Australian Camp Diary – Cara Zaremski

first_imgFollowing last weekend’s training camp in Parkes, Australian Mixed Open player, Cara Zaremski tells us about how the camp went, what the team got up to and how the team is feeling in the lead up to the 2013 Trans Tasman Series.Our first camp for our the Australian Mixed begun with a joint six hour bus trip with the Men’s team to Parkes, more famously known for THE DISH rather than as a venue for Australian teams training camp if you want to look it up. It’s was a pretty exciting feeling going into Aussie camp for the first time and we have plenty of other debutants that were feeling exactly the same way.Camp begun nice an early on Saturday morning with plenty of tired eyes and travel legs. Mick began setting out the cones and we were all thinking ‘what are we going to get put through a hectic fitness session’. We all, not quite that willingly, began to prepare ourselves for what we were about to incur but the pranks had begun early and we in fact weren’t doing fitness at all. I think Mick is still having a chuckle to himself that he pulled the prank off. Our first session was based solely around rucking patterns, getting good field position, good subbing and learning what strength each player has towards attacking the line.Following lunch put on by Parkes Touch Association, we split up into groups and conducted training sessions with the Parkes representative teams that will be attending the NSW Junior State Cup in 2013. It’s a critical part of our sport’s development and growth to give knowledge to those juniors playing and we were lucky enough to be in a privileged position to do this as part of our camp. All the kids seemed to have a great time, wanting pictures with all the players, but I don’t think our Under 14’s boys team coached by Sebe K (Kristian Congoo) and myself understood what the beep test really was when we said we would do it for punishment, they all seemed a little too eager to perform it, they will soon learn it’s not something to wish to do.We finished the day with an exhibition match against the Men’s team, although it was an exhibition for the Parkes Touch Association, it gave our Mixed team an opportunity to play together for the first time and determine where our team was at as a unit and individually.Returning back to the accommodation at the end of the day and the boys began their pranks on each other, Trent’s undies went missing (yes he did only bring one set for the weekend) and there was set to be repercussions.  A semi formal dinner was attended by both teams with some great food, good company and even the Mayor. The rest of our night resulted in a tour of Parkes by bus driver Roy of the Christmas lights. We are all still lucky to be here after Roy’s attempt to get air off the speed humps. Trent did some sneaky investigating and the pranks didn’t end just before bed. The boys, Langy, Bundy, Lawry and Lawrence, found themselves going to bed with salt and sugar in their sheets, missing bags and frozen shoes and clothes in the morning.Sunday morning, Team Mick’s Favourites vs. The Others created a lot of competition in all defensive and attacking drills. Victory for the girls in one drill! Leah Opie, Elesha Dougal and myself out doing the Queensland speedsters (Lawrence Oberleuter, Kristian Congoo, Michael Law) by not being able to score a touchdown first in one competition. We spent plenty of time doing line attack, line defence and we set a good platform for where we want to be at defensively as a team. We finished up early with Mick happy with where our team was at and we began the six hour bus ride home. Overall, camp went really well and our preparation going into the New Year for the 2013 Trans Tasman series is on track for a cracker of a tournament. We are all looking really forward to our further training camps and the upcoming series. It’s going to be a tough tournament and no one in the team is taking New Zealand as an easy match up. So over the Christmas and summer break while you are all enjoying yourselves and having a break from training, our team will be getting together with fellow team members to keep working hard to maintain the Trans Tasman title. It’s going to be a busy couple of months but I’m super pumped and looking forward to the next camp in January and my first Trans Tasman in February. Related LinksCamp Diary – Cara Zaremskilast_img read more

2013 Queensland All Schools Touch Championships

first_imgA massive 330 junior Touch Football teams will take to the fields at Whites Hill Touch Complex from Thursday, 10 October until Sunday, 13 October to take part in the 2013 Queensland All Schools Touch Championships.Teams from across Queensland, as well as from Sinagpore, New Zealand and Victoria will take part in the four day event. Round games will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before finals are played on Sunday.The grand finals will be played at the following times on Sunday:1.40pm – Open Mixed/Junior Mixed2.20pm – Junior Girls/Junior Boys/Open Girls/Open BoysThe following teams were winners at the 2012 event, while St Columbans will be looking for their third straight title in the Open Girls division in 2013. 2012 winnersJunior Boys – Ignatius Park Junior Girls – Brisbane SHS Junior Mixed – Cavendish Road Open Boys – Ignatius Park Open Girls – St Columbans Open Mixed – St Josephs (Toowoomba)For more information about the 2013 Queensland All Schools Touch Championships, please visit the following website – www.qldallschools.com. Related LinksQLD All Schoolslast_img read more

