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first_imgProven and reliable, RS-485 (EIA/TIA-485) stays a popular fieldbus communication interface, due to simple installation via low cost twisted pair copper cables, up to 1200m length. EKF introduces the SU1-TWIST, a peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial systems, based on PCI Express. The board is equipped with four isolated front panel RS-485 ports. High speed RS-485 balanced line transceivers with internal 5kV isolation barrier provide for optimum noise and EMC immunity.The SU1-TWIST is equipped with an octal PCI Express to UART bridge. The 950-style UARTs are compatible with many asynchronous serial applications and protocols. Four isolated EIA/TIA-485 transceivers are wired to Micro-D front panel connectors, individually configurable for full or half-duplex operation, either point-to-point or multipoint (PartyLine) applications. Another four UART channels are available via the CompactPCI Serial backplane connector P4 for versatile rear I/O usage.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous ADI to show mastery of digital-to-physical interface at Electronica 2018Next Solid Sands: SuperTest helps Peloton enhance ‘big-rig’ safety and fuel efficiencylast_img read more


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first_imgA Penn State fan cries after being given tickets.Penn State is taking on USC in the Rose Bowl this year, and this awesome couple will be in attendance.Penn State didn’t get the College Football Playoff spot that it coveted, but the Nittany Lions got a pretty nice consolation prize in heading to the Rose Bowl. Fans have gobbling up tickets all week. Many are excited about the opportunity to go to Pasadena.In the below video, posted to YouTube on Friday, a Penn State fan is gifted Rose Bowl tickets by his wife. When he realizes what the roses in the bowl signify, he loses control and starts crying. Check it out:Penn State will need to play well to take down USC. Let’s hope these two have a great time regardless.last_img


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first_imgEden Hazard is among the top five players in the world and the very best in the Premier League, according to Kepa Arrizabalaga, who revealed the Belgium forward has yet to say goodbye to his Chelsea team-mates.Hazard is expected to end a lengthy period of speculation over his future by joining Real Madrid, having admitted that the Europa League final victory over Arsenal would likely be his last game in a Chelsea shirt.Kepa has only played alongside Hazard for a season, but made no secret of his admiration for a man who scored 16 goals to help Chelsea finish third in the Premier League in 2018-19. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘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? “He can do everything,” Kepa told Marca. “[He can] mark, assist, play as a false nine, play on the left, on the right, he is very fast, powerful, great in one-on-ones, plays well coming from deep.”He is, for me, the best player in the Premier League.”Negotiations over Hazard’s transfer to Madrid are thought ongoing, with the Blues holding out for a fee in excess of £100 million ($127m).Hazard is worth every penny, according to Kepa, who ranks the former Lille man alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – two players he faced during his time at Athletic Club – in terms of talent.Asked whether he is as good as the five-time Ballon d’Or winners, Kepa said: “I could not say, but he is close.”I put him among the five best in the world.”He is a great player, and above all a great person. He is a guy that always boosts the dressing room.”He’s fun, quiet, and at 28 he’s in a great personal and sporting situation, and it shows in the way he is playing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


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first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Imports at the major retail container ports in US are expected to drop to their lowest level in almost a year this month.According to a report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates, the decline would be noted as the retail industry entered its annual lull between seasons, while plans for a tariff increase were put on hold.“Now that the holiday season is over and summer has yet to crank up, this is the quiet time of year for retail supply chains,” according to Jonathan Gold, NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy.“Retailers are also taking a break from the rush to bring merchandise in ahead of tariff hikes now that the increase that was scheduled for March has been delayed,” Gold said, adding that imports will start to build up again soon as retailers prepare for the summer.U.S. ports handled 1.89 million TEUs in January, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was down 3.7 percent from December following the end of the holiday season but up 7.4 percent year-over-year.February was estimated at 1.79 million TEU, up 6.2 percent from February 2018. March is forecast at 1.59 million TEU, up 3.2 percent year-over-year but the lowest level since 1.63 million TEU in April 2018.Imports during 2018 set a new record of 21.8 million TEU, an increase of 6.2 percent over 2017’s previous record of 20.5 million TEU. The first half of 2019 is expected to total 10.8 million TEU, up 4.8 percent over the first half of 2018.“The trade war with China is turning out not to have the results President Trump expected,” Ben Hackett, Hackett Associates Founder, said.“Imports from China did not decline – in fact, they soared to record levels.”last_img read more


