Photos – The Eugenie Bouchard Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementEugenie “Genie” Bouchard (born February 25, 1994) is a Canadian-born professional tennis player residing in the Bahamas.At the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she became the first Canadian-born player representing Canada to reach the final of a Grand Slam tournament in singles, finishing runner-up to Petra Kvitová.She also reached the semifinals of the 2014 Australian Open and 2014 French Open.Having won the 2012 Wimbledon girls’ title, she was named WTA Newcomer of the Year at the end of the 2013 WTA Tour.Finally, Bouchard received the WTA Most Improved Player award for the 2014 season and reached a career-high ranking of No. 5, becoming the first Canadian female tennis player to be ranked in the top 5 in singles.Due to her struggles with form, her ranking in January 2018 dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since April 2013.Bouchard has a fraternal twin sister, Beatrice, who is six minutes older.She also has two younger siblings, sister Charlotte (born 1995) and brother William (born 1999).She and her twin sister are named after Prince Andrew’s daughters, Princess Beatrice of York and Princess Eugenie of York.Image Courtesy – Eugenie Bouchard ( Instagram )last_img read more

Contrinex: cloud-ready smart sensors and safety light curtains with Bluetooth interface

first_imgIO-Link SSP 3.3 and Bluetooth BLE are widely accepted as industry standards for data exchange with the sensor level. At this year’s SPS, Contrinex presents several new series of compatible devices. While the focus is on data, highlights also include ceramic-coated inductive sensors for use in welding cells.Contrinex’s new cloud-ready smart sensors are perfect for live data monitoring from the heart of an application. By simply configuring an IO-Link parameter, users can output and display sensor data in real time. A selection of predictive maintenance features is also available. Setup is easy, since all data structures are compatible with the Smart Sensor Profile IO-Link SSP 3.3. In SIO mode, these inductive sensors also redefine the benchmark for binary use. By setting one of the IO pins as the input, other signal sources can trigger teach-in of the Smart Sensor, synchronization with other sensors, histogram data logging and basic AND/OR operations. The sensors will be available in 2020.The new YBES light curtains include a Bluetooth-BLE interface. It enables wireless remote configuration and the provision of real-time status or diagnostic data via a smartphone. While providing more functionality (EDM, Restart Interlock, beam coding etc.) and ease of use, installation costs can also be reduced as safety relays are not needed. YBES light curtains are suitable for the highest Type 4 safety requirements of Category 4, PL e and Safety Integrity Level SIL 3. They offer blind zone-free installation and an integrated alignment system.The portfolio of RFID read/write modules with IO-Link interface V1.1 now includes new C44 types (40 x 40 mm) with IP68/IP69K protection. With two operating modes and a selectable “Automatic” mode, their user-friendly design helps reduce programming costs, simplify debugging and support predictive maintenance. When used in SIO mode, 2 outputs are available for configuration onto various signal sources. Transponder history, alarm flags, password protection and a Scan UID function are also available.The Contrinex Weld-Immune range of inductive sensors now includes ceramic-coated types. Alongside excellent immunity to magnetic fields from welding equipment and mechanical shock resistance, the new sensors also feature a robust weld spatter-resistant coating. This coating increases sensor longevity, eases cleaning and helps reduce machine downtime. The new sensors will be available in early 2020.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous CEVA: second-generation AI processor for deep neural network workloadsNext Squeezing speech-to-text inference models onto small MCUslast_img read more

Sassuolo president: Boateng will not stay with Barca

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng is still a Sassuolo player, despite the Serie A club’s president recently saying he was likely to be bought by Barcelona following a stint with the Spanish side.Sassuolo’s Giovanni Carnevali had said that Barca were set to trigger the clause in the loan deal that brought the Ghana international to Camp Nou in January allowing a permanent transfer for €8m.That clause has now expired and Carnevali said that the situation has changed since the original interview took place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “I have never said we weren’t expecting him anymore, this interview was done before June 30 [when the loan deal expired] and we still didn’t know about Barcelona’s intentions,” the club president told Goal.“I just said we still didn’t know if Barcelona wanted him, if they wanted to give him on loan to another Spanish club or if he was going to be back with us, the point is the interview was published after the 30th.“Right now we already know Boateng is back to Sassuolo and together we will see what he wants to do.”Kevin-Prince Boateng SassuoloBoateng only joined Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer, with his switch to Barcelona happening after only six months with the club.The former Tottenham man made four appearances for the Blaugrana and Carnevali had said he thought the transfer might be made permanent in the interview he alluded to in today’s statement.“I think Barcelona will buy Kevin Prince-Boateng, then he will be loaned to another La Liga club,” he said at the time .For his part the 32-year-old Boateng did not believe he would be moving to Catalonia.The well-travelled forward, for whom Barcelona represented a tenth professional club, seemed to rule out a return in a July 2nd social media pos t.“Today ends one of the most exciting experiences of my career,” he said on Instagram , “I thank every person who made this possible.“I thank my team-mates who made me feel at home from day one, champions and great people.“I thank all the management, available and always present.“A special thought goes to all the fans: I will always carry you in my heart. I wanted to give something more, but I did my best in every minute that was given to me to honour this fantastic shirt,” Boateng concluded.last_img read more

