Agency experts showed those taking part in the scheme how to organize themselves into cooperatives to collect milk and operate plants to pasteurize milk and product yogurt, fermented milk, butter and other products.Farmers are not the only people reaping the benefits, FAO said, with many Afghans now having access to fresh health milk products. Additionally, the success of the dairy schemes is making it much more profitable for farmers to grow fodder and seeds which can result in profits of $900 per hectare, perhaps even competing with illicit crop production.But the agency noted that security concerns, particularly in Afghanistan’s south, are curbing the growth of the project, which is part of larger FAO efforts to revitalize the country’s war-battered agricultural economy. 27 April 2009A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dairy project, which has boosted the incomes of 1,600 families fivefold, is among the success stories coming out of Afghanistan, the agency said today. read more

Canadians more willing to turn off their cellphones global survey

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted May 29, 2013 1:25 pm MDT Canadians more willing to turn off their cellphones: global survey A global survey suggests that two-thirds of cellphone users around the world can’t bring themselves to turn off their devices, but Canadians are a little more willing to be unplugged.Surveys conducted in 24 countries by Ipsos found that 67 per cent of cellphone users said they never or rarely shut down their phone.Among the Canadians polled, 55 per cent said they never or rarely turn off their phone, which was tied with Saudi Arabia for lowest among the surveyed countries.On the flipside, 84 per cent of the Russians polled and 80 per cent of Chinese users said they were never or rarely unconnected.Canadians also stood out for being the most likely to respond “a lot of the time” when asked how often they turned off their phone. About 20 per cent said so, compared to just one per cent of Russian respondents and three per cent of the Chinese users polled.Canadian cellphone users aged 50 to 64 were the most likely to say they turned theirs off “a lot of the time” (32 per cent).The most common response overall among Canadians was “rarely” (41 per cent) followed by “sometimes” (25 per cent), “a lot of the time” (20 per cent) and “never” (14 per cent).The Canadian figures are considered accurate within 3.6 percentage points 19 times out of 20. read more

UN Security Council weighing how to enable Sudans polio campaign says president

. Speaking after closed-door consultations on Sudan and South Sudan, Liu Jieyi of China, which this month holds the Council presidency, said that the vaccination campaign which “cannot be carried out at this point” is a concern for the UN body. “It is an issue that bears on the well-being of children. Children are the future. So we do hope that the conditions will be there so that this polio vaccination campaign can go ahead immediately covering those children that need such a vaccination,” Mr. Liu said. A two-week vaccination campaign, proposed by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Health Organization (WHO), was scheduled to start in South Kordofan and Blue Nile on 5 November.The areas are under the control of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), with which the Government of Sudan has been unable to resolve differences over the technical plans for the campaign. “We are, on the UN side ready, if we get the green light,” said OCHA’s Director of the Operation Division, John Ging, speaking during a press conference in New York earlier today. “Sadly, and typically, since the Council passed its resolution calling for unfettered humanitarian access, once again we don’t have any access at all,” Mr. Ging said. “We found 18 months ago when they passed the resolution that it did create momentum, but unfortunately we have been filibustered with process, discussions and disputes which have amounted to no access to humanitarian agencies.”OCHA aimed to vaccinate 165,000 children against polio, a highly infectious disease caused by a virus that invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours. The virus enters the body through the mouth and multiplies in the intestine.Initial symptoms are fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, and stiffness in the neck and pain in the limbs. One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and among those paralyzed, five to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.Turning to other matters in the region, Mr. Liu said that the 15-member Council continues to follow closely developments between Sudan and South Sudan which recently have had “encouraging developments” given the visits between Presidents Omar Al-Bashir and Salva Kiir, respectively. Speaking on behalf of the Council, Mr. Liu urged both sides to implement the arrangements they have agreed upon, particularly on the issue of the contested area of Abyei.“Any unilateral action will not help matters on the ground,” the Ambassador stressed. read more

