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Embattled Olympic boxing body picks Russia for 2019 worlds


first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments FILE – This a Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 file photo of AIBA President Ching-Kuo Wu as he poses for picture with referees in the ring after the final matches at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu. The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, says its executive committee chose Sochi to host the two-yearly event. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)MOSCOW — The embattled governing body of Olympic boxing has picked Russia to host the 2019 men’s world championships, amid reports of a no-confidence vote against President Ching-Kuo Wu over concerns about the Switzerland-based body’s finances.The International Boxing Association, known as AIBA, said its executive committee chose 2014 Winter Games host city Sochi to stage the biennial event. The 2017 edition opens Aug. 25 in Hamburg, Germany.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ AIBA said a statement would be made later Tuesday.Wu and AIBA have repeatedly denied claims of a potential financial crisis for the organization due to investors wanting to call in sums of several millions of dollars.In other hosting decisions Monday, AIBA awarded both the 2021 men’s world championships and 2018 women’s championships to New Delhi, India. The 2019 women’s worlds will be staged in Trabzon, Turkey.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelino twins get the job done against Saladocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo AIBA’s ruling committee, meeting Monday in Moscow, also picked the Russian capital to host its 2018 congress of member federations.An AIBA statement on the hosting decision did not mention a reported rebellion against Wu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe New York Times said a 12-2 vote was passed Monday against Wu, who has led AIBA for 11 years.The Taiwanese official is also a longstanding International Olympic Committee member who has sat on its executive board since 2012. He was one of six candidates in the IOC presidential election in 2013. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more


Bulls add to Heat woes at home with 105-89 win


first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Tyler Johnson scored 15 points for Miami, which got 14 from Justise Winslow and 13 apiece from Bam Adebayo and Wayne Ellington. The Heat shot 38 percent, including 12 of 42 from 3-point range.The Heat fell to 11-14 at home — and the Bulls, who snapped a four-game slide, moved to 7-20 on the road. Portis had 15 points in the fourth, while Miami’s entire roster managed 21 in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoth teams were without key pieces.Miami — which will be without Derrick Jones until mid-March at least and isn’t planning to have point guard Goran Dragic back until at least the All-Star break — held out Dwyane Wade with right knee soreness, with the belief that it isn’t terribly serious. Chicago was without Zach LaVine because of a sprained right ankle, making that determination after he tested it out and experienced pain before the game. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Celtics overcome Kyrie Irving’s absence to rout Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Bobby Portis scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Wayne Selden added 20 and the Chicago Bulls ran away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 105-89 on Wednesday night.Lauri Markkanen had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who finished January with a 2-13 record — the franchise’s second-worst mark ever in that month. Kris Dunn scored 14 and Robin Lopez added 13 for Chicago, which shot 51 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat: Miami won the season series 2-1. The Heat have swept the Bulls only twice in 31 seasons. … Hassan Whiteside got a technical foul in the third quarter for pulling himself up on the rim after a dunk. He argued that Markkanen was in his landing vicinity, to no avail. … Josh Richardson scored 12 points.WADE DEALWade was announced Wednesday as an ambassador for BallerTV, a site streaming live amateur sports such as high school basketball. Wade — who has used it to follow his son’s games — said part of the appeal for him is that students do much of the announcing and camera-operating. “They get a chance to get a camera from BallerTV and go do this themselves. It helps youth get to their dreams. I liked that,” Wade said.BIG DIFFERENCEThe temperature at tip-off in Miami was 68 degrees, a bit cool for South Florida. Factor in the wind chill in polar-vortex-stricken Chicago, and the air there at game time felt like minus-34 — a mere 102-degree difference between the two cities.UP NEXTBulls: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Bulls led by 10 after the first quarter, took a two-point lead into halftime and then found themselves trailing by six early in the third. But they answered with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes, and led by three when Dion Waiters tried a 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the tie.It missed, and with that the Bulls were off and running.Chicago finished the quarter on a 7-0 run, taking a 78-68 lead into the fourth. Miami never got closer than seven again.TIP-INSBulls: Carmelo Anthony still appears on Chicago’s roster. The official reason for him not playing is listed as “trade pending.” … Chicago has reached 100 points in 14 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since the 1991-92 season. … Selden added eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more


