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Rabat – The European Union has welcomed the UN Security Council’s Resolution 2468 on Western Sahara, saying it is “satisfied” with the content and purpose of the resolution.On Tuesday, 13 members—including four permanent—of the UNSC adopted Resolution 2468 on the mission and significance of MINURSO, the UN peacekeeping body in the disputed territories in Western Sahara.The resolution extended MINURSO’s mandate by six more months, meaning the body is given green light to operate until October 31. The text of the resolution also highlights the mission’s importance for the success of the ongoing political process to broker a settlement in Western Sahara. MINURSO is primarily tasked with monitoring the current status quo while UN diplomats work on the confidence building and compromises needed to bring the conflicting parties to the negotiating table.Reprising the language in Resolution 2468, an EU spokesperson said on Thursday that the extension of the MINURSO mandate is a good development in the Western Sahara dossier.“MINURSO plays an important role by maintaining stability on the ground to accompany the UN-led political process,” the spokesperson noted.She added that Brussels supports the efforts that the UN’s Western Sahara envoy Horst Kohler is making to gradually establish a ground of negotiations and compromise between the parties involved in the conflict.According to the spokesperson, Brussels especially welcomes the resolution’s insistence on a “political, mutually acceptable, and compromise-based settlement consistent with the principles of the UN Charter.”The EU’s message comes as an additional—though diplomatically articulated— supportive nod to Morocco’s Western Sahara autonomy plan.In the immediate aftermath of the adoption of Resolution 2468, many other countries—including France and the US—acknowledged Morocco’s “credible and serious efforts” in finding a lasting settlement to the Western Sahara conflict.Of the 15 members of the UNSC, only South Africa, a non-permanent member, a self-appointed defender of “Sahrawi nationalism,” and a stout Polisario supporter, took issue with the resolution.“This is again an example of an African issue being decided by those that are not from the continent,” said Jerry Matjila, South Africa’s ambassador at the UN. Matjila described the resolution as “biased.”The EU is a strong Moroccan ally on several strategic issues, and Brussels has shown unwavering support for a number of Moroccan interests on multiple occasions in recent months. Most notably, Brussels recently decided to renew its fisheries and agriculture deals with Rabat, in spite of pro-Polisario circles’ pointed condemnations and calls for boycott. read more

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The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation warned that all casual, assigned and contract workers of the Railway technical services who fail to report for duty would be considered as having vacated their posts. Railway technical services workers have been instructed to report for duty or lose their jobs.The Railway Technical Services Trade Union Committee launched a 48-hour token strike from 4.00pm today over three demands.

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The United States military has said that China used predatory debt tactics on some countries, including Sri Lanka.General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee that Sri Lanka granted China a 99-year lease and 70 per cent stake in its deep-water port. “Let us look at just a few examples. Saddled with predatory Chinese loans, Sri Lanka granted China a 99-year lease and 70 per cent stake in its deep-water port,” the Press Trust of India quoted General Joseph Dunford as saying. The strategic Gwadar Port in Balochistan province is being built by China under the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and is considered to be a link between Beijing’s ambitious One Belt, One Road (OBOR) and Maritime Silk Road projects.The Maldives owes China roughly $1.5 billion–about 30 per cent of its GDP – for construction costs, he said. He also said that Pakistan owes its “all weather friend” China at least $10 billion for the construction of the Gwadar port and other projects. “China is diligently building an international network of coercion through predatory economics to expand its sphere of influence,” he said, adding that nations around the globe are discovering the hard way that China’s economic “friendship” via OBOR can come at “a steep cost” when promises of investment go unfulfilled and international standards and safeguards are ignored.General Dunford warned that if China’s predatory debt tactics are left unaddressed, it will have serious implications on the US military.Alleging that China is extending its reach by increasing its overt military and coercive activities through its neighbours, Dunford said China’s increasingly provocative behaviour in the Indo-Pacific, particularly the South China Sea (SCS), should concern all. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Score: 4.0/10  Platform: Xbox One (reviewed), PlayStation 4, Windows PC Developer: Bethesda Game Studios Publisher: Bethesda Softworks Release Date: November 14, 2018 ESRB: M Fallout 76 is quickly becoming a cautionary tale in how not to make games.In an attempt to capitalize on the growing popularity of online and cooperative play, Bethesda Game Studios opted to make the latest entry in its long-running and very popular series of post-nuclear apocalypse games an online multiplayer experience. “Fallout with friends” is what people were calling it (including me). This sparked instant hatred among fans who love dedicated single-player games and saw the move to online play as a betrayal. These players were never going to enjoy Fallout 76, no matter how it turned out — an early warning sign that the game was headed for trouble.But the problem with Fallout 76 isn’t that there are other people in the world with you as you play. Servers limit the number of players in each instance of the game’s huge world — four times that of any previous Fallout — to just 16, and as a result I’ve rarely run across anyone else while playing. When I have stumbled upon someone else they’ve almost always behaved well, by which I mean we simply ignore each other (I’m just as uninterested in Fallout multiplayer as it seems most other players are). Worries that I would be