Report Shows Court Security Effective

first_imgPeople using courts feel safe and disturbances are rare, a review of provincial court security released today, Nov. 21, shows. The review was overseen by an advisory committee that included a former director of security operations for Alberta, a staff sergeant with the RCMP security section and staff from the departments of Justice and Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “Our court facilities see a tremendous amount of traffic every year, often in emotionally charged situations,” said Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. “This review has shown us that our courts are safe places for Nova Scotians, and will help us focus on areas to strengthen.” The goals of the review were to develop a baseline study of security, seek public input, determine if current measures are meeting security needs and identify areas to strengthen. Sheriffs do a daily risk assessment to determine that day’s security needs in each court setting and, if required, will add measures, such as metal detectors or additional sheriffs. Earlier this year, the province invested $70,000 to purchase 14 portable walk-through metal detectors that can be set up in courts, when required. Assessments at all 34 court facilities examined facility layout, signs and security procedures. Metal-detection equipment was also set up at each full-service justice centre. More than 13,000 people were screened entering court buildings and no objects were found in 98 per cent of screenings. In the two per cent of screenings where objects were found, they were everyday items, such as nail clippers, scissors, multi-tools or pocket knives. Court users, including members of the public, judges, police, court staff and lawyers, were surveyed, with 99 per cent of respondents saying they felt safe in court facilities and 100 per cent saying they saw at least one sheriff officer in the court facility. The report also identified areas to strengthen, including developing an on-going security assessment program, improving communication among sheriffs and court users, and safety and security awareness training for staff and justice professionals who use court facilities on a regular basis. The Department of Justice will also review the layout and structure of each court site for possible improvements. The full report can be viewed online at .last_img read more

