Last year, in August 2018, the unemployment rate was 6.0 percent.Overall for B.C., the unemployment rate jumped from 4.4 percent in July to 5.0 percent in August, the second-lowest in Canada, after having the lowest unemployment rate for two years straight.According to Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, the reason for the increase in the unemployment rate is because some sectors in B.C. are not feeling the benefits of the strong labour market and growing economy.Ralston says the Province remains dedicated to assisting workers in these industries. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Provincial unemployment data for the month of August has been released.The unemployment rate in Northeast B.C. saw a slight increase last month of 0.6 percent, up to 5.5 percent when compared to July’s rate of 4.9 percent.The estimated number of people working in Northeast B.C. for August is at 39,600.
Dhubri (Assam): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the TMC’s poll campaign in Assam on Friday and attacked Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s “key person” in the northeast, claiming her government has proof that “he had received Rs 3 crore” from the owner of Sarada, a firm embroiled in ponzi scam. The Trinamool Congress chief also claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “fool” the people of Assam. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Addressing the election rally in Dhubri, Banerjee said the TMC has decided to contest in Assam after “40 lakh people were excluded” from the NRC. “We will contest in nine Lok Sabha seats in Assam. We have made a start. Do not consider us weak,” she said. Hitting out at Narendra Modi, the TMC chief said the prime minister talks about chit funds in West Bengal, but it is the state government which has exposed and arrested those involved in the ponzi scam. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Sarada’s owner has said he had given Rs 3 crore in cash to Assam Minister Sarma and I have documentary evidence which I have brought with me,” Banerjee said, waving a document at the rally. “Has Modi taken action against him? Have you arrested him?” she asked. The TMC chief handed over the paper to the party’s Dhubri nominee Nurul Islam Choudhury, saying, “Our candidate will show it to you so that you can move court armed with this document.” Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is a key person for the BJP in the northeast, the party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav had said last month. Sarma is also the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the regional platform of the NDA. Banerjee claimed that the NRC had left out the names of 40 lakh people and it was only the Trinamool Congress that stood beside these people irrespective of their religion. “Within two days after the NRC list was announced, I sent a team of my party to Assam. We were not allowed to go out of the airport and harassed,” she said, adding no political party supported the people who were left out, but “we were always with them”. “Not only Muslims, names of 22 lakh Hindus and also Gorkhas, Biharis, Tamils and people from Kerala and Rajasthan have been left out from the NRC. We are fighting to get their names included,” Banerjee said. She accused the BJP of plays politics of religion to polarise voters. “Do you know why Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims are kept divided in Assam? It is because if you unite, the BJP will become a minority,” the TMC chief claimed. “Our people are being threatened. Five Bengalis were gunned down after the NRC while many people committed suicide as names of some members of their families have been excluded,” she said. Greeting the people of Assam for the forthcoming Rongali Bihu festival, she said people of Assam and Bengal enjoy a close relationship since time immemorial with “people from Assam being always welcomed in our state”. Banerjee asserted that her party does not play politics of religion, caste or class and “we cannot be bought by money, fear or threat. We are not scared of the expiry Prime Minister Modi babu”. “All those who have come to the country before March 25, 1971, are citizens of the country and have voting rights. What is the BJP saying now? They will bring the Act and make you a foreigner… you will be deprived of basic rights, including education, health, visiting your places of worship and even voting rights,” she added. Accusing Modi of “always fooling the people”, she said, “Five years ago he called himself a ‘chaiwala’, but now he has forgotten how to make tea and become a ‘chowkidar’ to siphon off poor peoples’ money and give it to the rich.” Striking a chord with the people of Assam, she said the West Bengal government is considering to take over singer Bhupen Hazarika’s house in Kolkata and rename a road after the music maestro to keep his legacy alive. “I and the people in West Bengal remember all his songs and we have offered to procure his home which is a private property,” Banerjee added.
“As was the case with the previous meetings, and due to the sensitivity of the ongoing discussions, the talks will once again be private,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York. The three-day meeting which begins on Monday will take place in Manhasset, Long Island, at the Greentree Estate – the site of the two previous rounds of negotiations that took place in June and August of 2007. Last month, Ms. Montas announced that the upcoming discussions will be facilitated by Peter van Walsum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara. Letters of invitation were extended to Morocco and the Frente Polisario, as well as to neighbouring countries. The second round of talks in August ended with agreement among the parties that the status quo is unacceptable and the process of negotiations will continue. In his October 2007 report on the issue, Mr. Ban said the two sides held mutually exclusive positions that had prevented them from seriously discussing each other’s proposals during the talks. Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option. The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. Last October, the Security Council extended the mandate of MINURSO through April 2008, calling on the two sides “to continue to show political will and work in an atmosphere propitious for dialogue in order to engage in substantive negotiations.” 3 January 2008The United Nations will lead a third round of talks on Western Sahara, bringing together representatives from Morocco and the Frente Polisario, next week outside of New York City.
