October 14, 2019
October 12, 2019
Rabat – A 5.3-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale was felt on Sunday off the Atlantic Coast, said the National Institute for Geophysics. The quake was recorded at 3.54 p.m. it said in a statement. No casualties or material damage were reported.The tremor follows a series of earthquakes that have shaken Morocco’s Mediterranean coast in recent months. On March 13 a 4.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coasts of the northern cities of Al Hoceima and Nador.
October 12, 2019
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of April 17, 2019:TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS1. Eric Church; $2,848,366; $97.59.2. Elton John; $2,537,107; $138.32.3. Fleetwood Mac; $2,345,717; $143.93.4. Justin Timberlake; $2,146,500; $132.55.5. Metallica; $2,094,252; $119.42.6. Luis Miguel; $2,003,661; $80.67.7. Michael Bublé; $1,517,024; $124.47.8. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band; $1,405,405; $115.69.9. Cher; $1,345,126; $114.96.10. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $1,309,680; $64.80.11. KISS; $1,243,595; $105.96.12. Mumford & Sons; $1,230,658; $73.96.13. Marc Anthony; $1,190,570; $104.62.14. Florence + The Machine; $1,144,592; $73.15.15. Travis Scott; $1,136,791; $75.16.16. Blake Shelton; $1,044,392; $89.58.17. Dave Matthews Band; $1,014,332; $94.92.18. André Rieu; $947,246; $87.54.19. Shawn Mendes; $861,630; $68.73.20. Panic! At The Disco; $785,504; $60.47.For free upcoming tour information, go to www.pollstar.com___The Associated Press
October 11, 2019
Their discussions also touched on the work of the Secretary-General’s Global Sustainability Panel, of which Mr. Rudd is a member, and forthcoming high-level meetings on nuclear safety and security, and women’s and children’s health during the General Assembly session in New York later this month. The 21-member High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability was created by the Secretary-General in August 2009 and tasked with finding ways to lift people out of poverty while tackling climate change and ensuring that economic development is environmentally friendly. The Panel brings together representatives from government, the private sector and civil society in countries rich and poor. Mr. Ban, who is on a four-nation visit to the Pacific region – Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands and Kiribati – said he was glad that Mr. Rudd was recovering well from his recent heart surgery. Meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard later in the day, Mr. Ban praised the country for its strong voice in international affairs, saying Canberra worked with the UN to address global challenges. “You may be known as ‘Down Under,’ but when it comes to contribution and commitment you are well above and beyond. “Australia is a founding member of the United Nations and Australians were instrumental in helping to formulate the United Nations Charter and I have many good historical records of how distinguished Australian diplomats have made contributions to the drafting of the Charter, human rights and women’s empowerment and also the first president of the United Nations Security Council was served by a distinguished Australian,” said Mr. Ban. He thanked Australia for its leadership in various UN activities, including peacekeeping, global development and nuclear disarmament. “Australia’s support for our operations in Timor-Leste has been indispensable. Australia is critical to peacekeeping efforts from Afghanistan to Cyprus where you set the UN record for the longest UN deployment by any country,” said Mr. Ban. On foreign aid, the Secretary-General noted that Australia was increasing cooperation at a time when many countries are pulling back. “I thank you very much for your very generous contribution to the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa by donating an additional $10 million,” he said. On Libya, Mr. Ban once again urged the international community to support the North African country. He stressed that the UN response to the situation in Libya rested on three fundamental principles – national ownership rapid response and delivery and effective coordination. “I count on Australia to be a vital partner is meeting the expectations of the world’s people for freedom, opportunity and a life of dignity everyone deserves,” said Mr. Ban. 3 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Australia’s Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday discussed the famine in Somalia and the drought-related humanitarian crisis in the wider Horn of Africa, as well as developments in Libya and Syria, when the United Nations chief called on the minister at his home in Canberra.
