A simple experiment using rubber bands and cups of water is putting a new twist on helical geometry. Traditional telephone cords are coiled into helixes that spiral clockwise or counterclockwise. By securing one end of the cord while twisting the other in the opposite direction of the spiral, a rainbow-shaped boundary called a perversion forms at the intersection of the opposing twists. A helix with one or more of these perversions is known as a hemihelix. Although hemihelixes with a single perversion are commonly found in meandering plant roots and wool fibers, hemihelixes with multiple perversions have never been seen until now. In an attempt to create a spring that replicates the light-bending properties of cuttlefish ink sacs, a team of researchers suspended two rubber strips of different lengths. Connecting the bottoms of the two strips to a cup of water, the shorter band stretched to the same length as the longer one. After gluing the two stretched strips together, the researchers gradually drained the water from the cup. As the bands retracted and twisted from the reduced strain, the researchers were shocked to see a hemihelix with multiple perversions form (as seen in the above video). The width-to-height ratio of the rubber bands determines the final form of the resulting helix, the team reports online today in PLOS ONE. The authors suggest that such shapes have not been made before because most materials simply break when put under the forces used in the tests. The team hopes their work inspires nanodevices and molecules that twist and transform from flat strips into predetermined 3D shapes on demand.(Video credit: J. Liu et al., PLOS ONE 9, 4 [23 April 2014])Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 A preseason brawl between La Salle and Far Eastern University may have fanned the animosity between the two powerhouse squads, but Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo would rather have his players deal with the absence of their main man.Ben Mbala, last season’s Most Valuable Player, won’t see action with the defending champion Archers when Season 80 of the UAAP men’s basketball tournament fires off this weekend.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “Our team caught a lot of people by surprise,” said Sandy Arespacochaga, deputy of Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. “We did well so it’s also a challenge for us to be consistent.”For University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol, the challenge is dealing with the absence of key recruits Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who were declared ineligible Monday, just hours before the league’s press conference at Mall of Asia Arena.“We don’t know yet how our team will look like,” said Perasol, noting UP will appeal the league’s decision that his players need to serve one more year of residency.The season kicks off with University of the East and National U battling at 2 p.m. this Saturday at MoA Arena, followed by the 4 p.m. clash between Ateneo and Adamson.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “It’s a big test playing without Ben,” Ayo said of his Cameroonian center, who may miss two games as he plays for his national team in the 2017 Fiba Afrobasket. “But we don’t rely on one player only, we rely on our system.”Ayo, as well as new FEU coach Olsen Racela, said their teams had moved on from last week’s invitational game that resulted in an ugly free-for-all in Davao City. It’s the second straight year the two schools figured in a preseason altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What I always preach and tell my players in basketball or in life is not to dwell on the past—move forward, be mindful of the present,” said Racela.All’s well between coaches Aldin Ayo of La Salle (left) and Olsen Racela of Far Eastern U after a recent offseason brawl among their players in Davao City. —Sherwin VardeleonThe Archers and the Tamaraws stand as favorites this season along with the Ateneo Blue Eagles, who reached the finals last year despite the graduation of several veterans. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension So beats Colombian; Sadorra loses MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Manchester United’s David De Gea agrees new four-year contractManchester United’s David De Gea agrees new four-year contract
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has signed a new four-year contract, the club said on Friday, a week after a proposed transfer to Real Madrid collapsed.The Spain international, 24, almost joined Madrid on transfer deadline day, but the deal fell through as the necessary paperwork was not filed in time and the clubs blamed each other for the bureaucratic failure.His previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season, and he had been widely expected to join Madrid on a free transfer next year.I feel proud to announce that I’ll continue with you and @manutd. Thanks for your unconditional support! pic.twitter.com/I6J7XGHKe2 David De Gea (@D_DeGea) September 11, 2015 His decision to commit his future to United will give the club a timely boost ahead of Saturday’s clash at home to rivals Liverpool.”I am delighted to be starting this new chapter in my United career,” De Gea said in a statement on the club website (www.manutd.com).”I have always enjoyed playing with these great players in front of our fantastic fans. Manchester United is a special club and Old Trafford is an ideal place for me to continue to develop my career.”I’m looking forward to putting a difficult summer behind me and concentrating on working hard to improve and help my team mates to be successful.”De Gea was left out of United’s opening games of the season, with manager Louis van Gaal openly questioning whether the player could deal mentally with the ongoing speculation.advertisementArgentina international Sergio Romero was installed as first-choice keeper and kept three clean sheets in the league before being criticised following a 2-1 defeat by Swansea City.Van Gaal has yet to confirm whether De Gea will be brought back into the side for Saturday’s home clash with Liverpool.He was the man-of-the-match when the sides met last year, making a string of superb saves as United won 3-0, the first part of a league double over the Merseysiders.”I am absolutely delighted David has signed a new contract. He is one of the best goalkeepers in world football,” manager Louis van Gaal said.”I am very pleased that he will be part of the team for many years to come.”