relentlessly attacked by other players, or that they would relentlessly destroy any camps I built have proven for naught. The handful of times I have seen antagonizing players in my world — they’re handily marked on the map with a big red WANTED symbol, meaning that they’ve attacked another player — I’ve simply blocked them so they couldn’t see where I was.Granted, online play does introduce some issues not present in solo games, such as the inability to play without an Internet connection, to pause the action, or to do nifty things like slow down time during combat. These are bummers, sure, but not deal breakers.The real problem with Fallout 76 — and one that will prove an absolute deal breaker for many — is that it is buggier at launch than any other game I’ve ever played.Fallout 76 is shaping up to be Fallout with friendsHe said, she said: Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!Hitman 2 review: When more of the same isn’t so badI’ve encountered missions that I couldn’t complete because of a key object being glitched. I’ve fallen through the world’s floor into empty space. I’ve had the game freeze and kick me out countless times. I’ve seen all location and objective markers disappear from my map, making it impossible to do anything. The brown bag containing all of my loot where I last died has been rendered invisible, impossible to collect even when I’m right on top of it. Holotapes often won’t play when I pick them up. Recently repaired weapons sometimes become broken again for no reason. My action point meter sometimes remains full even when I’m running or encumbered (at least this last one is a help rather than a hindrance).I could keep going, but you probably get the picture. Fallout 76 feels like a game months or more away from being ready to launch to the public. It’s not even properly optimized for performance. Hiccups where enemies freeze and then jump a few metres closer or to the left or right are commonplace — this despite looking like a five-year-old game not even close to being on the same graphical level as open-world contemporaries such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.All of this said, it does feel like Fallout. Don’t let the game’s more hyperbolic detractors convince you otherwise. It’s not like Bethesda’s other online experiment, The Elder Scrolls Online, which feels almost nothing like the single-player Elder Scrolls games. Everything from collecting resources and crafting gear to using and upgrading power armour to jamming around on your Pip-Boy — the series’ iconic wrist-mounted computer — will be instantly recognizable to returning players. Even movement and combat feel pretty much the same as in past games.What’s more, the artists have maintained the franchise’s always appealing retro-futuristic visual style. And most locations are loaded with discoverable lore that provides further insights into the series’ fascinating alternate history world, in which just a few key collective cultural decisions in the 20th century sent America down a different path than the one we know today. Expect familiar plot threads exploring massive corporate corruption, exploited workers and consumers, and a blind faith in the promise of technology even greater than that which we feel today. Finding and following these stories — presented primarily through computer logs, handwritten notes, and audio recordings — is one of the highlights of the game.But even this typically robust part of the Fallout experience isn’t as strong as it has been in the past, likely due to Bethesda choosing not to include any human non-player characters in the world. This was done so that if you see another human in the world, you’ll know it’s being controlled by a player. But the upshot is that there are none of the towns, lone survivors, or enclaves that add so much flavour to other Fallout games. It makes for a big, empty, lonely, and almost uniformly hostile world in which virtually everything you run across — supermutants, ghouls, robots, crazed semi-humans known as the scorched — is trying to kill you.If you’re wondering why there are no humans in West Virginia — an area of the United States spared a direct atomic blast, according to Fallout history — that’s explained as the story progresses. We run across plenty of places where humans lived after the war, and some seemingly emptied of survivors not all that long ago. Finding out what happened to them is a primary part of the tale that unravels as you progress. The forensic investigation is interesting at times, but it’s not as fascinating as the living human-driven stories of other games in the series.More’s the shame, given this game’s promising milieu. It takes place just 25 years after the war, making it the earliest entry in the Fallout chronology. Plus, the bunker from which players emerge is the famed Vault 76, long known to be the only one of Vault-Tec’s scores of bunkers designed to function as a legitimate nuclear shelter meant to preserve humanity without any hidden psychological experiments performed on its population. There was an opportunity here to grow the Fallout fiction in powerful new ways, but Bethesda’s self-imposed narrative constraints result in too many stalls and false starts.There is something about Fallout 76 that is keeping me coming back, albeit not nearly as enthusiastically as I’d have hoped. The fresh lore is definitely part of it — like many, I harbour a dark fascination with Fallout’s dystopian universe, and I’m always keen to eat up more of it — but I also enjoy the franchise’s simpler pleasures, such as discovering whatever might be over the next ridge, scrounging for supplies, and crafting new gear and mods. I just like surviving in the wasteland.I can’t recommend Fallout 76 to more than a handful of people. A niche few will still be drawn to it, perhaps out of curiosity, a completionist’s need to devour all things Fallout, or, like me, a morbid desire to simulate life after the end of the world. For everyone else, hold onto the hope that Bethesda learns a lesson from this failed experiment. read more