The top of Ontario Isolated Fort Severn tries to chart its own

first_imgFORT SEVERN, Ont. – You can’t get much further from the carpeted corridors of power in Ontario’s capital city without stepping onto the frozen waters of Hudson Bay.This is Fort Severn, Ontario’s most northerly community, a mostly Cree town of 463 souls perched along the end of the 1,000-kilometre-long Severn River. Here in the Hudson lowlands on the very edge of the treeline, where the muskeg heaves with the seasons and good land is gold, roads can turn from rock hard to boot-squelching mud within hours.This remote nook of the province is connected to the rest of world by small plane weather permitting, a once-a-year barge full of supplies loaded about 800 kilometres away in Moosonee, Ont., or via what is billed as the world’s longest ice road, which joins Gillam, Man., in the west to Peawanuck, Ont., about 700 kilometres to the southeast.As Neil Young plays via satellite radio in his truck and a frigid north wind whips off the frozen bay, Lawrence Bluecoat, who says he’s around 42, laments the passing of the days when the community roamed a huge territory in pursuit of migratory birds and caribou and the fact that “spoiled” young people can’t speak proper Cree.But, as frequently occurs during conversation here, talk inevitably turns to a deeply ingrained suspicion of outside politics and a world beamed in via satellite and increasingly robust broadband internet.“It really doesn’t matter who’s in there, we get screwed anyway,” Bluecoat says. “The federal government came with their treaties and made us sign. Society thinks native people are just freeloaders and just living off their tax dollars. In reality they extract billions and billions of dollars off our lands.”Like other First Nation communities in the North, snowmobiles are the vehicle of choice during the long, fierce winters, while four-wheel ATVs and trucks emerge with the thaw. Many good natured dogs run alongside owners’ vehicles. Kids play in half-frozen puddles or on the colourful jungle gym outside the landmark green elementary school that is one of the most modern in the country. In front of the Wasaho Cree Nation School, the Maple Leaf and Ontario flag flank the Fort Severn flag with its polar bear emblem.Robin Chamney, 63, the new principal, says 87 students are enrolled. Originally from Windsor, Ont., Chamney says attendance is close to the provincial average — hunting season excepted — and students all have computers or tablets.“I don’t need anything,” Chamney says. “All our needs are met in terms of resources.”At the modest Northern grocery, department and hardware store — the only retail outlet and only place to buy a coffee — some may experience sticker shock. A three-pound bag of apples and a few oranges sells for a discounted $14.19, and a litre of milk is priced well above $3.Unlike most Indigenous communities in Canada, tap water in Fort Severn is safe to drink — coming from a high-tech treatment plant staffed by provincially certified operators such as Paul Matthews, who proudly shows off neatly filled-out log sheets of chlorine residuals.As the raven flies, the 15-square-kilometre Fort Severn is almost as far from the legislature in Toronto as Halifax is. Not surprisingly, perhaps, the noise of the looming provincial election barely penetrates, partly because of the distance, partly because of the abiding mistrust of governments.Located atop the vast new Kiiwetinoong riding in a region the New Democrats have long dominated provincially, no one can name the party’s leader, Andrea Horwath. Then again, few can identify Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne, although some have become aware of her main rival, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford.“Doug Ford used to be the mayor I believe, right?” says Mirna Matthews, 22, who was unaware of the provincial election and confuses Ford’s political background with that of his infamous late sibling, Rob Ford.Matthews, however, has a more pressing issue on her mind: the pending birth of her second child. The mother of a three-year-old speaks of the need for a proper child-care centre and more housing for young families. Like many of her generation, she left the reserve to do Grade 8 elsewhere in Ontario and then again for high school.“I had family living in Red Lake already, and I was staying with them,” Matthews says. “But it was kind of hard because I missed my mom and dad. They ended up moving to Red Lake.”Matthews now flies regularly to Thunder Bay, Ont., or Sioux Lookout, Ont., for prenatal care. She’s not particularly bothered at the prospect of having to spend weeks away from home to have her child.“It’s nice to get out of my community sometimes,” Matthews says.Kathleen Koostachin, 44, a teacher at Keewaytinook Internet High School, says it’s no surprise most in town have little awareness of the June 7 election.Fort Severn, like other remote communities, deals with the bleak realities of sexual and substance abuse, chronic housing shortages, the despair and even suicide of some young people, and the disruptive need to travel for routine medical care, she says.But the language teacher is proud the band council resolved that students — especially the young ones in Grade 9 — no longer have to leave for high school. Instead, the innovative long-distance program she helped nurture for the past decade fills that gap. It took until 2012 for the internet high school to produce its first graduate but in 2015, there were two, and last year six.“It’s been challenging,” Koostachin says. “(But) this is a program that works.”Among six students expected to earn their crucial diplomas this year is Chad Bluecoat, 22, who is doing math at a computer. He has aspirations to do accounting or finance at college.“I prefer distance education. I can stay close to my community,” Bluecoat says. “It’s pretty important. I have to stay in touch with my roots. I like to go hunting and fishing and go out on the land and stay close to my family, too.”Bluecoat is upbeat about his generation. Many are working or going to school, he says. They have opportunities, and they’re finding a way to reconcile traditional activities such as hunting and trapping with video games and Facebook.“My age group is doing pretty good right now; my generation, they’re not getting into too much trouble,” Bluecoat says. “I’m pretty sure our culture can last, too, even with the dominant culture. We’re going to keep maintaining our identity and continuing our culture and teaching the younger generations who we are and give them a sense of identity, too.”Over at the Northern store, which doubles as post office and the only gas station, Chief Paul Burke pays $2.65 a litre tax free to top up his truck before driving to where a $2.5-million solar farm is taking shape. It should be ready for testing in August, he says with determination.The aim, Burke says, is that solar eventually combined with a wind farm can cut the price of power in half — and slash the million litres a year of barged-in fuel needed to keep the community moving.“My goal is to make our generators go quiet,” Burke says.last_img read more

Pimicikamak cries out for help amid suicide pain

first_imgAPTN National NewsA state of emergency has been called in a northern Manitoba community.There have been six suicides there in a span of three months and many were just teenagers.Now the Pimicikamak executive council are calling on the federal and provincial governments to step up with help.APTN’s Dennis Ward is in Cross Lake reporting on the unfolding events.last_img

Côte d’Ivoire Shares Morocco’s Vision in Migration: Minister of African Integration

