Spat over design of new Chinese telescope goes public

first_img Lu Feng By Yongming HuangAug. 11, 2017 , 12:13 PM China’s astronomers hope to leap from the 4-meter Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope to a new 12-meter telescope. Spat over design of new Chinese telescope goes public center_img A deep division among Chinese astronomers over the design of a proposed 12-meter telescope broke into public view this week as statements from competing camps went viral on social media.The dispute centers on whether to adopt a technically ambitious four-mirror design proposed by optical engineers or a conventional three-mirror option favored by astronomers. The stakes are high. It will be China’s largest optical telescope and serve as the workhorse observational facility for several generations.In a 4 August letter to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Jiansheng Chen, an astronomer at Peking University in Beijing, notes that currently the largest Chinese-built scopes are a 2.16-meter general purpose instrument and the 4-meter Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) that is dedicated to surveys. LAMOST “is not very successful,” he adds, noting that its performance doesn’t match that of the 2.5-meter Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. “You can imagine how much risk there is in leaping from this foundation to 12 meters!” Chen writes in the letter that was posted on WeChat, a popular Chinese social media platform.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) Chen miscalculates LAMOST’s aperture, counter Xiangqun Cui, the instrument’s chief engineer who is at Nanjing Institute of Astronomical Optics & Technology, and Dingqiang Su, an astronomer at Nanjing University, in a joint WeChat response posted 8 August. They write that in terms of its engineering, the aperture is equivalent to almost 8 meters, thus it wouldn’t be a great leap to 12.Chen, Cui, and Su are all prestigious CAS academicians, adding spice to the acrimonious exchange, which is just the latest skirmish in an ongoing battle.Cui and her colleagues are behind the four-mirror design, which has a primary plus three secondary mirrors and relies on what they call an SYZ optical system, named using the initials of three designers who pioneered the scheme on the 2.16-meter telescope. A team from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan has proposed a more conventional Ritchey-Chrétien design that has a primary plus two secondary mirrors. They claim this simpler approach provides better resolution in the central field of view, and “generally better scientific performance.”In April, an international committee convened by CAS’s Center for Astronomical Mega-Science, which is responsible for the project, reviewed the competing designs and recommended the three-mirror option. On 10 July, Cui organized her own review committee that picked the SYZ design as better. Cui’s panel “leaned toward one side,” Chen says. And one member says that the three-mirror design was not sufficiently presented, partly because no one from the Huazhong team was there. Cui and Su explain in their open letter that a member of their own group who knows it well introduced the Huazhong design. “Members were repeatedly reminded they could abstain from voting,” they write. One-third of the 21 committee members did abstain.Meanwhile, to date, more than 130 young astronomers have signed an open letter to the astronomical community urging that the recommendations of the international panel be respected.The fundamental disagreement, according to Chen, is “whether a large science project should be technically or scientifically oriented.” Cui and Su say the choice is between incorporating “rapidly developing new technologies” that ensure a long life for the facility, or “simply replicating a 10-meter telescope built 30 years ago.”This week, more than 800 astronomers are attending the annual meeting of the Chinese Astronomical Society in Xinjiang. The 12-meter telescope battle is not on the program. The society “doesn’t want to cause embarrassment,” says one attendee who adds there is sure to be “a lot of [discussion] in private.”last_img read more


first_imgAfghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half Afghanistan then had some fine moves in the Indian half and made some threatening crosses but the home side defence were able to clear them. But they were not to be denied in the 69th minute with Zubayr Amiri giving Afghanistan the lead. Faysals pass sneaked past Arnab Mondal and an overlapping Amiris left footer beat Gurpreet before crashing into the Indian net. India struck back immediately with Jeje bringing the scoreline on level terms in the 72nd minute. Narzary crossed the ball into the box which was headed by Chhetri. Jeje came behind Afghan defender Sayedh Hashemi and slotted the ball into the far corner of the net. Hashemi expected goalkeeper Azizi to come off his line and collect. Both players looking at each other in disbelief. India threatened to take the lead towards the end of the match but Afghan goalkeeper were upto the task to deny them. First, he tipped over Narayan Das long range effort in the 84th minute after the Indian player saw the goalkeeper off his line, and then saved Chhetris right footer from a free-kick. The match went into the extra time and talismanic captain Chhetri scored the winner. Chhetri got the better of Afghan defender Hashemi and he kept his balance intact before sending his low right-footed sliding shot into the corner of the net to the wild jubilation of the home crowd. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

