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JOHN HENRY SCULPTURE CHANGES FROM YELLOW TO BLUE

first_imgOne of Sioux City’s best known sculptures has completed the transition from its familiar yellow color to blue.Art Center director Al Harris Fernandez says the repainting of the John Henry sculpture titled “Sioux City” has been completed.The 56-foot tall steel and aluminum sculpture was nicknamed “The French Fries,” because of its shape and former bright yellow color.Harris Fernandez says the sculpture will be re-dedicated next month:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/HENRY4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……done on it. :15Residents voted last fall to change the color of the 40-year-old sculpture from yellow to blue.The sculptor, John Henry, had given permission to change the color of the 56-foot tall steel and aluminum sculpture if that’s what people wanted.last_img read more

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Quarterback to Back: A Look at an Improved, More-Efficient Kenny Hill

first_imgBack to BackAttCompPct.YardsYards/AttTDINTRatingTotal QBR Mason Rudolph946872.30%113512.1111210.2592.7 With the Big 12 season upon us and the 16th-ranked Horned Frogs scheduled to visit this weekend, let’s take a look at each team’s most important player and how the two quarterbacks measure up.Mason Rudolph has been lighting up the competition at an efficient and historic clip and is fresh off of one of the biggest road blowouts of a Power 5 team by any Cowboy QB. He’s gone from a Heisman long-shot to a top-two Heisman candidate in just three weeks of the season.Across from Rudolph, Kenny Hill has quietly put together the best start of his career, captaining his team to wins over Jackson State and SMU and a win at Arkansas.Let’s take a look at the two signal callers through Week 3. Kenny Hill846375.00%7378.882175.3787.6 Last week, TCU’s defense struggled to slow down SMU. But Hill had the best statistical game of his career tossing it for 365 yards and four touchdowns while completing 80 percent of his passes. His total QBR of 96.8 was the fourth-best of any FBS quarterback in Week 3.Hill’s not put up the big numbers you’d expect from a QB whose team is averaging 49 points per game but he’s been more efficient and less inclined to force the issue, a habit that’s hurt Hill throughout his career. In 2016, he threw 13 interceptions to just 17 touchdowns. Through three games last season he had a TD-to-interception rate of 4:3. Today he’s at 8:2.Mike Gundy has noticed the improvement in the fourth-year QB.“I think Kenny Hill’s playing with more confidence,” said Gundy. “They’ve always had skill guys. You know, I don’t know all the names. They’ve got 25 and 21 and 6 and there’s another single digit I saw. Two young kids playing that are making a lot of plays. And Hill is playing better. They’re in a lot of empty now. They’re trying to spread people out and let him make quick throws or use his running ability to make plays.“I just would say that they’re playing with more confidence on offense, in my opinion.”“He’s a great athlete,” junior linebacker Justin Phillips said of Hill “and I think he has a better team around him as well this year, so he’ll be a pretty good challenge. He can throw the ball and he can run so it makes it a little harder for a defense to scheme against him.”On Saturday, each quarterback will face his biggest test of the season thus far. How each measures up to his counterpart will go a long ways toward deciding which team stays clean and which team takes a passenger seat in the Big 12 title race.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Shearer: I’d have knocked out Roy Keane!

first_imgPremier League Shearer: I’d have knocked out Roy Keane! Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:48 10/12/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Alan Shearer, Roy Keane, Newcastle vs Manchester United Getty Premier League Newcastle United Manchester United The Magpies icon recalled a notorious spat with the ex-Red Devil and jested that he would have gotten the better of him in a real fight Newcastle legend Alan Shearer joked that he would have knocked out ex-Manchester United hothead Roy Keane if he’d been given the chance following their infamous spat in 2001.The Geordie goal machine was pitted against Keane at St. James’ Park, with the former doing enough to enrage the Irishman to the point of taking a swing at his opponent’s head.Newcastle 7/2 to beat Southampton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Even after being shown a red card, the midfielder had to be held back as he fully intended on properly connecting with the Toon icon.Reminiscing on some rough incidents throughout his career during a recent podcast with The True Geordie, Shearer harked back to his own notorious red card when he kicked Neil Lennon in the face back in 1998 before claiming a post-match meeting with Keane ‘would have been interesting’.“You had to look after yourself, definitely,” Shearer began.“I always gave as good as I got – I was hard and most of the time I was fair. Neil Lennon deserved it, he was stupid for heading my foot! Nah, I just kicked out, didn’t mean to kick him in the head and I panicked when I saw it.“I think I did an FA Cup game with Roy Keane [after we’d both retired] – we got on fine, had a laugh and a joke. He’s another one who I had some great battles with. He punched me in the face once, didn’t he? At St. James’ Park.“He got that red card – it was funny – he walked off the pitch, it was the last minute of the game and he was waiting for me at the top of the tunnel. Of course we tried to get each other and we couldn’t, it was like ‘hold me back/don’t hold me back’ but we couldn’t get each other.“It would have been interesting.”Asked if he’d have knocked out Keane, Shearer replied: “Of course I would have.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Goal hero Balotelli can do ‘much better’, Mancini warns