Rabat – Ally Coulibaly, Côte d’Ivoire‘s minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad, said on Thursday in Rabat that his country shares Morocco’s vision for managing migration.“We have a convergence of views regarding the issue of migration and we share the same vision for solutions that should be brought to manage this phenomenon,” Coulibaly told the press after a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.The two nations’ presidents agreed that it is only through “cooperation between the countries of departure, transit, and destination [that it will be possible]… to find solutions to this key issue,” the Ivorian minister said. .“The strengthening of this bilateral partnership requires the continuation of permanent dialogue between Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco,” he continued.Morocco has long advocated for initiatives aiming at achieving a paradigm shift on migration in Africa. The country wants to approach the issue through dialogue and humanism to maximize benefits.Morocco’ “leading role in driving for positive change” in migration policy is endorsed and supported by the International Organization for Migration, which shares its 56 years of expertise with governmental and non-governmental actors to integrate migrations into key sectors, such as health and education.In 2013, King Mohammed VI held a meeting with then Minister of Interior Mhand El Anssar and some human rights stakeholders to adopt Morocco’s migration and asylum policy and begin creating and implementing asylum procedures for foreign residents in the kingdom.The decision was regarded as a turning point in Morocco’s view towards human rights for undocumented residents, mainly sub-Saharan migrants, originally from countries including Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Nigeria and Guinea. read more

Women can now be employed at licensed liquor outlets

Women can now be employed at licensed liquor outlets, the Ministry of Finance said.Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the schedule in the Excise Notification no.666 of the Gazette Extraordinary of 1979 has been amended to allow females over 18 years to purchase alcohol legally and also to be employed at licensed premises without prior approval from the Excise Commissioner. (Colombo Gazette)

Systems to combat antibiotic resistance lacking globally UN health agency warns

“All types of microbes – including many viruses and parasites – are becoming resistant to medicines. Of particularly urgent concern is the development of bacteria that are progressively less treatable by available antibiotics,” WHO quoted Dr. Keiji Fukuda, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Health Security as saying in a press release.“This is happening in all parts of the world, so all countries must do their part to tackle this global threat,” according to Dr. Fukuda.According to the new report Worldwide country situation analysis: Response to antimicrobial resistance only 34 of 133 countries that responded to a WHO survey have comprehensive national plans to preserve antimicrobial medicines like antibiotics, but many more countries must also step up. Another key finding is that “in many countries, poor laboratory capacity, infrastructure and data management are preventing effective surveillance, which can reveal patterns of resistance and identify trends and outbreaks.”WHO also noted that the sales of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines without prescription remain widespread, with many countries lacking standard treatment guidelines, which increases the potential for overuse of antimicrobial medicines by the public and medical professionals.And “public awareness of the issue is low in all regions, with many people still believing that antibiotics are effective against viral infections,” according to the report.“This situation is alarming, particularly in countries where antimicrobial medicines are readily available without a prescription,” according to WHO. “Among professional groups, academics were generally more aware of the problem of antimicrobial resistance than others, including health care workers.”WHO warned that “the general lack of awareness in these sectors would indicate that antimicrobial resistance is likely to spread further.”Issued a year after WHO’s first report on the extent of antimicrobial resistance globally, which warned of a ‘post-antibiotic era,’ the new survey, carried out in 2013 and 2014, is the first to capture governments’ own assessments of their response to resistance to antimicrobial medicines used to treat conditions such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia, tuberculosis, malaria and HIV.WHO, countries and partners have developed a draft Global Action Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, which has been submitted to the 68th World Health Assembly, scheduled to take place next month.“One essential step in implementing the Global Action Plan would be the development of comprehensive national plans in countries where they are now lacking and further develop and strengthen existing plans,” the UN health agency said. read more

Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of

Compared to those not exposed to artificial light, women who slept with a light or television on in the same room were 17 per cent more likely to gain 5kg or more over the next five years.They were also 22pc more likely to become newly overweight and 33pc more likely to become newly obese. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “These results suggest that exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping may be a risk factor for weight gain and development of overweight or obesity,” the authors said.The researchers note that exposure to artificial light while sleeping might reflect other unhealthy behaviours, such as a sedentary lifestyle, and socioeconomic disadvantage.However, commenting on the study, Professor Malcolm von Schantz, from the University of Surrey, said: “The findings make perfect biological sense.”We know that light in the late evening will delay our body clocks.”We know from experimental studies in people that light at night affects our metabolism in ways that are consistent with increased risk of metabolic syndrome.”These new findings won’t change the advice to maintain good sleep hygiene, and avoid light and electronic distractions in the bedroom, but they add further strength to the case for this advice.” Falling asleep in front of the TV could increase the risk of obesity, new research suggests.Women exposed to artificial light at night were more likely to gain weight and become obese or overweight over the next five years, according to a study of almost 44,000 people.The findings, published in journal JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that eliminating lights and screens from the bedroom could be another way to tackle the obesity crisis, the study authors said.The researchers, from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the US, followed 43,722 women aged between 35 and 74 years old, over a period of at least five years.The group provided information on their weight, body mass index (BMI), and any exposure to artificial light during the night.Exposure to artificial light at night was linked with an increased risk of weight gain and the development of obesity, the study found. read more