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first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) retail stores will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in honour of Nova Scotia Heritage Day. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Feb. 17. For more information on NSLC store hours, visit myNSLC.com -30-last_img


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first_imgPearl Jam and a close group of friends and partners have pledged $300,000 and counting to support relief efforts for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.They encourage all fans and supporters to join in their efforts. They have set up a Crowdrise page to encourage donations, which can be accessed here.Donations will be made to The United Way of Genesee County’s Flint Water Fund which serves both the immediate and longterm needs of the community.Monetary donations will first be used for the purchase of water filters, bottled water, emergency support services and prevention efforts in Flint, Michigan. After the short-term need of Flint residents has been met, any remaining funds will be directed to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund. This fund will provide aid to children and families with interventions that support positive health outcomes.100% of donated funds are used for Flint community projects and no administrative fee is assessed.last_img read more


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Spoon: A Queer Play premiered at Brock University for Spencer Charles Smith’s honours thesis. It will be presented at the 2013 Toronto Fringe Festival. Smith recently spoke to incoming dramatic arts students at Brock. At the recent Dramatic Arts Invitational, a day of workshops that are part of the program admission requirements, graduate Spencer Charles Smith inspired 60 applicants with a short presentation about his professional development since he started at Brock in 2007.After graduating from Brock’s Dramatic Arts program in 2011, he went on to complete his master’s in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, specializing in queer performance, at the Center for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.Spencer is now a playwright, performer, dramaturge and artistic director of the queer theatre company, Straight Camp. Theatre credits include Breath in Between (Crow’s Theatre/SummerWorks 2012), Spoon: A Queer Play (Straight Camp), Still Life (LemonTree Creations/SummerWorks 2011), among others.Spencer is also co-owner of the famous Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto.Spencer’s presentation included the following advice for new students:1. Always say ‘Yes.’You never know what will come from a job. You never know who’s watching and who’s looking for someone new to collaborate with on future projects. One job almost always leads to the next. Keep busy.2. Take advantage of your resources and fail.Theatre school offers you free rehearsal space, a free theatre and a team of people who all want you to learn and grow. Take risks, play and don’t be afraid to fail. This is where you will discover your strengths, your weaknesses and your obsessions.3. See theatre.The only way you will ever realize theatre’s emotional, intellectual and creative potential is if you experience it first hand. Let it expand your imagination and inspire you to recreate it, deconstruct it, or refine it.4. Don’t burn bridges.The theatre community is very small and we need to support each other. We need to keep the dialogue going because art is meant to spark conversation. Find at least one positive in everything you see. Plus, you never know who will be on the other side of that audition table.5. Make your own opportunities.Don’t wait around for someone to offer you a job. Keep writing. Keep creating. Maintain your momentum. People respect passion, ambition and drive. I repeat: Keep busy. read more