Discussion sur le renforcement de la gestion des conseils scolaires

first_img Mme Casey avait promis des changements après la dissolution de deux conseils scolaires dysfonctionnels, le Halifax Regional School Board en 2006 et le Strait Regional School Board cette année. Elle prévoit présenter la loi proposée lors de la session d’automne de l’Assemblée législative. Les élections des conseils scolaires auront lieu le 18 octobre, et la date limite pour la présentation des mises en candidature est le 9 septembre. Le document de travail peut être consulté en ligne sur le site Web du ministère de l’Éducation au www.ednet.ns.ca. Les commentaires peuvent être soumis par courriel à l’adresse educconsultations@gov.ns.ca, par la poste à l’adresse suivante : Étude sur l’efficacité de la gestion des conseils scolaires, Ministère de l’Éducation de la Nouvelle-Écosse, Direction des politiques ministérielles, C.P. 578, Halifax (N.-É.), B3J 2S9 ou encore par télécopieur au numéro 902-424-0519. Les conseillers scolaires auront l’obligation de prêter serment et ce serment fera référence à un code de déontologie. Les conseils scolaires se verront accorder le pouvoir d’adopter une motion de censure à l’égard d’un de leurs conseillers. La motion de censure peut inclure notamment : une admonestation publique, une suspension du conseiller ou une recommandation à la ministre de libérer le siège du conseiller concerné. Les conseillers scolaires ayant fait l’objet d’une motion de censure auront le droit de faire appel de la motion de censure auprès d’un arbitre. La ministre aura le pouvoir de nommer une ou plusieurs personnes en remplacement d’un conseil scolaire. La disposition exigeant l’organisation d’une élection partielle pour combler un siège vacant dans un conseil scolaire sera éliminée. Si un siège devient vacant plus de six mois avant la date des prochaines élections, la ministre nommera un remplaçant dans le secteur géographique ou dans la communauté représentée. Le mandat du président du conseil scolaire sera prolongé d’un an à deux ans. La Province prévoit offrir aux conseils scolaires de la Nouvelle-Écosse un plus grand nombre d’options pour mieux gérer la conduite des conseillers. Le ministère de l’Éducation propose des modifications législatives qui permettront une plus vaste gamme de mesures disciplinaires tout en assurant aux conseillers scolaires un accès à un processus d’appel équitable et transparent. Les modifications à la loi sur l’éducation, si elles sont adoptées, présenteront aussi des lignes directrices et des attentes claires pour les conseillers scolaires élus et les réunions des conseils. « Pour assurer une gestion efficace des conseils scolaires, il faut s’assurer que nos conseillers scolaires élus puissent mieux s’acquitter de leurs responsabilités en ce qui concerne la gestion de nos écoles publiques, » a dit Karen Casey, ministre de l’Éducation. « Nous voulons nous assurer que les ressources soient bien gérées, que les relations de travail soient caractérisées par le respect et que toutes les décisions soient prises en vue de défendre les intérêts de nos élèves. » Des consultations au sujet des modifications proposées débutent aujourd’hui 31 juillet. Les soumissions écrites des partenaires et du public seront acceptées jusqu’au 22 août. Les soumissions serviront à préparer la nouvelle loi. Les recommandations du document de travail du gouvernement incluent notamment : last_img read more

HC seeks reports on clash lawyers launch ceasework strike to protest police

first_imgKolkata: Calcutta High Court on Thursday sought judicial and administrative reports on the lawyers’ scuffle with police which took place at the Howrah court on Wednesday.Lawyers across the state launched a cease-work strike to protest against the police action during the Howrah incident. Later in the day, the state Bar association at Calcutta High Court called a meeting and it was decided that pen down movement would continue until action is taken against the police personnel. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe division bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Nair Radhakrishnan issued orders to submit the reports by Monday. Lawyer Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya mentioned about the incident before the Chief Justice and appealed him to take suo motu cognizance of the same to which he agreed. Following issuing the order to submit reports on the incident, the Chief Justice said an attack on the judicial system would not be tolerated. The High Court will take action in this regard. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn Wednesday, a major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area. The lawyers had allegedly attacked cops with bricks during the fight with Howrah Municipal Corporation employees. Around 10 am, when a lawyer parked his bike at the HMC’s free parking area, an employee of HMC asked him not to park his vehicle there. This led to a fight between the two and the argument further heated up when some lawyers and law clerks joined them and allegedly assaulted the HMC staff and a security personnel. Within minutes more civic body staff members joined and a clash ensued between both the parties. It was alleged that bricks were hurled during the incident. The police rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Later around 5 pm, when some mediapersons and HMC staff were moving out of the HMC, the lawyers allegedly assaulted them. Some lawyers allegedly hurled bricks at them which hit some police personnel who were duty. Having no other option, the police resorted to lathi-charge. The situation took an ugly turn when the lawyers retaliated and attacked the police personnel. To disperse the violent mob, the police fired a few tear gas shells on the Howrah court premises.last_img read more

