Despite 2016 being running back Ezekiel Elliott’s first season in the NFL, don’t expect the Cowboys rookie to be picking up any massive dinner checks this offseason. With the playoffs in mind, they want the former Ohio State star’s head to be clear of distractions. On Tuesday, TMZ Sports posted this great video to YouTube of Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant saying that the Cowboys don’t playfully haze rookies anymore and that Elliott will escape the tradition altogether because they “need his mind right.”With so many weapons on the field it’s easy to see why. The addition of Elliott behind one of the best offensive lines in the country provides endless possibilities in Dallas. Bringing balance to the potent offense could really open things up for Tony Romo.
Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting that there has been a consistent reduction of the criminal case backlog over the past three to four years. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, is reporting that there has been a consistent reduction of the criminal case backlog over the past three to four years.“On December 31, 2016, there was a backlog of 30,667 criminal cases in the parish courts. As at the end of Fiscal Year 2018/2019, some 12,399 of these cases had been cleared. This represents a 40 per cent reduction in the backlog,” Mr. Chuck pointed out.He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21.Mr. Chuck noted that the Government is committed to supporting the Chief Justice’s vision and will stay the course so that, in the words of the Chief Justice, Jamaica will have the best court system in the Caribbean in three years and one of the best in the world in six years.“I applaud the leadership of the Chief Justice, who has shown, by example, that these defined standards are achievable. In particular, he has indicated that all probates and divorces will be completed within four months of filing, and at the end of 2019, there will be no outstanding matter,” he said.“He has also promised that all outstanding judgements by his colleagues will be completed by the end of 2019, and I expect this promise to be kept,” the Minister added.Mr. Chuck cited the 309-page Judgement of the Constitutional Court in the recently delivered National Identification System (NIDS) constitutional ruling, which was done within six months.“Still, there are too many matters in the Courts dragging on for five years and more, and some in excess of 10 years. A first-class justice system requires that all matters be completed in under five years, and we must give the court system the support it needs to ensure the speedy dispensation of justice within three years in the Supreme Court, and two years in the parish courts as soon as possible,” the Minister said. Story Highlights He was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21. “On December 31, 2016, there was a backlog of 30,667 criminal cases in the parish courts. As at the end of Fiscal Year 2018/2019, some 12,399 of these cases had been cleared. This represents a 40 per cent reduction in the backlog,” Mr. Chuck pointed out.
APTN National NewsIt has been the economic engine of Canada for decades.The tar sands boom has yielded unprecedented prosperity. With the steady drop of oil prices in recent months, that boom has turned to bust.APTN’s Brandi Morin has this story about how Indigenous companies in Alberta are coping with the changes.
Marrakech – Morocco took efficient watch measures to avert the Ebola virus which claimed nearly 5,000 victims in Africa, said, on Monday in Marrakech, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Ala Alwan.In a statement to the press on the sidelines of the 9th conference of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI), held on November 2-4 in Marrakech, Alwan underlined the plan set up in Morocco as well as the series of preventive measures taken by the Moroccan authorities to prevent the virus from accessing the Kingdom.“I had the occasion, accompanied by health minister El Houssaine Louardi, to get informed about these measures at the Casablanca Mohammed V airport upon my arrival at the Kingdom to take part in the conference,” said the UN official, highlighting the close cooperation between the World Health Organization and the Moroccan health ministry. He added that WHO took several initiatives for the MENA region, in collaboration with countries in the region as Morocco to reinforce the competences of health professional
The Task Force on the Global Food Crisis will bring together the heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes and the Bretton Woods institutions, as well as experts within the UN and leading authorities from the international community.The group will have two coordinators – Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes in New York and Senior UN System Influenza Coordinator David Nabarro in Geneva – and expects to meet in the first week of May.The announcement came after a two-day meeting of the Chief Executive Board (CEB) – which brings together 27 heads of UN agencies, funds and programmes – chaired by the Secretary-General in the Swiss city of Bern. In a press communiqué issued following the meeting, the CEB called on the international community to urgently provide the $755 million in emergency funds needed for the UN to feed millions of hungry people worldwide, as the first of a series of concrete measures to be taken.“We see mounting hunger and increasing evidence of malnutrition which has severely strained the capacities of humanitarian agencies to meet humanitarian needs, especially as promised funding has not yet materialized,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in Bern.He warned that “without full funding of these emergency requirements, we risk again the spectre of widespread hunger, malnutrition and social unrest on an unprecedented scale.”Protests and riots have broken out in some countries over the rising cost of many basic foods, such as rice, wheat and corn. Mr. Ban noted that escalating energy prices, lack of investment in agriculture, increasing demand, trade distortion subsidies and recurrent bad weather are among the reasons for the surge in prices.The food crisis “threatens to undo all our good work,” Mr. Ban noted later in the day in a lecture delivered in Geneva, the first of a series organized by the UN office there and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). “If not managed properly, it could touch off a cascade of related crises – affecting trade, economic growth, social progress and even political security around the world,” he said. In addition to the immediate priority of feeding the hungry, Mr. Ban emphasized the need to “ensure food for tomorrow,” by giving small farmers the support they need to assure their next harvest. UN agencies are already taking concrete measures to address the crisis. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has proposed an emergency initiative to provide low-income countries with the seeds and inputs to boost production and is calling for $1.7 billion in funding. In addition, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is making available an additional $200 million to poor farmers in the most affected countries to boost food production. “I am confident that we can deal with the global food crisis. We have the resources. We have the knowledge. We know what to do. We should therefore consider this not only as a problem but also as an opportunity,” the Secretary-General added, as he called on world leaders to attend the High-Level Conference on Food Security, to be held in Rome from 3 to 5 June. 29 April 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today that he will lead a high-powered task force to coordinate the efforts of the United Nations system in addressing the global crisis arising from the surge in food prices.