How to be kind to yourself as a freelancer when times get tough

first_imgChange it up: Attend a new networking event or check out a group you’ve been wanting to join. Being around others will help you get your mind off your troubles—and it may lead to a valuable new connection. Catch up on your marketing: If you find yourself with some free hours, why not work on all those marketing initiatives you have on your “to do” list? Things like social media, blogging, updating your web site and freelancer profiles…you get the idea. Take a “sanity” day: I know as a freelancer, we sometimes think of our needs last, always putting our clients first. But, there are times when we need to just take a day for ourselves. When you own your own business, you don’t have vacation or sick days—you just have to create them. Taking a day off can help you “re-set” and be ready to get out there again. Remind yourself nothing is a sure thing: Even if you had a full-time job, you can be laid off or fail to get assigned to the project you really want. So, don’t beat yourself up too much. Count your blessings: Even if you’re going through a low point, remember why you started freelancing in the first place. Intangibles like the freedom, the flexibility and the confidence it can bring. Are there times when it feels like the bad outweighs the good? Sure. But, don’t forget, there are plenty of perks that come from working for yourself. Freelancing is a great way of life, but we all have our down days. Just be prepared to ride it out and wait for the sun that always comes after the storm.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here. Get your support system ready: Build yourself a support network of other friends/colleagues who can help lift your spirits when things don’t go your way (and inevitably, this will happen). Treat yourself: Even if it’s just your favorite coffee or a long walk, be kind to yourself—treat yourself to something you really enjoy. That will certainly help you feel a little better and make it easier to push on. As a long-time consultant, I’ve learned a lot of lessons such as:Hire an accountant.Set up a designated office space, if you work at home.Working in your PJs IS all it’s cracked up to be.But, one not-so-fun lesson I continue to learn over and over again is: Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched.I remember when I started my freelance PR and writing business, my biggest fear was not finding enough work. Well, that didn’t happen right away… but over the years, there have definitely been times of feast and famine.So, what do I mean about the chickens? As a freelance consultant, I work with many different clients. Sometimes, they’ll say things like:“Wow, this new year is going to bring a lot of opportunities our way and we can’t wait to work with you on many of them.”Or:“We’re writing a marketing plan for client X and a big piece of that is PR.”So, you think, “Cool, this is going to be my biggest year ever!” But then, none of it comes to pass. This is a hard lesson, because you want to have confidence that the work will be flowing steadily at all times. However, this isn’t always the case. And, when you make choices to turn down other work based on jobs you think are yours, this can be even worse.While as freelancers, we must make choices about which projects to accept — and some projects turn out to be a better fit than others — it’s especially tough when opportunities you banked on don’t pan out. And, if you make enough of the wrong choices when it comes to gigs, you may find yourself in a spot you don’t want to be in.So, if the worst happens and you counted on some projects that didn’t come to pass, then what? Well, you pick yourself and you go on. (After a pity party, of course — you’re allowed to feel sorry for yourself in this scenario. Maybe even grab a friend who can console you and tell you how awesome you are.) You go back to what you know has worked for you and you plow ahead, full force.I was recently talking with a younger consultant who was telling me about some of the ups and downs she’s been through in this first year of her solo business. As we chatted, it occurred to me that it doesn’t even matter how many years each of us has been in business because some of the challenges you face as a freelancer never change. You hope you learn lessons —but sometimes, things can still go south and what you counted on may not be how things actually turn out.Here are some tips I shared with my consultant friend—maybe they’ll help you, too, when the going gets tough:last_img read more

West Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to England

first_imgWest Indies 1st team to score less than 75 in successive T20Is, lose series 3-0 to EnglandWest Indies were beaten 3-0 in the T20I series and they were bowled out for 71 in just 13 overs in the third T20I at St Kitts and Nevis on Sunday. advertisement Reuters Saint KittsMarch 11, 2019UPDATED: March 11, 2019 08:37 IST No West Indies batsman scored more than 11 during the third T20I on Sunday (@windiescricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFast-medium bowler David Willey rattled through West Indies’ top order, taking 4-7 off three oversIt took England just 10.3 overs to polish off their victory target, Jonny Bairstow scoring a quickfire 37West Indies vs England, 3rd T20I, David Willey, West Indies cricket, West Indies T20I records, West Indies 45 all out, West Indies 71 all outEngland ended their Caribbean tour on an upbeat note when they thrashed West Indies by eight wickets in the final Twenty20 international on Sunday to sweep the three-match series.Fast-medium bowler David Willey rattled through West Indies’ top order, taking 4-7 off three overs as England dismissed the home team for a paltry 71 in 13 overs at Basseterre in Saint Kitts and Nevis.The capitulation left West Indies with the ignominy of being the first team to score less than 75 in consecutive T20 internationals, following their 45-run total in the second game on Friday.No West Indies batsman scored more than 11.It took England just 10.3 overs to polish off their victory target, Jonny Bairstow scoring a quickfire 37.#WIvENG It just wasn’t enough today from the #MenInMaroon. ENG finish the Sandals T20I Series 3-0 #ItsOurGame Cricket (@windiescricket) March 10, 2019The dye was cast from the first ball on a slowish wicket when Shai Hope gave an easy catch to short cover off Willey, who was named man-of-the-match.”My role up front there is to try to swing the new ball,” Willey said. “Tonight it didn’t swing a great deal but I put it in the right area and there was a bit of hold in the pitch for me and it forced some errors from the West Indies.”Captain Eoin Morgan was particularly pleased with the performance of some of his fringe players who got a chance to play when several first-choice players were rested.”Guys who don’t get a huge amount of opportunities have stuck their hand up on numerous occasions and it’s really exciting to see,” Morgan said, naming bowlers Willey and Chris Jordan and batsmen Sam Billings and Joe Denly.advertisementWest Indies captain Jason Holder said his team needed to learn to adjust to the batting conditions.”If conditions aren’t true in terms of the ball coming onto the bat we’ve got to adapt and set it up for our middle and lower (order) in the back half of the innings,” he said.England return home having improved as their tour progressed. They lost the test series 2-1 then drew the one-dayers 2-2 before sweeping the Twenty20 matches.Also Read | PCB writes to ICC for action against India for wearing camouflage capsAlso Read | DRS not consistent at all, says Virat Kohli after India fail to defend 358 vs AustraliaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow Jason HolderFollow David WilleyFollow Eoin Morganlast_img read more

Four South Korean Yard Workers Crushed to Death

first_imgzoom Four workers of Geochung Shipbuilding’s Busan-based yard have been crushed to death earlier today by a falling structure at the shipyard, South Korean news agency Yonhap informed. According to the Busan Fire Department, the operator’s cabin attached to a 40-ton crane used for shipbuilding broke away and fell from about 20 meters height during crane demolition work.The cabin rolled over on its side, crushing one person inside and three people who were standing on top of it, Yonhap said.A fifth worker managed to escape the structure and was not hurt, Korea Herald reported.The cause of the accident is believed to be breach of safety procedures during attempts to disconnect the cabin.Investigation into the case is underway.World Maritime News Staff; Image of the scene of the accident is available here.last_img read more