first_imgItaly ‘Balotellli can do much better’ – Mancini wants more from Super Mario Patric Ridge 07:25 5/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mario Balotelli - cropped Getty Images Italy Mario Balotelli Italy v Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Friendlies Finding the net against Saudi Arabia has only partially impressed the new national team coach, who wants more from the Nice attacker Mario Balotelli must improve to be sure of his place in Italy’s starting XI, according to new Azzurri coach Roberto Mancini.Former Inter and Manchester City boss Mancini got his Italy tenure off to a winning start on Monday, as goals from Balotelli and substitute Andrea Belotti secured a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia.With no World Cup campaign to prepare for, Mancini has named a relatively inexperienced squad for his first batch of fixtures at the helm, with Balotelli returning from the international wilderness to make his first appearance since 2014. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now But despite Balotelli’s scoring return, Mancini insists the 27-year-old, who is out of contract with Nice at the end of June, can offer more to his side.”Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty well in the first half,” Mancini said.”He scored a goal, which is important for a striker, but of course he can do more.”We all know what a player he is, he has made a great goal. Mario is an extraordinary player who can give us a great hand.”Balotelli’s superb strike put Italy ahead and, after Domenico Criscito had hit the woodwork, Torino striker Belotti added in the second half.Saudi Arabia pulled one back through Yahya Al Shehri though, with a fine save from Gianluigi Donnarumma late on ensuring the victory, and Mancini emphasised there were improvements to be made all over the pitch, with friendlies against France and the Netherlands next up.”The first half went well, as we had 16 shots on goal and 11 corners, but then as fatigue emerged later on, we lost intensity,” he added.”It’s always good to win, especially after such a long time. When you play against a stronger side, the performance will probably be higher, but our problem against France will be maintaining intensity over 90 minutes.”We’ll use other players against France, probably younger ones, and I think it’ll be a very important learning experience for them.”It was my first game, so important to win. Saudi Arabia are a long way behind us in the ranking, but they are preparing for the World Cup right now and that’s not to be taken for granted.”A victory keeps confidence high, we now prepare for France. It’s the end of the season, our players are all tired.”last_img read more

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2010 NYC Dates

first_imgGames will be from Wednesday, 15 until Saturday, 18 September 2010 inclusive. The NYC will be held in Caloundra. Further details are available in the attachment.Related Filesmemo_-_nyc__20-11-2009_-pdflast_img

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a month agoNapoli captain Insigne snaps back at reporters after Cagliari defeat

first_imgNapoli captain Insigne snaps back at reporters after Cagliari defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli captain Lorenzo Insigne snapped back at reporters after defeat to Cagliari.A late Lucas Castro header proved the winner.Sky Sport Italia pundit Giancarlo Marocchi angered Insigne when suggesting they played with the intensity of a pre-season friendly.“I find that offensive, especially from a former player, to suggest that we didn’t give our all out there,” replied Insigne.“You can criticise our results, but I will not stand for claims we gave less than 100 per cent today.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Artistes under Tour Support Programme Are Monitored

first_img Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours. Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents. Jamaican artistes, who receive funds under the Government’s Tour Support Programme are monitored and evaluated to ensure that brand Jamaica is promoted during their tours.The programme, which falls under the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, aims to strengthen the country’s Brand through media marketing and partnership.Senior Director for Entertainment in the Ministry, Gillian Wilkinson McDaniel, said the Ministry is provided with trip reports and other marketing documents.“All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.She was addressing a press briefing on Tuesday (February 13) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices to discuss the support programme.Earlier this week, the Ministry announced that reggae artiste Etana had received a grant of US$5000 to support her 32-city tour of the United States (US).Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said the Ministry will be assessing the impact of the support, including the number of visitors that come to Jamaica.“How many tourists does it bring to Jamaica, those are things we have to work out in terms of the quantification with the Ministry of Tourism,” she noted.She said that artistes may have to undergo some kind of protocol training in relation to what happens while they are on tour.“How do they act as artistes while they are on tour, how do they represent brand Jamaica, because this is something, of course, that we have to guard jealously in relation to what it is that we say about Jamaica when we are on tour,” she explained.Support for artistes was provided under the Artiste Ambassador Programme initiated by the Tourism Ministry in 2013 to utilize the brand of touring artistes to sure up and to provide additional marketing for destination Jamaica.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said it was recognition that over the decades, Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes “have been the vanguard and the ones who have held the Jamaican flag high internationally.”“We know it has been reggae music that has been the essence of the Jamaican brand and so knowing that and knowing the history of Jamaican music and its pull for destination Jamaica, the (programme) was started,” she said.Between 2013 and 2015, Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid received funds under the programme. In 2016, Freddie McGregor received support for his September 2016 tour; and in 2017, Raging Fyah received support for his ‘Everlasting Tour’ in North America.Mrs. Wilkinson McDaniel said that applications for tour support should be sent to the Entertainment Division where they will be vetted and sent to the Entertainment Advisory Board for consideration. Story Highlights “All our projects and programmes have a monitoring and evaluation process. We have to monitor and we have to evaluate whether or not it makes sense. We get the trip report. We get all of the marketing documents and so we can evaluate; that is precisely what we do,” she said.last_img read more

