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Step Up to Honor Zoe Saldana At 2014 Inspiration Awards

first_imgNational mentorship organization Step Up will honor actress and advocate Zoe Saldana; Variety Editor-in Chief Claudia Eller; corporate honoree KPMG and graduating Step Up senior Tamia Walker at its 11th annual Inspiration Awards on May 30, held at the Beverly Hilton.The star-studded red carpet charity luncheon celebrates professional and philanthropic accomplishment, honoring influencers, executives, corporate partners and Step Up teens alike.“The Inspiration Awards exemplifies the impact of role models and mentors, whose dedication and work benefits so many lives,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke says. “It is for this reason that we’re excited to recognize Zoe, Claudia, Tamia and KPMG, as they continue to inspire other women that inspire the next generation of girls.”The event will begin with a runway show presented by HALSTON HERITAGE, followed by Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, who will present the Inspiration Award to Walker. Walker was selected as the teen honoree from among her Step Up Class of 2014 peers for her achievements in Step Up’s after-school programs. Actress Constance Zimmer will also assist on-stage, helping Step Up raise vital funds during a fundraising challenge.Melanie Barr-Levey and Tanya Hekimian pull double duty, serving as both the co-chairs of Step Up’s Los Angeles Board of Directors and as co-chairs of the Inspiration Awards, while Willow Bay is the program’s honorary producer.In addition to the fashion show and awards ceremony, style lounges by partnering brands including HALSTON HERITAGE, LUNA Bar and Color Secrets, will open before and after the program. The style lounges provide guests with the chance to engage with Step Up partner brands and enjoy product sampling and services. The HALSTON HERITAGE lounge will allow guests to shop with 15% of proceeds benefiting Step Up. Other sponsors include The Container Store, Dogeared, U.S. Bank, WineSimple and media partners InStyle, Angeleno and Variety.Find out more here.Source:PR Weblast_img read more

Moroccan MP Sentenced to 5 Years for Misappropriation of Public Money

Rabat – An MP from the Istiqlal Party has been sentenced to five years in prison for misappropriation of public money and abuse of power.The Istiqlal Party MP, Abdellatif Abdouh, was sentenced by the Criminal Division of the Marrakech Court of Appeal on Thursday February 19th, to five years in prison and to pay a fine of 50,000 MAD in addition to the seizure of some of his properties.Abdellatif Abdouh was found guilty of corruption charges and the embezzlement of public funds. The former President of the Menara Gueliz municipality of Marrakech was also accused of the falsification of official documents and forgery. The case dates back to 2001 when the Menara Gueliz municipality sold municipal lands to Essadi Hotel for 1026 dirhams/m2 while the latter were reportedly worth 8000 Dirhams/m2.Seven city council members and a contractor involved in the case have received sentences ranging from 2 to 5 years in prison. read more

Morocco’s Benchaaboun Promises Tax Reform to EU Commissioner Moscovici

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun, and the EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs, Pierre Moscovici, discussed Morocco’s efforts to promote good tax governance on Thursday, March 21, in Brussels.Benchaaboun said in a statement that, in addition to taxation, they discussed other topics of common interest. Benchaaboun added that the EU Council has taken note of “a positive evolution in Morocco’s commitment to respect the rules of good governance as they are generally practiced for all developed countries.” He asserted that Morocco will adopt a framework law this year on the “principles of taxation and good tax governance.”Moscovici welcomed Morocco’s fiscal efforts. “Morocco has done the right thing by modifying tax regimes that could be harmful [to] good tax governance,” he said.In 2018, the EU added Morocco to its tax haven “grey list” of countries given time to reform their fiscal policies. In March 2019, the union did not move Morocco to its “black list” of tax havens, but gave it until the end of 2019 to enact reforms, citing the progress Morocco achieved in 2018.As with other countries on the grey list, Morocco has one to two years to reform tax policies.After his meeting with Benchaaboun, Moscovici wrote a tweet praising “the fruitful cooperation with Morocco on good tax governance. Confident that the commitments made will be maintained!”The meeting also highlighted the prospects for economic cooperation between the EU and Morocco.“We have planned missions in the coming weeks to establish the principles of a much closer collaboration than in the past,” said Benchaaboun.Moscovici said he will soon be going to Rabat “to strengthen our economic cooperation.” He welcomed the “positive results,” citing in particular the EU-Morocco fisheries and agricultural agreements that will come into force “very soon.”In January, the EU Parliament passed the Moscovici-proposed amendment to the EU-Morocco agriculture agreement that includes Western Sahara. Pro-Polisario groups opposed the deal, saying that Morocco “exploits the natural resources” of Western Sahara.However, a group of Sahrawis urged the EU to adopt the agreement, citing benefits for the development of the region.In 2018, according to the EU Commission, Morocco’s trade with the EU was €39 billion. Morocco maintained a 1.2 percent share of EU international trade. The EU imports from Morocco were worth €16 billion and exports €23 billion. read more

Driver crashes into sign after possible medical emergency in Hamilton

A 27-year-old man was taken to hospital after crashing his pick-up truck into a convenience store sign in Hamilton.It happened just before 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Big Bee Convenience store on Barton St. and Pailing Ave.The grey pick-up truck struck the sign before becoming lodged on a large block of cement.Police say it appears the driver may have suffered from a medical emergency before crashing into the sign.Hamilton police are currently investigating the incident.

