Mariners Harpoon Mets, 5-2

first_imgSEATTLE — Dustin Ackley drifted back to find the wall, jumped and wondered.Only when the Seattle Mariners’ left fielder tumbled to the ground did Ackley know he’d robbed Travis d’Arnaud of a home run.“I knew I felt something. I didn’t know if I felt it hit off my glove or go in the web, but when I came down is when I knew I had it,” Ackley said. “I was like, ‘Well something is in there.’”Ackley had three hits to go along with his outstanding catch, Kyle Seager drove in two runs and Mike Zunino homered into the second deck in the Mariners’ 5-2 win over the New York Mets on the night of July 21.After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets.Elias (8-8) threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm. Seattle’s bullpen was stellar the rest of the way, helped by Ackley’s grab to steal a home run from d’Arnaud in the sixth.“How about that catch?” Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said. “I think it really goes back to the work he put in in spring training … and he really, really worked hard to improve his outfield play, and he continues to work hard.”Seager had RBI singles in his first two at-bats and Zunino hit his 14th homer of the season, an estimated 415-foot shot off starter Jonathon Niese (5-5) into the second deck in left field.Ackley added an RBI double in the eighth. “I’ve felt pretty good and the results are there, too,” Ackley said. “That helps build the confidence.”Elias took advantage of a long break between starts — he hadn’t pitched since July 9. He looked rested and his improved command led to eight strikeouts and two walks.Elias had retired five of six batters when he looked down at his hand after throwing a pitch to Lucas Duda leading off the sixth. Elias was immediately visited by trainers and McClendon. The left-hander threw a couple of warmup pitches and stayed in, striking out Duda on a 2-2 pitch.That was enough for McClendon, who immediately signaled to the bullpen. Elias walked off to a nice ovation, but with a trainer at his side and continuing to try to stretch his hand.Seattle announced Elias left with cramping in his left forearm and McClendon said there was no worry as of now about it being a lingering problem. “I didn’t want to take a chance,” McClendon said. “He was outstanding.”Dominic Leone took over and was immediately greeted by a deep drive from d’Arnaud. Ackley found the left-field fence, got just enough elevation to get his glove over the wall and made the catch in the webbing of his glove.Jonathon Niese came off the disabled list before the game. He hadn’t pitched since leaving in the first inning July 4 against Texas when he was struck in the back by Alex Rios’ line drive. The left-hander was placed on the DL two days later with a left shoulder strain.Niese’s streak of 21 straight starts giving up three earned runs or less was snapped when Willie Bloomquist collected his third hit, an RBI double in the fourth inning for a 4-1 Seattle lead.David Wright had an RBI single on the 10th anniversary of his debut in the majors, but the Mets’ only other run came on second baseman Robinson Cano’s error in the ninth that allowed Juan Lagares to score.New York lost its third straight after winning eight of nine.“You look at every game since the All-Star break and we’ve been outhomered,” Manager Terry Collins said. “That was what was getting us going, and you’re not going to ask guys to start swinging for the fences, but it helps out when we hit the ball out of the ballpark.”(TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Tom Brady loses top receiving target Julian Edelman for entire NFL season

first_img Support The Guardian New England also cut defensive end Kony Ealy, whom they acquired in a trade with Carolina in March. It was a surprising move — if anything Belichick does with his roster can be considered surprising. Ealy, 25, spent three seasons with the Panthers and was best known for having three sacks in Super Bowl 50 against Denver.“I do think he was making progress and getting better and was really working hard. It’s just one of those things that didn’t work out or wasn’t going to work out,” Belichick said. “It’s nobody’s fault.“It gives him an opportunity about a week ahead of next week to hopefully create a better opportunity for himself. I think he deserved that. He did everything we asked him to do. It just didn’t work out for either one of us like we hoped it would.” Read more Reuse this content news US sports Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp New England Patriots NFL Share on LinkedIn Will Tom Brady and the New England Patriots pull off a perfect 19-0 season? Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger “Julian is a great competitor, works hard, is tough, does all of the things that you ask him to do. I feel badly for him, of course,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said on Saturday. “We feel badly for Julian and hope that he will have a speedy and complete recovery. But yeah, the team will have to move on and we’ll have to compete in this season without him.”A quarterback in college at Kent State, Edelman joined the Patriots in 2009 and became one of Brady’s most reliable receivers the next year. Last season was one of his best with 98 catches for 1,106 yards. He’s also a dangerous punt returner.Brady used the word “Gladiator” on Instagram in reference to Edelman.Fortunately for New England, they have deep wells of talent at receiver after trading for Brandin Cooks. They also welcome back Rob Gronkowski, the NFL’s most-feared tight end, from injury, and have Chris Hogan, who emerged last year as a quality wideout. Veteran Danny Amendola figures to see time in the slot with Edelman sidelined.“Julian will be here on a regular basis doing his rehabilitation and so forth. So you never really move on from that standpoint,” Belichick said. “A player that’s released, that’s a little different situation. But this team has to move forward with the resources that we have, and unfortunately we’ve lost one and an important one. But as a team we still have to move forward and that’s what we’ll do. I guess that process has already started.” Since you’re here… Share on Facebook The New England Patriots have confirmed that Julian Edelman, Tom Brady’s favorite target and one of the NFL’s steadiest receivers, will be sidelined all season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in the first quarter of Friday night’s preseason game at Detroit.The 31-year-old Edelman headed downfield after a catch and when he planted his right foot into the turf, he tore the ligament.last_img read more