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Activist investor Sandell pushes for changes at TransCanada Corp. by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 17, 2014 12:03 pm MDT CALGARY – An activist investor is urging pipeline and power giant TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) to make big changes to its corporate structure in order to boost its share price.In a letter released Monday, Sandell Asset Management Corp. said the Calgary-based company hasn’t made the most of its master limited partnership, TC Pipelines LP — a publicly traded vehicle with tax benefits into which TransCanada has been transferring some of its U.S. assets.It also wants TransCanada — the company behind the contentious Keystone XL pipeline proposal — to spin off its power business and do a better job communicating its cash flow metrics in its financial reporting.Sandell believes if TransCanada follows its recommendations its share price can reach $75. The stock was at around $57 in Monday afternoon trading, up about two per cent from Friday’s close.“Despite our enthusiasm for TRP and its prospects, we are disappointed that the company has been slow to evolve,” CEO Thomas Sandell wrote in his letter to TransCanada’s board of directors.Sandell said the company’s peers — including Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB), Spectra Energy Corp., Oneok Inc. and Williams Companies — have “unlocked substantial value” from their master limited partnerships, whereas TransCanada has shown a “surprising indifference” toward its own.Sandell also believes it’s not necessary for TransCanada’s massive North American oil and gas pipeline business to be under the same corporate umbrella as its power business, which includes renewable and natural gas-fired power generation and an interest in the Bruce Power nuclear plant in Ontario.“In a separation, we believe the energy business will be able to attract world class management to manage upcoming opportunities and challenges and attract dedicated shareholders and sell-side analysts who can best analyze the underlying drivers of the business,” Sandell wrote.“Furthermore, as a stand-alone entity, TRP’s stable pipeline business will be insulated from energy’s more volatile cash flows and exposure to uncertainties in the Alberta power market, yielding a higher, more industry-comparable multiple for the pipeline business.”Sandell also said TransCanada should emphasize its measures of cash flow, rather than earnings per share, in order to highlight for investors the company’s “ample tax assets, low maintenance capital requirements and capacity for dividend payment.”Sandell, which has offices in New York and London, released its letter and accompanying “white paper” two days ahead of TransCanada’s investor day in Toronto.In a release, TransCanada said it received a “flawed analysis” from Sandell a few months ago that was very similar to the one published on Monday.“After careful review, and ongoing discussions with our other shareholders, TransCanada firmly believes that our current strategy best positions us to deliver long-term value to investors,” the company said.“TransCanada has established itself as a leading energy infrastructure company in North America with a blue-chip portfolio of assets that has consistently delivered attractive and sustainable growth in earnings, cash flow and dividends. Importantly, the company has delivered a 15 per cent annualized total shareholder return since 2000.”According to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Sandell held 713,508 shares in TransCanada at Sept. 30. The investment was worth about $40.8 million based on TransCanada’s share price Monday.Follow @LaurenKrugel on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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A local human rights organization in the city, which is located near the border with Texas, in the United States, estimates there have been at least 40 disappearances from February of this year through to mid-May.Meanwhile, the UN Human Rights Office in Mexico has documented the disappearance of 21 men and two women during the same period. “Many of these people are reported to have been arbitrarily detained and disappeared while going about their daily lives. It is particularly horrific that at least five of the victims are minors, with three of them as young as 14,” said UN rights chief  Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a press statement issued on Wednesday.“These crimes, perpetrated over four months in a single municipality, are outrageous.”His Office in Mexico has received testimony stating that the incidents were perpetrated by federal security officials, often late at night or around dawn.Uniformed personnel reportedly detained people as they walked or drove along public roads, according to the statement, while several burnt out and bullet-ridden vehicles have been found by the roadside. Zeid noted that “despite ample information and evidence”, the Mexican authorities have made little progress in locating the disappeared people and investigating what happened to them. Some families have undertaken their own searches, discovering the bodies of at least six victims.Several witnesses have been subjected to threats, and one was “disappeared” for two days before being released, the statement continued.Zeid further stated that it was “extremely worrying” that the incidents are taking place just months after Mexico adopted a new General Law on Disappearances.“What has been happening in Nuevo Laredo is a litmus test of whether this new law actually represents the change its adoption promises, or whether enforced disappearances, followed by impunity and a lack of reparation to the victims, will continue,” the UN rights chief said. read more

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first_imgIf there’s one thing more staggering than the number of blog posts written about Rovio’s Angry Birds, it’s the number of people who have downloaded the addictive little game.According to Rovio’s Peter Vesterbacka, the company has now seen more than 200 million downloads. That figure includes both the original Birds and its follow-ups, Seasons and Rio. With a direct tie-in to a hotly anticipated animated feature and help from Fox Digital, Rio got off to a torrid start. It amassed 10 million in its first 10 days of availability and has racked up more than 35 million downloads on its own, helped along by the ad which aired during Super Bowl XLV.AdChoices广告While 200 million is a huge number, Angry Birds is only going to continue adding to that total. Versions for Windows Phone 7 and the BlackBerry Playbook have yet to debut, but are slated to arrive this summer. And don’t forget that there are scores of players who no longer need to download the game to play it — thanks to the arrival of a Web version which can be played in any modern browser. Those of you who can’t be bothered to re-do all your levels, check out the JavaScript copy-and-paste trick which will unlock everything for you with minimal effort.With the Angry Birds printing piles of money on a daily basis for Rovio, it’s easy to forget that the company produces more than two dozen other games as well. They might be worth checking out, too, if you can tear yourself away from that slingshot for a few minutes.More at Moco Newslast_img read more

