Jay Bruce Traded From Mariners To NL East-Leading Phillies

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Jay Bruce is going from last place to the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.The former All-Star was traded by the Seattle Mariners on Sunday in a deal that will cost the Phillies just $2.75 million over the next 1½ seasons.“I get to go somewhere I have a chance to win,” the 32-year-old outfielder said, “and at this point in my career, that’s pretty paramount for me.”As part of the deal, Seattle agreed to pay the Phillies $18,567,204 next Jan. 15, offsetting most of the $21,317,204 remaining in the $39 million, three-year contract Bruce agreed to with the New York Mets in January 2018.Bruce is owed $8,317,204 this year from his $13 million salary and has a $13 million salary in 2020. The Mets remain responsible for the second $1.5 million installment of his $3 million signing bonus, a payment due next Jan. 31.Philadelphia sent the Mariners minor league infielder Jake Scheiner, who will report to Class A Modesto.Bruce will join the Phillies for Monday’s game at San Diego. He is hitting .212 with 14 homers and 28 RBIs, striking out 53 times in 184 at-bats.“It’s bittersweet,” he said. “I really like the group of guys here. I got to know some of them and had great relationships. It’s part of the business, though.”Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins welcomed news of the trade.“Obviously that’s an exciting move, another veteran guy, a guy who’s done it in some big situations in the playoffs, another left-handed guy, a guy who knows the game,” he said. “Comfortable in a ton of different roles and from everything I’ve heard he’s a great dude. My guess is he’ll fit right in here.”A three-time All-Star for Cincinnati in 2011, ’12 and ’16, Bruce was acquired by the Mets from the Reds on Aug. 1, 2016, traded to Cleveland on Aug. 9, 2017, then became a free agent and returned to the Mets.He hit just .223 with nine homers and 37 RBIs in 94 games last year, when he was sidelined from mid-June until late August because of a sore right hip. New York traded him to Seattle in December as part of the deal in which the salary-shedding Mariners sent second baseman Robinson Canò and closer Edwin Díaz to the Mets.Now, Bruce returns to the National League.“We believe he’ll be able to operate in either corner,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. “I know he hasn’t played a ton of first base in his career, but we think for a short period he’d be fine over there, too.”OFFICIAL: #Phillies have acquired outfielder Jay Bruce from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for minor league 3B Jake Scheiner and cash considerations. pic.twitter.com/NtgBXQY3ca— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 2, 2019Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said Bruce would be used both off the bench and as a starter.“Jay Bruce makes our bench stronger and I also think he makes our lineup stronger on days when we’ll see a right-handed pitcher,” he said.Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera was placed on administrative leave by the commissioner’s office Tuesday under the sport’s domestic violence policy after his arrest in Atlantic City, New Jersey.“Our outfield depth has been compromised in the first couple months of the year, and we think it’s important for us to address that,” Klentak said. “Sometimes it’s just as important to solidify your bench and to build depth and make sure that when the inevitable happens — you don’t know what it’s going to be or who it’s going to be or how it’s going to happen — you try to protect yourself as well as you can.”Bruce’s last hit with Seattle was memorable, his 300th home run on Friday, against the Los Angeles Angels. He is one of eight active players with at least 300 home runs and 300 doubles.Seattle recalled outfielder Braden Bishop from Triple-A Tacoma.The 23-year-old Scheiner, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft, hit .256 with two homers and 20 RBIs at Class A Clearwater.By: Jolene Latimer, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Moto E5 Plus quick review: Big on battery and display but is that enough

