Argentina appoint Edgaro Bauza as national football team coach

first_imgEdgardo Bauza, a former Argentine player who has been the coach of the Sao Paulo football club in Brazil, was named Tuesday to head Argentina’s national team.Bauza will replace Gerardo Martino, who along with star Lionel Messi, quit the team in July after Argentina lost the final of the Copa America tournament for a second consecutive year.”We’ve decided that Bauza is to be the new coach and we hope he will do very well,” said Armando Perez, chairman of the FIFA-appointed normalizing committee at the Argentine Football Association, said at a news conference. “He will arrive in the country Friday to discuss everything.” (Also read: Lionel Messi goes platinum blonde after retirement shocker)Bauza, 58, had a successful career as a player for Argentina’s Rosario Central and Independiente, Colombia’s Junior de Barranquilla and Mexico’s Veracruz, among others.As a coach, Bauza led Liga Deportiva de Quito of Ecuador and Argentina’s San Lorenzo to win the Copa Libertadores tournament in 2008 and 2014, respectively.Bauza “is very calm, doesn’t get nervous and has a great technical team,” Argentine soccer player Jonathan Calleri, who plays for Sao Paulo, said before the announcement.Former soccer star Diego Maradona had volunteered to coach the national team “for free” but his name wasn’t among the candidates mentioned by Perez.Argentina will face Uruguay in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup on September 1 in Mendoza, Argentina.last_img read more

John to clash with Akshay at box office, actor says no bad blood

first_imgMumbai, Jun 13 (PTI) John Abraham “Satyameva Jayate” and Akshay Kumar’s “Gold” will face-off at the box office this Independence Day but the “Madras Cafe” star says the love the duo shares would stay the same.While John will be back on screen after his recent hit “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” with director Milap Zaveri’s thriller “Satyameva Jayate”, Akshay will be seen in Reema Kagti’s sports drama “Gold”.When asked about the clash, John told reporters, “Akshay is an actor in ‘Gold’ and I am an actor in ‘Satyameva Jayate’. So that (the release of films) is a producer decision, between Excel Entertainment and T Series.”Akshay is my senior, I love him and have always wished the best for him. I am sure he will also want the same for me.”The duo has worked together in films such as “Garam Masala”, “Desi Boyz” and “Housefull 2”.John was speaking at the success press conference of “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” here last night.The Abhishek Sharma-directed film turned out to be a sleeper hit, earning not only good reviews but also did decent business at the box office.The actor, however, is aware about how to handle compliments and criticism.”It’s cyclical. If your one film does good, people laud you for it. You get bouquets. But if your film doesn’t do well, you get brickbats instead. So I think we are old horses at this. We know what goes on in people’s minds,” he said.When asked how he would react if the movie finds a spot at next year’s National Film Awards, John also said he hopes the film makes it to the prestigious tally.advertisementHe, however, added, “But, it’s too early to talk about our chances of winning a National Award. We are not overconfident. We think we will deserve whatever the jury decides for our film but at the same time I think people loved the film and that is important for us.”Besides, “Satyameva Jayate” and “Gold”, “Yamla Pagla Deewana Phir Se” will also release on August 15. PTI JUR RDSRDSlast_img read more

Travel Agency Air Ticket Sales Increase More Than 3 Percent to Start 2019

first_imgARC Reports International Passenger Trips Continue to Rise ARLINGTON, Va. – Feb. 19, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in January 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 3.2 percent as compared to January 2018, totaling nearly $8.7 billion vs. $8.4 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price for was $476, up  $17 from January 2018. The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased just under 0.4 percent to 27,686,761 compared to 27,589,579 in January 2018. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 1 percent while international passenger trips grew nearly 3 percent. Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in January 2019 totaled $6.9 million, about a 5 percent decrease compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transactions also decreased by 5 percent year-over-year. More detailed information is available on ARC’s website.  About ARC: An industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit read more

Emergency alerts for mobile phone users in BC to go live Friday

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. government issued a notice this week that emergency alerts issued through the national Alert Ready program will be able to be sent to compatible wireless devices such as smartphones starting April 6th.Wireless alerts will be publicly tested for the first time in B.C. on May 9th at 1:55 p.m. local time, in addition to tests on radio and television stations. On April 6th of last year, the CRTC mandated that wireless service providers be capable of sending wireless public alerts in Canada in one year’s time.A similar system made headlines in early January when a warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack in Hawaii was sent to cellphone users via the U.S. Commercial Mobile Alert System. That warning turned out to be a false alarm. “Accurate and timely information in an emergency situation can save lives and livelihoods, and we need to deploy every tool available to alert people of potential public safety threats,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “As technology improves, we are always looking for new ways to broaden our reach and reduce the time it takes to communicate critical safety information. Wireless alerts will help us achieve both of those objectives.”The government said today that Emergency Management B.C. will initially issue such alerts for tsunami threats only, with an expansion including other hazards and emergencies possibly being considered in the future.last_img read more