College Spun’s Staff Picks For Week 7 Of The 2015 Season

first_imgCollege Spun's picks for week 7 of the 2015 CFB season.college spun staff picks week 7Week six of the college football season produced a few big upsets, like Washington over USC and Texas over Oklahoma, along with a few almost-upsets, like Michigan State vs. Rutgers, TCU vs. Kansas State and Florida State vs. Miami (FL). Week seven is shaping up to be the most interesting of the season thus far, however.This week, we’ve got UCLA vs. Stanford, Michigan vs. Michigan State, Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Florida vs. LSU and USC vs. Notre Dame. Currently, Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett hold a slim lead over the field in our weekly competition. Here are our picks for this weekend’s games:staff picks week 7 1staff picks week 7 2staff picks week 7 3Who do you have?last_img

Operating room doctors lament attacks on personalized cloth caps

first_imgRetired anesthetist Dr. Glenn Gibson believes he was an early trendsetter in slipping on brightly coloured cloth caps before heading into the operating room.So he was a bit disappointed when some hospitals started to ban the cloth protective headwear, which allow doctors to show a little personality.“I like cloth OR caps. I got tired of wearing the plain green ones, so about 25 years ago I started making my own … with ridiculous colours and designs that nobody would buy,” said Gibson, who estimates he had about four dozen at one point.A recent edition of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons suggests that freshly laundered cloth operating room hats are better at controlling microbial shed than the disposal shower-cap style “bouffant” hats that many hospitals have been forcing staff to wear in the name of infection control.For many, the publication was cause for celebration.Some operating room staff have long complained that the disposable bouffant caps are hot, make it hard to hear people, and reduce the little bit of personality available in a place where all staff wear the same scrubs.Many also grumbled that the evidence that resulted in banning cloth hats was weak and that disposable bouffant caps create a lot of garbage.“The cloth cap ban did generate some debate, some of which centred on evidence-based medicine (or lack of it) and some of which was likely vanity driven,” said cloth cap fan Dr. Lesley Barron, a general surgeon in Georgetown, Ont.Some have argued that personalized caps — featuring cartoons, favourite team logos, or festive scenes —can also improve patient care by decreasing pre-operative anxiety.“You can chat about your hat while (the patients) are going off to sleep,” said Barron.But Molly Blake, president of Infection Prevention and Control Canada, is not quite as enthusiastic. She highlighted the main caveat of the study: that reusable cloth caps need to be regularly washed.“The safe and appropriate management of scrubs is already challenging … you may have seen health-care workers wearing scrubs — and cloth skull caps — travelling throughout hospitals and then wearing the same into the ORs,” Blake said, adding that the cleaning methods discussed in the study were not “normal practice” in her experience.Blake also suggested the findings of the study should be replicated in an experiment with a bigger sample size before endorsing cloth caps.But not all hospitals banned cloth hats in the first place.“To be honest, we did not give a great deal of consideration to banning cloth hats because we felt the evidence wasn’t strong enough to support it,” said Jason Hann, director of surgical and critical care services at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.“Of course, we have conditions that must be met in order to ensure patient safety, but this has not been a problem.”While an individual hospital’s infection control policy might be explicit, the fashion rules about operating room headwear are often more subtle: some feel there are gendered norms and silent expectations.“The culture is definitely (cloth) skull caps for boys, bouffants for women,” said Barron.Though confessing that she finds cloth caps “ugly,” Barron does admit that they give more room for hair, prevent overheating, and are less likely to create “OR head” — a condition similar to “bed head”. While women with short hair often wear cloth caps in the operating room, in doing so, they risk gender misidentification.Family doctor and anesthetist Dr. Annie Lu owns several cloth caps with Asian-styled dragon prints, but said, “when I wear them, I get mistaken for a guy by patients sometimes. There seems to be some notion of gender based on the style or design of the cap.”And though a medical student might be eager to show off a little personality, tradition dictates otherwise.“It would seem pretentious of a med student to already have custom cloth hats,” warned Dr. Kyle Sue, a family doctor in Arviat, Nunavut. Some surgeons believe that medical students should only wear cloth hats after they have matched to a surgical specialty for their residency.Most operating room staff who do wear cloth hats get them from a co-worker who makes them.After volunteering in a hospital in the Volta region of Ghana, Montreal nurse Julia Garland decided to start fundraising with handmade cloth hats and has raised over $10,000 to date, enough to fund three separate yearlong scholarships for Ghanaian nurses.Beyond the print design, there are other ways the hats can be customized: built-in sweatbands can be added, a little extra room for those with ponytails, and reversible fabrics for the indecisive.Gibson is glad he managed to avoid a cloth cap ban during his career.“I would have been sad, as I felt the crazy designs on my hats were very helpful with children,” he said.“I was up to a total of 48 different hats. Every morning it was a tough decision which one to wear, depending on whether the patients were adults or children.”— Dr. Sarah Giles is a family/emergency room doctor and a fellow in global journalism at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.last_img read more