Vancouver Aquarium files civil claim suing city and park board over cetacean

first_imgVANCOUVER — The Vancouver Aquarium is suing the city and park board over the 2017 cetacean ban for breach of contract and claiming it lost millions of dollars in revenue.In May 2017 the Vancouver’s park board voted 6 to 1 to approve a bylaw banning whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity.The bylaw went into effect immediately, preventing the Vancouver Aquarium from bringing new cetaceans to its facility in Stanley Park.In the civil claim filed May 14, the Vancouver Aquarium states attendance has dropped in the last two years, adding the bylaw has interfered with the aquarium’s “ability to carry out day-to-day administration” of the Marine Science Centre.“Compared to 2016, attendance at the Marine Science Centre in both 2017 and 2018 has declined by approximately 13 per cent,” the aquarium says in the claim.“Based on 2016 admission rates, this decline in attendance equates to a loss of approximately $4 million in revenues for each of 2017 and 2018.”  The Vancouver Aquarium has one senior-aged Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen that the park board continues to support.“She was rescued from fishing nets many years ago, and has no pectoral fins as a result,” says a spokesperson for the aquarium.A B.C. Supreme Court judge had agreed with the aquarium’s attempt to quash the park board bylaw and declared it void. But that ruling was overturned in February by a panel of three Appeal Court judges, who sent the matter back to the B.C. Supreme Court.The Vancouver Aquarium says as the matter is currently before the B.C. Supreme Court, it is not in a position to provide additional details on the lawsuit.For more than five decades, cetaceans have been a central feature of the aquarium and its efforts to engage the public, the lawsuit says.In January 1999 the aquarium housed five belugas, one killer whale and one Pacific white-sided dolphin, it says.By September 2011 the aquarium had four belugas, three pacific white-sided dolphins and one harbour porpoise, the claim reads.In the early 2000s, it says the aquarium began planning a three-phase, $100-million expansion of the Marine Science Centre. It says the first phase included improvement of “facilities and systems” for cetaceans costing more than $2.75 million, while the second phase included expansion of habitats for cetaceans including the Canada’s Arctic exhibit.Over the last two years the lawsuit says the aquarium wrote off $2.2 million in design and consulting costs for the new Canada’s Arctic habitat for cetaceans, and lost a “major private donation” equal to $7.5 million which was in support of the habitat. The lawsuit says the aquarium also revised its plans for the second phase of the expansion project.The aquarium had announced in February 2017 that it would phase out its cetacean program by 2029. But it intended on bringing in five more belugas in the interim once it opened its Canada’s Arctic exhibit.“The ability to control the day-to-day administration of the Marine Science Centre — including the choice of what aquatic animals to bring into or display at the Marine Science Centre — is crucially linked to the Vancouver Aquarium’s fiscal sustainability,” the lawsuit says.  The lawsuit says since 1995 the aquarium has owned and operated the Marine Science Centre in Stanley Park under a series of licence agreements with the city, represented by the park board.The aquarium pays two licence fees, it says. This includes a fixed fee of $150,000 which is to be increased by $25,000 after every five years, and a monthly amount based on a percentage of gross revenues from retail food and beverage sales, it says.“Despite the changes to its permitted uses under the license agreement, the Vancouver Aquarium has continued to pay combined annual licence fees to the park board and the city in excess of $290,000,” the lawsuit says.A statement from the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation says it has received a claim for damages in response to the 2017 amendment of the bylaw to restrict the importation and keeping of cetaceans at the Vancouver Aquarium.“The Park Board is reviewing the claim with legal counsel and considering its options going forward. The Park Board will have no further comment while this matter is before the courts,” the statement says.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Grains mostly higher Livestock higher

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was off 7.80 cents at $5.0260 a bushel; Dec. corn was up .40 cent at $3.6660 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 6 cents at $2.8960 bushel while Nov. soybeans gained 4.40 cents at 8.7440 a bushel.Beef and pork were higher on the Chicago Mercantile cattle was up .98 cent at $1.15 a pound; Nov. feeder cattle rose .80 cent at $1.4890 a pound; Dec. lean hogs gained 1.70 cents at .5750 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UN solemnly marks International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People

