first_imgGianluigi Buffon is expected to complete his move to Paris Saint-Germain this week after agreeing on a two-year deal, reports Calcio MercatoThe 40-year-old is out of contract at Juventus at the end of this month and had been expected to retire from professional football at the end of this season.However, Buffon held a press conference last month and announced that he would be leaving Juventus after 17 years and confirmed that he had retracted his decision to retire this year.The 2006 World Cup winner has received a numerous amount of offers and is now set to complete his free transfer to PSG this week with an announcement expected either on Tuesday or Wednesday.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The move will likely see current PSG number one Areola being relegated to the bench, who has now accepted the likely hood of his “idol” joining the Ligue 1 champions.“Buffon is my idol and I could find myself working with him, we’ll see what happens,” he told Telefooot.Reports state that Buffon has agreed to a two-year contract that will see him earn €7m per season plus bonuses and will allow him to take on an ambassadorial role for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.last_img read more

first_imgVinicius Junior’s agent, Frederico Peña, is convinced that the Brazilian youngster will win the hearts of everybody sooner than expected.The main talk of the week despite all detractors has been Vinicius Junior without question, the new Real Madrid talent who has brought back hope to all the Madridistas that were heartbroken after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure.Every single week that the fans looked at what the Portuguese player was doing in Italy, most of them wept because of how much they missed Ronaldo.They really needed a “pick me up” in the form of a new talent who could get them back on track, they believed that Neymar or Mbappé were the only answer for this void that Cristiano left.But they never imagined that Florentino Perez had an 18-year old ace up his sleeve in the form of Vinicius Junior, the Flamengo prodigy who is already making an impact in the club and has everybody in Madrid longing for a new star to be born.The lad’s development was delayed due to Julen Lopetegui’s ineptitude and inability to recognize talent in front of his very eyes, it was clear that Vinicius had something different the club needs right now and he could’ve saved the Spaniard’s career but his ego was bigger than that.HASTA FINAL, VAMOS REAL!! 💪🏾⚽️⭐️ pic.twitter.com/ex6OLWymmb— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 3, 2018Now that Santiago Solari has given him the chance to shine, the lad has seized the opportunity and sparked a worldwide debate about his role in Real Madrid despite his age.While there are still a lot of incredulous people who keep mocking the kid, the reality is that he has managed to change the landscape for Real Madrid overnight, Santiago Solari is even deciding right now if the lad is good enough to start the game against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.But looking at the people who are closest to him, his manager Frederico Peña is one of the people who are convinced of the player’s talents and he predicted that everybody will see Vinicius for what he truly is very soon: one of the best players in the world.Por ser quem sou e por tudo que superei na vida, eu te agradeço Deus 🙌🏿⚽️🤩 pic.twitter.com/5LOhi32YPS— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 4, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Vinicius has enamored the fans because he is a natural born winner. He truly hates losing and the fans love that about him,” said Peña to Diario AS.“Watching him play really is a gift, but I still amaze with thinking that he still has so many years ahead of him to improve even further. He is growing little by little as a player.”“We are hoping that he becomes part of the starting eleven very soon, but Vinicius is the first one who knows how difficult this is because the squad has great quality. Isco, Asensio, and Bale are all established players inside the team.”Although it’s also true that in football, everything can change in a matter of seconds. I obviously don’t think he is the team’s leader right now, he still needs to adapt to this new country, the language, and the culture.”It’s very important for Vinicius to go step by step, he is far too young to be the leader of the squad right now. However, nobody will stop ‘Vini’ once they give him enough confidence.”“He is aware that he will have to endure a lot of pressure if he wants to be a big player for Real Madrid, he also knows that he will have to give that extra effort. Right now, he already is delivering excellent performances.”“He isn’t scared of anything and he has a strong mind to go through any type of situation, everything is happening so fast for him.”“Every single player feels pressure, Vinicius feels it as well because he is human. But he does have an advantage with it because he already lived pressure back in Brazil,” he concluded.#UCL 🤩🔝 pic.twitter.com/wjCucdNdAa— Vinicius Jr (@vini11Oficial) November 6, 2018How long do you think it will take Vinicius to become a part of Real Madrid’s starting eleven? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_imgThe Act reads: “To prohibit strikes by certain public employees; to provide review from disciplinary action with respect thereto; to provide for the mediation of grievances and the holding of elections; to declare and protect the rights and privileges of public employees; to require certain provisions in collective bargaining agreements; to prescribe means of enforcement and penalties for the violation of the provisions of this act; and to make appropriations.” Official election results will come to City Council for certification on March 26. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享City of Seward voters have approved a employee relations measure in the unofficial results from Tuesday’s special election. If adopted, Public Employment Relations Act would oversee the organization of public employees in the City of Seward instead of the city council. In the unofficial results released on March 19; 129 voters were in favor, 107 were opposed.center_img In addition to the votes cast on election day, there are 47 absentee in person ballots and 5 questioned ballots to be counted by the Canvass Board on Thursday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers. All public is invited to attend. The question put before the voters was: Currently, the Public Employment Relations Act (“the Act”) does not apply to City of Seward employees.  Voting “yes” would repeal the ordinance which exempts the City from the Act.   So a “yes” vote would mean that the Act would apply to City Employees, and a “no” vote would keep the current situation. Seward long ago opted out of the Public Employment Relations Act, which meant the Seward City Council had control over the city’s labor policy, which includes employee organizing activity.last_img read more