first_imgMotorola began its 2018 run with the launch of the Moto G6 and Moto E5 series. The company first announced its new lineup back in April in Brazil. Last month, the Moto G6 and Moto G6 Play were brought to India starting at Rs 11,999. This month, the Moto E5 and E5 Plus have been launched, starting at Rs 9,999. The Moto E-series has generally been Motorola’s entry-level offering, but the Moto E5 Plus changes things a bit.Priced at Rs 11,999, the Moto E5 Plus now falls in the sub-Rs 15,000 segment. It’s a few notches higher than the Moto E4 Plus, which was launched last year at around Rs 9,000. Motorola feels the price tag, which is similar to the Moto G6 Play, is justified thanks to an attractive 18:9 display. The other big highlight being a massive 5,000mAh battery, something that even the Moto E4 Plus brought. I spent a brief time with the Moto E5 Plus and here’s my initial thoughts.Like the Moto G6 and G6 Play, the Moto E5 Plus also comes with an 18:9 display – a first for the Moto E series – with smaller bezels. I do have to say that despite reducing the bezels, the chin is still pretty significant. In fact, it’s big enough to keep the home button cum fingerprint sensor. But Motorola decided against it and instead moved the fingerprint sensor to the back where it is now placed within the Moto logo, and yes, the dimple is back.Because the bezels are still prominent, the Moto E5 Plus is not going to be easy to handle with one hand, and I found it difficult to reach parts of the display as well as the volume button on the side without adjusting the grip.advertisementThe Moto E5 Plus comes with a polycarbonate body, which is what one expects from a budget phone. It will not give you a premium feel, but Motorola has given the rear panel a glossy finish that is able to reflect light and create S-shaped patterns. The plastic, however, does help keep the weight reasonable considering the phone houses a massive battery that makes the phone weigh 200 grams. And you can feel the weight of the phone the moment you hold it.Motorola is touting the Moto E5 Plus as a phone that is big on entertainment, and that’s because of the tall 6-inch HD+ (1440×720) Max Vision display. So you get a pretty big display that takes up most of the front of the phone with an HD+ resolution that may not sound too exciting. But in my brief time with the device, I found the display to bright and clear, and colours look good, especially the reds and blues.Powering the Moto E5 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 430 chipset, which is a bit of a downgrade compared to the variant outside India that gets a SD435 chip. The phone is offered with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. As far as general usage is concerned, the Moto E5 Plus isn’t the snappiest out there, but things did feel pretty smooth. This largely because of some neat optimisations as the Moto E5 Plus runs mostly stock Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box. You get a few pre-loaded apps like LinkedIn and Outlook, which are non-removable. But you largely get a pure Android user interface with almost no bloatware.The handset can hold dual SIM cards with both slots supporting 4G VoLTE. It is also great to see a dedicated slot for microSD card. Apart from a fingerprint sensor, the Moto E5 Plus also supports face unlock. Both are pretty accurate and I did not notice any significant errors during my limited time with the device.The Moto E5 Plus sports a circular watch dial-like camera setup on the back, which we have seen on the Moto G6 and the Moto X4 before. And while on first glance it seems like a dual camera setup, the Moto E5 Plus only gets a single 12-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection auto-focus. The other cutout next to the main sensor is actually for Laser Autofocus. I only got to test the camera indoors in average light and photos taken did not look flattering. I found a lot of noise and lack of detail while trying out the rear camera.The 5-megapixel selfie camera is another downgrade from the 8MP configuration available outside the country. One should capture decent photos outdoors in good lighting, although we could not test this during our brief time with the device. Indoors and in low-light, however, the front camera looks quite poor as I found photos to be quite dark and noisy.advertisementProbably the biggest highlight about the Moto E5 Plus is its massive 5,000mAh battery. That’s what the Plus really stands for. The battery is big enough to promise up to a day and a half worth of juice, although that may vary depending on how much you actually use your phone. Motorola is selling the phone for consumers who love to consume media and do not want to charge the phone every night. I couldn’t test the battery in our brief interaction with the phone, and I’ll have more to tell in my detailed review.As advertised, the Moto E5 Plus seems to be all about offering an immersive display on a phone that will not die on you easily. At Rs 11,999, the phone will take on the likes of the Redmi Note 5 and Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, both of which have proved to be capable all round phones.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson, Joe Root stand a chance to eclipse Rohit Sharma as highest run-getter

first_imgIt’s almost time for curtains for World Cup 2019 as two finalists are set to battle it out in the big final at Lord’s on July 14.The game will witness a new team being crowned as champions as England and New Zealand are in search of their maiden World Cup triumph.The world has seen some of the finest batsmen putting on a great show with the willow in the last 47 matches. There were many unexpected misses and some breathtaking performances from players who outlived the expectations.India vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Australia opener David Warner are leading the run charts of World Cup 2019 with Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan just behind them at No.3 in the tally.Rohit Sharma (648 runs) remains the highest run scorer in World Cup 2019, despite India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand as David Warner fell one-run short of Rohit’s tally after getting out for 9 in the second semi-final against England.Rohit amassed those runs at an average of 81 with a record 5 hundreds and one half-century in 9 matches. Shakib Al Hasan is currently the third-highest run-scorer with 606 runs in 8 matches at 86.57 with two hundreds and five fifties.England’s top order batsman Joe Root and Kiwi captain Kane Williamson are ranked 4th and 5th in the highest run scorers list of World Cup 2019.Williamson and Root both will get one final opportunity to bat in this tournament on July 14 and eclipse Rohit Sharma as the highest run scorer of the tournament. India Today PhotoWilliamson has 548 runs from 9 matches at 91.33 whereas Root has amassed 549 runs in 10 innings.advertisementAussie skipper Aaron Finch scored 507 runs in the tournament and is positioned 6th whereas England’s opening pair of Jonny Bairstow (496 runs) and Jason Roy(426 runs) are occupying 7th and 10th position in the highest run-getters list.India skipper Virat Kohli(443 runs), who went onto to score five successive half-centuries in the World Cup 2019 holds the 9th rank in the run chart whereas Pakistan’s talented Babar Azam amassed 474 runs in 8 innings and is ranked 8th.Also Read | South Africa didn’t have chance to win World Cup without you: Yuvraj Singh tells AB de VilliersAlso Read | The contradictions and chaos that shattered India’s World Cup dreamAlso See:last_img read more