Kerry urges Egypt not to extend state of emergency

first_imgRIYADH – US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged Egypt’s interim rulers not to extend the state of emergency when it ends later this month, a senior American official said.“He pressed hard on not extending the state of emergency when it expires on November 14,” a State Department official told reporters travelling with Kerry, who flew from Egypt to Saudi  Arabia.“He said that the crackdown that was underway was inappropriate and inclusivity required that there be an outreach to the Muslim Brotherhood and others,” the US official added. Egypt’s interim president Adly Mansour told Kerry he had not really used the powers afforded under the state of emergency other than to impose a night-time curfew, the official said.Although there was no commitment on what his government would do, “the language was positive. “Kerry also called on Egypt’s military-installed leadership following the army’s July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to work for greater inclusivity and to protect rights and freedoms.last_img read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.67 points to 15,275.64, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 31.82 points to 22,150.24. The S&P 500 index was up 3.58 points to 2,484.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 8.77 points to 6,392.54.The Canadian dollar was trading at 78.81 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 79.13 cents US.The September crude contract was down 17 cents to US$49.22 per barrel and the September natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.80 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down $2.70 to US$1,255.50 an ounce and the September copper contract was unchanged at US$2.91 a pound. read more

ICE Futures Canada Monday Canola prices lower barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $4.80 lower $502.10; Jan. ’18 $5.20 lower $506.80; March ’18 $5.60 lower $510.00; May ’18 $6.30 lower $511.10; July ’18 $6.60 lower $512.70; Nov. ’18 $6.70 lower $478.80; Jan. ’19 $6.70 lower $479.60; March ’19 $6.70 lower $482.30; May ’19 $6.70 lower $482.30; July ’19 $6.70 lower $482.30; Nov. ’19 $6.70 lower $482.30.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $141.00; March ’18 unchanged $141.00; May ’18 unchanged $141.00; July ’18 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $141.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $141.00; March ’19 unchanged $141.00; May ’19 unchanged $141.00; July ’19 unchanged $141.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $141.00.Monday’s estimated volume of trade: 253,300 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 253,300. read more

EHF EURO 2014 Qual Austria beat Serbia – Icelandic surprise in Slovenia

Austria handballehf euro 2014 qualIcelandic handballSerbia handballSlovenian handball ← Previous Story Euro Quals: Spain dominant in Skopje, France outclasses Norway Next Story → Austrians still in the game for Denmark, Johannesson: Small handball nation beat world-class team! In the last two matches of today’s program of Men’s EHF EURO 2014 Qualification Round 3, Austria beat Serbia 31:28, while Iceland takes points in Slovenian Maribor 29:28 (9:13) with the winning goal of Valur Sigurdsson.Serbia was dominant in Graz in the first 40 minutes, but furious last part of the match by Austrians brought them important points on the road to Denmark.AUSTRIA – SERBIA 31:28  (16:17)Graz Spectators – 3500 AUSTRIA: Marinović, Bauer, Veber 8/9, Herman, Ziura 0/2, Šmid 0/2, Božović 5/9, Majer, Silađi 8/11, Poš 0/2, Vilčinski 2(2)/3, Šlinger 2/8, Vagesrajter, Kolar, Klopčič, Santos 6/7 SERBIA: Dragaš, Šešum, Vujin 3/7, Nikčević 2/6, Krsmančić, Toskić 3/6, Stanić, M.Ilić 12(2)/16, Radivojević, Prodanović 2/3, N. Ilić, Rnić 6/11, Beljanski, Zelenović 0/1, Radovanović, Mitrović 0/1 SCORES:  4:2 (8.) 6:4 (10.) 6:8 (15.) 7:9 (18.) 10:10 (21.) 11:14 (24.) 12:15 (25.) 15:16 (29.) 17:21 (36.) 20:22 (44.) 25:23 (51.) 27:24 (54.) 28:27 (57.) 30:27 (59.)Iceland made first advantage in Maribor against Slovenia in 57th minute – 28:27, but that was enough for points. Slovenians had everything in their own hands, but on the end in the last five minutes, olympic silver medalist from 2008 make a great step to the first place in the group…. 28:29 (9:13)Slovenia: Škof 16 saves(1 x 7-m), Prošt, Miklavčič, Dobelšek, Pucelj, Kavtičnik 4 (3), Bezjak 1, Dolenec 4 (1), Skube 5, Špiler, M. Žvižej 3, L. Žvižej 2 (1), Blagotinšek, Zorman 4, Marguč 1, Mačkovšek 3.Iceland: Edvardsson 13 saves (1 x 7-m), Gustavsson, Kristajnsson 2, Palmarsson 2, Ingimundarson 1, Hallgrimsson 1, Olafsson 1, Sigurdsson 9 (2), Gudjonsson 4, Petersson 5, Jakobsson, Karason, Ragnarsson 2, Sigurmannsson, Gustafsson, Ingolfsson 1.ROMANIA – BELARUS 31:34STANDING:1. Iceland 3 – 62. Slovenia 3 – 33. Belarus 3 – 34. Romania 3 – 0 read more