first_img ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ At 25: Zhané’s Renée Neufville & Jean Norris Look Back On Their Classic R&B Debut Zhané’s ‘Pronounced Jah-Nay’ Turns 25 pronounced-jah-nay-25-zhan%C3%A9s-ren%C3%A9e-neufville-jean-norris-look-back-their-classic-rb Email Facebook Twitter News The onetime duo reminisce about their 1994 Motown debut, which featured the hit single “Hey Mr. D.J.” and is still remixed todayLakeia BrownGRAMMYs Feb 18, 2019 – 11:04 am 25 years ago this month, Renée Neufville and Jean Norris released Pronounced Jah-Nay, an R&B masterpiece and timeless body of work rooted in jazz, blues, hip-hop, soul and love. Yes, love. A love of music, artistry, words and self. The certified-platinum album was both futuristic and vintage in its versatility, astonishing vocal range, composition and overall musicianship, easily making it a cornerstone of what would soon emerge as neo-soul.In 1994, R&B groups were a dime a dozen. A new duo or group popped up often, promising to leave an imprint on our souls or make us dance, at the very least. It was difficult to differentiate one from another and then there was Zhané, whose French name is a combination of “Jean” and “Renée” but with a “Z” added for color.”It wasn’t our intention to create a timeless classic album,” says Renée, who wrote much of the album including “Sending My Love” and “Changes.””Stylistically, I love the classics, and I thought it was wise to not chase the trend, but keep the direction of the songwriting neutral so it wouldn’t swing too left or too right.”While the music was neutral, their look was anything but. Two beautiful young women, one whose skin had darker hues, the other light. One tall, the other petite. The glaring differences created a gorgeous balance for the two students who had met at Temple University. Their sultry sound coupled with their unique look grabbed the attention of many including Kay Gee, DJ and member of the GRAMMY Award-winning hip-hop group Naughty by Nature. This relationship led to Zhané’s first hit single, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” which was released on Roll Wit tha Flava, a compilation album from Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Records.  The certified-gold single married New Jersey hip-hop to Philly soul. “The song was refreshing,” says Jean. “It was feel good music with a coming-of-age sound.” That powerhouse-groove track helped Zhané negotiate a record deal, ultimately landing at Motown. “We had already proven that we could make a hit song,” says Jean.Zhané didn’t just create one hit song; the 13-track album was full of magic. Pronounced Jah-Nay garnered three certified hits, “Hey Mr. D.J.,” “Groove Thang” and “Sending My Love.” Executive produced by Zhané and Kay Gee, the album hit a cultural chord, creating a space for young fans to not just dance but reflect, grow, love and contemplate. It was “grown folk” music for the young and young at heart. “Kay Gee helped provide the edge we needed to appeal to a younger audience without us sounding too mature,” Renée told us. “I was very grateful to him for that.” While the songs that hit radio waves were well-received classics (“Sending My Love” is the most licensed song from the album), the B-side tracks were arguably the strongest. Songs like “La, La, La,” “Sweet Taste of Love,” “Off My Mind,” and “For A Reason” were masterpieces—complete with perfect riffs, harmonies, notes, range, lyrical composition and a teaspoon of pain.It is remarkable that the then-20-somethings created a classic R&B album with such poignant lyrics. Renée says they pulled from their own experiences when writing. “‘Sending My Love’ was personal. It was about my first love and what I was going through at the time,” she says. “[The songs] “‘Changes’ and ‘Love Me Today’ were about that same guy.” And that is what makes a classic piece of work: The authenticity, human emotions and shared experiences that connects us all. Lyrics that go deep, feelings that run the gamut, melodies that reach heaven and passion that is unmeasurable is what defines timeless music. “There are younger people discovering our music and creating remixes,” says Jean. “Jaguar out of Philly reached out to me recently and told me a young artist in France rhymed over ‘Sending My Love,’ so the music continues to live on, which is an honor.” That same love allows Zhané to sing their music even today. “I still love every song,” Renée says. “I will never grow tired of them. How can you be tired of the gifts God gave you?”Jean and Renée have given fans several gifts since Pronounced Jah-Nay, including the duo’s sophomore project, Saturday Night in 1997. Both artists have gone on to record and release music, Jean with her husband Marcus (they received a GRAMMY nomination in 2018 for Best Jazz Vocal Album and Best Traditional R&B Performance) and Renée as a solo artist and collaborator.But will they ever sing together again? It might not happen anytime soon. “There are no hard plans right now,” says Jean. “But I think it’s something that needs to happen at some point.” Read morelast_img read more

first_imgGoogle announced a program to help people discard of opioids. Getty Google says it wants to give people information to help them beat opioid addictions. The search giant on Thursday said it will begin listing places on Google Maps where people can discard unused medications. Those places include pharmacies, hospitals and government buildings. The app will locate drug disposal centers. Google If you type in queries like “drug drop-off near me” or “medication disposal near me,” Google Maps will display local places that have drug disposal services year-round. In all, there are 35,000 locations on the app, with a focus on seven states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan and Pennsylvania. For the project, Google partnered with those state governments, as well as the Drug Enforcement Agency, Health and Human Services, and retail pharmacies Walgreens and CVS. Google said it eventually wants to expand the program beyond those seven states. The search giant said the data from the new Maps feature won’t be used to go after people for illegal drug possession. The company said the data from the DEA and other partners will only be used to show people drop-off locations. The disposals are confidential and no-questions-asked, Google said. The news comes as health professionals and government officials try to figure out how to deal with the opioid epidemic. More than 130 people die each day in the US from opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the tech industry has been under intense scrutiny over the positive and negative effects its products could have on society. Google has been criticized for its policing of disinformation, data collection practices and abuse on its platforms. Lawmakers have also called upon tech giants to help contain the opioid problem. After Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg traveled across the US in 2017 on a “listening tour” to get out of his Silicon Valley bubble, he said one of his biggest takeaways was the severity of the opioid crisis. At a hearing before the House of Representatives last April, David McKinley, a Republican from West Virginia, grilled Zuckerberg on why illegal opioid listings weren’t removed from Facebook. “There are number of areas of content that we need to do a better job,” Zuckerberg replied. In June, the social network said searches for opioids would be redirected to a federal crisis help line.  Tags 0 Tech Industry Google Alphabet Inc. Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