ECOSOC and Security Council work together on post conflict situations in Africa

The ECOSOC President, Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, issued a letter today to the President of the Security Council on ECOSOC’s work on African post-conflict countries, notably Guinea Bissau and Burundi.According to the letter, the working relationship between the two bodies has been growing, highlighted by a joint mission to Guinea-Bissau late last month. The Chairman of the Council’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Conflict Prevention, Ambassador Gaspar Martins of the Angola, had taken an active part in the work of ECOSOC’s Advisory Group on Guinea-Bissau and has been “instrumental in leading that collaboration to the point of concrete actions.”Mr. Rosenthal also informs the Security Council that after a request by the Government of Burundi, ECOSOC had established an Ad Hoc Advisory group on that country on 21 July. He notes that the Group will begin its work very shortly and will invite Ambassador Martins to participate in it.The ECOSOC President says that as the Advisory Group on Burundi gets up and running and as the work of the Advisory Group on Guinea-Bissau continues, he looks forward to continued interaction between the two bodies on the support to be provided to African post-conflict countries and on other issues of common interest. read more

Citigroup to cut more than 11000 jobs as it looks to lower

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christina Rexrode, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2012 11:40 am MDT Citigroup to cut more than 11,000 jobs as it looks to lower expenses NEW YORK, N.Y. – Citigroup said Wednesday that it will cut 11,000 jobs, a bold early move by new CEO Michael Corbat. The cuts amount to about 4 per cent of Citi’s workforce of 262,000.The bulk of the cuts, about 6,200, will come from Citi’s consumer banking unit, which handles everyday functions like branches and checking accounts.Citi said that it will sell or scale back consumer operations in Pakistan, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey and Uruguay and focus on 150 cities around the world “that have the highest growth potential in consumer banking.”The bank did not say how many jobs it will cut in the United States.About 1,900 job cuts will come from the institutional clients group, which includes the investment bank. The company will also cut jobs in technology and operations by using more automation and moving jobs to “lower-cost locations.”Investors appeared to like the move. They sent Citi stock up more than 4 per cent on a day when most bank stocks were up only slightly. Citi was up $1.48 at $35.77 in midday trading.Job cuts are a familiar template in a banking industry still under the long shadow of the 2008 financial crisis.Banks are searching for ways to make money as new regulations crimp some of their former revenue streams, like trading for their own profit or marketing credit cards to college students.Customers are still nervous about borrowing money in an uncertain economy. And they are still filing lawsuits over industry sins, like risky mortgage lending, that helped cause the crisis.Citi fared worse than others. It nearly collapsed, had to take two taxpayer-funded bailout loans, and became the poster child for banks that had grown too big and disorderly.After a long stretch of empire-building, it has been shrinking for the past several years, shedding units and trying to find a business model that’s more streamlined and efficient.Corbat became CEO in October after Vikram Pandit unexpectedly stepped down. Pandit had reportedly clashed with the board over the company’s strategy and its relationship with the government.While the job cuts are among the first major moves by Corbat, they are in line with Pandit’s blueprint. Citi’s roster of 262,000 employees is down from 276,000 at this time in 2009.Bank of America and Morgan Stanley have also shed jobs over that period.In a statement Wednesday, Corbat said his bank remains committed to “our unparalleled global network and footprint.” However, he added: “We have identified areas and products where our scale does not provide for meaningful returns.”He promised that the bank would continue to trim, whether in “technology, real estate or simplifying our operations.”The paring hasn’t always gone as well as Citi has hoped. This fall, for example, when Citi negotiated the sale of its stake in the retail brokerage Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, it got far less than it wanted from the buyer, Morgan Stanley.Corbat said Citi “has come a long way over the past several years.”Citi said it expects the cuts to save $900 million next year, and more in the following years. They will be a drag, though, in the short term: Citi said it expects to record pre-tax charges of approximately $1 billion in the fourth quarter. read more