Somalia Security Council welcomes progress in peace process

In a statement read out by the current Council President, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia, the 15-nation body indicated its firm support for the “unified approach of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to national reconciliation in Somalia.”The Council specifically lauded the Declaration on Cessation of Hostilities and the Structures and Principles of the Somalia National Reconciliation Process signed in Eldoret, Kenya, in late October. It also called on all parties to cease all acts of violence, specifically against humanitarian personnel, and to respect the Eldoret Agreement.The statement also welcomed the Joint Declaration issued by all involved parties on 2 December in Mogadishu stating their commitment to bring to an end all killings and abductions of innocent people and hijacking of public transportation in the city, and noted with satisfaction the start of the second phase of the Somalia National Reconciliation Process that same day in Eldoret.The Council expressed “serious concern,” however, over the situation of internally displaced persons in Somalia, and called on all armed factions to allow humanitarian personnel immediate and unfettered access to these populations at risk. read more

Man found with video showing sexual abuse of fiveyearold girl asks judge

first_img 32,121 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Conor Gallagher Short URL Read: Photos of children used in Doonbeg brochure without consent of parentsRead: Retired garda given €90k in damages after being attacked on duty No Comments center_img Source: Richard WoffendenA MAN WHO was caught with a video of an unconscious five-year-old girl being sexually abused will be sentenced later at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.Michael Flanagan (31) was also caught with downloaded child abuse material a year earlier in his family home.The accused’s defence counsel said he had started downloading the material due to the breakup of a long-term year relationship.Bernard Condon SC presented a psychological report which stated Flanagan became more and more involved in video games and online fantasy worlds and started browsing the “dark net” for child pornography.Judge Karen O’Connor said the video of the child was of particular concern. She adjourned sentencing until 3 March next and remanded Flanagan on continuing bail.Flanagan of North Strand, Dublin, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child pornography in 2012 and 2013.Garret Baker BL, prosecuting, said gardaí searched Flanagan’s family home in Artane on 13 November 2012 where they found an external hard drive in an upstairs bedroom.Flanagan was not home at the time.Examination of the hard drive revealed 18 child abuse images including four of children involved in sexual acts with adults or other children.On 6 September the following year Flanagan was living in Clontarf when gardaí again searched his home. They found a USB drive which was later analysed by the Computer Crimes Unit.It contained 35 images similar to the ones found on the hard drive. There was also a video file depicting a man attempting to have sex with an unconscious child who appeared to be about five years old.None of the subjects in the images have been identified.Flanagan was arrested and admitted ownership of the files. He has minor previous convictions for drugs and public order offences.Mr Condon said his client had been drinking almost daily since he was 16. He said before the offences he was in a four-year relationship during which his partner was unfaithful.The breakdown of the relationship led him to retreat into the online world, counsel said.Counsel asked the judge to consider a non-custodial sentence. He said his client was now in a new committed relationship and his partner was aware of the charges.He said the offence attracts a large amount of “public opprobrium”. Counsel noted that members of the press were in court and publication of the matter “will likely have severe consequences” for Flanagan.“I think the court is entitled to take that into account,” Mr Condon added.Comments are disabled for legal reasons Share17 Tweet Email Man found with video showing sexual abuse of five-year-old girl asks judge to spare him jail 31-year-old Michael Flanagan’s defence said he had started downloading such material after the breakup of a long-term relationship. Feb 7th 2017, 4:11 PM Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 4:11 PMlast_img read more

