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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Spain Proposes Speedboat Ban to Curb Immigration Drug Trafficking

Rabat- The Spanish government has proposed banning the speedboats that trafficking networks use to transport migrants and drugs from North Africa to Spain.The government proposed the ban of “go fast” and inflatable boats at a meeting on Friday in the Spanish Council of Ministers.The Spanish police have identified the go fast boat as one used by traffickers of cannabis or hash and by migrants across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain from North African countries including Morocco. The decree will soon pass through the Spanish Parliament for its approval, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).Morocco and the EU are cooperating to curb the flow of irregular migrants to Europe.Mustapha El Khalfi, Morocco’s government spokesperson, said that in 2017 Moroccan authorities stopped more than 65,000 irregular migrants from crossing to Europe.More than 1,500 migrants have died in the Mediterranean in 2018 while trying to reach Europe, according to UNHCR.On the drugs side, cannabis resin is one of the most exported drugs from Morocco and has continuously been the subject of seizures in recent years. The demand for the drug in Europe is high due to its powerful and high-yield hybrid varieties.Morocco is the largest supplier of cannabis resin to Europe, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In 2014, 302 tons and 85 percent of all cannabis resin seizures in Spain were linked to Morocco.According to the UNODC World Drug Report of 2017, Morocco has the third highest cannabis resin seizures of countries worldwide. The country comes behind Spain and Pakistan.Meanwhile, earlier in October, Spain dismantled a drug trafficking network trying to smuggle cannabis and advanced weapons into Morocco via speedboats.Spanish authorities stopped the boats carrying black market arms worth about MAD 8.23 million, ten minutes after their departure, reported Moroccan newspaper, Al Massae.Members of the dismantled network in Cadiz, a city in southwest Spain, confessed that in addition to smuggling machine guns and pistols, they had planned to traffick cannabis to Morocco. read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Apples Canada map riddled with errors Ottawa and Toronto mixed up Quebec

TORONTO — Apple seems to be a little confused when it comes to Canadian geography.Consumers who hit Apple.ca to pre-order one of the company’s new iPhones and clicked on a link about delivery timelines saw an error-riddled map of Canada.Apple appeared to have mixed up the nation’s capital and Ontario’s capital, and placed Ottawa roughly where Toronto should be on the map.Edmonton is also seen to be northwest of Calgary, instead of northeast.Quebec City is mistakenly labelled as Quebec.And St. John’s, N.L. is missing its apostrophe.A comment from Apple was not immediately available.Apple’s map of Canada. Think they need to look at an actual map. http://t.co/8fi9JwN2UN— Marc S (@asmiroth) September 12, 2014Uh oh! #Apple might know phones, but it doesn’t know #Canada. Look at Ottawa and Toronto! http://t.co/ydTkMI68JX http://t.co/Sy6Ha02YRB— Lost Waldo (@LostWaldoTravel) September 12, 2014This isn’t the first time consumers have taken issue with Apple and its geography. When the company introduced Apple Maps in September 2012 with the launch of iOS 6 and iPhone 5 to replace Google Inc.’s mapping data, users complained of misplaced towns and landmarks, and unreliable route directions.In September 2013,  a glitch in the Apple Maps app on newer iPhones and iPads guided people up to a runway at a major Alaska airport instead of sending them on the proper route to the terminal. While the map stopped at the tarmac, wayward drivers continued across an active runway in two separate incidents.With files from Financial Post staff, The Associated Press read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd UN panel pays out over 1 billion in reparations for Iraqs invasion

The remaining category E claim was submitted by the Government of Kuwait on behalf of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, stated a news release issued by the Geneva-based Commission. In 2000, the claim was awarded $14.7 billion for oil production and sales losses as a result of damages to Kuwait’s oil field assets and represents the largest award by the UNCC’s Governing Council. With this payment, the Commission has paid out $42.3 billion of its total awarded amount of $52.4 billion to over 100 governments and international organizations for distribution to 1.5 million successful claimants in all claim categories, leaving approximately $10.1 billion remaining to be paid. Successful claims are paid with funds drawn from the UN Compensation Fund, which is funded by a percentage of the proceeds generated by the export sales of Iraqi petroleum and petroleum products.The UNCC’s Governing Council has identified six categories of claims: four are for individuals’ claims, one for corporations and one for governments and international organizations, which also includes claims for environmental damage.The Commission was established in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the UN Security Council. It has received nearly three million claims, including from nearly 100 governments for themselves, their nationals or their corporations. read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd UK Automotive demands government delivers deal to safeguard competitiveness

No deal in two years would undermine £71.6 billion UK automotive industry.Continued uncertainty risks investment – already down a third in 2016 to £1.66 billion.UK Automotive committed to work with government and EU stakeholders to secure the right deal.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has renewed its call for the automotive industry to be at the heart of negotiations, as UK government triggered Article 50, formally starting the historic process to withdraw Britain from the European Union. As a highly-integrated sector that has maximised the benefits of the European single market, this is perhaps the most significant threat to the competitiveness of the UK automotive sector in a generation.The UK automotive industry employs more than 800,000 people across the country, including manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and the aftermarket, contributing £18.9 billion to the economy. The industry is on a roll, with 2016 the best year ever for new car registrations, car production at a 17 year high with record exports and the EU’s highest productivity levels. Much of this success is due to our global competitiveness, a competiveness drawn from economic and political stability, investment, a highly skilled workforce and beneficial trading conditions with our biggest market.The biggest market – by far – is Europe. Total automotive trade with the EU is worth more than £42 billion – nearly seven times the value of our next biggest trade partner, the US. The sector is deeply integrated within the European automotive industry. Nearly 70% of the cars we buy come from European factories, more than half our new car exports are destined for European markets and the tens of thousands of parts that make up a car cross European borders multiple times. We need both sides to reach a deal which protects this frictionless, “just in time” movement but one which also avoids tariffs, harmonises regulation and ensures the European and UK automotive industries remain the engine for growth, innovation and jobs.The UK automotive industry trades around the globe. We want the UK to exploit new markets, but this should not be at the cost of our biggest trading partner. Substituting one market for another is not straightforward given differing consumer tastes, regulation and market access. We need a trade policy aligned to a strong industrial strategy that supports the specific needs of the sector for all the investment, reshoring and export opportunities. We need an outcome that maintains growth, innovation, consumer choice and the long-term future of the industry.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Triggering Article 50 has started a race against time to secure a deal that safeguards the future of the UK automotive industry. Government has committed to creating and supporting the right conditions for our industry to be successful. That means certainty in our relationship with our biggest market, tariff-free and open borders so products, parts and investment can flow freely, and continued influence over the regulation that governs the vehicles we build and drive. We will continue to work with government and our European counterparts but no deal is not an option. Now is the time for government to deliver.No deal at the end of the two-year negotiations would mean the adoption of World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, the worst foreseeable outcome for UK Automotive. Current WTO tariffs are 10% for cars and 2.5%-4.5% for parts. SMMT has calculated that a 10% tariff would add £1.8 billion to the cost of fully assembled cars exported from the UK and £2.7 billion to those imported from the EU – which would  add some £1,500 to the cost of every one sold in the UK. Such tariffs, as well as other non-tariff barriers and customs restrictions would put our industry at an immediate competitive disadvantage, inevitably hitting consumers in the pocket with price increases and reduced choice. Attracting investment whilst carrying these additional costs would be a major challenge, a challenge already visible with the current uncertainty resulting in reduced investment, down from £2.5 billion in 2015 to £1.66 billion last year.Priorities for UK Automotive in the negotiationsEquivalent single market benefits – Zero tariffs and no trade barriers with the EU.Customs – Maintaining the arrangements and benefits the UK enjoys as part of the Customs Union, with common customs procedures.Talent – Guaranteed access to talent across Europe.Regulation – Continuity in rule making through regulatory harmonisation.Trade – Securing the UK’s position in current and future trading relationships.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Underclassmen play a big part for Ohio State mens lacrosse

