UN body confronts new world made up of a majority of urban

7 April 2008As the number of people living in cities this year outranks the number living in rural areas for the first time, and 19 ‘megacities’ emerge with more than 10 million inhabitants, top United Nations officials today stressed the importance of understanding how successful cities have dealt with pollution, slums and other ills. “Despite their problems, large cities produced better health outcomes than smaller ones,” said Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as he opened this year’s session of the UN Commission on Population and Development.He said that, as they confront additional population and uneven access to services and resources, local authorities must be able to tailor assistance to their particular settings. Resources for planning must be made available, however, other officials warned. The Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, said that the decline in international funding for family planning would slow global efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and empower women. “In fact, funding for family planning as a percentage of all population assistance has dropped considerably, from 55 per cent in 1995 to 7 per cent in 2005,” she said.“The victims of this funding gap,” Ms. Obaid said, “are poor women in poor countries who cannot exercise their reproductive rights and plan their families. It is a serious problem that needs to be urgently addressed.”The Commission’s session, focusing on the growing urbanization of the world population and its implications for development issues such as poverty and the environment, will run until 11 April. read more

Ice Cube Files BillionDollar Lawsuit Against BIG3 Investors Who

Ice Cube announced the launch of BIG3 professional basketball league in Jan. 2017. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)Ice Cube and his BIG3 basketball league partner Jeff Kwatinetz are taking a group of Qatari investors to court over failure to invest in the retired baller’s league.Four men, including Qatar Investment Authority CEO Sheikh Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani are named as defendants in the documents filed in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, April 5 by Cube and Kwatinetz’s attornies. According to TMZ, they allege that the investors were supposed to fuel $5 million into the organization as passive investors after being brought on in summer 2017. But instead, they actively inserted themselves in dealings without fulfilling the investment obligation.Instead, the investors spent lavishly, with Ahmed Al-Rumaihi losing $700,000 while gambling after the BIG3 finals. Excuses offered by the lenders for not paying up ranged from “sinuses” to it being a “long day bro.”At one point, when the plaintiffs asked for money yet again Al-Rumaihi allegedly yelled, “You don’t know who I know in L.A. and what they’re capable of. You should think of your safety and the safety of you and your family.”Plaintiffs and players are seeking a total of $1.2 billion in damages in the suit over defamation, defamation per se, trade libel and intentional interference with contractual relations. read more

Social media firms accused of commercial prostitution

first_imgMs Cooper revealed that two other videos had only been taken down by Google after her committee, which has begun an inquiry into hate crime on social media,  protested. One had been posted by National Action, a neo-Nazi group that celebrated the murder of the Labour MP Jo Cox, which was banned as a terrorist organisation in December.Ms Cooper told the three social media giants that she found none of their responses “particularly convincing”.She said: “We understand the challenges you face … but you all have millions of users in the UK and you make billions of pounds from these users.”You all have a terrible reputation among users for dealing swiftly with problems in content even against your own community standards.”Surely when you manage to have such a good reputation with advertisers for targeting content and for doing all kinds of sophisticated things with your platforms, surely you should be able to do a better job in order to be able to keep your users safe online and deal with this kind of hate speech.” You all have a terrible reputation among users for dealing swiftly with problems in content even against your own community standardsYvette Cooper Social media companies have been accused of “commercial prostitution” and having “no shame” after being grilled by MPs over their failure to take down abusive content.MPs condemned Google for not taking down a video by a former Ku Klux Klan leader which accused Jews of masterminding the genocide of white people because it did not breach its guidelines.David Winnick, a Labour MP, accused three senior figures from twitter, Facebook and Google of “commercial prostitution” and asked them if they had “no shame”. Peter Barron of Google Credit:PA Left to right, Peter Barron, of Google, Simon Milner, of Facebook, and Nick Pickles, of Twitter Credit:PA “To suggest we are in some way negligent or not caring about this issue is simply not true,” he said.Twitter suspended three accounts that were highlighted to it by MPs but one, which included a tweet with a hashtag “deport all Muslims”, remained.Nick Pickles, from the microblogging site, said that while it was “highly offensive” the tweet did not breach its rules around hateful conduct.He apologised that Ms Cooper had not yet received a response over tweets relating to German chancellor Angela Merkel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan that she had reported.center_img She added: “Don’t you feel any sense of responsibility as a multi-billion pound organisation to at least check that you are not distributing material from proscribed organisations?”Peter Barron, of Google, which runs YouTube, said: “We have 400 hours of video uploaded onto YouTube every minute which is an extraordinary amount of content.”Clearly we don’t want illegal content on our platforms and when flagged to us we remove that as quickly as we possibly can.”Four pages that were flagged to Facebook all remained on the site, including one titled “Ban Islam”.Simon Milner, of Facebook, said the social media site spends a lot of time, effort and resource to tackling the problem. Yvette Cooper, the chairwoman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee told the three social media firms that they have a “terrible reputation” over their efforts to tackle abusive content.And she expressed disbelief when Google’s vice-president said the recording posted by David Duke, a notorious Holocaust denier, did not “breach our guidelines”.The recording, broadcast on YouTube, accuses “Zionists” of having “ethnically cleansed the Palestinians” and planning to do “the same thing to Europeans and Americans”.Ms Cooper told Google’s Peter Barron: “You allow David Duke to upload an entire video which is all about malicious and hateful comments about Jewish people. How on earth is that not a breach of your own guidelines? I think most people would be appalled by that video and think it goes against all standards of public decency in this country.” Peter Barron of Google  Left to right, Peter Barron, of Google, Simon Milner, of Facebook, and Nick Pickles, of Twitter 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