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first_img 26 Comments Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter 10,725 Views Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 6:01 AM There appears to be some doubt as to whether the organs of the state are abiding by court orders. The Department of Homeland Security issued an ambiguous statement which claimed to be abiding by President Trump’s order while also abiding by court orders. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump’s bold changes are already having a negative effect on immigrants – but they’re also prompting a positive response, this time, in the form of Irish lawyers offering free advice to those affected by the ban.Over the weekend, Trump signed an executive order to stop people from seven countries from entering the US (even if they have visas), and yesterday, he fired Attorney General Sally Yates from her position after raising questions about the ban.In the wake of the Executive Order banning citizens from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the US for three months, and citizens from Syria indefinitely, people outlined their outrage at what seemed to be an extreme and sudden action. Feb 1st 2017, 6:01 AM London demonstrations to the announcement of Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. Image: Victoria Jones/PA Images When the Acting Attorney General failed to support the executive order on immigration due to legal concerns, she was not only dismissed but rebuked for “betraying” the Department of Justice.“I believe concerned lawyers have a duty to help out as best we can.”View the list, which will be updated regularly, here.Read: Here’s exactly what the Attorney General said before Donald Trump fired herRead: Angela Kerins loses her case for damages against the Public Accounts Committee If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the “bad” would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad “dudes” out there!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017center_img London demonstrations to the announcement of Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven predominantly-Muslim countries. These are the Irish lawyers offering free advice to people affected by Trump’s travel ban “I believe concerned lawyers have a duty to help out as best we can,” one legal expert told TheJournal.ie. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Canada offered to take in more refugees; Starbucks offered to hire 10,000 refugees worldwide, AirBnB offered to house immigrants for free, and Irish politicians voiced their opposition to the ban.For some Irish lawyers, voicing opposition to Trump’s travel ban wasn’t enough – they wanted to offer their help to those affected by Trump’s ban.And it is a confusing mess: those who are dual citizens of both America and one of the banned countries are allowed to return; but those who have an appointment with the American Embassy in Ireland for a US visa shouldn’t turn up for their appointment because they won’t be processed.There are multiple other scenarios that’s confusing for people who want to travel – so Irish lawyers are offering to counsel and advice on what they are entitled to and legally able to do. People demonstrate during a protest outside Downing Street in central London. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesProfessor Fiona de Londras is an Irish academic and chair in Global Legal Studies at Birmingham Law School. She compiled a list of Irish solicitors, barristers, legal experts and academics who are offering to help those affected by Trump’s travel ban.She explained the thinking behind the list to TheJournal.ie:We wanted to make sure there was an easy-to-find online resource for people who might be within the pre-clearance area in the airport, and in need of advice but who are unfamiliar with Irish law and lawyers.The list is not a group, but individual lawyers “who were happy to be listed as offering fee-free advice on the website”, as de Londras says.She said that the motivation to sign up will differ for each law expert.“For me, as an academic, what prompted me to ask for volunteers, together with preparing template letters for people to write to their TDs, was a concern with ensuring that Ireland would not facilitate what I consider to be the unlawful Executive Order being applied on Irish soil.” Army Captain Matthew Ball poses for a portrait in Stanford, California. Ball said his interpreter Qismat Amin, who has been living in hiding after getting threats from Taliban and Islamic state fighters, got his visa Sunday, after nearly four years of interviews. Ball bought him a $1,000 plane ticket to San Francisco and plans to meet him at the airport with an attorney. Source: Marcio Jose SanchezDr Darius Whelan is a lecturer of law at University College Cork, says that even as a ‘generalist’ he thought he could help by helping them find the right specialist. He’s also concerned that “the importance of truth and the rule of law are under threat in the USA”.“President Trump is making executive orders which are of questionable legal validity. Relevant members of his cabinet do not appear to have been consulted. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email2 Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3215093 last_img read more