Vicky Kaushal reveals his first-ever audition was for Bhaag Milkha BhaagVicky Kaushal reveals his first-ever audition was for Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
With back-to-back successes – Raazi, Lust Stories, Sanju, Love Per Square Foot and Manmarziyaan – Vicky Kaushal is the newest breakout star in Bollywood. He has managed to win over the hearts of the critics as well as the audience with his stellar performances.However, Vicky has seen his share of struggles before he became a force to reckon with. In a recent interview, he revealed that his first-ever audition was for Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s sports drama Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), which brought the life of ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh alive on celluloid.Earlier, in an interaction with Humans Of Bombay, Vicky had revealed that he was offered a cushy IT job after getting his engineering degree but he tore up the offer letter as he felt that acting was his true calling.Vicky then set out for auditions. “My first one was horrifying. It was for a small role in a big film and I realised how far from everything I was. On my way home, I was like ‘Vicky, ab toh tune job letter bhi phaad diya!’ I was afraid, but I literally couldn’t give up,” he said.Eventually, his struggles paid off and he was noticed for his performance in Neeraj Ghaywan’s critically acclaimed Masaan. He has only gone from strength to strength since then.Currently, Vicky’s film Uri: The Surgical Strike is going strong at the box office even in its fourth week. Directed by Aditya Dhar, the war drama is based on the Indian Army’s surgical strike on terrorist launchpads across the Line of Control on September 29, 2016, in retaliation to a terrorist attack on an army camp at Uri earlier that month. Uri: The Surgical Strike is currently inching towards the Rs 200-crore milestone.advertisementALSO SEE: Vicky Kaushal looks unrecognisable in this throwback photo from audition daysALSO WATCH: Vicky Kaushal talks about his cinematic journey at Mind Rocks Bhopal 2017
MLS MLS combine winners and losers: Jon Bakero keeps shining, Joe Gallagher fading Ives Galarcep @soccerbyives Last updated 1 year ago 04:28 1/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) MLS MLS Combine Transfers The Spanish forward continued to boost his stock ahead of the MLS draft, while the Notre Dame product could see himself fall out of the first round Winning the MAC Hermann Award, the honor given to college soccer’s top player, has never been a guarantee of success on the pro level for past winners. But the most recent winner is looking more than capable of making a smooth transition to Major League Soccer.Wake Forest forward Jon Bakero came off the bench and helped set up a goal, while continuing to look mobile and sharp on the ball, in the second day of action at the 2018 MLS combine. He successfully built on a strong showing on day one, and is climbing up draft boards quickly.Not all top-rated attacking prospects are having good combines though. In fact, Bakero might be the only one among the top attackers before the combine to improve his draft stock ahead of Friday’s MLS draft. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Here is a look at who performed well, and who struggled, on day two of the MLS combine:STOCK RISINGJON BAKERO: Though he didn’t start his match, Bakero came on and made his mark, looking good in the attack yet again. He has done enough over two days to push himself into the conversation for a top-five spot.RICKY LOPEZ-ESPIN: Teams looking for a big forward had to like what they saw from the Creighton forward, who was actually deployed in midfield on Monday. He made the most of the assignment by showing that he has good feet and can move well.JORDAN JONES: While Lopez-Espin is climbing toward the top half of the first round, Jones has pushed himself into a potential second-round pick with a strong showing Monday. The Oregon State forward scored a goal and showed good mobility.GORDON WILD: Wild badly needed to show well, and he did just that, coming off the bench and impressing enough to be considered again as a first-round option despite his international status.ALAN WINN: The UNC winger turned in a much better day two after struggling in his opening match. He showed off his mobility in the