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ScienceShot: Salt Under Pressure

first_imgPressure changes people. It changes chemistry, too, according to a report online today in Science that shows the structure of table salt—sodium chloride—morphs under extreme pressure. Table salt normally consists of a crystalline lattice made up of alternating sodium and chloride ions. Under “normal” conditions, sodium and chlorine atoms, like all of their kin, strive to fill their outer electron shells with eight electrons, which is the most stable arrangement and a condition known as the octet rule. Sodium has one extra electron and chlorine is missing one. So sodium donates one electron to chlorine, giving them a positive and negative charge, respectively. The opposite charged ions attract one another, causing the two to form a tight “ionic” bond. But an international team of researchers has found that those rules of chemical bonding change under high pressure. It used an advanced computer algorithm to predict what would happen under a pressure of 200,000 atmospheres and up to 2000 kelvins. The program concluded that the compression should force atoms to merge into exotic solids, such as Na3Cl and NaCl3. When the scientists then compressed sodium chloride in a diamond anvil cell, they not only discovered the exotic salts, but also showed that they remained stable when much of the pressure was removed. The new work, the authors say, may force geochemists to reconsider the types of compounds that may form in the high-pressure interiors of stars and planets.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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BJP leadership’s caution had little impact on lynchings: Mayawati

first_imgTargeting the BJP, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said statements of its top leadership had little impact on the issues of mob lynching and cow slaughter, especially in the States ruled by the party. Review meetMs. Mayawati was attending a review meeting of Madhya Pradesh held here with party functionaries.The BSP supremo also trained her guns on the Congress, saying that though it had dethroned the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and formed government, there was no positive change in the lives of the poor, farmers, youth, OBCs and Dalits in the State.Like in BJP-ruled States, “casteist and communal” incidents were rampant, Ms. Mayawati alleged. Assault on officialsReferring to the incident of BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, assaulting government officials recently, Ms. Mayawati said the entire country was “shocked” and in condemnation after seeing the way he was honoured and welcomed by BJP workers on his release from jail. “How effective will Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement be in this regard, time will tell,” she said.Economic SurveyReferring to the Economic Survey 2019, which was tabled in Parliament, Ms. Mayawati took to Twitter and said it proved that the BJP government was “nonchalant” on serious issues like poverty, unemployment and farmer suicides.last_img read more

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Gin Kings turn back Elite

first_img“It was important to get this win because we turn around and play San Miguel Beer,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said, minutes after rallying for a 98-81 decision of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena. “The final score doesn’t give justice to the difficulty of this game.”Ginebra trailed early and needed one big spurt in the fourth period to put the Elite away and extend the tournament’s longest winning streak to seven after opening up with a loss and remain at No. 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“You don’t want to play San Miguel coming off a loss, you need to have high energy coming into that game to have a chance,” Cone went on, referring to their 6:45 p.m. clash with the powerhouse Beermen on Sunday, which could ultimately mean No. 1 seeding for his Kings.Blackwater dropped to 4-5, losing for just the second time in six games since Henry Walker arrived. The Elite would need to sweep their remaining two games to advance to the quarterfinals outright. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Bayron overtakes Lascuña Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Earlier, Alaska pulled off a second straight win Friday night, downing GlobalPort, 101-88, as the Aces stayed in the running for a playoff berth.With the franchise-worst 14-game losing streak now behind him and needing his team to win its last three games to advance scot-free, Aces coach Alex Compton has gone on to borrow a cliché and rewrite it a bit.“When it rains, it pours and when it rained, it rained on us pretty bad,” Compton saidLaDontae Henton scored 36 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, and Calvin Abueva scored all of his 12 points in the fourth period as the Aces wriggled out of a 67-all tie after three quarters to rise to 2-6.ADVERTISEMENT Working extra hard against an enemy that has made turns in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Friday night got the perfect reward for its effort and got ready for a bigger battle that’s just around the corner.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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Mourinho concedes Pogba call cost Man Utd