Thor Ragnarok Superpower Of STEM Challenge


first_imgDisney, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS and Society for Science & the Public are pleased to present the nationwide MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE in conjunction with the November 3, 2017 theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins.THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGEMarvel Studios is, once again, encouraging young girls to explore the superpower of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) with the MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE.This program, supported by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Broadcom MASTERS, and Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young girls to use the superpower of STEM to help their family, community or the world be safer, healthier or happier. MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE invites girls nationwide, between the ages 15 – 18 and in grades 10 through 12 living in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, to use the superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.Five finalists will be selected to come to Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts and to attend the Red Carpet Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK. Each finalist will receive: Two round-trip tickets to Southern California for the finalist and her parent or guardian, including scheduled meals, ground transportation to and from organized activities, hotel accommodations, from October 8 through October 11, 2017; the opportunity to be on the red carpet at the Premiere of Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK, the once-in-a-lifetime peek behind-the-scenes with Dolby Laboratories on what new technology they are working on, a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California; and more. Synchrony Bank is committed to the development of women in technology; in partnership with Marvel, the finalists will have the chance to work with the Synchrony Technology Team ideating and learning. In addition, Synchrony Bank will award $1,000 deposited into a high-yield savings account for each of the finalists to start each of them on the road to future success.One grand-prize winner will be selected from the five finalists to attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City with Disney Imagineering to build her STEM story, creating a professional-level video teaching other young people how to recreate her Challenge-winning project. The winner will also have the opportunity to demonstrate her Superpower of STEM project live to the nation with a brief appearance on Good Morning America. (The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Good Morning America / ABC News.) The video created during her mentorship will be made available to students, teachers and families worldwide on the American Association for the Advancement of Science education resource website ScienceNetLinks.com.Entries are currently being accepted now through 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. For application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information about MARVEL STUDIOS’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE, please visit www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com.In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok — the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization — at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger — the Incredible Hulk!About the Contest
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Challenge ends at 6:00PM PT on September 23, 2017. Open only to girls between the ages of 15 and 18, in grades 10 through 12, as of August 23, 2017, who are legal residents and physically living in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Limit one entry per person. Winners must be able to travel on or about October 8, 2017 through October 11, 2017. See Official Rules at www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com for full eligibility and entry requirements, prize description, conditions, and limitations. Void where prohibited. The official contest sponsor is Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.last_img read more


Petition tries to push NWT government to reopen Elders residence


first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsSharon Lafferty watched both of her elderly parents leave their home to access medical support services.Neither wanted to go, but with the closure of the Elder’s facility in Denı́nu Kų́ę́ – Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, remaining in the isolated community became unmanageable.“I think if we cared for them in our community they would not get lonesome. They would have more of their traditional foods, visitors, support from their own caregivers as oppose to having to meet everyone and make new friends,” Lafferty said.When Lafferty’s mother suffered a stroke she was medevaced to Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife, where she received care for over a year.Her husband was left behind.“At that age separating her from my Dad affected his health. He was a diabetic and he stopped caring for his health. He was so lonesome caring for my mum,” Lafferty said.Her 87-year-old father also moved to the next community over in Hay River, but it wasn’t smooth sailing.“When he was at medical appointments, they (health practitioners) were wondering why he wasn’t talking. He has to have a boogie board where he writes things down to talk to him and then he will verbally talk back, but they didn’t know he was deaf.“There was no communication between facilities,” she said.The Elder’s Facility closed a decade ago due to funding cuts from the Territorial government.It sits partially occupied by government offices.Across the road, Mavis Klause, Sharon’s cousin packs up her house.Medical travel has become unbearable for the 71-year-old.“I have never seen the same doctor twice in five years. You don’t go see a doctor because you want to. The nurse will tell you when to see the doctor,” Klause said.(Sharon Lafferty, middle, sitting with her cousins. On the right is Mavis Klause)She said she has waited over two years to see a foot specialist for her diabetes.More accessible healthcare was not the only reason in her decision to move.Klause also cited fear of crime as another motivator and said that her doors must be locked because of a nearby bootlegger.Two doors down Howard Beaulieu has a similar story.Lafferty introduced us to him and acted as an interpreter.Beaulieu lives alone and has limited mobility after suffering a stroke some years ago.“When Howard wanted to raise his concerns over the crime around his house. I went over and told the personal support workers. I was told he would have to call housing and then they would have to call the RCMP.,” Lafferty said.Howard expressed his frustration over having to contact different agencies over the phone with his limited speech.“If something were to happen how could he communicate this to the RCMP going through a Yellowknife detachment and them not being able to understand his English because of his paralysis. You have to know him for a while to understand his English,” Lafferty said.In the old Elder’s facility residents were able to press a button to access either a secretary or security.When Beaulieu hit his head two weeks ago, he said there was no one to call over the weekend.“Ten days later he says his head is still sore. I am wondering when they brought him to the nursing station, did the nurse tell his personal support worker to follow up if he had soreness or dizziness,” Lafferty said.In the fall of 2018, a petition prompted by the Band Office circulated in the community.It called on the NWT Health Minister to reopen the Elder’s Facility and received over 100 signatures.The local MLA read the petition in the Legislative Assembly, but there has been no public discussion since.APTN News, contacted the NWT’s Health and Social Services Authority but were unable to receive an interview in time for this article.Lafferty, Klause and Bealieu all signed the petition, but whether or not any of them will live in the community long enough to see a positive change remains unknown.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more