JK Dobbins and Jonathan Taylor to clash in battle of star freshmen

Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo freshman running back has led the Big Ten in rushing yards in over a decade. Wisconsin then-freshman P.J. Hill racked up 1,569 yards in 2006, but every leading rusher since him has been a sophomore or upperclassman. This year, that will change. Badger true freshman running back Jonathan Taylor leads the conference with 1,806 rush yards. Sitting in second place, more than 600 yards behind Wisconsin’s phenom, is Ohio State true freshman running back J.K. Dobbins. Dobbins has 1,190 yards, more than the 1,096 yards last year’s starter, Mike Weber, had as a redshirt freshman. In the Big Ten championship game Saturday, they will face off in the first of many possible battles between the present and future of the conference’s best running backs. In the Big Ten, a storied conference loaded with run-first teams and former highly ranked running back recruits, physically mature veterans nearly always lead in rushing.Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson, who worked as Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator in 2004 when then-freshman running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 1,925 yards, attributed the success to freshmen entering programs as “young men,” not “little kids.”Ohio State redshirt freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) hands the ball off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) in the third quarter of the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“One, it’s raw talent, but is the kid mature enough to handle the protections and the thought process because there’s some communication where there’s some guys who have the skill-set and they can’t process mentally,” Wilson said Tuesday evening.Dobbins and Taylor are the anomaly. That’s what makes their matchup on Saturday so intriguing. Many believe in the “freshman wall,” a name given to something freshmen who are not used to playing an extended schedule against collegiate competition.When asked about whether he hit the proverbial wall, Dobbins scoffed.“I don’t feel like I’ve hit that wall, I don’t feel like I did,” he said almost incredulously. The proof of his confidence is seen in the numbers. In his first collegiate game, Dobbins picked up 181 yards on 29 carries, an average of 6.2 yards per rush. The next game, against Oklahoma, he added 13 rushes for 72 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Since then, he has rushed for less than 6.7 yards per carry just once, when he picked up 4.3 yards per carry two weeks ago against Illinois.Wilson said he has been conscious of the freshman’s carry count, spelling him in games and in practice with Weber, who became the third freshman in program history to rush for more than 1,000 yards last season, and sophomore Antonio Williams. “You’ve got to be able to practice hard enough to get them tough, but you can’t over-practice, you can’t burn them out,” Wilson said. “You’ve got to be smart with them.”The return of Weber, who had just seven carries in the first four games due to an injury, takes pressure off Dobbins to be the Buckeyes’ bell cow running back. Weber has even received double-digit carries in each of the past two games.Unlike Dobbins, Taylor has been pushed to the maximum without anyone to sub in for him in most games. Wisconsin’s second-leading rusher, running back Bradrick Shaw, has 96 carries, more than 150 fewer than Taylor. And Shaw has not been nearly as successful as Weber, who has a 6.5 yard per carry average. Shaw averages just 3.7 yards per carry.Ohio State freshman running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the first half in the game against Illinois on Nov. 18. Ohio State won 52-14. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorBut Taylor has continued his stretch of dominance, averaging at least 5.4 yards per carry in each of the past eight games. He has received less than 19 carries just once during the stretch.On a teleconference Monday, redshirt linebacker Chris Worley said Taylor “doesn’t run like a freshman.” It did not take long for him and the rest of Ohio State’s first-team defense to learn the same about Dobbins. During spring practice, the first-team offense was working on getting out of its end zone against the Buckeyes’ starting defense. The coaches put the offense on its own 1-yard line. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett took a snap and handed the ball to Dobbins, who took just seconds to leave all the first-team defenders in the dust.“He busted up a 99-yard touchdown run, and that’s when I was like, ‘Oh, this is going to be for real,’” senior left tackle Jamarco Jones said. “He’s for real.”Dobbins knows he’s for real. When asked whether the college game has been easier than he anticipated, he smirked, chuckled and said, “Yeah.” Dobbins said he thought it would be more difficult both physically and mentally. Even still, he was confident he would be OK. “I thought it was going to be really hard, but I knew I was going to do good,” Dobbins said. “I didn’t know it was going to be like this.”On Saturday on the conference’s biggest stage, Dobbins and Taylor will have the opportunity to not just prove who the Big Ten’s future greatest running back will be, but who is already the best. read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgTo which a number of people replied, including King Olaf who explained:Nice way of thinking about it but it doesn’t make any sense in certain situations. I presume a person who wants to be recognised as a female or male wouldn’t like to be identified as transgender male or female if they have to travel to a less accepting country. Things should be kept as simple as possible and left at the two genders on legal documents. Although I believe Australia has an X option for people who feel like neither gender..so maybe that would work.Mary Dunne, the famous dancing lady of O’Connell Street, passed away this week. She was 87 years old. A Dublin character, never to be forgotten, as outlined by Tony Moran in this wonderful comment:Isn’t it mad that so many can be familiar with someone and yet I bet few knew her name until now ? I used to work just off O’Connell St and I saw her many times. I always wondered why she did it, she seemed in a parallel world. I’ll never forget one day how she and a colleague made eye contact and she smiled at him. He got totally freaked out and was always watching out for her afterwards in case it might happen again ! There’s another old guy who sits on a bench outside Supervalu in Churchtown …. you wouldn’t notice him as you walked by but then he lets out