The United Nations today solemnly marked the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People amid widespread calls for efforts to achieve a two-State solution to the Middle East conflict. “This Day of Solidarity is a day of mourning and a day of grief,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a commemorative meeting in a message delivered on his behalf by Chef de Cabinet S. Iqbal Riza. Deploring the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, he noted that the human and material losses suffered by the Palestinians over the past two years have been “nothing short of catastrophic.” The Secretary-General pointed out that Israel’s “excessive and disproportionate” use of force only serves to intensify rage, desperation and a desire for revenge. At the same time, “cruel and devastating” terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians, including suicide bombings, have claimed large numbers of innocent lives while setting back the Palestinian cause. “The result of these actions has been the near-total destruction of the belief on either side that there is genuine partner for a just peace,” he observed. Despite this grim picture, Mr. Annan underscored the importance of efforts to tackle the problem by achieving a two-State solution. Members of the diplomatic Quartet – the UN, United States, European Union and Russian Federation – have been working with the parties on a road map to achieve a final settlement within three years. “With the intensified efforts of all of us, the day will come sooner rather than later, when the Palestinian people will be finally able to enjoy their inalienable rights, including the right to self-determination and to a sovereign State called Palestine,” he said. Also addressing the meeting, General Assembly President Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic called for the prompt resumption of Israeli-Palestinian political negotiations. He noted that the international community has come out strongly against the extrajudicial assassinations of suspected Palestinian militants, and against terrorist acts of Palestinian extremists. The anguish, frustration and anger of the Palestinians is understandable, the President said, but tactics of terror and suicide bombing are counterproductive. The recent terrorist attack in Mombasa “will be justifiably condemned the world over but the Palestinian cause will not be advanced a single inch forward – just the contrary,” he said. Mr. Kavan stressed that the UN should continue to maintain a permanent responsibility towards the question of Palestine until two independent States – Israel and Palestine –live in peace side by side within secure, recognized and respected borders. The Chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Papa Louis Fall of Senegal, said the root cause of the prevailing violence remains the occupation of Palestinian territory by Israel and its perpetuation of illegal actions, including curfews, arrests, detentions, the demolition of houses, the devastation of farmlands, the deliberate pursuit of the settlements policy and extrajudicial executions. Noting efforts by the Quartet to develop a plan for a sovereign Palestinian State by 2005, he called on the leaders of the two parties, and the wider international community, to take bold and difficult decisions to achieve this end. read more

Top Michigan environmental regulator resigns over handling of Flints leadinwater crisis