first_imgMexicoAt least 14 people were killed and 8 injured Tuesday night in northern Mexico when an armed group opened fire in a drug addiction rehabilitation center, local police said.In a statement security officials in the city of Chihuahua said “an armed group entered the Uniting Families rehabilitation center,” attacking those inside with assault rifles.First responders arrived on scene to care for the wounded in the center, where some 25 people were estimated to have been during the attack.The state of Chihuahua, which borders the United States, has endured some of the worst violence in Mexico’s decade-long militarized battle against drug trafficking.In the past decade at least half a dozen attacks have taken place in rehabilitation centers, and according to authorities are generally perpetrated by gang members settling scores with rivals hiding in the centers.Since the Mexican government launched its war on cartels in 2006, more than 200,000 people have died or disappeared amid the violence.last_img read more

first_imgSomali security officer stands guard at the scene of a suicide car explosion in front of Doorbin hotel in Mogadishu, on Saturday. Photo: AFPTwo car bombings killed 38 people in the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, the city’s main ambulance service told AFP on Saturday.“We have seen at least 38 people dead,” said Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance of the bombings that targeted the presidential palace and a hotel.The first blast, followed by gunfire, occurred at a security checkpoint close to Villa Somalia, the name for the seat of government, while a second followed soon after at a hotel, according to police.The Shabaab Islamist militant group claimed the attacks in a statement posted online, saying it was targeting the government and security services.The blasts follow weeks of relative calm in Mogadishu.According to officials, the main attack involved the use of a vehicle loaded with explosives attempting to breach a checkpoint leading to the presidential palace, but security forces prevented the assault.“The security forces foiled the intent of the terrorists. They were aiming for key targets but they could not even go closer, there were five of them killed by the security force,” said Abdulahi Ahmed, a security officer.The Shabaab is fighting to overthrow Somalia’s internationally-backed government. In October it carried out its deadliest-ever bombing, killing over 500 people.In the wake of that attack Somalia’s government declared a fresh offensive against the group and US drone strikes have increased in frequency.While the militant group was pushed out of the capital in 2011 by an African Union force it continues to control large parts of the countryside and launches regular attacks on government, military and civilian targets.last_img read more