Stuart Law resigns as WINDIES Head Coach

Stuart LawStuart Law has resigned as Head Coach of the WINDIES Men’s team to take on a new role in January 2019.Law, who took over as Head Coach in February 2017, leaves after guiding the Test team to series wins against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and the ODI team through the ICC World Cup Qualifiers and into the 2019 Cricket World Cup.  Law also oversaw the first WINDIES Test Match win in England for 17 years with a five-wicket win at Headingley.According to a statement from Cricket West Indies (CWI) Law will continue in his role for the upcoming away series against India and Bangladesh and will leave to join Middlesex CCC in the New Year.Stuart Law stated “I have had to make the difficult decision to leave my role of Head Coach with CWI. It has been very enjoyable, and I believe we have made tremendous strides forward as a Team during the past 2 years. I would like to thank the players, staff and the fans for their support over this period, I have appreciated it greatly. I will be taking a role with Middlesex CCC which will keep me close to my family, whilst continuing within the cricket family. I wish the players and staff of CWI every success in the future.”Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams, said “While I regret his leaving and the timing of it, I fully understand his reasons, and along with everyone at Cricket West Indies (CWI) want to thank him for his dedication and commitment whilst in the role and wish him the very best of luck at Middlesex.”Chief Executive, Johnny Grave commented “I am disappointed that Stuart is leaving as I believe that we have made real progress under his leadership.  I know it was a difficult decision for him and that ultimately the opportunity to work in England, where his family is now based, was a major factor in his decision.  We will start the process to appoint a new Head Coach immediately.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRichard Pybus set to become West Indies’ head coachJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”Providence ODI’s: Windies looking to maintain form against Bangladesh’s limited overs forceJuly 21, 2018In “Sports”CWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news” read more

Vanadium Mapochs mine up for sale

first_imgRoskill reports that the Mapochs mine in South Africa will be auctioned on September 14 in a move “that could have significant consequences for the vanadium market. The mine was previously operated by Evraz Highveld, a major producer of vanadium feedstock until 2015. In Q2 that year, Evraz Highveld announced it had filed for a voluntary business rescue and the operation subsequently closed in Q3. The company attributed the closure to historical operational difficulties and sustained financial losses within a capital constrained operating environment.”Mapochs is an open-pit mine near Roossemekal, 180 km east-northeast of Pretoria in Mpumalanga province. The mine exploited seams of titanomagnetite to produce approximately 2 Mt/y of lump and fines ore. Total production at the mine was estimated at 11,000 t contained vanadium in 2014, more than 10% of global feedstock output. “As such, a restart at Mapochs would have a fundamental impact on global vanadium supply.“It is unclear how, if the mine restarted, vanadium units would make their way to market. That will depend on the successful bidder. Under its former operator, the mine formed part of a vertically integrated steel and vanadium slag production unit. Evraz Highveld’s operations comprised steelworks at Emalahleni (Witbank) as well as the Mapochs mine. Lump ore was processed in the Witbank steel plant and ore fines were processed in the Vanchem vanadium plant as a blend with vanadiferous slag from Highveld steelworks. Steel production resulted in the production of a vanadium-rich slag which was as principally supplied to Vanchem in South Africa, owned by Duferco, and Hochvanadium in Austria, operated as a joint venture between Evraz Highveld and Treibacher. Vanchem was a minority owner of Mapochs (35%), and blended Highveld slag with ore fines. Hochvanadium supplied vanadium slag to Treibacher (also in Austria) for further processing.“At this stage, it is not clear who might bid for the asset. It has been reported that Hong Kong-based International Resources (IRL) may bid for the mine again. A 2015/16 bid from IRL to purchase the asset was unsuccessful. Likely additional suitors might include other domestic vanadium players such as Glencore and Bushveld Minerals or perhaps vanadium consumers looking to guarantee feedstock. Vanadium prices have risen considerably in recent months owing in part to vanadium feedstock tightness in China which could mean that Asian entities other than IRL look to acquire the mine.”Roskill’s Vanadium: Global Industry, Markets and Outlook report will be published in October 2017.last_img read more

W19 EURO 2013 Scandi girls in TOP form

In Kolding the first two matches were between Norway and Slovakia followed by Romania and Portugal, and both matches resulted in big wins to the favorites Norway and Romania. Norway won 34 – 19 over the Slovak girls who already in the first half felt the strength of the Norwegian team with the half time score 17-11.The girls from Portugal faced a strong Romanian team led by Perianu and Pricopi who scored half of the goals in Romania’s 31 – 22 win.Hungary and Spain met in the third match which turned out to be an extremely close match. The half time score 10-10 expresses the course of the match which in the end turned out to Hungarian advantage 22-21.Afterwards Sweden and Slovenia met in the late match in Kolding and after a close first half ending 12-12, Sweden took their play to next level and won the game 28-19.SønderborgFirst match in the Women’s 19 European Championship was between France and Austria. The first half was close and ended 13-11 in France’s favor. The rest of the match continued to be close, resulting in an equal final result 21-21.Then Holland and the Czech Republic met in Skansen. The first half was also close but ended 17-15 in Holland’s favor. Throughout most of the second half Holland had a small lead, which they held and won the game 32-28.Third match in Sønderborg was between Russia and Germany. Russia went to the break with a comfortable seven-goal lead 16-9. Through the second half the Russians increased their lead and Germany was never a threat to them even though they fought bravely. The game ended 31-19.The host country Denmark welcomed Croatia at 20:00 pm in the arena Skansen. The teams were welcomed in a cheerful arena with many spectators. Very few goals was scored in the first half, but still Denmark managed to lead by sex goals at half-time,13-7. In the second half, Denmark increased their lead and the game ended 21-12 in Denmark’s favor.SOURCE: http://www.w19euro2013.com/ denmark handbaljunior handbalWomen’s EHF EURO 2013Youth handball ← Previous Story Good season start for Kielce Next Story → Balic and Meshkov – The end of story! read more