final third, and made a good impact in his match.ANDRE MORRISON: No, we aren’t going to ignore the shaky defensive moments he endured on Monday, but Morrison belted the goal of the combine, and put in some good defensive challenges.RAFAEL ANDRADE SANTOS: The VCU playmaker came off the bench and turned in another good performance, showing off his long-range shot, quickness and deft passing touch. His international status works against him, but teams have to like what they have seen.CHRIS LEMA: Turned in another tidy performance, delivering clean passes and connecting the defense to the attack. Some scouts thought he might have played things a bit too safe, but he was steady for a second straight day.ALEX ROLDAN: Came off the bench and played well in central midfield, covering ground well and handling a deep-lying role well. Could have showed off his attacking quality a bit more, but still impressed.LUCAS STAUFFER: There isn’t a fullback at the combine who has boosted his stock more than Stauffer, who made the most of playing in a three-man back line. He showed quickness and intelligence, and is pushing himself closer to a first-round spot.STOCK FALLINGJON GALLAGHER: The Notre Dame forward simply hasn’t gotten going at the combine, and that could prove disastrous considering his international status and the fact he’s already signed to a senior contract. In danger of falling out of the first round after entering the combine as a potential top 10 pick.EDWARD OPOKU: Another highly-rated prospect who posted a second straight disappointing day, Opoku has shown that he is quick, but not that he can make good decisions with the ball.TOMAS HILLIARD-ARCE: Questions continue to be asked of Hilliard-Arce’s ability to pass the ball and defend in one-on-one situations. Nobody has his college resume, but more and more scouts are starting to wonder if he can succeed in a pro system where he won’t have the same type of cover he enjoyed at Stanford.JUSTIN FIDDES: Though he was slightly better on day two than day one, Fiddes still didn’t show the qualities expected of a top 15-caliber prospect. Has shown very little getting forward, which has to have MLS teams worried if they were hoping he could be the answer as the top left back in this draft.JOSE CARRERA-GARCIA: Scouts hoping to see quickness and pinpoint passing from Carrera-Garcia came away disappointed. He could be carrying a knock, which might explain his lack of burst.POL PLANELLAS. The Spanish midfielder had a solid day one, and while he wasn’t bad on day two, he failed to stand out. Scouts see the impressive technical quality, but he needs to show an ability to control a game if he’s going to be a first-round pick.WYATT OMSBERG: After setting the bar high with a strong first day, Omsberg took a step back on day two. Showed his athleticism, but didn’t defend as well. Still one of the top central defenders in the draft.MAC STEEVES: While some other big forwards impressed, Steeves struggled to make his mark and looked slow and stiff. Needs a big day three to avoid a steep slide.
Researchers have found that fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on holidays develop stronger relationships with their kids. The study reveals that both types of involvement – caregiving versus play – and the timing – workday versus non-workday – have an impact on the quality of the early father-child relationship. For this study, the research team worked with 80 father-child pairs when the children were about 3 years old and conducted interviews and observed father-child interaction in the home, shooting video that was evaluated off-site and assigned a score indicating attachment security. Also Read – Pollution makes you more aggressiveThe team of researchers found that fathers who choose to spend time with their children on non-workdays are developing a stronger relationship with them. However, fathers who spend lots of time helping out with childcare-related tasks on workdays are developing the best relationships with their children. Men who engage in high levels of play with their children on workdays actually have a slightly less secure attachment relationship with them, revealed the recently conducted study. According to the researchers involved in the study, in early childhood, the most common way to conceptualise the parent-child relationship is the attachment relationship.