UK weather forecast Britain sees return to summer thanks to remnants of Hurricane

first_imgHere’s a closer look at the weather in key areas of Britain.LondonA mostly dry and fine day with increasing sunny spells. Warm. A light south-easterly breeze. Max temp 22-25C (72-77F).Berkshire/Surrey/HampshireA bright day with increasing spells of sunshine, especially in the afternoon but with the risk of a few showers. Warm. Moderate easterly winds. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).South WestA few isolated showers in the morning. It will otherwise be a dry and fine day with long periods of sunshine. Warm. A moderate south-easterly breeze. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).MidlandsIt looks set to be mainly cloudy in the morning but turning warm with sunny periods later and just the risk of an isolated shower. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).ManchesterA cloudy start but it should turn bright into the afternoon with sunny spells and just the odd shower. Warm. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F).Leeds and SheffieldIt looks set to be mainly cloudy in the morning but turning brighter with sunny intervals later and just the risk of an isolated shower. Gentle south-easterly winds. Max temp 20-23C (68-73F). Parts of Britain are set to see a glimpse of summer again this week as temperatures reach their highest since mid-July.The mercury could peak at 26C or 27C in parts of south-east England on Tuesday, with some places remaining as warm on Wednesday, thanks to the remains of Hurricane Gert.Southern England and East Anglia will enjoy the best of the weather as cloud and rain make way for a hot and humid spell.But not all of Britain will be blessed with fine conditions, with forecasters predicting a north/south divide. Northern Ireland will be cloudy and see some some outbreaks of rain which will push into Scotland and later become heavy and thundery during the afternoon, while much of England and Wales will remain dry.UK weather: Tuesday, August 22 Good morning, here is today’s forecast, stay up to date here: https://t.co/buNIH9sWMC ^Patrick pic.twitter.com/kxLczhU0Bp— Met Office (@metoffice) August 22, 2017 EdinburghMostly cloudy with a little patchy rain or drizzle at times. The chance of a few brighter spells in the afternoon. There will be a gentle easterly breeze. Max temp 16-19C (61-66F).Glasgow Mostly cloudy and dull with patchy rain or drizzle at times. Heavy rain will push in during the evening. Light to moderate south-easterly winds. Fairly muggy. Max temp 18-21C (64-70F).WalesA warm day with good spells of sunshine in South Wales but with the risk of a few showers, mostly in the morning. Moderate south-easterly winds. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F). In North Wales there will be a few scattered showers. However, it will be increasingly bright and warm with sunny spells. A gentle southerly breeze. Max temp 21-24C (70-75F).Northern IrelandCloudy with heavy, showery outbreaks of rain, especially later, when they could be thundery. A moderate south-easterly wind. Max temp 17-20C (63-68F).What will the weather be like tomorrow and Thursday?Heavy rain is expected in Scotland and northern England tomorrow, although it will clear as the day rolls on. It will then be bright for most with sunny spells and a few showers in the west.On Thursday, it is set to cloud over in the north with heavy rain pushing in from the west. It should be largely dry and bright in the southern parts of the UK with some sunny spells. Met Office Forecaster Marco Petagna said: “We are looking at some potentially very warm weather across the south on Tuesday, we could see 26C locally, 27C in one or two places – towards the South East, the north-facing coast of Devon could do quite well. But several places in the South could see 24C or 25C.”The warm air is coming in from remnants of what was Hurricane Gert, but also with a breeze coming up from the south as well.”It’s a combination of warm air coming off the Atlantic, but also a bit of a southerly breeze as well, which is a fairly warm direction for the UK, particularly at this time of year.” 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.last_img read more

Facebook shuts down for 30 minutes due to accidental code leak

first_imgIn some ways we take for granted that Facebook is always on, but according to Wired.com the giant social networking site decided to voluntarily shut down its servers yesterday. The decision was prompted by the code for several new products being made public before they were ready for launch. Apparently the downtime only lasted 30 minutes, which does not seem like a long time for mere mortal server admins, but for a site with over 550 million users it must have seemed like an eternity.The issue was related to the redesigned brand pages and a new photo section called Memories. More specifically, Facebook stated that internal prototypes that they were working on at the time were made public to a number of people externally and as a result the servers were taken down as a precaution.AdChoices广告If you read between the lines it seems a pretty standard explanation, Facebook accidentally made public some of the new additions they were working on before going live, they then had to take the site down and that’s that. But the decision to take down a site with so many users leaves a question mark, and this must have been something pretty important to do so.Wired.com also thought this and emailed the team at Facebook to see what they could find out, but they were of course tight lipped. Facebook did eventually ring the team and issued this statement:We are not pleased that we had to shut the website down for 30 minutes on Thursday. But it comes with the territory when you have a culture of iterative innovation. Sometimes code gets pushed out before it’s ready. Either way it’s all sorted now so we can all go back to posting about random thoughts and uploading massive amounts of photos.Read more at Wired.comlast_img read more