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first_imgThe European Union has come to the aid of hundreds of redundant Aldi workers, who have found themselves without a job as a result of the closure of Aldi supermarkets around Greece. The decision, made on Monday by Members of the European Parliament, was given the go ahead after an application was made by the government to help the 642 former Aldi employees. The total estimated cost of the package is 4.4m euros, of which 2.9m will come from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). The discount German supermarket will close all 38 stores in Greece, after only two years since opening its first outlet. The help comes from a commitment made by the Committee of Budgets of the European Parliament to support workers who have lost their jobs in Ireland, Austria and Greece. The EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor said: “Greek workers are going through a difficult period and we must use all the tools we have at our disposal to provide assistance.” “The money we have proposed from the EGF would help workers made redundant by Aldi in Greece to find a new job easier and faster,” he said. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgL’invasion des souris amorcée grâce… aux VikingsSi les Vikings ont commencé leurs invasions au Xème siècle, ils n’étaient pas totalement seuls. Des souris aussi faisaient partie du voyage… Si les souris font aujourd’hui partie du paysage dans de nombreux pays, cela n’a pas toujours été le cas. Ainsi, une étude génétique tout juste révélée a permis de déterminer que les petits envahisseurs sont arrivés en Islande et au Groenland… en s’introduisant sur les bateaux vikings. Pour arriver à cette conclusion, les scientifiques ont comparé l’ADN des souris actuelles avec des échantillons d’os d’anciennes souris découverts sur des sites archéologiques, explique The Independent. L’analyse a ainsi montré que la souris domestique est arrivée avec les Vikings, en provenance, soit de la Norvège, soit des îles britanniques situées au Nord. Les souris ont ensuite migré, avec les Vikings, vers le Groenland.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cependant, aucune trace de cette souris nordique n’a été retrouvée à Terre-Neuve bien que les Vikings aient bien atteint cette région du Canada. Le professeur Jeremy Searle, de l’Université de Cornell, qui a pris part à l’étude, précise : “l’absence d’ADN “ancestral” chez les souris actuelles est également une découverte majeure. Nous n’avons trouvé aucune trace de souris domestique datant de la période Viking à Terre Neuve. Si les souris sont pourtant bien arrivées à Terre Neuve, leur présence a été, à l’instar des Vikings, très brève et elles n’ont laissé aucune preuve génétique de leur passage”. Pour conduire leurs travaux, les chercheurs se sont concentrés sur le génome mitochondrial, contenu dans les cellules et uniquement transmis par les femelles. Ce dernier permet, en effet, de retracer le lignage maternel très loin dans le temps. Le docteur Eleanor Jones, de l’Université de York qui a mené la recherche indique ainsi : “l’histoire de l’implantation humaine sur le dernier millénaire, se reflète dans les séquences génétiques de l’ADN mitochondrial des souris. Nous pouvons ainsi faire correspondre les comportements de population humaine avec ceux des souris”, rapporte The Independent. Les descendants des premières souris-colons vivent elles toujours en Islande, où les échantillons d’ADN ont été collectés sur des os issus de neuf sites archéologiques.Le 24 mars 2012 à 09:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_imgIn this edition of Clark Talks, Columbian reporters Katy Sword and Jake Thomas talk with Glen Morgan, a Thurston County conservative activist who has filed a prolific number of complaints, primarily targeting Democrats, with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.To his critics, he’s a civic gadfly splitting hairs over relatively harmless errors committed by campaign volunteers. But Morgan says that these errors aren’t so harmless and he’s trying to uphold the state’s campaign finance law.Later, Sword and Thomas talk with Columbian breaking news reporter Andy Matarrese about his upcoming Sunday story on the bail system and efforts to reform it.You can find the show on Soundcloud, or subscribe for free downloads on iTunes or Stitcher. Contact Sword and Thomas about the podcast at podcast@columbian.com.last_img read more

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first_imgBarcelona are ready to make a move for Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny when the transfer window reopens in January.The Catalan club will reportedly consider signing the ex-France international as a short-term fix for their defensive problems.The Spanish champions are currently having to make do without Samuel Umtiti and Belgian stalwart Thomas Vermaelen at the back because of injury, leaving just Clement Lenglet to partner Gerard Pique.Rather than spending big on a new central defender, Ernesto Valverde’s side are understood to be after a cheaper alternative to fill in at centre-half if Umtiti struggles on his return from a long-term layoff.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Spanish outlet Marca, as reported by Sports Mole say that Koscielny, who is yet to feature for the Gunners since May 3 due to an Achilles injury, ticks the box for an experienced and cheap option in the January window.The Spanish giants are understood to be willing to offer the former FC Lorient defender an initial six-month deal, which will carry the option of an additional year come the end of the season.last_img read more

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first_img KUSI Newsroom November 15, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 11:22 AMcenter_img Campo Railway Museum to Begin Year-Long Centennial Celebration CAMPO (KUSI) – The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association will launch a yearlong 100th anniversary celebration Thursday of the completion of the San Diego and Arizona Railway.The rail line, completed on Nov. 15, 1919, was primarily financed by San Diego entrepreneur John D. Spreckels and took 12 years to complete due to a multitude of logistical issues, flu deaths, extreme weather events and World War I. The railway stretched 148 miles from San Diego to El Centro and provided a connection to the transcontinental Southern Pacific Railroad. The line remains partially in use by freight carriers and vintage trains.According to museum officials, the anniversary celebration will include free lectures, traveling exhibits, special events with other historical organizations and screenings of silent movies showing parts of the San Diego and Arizona Railway. All activities throughout the year are prelude to a reenactment ceremony of Spreckels accidentally bending the final railroad spike at Campo Railroad Park on Nov. 16, 2019.“We’re very excited about kicking-off our yearlong celebration and the leading up to the 100 anniversary of the country’s final transcontinental railroad,’ said museum President Diana Hyatt. “We invite all San Diego residents to join the celebration.”Residents can book free lectures by museum volunteers, loans of a traveling museum exhibit and learn more about the centennial celebration of the San Diego and Arizona Railway at psrm.org. Posted: November 15, 2018last_img read more