first_imgManchester United Mourinho concedes Pogba call cost Man Utd in Champions League Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 15:40 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Paul Pogba vs Basel Getty Manchester United Paul Pogba Basel v Manchester United Basel UEFA Champions League José Mourinho The Red Devils boss has admitted that his decision to replace the Frenchman against Basel contributed to a disappointing 1-0 defeat for his side Jose Mourinho has conceded that taking Paul Pogba off against Basel proved to be a costly decision as Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat.The Red Devils failed to guarantee themselves a place in the Champions League last-16 with a surprise setback on Swiss soil.Pogba 8/5 to score v Brighton Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They remain top of Group A and in a strong position to progress, but once again struggled to shake the shackles which held them back during Pogba’s recent injury-enforced absence.The Frenchman has returned to the fold in United’s last two outings, but was replaced 66 minutes into the Basel clash by Nemanja Matic and Mourinho admits his team unexpectedly crumbled after that to see Michael Lang snatch a dramatic winner .“Did Pogba coming off have an impact on the team?” the Portuguese mused to reporters after suffering a rare European reversal.“I think it did have an impact, we were not such a good team after Paul came off but it had to be with the levels of fatigue after 65 minutes.“I brought to the pitch an experienced player like Matic and thought it couldn’t affect the game. “I bring Marcus [Rashford] to give us more speed, more problems to them, Zlatan [Ibrahimovic] to hold the ball and the approach was good.”Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2017Mourinho had previously conceded to BT Sport that his side’s inability to convert chances also cost them dear .He said: “We lost because we should have been 5-0 up at half-time and could not score after being so dominant.”We were in an easy way for many periods — it looked almost impossible not to win.”But experience tells you that when you miss so many chances you put yourself in this position. In the second half, maybe we think the position at 0-0 was okay, but then they score the last minute.”United are set to play host to CSKA Moscow on matchday six, with a point enough to take them through as group winners.Prior to that contest, Mourinho’s men have Premier League fixtures to take in against Brighton and Watford.They also face a trip to Arsenal on December 2, while a derby date with Manchester City awaits after they have taken on CSKA in what is shaping up to be a potentially defining period in their season.last_img read more

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Participation Meeting A Success