this thundering roar at you like William Wallace and makes you completely stumble with alarm and confusion, dropping whatever you’ve got in your hands. Then he completely breaks himself up laughing while you gather yourself up again. It’s not nice when it happens to you but it’ll only ever happen to you once, and then it’s gas to watch when he gets a new victim ! Characters – priceless pieces of culture that make your home town familiar to you. RIP to Mary, I hope you get to dance all the way to the pearly gates and beyond :)Sad news – this time from London – meant people were sympathising with the family of missing DCU student Patrick Halpin. His body was found in London’s Leicester Square, near where he was last seen after a night out during a college trip. Mother Antoinette Doyle shared her own tragic story. To the man that read his book out loud, i salute you sirHe was referring to this…2. Taking the silver medal in our comments round up is Sinead, who questioned the sentence a woman received after being found guilty of animal cruelty. She garnered 1,584 green thumbs for asking: Banned for two years? Shouldn’t she be banned for life!3. There was a lot of talk about neknomination after the tragic death of a young man in Carlow last weekend. Jenny Miller got nodding approvals from 1,510 readers for this summary: A bit of common sense goes a long way… Personal responsibility seems to have gone out the window and instead a game is taking the blame. Not that it’s the cleverest game out there but people need to cop on a bit tbh!4. Readers echoed Derek Hawkeye Byrne‘s thoughts, giving him 1,480 thumbs up, after the body of Patrick Halpin was found in London. Ah no. Not the news we wanted to hear.5. Finally, Jason Ebbs made 1,434 people smile (1,435 if you include this author) with this memory of his Dad following a DailyEdge piece last Sunday. My dad’s best moment was a few years ago when he put his first pizza in the grill. When the topping side was done he turned it over to cook the underneath !!!The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Racist graffiti painted opposite Immigrant Council offices (431 comments)2. 9/11 conspiracy theorist arrested after interrupting Super Bowl conference (279 comments)3. Gay rights student protest takes place at Russian Embassy in Dublin (238 comments)4. Watch Panti’s powerful speech about oppression of gay people (199 comments)5. RTÉ’s head of television explains Iona payout decision to staff (195 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(Video: rory oneill/YouTube)The Abbey’s Noble Call was given by Rory O’Neill, aka Panti, last weekend. The subsequent video went viral, keeping the spotlight on a debate on homophobia. Chris Kirk noted:Lets be honest Rory O’Neill stole the show and is an actor like everyone else dressed to play a part on the stage of the Abbey Theatre. Fair play to him for getting his message across and fair play to the Journal for highlighting it. Let us also remember how the Abbey has played its part in shaping this countries history and not be dismissive of the message it sends out.Helping the video to go viral were Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Rupaul. It got many people thinking about their own behaviours, as Mike Clinton outlines:I have to admit that I am guilty of a bit of homophobia as well.Although we have a few gay friends and we love them to bits.We attended the most wonderful partnership ceremony & were instrumental in setting up a lgbts gourmet club (the laughs we had with those headbangers lol).But on reflection I hold my hand up and admit I have displayed a bit of homophobia .Now into my 50′s I am a wiser man. Thank’s Rory.On a piece about Amnesty’s major report into discrimination faced by transgender people, Patrick Varley started a good debate with the following suggestion: so sad feel so sorry for his family and friends its so hard to accept one so young sheading a tear as i write as i lost my son 6 months ago and the pain does not get any easier for me or his friends xx On Friday, it was revealed that Dr Gregory House actually saved a life. In real life. German doctors, baffled by a man’s severe hearth failure, came up with the diagnosis after seeing it on the show. Dee4 then made us LOl with this reaction.I just watched Alien and now I have a pain in my stomach fuuuuuuuuuuuu…..On Monday, professional matchmaker Rena Maycock gave men a few tips on how not to act on a date. Reader Joe O’Reilly shared this hilarious anecdote with us:I once laughed so hard on a first date that I farted I thought this is it my life is over. Luckily she never noticed and now where married. But I wouldn’t recommend it go for paying the bill being a gentleman option.(TJ note: She totally noticed, right?)The sweet sound of success? What’s it like? Caroline Dunlea nailed it on the article about ‘the most comforting every-day sounds’.The complete flush of a loo after it looked like it was blocked and the water rose up to the rim!! 🙂 especially in someone else’s house!Spot any good comments? Send them through to us by email at sinead@thejournal.ie. molly coddled had our chins trembling with this beautiful memory of her Dad following the DailyEdge.ie‘s list of ‘10 things only Irish dads love‘.I’d go for out with my late dad on a Friday night, him for the beer, me for the craic (loved the company of da and his friends).We’d go home and half cut my da would peel some spuds and make the best round chips that we would sit at the kitchen table and make massive doorstop bread sarnies, all washed down with a steaming hot cup of cocoa.Those were the days, I still miss those sarnies even after 23 years. Im not terribly well versed in transgender issues but with regards to categories on government forms, official and legal documents, would it make more sense to add 3 more categories.(Male, Female, Transgender-Male, Transgender-Female and Inter-sex)The criteria for how you fit into any category would have to be determined. I would say you start of in Male/Female and can move into T-M/T-F if you so wish. Inter-sex people can decide to remain inter-sex or identify in either M/F category if they wish. EVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about the rain, RTÉ paying compensation over the Panti/Iona/Saturday Night Show affair (again), dating Irish-style and one of Dublin’s most well-known characters.So here are the standout comments from the week that was.The 5 most popular comments this week1. Peter Pantsless may be lacking a trouser or two but he wasn’t missing any green thumbs this week. He received 1,669 of them for this offering on a DailyEdge.ie list of the most unacceptable train behaviours. last_img read more