President Maithripala Sirisena says he has directed the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to hand over a weekly report to him about VIP vehicles breaking road rules.He made these remarks at the ‘Parissamin Gihin Enna’ (travel safely) National Road Safety Program, held today at the Independence Square. “After I get the report from the IGP, I will personally attend to this matter by bringing the persons who are responsible for that and question them,” the President further said. “The examples on the laws on road safety should be given from top to bottom. The people from all sectors should help to make these kind of programs successful,” he pointed out.The President further stated that the public should not be against actions taken by the Government to protect the laws on road safety as the health sector spends a large amount of money on the health service for accident victims. He also pointed out that the main reason for the heavy traffic on city roads is the delay in the development of the public transport service. (Colombo Gazette) “We had a discussion at the cabinet meeting about vehicles used by VIPs which are driven on roads in a reckless manner, and with escorts, even though the fear of terrorists has ended. We should discuss whether the people who travel in those vehicles really are important persons. We discussed about the ways to take legal action against them,” he said.
Niagara police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man from Niagara Falls who hasn’t been seen for more than a month. Friends and family of Jaye Aird told police they last spoke to him roughly four to five weeks ago. Investigators are looking to confirm the 62-year-old’s welfare. They believe he may be in Hamilton or Stoney Creek.Anyone with information on Aird whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Mike Baxter at 905-688-4111, option 3, badge number 9994.Our colleagues @NiagRegPolice believe 62-year-old Jaye Aird may be in #HamOnt. Police and family are concerned for his well-being. If you see him, please call 905-688-4111. https://t.co/bUtMfBR9Yu— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) April 9, 2019
“If you ask are they proactive – I say no, I don’t think they have come to that stage yet,” Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), told reporters upon his return to UN Headquarters in New York.“But they have been prompt in opening practically all the sites we wanted to come to,” he added, although inspectors have found other things that are less satisfactory, including lack of access for private interviews with Iraqi scientists.Earlier this week, Mr. Blix and Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), spent two days in Baghdad for discussions on the inspection process so far and to clarify a number of other issues.On the recent discovery of undeclared empty chemical warheads, Mr. Blix said Iraq has appointed a commission of inquiry to look into other weapons stores that may not have been included in the arms declaration that was turned over to the UN on 7 December.“[The warheads] should have been declared, and of course, as I have said, are these just pieces of ice that have been broken up or pieces of an iceberg?” Mr. Blix said.Responding to a question about the length of time needed for the inspections, Mr. Blix said, “If we have the proactive cooperation – if they really make an effort – we do not need so much time as in 1991. If you do not have that cooperation, it can drag out.”Meanwhile in Iraq, UN arms experts continued their probe for evidence of illegal weapons programmes. An UNMOVIC team of missile experts travelled to inspect the Bader State Establishment, a tool, die and moulds factory that produces small components for the Al Fatah and Al Samoud missiles.An UNMOVIC biological team inspected the Baghdad Institute of Technology in Zaafaraniyah to verify the declaration on the site.In Mosul, a multidisciplinary team inspected the Qayyarah Petroleum Refinery, while another joint team was in Basra.As for the IAEA, one team held a meeting and performed an inspection at the Iraq Geological Survey Headquarters in Baghdad. Another IAEA team performed a motorized radiation survey of areas to the north of Baghdad. Listen to UN Radio report of Blix’s comments
Hours before the Australian Open started in Melbourne on Monday, BuzzFeed News and the BBC published results from a joint investigation showing that tennis authorities hadn’t punished male pros repeatedly flagged for suspicions that they were fixing matches — deliberately losing, or arranging for their opponent to lose, to maximize their or others’ betting profits. Tennis authorities quickly gathered in Melbourne for a news conference responding to the charges, saying they had “thoroughly investigated” any evidence brought to them.The process by which tennis investigates alleged match-fixing is so secretive that it’s impossible to judge the accuracy of authorities’ response. But the BuzzFeed-BBC report, and its aftermath, does provide a case study of how difficult it is to evaluate what could look like suspicious betting activity. It’s possible to use data analysis, as BuzzFeed did, to raise questions about certain matches and players; it’s much harder, and may be impossible, to use that data to accuse specific players of throwing matches without the additional investigative powers tennis authorities wield — and according to the BuzzFeed-BBC report, often aren’t using.As part of the investigation, John Templon, an investigative data reporter for BuzzFeed News, spent more than a year analyzing 26,000 professional men’s matches and found 15 players who lost matches with unusual betting patterns “startlingly often.” (Match-fixing is also believed to occur in professional women’s tennis, but the BuzzFeed-BBC investigation focused only on men’s tennis, so we are in this article, too.) BuzzFeed and BBC didn’t name these players, citing a lack of evidence of wrongdoing and possible alternative explanations for underperformance, including injury. But BuzzFeed did release an anonymized version of the data it used on GitHub, including a file containing betting odds and the year for 129,271 matches.Quickly, people wrote on Twitter and on GitHub that the data could be de-anonymized, thereby identifying the 15 players Templon mentioned. Ian Dorward, a London-based tennis bettor who used to set and adjust tennis betting lines for a bookmaker, emailed me the list of what he believed to be the 15 names. After Chris Bol, a data analyst based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, published the same names, Dorward went public with his findings, which criticized BuzzFeed for making the data relatively easy to crack.1How could the data be de-anonymized so quickly? Dorward told me he went through the process step by step, analyzing the big data set of matches. First he identified outlier players: Those who are almost always favorites are likely the very top players. Then he found unusual matches, like those that weren’t completed. That allowed him to identify some opponents. And so on, repeating the process. Bol used a different method, comparing the anonymous players’ annual win-loss records with those of actual players and finding the ones with the closest fit. The GitHub user said by email that finding odds for any single match on OddsPortal.com, the source for BuzzFeed’s betting-odds data, one would have a good chance of finding in the BuzzFeed data a unique match with those same odds and year, and repeating that process could identify the players. The user compared it to how anonymized AOL search data released in 2006 could be matched to individual Americans. BuzzFeed hasn’t confirmed the list of names — we’ll call them the BuzzFeed 15 — though the methods Bol and Dorward used appear straightforward and arrive at the same names. Asked for comment, BuzzFeed investigations and projects editor Mark Schoofs sent a statement by email. “The betting data we used in our analysis is publicly available — that’s how we got it,” Schoofs said. “In our journalism, we try to show as much of our work as possible, which is why we made the algorithm public.”Dorward looked more closely at eight matches that BuzzFeed’s analysis flagged and concluded that for each one, there was “no evidence of anything suspicious.”