first_imgLeaders of the sport of Touch Football came together on Friday to address participation opportunities to grow the sport. Staff members from Touch Football Australia (TFA), New South Wales Touch Association (NSWTA) and Queensland Touch Association (QTA) met in Canberra to discuss ideas on participation and growth in Touch Football. TFA Chief Executive Officer, Colm Maguire said the meeting was a success and that he looks forward to the implementation of the ideas discussed. “At the beginning of this year we identified key areas of focus, one of which was participation and the need to address participation opportunities for people within our sport but also addressing the important area of growth. “All bodies in Touch Football are looking to grow the sport and present more opportunities for people to participate. The meeting was a key opportunity to get together representatives from across Australia in terms of New South Wales, Queensland and some of the other states as well as the key staff at Touch Football Australia charged with the responsibility of delivering products to support growth and we honed in on some key areas we think can solve that. “I was truly energised by some of the ideas that actually came out of today and I really believe with a unified and collaborative approach to the delivery of the various things that we put on the table, we should realise a lot of the growth outcomes that we’ve set for ourselves as a long term strategic goal. Our Participation Plan is the map that will guide any of the strategies that we put in place but the meeting really resulted in people having buy in to some of those outcomes and saying that we will commit to the delivery of various elements over the next 12 to 18 months and see what the outcomes are.“To have the people in the room contributing the way that they did, I truly believe that we have the right people and the right ideas, now it’s about turning it into action and the coming months will see us develop an action plan from the initiatives we’ve talked about today and hopefully the sport is the beneficiary,” Maguire said. NSWTA General Manager, Dean Russell said that the meeting was positive and he looks forward to seeing the outcomes achieved from the items discussed. “The NSWTA is looking to work with both TFA and all the states to come up with initiatives to both grow the sport and participation. The outcomes from the meeting have been a positive first step in achieving this goal. We look forward to further developments for the betterment of all our current and also future members,” Russell said. QTA General Manager, Gary Madders, also took lots of positives from the meeting.  “There are definitely positives signs in the four areas we’ve targeted to focus on for the sport, there will certainly be a lot of work done in those areas in the coming months and into next year in particular to try to regrow the sport around Australia,” Madders said. TFA General Manager, Sport Operations, Marianne Maguire said that there are some exciting opportunities ahead in the area of participation.“TFA remains committed to our strategic objective to ‘substantially increasing participation’ and achieving results within our Participation Plan.  The meeting continues to build on the strategies and outcomes identified in the Plan in a collaborative and consultative manner with our key partners.“There are some exciting opportunities to diversify our participation models and revenue sources, which will help the sport adjust with today’s changing sporting environment.  We look forward to building on these with the ASC and the rest of the unified states at a proposed meeting in June,” Maguire said.  TFA Participation Manager, Adam Raptis, said that the meeting was a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to work together and develop ideas. “The main focus of my role is to develop initiatives and programs that are geared towards achieving the major outcomes of our Participation Plan; those being the increase of our participant base and the development of support mechanisms to provide a quality experience for our members. The meeting provided a fantastic opportunity to brainstorm and further develop some of these ideas with staff members from our partnering states in New South Wales and Queensland,” Raptis said. TFA General Manager, Regional Operations, Matt Bamford, was also pleased with how the meeting went. “The meeting presented an opportunity to bring together a range of ideas and initiatives for the future of Touch Football in Australia.  The scope for innovative and diverse participation ideas beyond the traditional is an area of real opportunity for the game, and one we need to embrace and move forward with,” Bamford said.The Australian Government provides Touch Football Australia with funding on an annual basis. This support continues to assist Touch Football to obtain the growth objectives set in conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) through the TFA Participation Plan.  Related LinksParticipation Meetinglast_img read more

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New Technology Could Use Recycled Astronaut Poop for 3D Printing

first_img An Astronomically Fun Chat About Space and Wine With a Winemaker and Former Physicist World’s First Luxury Space Hotel Promises Climbing Wall, Low-Gravity Basketball Courts NASAHuman waste is rarely as interesting — or as versatile — as it is in space. Earlier this year, we covered a NASA-funded research project which aims to turn astronaut excrement into an edible paste that is high in both protein and fat. Now, researchers from the University of Calgary have developed a way to use space poop as a crucial ingredient for 3D printing in the stars. The process could theoretically provide astronauts with an abundant source of material for making whatever plastic tools they need during their voyage. This could include possible future missions to Mars.The University of Calgary’s pioneering technique involves the use of genetically engineered Escherichia coli bacteria to convert feces into a type of plastic known as polyhydroxybutyrate. The process starts with the waste being left for several days to increase its levels of volatile fatty acids (VFAs). A centrifugal and filtration process then extracts the VFAs from the waste solids, before the substance is moved into another fermentation tank containing the genetically engineered E.coli. With the use of a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer, it’s then possible to utilize the resulting plasting to print objects. Leftover solid waste products can reportedly be used to create radiation shields. We guess you should probably wash your hands once it’s done, though!Going forward, the plan is for two of the students working on the project to test the plastic-making process in low gravity on Canda’s Falcon 20 aircraft in July. Since microgravity can only be simulated for a few minutes at a time, the experiment will only aim to extract nanosized plastic granules from the bacteria — rather than aiming to carry out the whole polyhydroxybutyrate extraction and 3D-printing process.The team is also hoping to learn how to make different types of plastic. This will hopefully include different materials with varying strengths and flexibility levels, which could be used for a variety of space applications.A paper describing the work, titled “Astroplastic: A start-to-finish process for polyhydroxybutyrate production from solid human waste using genetically engineered bacteria to address the challenges for future manned Mars missions,” is available to read online.A version of this article originally ran on our brother site, Digital Trends. Airbnb Wants to Send You to Antarctica on Sabbatical Experience Life on Mars With TripAdvisor’s Astroland Agency Editors’ Recommendations Glimpse the Future of Camper Vans in the Stunning Hymer VisionVenturelast_img read more

