NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series lead

first_imgSpectacular passes, slam dunks, deadly shots and high-leaping playmakers dominated the night as the game was played at a fast-paced, high-intensity tempo that had spectators roaring with delight.Durant became only the third player in NBA history to score 25 points in his first seven NBA Finals appearances, joining Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal.Curry seized command in the third quarter with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Warriors stretched a 67-64 half-time lead to 102-88 entering the fourth quarter, a margin no finals team had squandered so late to lose since 1992.From there, Golden State steadily pulled away, the Cavaliers having no answer for the Warriors speed and outside shooting.“The second half we settled in and just tried to play better and played tougher on defense,” Durant said. “We’re just trying to play good basketball every time down the floor.”The game turned when Curry sank a 3-pointer and two free throws, then dribbled impressively around James for a layup to cap a 10-3 run that put the Warriors ahead 83-73 early in the third.Cleveland battled back but a steal set up a Durant fast break layup and 3-point play and Shaun Livingston followed with an uncontested dunk to ignite a 16-6 run to close the quarter.The Cavaliers went scoreless for more than 3:30 late in the third despite Draymond Green going to the Warrior bench with a fifth personal foul.Durant and Curry each scored 15 first-half points, but Golden State had 13 turnovers at the break after just four in the series opener.James scored 18 points in the first half with 10 assists, his most assists in any playoff half in his career. Golden State moved within two games of becoming the first NBA champion to complete an unbeaten playoff run, seizing a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven championship series, which shifts to Cleveland for games three and four on Wednesday and Friday.LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to match a record with his eighth career NBA Finals triple double. Only former Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson had eight prior finals triple doubles. No one else has more than two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTogether with Curry’s triple double, it was only the second time in playoff history that two rivals had managed triple doubles in the same game, the other coming in 1970 by New York’s Walt Frazier and Milwaukee’s Lew Alcindor, who would later change his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.Curry credited his first finals triple double to the tension of the title quest and the effort needed to answer the Cavs’ challenge. “We’re in the finals. That’s all the motivation we need,” Curry said. “We leave everything on the floor.”Kevin Love scored 27 points for the Cavaliers while Kyrie Irving added 19 in a losing cause.Klay Thompson added 22 points for the Warriors, with Curry saying the Warriors still have work to do to play their best.“I could play much better,” he said. “Some good things going on but we’ve got to get better.“We’re young. We’re hungry. We’re playing great basketball. We’ve got a great opportunity in front of us and we’ve got to seize it.”ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant #35 and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors are interviewed following their 132-113 win in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPKevin Durant scored 33 points and grabbed 13 rebounds while Stephen Curry added 32 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists Sunday as the Golden State Warriors ripped Cleveland 132-113 in a historic second game of the NBA Finals.The Warriors, who welcomed back coach Steve Kerr after he missed 11 games with health issues following back surgery, stretched their playoff win streak to an NBA-record 14 games by dominating the defending champion Cavaliers in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Muguruza, Venus out; French Open to have 1st-time Grand Slam champ Tristan Thompson played fewer minutes for the Cavs, with Iman Shumpert seeing more time to help ease the defensive load on James guarding Durant.Curry went 10-for-10 at the free throw line and scored 15 points as Golden State took a 40-34 lead in the highest-scoring NBA Finals first quarter in 50 years and the second-highest ever.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Low back pain- acute