Church of England bishops have called on the Government to end indefinite detention and accused politicians of “dehumanising” migrants.A group of 17 senior church figures signed a letter to the Telegraph which called on the Government to change its detention policies in the wake of a Panorama documentary which captured detainees being abused and mistreated.The documentary, which was broadcast on Monday evening, was secretly filmed by G4S worker turned whistleblower Callum Tulley, 21.The letter is also signed by Nathan Ward, who worked for G4S as a manager for more than 14 years before becoming a priest in the parish of Holy Trinity South Chatham.The letter, signed by 17 bishops as well as former chief inspector of prisons Lord Ramsbotham and representatives from the Church of Scotland and Methodist and Baptist churches, says the documentary “raises questions about our immigration policy and practice in this country”. The detainee system in the UK can hold up to 3,500 migrants at any one time. According to Oxford-based analysts the Migration Observatory, 28,900 migrants entered UK detention last year.Only 1 per cent are held for more than a year, while 81 per cent are held for less than two months.Its data shows that in the final quarter of last year 2,573 of the 7,078 migrants released from detention had been held for more than 28 days. 53 had been held for over a year.Mr Ward told the Telegraph: “I wasn’t surprised to hear that there were allegations being made about Brook House but I was shocked and appalled to see the extent of the abuse taking place. It says the Government should cap detention periods at 28 days and require judicial permission to keep someone detained for more than 72 hours.”We fear that this treatment is symptomatic of a rhetoric fostered by some politicians and sectors of the media that dehumanises immigrants and paints the public as ‘victims’ of immigration”, the letter adds. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, was among those who signed the letterCredit: Martin Rickett/PA “It is right that G4S took swift action as soon as the allegations were brought to their attention and we will continue to work with them and the police to ensure all necessary action is taken.”Detention and removal are essential aspects of effective immigration control and Home Office policy makes clear that detention is only used for the short period necessary. There is a presumption of liberty for all individuals.”Home Office policy is clear that detention will only be maintained while there is a reasonable prospect of removal within a reasonable period of time.” “Periods of indefinite detention cause extreme distress to people’s mental health. We’re the only country in the EU not to have a time limit on detention, and actually it’s against the core fundamental principles which British law is based on.”Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: “The Panorama footage is extremely disturbing and the sort of behaviour on display is utterly unacceptable. The dignity and welfare of all those in our care is of the utmost importance and we are taking this very seriously. We fear that this treatment is symptomatic of a rhetoric fostered by some politicians and sectors of the media that dehumanises immigrants and paints the public as ‘victims’ of immigration
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It’s a plea for sanity, and a reminder to consider that what you post on social media isn’t as ephemeral as it feels. I realize that’s antithetical to how Twitter works, but it’s becoming increasingly clear the entire website was a mistake. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target The premise of the teaser is a little hokey. Danny and Colleen (more of her this season, please) walk down a New York street. Danny starts noticing things that take him back to a traumatic experience in K’un-Lun. Things like… a woman shaking out a trenchcoat and two guys high-fiving. Danny, buddy… you’ve been outside in New York, hell, you’ve been outside in general before, right? Those aren’t exactly super rare sights. But hey, you can’t blame him for carrying bad memories with him. We all still carry the trauma of having to sit through Season One.Slight silliness aside, even this teaser is a marked improvement on the series. As Danny and Colleen walk down the street, the camera isn’t shaking around like it’s strapped to a chihuahua who got into the caffeine pills. We’re not shown much of the fight he flashes back to as this is only a teaser, but we’re able to follow the action we do see. We can tell who’s hitting who, and the hits feel hard. It looks like Marvel is serious about beefing up the martial arts aspect of the martial arts series. Then there’s Danny’s overall look. He no longer looks like an insufferable Brooklyn hippie with 2000-era N*SYNC hair. Now, he looks the way he did in his appearance on Luke Cage. And that episode made Iron Fist cool. What’s really going to help this season is his mask. The actors will still largely be doing their own stunts, but Danny having the mask makes it easier to bring in a stunt double for the harder stuff. That alone should improve the quality of the fight scenes significantly.The official Iron Fist Twitter account also tweeted out the titles of each episode. Followers immediately noticed the account stopped after 10. The account later confirmed that Season Two will be only ten episodes long. That’s another promising sign that the people behind this season took all the criticism to heart. I love nearly all of these Marvel Netflix shows, but nobody’s going to deny they could all stand to be a couple of hours shorter.Charlie Cox, Mike Colter and Krysten Ritter in The Defenders (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Netflix)There may be plenty more Marvel Netflix series where these came from too. At the Television Critics Association, Netflix Vice President for Original Content Cindy Holland said they are considering more spinoffs. The Punisher was the first series that wasn’t one of the four announced when Marvel initially partnered with Netflix. That’s probably not going to be a one-time thing. Man, imagine how different these movies would have looked with some of these designs. I like how they start off very understated, almost like something you’d find in the average garage. Then, as you go further down, they get more ornate. I think that green glowing one three in from the left on the bottom is my favorite. Even though that’s probably an example of Wen intentionally going to far to see what Feige is comfortable with. It just looks so alien and beautiful. It looks like something Loki would design and then be very angry that his brother got to wield. Now that Thor’s hammer is gone and he’s taken up a new weapon, it’s cool to look back and see what might have been. Especially since we’re all so familiar with how the hammer ended up. Iron Fist showed off some footage of Season Two at Comic Con, and it surprised pretty much everyone in attendance. It looked good. The fighting was reportedly fluid and competently choreographed, which is really important for a show about a martial arts master. Better late than never, I guess. Now, the general public has its first glimpse of the new season. It doesn’t show us a whole lot, but we do see one important detail. One that was sorely missing from both Season One and The Defenders. Danny Rand’s yellow mask. James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News Yeah, they probably made the right choice.Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther (Photo via Marvel)After Avengers: Infinity War, many fans were wondering where certain characters were in that final battle. For a fight so huge, with consequences so great, why was Hawkeye left on the sidelines? What about Ant-Man? And why did Nick Fury wait until he was in the process of disappearing to call Captain Marvel? Well, there was another character who nobody was asking about, but whose absence was still felt anyway. Erik Killmonger died at the end of Black Panther, and that may have been a bad move for half the MCU. Actor Michael B. Jordan thinks things could have turned out differently had Killmonger still been in Wakanda.Answering a question from The A.V. Club about a fight between Thanos and Killmonger, something fans have had spirited debates about, Jordan gave a surprisingly detailed answer.“This is the first I’m hearing of it,” he said. “I think the one thing about Killmonger is he really plans his attacks, and they’re well thought out. So if he ever stepped in a situation with Thanos, he would feel confident that he had the upper hand—at the very least, he would know he had a shot. So I mean, we already know that Erik’s willing to sacrifice himself for a greater good, so I don’t think he’s ever fearful of losing his life. So I think if he ever stepped in front of Thanos, he’d already have a plan for taking him down.”That… makes a lot of sense. You know, kind of like Jordan spent a whole bunch of time thinking about Killmonger and getting into the characters head. It’s a Marvel twist on the old Batman vs. Superman argument. Thanos may be objectively more powerful. In a one-on-one test of brute strength, Thanos wins every time. But give Killmonger time to prepare, and this whole thing could have been wrapped up in one movie. Killmonger would have an exact plan for taking Thanos down, and he’d execute it with terrifying precision. And nobody would have to disintegrate at all.Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (Photo via Disney/Marvel)Finally, it’s been more than a week since Disney fired James Gunn from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and the Marvel Cinematic Universe altogether. In the days since, there’s been an outpouring of support from fans and others in the industry for the director he’s become since he made some offensive jokes ten years ago. Now, the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies has weighed in. Each shared a joint statement, signed by all of them, about their feelings on the firing. While it doesn’t go as far as asking that Gunn get his job back (it’s directed towards fans, not Disney), it is a measured defense of the person they spent the last few years working with. Netflix VP Cindy Holland on #Marvel series: There’s always an ongoing discussion as to whether we will spin off additional characters. #TCA18— Debra Birnbaum (@debrabirnbaum) July 29, 2018When Disney announced their own proprietary streaming service to compete with Netflix, many assumed it would be the end for these series. That doesn’t seem to be the case, probably because they’re (as far as anyone knows) incredibly popular. They’re also much more violent than pretty much anything Marvel does in the MCU movies. It might not be in Disney’s interest to have a brighter, cartoony Avengers movie right next to a TV show where a man impales his jaw on a metal spike in the first couple episodes. (Man, Daredevil Season One was good.)So which characters are next in line to have their own series? The most obvious right now would be the Daughters of the Dragon. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing had one of the best fight scenes in Season Two of Luke Cage (and that season was full of great fights). You can’t tell me there wasn’t one person involved in the making of that scene who wasn’t, at least a little, thinking about it as a trial run for a Daughters of the Dragon spinoff. Jessica Henwick and Simone Missick work so well together too. If anyone needs to have their own series, it’s them. Hellcat/Patsy/Trish Walker from Jessica Jones is another possibility, but if that happens, it won’t be until at least after Season Three. The show spent the last season building her up as a rival/antagonist for Jessica, and it’s going to have to deal with that before spinning Hellcat off into her own series.(Via Marvel)Over on the movies side of the MCU, concept artist Charlie Wen revealed some of his original designs for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir. Wen was initially brought on to work on The Avengers, but he was soon tasked with designing the look of Thor’s hammer for Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Designing something like this isn’t a quick job. Not only does it have to look good onscreen and fit the world of the film, it has to make a cool toy as well. Wen shared a whole page of Mjolnir concepts on his Instagram page.
Lionel Messi will not be joining his long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the Serie A for the foreseeable future, says Inter Milan vice-president Javier ZanettiThe Barcelona superstar has been linked with a sensational move to Inter for next summer following comments made the club’s principal shirt sponsor Pirelli.The Italian tyre supplier’s CEO, Marco Tronchetti Provera, recently revealed his hope that the club’s owners Suing will make their move soon.“I hope that Suning, once Financial Fair Play will allow it, can make a huge signing. Messi? How can you say no to Messi?” he said earlier this week.But Zanetti has now quashed all rumours linking Inter with a potential move for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.“It’s crazy,” said the Argentine, according to ESPN.“It’s devoid of any truth that we’re going to ask for Messi.”? | Go back over #SUFCInter with our photo gallery? https://t.co/AYLsh9OQlB#InterOnTour #InterPreSeason #ForzaInter ⚫️? pic.twitter.com/fxVa5WiSSr— Inter (@Inter_en) July 24, 2018Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Inter already have two very capable strikers in Lautaro Martinez and captain Mauro Icardi, although the latter has been linked with a move away from the San Siro this summer.But Zanetti instead intends to offer Icardi a new contract within the next few weeks.“Icardi’s staying, and as soon as the transfer window closes, we’re going to sit down with him to discuss a renewal,” Zanetti said.“He’s a real captain. He started preseason training a day early and has been there to welcome all of the new arrivals. He’s the first to introduce them to what Inter is all about. He’s a great, great professional. He’s been Inter’s captain for two years and he behaves like a captain. He’s not going to Real Madrid.”The arrival of Argentine attacker Martinez from Racing Avellaneda this summer is something that has greatly pleased Zanetti.Inter’s new no.10 had been linked with both Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid.“As soon as we realised he had not definitely signed for Atletico, we took this opportunity immediately,” Zanetti said.“Lautaro is definitely a player who can do well in Europe.”