What is the Droid Razr Maxx

first_imgNote: Image is simulated and not an actual Verizon leak.Is the Droid Razr getting a sooner-than-expected sequel? The popular handset just launched last month, but in the world of Android handsets, it’s already nearly ready to get an AARP card. Leaked internal Verizon documents reveal that a mysterious Razr sequel, the Droid Razr Maxx, is already in the company’s systems.What will differentiate the Droid Razr Maxx? It’s all speculation at this point, as the name — seen in this Verizon system screen — is about the only thing we know:One possibility is that the Droid Razr Maxx will be the US version of HD Droid Razrs that have been popping up in China (below). They sport 4.5 inch 720p (1280×720) LCD displays, which would match them up evenly with the HTC Rezound. Other distinguishing features include improved Dolby audio and a ridiculously-high 13MP camera. The rest of the specs — including the 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage — are consistent with the current Droid Razr’s offerings. The US version of the Razr Maxx would naturally have LTE as well.Another possibility would be a slightly thicker Droid Razr with a bigger battery, but we wouldn’t bank on that. The “Maxx” part suggests some kind of upgrade over the Droid Razr, and — as much as LTE phones could use more juice — a bigger battery doesn’t make for good marketing. Additionally, if you make it thicker, its sexiest spec gets dampened.The Android smartphone market is a vicious rat race. One device can barely get on store shelves before rumors of a more-powerful successor begin to surface. As an Android fan, it’s easy to get swept up in bigger-better-faster-stronger mania, but, unless you have an unlimited bank account, at some point you need to simply appreciate the great phone you have. For many people, the Droid Razr is just that; don’t let its inevitable sequel spoil that.via Droid-Lifelast_img read more

Piratage un particulier mis à lamende pour ne pas avoir protégé sa

first_imgPiratage : un particulier mis à l’amende pour ne pas avoir protégé sa connexion Wi-FiAllemagne – Un verdict prononcé récemment fait désormais office de jurisprudence en Allemagne. Un particulier qui n’avait pas protégé sa connexion Wi-Fi a été condamné à 100 euros d’amende : un hacker avait en effet profité de son absence pour télécharger de la musique.Le tribunal de Karlsruhe a rendu un verdict qui, aujourd’hui, fait office de jurisprudence dans la justice allemande. L’histoire commence simplement, quand un musicien traîne devant les tribunaux  un particulier dont la connexion Wi-Fi avait été utilisée par un tiers pour télécharger illégalement de la musique en son absence. Le propriétaire de la connexion avait omis de protéger son accès, et sa bande passante a été utilisée pour partager de la musique. Il a été condamné à une amende de 100 euros pour n’avoir pas pris les mesures nécessaires en terme de sécurité. Selon ZDNet.fr, cette condamnation peut être facilement évitée, car seule est exigée l’instauration d’un premier mot de passe lors de l’installation de la connexion.Le 14 mai 2010 à 10:45 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

NASA un nouveau lanceur pour transporter les astronautes

first_imgNASA : un nouveau lanceur pour transporter les astronautesMercredi, le patron de la NASA Charles Bolden a dévoilé le concept du futur lanceur lourd américain destiné à l’exploration spatiale habitée lointaine. Baptisé Space Launch System, il permettra de transporter les astronautes au-delà de l’orbite terrestre basse grâce à une capsule.  En juillet dernier, le dernier vol de la navette Atlantis a marqué la fin du programme des navettes spatiales américaines, désormais toutes mises à la retraite. Son ultime mission a ainsi suscité de nombreuses craintes quant à l’avenir des astronautes de la NASA dans l’exploration spatiale habitée. En effet, les vaisseaux Soyouz restent avec la fin des navettes, les seuls engins à pouvoir conduire des astronautes dans l’espace. Or, l’agence spatiale russe demande à la NASA 51 millions de dollars par siège, sans oublier les récentes difficultés rencontrées par les engins Soyouz. Mais aujourd’hui, la NASA a montré qu’elle était bien décidée à ne pas en rester là. Cet après-midi, Charles Bolden, le patron de l’agence américaine a dévoilé le concept du nouveau lanceur lourd destiné aux futures missions d’exploration spatiale habitée. Baptisé Space Launch System (SLS), celui-ci a été conçu pour embarquer la capsule Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle mais aussi d’autres vaisseaux afin de transporter les astronautes jusqu’à l’orbite terrestre et même au-delà. Une fierté pour la NASA “Ce système de lancement créera des emplois bien payés pour les Américains, assurera le maintien de la position de leader des Etats-Unis dans le milieu spatial et inspirera des millions de personnes à travers le monde”, a indiqué Charles Bolden, cité dans un communiqué de la NASA. Il a également ajouté : “Le président Obama nous a mis au défi d’être audacieux et de voir grand, et c’est exactement ce que nous sommes en train de faire à la NASA. Alors que j’étais fier de voler à bord d’une navette spatiale, les enfants peuvent aujourd’hui rêver de marcher un jour sur Mars”. La planète Mars est en effet un des objectifs possibles de ce futur lanceur dont les deux premiers étages seront propulsés par des moteurs cryogéniques qui utilisent un mélange d’hydrogène et d’oxygène liquide. Ainsi, la première version de la fusée sera capable de propulser dans l’espace une charge utile allant de 70 à 100 tonnes, avant d’évoluer pour accroître cette capacité jusqu’à 130 tonnes. Mais les responsables du projet indiquent d’ores et déjà que le coût du développement de l’engin sera bien moins élevé que d’habitude. De nombreuses découvertes en perspective “Nous avons abaissé les coûts des contrats du Space Launch System et d’Orion en adoptant de nouvelles manières de faire des affaires et en conduisant des projets qui sauvent des centaines de millions de dollars chaque année”, a précisé le patron de la NASA. Le Space Launch System sera le premier véhicule d’exploration conçu par l’agence américaine depuis l’engin Saturn V qui a conduit les astronautes sur la Lune. Grâce à sa capacité, le lanceur permettra d’explorer les astéroïdes proches de la Terre, la planète Mars ainsi que ses satellites et même plus encore. À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Nous en apprendrons plus sur la manière dont s’est formé le système solaire, sur l’origine de l’eau et des matières organiques terrestres et sur les conditions nécessaires pour que la vie existe loin de l’atmosphère de la Terre. Et nous étendrons les limites de l’exploration humaine. Ces découvertes changeront la façon dont nous nous comprenons, dont nous comprenons notre planète et sa place dans l’univers”, rapporte la NASA dans son communiqué. Toutefois, aucun calendrier n’a encore été précisé quant au développement du SLS. Découvrez le Space Launch System de la NASA en démonstration vidéo sur Maxisciences Le 14 septembre 2011 à 18:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Benitez Newcastle determined to bounce back from shaky start