October 6, 2019
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil plunges 4 pct. on demand worries in fresh evidence of slower growth in Asia, Europe Oil fell the most in five months on Wednesday as China’s slowing economy raised questions about the strength of global oil demand.Benchmark oil fell $3.75, or 4.1 per cent, to $88.14 per barrel in New York. That was the biggest decline since May 4 when oil fell $4.05 per barrel.Data released Wednesday showed China’s services sector expanded at a cooler pace in September. That came just days after a survey indicated that the country’s manufacturing continues to slow.Those reports, plus an ongoing financial crisis in Europe, have called into question the strength of global demand for oil.China is the world’s second-largest economy and a huge importer of commodities like oil. China’s crude oil imports fell to 4.3 million barrels per day in August, the weakest level since October 2010, analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimated in a report last week.Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell $3.40, or 3 per cent, to $108.17 in London.After years of rapid growth, Asia’s developing economies now face much more modest prospects, the Asian Development Bank said Wednesday in a report that slashes growth forecasts for this year and next.The ADB said growth in developing Asia, which includes economies such as India, China and Indonesia, will slow to 6.1 per cent this year from 7.2 per cent last year and only partly rebound to 6.7 per cent in 2013. It had previously forecast growth of 6.9 per cent for 2012 and 7.3 per cent for 2013.The disappointing reports overshadowed signs of improvement in U.S. service companies, which employ nearly 90 per cent of the work force. The Institute for Supply Management says its index rose in September at the fastest pace since March.Meanwhile, the U.S. government says crude inventories fell slightly last week but remain 8.4 per cent above year-ago levels. Gasoline supplies rose.There will be further big price swings in oil this month as the market reacts to each piece of major economic news, says Jim Ritterbusch, of Ritterbusch & Associates. In a daily newsletter, he said oil could jump over the next two days on any positive surprises from the European Central Bank’s policy meeting Thursday or the latest U.S. unemployment report on FridayIn other energy futures trading in New York:â€” Natural gas fell 13.6 cents, or 3.8 per cent, to $3.395 per 1,000 cubic feet, a day after hitting a high for the year.â€” Heating oil dropped 5.9 cents to $3.066 per gallon.â€” Wholesale gasoline dropped 7 cents, or 2.5 per cent, to $2.80 per gallon.___(TSX:ECA, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:HSE, NYSE:BP, NYSE:COP, NYSE:XOM, NYSE:CVX, TSX:CNQ, TSX:TLM, TSX:COS.UN, TSX:CVE) by News Staff Posted Oct 3, 2012 5:36 pm MDT
October 2, 2019
Coach Urban Meyer and members of OSU football team before a game against Virginia Tech on September 7 in Blacksburg, Virginia. OSU won 42-24. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorAfter returning to campus at around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning after beating Virginia Tech 42-24, Ohio State has the task of a very short turnaround to its next game.“It’s real difficult right now,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “Guys are still sore, banged up. That was a tough game.”Now with the Labor Day challenge against the Hokies in the win column, the Buckeyes (1-0) are set to welcome the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (1-0) for OSU’s home opener.Despite Saturday’s game marking the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Meyer said that the Hawaii game was not mentioned once until the Virginia Tech one came to a close. The coach described the preparation for Virginia Tech as a “Super Bowl-type atmosphere” and prepared for the game like there is “no tomorrow.”Potentially putting the Buckeyes at a further lack of preparation for Saturday’s game is the fact that Meyer and his coaching staff were not allowed to hold a practice until Wednesday, just three days before the game.“We appealed to the NCAA to let us meet with them yesterday and all that, and they said no, so those are all things probably before you schedule a Monday night game we should ask those questions because we’re way behind,” Meyer said.The coach further added that Wednesday’s practice was an abbreviated one because players were still tired from playing two nights before.However, Meyer said that he “feels great” about the team being fresh enough to play as well against the Rainbow Warriors as it did against the Hokies, crediting the depth that OSU has at just about every position as a reason for confidence.Previously for HawaiiDespite being outgained by 71 total yards, the Rainbow Warriors held off Colorado at Aloha Stadium 28-20 on Thursday night.Senior quarterback Max Wittek completed 19 of 38 passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions, while Columbus native Paul Harris led the way on the ground. The junior rushed for 68 yards on 17 attempts.The offensive highlight of the game for Hawaii came from a 79-yard connection from Wittek to junior receiver Marcus Kemp in the middle of the second quarter to put Hawaii up 15-7 at the time.Senior defensive lineman Luke Shawley starred on defense for Hawaii, racking up 14 tackles, including 1.5 sacks.Joining the partyWhen