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JUSTIN BIEBER CONFIRMS MARRIAGE TO HAILEY BALDWIN IN THANKSGIVING MESSAGE

first_img Facebook Justin Bieber has officially, finally confirmed his marriage to Hailey Baldwin.On Friday, the Canadian singer posted a Thanksgiving message to his fans on Instagram.“Happy late thanksgiving to everyone,” Bieber wrote. “First thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting thanksgiving. First time both sides of the family has come together. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment He continued, “Relationships are hard and love isn’t always easy but thank you Jesus for showing me how! Every day is a learning process, trying to be more like him, patient, kind, selfless, boy I got a long way! But gods grace is sufficient !”On Thursday, the young couple’s families got together for Thanksgiving and Baldwin’s 22nd birthday.Bieber’s mom, Pattie Mallette tweeted a birthday message to Baldwin on Thursday afternoon, saying she is “SO THANKFUL to have you as a daughter.”HAPPY BIRTHDAY @haileybaldwin !! I LOVE YOU!! I’m SO #THANKFUL to have you as a daughter!!! ???❤️??♥️???????— Pattie Mallette (@pattiemallette) November 22, 2018Later in the evening, Mallette shared video from the big celebration on her Instagram Stories, including one of Bieber and everyone gathered singing “Happy Birthday” to Baldwin.At the end of that video, someone can be heard shouting, “First married birthday!.Baldwin’s cousin Kahlea also shared photos from the party, showing Bieber kissing his wife with her face covered in cake icing..By COREY ATAD | ET Canada Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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Arctic being neglected by Canada special Senate report finds

first_imgAPTN NewsA special committee of the Senate studying the Arctic has issued a “wake up call” for the Canadian government to stop ignoring the issues facing people who live in the region.“For far too long, the Arctic and northern regions have been neglected by Canada. Crises remain unresolved and the well-being of residents, left to tackle enormous challenges on their own, has been overlooked,” said the Senate study called Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.“It is essential that the Government of Canada recognize that the Arctic requires greater attention, investment and consistent support from the federal government, to complete Canada’s nation-building project.  The impact of federal underinvestment hits hardest on the Arctic’s greatest asset, Indigenous youth. Opportunities for nation-building can no longer be missed.”The 139 page report released Tuesday is the result of a special committee that travelled to Kuujjuaq, Que., Iqaluit, Baker Lake and Cambridge Bay, in Nunavut,  Yellowknife and Inuvik, in the Northwest Territories, and Whitehorse, Yukon.“Many Northern communities are facing significant challenges, struggling with housing, and coping with the dangerous impacts of climate change while their vast potential remains untapped or poorly understood by Canada’s southerners who often make the policies affecting their day-to-day lives.“Urgent action is needed to empower Northerners facing economical underdevelopment, environmental disaster, and international pressures  while supporting their scientific and cultural needs and potential.”(A housing shortage forces some people to live in shacks by Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit. This wooden shack caught fire. Submitted photo.)The report makes a number of recommendations including; complete a building code adapted to Arctic conditions and the effects of climate change, implement an action plan to mitigate the effects of climate change on existing and new infrastructure, including housing, take immediate measures to address the housing crisis in the Arctic by funding a complete continuum of Arctic housing; and, report on the effects of its investments on housing annually to local, Indigenous and territorial governments. Broadband telecommunications access in the Arctic is unavailable, poor and, where available, expensive and often unreliable.“With little infrastructure in many communities in the Arctic, people struggle to access water and sanitation, housing, good schools and healthcare. As the climate warms and permafrost thaws, the urgency of the Arctic’s challenges come into plain view: traditional food supplies are threatened; homes are endangered by the rising seas and the ice becomes unsafe for travel,” the report said.“Understanding that Arctic communities deserve better, the committee recommends that the Government of Canada: The committee agrees with witnesses that broadband access is necessary and recommends that the Government of Canada establish a broadband telecommunications action plan with dedicated funds to support fibre deployment to underserved regions in the Canadian Arctic by March 2020.”With sea ice rapidly melting, the senate committee is also recommending the government take steps to secure Arctic sovereignty and be prepared to deal with foreign interests in the region.“Arctic residents keenly observed other countries’ interest in the region’s natural resources and the Northwest Passage. The committee recommends that the Government of Canada ensure the Canadian Arctic security and safety and assert and protect Canada’s sovereignty in the Arctic,” the report said.“In the committee’s view, actions ensuring prosperous, sustainable and safe Arctic communities are vital to enhance Canada’s ability to project its Arctic foreign policy, including sovereignty in the region.”Read the full report here: Northern Lights: A Wake-Up Call for the Future of Canada.last_img read more