Annual inflation cools to 22 core measure above 2 for first time


first_imgThe country’s annual inflation rate cooled slightly last month but, at 2.2 per cent, it stayed hot enough to hover above the two per cent midpoint of the central bank’s ideal range, Statistics Canada said Friday in a new report.Headline inflation for April was a little lower than the March number of 2.3 per cent, which was the rate’s strongest year-over-year reading since 2014. It matched the 2.2 per cent figure for February.The upward pressure on inflation last month was led by higher costs for gasoline, air transportation and restaurants. The biggest downward forces came from cheaper prices for digital equipment, travel tours and natural gas.Core prices, meanwhile, also continued their gradual, upward climb last month, the report said.The average of the Bank of Canada’s three measures of core inflation, which omits more-volatile items like pump prices, edged above the two per cent mark last month for the first time since February 2012. The core average was 2.03 per cent, up from 1.97 per cent the previous month.The Bank of Canada carefully scrutinizes inflation numbers ahead of its interest-rate decisions. It can use rate hikes as a tool to help prevent inflation from climbing too high.But recent readings are unlikely to have a major impact on an upcoming rate decision because governor Stephen Poloz has predicted inflation to remain above two per cent for all of 2018.Last month, Poloz challenged the notion that two per cent represents some unbreachable barrier. With higher energy prices, he said it’s natural for the long-term trendline to balance itself out — and he called it a “positive thing.”“What I don’t want is for people to spend this entire year asking what I’m up to because inflation is above target,” Poloz told reporters during a late-April visit to Washington, D.C..“You need every once in a while to remind people there’s a range, and that’s okay. The policy allows for this. We’re not violating our target in some way.”The bank’s inflation range is one to three per cent, but considerable attention is focused on where the rate sits relative to the two per cent midpoint.Last month, the central bank raised its headline inflation projections as it pointed to the temporary effects of higher gasoline prices and minimum wage increases. The bank is now expecting inflation to average 2.3 per cent this year before settling back down to 2.1 per cent in 2019.Poloz has raised the central bank’s benchmark interest rate three times since last July and is expected to remain on his rate-hiking path with the economy operating close to its capacity.But last month the bank left its key rate at 1.25 per cent, where it has been since January.Poloz said that the economy was still unable to maintain its pace without the stimulative power of lower rates, despite recent improvements.The bank’s next rate decision is May 30, but many analysts have been predicting Poloz will wait until July before introducing another rate increase.In a separate report Friday, Statistics Canada released its latest figures for retail trade, which showed an increase for a third-straight month with sales rising 0.6 per cent in March. Retail sales rose to a total of $50.2 billion.Retail trade also saw increases of 0.5 per cent in February and 0.3 per cent in January.The report said higher sales in March for vehicles and automotive parts — especially by new car dealers — more than offset weaker sales at food and beverage stores and gas stations. By excluding sales of vehicles and parts, retail trade would have contracted 0.2 per cent in March.last_img read more