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Huawei MediaPad T5 on sale in India starting Rs 14,990 on Amazon

first_imgHuawei launched the MediaPad T5 budget tablet earlier this month in India with a price starting at Rs 14,990. The MediaPad T5 is now on sale in India exclusively on Amazon India. Huawei’s latest tablet touts a 10.1-inch FHD display, dual stereo speakers and a lightweight design with a metal body.The MediaPad T5 comes in two memory and storage variants – 2GB + 16GB and 3GB + 32GB. The former, as mentioned earlier, is priced at Rs 14,990 while the latter is available at Rs 16,990. Some offers for customers include a Huawei Earphone AM 12 worth Rs 2,998 and flip cover for free on purchasing the MediaPad T5.Huawei MediaPad T5 specificationsThe Huawei MediaPad T5 sports a 10.1-inch with a FHD (1920×1200) resolution, 224 ppi and a 16:10 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 2.3Ghz octa-core Kirin 659 SoC paired with up to 3GB of RAM. Unfortunately, the tablet runs on a dated Android Oreo-based EMUI 8 software.Huawei’s budget tablet packs a 5,100mAh battery. It also features a 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel selfie camera. The MediaPad T5 comes with up to 32GB of internal storage with support for storage expandability up to 256GB via a microSD card. The company is highlighting the MediaPad T5’s metal body and lightweight design weighing at 460 grams. It is offered in a single black colour variant in India.The MediaPad T5 also comes with dual stereo speakers and features like Children’s Corner that will allow you to set limits to what your child can use on the tablet, enhanced eye-comfort mode, posture guidance, blue ray filter and usage time control. The MediaPad T5 will also let you connect the tablet with a Huawei phone, Windows PC or Mac for a seamless sharing experience.advertisementALSO READ | Huawei CEO says Hongmeng OS is faster than Android, MacOSALSO READ | Huawei Mate 30 Pro circular camera setup could look like thislast_img read more

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Hyundai Heavy to Stop Forced Retirements

first_imgzoom South Korea’s shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) will put a stop to the practice of letting go of its employees through voluntary retirement programs, The Korea Times quoted the company’s recently elected CEO Kwon Oh-gap as saying.HHI had dismissed 1,500 senior managers and 150 female employees through voluntary retirement programs throughout January.In a statement addressed to employees, Kwon also said HHI’s campaign to overhaul its corporate structure and reduce costs is close to the end, Kwon said, inviting employees and the management to come together in dealing with current difficulties.”To gather our strength, the company has decided to end the ‘artificial’ manpower restructuring,” Kwon was quoted as saying.Kwon said that the decisions on personnel, sales, production and other activities will from now on be made by the heads of each business divisions. HHI’s overseas units will have to come up with business plans of their own, and rely solely on what they earn.The shipbuilder also plans to form an ad-hoc committee comprised of employees from various units to serve as a communication funnel between the management and the workers.The decision for the restructuring and the changes in the senior management came after HHI posted a USD 2 billion loss in 2014, the biggest ever in the company’s existence.World Maritime News Staff;last_img read more

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Reflecting on the Amazigh Cultural Trinity

There are three major themes within the Amazigh culture, defined as the “trinity,” and easily recognizable in Moroccan culture. The three themes have transcended Amazigh culture and been accepted as the wider Moroccan identity: The importance of language (Tamazight), the pervasiveness of the tribal system and kinship (ddm), and the strong connection to the land (tammurt).The importance of languageWithout the wider Moroccan community or original Moroccan Arabs accepting the three pillars in Amazigh culture, Morocco would have a very different culture. In short, the similarities between Amazigh and Moroccan Arab culture ensured wide acceptance of Amazigh cultural aspects with Moroccans.The most obvious theme in the Moroccan community of Amazigh nature is the importance of language within society. When one looks at the Amazigh people, there is a clear correlation between the relevance of language and the preservation of the culture. The Amazigh people’s history and belief system was preserved in oral fashion where one generation would pass the history, wisdom, and laws to another. Despite having three distinct dialects, the history and laws of the Amazigh people synced and survived countless invasions.When the Arab invasion occurred, the Arabs brought a similar appreciation for the essential nature of language and the role that the elderly should play in the preservation of Tamazight. Even if one were to overlook the fact that both Arabic and Tamazight, the languages spoken by the Amazigh people, come from the Afro-Asiatic language family, both languages place a heavy emphasis on elders to ensure the continuation of language, either through writing or oral recitation. Though the Arabs expressed themselves in more poetic and eloquent language, it is believed that they appreciated the way in which the Amazigh people used language as a uniting factor.The relevance of language as a binding element became very apparent when King Mohammed VI amended the Moroccan constitution in 2011 to include Tamazight as a national language. A new written language was formed in neither Arabic script or Latin script but an entirely new alphabet—Tifinagh—to ensure the preservation of Amazigh history, traditions, laws, and wisdom.This recognition provided the Amazigh an even greater acceptance into contemporary Moroccan culture. Despite the similarities, the move to recognize the Amazigh was more a political gesture than an inclusion of Tamazight into society. Relevance of kinshipA second theme that one must look at when comparing Amazigh and contemporary Moroccan culture is the idea of kinship that spawns from the tribal system. The idea of a nation-state was a foreign concept from the West that both the Amazigh and Arab invaders in Morocco rejected.  For both the Amazigh and the Arabs, there is an acceptance that similarities between people are not defined by imaginary lines but rather that an identity stems from a shared language, shared history, and for the Arabs, a shared religion.This shared definition of identity resulted in a pervasive tribal system in both Amazigh and Moroccan culture. The tribal system is defined in terms of economically socialist but socially democratic that can still be found in the hospitality of Moroccans today. However, the idea of kinship that accepts people of different backgrounds is a relevant distinction between Amazigh and Moroccan culture. Even though the tribal system places an emphasis on the matriarch, Moroccan culture prefers an influential patriarch. The relevance of this is that there continues to be a disenfranchisement of the Amazigh people in the laws and politics of Morocco.The centrality of the landFinally, one must understand the idea of a homeland resonates with the Amazigh people. There is a unique relationship to the land that extends beyond the physical and into the spiritual. The Amazigh viewed the land as a thing that not only sustained life but provided protection from imperialistic Western and Arab campaigns that helped to preserve the language and tribal system.The spiritual aspect of the land can be found in the Moroccan Islam (closely related to Sufism) today and that there was a strong relationship between the people in the city and the people in the mountains.  This relates back to the idea that the Amazigh people accepted those who lived in the urban areas of Morocco. The relevance of this relationship between urban and rural emphasizes two distinct cultures in Morocco that coexist and share similar linguistic and societal norms. There is a complex relationship with language, societal tribal norms, and the connection to the land between Amazigh cultural traditions and their place in Moroccan society. The societal structure and relationship to the land strongly correlate to their acceptance into Moroccan culture today. Language also has Amazigh cultural characteristics but the acceptance of Tamazight within Moroccan culture still remains to be seen. However, if one were to remove any one of these Amazigh cultural aspects, it is fairly likely Morocco would have a different set of beliefs and way of life. read more