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Arjun in no hurry to marry Malaika

first_imgMumbai: With speculations doing the rounds on Internet that Arjun Kapoor will exchange vows with Malaika Arora this year, the actor has cleared the air saying he is in no hurry to get married. In an interview, Arjun spoke about how special Malaika is for him and why he does not want to get married soon. “I am 33 and you have to take my word when I say, I am in no hurry to get married. The subject of my wedding is not something that I would like to talk about. Frankly, if I was tying the knot, people would know about it. Today, nothing stays or needs to be hidden beyond a point,” he said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaOn rumours, Arjun said he does not like to respond to the scuttlebutt everytime. “Speculation is harmless. But I admit, I don’t like to respond to it all the time. Also, it gets tiring for the people involved to constantly react. There has been so much gossip on this subject that even the people who earlier tended to believe it are no longer doing so. I don’t have anything against anyone,” he said. Asked if Malaika, 45, was special to him, Arjun said: “Yes, she is. I have nothing to hide. What the world is seeing, they are seeing. However, I have no desire to justify my personal life beyond a point. It’s important to have good people around and I feel fortunate that I have such individuals in my life.” It was earlier reported that the couple would tie the knot by the end of April this year. Their Maldives visit even generated rumour that they had gone there for their pre-wedding bash. Malaika was earlier married to actor-filmmaker Arbaaz Khan, separated in 2017.last_img read more

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Moroccos Education Ministry Gives School Kids 2Hour Lunch Break

Rabat – The new schedule is the second the ministry released in one week, replacing a plan from Saturday, October 27.Schools will now start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday. The time-table concerns schools with one teacher per classroom, the ministry said in a statement. For schools with two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The other group will start at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1:30 and 3.30 p.m. The two groups will go to school on Saturday as well.Fewer hours of schoolingWith the new time-table, some classes will have school for only two hours in the afternoon while others will have only 4 or 4.5 hours of school total per day. The reduction in hours may confuse school administrators and teachers, as they will have to change their planned classes to adjust to the new time-table.For schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.For rural schools having two teachers per classroom, one group of students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m. while the other group will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The two groups will go to school on Saturday, too.Middle and high school will start at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m. with two options for their two-hour lunch: between 12 noon and 2 p.m or between 1 and 3 p.m. The schedule, reduced by one hour from the typical time-table, may require teachers to cut some  subjects or topics from the curriculum.You’ll need to know both new time-tablesThe new time will be effective beginning Monday, November 12. Children return to school on Wednesday, November 7, after the fall break. The October 27 time-table stipulated that it goes into effect on November 7, so children may need to follow it for half a week before the newer time-table takes effect.The October 27 time-table allowed only one hour for lunch break. The decision angered parents because one hour would not be enough for their children to go home for lunch.Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in spring. Public schools usually open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m.The time-table change comes after the government council adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855 Friday, to stay on Daylight Saving Time (DST) year-round, changing Morocco’s standard time from GMT to GMT+1. Without changing the time-table, children would have had to go to school shortly after sunrise. read more