OSU topped Virginia Tech on Monday, it did so without the benefit of four major players. Those four will be back on the gridiron against the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday.Redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, junior H-back Dontre Wilson, redshirt senior receiver Corey Smith and junior defensive end Joey Bosa were all suspended for the opener due to violations of athletic department policies.Marshall, Wilson and Smith are poised to bolster an offense that already crushed Virginia Tech to the tune of 572 total yards and a school-record 10.2 yards per play.Bosa, a 2014 unanimous Associated Press All-American, should force the opposing offensive line to return to its usual double-teaming of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native, which sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan said could enable the rest of the defense to run wild.“Joey is one of the best, if not the best, player in the nation,” McMillan said. “Having him back on the field with us, even though we had guys step up last week, having him back on the field will be fun.”Awards and recordsWith the Virginia Tech game approaching, there was plenty of doubt about how Braxton Miller, a former quarterback turned H-Back, could contribute turn right out of the gate.The redshirt senior quickly put those doubts to rest, putting up not only a strong game but an award-winning one.Miller, after catching two passes for 78 yards and rushing six times for 62 yards, with a touchdown doing both, was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week for the fourth time in his career.Additionally, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native’s 54-yard receiving touchdown early in the third quarter tied Art Schlichter’s school record for career touchdowns responsible for with 85, while his 53-yard run later in the quarter set the new mark.Up nextAfter the 3:30 p.m. game against Hawaii on Saturday, the Buckeyes are scheduled to continue their three-game non-conference homestand against Northern Illinois. Kickoff is again set for 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 at Ohio Stadium.
September 21, 2019
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The campaign to bring back Greek to Wales Street Primary School has been given a boost this week, with Victorian Education Minister Bronwyn Pike stepping in to see if there is sufficient interest to re-introduce Modern Greek next year. It seems to reflect what we were saying, that the process, as managed by the school, was flawed to say the least.“The Department will be working with the school and the Greek Community to conduct a second survey to consider the re-introduction of a Greek Language program in 2011,” a spokesperson from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, told Neos Kosmos. “This second survey will be conducted in the knowledge that additional funds are available to support the program.” Last month, local members Jenny Mikakos and Fiona Richardson secured funding for Modern Greek to coexist with Italian as part of the school’s Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program, but the school council refused the funding. Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria board member Theo Markos, who has been campaigning for the reintroduction of Greek, said he spoke with Ms Pike last week, who assured him the department wanted the process to be over as soon as possible. He told Neos Kosmos the department was hoping to secure a consultant to design the survey, which would include information about the funding offer, by the end of the week. “Our hopes are that be end of November, early December, we’ll have a result,” he said. Wales Street parent Angelo Dritsas said most of the other parents he’d spoken to saw this as a positive outcome.“It seems to reflect what we were saying, that the process, as managed by the school, was flawed to say the least,” he said. Mr Dritsas said he thought there would be enough interest to reinstate Greek, because there were 212 students enrolled when the program finished at the end of 2009, and the school’s population has since grown. “The past survey indicated that 29% of the school population would like to see the Greek language program,” he said. “That indicates to me that there are parents who would like their children to drop Italian and pick up Greek.” But Wales Street Primary School Principal, Chris Sexton, said he’d received no official communication from the department apart from a telephone call from the department last Friday. “The regional manager rang me and said he thought there was going to be some kind of survey or something, and I said “well, what does that mean, and he said ‘I don’t quite know at the moment,’ and I haven’t herd anything since,” he said. Mr Sexton said the situation was “highly unusual” and he didn’t know what the process would be should the survey find the school does actually want to reinstate Modern Greek. He added that, in the past, finding a teacher for Modern Greek had been difficult. “I’ve found it quite challenging in the past finding a Greek teacher, and I’ve had to advertise positions a number of times,” he said. Theo Markos told Neos Kosmos that, should the program be reinstated, it was the school’s responsibility to find a teacher, but added that the GOCMV were happy to help. “My understanding is that there are teachers available,” he said.