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Court to consider request to appeal against sentence on Gnanasara

The Court of Appeal is to consider a request to file an appeal against the sentence on the General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS), the venerable Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero on Friday.Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thero was convicted and sentenced on August 08 to 19 years of rigorous imprisonment, to be completed within 6 years for contempt of court.

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UNESCO kicks off conference against doping in sport says education is key

“Prevention is better than cure,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, stressing that while a great deal had been achieved in the last decade, advocacy work must continue to educate and enforce towards fulfilling the shared ambition of eradicating doping from sport worldwide. “The only possible way to fight doping effectively is through education,” she declared in a statement ahead of the two-day event, which wraps up tomorrow.More than 250 representatives of governments and the sporting industry will discuss anti-doping challenges over the two day conference, in line with the International Convention against Doping in Sport at a time of increasing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs.The Convention, which was adopted in 2005, is based on the World Anti-Doping Code, where States commit to restrict trafficking in doping substances; apply common practices to control use by athletes in competitions; improve detection techniques; and support education and deterrence. UNESCO, which also administers a $1.8 million Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, said in a press release that the use of performance enhancing substances not only caused serious health problems but also undermined fairness and ethics in sport.The Fund, which was set up in 2008, aims to help countries enforce the Convention and strengthen anti-doping capacity and educate about the dangers of doping.UNESCO’s partners at the Convention include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Council of Europe and Interpol.UNESCO is working with the Brazilian Anti-Doping Authority ahead of the 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games in Rio in order to strengthen its fight against doping in sport through education, prevention and testing and to preserve the beauty of high performance competition. read more

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Idlib deal could save three million from catastrophe says UN chief as

“I welcome the agreement three days ago between President Erdogan of Turkey and President Putin of Russia, to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib”, Mr Guterres told journalists in New York.“If properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe.”In his appeal to “all the parties” to implement the agreement, the UN chief highlighted the need to ensure the protection of civilians and humanitarian access.International humanitarian law must also be respected and everyone involved in the more than seven-year conflict should work “urgently for greater progress” in the Geneva process to find a political solution to the situation.If properly implemented, this could save three million civilians – including one million children – from catastrophe – UN chief António GuterresMr Guterres’s comments followed a meeting earlier in the day of the Humanitarian Access Task Force on Syria, led by Senior Adviser to the UN Jan Egeland.Echoing the UN chief’s comments, Mr Egeland said that the deal between Russia and Turkey was a welcome development, before appealing to armed militants there not to fight “to the last civilian”.“What some groups have said is that they are preparing to fight,” Mr Egeland told journalists in Geneva. “And our message to them is…we hope you’re not going to fight to the last civilian”.After meeting with more than 20 Member States, Mr Egeland explained that the fine detail of the freshly-inked deal had yet to be decided.“We were informed of the details of the agreement,” he said. “We were also informed that many details are being worked out and that the two countries, Russia and Turkey, would be in contact with us as humanitarians, to explain how we can ensure protection of civilians, access for the 12,000 humanitarians who are inside of the zone and the many who will continue assistance, both cross-border and potentially cross-line, from Government-controlled areas.”The agreement between Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin reportedly creates a 15-20-kilometre-wide de-escalation zone in Idlib to be patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops.The Special Advisor to the UN highlighted the dangers of further violence in Syria’s last opposition-held area, where half of Idlib’s population of nearly three million are internally-displaced civilians and a million are children. It was essential that the aid lifeline from Turkey to Syria “must not be cut” by fighting “that could still happen” as part of this agreement, he said.Some 10,000 fighters in Idlib are classified as terrorists by the UN. Insisting that the “ruthless and reckless armed groups” which had committed crimes in Syria should not escape justice, Mr Egeland said that he hoped interlocutors would offer them alternatives to fighting.“The listed organizations, terrorist organizations have many, thousands and thousands of fighters…. They are in many parts of Idlib,” he said. “And among them are many who say they would fight until the end, and that is very, very worrisome.”Terrorist organizations have many thousands of fighters… in many parts of Idlib…And among them are many who say they would fight until the end – UN Special Adviser, Jan EgelandWith so many armed groups there vying for control, the Senior Advisor to the UN called on Member States reiterated that it was a “war crime” to blend into civilian populations and to locate next to homes, schools or hospitals.“The so-called ‘war on terror’ is not called off,” Mr Egeland said. “On the contrary, there will be in the future air raids against the listed organizations. There will also be fighting between armed groups, armed actors and the so-called terrorists, the so-called radicals.”’Too few’ judgements so far on serious crimes committed during Syria conflict Also in Geneva, the head of the UN-appointed International, Independent and Impartial Mechanism (IIIM) into the worst crimes committed in Syria announced that there had been “far too few” judgments made against perpetrators to date.Criminal investigations taking place in a number of countries – notably in Europe – were “undeniably a source of hope” for victims, Catherine Marchi-Uhel told journalists.“But the road is still a long one,” she added, noting that “the large majority” remained “disillusioned” by the absence of the possibility of justice for them at an international level.After starting work on evidence-gathering earlier this year, the Mechanism has so far collected almost 900,000 records, the equivalent of four terabytes of data.This includes “high-value” testimonies gathered by other UN accountability bodies such as the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, Ms. Marchi-Uhel explained, adding that the Mechanism also engages with national war crimes units in various States and with Syrian non-governmental organizations.To date, the Mechanism has received seven requests for assistance from national prosecutors. It expects to open “two or more specific investigative case files” before the end of the year, the IIM head said. read more

