Aston Villa manager wanted more from his players

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith says his side would have scored more goals but maintains he is okay with the final result.Aston Villa encountered Ipswith yesterday and left them with a 2-1 defeat.“We could have won five or six nil or 2-1 today it didn’t matter it was about getting a result and getting the win at home which I thought we thoroughly deserved today,” he told Birmingham Mail“It was comfortable until Freddie Sears stuck one in the top corner and then we probably had a four or five minute spell of panic, of trying to get over the line.“But then the last five minutes I thought we sorted it out really well. I’m disappointed it wasn’t as emphatic as it should have been.Aston Villa explains why they spent so much money on players Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Aston Villa’s chief executive, the team needed to spend £144.5 million on 12 players in order to stay competitive.“Tammy should have been walking away with his 20th and 21st goals today and John McGinn should also be walking away with two or three with the chances he’s had.“So we’ve had a number of chances today and if we’re more clinical we would have made the game a lot more comfortable.“That said, we’ve got some players coming back it was great to get Mile on the pitch today.“We’re hoping to do some deals before Thursday as well.“We needed to get that win today and I thought we thoroughly deserved it.”last_img read more

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Police Investigates latest robberies issues tips

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force are seeking information about incidents reported between Tuesday of this week and yesterday where a large sum of cash and electronics were stolen. The police in continuing its investigations into crimes committee has laid four charges against a 17-year old male of Kew Town on Providenciales namely Malicious Damage to Property, Using an Offensive Weapon to cause fear, Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting arrest. The charges are related to an incident which took place between October 30 and November 15, 2013. The 17-year old was offered bail and was set to appear before the Magistrate’s court.And more from the Police… with the festive season fast approaching, officers say and there is a trend for increased robberies and criminal events during this time. The Police Force is suggesting measures be taken by businesses and individuals to safe guard themselves. Some of which are: Stay calm and don’t attempt to be heroic if approached; never assume a firearm is fake or a toy; follow the instructions of the offender; make observations of the assailant and following the incident one should immediately call 911. Related Items:last_img read more

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NAD to close LPIA on Friday

first_img Related Items:#LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 5, 2017 – Nassau – Airport operations in New Providence may cease by Friday but it is hard to give a definitive time explained Nassau Airport Development company officials today.    The NAD hurricane plan is activated as the facility also watches the motion of Hurricane Irma, this was revealed today in a meeting held by NAD with community stakeholders.This timeline is for the #LyndenPindlingInternationalAirport only, though as the country’s main gateway the cessation of operations means airports around the country will be impacted.    NAD said they expected the suspension of service to last only to Saturday evening if Irma continued on its current path at its current strength.#MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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POLICE LOG for April 20 Serious Car Crash With Injuries Car vs

first_imgHopkins Street is closed to through traffic due to a serious motor vehicle crash just before the #Billerica Line. Seek alternate routes. #WilmingtonMA pic.twitter.com/D4Gp5PLWrj— Wilmington MA Police (@WilmingtonMAPD) April 20, 2018—(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log” WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, April 20, 2018:A Fitz Terrace caller reported a male party was fishing on private property. Police responded and moved the man along. (8:03am)A vehicle stroke a pole on Grove Avenue. No injuries noted. RMLD notified. (1:45pm)Police was flagged down by passerby complaining there was a dog on town beach. Police advised the dog owner and moved them along. (5:49pm)A walk-in party reported she was the victim of a fraud. (5:52pm)A bad 2-vehicle crash, with injuries and an entrapment, took place between a black 2005 Honda Civic and blue 2008 Toyota Prius at Hopkins Street and Dorchester Street. One driver was unconscious, the other was entrapped. Road was shutdown. A mailbox was damaged due to the accident. A dog, which was in one of the vehicles, was transported to the vet. Tewksbury, Billerica and Burlington Fire Departments also responded and/or provided mutual coverage. Police filed an immediate threat against the operator of the Honda and faxed the paperwork to the RMV.  (6:30pm)—last_img read more

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WATCH Congress leader in Telangana gets into fist fight with local worker

first_imgEmbarrassing moments are piling up by the dozen for political parties as the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections is just around the corner.The most recent incident took place on May 11, Saturday, in Telangana when Congress MP Hanumantha Rao got into a fight with a local Congress party leader, Nagesh Mudiraj, and their entire scuffle was filmed. Hanumantha Rao is a senior Congress leader in Telangana and also served as a Union minister. #WATCH Telangana: A scuffle broke out between Congress leaders V Hanumantha Rao and Nagesh Mudiraj during the protest by opposition parties today in Hyderabad against state govt over the issue of state board intermediate results. pic.twitter.com/lyUsD8ZDKU— ANI (@ANI) May 11, 2019They were allegedly fighting over the seating arrangement on the stage and the argument led to blows. The fight then escalated to such an extent that the duo began to drag each other off the stage and to the ground. They only stopped when other leaders came in between and physically put an end to the fight.The incident happened during a meeting organised by the Opposition parties to rally against the TRS government and the irregularities of the results of the state board examinations which led to the suicides of 22 students. The opposition parties included Telugu Desam Party, Left and Congress.The TRS government had set up a committee last month to look into the IT firm which was involved in the publication of the exam results. Many students had resorted to suicide after their intermediate exam results showed that they had failed the exams.last_img read more