Top Michigan environmental regulator resigns over handling of Flint’s lead-in-water crisis LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s top environmental regulator resigned Tuesday after elevated blood-lead levels were found in children in Flint during a drinking water crisis that a task force blamed primarily on his agency.Gov. Rick Snyder accepted the resignation of Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant and apologized for what occurred in Flint, which switched its drinking water supply in a cost-cutting move while under state financial management. Communications director Brad Wurfel also resigned, and Snyder said he plans additional personnel changes in the agency.Wyant quit the same day a task force appointed by the Republican governor reported that the department was primarily responsible for the fiasco because it did not require Flint to keep corrosive water from leaching lead from service pipes into residents’ homes and belittled concerns from the public. Exposure to lead can cause behaviour problems and learning disabilities in children.“I want the Flint community to know how very sorry I am that this has happened,” Snyder said in a written statement. “And I want all Michigan citizens to know that we will learn from this experience, because Flint is not the only city that has an aging infrastructure.”The five-member task force, which previously brought up concerns about a lack of organization in responding to the disaster, said the environmental department’s Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance has a “minimalist approach” to regulatory oversight in which “technical compliance” is sufficient. It faulted the agency for a “tone of scorn and derision” toward the public, including outside water and health experts who raised alarm bells.The task force confirmed that the state did not follow the federal Lead and Copper Rule when Flint disconnected from Detroit’s water system in April 2014 and switched to Flint River water while waiting to connect to a new regional water authority.Detroit’s water from Lake Huron had been treated for corrosion. State officials thought that after Flint made the transition to the river it could test the new water for lead over two six-month intervals to determine potential corrosion treatment instead of needing to immediately add corrosion controls. Flint returned to Detroit’s water in October after a public health emergency was declared.The task force, which met with Wyant on Dec. 16, noted his substantial agreement with many of its conclusions but expressed disappointment with his “weak defence” regarding the federal rule.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a November memo that there are “differing possible interpretations” of the Lead and Copper Rule, explaining that it does not explicitly discuss a scenario like in Flint.But task force members said, “Individuals and agencies responsible must be held accountable in a timely fashion.”They also cited recent revelations of the Department of Health and Human Services’ apparent early knowledge of and silence about elevated blood-lead levels, and said the committee’s final report in early 2016 would review local governments’ decision processes while under emergency management.“I know many Flint citizens are angry and want more than an apology. That’s why I’m taking the actions today to ensure a culture of openness and trust,” Snyder said.Wyant, 56, led the Environmental Quality Department for nearly five years. He previously served as the state’s agricultural director under Republican Gov. John Engler and Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm.“If these personnel moves and change in tone lead to a more aggressive response and resources to improve public health, then we are finally making progress,” said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, a Democrat from Flint.___Follow David Eggert at . His work can be found at by David Eggert, The Associated Press Posted Dec 29, 2015 1:30 pm MDT Last Updated Dec 29, 2015 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Florida outlasts West Virginia in Jimmy V Classic 6656

NEW YORK — Kevaughn Allen scored a game-high 19 points to lead Florida to a 66-56 win over West Virginia in the second game of the Jimmy V Classic Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.Even though Allen was the only Gator to finish in double-figure scoring as Florida won its third game in its last five starts and improved to 5-3 overall.The loss snapped West Virginia’s four-game winning streak. The Mountaineers fell to 5-3. Chase Harler led West Virginia with 11 points.Despite being outscored 14-4 in the final 7:25 of the first half, Florida went into halftime with a 30-27 lead. The Gators never trailed until Logan Routt drove the lane for a one-handed dunk with 16:39 left in the second half.Florida responded with a 14-2 run in a span of 5:57 to turn a 31-30 deficit to a 44-33 lead. Keyontae Johnson’s driving baseline two-handed jam and Andrew Nembhard ‘s 3 on consecutive possessions highlighted the run and forced Bob Huggins to call a timeout.The stoppage did not slow the Gators and when play resumed Allen drilled a straightaway 3 and Deaundrae Ballard made a free throw to extend the lead to 15.Florida would lead by as many as 16 after Locke made two free throws with 5:15 left. The Gators would make 11 free throws in the final 2:24 to close out the game.BIG PICTURE:FLORIDA: The known is Florida’s defence. Entering Tuesday night’s nationally televised game the Gators ranked second in the SEC in points allowed (62.4 points per game) and third in steals (9.0 per game). The unknown was how potent they could be offensively. Even though the Gators were averaging 71.7 points per game, that number is somewhat misleading due to a 98-point outing against North Florida on Nov. 27. In their remaining six games, however, Florida has averaged just 67.3 points.WEST VIRGINIA: ‘Live by the 3, die by the 3,’ is not the Mountaineers’ motto for the 2018-19 season, but it might as well be. In West Virginia’s five wins prior to Tuesday night it shot 38.2 per cent from behind the arc, but only connected on 29.3 per cent in its two losses. Against Florida, the Mountaineers missed 16 of 23 from 3.UP NEXT:FLORIDA: Hosts No. 10 Michigan State Saturday.WEST VIRGINIA: Hosts Pittsburgh Saturday.___More AP college basketball: and P. Gorman, The Associated Press read more