“It’s very, very dangerous to make blasé assumptions about a match being dubious because of prematch movements,” Dan Weston, a tennis analyst and trader who writes for the website of the sports book Pinnacle, said in a telephone interview. (Using only data on betting and results to demonstrate fixing has proven problematic in other sports.)“By itself, the analysis of betting data does not prove match-fixing,” Schoofs said in his statement. “That’s why we did not name the players and are declining to comment, and also why our investigation went much wider than the algorithm and was based on a cache of leaked documents, interviews across three continents, and much more.”So how could a player lose matches with big odds movements “startlingly often” without fixing matches?Well, lots of ways:A player could tank a match — deliberately lose it — without fixing. Sometimes players stand to make more money by losing early in one tournament so they can get to another. Other times, players might collect a bonus or appearance fee for showing up to a tournament they’d rather not play and then lose early so they can rest and focus on a bigger upcoming tournament.No. 1 Novak Djokovic was accused of doing just this — showing up to collect a bonus but losing deliberately at a tournament in Paris — in 2007 by the media and tennis-forum posters at the time, and by an Italian newspaper this week. At the time, Djokovic said he wasn’t well. Djokovic said Wednesday that he didn’t throw the match: “It’s not supported by any kind of proof, any evidence, any facts. … It’s not true.”Deliberately losing a match is punishable by a fine, but is a much less serious offense than fixing a match for gambling purposes.Bettors could have inside information on a match outcome without the player’s involvement. For instance, if the player isn’t at full strength, his coach, trainer, spouse, family members or friends might know it before betting markets do and use that knowledge or pass it on to other bettors. It might not even involve an insider at all. In the early rounds at small tournaments, a fan who happens to overhear a conversation or witness an injury at practice could trade on that knowledge before anyone else in the betting markets knows.Betting markets could simply get the opening odds wrong. BuzzFeed’s analysis identified matches for which at least one of seven major bookmakers’ odds moved by so much from when the market opened to when it closed — generally, the day or so between when a matchup is set and when the match starts — that one player’s implied chance of winning decreased by more than 10 percentage points. That typically happens when many bets are placed against the player, suggesting the initial odds were too bullish on his chances. Bookies then adjust the line to increase and balance betting volume and to reduce their exposure.Heavy betting against the player could mean some bettors know he’s going to lose. But it could also mean that many bettors spot favorable odds for reasons that the bookmaker isn’t taking into account. Often bookmakers use an algorithm to set initial odds. Depending on how sophisticated it is, that algorithm could fail to take into account injuries, or a bad matchup, or lack of play on the court surface. The more obscure the athletes involved, the more likely sports books are to whiff with their opening bid. (For reference, professional bettors in the U.S. say they focus their energies on a single, relatively unnoticed part of the sports landscape — say, backwater college basketball conferences or Major League Soccer — and use their expertise on this little swath of the sports cosmos to beat the relatively uninformed book. These bettors will often also make arrangements to trade their picks for another bettor’s picks in a different, equally obscure sport, which is how syndicates are formed and lines are moved.) Many of the flagged matches involve little-known players in third-tier tournaments, making the lines vulnerable to a well-informed bettor.BuzzFeed’s analysis included only the 39 players who lost 11 or more matches in which the odds moved heavily against them, and the 15 players it flagged were ones who lost far more of those matches than would be expected. BuzzFeed also corrected for what’s known as the multiple-testing problem, which can produce spurious results that look statistically significant, by using a Bonferroni correction — and it still found four players with significant results. So that should help mitigate concerns about any one match being a false positive. But some players are particularly tough for bookmakers to handicap, whether because they’re coming off an injury, or because they don’t play that often, or because they’re ranked higher than their true talent after a run of good luck that bettors, but not the bookmakers’ algorithms, account for. These kinds of reasons could help explain the presence of several of the players Dorward identified as being on BuzzFeed’s list. They’re also why alternative sourcing is so crucial; BuzzFeed provides supplementary evidence where it can, but as we’ll cover below, seemingly straightforward things like video of the matches in question can be hard to come by.The details of how BuzzFeed chose to do its analysis could affect which players are flagged as losing suspicious matches suspiciously often. BuzzFeed’s analysis is impressive in many ways. It’s vetted by two professors of statistics, covers 26,000 matches, excludes books with opening odds that are major outliers, accounts for multiple testing and chooses the same bookmakers that Dorward says he would have used. But any analysis involves making choices, and the more robust findings are ones that hold even when different reasonable choices are made.To check that, we enlisted the help of Jeff Sackmann, a tennis data analyst who wrote his own code, at our request, to collect and analyze tennis betting data. He checked more than twice as many matches — nearly 63,000 — from late 2008 through the start of this year. These included matches from the ATP World Tour and Grand Slam tournaments, which are included in BuzzFeed’s analysis, but also from Challengers, the sport’s minor league, where prize money and public attention are lower and the risk of match-fixing is believed to be higher.Following BuzzFeed’s methodology,2Dorward wrote by email that he identified the seven bookmakers BuzzFeed used: Bet365, Bwin, Pinnacle, Unibet, SBOBET, Ladbrokes and 188BET. BuzzFeed and Sackmann both excluded odds for each match from books that disagreed with the median