USFP Criticizes Government for Disenfranchising Moroccans Living Abroad

Rabat – On Wednesday, the French branch of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) accused the Moroccan government of disenfranchising citizens living abroad before the October 7th elections in a new set of proposed amendments to the country’s electoral laws.Abdelilah Benkirane has previously committed to developing initiatives to facilitate the inclusion of expatriate Moroccans in the political system by providing places for the community to submit their vote and nominate their peers to stand in elections: two rights directly outlined in article 17 of the 2011 constitution.When the interior ministry published the draft amendments earlier this week, it was revealed that no new provisions concerning the engagement of Moroccans abroad had been created. Shortly afterwards, an official told reporters that the fulfillment of the head of government’s commitments will be delayed until after the local and national elections later this year. Approximately five million Moroccans live abroad, mostly in European countries. Many parties – including Benkirane’s own Justice and Development Party (PJD) – have lobbied for the establishment of voting centers in Moroccan embassies to encourage expatriate citizens to increase their low voter turnout, caused by inadequate electoral infrastructure.Several parties in the parliament have also proposed plans to create new seats in the House of Representatives for citizens in the diaspora. The number of news seats varies anywhere from four to 60, depending on the party writing the draft law.The party’s branch criticized the government’s refusal to back any one of the proposals in the past few months, citing the success of several neighboring nations, such as Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, France, Italy and Portugal, in securing representation for communities consisting of their own citizens living outside the country’s borders.The USFP credited Moroccans abroad for securing the financial future of millions of families in their home country through their remittances, which are set to exceed six billion dollars this year. read more

Payless to close 248 Canadian stores, saying its ‘ill-equipped’ for market

TORONTO — Payless ShoeSource Canada Inc. says it will soon file for creditor protection in Canada and close all 2,500 of its North American stores this spring.The Kansas-based company’s chief restructuring officer Stephen Marotta says in a release that the closures are happening because a prior reorganization left the company “ill-equipped” for today’s retail environment with too much remaining debt and too large a store footprint.Documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court show the company had an oversupply of inventory as recently as this winter and was forced to sell merchandise at steep markdowns.The company, which has also filed for bankruptcy in the U.S., says it will begin closing stores at the end of March, though some will be open until the end of May while it conducts liquidation sales.Documents show the brand employs about 2,400 workers in Canada and owns 248 stores in the country.The documents say the company has failed to pay February’s rent for 220 of its stores in Canada and reported an operating loss of more than US$12 million last year. The Canadian Press read more

SP 500 falls most in 4 months TSX tumbles as investors get

TORONTO — North American stock markets had their biggest one-day tumble since early February on Thursday but analysts were hard-pressed to identify a single reason for the drop.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto fell 194.08 points to 15,330.74, as a number of big Canadian corporations missed earnings forecasts, but the index remained up about 1,736 points since the beginning of the year.New York’s Dow Jones industrials plunged 317.06 points to 16,563.3, leaving the index below where it started the year by about a dozen points. The Nasdaq lost 93.13 points to 4,369.77 and the S&P 500 index declined 39.4 points to 1,930.67.The loonie closed down 0.02 of a cent to 91.71 cents US.The U.S. Federal Reserve indicated Wednesday that it will keep short-term interest rates low “for a considerable time” after it ends its bond purchases, likely in October. The Fed is expected to start hiking rates mid-2015, but stronger than expected economic growth in the second quarter has investors concerned that the Fed could raise rates sooner.Argentina moved into a debt default for the second time in 13 years after a deadline of midnight Wednesday night came and went without a deal with bondholders.And volume is less than usual with many market participants on holidays.But the stock market declines also come at a time when many investors have registered substantial gains. “You get thinner markets and it doesn‘t take much to move things around,” said Wes Mills, chief investment officer Scotia Private Client Group.“Clearly everyone has made good money and there is no evidence that people are taking money off the table yet. It‘s probably just an overdue correction in a thin summer market with a combination of factors.”Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc., which is making a hostile takeover bid for Botox maker Allergan, posted a quarterly net profit of $126 million or 37 cents a share. Adjusted income was $651 million, or $1.91 per share, missing estimates of $1.98 a share, and its shares fell $9.59 or 7% to $127.83.Barrick Gold Corp. delivered a US$269-million quarterly net loss and $159-million of adjusted earnings in the second quarter, missing analyst estimates on both counts. The adjusted profit amounted to 14 cents US per share, two cents below estimates. Barrick shares dipped 44 cents to $19.70.Suncor Energy Inc.  posted net income of $211 million, or 14 cents per share, compared to $680 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier. Operating earnings, which strip out the effects of unusual items, came in at $1.14 billion or 77 cents a share, 20 cents below estimates and its shares were down $1.02 to $44.77.First Quantum Minerals fell  4.33% to $25.86 as copper sales increased but earnings per share came in at 23 cents, three cents short of forecasts.Going against the grain was corporate software company Open Text, up 14.5% to $60.64 as its quarterly profit doubled while revenue improved by more than 40%.And Bombardier Inc. reported its adjusted earnings were US$192 million, or 10 cents — a cent ahead of estimates and its shares climbed six cents to $3.73.The TSX energy sector was down 1.75% as September oil moved $2.10 lower to US$98.17 a barrel.The metals and mining sector fell 2.27% with September copper off a penny at US$3.23 a pound.The gold sector fell about 2.2% while December gold faded $14.10 to US$1,282.80 an ounce. read more