Have you had an eye test in the last two years Half

first_imgAS MANY AS half of all adults in Ireland have neglected to have eye health check-ups as frequently as recommended, a new survey reveals.A fifth have never had a sight test at all, and assume they have 20/20 vision. This figure rises to 36% among those aged under 35.The figures are contained in a new Behaviour & Attitudes survey of 1000 adults, released in advance of Healthy Eyes awareness week.Check-upThe week is being coordinated by the Federation of Dispensing Opticians (FODO) Ireland, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) and the Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians (IADO).Half of those surveyed had not had an eye check-up in the past two years, the recommended maximum period between examinations.FODO Ireland’s head of policy Ann Blackmore said that despite a fear of losing their eyesight, most people do not include their eyes as a “core part of their health routine”.“An eye test is a vital health check which can detect a range of health conditions for which you may be experiencing no symptoms and where early detection can prevent sight loss,” she added.The alliance of groups are warning that as the number of people aged over 65 is expected to double within decades, eye health needs to be a priority, and have flagged that many are now experiencing eye strain due to the increased use of smartphones.The Government has committed to the objectives of Vision 2020, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.Debunked: Does reading in low light or staring at a screen damage your eyesight? >last_img read more

Intel partners with IDT for wireless charging Ultrabooks PCs and smartphones

first_imgEarlier this month it was rumored that Intel was developing a new wireless charging solution it could integrate into the Ultrabook platform. In so doing, it would remove the need to plug your Ultrabook into a power socket directly, instead placing it on a charging pad or at least near a power source.Intel’s interest in wireless charging has today been confirmed through a new partnership with Integrated Device Technology (IDT). IDT will develop a new integrated transmitter and receiver for Intel, allowing for wireless charging using resonance technology from up to several feet away.The partnership goes beyond just Ultrabook wireless charging components, though. IDT has been tasked with reducing both the size and cost of wireless charging solutions for Ultrabooks, smartphones, all-in-one PCs, and as complete charging solutions that will most likely be offered as a way to enable wireless charging for existing devices.As for when we can expect to see an Intel-branded wireless charging system, IDT is working to provide samples in the first half of 2013, suggesting product integration should happen in time for the major holiday season at the end of next year.IDT’s Gary Huang has also suggested that eventually wireless charging will expand to power everything on your desktop. So your wireless keyboard, mouse, backup storage device, smartphone, and PC/laptop will all be completely wireless, with each including the necessary components and battery to be charged.A completely wire-free desk at home sounds great to me, and if this IDT/Intel venture is successful it could be a reality within a year or two.Read more at IDTlast_img read more

Freebox V6 SFR veut contreattaquer Free

first_imgFreebox V6 : SFR veut contre-attaquer FreeLa présentation de la nouvelle Freebox, hier, a eu de quoi déboussoler les concurrents de Free, notamment SFR. Selon ZDNet.fr, l’opérateur aurait déjà pris des mesures officieuses pour contrer l’offensive de Free.Malgré la fin annoncée de l’offre triple-play à moins de 30 euros par mois, la nouvelle box de Free semble avoir séduit énormément de Français, qui ont déjà pu pré-commander sa version 6. En présentant la Freebox Revolution, dotée d’une toute nouvelle interface en plus d’un lecteur blu-ray, d’un disque dur de 250 Go, et qui fait aussi console (voir notre article), Free donne aujourd’hui une image dépassée de l’offre de ses concurrents.Le fait de proposer des appels gratuits en illimité vers les mobiles de tous les opérateur a surtout été perçu comme une véritable menace pour les fournisseurs d’accès à Internet.Selon ZDNet.fr, SFR a déjà réagi à cette offensive. Mais de manière interne. Les équipes de l’opérateur planchent sur une manière de contrer la nouvelle offre alléchante de Free.Dès à présent, si un client SFR souhaite résilier son abonnement pour se tourner vers la Freebox Revolution, les conseillers auront plusieurs arguments pour essayer de le retenir : offrir un rabais de 20% sur l’offre Evolution (lancée il y a quelques semaines à peine) ramenant son prix à 27,80 euros par mois au lieu de 34,90 euros pendant un an, ou encore proposer 4h d’appels gratuits vers les mobiles pendant 6 mois (offre qui coûte normalement 12 euros par mois). D’autres cadeaux seront aussi proposés par le FAI, qui semble vraiment pris de court, pour ne pas perdre sa clientèle. Mais cela sera-t-il suffisant pour éviter l’hémorragie ?Découvrez la Freebox Revolution en images sur Maxisciences.Le 15 décembre 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Resident Evils 2017 Revival Concludes with Revelation 12 for Nintendo Switch

