first_imgAfter 13 seasons in Miami and three championship rings, Dwyane Wade has committed to joining the Chicago Bulls.“This was not an easy decision, but I feel I have made the right choice,” Wade said in a letter released to the Associated Press. “Watching the Bulls growing up inspired me at an early age to pursue my dream of becoming a basketball player. My most treasured memories were watching my dad play basketball on the courts of Fermi Elementary School and developing my game at the Blue Island Recreation Center. I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”Wade has agreed to a two-year deal worth $47 million, according to the AP. The Miami Heat, Wade’s team for his entire 13-year career, had a two-year, $40 million offer on the table for him.The Bulls are also sending Jose Calderon to the Los Angeles Lakers with a trade in order to clear salary-cap space and sign Wade.The Bulls have also agreed to a trade that will send Mike Dunleavy to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is leaving for the same reason with Calderon.In other free agency moves from last night, center Nene with Houston for a one-year, $2.9 million deal and his fellow Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract to return to the Phoenix Suns.source: eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgA New York-based company experienced in dismantling and demolishing ships will work to remove the wreck of the MV Miner from Scatarie Island this summer. The dismantling and removal of the wreck will protect the Scatarie Island environment and future fishery in the region, as well as create short-term employment for the local economy. Bennington Group New York will begin removing the wreck in June. The project is expected to last two to three months. Bennington is working with Arvina Navigation, owner of the MV Miner. “Nova Scotians want to see this vessel removed from our shoreline, and they want to see it removed at no cost to taxpayers,” said John MacDonell, acting minister of Natural Resources. “There is a small window of opportunity to remove this vessel before hurricane season begins, so it is important to begin work as soon as possible.” Bennington Group and its affiliate companies have completed large projects of this type, including demilitarizing and dismantling an obsolete aircraft carrier for the American navy, removing and dismantling sunken and floating barges, and scrapping various ocean-going vessels. Abe Shah, chief operating officer of Bennington Group, expects the work will generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for the local economy. About 60 workers, many to be hired from the region including divers, steels cutters and on-site security, will be required at various stages of the project. Local vessels as well as barges will transport workers and equipment to and from the site. Most of the food, fuel, lumber and equipment will be purchased or leased from businesses in surrounding communities. Joe MacIsaac from Sydney has been appointed as dive supervisor and community liaison for the project by Bennington Group. “We have the skill and expertise to safely remove the wreck and look forward to working with the fishermen and the community to help ensure the lucrative fishing grounds and the environment are protected for future generations,” said Mr. Shah. “There has been a lot of concern about the MV Miner in our community since last September, and I am encouraged to see Bennington is consulting us about the plan to remove the wreck,” said Amanda McDougall, chair of the Main-a-Dieu Community Liaison Group. Mr. Shah said the vessel will be dismantled in sections and the steel and equipment barged to Port Hawkesbury, where it will be shipped by rail to buyers in Canada and the United States. The provincial departments of Environment and Natural Resources have placed strict terms and conditions on what activities can take place around the work site. Scatarie Island is a provincial-designated protected area and wildlife management area. The Canadian Coast Guard will have a vessel onsite during the project to monitor impact on the marine environment. The company has submitted a workplace safety program to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. Staff from the province will also be on-site during work hours. The province approved the removal plan, in consultation with officials from the government of Canada. The MV Miner was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on Scatarie Island in Sept. 20, 2011. Bennington Group is receiving provincial authority to work on Scatarie Island until Aug. 31. For more information on the removal plan, visit http://novascotia.ca/natr/ .last_img read more

first_imgIt must be reiterated over and over again until it sinks in and assimilates in public psyche the heights to which women can take a project, an organisation, a country, and a society if only given the chance and conducive environment to perform and deliver. In line with that, Chandrayaan-2 was successfully launched by ISRO on July 22 by GSLV MkIII-M1 Vehicle at 1443 hours. This mission was led by two women scientists Muthayya Vanitha and Ritu Karidhal who worked behind the scene and made it possible for India. Muthayya Vanitha was the Project Director and Ritu Karidhal was the Mission Director. It is for the first time that such a high-level project, India’s moon mission was spearheaded by women. Muthayya is an electronics engineer, now invested with the responsibility of Chandrayaan-2. Mission Director Ritu has earlier served as Deputy Director of the Mars Mission. For the last two decades, these ladies have been associated with ISRO. They have been part of several launches as well as development of sub-systems for satellites. ISRO has previously had women project directors for the launch of communication and other satellites but it is this time that these women forces have come to the fore. In a heartening development, ISRO is planning to send one woman astronaut, along with two others, to space under Gaganyaan Mission. VR Lalithambika, as head of the human space programme office, is helping in mission coordination and working with Human Space Flight Centre, the nodal centre for Gaganyaan mission led by its director S Unnikrishnan Nair. In these times of peaking crimes against women and oppression of patriarchy, the inspiring examples of these women scientists serve as a renewed emphatic reminder that over 50 per cent of our workforce cannot be ignored due to short-sighted and narrow-minded attitudes. Women largely determine the future of our society, it is no secret that the more and better women are educated, greater will be the scope of the society, and consequently the state, to progress and prosper.