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Governor General to Visit Nova Scotia

first_img Gov. Gen. David Johnston will make his first official visit to Nova Scotia from May 31 to June 2. He will be accompanied by his wife Her Excellency Sharon Johnston. During the three-day visit to Halifax and Cape Breton, Their Excellencies will learn about innovative research and environmental projects underway in Nova Scotia. They will also meet with volunteers, young people and groups that support learning and economic growth. Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed at Province House where the Governor General will inspect a 100-person guard of honour and deliver official remarks. Premier Darrell Dexter said Gov. Gen. Johnston and the province share values that are important to Canadians and Nova Scotians. “Opportunities for young people are very important to this province and this country,” said Premier Dexter. “Innovation, enhanced learning and clean technologies will help to create jobs, strengthen the economy and make life better for families. On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I welcome Their Excellencies to our province.” Other highlights of the visit include a tour of the National Research Council, Marine Research Station in Ketch Harbour, a world-class facility where scientists are researching the use of algae to create biofuels for energy sustainability and a greener future. They will also tour the Centre for the Built Environment at the Waterfront Campus of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) in Dartmouth. The campus is a living laboratory designed to balance the natural and built environments. Students in trades and technology work collaboratively, as they would in industry, to learn more sustainable building practices. Their Excellencies will tour the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The Governor General will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to young people involved in community service. While in Cape Breton, the Governor General will visit a Habitat for Humanity site in Glace Bay. He will spend time at Cape Breton University’s (CBU) Unama’ki College and participate in a roundtable discussion with CBU Aboriginal graduates on post-secondary education and its link to community economic development in First Nation communities. Their Excellencies will visit Membertou to learn about the past, present and future leadership of the community and how a collaborative approach to economic development has contributed to its success. “I am delighted that Their Excellencies will be able to see the nationally recognized successes of the Community of Membertou,” said Premier Dexter. “It continues to make a significant contribution to the province – socially, culturally and economically.” His Excellency David Johnston is the 28th governor general since Confederation. For more information on the Governor General, visit www.gg.ca NOTE TO EDITORS: A detailed itinerary will be released prior to the visit.last_img read more

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Medicare Social Security face shaky fiscal futures

WASHINGTON — The financial condition of the government’s bedrock retirement programs for middle- and working-class Americans remains shaky, with Medicare pointed toward insolvency by 2026.That’s the word from the latest report by the government’s overseers of Medicare and Social Security. It paints a sobering picture of the programs, though it’s relatively unchanged from last year’s update. Social Security would become insolvent in 2035, one year later than previously estimated.Both programs will need to eventually be addressed to avert automatic cuts should their trust funds run dry. Neither President Donald Trump nor Capitol Hill’s warring factions has put political perilous cost curbs on their to-do list.The report is the latest update of the government’s troubled fiscal picture. It lands in a capital that has proven chronically unable to address it.Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

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Voting in UNmonitored ballot on selfdetermination for Tokelau moves to atolls

Some 195 people cast their ballots on Fakaofo atoll yesterday, the monitors reported, which means voting in the referendum has now been completed at two out of four polling stations. Electoral and Government officials from New Zealand and Tokelau arrived in Fakaofo on Monday morning after a 30-hour boat journey from Apia, Samoa, where votes were cast by the local Tokelauan expatriate community on Saturday. Yesterday’s voting took place on Fale island, one of two islands which comprise Fakaofo atoll, but the ballot box and portable voting booths were also taken to the other island, Fenuafala, to allow four elderly people to cast their votes. Voting moves to Nukunonu atoll today and then Atafu atoll tomorrow, after which the votes will be counted and the final results announced. It is the second time in less than two years that Tokelauans are voting to determine whether the Non-Self-Governing Territory, which has been administered by New Zealand since 1926, should have self-government in free association with New Zealand. About 60 per cent of voters backed that option in a referendum held in February 2006, which did not meet the two-thirds majority required by Tokelau’s representative body, the General Fono. The UN observers have said 789 people are eligible to vote in this referendum, an increase of 23 per cent. Officials from Tokelau and New Zealand have cited greater information about the process and the recent attainment of adulthood by many young Tokelauans – voters must be aged over 18 – as the main reasons for the spike in numbers. Tokelau, which lies about 500 kilometres north of Samoa in the Pacific Ocean, has a total population of about 1,500 people and a land mass of approximately 12 square kilometres. If Tokelauans achieve the two-thirds majority during this referendum, a date will then be set for a “day of self-government.” This will probably be in mid-2008 to allow New Zealand enough time to make the necessary legislative amendments. There are currently 16 Non-Self-Governing Territories remaining on the UN’s decolonization list, compared to 72 such territories when the Organization was established in 1945. The last Non-Self-Governing Territory that exercised the right to self-determination was East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste, which gained its independence in 2002 and joined the UN that same year. 23 October 2007Voting in the referendum to determine whether Tokelau, a group of three small and isolated atolls, should have self-government in free association with New Zealand has moved to the atolls themselves, the United Nations team of observers monitoring the ballot has reported. read more