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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots have been at their best on offence this season when they’ve established the run and avoided facing a significant number of third downs.Achieving success in both areas could be difficult on Sunday against a Vikings team that offensive co-ordinator Josh McDaniels is expecting to offer “as big a challenge as we’re going to have all year.”The Vikings are the NFL’s stingiest defence on third down, allowing opposing offences to convert on a league-low 28 per cent of their opportunities. They are also allowing only 94 rushing yards per game, which is tied for the fourth-fewest in the NFL.One of the reasons, McDaniels said, is Minnesota’s ability to mix up its personnel and coverages. That is bolstered with talented players that are spread throughout its defence.“They have a great front, they have linebackers that are very athletic, the team speed in general is tremendous,” McDaniels said. “You’re not going to outrun this group.”The Patriots are 1-3 this season when converting on less than 33 per cent of their third downs. The lone exception was their 27-20 season-opening win over the Texans. The Patriots went just 4 of 14 on third down (29 per cent) in that game, but were able to take advantage of some early Houston mistakes in jumping out to a 24-6 lead.New England can’t count on that against Minnesota.The Vikings’ offence has been turnover-prone at times this season, but Minnesota enters Sunday’s matchup with a plus-2 turnover margin overall. The Vikings were turnover-free in last week’s win over Green Bay. It was their first game since their Week 7 road victory over the Jets in which they didn’t have a giveaway.New England has had to adjust offensively in recent weeks as it played through the injury-related absences of its leading rusher Sony Michel (knee) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle, back), one of Brady’s favourite options on third down.Both were effective in their returns to the starting lineup against the Jets. Gronkowski caught his first touchdown pass since Week 1 and Michel rushed for a season-best 133 yards.“They are one of the best teams at running the ball in the red zone and one of the best teams at stopping the run in the red zone,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.“When you can run the ball in the red zone that typically leads to touchdowns because you don’t get in third-and-longs and things like that where you’ve got to throw in a condensed area.”The Patriots are also hopeful that the return of Rex Burkhead from injured reserve will ultimately provide a boost similar to those provided by Michel and Gronkowski. Burkhead was one of New England’s go-to options in short-yardage situations last season. But he played only three games before suffering a neck injury against the Lions on Sept. 23. His status for Sunday is to be determined.While Burkhead’s absence hasn’t affected the Patriots’ ability to score touchdowns in the red zone (24 TDs on 38 drives inside the 20), centre David Andrews said they recognize room for improvement.“(The Vikings have) got a great defensive front, I think they play really hard, big, tough guys in there,” Andrews said. “I don’t know what the game plan is going to be yet, but whatever it is, we just have to execute it, do whatever we can up front to be at our best and be the most physical team.”___AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell in Eagan, Minnesota, contributed to this report.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Kyle Hightower on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/khightowerKyle Hightower, The Associated Press read more


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first_imgUPDATED 19.45THREE FORMER TOP bank officials have been charged with conspiracy to defraud €7.2 billion.The three appeared at Dublin District Court this morning after being arrested by members of the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.The three are John Bowe (50) , former head of capital markets at Anglo Irish Bank, Peter Fitzpatrick (61) former finance director at Irish Life and Permanent (ILP) and Denis Casey (54) , former chief executive of ILP.All three were charged with conspiracy to defraud €7.2 billion with John Bowe also charged with false accounting which related to the period between March and September 2008.All three were granted bail to appear in court again on 12 March or service of a book ofevidence.Details of the charges relate to giving a false and misleading impression of deposits from a non-bank entity to Anglo by making them appear larger than in reality.It is alleged that this was done to induce prospective depositors and investors to make decision on assumptions that the bank was in receipt of larger deposits than it really was .All three were bailed on bonds of €1,000 and independent sureties of €10,000.Bowe, who gave an address in Glasnevin, had his surety posted by his wife Frances Fearon.Fitzpatrick’s wife Maria Fitzpatrick posted the surety in his case, and his address was given in Portmarnock.Casey, whose address is listed in Castleknock, had his surety posted by his brother.Judge Patricia McNamara advised that today’s proceedings were separate to the upcoming trial of three other Anglo executives and issued a warning to the media to consider this.last_img read more


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first_imgNot too many companies brag about having popups these days, but Samsung is bring it back with the Galaxy S3. Of course, not in the form of pop-up ads, but rather as picture-in-picture video on the Galaxy S3. The demo above should explain everything.Basically the scenario goes as follows: You’re hanging out, watching a monster truck show (rally? jam?) on your phone. You get a text from a buddy, but you don’t want to stop watching. With the Galaxy S3, as opposed to having to put the video on hold you just need to hit the pop-out button. This will turn the phone into picture-in-picture mode and the video will float above whatever you are doing — whether it’s checking your calendar, sending a text, or browsing the net. The sound will keep playing and the video will be draggable around the screen so it never blocks on-screen elements that you need.When you’re done with whatever interrupted you, just tap the video and it’ll go back to the fullscreen viewing mode.I tested Popup Play on the Galaxy S3 and it worked well. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see some slowdown, but the video played smoothly and moving the video around was fluid.Personally I’m not sure how often I’d take advantage of this — I feel like my preference would be to stop watching the video, focus all my attention on the task at hand, and then get back to the video as quickly as possible. That said, it’s a cool trick and one that does a great job of showing how powerful and well-thought-out Samsung’s platform is.last_img read more