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – The Calgary Zoo says the grey wolf has won a vote to be Canada’s Greatest Animal.The zoo says the grey wolf received over 3,000 of more than 11,000 online votes in a campaign launched in late March.The wolf beat out six other animals, including the beaver, which came second with 2,500 votes.Other contenders included the mountain goat, grizzly, bison, whooping crane and great grey owl.The zoo says the contest was meant to celebrate Canada’s diverse wildlife, while raising awareness about the need to protect it.Lindsey Galloway, the Calgary Zoo’s senior director, says since the campaign was launched on March 23, another 11 species have been added to Canada’s list of endangered species.last_img

first_imgOTTAWA – The Canadian government is facing mounting pressure to suspend its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States amid concerns over child migrants being detained at the U.S. border but the pact has long been widely panned by refugee law experts and advocates.Efrat Arbel is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and was lead investigator on a Harvard Law School examination of the agreement in 2013.She believes strongly that Canada should never have signed onto the agreement and should absolutely suspend it now, especially in light of recent policy changes in the United States regarding asylum seekers.“I think that the evidence is clear and has been since the creation of the Safe Third Country Agreement in 2004 that the United States is not a safe country for refugees,” she said.“The United States’ standards for refugee protection fall short of what the ‘safe third’ (agreement) requires for designation of a country as safe.”The Safe Third Country agreement is based on the core principle that people seeking refugee protection must file their claim in the first safe country they arrive in, unless they qualify for one of a few exceptions.The other core tenet is that Canada considers the United States a safe country for refugees. So, if an asylum seeker comes to Canada at an official border crossing from the United States and tries to claim refugee protection, they will be refused entry and encouraged to make their claim in the United States – the “safe country” from which they just came.The requirements for designating a country as safe are threefold: each country must comply with the United Nations convention against torture and the UN convention on refugees and it must maintain a good human rights record.The United States has long fallen short on meeting these requirements, Arbel says. A recent ruling by U.S Attorney General Jeff Sessions that domestic and gang violence are no longer grounds for asylum make the argument for suspending the agreement even stronger, she added.“That is a decision that clearly strays from international protection standards and that falls far below what Canada has long recognized in its domestic asylum regime.”Nadia Abu-Zahra, associate professor of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, also believes Canada was wrong to sign the Safe Third Country agreement, notably after the U.S. government detained and deported Canadian citizen Mahar Arar to Syria in 2002, where he faced almost a year of torture.How can Canada assume the U.S. is safe for refugees from war-torn countries when even a Canadian citizen was deported and tortured, Abu-Zahra asked?“That’s the assumption that’s being made in this agreement. And that assumption was incorrect in 2002 and that assumption is now very visibly incorrect with babies being taken away from their mothers and children being held in cages.”Canada and its welcoming attitude toward refugees has long been its business card for the world, Abu-Zahra said. Canada therefore should be showing leadership in standing up for the rights of refugees being treated like criminals and facing the possibility of being sent back to their home countries – countries they fled due to war, violence and persecution, she added.As for what would happen if the agreement were suspended, Arbel, Abu-Zahra and others say it could lead to a larger number of asylum seekers coming to Canada.But it could also alleviate the problems Canada has been facing with a spike in asylum seekers coming irregularly across the Canada-U.S. border at non-official ports of entry.“At the moment the agreement just pushes asylum seekers towards irregular modes of entry, it increases insecurity and can put their lives and their safety at risk,” Arbel said.“Allowing asylum seekers to cross at (official) ports of entry is beneficial not just for asylum seekers, but also for Canada. We can more effectively manage the flow of asylum seekers, we can resource our borders more effectively, as we have in the past.”If Canada refuses entry to an asylum seeker from the U.S. knowing the U.S. will send them back to their countries where they will face persecution, Canada is complicit, said Janet Dench, executive director of the Canadian Council for Refugees.She too pointed to the recent decision by the Trump administration to disallow domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum.“I think particularly for this current Canadian government that is proudly positioning itself as a feminist government and protector of women’s rights, it is completely incompatible for us to be saying we’re going to send women back to the U.S. knowing the U.S. has committed not to defend their rights if they’re fleeing gender-based persecution.”For its part, the Trudeau government has said it will not make rash decisions when it comes to immigration policy or the Safe Third Country Agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that informal conversations have been ongoing to modernizing and improve the agreement. But he stressed that all asylum seekers – regular or irregular – must go through the proper channels to determine if they qualify for refugee status.