Study smarter with first ever iPad 2 Smart Cover app

first_imgIts technologies like this that make me wish I had an iPad when I was in college. Evernote has just come out with the first ever app that works in conjunction with the iPad 2’s Smart Cover. The study tool helps you build your memory by eliminating the old-school flashcard way of learning and replacing it with an intuitive, easy-to-use app.Available now for free in the Apple App Store, Evernote Peek utilizes the Smart Cover, which Apple introduced along with the iPad 2 in March. The cover is held in place with magnets and powers down the display when in place, and vice versa. To use the app, you simply connect Evernote Peek to your Evernote account and choose the materials you’d like to study. Then, you close the Smart Cover. In the same way you’d peek at an answer on a piece of paper that’s face down, you simply peek under the Smart Cover to see a clue. Raising it a notch further will give you the answer. Closing the cover again will give you the next clue, and so on.AdChoices广告You’ll never have to lug around hundreds of notecards again and spend all that time writing them out, which is definitely a time-consuming task. This app could definitely be useful for learning vocabulary, and especially for learning words in a new language. As you can see in the example above, the note titles become the clues or questions, and the note bodies become the answers.The idea is so simple, yet very handy. It makes us wonder why more people haven’t designed apps that utilize the Smart Cover. Also, now that there is an app that uses the Smart Cover, will we be seeing more in the future?Read more at the Evernote bloglast_img read more