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first_img Feb 5th 2017, 10:07 AM http://jrnl.ie/3223589 Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 10:07 AM 32,593 Views Image: Susan Walsh/PA 153 Comments Poll: Should Enda Kenny invite Donald Trump to visit Ireland? The Taoiseach will meet with Trump in Washington next month. Short URL No (12663) Image: Susan Walsh/PAcenter_img Poll Results: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy Yes (7705) I’m not sure (759) Share Tweet Email1 THERE WAS CONTROVERSY last week surrounding the Taoiseach’s decision to keep up the tradition of visiting the US president on St Patrick’s Day.Today the Sunday Times reports Enda Kenny will not invite President Donald Trump to visit Ireland when he meets him next month, however.We want to know what you think: Should Enda Kenny invite Donald Trump to visit Ireland? YesNoI’m not sureVotelast_img read more


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first_img Smackdown Highlights: Undertaker appears, Shane fires Owens, Kingston takes out Orton WWE posted these highlights following last night’s 205 Live on the WWE Network. Google+ Pinterest WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action center_img Twitter Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApplast_img


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first_imgLa Center’s questionable financial future is on the mind of many residents, and a big topic of discussion among candidates for city council.The biggest issue facing the city is “finding another source of business to offset the cardrooms,” according to Larry Lewton, 67, one of two candidates running for Position No. 2 in the city.His competitor for Position No. 2, Jon Stimmel, 38, wrote in an email that changes to La Center’s budget and income are the most urgent issues the city is facing.“It is my hope that budget cuts are the absolute last resort to solving budgetary shortcomings, but if the local tax base cannot be raised through new business and other revenue streams, cuts will be unavoidable,” he wrote. “We have relied upon the local cardrooms for a long time, but this is not likely to be an option with the addition of the Cowlitz casino.”The tribe opened its Ilani Casino Resort April 24 just west of the city limits, putting La Center’s finances into question since cardroom tax revenue has historically made up a large portion of the city’s general fund. The New Phoenix Casino in La Center closed March 26, leaving the city with two cardrooms: the Palace Casino and Last Frontier Casino.last_img read more


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first_imgThe U.S. Army is looking at greater cutbacks than previously considered, and there could be Alaska impacts. Ft. Wainwright and Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson are among posts nationwide being considered for reductions as part of the Army’s “2020 Force Structure Realignment.”Download AudioThe “2020 Force Structure Realignment” proposes drastic reductions in the numbers of people at at 30 individual Army posts. It uses 2011 levels as a starting point. At Ft. Wainwright that would mean going from 7,400 people down to as few as 1,600, and at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson from 6,800 to 1,500 people by the year 2020. The Army is taking public comment on an environmental assessment of the proposal.Cathy Kropp with the Army Environmental Command in Texas, says the cuts are bigger than a proposal reviewed last year that looked at reducing the nation’s Army by about 70,000, to around 490,000 soldiers.“So now we’re a year later, and the quadrennial defense review comes out, and it says that the Army needs to cut to 440,000 or 450,000 in that range. And if the sequester continues into 2016 we may need to cut to as low as 420,000,” she said.Kropp says that doubles the potential reduction, and broadens it to include non-enlisted personnel.“We’re not just looking at the brigade combat teams. This year we’re looking at all the support elements as well,” she said.Kropp emphasizes that the cuts outlined for each base total more than the overall targeted force reduction, giving the Army downsizing options.“It doesn’t mean that some of the installations won’t have the maximum cut. But in no way will every installation lifted get the maximum cut,” she said.The Army finds no environmental impacts from the proposed personnel reductions but is taking feedback on effects, including socio economic impacts. Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins is optimistic the community will again stand up in support of maintaining a strong presence at Ft. Wainwright.“They will have these community listening sessions, like we had last year. And we had an incredible turnout, it was very strong,” Hopkins said. “This year, in this latest programmatic environmental assessment it says that they will take community input and it will be one of the four factors that they are basing their decisions on. Well, we had a pretty strong showing last year, I think we’re going to have a strong showing because these listening sessions are expected to happen in September, so we’re going to do it again.”U.S. Representative Don Young says he’s experienced numerous post war Army reductions over the decades, and urges Alaskans not to panic about the latest proposal.“Don’t worry about things you do not have control over, and I say that very sincerely. We believe our merits outweigh the worry. We believe the location outweighs the worry,” he said.Young points to the quick overseas deployment capability of Alaska based forces. The Army’s Kropp says there’s no deadline by which the Army has to release a final finding on impacts, nor is there a timeline for finalizing or implementing reductions.last_img read more