“If they do not qualify as asylum seekers, they will be returned to their country of origin. That is the system that we have.”Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgOn Thursday, May 2, 2013 The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s (EIF) Women’s Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, along with EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas, Quinn Ezralow, Marion Laurie and Jaime Tisch will welcome guests to An Unforgettable Evening presented by Saks Fifth Avenue benefiting EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund at the Beverly Wilshire hotel.Hosted by Chelsea Handler, the evening will include a dinner and an awards presentation. Grammy Award-winning artist Kylie Minogue will accept the 2013 Courage Award for her fight against breast cancer and dedication to raising awareness for the disease. The Nat King Cole Award will be presented to renowned fashion designer Carolina Herrera for her charitable works and contributions to the EIF Women’s Cancer Research Fund including her participation in the 2012 Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure campaign. Grammy Award-winning artist Bruno Mars will close the evening with a special musical performance.The event marks the 16th anniversary of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund which continues to raise support for innovative cancer research, such as the Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project and recognize remarkable individuals for their commitment to the cause. The Breast Cancer Biomarker Discovery Project is working to identify and verify biomarkers that will lead to the development of a blood test for the detection of breast cancer at its earliest and most curable stages. The Women’s Cancer Research Fund is also funding research being conducted at prestigious, National Cancer Institute (NCI)-accredited medical institutes, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – As NAFTA talks enter their most sensitive phase, a fever of speculation has broken out about whether Donald Trump might soon announce his intention to withdraw from NAFTA — and it’s likely to last a while.With only couple of months left in the currently scheduled rounds of talks, Canada will be keeping an ever-closer eye on the U.S. president, who has repeatedly said it might be necessary to start the withdrawal process in order to gain leverage and win concessions.Here’s a brief guide to what such a pullout announcement would likely mean.— NAFTA survives, at least for a while: The agreement’s withdrawal clause is not an automatic-exit trigger. It isn’t like Brexit and the European Union’s Article 50. NAFTA’s Article 2205 requires six months’ notice before anyone can actually pull out.— Loonie drops: Goldman Sachs projects a six-cent drop in the Canadian dollar if Trump announces a pullout, and a more dramatic effect on the peso. Mere speculation about a withdrawal in news reports this week caused a momentary dip. Currency markets can act as shock absorbers in the event of trade jolts, softening the impact of tariffs.— Lawsuit watch: A debate is already raging within the American legal community about the constitutionality of a president pulling out of a trade agreement without an act of Congress. Some insist Trump has the authority; others disagree. What everyone does seem to agree on is the likelihood of lawsuits. Behind the confusion lies a few historical contradictions: A U.S. Constitution that gives the president power over international relations, but the Congress power over trade; court cases that uphold the president’s power over international agreements, versus others that say he can’t contradict established law. This area of law hasn’t been tested much — it’s pretty rare for a U.S. president to be more hostile to trade deals than Congress, which is traditionally more protectionist. It’s unclear what would happen to the 1994 U.S. law passed by Congress implementing NAFTA, which remains on the books.— Mexico probably walks: Insiders familiar with the Mexican negotiators’ strategy are adamant: they will leave the negotiating table if Trump triggers Article 2205. The Mexicans have said this publicly, and sources there have been even more explicit in private conversations.— Canada probably stays: The Canadian government has been far cagier when asked what it would do next. But people familiar with its intentions say it would likely stay at the table and keep talking.— Trump’s next decision: Does he choose to pause negotiations during elections in Mexico and the U.S., and resume talks after a new Mexican government is sworn in this December? Stay at the table with whichever party chooses to keep talking? Turn the trilateral negotiation into a bilateral, if it’s only the U.S. and Canada? Or does he proceed to killing NAFTA after the six-month grace period?— Zombie NAFTA: The countries keep trading without tariffs, the agreement’s dispute mechanisms keep working, cross-border companies can keep investing and hiring anywhere, but all with the knowledge that the deal is half-dead and could be buried any time after six months. Without free trade, the countries would be free to apply their international tariffs — they average 3.5 per cent for U.S. imported products, 4.1 per cent in Canada, and 7 per cent in Mexico, though some products would face much higher tariffs.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday paid tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary.Paying floral tributes to BSP founder Kanshi Ram, Mayawati said that the biggest tribute to him would be to get “good results” in the Lok Sabha elections. “Different political parties are paying tribute to Kanshi Ram on his birth anniversary despite the model code of conduct,” the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister told reporters. She thanked the other political parties for saluting Kanshi Ram. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”I also want to tell the people of our party that this time his birth anniversary has fallen at a time when the schedule of the Lok Sabha elections has been announced,” she said. “If the workers of our party across the country work cautiously against the nefarious design of the opposition parties and bring a good result, then it would be the real rich tribute to Kanshi Ramji,” she said. Former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav tweeted, “A tribute to the leader Kanshi Ramji, a great thinker, who raised the political and social consciousness, on his birth anniversary. On this occasion, we shall fulfill his dreams of social justice.” The BSP, the SP and the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal will fight the April-May Lok Sabha elections as allies.last_img read more