EAs Origin terms of service updated to block lawsuits

first_imgA couple of weeks ago Sony updated the Terms of Service (ToS) for the PlayStation Network so as to block anyone suing them by making you agree to resolve probelms with a “neutral arbitrator instead of in a court by a judge or jury.” The ToS also stipulated class action lawsuits aren’t allowed as you have to resolve a dispute independently.Not one to miss a trick, EA has decided to update the ToS for its Origin digital download service to block similar action. In signing up with Origin you agree to “waive the right to trial by jury” as well as “foregoing the right to sue in court,” and that you will only bring a claim against EA as an individual “not as a plaintiff or class member.”By implementing this change, EA has effectively stopped any lawsuits that involve big money payouts. If Origin suffers the same fate as the PSN hack, you won’t be able to make a claim against the company because you signed this agreement. All you can do is complain, and EA has the choice of whether to listen or not.Once again, you can opt out of this waiving of rights by writing to EA within 30 days of agreeing. Apparently this updated agreement went out on August 25, so unfortunately it is too late for such a letter. Such is the complexity and language of these terms, no one bothers reading them, so EA can easily slip such clauses through and pull the rug from under its customers.Next time EA does roll out an update to the ToS for Origin make sure to check them. It may allow the letter to be sent at that time revoking EA’s decision to waive your rights for you. You may also be glad to hear that if you live in Quebec, Russia, Switzerland and the Member States of the European Union you are exempt from the new terms.More at EA, via Kotaklast_img read more

Boy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Jackson Hepner was spending time with family at a local resort when he spotted a “strange-looking” object near a creek. The 12-year-old’s discovery turned out to be a rare woolly mammoth tooth.Hepner discovered the tooth during a family photo shoot at The Inn at Honey Run, which is located in Millersburg, Ohio, in July, Cleveland 19 News reported. The “strange-looking solid object covered in ridges,” which was nestled on the water’s edge, was nothing like he’d seen before, according to a resort blog post. Stay on targetcenter_img Professors and scholars from Ashland University’s Geology Department, College of Wooster’s Program of Archaeology, and Ohio State University’s Orton Geological Museum analyzed the bizarre object and identified it as the upper third molar tooth of a woolly mammoth from the Ice Age.Hepner, who illustrated a map of the excavation area and wrote a brief note about the tooth, is waiting for the fossil to be returned to him.“I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible,” Hepner wrote in the letter. “I want to show my friends.”According to National Geographic, the woolly mammoth was almost the same height as an Asian elephant. As herbivores, woolly mammoths ate roughly 496 pounds of aquatic shrubs, grasses, plants, and trees daily. Woolly mammoths had four massive, shoe box-sized teeth (two upper and two lower) to grind up vegetation.More on Geek.com:Fossilized Primate Tooth Helps Fill Gap in Monkey EvolutionDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years LaterScientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech Experimentlast_img read more

Stray Juvenile Manatee in Grand Turk

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Turk, 13 Nov 2014 (TCIG Press Release) – On Wednesday, 5 November, the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) received a call from a concerned resident stating that there was a manatee seen swimming around the Ports Authority Dock in Grand Turk. Although it was not spotted on Thursday, on Friday, the Cruise Centre reported to DEMA’s Environmental Officer, Katharine Hart, that the manatee was seen near the cruise ships.Manatees are not common in our waters and it is likely that the recent stormy weather in the region resulted in the juvenile straying from familiar waters and finding itself at Grand Turk. Manatees require fresh water, which unfortunately the TCI has very little of. This juvenile manatee was found to be severely dehydrated and emaciated, and attempts to rejuvenate the young animal were made by giving it fresh water to drink as well as lettuce. Since Friday, the manatee has consumed 30 gallons of fresh water. Efforts are under way to rescue this six foot long, juvenilemale manatee. DEMA contacted both the US Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Centre. Following a formal request for assistance, the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Centre offered both support and services to collect the animal and fly him back to Puerto Ricowhere he will be rehabilitated for eventual release into the wild. Once he has reached a healthy condition, the Centre will be able to investigate his genetics to determine which population of manatees he is from, and he can be released, with a satellite transmitter, into familiar waters.Arrangements are being made to airlift the manatee to the Rehabilitation Centre as soon as possible; however, the TCI is responsible for funding his flight back to Puerto Rico. The cost will be approximately $2,000, and the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) is assisting with the raising of these funds. Donations can be made via PayPal on the TCRF website (http://tcreef.org/donate.html ). Any excess funds raised will go the Rehabilitation Centre to support the young manatee’s rehabilitation.ENDS Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:dema, Department of environment and maritime affairs, grand turk, manatee, Puerto rico manatee conservation center, US fish and wildlife servicecenter_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp We can eat Nassau Grouper legally, soonlast_img read more