Tangier One Immigrant Killed in Fighting Between SubSaharan Immigrants Moroccans


Rabat- One illegal immigrant from Senegal was reportedly beaten to death while 14 others were injured in a fight that broke out late Friday night in Tangier between sub-Saharan African immigrants and dozens of Moroccans.According to a press release from the urban authority of Tangier, the confrontation began after a misunderstanding between a sub-Saharan African immigrant and a Moroccan.It turned a fierce fight, late Friday night in Hay Al Irfane district in Tangier.Alyaou24 said that the misunderstanding escalated dramatically and turned into a bloody conflict between dozens of sub-Saharan immigrants and Moroccans who came to the defense of their fellow Moroccan, using knives, swords, and iron rods. The Senegalese immigrant was killed after being stabbed in the neck. His death provoked the wrath of the other sub-Saharan African immigrants, and made the fighting more violent, as they determined to take revenge. The fighting continued brutally, until the local police intervened.The urban authority of Tangier revealed that the police arrested 8 persons involved in the fighting.This episode of bloody fighting between sub-Saharan African immigrants and Moroccans is not the first of its kind. In July, a fierce fight took place in the Maadeed neighborhood in Rabat between dozens of natives and sub-Saharan African immigrants.That confrontation also began after a misunderstanding between a Moroccan and a Sub-Saharan African immigrant and escalated into a brawl, creating a terror in the area. read more


Marine fishing industry losing 50 billion annually UN study finds


9 October 2008The world’s marine fisheries are losing $50 billion each year because of poor management, inefficiencies, and over-fishing, according to a new joint report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank. The world’s marine fisheries are losing $50 billion each year because of poor management, inefficiencies, and over-fishing, according to a new joint report released today by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank. The study draws attention to industry issues and financial losses, which over the last three decades total over $2 trillion, a figure roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of Italy. “Right now, no one is winning,” said Rolf Willmann, FAO Senior Fishery Planning Officer and one of the report writers, in a press release issued today. “Much of the industry is unprofitable, fish stocks are depleted and other sectors of the economy foot the bill for an ailing fishing industry.” But the report also argues that well-managed marine fisheries could turn most of these losses into sustainable economic benefits for millions of fisheries and coastal communities. “It is not just about boats and fish. This report provides decision-makers with the economic arguments for the reforms needed,” said the Fisheries Team Leader for the World Bank, Kieran Kelleher. According to the study, the bulk of losses occur in two main ways: depleted fish stocks means there are fewer fish to catch, increasing the cost of finding and catching produce; and fleet over-capacity occurs, which means the economic benefits of fishing are decreased due to redundant investment and operating costs. The study suggests strengthening of fishing rights, greater transparency in allocation of fish resources and greater public accountability for fisheries management as measures to restore and safeguard the industry. “Sustainable fisheries require political will to replace incentives for over-fishing with incentives for responsible stewardship,” said Mr. Kelleher.The FAO report offers policy initiatives to create profitable and sustainable fisheries. read more


UN assessing impact of Ugandan rebel violence on Congolese civilians


22 January 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is evaluating the impact of atrocities committed by a notorious Ugandan rebel group against Congolese civilians. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been terrorizing the Haut Uélé area of Orientale province in north-east DRC in recent months.The UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC), along with partner agencies, visited affected areas from 16-17 January to help them set up an appropriate humanitarian response.In Faradje, the team assessed the damage to property and spoke to those remaining in the town following the deadly LRA attacks, noting the need for protection and psychosocial assistance for civilians.“We have been abandoned for three weeks, at the mercy of the LRA, with no security or humanitarian assistance,” said Faradje resident Ephraim Kabuli. “This is negligence on the part of the public authorities in relation to their responsibilities.”Exact numbers of killings, abductions and displacements are not known, but according to the most credible estimates from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the LRA violence has left 900 people dead and uprooted 130,000 others, with more than 8,000 Congolese taking refuge in Southern Sudan.Several other areas are at risk of fresh attacks by LRA rebels, who are on the run from the forces of the DRC, Uganda and Southern Sudan who launched a joint military operation last month.MONUC said that members of the LRA, a group notorious for abducting children for troops and sex slaves, are desperate to survive and have stepped up their slaughter of Congolese civilians.Last week, the Security Council issued a press statement strongly condemning recent attacks carried out by the LRA and emphasized that those responsible must be brought to justice.Council members demanded that the members of the LRA cease all attacks on civilians immediately, and urged them to surrender, assemble, and disarm. read more