UN launches new initiative to empower rural women and girls

“Accelerating Progress Toward the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women” is a five-year initiative that will focus on improving food and nutrition security, increasing rural women’s incomes, enhancing leadership and participation in rural institutions, and creating a more responsive policy environment at national and international levels. “When women are empowered and can claim their rights and access to land, leadership, opportunities and choices, economies grow, food security is enhanced and prospects are improved for current and future generations,” said Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The programme will be carried out jointly by UN Women, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP). It will be implemented initially in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. Women make up 43 per cent of the agricultural work force worldwide, and as much as 70 per cent in some countries. Often working longer hours than men, rural women are also the caregivers who look after children, the elderly, and the sick. In addition, many are small business entrepreneurs and investors who dedicate most of their earnings to the well-being of their families and societies. However, most rural women and girls still face more obstacles than men in gaining access to public services, social protection, decent employment opportunities, and markets and other institutions. “Together, UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP will generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate to advance gender equality,” UN Women said in a news release. “When women are empowered – economically and socially – they become leaders and agents of change for economic growth, social progress and sustainable development.” read more

Keyshawn Johnson Defends Magic Johnson Against Claims That He

If you’re going to publicly weigh the pros and cons of what a man has done then weigh both, not just the part that supports your argument…— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017 Dan Le Batard said Magic Johnson’s skills don’t fit his new role with the Lakers, which Keyshawn Johnson found bigoted. (Screenshot/Twitter)Dan Le Batard quickly responded to Keyshawn Johnson and Michael Wilbon, who both criticized him for saying Magic Johnson is unqualified to lead the Los Angeles Lakers’ basketball operations.Speaking on “The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz” show Friday, Feb. 24, Le Batard stood by his assessment.“It sounded like I was saying that [Magic Johnson] only gets jobs because he’s famous and charming,” Le Batard said. “People made the argument, ‘He’s a good businessman.’ Well, of course, he’s a good businessman. So is James Dolan, so is the owner of the [Sacremento] Kings [Vivek Ranadive], so was Donald Sterling. I was talking about, is it a translatable skill set? You’ve seen Magic Johnson’s tweets, they’re obvious. He’s not a basketball visionary when he’s raving about [Shanghai Sharks guard] Jimmer Fredette.”On Thursday, Feb. 23, Le Batard said Magic Johnson has not proven successful in any of his post-basketball endeavors. He concluded the charitable NBA great had no business being promoted from his advisory role Tuesday after the team terminated General Manager Mitch Kupchak.“Magic Johnson is charming,” Le Batard said. “But Magic Johnson was given a late-night television show because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 11 shows. Magic Johnson was given a head coaching job of the Lakers because he’s famous and charming. Failed in 16 games.”Keyshawn Johnson responded to Le Batard’s claims on “ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge & LZ” later that day and defended Magic’s short-lived late-night talk show gig.“I can’t tolerate this dude!” the retired NFL wide receiver said. “I can’t tolerate him saying these things about Magic Johnson because his facts are completely wrong! He got a talk show coming out of the NBA because they were trying a late-night talk show with African-Americans … The talk show business is hard! How many people fail at it?”Johnson then implied Le Batard’s stance was founded in racism, an assertion co-host Jorge Sedano disagreed with.“I’m going to read between the lines,” Johnson said. “I’m going to read between the lines on this one. To me, he’s saying ‘because he’s a Black dude,’ that’s the way I look at it …”Michael Wilborn, co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” tweeted in defense of Magic Johnson’s business acumen, saying Le Batard should have considered all aspects of the Hall of Famer’s career into account and not just his failures.So LeBatard bases Magic’s worthiness on a failed talk show and failed coaching career but not the 25 years since of success in business?— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) February 23, 2017 read more