September 20, 2019
Réchauffement climatique : l’Antarctique bientôt envahi par des crabes ?Encouragée par les changements climatiques, une espèce de crabes pourrait envahir les fonds marins de l’Antarctique. Une menace expliquée par une équipe de biologistes dans une étude publiée ce mercredi 7 septembre.Le crabe royal du Kamtchatka (Paralithodes camtschaticus), un crabe rouge très cher et recherché généralement pêché dans le détroit de Norton et dans la baie de Bristol, en Alaska, pourrait envahir les fonds marins de l’Antarctique. Or, cette espèce sans prédateur naturel représente une réelle menace pour les écosystèmes. Le crabe royal creuse en effet le sol pour y trouver des vers et d’autres petits animaux dont il se nourrit. Sa propagation pourrait ainsi modifier la chaîne alimentaire, alertent dans une étude publiée par la revue Proceedings of the Royal Society B, des biologistes de l’Université de Hawaï à Manoa.À lire aussiL’effrayante attaque d’un crabe de cocotier sur un oiseauLeurs travaux révèlent que le réchauffement climatique encourage le développement de l’espèce et sa propagation dans les fonds marins de l’Antarctique. Dirigée par la chercheuse Laura Grange, l’équipe a réalisé ses observations à l’aide d’un robot à Palmer Deep, un bassin dont la profondeur atteint plus de 1.400 mètres. Sur deux kilomètres, 42 crabes vivant dans les fonds marins ont été comptés. Ils ont été recensés à plus de 850 mètres de profondeur, où les températures atteignent environ 1,4 degré Celsius. Là où l’eau est plus froide, lorsque les profondeurs sont moins importantes, aucun crabe royal n’a été aperçu.Des milliers de crabes d’ici dix à vingt ans Selon les estimations des chercheurs, basées sur ces observations, quelque 1,5 million de crabes royaux pourraient peupler les fonds de l’Antarctique. Ils seraient alors plus nombreux que ceux d’Alaska. Le crabe royal est “actuellement limité par les températures froides”, souligne l’étude. Mais encouragé par le réchauffement climatique, “il pourrait se répandre sur le plateau continental dans les dix à vingt ans” alertent les chercheurs.Le 7 septembre 2011 à 18:58 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Stay on target Thieves Stole $100,000 Worth of Ramen From a Parked Semi-TrailerI Ate Robot Ramen and Drank Robot Coffee in San Francisco There’s always a new, crazy food trend in Tokyo. Ramen’s a staple Tokyo street food and there are still interesting new versions of it out there for foodies to try. It’s a lot more than just yummy noodles, meat, and delicious broth. Sometimes there are insects in there, too. On purpose!At least, that’s the case with the Ramen Nagi restaurant in Tokyo, where a new dish is bugging some people out. That’s because it’s a bowl of ramen with deep-fried worms and crickets. You read that right. The restaurant sold about 100 bowls of the icky-sounding concoction, its “insect tsukemen” noodle bowls, that it had created for Sunday’s event.The noodle bowls come with small crickets and mealworms, and special dipping soups made from grasshoppers, crickets, and silkworm powder. It may sound disgusting, but it’s a special treat for those eating at the restaurant. The event itself was organized by 22-year-old Yuta Shinohara, who has been setting up similar events around the city lately after beginning a lifelong love affair with eating bugs as a small child.The course of noodle bowls costs 3,000 yen ($38) and comes with insect ramen, rice with crickets, spring rolls with fried worms, and ice cream made with insect powder. If you just choose the ramen, it’s about 1,500 yen (about $15.) That’s a fair price to go chow down on some bugs. But if you’re scared, don’t worry. Everyone who’s gone to chew on the little insect pieces was probably nervous about how the things would taste at first too.This isn’t the first time a special event has taken off with insects and food. Not long ago, there was a special Valentine’s Day treat with insects for lovers in Japan, which we previously reported on. It seems to be a trend that appears to be taking off, so don’t be surprised if we see it in the west sometime soon!