implied winning probability by more than 10 percentage points. Sackmann found similar results for his expanded data set, including the same four players topping the BuzzFeed 15 list by losing the most matches relative to expectations. However, he also found that some players excluded from the analysis because they had too few flagged losses otherwise would have appeared because they lost every match with big odds movements.Sackmann also found that the results had less statistical significance — just one player, not four, lost a significantly larger number of matches than expected, after applying the Bonferroni correction. That’s in large part because Sackmann made one different choice: He used the median of all bookmakers’ opening odds for the true probability of a player winning the match, as opposed to the probability suggested by the opening odds from the bookmaker that had the biggest odds movement. That bookmaker usually was more bullish than its competitors about the player’s chances, so using its odds makes the player’s loss seem more surprising than it really was to the market as a whole. Also, Sackmann tested all players with at least 10 matches in which the odds moved heavily against them — not just players with 11 or more losses in matches like that.He also checked how the analysis would differ with a different set of bookmakers.3He chose 5Dimes, Island Casino, Bestbet, Jetbull, DOXXbet, Bet-at-home and Tipico because these are the ones with the most odds data in the database, excluding the seven BuzzFeed used, for matches for which five or fewer books set lines. He set the cutoff for flagged matches at 8 percentage points, not 10, to get roughly the same number of matches. When Sackmann used the same methodology that reproduced BuzzFeed’s list above, but with this set of bookmakers, he got very different results. Most of the names he identified as losing these matches surprisingly often were not the same as the ones he identified using BuzzFeed’s list of bookmakers.In its article, BuzzFeed writes that at least six of the 15 players it identified “have been flagged to tennis authorities by outside sources.” But the overlap could just mean that BuzzFeed and the outside sources were studying similar data with similar methods. Many of these outside sources named by BuzzFeed were using betting data as their basis for suspecting players of fixing; some, in fact, were part of the betting industry — a firm, a watchdog, a sports security association that collects alerts of suspicious betting from bookmakers. And some of the decisions BuzzFeed made in its analysis — such as where to set the cutoff in odds movement for a match to be worthy of more investigation — were based on suggestions from sports-betting investigators.None of this means that the BuzzFeed 15 haven’t fixed matches — just that, as BuzzFeed and the BBC themselves have made abundantly clear, the data analysis by itself isn’t conclusive.“It’s incredibly difficult to actually prove fixing,” Dorward said in a telephone interview.So what would be more conclusive?Other betting data. Tennis betting experts say the market has moved toward so-called in-play betting — bets placed during a match, as odds shift in response to what’s happening on the court. So, for instance, when a player wins a set, or a game, or even just an important point, bookmakers or betting exchanges quickly change the odds to reflect the increase in his probability of winning the match. That creates opportunity for bettors who know the fix is on to bet against the player who is ahead with even more favorable odds than the prematch line. BuzzFeed published a document from a 2008 investigation into match-fixing that identified several matches with that kind of suspicious betting pattern — including the sport’s most well-known example of suspected match-fixing and two other matches whose participants can be identified from the scores and opponent listed. None of the players involved are among the BuzzFeed 15. In-play betting data is available for purchase from some past matches, though it is difficult to use because it is not coded with information on the score at the time of bets. We also don’t have data on betting volumes and on maximum bets, which would show whether large amounts of money were at stake in flagged matches.Video evidence. Former player Daniel Koellerer — who was banned for life from pro tennis for fixing but denies the accusations — told the BBC that it would be easy for a pro to go unnoticed while fixing matches. But not every fixer covers his tracks well. Being able to review video of suspected matches would at least let authorities (or casual but interested onlookers) scrutinize a player’s effort throughout a match. However, not all matches are televised, and video is hard to get after the fact even for those that are. Tennis authorities ask YouTube to pull unauthorized matches and make video of archived matches available on the subscription site TennisTV for just seven days. Some older matches are available through the ATP Media Digital Archive, but this includes just one of the matches flagged for any of the BuzzFeed 15.Other corroborating evidence. This could include texts between or about players, bank records and other information.BuzzFeed and other journalists don’t have ready access to this kind of data. But tennis authorities do. The Tennis Integrity Unit — backed by the men’s and women’s pro tours, the four Grand Slams and the International Tennis Federation — can compel players to turn over phone and bank records, and it has access to detailed betting data. “Co-operative agreements with the betting industry, regulators and other parties (including ESSA, Betfair, UK Gambling Commission) can provide immediate real-time access to gambling market intelligence,” TIU spokesman Mark Harrison said in an email.Is the TIU using all of this information, along with tips about players suspected of fixing, and pursuing it as far as it can? The TIU says yes. It also maintains extreme secrecy around its operations, going so far as to not reveal details of its inquiries even in the rare cases when it announces a punishment. “TIU estimates that most, if not all, of the 18 successful corruption charges laid since 2010 would not have been achieved without the ability to work in confidence,” Harrison said.Maybe the TIU really has done all it can to root out corruption, chasing every player whose name comes across its desk. Maybe some turned out to be red herrings, like some of the BuzzFeed 15 might turn out to be. Maybe others really are fixing — giving in to the temptation to earn far more than they can by playing to win — but have gotten wise to tennis’s investigative approach and avoid using their phones or bank accounts. Or maybe fixing is very rare, and suspicious betting usually has innocent explanations.However, experience from other sports tells us there is also good reason to suspect that when sports regulate themselves, oversight can be lax. That’s really what’s at the core of BuzzFeed and the BBC’s reporting, more than the data analysis: a group of six former tennis insiders on one side saying tennis authorities haven’t followed up on what the former insiders think is compelling evidence of match-fixing, and on the other side those same authorities saying they have followed up, but confidentiality rules bar them from saying much more.Andrew Flowers contributed analysis to this article.