OSU junior attacker Carter Brown (14) attempts to move past a Michigan defender during an April 12 game in Ann Arbor, Mich. OSU won, 13-8.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern ReporterWith just two regular-season matchups remaining, the senior members of the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team can see the finish line to their collegiate careers and are still striving to cross it as Big Ten or NCAA champions.But regardless of this season’s outcome, a prepared group of juniors, sophomores and freshmen are stepping up, allowing those seniors to leave with the assurance that their team remains in able hands, coach Nick Myers said.“You have to lean on seniors because we have a great core group of them, but at the same time you have to look to that younger class who now have three years of experience under their belts, so we need them to play a big part as we come down the home stretch,” he said.Senior midfielder Jesse King leads OSU in goals with 30 on the season, but several younger players closely follow his lead on offense.Junior attackman Carter Brown, who put up two goals in OSU’s April 12 win over Michigan, holds the No. 2 spot with 26 goals. Two attackmen, junior Ryan Hunter, and freshman Colin Chell, are not far behind with 13 and 12 goals, respectively.“I go into every game with the same mindset,” Brown said. “I’m not really focused on points, it’s about offense as a whole, so whatever I can do to help that.”Brown has been an essential piece of the Buckeye lacrosse puzzle for three straight seasons, but he’s reached new heights this season. The attackman has scored goals in nine of the Buckeyes’ last 10 games, including a career-high six goals in the team’s 15-12 conference victory over Johns Hopkins on April 5.Regardless of his numbers, Brown credits his success to the senior leaders he has learned from along the way.“This is the third senior class I’ve been with and they’ve each been so influential on me both on and off the field,” Brown said. “I’m realizing I have to mold into one of them now and be a role model myself.”The junior attackman’s development as a leader has allowed him to return the favor by influencing his younger teammates as well, particularly Chell, Brown said.“Colin and I play similar games, so I try to lead by example,” he said. “I try to do the right things in practice and in games where he can see what I do, and try to resemble that, as well as building a friendship off the field, too.”Against the Wolverines, Chell led the Buckeyes in goals, nabbing his first collegiate hat trick and earning his second Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week Award of the season.From the get-go, Chell has demonstrated his abilities on the field, with four assists and 16 points overall this season.“Colin fit right into our system from day one,” senior midfielder David Planning said. “He’s so mature, fast, strong, all in the same bit. He runs all over, takes hard checks and gets right back up.”Chell, Brown and Hunter have consistently brought a great deal to the offensive table. But on the other side of the ball, the defensive effort from younger players has increased as well.Named Big Ten Specialist of the Week for the second time this season, redshirt-sophomore goalie Tom Carey had 11 saves against Michigan and held the Wolverines scoreless for a 12:17 span in the first half, allowing the Buckeyes to take the lead.Carey has played in every game during his first season with the Buckeyes, beating out seniors Cameron Stephens and Kevin Duffy for the starting spot and earning 127 saves along the way.“You could get concerned when you’re relying on freshmen and sophomores to carry you, but in our case, I don’t think that’s true at all,” Myers said. “They’re contributing in important roles, but they’re learning from veteran guys.”Planning said the seniors carry the responsibility of mentorship, but each player understands the importance of consistently giving 100 percent, regardless of class.“We have a system where we practice hard Monday through Friday, so when your name is called, you’re expected to perform,” Planning said. “We believe we can throw anyone in at any time.”The Buckeyes are set for their final home game of the season, seeking their fourth conference win against No. 3 Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The “Showdown at the ‘Shoe” is set to take place at 11 a.m. prior the OSU football Spring Game. read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd The Pacers Are Bucking Every NBA Trend And Its Working