Tax initiative ruled unconstitutional

first_imgSEATTLE — A voter-approved initiative that requires a two-thirds majority of the Legislature to raise taxes or close tax loopholes violates the state constitution, a judge ruled Wednesday.Initiative 1053 was approved by Washington voters in November 2010 and has since made it difficult for lawmakers to adopt tax increases.King County Superior Court Judge Bruce E. Heller’s ruling likely will put the measure before the Washington Supreme Court this fall, as both sides agreed in advance that the case would be appealed no matter which way the judge ruled.Although the court previously ruled on the constitutionality of state initiatives, this case focuses on whether a supermajority can be implemented through the initiative process or whether an amendment to the Washington Constitution is required.Heller said in his ruling that the Constitution restricts the Legislature and the people’s ability to require a supermajority for passage of tax measures.Gov. Chris Gregoire said she was pleased with the decision because it recognizes the uncertainty that has impeded state government in its efforts to find solutions to its financial difficulties.last_img read more

Questions Linger over Emergency Border Funding

first_imgThe Pentagon still has not announced what military construction money it will move around to fund the border wall, which President Trump declared a national emergency to build.Here’s the latest:The Pentagon has asked the Department of Homeland Security to explain how the border wall would help military “effectiveness” before it determines which priorities should go unfunded to pay for the construction, Military TimesDOD will have to ask Congress for authority to move money from various accounts to the counterdrug account so that the counterdrug account can then be used to build the border barrier, CQ reported. Defense authorizers and appropriators in both chambers would have to sign off on that, which is unlikely, further complicating the search for defense dollars to spend on the emergency.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is backing a resolution to disapprove of the emergency declaration, which is expected to pass the House, according to Politico. That would automatically trigger a Senate vote within 18 days.If four Republican Senators joined all Democrats, the resolution would pass there, too. Politico published a list of the Republicans who have been critical of the declaration.Court challenges continue to pop up. El Paso County, a border community in West Texas, joined the Border Network for Human Rights Thursday in a joint lawsuit asking a judge to rule the national emergency declaration to be unconstitutional, according to Time. ADC AUTHOR Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbslast_img read more

Alien UFO or secretive TR3B Bizarre flying object spotted in Canada sparks

first_imgYouTube: Secureteam10A mysterious video clip uploaded to YouTube by a channel named ‘The Hidden Underbelly’ is now the hottest debating point among alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists. The video shows a seemingly triangular shaped UFO hovering in the skies, and at times, it emanates lights from its well-defined edges.The conspiracy theory YouTube channel revealed that the strange clip was shot from Canada. The channel also argues that the UFO spotted in the skies has a silver body.The video soon went viral, and many alien enthusiasts claimed that the craft might be actually an alien ship from deep space. These people also alleged that governments all across the world and space agencies like NASA are well aware of alien visits, but they are intentionally hiding the truth fearing public panic.However, popular alien researcher Scott C Waring suggested a different theory to explain this weird UFO sighting. After analyzing the characteristics of the flying object, Waring assured that this spacecraft could be manmade. He also added that this UFO might be actually the most secretive TR-3B developed by the United States Air Force during the time of Gulf War.”This particular UFO appears to deliberately move down into the cover of the clouds. The fact that we see a grey metallic surface makes me wonder…usually alien UFOs have up a shield when hiding…which is usually semi-transparent. I do not see that here. Nor are they taking on the color of the cloud, which is odd, because the shield around the craft should be reflecting a similar color on purpose. I think this is a USAF TR3B experimental craft or one of the evolutions of that craft,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.Waring also added that the TR-3B is developed by the United States Air Force using alien technology and reverse engineering.A few days back, conspiracy theory channel ‘UFO Mania’ had uploaded a similar video shot from Puerto Rico. Interestingly, the UFO spotted in that video also featured a triangular flying object, and many people alleged that the United States is using these crafts to spy on other countries.last_img read more