Dota 2 vs League of Legends An action RTS showdown

first_img 1 2 I don’t think I will ever forget the hours of my life that I willfully handed to Blizzard when Warcraft 3 came out. In many ways, the game stands out as the pinnacle of PC gaming, even today, because of the legacy that was spawned by its reign. Here we sit, a full decade after the release of Reign of Chaos, and many elements of that game are being used today. The most significant thing to come from that game was Defense of the Ancients, more popularly called Dota.The time has come for the franchise to be reborn, and to consume a whole new generation of PC gamers. This time around, however, Dota 2 isn’t the only kid on the block. Several clones have come and gone, but the one that has gained significant traction recently has been League of Legends. Which is the better game, though? Will the impressive Valve breathe new life into Dota, or has Riot Games taken the crown as the best Dota-like out there?GameplayBecause League of Legends is a Dota clone, core gameplay between Dota 2 and LoL is extremely similar. You start off with a blank slate character with a defined set of stats and abilities that you upgrade throughout the game by killing everything you encouter. When you kill something, you earn cash that can be spent on stat-boosting items that personalize your character. The game is played as a team vs team RTS, so it is critical that you are a team player and actually understand how to use your character.The basics are as follows: The first team to destroy the other teams base wins the match. The more you play the games, the more you develop really intricate strategies, character builds, and really get a feel for your opponents’ characters. A single match lasts about 30 minutes, but can last much longer, and leaving a match in the middle is frowned upon, so if you play the game make sure you have a block of time to kill.The biggest thing that sets Dota 2 and LoL apart in my opinion is in graphics and fluid gameplay. League of Legends is a ton of fun, but the overall feel to the game is significantly more animated and brighter than Dota 2. It is clear that League of Legends is designed to cater to a younger audience, while Dota 2 seems to have been built from the ground up for the hardcore Dota fan. This is really more personal preference than anything, but the darker tones and the more violent animation scheme for Dota 2 was much more appealing to me.The biggest difference in playing the game comes down to the in-game camera. Because this is a team-focused game, it is critical that you be able to quickly check in on your teammates, and just be generally aware of your surroundings. League of Legends binds the camera by default so your character is in the center of the screen at all times, and allows you to drag the camera box around on the map to see the rest of the world. While this works in theory, this method doesn’t mesh well with the pace of the game and often becomes useless when larger fights are going on. It’s not difficult to release this camera binding, however, and LoL does also include a quick return-to-player function with the space bar. In both of these games, major clashes between the teams start and end in seconds, and Dota 2 is much better at allowing the player to see how the battle went down.This is all well and good for a user who is familiar with Dota, but believe it or not there are people out there who have never heard of this kind of game, much less sacrificed entire summers to creating the perfect strategy. League of Legends offers a flawless introduction to the game, walking new users though the entire battle system, even going as far as setting up multiple matches against the PC before new players are thrown into matchmaking. With Dota, if you are really lucky you have a friend who has been playing and that is willing to apologize for you as you figure out how to play the game. If you’re unlucky, you are likely to be laughed out of even wanting to play the game ever again.last_img read more

50 Years On Untouched Moon Samples Set for Study

first_img Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface Stay on target We don’t need to send astronauts to the Moon to study Earth’s satellite.NASA has selected nine teams to continue the science legacy of the Apollo missions by studying cosmic rocks—preserved and untouched for nearly 50 years.This initiative, according to NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen, will help “advance our understanding of our lunar neighbor and prepare for the next era of exploration of the Moon and beyond.”“This exploration will bring with it new and unique samples into the best labs right here on Earth,” Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement.Six of the nine teams will look at a single sample, vacuum-sealed on the Moon by Apollo 17 astronauts Harrison Schmitt and Gene Cernan in 1972.The specimen—800 grams of gravel encased in a “drive tube” and stored by NASA—allows scientists to analyze the rock layers exactly as they existed on the Moon five decades ago.Other teams will study specially curated samples from Apollo 17 (brought to Earth and frozen) and Apollo 15 (stored in helium since 1971).“Returned samples are an investment in the future,” Lori Glaze, acting director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division, said. “These samples were deliberately saved so we can take advantage of today’s more advanced and sophisticated technology to answer questions we didn’t know we needed to ask.”The nine institutions include:NASA Ames Research Center/Bay Area Environmental Research Institute: A team led by Alexander Sehlke will studying frozen lunar samples from Apollo 17.NASA Ames: A team led by David Blake and Richard Walroth will examine “space weathering.”NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center: A team led by Jamie Elsila aim to better understand how small organic molecules are preserved on the Moon.“It’s a privilege to have access to these special samples,” Elsila said, “and we hope to contribute not only to increase our knowledge of lunar chemistry but also to improve our understanding of how to best preserve samples returned by future NASA missions.”NASA Goddard: A team led by Barbara Cohen and Natalie Curran will investigate the geologic history of the Apollo 17 site, looking specifically at the abundance of noble gases in the sample, which can tell them its age.“Getting the chance to work on these samples is like participating in a completely new mission to the Moon,” according to Curran.“We don’t know what surprises are in store for us,” she continued. “I’m excited to have a part in our generation’s era of exploration of the Moon.”University of Arizona: A team led by Jessica Barnes will research how curation affects the amount of hydrogen-bearing minerals in lunar soil, helping to understand how water is locked in minerals on the Moon.University of California Berkeley: A team led by Kees Welten will study how micrometeorite and meteorite impacts may have affected the geology of the lunar surface.U.S. Naval Research Laboratory: A team led by Katherine Burgess will inspect how airless bodies are affected by exposure to the space environment.University of New Mexico: A team led by Chip Shearer will consider the geologic history of the Apollo 17 site. This marks the first time a sample from a lunar cold trap will be examined in the lab.Mount Holyoke College/Planetary Science Institute: A team led by Darby Dyar will analyze volcanic activity on the Moon; they’ll specifically look at tiny glass beads that formed rapidly during an ancient lunar eruption.Don’t expect insight any time soon, though. Before opening the samples, teams must work with the NASA Johnson curation staff to determine the best way to avoid contamination and maximize learning.More on Geek.com:NASA Spots ‘Hopping’ Liquid Water on Moon’s SurfaceRare Moon Rocks Expected to Fetch $1M at AuctionMoon Rocks Still Missing in Two Stateslast_img read more