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Georgian peace accord must be fully implemented Security Council hears

19 August 2008The full implementation of the principles enshrined in last week’s peace plan that ended fighting in Georgia remains the best way to defuse tensions, find a lasting solution to the conflict and allow humanitarian assistance to those in need, the top United Nations political official told the Security Council today. Briefing Council members at an open meeting, B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said the UN was ready to facilitate international discussions to implement the accord and to take part in concrete arrangements to achieve a settlement.He noted that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized in his consultations with the concerned parties so far that all military acts must cease and that aid officials must have unimpeded access to those in need.“While welcoming the fact that the ceasefire plan has now been signed by both the Russian Federation and Georgia, the Secretary-General stressed the need for it to be implemented and for all forces to immediately withdraw,” Mr. Pascoe said.“With all his interlocutors, the Secretary-General has reiterated the importance of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.”The European Union-sponsored agreement reached last week sets out six principles to end the military hostilities, including: a commitment by all parties to renounce the use of force; the immediate and definitive cessation of hostilities; free access to humanitarian aid; the withdrawal of Georgian forces to their places of permanent deployment; and the convening of international discussions on lasting security arrangements for Abkhazia (Georgia) and South Ossetia (Georgia).The other principle stipulates the withdrawal of Russian forces to their lines of deployment before 7 August, and includes the additional provision that Russian peacekeeping forces may implement additional security measures pending the definition of an international mechanism.Heavy fighting began earlier this month in South Ossetia between Georgian and South Ossetian forces, with Russian forces becoming involved there and in the separate region of Abkhazia and other parts of Georgia in the following days.Mr. Pascoe noted that the Georgian Government and the South Ossetian de facto authorities dispute the number of dead and other casualties, but UN agencies believe almost 160,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres today began a four-day visit to Georgia and Russia to assess humanitarian operations and meet some of the people displaced by the deadly violence.In a separate briefing, Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Edmond Mulet reported to Council members on the situation in Abkhazia, where a UN observer mission known as UNOMIG is tasked with monitoring compliance with a 1994 ceasefire accord.Later, the Council also heard statements from representatives of Georgia, Russia and other countries about the conflict in Georgia. read more

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Sri Lankan pleads guilty to bomb threat on Malaysia Airlines flight

A Sri Lankan man who threatened to set off a bomb onboard a flight from Melbourne is facing a maximum 20 years’ jail after pleading guilty to attempting to take control of an aircraft, ABC News reported.Manodh Marks, 25, forced Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 to Kuala Lumpur to turn back shortly after take-off when he tried to enter the cockpit while screaming that he had a bomb. Police were criticised for taking up to 90 minutes to board the plane and remove Mr Marks, who had in fact been holding what officers described as a “speaker-type” object. The catering student was overpowered by passengers who tied him up with belts until the flight landed at Melbourne Airport in June. He was initially charged with multiple offences, some of which carried a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.But prosecutors dropped a number of charges, leaving Mr Marks to plead guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to a single charge of attempting to take control of an aircraft. It carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ jail.The court was told Mr Marks, who had been living at Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-east, has a psychiatric illness.He has been remanded in custody to face a plea hearing at the County Court in April. read more

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Uranium miner Cameco reports secondquarter profit down from year ago