Cases of deadly diarrhoea mount in Ethiopian capital warns UN


Local health authorities reported a total of 2,330 new cases of the disease and 22 deaths between 17 and 23 August, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). In response to the epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has committed $30,000 for surveillance, case management and training activities, while the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pledged $100,000 for training and operational costs.UNICEF also sent 20,000 bottles of water guards to the Addis Ababa health bureau to enable the same number of households to access clean water for one month. The agency is also finalizing preparations to establish sanitation facilities in a number of areas in the coming two weeksMeanwhile, the lack of food in many areas in eastern Ethiopia has prompted the World Food Programme (WFP) to underscore the need for an immediate and comprehensive contingency plan to feed the vulnerable people, especially given the prospect of poor food production in the coming months. 8 September 2009The United Nations emergency humanitarian relief wing today warned of an outbreak of acute watery diarrhoea rife in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa that is threatening to continue its spread across other regions of the country. read more


Want a rare transparent Apple Newton One just sold for 1350


first_imgSure, your smartphone might do everything you could ever want a pocket computer to do, but that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t want to prominently display rare, collector PDA above your fireplace. If you’re willing to part with around $1350, you could spruce that mantle right up with a translucent Apple Newton MessagePad 110, the company’s PDA that some might say was too beautiful for its time (in case you forgot, it was the early ’90s).The Newton was created during the time period that Steve Jobs wasn’t with the company, which many believe to be one of the main reasons why it didn’t exactly make a big splash on the tech scene. Amusingly, the auction listed the item as an “Apple Newton MassagePad,” which we can only hope is some weird Apple massage chair that was released in an alternate, bizarro version of reality.The 110 model was released in 1994, and rather than the usual opaque, dark body of the Newton, it sported a translucent cover, proudly displaying its mechanical guts. The seller of the item claimed not to know much about the translucent Newton, but claimed that Apple collectors said that somewhere between 150 and 1,200 units were handed out to developers at a conference. The auction came with the stylus, disks, instruction manuals, and the box, though the box was reportedly quite rough around the edges.Though the auction is over, check out the original listing and look back (possibly fondly) on a time when Apple made things that didn’t quite catch on, which Apple would probably swear doesn’t happen anymore.via Los Angeles Timeslast_img read more


Rent register might show average rent paid on each street rather than


first_img RENTERS MAY BE able to find out what the average price is being paid for rent on their street next year. It had been envisaged that a rent register would be introduced that would give greater transparency into the level of rent being paid in each individual property. However, the Residential Tenancies Act, which is due to be signed into law in the next fortnight, stopped short of allowing for the publication of a much talked-about rent register, which would allow potential tenants to see what the previous occupant was paying.Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy acknowledged the delay in establishing a rent register is “frustrating” stating that rent transparency is “incredibly important”. It was hoped an amendment in law would allow for a rent register to be set up which would allow the Residential Tenancies Board to publish rental amounts in different localities.Attorney General However, the proposed amendment was examined by the Office of the Attorney General (AG) to ensure it was legally sound.“I know it is frustrating, I have been working with the AG to see what we can do to achieve that level of rent transparency with a rent register.“The legal advice we have gotten is that it is not possible at this stage, so we have looked at other legislation and I informed the Dáil that we have found legislation where we can bring about a much better degree of rent transparency than we have, but it would be more at the street, at the aggregate level,” explained the minister.“We still believe we can achieve rent transparency, not at the individual property level, but perhaps at the street level and we are still working at bringing in those reforms later on in the year,” he added. From the beginning of next year, an annual register of rents will be collated by the RTB, however, the minister said to what extent that information can be made public is yet to be determined.  By Christina Finn 11,363 Views https://jrnl.ie/4633041 Image: Leah Farrell Share8 Tweet Email1 Image: Leah Farrell Short URL May 14th 2019, 6:21 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:20 AM Rent register might show average rent paid on each street rather than individual properties Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy hopes to introduce the reform later this year. 33 Comments last_img read more