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Brock holds Remembrance Day ceremony

Faculty, staff and students attended the Remembrance Day ceremony.The Brock community gathered in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium this morning to pay solemn tribute to Canada’s war veterans.The ceremony included Aboriginal drummers, a bagpipe rendition of “Amazing Grace” and readings from Jewish, Christian and Islamic scripture. The event, organized by Campus Ministries, also included a reading of “In Flanders Fields” and the laying of wreaths.While war is often debated, “we cannot doubt nor question the commitment and the courage of thousands of our fellow countrymen and women who lost their lives at an age far too young in the name of the values we all hold dear,” said David Galston, a university chaplain.President Jack Lightstone said “we must never lose hope or stop striving for peace.“No one knows that better than those who have gone to war for us. It matters not one iota that securing peace is hard or peace is elusive or that humanity so easily falls back into aggression. We must honour our veterans and their fallen comrades also by working for peace.”Avital Sternin, a representative from the Brock Jewish Students’ Association, takes a moment to remember. read more

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The secret of champagne Size does matter when it comes to bubbles

first_imgThey have discovered that the presence of larger bubbles, around 3.4mm across at the surface, greatly enhances the release of aerosols into the air above the glass.Ironically bubbles the size of those found in cheaper cava and prosecco sparkling wines lend themselves better to maximising champagne’s delicate flavours. The effect of the larger bubbles is to drive the important aromatic compounds that give champagne its distinctive smell and flavour upwards into the drinker’s nose when they take a sip.Professor Gérard Liger-Belair, a chemical physicist at the University of Reims, who led the research, said: “This result is also remarkable as it undermines the popular belief that the smaller the bubbles, the better the champagne. Small bubbles were the worst in terms of aroma release.”Some one million bubbles form in the average glass of champagne, due to the dissolved carbon dioxide which forms in the wine due to a second fermentation process that occurs during production inside the sealed bottles.When the bottle is opened, this gas is released, often explosively, causing the champagne to foam. The remaining gas then gradually bubbles to the surface in the glass.These bubbles form a “raft” on the surface and then collapse, releasing a cloud of tiny droplets that produce the pleasurable experience when drinking champagne. Professor Liger-Belair said bubble size in champagne and sparkling wine can vary from between 0.4mm and 4mm across. The viscosity of the drink and the glass into which it is poured can all influence how big these bubbles are.But they found that bubbles with a radius of 1.7mm across resulted in the highest number of droplets evaporating at the surface of the drink.He said: “We showed that decreasing champagne viscosity would improve drop evaporation.”Additives that would change wine viscosity without changing the taste might be used. These results pave the way towards fine tuning of champagne aroma diffusion.” 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. Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicistProfessor Gérard Liger-Belaircenter_img Using high-speed photography and imaging techniques, Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have been able to observe precisely what happens to a champagne bubble.In a study published in the European Physical Journal Special Topics, they show that the bubbles form a regular hexagonal pattern on the surface.When a bubble collapses, it creates a cavity that stretches and strains the neighbouring bubbles, producing a pattern that looks similar to the petals of a flower.According to Professor Liger-Belair and his team, this increases the chances of the surrounding bubbles collapsing, creating an avalanche of tiny droplets being thrown into the air at the top of the glass.Traditionally wine professionals often use bubble size as a marker of quality – with larger bubbles in cheap sparkling wines like prosecco and cava. It has long been said by the cognoscenti that the key to a perfect glass of champagne is a steady stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface.But now, just in time for Christmas, it can be revealed this is not the case. In fact, it is the size that matters.Scientists based in the heart of France’s Champagne-Ardenne region have found that larger bubbles may actually improve the way a sparkling wine tastes. Professor Liger-Belair and his colleagues have previously published research showing that chilling champagne can help to reduce the amount of alcohol carried up in each bubble. This can prevent more delicate flavours from being overpowered.Cooling a bottle of champagne to 39°F (4°C) can also help to reduce the speed of the cork as it leaves the bottle, preventing accidents, they found.Tilting the glass when pouring can also help prevent it from overflowing and drinking from a flute rather than a wider coupe glass can help to enhance the flavour due to the way the bubbles mix in a glass.Professor Liger-Belair said: “Bubbles in a glass of champagne may seem like the acme of frivolity to most people, but in fact they may be considered a fantastic playground for any fluid physicist.”With more than 1,000 exemplary bottles, visit Telegraph Wine from Waitrose for your favourites and new showstoppers to try.last_img read more