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first_imgIn this undated photo provided on 2 July 2018, by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits Sinuiju Chemical Fibre Mill in Sinuiju, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: `KCNA` which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. Photo : APAs secretary of state Mike Pompeo prepares to travel this week to North Korea, experts cautioned that the Trump administration’s plan to dismantle the North’s nuclear weapons and missiles in a year is both unrealistic and risky.The State Department said Pompeo would arrive Friday on his third visit to Pyongyang in three months. It will be the first visit by a senior US official since president Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Kim Jong Un on 12 June in Singapore, where the North Korean leader committed to “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean Peninsula.Trump’s questionable claim afterward that the North was no longer a nuclear threat was soon displaced by doubts about how to achieve denuclearisation, a goal that has eluded US administrations for the past quarter-century since Pyongyang began producing fissile material for bombs.The president tweeted Tuesday that talks on the next steps with North Korea are “going well” and claimed his efforts had defused any nuclear threat.”If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!” Trump tweeted. He said: “no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled.”But experts say there is no proof North Korea’s halt of nuclear and missile tests means the North will take concrete steps to give up such weapons. They also say the US has an unrealistic approach to North Korea’s denuclearisation.Less than three weeks ago, Pompeo said the United States wanted North Korea to take “major” nuclear disarmament steps within the next two years – before the end of Trump’s first term in January 2021. Even that was viewed as bullish by nonproliferation experts considering the scale of North Korea’s weapons program and its history of evasion and reluctance to allow verification of disarmament agreements.On Sunday, Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, publicized the more ambitious one-year plan that he said Pompeo will be discussing with the North Koreans. Bolton, who has expressed hardline views on North Korea, said that if Pyongyang has decided to give up its nuclear weapons program and is cooperative, then “we can move very quickly” and they can win sanctions relief and aid from South Korea and Japan.The rapid timeline he proposed contrasts with more measured, methodical strategies that most North Korea experts insist are needed to produce a lasting denuclearisation agreement. They say any solid deal will require Kim to be completely transparent about his program – at a time when intelligence reports suggest he will try to deceive the United States about the extent of his covert weapons or facilities.The one-year plan is predicated on the North Koreans “rolling over and playing dead,” said Joel Wit, a former State Department official who helped negotiate a 1994 agreement that temporarily froze Pyongyang’s nuclear program. “If it’s our going-in position, it’s fine. We should give it a try and see where it goes. If it’s our bottom line, it’s dead on arrival and then provides a pretext for John Bolton to make mischief.”To date, Kim has halted nuclear and missile tests and has destroyed tunnels at the North’s nuclear test site, but the authoritarian nation has yet to take concrete steps toward abandoning its weapons programs. Recent think tank analyses using satellite imagery suggest that Pyongyang may even be expanding some facilities linked to its missile and nuclear programs.The Washington Post on Saturday cited unnamed US intelligence officials as concluding that North Korea does not intend to fully surrender its nuclear stockpile. Evidence collected since the summit points to preparations to deceive the US about the number of nuclear warheads in North Korea’s arsenal as well as the existence of undisclosed facilities used to make fissile material for nuclear bombs, according to the report. Some aspects of the updated intelligence were reported Friday by NBC News.A US official told The Associated Press that the Post’s report was accurate and that the assessment reflected the consistent view across US government agencies for the past several weeks. The official was not authorised to comment publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.North Korea and Washington have yet to negotiate the terms under which the North would relinquish its weapons, so Pyongyang can be expected to seek leverage in those discussions. But those reported activities could add to misgivings in the United States, which has seen agreements with the North flounder before, often amid allegations of evasion or cheating. Pyongyang has often had its own complaints about Washington over slow delivery of aid and imposition of sanctions.”Denuclearisation is no simple task. There is no precedent for a country that has openly tested nuclear weapons and developed a nuclear arsenal and infrastructure as substantial as the one in North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons,” Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, wrote in a commentary published Monday.A strategy by David Albright at the Institute for Science and International Security suggests the US needs to get Kim to disclose a complete list of all his nuclear program sites and materials, including uranium and plutonium. He also said Trump and Kim should decide whether to move the nuclear weapons out of North Korea to dismantle them or do it inside the country.Even if North Korea is cooperative, the magnitude of dismantling its weapons of mass destruction programs, believed to encompass dozens of sites, will be tough, according to Stanford University academics, including nuclear physicist Siegfried Hecker, a leading expert on the North’s nuclear program.The Stanford team has proposed a 10-year roadmap, based on its belief that “North Korea will not give up its weapons and its weapons program until its security can be assured.”last_img