first_imgDefinitionLow back pain refers to pain that you feel in your lower back. You may also have back stiffness, decreased movement of the lower back, and difficulty standing straight.Acute back pain can last for a few days to a few weeks.Alternative NamesBackache; Low back pain; Lumbar pain; Pain – back; Acute back pain; Back pain – new; Back pain – short-term; Back strain – newCauses, incidence, and risk factorsMost people will have at least one backache intheir life. Although this pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your low back. This is because the low back supports most of your bodys weight.Low back pain is the number two reason that Americans see their health care provider — second only to colds and flu. Many back-related injuries happen at work. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain.Youll usually first feel back pain just after you lift a heavy object, move suddenly, sit in one position for a long time, or have an injury or accident.Acute low back pain is most often caused by a sudden injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the back. The pain may be caused by muscle spasms or a strain or tear in the muscles and ligamentsCauses of sudden low back pain include:Compression fractures to the spine from osteoporosisCancer involving the spineFracture of the spinal cordMuscle spasm (very tense muscles)Ruptured or herniated diskSciaticaSpinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis), which may be inherited and seen in children or teensStrain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the backLow back pain may also be due to:advertisementAn abnormal aortic aneurysm that is leakingArthritis conditions, such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritisInfection of the spine (osteomyelitis, diskitis, abscess)Kidney infection or kidney stonesProblems related to pregnancyMedical conditions that affect the female reproductive organs, including endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroidsSymptomsYou may feel a variety of symptoms if youve hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause and severity, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet.Low back pain can vary widely. The pain may be mild, or it can be so severe that you are unable to move.Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may also have pain in your leg, hip, or the bottom of your foot.Signs and testsWhen you first see your health care provider, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is.Your health care provider will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches.During the physical exam, your health care provider will try to pinpoint the location of the pain and figure out how it affects your movement. See: Back pain – when you see the doctorMost people with back pain improve or recover within 4 – 6 weeks. Therefore, your health care provider will probably not order any tests during the first visit unless you have certain symptoms.Tests that might be ordered include:CT scan of the lower spineMRI of the lower spineX-rayTreatmentTo get better quickly, take the right steps when you first feel pain.Here are some tips for how to handle pain:Stop normal physical activity for the first few days. This will help relieve your symptoms and reduce any swelling in the area of the pain.Apply heat or ice to the painful area. One good method is to use ice for the first 48-72 hours, and then use heat.Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).While sleeping, try lying in a curled-up, fetal position with a pillow between your legs. If you usually sleep on your back, place a pillow or rolled towel under your knees to relieve pressure.A common misbelief about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is NOT recommended. If you have no sign of a serious cause for your back pain (such as loss of bowel or bladder control, weakness, weight loss, or fever), then you should stay as active as possible.advertisementYou may want to reduce your activity only for the first couple of days. Then, slowly start your usual activities after that. Do not perform activities that involve heavy lifting or twisting of your back for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins. After 2 – 3 weeks, you should gradually start exercising again.Begin with lightaerobic training. Walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and swimming are great examples.These aerobic activities canimprove blood flow to your back and promote healing. They also strengthen muscles in your stomach and back.Stretching and strengthening exercises are important. However, starting these exercises too soon after an injury can make your pain worse. A physical therapist can help youknow when to begin stretching and strengthening exercises and how to do them.Many people benefit from physical therapy. Your health care provider will determine whether you need to see a physical therapist and can refer you to one in your area. The physical therapist will first use methods to reduce your pain. Then, the therapist will teach you ways to prevent getting back pain again.If your pain lasts longer than one month, your primary care health care provider may send you to see either an orthopedist (bone specialist) or neurologist (nerve specialist).If your pain has not improved after use of medicines, physical therapy, and other treatments, your doctor may recommend an epidural injection.You may also see a:Massage therapistSomeone who performs acupunctureSomeone who does spinal manipulation (a chiropractor, osteopathic doctor, or physical therapist)Sometimes a few visits to these specialists will help back pain.Expectations (prognosis)Many people will feel better within 1 week. After another 4 – 6 weeks, the back pain should be completely gone.Calling your health care providerCall your health care provider right away if you have:Back pain after a severe blow or fallBurning with urination or blood in your urineHistory of cancerLoss of control over urine or stool (incontinence)Pain traveling down your legs below the kneePain that is worse when you lie down or that wakes you up at nightRedness or swelling on the back or spineSevere pain that does not allow you to get comfortableUnexplained fever with back painWeakness or numbness in your buttocks, thigh, leg, or pelvisAlso call if:You have been losing weight unintentionallyYou use steroids or intravenous drugs.You have had back pain before, but this episode is different and feels worse.This episode of back pain has lasted longer than 4 weeks.PreventionExercise is important for preventing back pain. Through exercise you can:Improve your postureStrengthen your back and improve flexibilityLose weightAvoid fallsIt is also very important to learn to lift and bend properly. Follow these tips:If an object is too heavy or awkward, get help.Spread your feet apart to give you a wide base of support.Stand as close to the object you are lifting as possible.Bend at your knees, not at your waist.Tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the object or lower it down.Hold the object as close to your body as you can.Lift using your leg muscles.As you stand up with the object, DO NOT bend forward.DO NOT twist while you are bending for the object, lifting it up, or carrying it.Other measures to prevent back pain include:advertisementAvoid standing for long periods of time. If you must stand for your work, try using a stool. Alternate resting each foot on it.DO NOT wear high heels. Use cushioned soles when walking.When sitting for work, especially if using a computer, make sure that your chair has a straight back with an adjustable seat and back, armrests, and a swivel seat.Use a stool under your feet while sitting so that your knees are higher than your hips.Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back while sitting or driving for long periods of time.If you drive long distance, stop and walk around every hour. Bring your seat as far forward as possible to avoid bending. Dont lift heavy objects just after a ride.Quit smoking.Lose weight.Do exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles on a regular basis. This will strengthen your core to decrease the risk of further injuries.Learn to relax. Try methods such as yoga, tai chi, or massage.ReferencesUS Preventative Services Task Force. Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Low Back Pain: Brief Evidence Update. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; February 2004.Chou R, Qaseem A, Snow V, Casey D, Cross JT Jr, Shekelle P, et al. Diagnosis and treatment of low back pain: a joint clinical practice guideline from the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:478-491.Chou R, Fu R, Carrino JA, Deyo RA. Imaging strategies for low-back pain: systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet. 2009;373:463-472.Chou R, Atlas SJ, Stanos SP, Rosenquist RW. Nonsurgical interventional therapies for low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society clinical practice guideline. Spine. 2009;34(10):1078-1093.Chou R, Loeser JD, Owens DK, Rosenquist RW, et al; American Pain Society Low Back Pain Guideline Panel. Interventional therapies, surgery, and interdisciplinary rehabilitation for low back pain: an evidence-based clinical practice guideline from the American Pain Society. Spine. 2009;34:10660-1077.Jani P, Battaglia M, Naesch E, Hammerle G, Eser P, et al. A randomised controlled trial of spinal manipulative therapy in acute low back pain. Ann Rheum Dis. 2009;68:1420-1427.Dahm KT, Brurberg KG, Jamtvedt G, Hagen KB. Advice to rest in bed versus advice to stay active for acute low-back pain and sciatica. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2010, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD007612. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007612.pub2.Walker BF, French SD, Grant W, Green S. Combined chiropractic interventions for low-back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;4:CD005427. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005427.pub2.Schaafsma F, Schonstein E, Whelan KM, Ulvestad E, Kenny DT, Verbeek JH. Physical conditioning programs for improving work outcomes in workers with back pain. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2010;1:CD001822. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001822.pub2.Anema JR, Steenstra IA, Bongers PM, de Vet HC, Knol DL, Loisel P, van Mechelen W. Multidisciplinary rehabilitation for subacute low back pain: graded activity or workplace intervention or both? A randomized controlled trial. Spine. 2007;32:291-298.Review Date:6/29/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington; and C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

US-Philippines joint patrols in SCS has poisoned ties: China

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Apr 15 (PTI) “Resolutely opposing” US joint patrols with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, China today said it has “poisoned” regional ties by stoking tensions over the strategic waters.”This move by the United States and the Philippines has poisoned relations between countries in the region, aggravated regional disputes, triggered tensions and undermined peace and stability in the SCS (South China Sea),” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a media briefing here.The remarks came as Chinese Defence Ministry said the countrys second-ranking general recently visited Chinas man-made islands in the SCS, in an act of defiance by China amid calls by the US and others to cease construction work that they say is raising tensions in the region.Lu also challenged Washington to show one case when China interrupted civil navigation in the SCS – a major shipping lane rich in natural resources.”On the safety and freedom of navigation, some US officials often replace concept in the argument. Are they talking about the safety and freedom of civil navigation for commercial purposes or that of military navigation?” he asked.”If the answer is for civil navigation, we have asked the US side may times to name one example that the safety and freedom of civil navigation in this region has been affected since the South China Sea disputes emerged over 40 years ago.”Yet the US has been unable to offer one single example up to now. Perhaps the US refers to the safety and freedom of military navigation, if so, countries of the region and many countries around the world all hope that international laws should be followed in this respect,” he said.advertisementEarlier, Chinese Ministry said the country expressed “resolute opposition against infringement of Chinas sovereignty and security by any country in any form.””The military exchanges… should not target a third party, not to mention supporting some countries to provoke Chinas sovereignty and security, flaring regional contradictions and damaging regional peace and stability,” the Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by state-run China Daily.”The joint patrols between the United States and the Philippines in the SCS have led to militarisation in the region, which is harmful to regional peace and stability,” said a separate statement of Chinas Defence Ministry.The statement came after the US said yesterday it had launched joint SCS patrols with the Philippines and that 275 troops and five attack aircraft would remain in the Philippines temporarily.US Defence Secretary Ash Carter confirmed in Manila yesterday that the US and the Philippines had already conducted such patrols.Carter today visited the USS John C Stennis warship close to flashpoint waters of the SCS, in Americas latest effort to show its commitment to maintaining security in the waters.Reporting on the US-Philippines joint patrols, Global Times said the “US moves to include India and Philippines in mini NATO”. PTI KJV MRJ SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more