Britain gets ready for the Queens speech but theres still no deal

first_imgBritain gets ready for the Queen’s speech – but there’s still no deal with the DUP The speech comes in the wake of a snap election that weakened May and forced her to seek a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP. Short URL 9,043 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 21st 2017, 7:20 AM 30 Comments Wednesday 21 Jun 2017, 7:20 AM Share6 Tweet Email By Paul Hosford Image: Frank Augstein BRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May’s programme for government will be laid out as parliament is formally opened today – but there is still no sign of a deal with the Democratic Unionist Party.Queen Elizabeth will make her way to the House of Lords to make a speech outlining May’s watered-down policy which will be debated before going to a vote in the coming days.The speech comes in the wake of a snap election that weakened May and forced her to seek a confidence and supply agreement with the DUP.However, nearly two weeks after the election, there is still no agreement between the parties. RTÉ quotes a DUP source as saying the talks “haven’t proceeded in a way that the DUP would have expected” and a deal “can’t be taken for granted”.After four terror attacks and a devastating fire that have darkened the national mood, protesters are also planning a “Day of Rage” in the streets against May’s Conservatives.The Times branded her administration the “stumbling husk of a zombie government” and said May was now “so weak that she cannot arbitrate between squabbling cabinet ministers”, who are increasingly publicly divided over Brexit.“Downing Street is a vacuum,” the newspaper said.May called the June 8 snap general election in a bid to strengthen her mandate heading into the Brexit talks.But the plan spectacularly backfired, leaving her with a minority government.The speech is usually a high point of British pomp and pageantry, but this year there will be no horse-drawn carriage procession, crown, or ceremonial robes.Read: Donald Trump gets a major boost in an election seen as a referendum on him Image: Frank Augsteinlast_img read more

Mobile phone users fooled by scam

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Consumer protection groups are warning of an Internet scam involving advertisement banners. The banners offer readers the opportunity to take IQ tests or trace their friends’ location by submitting their mobile phone online but then bombard them with text messages that cost up to 2 euros each to read. The Greek Quality of Life Consumer Union said it has received several complaints from mobile phone owners besieged with text messages costing between 42 cents and 2 euros each. It has called on the Greek government to take legal action against the firms uploading the banners.last_img

New Collaboration Expands Availability of Gastrointestinal Healthcare

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 13, 2017 – Nassau – Comprehensive gastrointestinal services are now available at Family Medicine Center clinic on Blake Road, as a result of a new collaboration with The Centre for Digestive Health.Through the new working arrangement, Dr. Harold Munnings and Dr. Flloyd Carter of The Centre for Digestive Health are able to make their services more accessible to people on the western side of New Providence. Specialist consultations, colonoscopy and other services are available.  “This collaboration brings significant benefits to patients,” said Dr. Graham Cates, medical practitioner and founder of Family Medicine Center.   “We are pleased to work with the Centre for Digestive Health, a medical operation that offers high quality, patient-centered care. Dr. Munnings shares our vision for comprehensive healthcare. We welcome the opportunity to work closely with him, Dr. Carter, and their skilled medical team, to expand our services and provide the best care possible for patients.”Robert Green, was the first person to receive healthcare services under the new collaboration, undergoing a routine colonoscopy last week. Mr. Green, a regular patient at FMC, was happy to see the new services come available at the medical facility located on Blake Road.   “The Family Medicine Center out west where they performed the procedure was very convenient and I did not have to deal with the downtown traffic or parking. It was also very close (two blocks) from where I live,” said Mr. Green.“This is the second colonoscopy I’ve had in the last 12 years with the first in Dallas, Texas. This colonoscopy went very smooth! The preparation prior to the procedure went just as planned. The morning of the procedure was great, I showed up at 10am.  Once called, we went upstairs so Nurse Cooper could get me ready for Dr. Munnings. It was painless and fast.  After a few minutes I fell asleep, then woke up thinking I was still waiting for the procedure until I saw the clock and realized that they had finished.  After a few more checks I was cleared to go home and I felt great!”Both Family Medicine Center and the Centre for Digestive Health are innovative leading medical operations.   “Dr. Graham Cates is a fine doctor and a visionary, who is moving to fill a crying need for high quality and comprehensive medical services in western New Providence,” said Dr. Harold Munnings, Gastroenterologist and founder of The Centre for Digestive Health.   “The Family Medicine Center, which he operates, is one of the the finest medical facilities in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Dr. Carter and I are happy to join the team and make our specialist services available at this location”.Family Medicine Center was founded with a focus on a whole-life approach to healthcare, specialising in physical, mental and emotional well-being – offering the only full health and wellness service that integrates wellness education with medical support such as labs, medication, nursing and psychology.   The Centre for Digestive Health has been a leader in gastroenterology in The Bahamas since 1997, providing expert consultation, evaluation and treatment in all aspects of gastrointestinal, pancreatic and liver disease in both adults and children.The collaboration between Family Medicine Center and the Centre For Digestive Health is reflective of both organisations’ commitment to improve patient care.   For more information visit: and Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Boy 14 arrested in Wilsonville after I5 chase