Police chase on state Highway 14 delays morning commute

first_imgSuspects in the robbery of a Portland drive-thru coffee stand led officers on a pursuit through Vancouver early Wednesday morning that ended on westbound state Highway 14 near Columbia Shores Boulevard, causing major traffic delays.The incident started after the Portland Police Bureau informed local police about a vehicle involved in a robbery that had crossed state lines into Vancouver, according to Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp.Portland police said in a news release that officers responded to TJ’s Xpress Inc., 9320 N. Whitaker Road, about 6:50 a.m. for a report of an armed robbery. A witness told police the suspect vehicle was last seen driving north on Interstate 5, across the Interstate 5 Bridge.A Vancouver police officer driving east on state Highway 500 spotted the suspect vehicle — a white pickup without license plates — heading westbound on the highway near Falk Road. The officer turned around to pursue the pickup; other units joined the search at that point, Kapp said. The pickup was found parked at an apartment complex in the 4500 block of Nicholson Road, she said.The pickup sped off when police vehicles began to swarm, hopping a curb and driving through some grass to avoid capture, Kapp said. Officers chased the truck, occupied by two men, through Vancouver, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.last_img read more

Historian investigates stories of Grant House ghost

first_imgFor more on local ghost hunting, visit Davis’ website.Jeff Davis is the author of “Weird Washington” and other books about mysterious happenings in the Pacific Northwest.He’s also an anthropologist and a recently retired major in the U.S. Army, where his duties have included working as a military historian for Vancouver Barracks.On an appropriately gray and foggy Saturday, Jeff Davis laid out his plan of attack in what was once the sitting room of Gen. Alfred Sully, commander of Vancouver Barracks from 1874 to 1879.Reaching into his bags, Davis pulled out a compass, two small blue walkie-talkies, a meter to detect electromagnetic fields, a digital recorder and batteries — lots of batteries — and placed them on the finely polished wood table.His plan: Use the equipment to find evidence of Sully’s ghost.There have been a variety of odd reports and sightings over the years at Sully’s former residence, the Grant House, which is now an upscale restaurant.But Davis, a local author and historian, likes to take an approach to ghost hunting that’s as scientific as possible, relying more on instruments and photographs and less on anecdotes.last_img read more

Zika raises concerns for Broward County Spraying continues in South Florida

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Zika virus concerns are finding their way into Broward County.Three areas will be sprayed with insecticide, Thursday morning, while spraying will continue until noon in Fort Lauderdale, near Davie Boulevard and Southwest Fourth Avenue.Davie spraying will continue, as well, near Southwest 16th Street and 130th Avenue.As for Hallandale Beach, spraying continues near Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Northwest Fifth Avenue.So far, a total of 47 locally transmitted cases of the Zika virus have been discovered, according to the CDC.Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the latest Zika zone, a 1.5 square mile area in Miami Beach, on Aug. 19. The first U.S. hot zone for locally transmitted cases of Zika was identified in the Wynwood neighborhood of Miami, in late July.The mosquito-borne illness is especially dangerous for pregnant women and has been linked to serious birth defects. The CDC has issued a travel advisory for pregnant women to avoid the Zika hot Zones in Miami-Dade County. In order to boost business in Wynwood, the City of Miami began offering free two hour parking in the area. The free parking will remain in effect until Aug. 31.If a mosquito carrying Zika does bite, it can take up to two weeks to cause symptoms like:feverheadacheskin rashjoint painconjunctivitis, which causes red, irritated eyesThe State Surgeon General has activated a 24-hour Zika hotline in Florida to answer questions and concerns. That number is 855-622-6735.Pregnant women can receive a free test at the Health District Center, located at 1350 NW 14th St in Miami. For more information, call (305)-324-2400.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

When Audio Pays More Than Print

first_imgIt’s tough being a freelancer, even as opportunities seem to expand as publishers look to slimmer staffs and more outsourcing. Freelance fees have gone through almost a de-inflation-in the 1990’s, the typical rate for a b-to-b freelancer was $1 to $1.50 per word. That rate still holds today. But freelancers who can meet the demand for multimedia articles may find themselves in the money. The typical rate for a slideshow is $150 while podcasts are $750, according to Meg Weaver, founder of Wooden Horse Magazines Database.Scientific American is paying more for multimedia elements. “Podcasts are much better paid than stories,” says editor Peter Brown. “It’s a factor of 10.” Interested in building your audio know-how? Try Audacity, a free, open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is available for MAC OS X, Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.last_img read more