TN farmers to double up as Aghoris in UP to take on

first_imgTiruchirappalli: Over 100 Tamil Nadu ryots will dress up like Aghori sadhus (Shiva followers) and seek alms in Uttar Pradesh to pay for filing their nomination to the Varanasi constituency from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting, farmers’ leader P Ayyakannu said Sunday. This plan is to try and bring back focus on the plight of farmers besides collecting money (about Rs 25,000 for each nomination) for filing papers, Ayyakannu said. “We plan to dress up like Aghori sadhus and seek alms,” Ayyakannu, president of the National South Indian Rivers Inter-Linking Farmers Association, told PTI in an interview. Ayyakannu had said on Saturday that 111 farmers from Tamil Nadu would contest against Modi from Varanasi if the BJP does not assure them of fulfilling their demands such as profitable prices for farm produce and include it in the party manifesto. Had the Centre fulfilled their demands following several protests in Delhi in 2017, he said they would not have been forced to resort to such “methods.” Ayyakannu said “our Aghori sadhus protest mode will help people realise that our demands are just and fair.” “We are also thinking of holding a nude protest to highlight our demands like we did in Delhi,” he said. The farmers leader had held various forms of protest including entering the sea in Tamil Nadu to highlight their demands. In November 2018, farmers led by Ayyakannu had gone to Delhi with two skulls, to take part in a kisan rally, alleging it belonged to their colleagues who had allegedly committed suicide over debt. A key demand, loan waiver, is doable if only the government has the will to do it, according to him. “The total farmers loan outstandings is only about Rs 75,000 crore across the country,” Ayyakannu said. He claimed that very huge corporate bad loans were being waived by banks. Ayyakannu wanted to know if farmers who fed the country did not deserve a better deal from the government. “Our demand for loan waiver is just and fair. We don’t have profitable prices for our produce. How do you expect us to clear up our crop loans?” he asked. Loan waiver from all banks, pension for farmers over 60 years, a complete ban on genetically modified seeds and food products,linking rivers, comprehensive personal insurance are the key demands, the farmers leader added.last_img read more

Moroccan Beaten to Death in His Home in Italy

Rabat – A Moroccan man died after he was found “beaten to a pulp” and with his feet bound in his own home in Italy, Italian news source, ANSA, reported on Thursday. The man’s Moroccan neighbors in the town of Scafati in southern Italy called the police after finding the door of the victim’s home unhinged.Sources cited by ANSA believed that the victim was attacked on Tuesday, but was left to suffer in his injured state for 24 hours. The victim, who was an occasional day laborer, had no prior conflicts with the law and no criminal records.The town’s mayor, Pasquale Aliberti Scafati condemned the attacks, according to Moroccan news website Yabiladi.“Violence is not our way of life, he said. “Our community has always demonstrated its ability to interact with all who respect our laws and to take a distance, but with a democratic attitude, with those who refuse to integrate. Our solidarity is with the Moroccan community.”The police are currently investigating the case and an autopsy will be carried out.The news follows a string of reports from the European Union and the United States about Muslims, Moroccans, and other Arabs beaten or found dead in their homes or in public places.Last week, an Imam in England died after he was “badly” beaten in a children’s playground while walking to a nearby mosque from his friend’s house.Earlier this month, a British court heard a case about an elderly Muslim man who died after he was beaten by two drunk 30-year-old men in August while on his way to morning prayers at a local mosque.In January, a Moroccan man was reportedly beaten in Philadelphia for greeting a woman “Massa al Khair,” or “Good Evening” in Arabic. read more

Moroccan Girls Score Higher on Baccalaureate Exams Than Boys

By Rim ElbelkacemiRabat – Moroccan girls exhibited incredible success on this year’s baccalaureate exams.Across the Kingdom, girls achieved the highest baccalaureate scores, with a 48.69 percent success rate among female high school graduates, compared to 39.69 percent among their male counterparts. Girls scored higher nationally in both private and public schools.Many people in the education field have attested to the noticeable difference between the attitudes that girls and boys adopt towards schoolwork and responsibilities, which significantly affects the outcome of their academic achievements.Specialists have attributed this gap between female and male academic success rates to social psychological and culture.In Moroccan society, lifestyles of young men and women are different in many ways. While boys are usually allowed to experience a number of social practices which take place outside of the house, girls usually lead a lifestyle which is more or less confined to the four walls of their homes. This allows the girls to spend more time focusing on their schoolwork and the boys more time to spend on hobbies and activities.This phenomenon has also been explained from a psychoanalytic perspective as being a kind of effort subconsciously made on the behalf of girls as an attempt to change the reality that they live of a male dominated world.Much researches and analysis still needs to be conducted on the causes and consequences of this difference, but there are no foreseeable changes expected in the upcoming years when it comes to gender gap of high school graduate scores in Morocco.Edited by Timothy Filla read more