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BJP women netas dont want their husbands to meet PM Mayawati takes

first_imgBSP supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty ImagesAhead of the last and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, politicians continue to mud-sling each other.Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati took a potshot at Narendra Modi after the Prime Minister accused her of “shedding crocodile tears” over the Alwar gang-rape. The BSP chief stated that women legislators in the Bharatiya Janata Party fear that if PM Modi meets their husbands, they will leave their wives as PM Modi did.Addressing a press conference, Mayawati said, “In BJP, married women leaders get scared when they see their husbands around PM Modi. They fear that this Modi will separate them from their husbands.” Mayawati said that Modi could not be expected to respect others sisters and wives when he had left his own wife for political gains.This is the first time that any political leader has criticised the Prime Minister’s personal life.Accusing Modi of playing politics over the Alwar rape case, Mayawati slammed the Prime Minister for showing sympathy for Dalits and said that his words rang hollow. “If Modi had genuinely been a backward caste person, he would not have objected to bungalows owned by Dalit and OBC people. He changes his caste every day for electoral gains,” she added.Mayawati said that Modi had tried to break the Samajwadi Party (SP)-BSP alliance and would earlier address her as ‘behenji’ but when he realised that the alliance would not break, he has started addressing her as ‘bua’.”The ‘sanskari’ people in the country address me as ‘behenji’. Even my parents call ‘behenji’ and so does Akhilesh Yadav,” she stated.Earlier on Sunday, May 12, Prime Minister Modi asked why BSP supremo Mayawati did not withdraw support to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan after a Dalit woman was gang-raped in front of her husband in Alwar on April 26. Addressing an election rally in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar, PM Modi said: “A Dalit girl was gang-raped in Rajasthan which is being ruled by the ‘naamdar’ (Congress) with the support of BSP. Both the parties are trying to suppress the matter. The daughters of this state are asking ‘behenji’ why hasn’t she taken back her support to the Congress after the incident.”Meanwhile, Mayawati appealed to people to vote for the alliance in the final phase of elections. Uttar Pradesh will go to polls in the sixth phase on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

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First Came Kylie Then Rihanna Now Chrissy Will Snap Get Slapped on

first_imgTeigen has commented on the redesign in the past, tweeting that one of the most widely reported criticisms — that celebrities are now relegated to a separate part of the friends list than before — had merit.“How many people have to hate an update for it to be reconsidered?” she asked. Earlier in March, a Snapchat game called “Would You Rather?” posted an ad asking users whether they’d rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown. Rihanna called Snapchat out in an Instagram post, writing “Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there! But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance but I know you ain’t that dumb. You spent money to animate something that would intentionally bring shame to DV victims and made a joke of it!!!”Snapchat apologized for the ad, and banned the advertiser that posted it, but its stock prices still fell almost five percent. And that’s not the first time celebrities have caused Snapchat’s value to take a hit either: Kylie Jenner tweeted in February, post-redesign, that she doesn’t open Snapchat anymore, which Bloomberg wrote cost Snapchat $1.3 billion in market value. Popular on Variety Just over a week after its stock prices dipped following a controversial Snapchat ad that made reference to Rihanna’s assault at the hands of Chris Brown, Snap could be headed for another Wall Street shakedown.Chrissy Teigen announced Saturday via Twitter that she will no longer be using the app due in part to the ad, and cited the latest update, which has received widespread criticism, as another reason for her departure.“The update, the constant complaints of people not being able to find me, plus the Rihanna poll…no bueno,” Teigen wrote.center_img I’m seeing this same comment so often. I liked that you guys felt like we were friends. I’m sad it doesn’t feel like that anymore. How many people have to hate an update for it to be reconsidered? https://t.co/PI7OAf9Qlg— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 9, 2018The redesign has received unwavering support from Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, however, who said “some of the complaints we are seeing are reinforcing our philosophy.”Whether Teigan’s exit bears enough weight to cause the same result as Jenner’s — she has 9.97 million Twitter followers compared to Jenner’s 25.1 million — remains to be seen, but Snapchat could be in for a surprise come Monday’s open. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Govt alarmed over functioning of toll plazas by pvt players including R