Ireland survive firsthalf scare in Rome to notch bonuspoint win over Italy

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Subscribe By Murray Kinsella Sunday 24 Feb 2019, 4:51 PM Italy 16Ireland 26Murray Kinsella reports from Stadio Olimpico, RomeJOHNNY SEXTON KICKING out in frustration as he left the pitch in the 78th minute after being replaced by debutant Jack Carty said it all.A deeply frustrating afternoon for Ireland in Rome.In the end, Joe Schmidt’s men emerged with the bonus-point win that had been widely predicted but this was not a happy outing. Ireland celebrate Keith Earls’ try in the second half. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOA sluggish, error-strewn performance from Ireland left them trailing Conor O’Shea’s Italy 16-12 at the half-time break and though they got over the line for a fourth try through scrum-half Conor Murray, there is mountains of work to do.Schmidt made four changes to his starting team here and Ireland looked rather rudderless without regular captain Rory Best, as hooker Sean Cronin endured a tough day at the lineout and was called ashore early in the second half.Murray and his halfback partner, Johnny Sexton, once again struggled to get up to the controlling quality they showed themselves capable of in 2018. Others around them had similar issues as Ireland continually made handling errors and turned the ball over.The Italians, for their part, were more impressive and competitive than on any occasion since their 2015 World Cup clash with Ireland, deservedly scoring two tries and missing opportunities to do further damage to the visitors.Ireland’s bonus-point victory leaves them three match points behind Six Nations leaders Wales and still with some hope of winning a championship, although it will take something special over the closing two rounds for Ireland to claim an unlikely title.Despite the positive elements in this performance, Italy have now lost 20 championship games in a row, the most recent 13 of those under O’Shea, and they missed the chance to grab a first-ever losing bonus in the O’Shea era when replacement Ian McKinley’s late penalty dropped short and wide. Lock Quinn Roux, left wing Jacob Stockdale and Keith Earls – who played almost 70 minutes at outside centre after a head injury for Bundee Aki forced a reshuffle – were the other Irish try-scorers, but Schmidt has plenty of ammunition for a tough video review.  Quinn Roux burst over for a try in the first half. Source: James Crombie/INPHOIreland were in the unfamiliar position of trailing the Italians at the break, and deservedly so after an extremely poor opening 40 minutes that was rife with handling errors, loose passing, lineout failings and a total lack of the cohesion they had aimed for.Their opening four attacks failed due to the aforementioned shortcomings before they put together an impressive 19-phase passage that ended with Roux crossing to score.Aki and Dave Kilcoyne carried well in the build-up as Ireland played off Sexton, while Tadhg Furlong’s offload to Roux was followed by an excellent running line by the impressive Chris Farrell to put Ireland within striking distance, Ultan Dillane and Kilcoyne latching onto Roux to help him over for a try converted by Sexton.At the second time of asking, Italy out-half Tommaso Allan slotted a penalty – Sean O’Brien failing to release from the tackle before attempting a breakdown steal – to bring the Italians onto the scoreboard with a quarter played.But from the restart, lock Dean Budd misjudged the flight of Sexton’s kick and Michele Campagnaro spilled the ball in attempting to gather, allowing Stockdale to scoop it up 35 metres out and accelerate home for his 14th try in 17 caps.Sexton couldn’t convert and now the Italians truly came alive, Allan reducing the deficit off the tee with a second penalty, just after it had been confirmed that Aki had failed his HIA and Earls shifted permanently into outside centre, while Andrew Conway came onto the wing. Jacob Stockdale scored his 14th try in 17 Tests. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThere was more sloppy play from Ireland before lively Italy scrum-half Tito Tebaldi broke on a quick-tap penalty and chipped ahead only to collide with Rob Kearney, who couldn’t exactly disappear. Ireland had been warned but they failed to respond.Instead, Cronin overthrew a lineout for the second time and Italy thundered at their visitors, fullback Jayden Hayward breaking inside Earls and going past the covering Kearney too easily.He was hauled down metres short on the left, but after a carry in midfield, Allan calmly floated a skip pass wide right to the unmarked Edoardo Padovani to score. He could have made the conversion easier for Allan, who missed off the tee again.And there was time for the Italians to take the lead just before the break as Tebaldi picked Murray’s pocket with Ireland attacking inside the home team’s 22, snaffling the ball from his opposite number’s hands to spark the counter.Tebaldi ignored Padovani on his right to grubber deep into the Ireland 22, where Kearney couldn’t gather under pressure and Conway just managed to halt Allan.Italy were calm again, with Tebaldi and Hayward swinging long passes out the left, where Maxime Mbanda ignored Luca Morisi in space and was hauled down. Morisi, however, wasn’t going to be denied as he picked and drove through Farrell to score. Luca Morisi scores for Italy. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOAllan couldn’t convert but Italy led 16-12 at the interval.Ireland’s second-half start didn’t give the travelling support too much confidence as Sexton’s restart failed to go 10 metres and then fullback Kearney knocked-on in an aerial contest.But captain Peter O’Mahony – who was man of the match – won a crucial turnover penalty in the Ireland 22 and, with Cronin replaced by Niall Scannell, Ireland built a strong attack from a lineout maul, Stockdale breaking on the fringe of it and Schmidt’s men winning a penalty under the posts.Murray tapped it to keep the tempo up and after strong carrying from the likes of O’Brien and Furlong, Earls switched to the left of a close-range ruck and danced inside Budd and Tebaldi, beating the diving tackle of replacement Alessandro Zanni to dot down Ireland’s third.Murray took over the kicking duties to convert and send Ireland into a 19-16 lead, but Italy continued to pose danger as Padovani broke down the right and into the Irish 22, only for a wild Tebaldi pass to be knocked-on by Zanni.Ireland continued to make their own errors, however, with Murray losing the ball forward off the back of a maul in the Italy 22 and Conway spilling it in the air soon after.Earls produced a searing linebreak off a deft Farrell pass heading into the final quarter but he was hauled down 10 metres out and Stockdale couldn’t hold the Munster man’s offload.  Conor Murray grabbed Ireland’s fourth try. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOBut Italy couldn’t take their invites back into the game and Ireland secured the bonus point in the 67th minute as – just after Dillane atoned for a knock-on with a strip in the tackle – Schmidt’s men kicked into the left corner.It took a second bite after Italy stole the first lineout but the Irish maul rumbled forward and Murray finished smartly, converting his own score.Italy scorers: Tries: Edoardo Padovani, Luca MorisiConversions: Tommaso Allan [0 from 2]Penalties: Tommaso Allan [2 from 3], Ian McKinley [0 from 1]Ireland scorers:Tries: Quinn Roux, Jacob Stockdale, Keith Earls, Conor MurrayConversions: Johnny Sexton [1 from 2], Conor Murray [2 from 2]ITALY: Jayden Hayward; Edoardo Padovani, Michele Campagnaro (Tommaso Castello ’73), Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito; Tommaso Allan (Ian McKinley ’74), Tito Tebaldi; Andrea Lovotti (Cherif Traoré ’61), Leonardo Ghiraldini (captain), Simone Ferrari (Tiziano Pasquali ’52); Federico Ruzza, Dean Budd; Jimmy Tuivaiti (David Sisi ’52), Maxime Mbandà (Alessandro Zanni ’43), Braam Steyn.Replacements: Luca Bigi, Guglielmo Palazzani.IRELAND: Rob Kearney; Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Bundee Aki (Andrew Conway ’13), Jacob Stockdale; Johnny Sexton (Jack Carty ’78), Conor Murray (John Cooney ’71); Dave Kilcoyne (Jack McGrath ’63), Sean Cronin (Niall Scannell ’48 – reversal ’74), Tadhg Furlong (John Ryan ’63); Ultan Dillane (HIA – Iain Henderson ’32 to ’39), Quinn Roux (Iain Henderson ’58); Peter O’Mahony (captain), Sean O’Brien (Josh van der Flier ’58), Jordi Murphy.Referee: Glen Jackson [New Zealand].Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Ireland survive first-half scare in Rome to notch bonus-point win over Italy Joe Schmidt’s men still remain some way off their best despite the victory at Stadio Olimpico.center_img Share22 Tweet Email2 28,558 Views Feb 24th 2019, 4:51 PM Short URL 128 Comments last_img read more