THE PROFESSIONAL BODY representing Ireland’s doctors has recommend that its members vote to reject the proposed ‘Croke Park 2′ deal.The council of the Irish Medical Organisation today unanimously agreed to recommend that doctors reject the measures when they are put to a ballot later this month.The IMO, along with the INMO which represents nurses and midwives, had left the public sector pay talks the evening before the proposals were finalised.The IMO’s director of industrial relations Steve Tweed said the association would now campaign ‘strongly’ to secure the rejection of the proposals.“Our opposition to these proposals is based first and foremost on the risk we believe these proposals pose to patient safety and care,” Tweed said in a statement this evening.“As far as our members are concerned, these proposals are designed to force doctors in public hospitals to work longer hours for less pay and that poses a real danger to the lives of the patients those doctors have to treat and to the health and well being of the doctors themselves.”Read: Taoiseach says Croke Park proposals do not target frontline workersExplainer: How do workers decide whether Croke Park II is approved?
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram When it comes to landfill waste, the construction and demolition industry is notoriously the biggest ‘player’, accounting for over a third of all waste that ends up there.With 15 years of experience in civil construction, George Hatzimanolis knew this all too well when he decided to be part of a shift in his field.“My passion for sustainability really grew seven to eight years ago, when I started research on substitutes for virgin materials I was utilising in my asphalt business … and from there I realised there was a whole different world of opportunity for resource out there, beyond traditional quarries,” he tells Neos Kosmos.This is how the idea for Repurpose It started, the company he set up almost two years ago with fellow co-founders joining skill sets across infrastructure, road construction, green waste and even logistics.Their vision was to contribute towards a future of circular economy – an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources. And the end result? The transformation of a 150-acre clean fill in Melbourne’s Epping into a resource recovery park. The site hosts the company’s new state-of-the-art washing and recycling plant for construction and demolition (C&D) waste, which attracted a $500,000 grant through the state government’s Resource Recovery Infrastructure Fund.Repurpose It’s washing and recycling plant in Epping.Mr Hatzimanolis says the timing was ideal for the venture. With waste volumes predicted to grow by 63 per cent by 2042, according to recent government data, tackling these is a statewide priority.“At the moment, in particular in Melbourne, there’s an infrastructure boom and our population is growing at unprecedented levels,” he says, explaining that this translates to great demand for quarries to supply infrastructure materials.“On top of that, as we are renewing the infrastructure, we generate waste. There are a lot of materials that can be recovered. Our vision when setting up the business was about investing in technology that could recover those precious resources.”READ MORE: OPINION Recycling crisis – state, national leadership and action urgently neededWASTE TO VALUEAnd so they did, bringing a unique know-how to Australia for the first time following visits to the world’s best practice regions in the industry, including Germany, the UK, Denmark and Sweden.The challenge in treating C&D waste for recycling is dealing with contaminants they are commonly mixed with.The team invested in wet processing technology that has been found effective in treating contaminated waste, rather than conventional dry screening.“If you think about any infrastructure across road or rail, or even tunnelling projects, that type of excavation waste is predominantly the one we source and wash in our plant,” Mr Hatzimanolis says, adding that other waste streams it is used for include wasted glass.Following the treatment and processing, waste is turned into raw materials for civil and infrastructure projects ending up for example in asphalt, concrete, rail ballast or glass manufacturing.Quality-wise, the outputs are as good as virgin materials, he says, referencing their R&D work in this space, and accreditation received for their products from NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) laboratories.(L-R) Repurpose It co-founder and CEO, George Hatzimanolis, Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lilly Di’Ambrosio, and MP Bronwyn Halfpenny at the official opening of the facility.READ MORE: No more free plastic grocery bags in GreeceINDUSTRIAL ECOLOGYMeanwhile, Repurpose It prides itself on working towards industrial ecology, in making landfills a thing of the past and launching a low-emissions facility compared to standard industry operations.“An external environmental agency has done a life cycle assessment … looking at the difference between sending waste to landfill and the cost to quarry the resource from a virgin quarry versus sending that material to our facility, washing and recovering the aggregates,” he says.“Our facility has the capacity to process 500,000 tonnes per annum. So in terms of CO2 savings, we can have an excess of 84,000 tonnes of CO2 every year, a number equivalent to planting 300,000 trees.”The company has already partnered with Victorian Government projects, such as the level crossing removals, Metro Trains and North East Link, while there has also been interest from the private sector.“The more we work with government agencies to promote the procurement of our materials, then the more sustainable this type of investment and technology becomes,” says Mr Hatzimanolis acknowledging that business innovation always involves risk.But for him personally, the courage to try new things – an attribute he partially credits to his background – is part of his work ethic.“My [paternal] family is from the island of Chios, my mother from Florina. I’m very proud of my Greek heritage,” he says.“I think that Greeks in general, we’re very passionate, and for me being passionate means being humble but also not afraid to think bold, which I believe comes a lot from my heritage and has helped me in my professional career.”