first_img Of all the excellent video games that have come out in 2017, the last ones I would’ve expected were not one but several awesome Resident Evil games. Capcom’s first zombie franchise practically invented the survival horror genre, and then reinvented it along with the third-person shooter with Resident Evil 4. However, the series then became a nightmare in a bad way after chasing stupid action trends.Until 2017! This year has been an embarrassment of riches for fans of good Resident Evil. In January not only did the garbage film franchise finally come to an end but the games got a new chance at resurrection with Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Whether you play it in VR or not, the first-person perspective and creepy southern swamp environments strip the series back down to effective horror after years of bloated global bio-terror mayhem. It’s almost like the game P.T. could’ve been.Since launch, Resident Evil 7 received a steady stream of DLC, introducing genuinely fresh spins on the gameplay like escape the room challenges and macabre birthday parties. This holiday, if you missed out, you can buy the base game and that DLC in the Gold Edition. This version also includes new story DLC. And as a fan of the larger goofy Resident Evil lore, I’m most excited for the chapter starring franchise hero Chris Redfield since 7 is mostly disconnected from the larger Resident Evil mythology.But if you’re still haunted by dreams of a good follow-up to the Resident Evil 4 school of survival horror, there was still a game for you in 2017. The man most responsible for Resident Evil 4’s brilliance (as well as the original game’s brilliance) is designer Shinji Mikami. And while his initial post-Capcom attempt at recapturing that brilliance, 2014’s Resident Evil synonym The Evil Within, didn’t work out, its 2017 sequel surprisingly did.You can read more in our hands-on, but The Evil Within 2’s blend of RE4-esque action, various Japanese horror tropes, and Western-style shooter controls in a small open world make it an excellent alternative universe version of where Resident Evil could have gone. Plus there’s a lot of weird milk in that game’s aesthetic.Those are all well and good, but what if for you 2017 was also the year of the Nintendo Switch? Did this Resident Evil renaissance also affect Nintendo’s smash hit console/handheld hybrid? It just did! We’ve spent the last few days playing through the Nintendo Switch versions of spin-offs Resident Evil Revelations 1+2, and while they may be weaker than the other, AAA games we’ve mentioned, they’re still pretty great.The Revelations series is basically a budget take on Resident Evil 4-style gameplay, and they are priced accordingly. That sounds like a burn, but again after the dumb excess of Resident Evil 6 this relative modesty was very refreshing. And since they were released before Resident Evil 7, they were pretty much our only hope at all sustainable, good enough formula for the franchise to follow.The Revelations series also leans into the series’s soap opera nature through explicitly episodic storytelling. Each sitting’s worth of gameplay ends with a dramatic tease about what happens next. Revelations 2 was even originally released episodically, albeit in a way that made it obvious the whole game was finished from the start. With its focus on new side characters alongside famous faces, these felt like the TV spin-offs to the movies that are the numbered entries.The gameplay, meanwhile, is a totally solid take on the third-person shooting Resident Evil 4 innovated. You can move and shoot but you’re still slow enough for the game to preserve spooky tension as mangled corpses menace you. Environments are relatively small but full of claustrophobic secrets. Venture into dangerous areas to earn new parts for your gun.Both games also emphasize co-op play, with Revelations 2 splitting things between a gun-toting character and a weaker character with other skills. Again, it’s not radically different gameplay but playing Revelations 1+2 feels familiar and oddly comfortable for a game about feeling frightened and uncomfortable. The game’s Raid Mode doesn’t even pretend to be scary since it is all about earning high scores by blasting zombies as fast as possible.Playing relaxed in bed with the Nintendo Switch certainly adds to the comfort. Revelations 1 was originally released on the Nintendo 3DS but this version has the beauty of the HD console ports along with the portability. There are other assorted Switch bonuses, too, like support for motion aiming, HD rumble, and amiibo. You can even unlock retro minigames.But like Rocket League or Doom, L.A. Noire, Skyrim and whatever else, just playing these big games anywhere remains the biggest selling point of the Switch version. Just know you need a microSD card to download Revelations 2, even if you buy both games bundled together physically.Given Capcom’s spotty track record these days, I’m not convinced this Resident Evil resurgence will continue past 2017. But for one glorious year we got to sample several different flavors of quality zombie gaming goodness with Resident Evil 7, The Evil Within 2, and now Resident Evil Revelations 1+2 on Nintendo Switch. That’s worth sacrificing your delicious brain for.Buy it now!Super Mario OdysseyThe Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchProtect Your Nintendo Switch With These Awesome CasesView as: One Page Slides1/51. 2017 has been a shockingly great year for Resident Evil fans.2. Resident Evil 7 returned the series to its horrific, zombie-killing survival roots.3. The awful film series finally came to an end.4. The Evil Within 2 from series creator Shinji Mikami delivered a worthy Resident Evil 4 alternative.5. And now Resident Evil Revelations 1+2 brings two fine spin-offs to the Nintendo Switch.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. ‘Project Resistance’ Trailer Shows New Multiplayer ‘Resident Evil’‘Teppen’ Is Capcom vs. Card Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

Klopp We have to win each game

first_imgLiverpool once again had to rely on a solitary strike from Mohamed Salah to extend their lead at the top with Jurgen Klopp suggesting his team needs to win each game till the end of the campaign.The Seagulls were disciplined at the backline to limit Liverpool’s chances but it all changed when Salah was pulled down by Gross to win a spot-kick for his side which he expertly executed.“I liked the performance,” he disclosed via NBC. “It wasn’t an opera of football but it was a really nice song.”Call it “Clampdown,” as the Reds held Brighton without a goal at home for the first time since March.Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, LiverpoolMo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“It was clear that we had the ball a lot but it is really difficult,” Klopp said. “Chris Hughton is a smart fox. They close the space perfectly. It is really difficult to stay 100% for the whole game. It is a challenge but this is a proper football game which we won and I like that.”“We have to win each game. That is how it is. We are Liverpool and we have to win football games. That’s nothing new. You don’t want to draw games here but you have to work in each step of the game. Try to create and if you find a way then use it.”Liverpool is at home for its next two matches, Jan . 19 versus Crystal Palace and 11 days later against Leicester City.last_img read more