Plug pulled on community TV

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The federal government has announced that it is effectively ‘switching off’ community television stations, suggesting to broadcasters that if they wish to continue with their programming they will have to do so via the internet.Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull said that stations will only be licensed until the end of 2015.The announcement will affect community broadcasters C31 in Melbourne and Geelong, 31 in Brisbane, TVS in Sydney, 44 in Adelaide and WTV in Perth.That means for people fond of community programming, like Vasili’s Garden to Kitchen, which has been welcomed by a lot of yiayiathes and pappouthes over the years, will now miss out, or if the programmers choose to, can continue watching their favourite programs on the internet. Australian Community Television Alliance secretary, and general manager of C31, Richard McLelland, said that the decision is the “death knell of community television in Australia”.McLelland was frustrated by the government’s decision.“He [Turnbull] seems to have a view that community television is not worth having in this country,” he said. But Mr Turnbull said that community television will be better served online.“The government believes that the best outcome for community television is that, in the future, it uses the internet as its distribution platform,” he said. “It will deliver wider audiences at less cost on a wider range of devices.”Community television has produced a number of household names, with the likes of Corinne Grant, Rove McManus, and Hamish and Andy starting out on the platform.Source: ABC Newslast_img read more

Phil Foden thrilled with comparisons to Andres Iniesta

first_imgManchester City midfielder Phil Foden is thrilled to be compared with Barcelona legend Andres IniestaThe 18-year-old played a starring role in Tuesday night’s 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Foden had a part in both of the first two goals before getting his own name on the scoresheet late on with his maiden senior goal.Oxford boss Karl Robinson later compared the teenager to Iniesta, which his City counterpart Pep Guardiola tried to play down.But the “Stockport Iniesta” is pleased with the comparisons and his new nickname.“I’m happy with that but come on – Iniesta is on a different planet!” said Foden, according to the Daily Mail.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For them to call me that is massive, it means a lot. I’ll just keep getting these cup games and run-outs whenever I can and hopefully I can start a lot more games one day.“There’s no need to rush. Pep knows what he’s doing and I’ll play at the right time. He’s good at bringing youth players through, he’s done it in his career before so just be patient, I’m still young and I’m still learning.”Relive @philfoden’s night to remember! 💙 #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 26, 2018last_img read more

Local reaction to liquor rule change mixed

first_imgTestimony was mixed on Tuesday during a Washington State Liquor Control Board hearing about whether businesses should be allowed to sell alcohol after 2 a.m., an idea the board is considering at the request of the city of Seattle.Several speakers at the Vancouver City Hall hearing said they were concerned about increased drunk driving, and said that more impaired drivers on the road could stretch rural police forces too thin. But some supported the rule change, saying it would boost local economies and that each city should get to choose whether to extend te 2 a.m. cutoff. About 30 people showed up to the hearing and seven people testified to the board.State law bans the selling of alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., but the liquor control board is considering a Seattle petition that would allow individual cities to extend the hours that some businesses, such as bars and nightclubs, are allowed to serve alcohol. Seattle officials have discussed the possibility of allowing people to purchase alcohol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in their city. Any city could ask the Liquor Control Board for an exemption from the 2 a.m. sales cutoff.Insufficient staffingIf the rule changed and Vancouver requested such an exemption, people from communities outside of Vancouver could drive into the city, drink into the early morning hours and then drive back home, Battle Ground Police Chief Bob Richardson said during his public testimony. Richardson said his department is not staffed to handle more drunken drivers on the roads past the current bar closing time.Likewise, he said many other cities across the state would have the same problem. “Most of the (police) agencies in the state are small,” Richardson said.last_img read more

Selfassembling solar panels a step closer

first_imgThe self assembly process made a device of 64,000 parts in 3 minutes. Image: Heiko O. Jacobs © 2010 Explore further The self assembly process. Elements align at the oil/water boundary. The “blank” solar cell has pre-cut places for the elements and is dipped through the boundary. As it is slowly drawn upwards, the elements pop into place. Image: Heiko O. Jacobs. ( — Scientists Robert J. Knuesel and Heiko O. Jacobs of the University of Minnesota have developed a way to make tiny solar cells self-assemble. New nanoassembly technique is created Citation: Self-assembling solar panels a step closer (2010, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Self-assembly of microscopic chiplets at a liquid-liquid-solid interface forming a flexible segmented monocrystalline solar cell, Robert J. Knuesel and Heiko O. Jacobs, PNAS, DOI:10.1073/pnas.0909482107 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. The researchers think they can adapt their method to smaller components and larger assembled devices, and it could be used to cheaply and quickly assemble all kinds of high-quality electronic components on a wide range of flexible or inflexible substrates including plastics, semiconductors and metals. The assemblages could find uses in numerous applications such as solar cells, video displays and tiny semiconductors. The use of this method in solar cell production would reduce the cost considerably since less silicon is needed, and it should also be possible to assemble solar chiplets into transparent, flexible materials, which would extend their range of uses.The paper is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The researchers had previously been unsuccessful in their attempts to make self-assembling electronic components. In large systems gravity can be used to drive self-assembly, and in nanoscale systems chemical processes can be used, but between the two scales, in the micrometer range, it is much more difficult.To overcome the difficulties, Kneusel and Jacobs designed a flexible substrate of a thin layer of copper covered with propylene-terephthalate (PET). Regular depressions the same size as the “chiplets” were etched into the PET layer and then the sheet was dipped into a bath of molten solder, which coated the exposed copper in the etched depressions. Each chiplet consisted of a 20-60 µm silicon cube with one gold face. The silicon sides had a coating of hydrophobic (water-repelling) molecules, while the gold side had a hydrophilic (water-attracting) coating.When the elements were placed in a container containing oil and water, they neatly arranged themselves in a sheet at the boundary between the liquids, with the gold side pointed down to the water layer. The substrate was then pulled slowly up through the boundary like a conveyor belt, and the elements neatly dropped in place in the depressions as the solder attracted the gold side. Accuracy was 98%. The assembly was covered with epoxy to keep the chiplets in place, and then a conducting electrode layer was added.The device was able to assemble 62,000 elements, each of them thinner than a human hair, in only three minutes. The elimination of a dependency on gravity and sedimentation meant the chiplets could be reduced to below 100 micrometers in size. It was important to limit the assembly time to avoid oxidation of the surfaces, which would reduce surface energies and interfere with self-assembly. The water layer had to be acidic, at pH 2.0, and the temperature had to be kept at 95C to keep the solder molten.last_img read more