Youll soon be able to livestream Blizzard games on Facebook

first_imgWhen logging into Facebook, one is usually met with posts containing pictures of what friends are eating, awkwardly personal ramblings, and posts asking you to like and share things you couldn’t care less about — all of that while trying to avoid being stalked by a lonely or deranged (or both) ex. Facebook can be pretty annoying, but at least now all your friends’ political ramblings can be broken up with livestreams of Blizzard games.Blizzard Entertainment’s partnership with Facebook will integrate Facebook Live with all of the developer’s games. This feature, called Go Live, is currently in development. The PC versions of Blizzard games will also now have a Facebook login option, but console gamers can stream Blizzard games via their respective system’s built-in streaming applications. Expect this Facebook integration by the end of June.With livestreaming becoming more popular with each day, this move is a logical one. Given how Blizzard has some of the most popular games on the market, there is little doubt that many folks will take advantage of this new feature. Like I said, Facebook can be a nuisance, so being able to livestream or see friends playing titles like HearthStone and Diablo should make visiting the social network a little bit more appealing. If Blizzard finds success with Facebook livestreaming, it’s reasonable to expect that other major publishers will follow suit.AdChoices广告last_img read more

IFLs created from piconjugated polymers improve performance and stability of optoelectronic devices

first_img 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. Stabilization of the doping profile by counter-ion immobilization in self-compensated doped polymer organic semiconductors. Credit: (c) Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20133 To make optoelectronic devices a layering technique is used—a thin film conductor is caused to be in contact with a semiconductor allowing an electric charge to move between them—to facilitate the transfer an IFL is placed between them. But as Facchetti notes, conventional IFLs are considered to be inefficient—improvements would allow greater efficiency in solar cells, for example. In this new effort, the researchers suggest a particular type of polymer, part of a group called π-conjugated polymers—a type of stable polymer with high doping content that has a self-compensation mechanism that involves covalently bonded counter ions that serve to block the migration of dopants—they offer not only improved efficiency but stronger performance and more stability. But, as Facchetti also notes, most such polymers in their native state are not able to transfer large numbers of charged particles—to overcome that problem the researchers used a chemical doping process that caused the charge carriers to become denser which in turn caused the polymer to become much more conductive.To test their ideas, the researchers modified several devices (solar cells, LEDs, photodiodes, etc.), replacing conventional IFLs with ones they had created and then tested their performance. The team reports that the expected improvements in efficiency were realized, which they note, suggests such polymers have the potential to improve the efficiency of a wide variety of optoelectronic devices. More work will need to be done though before that can be proven—first it remains to be seen if such polymers can be scaled up and then it must be shown that they can stand up to the rigors of real-world demands. © 2016 Phys.org New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures Citation: IFLs created from pi-conjugated polymers improve performance and stability of optoelectronic devices (2016, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-ifls-pi-conjugated-polymers-stability-optoelectronic.htmlcenter_img More information: Cindy G. Tang et al. Doped polymer semiconductors with ultrahigh and ultralow work functions for ohmic contacts, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20133AbstractTo make high-performance semiconductor devices, a good ohmic contact between the electrode and the semiconductor layer is required to inject the maximum current density across the contact. Achieving ohmic contacts requires electrodes with high and low work functions to inject holes and electrons respectively, where the work function is the minimum energy required to remove an electron from the Fermi level of the electrode to the vacuum level. However, it is challenging to produce electrically conducting films with sufficiently high or low work functions, especially for solution-processed semiconductor devices. Hole-doped polymer organic semiconductors are available in a limited work-function range, but hole-doped materials with ultrahigh work functions and, especially, electron-doped materials with low to ultralow work functions are not yet available. The key challenges are stabilizing the thin films against de-doping and suppressing dopant migration. Here we report a general strategy to overcome these limitations and achieve solution-processed doped films over a wide range of work functions (3.0–5.8 electronvolts), by charge-doping of conjugated polyelectrolytes and then internal ion-exchange to give self-compensated heavily doped polymers. Mobile carriers on the polymer backbone in these materials are compensated by covalently bonded counter-ions. Although our self-compensated doped polymers superficially resemble self-doped polymers, they are generated by separate charge-carrier doping and compensation steps, which enables the use of strong dopants to access extreme work functions. We demonstrate solution-processed ohmic contacts for high-performance organic light-emitting diodes, solar cells, photodiodes and transistors, including ohmic injection of both carrier types into polyfluorene—the benchmark wide-bandgap blue-light-emitting polymer organic semiconductor. We also show that metal electrodes can be transformed into highly efficient hole- and electron-injection contacts via the self-assembly of these doped polyelectrolytes. This consequently allows ambipolar field-effect transistors to be transformed into high-performance p- and n-channel transistors. Our strategy provides a method for producing ohmic contacts not only for organic semiconductors, but potentially for other advanced semiconductors as well, including perovskites, quantum dots, nanotubes and two-dimensional materials. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Singapore and the U.K. has found that using a particular type of polymer allowed for creating interfacial layers (IFLs) in optoelectronic devices with improved performance and stability. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their technique and their results when they made actual devices using the polymer. Antonio Facchetti with Northwestern University offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and outlines some of the benefits of self-compensated polymers as well as some of the hurdles that will need to be overcome before they can be used in commercial products. Explore further Journal information: Naturelast_img read more