Bottled water of 5 brands substandard BSTI

first_imgThe Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institutions (BSTI) on Monday informed the High Court that bottled drinking water of five brands were substandard, reports UNB.The bench of justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and justice Razik-Al-Jalil instructed the BSTI to inform the court about the legal steps taken against the brands by 24 February.The companies are Yummy Yummy, Aqua Mineral, CFB, Osma and Sinmin.Lawyer Mohammad JR Khan Robin and lawyer Shammi Akhter stood for the petitioner while deputy attorney gaeneral Mokhlesur Rahman represented the BSTI.Robin said BSTI had examined the bottled drinking water of 15 companies and found it to be below standard.On 22 May 2018, a vernacular daily ran a report on bottled water scam. Five days later, lawyer Shammi Akhter filed a writ petition with the High Court attaching the report.On 3 December, the court asked BSTI and law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps to stop the supply of unauthorised bottled water. It also sought a report through the attorney general within 15 days on what steps the BSTI had taken in this regard.Besides, the court also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why its failure to provide pure drinking water in bottles and jars should not be declared illegal.As the report was not submitted through the attorney general, the court on 14 January ordered the BSTI to file a report within a week.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed April 5

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uDayvon Love, co-founder of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle recently wrote a commentary titled, “Baltimore Is a Case Study In How Black Cities Are Not Being Served by Black Leadership.” We’ll talk to Love about the plight of mostly Black, mostly poor Baltimore. Also, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network, report on law enforcement and politics, including thoughts on Baltimore’s latest crime statistics, which don’t look good.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img read more

Thoriumaluminum complex the first with an actinide element to donate electrons when

first_img Explore further Thorium (Th) is a silver-colored radioactive metallic element. Like other metals, it is relatively hard, but bendable. It also has a high melting point and is very reactive—when exposed to air, it reacts and turns black. It is also considered to be unstable. It is currently used in certain welding applications and is being considered as a replacement material for uranium in some nuclear reactors.As the researchers note, thorium’s position on the periodic table is unique because of the reluctance of its 5f orbitals to engage in bonding, as occurs with other actinides. But it is also different chemically from other Lewis acidic transitions metals. In this new effort, the team set out to better understand the electronic structure of thorium by looking specifically at bimetallic complexes with metal-to-metal bonds. As part of that effort, they developed a way to synthesize Th–Al bimetallics using reactions between different materials. The resulting complexes are unique because the thorium atoms wound up in a +3 oxidation state. Notably, just 10 Th(III) complexes have ever been synthesized.To synthesize the new Th(III) the researchers induced reactions between di-tert-butylcyclopentadienyl, supported by a Th(IV) dihalide, with an anionic aluminum hydride salt. The resultant material was then reduced, producing the new Th (III). To stabilize the new material, the researchers mated it with an alanate ligand.To prove that that new material was in fact a Th(III), the researchers studied it using EPR spectroscopy, which revealed the shared electrons between the two atoms. They also conducted DFT calculations to show that the thorium had truly donated an election to the aluminum. The team suggests that their work may be of use to other chemists looking to use actinides as donors. They note also that the their experimental results could prove useful in the future as a way to make other actinides such as plutonium, reducing the need for other stabilizers. Chemical Science (2018). DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01260A Journal information: Chemical Science The element of surprise © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img A small team of researchers from the University of California, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and LPCNO, Université de Toulouse, has developed a way to synthesize a thorium-aluminum complex with an actinide element to donate electrons when bonding with a metal. In their paper published in the journal Chemical Science, the group explains how they achieved the first-of-its-kind feat. More information: Alison B. Altman et al. Chemical structure and bonding in a thorium(iii)–aluminum heterobimetallic complex, Chemical Science (2018). DOI: 10.1039/C8SC01260AAbstractThorium sits at a unique position on the periodic table. On one hand, there is little evidence that its 5f orbitals engage in bonding as they do in other early actinides; on the other hand, its chemistry is distinct from Lewis acidic transition metals. To gain insight into the underlying electronic structure of Th and develop trends across the actinide series, it is useful to study Th(III) and Th(II) systems with valence electrons that may engage in non-electrostatic metal–ligand interactions, although only a handful of such systems are known. To expand the range of low-valent compounds and gain deeper insight into Th electronic structure, we targeted actinide bimetallic complexes containing metal–metal bonds. Herein, we report the syntheses of Th–Al bimetallics from reactions between a di-tert-butylcyclopentadienyl supported Th(IV) dihalide (Cp‡2ThCl2) and an anionic aluminum hydride salt [K(H3AlC(SiMe3)3) (1)]. Reduction of the [Th(IV)](Cl)–[Al] product resulted in a [Th(III)]–[Al] complex [Cp‡2Th(μ-H3)AlC(SiMe3)3 (4)]. The U(III) analogue [Cp‡2U(μ-H3)AlC(SiMe3)3 (5)] could be synthesized directly from a U(III) halide starting material. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies on 4 demonstrate hyperfine interactions between the unpaired electron and the Al atom indicative of spin density delocalization from the Th metal center to the Al. Density functional theory and atom in molecules calculations confirmed the presence of An→Al interactions in 4 and 5, which represents the first examples of An→M interactions where the actinide behaves as an electron donor. 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. Citation: Thorium-aluminum complex the first with an actinide element to donate electrons when bonding with a metal (2018, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-thorium-aluminum-complex-actinide-element-donate.htmllast_img read more