Escalating Conflict Pakistan and India Shoot Down Each Others Jets

Rabat – Early Wednesday, Pakistani officials reported they had shot down two Indian military jets and taken an Indian pilot into custody. India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesman confirmed the loss of an MiG 21 fighter jet and pilot and stated Indian forces had shot down a Pakistani fighter jet as well.Pakistani Major General Asif Ghafoor stated the Indian pilot in custody was being “treated as per norms of military ethics.” However, prior to the arrival of Pakistani soldiers at the scene of the plane, a video portrays residents of the region beating the pilot. In another video posted by Pakistan’s Information Ministry, the pilot is shown blindfolded and bloody. This video has since been deleted.There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhi Nandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics.— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019Pakistan’s Information Ministry also tweeted a video of the wreckage from one of the Indian jets. Wreckges of Indian fighter planes burning. Well done Pakistan Air Force. The entire nation is proud of you.— Information Ministry (@MoIB_Official) February 27, 2019Pakistan closed its entire air space early Wednesday morning and residents living along the border have been asked to leave. World powers such as the United States, European Union, and China have all called for peace in the region in response to fears of an all-out war between the two nuclear-armed nations.In turn, Sushma Swaraj, the Indian foreign minister, stated that India would act, “with responsibility and restraint,” during a meeting with Russian and Chinese foreign ministers. “India does not wish to see a further escalation of the situation,” she continued.Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan also called for talks between the two countries. “History tells us that wars are full of miscalculation. My question is that, given the weapons we have, can we afford miscalculation?” Khan asked in a televised broadcast. The military strikes are the most recent acts of violence which stem from the ongoing conflict between the nuclear-armed states over the region of Kashmir. Both countries claim all of the Kashmir region, but in reality, only control certain parts of it. The area is divided by a de facto border called the “Line of Control.”On Tuesday, India carried out aerial attacks on Pakistani territory for the first time since 1971. India claimed the air strikes in Balakot were targeting a Pakistani militant training base and killed many militants. Swaraj asserted Tuesday’s air strikes were “not a military operation” but “a preemptive strike against the terrorist infrastructure of Jaish-e-Mohammed.” On February 14, a Pakistan-based group carried out a militant suicide bombing in the Kashmir region, killing 40 Indian troops. India blames the militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed for the deadly attack and believes Pakistan played a key role.A long-running conflictSince their independence from Britain and subsequent partition in 1947, the two countries have fought three wars, two of which were regarding Kashmir. Morocco has strong diplomatic and economic relations with Pakistan, in part due to a common faith and similar history. Morocco also has friendly relations with India.Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Morocco last week to discuss counter-terrorism efforts. Swaraj signed an agreement with Moroccan foreign Prime Minister Nasser Bourita to form a joint working group on counter-terrorism, as well as three other agreements. However, Swaraj arrived in Morocco with a “heavy heart” just two days after the February 14 attack in Kashmir, which killed 40 Indian nationals.Swaraj revealed that after the attack she intended to cancel her trip to Morocco. However, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged her to make her two-day visit, stating, “Morocco always stood with us against terrorism. It’s going to sign an agreement with us on counterterrorism. It’s fighting radicalization. So, please go there.” read more

Ban urges investment in women and girls particularly during economic crisis

In his report on the girl child, Mr. Ban noted that economic crises can exacerbate the impacts of poverty on the lives of children, particularly girls, who are highly vulnerable to their negative effects. In previous financial and economic crises, such as those in Asia and Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s, child mortality rates rose and school enrolment dropped. Past crises have also witnessed higher levels of crime and violence, child labour and other forms of hazardous work, including sex work, and infants being placed in institutions. “Already limited legal benefits and protection, lack of decision-making authority and limited control over financial resources are likely to leave girls and women even more vulnerable to the impact of crises than boys and men,” he wrote.Therefore, a gender-sensitive response to the current economic crisis is “essential,” Mr. Ban stated. “National commitments that support and protect girls’ rights through basic health care and nutrition, clean water, basic education, child protection services and aid flows must be upheld and, where possible, expanded.”The Secretary-General said investing in and ensuring human rights for girls and women is not only a legal and moral obligation but is also likely to prevent intergenerational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns. “Maintaining national commitments to children and women and enhancing social protection will not only help to ensure a more rapid recovery from the crisis but will also build a foundation for equitable growth and sustained progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” he added, referring to the set of globally agreed targets reduce poverty, hunger and other ills by 2015. Mr. Ban’s wide-ranging report also addressed progress and challenges regarding discrimination against the girl child, including in the areas of the right to education, health and adequate food, HIV and AIDS, and violence and exploitation.In addition, it highlights efforts undertaken to end female genital mutilation, a harmful practice that three million girls and women endure each year. The procedure is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – undertaken for cultural or other non-medical reasons – often causing severe pain and sometimes resulting in prolonged bleeding, infection, infertility and even death.According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), although the practice is in decline, it remains prevalent in many countries and often against national laws, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Ban stated that ending this practice will contribute to achieving the MDGs, including promoting gender equality and empowerment of women, reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. In February 2008, 10 entities within the UN launched the Inter-agency Statement, setting out the elements to support the overall abandonment of this practice in one generation, with demonstrated success in many countries by 2015. This goal can be reached with strengthened support and collaboration, said Mr. Ban. 2 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged countries not to waver in their commitments to women and girls in the midst of the ongoing economic crisis, particularly in ensuring their basic human rights. read more

Security Council mission heads to West Africa to observe peace operations

Video of press briefing [11mins] Among the mission’s goals was to observe the UN peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom said at a press briefing. The other countries in the itinerary are Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau and Nigeria. The Russian Federation was not being represented, according to a list Mr. Parry issued, but the Chairman of the UN Economic and Social Council’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Guinea-Bissau, South African Ambassador Dumisani Kumalo, would join them in that country. The 20 to 29 June mission would raise awareness of all UN activities in the region and ensure that the removal of a problem in one country did not result in its arrival in another, Ambassador Jones Parry said. In Nigeria, the group would discuss West African issues with President Olusegun Obasanjo, but would not meet with exiled former Liberian President Charles Taylor since the Council’s views on the need to bring Mr. Taylor to justice were fairly clear. In Côte d’Ivoire, the Council would deliver a tough message that all signatories of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement must live up to their responsibilities and keep the national reconciliation process on track. In Liberia, the Council would discuss the criteria the Transitional Government needed to meet to have Security Council sanctions lifted. read more