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first_imgUS Defence Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Chinese Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, US, on 9 November 2018. Photo: ReutersStanding side by side, top US officials urged their Chinese counterparts on Friday to halt militarisation of the disputed South China Sea, drawing a rebuke from the Chinese for sending US warships close to islands claimed by Beijing in the strategic waterway.During a round of high-level talks in Washington, the two sides aired in sometimes blunt terms many of their main differences, including a bitter trade dispute, freedom of navigation in Asia-Pacific waters, self-ruled Taiwan, and China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority.Two visiting senior Chinese officials also seized the opportunity to warn publicly that a trade war between the world’s two largest economies would end up hurting both sides and to call for keeping channels of communication open to resolve an issue that has unsettled global financial markets.Despite the airing of grievances, the talks appeared aimed at controlling the damage to relations that has worsened in recent months and at paving the way for an encounter between US president Donald Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina at the end of November.”The United States is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with respect to China,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a joint news conference.Even as the United States and China confront difficult challenges, “cooperation remains essential on many issues,” he said, citing efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme.The meeting paired Pompeo and defence secretary Jim Mattis with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi and defence minister Wei Fenghe. The annual US-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue was originally set for Beijing last month but had been called off amid rising tensions.Pompeo took aim at China over its continued building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs in the South China Sea, where China insists it has sovereignty despite competing claims from some smaller neighbours.“We have continued concerns about China’s activities and militarisation in the South China Sea,” Pompeo said following the talks. “We pressed China to live up to its past commitments in this area.”Yang said China was committed to “non-confrontation” but that Beijing had the right to build “necessary defence facilities” on what it considers its own territory and urged Washington to stop sending warships and military planes close to the islands that Beijing claims.Mattis made clear that this demand go unheeded by Washington, which insists it is acting under international law to preserve access for it and others to the South China Sea.TaiwanResponding sharply to Pompeo’s mention of Taiwan, which China considers a wayward province but which is armed by Washington, Wei said Beijing would defend its claim on the island “at any cost.”But Wei and Mattis agreed on the need to lower US-China military tensions to avoid unintended clashes, with the Chinese general saying confrontation “will spell disaster to all.” Washington has protested to Beijing about recent behaviour by its warships that the US Navy considered unsafe.While Pompeo spoke little about trade in his public comments, Yang said he hoped the two sides would find a mutually acceptable solution on the issue “before long.”China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China’s $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute cannot be resolved.Trump’s administration has also accused China of meddling in US politics ahead of this week’s congressional elections, charges China strongly denies.Reflecting growing US concerns about the Chinese cyber threat, a senior US intelligence official on Thursday accused China of violating a 2015 agreement aimed at stopping cyber espionage through the hacking of government and corporate data.Pompeo also reiterated US criticism of China’s “repression of religious groups,” citing treatment of Buddhists in Tibet and minority Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region that has drawn condemnation from human rights groups.Yang defended China’s policies in Xinjiang as measures against “ethnic separatist activities and violent terrorist crimes” but said it was a Chinese internal affair and foreign governments should not interfere.last_img read more