LAS VEGAS — The Latest on former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid’s lawsuit against the maker of an exercise band (all times local):1:25 p.m.An attorney for an exercise band maker challenged former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid about his truthfulness after he testified that an eye injury he blames on the company led him not to run for re-election in 2016.TheraBand attorney Laurin Quiat on Friday showed Reid saying in a 2015 video announcement that his decision had “absolutely nothing to do with” his injury.Reid answered that he didn’t want people to think he was incapacitated while Democratic minority leader.Reid has told jurors that he spun and fell face-first against cabinets in his bathroom when a flexible device he’d looped around a shower door handle slipped from his grip as he exercised.Quiat questioned Reid about initially saying that the band broke and that it had been mounted to a “sturdy object” or hook in the bathroom wall.___10:45 a.m.Former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has testified that his political career was cut short by a 2015 eye injury that he blames on an exercise band maker.The 79-year-old longtime Democratic leader told a jury hearing his lawsuit Friday that his eye and face injuries were “the main factor” in not seeking a sixth Senate term in 2016.Reid told jurors Thursday that he spun and fell face-first against cabinets in his bathroom when a flexible TheraBand device he’d looped around a shower door handle slipped from his grip as he exercised.A company lawyer says Reid misused the device and the company isn’t at fault.Reid is suing Ohio-based Hygenic Corp. for damages. He claims civil negligence and failure to warn the public that the device is dangerous.___This story has been corrected to show that Reid also testified Thursday.The Associated Press read more

The action plan sets out a series of measures to enhance the overall protection of children affected by armed conflict, including the cessation and prevention of child recruitment, and the release of children from national security forces. The Sudanese Government also committed to appoint a high-level focal point to coordinate the implementation of the plan and to collaborate with the UN in monitoring progress. With that signing yesterday, all seven countries whose national security forces are listed by the UN Secretary-General for recruitment and use of children have committed to the objective of Children, Not Soldiers, a global campaign to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children by Government security forces in conflict. The other six are Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. “Twenty years after my mandate was created, governments around the world now agree that children should not be associated with national security forces in conflict,” said Leila Zerrougui, UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict in a press release . “The Action Plan signed today will bring about a more protected future for the country’s children. I look forward to its full implementation and reiterate my full support to the Sudanese authorities to reach this objective,” she added. Signing ceremony of Action Plan to end and prevent the recruitment and use of children in national security forces on 27 March 2016 in Khartoum, Sudan. Photos: UN of for Children and Armed Conflict ‹ › Sudan’s State Minister of Social Welfare Ibrahim Adam Ibrahim signed the action plan on behalf of the Government. “We will work to promote and protect children’s rights in areas of armed conflict and displacement. We are also committed to strengthen existing mechanisms that are included in the Child Act of 2010 and the Sudan Armed Forces law,” he said. Upon successful completion of all measures agreed to in the action plan, the Sudanese Government Security Forces will be removed from the annexes of the Secretary-General’s annual report on children and armed conflict. Chad completed the requirements of its action plan and was delisted in July 2014. In a joint declaration, the three co-chairs of the UN Country Task Force on monitoring and reporting pledged support for Sudan. They are Bintou Keita, Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID); Marta Ruedas, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator; and Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Representative. read more

Urban Meyer stopped before finishing his sentence because even he knew he didn’t believe the words that were about to come out of his mouth. The Buckeyes had just pulled off one of the most improbable victories you’ll ever see against Purdue. There were 47 seconds left, 61 yards to go, and an 8-point deficit staring Meyer and the Buckeye team straight in the face. Heisman Trophy candidate and sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was lying in the hospital. Yet somehow redhsirt junior backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who said his career’s previous shining moment came in OSU’s glorified preseason scrimmage, orchestrated touchdown drives in regulation and overtime to lead the Buckeyes to victory. What did Meyer think the odds were of OSU pulling it out? “I knew it from -,” he said before stopping. He wanted to say he knew it was going to happen, that he had every confidence in the world that Guiton could do the job that