A corny tribute Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze

A corny tribute: Red Sox slugger immortalized in corn maze STERLING, Mass. – Nothing quite measures up to the latest tribute to retiring Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz.A corn maze dedicated to the player known as Big Papi was unveiled at a ceremony Tuesday in Sterling, Massachusetts.Ortiz had a message for his legions of fans at the unveiling: “I love corn.”The 8-acre maze was created by Davis Mega Maze and features a cornstalk rendering of Ortiz’s trademark home run pose of pointing two fingers to the sky. It’s accompanied by the phrase “Thanks Big Papi.”The maze opens to the public on Saturday.Davis Mega Maze has been carving a different design into the field every year for about 20 years. This year marks the first time a living celebrity has been featured. by The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 1:45 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz talks to his fans during an unveiling at a ceremony of a corn maze in his likeness Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Sterling, Mass. (Christine Hochkeppel/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP) read more

Fewer than 30 doctors left in wartorn Aleppo UN health agency warns

“Up until the last few days, there had been eight hospitals partially functioning in Aleppo, but a few days ago, the two largest hospitals [were] deliberately targeted and are now not functioning, drastically reducing the capacity of health workers in the city to provide life-saving medical care for many innocent civilians,” Dr. Rick Brennan, the Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response of the World Health Organization (WHO), told reporters in Geneva. “There has been a reduction in the number of health workers able to stay at their posts, and those who did are exhausted, drained physically and emotionally,” he said. “The work they are doing is beyond heroic. For them to stay at their post under those conditions deserves unending admiration and respect,” he added. Because the supply lines are cut off, and with 270,000 people besieged in east Aleppo it is difficult to get medical supplies, equipment and fuel to the remaining health facilities, and no patients are able to get out. Dr. Brennan said that he has been working in humanitarian assistance for 23 years, has been to conflict zones on four continents, but has rarely seen conditions as severe as those in east Aleppo today. Out of over 100 public hospitals throughout the country, only 45 per cent are fully functional now, another 35 per cent are partially functional, and 25 per cent are not working, he said. In Aleppo, the situation is significantly worse, he said. A few days ago, with the two main hospitals still functioning, there were 135 hospital beds available in east Aleppo. With the recent destruction of the two hospitals, the capacity to treat patients has been drastically reduced.Children and other civilians treated in corridorsChildren and other civilians are being treated on the floor in corridors, he said. There are not enough intensive care beds. Four children have died in the last few days according to medical representatives on the ground, because the intensive care unit in one of the hospitals was full, he added. WHO is also calling for the sick and injured to be let out. There are more than 800 injured people in Aleppo, including many children, many of them with life-threatening injuries, in need of access to essential health care. Access is needed to east Aleppo to bring in drugs, essential medical equipment and other medical personnel to relieve the brave doctors, nurses and other health care providers who have stayed at their posts throughout this recent escalation, Dr. Brennan said, expressing hope that this appeal will not fall on deaf ears, as it consistently did in the past. read more