Diamec Smart coring rigs reduce underground drilling hazards

first_imgAtlas Copco has introduced core drilling rigs that it says eliminate many of the hazardous operations for mines involved in underground core drilling.The risk of handling inner tubes and drill rods, while extracting core samples, is a well-known problem for drillers around the world. Despite safety regulations, accidents with severe injuries still occur. Atlas Copco’s Diamec Smart core drilling rigs have an advanced control system that enables automatic functions such as drilling and adding and removing of rods.By using the unique rod handler, the operator can perform the work from a safe distance. All adding and removal of in the hole (ITH) equipment are done automatically. The automatic functions is not only increasing the safety for the operators, it also improves the working environment and increases the productivity. A 3 m long inner tube with core samples can weigh about 100 kg and the handling is heavy and hazardous. The rod handler eliminates operator fatigue and helps keeping the pace during an entire shift.Martin Sommers, Vice President Marketing – Exploration Equipment at Atlas Copco, explains: “There is an increasing focus on safety within the mining industry and the new Diamec Smart series sets a new standard for underground core drilling rigs. Customers that have tried automatic drilling and rod handling never want to go back to the old way of drilling.”The new improved control system on the Diamec Smart is based on the Rig Control System (RCS) that is used for all drilling rigs from the Mining and Rock excavation business area at Atlas Copco. More than 20 important improvements have been made in both hardware and software compared to the previous control system, making it even more robust and reliable.last_img read more

Pokemon X and Pokemon Y box art and new trailer revealed

first_imgNintendo and The Pokemon Company announced the next games in the main Pokemon series back in January. This time around the pair of games will carry the names Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, and for the first time they will be 3DS, rather than DS games, meaning Pokemon is also embracing 3D visuals.The release of the games in October is still some way off, but today Nintendo has released a load of new information including a new trailer and the final box art for the games. There’s also art for four new Pokemon (on top of the seven already introduced earlier this year) and both the Kalios region the game is set in as well as Lumiose City, all of which can be viewed in the image gallery above.Fans of Pokemon will understandably be excited for this game. That’s in no small part due to what moving to the more powerful hardware of the 3DS platform allows. The game clearly looks better, both in general navigation through the world and those all important battle screens.We shouldn’t expect too much difference in terms of gameplay. Pokemon works, Nintendo and The Pokemon Company won’t mess with the formula too much. However, as the video above shows, the ways in which you can travel around the world has been expanded to include on the back of a Gogoat. Not only should this speed up your movement, it also offers an advantage during battle by using Horn Leech to recover HP equal to half the damage inflicted.Pokemon X and Pokemon Y are going to be released worldwide in October with the box art you see above being final art, and apparently will be used everywhere. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Lumiose City SceneLumiose City SceneLumiose City Concept ArtKalos Region MapGoGoatFletchlingPancham and HelioptilePokemon X Box ArtPokemon Y Box ArtPokedexlast_img read more

Gattuso wants winning attitude to continue

first_imgGennaro Gattuso is impressed with AC Milan’s new winning mentality and wants them to continue in that run as they gear up to face Chievo Verona.Gattuso’s men have overcome their poor start to return to winning ways with a 4-1 win over Sassuolo then came from behind to defeat Olympiacos in the Europa League.“Every game has a different story,” said Gattuso in his Press conference. “We had started well against Olympiacos, and that goal knocked the wind out of our sails, but we did well to react.“This type of attitude is what I want to see, as over the last two months we’ve been missing that. We focused on passing but were missing something.“The last two games have broken the ice psychologically. We’ve shown this season that we have some defects and are working to correct them, but it’ll take time. We’re not far off the top teams and must continue believing in our work.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….Cutrone has earned a senior Italy call-up for games against Ukraine and Poland, but Gattuso doesn’t suggest more playing time is in the works.“I don’t enjoy putting Cutrone on the bench, and I was distraught when he was injured. He is someone who changes games with his enthusiasm and dynamism.“Patrick can change a match when he comes off the bench. He has also done well when starting, but always makes an impact as a substitute.“Cutrone should be proud of the call-up, as it must give him incredible joy. We’ll see if he actually goes because his ankle still hurts, but I’m proud he got the nod.”last_img read more

Brush fire near Interstate 8 in Mission Valley

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Brush fire near Interstate 8 in Mission Valley KUSI Newsroom, May 9, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 3:43 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 9, 2018 Crews are working to extinguish a brush fire in an open area off Texas Street and Camino del Rio South, near Interstate 8 in Mission Valley, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. There are no reports of structural threats.KUSI Chief Photographer Mike Smith took the following video as he drove by the scene.last_img read more