Barrett leads No 3 Duke past Hartford 8454

DURHAM, N.C. — Freshman RJ Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and No. 3 Duke pulled away to rout Hartford 84-54 on Wednesday night.Zion Williamson added 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Tre Jones and Javin Delaurier finished with 10 points apiece to help the Blue Devils (8-1) win their third straight. Duke shot 62 per cent in the second half to more than make up for hitting just five 3-pointers — matching a season low.J.R. Lynch scored 13 points and Jason Dunne added 12 for Hartford (3-7), a 38-point underdog that hung around well into the second half before fading. Dunne’s long 3-pointer pulled the Hawks within eight points with just over 12 minutes left.Williamson then hit two free throws, Jack White followed with a steal and dunk and Cameron Reddish — who had missed all six of his 3-pointers to that point — buried a 3 in transition to give the Blue Devils their largest lead to that point at 54-39. Duke rolled from there for its fifth blowout in five home games.BIG PICTUREHartford: There was plenty for the Hawks to build on in this one, and they acquitted themselves much better than their No. 215 Pomeroy ranking — or the final score — might indicate. Their zone defence flummoxed the Blue Devils on the perimeter and their hustle kept them in the game for roughly 30 minutes.Duke: The margin of victory would indicate otherwise, but for much of this one, very little came easy for the Blue Devils — four nights after everything seemed that way in a 64-point rout of Stetson. It’ll look like a blowout in the box score, but coach Mike Krzyzewski will no doubt find plenty of teachable moments during the film review.UP NEXTHartford: At Bryant on Dec. 12.Duke: Hosts Yale on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: and McCreary, The Associated Press read more

CRISIS IN PLOCK IFK Kristianstad take a point home

8.PPD Zagreb8026196:2322 EHF Champions LeagueOrlen Wisla PlockRK PPD Zagreb ← Previous Story PASTOR HAS A KEY: PICK Szeged beat FC Barcelona Lassa Next Story → THE END OF ADZIC ERA: Per Johansson to lead Montenegro! 6.Kristianstad8125204:2394 4.Barcelona8422240:22110 2.Rhein-Neckar8431240:21711 1.Vardar8710219:18815 Crisis in Plock! Orlen Wisla Plock only played 25:25 (13:13) against direct rival in the race for VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 – IFK Kristianstad. This was only the second draw in eight matches in current season alongside six defeats which put Polish vice-champions at the bottom of the Group A.Orlen Wisła Płock – IFK Kristianstad 25:25 (13:13)Wisła: Borbely, Wichary – De Toledo 5, Duarte 2, Ivić 2, Mihić, Daszek 7 (3/3), Ghionea 1, Obradović 1, Żabić, Krajewski 2, Racotea 2, Tarabochia 2, T. Gębala, M. Gębala 1IFK: Kappelin – Henningsson 3, Gudmundsson 2, Lagergren 6, Sorensen 7, Freiman 3, Hallen 1, Nilsen, Lipovac 2, Arnarsson 1, J. Larsson, Persson, Chrintz, Jonsson, EriksenSTANDINGS: 7.Wisla Plock8026213:2372 PHOTO: RK PPD Zagreb Facebook 3.Nantes8512231:22211 5.Szeged8413241:2289 read more