Roundtable All Of Baseball History Should Get An Asterisk

It always comes back to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The “steroid era” may be over, but Major League Baseball is still dealing with its consequences. At the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony over the weekend, Craig Biggio was the only batter among the four new inductees. Although some of the greatest hitting records in the history of the sport occurred in the past 20 years, many position players can’t catch a break with Hall voters.So we ran a SurveyMonkey Audience poll asking Americans how they feel about steroids, amphetamines and the pre-integration era and then gathered FiveThirtyEight’s baseball fans to talk about the results (the following transcript has been lightly edited for length and clarity):Walt Hickey: It’s pretty clear the vast majority of people — even baseball fans — are not comfortable with just letting the records stand. Of everyone surveyed, 88 percent thought the records should be struck down entirely or have an indicator that there was some funny business going on.Neil Paine: I’m not surprised the majority of those polled want something — anything — to be done about the numbers compiled during the steroid era. Baseball is the most statistical of all the major sports, and it has always loved to foster the notion that you could compare, say, Honus Wagner’s stats to those of Alex Rodriguez side by side, without any adjustment, and still make a meaningful comparison. Sabermetricians have long acknowledged this as naive; between park effects and era adjustments, there are plenty of ways baseball stats need to be tweaked to level the playing field between different generations of players. But even for the lay fan, the age of PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs] destroyed any pretense that unadjusted numbers could be freely compared between eras, and I think that fact alone upset traditionalists as much as anything else.Harry Enten: I must admit that steroids to me is a highly emotional issue. Many of the players we associate with steroids are people we also associate with being jerks — people like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and A-Rod. But the real question is: Where does it end? Is it that stats are changed? Are champions changed? There can be no doubt that many, if not all, of the champions for a period in the 1990s and 2000s had steroid users. We’re not going to go back and change winners. In a lot of this polling, people are making an emotional argument.Walt: I, on the other hand, could not care less about steroid use. I feel like this notion of the game as some platonic ideal that existed prior to the big bad performance enhancers showed up is patently false. Every era had its own competitive advantages, as we’ll talk about in a second, but it’s only the steroid issue — and not, you know, the players who had the competitive advantages of rampant stimulant use and not having to compete with black players — that seems to make people think The Game is not somehow Pure.Rob Arthur: I’m under no illusions the game of baseball is Pure (nor will it ever be), but I also don’t know if it was ever dirtier than it was during the steroid era. Cheating is and has always been rampant, both on and off the field, but with steroids, we have a means of cheating that seems particularly effective. You can see that both in the scientific literature, where steroids seem to improve strength by as much as 20 percent, but also on the baseball field, where we had some notable steroid users like Bonds smashing records left and right.Harry: But what about during the “deadball era” — specifically between 1912 (I think) and 1920, when you had the spitball among other things? Offensive numbers took a dive. There is clear physical evidence that a spitball (or scuffing the ball) is a big deal. Now using that wasn’t illegal when it first started, but neither were steroids. They are now, yet people look at them so much differently than the pitching statistics that were occurring in the 1910s.Rob: Harry, you definitely have a point. But I think one of the reasons steroids are so objectionable is because of the asymmetry they created between players: Some players who used them seemed to become almost inhumanly effective, others didn’t use them at all and gained no benefit, and still others used but didn’t improve substantially. When the spitball was legal, it was available to all pitchers, and I doubt that any pitcher’s spit was 50 percent more effective at decreasing offense than any other pitcher’s spit. (I am aware that once the spitball was banned, some players were grandfathered in and still allowed to use it. Obviously, that wouldn’t fly in the modern era.)Neil: And don’t even get me started debating whether Lasik surgery counts as “unnatural” and “performance-enhancing.”Walt: Yeah, Tommy John called — he wants his pitching speed back. We will get back to the 1920s era of baseball soon enough, Enten. For now: My favorite part of this was comparing how different fan bases cared about steroids based on how much their teams gained from steroid use.Editor’s Note: On Friday, we introduced the idea of a steroid “discount” — a penalty in percentage terms that would be deducted from players’ individual statistics if they were found to be using PEDs. Our poll asked respondents to recommend said discount, which we can also break down by team fandom.The following table is color-coded by how much (red) or how little (white) each team’s fans would penalize steroid-using players.1Specifically, players who were suspended for PED offenses, were linked to the Biogenesis scandal, were named in the Mitchell Report or whose failed drug tests were leaked to the media. Because some teams had far more fans respond than others — and some teams’ fans hardly voted at all — the columns have been color-coded to represent a combination of average response and the number of respondents. In other words, results have been regressed to the mean based on sample size. Likewise, the correlations at the bottom of the table were weighted by the number of respondents from each fan base.Walt: Hot damn, Giants.Neil: It’s interesting that, as fandom intensifies, a relationship does begin to materialize between how much the voter’s favorite team relied on steroid users and how much tolerance he or she has for steroid users’ stats.If we look at all of our survey’s respondents — including those who were and were not self-professed baseball fans — there’s essentially no relationship between team steroid reliance and how much steroid-tainted stats the voter would recommend taking away. But when you throw out non-fans, a small2Correlation: -0.2 relationship emerges. Fan bases whose stars used steroids to generate more wins, whether on a per-season basis or as a percentage of the team’s total, tended to want steroid users to be punished less.Then again, it’s a slight relationship at best. While San Francisco Giants fans — hello Barry Bonds! — wanted juicers dinged much less than the average fan base, fans of the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs (who rank fourth and fifth in the degree to which they were helped by steroid-using batters) asked for some of the highest penalties of any group of rooters.But that’s not the only way to measure the cognitive dissonance between a fan’s acceptance of steroids and the degree to which his or her team benefited from them.Walt: I whipped this up really quickly: It’s the scatterplot of teams, with that “how much did they gain from PEDs” metric plotted against the percentage of their fan base that said they thought the records of steroid users should be struck. What an interesting relationship:Walt: It’s a small sample size, but I really love that fans of teams that didn’t gain a lot from PEDs seem more likely to desire retribution against players who did.Rob: The relationship between steroid contribution and desire for retribution is really fascinating and upholds a long-held suspicion of mine. It also suggests (again) that these attitudes are largely driven by emotions: If my team benefited, then steroids were OK, but if not, steroids were terrible! It shows that fans, in particular, have a hard time divorcing their own fandom from the questions about how much steroids benefited particular players and how much we should care as a result.Walt: So then the question becomes where do we draw the line when it comes to performance-enhancing things in each era? I personally think it’s bullshit that people get so riled up about steroids and not, for instance, the widespread amphetamine use in MLB in the era prior to it.It turns out America agrees!Walt: So, Neil, who would this affect?Neil: Like you said, it’s pretty widely acknowledged that amphetamine use was prevalent in MLB throughout much of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. During a 1985 drug trial, former Mets and Pirates first baseman John Milner testified that he had received “greenies” (amphetamines) from Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Willie Stargell at various times during his career, and Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt said the substance was “widely available in major-league clubhouses” when he played.So it’s at least possible — if not probable — that some of that era’s greatest superstars used a now-banned substance to sharpen their focus and boost their energy levels. (Even if the evidence is mixed over whether greenies actually even help athletic performance.)Walt: I feel like higher focus and higher energy is probably a nice thing for batters to have. I imagine their record collections were remarkably well-organized as well.I’m pretty happy to see some consistency here. I compared how people answered the steroid question with how they answered the stimulant question, and 88 percent of respondents (and 86 percent of fans) stuck to their guns and replied with the same answer they gave for steroid policy. It seems like at least among the general population there’s a lot more consistency with how to handle the policy than there is in the league.Still, it’s surprising that at the end of the day, 44 percent of Americans would strip away statistical accomplishments from amphetamine users in the era of Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.Neil: Agreed. The general attitude among sportswriters — even if it doesn’t necessarily make sense — is that there’s a distinction to be drawn between the supposedly widespread amphetamine use of the 1970s and the supposedly widespread steroid use of the 1990s. But according to those surveyed, there shouldn’t be. The moral judgment of the people appears to fall on both groups with equal fury.Harry: I really do wonder whether most people know that Mays may have used greenies. I tend to think not. If they did, there is no way that the polling numbers would look the way they do. I also tend to think that there is nothing ridiculous that Mays did in the sense that he looked normal, unlike Bonds who looked like someone shoved some orthopedic pillows in his arms. Not to mention that his head grew bigger than Donald Trump’s ego. It seemed natural. We tend to think of unnatural in how someone looks, not how they think.Neil: Right, and the bulked-up players and shifting head sizes gave fans and analysts a smoking gun of sorts. It added to the theatrical nature of the steroid hysteria. With a pill that doesn’t change appearance, you’re reduced to poring over stats and wondering whether a player’s out-of-the-blue power spike is just a career year or something much more sinister.Walt: But enough with the pharmaceutical advantages. What about the bigoted regime that kept black players out of the leagues? What about the competitive advantage conferred by excluding athletes based on the color of their skin?Walt: Kind of odd that baseball fans are nowhere near as mortified with pre-integration records standing than they are with stimulants. Neil, what’s the word on the effect that segregation had on baseball?Neil: One of the biggest tragedies of baseball’s color line is that we can’t know precisely how much the game’s pre-1947 stars benefited from only playing against white opponents. But we can certainly estimate how much more shallow the pool of available players was before the game was integrated. (As well as before the rise of Latin America and, now, Asia as a source of baseball talent.)As FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver notes in “Baseball Between the Numbers,” MLB was only drawing from a population of about 300,000 people per player in 1930. By 1960, when baseball was finally fully integrated, that number had more than doubled to 625,000, and it was a whopping 900,000 when Nate crunched the numbers in 2005. The bigger the talent pool, the tougher the competition, so it’s clear that pre-integration players had a major advantage in terms of the relative caliber of talent they played against.(A related note: Baseball’s level of talent is steadily increasing anyway as humans push the boundaries of athletic performance, which is another great reason statistics from the past can’t be compared to modern numbers straight-up.)Harry: My opinion on this is fairly simple: You can’t penalize players for things they didn’t control. Babe Ruth couldn’t play against a black player in the MLB even if he wanted to. It’s a tragedy that we were robbed of seeing Josh Gibson against Carl Hubbell, but we can’t go back and readjust the records.Walt: I don’t think it’s so much about penalizing players for things beyond their control as it’s about knocking down the idea that baseball was somehow defiled by pharmaceuticals. This nostalgia for baseball is wholly misguided — the Boston Red Sox integrated after Southern public schools! In 1959! — it’s not like this was an antiquated part of baseball history.Baseball’s commitment to some idyllic game that never existed — something that also manifests itself in a knee-jerk opposition to potential ways to improve the game, like the DH, speedier play and other experimentation — by now constitutes what I think is (on a long enough timespan) an existential threat for the league. The fact that more people aren’t more willing to look back in anger is a symptom of a much larger problem.Not to mention that at least the other two advantages at least made the game more interesting to watch. Segregation, if anything, made the game less interesting for fans out of mere spite. My main line? If you’re going to get indignant about steroids — something that unambiguously made the game more interesting — at least have the decency to be just as indignant about letting those segregated records stand un-asteriskedBut guys! We’re missing the point here. About 10 percent of Americans would strip Babe Ruth of his records! Including 8 percent of baseball fans. That’s awesome.Harry: What percentage of people believe we didn’t land on the moon?Walt: I mean Kubrick basically admitted as much in “The Shining,” man — learn how to read subtext. read more