Physicists propose test for loop quantum gravity

first_imgArtist’s illustration of loop quantum gravity. Explore further ( — As a quantum theory of gravity, loop quantum gravity could potentially solve one of the biggest problems in physics: reconciling general relativity and quantum mechanics. But like all tentative theories of quantum gravity, loop quantum gravity has never been experimentally tested. Now in a new study, scientists have found that, when black holes evaporate, the radiation they emit could potentially reveal “footprints” of loop quantum gravity, distinct from the usual Hawking radiation that black holes are expected to emit. More information: A. Barrau, et al. “Probing Loop Quantum Gravity with Evaporating Black Holes.” Physical Review Letters 107, 251301 (2011). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.251301 Citation: Physicists propose test for loop quantum gravity (2012, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letterscenter_img In this way, evaporating black holes could enable the first ever experimental test for any theory of quantum gravity. However, the proposed test would not be easy, since scientists have not yet been able to detect any kind of radiation from an evaporating black hole. The scientists, from institutions in France and the US, have published their study called “Probing Loop Quantum Gravity with Evaporating Black Holes” in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“For decades, Planck-scale physics has been thought to be untestable,” coauthor Aurélien Barrau of the French National Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics (IN2P3) told “Nowadays, it seems that it might enter the realm of experimental physics! This is very exciting, especially in the appealing framework of loop quantum gravity.”In their study, the scientists have used algorithms to show that primordial black holes are expected to reveal two distinct loop quantum gravity signatures, while larger black holes are expected to reveal one distinct signature. These signatures refer to features in the black hole’s energy spectrum, such as broad peaks at certain energy levels.Using Monte Carlo simulations, the scientists estimated the circumstances under which they could discriminate the predicted signatures of loop quantum gravity and those of the Hawking radiation that black holes are expected to emit with or without loop quantum gravity. They found that a discrimination is possible as long as there are enough black holes or a relatively small error on the energy reconstruction.While the scientists have shown that an analysis of black hole evaporation could possibly serve as a probe for loop quantum gravity, they note that one of the biggest challenges will be simply detecting evaporating black holes. “We should be honest: this detection will be difficult,” Barrau said. “But it is far from being impossible.”He added that black holes are not the only possible probe of loop quantum gravity, and he’s currently investigating whether loop quantum gravity might have signatures in the universe’s background radiation.“I am now working on the cosmological side of loop quantum gravity,” Barrau said. “This is the other way to try to test the theory: some specific footprints in the cosmic microwave background might be detected in the future.” Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of 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. Escaping gravity’s clutches: The black hole breakoutlast_img read more