first_imgNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez insists his side are determined to turn around their fortunes heading into Saturday’s trip to Crystal PalaceThe Magpies have just one point from their first five games of their Premier League campaign.Benitez’s recent defensive approach has been openly questioned by critics with Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri admitting that he was surprised to see the Spaniard use such tactics.But Benitez insists that Newcastle will be going all-out to claim the three points at Selhurst Park this weekend.“We want to win. We want to get three points in every game, but especially after the start,” said Benitez on Chronicle Live.“We should be closer with these teams.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“It will not be easy, but we have more chance.“Our idea is to win, but if we can’t, then a draw is OK”“Every game is an opportunity to get three points for us.“Watching these games, on paper they were difficult. On paper these ones are ‘easier’, but every game is a challenge for us.“It is a difficult game but I’m confident we can win.”last_img read more

Bill would mandate repaying scholarships if recipients dont graduate quicker

first_imgLawmakers are considering a bill that would require students to repay state scholarships and grants if they fail to graduate within six years of starting their programs. Members of the House Education Committee on Monday questioned Rep. Tammie Wilson (R-North Pole/Fairbanks) about her bill.The measure would put the time limit requirements on students who receive money from an Alaska Performance Scholarship or an Alaska Education Grant. Wilson says students who accept the state’s financial gifts have an obligation to finish their programs within a reasonable time.But critics worry that the bill has no provisions for students who must leave school for health or family issues.The House Education Committee will schedule another hearing on the measure.last_img

BJP targets 14 lakh new members in city

first_imgNew Delhi: The booth-level workers of the Delhi BJP will try to enlist 14 lakh new members in the party in over a month long nationwide membership drive scheduled to begin from July 6. The party has designated five workers at each polling booth as ‘Panch Parmeshwars’ (booth-level workers) who will serve as a link between the party and the voters living in the area covered by the booth. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said the membership drive in the national capital will be different from other states where aim is to add 20 per cent new members to the existing numbers. “The membership campaign will be general in nature in which we will work to make around 14 lakh new members which is more than 20 percent target set for other states,” Tiwari said. Presently, the BJP has around 27 lakh members in its Delhi unit. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us In Delhi, there are 13,816 polling booths and about 58,000 booth-level workers, Harsh Malhotra, the co-incharge of the membership drive in Delhi, said. “Given that each Panch Parmeshwar enrolls 50 new members during the campaign, we will be in a comfortable position to achieve the target,” he said. Ahead of the 2017 municipal polls, the BJP had appointed five ‘panch parmeshwar’ in each of total 13,816 polling booths in the national capital. The saffron party, which has been out of power in Delhi for over two decades, is expecting a comeback in the wake of party’s massive victory here in the recent Lok Sabha polls. “The membership drive will boost our chances in Assembly polls, as more workers will translate into stronger ground level presence and better voter connect,” Tiwari said. Advertise With Us The BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi. It won in over 12,000 of the total 13,816 polling booths which together mean victory in 65 of the total 70 Assembly segments in Delhi. In the membership drive, Tiwari said a special focus will be on 1,200 polling booths where the party’s presence was weak. BJP parliamentary party meeting tomorrow The first meeting of the BJP parliamentary party during the ongoing session will be held on July 2, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expected to lay down the agenda for its near 380 MPs, the highest-ever saffron tally in Parliament. Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which his government will present it first budget and also hopes for the passage of many bills, Modi may also speak about key decisions his dispensation has taken since it assumed power in May. Though there has been no official word about its agenda, it has been customary in the parliamentary party meeting to facilitate Modi following his return from any significant international event. He returned to India on Saturday after attending the G-20 Summit in Japan. It will also be the first time in many decades that BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will not be present in the BJP meeting as the party did not field them in Lok Sabha polls on the ground of 75-year age bar it introduced for its candidates. The first meeting was scheduled for June 25 but called off following the death of Rajasthan BJP president and Rajya Sabha member Madan Lal Saini. The BJP won an unprecedented 303 seats in the General Elections.last_img read more