INDIANAPOLIS — Even before this season, a campaign in which they’ve pieced together the NBA’s best record, the Houston Rockets and their unusual goals on offense have been an object of fascination. For years, there’s been intrigue surrounding Houston’s desire to shatter records by taking threes whenever possible. More recently, the team’s historic ability to score 1-on-1 has garnered attention. Houston Rockets304.4149.9230.7 Pacers3245+13 Indiana Pacers119.3%2728.3%2522.7 The Pacers and Rockets have different philosophiesHow the Indiana Pacers and Houston Rockets compare in key offensive metrics, 2018-17 season through March 21 Bucks4542-3 Nets2926-3 Rockets5766+9 Long-midrange attempts3-point attemptsFree throws Celtics4754+7 Heat4045+5 Thunder5548-7 76ers3949+10 Hornets4636-10 Blazers4250+8 Nuggets4843-5 Indiana’s ahead of scheduleProjected win totals for NBA teams if they continue their current pace compared with FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 preseason win projections Pelicans4347+4 Kings2426+2 Knicks30300 Hawks2624-2 Warriors6461-3 Bulls2627+1 Spurs5047-3 Far less talked about are the Indiana Pacers, arguably the league’s most surprising team this season. At 41-31, Indiana is vying for home-court advantage in the playoffs and is only a shade behind the reigning three-time conference champion Cavaliers. More interesting is how the Pacers are doing it: They have become the Anti-Rockets.Indiana’s offensive approach is diametrically opposed to the league’s best team. The Rockets are notorious for avoiding midrange shots; the Pacers hover nearly just as far above the league average in how often they take long twos as the Rockets are beneath it. The median team shoots from the 16- to 23-foot range about 12 percent of the time; Houston takes 4.4 percent of its shots from that distance, while Indiana takes a whopping 19.3 percent of its shots from there.The contrasts in shot selection don’t end with midrange jumpers. Unlike the Rockets, who take a league-high 50 percent of their shots from 3-point range and get to the free-throw line at the second highest clip in the league, the Pacers rank among the NBA’s bottom six in both 3-point attempt rate and free-throw attempt rate.A fair amount of that seems to stem from coach Nate McMillan’s offensive philosophy,1Larry Bird’s hiring of McMillan was initially criticized by many because of his reputation as a coach who slowed things down — a trait that ran counter to Bird’s stated desire to play more up-tempo after parting ways with Frank Vogel. McMillan, who’s since sought to get the Pacers to play faster, has argued that the long-held perception of his coaching style was unfair, given the sorts of rosters he was working with. which encourages pulling the trigger quickly if a defender is allowing the solid jump-shooting team more than a few feet of space.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/midrange2.mp400:0000:0002:18Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“We talk about playing early, playing late,” McMillan told me. “If you have an open look or a rim attempt early (in the shot clock), take it. If you don’t, then make teams defend. But when we have open looks, we want to take them.” The Pacers have often done that, with the caveat being that, in today’s NBA, those midrange attempts are often ones the defense would like for Indiana to take.Indiana has launched 1,273 open and wide-open 2-point jumpers,2From 10 feet and farther. “Open” means no defender was within 4 feet at the time of the shot. “Wide open” means no defender was within 6 feet at the time of the shot. over 100 more than the next closest team, according to Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats. And in keeping with McMillan’s wishes, the Pacers rank third with 205 open attempts from midrange in the first eight seconds of the shot clock.Simply put, the Pacers aren’t in the business of turning down open looks — even the ones thought to be the least efficient. Clippers4644-2 Mavericks3026-4 Suns3121-10 Pistons3438+4 TeamRankShare of all shotsRankShare of all shotsRankper 100 FG attempts Jazz46460 Long-midrange attempts are 2-point jump shots from between 16 and 23 feet.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Magic3726-11 Grizzlies3521-14 Current pace for games through March 21 Cavaliers5748-9 T-Wolves5047-3 Wizards46460 Lakers3237+5 Projected season wins Raptors4561+16 TeamPreseasonCurrentDiff. Al Jefferson, a Pacers backup big man and former All-NBA center who’s been forced into action because of recent injuries to Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, told me that his teammates have gotten frustrated with him at times for not always adhering to that shoot-it-if-you’re-open game plan.“They got on me in Philly because I turned down some open midrange shots. So I told them, ‘I guarantee you the next game, I’ll shoot it,’” Jefferson said after a loss to the East-leading Raptors. “Then tonight came and I turned down another open look and did a dribble handoff instead. And they all yelled at me: ‘Shoot the ball!’3Look carefully at the first clip, and you’ll notice a fan sitting in the third row (on the bottom left of the screen) standing up, gesturing to Jefferson that he should have taken the first open shot. Luckily for me, I shot the next one, and it went in.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/aljefferson.mp400:0000:0001:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I guess that’s just the new NBA. I’m more old-school. But that’s the shot. You look at a lot of the bigs (on defense), and they back off when you set that pick. If the pop is open? That’s when my teammates will get mad at me if I don’t take it,” Jefferson said. “Even if you might miss it, take it. Because that’s what the defense is giving you.”It would be hard to say this approach hasn’t worked for Indiana, a team that was expected to struggle mightily on offense after trading Paul George. No one is more integral to Indiana’s strategy than Victor Oladipo,4Perhaps the simplest measure of his value: The Pacers, 41-25 with Oladipo, have gone 0-6 in games without their All-Star this season. who’s made the huge leap from mere starter to All-Star. (Not only have the Pacers improved slightly since last season, jumping from 15th to 12th in offensive rating, but they also sit in fifth place in the East.) But it’s also worth noting that their heavy reliance on jumpers — ones that some teams avoid like the plague — hasn’t hurt them. If anything, Oladipo and the Pacers have taken advantage of a market inefficiency by launching, and making, midrange tries at a much higher rate than other teams.Of course, the midrange shot is far from the sole reason Indiana is outperforming every preseason projection. Darren Collison is leading the league in 3-point percentage. The Pacers’ defense has improved and uses its length to create the second-most deflections in the NBA; they’re also tied at third for forcing the highest turnover percentage. Oladipo’s gambling instincts as a free safety occasionally help shorten a handful of defensive plays, not only helping keep Indiana’s young bigs out of foul trouble, but also creating quick, efficient looks the other way in transition.5The Pacers are sixth in offensive efficiency after forcing a live-ball turnover, and their possessions last an average of just 9.1 seconds after such plays, the NBA’s 11th-fastest pace, according to Inpredictable.Forward Thaddeus Young put it in much simpler terms: “We’re just playing basketball. We’re having fun,” he told CBS Sports. “When you have a team that’s just full of ISO players and it’s just isolation basketball, it’s not as fun. You’re just standing around watching.”While no one will mistake this offense for the perpetual-motion ones used in San Antonio or Utah, the Pacers seem to benefit from added movement in their sets — particularly in screen-handoff scenarios, where Indiana is one of the NBA’s most efficient, aggressive teams on a per-play basis.6They rank first in field-goal attempts stemming from direct handoffs and rank fourth in points per direct handoff, according to Second Spectrum.The real question with Indiana — beyond its tough schedule to close out the season — is how the club will adjust come postseason if the midrange looks don’t fall as frequently, or if opposing clubs begin crowding the Pacers’ space more than they’re used to. This month is already testing the former, as McMillan’s team has shot its worst percentage of the season7March has been the Pacers’ worst month from midrange by a country mile. They were shooting 36.9 percent from there heading into Friday’s game, a mark that would rank 25th. Their worst percentage prior to this was last month, when they hit 42.7 percent of those attempts, still good enough for the NBA’s ninth-best mark. from that part of the floor.Indiana has shown it’s capable of beating just about anyone in the East.8The Pacers took won three of four against the Cavaliers, split four games with the Celtics and won their first matchup with Toronto back in November. But if that cold spell carries into the playoffs, Oladipo and his teammates may be required to force the issue a bit more and use a more aggressive style than the one we’ve seen much of the season. “There’s plenty of times I walk up to him in games and say, ‘Don’t let them off the hook,’” Young said of Oladipo.9Oladipo is rare in the sense that he’s just as dangerous after a considerable number of dribbles as he is off the catch. His effective field-goal percentage is nearly the same after using seven dribbles or more as it is when he doesn’t use a dribble at all, according to data from Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/dipo.mp400:0000:0000:54Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.If the Pacers can avoid doing that, these Anti-Rockets could transform themselves into a tough out next month.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Seawater cooling saves data center 1 million but is susceptible to jellyfish