Tune in to EB TV at 11am on 29 November for Employee Benefits Wired, where an expert panel will discuss key themes from the findings of the research. Tweet your questions for the panel using #EBWired. EXCLUSIVE: A third (33%) of employer respondents do not plan to introduce the lifetime individual savings account (Lisa) as a workplace savings tool, according to research by Employee Benefits and Close Brothers.The Employee Benefits/Close Brothers Pensions research 2016, which surveyed 250 employer respondents, found that just 7% plan to offer the Lisa to their employees, while 42% remain undecided.The Lisa, which was unveiled by former Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget, will be available to individuals aged 18-40 who will be able to save up to £4,000 a year into the savings vehicle until the age of 50. The government will contribute a 25% bonus when the savings are put towards a first home or are withdrawn as retirement income after the age of 60. When withdrawn for other purposes, the saver will forfeit the government bonus plus interest, and will also incur a charge.The Savings (Government Contributions) Bill 2016-17, which will legislate for the Lisa, was introduced to the House of Commons in September 2016. The Lisa is due to launch in April 2017.Of those respondents that intend to introduce a workplace Lisa, all (100%) think that staff will treat the Lisa as an additional savings vehicle to pension saving. Less than a fifth (18%) of these respondents believe the introduction of the Lisa will cause employees to opt out of their workplace pension scheme, and 85% believe it will increase employee engagement with retirement planning.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – The family of a young girl with a rare form of epilepsy has won their fight in a legal battle with the Broward County Public Schools district.7News launched an investigation into the situation back in March, when the district would not allow 9-year-old Jilliana Geller to attend school because of the medicine she needed.She has a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome.Geller experiences seizures at times, and when one starts she needs a dose of her medicine called Diastat. If her seizures persist, she needs a second dose, but the district would not allow a school nurse to administer the second dose to her.Her neurologist said it was safe, but she was forced out of the school for months.Geller’s family took Broward County Public Schools to court and won. This was one of the stories this year that made me the most upset. After such a long and hard fight — I just found out the family won. A judge has ruled the Broward School District must allow the 9-year-old with epilepsy to attend school and must give her the medicine she needs. https://t.co/pZU0cDe1Xh — Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) June 20, 2019The judge ordered that the district must give the girl the seizure medicine and allow her to enroll in school next year.Broward County Public Schools was also ordered to pay Geller’s family for the classes she missed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Microsoft’s second generation HoloLens is coming in September. James Martin/CNET Microsoft revealed its HoloLens 2 at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and now we know when we’ll be able to get our hands on it. During a speech at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai, executive vice president Harry Shum revealed that its next-generation augmented reality headsets goes on sale in September, Reuters reported.The updated HoloLens is available to preorder for $3,500 (about £2,700 or AU$4,900), and comes four years after the original version. The new one is more comfortable, and has a greater field of view and better eye and hand tracking, according to CNET’s Ian Sherr and Scott Stein. In an emailed statement, Microsoft confirmed that HoloLens 2 will begin shipping later this year, but didn’t confirm that it’ll arrive in September.”We have started collecting expressions of interest for HoloLens 2 preorders and, as part of our standard practice for gathering feedback, have shared near-final prototypes with some customers, but have not announced a date for general availability,” a spokesperson wrote.First published at Aug. 29 at 2:06 a.m. PT.Updated at Aug. 30 at 3:50 a.m. PT: Adds Microsoft statement. 4:54 Comments 4 Share your voice Tags Augmented reality (AR) Microsoft Wearable Tech Microsoft HoloLens 2: A first dive into the future of… Now playing: Watch this:
About 15.8 million people are now on life-saving drugs to treat HIV infections which cause AIDS, a new UNAIDS report suggests. The report has been released ahead of World AIDS Day that falls on 1 December.The report reveals that countries have been complying with the UNs fast-track strategy to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 and the progress in responding to HIV over the past 15 years has been extraordinary. In the last five years, the number of people on life-saving treatment has doubled while incidents of new cases have declined since 2000.By June 2015, UNAIDS estimates that 15.8 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy, compared to 7.5 million people in 2010 and 2.2 million people in 2005, the report said. At the end of 2014, UNAIDS estimates that new HIV infections had fallen by 35% since the peak in 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 42% since the 2004 peak.Every five years we have more than doubled the number of people on life-saving treatment, Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS executive director, said in a statement. We need to do it just one more time to break the AIDS epidemic and keep it from rebounding. He added that countries were gearing up to double the number of people accessing HIV treatment by 2020.The antiretroviral therapy has ensured a longer and healthier life for people with HIV infections, The life-changing benefits these drugs provide has led to the global number of people living with HIV to increase to 36.9m, as estimated by UNAIDS at the end of 2014. Once diagnosed, people need immediate access to antiretroviral therapy, the report said.In countries such as Kenya, Botswana, Iran and El Salvador, high-impact HIV prevention and treatment programmes, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis, voluntary medical male circumcision and sexual and reproductive health services have shown remarkable results in reaching the HIV-infected people who had been left behind in treatment.Today, we have more HIV prevention options than ever before. And with better data, we can become better matchmakers, finding the right prevention options for the right people, Sidibe added. Everyone has the right to a long and healthy life. We must take HIV services to the people who are most affected and ensure that these services are delivered in a safe, respectful environment with dignity and free from discrimination.UNAIDS fast-track strategy aims at averting 21 million AIDS-related deaths, 28 million new HIV infections and 5.9 million new infections among children by 2030. Close
The drama and subsequent misinformation regarding the breakup of Hideo Kojima and work (ex?) wife Konami just won’t end. It all began when Silent Hills — hyped beyond belief thanks to both the way in which it was revealed (playable trailer PT) and the fan fiction-like partnership of Kojima, Guillermo del Toro, and Norman Reedus — was unceremoniously and mysteriously canceled. Then, rumors of Kojima’s Konami departure circulated throughout the internet as Konami tried to cover them up. Now, publications like The New Yorker are reporting that Kojima has definitively, officially left Konami, but Konami says that Kojima is simply on vacation. Drama.At least press-wise, Konami has been in turmoil for the past few months, from this ongoing Kojima drama to possibly abandoning AAA game development to instead focus on where the real cash is, mobile and casino gaming. Now, even though reputable publications and coworkers are reporting that Kojima has officially left the company, Konami maintains that he’s just taking a long vacation, because man, developing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain was exhausting and he needs a break. New Yorker contributor Simon Parkin tweeted a photo of Kojima having what appears to be one of those awkward farewell office parties you have for esteemed coworkers, seen below, but it could’ve just been any other kind of awkward office party celebrating Kojima.Here is a photograph of Kojima’s farewell party on October 9th at Konami, which Konami claims no knowledge of: pic.twitter.com/xgRUoYs5qt— Simon Parkin (@SimonParkin) October 20, 2015AdChoices广告According to Tokyo Sports, a Konami spokesperson is responsible for the “on vacation” statement. If Konami is trying to avoid throwing more bad press onto the pile by denying Kojima’s departure, it doesn’t really make sense, because Kojima can just state that, yes, he left the company. Even if he has a non-compete that prevents him from discussing a departure — which has been reported in the past, with an expiration date of December 2015 — it would eventually expire, and he can say that Konami was full of crap this whole time, which would make Konami look pretty silly. Perhaps both sides are at some sort of negotiation standstill. Whatever the case may be, the only “official” word we have from either party is from Konami, and that word says that Kojima is on vacation.