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first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Calle Ocho, the world’s largest Hispanic festival, celebrated its 41st anniversary on Sunday.Thousands of people gathered for the Latin block party, which kicked off at 10 a.m. along Southwest Eighth Street, from 12th to 27th avenues, in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.Every year, food, music and different cultures bring large crowds to the event.“The festival, the people, the food — it’s great,” said reveler Rene Ribera. “All the Latinos come together, and it’s really great. Everybody should come down here once, at least once.”The event brought flavor and rhythm to 15 blocks of Little Havana. The streets were packed with visitors dancing to a variety of music.“What brings me here, basically, is the multicultural stuff that’s here and like, all the people that come from different places from the United States,” said Cindy Lopez. “I myself am from Arizona, so we don’t see this, so it’s really nice to see this.”Calle Ocho is the pinnacle of Carnaval Miami, powered by the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana. The one-day fiesta featured 12 stages, with appearances by popular Latin performers like Willy Chirino, Aymée Nuviola of the telenovela “Celia,” and Chyno Miranda from Chyno and Nacho.“It was seven years that I haven’t been here, and I have enjoyed today with my family,” said Ivette Perez. “I love it.”Revelers also came to enjoy booths full of art and souvenirs.For food lovers, there were endless rows of international food.Some guests took a shot at the 2018 “El Croquetazo” Championship, a croqueta eating contest. The record to beat was 158 croquetas.Geoffrey Esper came four croquetas short of breaking the record but still took home the grand prize of $1,750.“For this particular food, there’s not really any trick,” said Esper. “It goes down easy. You’ve just got to keep swallowing, keep rhythm and just go with it.” The festivities were all for a great cause. The festival helps raise money for youth development programs in the area.“Our mission is to keep kids active all year long,” said a Kiwanis Club of Little Havana spokesperson, “not only through our summer camps, our basketball camps, our soccer league, our baseball clinics, so we hope everybody can come down and support us, and if you support us, you support our community, so we really appreciate it.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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first_img Email Let’s go back to the beach! 🤙Passes on sale Tuesday, 12/4 at 10am CSThttps://t.co/CNVnJFxnmX pic.twitter.com/Y0BETiRErC— Hangout Music Fest (@Hangoutfest) November 29, 2018 Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers, GRiZ & More Make Stacked Hangout Music Fest Lineup Facebook Twitter News center_img https://twitter.com/Hangoutfest/status/1068194572264566784 Vampire Weeken, GRiZ & More On Hangout Fest Lineup vampire-weekend-lumineers-griz-more-make-stacked-hangout-music-fest-lineup The “music vacation” on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. just revealed an incredibly full lineup of artists for its 10th anniversary festival in MayAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 29, 2018 – 1:53 pm On Nov. 29, Hangout Music Fest released the lineup for their 10th anniversary event, which they’ve coined a “music vacation,” is set to take place May 17-19, 2019 alongside the ocean in Gulf Shores, Ala. A quick glance at the performers shows six big-name headliners from across genres: GRAMMY-winning indie rock heroes Vampire Weekend, GRAMMY-nominated folk/pop favorites The Lumineers, GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop powerhouses Cardi B and Travis Scott, fellow GRAMMY nominee and rising R&B star Khalid, plus tropical house DJ/producer Kygo. The incredibly stacked lineup definitely points to quite the musical retreat, featuring over 50 performers reveals an equally exciting mix of artists and genres, sure to keep festival goers dancing all three days. It includes big names in dance music such as GRAMMY winner Diplo, GRAMMY nominees Mura Masa and Sofi Tukker, plus GRiZ, Alison Wonderland, Hippie Sabotage and Gorgon City. There are also notable names of the pop/indie-rock arena, including GRAMMY nominee Hozier, as well as The 1975, Walk The Moon and Jimmy Eat World.There are also plenty of talented rising artists performing that you may very well likely already be a big fan of, such as Bebe Rexha, Bishop Briggs, Bazzi and Pale Waves. Hangout Fest 2019 seems like just the event to see your favorite artists as well as find your new favorite.Tickets go on sale Dec. 4. For more info and to see the complete list of artists, visit the event’s website.Envision Festival 2019 Is Dance Floor Ready: Bedouin, GRiZ, Tycho, Lee Burridge & Morelast_img read more

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first_imgSome features of Apple’s A-series chips, spearheaded by Williams, have led the industry and have caused rivals to respond. After Apple introduced the A7 64-bit processor for its mobile devices in late 2013, Qualcomm’s customers put pressure on the company to do the same, as Qualcomm testified during January’s antitrust trial against the US Federal Trade Commission. Qualcomm wasn’t prepared for 64 bit and scrambled to tweak its processor. The resulting chip didn’t perform well and didn’t take off with customers, which hurt Qualcomm’s position in the market. Williams isn’t the first notable Apple engineer to leave its chip business, which is led by Johny Srouji. Two years ago, Apple SoC architect Manu Gulati left for a similar role at Google. After Gulati left Apple, Williams took over his role overseeing SoC architecture. Before joining Apple in 2010, Williams for 12 years worked at Arm, the company whose designs are used in virtually all mobile processors. He hasn’t yet joined another company.  Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Scoop Qualcomm ARM Apple 1:47 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 3 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 reading • Apple loses engineer who oversaw iPhone, iPad processors See also In recent years, Williams’ responsibilities had grown beyond leading the design of the custom CPU cores for Apple’s chips to overseeing the layout of the various parts of the system-on-a-chip, or SoC, inside the company’s mobile devices. It’s standard for chip designers to pack more and more features — like the CPU brains of the device, GPU graphics and memory — onto the same physical package to improve battery life and reduce the size of the chips. In the case of Qualcomm, its Snapdragon processors also integrate its wireless modem onto the SoC.Williams’ departure comes as Apple ramps up its efforts to create more of its components and as it hires more engineers around the globe. Apple has been designing its own chips since the early days of the iPhone. In 2010, it introduced its first Apple-branded chip, the A4, for the iPad it sold that year. Every year since then, it has released new A-series processors that power its mobile devices, and Apple’s even expected to design its own chips for Mac computers as early as next year. The strategy stands in contrast to many Android phone makers, who rely on processors made by Qualcomm. Williams’ departure is a loss for Apple. His work likely will show up in future Apple processors, and he’s listed as an inventor on more than 60 Apple patents. Some relate to power management, memory compression and multicore processor technology.Apple declined to comment.Apple’s chip pushApple’s decision to design its own chips has given it more control over its devices, as well as differentiated itself from rivals. While it has created the brains for its iPhones and iPads for years, it lately has made moves to design even more of its components on its own. That has included the Bluetooth chip that pairs its AirPods to an iPhone, as well as the security chips that save your fingerprint and other key data. Apple is reportedly working on its own graphics processors, modems and power management chips.  Apple updates iPad Mini and iPad Air Now playing: Watch this:center_img Comments Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All Apple Macs may use own chips, drop Intel’s, as early as 2020 A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul What the Apple-Qualcomm battle means for your next iPhone • Phones Components Tech Industry Williams has worked on every Apple processor since the A7. Apple One of Apple’s key semiconductor engineers has left the company, even as the iPhone giant tries to take more control over what goes inside its devices. Gerard Williams III, senior director in platform architecture, departed Apple last month after nine years, according to a person familiar with the matter. While not well known outside of Apple, Williams led development of every Apple processor core from the A7 — the first 64-bit processor for mobile devices — to the A12X, the chip powering Apple’s latest iPad Pro devices. Apple says its newest chip makes its iPads faster than 92 percent of the world’s computers.  Tags Share your voice Applelast_img read more

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first_imgJuneau-based Alaskan Brewing Co. is now selling its flagship Amber Ale and its Freeride American Pale Ale in 12 ounce cans. Initially they’ll be available only in Alaska. (Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau)Alaskan Brewing Co. is entering the growing canned microbrew market.Starting Monday, the Juneau-based beer maker will sell its flagship Amber Ale and its Freeride American Pale Ale in 12-ounce cans.In recent years, consumers have become more accepting of craft beer in cans. But is it as good as bottles?Download AudioAlaskan Brewing Co. co-founder Geoff Larson stands next to cans of Amber Ale stacked in the Juneau-based brewery’s warehouse. (Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau)I set out to answer that question on a recent sunny afternoon. I grabbed six-pack of Freeride APA bottles and a can of the same beer supplied by the brewery, and got together with a few friends for some grilled halibut and a side-by-side taste test.Before we started there were a lot of theories about the differences between bottles and cans. My girlfriend, Kate, thought there might be a change in the level of carbonation. Our friend Quinn thought the can itself might affect the taste of the beer.Ultimately, we decided there wasn’t much difference. None of us are beer snobs, and to our untrained palettes, the stuff from the can tasted a lot like the stuff from the bottle.In light of that, Quinn brought up the next logical question, at least to our group of friends: “If you were to hike to a cabin, would you grab a six pack of cans or a six pack of bottles?”Everyone answered cans.Bottles vs. cansAlaskan Brewing Co. co-founder Geoff Larson is banking on a lot of beer drinkers being into cans. They’re lighter and more portable than glass, especially when empty, making them great for outdoor activities. Larson says the company had numerous requests for cans, and wants to provide its beer in places where customers want to drink it.“Backpacking, boating, fishing, being on the beach,” he says.But Larson says Alaskan isn’t willing to sacrifice quality for convenience. While some small breweries like Colorado-based Oskar Blues have had success with canned beer for more than a decade, Alaskan took its time getting into the market. Larson says the company researched several canning lines before finding the right one at a brewing festival in Germany. The line reduces the amount of oxygen picked up during the canning process.“That’s the key. Anytime you’re dealing with filling bottles of beer, or cans, or kegs, it’s exposure to air, exposure to oxygen that can lower the life,” Larson says. “And this canning line is right now packaging the cans at the same quality as our bottling line.”He says the biggest difference between cans and bottles is that you’re drinking from a different vessel.