Surrey train stabbing Darren Pencille charged with murder after father killed in

Neighbours described Mr Pomeroy and his Russian born wife, Svetlana, as a quiet couple who were devoted to their son.Mrs Pomeroy was too upset to comment on Sunday at their semi-detached home in Guildford. But it has emerged that after moving to Britain she had told friends back home how impressed she was with the decency of the British people. A man has been charged with the murder of a 51-year-old man who was stabbed to death on a train in front of his 14-year-old son.Darren Shane Pencille, 35 from Farnham, was charged on Sunday night with the murder of Lee Pomeroy and possession of an offensive weapon in connection with the attack on board a train from Guildford to London on Friday.Chelsea Mitchell, 27, also from Farnham, has also been charged with assisting an offender.Mr Pomeroy was travelling to London with his only son from their home in Guildford when he got into a trivial row with another man.Police said that within minutes the argument had exploded into extreme violence and Mr Pomeroy, a maths graduate and IT consultant, had been stabbed multiple times.It emerged on Sunday night that his 14-year-old son was cradling him as he lay dying. The teenager, who had been looking forward to spending some “quality time” with his father, was continuing to receive care from specially trained officers. Police have charged two people in relation to the incident  Chelsea Mitchell of Farnham who has been arrested following the murder of Leo Pomeroy on a train at Horsley, Surrey Chelsea Mitchell, 27, has been charged with assisting an offenderCredit:Facebook Police have charged two people in relation to the incident  In a message posted online she wrote: “I love how people here wish to be hospitable, how they smile, how they take care of nature. People still tend to build families, plus there are laws to support women.”It is thought the row, which led to Mr Pomeroy’s death, began as he and another man bumped into one another as they were boarding a train at Guildford’s London Road station. The family statement went on: “He was a devoted family man and did everything for his family. “He was an honourable man and would always help somebody who was in trouble. He was a loving husband and father, he will be deeply missed by all his family.”Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the killing.Detectives were continuing to appeal for information and asked anyone who was on the train at the time or who has dash-cam footage of the Clandon area after 1pm on January 4 to get in touch as soon as possible. Mr Pomeroy was described as a devoted family man, who would always stand up for those in trouble.In a statement his devastated family said: “Lee took his son on a trip to London hoping to spend some quality time with him which was cut short by an horrific and pointless attack.”The maths graduate was described as an “honest, bright person” who loved music and art. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

L3 ACCOLADE mine safety system receives additional MSHA certification

first_imgL-3 Global Security Solutions (GSS) announced today that its ACCOLADE Mine Safety System has received an additional certification from the US Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). This certification covers the new Miner Mesh Locator (MML) component of the previously certified L-3 ACCOLADE System. MML is an intrinsically safe tracking and emergency status indicating device tailored for use in mines that do not require two-way voice communications for all miners. Designed as an integrated part of ACCOLADE, the MML continuously tracks underground miners, allowing them to initiate and receive emergency status warnings. It also provides an audio alert when the MML is out-of-network. The MML is compliant with MSHA’s Program Policy Letter and is an economical complement to the existing Miner Mesh Radio.“We are excited to provide this new enhanced capability to our ACCOLADE System,” said Victor Young, Vice President of mine solutions at L-3 GSS. “The MML offers an additional means for operators to satisfy mandated safety requirements while reducing overall system costs for new ACCOLADE users.”The L-3 ACCOLADE System was developed under a competitively awarded research and development contract from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to meet the enhanced safety requirements of the 2006 MINER Act. ACCOLADE provides a self-healing, redundant, and survivable voice and data network, allowing peer-to-peer communication among miners underground and communication between below- and above-ground personnel. The system also provides a real-time situational awareness capability and can be tailored for mines of all sizes. The ACCOLADE System is approved for use by MSHA, the state of West Virginia and the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has been deployed to mining companies throughout the US.last_img read more