first_imgAs electronic technology moves ever onward, a problem it will continue to face (until some kind of alternative power is discovered, perhaps) is heat. Powerful computers and servers generate heat, and if the hardware gets too hot — as we all know — bad things begin to happen. In order to cope with the heating problem, Interexion, a European data center company, used a seawater-based cooling system for its data center in Stockholm, Sweden. In about a year, the experimental system already paid for itself, thanks to the low cost of seawater. In fact, the company only spent around one million dollars on the system in total, which in terms of huge data centers, isn’t really that much.The system is so efficient, that it actually saved around the cost of building it — the aforementioned one million dollars — after only a year of operation. Using the seawater only costs around three cents per kilowatt hour. The seawater is quite cold to begin with, entering the system just below 43 degrees Fahrenheit, and cools three sites. By the time the water runs through all three sites, it exits the system at around 75 degrees Fahrenheit — a temperature of a comfortable spring afternoon. Excess heat that is created is sent off to a heating system that is used to warm up businesses and homes.However, nothing is ever perfect, and the system has something of an unseen flaw: jellyfish. Interexion is occasionally forced to cease operations of the pump by the government, and thus the cooling system, due to environmental hazards. Exactly why hasn’t been made clear, but CEO Lex Coors believes it’s because of the jellyfish. He didn’t clarify, and he could just have the most fantastic, deadpan humor in the data center cooling business — a business surely filled with the most quick-witted, sharp-tongued people the world has ever seen — but if not, it’s probably safe to assume that the pumps suck up a bunch of the surrounding sea life.Google actually has a server farm cooled with seawater, but unlike Interexion’s method, it only runs through one facility, whereas Interexion’s manages to cool three. Even if the pumps are the greatest threat the jellyfish population has ever known, the company doesn’t have to shut them down all the time, so this experimental cooling process could spread to other parts of the world. Interexion is aiming to use the system with other seas, and even cold rivers sometime in the future.Image credit: My Interesting Fileslast_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd HD 140283 létoile qui serait presque aussi vieille que lUnivers

first_imgHD 140283, l’étoile qui serait presque aussi vieille que l’Univers Des scientifiques américains ont annoncé avoir découvert la plus vieille étoile connue de notre Univers. Baptisée HD 140283, elle se trouverait à 190 années-lumière de notre Soleil et se serait formée peu après le Big Bang. L’étoile est connue et observée depuis plus d’un siècle, et pourtant les chercheurs n’avaient pas imaginé qu’elle pouvait être si vieille. HD 140283, une étoile située à quelque 190 années-lumière de notre Système solaire serait tout simplement la plus âgée jamais dénichée dans notre Univers par les astronomes. C’est du moins ce qu’explique l’étude à paraitre dans la revue The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Depuis de nombreuses années, on savait que l’étoile était majoritairement constituée d’hydrogène et d’hélium. Un signe qu’elle s’était formée tôt dans l’histoire de l’Univers, avant que des générations successives d’étoiles n’aient la chance de fabriquer des éléments plus lourds. Mais jusqu’ici, personne ne connaissaient exactement son âge. Pour percer ce mystère, les scientifiques de la Pennsylvania State University ont dû procéder en plusieurs étapes, en commençant par une meilleure évaluation de la distance séparant notre Soleil de HD 140283. Une étoile vieille de 13,2 milliards d’années Ils ont également réévalué la brillance de l’étoile telle qu’elle apparait dans le ciel afin d’en déduire sa luminosité intrinsèque. Puis ils ont exploité le fait que l’étoile se trouve dans une phase de son cycle où elle épuise l’hydrogène se trouvant dans son noyau. “Dans cette phase, l’atténuation lente de la luminosité de l’étoile est un indicateur hautement sensible de son âge”, a indiqué Howard Bond qui a dirigé l’étude. Ainsi, ce scientifique et ses collègues ont calculé que l’étoile était vieille de 13,9 milliards d’années, à plus ou moins 700 millions d’années près. Ce qui, si l’on prend en compte l’erreur expérimentale, coïncide avec les 13,77 milliards d’années de l’Univers. Au final, l’étoile serait donc âgée d’au moins 13,2 milliards d’années, ce qui était déjà l’âge approximatif d’une autre étoile dénichée en 2007 par des astronomes. Reste que l’âge de la nouvelle étoile est connue avec bien plus de certitudes que celui de la précédente, souligne Howard Bond.  Plusieurs générations d’étoiles Au vu de ce chiffre, HD 140283 se serait donc formée peu après le Big Bang mais ne ferait, pour autant, pas partie de la première génération d’étoiles. En effet, comme l’a souligné Volker Bromm, astronome à l’Université du Texas, les premières étoiles se sont formées à partir des gaz primordiaux et ne contenaient quasiment pas d’éléments plus lourds que l’hélium. Or, HD 140283 contient bien de tels éléments, même si c’est en petites concentrations. Ceci montre donc qu’elle a dû se former après la première génération stellaire.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembrePlus intéressant encore, ceci suggère également que les conditions de création de la seconde génération d’étoiles “ont dû se mettre en place très tôt”, a ajouté Bromm cité par Nature. Comme il l’a rappelé, on suppose aujourd’hui que les premières étoiles se sont unies quelque centaines de millions d’années après le Big Bang avant de mourir quelque millions d’années plus tard. Elles auraient alors explosé en supernovae en réchauffant les gaz environnants et en semant aux alentours des éléments lourds. Mais avant que d’autres étoiles ne puissent se former, il a certainement fallu que les gaz se refroidissent. Au vu du grand âge de HD 140283, ceci n’a toutefois pas dû prendre tant de temps que cela, peut-être quelque dizaines de millions d’années.(crédits photo : ESO) Le 25 février 2013 à 17:19 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Rejected shelter dog receives service handler training