first_imgIn a major breach of contract, the government has raised serious concern over the functioning of ‘toll plazas’ operated by private players including Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. for suppressing the ‘escrow accounts’.The total volume of the ‘irregularities’ was found to be around Rs. 903 crore, which was raised but was not deposited in the escrow accounts as per agreed terms by the private players. The ‘escrow account’ is a temporary pass through account held by third party during the process of a transaction (of toll collection) between the two parties. It was learnt that on March 10, 2010, the NHAI had an agreement with the M/s PS Toll Road Pvt. Ltd of Reliance Infrastructure for the development, maintenance and management of National Highway No. 4 (approx. 140.35 km). Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIn the agreement it was decided to augment the existing road of nearly 140.35 km on the Pune-Satara section of National Highway No. 4 in Maharashtra to six-Lane under Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis.However, it was found that despite incomplete work ‘as per the Concessionaire Agreement (CA) with the NHAI,’ the company continues to collect toll from October 1, 2010 to March 2014. Sources said, during these periods they managed to collect more than Rs. 500 but ‘surprisingly’ diverted nearly half of the amount (till August 2012) and invested it in Reliance Liquid Fund (RLF), which is against the CA. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIt was found that on September 1, 2014, M/s PS Toll Road Pvt. Ltd in a letter to the NHAI’s Project Director claimed that work has been completed on the on the Pune-Satara section. A senior official of the company Nagendra Rai in his letter to NHAI mentioned, “We would like to inform that the old toll plaza structure has been completely removed and the surface treatment has been completed.”But, on September 9, 2014, the General Manager (Tech), NHAI, Rajesh K. Kaundal in a reply letter, to the company mentioned that, “It is seen that concessionaire has submitted the compliance after a period of about nine months and that to it is incomplete action on the part of concessionaire, as removal of old toll plazas structure is yet to be done. In view of above it is requested to take immediate action on removal of the structure without loss of further time.”last_img read more

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NVTOP An htop like monitoring tool for NVIDIA GPUs on Linux

first_imgPeople started using htop when the top just didn’t provide enough information. Now there is NVTOP, a tool that looks similar to htop but displays the process information loaded on your NVIDIA GPU. It works on Linux systems and displays detailed information about processes, memory used, which GPU and also displays the total GPU and memory usage. The first version of this tool was released in July last year. The latest change made the process list and command options scrollable. Some of the features of NVTOP are: Sorting by column To Select / Ignore a specific GPU by ID To kill selected process Monochrome option Yes, it has multi GPU support and can display the running processes from all of your GPUs. The information printed out looks like the following, and is similar to something htop would display. Source: GitHub There is also a manual page to give some guidance in using NVTOP. It can be accessed with this command: man nvtop There are OS specific installation steps on GitHub for Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora/RedHat/CentOS, OpenSUSE, and Arch Linux. Requirements There are two libraries needed to build and run NVTOP: The NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) for querying GPU information. The ncurses library for the user interface and make it colorful. Supported GPUs The NVTOP tool works only for NVIDIA GPUs and runs on Linux systems. One of the dependencies is the NVML library which does not support some queries from GPUs before the Kepler microarchitecture. That is anything before GeForce 600 series, GeForce 700 series, or GeForce 800M wouldn’t likely work. For AMD users, there is a tool called radeontop. The tool is provided under the GPLV3 license. For more details, head on to the NVTOP GitHub repository. Read next NVIDIA leads the AI hardware race. But which of its GPUs should you use for deep learning? NVIDIA announces pre-orders for the Jetson Xavier Developer Kit, an AI chip for autonomous machines, at $2,499 NVIDIA open sources its material definition language, MDL SDKlast_img read more

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Amazon reInvent Day 3 Lamba Layers Lambda Runtime API and other exciting

first_imgThe second last day of Amazon re:Invent 2018 ended on a high note. AWS announced two new features, Lambda Layers, and Lambda Runtime API, that claim to “make serverless development even easier”. In addition to this, they have also announced that Application Load Balancers will now invoke Lambda functions to serve HTTP(S) requests and Ruby Language support for Lambda. #1 Lambda Layers Lambda Layers allow developers to centrally manage code and data which is shared across multiple functions. Instead of packaging and deploying this shared code together with all the functions using it, developers can put common components in a ZIP file and upload it as a Lambda Layer.  These Layers can be used within an AWS account, shared between accounts, or shared publicly within the developer community. AWS  is also publishing a public layer which includes NumPy and SciPy. This layer is prebuilt and optimized to help users to carry out data processing and machine learning applications quickly. Developers can include additional files or data for their functions including binaries such as FFmpeg or ImageMagick, or dependencies, such as NumPy for Python. These layers are added to your function’s zip file when published. Layers can also be versioned to manage updates, which will make each version immutable. When a version is deleted or its permissions are revoked, a developer won’t be able to create new functions; however, functions that used it previously will continue to work. Lamba layers helps in making the function code smaller and more focused on what the application has to build. In addition to faster deployments, because less code must be packaged and uploaded, code dependencies can be reused. #2 Lambda Runtime API This is a simple interface to use any programming language, or a specific language version, for developing functions. Here, runtimes can be shared as layers, which allows developers to work with a  programming language of their choice when authoring Lambda functions. Developers using the Runtime API will have to bundle the same with their application artifact or as a Lambda layer that the application uses. When creating or updating a function, users can select a custom runtime. The function must include (in its code or in a layer) an executable file called bootstrap, that will be responsible for the communication between code and the Lambda environment. As of now, AWS has made the C++ and Rust open source runtimes available. The other open source runtimes that will possibly be available soon include: Erlang (Alert Logic) Elixir (Alert Logic) Cobol (Blu Age) Node.js (NodeSource N|Solid) PHP (Stackery) The Runtime API will depict how AWS will support new languages in Lambda. A notable feature of the C++ runtime is its simplicity and expressiveness of interpreted languages while maintaining a good performance and low memory footprint. The Rust runtime makes it easy to write highly performant Lambda functions in Rust. #3 Application Load Balancers to invoke Lambda functions to serve HTTP(S) requests This new functionality will enable users to access serverless applications from any HTTP client, including web browsers. Users can also route requests to different Lambda functions based on the requested content. Application Load Balancer will be used as a common HTTP endpoint to both simplify operations and monitor applications that use servers and serverless computing. #4 Ruby is now a supported language for AWS Lambda Developers can use Lambda functions as idiomatic Ruby code, and run them on AWS. The AWS SDK for Ruby is included in the Lambda execution environment by default making it easy and quick for functions to directly interact with the AWS resources directly. Ruby on Lambda can be used either through the AWS Management Console or the AWS SAM CLI. This will ensure developers benefit from the reduced operational overhead, scalability, availability, and pay-per-use pricing of Lambda. Head over to What’s new with AWS to stay updated on upcoming AWS announcements. Read Next Day 1 at the Amazon re: Invent conference – AWS RoboMaker, Fully Managed SFTP Service for Amazon S3, and much more! Amazon introduces Firecracker: Lightweight Virtualization for Running Multi-Tenant Container Workloads AWS introduces ‘AWS DataSync’ for automated, simplified, and accelerated data transferlast_img read more