Vancouver woman gets 4 years for prostituting girl

first_imgFor much of her life, Laura Evet Lambden was the victim. Domestic partners had beaten her so badly she lost all her teeth, she said. Twice, brutal assaults sent her to the hospital. “A lot of times,” she told a federal judge in Portland on Monday, she just didn’t go.But at age 58, the Vancouver woman became the victimizer. Hooked on heroin and engaging in sex acts for money herself, Lambden admitted prostituting a 13-year-old girl to a man in Oregon City and another in Vancouver.On Monday, Lambden was sentenced to four years in federal prison after pleading to transporting a person in interstate commerce for prostitution. Senior U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones accepted the sentence jointly recommended by the prosecutor and defense, and he imposed a five-year sentence of supervised release after the 60-year-old is released from prison.In remarks before sentencing, Jones noted that Lambden’s actions marked a sharp departure for her. The former Maryland resident had lived a crime-free life up until two years ago, he said. She had built a food-service business of delivering meals to retirement homes and provided food through the Meals on Wheels program to needy seniors.But battling back pain, she developed an oxycodone habit. After retiring and moving to Vancouver to be close to family, a family member introduced her to heroin, she said. Desperate to finance her addiction, she engaged in sex acts for money with a few men she knew, she told Jones.last_img read more

Mount Polley Mine to discharge wastewater

first_imgA British Columbia mine that’s become a poster child for environmental disasters will soon begin discharging wastewater.The Mount Polley Mine’s tailings dam broke in August 2014, releasing more than 6 billion gallons of silty water and mine-processing leftovers.Download AudioHazeltine Creek, once a narrow waterway, is filled with mud, silt and logs following August 2014’s tailings dam breach at the nearby Mount Polley Mine. The British Columbia project has been granted a permit to discharge wastewater. (Photo courtesy Chris Blake/MineWatch Canada).The provincial government granted permission to resume partial operations in July. But Mount Polley wasn’t allowed to discharge anything off its site. Instead, waste and water were routed to a large, mined-out pit.Officials from a nearby town and two tribal governments recently warned the pit was close to full and could spill water and waste rock.But British Columbia officials this week issued a permit allowing some of that to be treated and released.Mining Minister Bill Bennett said there was no chance it would overflow and damage the environment anytime soon.“The pit that the water and the tailings are going into is not close to, anywhere close actually, to the water being at the top. It’s not a situation where you have a potential for a breach or an overtopping at all,” Bennett says.“It’s unfortunate that statements were made by those who really don’t have the facts.”B.C.’s environment ministry says without releasing some water, the temporary tailings pit would overflow next April.The new permit approves the mine’s plans for wastewater to go through a treatment plant and into a settlement pond. It will then be released about 100 feet below the surface of a nearby lake, the deepest in British Columbia.Mount Polley is within the watershed of the Fraser River, which empties into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver, B.C.The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council’s Guy Archibald says it still should concern residents “because this is what we’ve come to expect from the B.C. permitting process,” Archibald says.“For the mines that do drain into the transboundary rivers and potentially eventually into Southeast Alaska, we can expect the same, very shortsighted, rubber-stamp permitting process.”Mount Polley’s proposed water-treatment system is temporary. Owner Imperial Metals must submit a long-term plan by the end of June.The B.C. government says the treated water will be monitored. It must be safe for drinking and as well as aquatic organisms.Watch a government video of the reclamation project.Watch a critical video about the reclamation work.last_img read more

Full Show Defining Religious Liberty And MexicanAmerican Baseball History July 11 2017

first_imgMichael HagertyReligious liberty is one of many rights enumerated in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, though it never seems quite so simple as “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or [prohibit] the free exercise thereof.” What exactly does religious liberty mean from a legal standpoint and how has it been interpreted by courts? To discuss that, we talk with Josh Blackman from South Texas College of Law Houston. Then, to get some perspectives from actual religious leaders on what religious liberty means to them, we talk with Rev. Laura Mayo of Covenant Church, and Mustafaa Carroll, with the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).Also this hour, we learn more about Liftoff Houston, a business plan competition the City of Houston is holding, we hear about a new book called Mexican American Baseball in Houston and Southeast Texas, and Michael Hagerty visits a traveling exhibit on the subject of the death penalty. Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