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first_imgBy JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Two federal reports released this month blast the Department of Housing and Urban Development for failing to have procedures to adequately protect children in subsidized housing against lead paint exposure.The reports, from the Government Accountability Office and HUD’s Office of Inspector General, paint a portrait of an agency without a clear set of policies for local authorities to follow when reporting cases of children with elevated blood lead levels in public housing units and properties occupied by voucher holders.(Courtesy Photo/HUD.gov)They also say HUD also lacks an adequate system of communication with the thousands of housing authorities it’s tasked with overseeing, with reports on such matters often incomplete or missing entirely. HUD has no uniform way of keeping track of the cases or ensuring that housing authorities are completing required inspections and fixing hazardous conditions, according to the audits.“HUD lacked assurance that public housing agencies properly identified and mitigated lead hazards, thus increasing the potential for exposing children to lead poisoning due to unsafe living conditions,” the inspector general’s office said.On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to standards for lead-contaminated dust on floors and window sills, aimed at reducing exposure among children.The agency said the standards apply to most housing built before 1978 and “child-occupied facilities, such as day care centers and kindergarten facilities.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.”The audit also found that instead of reporting cases of possible lead exposure to HUD headquarters, housing agencies sent reports to local offices. Of the 45 field offices, 24 of them don’t have established policies in place for handling such cases.The inspector general also criticized HUD for not requiring public housing agencies to report and mitigate lead paint cases in public housing built after 1977, effectively failing “to determine the risk of lead paint exposure to children” living in those buildings.“These weaknesses,” the audit said, “occurred because HUD lacked adequate policies, procedures and controls for monitoring public housing agencies for compliance with its lead requirements.”In its response to the audit, HUD noted that the agency revised its rule for handling lead paint cases in 2017, when it adopted a lower threshold for lead levels in children’s blood that would trigger action. But the agency pledged to review its processes and “follow up on all past incidences identified in the OIG’s audit, obtain missing documentation, and ensure that any remaining lead hazards are controlled.”The GAO report to Congress also criticized HUD for lacking a detailed or streamlined procedure to evaluate whether housing authorities are in compliance with lead paint regulations and enforcement. It also blasted HUD for taking only limited steps to evaluate its own lead reduction efforts; the agency hasn’t released an annual report on its efforts since 1997.last_img read more


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first_imgIt is also preparing a series adaptation of the “Baahubali” film and book franchise, and female empowerment story “Leila.” Emraan Hashmi is set as the lead of “Bard of Blood,” a political thriller produced by Red Chillies Entertainment, the production label of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan.The show was revealed by Simran Sethi, India content executive, at a Netflix content showcase in Singapore. Netflix is also expected to unveil its backing for eight original films in India. Global streaming giant, Netflix has unveiled “Typewriter” as the latest series addition to its growing slate of Indian original content. The series is a haunted house story set in Goa.Directed by Sujoy Ghosh, writer and director of “Kahaani,” the series is about a haunted house and a haunted book that stir the imagination of a group of young, wannabe ghost hunters. When a new family and their attractive daughter move into the haunted home, the crew finds it difficult to balance the demands of school and chores with the renewed urgency of capturing the neighborhood ghost before it is too late.Netflix has enjoyed early success with its local production initiatives in India, where the long-form series format is relatively new. Crime series “Sacred Games” is now in second season. The company is now readying cricket-themed drama “Selection Day,” for a Dec. 28 release. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more