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ACV to match all employee donations made in support of Humboldt families

first_img Share Thursday, April 12, 2018 MONTREAL — Following last week’s tragic bus crash that killed 16 members of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey organization, Air Canada Vacations is showing its support by inviting all employees to contribute to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the victims’ families.“This tragedy has shaken us all. It is in these difficult times that it is our duty to come to the aid of the families affected by these tragic circumstances,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director at Air Canada Vacations.ACV is going one step further by matching all employee donations made today, April 12. Royal Caribbean International will also provide support by matching ACV’s donations. All proceeds will be donated directly to the GoFundMe page.In addition, ACV employees are being encouraged to participate in today’s ‘Jersey Day’, an initiative that was first proposed on Facebook by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia as a way to honour the Saskatchewan junior hockey team. #JerseysforHumboldt has spread throughout the country, with thousands of Canadians pledging to either don their sports jerseys or wear a green ribbon, the team’s official colour. Posted by ACV to match all employee donations made in support of Humboldt familiescenter_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada Vacations << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Samsung has unveiled a 146inch modular MicroLED T

first_imgSamsung has unveiled a 146-inch modular MicroLED TV, dubbed ‘The Wall’ at its annual first look event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.Samsung said The Wall is a self-emitting TV with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs – which are much smaller than current LEDs and serve as their own source of light. This means the TV does not need colour filters or backlight.The module-based design also means consumers can customise their TV’s size and shape to suit different purposes.“At Samsung, we are dedicated to providing consumers with a wide range of cutting-edge screen experiences,” said Jonghee Han, president of visual display business at Samsung Electronics.“As the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED television, ‘The Wall’ represents another breakthrough. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, colour gamut, colour volume and black levels.“We’re excited about this next step along our roadmap to the future of screen technology, and the remarkable viewing experience it offers to consumers.”At CES Samsung also showcased its first QLED TV featuring 8K AI technology, which is due to launch internationally in the second half of 2018, starting in Korea and the US.The AI technology is designed to upscale standard definition content to 8K and uses a proprietary algorithm to adjust screen resolution based on the picture quality characteristics of each scene.It also demoed its 2018 Samsung Smart TVs, which include enhanced functions and connections, including Samsung’s intelligent assistant platform Bixby and Samsung’s IoT platform hub SmartThingsThe 2018 smart TVs will also include the launch of Universal Guide – an advanced program guide that recommends TV programs and content based on a user’s preferences.last_img read more

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A PSNI spokesperson said We do not discuss the s

first_imgA PSNI spokesperson said: “We do not discuss the security of individuals and no inference should be drawn from this.”“However, if police receive information that a person’s life may be at risk, we will inform them accordingly. “We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk.”Campbell welcomes restoration of road services to Creggan after death threat lifted was last modified: January 7th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Councillor Campbell said: “I welcomed the news that Roads service have confirmed they are satisfied there is no ongoing threat and services will be resumed.“Obviously the restoration of services is to be welcomed.“But this threat should never have been issued in the first place.“The people of Creggan should not have had to deal with the withdrawal of key services as a result,” he added. ShareTweet Campbell welcomes restoration of road services to Creggan after death threat liftedCOUNCILLOR KEVIN CAMPBELLCRegganDEPARTMENT FOR INFRASTRUCTUREroads serviceSinn Fein DfI worker told he had ‘five minutes’ to leave Creggan estate. Threat has now been liftedSINN Féin Councillor Kevin Campbell has welcomed confirmation that the Department of Infrastructure is to restore essential services to Creggan which had been suspended following threats to workers.On Friday it was revealed that a Road Service worker had approached while working in Creggan and was told he had five minutes to leave.last_img read more