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Canadian retail sales up 04 per cent in July first increase in

The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says retail sales rose 0.4 per cent in July to $51.5 billion, the first increase in three months.Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Statistics Canada says sales were up in six of the 11 subsectors it tracks representing 71 per cent of retail trade.Motor vehicle and parts dealers reported sales climbed 1.5 per cent in July, boosted by higher sales at new car dealers.The miscellaneous store retailer category rose 1.7 per cent. boosted by a 14.3 per cent increase at cannabis stores as sales at cannabis stores topped $100 million for the first time.Building materials and garden equipment and supplies dealers saw sales fall 3.2 per cent. read more

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Syria UN rights panel urges political solution to crisis end to impunity

Citing ongoing incidents of murder, rape, torture, widespread attacks on civilians and hostage-taking committed by Syrian forces and anti-Government armed groups, a United Nations-appointed human rights probe reported today that “the perpetrators of these violations and crimes, on all sides, act in defiance of international law. They do not fear accountability.” “Referral to justice is imperative. There is no military solution to this conflict. Those who supply arms create but an illusion of victory,” the International Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in its latest report, delivered to the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council, stressing that a political solution founded upon tenets of the Geneva communiqué is the “only path to peace”. The panel, which describes Syria today as “a battlefield [where] massacres are perpetrated with impunity [and] and untold number of Syrians have disappeared,” reports that Government and pro-Government forces in Syria have continued to conduct widespread attacks on the civilian population with impunity, committing murder, torture, rape and enforced disappearance as crimes against humanity, today reported stressing that there is no military solution to the conflict. “Failure to bring about a political settlement has allowed the conflict not only to deepen in its intransigence but also to widen – expanding to new actors and to new, previously unimaginable crimes.” Established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011, the Commission is mandated to investigate and record all violations of international human rights law during the Syria conflict.The findings produced in today’s report are based on 258 interviews and other evidence collected during the two-month period between 15 May and 15 July 2013.As for allegations that were received regarding the use of chemical weapons, predominantly by Government forces, the Commission reports that on the evidence currently available, “it was not possible to reach a finding about the chemical agents used, their delivery systems or the perpetrators. Investigations are ongoing.”The Commission goes on to report that Government forces “committed gross violations of human rights and the war crimes of torture, hostage-taking, murder, execution without due process, rape, attacking protected objects and pillage.”In reference to the offensive on Al-Qusayr town where the Commission verified that 450 people were killed, “Government forces conducted themselves in flagrant disregard of the distinction between civilians and persons directly participating in hostilities.” The Commission also noted that there is strong evidence to suggest that the siege on the Al-Qusayr area was imposed to “render the conditions of life unbearable, weakening the armed groups and forcing civilians, who were so able, to flee.”Pro-Government forces have a legal obligation to allow and facilitate the unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief, the Commission said in its sixth report since it began documenting violations of international law inside Syria in August 2011. According to the report, the anti-Government forces have committed “war crimes, including murder, execution without due process, torture, hostage-taking and attacking protected objects,” as well as besieging and indiscriminately shelling civilian neighbourhoods. Anti-Government and Kurdish armed groups have recruited and used child soldiers in hostilities, the report said.In a statement at a press conference in Geneva, the Commission, led by Paulo Pinheiro, urgently called for a cessation of hostilities and a return to negotiations, leading to a political settlement. “To elect military action in Syria will not only intensify the suffering inside the country but will also serve to keep such a settlement beyond our collective reach,” stressed the group, which also includes experts Karen Koning AbuZayd, Carla del Ponte and Vitit Muntarbhorn. The Commission urged a political solution founded upon tenets of the Geneva communiqué of 30 June 2012.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States, Lakhdar Brahimi, along with other senior UN officials, have been advocating for a so-called Geneva II meeting, which would include representatives of Syrian parties as well as senior United States, Russian and UN officials.The goal of the conference would be to achieve a political solution to the conflict through a comprehensive agreement between the Government and the opposition for the full implementation of the communiqué. The Commission of Inquiry will present this latest report to the Human Rights Council on 16 September. read more