MIPS open sourced under MIPS Open Program makes the semiconductor space and

first_imgOn 17th December, Wave Computing announced that it will put MIPS on open source, with MIPS Instruction Set Architecture (ISA) and MIPS’ latest core R6 to be made available in the first quarter of 2019. With a vision to “accelerate the ability for semiconductor companies, developers and universities to adopt and innovate using MIPS for next-generation system-on-chip (SoC) designs”, Wave computings’ MIPS Open program will give participants full access to the most recent versions of the 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS ISA free of charge, without any licensing or royalty fees. Under this program, participants will have full access to the most recent versions of the 32-bit and 64-bit MIPS ISA free of charge – with no licensing or royalty fees. Additionally, participants in the MIPS Open program will be licensed under MIPS’ existing worldwide patents. Addressing the “lack of open source access to true industry-standard, patent-protected and silicon-proven RISC architectures”, Art Swift, president of Wave Computing’s MIPS IP Business claims that MIPS will bring to the open-source community “commercial-ready” instruction sets with “industrial-strength” architecture, where “Chip designers will have opportunities to design their own cores based on proven and well-tested instruction sets for any purposes.” Lee Flanagin, Wave’s senior vice president and chief business officer further added in the post that the MIPS Open initiative is a key part of Wave’s ‘ AI for All’ vision. He says that “The MIPS-based solutions developed under MIPS Open will complement our existing and future MIPS IP cores that Wave will continue to create and license globally as part of our overall portfolio of systems, solutions and IP. This will ensure current and new MIPS customers will have a broad array of solutions from which to choose for their SoC designs, and will also have access to a vibrant MIPS development community and ecosystem.” The MIPS Open initiative further will encourage the adoption of MIPS while helping customers develop new, MIPS-compatible solutions for a variety of emerging market applications from third-party tool vendors, software developers and universities. RISC-V versus MIPS? Considering that the RISC-V instruction set architecture is also free and open for anyone to use,  the internet went abuzz with speculations about competition between RISC-V and MIPS and the potential future of both. Hacker news also saw comments like: “Had this happened two or three years ago, RISC-V would have never been born.” In an interview to EE Times, Rupert Baines, CEO of UltraSoC, said that “Given RISC-V’s momentum, MIPS going open source is an interesting, shrewd move.”  He observed, “MIPS already has a host of quality tools and software environment. This is a smart way to amplify MIPS’ own advantage, without losing much.” Linley Gwennap, principal analyst at the Linley Group compared the two chips and stated that, “The MIPS ISA is more complete than RISC-V. For example, it includes DSP and SIMD extensions, which are still in committee for RISC-V.”. Calling the MIPS software development tools more mature than RISC-V, he went on to list down the benefits of MIPS over RISC: “MIPS also provides patent protection and a central authority to avoid ISA fragmentation, both of which RISC-V lacks. These factors give MIPS an advantage for commercial implementations, particularly for customer-facing cores.” Hacker News and Twitter are bustling with comments on this move by Wave computing. Opinions are split over which architecture is more preferable to use. For the most part, customers appear excited about this news. You can head over to Wave Computing’s official blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next The Linux and RISC-V foundations team up to drive open source development and adoption of RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA)Arm releases free Cortex-M processor cores for FPGAs, includes measures to combat FOSSi threatSpectreRSB targets CPU return stack buffer, found on Intel, AMD, and ARM chipsetslast_img read more

Costa Rica court refuses to hear sex reassignment case

first_imgRelated posts:No free dental checkups for self-employed workers who owe the Caja, Sala IV rules Refusing to hire obese man is not discrimination, Costa Rican court finds Costa Rican health minister: Auto accidents are a public health issue Costa Rica welcomes first IVF baby after 16-year ban The Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica’s Supreme Court refused to hear a case asking the country’s public health care system to pay for a sex reassignment surgery abroad, according to a court press release Monday.The chamber, also known as Sala IV, voted 6-1 on June 12 not to hear a transgender woman’s case asking the Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, to pay for her sex reassignment surgery in another country since the operation is not available here.The plaintiff verbally requested surgery at Hospital San Juan de Dios in 2014 as part of her transition into a woman. After making several requests for more information about the surgery, the plaintiff was told that the hospital did not have the policies or staff to perform the operation. The daily La Nación reported that the Caja had formed an interdisciplinary commission to discuss the case and the lack of policy on the matter. With no alternative in Costa Rica, the plaintiff asked the Caja to pay for the surgery in another country.But the plaintiff’s petition did not include a statement from a doctor or medical review board that said the sexual reassignment surgery was medically necessary. Without a medical opinion in her favor, the hospital refused to pay for the surgery and the Sala IV agreed.Judges Armijo, Cruz, Castillo, Abdelnour, Salas, and Estrada voted in the majority not to hear the case. Judge Jinesta cast the one dissenting vote. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_imgThe journey for a World Cup bid begins in the right direction for Costa Rica football, which beat Haiti 1-0 Friday night in the opening qualifying game at National Stadium in San José.“La Sele” played its most complete game under Óscar Ramírez, who is now 3-2 as head coach, dominating the CONCACAF rival from the start. Haiti had little space to work with on offense and struggled to win possession away from Costa Rica, which was constantly forcing the ball downfield.In the 28th minute, Cristian Gamboa scored off a rebound when Haiti’s goalkeeper Johnny Placide deflected a shot from Johan Venegas back into the box. The goal seemed inevitable after Costa Rica set up camp in Haitian territory during the opening minutes.With the win, La Sele earns three points in Group B of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament, and is currently tied for the group lead with its next opponent, Panama.The Ticos never missed a beat against Haiti, even without their best player, goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Navas’ replacement, Patrick Pemberton, was almost never challenged until the closing minutes of the first half. When Haiti began threatening, the 33-year-old answered with a pair of clutch saves, including a diving deflection of a near-goal while Costa Rica was down to 10 men with midfielder Celso Borges nursing a foot injury on the sidelines.Borges, one of Costa Rica’s most important pieces in its quest for a World Cup berth, was carted off the field before halftime, reportedly in tears on his way to the hospital. Spanish-language media said after the game that Borges suffered a fracture in his foot. If that’s the case, it means Borges will almost certainly miss Costa Rica’s game against Panama, leaving La Sele without its best midfielder against one of the better teams in the region.Though Costa Rica passed its first test with relative ease, a win over a low-tier CONCACAF team doesn’t mean La Sele is suddenly a lock to make the field of 32 in Russia. On numerous opportunities in the first half, La Sele attackers looked timid and panicked when given open field, fumbling the ball away instead of making quick decisions. Ramírez gestured to his players to calm down after one especially egregious turnover where a promising breakaway collapsed after a poor pass from Ronald Matarrita.“We weren’t as fluid as I would have liked to be during the game,” Ramírez said at a news conference after the game. “We had some chances to go up 2-0 but Haiti didn’t give too many opportunities.”Panama, which beat Jamaica 2-0 Friday in the other Group B World Cup qualifier for CONCACAF, presents a far tougher challenge for La Sele than the outmanned Haitians. In the last meeting between the two teams – a March 31st friendly in Panama City – the Panamanians beat Costa Rica 2-1, led by a pair of early goals.“It’s always a classic when we play Panama now,” Ramírez said. “They enjoy playing us and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”Costa Rica v. Panama kicks off at 8:30 p.m. local time on Tuesday in the second leg of the World Cup qualifiers. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica football kicks off World Cup qualifying with Haiti Costa Rica topples rival Panama 2-1 in wet World Cup qualifier Costa Rican Men’s National Team hopes to make history again in Mexico Costa Rica’s La Sele stays on World Cup track with 1-1 tie against Honduraslast_img read more