first_imgDANIA BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A dog that was returned several times to an adoption center has now found her purpose in life by helping others.An animal worker found something special in Stella, a 1-year-old dog with a lot of energy.She has so much energy that several families who adopted her from the Humane Society of Broward County brought her back, but a volunteer saw her potential as a service dog.“Now, dogs like Stella, who have this unique gift that come to a shelter wouldn’t be overlooked as a troubled, misbehaving dog but actually a hero,” said Jinnette Pantalone, with the Broward County Humane Society.A representative with the National Disaster Search Foundation flew to Fort Lauderdale to meet the labrador-retriever mix.After Stella impressed the representative, they put her through some tests like a simulated disaster where she sped through the rubble and found every tennis ball with ease.The foundation then decided to take her in and train her as part of their search and rescue program. Stella, who was once an outcast will soon be a life-saver thanks to that volunteer who helped Stella get her groove back.“To see her kind of take in that frustration from the people that surrendered her, to actually be praised and loved for her abilities now is really great to see ’cause you can see it in her attitude and her face,” Pantalone said. “She found what she’s good for.”Stella will fly to California Wednesday to begin training. After that, she will go through training for about eight to 10 months before she’s paired with a handler.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Khaledas bail cancelled arrest warrants issued

first_imgKhaleda ZiaA Dhaka court on Thursday cancelled BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s bail and issued arrest warrants against her in two graft cases, reports UNB.The graft cases – Zia Orphanage graft case and Zia Charitable Trust graft case -were filed in 2008 during the military-propelled emergency government.Dhaka Special Court-5 judge Md Akhtaruzzaman passed the order rejecting a petition filed by the defendant seeking adjournment of the hearing as the BNP chief failed to appear before it due to the eight-hour general strike.Khaleda’s counsels Mahabub Uddin Khokon and Sanaullah Miah submitted a petition to the makeshift court of Special Judge-5 at Bakshibazar, citing their clients’ delay in court appearance due to strike on security grounds.As the BNP chief was in bail till Thursday, the court issued arrest warrant against her cancelling the bail, said the counsels said.On 3 July 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission filed the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case with Ramna police station accusing Khaleda Zia, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others for misappropriating over Tk 21.0 million (2.10 crore) that came as grants from a foreign bank for orphans.On 8 August 2011, the commission filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon police station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing of power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.last_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Forget doping Olympic Athletes are now shooting electricity into their

first_imgI run the body electric?At the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Rio at least five athletes will be competing using a strange and unproven technology, transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS. The (ahem) brainchild of San Francisco-based Halo Neuroscience, tDCS shoots a 1.5 to 2 milliamp current to the brain’s motor cortex with the idea that it will boost the neurons there, making them more easily fired and the athlete that much faster and stronger. The headset also resembles a pair of Beats headphones, so you can be stylish while zapping your grey matter.If this sounds absurd to you, you’re not alone. tDCS has not been prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency as of yet because it’s unclear if it even works. Halo Neuroscience hasn’t published its findings in peer-reviewed research journals, although they claim they intend to.Still, athletes, faced with an anti-doping ban on tons of performance-enhancing drugs, are looking for anything they can in order to improve their performance and are trying it out. According to Halo a 100-meter sprinter from Sierra Leone named Hafsatu Kamara set a personal record after using the device, and there are three Americans that have trained with the device.Halo CEO Daniel Chao states that after repeated use of the device your neurons will stay on point and continue to fire faster, meaning that we won’t see athletes shocking themselves right before a race. “It’s a training device, not a day-of-performance device,” he told IEEE Spectrum.Olympians aren’t the only people that could benefit from it if it does turn out to work. Just last week U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Halo’s tDCS would be tried out as the first of 15 programs in its Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, which tests out innovative technology for military special operations teams.For now we’ll just have to wait and see if the athletes perform superhuman skills next week and best their previous records, and wonder how much longer it will be before we all give up and just send robots to the Olympics.last_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Astronomers observe mysterious dimming of a young nearby star

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Irregular dimming of a young stellar object investigated by astronomers RIK-210 is around five to 10 million years old, about half as massive as the sun and has a radius of approximately 1.24 solar radii. The star has been recently observed by NASA’s prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, during its Campaign 2, lasting from Aug. 22 to Nov. 11, 2014. A team of researchers led by Trevor David of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has analyzed the data provided by K2.”We find transient, transit-like dimming events within the K2 time series photometry of the young star RIK-210 in the Upper Scorpius OB association. These dimming events are variable in depth, duration, and morphology,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The team found that these dimming events occur approximately every 5.67 days, in phase with the stellar rotation, noting that they are deep (sometimes greater than 15 percent) and short in duration relative to the rotational period. Moreover, the morphology of the dimmings is variable throughout the whole observational campaign, while the starspot modulation pattern remains stable over this period of time.While such variable dimmings have been documented around mature stars and stellar remnants, it has not been previously observed around a young star lacking a protoplanetary disk, as in the case of RIK-210.In the search for possible explanations of the observed transient, transit-like dimming events, the researchers at first excluded the possibility that they can be caused by an eclipsing stellar or brown dwarf companion. This hypothesis was ruled out as it is inconsistent with radial velocity measurements as well as with archival and follow-up photometry data.The researchers emphasized that the dimmings cannot be due to a single spherical body because of the variable morphology of these events. They added that based on the observed depths and durations, it is also unlikely that the dimmings could be explained by features on the stellar surface.According to the team, the most plausible explanation of the nature of the obscuring material is that it could be a magnetospheric cloud. They assume that a cloud of plasma analogous to those observed in high-mass stars, or a dusty accretion column, could naturally explain the synchronicity between the rotation period and the dimming events.”Since the accretion timescale is … much shorter than the orbital period, this model might explain the variable depths and morphologies of dimming events,” the paper reads.Other explanations taken into account by the researchers are: an accretion flow from residual gas and dust, remnants of the late stages of planet formation, the product of a giant-impact type collision, an enshrouded protoplanet with an extended tail, or one or more eccentric bodies undergoing periodic tidal disruption upon each periastron passage.In order to finally confirm which of the proposed hypotheses is true, the team calls for continued photometric and spectroscopic monitoring.”Multi-band photometric monitoring can be used to test whether the dip depths are wavelength-dependent; solid-body transits are achromatic, while extinction by dust is less severe at redder wavelengths. Finally, spectroscopic monitoring while the star is known to be dimming can test whether there is enhanced absorption by a gaseous cloud transiting the star,” the scientists concluded. More information: A Transient Transit Signature Associated with the Young Star RIK-210, arXiv:1612.03907 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1612.03907AbstractWe find transient, transit-like dimming events within the K2 time series photometry of the young star RIK-210 in the Upper Scorpius OB association. These dimming events are variable in depth, duration, and morphology. High spatial resolution imaging revealed the star is single, and radial velocity monitoring indicated that the dimming events can not be due to an eclipsing stellar or brown dwarf companion. Archival and follow-up photometry suggest the dimming events are transient in nature. The variable morphology of the dimming events suggests they are not due to a single, spherical body. The ingress of each dimming event is always shallower than egress, as one would expect for an orbiting body with a leading tail. The dimming events are periodic and synchronous with the stellar rotation. However, we argue it is unlikely the dimming events could be attributed to anything on the stellar surface based on the observed depths and durations. Variable obscuration by a protoplanetary disk is unlikely on the basis that the star is not actively accreting and lacks the infrared excess associated with an inner disk. Rather, we explore the possibilities that the dimming events are due to magnetospheric clouds, a transiting protoplanet surrounded by circumplanetary dust and debris, eccentric orbiting bodies undergoing periodic tidal disruption, or an extended field of dust or debris near the corotation radius. Flattened and median filtered K2 light curve of RIK-210. The data are phase-wrapped on the dip period of 5.6685 days. A grouping of shallow dips preceding the main dip is prominent for the first four rotation periods of the campaign, then largely disappears. Variability fit B was used to make this figure. Credit: David et al., 2016. (Phys.org)—Astronomers have spotted transient, transit-like dimming events of a young star named RIK-210 located some 472 light years away in the Upper Scorpius OB association. However, what puzzles the scientists is the mystery behind this dimming as it can not be caused by an eclipsing stellar or brown dwarf companion. They describe their search for plausible explanations in a paper published Dec. 12 on the arXiv pre-print server. Citation: Astronomers observe mysterious dimming of a young nearby star (2016, December 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-12-astronomers-mysterious-dimming-young-nearby.html This document is subject to copyright. 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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Tor Browser 75 out with security updates