Mediator une conclusion sous forme daccord à lamiable


first_imgMediator : une conclusion sous forme d’accord à l’amiable ?Le laboratoire Servier a récemment fait l’objet de plusieurs plaintes concernant la dangerosité et les effets indésirables de son produit Mediator, qu’il a tardé à retirer du marché. Il est possible cependant qu’aucun procès n’ait lieu, s’il conclut un accord à l’amiable avec les plaignants.Le Mediator est ce médicament jugé dangereux depuis plusieurs années, mais qui n’a été retiré du marché qu’en 2009. Accusé d’avoir ignoré la nocivité de son produit, le laboratoire Servier en charge de la production du médicament a été l’objet de plusieurs plaintes de la part d’anciens patients ou de familles de patients décédés (voir notre article). Pour autant, Servier pourrait ne jamais comparaitre devant la justice si des accords sont trouvés avec les plaignants comme le souhaite une association représentant les victimes.À lire aussiAntihistaminique : qu’est-ce que c’est ? A quoi ça sert ?Ainsi, Georges-Alexandre Ambert, spécialiste de la défense des victimes contre le laboratoire explique à Europe 1 : “C’est une mauvaise idée d’aller au pénal parce que toutes les procédures pénales ont échoué ou ont abouti à des condamnations sans intérêt pour les victimes. Dans l’affaire Bayer, les expertises judiciaires avaient été effroyables contre le laboratoire. Au bout de cinq, six, sept ans, le juge a classé le dossier”. Quoi qu’il en soit, si négociation il y a, l’association de défense des victimes compte bien faire payer au prix fort le laboratoire Servier (environ 150.000 euros par décès, et 500.000 euros pour les victimes devant aujourd’hui toujours êtres assistées) tandis que ce dernier a publiquement reconnu ce week-end que le Mediator “a pu représenter un vrai risque pour certains patients”.Georges-Alexandre Ambert a rappelé au micro de la radio nationale que grâce à une procédure à l’amiable, l’association avait pu obtenir 450.000 euros de la part de Servier en mai 2002, pour une femme de 29 ans qui souffrait d’hypertension artérielle pulmonaire depuis sa prise d’Isoméride. Le 10 janvier 2011 à 15:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more


ASA Lauds Bipartisan Bill to Grant TPA to White House


first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) praised the introduction of a bipartisan bill that will extend trade promotion authority (TPA) to President Barack Obama. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), as well as House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act earlier Thursday, and ASA President Wade Cowan issued the following statement on the bill:”Trade promotion authority has always been the necessary first step toward reaching trade agreements that help drive demand for soybean farmers across the country. ASA applauds Chairman Hatch, Ranking Member Wyden and Chairman Ryan for their work on this bipartisan bill, and we call on both chambers to take this up and pass it immediately. We then hope that the renewed commitment to trade will help reach conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership so that we may further open these key markets to American products. Trade is a bipartisan issue that helps to build the American economy, while strengthening our position in the global marketplace. Nowhere is that role more evident than in agricultural trade. As producers of the nation’s leading farm export, soybean farmers know that trade supports rural economies, and ties American producers to consumers around the world. That’s a role we cherish, and one that will be significantly advanced by the legislation introduced today.”last_img read more


Initiative to name damaged bridge for Eyman


first_imgEVERETT — An initiative has been filed to name the damaged Interstate 5 Skagit River bridge for anti-tax activist Tim Eyman.The Daily Herald reports that a Bothell man filed an initiative to the Legislature on Wednesday to put Eyman’s name on the bridge that fell into the water when it was struck by a truck with an oversized load.The measure filed by Nicholas Santos says the Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge would be “dedicated to the efforts of Tim Eyman to reduce Washington state tax revenues and the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on May 23, 2013.”Supporters need to turn in 246,000 signatures of registered Washington voters by Jan. 3. Lawmakers could enact the initiative or put it on the November 2014 ballot.last_img