The highly anticipated premiere of “Wish Wizard” recently took place at Arclight Hollywood.Andre Gordon at Wish Wizard PremiereCredit/Copyright: MS|PR“Wish Wizard” is a short film that was made in connection with Make-A-Wish to fulfill the wishes of four kids to have movie related experiences. It is about two kids who embark on an enchanted journey and with the help of a Wish Wizard, find that happiness lies within.Stephanie Drapeau at Wish Wizard PremiereCredit/Copyright: MS|PRSome of the celebrity supporters of the film included: Morgan Freeman, David Koechner, Ed Begley Jr., Judith Hoag among others. Famed producer Garry Marshall joined in on the action by coming in as a mentor, stepping behind the camera for a day of production to help fulfill the fourth wish kids (Matthew’s) wish of learning how to produce a movie.Wish Wizard Premieres at Arclight HollywoodCredit/Copyright: MS|PRWish Wizard hosted a pre-screening party including decadent cupcakes by 33 Cupcakes, movie (poster) cake by Victory Is Sweets, drinks by CoCo Libre and Zenify. Gift bag sponsors included: Lisa Kline, Eyelashi, Back In Style, LTango, Kaunis, Liquitex, Mariannes Passion, Original Gourmet Lollipops, Jet Set Dress, Zing Graphics, Jennifer Rose Event Design, Luevo and Purpose Awakening book by Touré Roberts. Media sponsors: Glen Lipton, BiteSize TV and Rich Girl Productions. Other notable companies that made it all possible include: 4Horsemen Films, Soular Entertainment, One World Foundation, Kodak, Panavision and The Box Creative.As long time supporters of Make-A-Wish, actress Stephanie Drapeau and director Andre Gordon were first approached to help fulfill the wishes of four kids: Matthew who wanted to direct/produce and Kimberly, Kabrina and Daria, who wished to be actresses. Going beyond the call of duty, they decided to write and produce a star-studded film to give them a real Hollywood movie experience.The premiere was a big hit and brought an extra special touch to the kid’s original movie wishes. Daria was moved by the whole experience. “When I arrived on the red carpet to see so many familiar faces who had selflessly worked to make this wish come true, I realized the true meaning of this movie.” Kimberly was “overwhelmed with all the generosity and kindness in making the Wish Wizard movie. The premiere was a night I will never forget!”.While it couldn’t top directing Morgan Freeman, Matthew’s time at “the premiere was amazing. It was wonderful seeing everyone again and very exciting to see the final product of Wish Wizard. I’ll never forget the experience!”And though Kabrina passed on before this magical evening, all who attended would affirm that she was there in spirit. Her mother, Karen shared that she, “knows if Kabrina were here she would still say that Wish Wizard was one of the best times she had in her life. Thanks for making her “Make-A-Wish” truly come true in more ways than she ever thought possible!”It’s not everyday that Hollywood intersects with heart, but Wish Wizard clearly defines such a case, and the premiere gave all involved a chance to celebrate!Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
Seoul: The World Trade Organization has upheld South Korea’s import ban on Japanese seafood from areas affected by the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, overturning a ruling by a lower panel last year that said Seoul was unfairly discriminating against Japanese products. The decision is a setback for Japan, which has promoted Fukushima’s recovery from the nuclear disaster and the safety of its agricultural and fisheries products ahead of next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSouth Korea on Friday welcomed the decision and said it will continue to block all fishery products from Fukushima and seven neighboring prefectures to ensure “only foods that are confirmed as safe are put on the table.” Japan said the WTO ruling was “extremely regrettable” and vowed to get the import ban reversed through bilateral talks with South Korea. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono summoned South Korean Ambassador Lee Su-hoon to convey Tokyo’s displeasure. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”The government will continue to maintain and strengthen our quarantine sovereignty and safety net,” said Yoon Chang-yul, an official from South Korea’s Office for Government Policy Coordination. Yoon said the WTO ruling allows Seoul to maintain the ban “indefinitely” until it views the safety concerns as fully resolved. When asked about the possibility of the seafood ban fueling larger trade and diplomatic disputes, he said that “hopefully, that won’t happen.”