Samsung s’affirme sur le marché des smartphonesLe constructeur sud-coréen a écoulé quelque 70 millions de téléphones mobiles au premier trimestre 2011, dont 12 millions de smartphones.Si Samsung a vu ses profits baisser de 30% au premier trimestre 2011, la division mobile du constructeur a réalisé de bien jolis chiffres sur cette même période. Ainsi, ce sont 70 millions de terminaux mobiles qui ont été vendus, un chiffre en baisse par rapport au dernier trimestre 2010 (80,7 millions), mais très en hausse en comparaison à il y a un an, où 64 millions de téléphones mobiles avaient été vendus, explique ZDnet.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?C’est surtout la croissance en valeur du secteur téléphonie mobile de Samsung qui impressionne, la firme ayant augmenté le prix de ses téléphones, et notamment de ses smartphones. Des smartphones qui ont connu une croissance étonnante, passant de 4% à 18% des ventes totales des téléphones, soit 12,4 millions d’unités. En France, où le fabricant a écoulé en 2010 presque 11 millions de terminaux, sa part de marché sur ce segment a ainsi bondi de 9% à 25% (2,75 millions) grâce notamment au carton du Galaxy S.Le 2 mai 2011 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrin
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A controversial plan to build a biomass plant in downtown Vancouver has been scrapped.Schneider Electric, which had a contract with Clark County to build and operate the plant, notified the county it was terminating the contract, Mark McCauley, the county’s director of general services, said Monday.In a Nov. 18 letter, Schneider Electric program manager David Palmer cited “setbacks, roadblocks and other obstructions,” including the loss of the ability to apply for a U.S. Department of Treasury grant because the city of Vancouver initially ruled that a biomass plant would not be allowed in the city center’s light industrial overlay district. A hearing examiner later overturned the city, but not before the Vancouver City Council passed an emergency six-month moratorium on development to block the power plant.Schneider Electric planned to fight the city in Clark County Superior Court, alleging the emergency moratorium violated planning laws and due process by using a moratorium to stop a single project.Palmer wrote in the termination letter that there were other problems.Bids from contractors indicated that the cost of the plant would be nearly double what a county feasibility study had concluded, Palmer wrote. Initially, Schneider had committed to spend up to $28 million to build the plant.The bigger price tag would require power to be sold for a total of 15 cents per kilowatt hour, and after “extensive specific and dedicated efforts,” the company was unable to find any buyer willing to pay more than 6 cents per kilowatt hour, Palmer wrote.
Wrangell’s kicking off its Coho salmon derby this weekend. The competition is filling in for the town’s king salmon derby, which was cancelled this summer due to severe sport fishing restrictions.For 65 years, Wrangell has held the longest king derby in Southeast Alaska, lasting a whole month.Listen nowThis is the first year the town cancelled the event, when the Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed sports fishing around the entirety of the island until mid-June.Derby organizers are anxious, wondering if the silver salmon derby can garner the support of the community like a king derby would.The best measure of that interest will be in ticket sales.“We need to sell as many tickets as we can, obviously, and have this thing work so we can justify having another one next year,” derby chairman Shawn Curley said. He’s looking to sell 300 tickets minimum. In 2016, 858 king derby tickets were sold.The last Coho derby was held in 1996. The golf course hosted the event and sold an abysmal 50 tickets, a bad sign for this year’s derby organizers.But the Coho derby was held alongside the king derby in the past. This year, it’s the only fishing competition the town has. And the prize money is way more. In 1996, first place received $250. This year, first place will get $2000.“We might have went overboard,” Curley said. “We’re hoping to sell enough tickets to just break even and offer up a community event that’s fun for your family and visiting friends and just to have a local friendly competition.”The competition may have to take over for the king derby for years to come, if low Chinook forecasts persist.The derby begins this Saturday, August 11th, and lasts through September 3rd. Only weekend catches count.This year’s derby tickets will be reduced from $35 to $20. The chamber will award weekly $250 cash prizes, with a $500 prize for Labor Day weekend. The top awards will be based on a cumulative three-fish catch. Those prizes are $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third.Each ticket enters you into a raffle to win two round-trip Alaska Airlines tickets.
Pro-AL transport workers block road near Hathazari bus stand protesting at arrest of a local Awami League leader on Sunday. Photo: Prothom AloChittagong’s road communication with Rangamati and Khagrachhari was cut off as transport workers blocked the Hathazari road in Chittagong on Sunday protesting the arrest of a local Awami League (AL) leader.Police on Saturday late night arrested Ctg district (North) AL member and general secretary of northern district bus owners’ association, Manjurul Alam Chowdhury, after he shot a man in the leg at the Railway Officers club following an altercation.Kotwali police station officer in-charge (OC) Jasimuddin said Manjurul is still in custody following the incident as the victim is yet to file any complaint.The transport workers gathered at Hathazari bus stand area at around 9:00am in the morning as well as in the areas like Chittagong University gate no 1, Islamia Haat, Madan Haat, Jaamtal, Taria, and Nayahat, blocking the road communications of the port city.