Houstons Homeless Shrug Off Riding Out Harvey On Streets

first_imgMatt SedenskyThis Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, photo shows Stanley Unc, who lives in a tent camp beneath an overpass for Interstate 59, in Houston. He said others can’t grasp what their lives are like each day, much less on a day when a Category 4 hurricane hits.To the masses, it was a vicious blast of nature’s cruelty, a bruising brawl to survive, a forced trip to an uncertain future. To the few, it was just another miserable day.For all the hardship and pain unleashed by Hurricane Harvey, many of Houston’s homeless shrugged it off.“We ain’t got nothing to lose anyway,” said Eric Brian, one of the thousands of the city’s dispossessed.Brian is 63 and is resting against a chain-link fence in midtown Houston, where he’s lived on the streets the past two years. He’s not interested in elaborating on the family problem that drove him here, and doesn’t think people care too much what happens to the homeless anyway. He says he never thought twice about seeking shelter even as the torrents came down.A few blocks away, beneath an overpass for Interstate 59, about 20 tents are clustered with dozens of bikes, numerous charcoal grills, the occasional piece of furniture and mounds of trash. Many of the dozens who live here chose to brave Harvey in this place they call home, where pigeons gather to pick at food scraps and the steady hum and clacking of overhead traffic sounds.Asked why he did not fear the storm, Billy Matthews, 46, points upward, to the tons of concrete overhead that shelter him. He began staying here about two weeks ago, when he said he finished a yearlong prison stay for stealing a pair of Gucci sunglasses from the mall. For him, he said, Harvey was nothing.“It’s just rain,” he said, echoing the words of others on the streets.Some who live in the camp have phones or try to follow the news, but others rely entirely on the scraps of information passed along by their neighbors. They do not know whether to believe the stories they hear of how devastating the storm was, of overflowing rivers and swamped neighborhoods; they know only that flooding in their camp was minor, leaving them on muddy ground.The camp’s unofficial leader is Stanley Unc, 56. He too came here after time in jail, most recently for a drunken-driving arrest. He says even if conditions were worse here, many wouldn’t have blinked — they are toughened by lives lived outside. He said others can’t grasp what their lives are like each day, much less on a day when a Category 4 hurricane hits.“They know what it took them through and we went right in the middle of it,” he said.For those who work with those on the streets, the steely assessment of the storm by the homeless is not entirely surprising.“They experience a different world than people who are not in their circumstances,” said Joseph Cohen of the Salvation Army, which housed about 450 homeless people in its Houston facility. He said advocates are bracing for what may come next as waters further recede; help for the homeless, often hard to come by under normal circumstances, likely will be even more challenging in the storm’s aftermath. To many affected by Harvey, there is newfound loss. To the homeless, though, it may be more familiar.“It’s heartbreaking every day,” Cohen said.Some of Houston’s homeless did seek protection from the storm. The Coalition for the Homeless in Houston said its staff worked with partner organizations and the police department’s homeless outreach teams to direct people to shelter ahead of landfall.Desiree DeMarco, 29, turned to Ben Taub Hospital for refuge. She suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental conditions and had been seeing things and hearing voices as the storm approached. She works as a prostitute but hasn’t had a good customer in a while. She said she didn’t even have enough money in her pockets for a soda and figured the hospital was the only place she could go.“I needed to get out of the rain,” she said. “I needed to go somewhere.”Antonio Scoggins also ended up in the hospital. The 43-year-old man woke up at St. Joseph Medical Center as Harvey roared. Before the storm hit, he was knocked unconscious in a fight he can barely remember. He later wound up at Ben Taub’s neuropsychiatric center because he suffers from schizoaffective disorder.He was discharged Wednesday, wearing the light blue paper shirt they gave him, and dabbing a right knee still oozing blood with a hospital-issued booty.Scoggins became homeless after relapsing into cocaine use a year ago. He sleeps beneath a Gulf Freeway overpass in southeast Houston and even though he has no walls or roof, he considers it home and was desperate to get back. As the hospital let him go, they handed him a yellow bus pass, though service had not been restored. He sat at a stop outside for a bus that would never come.“I have nowhere to go,” he said. “I don’t know.”Earlier this year, an official count required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found about 3,400 homeless people in Houston, without doubt an undercount of the problem in a city of 2.3 million but still the best official data available. Despite the uncertainty over the precise number of homeless people, there is general consensus there have been improving conditions over the past decade as locals undertook efforts to increase housing opportunities and made other changes aimed at getting people off the streets.After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, New Orleans and Jefferson Parish saw its official count of homeless go from 2,000 people to 9,000 four years later. It wasn’t until 2014 that it dipped to pre-storm numbers. Not every place hit with historic disasters has seen such a prolific surge in homelessness, but it has advocates nervous.Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, said Houston will be “sorely tested” in the storm’s aftermath. “A lot of poor and vulnerable people who lost their homes will be at risk of homelessness because there will be less affordable housing to replace them,” she said by email.Back at the homeless tent camp, 41-year-old Michelle Brown spoke of how she and others “just need an opportunity and a chance,” and said a hurricane did nothing to change that. She’s lived here for a few months, since an electrical fire torched her apartment. Her renter’s insurance only went so far; living outside, her hygiene deteriorated, and the restaurant where she worked as a cook no longer wanted her. She cringes at the people who slow down as they drive by, gawking at this community as if it’s a zoo, and she rejects stereotypes that most homeless people are “lowlifes and drug addicts.”Harvey, she said, was in most ways no different than so many days before it. She thinks it underscored the thing homeless people do best.“The main thing people do here is survive and make it another day,” she said.___Associated Press writer Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