Closing Bell TSX up loonie down as BoC leaves rates alone BernankeClosing Bell TSX up loonie down as BoC leaves rates alone Bernanke
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday with the focus mainly on central banks, as the Bank of Canada left its key rate unchanged and the Federal Reserve offered reassurances on economic stimulus.Here are the closing numbers TSX — 12,568.77 +51.88 0.41% S&P 500 — 1,680.91 +4.65 0.28% Dow — 15,470.52 +18.67 0.12% Nasdaq — 3,610.00 +11.50 0.32%The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 51.88 points to 12,568.77, with strong support from base metal stocks as investors continued to buy up oversold miners.The Canadian dollar was down 0.45 of a cent to 96.02 cents US as the Bank of Canada kept its key rate unchanged at 1% and indicated it is in no rush to raise rates.U.S. indexes were slightly higher amid remarks from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the Fed could slow the pace of a key element of economic stimulus later this year if the economy strengthens. But Bernanke cautioned that the Fed wants to see substantial progress in the job market before scaling back its US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrial gained 18.67 points to 15,470.52, the Nasdaq rose 11.5 points to 3,610 and the S&P 500 index gained 4.65 points to 1,680.91.Bernanke also said in testimony before a congressional committee that the Fed’s timetable for reducing its bond purchases is not on a “preset course”. And he said the Fed could increase or decrease the amount based on how the economy performs.Markets went through weeks of volatility after Bernanke first mentioned in late May that the Fed could start tapering its bond purchases, which have kept interest rates low and fuelled a rally on stock markets, later this year and wind it up by the middle of next year.Since then, the Fed has tried to soothe nerves by stressing that the Fed won’t pull back on its stimulus unless the evidence was clear that the economy and the job market were improving as much as the Fed had forecast.“The Federal Reserve cried wolf a little bit by suggesting several times that tapering was to come and the market interpreted that as tapering is going to come sooner rather than later,” said Kash Pashootan, vice president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“And then we reset that by starting to suggest in their wording that it will come but it is not going to be as close as we thought. So the markets rallied off of that but most of that is priced into the market.”Investors also had a number of major U.S. earnings reports to digest.Bank of America earned US$3.6 billion or 32 cents a share in the quarter after payments to preferred shareholders, up 70% from a year ago. The results were seven cents higher than analysts had forecasted and its shares were up 39 cents to $14.31.After the close, Intel posted quarterly earnings of 39 cents a share, which met estimates. Its shares moved down 1.7% in after hours trading in New York.On the economic front, the Fed said in its latest regional survey that it sees the overall economy growing at a modest to moderate pace, although there is also some reluctance to hire full-time workers. The Fed also said six districts reported faster growth in multi-family construction.Other data showed U.S. builders started work on fewer homes and apartments in June. However, the slowdown wasn’t enough to suggest the housing recovery is faltering.Developers began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 homes in June, nearly 10% below May’s total of 928,000, which was revised higher.Most TSX segments were positive and financials narrowly led advancers, up 1.05% rose with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead $1.22 to $63.80 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gained 91 cents to $58.04.The base metals sector ran up 0.95% even while September copper on the Nymex dipped six cents to US$3.13 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) advanced 37 cents to C$16.15 and Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) ran up 11 cents to $2.30. The segment has been strengthening over the last couple of weeks, up 10.9% from its lows of the year from late last month, despite weak copper prices.The industrials group rose 0.88% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) gained $1.53 to $133.30.Tech stocks also lifted the TSX as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) improved by 15 cents to $9.64.The energy sector edged up 0.44% while the August crude contract in the New York Mercantile Exchange moved 48 cents higher US$106.48 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was ahead 44 cents to C$33.37.The gold sector lost about 2.65% as August bullion shed early gains to move down $12.90 to US$1,277.50 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 28 cents to C$16.34 and Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) gave back 15 cents to $5.15.TOP STORIESBank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz signals rates to stay static for some timeHere are the top 4 risks facing Canada’s economy, according to the Bank of CanadaStocks rise after Bernanke stresses stimulus tapering not on ‘preset course’Housing slowdown makes Canada’s banks more attractive WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYU.S. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke reports on monetary policy to the SenateECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Wholesale trade (May): Economists expect 0.3% rise UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 345,000 new claims, down from last week 10 a.m.Philadephia Fed Index (July): Economists expect a reading of 8 Leading indicators (June): Economists expect 0.3% rise CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESBlackRock, Inc. Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$3.84 a share Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc Q2 earnings: Analysts expect US$2.81 a share Capital One Financial Corp. 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It also said that in the sea areas there will be showers at several places off the coast extending from Trincomalee to Colombo via Hambantota . The department urged the public to take adequate precautions to minimize the damages caused by lightning activities. The Department of Meteorology says it expects showers or thundershowers to occur over most parts of the country today.While humidity levels will still be high, the department said that there may be temporary localized fairly strong winds during the thundershowers. Winds will be from the easterly or variable direction and speeds will be between 20 – 40 km/hr. The wind speed may increase up to 50-60kmph during thundershowers.