The scientists’ experimental setup: (1) stationary cryostat; (2) induction motor; (3) belts; (4) sliding, contacts—(a) brushes, (b) rings. Image credit: Ailam, et al. ©IEEE 2007. Explore further To test the performance of the motor, the scientists calculated the magnetic scalar potential, which tells the strength of a magnetic field in a certain area, and then determined the magnetic flux density, which is the quantity of magnetism in that area. As the scientists explained, the maximal value of the flux density exists in between two of the bulk plates, while the minimum value exists behind the plates; a large difference in magnetic flux density maximizes the motor’s performance by generating a more powerful magnetic field.The group experimentally demonstrated a performance of 118.8 volts for the motor. Further, they calculated a theoretical generated voltage of 172.5 volts, and explained that the difference is due to an uncertain value for the difference in the maximal and minimal values of the magnetic fields around the bulk plates, which was not directly measured. Improving this difference in magnetic flux density will hopefully increase the motor’s voltage. “As we demonstrate in another paper, under realization, using this structure with several superconducting wires and 20 mW generated power decreases the inductor volume 20-50 percent in comparison to a classical electrical machine,” Ailam said.In the near future, the group plans to design and construct a 100 kW superconducting machine using the same configuration.“The major advantages of these motors are a high power-volume density and a high torque-volume density, and less vibration than for the conventional motors,” Ailam said. “I think that the maritime propulsion can and the electrical traction generally can benefit principally to these motors.”Citation: Ailam, El Hadj, Netter, Denis, Lévêque, Jean, Douine, Bruno, Masson, Philippe J., and Rezzoug, Abderrezak. “Design and Testing of a Superconducting Rotating Machine.” IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Vol. 17, No. 1, March 2007.Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Recently, scientists El Hadj Ailam and colleagues working at the Université Henri Poincaré in Nancy, France and the Center for Advanced Power Systems in Tallahassee, Florida, have designed and tested a superconducting rotating machine based on an unconventional topology. Their results, which are published in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, show promising opportunities for the motor.“This work has two goals,” Ailam, who is currently with the Centre Universitaire Khemis Miliana in Algeria, told PhysOrg.com. “The first is to show the feasibility of an electrical motor based on the magnetic flux density, and the second is to demonstrate that superconductors can significantly ameliorate the electrical machine performances.”Building on high-temperature motors designed over the past few years, Ailam et al.’s motor is a low-temperature, eight-pole machine with a stationary superconducting inductor. Unlike copper coils, the niobium-titanium (NbTi) inductor coils in this design have no electrical resistance, which is one of the greatest advantages of superconductors.When the two NbTi coils are fed with currents moving in opposite directions, the currents create a magnetic field. Located between the two coils, four superconducting bulk plates (made of YBaCuO, or yttrium barium copper oxide) shape and distribute the magnetic flux lines, which then induces an alternating electromagnetic field based on the magnetic concentration. A rotating armature wound with copper wires then converts the electrical energy to mechanical energy, which is eventually transferred to an application.In this design, the entire inductor is cooled to 4.2 K using liquid helium to enable zero electrical resistance in the coils. (The scientists explain that high-temperature wires could also work in this configuration.) As with all superconducting motors, the superconducting wire can carry larger amounts of current than copper wire, and therefore create more powerful magnetic fields in a smaller amount of space than conventional motors.“For the majority of electrical superconducting machines, the structure is a classical one, and the magnetic flux is a radial one,” Ailam explained. “[However,] for our machine, the inductor magnetic flux is an axial one.” The field of electric motors has recently entered a new era. The electric motors that you see today in everything from washing machines, toys, and fans use the same basic principles as motors from 50 years ago. But with the realization of using superconducting wire to replace conventional copper coils, motors are becoming more compact, more energy efficient, and less expensive, which will have advantages particularly for large industrial applications. Theory explains ferromagnetic superconductor behavior Citation: Superconducting motor to increase power density (2007, May 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-05-superconducting-motor-power-density.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
More information: Likai Li et al. Direct observation of the layer-dependent electronic structure in phosphorene, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.171AbstractPhosphorene, a single atomic layer of black phosphorus, has recently emerged as a new two-dimensional (2D) material that holds promise for electronic and photonic technologies. Here we experimentally demonstrate that the electronic structure of few-layer phosphorene varies significantly with the number of layers, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. The interband optical transitions cover a wide, technologically important spectral range from the visible to the mid-infrared. In addition, we observe strong photoluminescence in few-layer phosphorene at energies that closely match the absorption edge, indicating that they are direct bandgap semiconductors. The strongly layer-dependent electronic structure of phosphorene, in combination with its high electrical mobility, gives it distinct advantages over other 2D materials in electronic and opto-electronic applications. 