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first_imgA composite image of the Western hemisphere of the Earth. Credit: NASA Three researchers in France have authored “How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s,” published in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The paper attempts to explain the source of Earth’s ringing sound. Could it be because of earthquakes? Scientists were aware that earthquakes could cause the Earth to ring, for days or months. That reason did not fit other instances. Even in the absence of earthquakes, seismologists said in the 1990s, the planet constantly vibrates at very low frequencies, which they could make out with seismic instruments. But why? Call it the mystery of the Noise—this continuous vibration draws scientists to search for explanations. Wired.co.uk brought out some interesting points about the low-frequency sound, which though inaudible to human ears can be detected by seismic instruments. There was a range of thoughts about why. “Theories suggested everything from electromagnetic radiation to earthquakes and secret military operations might be to blame. Although the sound is almost certainly too faint for humans to hear, some people claim to be plagued by a ‘tinnitus’-like noise—including many residents of Bristol in the 70s, who said the sound caused headaches and even nosebleeds.”Nanci Bompey in the AGU GeoSpace blog reviewed the theories which the authors of the recent paper examined. One such theory had to do with ocean waves moving in opposite directions. Colliding waves make weak, “microseismic” waves that add up to a generalized ringing. They used models and found that opposing ocean waves could initiate a kind of seismic waves – those that take 13 seconds or less to complete one oscillation. The theory did not hold up when it came to slower oscillating seismic waves.The researchers then examined the theory that suggests the movement of waves over the bottom of the ocean generates slower oscillating, very long waves. “Long ocean waves can extend all the way down to the seafloor. As they make their way back and forth to the open ocean from the coast, these long waves travel over the bumpy ocean bottom. The pressure of the ocean waves on the seafloor generates seismic waves that cause the Earth to oscillate, said Fabrice Ardhuin, a senior research scientist at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Brest, France, and lead author of the new research.” So one can also point to pressure of these long ocean waves on the sea floor.The authors’ conclusion, said Bompey, was that “instead of one theory explaining all of the microseismic activity, both theories are needed – one to explain the shorter seismic waves and another to explain the longer seismic waves responsible for the Earth’s hum.”Ardhuin said that understanding where the seismic signals were coming from could help researchers look for fainter seismic signals. That, he said, could allow them to better detect faint earthquakes far away from seismic stations or nuclear explosions. Explore further Citation: Source of Earth’s ringing? French team views ocean waves (2015, April 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-source-earth-french-team-views.html More information: Ardhuin, F., Gualtieri, L. and Stutzmann, E. (2015), How ocean waves rock the Earth: Two mechanisms explain microseisms with periods 3 to 300 s. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42: 765–772. DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062782AbstractMicroseismic activity, recorded everywhere on Earth, is largely due to ocean waves. Recent progress has clearly identified sources of microseisms in the most energetic band, with periods from 3 to 10 s. In contrast, the generation of longer-period microseisms has been strongly debated. Two mechanisms have been proposed to explain seismic wave generation: a primary mechanism, by which ocean waves propagating over bottom slopes generate seismic waves, and a secondary mechanism which relies on the nonlinear interaction of ocean waves. Here we show that the primary mechanism explains the average power, frequency distribution, and most of the variability in signals recorded by vertical seismometers, for seismic periods ranging from 13 to 300 s. The secondary mechanism only explains seismic motions with periods shorter than 13 s. Our results build on a quantitative numerical model that gives access to time-varying maps of seismic noise sources.center_img © 2015 Phys.org URI oceanography student uses crashing waves on shorelines to study Earth’s interior Journal information: Geophysical Research 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.last_img read more


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first_imgKolkata: Miscreants tried to extort money from acquaintances of a doctor after hacking his e-mail ID. On November 12 around 4:20 pm, the ID was hacked and a mail was sent. It was found that several people had received thesame mail. The Head of the Department (HOD) of Oncology department at Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, Dr Shibashis Bhattacharya alleged that on November 12 he got a phone call from one of his friends claiming that he sent a mail saying he is in danger and in need of Rs 40,000. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn hearing this, Bhattacharya suspected his e-mail account was hacked. He immediately rushed to a cyber cafe and changed the password. But that did not help. A few hours later, the same mail was sent to another person close to Bhattacharya. It read: ‘I hope you’re doing okay and this e-mail finds you well. Please where are you at the moment? I’m having such a frustrating ordeal right now and need an urgent favor from you. I’m unavailable over the phone, so I will appreciate if you could email me back as soon as you get this.’ Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen the recipient replied through e-mail he was asked to transfer Rs 40,000 to one bank account. It was also mentioned that Bhattacharya was out of town and the money is urgently needed for a person’s surgery close to him. As he is out of the town, he is asking him to provide the money. Everyone found the matter to be fishy and did not tranfer the money. When Bhattacharya came to know that several people in his circle had received the same mail, he lodged a complaint with Cyber Crime Cell in Lalbazar. “I lodged a complaint with the police. They told me that sleuths are probing in to the matter. Thankfully nobody transferred the money to the account otherwise it would have been a disaster,” said Bhattacharya.last_img read more