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The precious metal equities continue to stink up t

first_imgThe precious metal equities continue to stink up the placeThe short selloff during the first hour of London trading proved to be the low of the Tuesday session, and by 10 a.m. BST the gold price the price jumped back to unchanged from Monday’s close.From that point gold traded sideways until about ten minutes after the 8:20 a.m. EDT Comex open, and the subsequent rally ran out of gas/got capped shortly before 2 p.m. in electronic trading.  The high tick at that point was recorded by Kitco as $1,417.70 spot.  After that, the gold price gave back about five bucks of its gain going into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,412.20 spot, up $15.70 from last Friday’s close.  Net volume for both Monday and Tuesday combined was reported as 215,000 contracts, which was not overly heavy.The silver price chopped around in a broad 25 cent range either side of unchanged right up until ten minutes after the Comex open, and the subsequent rally topped out about 9:50 a.m. EDT.  The high tick was $24.60 spot. From there it traded more or less sideways until 1 p.m., and then the silver price sold down a bit into the close.Silver closed on Tuesday at $24.28 spot, up 75 cents from the prior Friday’s close.   Volume, net of September and October, over the Monday and Tuesday trading session was reported as 67,000 contracts.Platinum had a nice rally during the New York trading session, and palladium’s minor gains in Europe got taken away by lunch time in New York.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed on Monday at 82.24 and spent all of Tuesday moving unsteadily higher.  At its 11:30 a.m. EDT zenith, the index painted 82.48.  After that it got sold down a bit going into the close, and it finished the Tuesday trading session at 82.38, up 14 basis points on the day.The gold stocks gapped up about 2 percent at the open, but couldn’t hold those gains despite the fact that gold was in rally mode right up until around 2 p.m. in New York.  The HUI closed up only 0.78%.Despite the stellar gains in silver on Monday and Tuesday, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 1.43%.  I was underwhelmed.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Tuesday showed that 21 gold and 15 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow.  JPMorgan was the short/issuer on all 21 gold contracts and 3 of the silver contracts.  I thank reader Jon De Weese for providing this data from his website.There were withdrawals reported in both GLD and SLV yesterday.  Ted Butler and I were both surprised by this, especially Ted, and I know he’ll have more to say about it in his mid-week column later today.  GLD reported a withdrawal of 57,943 troy ounces, and in SLV it was an eye-watering 2,024,820 troy ounces.Yes, there were price declines in both metals late last week, but the withdrawals seem excessive, especially the 2 million ounces out of SLV.As expected, the U.S. Mint had a sales report yesterday.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles; 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 675,000 silver eagles.  And as I mentioned in Saturday’s column, it’s a near certainty that these sales occurred in August, and were just reported yesterday.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 31,813 troy ounces of gold, and shipped 21,211 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here.In silver on Friday, there were 591,540 troy ounces received, and 13,265 ounces shipped out for parts unknown.  The link to that action is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today, so I hope you find some that interest you.Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron. — General Dwight EisenhowerAlthough I was happy to see gold, and particularly silver, do well over the last couple of days, the precious metal equities continue to stink up the place.  They started the day off well again yesterday, but “faded” into the close despite the fact that the underlying metal prices did well, which is a price pattern that we’ve seen a lot of lately, and I’m sort of wondering out loud if this is the free market in action, or possibly something else.  Whatever it is, the shares aren’t confirming the rise in the gold and silver price over the last two or three weeks.I took a quick peek at the preliminary changes in open interest in gold and silver over the last two trading days; up almost 12,000 contracts in gold and a bit over 3,000 contracts in silver.  I’m not overly encouraged by that, but the final numbers should show an improvement.  However, we really won’t know for sure until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report is posted on the CFTC’s website, and all of this data will most certainly be in it, as the Comex close yesterday was the cut-off for that report.The price of gold didn’t do much of anything in Far East trading on their Wednesday, and it’s more of the same now that London has been open for about 35 minutes as I write this paragraph.  However, silver got taken down pretty good, from $24.35 spot shortly after 8 a.m. Hong Kong time, all the way down to $23.70 by 2 p.m. in their afternoon, a decline of almost 3 percent.  It made it back to the $24 price mark by the London open.  Gold volume is not overly heavy for this time of day, but it nearly goes without saying that silver’s volume is already very chunky; north of 12,000 contracts.  Platinum and palladium are trading sideways, and the dollar index is flat.And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, both gold and silver are trading lower than they were at the London open.  Gold is now down about 9 bucks, and silver is down 48 cents.  Gold volume is getting up there at 30,000 contracts net, but silver’s volume is only marginally higher than reported in the prior paragraph.  The dollar index is still comatose.I haven’t the foggiest idea what will happen during the New York trading session today, but I’ll be surprised if it passes without incident.That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough, and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

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When photographer Nico Therin came across pictures