his starter struggled to do all day. But instead he laughed. “I’m still trying to figure this bad boy out,” he said. “We won, right?” Meyer wasn’t so light-hearted in the moment. It took Guiton four drives before he finally broke through. The first drive ended when a field goal clanked off the left upright. The second ended in a safety, and the third in an interception. “He threw the pick, and I grabbed (Guiton), I said, ‘You’re going to go win us a game,’” Meyer said. There probably isn’t a coach in America that wouldn’t tell his quarterback the same thing in that situation. But what separates the good coaches from the great ones is the ability to make the players actually believe what they’re saying, even if they don’t believe it themselves. Somehow, Meyer was able to get that across to Guiton because he looked like a believer on his final two drives – both of which ended in touchdowns. Guiton isn’t the only one buying into what Meyer is selling. When he talks, people listen, and more importantly for a football team, they perform. When Meyer called out junior receiver Corey Brown for his lack of agility, he responded the next week by returning a punt for a touchdown. When Meyer lifted redshirt junior receiver Chris Fields from the irrelevance of the bottom of the depth chart, he plucked Guiton’s game-tying touchdown pass a moment before the ball hit the turf. At 8-0, most of the Buckeye faithful believes, too. Before Meyer and his team sang “Carmen Ohio” in front of the south stands, the fans that didn’t leave early began to chant, “Urban! Urban! Urban!” Meyer took a step forward, raised his arm and unleashed a Tiger Woods-style fist pump. The crowd went absolutely berserk. Meyer then raised his arms twice, culminating in a deafening cheer. The players broke from their Carmen formation and danced in celebration. It was euphoric, and Meyer was the catalyst of it all. The job Meyer has done is especially impressive given the context in which he’s done it. Offensive coordinator Tom Herman described his players as “a bit fragile” because of the tumultuous 2011 year that saw OSU have three head coaches and lose seven games, including a 24-17 defeat against Florida in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 Fragile players have fragile psyches and when things start to go wrong, it’s easy to throw in the towel. Last season, OSU played eight games that were decided by seven points or less and lost six of them. When one thing started to go wrong, the problems tended to snowball. Perhaps the best example is the last time Miller had to completely leave a game. When Miller was injured against Nebraska in 2011, the Buckeyes blew a 21-point lead and lost. “You’ve got to be part-psychologist throughout parts of the game and throughout parts of the week, because (the coaches) all know X, Y and Z are going to work, but it only works if the players believe it’s going to work,” Herman said. “I think that’s been as big of a change as any.” These players – whether it’s realistic or not – believe. When the situation gets tough, the players dig in for a battle. Every coach tries to create that type of environment, but not many are successful. It appears Meyer has been. “When it really gets really hard, the people that don’t work very hard just let go of the rope and do something else,” Meyer said. “If you hold onto the rope … and it’s amazing we did talk about it this morning in the hotel, the reason we do, it’s so hard. You come in February, March, when it gets so friggin’ hard, you can’t give in; you’ve got too much invested; that’s my opinion why they won the game.” read more

first_imgA MAN IN his twenties is due to appear in court this morning charged in connection with an incident in which three people were stabbed at a GAA club in Kildare.The incident happened at the clubhouse of Rathcoffey GAA at about 2am in the early hours of Sunday morning.Two men and a woman, also understood to be in their 20s, were all taken to Naas General Hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life threatening.The man was arrested at the scene by gardaí based out of Clane Garda Station and has been held ahead of this morning’s court appearance.Read: Man and woman charged with early-morning Ranelagh assault to face court today >Read: Man injured after shooting at west Dublin house >last_img

first_img Friday 7 Apr 2017, 8:51 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share33 Tweet Email Gardaí appeal for information on whereabouts of Peter Scully The 48-year-old man has been missing from his home for five days. Source: Garda Press OfficeGARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of Peter Scully who is missing from his home at Greystones Co Wicklow.Peter, who is 48 years old, was last seen at his home on Sunday 2 April at around 6.15pm.He is described as: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLcenter_img 5 foot 7 inches in height,Of medium buildIs baldHas green eyes.When last seen he was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms with a navy sweatshirt top.He may be wearing a brown hoodie and runners if he had intended going out walking.Anyone with information is asked to contact Greystones Garda station on 01-6665800, the Garda Confidentail Line 1800-666-111, or any Garda station.Read: Do you know this man? Footage shows last known movements of missing Trevor Deely Apr 7th 2017, 8:51 PM http://jrnl.ie/3330094 15,480 Views 4 Comments last_img read more