September 15, 2019
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A community gathered by candlelight to mourn a South Florida woman killed by gunfire.Friends and family held the memorial in Southwest Miami-Dade, Wednesday night, after the shooting death of 20-year-old Grace Frazier.A victim who survived the shooting joined the mourners.Frazier’s relatives said they still want answers.“This cannot continue on. Ya’ll, come on, have a heart. This cannot go on without being made right with the law and with the family,” said Frazier’s aunt, Dorris Harris, as she choked back tears.Frazier was in her car with the surviving victim when they were hit by gunfire, Friday.The car crashed into a tree on Southwest 218th Street and Southwest 120th Avenue. Police were back in that area Wednesday night, going door-to-door, hoping to develop new leads in the case.If you have any information on this deadly shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
September 11, 2019
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Farmers Market will be open this Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 10am to 1pm, on the Swain Green, across from the Town Common, at 140 Middlesex Avenue.July 28 Farmers Market Lineup:Vendors:Arrowhead FarmEJ’s Pizza / Grab & GoGaouette FarmGrateful TastesHawaiian Jim’s Shaved IceKC Styles Ma & Pa PicklesPurple Carrot BreadSeafood ExpressSusan Anton, LMTTewksbury HoneyWilmington Clay WorksAdditional Attractions:Wilmington Sons of Italy Car ShowMake A Garden Gnome at the Kids TableLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Sons Of Italy / Dominators 3rd Annual Car Show Set For July 28In “Community”THIS WEEKEND: Car Wash For WHS Field Hockey, Farmers Market, Free Concert & Voter Registration Drive ALL At Town Common On Sept. 8In “Community”What To Expect At The Wilmington Farmers Market On September 1In “Community”
September 9, 2019
An Anchorage man died in an accident along the Parks Highway south of Anderson. An Alaska State Trooper dispatch says 22-year-old Sylvester Smith got out of his vehicle to help a snowmachiner along the highway Monday night, and was hit by a tanker truck. Troopers say the truck driver, 65-year-old Robert Smith of Anderson was not injured in the crash.The accident occurred after 6 p.m. Monday, near Parks Highway milepost 280, 3.5 miles south of the junction with the access road to Anderson and Clear Air Force station. Work to clear and map the crash scene reduced traffic flow along the section of highway for several hours Monday night. Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement also responded to the accident, which is being investigated.A message sent to the University of Alaska Fairbanks community from UAF Chancellor Dan White says Smith was a petroleum engineering major, and a longtime student employee with the Office of Information Technology. The letter offers condolences to Smith’s family, colleagues and friends, noting free counseling and support are available to students and staff coping with the loss.
September 3, 2019
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday disclosed names of 25 of its leaders and activists who were made to disappear in the past four years.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi disclosed the names at a press conference in party’s Naya Paltan headquarters after ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul Quader asked BNP to publish the names of BNP’s missing activists.Quoting different human rights organisations as sources of his claim, the BNP leader said as much as 435 people were made to disappear from 2013 to 2017.“Of them, 252 people are still missing, bodies of 39 have been recovered, 34 people have been shown arrested and 27 have been released,” he added.He alleged at least 50 people, mostly BNP activists, were picked by law enforcer impersonators from November to December in 2013 in the run up to the 5 January 2014 elections.Referring to the abduction of then BNP spokesperson Salahuddin Ahmed, Rizvi said Salahuddin was dropped in India after 70 days of his disappearance.“How a big democratic country India can be a part of misrule and misdeeds of a different country defying all internal norms is a question of the people of the world,” said the BNP leader.He disclosed names of 25 missing BNP activists. Among of them are BNP organising secretary Ilias Ali, BNP executive committee member Chowdhury Alam, former MP Saiful Islam Hiru, BNP leader Humayun Kabir Parvez, Tajgaon College Chhatra Dal president Aminul Islam Zakir, Tejgaon thana BNP leader Sazedul Haque Suman and his cousin Zahidul Karim Tanvir, East Nakhalpara’s Abdul Kader Bhuiyan Masum, West Nakhalpara’s Mazharul Islam Rasel, Mugdapara’s Asaduzzaman Rana, Airport Thana’s Chhatra Dal leader A M Adnan Chowdhury and Kawsar Ahmed, Sabujbagh unit Chhatra Dal president Mahabub Hasan, Khalid Hasan Sohel, Samrat Molla, Parvez Hossain, Md. Sohel, Md. Sohel Chanchal, Johirul Islam Habibul Bashar Johir, Nizam Uddin Munna, Tariqul Islam Jhantu, Kazi Farhad, Selim Reza Pintu, and businessman Gias Uddin Kusum.Rizvi said Ruhul Amin, father of Airport Thana’s Chhatra Dal unit president A M Adnan Chowdhury, has died in grieve of his disappeared son.“Noted writer, poet, and columnist Farhad Mazhar has been the latest victim of government’s vengeance,” alleged Rizvi.The BNP leader said the government has started hatching multifaceted conspiracy to prove Farhad abduction as a drama.He said the people will not believe the government drama over the Farhad abduction.