Amazon Turns to Robots to Help Fill Holiday Orders

first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Amazon.com Inc has installed more than 15,000 robots across 10 U.S. warehouses, a move that promises to cut operating costs by one-fifth and get packages out the door more quickly in the run-up to Christmas.The orange 320-pound (145 kg) robots, which scoot around the floor on wheels, show how Amazon has adopted technology developed by Kiva Systems, a robotics company it bought for $775 million in 2012. Amazon showcased to media on Sunday ahead of Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year.The robots are designed to help the leading U.S. online retailer speed the time it takes to deliver items to customers and better compete with brick-and-mortar stores, where the bulk of Americans still do their shopping.The robots also may help Amazon avoid the mishaps of last year’s holiday season, when a surge of packages overwhelmed shipping and logistics company UPS and delayed the arrival of Christmas presents around the globe. Amazon offered shipping refunds and $20 gift cards to compensate customers.Amazon deployed the robots this summer, ahead of the key holiday quarter, when the company typically books about one-third of its annual revenue. The updated warehouses are in five states — California, Texas, Florida, New Jersey and Washington.The move comes at a cost. Amazon estimated in June 2013 that it would spend about $46 million to install Kiva robots at its warehouse in Ruskin, Florida, including $26.1 million for the equipment, according to company filings to local government.The Kiva robots have allowed Amazon to hold about 50 percent more items and shorten the time it takes to offer same-day delivery in several areas, said Dave Clark, senior vice president of worldwide operations and customer services.At Amazon’s warehouse in Tracy, California, workers stack goods in shelves carried by more than 1,500 Kiva robots, which use markings on the floor to navigate and form a “big block of inventory,” Clark said.Squeezing the racks of items closely together eliminates the need for workers to navigate aisles to collect items ordered by consumers. Now, a worker calls for specific items and the robot steers itself to their particular work station. Each robot can carry as much as 720 pounds.In some cases, the robots have allowed Amazon to get packages out the door in as little as 13 minutes from the pick stations, compared to about an hour and a half on average in older centers.”It’s certainly proving out that it’s justified itself,” Clark said of the Kiva acquisition. “We’re happy with the economics of it.”(Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman; editing by Keith Weir) 3 min read Register Now » December 1, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

British Airways BA is relaunching yearround fl

first_imgBritish Airways (BA) is re-launching year-round flights to Barcelona from London City Airport at the end of this month.The route, which previously only operated during the summer months, will resume at the end of this month and continue throughout next winter.From May, BA will introduce an additional Saturday morning service to the Catalan city, meaning that it will operate seven flights to Barcelona a week.The route will be the responsibility of BA CityFlyer, the airline’s wholly-owned subsidiary.Lucy Hayhoe, the airline’s commercial manager, explained that Spanish destinations are “proving extremely popular” from the Docklands airport.”Barcelona has traditionally operated as a summer only destination but there is a big demand from both business and leisure passengers for us to continue through the winter,” she said.In May, BA is also launching new flights to Majorca and Ibiza in addition to its Madrid route from London City.Last month, London City was voted Top UK Airport by readers of Wanderlust magazine for the fifth year in succession.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedBA launches new winter docklands routesBritish Airways (BA) will be launching two new routes out of London City Airport in December.BA adds new London City servicesBA adds new London City servicesFlights to Gothenburg to be launched by BAFlights to Gothenburg to be launched by BAlast_img read more