SASKATOON – The head of Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO) says the uranium market is set to improve as the company reported a 31 per cent drop in quarterly earnings.Cameco chief executive Tim Gitzel said uranium prices were flat in the first half of the year, but he expects continued low prices will mean a better uranium market in the future.“In the current low price environment it’s difficult to justify the economics of projects, which is leading to deferrals or even cancellations,” said Gitzel in a conference call with analysts and investors.“Each of these new challenges to supply means a widening of the gap between supply and demand which we know is coming.”He said while mines are being deferred, demand is set to improve, with 64 reactors under construction globally and 25 nuclear plants in Japan having applied to restart.“That tells us it’s still game on for nuclear in Japan, even if the process is taking longer than everyone thought,” said Gitzel.He said of those Japanese reactors, five have made it through regulatory safety reviews and two are expected to start later this year.Cameco reported its earnings dropped to $88 million in the latest quarter, down from $127 million a year ago.The uranium miner says profit amounted to 22 cents per share in the quarter ended June 30, compared with a profit of 32 cents per share a year ago.Revenue improved to $565 million, up from $502 million.On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $46 million or 12 cents per share, down from $79 million or 20 cents per share a year ago.Cameco said the drop was due to higher administrative costs and a $28-million boost last year from a favourable settlement related to a dispute regarding a long-term supply contract with a utility.Those changes were partially offset by higher gross profit from its uranium and fuel services segments and settlement costs last year related to the early redemption of some of its debentures.During the quarter, Cameco suspended uranium shipments from its northern Saskatchewan operations as wildfires made road conditions dangerous, but Gitzel said those shipments have resumed and operations were not affected by the fires.Until markets improve, Gitzel said the company is concentrating on keeping costs down and running safe operations. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 30, 2015 7:15 am MDT Last Updated Jul 30, 2015 at 4:27 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Uranium miner Cameco reports second-quarter profit down from year ago read more

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Beast from the East Why youre not entitled to compensation if your

first_imgWhat other exceptions are there?For example, when the delay is due to war or civil unrest, security issues, natural disasters, extreme weather conditions (including an airport’s failure to de-ice the aircraft on time), air traffic control restrictions, strikes by airport staff, a medical emergency on board, and some crew issues. The Beast from the East has delivered as promised The Beast from the East has delivered as promisedCredit:Cover Images Will I be fed and watered?In the case of delays or cancellations, passengers have the right to care and assistance, in the form of food, drink, access to communications and accommodation, if necessary. The airline must pay for a hotel if an overnight stay is required.Make sure you keep any receipts for anything purchased while delayed as you may be able to claim the cost back.What about other arrangements I have paid for?If you have booked a hire car, a hotel, a villa or other accommodation independently of your flight, and you are delayed or unable to travel, the airline is not liable for any losses you may incur. You are still responsible for paying the bill. The CAA says that airlines have an obligation to book you onto the flight of a rival airline if the other carrier is flying to your destination “significantly sooner”, adding “you can discuss this with your airline”.If you are flying further than 1,500km, to say, southern Spain, Italy, or Greece and beyond, then a five-hour rule applies. If your flight is delayed for more than five hours you are entitled to a refund if you no longer wish to travel. Will I receive compensation on top of my refund?Unfortunately not. As snow-related delays and cancellations are not the fault of the airline, compensation as protected by EU law does not apply.Among the situations for which an airline is not culpable for a delay is “extraordinary circumstances”, which usually covers weather.Of this week’s disruption at Heathrow, the CAA says: “Heathrow required airlines to cancel a proportion of their flights based on forecast bad weather. “The reduction in capacity was to ensure flights could continue to operate safely and airlines could give advance notice to their passengers. The flights […] were cancelled based on the expected weather conditions and in our view would be considered to be an extraordinary circumstance and not subject to compensation.”When “extraordinary circumstances”, as defined by the EU regulations on flight delays, apply, passengers are not entitled to the compensation normally due for delays and cancellations should they be the fault of the airline.The CAA explains: “The EU Regulation does not define ‘extraordinary circumstances’ and there have been a number of cases in the European and English courts regarding what the term covers.”When it comes to weather the argument is whether the airline’s operations have been hindered by extreme conditions, or ineffective operations or over-packing a schedule. Unfortunately, for passengers to find out they must go head to head with the airline and could end up in court. In 2013, Easyjet was forced by a judge to pay a passenger compensation after she proved that the bad weather blamed for a delay was not as described in both London and Nice when the flight took place.At the time, a spokesperson for the airline said that the ruling did not set a precedent. A spokesperson for the CAA said at the time that the issue was “something of a grey area”. The Beast from the East arrived, and brought with it flight delays and cancellations.The snow has led to larges swathes of cancellations across the UK and Ireland, with some airports shutting down entirely. Airports on the Continent, too, have suffered from the disruption. Airlines are advising passengers to check the status of their flight before travelling to the airport.What should I do if my flight is cancelled?Under EU law an airline is not allowed to leave you high and dry if they cancel a flight you are booked on, says the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), which governs UK airlines.Generally, if your flight is cancelled you are due a refund on the unused parts of the ticket, or to be rebooked onto an alternative flight. BA said of its cancellations that it was finding new flights for passengers.last_img read more