first_imgTor Browser 7.5 out with security updates by Martin Brinkmann on January 24, 2018 in Internet – 3 commentsTor Browser 7.5 is an update to the popular web browser that utilizes the Tor network that helps users remain anonymous while accessing sites and services on the Internet.The new version of the Tor Browser includes important security updates. It is based on Firefox ESR 52.6 and includes the same security vulnerability fixes as that Firefox version. Firefox ESR is the Extended Support Release version of the Firefox browser that receives security updates regularly but other updates less frequently than regular release versions of the Firefox browser.Tor Browser 7.5Tor Browser 7.5 is an important release as it is the first to include support for “the Next Generation of Onion Services” and other important improvements.Tor Browser users who run the program for the first time on a computer may notice interface improvements when they do so. A launcher opens when you run Tor Browser; you may use it to run the browser or configure it.The team improved the welcome message to help users understand what they should do next.The configure settings offer information on what a bridge is and make it easier to use one at the same time.The proxy option has a new help page associated with it to help new users understand what it is used for.Support for updates to onion services has been added to Tor Browser 7.5. Development is still ongoing but the team promises cryptographic and protocol improvements, and support for yet-to-be-implemented features such as offline service keys, advanced client authorization, or blockchain support.As the current code stabilizes further, we plan to add features like offline service keys, advanced client authorization, a control port interface, improved guard algorithms, secure naming systems, statistics, mixed-latency routing, blockchain support, AI logic and a VR interface (j/k about some of these). We are planning to take it slow, since there is lots to do and many bugs to squash.You can check out the technical specifications here.Windows users benefit from the new content sandboxing and W^X mitigation fixes. Linux users may notice fewer sandboxing issues and Mac OS users benefit from compiler hardening improvements.Several programs, extensions and libraries were updated as well. The two included extensions HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript were updated to the latest release versions (legacy add-ons).You can check out the full release notes on the official Tor Project web blog.  Downloads for all supported operating systems are available on the Tor download site.Related articlesA look at Orfox, a Tor Browser for AndroidTor Browser 7.0 releasedTor Browser 7.5a8 update releasedTor on Linux/Mac may leak IP (update available)SummaryArticle NameTor Browser 7.5DescriptionTor Browser 7.5 is an update to the popular web browser that utilizes the Tor network that helps users remain anonymous while accessing sites and services on the Internet.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Watch Next Video will play in  StokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudStokeonTrent Live – we’re #localandproudVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:00/1:20Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:20 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen UP NEXT:UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Video Loading Video Unavailablecenter_img We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to Stoke-on-Trent Live’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday August 22. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . 23:08End of live reporting22:48All lanes open and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent).Lanes one and two (of three) were closed.22:38Two M6 lanes closed due to collision (Image: Google)Two lanes are closed on the M6 in Staffordshire because of an accident. Lanes one and two, of three, are closed on the northbound carriageway between junction 14, Stafford North, and junction 15 Stoke-on-Trent. A Highways England spokesman revealed that the Central Motorway Policing Group (CMPG) – made up from Staffordshire and West Midlands Police officers – had been called to the scene.Read more.21:52None of the city’s major fire stations reported an incident tonight – a much deserved break for the firefighters.21:03 Two lanes closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Northbound from J14 A5013 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent). Lanes one and two (of three) are closed. 20:55 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed for recovery work. 20:20Officers trying to trace man involved in collisionPolice officers are trying to track down a jogger who was involved in a collision to ‘check on his welfare’.The man, said to be wearing a white t-shirt and red shorts, was involved in a collision in Clough Street, Stoke, at around 5.20pm today (August 22).Staffordshire Police officers are now trying to locate the male and hope that he, or anyone who knows him, would be willing to come forward.Read more.19:43Road cleared and traffic returned to normal, accident cleared on Clough Street at A5008. The vehicles involved have been recovered however there is oil on the road and Highways have been to clear it up. 19:33Two arrested after overnight car theft in North Staffordshire townThis stolen car was recovered in Biddulph. (Image: Staffordshire Police)Two men have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle after a car was taken from a Staffordshire Moorlands town last night.Local neighbourhood officers in Biddulph arrested two men – aged 45 and 32 – after receiving reports of a stolen vehicle.The suspects were traced to Douglas Avenue and arrested.Read more.19:17Police: Pepper-spraying Stoke fans was ‘justified’Police have revealed their decision to pepper-spray Stoke Cityfans was ‘justified’ – but admit they have lessons to learn from the incident.Supporters were on the concourse at Deepdale during Saturday’s Championship match against Preston North End when PAVA was used.Read more.18:58 A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 18:21Clough Street partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at A5008. Recovery has been called to the scene. 18:15Visitors to this beauty spot will now have to pay to parkVisitors to a popular beauty spot will now have to pay – with money going towards maintaining and improving the local attraction. Astbury Mere Trust, which own and runs Astbury Mere Country Park, in Congleton, is now charging motorists to help clawback some of the £50,000 it spends maintaining the beauty spot each year. Visitors had previously been asked to put cash donations in an honesty box to help cover the running fees.Read more.17:49Police manhunt for violent Stoke-on-Trent criminal after he escapes from jailRobert Barone arrives at court for sentencePolice have launched a manhunt for a violent criminal who slashed a man with broken beer bottles.Robert Marone was on temporary release from HMP Sudbury but failed to return at 6pm yesterday (August 21) as expected.Now officers are appealing to members of the public to get in touch if they know of his whereabouts.Read more.17:48 Queuing traffic on Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is four minutes.17:43Usual congestion on A52 Werrington Road Westbound before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 17:19 A500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15.17:06 One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). Lane one (of three) is closed. 16:57 One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed. Awaiting further details as to what has broken down. 16:30Delays of up to 30 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast at London Euston due to damage to the overhead electric wires. Platforms 13 to 18 cannot be used.16:07 Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on M6 in both directions between J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel) and J19 A556 Chester Road (Knutsford). No incidents can be seen on the cameras or matrix signs. 16:01Biker, 46, suffers ‘multiple injuries’ after two-vehicle smashThe collision left the car looking like this. (Image: West Midlands Ambulance Service)A 46-year-old biker sustained ‘serious injuries’ following a collision with a car.The motorcyclist was given trauma care at the scene by paramedics following a collision near the junction of Uttoxeter Road and the B5013 in Abbots Bromley, near Rugeley.The incident happened just before 7.10pm on Tuesday, August 21.Read more.15:23 Queuing traffic on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 15:09 A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 15:01Slow traffic due to accident on A50 Victoria Road in both directions near Dewsbury Road. The accident is not too far from Fenton Industrial Estate.12:54Usual congestion on A534 Crewe Green Road Eastbound before the roadworks at A5020 University Way (Crewe Green roundabout). 12:54Slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is five minutes. 10:14 A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 09:31A motorcyclist has come off his bike while navigating a roundabout on the A34 in Stone.Police and ambulance have attended and paramedics are treating a man in 20s.Traffic monitoring system is reporting there is some oil on the road.09:20Traffic easing on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place). Share this video Watch again StokeonTrentLive – we’re #localandproudlast_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd The desk is back Marriott redesigning hotel rooms