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Writer Maya Angelou has died at 86

first_imgACCLAIMED AMERICAN WRITER Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.She was found dead at her home this morning. Dr Angelou had been poorly and had cancelled her appearances at a number of events in recent weeks due to what was described as an unexpected ailment.The writer became famous with the 1969 publication of her book, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and had published seven autobiographies as well as three books of essays, several books of poetry, and plays, films and television shows over the course of her 50-year career.She was hailed as a trailblazer for her work in a number of fields, including as a civil rights advocate.Her work documented what it was like to be a black woman in America, drawing on her own experiences, beginning in the Deep South in the 1930s.She came through a traumatic childhood, during which she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend.  She worked as a professional dancer, prostitute, playwright, television producer, and lecturer before her first works were published.She was one of the first black women to write a best-seller, and was chosen to read one of her poems at Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993. The poem, On The Pulse of Morning, went on to sell more than one million copies. Source: mohitbahi/YouTubeRead: Presidential poems: will Michael D quote himself during inauguration speech? >last_img read more

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Forte pollution aux particules fines dans les Pays de la Loire

first_imgForte pollution aux particules fines dans les Pays de la LoireDimanche, la procédure d’information du public a été déclenchée dans la région des Pays de la Loire, en raison d’une forte pollution aux particules fines.Les concentrations moyennes sur 24 heures de particules PM10 (taille inférieure à 10 microns) s’échelonnaient entre 93 µG/m3, en Vendée, et 107 µg/m3, en Loire-Atlantique hier, a indiqué Air Pays de la Loire, l’organisme de contrôle de la qualité de l’air. Toute activité intense est donc déconseillée. Par ailleurs, les conducteurs sont invités à réduire leur vitesse.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueL’amélioration, observée hier en Mayenne et dans la Sarthe, doit gagner le reste de la région “en début de semaine”, rapporte 20minutes.fr. En attendant, le “message de recommandations sanitaires et comportementales” de Air Pays de la Loire tient toujours, après la pollution observée.En France, de nouvelles normes d’information sont progressivement adoptées suite à une directive européenne, rappelle l’AFP. Elles prévoient un seuil d’information à 50 microgrammes par mètre cube et non plus à 80. Le seuil d’alerte passera alors à 80.Le 7 mars 2011 à 09:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Equifax hackers acquire data of 143M Americans

first_imgCriminal hackers have acquired sensitive personal data — including Social Security numbers, birthdates and home addresses — of 143 million Americans by penetrating a web-based application for Equifax, the credit reporting agency said Thursday.The breach, which the company said began in May, was discovered in July. Though Equifax said in a statement that “core database” were not penetrated, the attackers did gain access to a wide range of data for what appears to be a majority of American adults and some foreign consumers as well.Social Security numbers and birthdates are particularly sensitive data, giving those who possess them the ingredients for identity fraud and other crimes. Equifax said that it also lost control of an unspecified number of driver’s licenses along with the credit card numbers for 209,000 consumers and credit dispute documents for 182,000 others.“In addition to the number (of victims) being really large, the type of information that has been exposed is really sensitive,” said Beth Givens, executive director of the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a consumer advocacy group based in San Diego. “All in all, this has the potential to be a very harmful breach to those who are affected by it.”Equifax said it was alerting those who were affected by mail. It also set up a website, www.equifaxsecurity2017.com, to help consumers understand the breach and check whether they were affected. The company is offering one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to anyone who may have been affected.last_img read more

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Rep Guttenberg Looks To Jumpstart Fairbanks LNG

first_imgState Representative David Guttenberg wants to jumpstart Fairbanks’ conversion to natural gas heating. The state is pursuing a public private project to process North Slope gas and truck it to Fairbanks, but Gutenberg says it faces a familiar problem.Download Audiolast_img

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WATCH Tavis Smiley Claims PBS Made Mistake In Ouster But PBS Fires