CRCMining research centre to be fully controlled by members

first_imgCRCMining will be making the move from an Australian government CRC program, to a research centre fully supported and controlled by members next year. For over 20 years, as a cooperative research centre (CRC), CRCMining has provided strong research capability for its members and the mining industry generally, supported by both the mining industry, and the Australian government. In June 2014, the centre will shift to being wholly funded and controlled by the mining industry, including OEMs, and its research provider members.CRC reports “the new structure will be more agile and responsive, and will enable us to be even more attuned to our members’ needs, challenges and prospects. In addition, we will be able to access new types of government and commercial funding. The ongoing success of CRCMining is largely attributed to our deep understanding of mining, due to our long history within the mining industry, our strong relationships with both mining companies and mining equipment manufacturers, and the unique role of our industry members in the direction of Centre activities.“This won’t change. CRCMining provides a unique forum for a significant portion of the world’s largest mining companies and OEMs, and leading universities, to come together to focus on addressing the major challenges the mining industry faces. We truly understand the needs of the mining industry. Combined with our leading research provider partners, we know how to deliver high-value outcomes from university-based research. Part of our enthusiasm about the future is that as a fully member-controlled research centre, CRCMining can now expand business operations beyond the constraints of the Australian Government CRC Program. This means we can:Participate in a broader range of Australian federal and state government research funding opportunities that were not accessible as a CRCParticipate in funding opportunities from international research funding sources, as an industry representative organisationDevelop multiple, more flexible and unique partnerships with other research organisations (both domestic and international) – to ensure our research is carried out by top-rated researchers across the globe.”CRC Mining will also be able to reduce costs and other requirements, allowing a more efficient and agile research centre. The benefits of being a CRCMining member will increase significantly once we transition to a fully member-controlled centre. Our members will be even more involved in directing how CRCMining operates, with more control over the research strategy and the terms to convert research outputs into useful products.last_img read more

Farmers Encouraged to Participate in Survey on Cover Crops

first_imgA nationwide survey of farmers on cover crop use is seeking insight from growers — even those who don’t plant cover crops.“This survey provides us with a great perspective on why farmers do or do not plant cover crops, what they expect to gain from the practice, and what their concerns are,” said Chad Watts, executive director at the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) in West Lafayette, Ind., which administers the survey. “Results from the survey help guide policy, research and education on cover crops. In recent years, data from cover crop surveys has been used in testimony on Capitol Hill, featured in the New York Times, and cited in academic journals. People are very eager to hear how farmers view cover crops.”The survey can be taken online here until May 31, 2017. All answers to the survey are anonymous. The process for completing the survey is fairly simple and should take participants no more than 15 minutes, and even less depending on your crop rotations and diversity.This is the fifth annual cover crop survey conducted by CTIC in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) with help from Penton Media.Anyone interested in seeing results from the 2013, 2014, 2015 or 2016 crop year surveys and other related projects, click here. For more information, visit click here.last_img read more

Hundreds of boats come to Ft Lauderdale boat show

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The largest in-water boat show in the world returned to South Florida, Thursday, bringing hundreds of boats and yachts with it.More than 1,000 exhibitors from 30 countries will display hundreds of boats and yachts the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which set sail from seven sites across the city, Thursday.Six “super” yachts, measuring more than 200 feet long, are among the dozens of luxury boats on display.The show will continue until Monday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Researchers demonstrate highest reported conductivity for organic radical polymer

first_imgA team of researchers with Purdue University has demonstrated the highest reported conductivity for an organic radical polymer to date, moving another step closer to their use in electronics. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes the technique they used and offer an opinion on why it produced the results they found. Jodie Lutkenhaus, with Texas A&M University writes a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, and discusses further possible research in the area. © 2018 More information: Yongho Joo et al. A nonconjugated radical polymer glass with high electrical conductivity, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao7287AbstractSolid-state conducting polymers usually have highly conjugated macromolecular backbones and require intentional doping in order to achieve high electrical conductivities. Conversely, single-component, charge-neutral macromolecules could be synthetically simpler and have improved processibility and ambient stability. We show that poly(4-glycidyloxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl), a nonconjugated radical polymer with a subambient glass transition temperature, underwent rapid solid-state charge transfer reactions and had an electrical conductivity of up to 28 siemens per meter over channel lengths up to 0.6 micrometers. The charge transport through the radical polymer film was enabled with thermal annealing at 80°C, which allowed for the formation of a percolating network of open-shell sites in electronic communication with one another. The electrical conductivity was not enhanced by intentional doping, and thin films of this material showed high optical transparency. Journal information: Science Electrically conductive plastics promising for batteries, solar cells Explore furthercenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. As Lutkenhaus notes, organic radical polymers (ORPs), flexible plastics, have properties that could make them suitable for use in a wide variety of applications, such as battery storage, electronics and memory devices. But that requires a technique to make them run faster. ORPs are made up of a hydrocarbon backbone and radical function groups that hang off of them like bulbs on a string of Christmas lights. Currently, they are used mainly in batteries, and perform almost like capacitors. This is because they work as conjugated polymers—charges move along the backbone due to electronic delocalization. In this new effort, the researchers took a new approach that they believe allows the charge to move directly between the radical function groups, which produces much faster movement.The researchers started with traditional strands of PTEO ORPs, which they refer to as random coils. In such a configuration, they note, the radical groups were initially too far apart to carry a charge very far. To bring them closer together, the team applied thermal annealing (heating them and then allowing them to cool). Doing so, they report, caused a dramatic speed-up of the charge when it was applied. The team does not yet know for certain why, but they have a theory. They believe the annealing process caused different parts of the strand making up the coil to bend closer to one another, bringing them close enough together so that the radical groups from both parts of the strand could share electron transport.The work represents a step toward using ORPs in electronics, though there is one major obstacle yet to overcome—the technique only works for very short distances. To be used in applications other than batteries, ORPs will need to carry a charge much farther. The monomer synthesis and ring-opening polymerization-based synthetic scheme used to generate the PTEO radical polymer. Credit: Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aao7287 Citation: Researchers demonstrate highest reported conductivity for organic radical polymer (2018, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Masked gunmen kidnap assault Malian publisher

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Camara said that when the reporters at the paper tried to stop the gunmen, they opened fire in the air, damaging a part of their building. They then threw Haidara into the back of their pickup truck.The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement that Haidara suffered a head wound and a broken hand. The incident comes after The Independent published articles critical of the government.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Comments   Share   Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family BAMAKO, Mali (AP) – The editor of a Malian newspaper says masked gunmen stormed the paper’s office and abducted its publisher, who was later assaulted and dumped on the side of a road about 25 miles (40 kilometers) outside of Bamako.Youssouf Camara, editor of “The Independent” told The Associated Press by telephone Friday that the paper’s publisher, Saouti Labass Haidara, was taken from the office at around 9 p.m. on Thursday night.center_img Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img read more