USPS Reports Further Losses in Q3 2016

first_imgAnother quarter, another grim earnings statement from the Postal Service. As of now, savings afforded to publishers by the removal of the exigency surcharge have not translated to an increase in shipping. While overall volume remained stable, the periodicals class dipped 3.8 percent decline in the number of pieces shipped, to 1.43 billion, mirroring recent quarterly declines. Despite “encouraging numbers,” postmaster general Megan J. Brennan cautioned that the agency’s fiscal situation remains bleak. Regardless, renewed calls for a financial life preserver, perhaps in the form of a new surcharge or rate hike, will surely draw the attention of the publishing industry. The USPS argues that it needs around $12 billion in relief in order to return to solvency. Given the scope of the agency’s losses — $5.1 billion last year, and $5.5 billion the year before — those figures are difficult to dispute. Operating revenue saw another slight increase, to $16.64 billion (up 0.7 percent over last year), but the bump wasn’t nearly enough to offset a 12.4 percent increase in operating expenses and the termination of the exigency surcharge — a 4.3 percent premium which had applied to all classes of mail before expiring in April. The loss of the surcharge is expected to hurt USPS revenues by nearly $2 billion each year, according to the agency. “Net losses continue to mount,” Brennan said in a prepared statement. “Our results in the quarter further underscore the need for legislative reform that provides the organization with greater financial stability.” It’s the 41st consecutive quarter in which less periodicals were shipped than in the corresponding period the year before, and overall volume in the periodicals class has fallen 37.8 percent from a quarterly high of 2.3 billion in the third quarter of 2006. USPS chief finanical officer Joseph Corbett blamed lackluster revenue growth in the face of mounting losses on the termination of the exigency surcharge, which he termed a “mandated price reduction” in a statement. The Postal Service itself estimates that it lost $450 million during the quarter as a result of the surcharge’s expiration, still not nearly enough to approach profitability. “They have to understand that it’s a different age,” Cregan told Folio: in April, at the time the exigency surcharge was rolled back. “They’re not the only game in town anymore, and they have to improve their customer relations and understand that we — that is, the MPA — are their customers.” The agency posted a net loss of $1.57 billion for the third quarter of its fiscal year (April 1 to June 30), more than double the $586 million loss recorded over the same period in 2015. But representatives for the publishing industry, like the MPA’s EVP of government affairs, James Cregan, argue that the Postal Service needs to retain its clients more than it needs legislative assistance.last_img read more