first_imgPalestinian protesters gathered as black smoke is seen from burning tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip`s border with Israel on 6 April. Photo: APThousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza’s sealed border with Israel on Friday, engulfing the volatile area in black smoke from burning tires to try to block the view of Israeli snipers and cheering a Hamas strongman who pledged that the border fence will eventually fall.Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, killing at least nine Palestinians and wounding 491 others – 33 of them seriously – in the second mass border protest in a week, Gaza health officials said. A well-known Palestinian journalist was among the dead, and hundreds of others suffered other injuries, including tear gas inhalation, the officials said.The deaths brought to at least 31 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since last week.Early Saturday, Palestinian health officials confirmed that Yasser Murtaga had died from a gunshot wound sustained while covering demonstrations near the Israeli border in Khuzaa. The area was the scene of large protests Friday, and was covered in thick black smoke.Murtaga was over 100 meters (yards) from the border, wearing a flak jacket marked “press” and holding his camera when he was shot in an exposed area just below the armpit. Journalists were in the area as protesters were setting tires on fire.The Israeli military has said it fired only at “instigators” involved in attacks on soldiers or the border fence. It had no immediate comment.Murtaga worked for Ain media, a local TV production company that has done projects, including aerial drone video, for foreign media.The latest casualties were bound to draw new criticism from rights groups that have branded Israel’s open-fire orders on the border as unlawful, after Israel’s defence minister warned that those approaching the fence were risking their lives.The UN human rights office said Friday that it has indications that Israeli forces used “excessive force” against protesters last week, when 15 Palestinians were killed or later died of wounds sustained near the border.An Israeli military spokesman defended the rules of engagement.“If they are actively attacking the fence, if they are throwing a molotov cocktail that is within striking distance of Israeli troops or similar activities, then those persons, those rioters, become, may become, a target,” said lieutenant colonel Jonathan Conricus.Friday’s large crowds suggested that Hamas, the Islamic militant group that has ruled Gaza since a 2007 takeover, might be able to keep the momentum going in the next few weeks. Hamas has called for a series of protests until May 15, the anniversary of Israel’s founding when Palestinians commemorate their mass uprooting during the 1948 war over Israel’s creation.Israel has alleged that Hamas is using the mass marches as a cover for attacking the border fence, and has vowed to prevent a breach at all costs.The military said that on Friday, protesters hurled several explosive devices and firebombs, using the thick plumes of smoke from burning tires as a cover, and that several attempts to cross the fence were thwarted.Gaza’s shadowy Hamas strongman, Yehiyeh Sinwar, told a cheering crowd in one of the protest camps Friday that a border breach is coming.The world should “wait for our great move, when we penetrate the borders and pray at Al-Aqsa,” Sinwar said, referring to the major Muslim shrine in Jerusalem.He was interrupted several times by the crowd, who chanted, “We are going to Jerusalem, millions of martyrs!” and “God bless you Sinwar!”The mass protests are perhaps Hamas’ last chance to break a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, without having to succumb to demands that it disarm. The blockade has made it increasingly difficult for Hamas to govern. It has also devastated Gaza’s economy, made it virtually impossible for people to enter and exit the territory, and left residents with just a few hours of electricity a day.Israel argues that Hamas could have ended the suffering of Gaza’s 2 million people by disarming and renouncing violence.Friday’s marches began before Muslim noon prayers when thousands of Palestinians streamed to five tent encampments that organizers had set up several hundred meters (yards) from the border fence.In one camp near the border community of Khuzaa, smaller groups of activists moved closer to the fence after the prayers. Demonstrators torched large piles of tires, engulfing the area in black smoke meant to shield them from Israeli snipers; the faces of some of the activists were covered in black soot.Israeli troops on the other side of the fence responded with live fire, tear gas, rubber-coated steel pellets and water cannons.After the first tires started burning, several young men with gunshot wounds began arriving at a field clinic at the camp.Mohammed Ashour, 20, who had been among the first to set tires on fire, was shot in the right arm.“We came here because we want dignity,” he said resting on a stretcher before paramedics transported him to the strip’s main hospital.Yehia Abu Daqqa, a 20-year-old student, said he had come to honor those killed in previous protests.“Yes, there is fear,” he said of the risks of advancing toward the fence. “We are here to tell the occupation that we are not weak.”The death toll since last week includes at least 22 civilians killed during the two Friday protests at the border, as well as one killed during a protest on Tuesday. The six other deaths include three Palestinian gunmen killed in what Israel said were attempts to attack the border fence and three men who were struck by Israeli tank fire.Speaking at UN headquarters in New York, Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour put the death toll for Friday’s protest at nine; the discrepancy between that figure and the death toll provided by the Gaza Health Ministry could not immediately be explained.More than 1,000 people suffered a range of injuries on Friday, including those hit by live fire and those overcome by tear gas, the Gaza health ministry said. Twelve women and 48 minors were among those hurt, the officials said.At the United Nations, secretary-general Antonio Guterres urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.He said UN Mideast envoy Nickolay Mladenov had been in touch with Israeli and Palestinian officials to reinforce “the need to allow people to demonstrate peacefully.” Mladenov stressed the need to ensure that “excessive force is not used, and the need to ensure that children are not deliberately put in harm’s way,” Dujarric said.For a second week in a row, the United States blocked a UN Security Council statement supporting the right of Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully and endorsing Guterres’ call for an independent investigation into the deadly protests in Gaza.Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters at UN headquarters in New York Friday evening that 14 of the 15 council nations agreed to the statement, but the US, Israel’s closest ally, objected.A White House envoy urged Palestinians to stay away from the fence. Jason Greenblatt said the United States condemns “leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters – including children – to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.”Hamas has billed the final protest, set for May 15, as the “Great March of Return” of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, implying they would try to enter Israel. Two-thirds of Gaza’s residents are descendants of refugees.Palestinians commemorate May 15 as their “nakba,” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands were uprooted from homes in what is now Israel.last_img

first_imgDonald Trump. File PhotoUS president Donald Trump will sign an order recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights when he meets prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington on Monday, Israel’s foreign minister said.”President Trump will sign tomorrow in the presence of PM Netanyahu an order recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights,” Foreign Minister Israel Katz wrote on Twitter on Sunday.Again breaking with longstanding international consensus, Trump said on Thursday that the United States should acknowledge Israeli sovereignty over the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.He however left unanswered if or when he would follow through with an order to do so.Netanyahu has long pushed for such recognition, and many analysts saw Trump’s statement, which came in a tweet, as a campaign gift ahead of Israel’s April 9 polls.The prime minister is locked in tough election campaign with a centrist political alliance headed by former military chief Benny Gantz and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid.Syria and other states in the region condemned Trump’s pledge, saying it violates international law. France said the same.Israel annexed the Golan in 1981 in a move never recognised by the international community.The decision is the latest major move in favour of Israel by Trump, who in 2017 recognised the disputed city of Jerusalem as the country’s capital.last_img read more

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Marissa CummingsIn terminal A of Bush Airport Congresswomen Shelia Jackson Lee stood backed by airport union workers.They are worried about losing their jobs if air traffic control is privatized.Cynthia Cole is one of those workers.“You are looking at 10,000 to 20,000 individuals who are going to be impacted by this,” Cole says. “And there is no guarantee to their jobs.”The congresswoman says there has been progress made in bettering the air traffic control system, and it would be unwise to stop now.“Right here, at Bush we have begun the Next Generation technology, and invested millions of dollars to build that facility at the air traffic controllers,” Jackson Lee says. “What happens when those assets go into a private bank, a private entity?”NextGen technology was put in place by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2014.It aims to help airports become more efficient.Republican Senator Ted Cruz said on Fox News that privatizing air traffic control would not only help modernize the system, but bring more jobs. 00:00 /01:01 X Sharelast_img read more