first_img Share Photo via Twitter @JasMoneyRecordsTavis SmileyTavis Smiley has defended himself from allegations he had sexual relationships with subordinates and created an abusive workplace environment, denying any wrongdoing and saying PBS made a mistake by suspending him from his talk show. PBS almost immediately fired back, saying he “needs to get his story straight.”He told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Monday that he’s never coerced anyone into a relationship but has had consensual relationships in the workplace. He said those relationships weren’t forbidden by the company he owns and he claims he never promoted or fired anyone based on their relationship with him.Tavis Smiley pushes back against allegations of sexual misconduct: “I have never groped, I have never coerced, I have never exposed myself inappropriately…I celebrate and applaud these women who’ve had the courage to come out and tell their truth.” pic.twitter.com/VNuxgQczrS— Good Morning America (@GMA) December 18, 2017“I’ve never groped. I’ve never coerced, I’ve never exposed myself inappropriately to anyone in 30 years,” Smiley said. “I’ve made mistakes — I’m human. I’m not perfect. But it doesn’t rise to the level of wrongful termination.”Smiley said Monday that he applauds women coming forward to share their sexual assault and harassment experiences “to lead us in a conversation about how to create healthy workspaces.”At the same time, he said “I want to make sure we don’t lose all sense of nuance and proportionality in this conversation, because if we do then people end up being guilty simply by accusation.”PBS responded in a matter of hours, saying Smiley’s acknowledgement of multiple relationships contradicted his previous statements.“Tavis Smiley needs to get his story straight,” it said in a statement, which also promised more accusations: “Additional allegations are continuing to come to light since last week’s announcement.”PBS also derided Smiley’s claim that he applauds women who have come forward, pointing out that Smiley’s company hinders such actions by requiring former and current employees to sign non-disclosure agreements. “Witnesses who have bravely come forward to speak with the independent investigators retained by PBS report a fear of retribution for speaking out,” it said.Smiley’s career took a huge hit last week when PBS said it was suspending him following an independent investigation by a law firm that uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”Then fallout was swift: Walmart, a sponsor, cut ties with him and live producer Mills Entertainment pulled out of backing Smiley’s upcoming theatrical show that was to focus on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. Hay House, which distributes the Smiley Books imprint, said all Smiley projects were “on hold” pending an internal review.As to accusations he created a verbally abusive and threatening work place, Smiley admitted many of his TV and radio projects are intense at times but said “I’m not an angry black man and this notion of a hostile environment just doesn’t fit.” He added that no complaints about him have ever been raised.Smiley’s suspension comes weeks after PBS cut ties with anchor and talk show host Charlie Rose, citing “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior” by him toward women at his PBS talk show. The actions against Smiley and Rose follow dozens of firings and suspensions of prominent men who have been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment.last_img read more

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Right on the Raiders making the playoffs Wrong on Blake Bortles

first_imgWhere Colin was WrongThe Giants are for real – Colin didn’t know what to make of this Giants team for most of the season, and dismissed them. He finally gets it. They’re this year’s Denver. Their defense has been transformed in free agency and is practically impossible to run against.They have a nice secondary that’s capable of shutting down opposing wide receivers, and they get enough big plays on offense from Odell Beckham to win close games. Just like Denver, it’s working.  Colin was wrong.Odell Beckham makes ANOTHER incredible one-handed catch for the 4-yard TD! #GiantsPride #NYGvsDET pic.twitter.com/SOIEnrbNsy— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was WrongMike Mularkey has the Titans in the playoff hunt – Colin didn’t think Mike Mularkey was the right choice to maximize the development of Marcus Mariota and help the Titans turnaround a losing culture. But, in his first full year as head coach, the Titans have mounted a late-season playoff push on the back of a punishing rushing attack and Mariota’s hot play.The biggest testament to Mularkey has been the continued growth and development of Mariota, who has broken into the upper tier of NFL quarterbacks, and has been the best in the league in the red zone. Colin likes Mularkey because, unlike so many head coaches, he’s established an identity. They run the ball. A lot. It’s working. Colin was wrong.Ryan Succop drills the 53-yard FG as time expires to give the #Titans a 19-17 win over the Chiefs! #TitanUp #TENvsKC pic.twitter.com/qoHjcgISsS— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was RightRex Ryan is reportedly done in Buffalo – Colin has always said Rex Ryan’s brand of tough guy football was a dying breed. It’s been replaced by the era of tacticians and football scholars.Ryan is a “win the press conference” guy, but his act grew old in New York, and now in Buffalo, where he’ll reportedly be fired at the end of the year. Rex was the last of an NFL coaching dinosaur, and now he’s extinct – as a head coach, anyway. Colin was right.Here’s the last 3 min of Rex Ryan’s testy press conference including questions from @ByBuckyGleason, @viccarucci, and @salmaiorana. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/cVHsO4g7yF— Prescott Rossi (@PrescottRossi) December 14, 2016Where Colin was WrongBlake Bortles is a bust – When Blake Bortles came into the NFL, Colin thought he had a chance to be a poor man’s Andrew Luck. With almost three full seasons in the book, it’s clear that Colin was wrong. Bortles had all the measurables teams look for in a prospect, but he doesn’t have any pocket presence, and misses open throws all the time. Some guys have “it”, some guys don’t. Bortles don’t. The Jags need to move on. Every Monday in The Herd, it’s time for Colin to count the wins and the losses from another week of predictions in Where Colin was right, where Colin was wrong.This Week, Colin is taking a victory lap after the Raiders clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 with yesterday’s win over the Chargers. Brock Osweiler got benched, and Colin saw that coming, too. But, he was wrong on Mike Mularkey, who has the Titans fighting for the playoffs, and Blake Bortles, who can safely be declared a bust after three seasons.Here’s the right and the wrong from the past week: Where Colin was RightRaiders are heading to the playoffs – Colin was ahead of the curve when he predicted the Raiders would return to the playoffs this year. He saw an “it” quality with Derek Carr that has grown unmistakable in his breakout MVP-type year. The Raiders are 11-3, and clinched their first playoff berth since 2002 with yesterday’s win over the Chargers.GM Reggie McKenzie deserves as much credit as anyone for the turnaround. The Raiders core of young superstars are as good as there is in the NFL. Colin was right.Michael Crabtree makes a fantastic catch in the corner of the end zone to tie the game before halftime! #RaiderNation #OAKvsSD pic.twitter.com/j5DKAWVTml— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) December 18, 2016center_img Where Colin was RightBrock Osweiler got benched – Colin said the Texans signing Osweiler to a $72 million free agency contract, sight unseen, was a mistake when it happened. It should have been a red flag that John Elway was so willing Osweiler walk without a fight. He’s overly tall, unathletic, has a weak arm, no leadership intangibles, and completely lacks any pocket awareness. He was finally benched yesterday for backup Tom Savage. Colin was right.Texans Fans Erupt In Cheer After $72 Million Dollar QB Brock Osweiler Gets Benched pic.twitter.com/SnGZVvfkJa— SportsCast (@SportsCast_THN) December 18, 2016 Where Colin was RightAFC Predictions still looking good – Other than predicting the Colts would finish atop the AFC, Colin had the Patriots, Raiders, Steelers and Chiefs making the playoffs. He had the Ravens and the Titans on the bubble and just missing out. Other than his Colts misfire, his scenario is still holding up pretty well at this point in the season. Colin was right.Where Colin was WrongNFC predictions are still looking bad – Colin had Green Bay finishing with the best record (13-3), and although they’re making a late-season charge for the division, it won’t be as the top seed. The Cowboys dominance has caught everyone off guard, including Colin. He thought the Panthers and the Cardinals would be playas, but they’ve been pretenders. Wrong. Advertisementlast_img read more