Two killed three injured following accident in LindulaTwo killed three injured following accident in Lindula
Two people were killed and three others sustained injuries following an accident in Lindula in Talawakelle today.The Police said the accident involved a three-wheeler and a bus. (Colombo Gazette)
At global summit UN envoy Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexualAt global summit UN envoy Angelina Jolie calls for end to sexual
“It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict,” Ms. Jolie stated in her address to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, which opened in London and brings together over 900 experts, non-governmental organizations, survivors, faith leaders and international organizations from around the globe.The three-day summit, co-chaired by Ms. Jolie and Foreign Secretary William Hague of the United Kingdom, aims to create momentum against sexual violence in conflict and practical action that impacts those on the ground.“There is nothing inevitable about it,” said Ms. Jolie, who is the Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “It is a weapon of war, aimed at civilians. It has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with power. It is done to torture and humiliate innocent people, often very young children.”She noted that the subject itself has been taboo for far too long. “Warzone rape is a crime that thrives on silence and denial. The stigma harms survivors, it causes feelings of shame and worthlessness. It feeds ignorance, such as the notion that rape has anything to do with normal sexual impulses.“But most of all, it allows rapists to get away with it,” she stated, stressing the need to shatter that culture of impunity and make justice the norm, not the exception, for these crimes.“We need political will, replicated across the world, and we need to treat this subject as a priority. We need to see real commitment to go after the worst perpetrators, to fund proper protection for vulnerable people, and to step in and help the worst-affected countries. We need all armies, peacekeeping troops and police forces to have prevention of sexual violence in conflict as part of their training.”The Summit, she added, must be a turning point in addressing sexual violence in conflict. “We must send a message around the world that there is no disgrace in being a survivor of sexual violence, that the shame is with the aggressor,” she stated. “We must work together in new and unprecedented ways – across borders, religions, bringing governments and people together, and tackling the problem in every possible.“By doing these things, we can end the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war once and for all. We can do it.”The Global Summit, which runs through 13 June and is being co-chaired by Ms. Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, will be addressed tomorrow by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, and Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
New UN report cites civilian harm human rights concerns in Kunduz duringNew UN report cites civilian harm human rights concerns in Kunduz during
The report titled Human Rights and Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Kunduz province, released jointly by UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) presents preliminary findings on arbitrary killings, abductions, assault and other forms of violence, including threats and widespread criminality, the use of child fighters during the conflict, the impact on access to education, health, and freedom of movement, according to a news release issued by UNAMA.According to the report, civilian deaths and injuries during the reporting period and presents preliminary figure of 848 civilian casualties (289 deaths and 559 injured) that occurred in Kunduz during the reporting period and additionally it also found that vast majority of these casualties resulted from ground fighting that could not be attributed solely to one party.The report also included the number of casualties resulting from an airstrike carried out by international military forces on a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital on 3 October, which totaled 30 deaths and 37 injured.UNAMA said that additional information on civilian casualties from the period covered by this report will be detailed in the 2015 Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict, also produced jointly by UNAMA and OHCHR.This report, UNAMA said will address key human rights concerns that arose during what was the first prolonged urban combat situation in Afghanistan since 2001, and outlines key recommendations to mitigate civilian casualties and protect civilians from harm, promote respect for international human rights and humanitarian law, and promote accountability.
Victims families call for tainted blood inquiry to finally shame those responsibleVictims families call for tainted blood inquiry to finally shame those responsible
Relatives of victims of the tainted blood scandal have called for those responsible to be publicly “shamed”. But now families say it is time for them to speak out and for those responsible to take the blame. The first hearings of an inquiry chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff into how 4,700 Britons were infected and more than 2,500 died in the scandal will start later this month, with the full inquiry expected to… They include widow Mavis Slater, 79, who has kept her husband’s diagnosis secret for 34 years from even her closest relatives. Many families of patients who contracted HIV from contaminated blood in the 1970s and 80s lived in secrecy and fear because of the stigma surrounding the disease.