September 3, 2019
A helicopter transports heavy machinery that will be used to make a new entrance at the top of Tham Luang cave complex, as an ongoing search for members of an under-16 soccer team and their coach continues, in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand on 1 July 2018. Photo: ReutersRescuers in Thailand scrabbled to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside a flooded cave complex on Monday as the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a ninth day.The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared on June 23 during an outing to the Tham Luang cave, which runs for 10 kilometres (6 miles) beneath the mountains in northern Chiang Rai province.Aside from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and handprints on cave walls, there has been no trace of them found since.With the way out of the cave blocked by flood waters from the heavy rains, rescuers are hoping that the boys made it through to an elevated rock mound that cavers have nicknamed “Pattaya Beach” after one of Thailand’s best known tourist destinations.The search for the boys has gripped the nation, with news bulletins dominated by updates on progress made by a mammoth rescue effort involving more than 1,000 personnel.Divers from a Thai navy SEAL unit have been at the forefront of the search, supported by international rescue teams from the United States, Britain and Japan and elsewhere.”The SEAL unit last night reached the T-junction and today they will press ahead to the left, but one obstacle we’ve found is a very small hole which we need to widen so that people can go through,” Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osatanakorn told reporters on Monday.”As of now we have not yet reached Pattaya Beach,” he said.He added that an operations centre has been set up in what rescuers call the cave’s third chamber, about 1.7 kilometres (a mile) from the cave’s entrance.Narongsak added that water from the flooded cave has receded in recent days, allowing rescue teams to gain ground.The seasonal rains have hampered an increasingly desperate search operation, with divers groping their way along the walls of the flooded cave, barely able to see in the muddy water.As part of the rescue effort, search parties have been lowered down shafts on the mountainside, but it was unclear what progress they had made.Doctors say the boys could survive for many days without food, but much would depend on whether they found water clean enough to drink.At Mae Sai Prasitsart school, where six of the missing boys studied, special prayers were held for the junior soccer team during the morning assembly on Monday.”I am really worried, but I am hopeful because my friend is strong,” Thanakorn Ingsilapakul, 15, told Reuters.
September 2, 2019
On Tuesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County officials say road conditions are expected to get worse as winter weather conditions have brought freezing rain to much of the region, shutting down schools across Greater Houston. We bring you the latest on the weather and the local government response to it.Also this hour: The Houston Symphony is getting a new CEO after a nationwide search. John Mangum is a 19-year veteran of arts administration and most recently served as president and artistic director of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County. Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu talks with him about his vision for the organization and the challenges the symphony faces moving forward.And scientists tell us how Harvey affected the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, the system of coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico that’s home to a vast array of sea life.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share
September 1, 2019
The streaming service has proven to be popular with hotel guests: Enseo CEO Vanessa Ogle told Variety last year that Netflix has proven to be a lot more popular than adult entertainment in hotel rooms. Netflix is growing its hospitality footprint: The streaming service will arrive in additional hotel rooms in the coming months, thanks to a new partnership with Dish’s Evolve hospitality offering.Evolve, which Dish launched in June of 2017, is combining Dish’s live TV service with streaming apps. To do this, the service is using Android TV hardware in people’s hotel rooms, which offer access to both native streaming apps and phone-based apps via Chromecast.Once these devices get access to Netflix in the coming months, hotel guests will be able to log in with their personal accounts to access the streaming service. Evolve’s hardware is also 4K-capable, and will offer 4K Netflix streams if and when it is connected to a 4K TV.Evolve isn’t the first hospitality service to link up with Netflix. Mariott entered a deal with Netflix to do the same 3 years ago, and hospitality provider Enseo has been offering Netflix at its partner hotels for some time as well. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
August 31, 2019