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first_imgSeptember 03 , 2018 You might also be interested in Police uncover huge Italian ‘kiwigate’ scandal … France has placed itself at the forefront of a campaign against chemical blamed for declines in bee populations, over the weekend banning five neonicotinoid pesticides.As from on Saturday 1 September 2018 the use of five neocotinoids – clothianidin, imidacloprid, thiamethoxam, thiacloprid and acetamiprid – is illegal in France.The French ban goes further than a European one – announced in April that comes into effect on Dec. 19 at the latest – which only bans the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam in open fields.Heavily agriculture-reliant France banned these three plus thiacloprid and acetamiprid, not only outdoors but in greenhouses too.The move was praised by beekeepers and environmentalists but criticized by farming groups who say there is a lack of sufficient alternatives and believe the ban will cause economic damage. Some French farmers’ groups object to the ban, arguing that it is based on insufficient evidence and will make their crops less competitive with imported produce.The Anses public health agency said in May there were “sufficiently effective, and operational” alternatives to the majority of neonicotinoids, Radio France reported.But farmers’ union FNSEA wants exemptions for maize and beets, saying that there are no sufficiently effective alternative ways to tackle insects that seriously damage the crops.The use of neonicotinoids will continue to be authorized for use in non-agricultural pest control, such as in flea collars for pets or in household fly traps.The ban pitted French Agriculture Minister Stéphane Travert, who lobbied for easing it, against environment minister Nicolas Hulot, who refused to back down but resigned from the government last week, saying he felt isolated.The Canadian Government recently announced plans to phase out thiamethoxam and clothianidin.last_img read more