April deposits exceed loans for the first time in six years CBC

first_imgBy Stelios OrphanidesDeposits in the Cypriot banking system rose in April by €2.4bn to €50.5bn, almost matching the government’s Cyprus Cooperative Bank deposit, and aided by an ongoing deleveraging they exceeded loans for the first time since May 2012, the central bank said.Deposits in the banking system dropped in April by €100m to €48.6bn compared to the month before, the Central Bank of Cyprus said in a statement on its website on Tuesday.The increase in deposits last month was also on €74.8m monthly increase in deposits held by non-financial corporations to €11.1bn and by €6.6m held by households to €28.5bn, the central bank said. The increase in deposits in these categories more than offset a reduction by €141m in the case of other financial intermediaries and €79.4m in that of insurance corporations and pension funds.Last month’s reduction in total outstanding lending was mainly on a €62.4m net repayments by households reducing their total debt to €20.7bn followed by other financial intermediaries with a €45m net repayment reducing its debt to €7.8bn, the central bank said. The general government repaid €2.6m in loans to banks reducing its balance to €748.1m. Loans extended to non-financial corporations rose by €9.9m to €19.4bn while the debt of pension funds rose by €0.2m to €7.7m.In April, the government issued €2.4bn in government bonds in favour of the state-owned Cooperative Central Bank and simultaneously deposited €2.5bn to the lender to soothe depositor concern over the bank’s capital adequacy. The lender is currently negotiating with two investor groups who filed binding offers to acquire its operations.You May LikeFinance10150 Failing Companies At Risk Of Going Out Of Business In 2019Finance101UndoNewsXoXo6 Reasons of Heart Arteries Start Clogging You Never Knew!NewsXoXoUndoDriveZingThe 25 Coolest Police Cars Ever MadeDriveZingUndo Protest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoFresh case of Blue Nile virus in northUndoWidowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Getting to zero the theme of World AIDS Day

first_imgBy Annette ChrysostomouThe number of seropositive HIV cases recorded last year in Cyprus has doubled compared to the year before and could rise to 70 new cases, said a statement by a Cypriot non-government organisation ahead of World AIDS Day on TuesdayIn Cyprus about 850 people are currently living with HIV.‘Getting to Zero’ is the theme of World AIDS Day this year, reflecting the goal of zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from AIDS and zero discrimination experienced by HIV/AIDS carriers.According to data published by UNAIDS, the UN agency to fight AIDS, 1.5 million people died from AIDS in 2013, a figure that shows a slight decline for the eighth consecutive year. In 2014, 36.9 million people lived with the HIV virus, and in June 2015, 15.8 million people had access to treatment.The 2015 UNAIDS report refers to a 35 per cent reduction in new HIV infections since 2000, a 42 per cent reduction in deaths associated with the disease since 2004, and an 84 per cent increase of people who have access to antiretroviral drugs to prevent the disease since 2010.“In general, the UNAIDS messages are optimistic and it seems that the vision to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is feasible,” the NGO statement noted.“Unfortunately, Cyprus persists in behaviour characterised by prejudice, stigmatisation and marginalisation of HIV carriers,” DISY MP Stella Kyriakidou said.“As a state we ought to give priority to disseminating accurate information, raising awareness, and protecting the rights of patients, especially regarding the right to work.”AIDS support centre KYFA is offering free HIV tests from November 30 until December 5. To contact the centre call 25340305.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Pamboridis will try talking to doctors again

first_imgHealth Minister Giorgos Pamboridis will have a new round of talks with stakeholders in a bid to iron out any kinks relating to the implementation of a national health system after state doctors asked for more time.The decision was made during a meeting in parliament of the health committee. Pamboridis will have talks with stakeholders before the matter is revisited by the committee on May 11.The minister said he intended to embark on yet another effort to find common ground on certain issues without altering the substance of the reforms.He denied accusations that the government was allowing hospitals to fall apart pending implementation of the scheme.Pamboridis said the state was making every possible effort to support the sector – pay raises to doctors, increase in their number by 50, agreements with nurses, and actions to resolve daily problems.He reiterated that it was the structural problems that caused hardship to people and they must be everyone’s main concern.On Wednesday, an angry Pamboridis called on state doctors to drop their delaying tactics and tell people what they really wanted, after they asked parliament this week to postpone discussion of matters relating to the implementation of the scheme.“Everyone has something to say, everyone wants the health scheme but not now, we will see later,” he told reporters. “No gentlemen, the party is over. Come to parliament and say what you want, if you want to be heard and have the courage of your convictions, come to parliament so that people can hear you.”Akel MP Giorgos Georgiou sought to assure of his party’s genuine interest in seeing the scheme implemented but that did not mean it could not have a differing view over certain matters.“Labour issues in particular appear to lack dialogue,” he said. “There are specific disagreements from unions and parties involved that require conclusion of the dialogue.”Edek chairman Marinos Sizopoulos accused the government of lacking a structured and comprehensive view.“What they are interested in is simply to have some bills approved that will later prove inadequate,” he said.The Edek chairman said the current bills had serious deficiencies and expressed hope that they would be eventually corrected. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoMarie Claire | Hanacure4 Stars Who Tried The “Benjamin Button” Facial All Over Your Social FeedsMarie Claire | HanacureUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more