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SFR veut proposer la télévision par satellite

first_imgSFR veut proposer la télévision par satelliteL’opérateur veut proposer quelque chose de nouveau à ses abonnés qui ne peuvent pas recevoir la télé sur leur ligne ADSL : la réception par satellite. Les abonnés de SFR seraient environ 40% à ne pas pouvoir regarder la télévision par ADSL, rapporte 01net.com. En cause ? Un débit insuffisant sur leur ligne téléphonique. Pour remédier à ce problème, SFR a une solution alternative. L’opérateur propose à ces abonnés de recevoir la télévision par satellite. Plusieurs centaines de clients testent ce mode de réception actuellement. C’est seulement à partir du mois de février que le service sera officiellement disponible.Une parabole sera nécessaire pour bénéficier de la télévision par ce moyen. Le site 01net.com parle de 200 euros d’équipement, mais explique que SFR a conclu un partenariat avec un réseau d’installateurs.Soixante-quinze chaînes seront alors disponibles, dont toutes celles de la TNT, des chaînes en haute définition ainsi qu’un large choix de chaînes thématiques. Mais cela paraît encore peu comparé à l’offre ADSL qui permet aux abonnés de recevoir 160 chaînes. L’opérateur fait cependant la promesse que le bouquet sera enrichi.Degroupnews.com souligne qu’avec cette nouvelle formule, SFR devrait couvrir plus de 98 % des foyers français. Le 17 décembre 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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FCC Approves Googles Soli RadarBased Motion Sensor

first_img 50 Attorneys General Launch Bipartisan Probe Into GoogleYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on target Imagine having the ability to control devices with easy hand gestures. Google wants to make this concept a reality with its ‘Soli’ radar-based motion sensor technology.On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it would give Google a waiver to operate the Soli motion sensor at higher power levels, Reuters reported. The FCC also said the Soli motion sensor can be used on flights.According to the FCC, Google’s Soli motion sensor, “will serve the public interest by providing for innovative device control features using touchless hand gesture technology.”Soli, a sensing technology that uses a tiny radar to detect touchless gesture interactions, was developed by Google to improve smart device use. According to Soli’s website, the Soli motion sensor works by emitting electromagnetic waves in a wide beam and tracking dynamic gestures expressed by hand and finger motions. The sensor can be embedded into computers, wearables, and vehicles for easy hands-free control.The Soli motion sensor enables users to turn a virtual dial by placing a thumb against an index finger or press an invisible button between the index fingers and thumb. If this technology becomes commercialized, people won’t have to use mobility or speech to engage with smart devices.In 2018, Facebook raised concerns with the FCC over the Soli motion sensor, because it might have issues working with other technology forms. After several talks, Facebook and Google jointly approached the FCC in September, and said they agreed that the Soli motion sensor could work at higher power levels, but lower than the power levels Google initially requested.If placed within wearables and other smart devices, the Soli motion sensor would be an upgrade to touchscreen products in the future.More on Geek.com:Macaulay Culkin Is Home Alone Again With Google Assistant Google Transformed Cloud Storage Traffic Into Cool Data Art Google Assistant Will Now Alert You When It Predicts Flight Delayslast_img read more

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PM on pleasure trip when people dying at home BNP

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina reached London on 16 June, en route to Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit to Sweden. Photo credit: PIDThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Wednesday alleged that the prime minister has gone to Sweden on a ‘pleasure trip’ at a time when landslides played havoc with people’s lives in four southern districts.”The prime minister had also visited Austria when cyclone Mora hit the country. Heads of government usually stand by victims cancelling their foreign trips when any natural disaster affects their countries,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office, he further said, “It’s the tradition of Awami League to abandon people when they’re in danger as they did it in 1971. The current prime minister also did the same thing after the 1/11 changeover.”<>At least at 137 people, including army personnel and children, were killed in separate incidents of landslides triggered by heavy rains in Bandarban, Chittagong, Rangamati, and Cox’s Bazar districts on Tuesday and Wednesday.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka at 12:10pm on Tuesday for London en route to Stockholm on a three-day bilateral visit to Sweden at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Stefan Lofven.<>Rizvi said though the tour has no diplomatic importance, the prime minister went to Sweden in a relaxed mood at a time when the death toll in the landslides was climbing fast. “The PM’s tour has once again exposed that Awami League has no human face.”He also alleged that Sheikh Hasina’s Sweden visit is also tantamount to making fun of the dead bodies and disaster-hit people.The BNP leader said their chairperson Khaleda Zia during her government’s rule in 2004 returned home from China cancelling her visit after militants blasted bombs in 63 districts as she does politics for people and their welfare.He alleged that the prime minister herself joins many conferences abroad where a secretary or a state minister should go.Rizvi alleged that the government did not develop infrastructure in the country’s hill districts as those lack roads, power and modern technology to alert people about natural disaster. “So, many people wouldn’t have died had there been any sustainable development there.”He said the government has failed to in place a modern disaster preparedness to face natural calamities and build up a skilled rescue team to save people during any natural catastrophe.last_img read more