More information: Gustavo A. Rosales-Sosa et al. High Elastic Moduli of a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 Glass Fabricated via Containerless Processing, Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep15233AbstractGlasses with high elastic moduli have been in demand for many years because the thickness of such glasses can be reduced while maintaining its strength. Moreover, thinner and lighter glasses are desired for the fabrication of windows in buildings and cars, cover glasses for smart-phones and substrates in Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) displays. In this work, we report a 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass fabricated by aerodynamic levitation which possesses one of the highest elastic moduli and hardness for oxide glasses also displaying excellent optical properties. The glass was colorless and transparent in the visible region, and its refractive index nd was as high as 1.94. The measured Young’s modulus and Vickers hardness were 158.3 GPa and 9.1 GPa, respectively, which are comparable to the previously reported highest values for oxide glasses. Analysis made using 27Al Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) spectroscopy revealed the presence of a significantly large fraction of high-coordinated Al in addition to four-coordinated Al in the glass. The high elastic modulus and hardness are attributed to both the large cationic field strength of Ta5+ ions and the large dissociation energies per unit volume of Al2O3 and Ta2O5. Citation: New glass almost as tough as steel (2015, November 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-glass-tough-steel.html 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. Explore further Researchers find out why high-performance glass flows, and how fast Glass that does not break when dropped or when struck by another object would be useful in a wide variety of applications, from automobile windows, to skyscrapers to smartphones and tablets. For that reason, scientists have been searching for ways to make traditional glass stronger. One of those ways has been to add larger amounts of an oxide of aluminum to the mix, specifically, alumina, because it has one of the highest dissociation energies among oxides. Prior research has shown that glass made with such an addition would be much stronger than traditional glass. Researchers have been prevented from creating such a glass, however, because of a problem in the production process—when more alumina is added to the mix while the glass is being made, silicon dioxide crystals develop where the mix meets the surface that is holding it, making the end product worthless as a glass. In this new effort, the researchers found a way around this problem—by removing the container from the process.The new process involves causing the mix to be held in the air while it is forming, by pushing it from below with oxygen gas and then using a laser as a spatula to mix the materials together. The end result is a glass with more alumina in it than any other produced to date—a glass that the team reports is transparent, colorless and extremely hard. Testing showed it to be stronger than most metals, and almost as strong as steel.The only thing holding up the production of shatter-proof smartphone screens using the new glass is that the team still needs to find a way to convert their method to a mass production process—they appear confident that such a way will be found, as they promise to find a way shortly. Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with The University of Tokyo and Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute has created a type of glass that is stronger than many metals. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the researchers describe how they overcame one of the major hurdles in creating glass imbued with extra amounts of an oxide of aluminum, by using what they call aerodynamic levitation. © 2015 Tech Xplore Transmittance spectrum of the 54Al2O3-46Ta2O5 glass in the UV/vis region. The inset picture shows the glass sample used for the transmittance experiment. Credit: (c) 2015 Scientific Reports (2015). DOI: 10.1038/srep15233
August 18, 2019
Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Rumors have swirled for months about a possible reshuffle.The announcement made late Monday on the president’s official website said the overhaul affects nine of several dozen Cabinet posts. Some 15 new deputy ministers are also being appointed.Among the most prominent changes is the replacement of former Information Minister Kyaw Hsan, widely seen as a hard-liner. He was replaced by Labor and Social Welfare Minister Aung Kyi, who has also acted as a liaison between the government and pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.The information ministry oversees local and foreign media and the film industry, and has supervised the approval of visas for foreign correspondents. Kyaw Hsan was kept in government, however, and appointed to head the Cooperatives Ministry.The presidential statement did not name all of the new ministers, but said several outgoing ministers _ most considered reformists _ would be moved to four new ministerial-level posts in the president’s office. They include the ministers of finance, national planning and economic development, and Railways Minister Aung Min, who has played a key role in negotiating cease-fires with ethnic rebel groups. Thant Myint-U, a historian from Myanmar and grandson of the late U.N. Secretary-General U Thant, said in a tweet that the reshuffle is “unquestionably a strengthening of President U Thein Sein’s reformist agenda, with top academics, technocrats brought into (the) Cabinet.” “U” is an honorific in Myanmar.Thein Sein has said in recent comments that he would leave behind anyone who is against reform.Earlier this month, military representatives in parliament appointed the country’s politically moderate naval chief as one of the nation’s two vice presidents. Vice Admiral Nyan Tun replaced a known hard-liner, Tin Aung Myint Oo, who resigned citing health reasons.Over the last year, Thein Sein’s government has spearheaded unprecedented change in Myanmar, relaxing decades of harsh rule and allowing freedoms previously unheard of in the Southeast Asian nation. Media censorship has eased dramatically, the government has signed cease-fire deals with multiple armed insurgent groups, and crucial investment laws are being rewritten.But major challenges remain. Rights groups say the rule of law is weak, corruption is strong, and fighting continues in the north between ethnic Kachin rebels and government forces. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Comments Share Top Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Associated PressYANGON, Myanmar (AP) – Myanmar’s president announced a major Cabinet reshuffle on Monday, a move analysts see as advancing the once-pariah nation’s reformist agenda.The shake-up is the biggest since President Thein Sein’s government took office from the former military junta in March 2011 and launched a wave of dramatic reforms that have surprised the world and prompted Western powers to ease crippling sanctions. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix ___Associated Press writers Aye Aye Win in Yangon and Todd Pitman in Bangkok contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day