“Just the way the beer comes out of the can. It comes out in these little gurgles,” he says. “In that way you’re actually getting a different kind of experience. But as far as the quality of the beer, it’s spot on.”Plant expansionThe Alaskan Brewing Co. plant is a maze of staircases and narrow walkways. As the company has grown over nearly 30 years, the footprint of its operation has stayed relatively small, even for a craft brewer. The new canning line is wedged in near the bottling line and a packaging area in the main brew house.Alaskan Brewing Co. co-founder Geoff Larson (left) and Plant Manager Curtis Holmes stand next to the brewery’s new canning line. (Photo by Casey Kelly, KTOO – Juneau)“When we made the commitment to go ahead and put the line in, we knew exactly what size we had and it had to fit only in here,” Larson says from a platform above the new line. “It looks like it fits perfectly, but it took a little bit of effort.”Initially the cans will be available only in Alaska, because the company doesn’t have enough space to produce canned beer for its markets in the Lower 48.The brewery recently broke ground on a multi-million dollar expansion that will link its two buildings in Juneau’s Lemon Creek area. The larger facility will allow the cans to be more widely distributed.While it’s too soon to say what new beers Alaskan might produce, Larson says the expansion will let the company grow comfortably over the next decade.You can’t really know what’s going to happen 12 months down the road. But now I think we’re looking at five to 10 years with a lot more certainty and clarity,” Larson says.The expansion project is scheduled to be complete by early next year.In addition to the new canning line, Alaskan recently started distributing its beers in two new states — Michigan and South Dakota. Alaskan Brewing Co. beer is now available in 17 states nationwide.last_img read more

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first_img OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Louisville’s Asia Durr is one of 60 NCAA® men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes selected as candidates for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball.To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.Among the 60 candidates, all are in excellent academic standing with 13 having grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher.Including Durr, 25 athletes are returning to the court this season after receiving All-America honors, and 54 of the candidates earned all-conference honors for their performances a year ago. Each of the candidates also volunteers his or her time with charitable organizations and causes while upholding a reputation for positive character on campus and in the community.The men’s and women’s candidates will be narrowed to two fields of 10 finalists in February, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and NCAA Women’s Final Four® this spring. For more information on each of the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com. Print Friendly Version Senior CLASS Award Release Story Linkslast_img read more

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first_img Female guppies risk death to avoid sexual harassment Citation: Coevolution not healthy for the female sea monkey (2011, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-coevolution-healthy-female-sea-monkey.html Artemia urmiana Sea monkeys, or brine shrimp, lay eggs that are tough in nature and are able to survive for long periods of time. They can lay dormant for years, as in the case of a drought, and then once the water returns are then able to hatch.Looking at the Great Salt Lake in Utah, researchers collected eggs from layers that had formed in 1985, 1996 and 2007. They took these eggs back to the lab and allowed them to hatch. Keeping each generation separate, the researchers then bred the females with eggs from their generation and previous and past generations.What they discovered was that the longer the time difference between the male and female partner, the sooner the female sea monkey died. When a female from 1985 was bred with a male from 2007, her life span was cut short by as much as 12 percent.The research seems to match the idea of sexual conflict and that female shrimp are best suited to breed with their own generation. It appears males and females adapt new mating strategies through different generations and this proves deadly for the female sea monkey.The change in sexual partners from a different generation did not however seem to have an effect on the female’s reproductive success. Even though they were dying faster, they were also producing eggs at a faster rate.The one mystery still puzzling the researchers is just how the males are harming the females and shortening their lifespan. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study titled Male-Female Coevolution in the Wild: Evidence from a Time Series in Artemia Franciscana and published in Evolution, evolutionary ecologist Nicolas Rode from the Centre for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology looked at the sexual behavior of the sea monkey and what happened when females were bred with past and future generations. More information: MALE-FEMALE COEVOLUTION IN THE WILD: EVIDENCE FROM A TIME SERIES IN ARTEMIA FRANCISCANA, Evolution, DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2011.01384.xABSTRACTSexual conflicts are ubiquitous in nature and are expected to lead to an antagonistic coevolution between the sexes. This coevolutionary process is driven by selection on sexually antagonistic traits that can either be directional or fluctuating. In this study, we used dormant cysts of Artemia franciscana, collected in the same population in three different years over a 23-year period (corresponding to ∼160 generations in this system), to investigate male-female coevolution in natural conditions over time. We performed a cross experiment study where reproduction of females mated to males from the past, present or future was monitored until death. In agreement with a model of ‘fluctuating selection’, we found that females survived better and had longer interbrood intervals when mated with their contemporary males compared to when mated with males from the future or the past. However, female weekly and lifetime reproductive successes displayed no differences between contemporary and non-contemporary matings. Finally, the coevolutionary patterns (‘arms race dynamics’ or ‘fluctuating selection dynamics’) possibly acting on female relative fitness could not be discriminated. This study is the first direct demonstration that the process of male – female coevolution, previously revealed by experimental evolution in laboratory artificial conditions, can occur in nature on a short evolutionary time scale. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore furtherlast_img read more

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