Whats Next for Baltos Malcolm Bryant After Exoneration

first_imgMalcolm Jabbar Bryant (Screengrab news report)On May 11, Malcolm Jabbar Bryant was exonerated for a murder he didn’t commit. Bryant spent 18 years in prison for the 1996 murder of Baltimore teen Toni Bullock. Only 23 years old when convicted of felony murder, second-degree murder, and carrying a deadly weapon on September 9, 1999, Bryant was sentenced to life plus 10 years for the murder.“On behalf of the criminal justice system, I’d like to apologize to Mr. Malcolm Bryant and his family for the pain they’ve endured as a result of his wrongful conviction,” said States Attorney Marilyn Mosby at a news conference. “As prosecutors, our duty is to pursue justice equally and fairly under the law for victims, witnesses, accusers, and the accused.”On the night of November 20, 1998, 16-year Toni Bullock and a friend were walking back from a store on Harford Road, when they were approached by a man who demanded money. When the girls told him, “no,” the man grabbed them by their arms and forced them over to a grassy field. Bullock’s friend was able to get away and run home to tell her family what happened.Unfortunately, Bullock was not able to escape from the man and was stabbed three times, once in the arm, abdomen, and thigh. She was able to run away where she collapsed in the street before dying at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Bullock’s friend gave a description to detectives; a sketch was drawn up, and released to the media. There was only one other witness who stated that she saw Bullock struggling with a Black male but couldn’t give any other details.Maintaining his innocence the entire time, Bryant exhausted all options including his right to appeal, starting several petitions for post-conviction relief, and having the University Of Baltimore’s Innocence Project look into the conviction. The re-investigation into Bryant’s conviction came through his numerous appeals and was spear headed by Conviction Integrity Unit Division Chief, Lauren Lipscomb, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Leedy, Chief of Investigations Kelvin Sewell, and Avon Mackel.“I have two sons that I haven’t seen in almost 18 years. That’s my first priority.” said Bryant as he walked out of Prison a free man on May 11.“They had to pinch me to let me know I wasn’t dreaming; that it was real.”In 2011, the courts ordered the state to send nail clippings recovered from the victim for DNA testing. The DNA report revealed a partial male DNA on the clippings, and was discovered to be a rare identifier, that did not match Malcolm Bryant. Following this newfound information, the court ordered the state to send the victim’s clothing for DNA testing also. In 2015, the T-shirt of the victim was sent for DNA testing where the fatal wound was caused, revealed a full male DNA match to the partial sample found on the nail clipping which was inconsistent with Malcolm Bryant’s DNA. With DNA testing evolving with more advanced technology, the Conviction Integrity Unit began reinvestigating the case as of January 2016.While re-investigating the team reinterviewed state’s witnesses, reviewed the trial transcripts, visited the crime scene, reviewed the DNA samples as well as interrogating the DNA experts, and questioned Bryant’s alibi witness. Coming to the conclusion that the strength of the DNA outweighed the identification solely due to the fact that it was an observation made 3 to 4 seconds during rainy, nighttime weather while under the stress of being attacked.“The only plausible explanation we have for the male DNA’s presence under the victims fingernails and in the area of the fatal wound on the victim’s t-shirt is that the DNA is in fact the killers DNA and does not match Malcolm Bryant,” said Lauren Lipscomb, Conviction Integrity Unit Division Chief. “This in all probability means Mr. Bryant is not the murderer.”“My heart breaks for the family of Toni Bullock.” said Mosby. “Please know that your daughter is not forgotten and my office will be working with Commissioner Kevin Davis and the Baltimore Police Department to do all that we can to investigate and prosecute the man who is truly responsible for Toni’s death.”Neither Bryant nor his attorneys returned calls for comment before publication.last_img read more

First Direct Images of Carbon Nanotubes Entering Cells

first_imgThis transmission electron microscope image shows carbon nanotubes (dark areas) within a cell nucleus. Carbon nanotube device channels heat into light The cells analyzed were treated with nanotube solutions over time periods of two and four days at concentrations between zero (no nanotubes) and 10 micrograms (millionths of a gram) per milliliter.The images revealed that even cells subjected to the highest nanotube concentrations were still relatively healthy after two days; there were no major differences between the control cells, which were not treated, and the nanotube-treated cells. But after four days, even the lower concentrations led to a significant decrease in the cells’ viability.After two days, the nanotubes had entered the cells’ lysosomes, organelles in the cytoplasm that cause the breakdown of metabolic substances and foreign particles within the cell. After four days, the nanotubes had fused together; some had entered the cytoplasm and crossed into the nucleus.“Uptake to these sites implies that the nanotubes may interact with intracellular proteins, organelles, and DNA, which would greatly enhance their toxic potential,” said Porter.The two imaging techniques used are transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and confocal microscopy. In TEM, a beam of electrons passes through a thin specimen, forming an image that is recreated on a fluorescent screen, photographic film, or detected by a camera. Confocal microscopy involves the use of light to increase the contrast of an image by eliminating all light that is not in the focal plane of the image, resulting in a much sharper image.Citation: Alexandra E. Porter, Mhairi Gass, Karin Muller, Jeremy N. Skepper, Paul A. Midgley and Mark Well Nature Nanotechnology advance online publication, 28 October 2007 (doi:10.1038/nnano2007.347)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. Explore further For the first time, scientists have directly imaged carbon nanotubes entering and migrating within human cells, determining as a result that whether the nanotubes cause cell death depends on the dose and exposure time. The work, published in the October 28 online edition of Nature Nanotechnology, may lead to better ways of determining carbon nanotubes’ toxicity to humans.center_img Citation: First Direct Images of Carbon Nanotubes Entering Cells (2007, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-images-carbon-nanotubes-cells.html This study is the first to show definitively that carbon nanotubes have the ability to cross into the cytoplasm and nucleus of a cell. Many studies have explored the toxicity of carbon nanotubes, some concluding that the nanotubes are acutely toxic and some not. But the uptake of carbon nanotubes by cells has never before been directly observed, casting doubt on the accuracy of those studies.“Contradictory data on the toxic effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes highlight the need for alternative ways to study their uptake and cytotoxic effects in cells,” lead scientist Alexandra Porter, of the University of Cambridge in the UK, said to PhysOrg.com. “But the direct observation of cellular uptake of single-walled carbon nanotubes has been hindered by difficulties in discriminating carbon-based nanotubes from carbon-rich cell structures.”Porter and her colleagues from the University of Cambridge and Daresbury Laboratory, also in the UK, used two types of microscopy to image single-walled carbon nanotubes as they entered macrophages, which are cells of the human immune system. They “watched” the nanotubes enter the cytoplasm, certain organelles, and the nuclei.The group chose macrophages because they are the first line of defense against foreign materials in many tissues in the body, including lung tissue. Nanoparticles that are inhaled, such as carbon nanotubes in powder form, should be ingested by macrophages, which may stop the nanotubes from getting further into the body’s system, such as the blood and lymph systems (lymph is a clear fluid containing white blood cells and tissue waste that is part of the body’s defense against infection).The cells were analyzed both stained and unstained and the results compared to two common viability tests, or “assays.” These assays gauge the health of the cells using different markers, and thus can have different results. On the other hand, the imaging techniques the scientists used determine cell death by allowing clearly defined structural changes to be identified, and could therefore become an essential complement to carbon-nanotube toxicity assays. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Team AMD FX sets Guiness record