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. (Phys.org)—A large team of researchers from China, the U.S. and Japan has developed a more precise means for measuring the various band gaps in layered phosphorene, and in so doing, have found that it possesses advantages over other 2-D materials. In their paper published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, the group describes their technique and what they observed during their measurements. Citation: More precise measurements of phosphorene suggest it has advantages over other 2-D materials (2016, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-09-precise-phosphorene-advantages-d-materials.html Understanding how flat phosphorus grows Direct observation of the layer-dependent electronic structure in phosphorene. a, The puckered honeycomb lattice of monolayer phosphorene; x and y denote the armchair and zigzag crystal orientations, respectively. b,c, Optical images of few-layer phosphorene samples. The images were recorded with a CCD camera attached to an optical microscope. The number of layers (indicated in the figure) is determined by the optical contrast in the red channel of the CCD image. d, Optical contrast profile in the red channel of the CCD images along the line cuts marked in b,c. Each additional layer increases the contrast by around 7%, up to tetralayer, as guided with the dashed lines. Credit: Likai Li et al. Nature Nanotechnology (2016) doi:10.1038/nnano.2016.171 Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology © 2016 Phys.org Scientists have been studying phosphorene (single layered black phosphorus) for some time because they believe it might be useful for creating new or better types of 2-D optoelectronic devices, similar in some respects to research efforts looking into graphene. Though it was first discovered in 1669, it was not actually isolated until 2014. Since that time, researchers have attempted to study the band gaps (the energy differences between the tops of the valence bands and the bottom of the conduction bands) that exist under various layering conditions because each may represent a unique opportunity for using the material. Prior efforts to find the band gaps relied on fluorescence spectroscopy, but that technique has not offered the accuracy needed for building devices. In this new effort, the researchers took a new approach called optical absorption spectroscopy, which works by measuring absorption of radiation as it interacts with a sample. By conducting multiple experiments, the researchers found that the electronic structure of the material varied significantly when looking at materials created from a range of layers, which, they noted, was consistent with prior theories.In using the new technique, the researchers found that different band gaps aligned well with different applications. 1.15eV, for example, would match well with a silicon band gap and 0.83 eV could be used in optoelectronics because of its similarity to a telecom photon wavelength. Also, they noted that the 0.35 eV band gap could prove useful in creating infrared devices. Overall, they found that the structure of layered phosphorene gives it advantages over other 2D materials for creating new devices—including some instances of graphene.The researchers next plan to actually use their results to create various optoelectronic devices, though they acknowledge that there are still some challenges involved, such as figuring out a way to deal with the tiny flakes and the instability involved in trying to use it. Explore further
(Phys.org)—A study conducted by a researcher with Harvard University suggests that wealthy people are less likely to support income redistribution through a tax on the very rich after having recently been exposed to an obviously poor person. In her paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Melissa Sands describes a study she carried out using volunteers in wealthy neighborhoods, what she found and her opinions regarding the impact it could be having on domestic policy decisions. Explore further Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Melissa L. Sands. Exposure to inequality affects support for redistribution, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1615010113AbstractThe distribution of wealth in the United States and countries around the world is highly skewed. How does visible economic inequality affect well-off individuals’ support for redistribution? Using a placebo-controlled field experiment, I randomize the presence of poverty-stricken people in public spaces frequented by the affluent. Passersby were asked to sign a petition calling for greater redistribution through a “millionaire’s tax.” Results from 2,591 solicitations show that in a real-world-setting exposure to inequality decreases affluent individuals’ willingness to redistribute. The finding that exposure to inequality begets inequality has fundamental implications for policymakers and informs our understanding of the effects of poverty, inequality, and economic segregation. Confederate race and socioeconomic status, both of which were randomized, are shown to interact such that treatment effects vary according to the race, as well as gender, of the subject. Most people are aware of the growing divide between the very wealthy (the so-called 1 percent) and everyone else in the United States. The issue has led some to call for income redistribution by forcing the very rich to pay more taxes with the extra money going to help the poor. For such actions to actually happen, ordinary people would have to support such an initiative led by politicians. To learn more about how people might react to such an initiative in the form of a petition in a public place, Sands enlisted the assistance of several volunteers.The study consisted of having male volunteers (some white, some black) pose as either a reasonably affluent person or as someone obviously very poor. The volunteers were stationed in affluent areas in places where affluent people would have to walk past them to reach their destination, but just before