first_imgNASAHurricane Ike as seen in 2008 from NASA’s Earth Observatory.Every time Houston recovers after a flood, the topic of future mitigation projects dominates the news and local conversation, at least for a little while. At Houston Public Media we have reported on several plans — from protecting wetlands to installing massive water channels underneath I-10. It seems like everyone is always talking about what we could do. After Harvey, many are hoping all that talk will finally result in action.“We’ve had this kind of crazy policy in the United States of recovery, which is a policy of failure if you think about it,” says Dr. Bill Merrell at Texas A&M University Galveston. “‘We’re gonna fail to protect you, so we’re gonna help you recover.’ Well hell, protect me.”In 2008 Merrell watched Hurricane Ike from the Galveston Strand. “I looked out at my wife and said ‘The Dutch would’ve never put up with this,’” he said. Merrell immediately thought of the Dutch because they have a lot of flooding risks similar to Texas, and they have developed a system of seawalls to protect themselves.That’s how Merrell came up with the idea for a “coastal spine,” also known as the ‘Ike Dike,’ and he has spent the last nine years planning it. The project is not cheap — it would cost just under fifteen billion dollars to complete what is essentially just a wall with a few gates, so the idea’s taken a while to gain momentum. But after Harvey, Merrell’s big idea is beginning to look a little closer to reality.“We need to stop talking, and quite frankly we need to start designing and building,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner as he gave his support for the “coastal spine” at a recent press conference. Turner has been pushing hard for the project since Harvey hit and he hopes to tap federal funds. He’s not the only one.Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush brought up the idea during the last state legislative session, but it didn’t go anywhere. In August, Bush requested the fifteen billion dollars in a letter to President Trump. Several dozen towns and community organizations signed that letter.Fifteen billion dollars is a lot of money, but advocates say a direct hit from a hurricane could cost much, much more. Without the spine, a flood could cause the price of gas to skyrocket and shut down most of the military’s supply of fuel. A flood would shut down — at least temporarily — the Houston Ship Channel, which generates hundreds of billions of dollars in trade each year.But Merrell says the coastal spine isn’t the end-all-be-all solution to flooding in the region. The Coastal Spine would only protect from storm surge, not the freshwater runoff that drains out of Houston’s bayous. “There are solutions to freshwater that need to be looked at, obviously,” said Merrell. “In combination you want to prevent either type of flooding as best you can.”Because the spine would block much of the Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, it could disrupt the ratio of saltwater to freshwater. More freshwater from rainfall runoff could throw the Bay’s ecosystem off balance.Bob Stokes is the president of the Galveston Bay Foundation. He says the research on what the project would do to marine life in the area is not yet complete. It’s up to the Army Corp of Engineers to do those studies before the spine is built. But even with its potential flaws, Bill Merrell still hopes to see the project completed. “There are solutions,” Merrell said. “They’re not easy, they’re not cheap, but there are solutions. I think in the long run, we’re better off protecting our economy, our homeowners, the lives of our citizens.”The ‘coastal spine’ is estimated to take four to five years to complete. That’s if someone can find the fifteen billion dollars, of course. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /03:56 Listen last_img read more

first_img Share – / 3Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan sued Arkema, Inc., over chemical fires that broke out at the plant located in Crosby when it was flooded by Hurricane Harvey.The suit alleges the company violated Texas air and water pollution laws when the chemicals burned and wastewater tanks overflowed because of the flooding.The suit also claims the company doesn’t have floodplain permits it’s supposed to have for multiple structures at the plant. The county said air tests detected volatile organic compounds, which can cause cancer, more than 1 mile (1.61 kilometers) outside a 1.5-mile (2.41-kilometer) evacuation zone created before fires began.After flooding shut off power in August, the plant couldn’t cool and stabilize its organic peroxides.Arkema lawyer Rusty Hardin issued a written statement saying the sides had been discussing a resolution and “suing a victim is never the right solution to a natural disaster.”County Pollution Control Services Department claiming VOC detected far outside the 1.5 mile evacuation zone. First time a government source is claiming this.https://t.co/4VJnAAnI2B— Matt Dempsey (@mizzousundevil) November 16, 2017Read related coverage:WATCH: Investigators Say Harvey Chemical Plant Fires Should Be Wake-Up Call For IndustryAgency: Texas Chemical Plant Unprepared For Hurricane HarveyAfter Chemical Fires, Texans Worry About Toxic EffectsHere’s What Happened In The Hours After Hurricane Harvey Hit A Chemical Plant, According To A Staff Loglast_img read more

first_imgHow can Houston be a more equitable city? That’s the question Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Task Force on Equity has been charged with answering. The task force consists of a number of area researchers and experts tasked with providing specific, actionable policy recommendations to make Houston a fairer city to live in.So far, they’ve come up with two key steps to achieve that goal: launching a city-wide jobs program and an early childhood education program.The findings are detailed in the new report called Rising Together: A Roadmap To Confront Inequality In Houston.One task force member is Dr. Quianta Moore from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn asked Moore why those specific initiatives would be significant and effective steps to confronting inequality in Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Randall Pughcenter_img Listen 00:00 /08:14 last_img read more