first_imgWhen photographer Nico Therin came across pictures of wrestling matches on the sand in Senegal, he was so intrigued he decided to take his camera and go. It didn’t take long for Therin to learn that in Senegal, wrestling is a national sport. As Khadim Gadiaga, president of the Senegalese Wrestlers Association, puts it, “Every Senegalese — mothers and fathers, even the president of the republic — they love Senegalese wrestling.”During his visit to Dakar this spring, Therin saw that enthusiasm manifest itself in kids wrestling in the streets after school. And in the hours before sunset he observed beaches fill with both kids and adults, professionals and amateurs, wrestling on the soft sand. Yes, on the sand. Even in stadiums, where professional matches take place before large crowds, the “ring” is a rectangle of sand, says Therin, 30, who was born in France and is now based in Los Angeles. As the wrestlers go at it, the sand settles on their skin, like a layer of grit. When they fall to the ground, the sand also cushions them. The sport has a long history in Senegal. The traditional form of Senegalese wrestling, “without blows,” has existed for centuries, says Thierno Ka, vice-president in charge of Olympic Wrestling and Communications at the Comité National de Gestion de Lutte. “Without blows” means “people can’t hit each other with their hands,” explains sports journalist Oumar Diarra.Champion wrestlers from different villages would compete against each other as part of celebrations after a good harvest. Starting in the 1930s, a different form of wrestling “with blows” became popular. It’s “more like boxing and wrestling mixed together,” says Diarra. In recent decades television broadcasts and commercial sponsorships have brought greater visibility and enlarged fan bases for the sport, he says, including youthful wrestlers hoping to find financial success in the ring. Therin gained entrance to Senegal’s wrestling culture with the help of one of the country’s most famous champions, Lut Pathe Boy. Popularly known as Big Pato, he is also a policeman, with a T-shirt that sports dual photos of him in his police uniform and his wrestling gear, and the caption, “Le Flic de l’Arene,” which Therin translated as “The Cop of the Arena.””He told me, ‘I get up in the morning to serve others,'” says Therin. “Without him I could not have photographed this work.” Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Ricci Shryrock, a photojournalist based in Senegal, contributed to this report. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Plastic garbage from Trader Joes and an AARP card

first_imgPlastic garbage from Trader Joe’s and an AARP card are peeking out of hillocks of plastic trash piling up in Indonesia.It’s a sign of a new global quandary: What should wealthy countries do with their plastic waste now that China no longer is buying it?For years, America sold millions of tons of used yogurt cups, juice containers, shampoo bottles and other kinds of plastic trash to China to be recycled into new products.And it wasn’t just the U.S. Some 70 percent of the world’s plastic waste went to China – about 7 million tons a year.Numerous Chinese millionaires were minted as recycling businesses started and blossomed – sure, they paid for the world’s plastic and paper trash but they made far more money from processing it and selling the resulting raw materials.But last year the Chinese government dropped a bombshell on the world recycling business: They cut back almost all imports of trash. And now a lot of that plastic gets shipped to other countries that don’t have the capacity to recycle it or dispose of it safely.To understand the current dilemma, we have to go back in time a couple of decades.A Billionaire Is BornIn 1995, Zhang Yin started a paper recycling company in China called Nine Dragons. She would become China’s first female billionaire. China wanted scrap paper and plastic to recycle into more products, and Yin seized the market. Martin Bourque runs one of the oldest recycling operations in the U.S. as part of the Ecology Center in Berkeley, California. “There were brokers going around the globe buying up every scrap of plastic they could find and paying top dollar for it,” he says.And there was this brilliant tactic to increase profits: West Coast ports in the U.S. were full of empty Chinese shipping containers that had come to deliver goods to American consumers. “So it made a lot of sense to send [waste] out though the port in an empty ship that was going back anyway,” says Bourque.For American recyclers, it was too good a deal to pass up. Many types of plastic — bags, cups, plastic wrap, thin film — gum up sorting machines at materials recovery centers in the U.S. and is of almost no value to recyclers.Waste expert Joe Dunlop at the Athens-Clarke County materials recovery facility near Athens, Georgia, explained the problem to me. We watched conveyer belts deliver tons of trash every hour, with magnets diverting metal and paper going into bins for recycling. Some plastic is binned up too, if it’s recyclable — bottles, for example. But the rest, like a box covered in film plastic – thin flexible sheets of plastic — is not easy to recycle.He pulls up a two-foot-square piece of cardboard out of a ten-foot-pile of trash. “A cardboard box wrapped in our number one contaminate, film plastic,” he says. “That’s just bad. What is so awful about a cardboard box that they had to go and do this to it?”The cardboard/plastic combo originally held beverages. “but have you ever had to unpackage containers? It’s a pain in the butt.”Dunlop says a lot of that plastic is hopeless when it comes to recycling in the United States. It mostly ended up in landfills, until China came along.China had plenty of capacity to handle plastics and lots of cheap laborers to sort the recyclable materials from the non-recyclable. By 2016, the U.S. was exporting almost 700,000 tons a year to China alone. Overall, China imported 7 million tons from around the world.About five years ago, the Chinese government started to worry about all this trash coming in. A lot of the plastic was contaminated with stuff that made it difficult and expensive to recycle – paper, food waste, plastic wrap (which is not recyclable). And some of the plastic was hard to recycle and thus not profitable to import.What’s more, a lot of plastic sneaked in illegally, without permits. These fly-by-night recyclers dumped stuff they couldn’t recycle, causing pollution on land and in waterways.In fact, Martin Bourque actually tracked some of the plastic scrap from his operation in Berkeley. In 2016, he buried a GPS transponder in one of his bales of paper and plastic waste from the Ecology Center. Waste brokers bought it. He followed the transponder’s electronic signals to a town in China. Bourque then contacted local residents to document what happened to it. They reported to Bourque what they saw. “And what we found confirms some of our worst nightmares: dumping in the local canyon of materials they couldn’t recycle, plastic in the farmland incorporated into the soil of the cornfields nearby,” he says.China Says NoSo the Chinese government cracked down.In 2017 the government started to cut way back on plastic trash imports. Then the big bombshell: In January 2018, they banned almost all imports. Last year, China took in less than one percent of its 2016 total.That means a huge amount of plastic is looking for a place to go. Especially, says Bourque, in the western U.S. where communities depended heavily on the Chinese trade.”A lot of it is being stockpiled,” he says, “you know, people who have warehouse space.” Many communities — like Eugene, Oregon — temporarily stopped collecting things like yogurt containers and shampoo bottles that used to go to China.Keefe Harrison runs a non-profit called the Recycling Partnership that works to improve recycling rates. She says more plastic in the U.S. is now ending up in landfills or getting incinerated, which creates pollution. And she says the confusion is discouraging to consumers. “It’s very hard to turn recycling on and off,” she says. “You can’t tell your citizens ‘Today we’re not recycling any more, but next week we’ll start again’.”Harrison says if recyclers in the U.S. are going to pick up the slack, they need help: For one thing, they need more good, valuable plastic — bottles and tubs like the ones detergent comes in, for example, that are easier to recycle into raw plastic they can resell in the U.S. “The truth is that only half of Americans can recycle at home as easily as throwing something away,” she says. “So that’s step one that we have to fix.”New DestinationsMeanwhile, shipments of plastic waste to other Southeast Asian countries have skyrocketed. Exports from the U.S. to Thailand jumped almost 7,000 percent in one year. Malaysia’s went up several hundred percent. Those numbers dropped in 2018 after those countries cut back on imports. Stiv Wilson is an environmental activist and documentary film-maker who works with a project on waste called The Story of Stuff. He’s also been working with an environmental group called Ecoton in Indonesia, another big importing country. Wilson visited a town near a recycling plant in the city of Surabaya. The plant takes paper bales mixed with plastic.”That plastic gets separated by the paper factory,” he says. “It gets dumped in the neighboring community and then the only way to get rid of it is to openly burn it. It is also used as fuel for boiling water to make tofu in small tofu factories all around …. air, water and land (are) all affected by this.”And he’s the one who’s documented uniquely American items that indicate where a lot of the trash comes from: “Like AARP cards with names on them. So obviously you know where that’s come from.”These new dumping destinations aren’t likely to last. Already, Vietnam and Malaysia are cutting back imports of scrap plastic because they are overwhelmed. They can’t handle the huge diversion of plastic to their countries since China shut out imports.Recycling experts say it’s a time of reckoning for their industry – and that wealthy countries need to stop exporting to countries that can’t handle it. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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Segway Creators Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016