Furor Mounts Over 13M in GSE Exec Bonuses

first_imgFuror Mounts Over $13M in GSE Exec Bonuses Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Edward DeMarco Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Profits Quarterly Earnings Senate Banking Committee Service Providers Treasury Department U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission 2011-11-08 Ryan Schuette November 8, 2011 415 Views “”Fannie Mae””:http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/index.html and “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ remain under scrutiny in the wake of large salaries and bonuses for their executives, as lawmakers from both major parties mount a rare joint effort to criticize the GSEs and their federal regulator.[IMAGE]No less than 60 senators ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô a total of 35 Republicans and 25 Democrats ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô crossed the aisle to circulate a “”letter””:http://www.scribd.com/doc/71601953/Fannie-Freddie-Bonus-Letter-11-4-2011 Friday that denounced the “”Federal Housing Finance Agency””:http://www.fhfa.gov/ (FHFA) for signing off on $12.79 million in bonuses for ten executives with the GSEs.””We are sincerely concerned about the message this sends to millions of American families when the unemployment rate stands at 9.0% and the housing market remains very weak,”” said lawmakers, led by “”Sen. Mark Begich””:http://begich.senate.gov/public/ (D-Alaska) and “”Sen. John Thune””:http://thune.senate.gov/public/ (R-South Dakota).The letter underscored the role of $141 billion in taxpayer funds deployed by the federal government to shore up the sinking companies during the financial crisis.””The idea that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which rely on taxpayer funding to stay float, must offer excessive bonuses to its executives to attract effective management strains credulity,”” it added. “”We therefore urge you to [COLUMN_BREAK]make substantial changes to the executive compensation policies to more accurately reflect the public mission of your agency and the fiscal reality facing the GSEs and the federal government.””Last week “”Sen. Tim Johnson””:http://www.johnson.senate.gov/public/ (D-South Dakota), chairman of the “”Senate Banking Committee””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/, pledged to call FHFA “”Acting Director Edward DeMarco””:http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=67 to account at a future hearing.He called the acting director “”responsible”” for the compensation levels in a “”statement””:http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Newsroom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=6a0682d0-0b5f-b00f-4727-ac39f2e04017&Region_id=&Issue_id, adding that “”taxpayers need to be confident that… controls are in place and the conservator is upholding its responsibilities.””””Filings””:http://sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/310522/000095012311017972/w81665e10vk.htm with the “”Securities and Exchange Commission””:http://www.sec.gov/ (SEC) reveal that the GSEs’ senior-level executives received multimillion-dollar bonuses in addition to their base salaries.Fannie CEO Michael Williams and Freddie CEO Ed Haldeman will both receive $900,000 in base annual salaries, along with $3.1 million in deferred payments this year.Regulators justified the bonuses in the SEC filing by explaining that executives met 2010 goals that included injecting “”liquidity, stability and affordability [into] the U.S. housing and mortgage markets.””Furor over the bonuses follows a string of changes for Freddie Mac, which the FHFA said Haldeman, Chairman John Koskinen, and several board members will leave as soon as the board assembles a succession plan.In October the GSE reported a net loss of $4.4 billion over the third quarter, and revealed in a statement that it will request another $6 billion in taxpayer funds from the “”Treasury Department””:http://www.treasury.gov/Pages/default.aspx.center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Sharelast_img read more