first_imgWILSONVILLE, Ore. — Police say a 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday morning in Wilsonville after leading officers on a chase on Interstate 5 from Woodburn.KGW reports the incident began about 3:20 a.m. with a report of a hit-and-run accident. The driver fled on the interstate and took an exit at Wilsonville where two tires failed and the car was pinned by a police cruiser.Police used pepper spray on the driver who managed to run off on foot. He was tracked with a dog and arrested. He was treated for a dog bite on his way to a juvenile facility in Marion County.last_img

LinManuel Miranda shares touching texts from fan

first_imgOne of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fans texted in his appreciation for Miranda’s work on Moana.   Samir Hussein/Getty Images For Lin-Manuel Miranda, fan admiration is likely an everyday occurrence. The playwright, composer and actor, who you might know from the Broadway smash Hamilton, or from his latest turn in Mary Poppins Returns, tweeted Thursday about a fan who used his smart phone to kept things pretty chill. “To the dude next to me on the bus (because the A is f***ed today) who just quietly showed me this while I was with my kid, so that he was none the wiser, thank you,” Miranda’s tweet read.  Tags Culture To the dude next to me on the bus (because the A is f***ed today) who just quietly showed me this while I was with my kid, so that he was none the wiser, thank you— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 20, 2018 0center_img Share your voice Post a comment Attached was a picture of the dude’s phone — he’d apparently sent up a flare, in a group text, that Miranda was on the bus. The response from one of the recipients was an all-caps declaration across multiple texts: “TELL HIM YOU LOVE HIS WORK. HUGE FAN OF YOUR WORK. THANK YOU FOR MOANA. THANK YOU FOR HAMILTON.” Subsequent texts included: “DAMNIT JAY SAY IT” and “YOUR FRIEND HAS A COUPLE CUTE KIDS THAT KNOW WHAT A HERO LOOKS LIKE AND A HERO IS A GIRL.” Miranda co-wrote songs for the 2016 animated Disney movie Moana. The bus text incident isn’t the only heartwarming celebrity encounter this week. On Monday, a story came out about former NBA star Charles Barkley, describing his friendship with a cat litter chemist from Iowa named Lin Wang, and how Barkley delivered a eulogy at Wang’s funeral. CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens.last_img read more

South Houston Gallery Hopes to Become Cultural Hub

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 9 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:23 Looney Tunes characters, names, and all related indicia are TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. 2018. Artwork courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.center_img X Listen 00:00 /01:00 X Share The current exhibit at the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery features more than 40 original artworks by famed animator Chuck Jones, on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.“He’s kind of known mostly for the work he did with Looney Tunes. So we have Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, lots of Coyote and Road Runner original sketches,” said curator and art professor Bradly Brown.But Brown wanted to make the gallery experience extra special by creating a living room set with bean bag chairs and a TV. People can come every Monday from 9 to 11am for free cereal and milk and to watch cartoons in the middle of the exhibit.“I’m definitely trying to gear all of our exhibitions to have some sort of community and audience involvement.”As an artist, himself, Brown is interested in “not only displaying the work within a gallery exhibition, but also using it as an opportunity to create an artistic experience or an installation that complements the work itself.”For its next exhibit on Texas ranching, the gallery will collaborate with the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City and plans to incorporate workshops on cattle branding and ranch life.  Brown added, “I keep joking that we’re going to get a mechanical bull in the gallery. I doubt that will be possible, but you never know, I’m looking into it.”He hopes the two-year-old gallery will grow into a cultural hub for South Houston, offering multi-disciplinary exhibits that blend art, science, and history.“I think we fill a really nice void in this area for sure because we’re so close to NASA and [there’s] just a very diverse population and we have a very diverse student body.”Brown pointed out that it is not always efficient, or possible, for his students to drive 30 – 45 minutes north to central Houston’s Museum District, nor 30 – 45 minutes south to Galveston’s arts scene.“I think that the San Jac South location is really well positioned to hopefully be a midpoint between that bridge from Houston to Galveston … we have so much culture, but as far as a destination for that culture to come together and be exhibited and be experienced, I think that is what in my mind I would like to provide for the community.”Carrot Cake: The Life and Career of Chuck Jones is on view through November 7 at the San Jacinto College South Camus Gallery.Listen to the complete interview with Bradly Brown below:last_img read more