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General Motors announces UK leadership change

Two key appointments were today announced in Zurich by Carl-Peter Forster, GM Group vice president and president GM Europe. Jonathan Browning, GM Europe vice president, sales, marketing and aftersales and chairman of Vauxhall Motors Ltd has been appointed GM vice president, global sales, service and marketing. “Bill’s roles of chairman and managing director will provide strong continuity in the further development of GM’s UK operations and continue to drive our business forward in the UK and Ireland,” said Forster. “Bill has played a key role in leading the UK to become GM’s largest market in Europe and in building exemplary relations with our retailer networks.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) CW (Bill) Parfitt, Vauxhall Motors Ltd managing director, is appointed Vauxhall chairman, effective 1 June 2008. Bill will also maintain his existing GME sales responsibility for GME fleet and CV activities. read more

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Speaker series to discuss tax avoidance behaviour by companies

Associate Professor of Accounting Tanya Tang will talk about the implications of tax avoidance during a Goodman School of Business event Friday, Feb. 16.Held as part of Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series, Tang will present her paper, “The value implications of tax avoidance across countries” that was recently published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance.Tang studied data from companies in 46 countries and focused her research on investor perceptions of companies’ tax-avoidance behaviour and found there is a positive relationship between tax avoidance and firm value.Tang is the recipient of the 2017 Department Research award for Goodman’s Accounting department.In its 12th year, Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series provides an informal and engaging opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with colleagues internationally.The event is being held in Sankey Chamber Friday, Feb. 16 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited. Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. Brock community members wishing to attend can email Jennifer Brisson at jbrisson@brocku.ca to reserve a seat. read more

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Backlash after sexist hats found in gift shop at National Trust property

first_imgGraham Jones, Tatton Park’s visitor and commercial operations manager, said the hat was removed from the shelves as soon as they were made aware of the complaint. Tatton Park, Knutsford, CheshireCredit:Robert Harding World Imagery The National Trust has been dragged into a sexism row after one of its stately homes was found selling pink  “future footballers wife” hats for girls.The hats, complete with the lack of apostrophe, were being sold in the gift shop at Tatton Park, Cheshire, but were removed from the shelves yesterday (TUES) after a barrage of criticism on social media.Laura Goss, creative director at a digital agency, photographed the “stupid” hat and published it on Twitter, telling the Trust: “Your young female visitors deserve better merch (+ better grammar).” Hey @nationaltrust – this stupid hat is for sale at Tatton Park. Your young female visitors deserve better merch (+ better grammar) pic.twitter.com/isTBCSHm3L— Laura Goss (@sparklepanties) August 29, 2017 “We get a job lot of hats from our supplier, including children’s hats, but I don’t know how these ended up on our shelves. Someone’s put them out without thinking,” he said.“If they have offended anyone and are considered inappropriate, then as far as we are concerned, it was a mistake and we take that very seriously.”The shop includes stock often seen in National Trust gift shops such as the charity’s popular throws, but no National Trust branded items.Ms Goss said she was pleased the hat had been withdrawn from sale.“I was disgusted and saddened by it,” she told the Telegraph.“It would be wrong wherever it was sold. National Trust may not have direct responsibility for the shop but if it falls under their brand then they should accept some of the blame.“It’s fantastic that it’s been taken off the shelf. It’s only a tiny thing really but it all helps.”The Trust has endured a tricky summer, during which it has faced criticism for requiring volunteers to wear Gay Pride badges, the public “outing” of Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, former owner of Felbrigg Hall near Cromer, and a change in the recipe for its celebrated flapjacks.center_img 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. Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire The post attracted a stream of comments from disgusted National Trust members, who branded it “everyday sexism” and “an appalling lack of judgment”.One said the hat “put the Tat into Tatton” whilst another added: “Trying to imagine the hat… ‘future footballer’s husband’ for all the little boys aspiring to marry well.”Another wrote: “Young girls aspiring to marry into money, @nationaltrust keeping the true spirit of the Stately Home/Landed Gentry alive.”National Trust thanked Ms Goss for flagging up the existence of the hat in its shop and said it would be contacting Tatton Park about it.However, it noted that although the historical estate was bequeathed to the charity in 1958 it is financed and maintained by Cheshire East Council which does not consult the Trust about what is sold in the shop.last_img read more