Where to go on holiday for early summer sun in 2019

first_imgHow to get to Morocco Find hotels in Bodrum Find hotels in Marrakesh Ok, so you may need a jumper on at night as you sip on a local Efes pilsner, but that’s a small price to pay for around 11 hours of glorious sunshine in this eastern Mediterranean getaway. The Bodrum Peninsula has the lot – the busy action of Bodrum itself, a slew of superb beaches, small villages where time seems to stand still and a flurry of day trip options including Ephesus, a beautifully preserved city with bags of Roman and Greek heritage. The best beaches are on the south of the peninsula west of Bodrum. Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  The Canaries have one of the best early summer climates of any short-haul destination from the UK, with around nine hours of sunshine a day, temperatures tipping 23°C and little chance of rain. The largest and most popular island is Tenerife, and the place to be is are the resorts in the sunny south. However, the beaches are better on nearby Gran Canaria around Maspalomas and on slightly windier Fuerteventura near Corralejo. Another great island for a shoulder-season sun holiday is Lanzarote, but don’t expect picture-postcard golden sands as many of the beaches here are made of black sand. All seven of the main islands have incredible hiking trails and April through to June is one of the best times of the year to tackle local routes, or take on the challenge of scaling Spain’s highest mountain on Tenerife, Mount Teide. Plan your trip to Tenerife with our guide to the top 15 things to do on the island. Where to stay in the Canary Islands Find hotels in Larnaca There are cheap flights to Tenerife, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote from London, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Nottingham, Newcastle and Belfast, so you can find a non-stop flight to the Canaries from pretty much anywhere in the UK, year-round. Find flights to Turkey Whether you’re heading for a city break in Rome or a beach holiday on the Amalfi coast, there are plenty of direct flights to Italy from UK airports. For Tuscany, fly to Florence from London, or find cheaper flights by flying to Pisa with Ryanair or easyJet and then travelling onwards by road or rail. The Mediterranean’s warmest early summer destination will tempt you with over ten hours of sunshine a day and temperatures topping 25°C. Sea temperatures are a little cool, so best book a hotel with a heated swimming pool, but Cyprus’s sands are still as inviting as ever! Away from the beautiful beaches, May and early June are ideal time for hiking in the Troodos mountains or the wild Akamas Peninsula, which is home to Lara Beach, arguably the finest on the island. City slickers should make a beeline for the urban charms of Limassol – the main beach resorts are around Ayia Napa in the east and Paphos in the west. Be sure to try the seriously underrated local wines and enjoy a traditional mezze multi-course feast. For more on what to see and do in Cyprus, check out our picture gallery of the top 10 things to see on the island. 3. Turkey The Balearics popularity with Brits keeps flights cheap and plentiful; you can fly directly to Majorca from regional UK airports like Belfast, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, as well as choosing from up to 16 flights a day from London. The Elysium is a striking, palatial resort hotel on the edge of Paphos. It boasts a flurry of swimming pools and direct access to the beach. For a splurge book one of the Royal Garden Villas, which have access to a separate pool. The Atrium Platinum Hotel is located just above Rhodes Town and makes a great base for exploring it and the rest of the island. The Hermes and Aphrodite Spa is on hand to add that extra chill factor and there are two bars and five restaurants on-site too. Find hotels in Rhodes Blistering Marrakech is a more reasonable 21-27°C during May, and the summer holiday season has barely begun, meaning you can roam quiet streets lined with pretty riads (local houses arranged around a courtyard) and admire gorgeous Islamic architecture like the Palais de la Bahia at your leisure. Dining at Djemma el-Fna square and bartering at the souks will feel a little less intense, too. You could always swap a sunny city break for a breezy beach holiday and head to the coast; Essaouira hovers around 20°C in the spring and summer, perfect for learning to kite-board or surf among the Atlantic waves, before settling in front of another heavenly sunset with some fresh barbecued fish and a beer. We’ve got more tips on what to do in Marrakech and beyond in our full travel guide. Find hotels in Florence 4. Balearic Islands, Spain Find flights to Morocco How to get to the Balearics Where to stay in Turkey If you’re really looking to relax, the Grand Yazici Boutique Hotel & Spa Bodrum is the place for you. It reclines on the hillside above the town centre and offers sweeping views. Laze by the pool in the big four-poster beds, before relaxing in their superb spa. Rousing yourself for a visit to Bodrum Castle may just be a step too far! For cheap holidays in early summer, get yourself over to Greece’s Aegean islands just off the Turkish coast, where early summer temperatures hit around 24-25°C. Samos has a plethora of low-key resorts and the vibrant capital city of Vathy, with hiking in the inland forests too. Further southeast, on Kos, Kos Town has plenty of history, plus stylish cafés and tavernas, while the best beaches are out in the west of the island around the wide expanse of Kefalos Bay. Still further southeast is Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. Rhodes is a real all-rounder, with buzzing nightlife, great beaches and historic architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage listed Rhodes Town makes for a great base, though the best beaches are on the east coast. Be inspired to explore the Greek Islands further, with our guide to the 20 most beautiful. There are few better places in Europe for early sun holidays than La Residencia. This chic retreat in the hip artists’ enclave of Deia is within walking distance of rocky coves, but you’ll probably want to just take it easy by the pool or relax in the sumptuous rooms. The award winning dining of El Olivo and their spa really make a stay here a must! You can find cheap flights to several major airports in Turkey from the UK, including Istanbul, Antalya and Ankara. If you’re heading straight for Bodrum, your best bet is London Gatwick; both easyJet and Thomas Cook Airlines serve the peninsula directly. Where to stay in Cyprus 1. Cyprus Still unsure where to go? Search your flights here. Travel operators like Jet2 organise all inclusive holidays with flights from London Stansted to Rhodes, or easyJet offer cheap flights to Kos from Glasgow and London. If you’re heading onwards to the smaller islands, travel by ferry or look for cheap domestic flights with airlines like Sky Express. Where to stay in the Balearicscenter_img Find hotels in Tenerife Find hotels in Palma Where to stay in Greece Think the Balearics won’t be warm enough in early summer? Put it this way – Majorca in May is warmer than Bournemouth in July with the mercury rising above 20°C daily. This deeply attractive isle is also alive with bright wildflowers in the spring. Extra layers are needed at night and the sea is on the cool side, but it’s an ideal of time for exploring the atmospheric streets of the capital, Palma, and hiking or cycling in the Tramuntana mountains. The notorious resort of Maguluf is much more chilled outside the main summer season, with nearby Santa Ponsa even better for families. Where to stay in Morocco Find flights to Cyprus How to get to Cyprus Find hotels in Ibiza The Ritz Carlton Abama in Tenerife has it all, including two Michelin star restaurants, its own private beach and seven swimming pools. It also boasts beautiful views across to the neighbouring isle of La Gomera and its room’s balconies have grandstand views of the island’s famed sunsets. Find flights to Italy 6. The Canary Islands How to get to the Canary Islands Fly to Larnaca Airport direct from London Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted, or compare prices from Manchester Airport, which also runs a non-stop route. How to get to Greece Find flights to Ibiza 2. Greece Staying at the Relais Santa Croce in Florence feels like you’re sleeping on a romantic movie set in this wonderfully romantic city. A plush retreat housed in the eighteenth century Ciofi Jacometti Palace, built by the Marquis Baldinucci, soak up Italian style and relax in the lavish public rooms and your own luxurious bedroom. 7. Morocco Find flights to Tenerife How to get to Turkey Mainland Italy may not strike you as the best place to visit for an early beach holiday, but in fact it can be the best time to visit Tuscany, before the crowds descend and the searing heat of summer kicks in – plus its famed rolling hills will be awash with greenery and wild flowers. The obvious attractions are the world-famous historic cities of Florence, Pisa and Siena, with Florence the stand-out as the city of the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo. Pottering around the picturesque hill towns in your own car is a joy, while the Tuscan coast offers plenty of Blue Flag beaches – the area of Grosseto is most popular with Italians, and the the Marina di Alberese has a long stretch of free, sandy beach. Find out more about Florence with our guide to the city. Find flights to Palma London Gatwick and Stansted field most of the direct flights to Morocco from the UK, with easyJet and Ryanair offering cheap fares to Marrakech. Alternatively, fly direct to Essaouira from Luton Airport if you’re dying to hit the beach straight away. Get a taste of luxury without the 5-star price tag at the Palais El Miria & Spa. It’s a little out of the way, in the suburb of Ouahat Sidi Brahim, north of Marrakech, but the richly decorated bedrooms will make you feel like a Sultan, and there’s an excellent restaurant and spa onsite, as well as golf courses. From as little £54 a night, it’ll be tempting to spend as much time at the resort as you do exploring the city. How to get to Italy ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Where to stay in Italy Find flights to Greece 5. Italy *Published May 2019. 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