Scientists Are Making RoboBees

first_img Bees are dying. We’ve been hearing about it for literally years. And while there’s been some progress in terms of conversation, an intrepid group of scientists aren’t holding their breath for a solution.The problem is that bees are what’s known as a keystone species. Like the keystone of an arched bridge, the entire rest of the structure of the ecosystem rely on them. Bees pollinate thousands of different plants — particularly crops. And without them, we’d need to spend trillions of dollars each year just to make sure we have enough food to eat.The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan are working on drones that could help take some of that pressure off of our bumbly friends. They wouldn’t be able to do all of the work themselves, but it’s a step.“TV programs about the pollination crisis, honey bee decline, and the latest robotics emotionally motived me,” chemist Eijiro Miyako told Gizmodo. “I thought we urgently needed to create something for these problems.”Miyako created a special adhesive gel that, when attached to animal hairs allows 2-inch remote-controlled drones to pick up and drop off pollen just like a bee. The team’s paper, published in the most recent issue of Chem, says that more research needs to be done (as always), but that this is a huge step in the right direction.The team says that their drones are still really hard to maneuver, which isn’t at all surprising, and they’ve only tested one type of flower so far. Given that there are 20,000 species of bees that services many, many more pollinating plants, we’ve got some time to go before we have a viable replacement for our black-and-yellow friends. And even then, each drone runs about $100. Replacing even a small portion of real bees with our artificial pollinators would be tremendously expensive, and is why it’s always better to address conservation and environmental problems before they become critical. Stay on target Watch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado PeakGeek Pick: DJI RoboMaster S1 Is an Educational Land Drone last_img read more