Furniture showroom car gutted in Ctg fire


first_imgA furniture showroom and a car were gutted as a fire broke out at the showroom in AK Khan Gate area in Chittagong city on Sunday night, reports UNB.Kamal Uddin Bhuiyan, assistant director (acting) of Chittagong Division Fire Service, said that the fire broke out in the showroom named Medalian Furniture around 10:30pm.On information, 11 vehicles of five firefighting units from different fire stations rushed to the spot and doused the flame after one hour of frantic efforts.The fire gutted the furniture showroom and a parked car there.The affected shop owner said that entire showroom, where imported furnitute were showcased, burnt to ashes.The fire halted vehicular movement from AK Khan Gate to Ispahani Rail Gate for one hour due to huge gathering.last_img


A new quasi2D superconductor that bridges a ferroelectric and an insulator


first_img , Nature Materials © 2019 Science X Network The idea of forming a quasi-2-D superconducting layer at the interface between two different compounds has been around for several years. One past study, for instance, tried to achieve this by creating a thin superconducting layer between two insulating oxides (LaAlO3 and SrTiO3) with a critical temperature of 300mK. Other researchers observed the thin superconducting layer in bilayers of an insulator (La2CuO4) and a metal (La1.55Sr0.45CuO4), neither of which is superconducting in isolation.”Here we put forward the idea that thin charged layer on the interface between ferroelectric and insulator is formed in order to screen the electric field,” Viktor Kabanov and Rinat Mamin, two researchers who carried out the study, told Phys.org via email. “This thin layer may be conducting or superconducting depending on the properties of the insulator. In order to get a superconducting layer, we chose La2CuO4 – an insulator that becomes a high Tc superconductor when it is doped by carriers.”The heterostructure fabricated by Kabanov, Mamin and their colleagues consists of a ferroelectric magnetron sputtered on the surface of the parent compound of high Tc superconductor La2CuO4. At the interface between these two components, the researchers observed the appearance of a thin superconducting layer, which attains its superconductivity at temperatures below 30K. The researchers detected the layer’s superconducting properties by measuring its resistivity and via the Meissner effect. They found that a finite resistance is created when applying a weak magnetic field perpendicular to the interface, which confirms the quasi-2-D quality of the layer’s superconductive state. “The key advantage of our technique is the relative simplicity of the creation of the heterostructure, because the requirements for the roughness of the surface are not so stringent,” Kabanov and Mamin said. “On the other hand, the changing the polarization in the ferroelectric allows to control the properties of the conducting layer.” Kabanov, Mamin and their colleagues are the first ever to observe superconductivity on the interface between a ferroelectric and an insulator. In the future, their approach and the superconductors they fabricated could inform the design of new electronic devices with a ferroelectrically controlled superconductivity. “As far as plans for the future are concerned, we would like to learn how we can control the superconducting properties of the interface by rotating the polarization of the ferroelectric,” Kabanov and Mamin said. “Another idea is to try to control the properties of the interface by laser illumination. This is basically the direction we are working on now.” Researchers at the Zavoisky Physical-Technical Institute and the Southern Scientific Center of RAS, in Russia, have recently fabricated quasi-2-D superconductors at the interface between a ferroelectric Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 film and an insulating parent compound of La2CuO4. Their study, presented in a paper published in Physical Review Letters, is the first to achieve superconductivity in a heterostructure consisting of a ferroelectric and an insulator. 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. More information: Dmitrii P. Pavlov et al. Fabrication of High-Temperature Quasi-Two-Dimensional Superconductors at the Interface of a Ferroelectric Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3 Film and an Insulating Parent Compound of La2CuO4, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.237001 Jian-Feng Ge et al. Superconductivity above 100 K in single-layer FeSe films on doped SrTiO3, Nature Materials (2014). DOI: 10.1038/nmat4153High-temperature interface superconductivity between metallic and insulating cuprates. arXiv:0810.1890 [cond-mat.supr-con]. arxiv.org/abs/0810.1890 Journal information: Physical Review Letters The schematic structures of Ba0.8Sr0.2TiO3/La2CuO4 (a) with q2DEG (shown in red); AFM image of the La2CuO4 single crystal surface without the film (b) illustrates the inhomogeneity of the interface. The temperature dependence of the magnetic susceptibility (c), and the temperature dependence of the resistivity (d) of La2CuO4 single crystal (without ferroelectric film). Credit: Dmitrii P. Pavlov et al., arXiv:1804.05519 [cond-mat.supr-con] Electric-field-controlled superconductor-ferromagnetic insulator transition Citation: A new quasi-2D superconductor that bridges a ferroelectric and an insulator (2019, June 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-quasi-2d-superconductor-bridges-ferroelectric-insulator.html Explore furtherlast_img read more