Hightech mineralogy research centre opens in ColoradoHightech mineralogy research centre opens in Colorado
A partnership between mineralogy technology company Intellection and the Colorado School of Mines (Mines), the Advanced Mineralogy Research Center (AMRC) will focus on research and education in geometallurgy, petrology, petroleum geology, environmental geology, rock physics, soil analysis and other geosciences. The new AMRC facility on the Mines campus in Golden, Colorado USA was declared open by Mines President Dr M.W. Scoggins.The AMRC’s objectives are to become:A leading centre of excellence for advanced mineralogy and petrology research, with a broad-based, multi-disciplinary approachA world leading education centre using cutting-edge analytical technology to teach mineralogy principals and practicesA unique training centre in digital mineralogy and petrology for post-graduates and professionalsThe primary tool for AMRC research will be Intellection’s QEMSCAN® automated mineral analysis technology. Intellection CEO Calvin Treacy said, “QEMSCAN® is an extremely flexible technology, making it a powerful research tool across a wide range of applications. Intellection is proud to join with Colorado School of Mines in establishing this AMRC, building on our record of involvement with leading edge geoscience research worldwide. The AMRC has the resources and expertise to produce groundbreaking research, while setting new standards for mineralogical learning.”The AMRC’s inaugural Director is Dr Karin Hoal, previously Mines Research Assistant Professor in petrology, diamond geology and geometallurgy. “The Advanced Mineralogy Research Center embodies the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinary research and education,” said Dr Hoal. “Because of its focus on quantitative mineral characterization, the center will provide expertise in minerals, energy, the environment, materials, and health. Research and applications development in each of these areas brings diverse disciplines together in the center, where technology transfer and fresh insights feed new research activities.”The purpose-built 190 m2 AMRC facility includes sample preparation laboratories, a QEMSCAN® measurement laboratory, education and training areas and office space. Its Colorado location puts the AMRC in the heart of a major US geosciences centre, home to influential professional organisations, the US Geological Survey, US EPA, and multinational mining and petroleum companies.Intellection is in the process of establishing a Denver, Colorado, office as the base for its expanding operations in the Americas.The Colorado School of Mines is the largest engineering and science only university in the US, and has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences.
UPDATE: Pre-orders for the PlayStation 4 Pro are now available at Amazon.ORIGINAL STORY: Shortly after Microsoft revealed its plans to release iterative editions of the Xbox One, leaks suggested that Sony was working on an upgraded version of the PlayStation 4. The existence of the PS4 Neo was announced by Sony a few days before this year’s E3, though that reveal didn’t provide much information beyond what was already leaked. Things have been quiet on the PS4 Neo front since then, but if a recent rumor is true, it appears we may learn more about Sony’s upcoming console as early as next month.A French site is reporting that Sony will hold an event in New York City on September 7 that is centered around the PS4 Neo. If you recall, the reveal event for the PlayStation 4 also happened in The Big Apple in February of 2013. This date would be several days before the start of this year’s Tokyo Game Show which kicks off on September 15. As we reported in June, Sony will be showing the PS4 Neo at this event along with a PS4 slim. Having these two announcements back to back for both the North American and Asian markets would certainly be a smart move by Sony.Rumors have previously suggested that the PS4 Neo would be released as early as October to coincide with the launch of the PlayStation VR — a peripheral that will be helped by the extra horsepower of the PS4 Neo. Yet another rumor says that the PS4 Neo will be released in Spring of 2017.Right now, we can’t say for sure when the console will actually launch. Hopefully, this reveal event, if true, will provide answers. If this is just a rumor, then we still have TGS to fall back on. Either way, we’ll know more about the PS4 Neo in September.
Partnership with Bahamas Feeding Network for 5000 Families this ChristmasPartnership with Bahamas Feeding Network for 5000 Families this Christmas
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 30, 2017 – Nassau – New partners for Bahamas Feeding Network will lead to even more families being fed as technology is incorporated into the giving process in time for the holidays. AML Foods Ltd and ALIV are partnered with the charity for a text and donate promotion aimed at raising $100,000 and it is called Feed 5,000 Families.A $40 donation will buy a family a holiday meal and to jump start the campaign, AML Foods has pledged $20,000. ALIV is asking for us to text FEEDAML to 2648 to make a donation. AML stores in New Providence and Grand Bahama are on board, and include Solomon’s Fresh Market, Cost Right Wholesale, Solomon’s Super Centre and the new Solomon’s Yamacraw store.In Grand Bahama, donations can be made at Solomon’s locations there and Cost Right Wholesale Freeport. And you do not have to make any purchase in order to donate. The Bahamas Feeding Network’s team of volunteers prepares and distributes more than 2,200 meals every single week in an ongoing campaign to end hunger. Every $40 donation will buy a food parcel including a picnic ham, whole chicken, five-pound bag of rice, two cans of peas, two cans of vegetables and a box of stuffing. The package will comfortably feed a family of four.The Feed 5000 Families campaign runs until December 17.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasFeedingNetwork Related Items:#BahamasFeedingNetwork, #magneticmedianews