New Study of Meteorite Provides More Evidence for Ancient Life on Mars

first_img Explore further Relic of life in that Martian meteorite? A fresh look ALH84001 HistoryScientists estimate that the meteorite, called Allan Hills 84001 (ALH84001), formed on Mars about 4.5 billion years ago, making it one of the oldest known objects in the solar system. Because the meteorite contains microscopic carbonate disks that are about 4 billion years old, scientists have previously hypothesized that the meteorite interacted with water that may have existed on Mars at this time.Much later, about 15 million years ago, a larger meteorite likely struck Mars and ejected ALH84001 into space. After spending most of that time traveling throughout the solar system, the meteorite landed on Earth about 13,000 years ago. Then, in 1984, a team of US scientists discovered it in Antarctica. The meteorite finally made news headlines in 1996, when NASA scientist David McKay and others peered at the rock under a scanning electron microscope and saw what appeared to be nanoscale fossils of bacteria-like life forms. Bacterial or Thermal Origin?Now, McKay, along with Kathie Thomas-Keprta, Everett Gibson, Simon Clemett, and Susan Wentworth, all of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, have revisited the original hypothesis with new observations of the meteorite. The study is published in a recent issue of the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta.In the new study, the scientists used advanced microscopy techniques to investigate the carbonate disks and, more importantly, the magnetite nanocrystals within the disks. These embedded magnetites are the apparent fossils that exhibit features similar to contemporary magnetotactic bacteria. During the past 13 years, different groups of scientists have proposed competing hypotheses to explain the origins of these magnetites. Some of the leading hypotheses are non-biological, suggesting that the magnetites were formed via thermal decomposition of the carbonates in which ALH84001 was struck by other meteorites. Such impacts may have increased the temperature of ALH84001 and caused the carbonates to decompose into magnetites via bond redistribution. In some models, ALH84001 may have experienced this shock by a random meteorite impact while still on Mars, while in other models, thermal decomposition may have occurred due to the impact event that ejected ALH84001 from its home planet. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: K.L. Thomas-Keprta, S.J. Clemett, D.S. McKay, E.K. Gibson, and S.J. Wentworth. “Origins of magnetite nanocrystals in Martian meteorite ALH84001.” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 73 (2009) 6631-6677. ( — In 1996, when scientists examined a meteorite from Mars previously uncovered in Antarctica, they were intrigued by what looked like microscopic fossils of ancient Martian life forms. Now, using new technology that wasn’t available 13 years ago, NASA scientists have found further evidence that the materials and structures in the meteorite are likely signs of ancient life, rather than the results of inorganic processes.center_img But whatever event might have triggered a thermal decomposition process, the scientists argue in the current study that very few – if any – of the magnetites embedded in ALH84001 carbonates are a product of thermal decomposition. By analyzing details such as the percentage of magnetite volume in the carbonate disks, the trace amounts of impurities observed in some of the magnetites, and the lack of siderite which some previous models suggested may have decomposed to form magnetite, the scientists concluded that these new observations were inconsistent with the previous inorganic-based thermal decomposition hypotheses.By showing that it’s very unlikely that the magnetite originated from the decomposition of ALH84001’s carbonate, the scientists argue that possible biological origins of the magnetite need to be considered more seriously than before. “For the past 10 years, the leading (and only) viable non-biologic hypothesis for the origin of the nanophase magnetites concentrated in ALH84001 has been thermal or shock decomposition of iron-bearing carbonates, a process known to produce small magnetite crystals,” Thomas-Keprta told “Our paper has falsified this non-biologic hypothesis by showing, based on thermodynamics and minor element chemistry, that this non-biologic hypothesis simply cannot produce the ultrapure magnetites actually present in ALH84001 as a significant population of all magnetites. By falsifying this non-biologic hypothesis, we are left with only the biologic hypothesis to explain the detailed properties of the magnetites in this martian meteorite.”Magnetite BiosignatureAlthough they have not yet developed a model for the origin of the magnetite in ALH84001, the researchers’ new observations are consistent with the possibility that the magnetite has an “allochthonous origin,” in which it was exposed to aqueous solutions such as water. As Thomas-Keprta explained, the magnetite in ALH84001 could have been one of several ferromagnetic minerals produced by magnetotactic bacteria that live in aquatic environments. When these bacteria die and their shells degrade, a chain of magnetite is released into the environment. Without its confining shell, the magnetite chain configuration cannot be maintained, so individual magnetite crystals begin to mix with inorganic particles in the water. On Earth, magnetotactic bacteria are quite common in aqueous environments, and scientists often find magnetites in surface and subsurface sediments. “For many years, the presence of the specific kind of nanomagnetite formed by magnetotactic bacteria on Earth have been completely accepted as a biosignature when found in any Earth sediment or rock,” Thomas-Keprta said, noting that these magnetite have very specific properties. “When we first documented these specific properties in the ALH84001 carbonates, the only alternate non-biologic hypothesis that was commonly accepted as viable was the thermal decomposition of iron-bearing carbonate,” she said. “Now that we have completely falsified this hypothesis with this latest paper, we are still left with the specific properties of the ALH84001 magnetite that, if found on Earth, would be a robust biosignature indicating production by bacteria.“We also point to the many discoveries since our original paper showing supporting evidence such as an early strong magnetic field on Mars (necessary for the development of magnetotactic bacteria); the presence of near surface water at many locations on current-day Mars; the presence of possible oceans, major drainage channels, and other features associated with an early wet Mars; and the recent evidence for variable releases of methane into the Martian atmosphere. . . . We do not believe it is too incautious to restate our original hypothesis that such magnetites constitute strong evidence of early life on Mars.” This image of the meteorite, seen through a scanning electron microscope, shows bumps that resemble a fossilized colony of microbacteria. Some of the rounded bumps are preserved at the top of the surface and resemble individual spherical and ovoid-shaped microbes. Image credit: NASA. Citation: New Study of Meteorite Provides More Evidence for Ancient Life on Mars (2009, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of read more

Diskovery storage analyzer for Windows

first_imgDiskovery storage analyzer for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on April 04, 2016 in Software – 14 commentsDiskovery is a brand new storage analyzer for the Windows operating system by the makers of the great Bvckup 2 backup program.The application is available as a beta version only currently, and only from third-party sites as the official project site has not been published yet.You can download the program from Download Crew for instance currently. We will update the review once the site goes up, and then again when the program loses its beta status.DiskoveryDiskovery is a lightweight portable program currently that has a size of just 227 Kilobyte. The program is compatible with all recent versions of the Windows operating system starting with Windows Vista and going all the way up to Windows 10. Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported.A representation of all storage devices and logical volumes is displayed to you on start. The listing may include RAM disks, virtual disks and pretty much any storage device that is connected to the PC at the time of the scan. It may display inaccessible drives on top of that.You may then click on an item displayed in the sidebar to display a wealth of information about it.Storage DevicesHere is just a quick list of important information displayed by Diskovery:Device Capacity, vendor, product name, and serial number.Drive Health status (using SMART), temperature.Drive letter.Partitioning type.Power on hours, power-on count.SATA signaling rate.Supported features.Some information can be expanded. It is for instance possible to expand the SMART data entry to display all attributes in the program interface.Similar options exist for device, capacity, drive letters, the partition table, supported features and SATA signaling rate. The latter reveals the supported rates which may provide you with information on whether the rate is running at maximum speed or not.Supported features offers interesting information as well, for instance if UltraDMA mode is on, or whether the drive supports TRIM.Logical VolumesLogical Volume information are somewhat different. The following information are displayed for logical volumes:Volume ID and pathSerial and label.Volume type, status and access rights.File System, compression, and used storage.Supported features.VerdictDiskovery is a beta program and therefore not rated until the final version of the program is released. The program has a lot going for it already: it is lightweight, portable, and displays lots of information that can be useful when analyzing storage devices connected to the system.What’s missing is an option to print or export the information (you can display the scan log but it is highly technical), and there is no way to compare scans which could be another interesting feature.Summary12345 3 based on 7 votes Software Name DiskoveryOperating System WindowsSoftware Category System Advertisementlast_img read more