first_imgLa NASA se prépare à envoyer une imprimante 3D dans l’espace”Un petit pas pour les imprimantes 3D, un grand pas pour la technologie”. Depuis quelques temps, les imprimantes 3D ne cessent de faire parler d’elles. Et, ces dernières vont encore plus loin, puisque la NASA va en envoyer une dans l’espace. Selon l’agence spatiale, elle permettra de créer directement des outils ou matériaux, facilitant le travail des astronautes.Un appareil de la taille d’un grille-pain qui pourrait changer la donne dans l’espace… La NASA prévoit d’envoyer, dans très peu de temps, une imprimante 3D sur la Station Spatiale Internationale (ISS). Son utilité ? Permettre de créer rapidement des outils et des matériaux qui permettront de réduire les équipements et pièces de rechange emmenés par les astronautes sur l’ISS. L’imprimante 3D servira donc de mini-usine, en créant des objets couche par couche. Actuellement, dans les laboratoires de la NASA, des ingénieurs impriment déjà en 3D de petits satellites qui pourraient évoluer autour de l’ISS et transmettre des données à la Terre. Ils testent également des pièces de rechange et des pièces de vaisseau spatial pouvant résister à des températures extrêmes.”C’est comme si c’était Noël””À chaque fois que nous réalisons que nous pouvons imprimer en 3D un nouvel objet dans l’espace, c’est comme si c’était Noël. Cela élimine tous les problèmes liés aux pièces irremplaçables ou encore au rationnement”, s’enthousiasme l’inventeur Andrew Filo, consultant pour la NASA sur le projet, repris par le DailyMail. Selon lui, le plastique pourrait très bien remplacer tout le matériel supplémentaire nécessaire aux astronautes. “Si nous voulons nous adapter n’importe où, nous devons être capable de concevoir et de créer rapidement, et c’est là que l’intérêt des imprimantes 3D dans l’espace entrent en jeu”, détaille Dave Lorsmeyer, ingénieur en chef au NASA Ames Research Center. Mais, en dépit d’une multitude de possibilité, la prochaine mission, à bord de laquelle se trouvera l’imprimante 3D ne sera qu’à des fins de démonstration.Départ en 2014Le premier départ de l’imprimante 3D dans l’espace a été prévu pour l’automne 2014, lors d’une mission de réapprovisionnement. D’ici là, l’agence spatiale doit choisir parmi plus d’une douzaine de modèles, qui vont du modèle de bureau à 300 dollars (220 euros) à la machine à grande échelle à 550.000 dollars (406.000 euros). Le problème majeur reste qu’elles ont principalement été conçue pour fonctionner sur Terre. Or, le voyage dans l’espace, à lui seul, représente un challenge de taille pour les scientifiques. L’imprimante devra être capable de résister à la pression et aux vibrations du lancement, mais aussi à la mise en orbite, la micro-gravité, l’apesanteur ou encore les températures extrêmement variables. La NASA a ainsi engagé l’entreprise Made In Space pour créer un tout nouvel appareil. Imprimante après imprimante, test de lancement après test, les ingénieurs de la société se sont efforcés d’inventer un produit ultra-résistant. “La sécurité reste l’une de nos priorités. Étincelles, casses, tensions électriques peuvent avoir de graves conséquences sur l’ISS”, affirme Michael Chen, responsable stratégique de Made In Space. À terme, les imprimantes 3D spatiales devront aussi être capables de stocker les gaz émis par le plastique, d’auto-réparer ses propres pièces ou encore de recycler les produits imprimés pour en créer de nouveaux. En revanche, tant que le métal ne sera pas utilisé facilement dans les imprimantes 3D, ses applications resteront limitées.Priorité pour l’espaceÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESALa NASA et les autres agences spatiales mettent la pression sur le développement d’imprimantes 3D pour l’espace. En effet, maîtriser la production dans l’espace comme trouver de l’eau et de la nourriture sur d’autres planètes pourraient permettre l’établissement de vie. En février 2013, l’Agence spatiale européenne avait ainsi fait part de son projet d’envoyer une imprimante 3D sur la Lune pour construire une base à l’aide des matériaux trouvés sur place. Mais les scientifiques n’en sont pas encore là. Pour le premier voyage spatial de l’appareil, quelques impressions initiales seront testées. La résistance et la précision de petites pièces pourront ainsi être testées. La nature de la première pièce imprimées est également en cours de discussion à la NASA. La raison ? Symbolique et historique, cette dernière finira probablement ses jours dans un musée. “Pour l’instant, ces discussions ne sont pas publiques”, ajoute Aaron Kemmer, CEO de Made In Space. “Nous allons construire l’Étoile de la Mort. Et, ensuite, ce sera la fin”, plaisante de son côté en chuchotant Jason Dunn, un des responsables technologique de la société.Le 1 octobre 2013 à 13:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgFOREST GROVE, Ore. — A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.Unsure at first what to do, the districts adapted the same early-intervention approach used to handle potential school shooters: Based on observations or tips, school staff now quietly keep an eye on kids they worry are sexually aggressive. Parents help the school try to understand why their child is acting out. And the school intervenes if behavior threatens to escalate, whether the student is a kindergartener or about to graduate.This awakening puts the districts at the forefront of grassroots efforts to grapple with a sensitive and complex challenge that U.S. universities already have been forced to confront but elementary and secondary schools have mostly avoided.A yearlong Associated Press investigation uncovered about 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a recent four-year period, a figure that doesn’t fully capture the problem because such violence is greatly under-reported and some states don’t track it.AP also found that only 18 states required training for teachers, school administrators or students focused on peer-on-peer sexual assaults, leaving many educators to struggle with both how to protect victims and manage the risk of offenders.last_img read more