first_img“The Dirac monopole is conceptually the simplest model for a magnetic point charge (i.e. a magnetic monopole) and this makes the Dirac monopole important,” Pietilä said. “Monopoles in general can be any point-like defects in a three-component vector field defined in three spatial dimensions, but they are not necessarily associated with a singular filament (the Dirac string).”Through modeling, Pietilä and Möttönen theoretically demonstrate that the Dirac string can be split into two parts by modifying the external magnetic field, which breaks the rotation symmetry of the system. In this case, state-of-the-art experimental methods that measure changes in particle density and spin density could be used to detect a signature of the monopole. In addition, in spin-1 BEC, the spin texture is topologically unstable, allowing it to be removed. Through simulations, the scientists show that removing the monopole could be done by turning off the external magnetic fields. The monopole “unwinds” itself along the Dirac string and leaves behind a closed vortex ring. The speed of the unwinding depends on how quickly or gradually the magnetic field is turned off.The existence of magnetic monopoles has far-reaching implications for many research areas, including the laws of quantum mechanics, theories of elementary particles, and cosmology. Experimentally confirming the existence of monopoles would provide long-sought evidence for some ideas, and possibly open up the doors to other new ones.“The existence of magnetic monopoles implies that the electric charge has to be quantized (that is, it can only appear as an integral multiple of the elementary charge),” Pietilä said. “Existence of magnetic monopoles has also certain cosmological implications. Since monopoles in general are related to the spontaneous symmetry breaking, they impact the unified theories describing the interactions between the elementary particles. In the context of condensed matter physics, monopoles typically arise as a manifestation of some exotic collective behavior of matter and can be used to explain the unusual characteristics of such systems.”More information: Ville Pietilä and Mikko Möttönen. “Creation of Dirac Monopoles in Spinor Bose-Einstein Condensates.” Physical Review Letters 103, 030401 (2009). link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.103.030401Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — For decades, scientists have been intrigued by the hypothetical existence of magnetic monopoles – particles with only a north or south magnetic pole, thus having a nonzero magnetic charge. But while modern theories predict their existence, monopoles have not yet been experimentally observed, despite numerous attempts. Recently, physicists have introduced a new method to create analogies to magnetic monopoles, and predict that they could be observed with current technology. Possible configurations for the spin texture of a Bose-Einstein condensate. These defects give rise to a vorticity field that is equivalent to the magnetic field of a magnetic monopole. Credit: Pietilä and Möttönen. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: Physicists Propose a Method to Observe Dirac Monopoles (2009, July 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-physicists-method-dirac-monopoles.html Ville Pietilä and Mikko Möttönen, both of the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland and the University of New South Wales in Australia, have published their theoretical demonstration in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters. Here, they explain how applying an external magnetic field to a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) – a large group of cold atoms that exhibits coherent quantum properties – can create point-like topological defects on the spin texture of the BEC. These defects give rise to a vorticity field that is essentially equivalent to the magnetic field of a magnetic monopole.“Since all experimental attempts to find magnetic monopoles have proven to be futile, there is no experimental evidence supporting the existence of magnetic monopoles,” Pietilä told PhysOrg.com. “Other types of monopoles without the Dirac string have been realized in experiments already in the early ‘90s in liquid crystals. An analogy of the real space magnetic monopole was reported to occur in the crystal momentum space of a metallic ferromagnet, but the experimental evidence in this case is somewhat indirect. Dirac monopoles in the more general settings are predicted to occur in various systems such as superfluid Helium-3 and dilute spin-1 Bose-Einstein condensate but so far there are no (direct) experimental observations although they may have been present in some of the Helium-3 experiments. There is also a very recent suggestion on how to induce a magnetic monopole to a band insulator.“Since magnetic monopoles have never been observed, it is pertinent to ask whether there is something unphysical in the whole concept,” he continued. “Our work shows that at least the Dirac monopole can be realized experimentally, thus indicating that it is more than just a theoretical curiosity. However, it should be stressed that our work does not tell anything about the existence of magnetic monopoles in the electromagnetic field.”Pietilä and Möttönen predict that it should be possible to design an experiment to detect the monopole in this situation, if it does exist. As they explain, the magnetic field of the monopole is provided by a Dirac string, which is a line extending from the monopole to infinity. The Dirac string explains why the monopole charge comes in discrete quanta. Since the Dirac string carries two quanta of angular momentum, it is expected to be prone to splitting into two separate strings, each carrying a single quantum. Making magnetic monopoles, and other exotica, in the lablast_img read more

first_img Explore further More information: A comprehensive phylogeny of birds (Aves) using targeted next-generation DNA sequencing, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature15697AbstractAlthough reconstruction of the phylogeny of living birds has progressed tremendously in the last decade, the evolutionary history of Neoaves—a clade that encompasses nearly all living bird species—remains the greatest unresolved challenge in dinosaur systematics. Here we investigate avian phylogeny with an unprecedented scale of data: >390,000 bases of genomic sequence data from each of 198 species of living birds, representing all major avian lineages, and two crocodilian outgroups. Sequence data were collected using anchored hybrid enrichment, yielding 259 nuclear loci with an average length of 1,523 bases for a total data set of over 7.8 × 107 bases. Bayesian and maximum likelihood analyses yielded highly supported and nearly identical phylogenetic trees for all major avian lineages. Five major clades form successive sister groups to the rest of Neoaves: (1) a clade including nightjars, other caprimulgiforms, swifts, and hummingbirds; (2) a clade uniting cuckoos, bustards, and turacos with pigeons, mesites, and sandgrouse; (3) cranes and their relatives; (4) a comprehensive waterbird clade, including all diving, wading, and shorebirds; and (5) a comprehensive landbird clade with the enigmatic hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) as the sister group to the rest. Neither of the two main, recently proposed Neoavian clades—Columbea and Passerea1—were supported as monophyletic. The results of our divergence time analyses are congruent with the palaeontological record, supporting a major radiation of crown birds in the wake of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene (K–Pg) mass extinction. Citation: Group builds most comprehensive family tree of birds to date (2015, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-group-comprehensive-family-tree-birds.html Building a family tree for modern birds has been difficult for scientists because of the dearth of fossil evidence going past 66 million years—the time before the mass extinction that wiped out the other dinosaurs. After the extinction, bird species evolved so rapidly that it has been difficult to use traditional genomic techniques to follow the paths of the evolution of new species, which in turn has made it almost impossible to create an accurate tree. To overcome such problems the researchers with this latest effort used a different type of genomic sequencing technique—it is called anchored hybrid enrichment and allows for sampling parts of the genome that evolved both slowly and more quickly in the flanking regions.In all the team collected and tested samples from 198 bird species (which included 390,000 bases of genomic sequence data) that together represented approximately 90 percent of all known birds—a group known collectively as Neoaves. In looking at the data they retrieved, the team found that virtually all birds (excluding flightless and some chickens and ducks) could be grouped into five sub-groups, i.e. major clads. They also found evidence that suggested that all modern birds likely evolved from a single ancestor, one that lived approximately 75 million years ago, or ten million years before all the other dinosaurs went extinct—birds in general are believed to have evolved from the dinosaur family, developing feathers approximately 150 million years ago.In addition, the researchers claim their results show (and agree with paleontology records) that there was a major radiation event following the mass extinction. Dinosaur family tree gives fresh insight into rapid rise of birds (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from several institutions in the U.S. has created the most comprehensive family tree of birds to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature the team describes the genomic sequencing technique they used and the structure of the tree they created. Gavin Thomas with the University of Sheffield, in the U.K. offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same issue, highlighting differences in phylogeny between this newer work and that conducted by another team last year.center_img House finchnigel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Nature 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