Italy eliminates U17 Womens World Cup hosts Costa Rica with 10 victory

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica breaking attendance records at Under-17 Women’s World Cup Quarterfinals set for U-17 Women’s World Cup as winless host Costa Rica says goodbye Costa Rica will battle with Venezuela before a full stadium to inaugurate the Under-17 Women’s World Cup Spain vs. Italy and Japan vs. Venezuela are your semifinal match-ups for the U-17 Women’s World Cup The first Central American country to ever host a FIFA World Cup event will have to watch the quarterfinals from the sidelines. Italy defeated Costa Rica, 1-0, at the National Stadium on Tuesday night to eliminate the hosts during the first round of the Under-17 Women’s World Cup.Italy’s Gloria Marinelli scored the lone goal of the match in the 19th minute.The Italians win coupled with Venezuela’s 4-0 blowout of Zambia on Tuesday afternoon means that both those victorious squads will advance to the quarterfinals out of Group A. The two eliminated teams — Costa Rica and Zambia — have yet to score a goal in two World Cup matches so far.Costa Rica still plays a final Group A match against Zambia on Saturday at the National Stadium in western San José. However, The Ticas will just be playing for pride at that point.After 35,000 fans attended Costa Rica’s inaugural match — a 3-0 loss to Venezuela — the team saw strong support again in its second game of the tournament. Some 20,000 Costa Rica fans provided boisterous encouragement throughout the night. Even after the team was eliminated, spectators offered a warm salute to The Ticas.The team’s diligent 15-year-old captain Gloriana Villalobos almost did enough on her own to equalize the match. If Costa Rica does score a goal during this World Cup, she’ll likely be the one to do it. And against an unimpressive Zambian team, The Ticas will at least have a favorable chance to leave their own World Cup on a triumphant note. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Report 4 injured after explosion at kosher store

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Parents, stop beating yourself up France, which has western Europe’s largest Jewish population, sees sporadic but persistent anti-Semitic acts, often vandalism of gravesites and synagogues. The nation also has the region’s largest Muslim population, and mosques and Muslim gravesites are periodically desecrated.Fears of a new wave of anti-Semitism in France resurfaced after a gunman claiming ties to radical Islam killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse in March, the worst such attacks in France since the 1990s.___Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Associated PressPARIS (AP) – A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb Wednesday, wounding at least one person, according to an agency that tracks anti-Semitic attacks in France.The reason for the attack was unclear, but it rattled nerves amid global tensions surrounding a U.S.-produced film insulting to Islam. The French grocery store attack came a few hours after a satirical French weekly published caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, prompting anger from French Muslim groups. The Jewish Community Protection Service, set up to register anti-Semitic attacks in France, says on its website that two individuals dressed in black threw an explosive device inside a kosher supermarket in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles at lunchtime Wednesday. It says one person suffered small injuries, without elaborating.Yves Jannier, the state prosecutor in the Val d’Oise region where Sarcelles is located, cautioned that evidence was still being compiled and it was too early to draw any conclusions about motives behind the attack.“We’ll need to analyze, quantify and measure all these elements, such as to know perhaps the type of explosives used,” he said at a news conference. “But for now, we should avoid any extrapolation or hasty conclusions.”The Sipa news agency reported four injuries. It said the two assailants fled after throwing a rock through the shop’s window shortly before the explosion, and that the victims are being treated for wounds to their arms and legs from the explosion and broken glass.A French Jewish umbrella organization, CRIF, said in a statement that “it fears this attack” is connected to violent protests in recent days from Asia to Africa against the U.S.-produced film “Innocence of Muslims,” which ridicules Prophet Muhammad. CRIF criticized those who are linking Jews to the making of the film and said “nothing can justify the wave of violence that has hit the world since its release.” Sponsored Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more