There Are Three Hispanic Republicans In The Texas Legislature Only One Is

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Bob DaemmrichState Reps. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas; Jose Manuel Lozano, R-Kingsville; and Larry Gonzales, R-Round Rock, are the GOP’s three Hispanic incumbents in the state House. Only Lozano will return to the Legislature in January.And then there was one.After Tuesday’s primary elections, the only Hispanic Republican incumbent who will return to the Texas Legislature in January is state Rep. J.M. Lozano of Kingsville. That’s after three Hispanic GOP lawmakers served during the 2017 legislative session. On Tuesday, Dallas Republican state Rep. Jason Villalba lost his re-election bid to Lisa Luby Ryan, a primary opponent who flanked him on the right. His departure from the Legislature follows Round Rock Republican state Rep. Larry Gonzales’ previous decision to not seek re-election.Though it’s possible Republicans could make up for one of those losses in November, the prospect that Lozano might be the only Hispanic Republican in the GOP-dominated Legislature offers a grim outlook for those who want the party to increase its standing among Hispanics in a state that is becoming less and less white. “It’s not frustration. It’s serious concern,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, Texas chairman of the Federation of Hispanic Republicans.Hispanic Republicans have long been underrepresented in the Legislature, but the GOP had made some diversity gains in the last decade. During the 2009 legislative session, there were no Hispanic Republican legislators. Just ahead of the 2016 election cycle, that count had climbed to six.But the 2016 elections ultimately dealt setbacks to the GOP’s modest legislative diversity when half of the Hispanic Republicans in the Legislature — three out of six — lost their re-election bids. They lost their seats even though Republican Gov. Greg Abbott had worked on their behalf. Texas Republicans’ dearth of diversity among their legislative ranks stands in stark contrast to the Democrats. During the last legislative cycle, 41 of the 66 Democrats in the Legislature were Hispanic, while 17 were black. Only six were white and two were Asian.Meanwhile, there were only five people of color — the three Hispanics, one Asian representative and one black representative — among the 115 Republicans elected to the state House and Senate. Party leaders, including Abbott, have long rejected the notion that the Texas GOP struggles with diversity.“We continue our efforts to reach out to the diverse communities here in the state of Texas,” Abbott said after the 2016 election, “and that’s something that I championed during my campaign last time and will again this next time.”When the count of Hispanic Republicans in the Texas Legislature was cut in half in one fell swoop in 2016, Abbott — whose campaign did not respond to a request for comment — pointed to the re-elections of Lozano, Villalba and Gonzales as evidence that “the diversity continues in the Republican Party.”Of note, Lozano, the only Hispanic Republican who is returning to the Legislature, is a former Democrat who switched parties in 2012 after his district near the Coastal Bend was redrawn to be less favorable to Democrats.This year, Republicans looking to boost their diversity will set their hopes on two legislative races that are far from certain wins. In Williamson County-based House District 52, social services case manager Cynthia Flores handily won the Republican nomination on Tuesday, setting her up to face Democrat James Talarico in the general election. She’s picked up endorsements from Gonzales, the outgoing Hispanic Republican who currently represents the district, and Abbott.Flores on Wednesday recognized her election could help boost diversity among the GOP’s ranks and described the prospect of serving as the only Hispanic Republican woman in the Legislature as a honor.“It’s all about making sure that we have the right people at the right time who are willing to serve and are true to themselves,” Flores said. But she acknowledged it was too soon to claim that distinction.The district, which President Donald Trump won by 1.4 points, is a big target for Democrats in November. The area was represented by a Democrat before Gonzales won it in the 2010 Republican wave.Some Republicans are also eyeing San Antonio-based House District 117, which switched party hands briefly in 2014 as part of a Republican wave but switched back to Democratic control in 2016. Though the Democratic margin of victory wasn’t wide in 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won it by almost 11 points.Though the outcomes of those races are uncertain, it’s clear that the Republican Party needs to work harder to elect Hispanics who aren’t left to ride Republican waves into office, Muniz added.In managing the 2014 campaign of former state Rep. Gilbert Peña — who flipped a Pasadena-based district that was held by a Democrat by 152 votes — Muniz said their strategy depended on their ability to ride the “Greg Abbott wave.”Peña, who didn’t have much legislative experience, lost his seat in 2016 when the Democrat who formerly held it won it back with a 20-point margin of victory. This year, the Texas GOP is dealing with the ramifications of the party’s shift away form Bush-era politics to Trump’s, said Victoria De Francesco Soto, a political science lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin.“There was growth of Hispanic Republicans prompted by Bush’s pragmatic politics. It was a pillar of his politics,” De Francesco Soto said, referencing former President George W. Bush, who also served as governor of Texas. “Those ideas have been purged from the Republican Party and Hispanics are not getting the same deference or respect they had when the Bush politics was the major force in Texas.”In a state where Hispanic voters tend to vote Democratic, those politics — and the related lack of Hispanic representation among Republican elected officials — could complicate the party’s efforts to turn out even conservative Hispanics, she added.“There is dwindling space for Latino Republicans at the table in elected office,” De Francesco Soto said. “And that is going to trickle down to the electorate as well.”The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Watch Girl Gets Hit in the Face By Bird During Roller Coaster

first_img“Paige just got hit by an ibis while riding front seat on the DC Rivals Hypercoaster with uncle Mitch,” Nicole Ormiston, a relative of Paige, wrote above the video. “She had feathers on her and a beak scratch on her right shoulder. She’s completely shocked, a little bruised but ok, not sure about the bird? How can you not buy that video.”Paige’s bird encounter has received more than 300,000 views and 397 comments on Facebook so far.The DC Rivals Hypercoaster is the “tallest, longest, and fastest ride in the Southern Hemisphere,” according to Movie World’s website. The ride can reach up to approximately 71 mph and it has a jaw-dropping 89-degree loop for thrill seekers who don’t want the typical amusement park experience.More on Study Fossilized Bird With Extremely Long ToeOrphaned Baby Bird Gets Solo Uber Ride to Utah Rehab CenterMama Bird Caught Feeding Chick Cigarette Butt at Florida Beach Stay on target Watch: Snowball the Dancing Cockatoo Has More Moves Than YouOrphaned Baby Bird Gets Solo Uber Ride to Utah Rehab Center center_img A big white bird recently flew into a girl’s face during a roller coaster ride and footage of the hilarious collision is going viral on Facebook.The video shows the girl, named Paige, riding the DC Rivals Hypercoaster at the Warner Brothers Movie World park in Queensland, Australia, last week, Fox News reported. In the video, Paige and her uncle are enjoying the roller coaster when the bird suddenly came out of nowhere, smacked into Paige’s face, and hurtled into the air.last_img read more