first_img“My Mother’s Clothes” by Jeannette Montgomery Barron is a perfect example of the role clothing can play in memory. Barron paid tribute to her mother, who died after a five-year struggle with Alzheimer’s by photographing her mother’s clothes and accessories. The book began as a photo album to help her mother remember things when her mother was still alive, according to Amazon’s website, and ended as a memoir and celebration of her mother’s life.A gold-sequin tube top and leopard-print harem pants marked a milestone in Vancouver resident Jane Cook’s life: New Year’s Eve 1979.“I still remember what I was wearing that night,” said Cook, now 53. “I wondered what the 1980s might be like for me. There was a lot of promise. I was saying goodbye to one decade, finishing high school and going to college. The 1980s was the decade I would finish college and go out there and find my way into the world.”Clothes and memories can be closely linked, especially when the clothes are associated with strong emotions, according to experts. Clothes can trigger memories, harken back to social and political influences of the time, and, in some cases, even stand out in memory above other details. Looking at a garment worn to a significant event in someone’s life may allow someone, such as Cook, to relive those moments.So why are clothes both vividly remembered and a powerful memory stimulant?A memory like Cook’s is classified as an emotional memory, said Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist at the University of California Los Angeles and author of several books on memory, aging and Alzheimer’s disease. It also is an episodic memory, a vivid snapshot, which also commonly is associated with strong emotions, said William Meek, lead psychologist at Washington State University Vancouver.“Emotional memories focus on certain details and not others,” Small said. “It could be a first kiss, a child’s first step.”What details someone focuses on often depends on what’s important to the person.When 95-year-old Matilda Baran of Vancouver was asked recently to recount the April 24, 1936, premiere of the Kiggins Theatre for an oral history project, her memories of the night were foggy, with the exception of one detail: what she was wearing. The image of her outfit that night was still vivid in her mind: a long, floral-printed chiffon dress with a jacket, she said.last_img read more

first_imgParren J. Mitchell (Photo credit: umd.edu)The University of Maryland, College Park is naming its Art-Sociology Building after Parren J. Mitchell, the first Black person from Maryland to be elected to Congress.The University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents approved renaming the building at the end of Sept.Mitchell is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1950 he filed and won a lawsuit for admittance into the university’s graduate sociology program despite efforts made by the university’s then president, Harry Clifton “Curley” Byrd, to persuade him to take classes in Baltimore City.This decision made Mitchell the first Black person to study in a graduate program at the University of Maryland.Mitchell was a civil rights activist as well as a Purple Heart recipient. He died in 2007. The Mitchell Building, which houses the Office of the Registrar at the College Park campus, is named after his brother, Clarence Mitchell Jr., another noted civil rights activist. Mitchell Jr. died in 1984.The University of Maryland, College Park is making other changes by adding a statue of Frederick Douglas to the school’s campus. They are also debating whether to rename Byrd Stadium.Byrd was a student, athlete, professor and president at the school, but it is his support of segregation that has prompted students to encourage the name change. He was the university’s president from 1935 to 1954.The university’s current president, Wallace D. Loh, has assembled a committee of 20 people to work toward deciding whether the stadium’s name should be changed.The report on whether to rename Byrd Stadium is due in December.last_img read more

first_imgJune 15, 2019 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Not every AI-loving company operates in logistics, marketing or healthcare. Artificial intelligence isn’t picky about which industries it revolutionizes, and many niches have already embraced automation.Given the global value of AI, it’s no surprise the tech is spreading. Statista estimates that worldwide AI revenue will hit $90 billion by 2025. With so much wealth to go around, no industry is safe from disruption.Sooner or later, artificial intelligence will be table stakes in every industry. A few sectors you might not expect are leading the way:Related: What Every Entrepreneur Must Know About Artificial Intelligence1. Beauty and skincare.Consumers can’t seem to get enough of sustainability and personalization. In the beauty space, AI is helping firms deliver both. By aligning cosmetic shades and styles with specific shoppers’ skin features, AI is ending the beauty product guessing game.On the sustainability front, beauty brands are trusting machine learning to manage their supply chains. AI is the centerpiece of Nu Skin’s sustainability strategy, for instance, which includes a partnership with an agriculture startup that uses technology to automate its growing environment. “This process provides consumers safe, effective and traceable product ingredients while drastically reducing the land and water resources required,” noted Nu Skin president Ryan Napierski.Related: These Entrepreneurs are Using Their Engineering Minds to Disrupt the Beauty Market2. MiningDespite its old-school reputation, the mining industry is taking full advantage of modern tools. More than just pickaxes and dark caves, mining relies on a combination of energy, workers, capital and mineral prices to maintain profitability. Using AI, mine operators can reduce worker risk, predict pricing changes and improve their operational efficiency.AI can also show mining companies new opportunities for exploration. GoldSpot Discoveries, a mining-specific AI vendor, agreed in April to help Gran Colombia accelerate its exploration programs in Segovia while reducing the exploration risks of the project. Not only can AI make mining more profitable, but it can also show skeptics that the industry cares about its environmental impacts.3. Customer serviceEven in the age of AI, people like to talk to other people. However, they also hate long hold times, which is pushing more customer service companies to replace contracted call center workers with automated systems.