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Peter and the Wolf Adds Texture to Fargos Most Formulaic Episode Yet

first_imgAfter the last two seasons of Fargo, expectations for this third couldn’t have been higher. Maybe that’s why it feels like it’s going through the numbers a little bit this season. Especially coming off of last week’s L.A. adventure, which was just the kind of surprising departure we need to see more of from this series. This week’s episode was undeniably Fargo in every way. That’s not a bad thing, it just feels like we know what to expect now. There were still some surprises, and Billy Bob Thornton’s narration of Peter and the Wolf added a fun new way of thinking about these characters.Peter and the Wolf underscores the entire episode, and each main character is assigned a counterpart from the children’s story. Emmit is the bird, Ray is the duck, Nikki is the cat, Varga is the wolf, Yuria is the blast of the hunter’s shotgun, Sy is grandfather and Gloria, of course, is Peter. Each has their own instruments associated with them. This season is all about telling stories, and this episode focused on musical storytelling. It wasn’t as thoroughly explored as last week’s animated sequences, but it did make this episode more than the next step in the Fargo formula.It did lend a sense of dread to a scene that’s become a Fargo staple. Some of my favorite scenes in the Coen Brothers movie and the last two seasons have been where the policewoman casually questions the man she doesn’t yet fully realize is behind the crime she’s investigating. That first moment where they’re in the same room, when she knows she’s hit on something, but doesn’t know what. And in attempting to distance themselves from their crime, the men generally make fools of themselves, setting off alarm bells where there would otherwise be none. This episode gave us two of those. The first came when Gloria questioned Ray about Maurice. Ray didn’t completely freak out, but he was unusually evasive. Particularly when she mentioned he shared a last name with her late stepdad.Ewan McGregor as Ray Stussy (Photo via FX)The second came when a different officer, Winnie, questioned Sy about a traffic accident in a parking lot. Ray isn’t pressing charges, but the waitress whose car Sy clipped on the way out of the parking lot is. Plus he fled the scene, which is highly illegal. Since the Sy’s Humvee is registered to the company, Winnie wants him to check up on who was driving. That simple question reduces Sy into a puddle of half-sentences and out-of-nowhere hostility. He manages to be a worse liar than William H. Macy’s character in the movie. That’s a feat. There may be a reason beyond guilt that this line of questioning stressed Sy out so much. This is where the Peter and the Wolf characterization comes in. As Winnie is questioning Sy, Yuria (the shotgun) stares at him. There’s no blast yet, but it’s enough to make us think it’s coming. Sy’s desire to spite Ray may end up getting him killed.One big surprise that happened this episode was Ray’s firing. Sy’s photos of him and Nikki together made their way back to his bosses. Since he refuses to claim it’s a one time thing and break off his relationship, he’s let go. Now, it looks like things are going to unravel quickly for Ray. Instead of joining Nikki to meet with the Bridge sponsor, he spends the evening in a bar. That may have doomed their plans to win big on the Bridge circuit. As the couple grows increasingly desperate, their tracks may become harder to cover.David Thewlis as V.M. Varga, Ewan McGregor as Emmit Stussy (Photo via FX)Speaking of which, Ewan McGregor did some amazing acting in the opening moments of this episode. Ray disguises himself as Emmit, intending to steal the stamp from the safe deposit box. Of course, that’s not where Emmit is keeping the stamp. All Ray finds are the cremains of a dog, which he throws in the garbage and uses the bag they were in to carry out $10,001. (The $1 is for parking.) We’re watching McGregor play Ray, play Emmit. Since McGregor plays both roles, this is a challenge we don’t get to see actors attempt that much. It’s fun watching the little ways in which McGregor made his performance in this scene feel just slightly off. Likewise, it’s a testament to his abilities that we recognizes both characters as completely different people, to the point where we can tell when one is dressed like the other. It may be a little gimmicky, but in a season that feels a little too samey, the gimmicks are needed to spice things up.Carrie Coon as Gloria Burgle, Olivia Sandoval as Winnie Lopez (Photo via FX)At the end of the episode, Gloria finally gets a major break in her investigation. Winnie shows up at her house, revealing that her investigation led her to one Emmit Stussy, who lives one town over from where Ennis did. The pieces are starting to fall into place for the police, as everything spirals out of control for the Stussy brothers. Things are likely about to pop off pretty soon. At least, I hope they do. The unusual focus on storytelling this season keeps making me think they’re going to subvert the usual Fargo formula. But we’re four episodes in, and aside from last week’s L.A. detour, they really haven’t. This episode was still a fun, tense and well-written hour of television. I guess it shows how great the first two seasons were that we expect more than that from Fargo. Now, we aren’t even halfway through the season yet, so there’s still plenty of time for the show to surprise us. I just hope it gets there soon.last_img read more