first_imgShe has crooned soft numbers in the past but now actor Shraddha Kapoor is ready to take her singing passion to another level as she is training in rock music for her next film Rock On 2.The 26-year-old actress made her singing debut with the unplugged version of the song Galliyan in Ek Villain and later lent her voice for Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider.After the release of her latest film ABCD 2 she recorded the unplugged version of Bezubaan Phir Se. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameShraddha will be training professionally for the first time for the sequel of rock musical drama Rock On.“I like singing but I never trained before Rock On 2 happened. For this film I am training in rock genre,” Shraddha told a media person.The young star is “very excited” to work with actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar and considers him as one of the most talented people in the film industry.”I am very excited to work with Farhan. I have been a fan of his movies, his direction, his acting, his voice. He is one of the most talented, fearless and most inspiring people we have in the industry today. And I am tremendously happy about the fact that I am doing a film with him,” she said. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnShraddha visited North East for a recce with the Rock On 2” team and has already started working on the film’s music with Farhan, who became a singing sensation after Rock On.“Farhan and I were practising a song recently. It was lovely. He is so funny and so passionate about what he does it’s just amazing,” she said.Rock On 2, the much awaited sequel to 2008 hit, will also see Arjun Rampal, Prachi Desai, Shahana Goswami reprising their roles. Director Abhishek Kapoor will not return for the sequel.The cast will begin shooting in Shillong this September and the film is slated to release next year.last_img read more

first_imgIs your teenage daughter popping pills to shed weight? Beware, she may be at an increased risk of harming hormones, growth as well as mental health, researchers warned.The findings showed that diet pills are unsafe for all ages but especially for teenagers due to the presence of toxic chemicals in the supplements.These pills interfere with the body systems and result in nutritional deficiencies, particularly of iron and calcium, the researchers said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”In growing children and teenagers, even a marginal reduction in energy intake can be associated with growth deceleration,” dailymail.co.uk quoted the Canadian Pediatric Society researchers as saying. Weight loss pills are advertised as the quick solution to shedding pounds and obtaining the perfect figure, but they come with potentially dangerous side effects, including increased heart rate, fainting, unusual bleeding and heart attacks.Diet pills can also cause and, in extreme cases they can rip apart the stomach lining and even lead to death, the study showed. Further, researchers from the University of Minnesota said a startling 63 per cent of teenage girls use “unhealthy weight control behaviours” to maintain a slim shape.About 22 per cent of teenage females use “very unhealthy weight control behaviours”. The use of diet pills in teenage girls had a significant spike in a five-year span, jumping from 7.5 per cent to 14.2 per cent in 2006, they claimed.Instead of turning to diet pills, exercise, changing eating habits and drinking more water, mediation, are other healthy ways to lose weight, the reseachers said.last_img read more

first_imgHungarian transmission company Antenna Hungária has named András Piller as its new CEO.Piller has worked at various broadcasters and TV operators, including RTL Klub, T-Kábel and Fibernet. He was most recently CEO of Latvian operator Baltcom.Piller replaces Yves Coulomb who was acting CEO. Coulomb will remain as chief financial officer and will serve as a board member.last_img