DUTCH HARBOR, Alaska — For decades, the crab piled up in fishing boats like gold coins hauled from a rich and fertile sea.But the very ocean that nursed these creatures may prove to be this industry’s undoing.New research earlier this year shows that Bristol Bay red king crab — the supersized monster that has come to symbolize the fortunes of Alaska’s crab fleet — could fall victim to the changing chemistry of the oceans.Barring a hasty reduction in carbon dioxide emissions — or evidence that the creatures could acclimate to changing sea conditions — a team of scientists fears Alaska’s $100 million red king crab fishery could crash in decades to come.That grim possibility also raises alarm about the crab fleet’s other major moneymaker, snow crab.“With red king crab, it’s all doom and gloom,” said Robert Foy, who oversaw the crab research for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Kodiak, Alaska. “With snow crab, there’s so little known we just can’t say. But we don’t see anything from our experience that’s good for any of these crab. Some is just not as bad as others.”For decades, these storied crustaceans have drawn men and women from Seattle and Alaska to the far reaches of the North Pacific. There, adventurers wrestled 800-pound steel cages amid raging seas and aprons of pack ice, hoping to strike it rich on a bounty of flaky meat and accordion legs.The emerging issues with Alaska’s crab underscore the difficulty of trying to comprehend the depth of fallout from ocean acidification. For reasons scientists don’t always understand, similar species, even those living side by side, often respond to changing water chemistry in remarkably different ways. Click to enlarge
Japanese rail organisation apologises for train departing 20 seconds earlyJapanese rail organisation apologises for train departing 20 seconds early
Something for the weekend: UK commuters using public transport are well-versed in dealing with delays, whether these are caused by passenger alarms pulled by squashed tube commuters, or autumnal leaves cluttering overground rail lines. In contrast, Japanese train organisation Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company issued an apology on Tuesday 14 November after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.The northbound Tsukuba Express train, which connects Akihabara in Tokyo with Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, was due to leave Minami Nagareyama station at 9.44am on Tuesday. However, due to railway staff not checking the timetable, the train instead departed the station at 9.43.40; 20 seconds earlier than scheduled.In response, the organisation’s management promptly released a statement of apology, which was published on its website.The statement read: “On November 14, at approximately 9.44am, a northbound Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company train left Minami Nagareyama station roughly 20 seconds earlier than the time indicated on the timetable. We deeply apologise for the severe inconvenience imposed upon our customers.”Here at Employee Benefits, we find the punctuality of trains in Japan mind-boggling compared to our own London-based commutes. We wonder if our trains will ever arrive early…
Quick Breaks His Silence Regarding Allegations That He Lied On ResumeQuick Breaks His Silence Regarding Allegations That He Lied On Resume
Quick says he had entered into a verbal equity-stake venture that didn’t materialize into a written agreement, leading to his departure. Reynolds, had disputed Quick’s characterization of his work and said he never had an ownership stake. Quick: “She sent a letter into the committee saying that I was never an owner of the business, I never invested any money into the business, and that I never sought out investors to open new locations. It’s unfortunate, but in June 2011 myself and this family entered into a verbal. In the State of Washington a verbal agreement is the same as a written contract.” Seattle-area coffee chain owner disputed Quick’s statements during a senate confirmation hearing that he had sold an ownership stake in Anthem Coffee and Tea and Elements Frozen Yogurt. In a letter to senators, Janie Reynolds said only she and her husband have ever had ownership. Quick on his resume said he developed business and brand and marketing plans, hired and trained staff and helped recruit investors and capital for the businesses. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享John Quick has decided to ‘clear the air’ following a scandal that broke after his resignation as Commissioner Designee for the Department of Administration back in January. However, Reynolds in the letter to lawmakers said that Quick lied during his confirmation testimony to the Senate Finance Committee. Quick has submitted the documents filed with Fox Rothshild Attorney at Law to Reynolds disputing her allegations. Quick was appointed as Commissioner Designee for the Department of Administration by Governor Dunleavy, but quickly withdrew from the nomination following allegations that he had lied about his business background. Quick filed documents with Fox Rothschild Attorney at Law what he says is his side of the story: “It’s unfortunate, at the time my stance was to resign so I wouldn’t be a distraction. Now, I’m getting to tell my side of the story, and everything they presented was not true in the letter that Janie sent to the Senate Committee. I’ll be releasing a document that shows that letter was not true.” Quick said he’s ready to put this behind him and focus on his future plans to run for Borough Assembly: “I’m thinking about running for the assembly, out in Nikiski, in Wayne Ogle’s seat. Wayne terms out, and has been a phenomenal leader for Nikiski.”