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Judge Morty argues with defendant Rick in a NSFW Rick and Morty

first_imgTHIS IS THE BEST COURTROOM TRANSCRIPT OF ALL TIME. https://t.co/Vb4C3qXg2x pic.twitter.com/ZvII3Z6JUa— Keith Lee (@associatesmind) June 22, 2016Rick and Morty season three still hasn’t had an official premiere date announced, but Adult Swim wanted the show to have a presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.Warning – everything that follows is very NSFW.At the Rick and Morty Live panel at the Adult Swim on the Green Comic-Con venue, series co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon revealed a special Rick and Morty animatic based on that Georgia court transcript.Basically the only coherent part without a ton of curse words.If you’re unaware of the transcript, this may seem like a puzzling way to promote a cartoon show, but if you have read the transcript you’re aware of how vulgar and hilarious it is. The transcript excerpt begins with the defendant requesting a new attorney for his case under allegations that the public defender asked the defendant for oral sex.What followed was a profanity-laden rant about dicks, butts, and masturbating, culminating with the defendant bringing more charges down on his head by threatening to kill the judge’s whole family.Really, there couldn’t be a more Rick and Morty like escalation in such a short period of time. Someone on the Rick and Morty staff must have realized this, because they got Roiland (who does the voices for both Rick and Morty) to read the transcript with Morty as the judge and Rick as the defendant. They took that audio and had the Rick and Morty storyboard team animate it so they could present it at Comic-Con.It’s no Rick and Morty season three, but it’s the next best thing to any Rick and Morty fan. Last month, a transcript from a Georgia court briefly took certain corners of the internet by storm. Uploaded to imgur, several pages of the hearing consist of the defendant and the judge yelling at each other.last_img read more

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Nanocomposite material provides photonic switching

first_img Explore further 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. Researchers develop tough composites of hydrogels and woven fiber fabric (PhysOrg.com) — Integrated photonic devices represent the wave of future technology. These devices will be extremely small, making use of photons on the nanoscale, and (hopefully) be very efficient in terms of power use. The development of integrated photonic devices in tomorrow’s technology is taking place today at Peking University in Beijing, China, where a group of scientists has manufactured and tested a nanocomposite material that could be used in integrated photonic devices.center_img “There are many applications for this work,” Qihuang Gong tells PhysOrg.com. Gong, along with his colleagues Xiaoyong Hu, Ping Jiang, Cheng Xin, Hong Yang, demonstrated a nano-Ag:polymer composite material can be used for photonic switching. Their work appears in Applied Physics Letters: “Nano-Ag:polymeric composite material for ultrafast photonic crystal all-optical switching.”“The nonacomposite material is composed of Ag nanoparticles dispersed in a MEH-PPV matrix,” Gong explains. “MEH-PPV is a nonlinear organic conjugated polymer material.” He points out that the nano-Ag:MEH-PPV composite has a large nonlinear susceptibility and very fast response time under resonant excitation, making it ideal for ultrafast optical switching applications. “Ultrafast response is maintained by use of a fast energy transfer process.” The Chinese group found that it is possible to achieve a nonlinear response time of 35 ps.Join PhysOrg.com on FacebookIn order to experiment with the nanocomposite material, the Peking University group employed a method of femtosecond pump and probe. The Ag nanoparticles, and the MEH-PPV molecules, were resonantly excited by a pump laser. During this process, energy is transferred from the MEH-PPV molecules to the Ag nanoparticles. A delay line was used to change the temporal relations between the pump and probe pulses. “Under the excitation of the pump laser,” Gong explains, “the effective refractive index of the nano-Ag:MEH-PPV composite material changes, which leads to the changes of the photonic band gap and the transmittances of the probe laser.” When this happens, the switching effect is realized.Gong points out that this particular composite material is ideal for all-optical switching at fast speeds. “MEH-PPV possesses high environmental and thermal stability, high optical damage threshold, and good film quality,” he says. Additionally, this material is easy to manufacture, and can be produced using current technology. Gong also notes that this nano-Ag:MEH-PPV composite material has very good waveguide properties. “This approach can be used in practical applications now.”There are limits to this nanocomposite material, Gong concedes. One of the main issues is that, “the organic polymer matrix can be damaged by a strong mechanical force.” This means that the delicate material would need a certain level of careful handling in some cases. Gong also admits that the working wavelength is only about 800 nanometers. More study is needed, Gong says. “Our next steps are to study new approaches to achieving a large nonlinear susceptibility and a femtosecond nonlinear response time simultaneously.”By understanding how these composite materials work, it should be possible to create new materials that can provide a basis for smaller, more efficient devices.More information: Xiaoyong Hu, et. al. “Nano-Ag:polymeric composite material for ultrafast photonic crystal all-optical switching.” Applied Physics Letters (2009). Available online: link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/94/031103/1 Copyright 2009 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. Citation: Nanocomposite material provides photonic switching (2009, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-nanocomposite-material-photonic.htmllast_img read more

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