arriving, they would be asked by another volunteer dressed as an affluent person to sign one of two petitions. One of the petitions supported a way to reduce the use of plastic bags (the control), while the other sought support for a 4 percent income tax increase for anyone making more than a million dollars a year. The idea was to see if people felt differently about signing a petition to tax millionaires after exposure to a rich or poor person.The researchers surveyed 2,519 people and found that contrary to what might seem logical to some, affluent people were less likely to support taxing millionaires after having met a poor person than if they had just seen someone more affluent—those surveyed were approximately twice as likely to sign the tax petition after seeing an affluent man than a poor white man. Interestingly, they were less impacted by the sight of a poor black man. Sands suggests the sight of a poor white man may have caused the affluent people to be more judgmental due to a feeling that such a person should be doing better without assistance. 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. © 2017 Phys.org Credit: George Hodan/public domain Citation: Field study suggests wealthy less willing to tax rich when poor people are around (2017, January 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-field-wealthy-tax-rich-poor.html Support for democracy linked to income inequality
On April 6, 1893, Andy Bowen and Jack Burke fought the longest gloved boxing match in history at the Olympic Club in New Orleans, Louisiana. The bout lasted for seven hours and 19 minutes, from 9:00 pm until early morning the next day, going 110 rounds. The prize was the Lightweight Championship of the South and a purse of $2,500. Burke was the favorite in the beginning, winning the first 25 rounds, but “Iron Bowen” refused to be knocked out.Boxer Andy Bowen (1864-1894)He knocked Burke down in the 25th round, but the bell rang before Burke could be counted out. At some point during the match both of Burke’s hands were broken, and the two opponents grew so tired that their boxing talents made no difference.Most of the crowd had left by midnight, and many who hadn’t were asleep in their chairs. By the 108th round, no punches were being thrown – the men just circled each other over and over. By the 110th round, the referee, John Duffy, called the match a draw and suggested the two men could split the purse.Jack Burke on February 10, 1904According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, modern boxing observes 12 rules which attempt to make the sport more humane. They were written by Londoner John Graham Chambers and published by John Sholto Douglas, the ninth Marquess of Queensberry, in 1867. The ”Queensberry Rules” are still in force today, and, among other things, limit rounds to three minutes with a one minute break between rounds.A painting of Minoan youths boxing, from an Akrotiri fresco circa 1650 BC. This is the earliest documented use of boxing gloves.The earliest record of boxing was found in ancient Sumerian relief sculptures from Mesopotamia. An Egyptian relief from 1350 BC shows barefisted boxers and an audience. Fighting with gloves had emerged by 1500 to 1400 BC, shown by evidence from Minoan artwork discovered on the Greek island of Crete. The 23rd Olympiad of 668 BC set the first rules for the sport.A boxing scene depicted on a Panathenaic amphora from ancient Greece, circa 336 BC, British MuseumAncient Greece had no weight categories or rounds, and the opponents fought until one either gave up or was killed. When boxing came to the Romans in 393 AD, the gloves were modified with pointy metal studs making the event full of blood and gore which entertained the Romans but caused the sport to be banned in many parts of Europe.After the fall of the Roman Empire, spectator boxing became popular again in about the 12th century. According to Ancient Origins, bare-knuckle boxing became popular in Great Britain in the early 16th century.Tom Cribb vs Tom Molineaux in a re-match for the heavyweight championship of England, 1811On January 6, 1681, Christopher Monck, Second Duke of Albemarle, set up a boxing match between his butcher and his butler — with the butcher coming out ahead. There were still no set rules, and the boxers often resorted to headbutting, choking, eye gouging, kicking, biting, and hitting a man who was down to win.Amateur Boxing Club, Wales, 1963In 1743, boxer Jack Broughton put forth the “Broughton’s rules” in an attempt to curb deaths in the ring. It gave the fighters 30 seconds after being knocked down to get back up, and it included the “no hitting below the belt” rule. By 1882, bare knuckle boxing was illegal. The first modern boxing match was held at the Pelican Athletic Club in New Orleans in 1892 when “Gentleman Jim” Corbett defeated John Lawrence Sullivan in a heavyweight bout.Corbett training for his fight with JeffriesBoxing has become a multi-million dollar sport thanks to such athletes as Muhammad Ali, considered by some to be the greatest boxer of all time, Joe Frazier, George Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson and Sugar Ray Leonard, Evander Holyfield, Rocky Marciano, Mike Tyson and Marvin Hagler, just to name a few.As well the sport has gained a huge audience from such films as the Rocky series. Check out a video below about how Sylvester Stallone turned down massive amounts of money in order to star in the first Rocky:1960 Olympians: Ali won gold against Zbigniew Pietrzykowski (1956 and 1964 bronze medalist)In 1927, a fight between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney grossed over $2.7 million without the aid of a television audience.Read another story from us: From boxing gloves to bath clogs, one Roman’s trash is a museum’s treasure centuries laterIn a controversial decision, Tunney won in Dempsey’s last fight. In 2015, a bout between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao brought a more than $100 million payout to both fighters. The match went 12 rounds with Mayweather declared the winner.For this writer, promoter Don King’s hair was the best part of boxing.