Dear Skyscanner With Christmas on its way Id li

first_imgDear Skyscanner,With Christmas on its way, I’d like to combine a city break with a shopping spree! Where are the best cities to shop until you drop but also have a little mini-holiday too?Claire, GlasgowDear Claire,I’ve been on a couple of breaks that I can admit now, were really all about shopping. When the dollar was weak against the pound back in 2007, I went on a Christmas shopping splurge in New York.I took an empty suitcase and came back with it full. Although the dollar is stronger now, at around $1.5 to the pound, you can still get some great value on your Christmas shopping.For kids and teenagers it’s easy to get presents in the US, with brands like Abercrombie and Fitch and American Eagle offering branded t-shirts, tracksuits and accessories. They are all over town, including large shops on Broadway, as well as dotted throughout the city’s malls – great if it’s cold outside. Just make sure you get a good idea of what they like before wasting your money.For women, I’d recommend going to Anthropolgie. It’s a fashion and homeware shop, and although it’s now come to London, it’s much cheaper in the US. You can buy candles, linen, ceramics, accessories, blankets and all sorts of girlie treasures in there, and there are stores on West Broadway, Fifth Avenue ad the Rockefeller Centre.For the foodie in your life, head to Dean and Deluca, the deli (also great for a speedy lunch or a coffee and a cake between shops). There are outlets on Broadway, Madison Avenue and West 56th Street. The oils and vinegars, chocolates and kitchenware are all wonderful, or you can buy a souvenir tote bag or apron.If you want to score a few brownie points with a present that’s a bit more unique, I’d recommend either browsing around Soho and the Lower East Side or heading to one of New York’s markets. The Brookyn Flea Market is at two different locations on Saturdays and Sundays and even has its own website – . There are over a hundred stalls at both with tons of quirky knick-knacks and vintage finds for the hard-to-buy-for friend or relative.Also try these gems – Aedes de Venustas, a fragrance boutique in the West Village where perfume bottles start from £66, but are worth the extra expense if only for the gorgeous gift wrapping. Or try one of the MoMA Design Stores (www.momastore.org) which are dotted around town and sell unusual gifts and souvenirs including posters, toys, mugs, glassware, stationery and jewellery.If you want somewhere affordable to stay, so you can save your pennies for the shops, try The Jane, a fashionable hotel in the West Village where the rooms are decorated like retro railway carriages. The cheaper rooms are small and the bathrooms are shared, but it’s spotless, fashionable, and great fun, from £62 a night.If you can’t face the New York chill, somewhere a little more mild (and exotic), which offers countless shopping opportunities, is Marrakesh. I went a few years ago to buy a coffee table, and miraculously, found one. It’s inset with an original Berber door (or so I was told) and is now covered with glass in pride of place in my living room.If you decide to buy something big like that, which won’t fit in your suitcase, then you will need to ship it. This takes time and is expensive. In my case, the table cost around £200 and shipping added the same amount again. I had to hand over the full amount and walk away with a hand-written receipt and a vain hope it would arrive a few weeks later. It did – but it felt like a leap of faith. Most people have similarly positive experiences with shipping, give or take the odd broken lantern or two, but it’s wise to be careful before handing over your money.My advice would be to go with your instincts and not buy and ship with a retailer unless they have an established shop, contact details that work (check the website and phone number) and even better, a recommendation from your guide, hotelier or guidebook.So – where to go shopping? Most shoppers head to the medina and the souks off the main square, Jeema Al Fna. You’ll be spoilt for choice if you want lanterns, jewellery, scarves, coloured glassware, leather belts and bags, fezzes, crockery and tagine pots. It’s a colourful, full-on, and at times, overwhelming experience, and you’ll need to have your bartering head on (start at under half the quote price and finish up at around half to two thirds of the original price).As for recommendations, if you’re in town on a Thursday head to the market at Bab el Khemis (Thursday Gate) for a smorgasbord of antiques, knick-knacks and plenty of rubbish inbetween.As for some more specific recommendations, get a guide to take you to Mustapha Blaoui at 142-144 rue Bab Doukkala, for lanterns, rugs, furniture and crockery. Also try La Tannerie in Souk El Kebir for good quality handbags and Beldi in Bab Fteuh for silk trousers.As for where to stay, I love Riad L’Orangeraie in the medina. It costs from £112 a night and has a wonderful roof terrace where you can book a private supper and where you’ll have breakfast every morning. The rooms are elegantly decorated with antique and modern Moroccan furniture and art, and the central courtyard is a peaceful escape from the frenetic streets outside. RelatedChristmas Markets? Ask Skyscanner!Where are the best place to visit a Christmas market?The best cities for a pre-Christmas shopping spree Planning a Christmas shopping trip? Head to one of these destinations to kill two birds with one stone – you’ll whittle down your present list while enjoying a pre-Christmas break in a beautiful city, too.Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner!Travelling Solo? Ask Skyscanner! If that’s not festive enough, try a Christmas market. There are lots to choose from around Europe throughout December, but one of my favourites, and the most famous, is in Cologne. In fact, it’s not just one market, but four around the city. Am Dom is the main affair in the square in front of Cologne’s famous cathedral, so you can cross off a cultural sight as well as doing your Christmas shopping.There are over 100 stalls, many of them offering you food and drink delights to keep you going through the retail challenge. Be sure to try warm apple juice, pretzels, sausages, star-shaped spice biscuits and hot wine.As for gifts, you’ll find candles, ceramics, handmade arts and crafts, wooden toys, gingerbread and sheepskin. This year the markets are on from November 22 to December 23 and during that time there will be live bands, outdoor ice skating, and even a chance to dip a wafer in the chocolate fountain at the city’s wonderful Chocolate Museum.If you’re looking for somewhere unusual to stay I’d recommend Hotel im Wasserturm, a modern hotel occupying an 11-storey brick water tower in central Cologne. The luxurious Deco-style, but contemporary interiors make for sophisticated surroundings and there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant on the top floor with great views of the city – particularly magical during the Christmas market season. Rooms cost from around £128, although you’ll need to book early to bag a rate that low.Enjoy your shopping – don’t forget to go with plenty of space in your suitcase, check for any nasty foreign transaction charges on your credit and debit cards (and apply for one with a better rate before setting off, or go cash-only but keep it under lock and key in your hotel room), and remember that gifts bought abroad can’t be taken back – so think carefully before you make a rash purchase. Good luck!Answer by Ginny Light – TimesOnline travel editorGot a travel question? Email sam@skyscanner.net and we’ll get our panel of travel experts to answer your question.Read more: Ask SkyscannerReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more