first_img The Canadian Press NEW YORK – The desk is back.Marriott is redesigning its hotel rooms, and desks with chairs are once again a standard feature.Desks had started to disappear from hotel rooms partly due to a perception that they were unnecessary in the era of laptops and cellphones, and that younger travellers weren’t using them. Rooms without desks also seemed to fit into a larger trend in the hotel industry toward minimalist decor.But travellers began complaining. “What happened to the desk in my hotel room?” Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel tweeted and blogged in December 2015, subtitling his post, “A Call to Arms for my fellow desk-loving Marriott patrons.” Other travellers shared similar stories, with one tweeting back that when he complained to the hotel about a deskless room, “They encouraged me to ‘work in the lobby.’”The desks in what Marriott is calling its “modern guest rooms” are on wheels so you can move them around the room to work where you want.More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truckIn addition to other workspaces in the rooms, the redesign also includes hardwood flooring, benches to place your luggage on, locally inspired decor and various check-in options such as using your cellphone as a key to unlock the door.Tubs are disappearing, too. Bathrooms will have only walk-in showers with hand-held sprayers in roughly 75 per cent of the new hotel rooms, except for hotels in leisure/family markets.In addition, Marriott is partnering with TED to bring speakers into certain hotels for evening events open to guests and the public.The redesign has been completed in more than 10,000 rooms at 25 hotels, including Marriotts in Charlotte, North Carolina, and in Brooklyn, New York, and another 25 hotels are scheduled to have renovations completed by the end of the year. A total of 108 hotels are in the pipeline. Tags: Marriott Monday, September 26, 2016 Sharecenter_img Posted by The desk is back: Marriott redesigning hotel rooms << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd While expectations for the South African citrus ex

first_img While expectations for the South African citrus export forecast were high at the Citrus Growers Association’s (CGA) summit early last month, with the nation predicted to send a record 137 million boxes overseas, some in the industry have warned that exports may be lighter than previously anticipated.Sunday Rivers Citrus Company’s CEO Hannes de Waal told FreshFruitPortal.com: “Take the official estimate given at the summit and reduce that number by five million cartons because, already, we are late, and some problems have started, giving fruit lower estimates on some categories.“Whether the Western Cape is totally out of the drought, we are not certain at this point. So … a lack of rain may possibly bring volumes down a little bit all over the country,” De Waal explains.Concerns about less-than-favorable growing conditions were previously mentioned by CGA CEO Justin Chadwick in early March, who said: “In the north of the country, there have been dry and hot conditions; this was also the case in the Eastern Cape and so there will be some impact.”Still, Chadwick had added that harvests in the south of the country continued to hold promise, saying: “The advantage of the widespread of growing regions is that the southern African region always meets the required volume and quality.”Yet, De Waal believes things have changed in the last few weeks: “With what I see in South Africa, I don’t think the supply is going to be as strong as we may have thought a month ago. It seems to me that we’re still in that dry cycle, in a drought cycle and we already see that crops are lighter on the first varieties that come out than what people estimated.”De Waal says it is unclear how production volumes would likely compare to 2018, but adds: “Whether we get to the volumes that we estimated at the summit, I can’t say.” April 17 , 2019 “We had a little bit of good rain just prior to the summit, so that made us very very optimistic but subsequent to that, the last month, again, it’s been dry. Not much has happened.”Another factor that could reduce the initial season forecast is the adjusted harvesting timings. “The start of the season was delayed roughly ten days,” says a representative from Everseason.De Waal’s estimate was even later. He said the season’s start would likely be “two or three weeks later than what we thought it would be or expected”.Speaking about navels in particular, he added: “If we have a very long Spanish season already, most of us are hanging a little bit longer than what we would’ve wanted…and that will already reduce the crop that comes down.”Regardless of these challenges, new production areas in the country could offset any reduction resulting from a slow start or climatic issues, according to the sources.The Everseason representative says he expects that South African volumes will end up being higher than last season, explaining: “It’s mainly due to the new production coming in.”De Waal also remarks on the rise in plantings, saying: “There’s a lot of growth in South Africa because people have planted a lot of trees, especially mandarins and lemons”.However, he adds that an issue facing South African citrus is unfavorable yields: “The yields on your already established orchards are not what they’re supposed to be, and this is what makes your estimates very difficult. You’ve got new trees bearing and new fruit coming in but due to the fact that it’s new trees and fruit, your pack-outs are never very high and then…it’s difficult to estimate exactly what’s going to happen.” Costa Rica expects lower pineapple, banana exports … U.S.: Trump says “great patriot farmers” will bene … center_img Australia: Griffith University gives papayas a tas … TR4 confirmed in Colombia as country declares “nat … You might also be interested inlast_img read more