Europe and Vietnam strengthen tourism relationship


first_imgSource = ETB Travel News – Peter Gollagher Book and Fly Vietnam Airlines here Europe and Vietnam strengthen tourism relationshipIt has been a busy week for the tourism relationship between Europe and Vietnam after the delivery of new aircrafts to Vietnam Airlines and a lift on visa requirements for some European citizens to Vietnam.Vietnam Airlines has become just the second airline in the world to fly Airbus’ latest NextGen aircraft the A350 XWB.The aircraft aims to bring a new level of comfort to long haul travel with wider seats and new in-flight entertainment systems.The first aircraft has been leased from AerCap, with a total of 14 ordered, 10 from Airbus and four from lessors.The handover ceremony occurred on Tuesday morning (European time) at Airbus’s Headquarters in Toulouse, France.Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Vietnam Airlines executive vice president for commercial said in a statement “We are proud to be the second airline in the world to receive the A350 XWB aircraft which is a step forward that helps us to fulfill our commitment to ‘reach further’.”The aircraft is expected to begin servicing the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh route by the end of the week.In time this will be extended to meet demand in Europe with the Hanoi-Paris and Ho Chi Minh-Paris routes.Vietnam Airlines has also ordered 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to further promote travel between Europe and Vietnam.The handover comes after the Vietnamese government lifted visa requirements to citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for the period of 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016.This is in addition to the unilaterally exemption visas for citizens of Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.last_img read more


Centara breaks into the Middle East with opening of Centara Muscat Hot


first_imgCentara breaks into the Middle East with opening of Centara Muscat HotelCentara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s largest hotel operator, continues to expand internationally with the opening of the four-star, 152-room Centara Muscat Hotel, the first of three planned for the Middle East.The Centara Muscat Hotel is ideally located in the Omani capital’s bustling Ghala Heights business district, close to the convention centre, Royal Opera House, and the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. It is conveniently located midway between the airport and historical district, about 15 minutes from each.The hotel is a modern new building featuring three restaurants, a spa, and a rooftop pool and terrace with views out over the Gulf of Oman. Its premium lounge, banquet and meeting facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, plus proximity to Muscat’s shopping and historical sites, are designed to serve both business and leisure travellers.Centara is known for combining appealing Thai qualities, such as graceful service and pampering spa treatments, with expertly-prepared Thai and international cuisine. The new Muscat hotel follows this blueprint. Akdeniz, an authentic Turkish restaurant, features fine coffees, Middle Eastern snacks and mezzes, plus meats and fresh fish seared on a traditional Ocakbasi grill. Tiptara restaurant serves Thai dishes and international choices, while The Roof offers a relaxed venue for barbeques and private events.Centara’s signature SPA Cenvaree offers a variety of therapies and treatments, plus Thai herbal spa products. The rooftop pool is complemented by a children’s pool and fitness centre.Centara is planning additional openings in Doha, Qatar later this year and Deira Island off of Dubai in the UAE in 2020. Source = Centara Hotels & Resortslast_img read more


Go back to the enewsletter This European winter


first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterThis European winter, an expert team of architects, designers, builders and consultants have been working hard to make some changes that will take Grace Santorini to an extraordinary new level. Scheduled to re-open 2 May 2016, some renovations and refurbishments include:Innovative new design in all rooms and suites, featuring exquisite contemporary furnishings and the latest technology A new champagne and cocktail lounge offering the beautiful views to enjoy the legendary Santorini sunsets, together with an enhanced culinary experienceWellness at new heights through a dedicated yoga and Pilates studio, where complimentary daily sessions will take placeUnique photographic art in all rooms by an award-winning photographerA concept store where art meets cultureNew Bespoke ExperiencesGo back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more