Grande Bretagne Facebook évoqué dans un tiers des divorces

first_imgGrande Bretagne : Facebook évoqué dans un tiers des divorces !Facebook serait-il devenu un accélérateur de divorces ? Le réseau social est en tout cas évoqué dans de nombreuses procédures de séparations, au Royaume-Uni notamment, où le site de Mark Zuckerberg serait cité comme témoin dans 33% des dossiers de divorces.Facebook semble jouer un rôle important dans la séparation des couples. Le réseau social de Mark Zuckerberg est présenté comme un accélérateur de divorces par le blog Divorce Online, qui affirme que dans 33% des procédures de séparations au Royaume-Uni, le nom de Facebook est cité comme “témoin”.À lire aussi”Trash Tag Challenge” : le défi utile qui incite Twitter et Instagram à nettoyer la planèteUne estimation basée sur l’étude de 5.000 dossiers de divorces, qui annonce un chiffre en augmentation de 13% en deux ans seulement. A l’origine de ces séparations ? “Des messages inappropriés aux personnes de sexes opposés, un ex-conjoint qui poste des commentaires désagréables sur l’autre ou encore des messages d’amis décrivant le comportement inadapté de son ancien compagnon”, explique le blog. Principal rival de Facebook, Twitter n’est, quant à lui, cité que dans une vingtaine des 5.000 procédures de divorces étudiées. Dans la majorité des cas, des critiques à l’encontre de l’ex-femme ou de l’ex-mari sont évoquées.Pour Mark Keenan, un porte-parole de Divorce Online, ce phénomène est avant tout le signe de la banalisation des réseaux sociaux et de l’usage insuffisamment contrôlé qu’en font les internautes. “Les gens doivent faire attention à ce que ce qu’ils écrivent sur leur mur ne soit pas visibles par les tribunaux, qui peuvent utiliser ces messages comme preuves dans des conflits financiers ou de gardes d’enfants” souligne-t-il. Le 2 janvier 2012 à 16:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your Fear

first_imgStay on target We hope you had a good Prime Day because it’s getting pretty tough to be jazzed about a fake holiday created solely to benefit a company as increasingly dystopian as Amazon. From employee exploitation to brutal crackdowns of unions that fight back, maybe it’s not so great that famous divorced dad Jeff Bezos has more money than god, a stranglehold on modern retail, and a major newspaper to boot.There are plenty of ways for Amazon to soften its image, even without really changing its behavior. But a great way to creep everyone out even more is proudly talk about your new fear detection tech.Amazon Rekognition is the company’s controversial face detection and analysis technology. The name alone sounds like it comes from a Paul Verhoeven movie. Since its launch in 2016, critics have decried the potential racial biases of the “objective” invasive software, which is especially dangerous if its profiling functionality is being used by the police, a group known for sensitivity towards marginalized groups.But despite this, Amazon Rekognition is still a thing. And Amazon just announced the ways in which it is now even more accurate. The big new feature is detecting certain facial emotions in videos. Amazon can now determine if you are happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm, and confused. If I know Amazon is profiling my face, I’m already pretty sure which of these emotions I’ll be feeling. Rekognition also now does a better job at estimating gender and age range.If you’re still skeptical about the rise of facial recognition software you aren’t alone. London police’s facial recognition system has an 81 percent error rate and the recent Facial Recognition Privacy Act aims to protect your ID. But as this tech spread, even coming into our schools, we have to make sure responsible groups are in charge. Amazon isn’t one of those groups. If you could see my face now, you’d see it’s sad. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Jose complains about United transfer activity

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho is currently irked by the club’s lack of transfer activity, according to Sky Sports.The Manchester United manager has voiced his frustrations over his club’s lack of transfer dealings so far this summer.Mourinho has signed Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Diogo Dalot from FC Porto and Lee Grant from Stoke City during this transfer window and he has confirmed he wants two more additions but says he’s expecting only one at best.United have made an approach to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City and the club are considering Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld and Barcelona’s Yerry Mina as alternatives should Leicester refuse to sell.“I would like to have two more signings join us.” Mourinho said after his team were dismantled 4-1 by Liverpool on Saturday night in the United States.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I think it’s possible I’ve one, I don’t think I’ll have two.”“I gave a list of five names to the board some months ago and I wait to see if it’s possible to have one of these players.”“If it’s possible, it’s possible. If it’s not possible it’s not possible. If it is possible, good for us, if it’s not possible, we’ll keep working hard and believing in the players we’re at the club at this moment.”Matteo Darmian has revealed his intentions to leave the club this summer with Napoli interested in his services whilst Anthony Martial has told Jose he wants out of United with Chelsea and Dortmund rumored to be interested in his services.Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign with a home clash against Leicester City on August 10 at Old Trafford.last_img read more