Partha hails success of Didi Ke Bolo in addressing problems of masses

first_imgKolkata: ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ has successfully solved the problems of many people who got in touch with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, said Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the party, on Thursday.Chatterjee, along with party MP from South Kolkata Mala Roy, distributed cards among the residents of Behala West Assembly constituency as a part of the mass contact programme. Chatterjee himself is an MLA from Behala West. Under the ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ programme, people can get in touch with Mamata Banerjee by calling on the toll-free number 9137091370. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee said the complaints lodged by the people have been addressed. “Not only now but since the inception of Trinamool Congress, Banerjee has been talking to people who have always felt free to talk to Banerjee. Even during her visit to the districts, on countless occasions she has got down from her vehicle and talked to the local people,” he said, adding “everybody wants to talk to Mamata Banerjee, which may not be possible. But the problems faced by them have been addressed.” Chatterjee said Banerjee is the only Chief Minister in the country, who can be contacted over phone to lodge complaints. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateMala Roy said “Talk to Mayor” has also become a very popular people-friendly initiative, where the problems of the residents have been resolved fast. “This is for the first time in the history of KMC that the Mayor can be approached directly over the phone and the people can lodge their complaints which are addressed immediately,” she added. Both Chatterjee and Roy said that as in the past, Trinamool will continue to work for the masses and will uphold the demands of common people.last_img read more

Death threats for LGBTI refugees who threw Pride parade at Kenyan camp

first_imgThe letter with the death threats sent to Kakuma’s LGBTI refugees. | Photo: SuppliedMoses said the LGBTI refugees who only days earlier had been celebrating their visibility were now living in fear.‘This letter has left us in fear, desperate, and indoors with anticipations of violence at any time any day,’ he told Gay Star News.Moses said many of LGBTI refugees did not go to work after the threat and might try and go to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi for a few days until the ‘situation is calm’.He has also been under pressure, because Moses is now in debt after the Pride celebrations ended up being bigger than expected.Moses is desperately trying to raise 12,000 Kenyan Shillings (US$120) to cover the costs of the popular Pride events. Anyone interested in donating can contact Moses on the Refugee Flag Kakuma Facebook page.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Mbazira Moses (L) and the threatening letter. | Photo: Supplied The LGBTI refugees who threw a day full of Pride celebrations at a Kenyan refugee camp have received death threats if they don’t leave.center_img Mbazira Moses of the organization Refugee Flag Kakuma organized the first ever Pride celebrations at the Kakuma Refugee camp.The camp is one of the biggest in the world and its roughly 200 LGBTI refugees all fled their home countries because of homophobic and transphobic persecution.Even though the Pride celebrations were a success, two LGBTI people were violently attacked after the events.Death threatsBut now, other refugees at the camp have sent a strong warning to the LGBTI refugees.‘This is warning to all men and women (gays) living in Kakuma,’ a note posted on one of the camp’s noticeboards read.‘What you have been doing has to come to an end. We have been quiet for some time.‘You have to leave the camp because you have spoiled our children and our religion.‘If you don’t leave the camp we are going to kill you one by one and we mean it. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!’ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/death-threats-for-lgbti-refugees-who-threw-pride-parade-at-kenyan-camp/last_img read more

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