No related posts. The Domestic Animal Welfare Group (D.A.W.G.) Tales Lending Library just received two donations, adding close to 1,000 books to our already-extensive inventory. One donation involved feng shui and extraterrestrials, the other beefed up the fiction section.Please stop by and pick up a book and a dog and cat to go with it. All our animals are street rescues and are treated for parasites, vaccinated and spayed/neutered.Hurricane Hawk will appear at Roadhouse 169, Uvita, on June 23, for two shows at 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Since 1994, Hurricane Hawk has been entertaining with his version of Florida jump blues and swing. He is known for catchy lyrics and explosive harmonica, and has performed from California to Florida and abroad. A favorite at concerts and clubs, Hawk will be on his second tour of Costa Rica. He was a finalist in the world-renowned International Blues Challenge held yearly in Memphis, Tennessee, and he has performed at national blues festivals and opened for the likes of Little Richard, Alabama, Big Bill Morgenfeld and Tinsley Ellis. For more, visit www.hurricanehawk.comTino and Uwe are spicing up the area with their new butcher shop, featuring homemade, German smoked meats and sausages, bratwurst, sauerkraut and marinades. They carry fresh meats including lamb and accept special orders at 2787-0219. Visit them on the road from Dominical to San Isidro in Platanillo.Ben Jammin’ and the Howlers will play Friday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at Roca Verde Hotel and Restaurant in Dominical. The Howlers – Ben Orton on guitar and vocals, Nancy Buchan on five-string violin and vocals, Larry Sanchez on bass and Richard Abraham on drums – will also play at the annual Fourth of July Lifeguard Benefit on Sunday, July 1 at Roca Verde. There will be a classical music quartet presentation with Nancy Buchan on violin, Kim Fergus on piano and two of their music students on violin and cello. Along with great entertainment, there will be raffles, auctions and food. Mark your calendars for this special event. Our lifeguards are supported only by your donations.–Shawnell Parkercbbshawnell@gmail.com Facebook Comments
A pair of Costa Ricans said they traveled to Tel Aviv to sell one of their left kidneys for $20,000 to an Israeli business, according to Spanish news outlet El País.The two Costa Ricans, from the province of Cartago, were originally detained at the Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel’s capital, in March 2013, and El País published their information on Monday.The couple could not convince Israeli authorities that they had a legitimate reason to enter the country and were detained.Between June and October of 2013, Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigative Police (OIJ) arrested four doctors, one police officer, and a pizzeria owner allegedly involved in the trafficking ring. Three of the doctors were arrested at the Calderón Guardia Hospital in central San José, and accused of using the nearby, and now closed, Pizzeria Akropolis to recruit organ donors.According to the testimony of the would-be donor apprehended in Israel, the operation there was organized by a Costa Rican doctor named Francisco José Mora Palma.“He warned us not to comment about anything discussed, the extraction of the kidney nor the supposed pay there would be,” the alleged donor said, according to testimony obtained by El País.The would-be donor said Mora performed blood tests on her and paid for both Costa Ricans to fly to Israel. However, he provided them with no contacts, travel expenses or a place to stay in the country, leading Israeli authorities to be suspicious on their arrival.Costa Rica’s Prosecutor’s Office said at least 20 donors were lured in by the ring, due to their difficult financial situations. They estimated traffickers could sell the organs for as much as $100,000.Selling an organ is illegal in Costa Rica. Living organ donations are legal but only without monetary or other compensation, nor under duress. The Prosecutor’s Office said that the traffic of persons for the purpose of organ harvesting is punishable in Costa Rica with up to 10 years in prison under Article 172 of the Penal Code.According to the Costa Rican daily La Nación, Mora served six months preventive detention and was released on bail. The other three doctors, the daily reported, “were investigated but not jailed.” They returned to work at the hospital last November, La Nación reported. The pizzeria owner also was released.El País reported that the ring was originally based in Israel, but had moved to Costa Rica due to the country’s high number of medical tourists. Facebook Comments Related posts:Alleged organ traffickers in Costa Rica could soon face trial Impunity remains largest hurdle for human trafficking in the Americas, says UN Teen stabbed at Gay Pride march dies as pressure mounts on Israel Leaked bank files show HSBC ‘helped clients dodge taxes’
Protests in Cairo Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.H The Australian Government will send a Qantas 747 to help those Australians trying to get out of strife-torn Cairo. According to the ABC, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement after being briefed on the latest situation in Egypt, where at least 125 people have been killed in protests in the past six days.”The dangers are there… that is why we are making these special arrangements,” Ms Gillard said. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has already upgraded its travel advisory warning for Egypt to the highest “do not travel” category, urging Australians presently in the country to “leave if it safe to do so”. Consular services in Cairo have also been boosted to help support the thousands of Australians likely affected by the civil unrest. Meanwhile, Australian tour operators are issuing their own statements regarding affected travellers. Adventure World has advised that it has been in touch with all of its passengers in Egypt to ensure that all are safe. The tour operator is also in the process of contacting all passengers booked to travel to Egypt with the company in the near future, to discuss travel options such as changing itineraries to alternate destinations, or deferring trips to a later date. “Our main priority is to ensure the utmost safety of our Australian clients and we are in ongoing contact with our tour operators and hotel properties in the country to ensure the safety of our guests,” Adventure World general manager Andrew Mullholland said. Cox & Kings Australia, on behalf of Tempo Holidays, has also been monitoring the situation closely through its local suppliers and DFAT. “Our first priority is for the passengers whom we currently have in Egypt who we understand are all safe,” Cox & Kings Australia commercial director Nigel Loveday said. Tempo Holidays clients who were booked to travel between now and the end of February may elect to defer or cancel their reservations and obtain a full refund for land and cruise costs. Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) has advised that it has cancelled all holidays to Egypt until the end of February, confirming that all of its clients on the ground are safe and accounted for. A&K has relocated its clients to a hotel outside of the city centre and will evacuate them today on an A&K charter to Amman, Jordan. “Our current focus is to ensure the safety of our staff and clients,” the luxury travel company stated.No cancellation fees will be charged and A&K will further offer a 10% discount to clients who choose to rebook on another A&K holiday.
One of the initial victims struck by a fire truck. A third passenger, who had been in intensive care since the Asiana Airlines crash last week, has been reported as dead, bringing the total death toll up to three.On Saturday 6 July, an Asiana Airlines 777 crash-landed at San Francisco Airport, causing injury to up to 180 of the 307 passengers.Although initially two were reported dead, San Francisco General Hospital interim surgery chief Margaret Knudson confirmed that a number of passengers had suffered from severe injuries, including paralysis, unconsciousness and serious abdominal bleeding, WCPO.com reported.Now, more than a week after the incident, a third passenger has been confirmed dead.The age and identity of the third victim remains unknown, although it has been confirmed she had been in critical condition since the accident.Meanwhile, authorities have also discovered that one of the two Chinese passengers initially reported as dead was struck by a fire truck, which had been speeding to the crash site.No one knows yet whether the teen had lived through the initial accident, and autopsy results into the deaths are likely to be released sometime this week.“The fire truck did go over the victim at least one time,” A police spokesperson said.“Now the other question is what was the cause of death?”That’s what we are trying to determine right now.”Source = ETB News: N.J.