August 17, 2019
Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts names Oliver Chavy as new CEOMövenpick Hotels & Resorts names Oliver Chavy as new CEOThe Board of Directors of the international Swiss hospitality company Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MH&R) has appointed Olivier Chavy, 52, as new CEO. Olivier Chavy will take over the leadership from Jean-Gabriel Pérès in September 2016.The new CEO Olivier Chavy is a veteran of the hospitality industry with a 28-year track record in hotel operations and brand management. “We are delighted to welcome Olivier to Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts,” says Jürgen Fischer, Chairman of MH&R: “Olivier will continue to drive value for Mövenpick’s shareholders, hotel ownership partners, employees and guests alike. I am sure that Olivier will propel the company into the next chapter of growth, building on the impressive, existing development pipeline, which will allow us to grow Mövenpick’s network to more than 100 upscale, full-service hotels in the very near future.”Mr Olivier Chavy, the new CEO of Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts. For high resolution version, click here.Olivier Chavy has a solid operating experience including hotel openings on three different continents. He served as International Head, Global Brand Performance of Luxury & Lifestyle Brands for Hilton Worldwide. His experience in brand building and development in the hospitality industry has led him to his current role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilson Associates, the leading global interior architectural design firm.The new CEO Olivier Chavy emphasizes: “I am thrilled to be joining the leadership team at Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts and to be representing this venerable Swiss brand. In accepting this role, I look forward to driving the next phase of growth for the company with the support of the MHR board, the expertise of the management team and the strong relationships with our business partners.”Olivier Chavy received his Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University, a postgraduate diploma from ESSEC Business School and a BA in Hotel Management from Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Hotel Management School in France. Olivier Chavy is a dual citizen of the United States and France. He is fluent in French, English and German.Jean-Gabriel Pérès, whose departure was announced early in the year, will support the transition in leadership to Olivier Chavy.About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Bali (Indonesia) and Marrakech (Morocco). Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world. The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.moevenpick-hotels.com. Mövenpick Hotels & Resortsbook your accommodation hereSource = Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts
August 11, 2019
Go back to the e-newsletter >Qatar Airways will launch new services between Doha and Durban on 17 December 2015. The four-times-weekly service to Durban further complements the airline’s existing daily flights to Cape Town and double daily flights to Johannesburg. Travellers can now choose from a total of 21 flights a week to South Africa from Qatar Airways’ hub Hamad International Airport.Known for its beautiful beaches and warm seas, Durban enjoys 300-plus days of sunshine during the year, ideal for surfing and shopping at its various outdoor markets.Qatar and South Africa have a very strong trade relationship, further strengthened by Durban’s significant economic growth which has been bolstered by a number of multinational companies recently building their presence in the city. Qatar Airways’ new route will help to meet a growing demand from passengers seeking business and leisure trips to Durban and will better serve travellers from South Africa seeking greater connections to the Middle East, Europe, United States, Asia Pacific and South Asia.“Qatar is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners in the Middle East and we are proud to strengthen this business relationship with the launch of our new route connecting Durban directly to Doha. With its excellent aviation infrastructure and the development of the Dube TradePort, we expect the number of business and employment opportunities in Durban to increase,” said Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, who will travel on board the inaugural Qatar Airways Boeing 787-Dreamliner on 17 December 2015.“Durban’s prestige is recognised by the world-class events it has been chosen to host, further reinforcing the city’s strong and vibrant future as a global tourism destination,” added H.E. Mr Al Baker.Both Doha and Durban will each host major global events in 2022; Doha will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and during the same year, Durban will host the XXII Commonwealth Games.Go back to the e-newsletter >
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