No Mans Sky Beyond Reveals Final Updates

first_img Instead of releasing a sequel, or even just paid expansions, Hello Games focused on keeping its procedurally generated endless sci-fi space sim No Man’s Sky alive with substantial updates that are totally free. Last year’s No Man’s Sky Next update already brought the game to the place fans felt like it should’ve been all along. But the upcoming 2.0 No Man’s Sky Beyond update looks to be even more generous.Originally pitched as a single collection of three separate updates, we already knew about the pseudo-MMO multiplayer and virtual reality features coming with the Beyond refresh. But the third feature remained a mystery until now. It turns out the “third pillar” in fact refers to all the other little planned improvements. And now we know what some of those improvements are.Hello Games recognizes that people play No Man’s Sky in lots of different ways. So the team has worked on lots of different adjustments, no matter how weirdly specific, to foster these different playstyles. In Beyond you can ride animals and farm them for milk. You can explore new biomes and use their unique materials for cooking. You can create bigger automated bases with working electric computers that somehow run Rocket League. You can show off your base in the new Nexus social hub.AdChoices广告While we initially hoped the third feature would be another bombshell on the level of VR or expanded multiplayer (perhaps a shocking Nintendo Switch port) these quality of life improvements do sound like they’ll benefit No Man’s Sky’s most dedicated players. And those people deserve it. No Man’s Sky Beyond launches August 14. For more check out this in-game tribute to Notre Dame and read our hands-on impressions of what it’s like to play No Man’s Sky in VR. ‘No Man’s Sky’ Gets Intersterllar Notre Dame TributeHands-On: ‘No Man’s Sky VR’ Is A Real Game Stay on targetlast_img read more

New atomic magnetometer doesnt need to be shielded from Earths magnetic field

first_img( —Researchers from Princeton University in the U.S. together with colleagues from Zhejiang University of Science and Technology in China have developed a new kind of atomic magnetometer that is just as sensitive as others of its kind but doesn’t need to be shielded from the Earth’s magnetic field. The team reports on their new device in the journal Physical Review Letters. 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. Explore further Journal information: Physical Review Letters Devices that can measure magnetic fields—magnetometers—are very useful in a wide variety of scientific applications. In recent years, such devices have been made more sensitive by using superconducting materials but they have the drawback of needing to be cryogenically cooled. Another approach has been to use atomic magnetometers—they don’t have to be super-cooled, but they do need to have shielding put in place to prevent Earth’s magnetic field from interfering with their readings. They work by using a pump laser to polarize the spin states of atoms inside the device. A probe laser is then used to read the spin precession once the device is ready to read a specific magnetic field—it’s all based on the Zeeman Effect that is induced by an external magnetic field.The new atomic magnetometer the group developed works essentially the same way as others of its kind, with two notable exceptions. The first is that the team uses a multi-pass cell—the probe laser makes many passes while reading the spin of the atoms in the device—typically rubidium vapor—this enhances the signal. The second difference is the team uses a technique to allow the polarizing to take place very quickly (within 1ms of laser pumping)—before relaxation of the spin states occurs. Doing so has the added benefit of helping to eliminate noise in the system allowing for more precise readings. The end result is an atomic magnetometer that is able to measure magnetism that is one hundred billion times smaller than the Earth’s field, without the need for shielding.Such a magnetometer is expected to be useful for such applications as measuring biological fields, geological instrumentation, experimental physics and even in land mine detection. The team that developed the new device isn’t resting on its laurels, however, they are currently looking at ways to make the device smaller and more portable. Record measurement of extremely small magnetic fieldscenter_img More information: Subfemtotesla Scalar Atomic Magnetometry Using Multipass Cells, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 160802 (2013) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.160802AbstractScalar atomic magnetometers have many attractive features but their sensitivity has been relatively poor. We describe a Rb scalar gradiometer using two multipass optical cells. We use a pump-probe measurement scheme to suppress spin-exchange relaxation and two probe pulses to find the spin precession zero crossing times with a resolution of 1 psec. We realize a magnetic field sensitivity of 0.54  fT/Hz1/2, which improves by an order of magnitude the best scalar magnetometer sensitivity and exceeds, for example, the quantum limit set by the spin-exchange collisions for a scalar magnetometer with the same measurement volume operating in a continuous regime. Citation: New atomic magnetometer doesn’t need to be shielded from Earth’s magnetic field (2013, April 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2013 Credit: J. Shi/Princeton University/PRLlast_img read more