“If you really look at the work in a contact center that’s outsourced, it’s generally very low-value work,” said Abinash Tripath, co-founder of Helpshift. “It’s something that lends itself easily to automation. And companies will start shedding their outsourced agents.”Firms like Helpshift are already using automated systems to process payments and handle run-of-the-mill information requests. When customers can use automated assistants to serve themselves, companies can afford to allocate their human capital to more complicated tasks, such as house calls and customer retention.Related: How AI Can Make Customer Service More EfficientNormalization Is NearAI is a competitive-advantage chameleon. For any company in any industry, it can eliminate inefficient business practices, identify unseen opportunities and explore new markets. Best of all, AI algorithms create positive feedback cycles. The more widespread the tools become, the more quickly they can improve. As more and more companies dip their toes in, all users will gain more insights in ever-shrinking fragments of time.Sooner rather than later, the AI discussion will shift from disruption to standardization. Companies that fail to leverage automated tools will cease to exist. Don’t get caught off guard: The edge of possibility will soon become the baseline customer expectation. 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »last_img read more

first_imgMaximising the potential of domestic travel in New ZealandDelivering at least a $9 billion increase in annual domestic tourism spend by 2025 is the goal for an industry group brought together by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA).The Domestic Tourism Working Group met again this week to further the development of a Domestic Travel Strategy.The aim of this work is to ensure New Zealand’s tourism industry retains a strong focus on domestic travel and to ensure opportunities to boost its value are identified and grasped.Spearheaded by TIA, the Working Group includes representatives from Tourism New Zealand, Regional Tourism Organisations NZ, the Automobile Association, Air New Zealand, the accommodation and transport sectors, Department of Conservation and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment.TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says the importance of domestic tourism was clearly identified in the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework.“In 2014, domestic tourism was officially valued at $13.4 billion, greater than the value of international tourism. We want to see that number grow to $22.6 billion by 2025.“Traditionally, no single body or agency has been responsible for domestic tourism and it can be seen as the ‘poorer cousin’ of international tourism,” explains Mr Roberts.“TIA has therefore decided we need to take a leadership role because our best chance of achieving the Tourism 2025 goal is by working together as an industry to identify barriers to growth and find solutions.“Increasing domestic travel will help the industry smooth out seasonal peaks and troughs and achieve regional dispersal goals – if Kiwis are given the right incentives and information, they will visit different regions at different times of the year.”Mr Roberts says domestic travellers are the lifeblood of many accommodation businesses, while activity operators often ‘cut their teeth’ in the domestic market before expanding into the international market. Domestic tourism also offers huge potential for boosting regional development.“The Working Group sees opportunities for New Zealanders to engage more in domestic travel. We have world-class tourism products and provide some outstanding experiences – we need to have that recognised and improve the way we tell our stories to a domestic audience.“One of our first actions will be gaining a better understanding of the different types of domestic travellers – who they are, how many, and what their motivations to travel are. This will build on research undertaken in 2010.”Mr Roberts says good, solid insight is at the heart of the industry’s Tourism 2025 growth framework, which is aiming to almost double total annual revenue (domestic and international) to $41 billion over the next decade.“If we can persuade more New Zealanders to use their discretionary dollars on a domestic travel experience, we will have more successful tourism businesses significantly contributing to the social and economic vitality of New Zealand.” Tourism Industry Association New ZealandSource = Tourism Industry Association New Zealandlast_img read more

first_img Home Prices Homes.com Recovery 2014-06-02 Tory Barringer Share June 2, 2014 482 Views A new report indicates more than one-third of the nation’s top largest and midsize markets have achieved full price recovery, though further gains are expected to come slower as certain areas show signs of stalling.Homes.com released its Local Market Index for March, recording year-over-year price gains in all 100 of the country’s top markets and in each of the additional 200 midsize markets surveyed. For the 10th straight month, the West dominated the list in annual increases, with California alone accounting for six of the top 10 yearly improvements—including San Diego, where prices were up more than 16 percent year-on-year.Compared to February, 79 of the top 100 largest markets posted gains, while an additional 162 smaller metros showed positive movement.The most recent increases brought another handful of markets up to a full recovery, with a total of 102—35 of the largest and 67 midsize—rebounding completely. Another 57 percent of surveyed markets have come back at least halfway from their lowest recessionary price.”As peak real estate season gets underway, hundreds of markets moved closer to rebound status with several reaching full price recovery,” said Brock MacLean, EVP of Homes.com. “The top 300 U.S. markets have seen average annual gains of eight percent with the lowest gains still above three percent.”While the South and West are looking relatively healthier, indicators are less hopeful elsewhere in the country. According to Homes.com, price increases in the Midwest and Northeast have slowed in the last several months, with the latter actually posting decreases recently.”As tight inventory boosts prices and recent graduates struggle with student debt, we’re now seeing signs of slowing in specific regions of the country indicating a recovery may be a longer process in certain areas,” MacLean explained.center_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Headlines, News Prices Fully Recovered in One-Third of Top U.S. Marketslast_img read more