first_img Enroll Now for $5 Next Article –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Segway creator Dean Kamen’s Luke prosthetic arm has been a long time in coming — the FDA approved it two years ago. At last, however, it’s nearly here. Mobius Bionics has revealed that it will offer the Luke arm sometime in late 2016.It’s not clear what it will take to get one (you can register your interest today), but the features remain the same. The bionic wearable is all about offering the life-like dexterity that hasn’t really been an option until now: you can hold a glass over your head without spilling it, for example, and the hand’s mix of four motors and grip sensors can help you grab both very delicate and very heavy items. The odds are that getting one won’t be trivial, but it might well be justified if it grants some extra freedom.To learn more, watch this short video. July 11, 2016 Jon Fingascenter_img 1 min read Image credit: Reuters | DARPA | Handout This story originally appeared on Engadget Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Innovation Segway Creator’s Advanced Prosthetic Arm Arrives in Late 2016last_img read more

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New report highlights key focus areas to help cancer screening realize its

first_img Research to develop increasingly refined, risk-based screening strategies All approaches to screening incorporate assessments of risk. Organizations have issued guidelines to screen individuals who are at higher than average risk for some cancers, but the depth of data supporting these recommendations is highly variable. It may someday be possible to identify individuals who are well below average risk and might choose to forgo screening or to be screened differently. However, to date, reducing the intensity of screening to levels below those currently recommended for average-risk individuals has led to a loss of screening effectiveness overall in exchange for reducing the number of adults who undergo screening and reducing the overall rate of harms. Related StoriesAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer risk”The capacity to screen for asymptomatic cancer and cancer precursors defines one of the great successes in the history of cancer control, but the full potential of cancer screening is not being achieved,” said Dr. Smith. “Millions of individuals who should be screened are not being screened, and millions who are being screened are not receiving the highest quality testing available.”The report concludes that “the barriers that are impeding improvements in screening rates need to be systematically identified and rectified with no less than a mission-oriented commitment. Research dedicated to improving existing screening strategies and finding new ones is necessary, and the current level of investment in this type of research is insufficient.”Source: https://www.cancer.org/ Research to improve the quality and performance of currently available screening tests Increased financial commitment is needed to evaluate the performance of current screening technology in the community, to support research and development to improve and evolve existing technology, and to develop new technology. No less important are strong quality assurance programs to ensure that performance is monitored and that steps are taken when performance falls below acceptable standards Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Nov 19 2018Cancer screening has contributed substantially to reduced incidence, morbidity, and mortality, but issues like access and quality care and have kept screening from fulfilling its full potential, according to a new report. The report, published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, is the latest installment in the ACS’s blueprint for cancer control. The authors summarize the status of cancer screening and propose key areas where attention is needed to further advance screening’s contribution to cancer control.Since the mid-20th century, accumulating evidence has supported the introduction of screening for cancers of the cervix, breast, colon and rectum, prostate (via shared decisions), and lung. The authors of the new report, led by Robert A. Smith, Ph.D., vice president of screening for the American Cancer Society say even as new discoveries could improve outcomes, there has been a failure to fulfill the potential of existing technology, due to lack of access among the target population and the delivery of state-of-the art care at each crucial step in cancer care. The report adds there is insufficient commitment to invest in the development of new technologies, incentivize the development of new ideas, and rapidly evaluate promising new technology.The report outlines five key focus areas to help cancer screening realize its full potential: Research to develop effective ways to screen for cancers for which screening tests do not currently exist At this time, no screening strategy has been developed and tested for pancreatic cancer, which by 2030 is likely to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States among men and women are combined. Liver cancer and bladder cancer are other diseases for which reliable and practical risk-based screening tests are needed. Screening for less common causes of cancer-related death may be possible but would demand highly accurate screening tests and well-defined and acceptable diagnostic and treatment approaches, to favorably tip the risk/benefit ratio. Research to improve the implementation of existing screening modalities Research should be directed at facilitating the uptake of organized screening, including for populations that are less likely to undergo screening. Elements of this research should include the study of reminder systems, population management, public messaging, team-based care, and navigation. On a broader scale, studies of different approaches to organizing and paying for health care are needed. Research to develop entirely new screening strategies to screen for cancers currently amendable to screening New directions in breast cancer screening that are functional versus anatomic, including contrast-enhanced MRI and molecular breast imaging, are being tested, with promising results in overcoming the limits of 2D and 3D mammography in women with significant mammographic breast density. Blood tests that detect circulating DNA and potentially can detect many types of asymptomatic cancers are in development. Developing new higher performing, more affordable, and/or more culturally acceptable screening tests warrants a substantial research investment.last_img read more

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China grants 5G commercial licences despite US tech battle

first_img China’s Huawei signs deal to develop 5G in Russia 5G is the next-generation cellular network that offers faster data transfer speed and could enhance technologies such as autonomous driving, remote medical diagnosis and mobile payments.But Beijing’s ambitions have faced a major challenge from Washington, which has blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei just as it seeks to provide equipment for 5G networks in several countries.Since last year, 5G trials have been conducted in Chinese cities ahead of plans to deploy the technology across the country in 2020, and now the government has given the green light.The Industry and Information Technology Ministry said state-owned telecom providers China Telecom, China Mobile, China Unicom and China Broadcasting Network Corporation received business licences to operate fifth-generation digital cellular mobile communication services.”After the issuance of 5G licences, we will continue to welcome foreign companies to actively participate in China’s 5G market, seek common development of China’s 5G, and share the achievements of China’s 5G development,” said Miao Wei, the minister of industry and information technology, according to the ministry’s Twitter-like Weibo account.China Mobile later said it would offer 5G services in 40 Chinese cities this year.The United States has urged other countries to shun Huawei over concerns that its equipment could be used by Beijing’s intelligence services.- Chinese 5G to ‘lead world’-Commenting on the announcement, Huawei—which produces both network equipment and mobile phones—said it will “fully support” Chinese operators to build 5G infrastructure.”(We) believe that in the near future, China’s 5G will lead the world,” Huawei said on Weibo.Another Chinese phone maker, Vivo, said its 5G devices are ready for network testing and will be on sale once trials are complete.The administration of President Donald Trump banned US companies in May from selling high-tech components to Huawei on national security grounds, though a 90-day reprieve was issued.The move has led to an escalation in the US-China trade war, with Beijing preparing its own blacklist of “unreliable” foreign companies.Several firms have already distanced themselves from Huawei, including Google, whose Android operating system runs the vast majority of smartphones in the world.Huawei signed a deal with Russian telecom company MTS on Wednesday to develop a 5G network in the country over the next year, on the sidelines of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.The firm has also signed a draft agreement with the African Union that includes cooperation in 5G communications.Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the approval of the licenses was Beijing’s way to show the world that “China will continue to expand its openness and sustain the global free trade system that is experiencing volatility due to unilateralism and protectionism”.South Korea launched the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks in April, while US mobile carrier Verizon began rolling out its 5G services in Chicago and Minneapolis.A limited rollout is also expected in Japan in 2019 before full services start in time for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.It is the rollout in China, however, that is likely to have a global impact on 5G technology.”As the world’s largest mobile market, almost anything that China does is significant,” said Peter Jarich, head of GSMA Intelligence, adding that the country has the “power to drive the market… around the world”. © 2019 AFP 5G is the next-generation cellular network that offers faster data transfer speed and could enhance technologies such as autonomous driving, remote medical diagnosis and mobile payments Explore furthercenter_img China on Thursday granted 5G commercial licences to four domestic companies, as it races to be a global leader in advanced wireless networks amid fierce rivalry from the United States. Citation: China grants 5G commercial licences despite US tech battle (2019, June 6) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-china-grants-5g-licences-commercial.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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