By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent@StacyBrownMediaAt 94, the legendary actress and freedom fighter, Cicely Tyson, absolutely stuns on the cover of TIME.Clad in an elegant Michael Couture dress and stylish Taffin earrings by James de Givenchy with hair and makeup by Armond Hambrick, Tyson graces Time’s cover this month in celebrate of the magazine’s second annual “Optimists Issue.”Legendary actress, freedom fighter, Cicely Tyson (Photograph by Djeneba Aduayom for TIME)In the issue, Tyson talks openly about her more than six-decade acting career, from her film debut in “Carib Gold” in 1956, to her most recent role as Annalise Keating’s mother in ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”“When I made the decision to use my career as a platform, to try to make a dent in some of these injustices that I witnessed and experienced in life, I said if I just reach one person, one person, then I will be happy,” Tyson told TIME.Born in Harlem New York City on December 19, 1933, Tyson’s parents were immigrants from Saint Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies, according to her biography at BlackPast.org, the website that records African American history.After graduating from Charles Evans High School in Manhattan in 1951, Tyson landed a position as a secretary for the American Red Cross. Unsatisfied with the work, she enrolled in the Barbara Watson Modeling School to pursue a career in modeling, according to her biography:By the late 1950s, Tyson had become one of the top black models in the United States. Her face appeared on the cover of black-oriented magazines, such as Ebony and Jet. While waiting in the offices of Ebony Magazine, she was encouraged to audition for a role in the film, The Spectrum, which discussed conflicts between dark- and light-skinned blacks.Tyson won the role but The Spectrum was never completed due to financial problems. This experience however, persuaded Tyson that she should pursue a career in acting.Tyson began her career on the stage. In 1961, she appeared in the original cast of French playwright Jean Genet’s The Blacks, which became the longest running non-musical of the decade with over 1,400 performances.In 1963 at the insistence of Academy Award-winning actor George C. Scott, she became a part of the cast of East Side/West Side of which Scott was the star. By the mid-1960s and early 1970s, Tyson was a frequent guest star on television appearing in I-Spy, Naked City, The Nurses, The Bill Cosby Show and a number of other programs. Her movie career progressed more slowly. Like many black performers of her generation, Tyson was leery of the “blaxploitation” films of the era and held out for a film that promoted positive images of African Americans.That film came in 1972 when she was cast in the role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder.The film examined the life of a Black family in the Depression-era South with dignity and compassion. Tyson’s performance garnered positive reviews from critics and she was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In 1974, she broke new ground for black actors when she received an Emmy Award for her portrayal of the character Jane Pittman, based on a novel written by Ernest J. Gaines.Her performance made her one of the premier actresses of her generation.Tyson appeared as Coretta Scott King in the 1978 movie King opposite actor Paul Winfield.Other acclaimed movie roles included Roots, The Marva Collins Story, When No One Would Listen, and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.“There isn’t a day – I’m grateful to say – that when I walk out of my doors, I don’t run into somebody who says, ‘I can’t tell you what you’ve done for me. ‘You changed my life,’” Tyson shared with TIME. “It just confirmed for me that I was on the right track and I stayed on the right track.”A Kennedy Center Honors recipient who also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Barack Obama, Tyson said she has no plans to retire.In keeping with the article’s theme of optimism, she said, “Look at the world today, you better be an optimist.”“You really do have to have faith and belief and understanding in order to survive. And know that you will not be defeated if you really think positive, about yourself and the life you’ve chosen to live.”
Naturally, I’m worried Nintendo will mess it all up. There’s still time, and with few details announced there’s still plenty of room for the company to completely botch the launch of the new system. We have months until it comes out, and no idea about the Switch’s price, availability, launch titles, or features (besides the modular tablet design). Here are some ways Nintendo could still ruin the Switch’s launch.UnderpoweredIt took until the Wii U for Nintendo to hit high definition. That’s a full generation late to the party. No one’s expecting the Switch to be capable of 4K (and really, even the PS4 Pro looks like it will mostly render games at lower resolution and upscale), but it needs to have enough power that the games look modern and developers can easily scale and port software to it. It will get some leeway because it’s basically a tablet, and the fact that it uses a Nvidia Tegra processor means it should have some power, but if it doesn’t even try to come close to PS4 and Xbox One performance it will be just another this-gen-is-last-gen Nintendo system. Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch I’m super excited about the Nintendo Switch. I wasn’t convinced hearing all of the rumors that Nintendo could do it, and I feared something similar to the Wii U Gamepad regarding size and design. I also wasn’t expecting to actually see the system itself during the announcement trailer. But Nintendo came through and showed off the Nintendo NX (now the Nintendo Switch) as a fully realized device, conveying the concept in just three and a half minutes.It’s slimmer and sleeker than the Wii U, and the main unit looks like it could simply be a thick 6-inch tablet and not a big, cumbersome gamepad that’s awkward to hold. It can clearly work as a home console and as a portable, thanks to the dock and Joy-Cons. It could be the one device that brings together Nintendo’s home and handheld resources into a single functional, powerful, successful gaming platform. Bundle StratificationThis is the biggest thing I’m worried about. Nintendo is clear about what the Switch can do, but it hasn’t announced how the Switch will be sold. It’s a gaming handheld and a home console at the same time, using several different accessories to work in different situations. Will the Switch launch as only the tablet, requiring you to buy the other parts piecemeal? Will there be confusing, redundant Home and Handheld Switch bundles, forcing you to fill in the gaps? Will a catch-all bundle with the dock, two Joy-Cons, and a Pro Grip or separate home gamepad be a limited edition package or have to fight against comparatively useless incomplete bundles for shelf space? Will we get a repeat of the Wii U Basic Set debacle? If Nintendo wants to hammer home the Switch’s concept, it needs to put out a single bundle that has everything you need for home and portable use.Disappointing Launch LineupRemember the Wii U launch window? There was lots of promise of games to come in the months following the system’s release, and it still took a year for the library to really get established. The launch window was a weasely way of saying there wouldn’t be many compelling games day one. Nintendo needs to avoid that by having a strong launch lineup the day the Switch comes out. We’re pretty sure The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be a launch title, but that’s about it. For the first party, we’ve seen a few seconds of Splatoon, Mario, and Mario Kart games that could just be mock-ups, and Nintendo will just promise those big names will come out in the “launch window” or later, stringing us along with the promise of them but still making us wait. For third party, Nintendo has a huge list of developers and publishers working on the Switch, but no launch games announced. The Switch needs to hit shelves with a strong selection of must-have games. A Zelda and a Mario, minimum, and a Splatoon would really sweeten the deal while giving third-party developers more time to polish their games.Nintendo-like Online ServicesNintendo has always sucked at online services. Friend codes, home console/handheld walls between libraries and digital stores, completely frustrating and time-consuming transfer processes, awkward purchase tracking and sorting, and just a general sense of Nintendo lagging at least half a decade behind Microsoft, Sony, and PCs on putting games online. Nintendo needs to prove they can move into the modern age with the Switch, and in the process stop treating its entire user base like children. We need friend and party lists, and a simple, direct way to communicate between players in and out of games. We need an eShop that will track what games we buy and what saves we store with a simple login, and the ability to download whatever we buy to any Nintendo device that can run it without the horrible ghost-and-wipe method used with the 3DS. We need parental controls that can be set instead of online features built entirely around the idea that the entire user base is eight years old. We need Nintendo to give us an online service that at least tries to offer what PSN, XBL, and Steam offer, without the cloistered Nintendo bullshit we’ve been putting up with for two console generations.Corners Cut in HardwareThe Switch is basically a tablet with a lot of accessories. It needs to be a good tablet. Part of the Wii U’s problem was that its gamepad was bulky, uncomfortable, and had a washed-out, low-resolution screen with resistive touch. The Switch can’t make compromises in how it looks and feels. The screen needs to be at least 720p considering its apparently six-inch size, and it needs to be capacitive touch. The Joy-Cons need to be comfortable, light, and feel like they’re made of Nintendium (the mysterious alloys Nintendo used in the original NES controller, seemingly related to Gundanium). And, while this is a detail many don’t think about, the Switch needs dual-band Wi-Fi, and the dock needs an Ethernet port. You need a strong, fast connection to download games and play online, and 5GHz wireless and the ability to get Ethernet speeds directly from your router at home would help out a great deal. Nintendo can’t be cheap with the Switch.I want to know more about the Nintendo Switch, and I honestly really, really like the concept. But there are some huge holes Nintendo could easily trip and fall straight into on the way to the system launch. Until we get more details, those holes are going to be out there, waiting to disappoint us.