first_imgThey achieved an overclocked frequency of 8.429 GHz on the processors, breaking their former record of 8.308 GHz.Overclocking refers to the process where technical experts get chips to run at higher than normal speeds.AMD said they found that the company’s FX chips could reach over 5 GHz using normal air cooling or water-cooling rigs that cost less than $100.Commenting on the record-setting feat, the overclocking review site Overclockers Club made note that only two cores were running throughout the overclock. Having the other cores disabled may have helped the frequency boost, it said, along with the temperature of -235 degrees C to keep the CPU chilled. Nonetheless, the site added that a dual core clocked at 8.429GHz is still an AMD triumph.Similarly, another site, Overclockers, said the record numbers spell only the beginning and that, looking forward, one might wonder what about 9 GHz. “Pre-production chips historically only scratch the surface of what the architecture is capable of. Given time as fabrication processes and yields improve while more people get their hands on more chips, we could hear reports of AMD seriously flirting with 9 GHz soon enough.” The AMD press statement said that, beside setting world records, the AMD FX processor will enable an “unrivaled enthusiast PC experience” for the money, including extreme multi-display gaming and HD content creation. AMD Releases Athlon 64 FX-60 Dual-Core Processor Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — AMD has set the world record of fastest CPU with a speed frequency of 8.429 GHz, winning the company a place in the Guiness World Records. AMD’s yet-to-ship Bulldozer-based FX chips drew the Guinness ranking for the “Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor.” The AMD-FX CPU is set to debut in Q4 2011. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: Team AMD FX sets Guiness record (2011, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-team-amd-fx-guiness.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. Announced yesterday, the Guiness record news drew kudos and comments from a wide range of sites that closely follow news and events circling rivals AMD and Intel. Some reports noted the timing of AMD’s announcement was made on the opening day of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.The record was actually set at an event in Austin, Texas, on August 31. A special team had been assembled at the Texas event made up of expert overclockers along with AMD technologists and were dubbed Team AMD-FX. Their goal was to attempt record numbers by “overclocking” 8-core AMD FX desktop processors. More information: Press releaselast_img read more

Sears Travel will be The Travel Experts as of Nov 1

first_imgTags: Sears Travel, TravelBrands Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Travelweek Group Posted by TORONTO — As reported first on Travelweek.ca, in light of Sears Canada Inc.’s latest CCAA filing TravelBrands is rebranding Sears Travel as The Travel Experts, effective Nov. 1.Sears Canada Inc. issued a statement Oct. 10 saying it was permanently closing its doors and going out of business. The company had filed for bankruptcy protection in June, hoping to find a buyer for its remaining locations. “Following exhaustive efforts, no viable transaction for the company to continue as a going concern was received,” said Sears Canada, adding that it “deeply regrets this pending outcome and the resulting loss of jobs and store closures.”Sears Travel is a TravelBrands business and not part of the Sears Canada Inc. CCAA proceedings.However plans were already underway (and continue) to vacate the Sears department stores and continue both from a limited number of new locations and as a home agent program.Back in June, when Sears Canada first filed for bankruptcy protection, TravelBrands, which manages Sears Travel, said it was consulting with its legal team.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsTwo years earlier, when TravelBrands filed for creditor protection in 2015, the Amended Sears Agreement – along with dwindling margins and lease obligations including $3.6 million in yearly rent on a vacant building, a holdover from the Thomas Cook Canada deal – was blamed as one of the factors dragging the company down.With sales declining TravelBrands negotiated what’s now known as the Amended Sears Agreement to reduce its advertising commitments; adopt more flexible store hours; reduce the annual percentage of gross revenue payable as royalties; reduce its minimum annual commission payments by 27%; and reduce annual lease payments for common area charges by 13%. But sales continued to decline.“The expense of operating a store-front operation, coupled with the decreased revenue associated with such operations, has caused a significant strain on TravelBrands’ profitability,” said the 2015 affidavit. “Furthermore, as noted above, store-front operations, like Sears Travel, are not a core part of TravelBrands’ business due to their high operating costs coupled with intense price competition across the Canadian leisure travel industry.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe affidavit also stated that TravelBrands shoulders substantial commission and royalty payments under the Amended Sears Agreement, as well as rent and operational costs related to the staffing of 88 Sears Travel retail locations. The company’s fixed costs are payable regardless of the revenues achieved under the Sears Agreement and the Amended Sears Agreement. One industry insider called the Sears Travel deal “a bad deal from the get-go and a dying model. Agencies in stores in a chain that is shrinking and closing stores all the time … [no] upside.”TravelBrands exited creditor protection in early 2016.Like every other bricks-and-mortar retail chain Sears Travel has gone to great effort to keep up with changing preferences in how clients want to book travel, building up a strong online presence and making the move back in 2005 to use outside sales reps. It marked the first time a national travel brand had developed a home-based market with a specific focus on experienced agents.center_img Share Sears Travel will be The Travel Experts as of Nov. 1 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more