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MedInformatix Developing Billing Solution for Northern Californias Largest Radiology Group

first_imgKey Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 7:33Loaded: 2.15%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -7:33 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Technology | Cybersecurity | August 07, 2019 ScImage Introduces PICOM ModalityGuard for Cybersecurity ScImage Inc. is bridging the gap between security and functionality with the introduction of the PICOM ModalityGuard…. read more Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more News | PACS | September 25, 2017 MedInformatix Developing Billing Solution for Northern California’s Largest Radiology Group Company will customize billing platform as part of its signature V7.6 RIS Feature | Radiology Imaging | July 29, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Imaging Market in U.S. Could Rise In Coming Years The coming years may be good for the medical imaging community in the United States. But they will not be easy. read more News | PACS | August 09, 2019 Lake Medical Imaging Selects Infinitt for Multi-site RIS/PACS Infinitt North America will be implementing Infinitt RIS (radiology information system)/PACS (picture archiving and… read more News | PACS | August 08, 2019 NetDirector Launches Cloud-based PDF to DICOM Conversion Service NetDirector, a cloud-based data exchange and integration platform, has diversified their radiology automation options… read more News | Enterprise Imaging | July 29, 2019 Philips Announces 10-year Enterprise Informatics Agreement With Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire de Nancy Philips and Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire (CHRU) de Nancy, a leading academic hospital in the Grand Est… read more News | Radiology Business | August 01, 2019 Philips Completes Acquisition of Carestream Health’s HCIS Business … read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. Graphic courtesy of Pixabay Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Body language expert Traci Brown spoke at the AHRA 2019 meeting on how to identify when a person is not being honest by their body language. She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff.  September 25, 2017 — Bay Medical Management and its radiology services provider Bay Imaging Consultants have chosen MedInformatix to implement a new revenue cycle management solution for the expansive practice. MedInformatix will customize a billing platform as part of its signature V7.6 RIS (radiology information system) and enterprise practice management technology suite.Bay Medical Management focuses on solving healthcare organizations’ problems with strategic and efficient solutions. The company performs radiology practice management, billing, healthcare information technology (IT) work for 11 hospitals and 22 outpatient facilities in the Bay Area, and currently operates and manages five partnership imaging facilities with their hospital partners.Bay Imaging Consultants Medical Group provides a full-spectrum of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services and procedures at more sites in Northern California than any other private practice radiology group. Their clinical team includes more than 80 board-certified radiologists, many of whom also hold appointments at UC-San Francisco and Stanford.For more information: www.medinformatix.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more last_img read more

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Air China marks 30 years connecting East with West

first_imgSource = ETB News: Megan Tran The original flight (Beijing to Sydney) was launched on 7 September 1984 in partnership with Qantas, and three decades and over 4.5 million passengers on, the carrier is presently the only airline operating direct services between Australia and Beijing.General Manager Air China Melbourne Yan Han, said combining the airline’s history as well as its modern outlook was the airlines forte.“Over the past 30 years our countries have become increasingly interlinked through our business and cultural exchange, and we’re honoured to have been involved in the development of this relationship,” Mr Han said.Melbourne Airport chief executive officer Chris Woodruff said he was looking forward to continuing the partnership with the airline.“As the relationship between Australia and China strengthens and with Australians increasingly looking to China for investment opportunities, we expect to see continued growth in popularity for Air China with Australian business,” Mr Woodruff said.An anniversary event was held last week in Melbourne to celebrate this milestone, which was attended by dignitaries of both countries.Key addresses were given by Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Louise Asher MP and Chris Woodruff.The carrier, who operates 15 weekly services, announced a net profit of US$184 million in 2014.last_img read more

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