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Category: ghlngzybbdxaatzd New York New York – Reported by Venanzio Ciampa f

first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Venanzio Ciampa for Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineBoxing and marketing are two worlds I have always loved. Seeing a great combination or a well-executed campaign has always given me a special thrill. I started boxing when I was a young kid in Rome and continued when I arrived in New York. For a while I thought I was going to be the next great Italian fighter. After working out and sparring with really great boxers at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn and at Jerome Avenue Boxing in the Bronx I realized that I may have had the heart but boxing is about many diverse talents and heart is only one ingredient. You need to be an instinctive thinker: Be able to strategize and in a few nanoseconds execute. Be able to conserve and at the same time explode your energy at maximum in crucial moments of a fight. You need psychological skills to get into the head of your opponent and you need to especially be able to dominate your fear. You will have fear, but as Cus D’Amato, Mike Tyson’s first beloved trainer used to say, “It’s just how you will react to fear—it can’t submerge you or you may use it to extinguish your opponent.” In marketing, where I have worked at all the top luxury conglomerates (Swatch Group, LVMH and PPR), and for ten years now with my own communication agency in New York, The Promotion Factory, I have tried to adopt some boxing techniques for marketing needs:1. Know your skill set. As a boxer I knew my strengths, and more importantly, weaknesses. I had an excellent left hook, great stamina and a more than reputable defense. At the same time my jab was never a decisive factor. I was generally too short for my weight category and I was always open for circular punches. I focused on how to maximize those strengths both in the gym and on match days. I was beaten, but rarely because I did not do my homework or did not put enough training in. With marketing it’s similar. Know the brand you are working with; don’t adapt a one-fits-all philosophy. Read its history, talk to its people and find out curiosities. When our company was hired by a great watch brand we went to the factory and discovered that some of its fantastic watchmakers were very young. We devised a Young Watchmaker campaign that is now part of its key grids.2. Create tempo, both with people and your brand. In boxing you need to score shots to make points—very rarely does a George Forman one-punch KO win a match. You need to create the conditions for that one big shot. You need to create a rhythm in crescendo that will allow you to attack and put your opponent off balance. It needs to be both practical and a bit operatic (hey, I am Italian) to showcase your best shots and minimize the responses from your adversary. In communication it’s also like this. Almost never rely on one single factor—the knockout punch as mentioned is rare. Several factors go into building a campaign especially in today’s multi-fluid social media world. Most people want to start their communication building the salon; it really needs to start at the basement.3. Faking can be a virtue, but too much faking can wear you out. Faking a punch is part of the essential skills of a boxer. Make the opponent think you are going left then move right. Fake a jab and come in with a great body shot. The combinations are endless. But there needs to be a sense to all the movement and the fakes; if not you will inevitably tire out and it will become counterproductive. The mind needs to control all of it, and you cannot let the mind tire. Sugar Ray Robinson was a genius at this—his movement was an art. His fakes would put you off balance and then “bang!” In our branding world I guess you could call faking “the idea of perception” (let’s make people think that we…). If people perceive your brand as strong it will sell. That’s in part true. Perception, which comes generally from some shrewd communication, can often help a brand but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword. As a brand marketer you always should be able to substantiate your positions, your campaign and your strengths, and not just leave them to the perceptions. I always recommend to my partners’ clients to not be content with a simple exposition of their brand. Let’s deconstruct it. Let’s see what every word that we put out means and how it is truly backed up by the brand content and history.4. Find you own fighting system. Mike Tyson and his second trainer, Kevin Rooney, devised a number system for training. A jab was a one, two jabs a two and so on. It helped make the training more fluid, fun and also made those punches quicker One-two-three is quicker than jab-jab-right-cross, no? The same goes for branding. Create a different approach, don’t follow the usual conventions. At times they may work but question them and test them. For example, a testimonial can help promote a brand, but at same time consumers have seen it all, so they are aware about this exploited convention. Don’t throw it out, but check if it really will help you. Just like Rooney used a numbers games to better exploit Tyson’s quickness, one should do the same in marketing. Find your own particular system—flexible agile and smart—and within the context of the brand you are working on, create your own convention.5. Fight to the final bell. There are so many stories about boxers winning at the last second of the last round. It’s one of boxing’s greatest rules and rights: You will always have a shot until the final bell rings. This means put your heart and love into the brand. I believe in investing my passion for the brand partner I am working with. My approach, which may not be everyone’s, is not to have an innumerable list of clients for my agency. It’s about length of service with them. It’s about passionately knowing them, fighting for them and sometimes even losing for them. Until that bell rings we can always find solutions, execute a great initiative and create a fantastic concept. But love is key. Love makes you think about the brand even when you are not really thinking about it—even on vacation. Love can be like Cus D’Amato’s fear: If you truly invest in it you can overcome your own weaknesses.About the author: Called “New York Marketing Maestro” by Page Six, Venanzio Ciampa is president of The Promotion Factory, a New York City marketing agency specialized in luxury goods and fashion. As the communications director for Swatch Group and international director of marketing for Omega, he was the mind behind some of their most spectacular campaigns. In 2004 he opened his own agency, working to relaunch brands like Hublot, Girard-Perregaux, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, Etienne Aigner, Carrera y Carrera jewelry and more.Contact: Venanzio Ciampa, (212) 217-9065; venanzio@thepromofact.com; www.thepromofact.comlast_img read more

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