first_img This chart makes clear the current dramatic undervaluation of gold stocks. As a group, gold producers are now selling below their book value. The chart doesn’t show it, but gold stocks were trading above book value (about 1.1x) when gold bottomed at $255.95 on April 2, 2001, which was the beginning of the bull market. Here’s an even more dramatic fact: We went back as far as 1997 and could not find one episode where gold producers as a group traded below book value – and the late ’90s was known as the “nuclear winter” for the gold mining industry! Needless to say, we’re in rare territory. So does this mean we should buy now? To be sure, book values fall when precious metals prices decline, and costs have risen substantially since 2001 as well. So it’s possible values could fall further. But in that scenario the relationship between stock prices and book value would remain in rarified territory, making the anomaly even more appealing to a contrarian investor. While the waterfall decline in gold stocks is painful for those of us already invested, the reality is that this is a setup we get a shot at only a few times in our investing life. It’s a cruel irony that those who are fully invested are now faced with the buying opportunity of a lifetime; however, it would be a shame for anyone to miss this blood-in-the-streets opportunity. Our future profits should be higher by an order of magnitude, when the market does turn around. It’s times like these when I remember what Doug Casey told me the first time I interviewed him: “You don’t make money buying when you’re optimistic. You have to actually run completely counter to your own emotional psychology.” The extent to which each of us is able to take advantage of the opportunity shaping up is of course dependent upon our personal set of circumstances. For some, this might mean doing nothing; for others, it might mean being bold for the first time in their life. I suspect most readers fall somewhere in between. Either way, the opportunity is clear: book values for gold producers are at rarely seen levels. Gold stocks may not reverse tomorrow or could get even cheaper when producers start reporting this quarters financial results, but history shows this opportunity will not last forever. It will probably never occur again in this cycle, once gold turns – and it should be fantastically profitable. Gold stock investors have been pummeled, including myself. Worse, we’ve had to hear “I told you so” from all the gold haters in the media. There are a few commentators expressing mild interest in gold at these levels, but one thing I haven’t heard any of them talk about is a metric that gold analysts are rarely able to use, because gold stocks just don’t get this undervalued. Mainstream analysts sometimes talk about book value, especially when a stock appears cheap. Book value (BV) is a metric that, in essence, sets the floor for a stock price in a worst-case scenario. BV is equal to stockholders’ equity on the balance sheet, and is the theoretical value of a company’s assets minus liabilities – sometimes you’ll hear this called “net asset value” (NAV). So when a stock price yields a market capitalization (share price x number of shares outstanding) equal to BV, the investor has a degree of safety, because if it dropped lower, a buyer could theoretically come in, buy up all shares, liquidate the company’s assets, and pocket the difference. Price to book value (P/BV) shows the stock price in relation to the company’s book value. A stock can be considered “cheap” when it is trading at a historically low P/BV. Or, even better, it can be considered objectively ” undervalued” when it is trading below book value. Given the renewed selloff in the gold market, I wanted to see if gold equities were getting close to book values, not just because it would point to opportunity but also the margin of safety it would imply. We analyzed the book value of all publicly traded gold producers with a market cap of $1 billion or more. The final list comprised 31 companies. We then charted book values from January 1, 2007 through last Thursday, June 27 (index equally weighted). Here’s what we found. Based on this metric, gold stocks are now cheaper than they were at the depths of the 2008 waterfall selloff. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to give BIG GOLD or International Speculator a try, the July issues for both come out this week. We can tell you exactly which companies to buy and also which have the most upside potential. Your timing, in retrospect, could turn out to be one of the great investing decisions of your life.last_img read more

first_imgA pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes this week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied on to regularly fill her opioid prescriptions. “I take pain medicine first thing in the morning. I’m usually up most of the night with pain,” she says. “I hurt all the time.”Living in a mountainous community on the Tennessee-Kentucky line, Gray has coped with a degenerative disk disease for more than 15 years, requiring multiple back surgeries. She says the chronic pain is totally debilitating without powerful opioids. But with her druggist shut down, her high-dose prescriptions have been questioned by the other pharmacy in town.”They wouldn’t take me because I was red-flagged on my dose,” she says.The dozens of indictments across Appalachia this week left thousands of patients who are dependent on opioids to function on a daily basis scrambling, from Ohio to Alabama. Over 50 of those indicted were doctors, nurses or other medical professionals. So as agents were in the field making arrests, the Justice Department also coordinated with local agencies to deploy health workers to look for desperate patients.U.S. Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski says the enforcement was coordinated with health agencies and addiction treatment providers. “That plan is designed to ensure that affected patients have continued access to care and are, at the same time, directed to legitimate medical professionals in the area,” he said at a press conference in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Amid an ongoing crackdown on overprescribing doctors in Appalachia announced in October, patient advocates have been increasingly concerned for pain patients and those abusing prescription drugs. Being suddenly cut off from medications they depend on can be dangerous. Patients could become so desperate from withdrawals that they may resort to street drugs and could overdose.But this time, in Tennessee, the health department is working to connect people who need pain treatment to legitimate pain clinics. And the substance abuse department began plastering messages online just as the indictments were unsealed, giving patients a hotline to call.”This is the first time that we have had this type of heads-up,” says Marie Williams, who oversees Tennessee’s substance abuse agency. With previous stings that resulted in the closure of pain clinics, Williams says, her staffers have gotten maybe one day to prepare. This time, it was nearly a month. Overdose prevention specialists have been deployed to train families on how to use reversal drugs like Narcan. They’ve also been taping up flyers on shuttered clinic doors.Williams says she hopes many who may have become addicted to painkillers will see the loss of their opioid supplier as a turning point. “This is an opportunity to really change your life and get to be the person that you really want to be,” she says. One of medical practices shuttered by the federal takedown is in the small town of Carthage, Tenn. Dr. Bowdoin Smith is charged with prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose. Suzanne Angel is a state-funded outreach nurse in the area who is helping contact patients in wake of the crackdown. She has been warning local hospital and emergency responders to be on alert for patients who may act out of desperation to find addictive narcotics or who may even be suicidal. This month, the Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged the risk of serious harm for patients who are abruptly taken off opioids and issued new guidance to prescribers for how to safely taper patients off high dosages of opioids.”I’m sure that they feel depression, despair, maybe anger and fear about ‘who is going to take care of me?’ and ‘is there going to be any support or services out there for me?’ ” Angel says. “I don’t want them to feel alone.”Angel says there are now more alternatives to opioids, and it’s possible patients could find another pain clinic. Because of the current legal focus on opioids, it can be much harder to obtain heavy dosages. And among the thousands of patients getting their medication through questionable providers, many have very legitimate needs. “I’ve tried therapies. I’ve tried injections. I’ve tried several different things,” says Gail Gray. “We didn’t just start off taking opiates.”Gray found a new pharmacy, though it means driving to the next county. She expects it won’t be long before she’s shopping for help again. “We’re being punished for people that do abuse drugs,” she says. “The chronic pain patients are being punished for it.” Copyright 2019 WPLN. To see more, visit WPLN.last_img read more