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first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals clinched the NFC West but the sense of accomplishment came with concerning injury news.Safety Tyrann Mathieu left for the locker room with a knee injury with less than three minutes to play in the 40-17 win against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.Mathieu exited the field walking under his own power following a fourth quarter interception, when it appeared the star defensive back went down on a non-contact play after picking off Sam Bradford’s pass with 2:37 left in the game. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Palmer finished 20-of-32 for 174 yards and a touchdown without an interception. – / 14 Mathieu’s pick was one of four turnovers forced by the Arizona defense. Linebacker Deone Bucannon recorded a pick-six to start the fourth quarter, after the Cardinals forced two fumbles on consecutive possessions as they took control in the third.Before Mathieu’s injury, quarterback Carson Palmer left the game after suffering an injury, and a close-up of his right index finger provided by NBC’s broadcast may have added worry. If what transpired afterward is any indication, Palmer won’t face a setback to his stellar season.Palmer would lead Arizona on a five-play, 50-yard drive after Arizona recovered its second fumble in a row. Palmer found John Brown along the sideline for a 16-yard score that gave the Cardinals a 30-10 lead in the third quarter of their 40-17 win.Carson Palmer’s finger“I’ll be fine, I’ll be fine,” Palmer told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s Paul Calvisi.Palmer let loose on a passing attempt during the third quarter but on his follow-through slammed his right index finger into the hands and helmet for a Philadelphia pass rusher.The quarterback left for a third down and winced as backup Drew Stanton threw a deep incompletion. After trainers put a few layers of tape on Palmer’s finger, the starter returned on the Cardinals’ next possession. Coach Bruce Arians told the media after the game he did not yet know the status of Mathieu’s injury, but teammates are hoping for the best after seeing the Mathieu following the game. While the team did not provide an update on the safety’s status, a few social media posts by the Honey Badger himself would indicate the news isn’t bad.After the game, Mathieu tweeted a picture of a notepad message that said, simply: “Dear God, I’m a huge fan of your work. Thank you.”He followed that by adding, “NFC WEST CHAMPS! #ForGlory”Palmer w/@PaulCalvisi postgame, “I’m not a doctor per se, but all you can do is pray. Everything looks like it’s OK” re: Mathieu #AZvsPHI— Craig Grialou (@CraigAZSports) December 21, 2015Here’s a look at the @Mathieu_Era INT. #AZvsPHI | #SNF pic.twitter.com/7XPffBfFIB— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) December 21, 2015Monday, as a guest of Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said Mathieu was set to undergo an MRI Monday morning.“That always reveals whether there’s any damage or not to the knee, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed,” he said. “He’s such a valuable piece to this defense, to this organization, and he has been a special guy — to me — just in terms of what he brings to the locker room, how he’s changed his life and all the great things he’s done for this organization.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Philadelphia Eagles’ Zach Ertz (86) scores a touchdown past Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu (32) and Deone Bucannon (20) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)last_img read more

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