The scientists, Ymkje Huismans from the FOM-Institute AMOLF in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and an international research team have published their study in a recent issue of Science Express.“What we have experimentally demonstrated is that it is possible to make holograms by taking an electron out of a molecule and, using a laser field, redirect the electron toward the molecule,” coauthor Marc Vrakking, of the FOM-Institute AMOLF and the Max Born Institute in Berlin, told PhysOrg.com.In their experiments, the scientists beamed an intense infrared laser light at an atom or molecule, which resulted in the atom or molecule becoming ionized and releasing an electron. The laser field causes the liberated electron to oscillate away from and toward the ion. Sometimes, an electron and ion collide, releasing a very short burst of radiation. Because the electron motion is fully coherent, meaning it always has the same phase, the scientists realized that they could apply holographic techniques to record information about the ion and electron. The key to holographic electron imaging is to observe the interference between a reference wave (which is emitted by the electron and doesn’t interact with the ion) and a signal wave (which scatters off the ion and encodes its structure). When the reference wave and signal wave interfere on a detector, the encoded information about the electron and ion is stored and can be viewed in the future. As the scientists explained, the result is a hologram of an atom produced by its own electrons.The researchers also developed theoretical models to simulate their measurements, confirming that the hologram had stored spatial and temporal information about the electrons and ions. By using the holographic structures to develop a new kind of ultra-fast photoelectron spectroscopy, researchers could be able to directly measure electron and ion movements on the attosecond timescale. This ability would be useful for understanding chemical reactions at the most basic level, particularly in molecules that cannot be easily studied by other methods. Scientists track electrons in molecules (PhysOrg.com) — While holography is often associated with artistic 3D images, it can also be used for many other purposes. In a new study, scientists have created holograms of atoms using laser-driven electron motion, which could lead to a new type of ultra-fast photoelectron spectroscopy. In the future, this type of holography could enable scientists to study the structures of molecules in a more direct way than before. This velocity map image shows the velocity distribution of ionized electrons, which are used to create a hologram of a Xenon atom. Image credit: Y. Huismans, et al. ©2010 Science. 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. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Scientists make holograms of atoms using electrons (2011, January 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-scientists-holograms-atoms-electrons.html Explore further More information: Y. Huismans, et al. “Time-Resolved Holography with Photoelectrons.” Science Express. 16 December 2010. DOI:10.1126/science.1198450
Cancun, Q.R. — After weeks of protests, the mayor of Cancun has agreed to suspend the hotel construction project at Playa Delfinis until all paperwork is reviewed.The municipal president of Benito Juárez, Remberto Estrada Barba, clarified that the suspension of the Gran Solaris Cancún project is the result of an appeal for review filed by two councilors and does not represent in any way, a sanction to the developer Villas Solaris S de RL de CV.The mayor pointed out that his decision to suspend the project also derives from the dissatisfaction of citizens regarding the hotel project that, if built, would consist of 450 rooms within a lot of 18,844.31 square meters located next to Playa Delfines at kilometer 19.5 of Boulevard Kukulcán.He specified that the constancy of land use and the construction license, both issued by the Municipal Department of Ecology and Urban Development (SMEyDU) of Benito Juárez, will be verified.“It is not a sanction. It is simply a review filed by two councilors of this Honorable Cabildo for a review of the land use and the construction license that was issued at the time. The review will be to thoroughly verify each of the processes that have been given, while emphasizing that we are listening to the request of many citizens,” he said.He said that his government is in favor of investment through real estate development, however, he stressed that it has to be sustainable and legal.“Effectively we continue arguing that we are in favor of construction, of development, as long as it is compatible with sustainable development and as long as it complies with all current regulations, existing in each of the laws,” he said.The government of Remberto Estrada insisted that there is no ecological damage by the project, and that they will monitor both the work and the project so that it in no way affects the integrity, access and services of Playa Delfines, which is and will continue to be public.He explained that “any investment project that complies with the legal framework and respects the environment, is welcome to Cancun for the benefits it generates in economic, employment and greater attraction of tourists.”He specified that in recent dates, “Some sectors have been expressing concerns and doubts about the Gran Solaris and that a lot of information has been spilled, some inaccurate, some partial and out of context, and a part totally alien to the truth.”City Council stated that to clear up doubts, they decided to request a suspension of the construction license in order to review the status of the project.In a statement, the city said “We believe it is appropriate for the authority to review again, and in detail, the municipal authorizations and their due compliance by the individual, as an exercise of transparency for the benefit of all.”He clarified that this suspension should not be taken as the closure of the project, since if it is confirmed that the project is in compliance with the law, the suspension will be lifted and the work will continue.City Council says the hotel is set for review on December 13.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)