Beagle Wins Best at Westminster

first_imgNEW YORK — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus.Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America’s top dog by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel Club.At 4, Miss P is a grand-niece of Uno — in 2008, the immensely popular hound barked and bayed his way to becoming the only previous beagle to win at the nation’s most prominent dog show.Miss P, however, didn’t let out a peep in the ring. “She is a princess,” handler Will Alexander said.A quiet one, too. Not your normal, everyday, vocal beagle, as most owners can attest.Instead, it was the packed crowd at Madison Square Garden that seemed to loudly gasp when judge David Merriam picked her in a dog show world shocker.Only a half-hour after her win did the 15-inch Miss P, a breed known as “big beagles,” started making a noise. And that was only because her people were giving her treats.The best-of-seven final ring was full of favorites.Matisse, a Portuguese water dog that’s a cousin of President Barack Obama’s family pet Sunny, was the top-winning male in show dog history with 238. Swagger the old English sheepdog finished second at Westminster in 2013 and clearly drew the biggest cheers.A Skye terrier came in second this time. A standard poodle, a shih tzu owned by Patty Hearst and an English springer spaniel also made it to the last ring.Miss P was the one that charmed Merriam. He is a retired California trial-courts judge and has spent more than 50 years with dogs, but this was the first time he’d judged a best in show.“She never let me down. She didn’t make any mistakes,” Alexander said.There’s no prize money for winning Westminster. Instead, there’s prestige forever in the dog circles, plus the possibility of lucrative breeding rights.The tri-colored Miss P also earned a full day — appearances of morning TV shows, a meeting with Donald Trump, lunch at prominent Manhattan restaurant Sardi’s and a walk-on part in the Broadway hit musical Kinky Boots.It was the 20th best in show win in the United States for the Canadian-born Miss P. The dog lives in both Milton and Enderby, British Columbia. Her call name is short for Peyton, and her official champion’s name is Tashtins Lookin for Trouble.One of her owners is Eddie Dziuk, a co-owner of Uno. Her other co-owners are Lori Crandlemire and daughter Kaitlyn.Uno turns 10 in May and now lives in Texas with owner Caroline Dowell, across the street from her ranch.“Uno has his own television set,” Dowell said by phone after Miss P’s win. “I assume he was watching.”Dowell said Miss P was “delightful,” albeit a bit quiet.“She’s not quite the showman that Uno is, but I’m a little prejudiced,” she said. “There aren’t many dogs that are. Uno could go in the show ring right now and do what he did up there at Westminster.”(BEN WALKER, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Leicester 1 Man City 1 (3-4 pens)

first_imgLeicester City 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 3-4 pens): Vardy & Mahrez miss in shoot-out as visitors reach semi-finals Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:43 12/20/17 JamieVardy - cropped Getty Images Manchester City are into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Leicester City following a 1-1 draw. Jamie Vardy equalised from the spot but failed in the shoot-out as Manchester City beat Leicester City 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.The England striker and Riyad Mahrez were brought on in the second half as Claude Puel looked to put City under pressure, but Vardy saw his penalty strike the post before Claudio Bravo stopped the Algerian’s effort to spark the visitors’ celebrations.Leicester were their own worst enemy for much of the first half, inviting pressure with a string of avoidable mistakes and one ultimately led to the opening goal – Bernardo Silva steering home after Ilkay Gundogan had wrestled the ball from Kelechi Iheanacho just before the half-hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts improved after the break and gave City more to worry about, though clear-cut chances remained at a premium for them, with Bravo rarely forced into meaningful saves until late in proceedings.The spotlight was on the Chilean deep into eight minutes of stoppage time at the end of regulation time and he could do little to prevent Vardy from forcing an extra half hour with his penalty, which was controversially awarded after Demarai Gray went down under pressure from substitute Kyle Walker.Still the two sides could not be separated and it came down to the shoot-out, with City ultimately reigning supreme, scoring all four of their kicks and claiming victory thanks to Vardy missing and Bravo swatting away Mahrez’ final penalty.Claudio is back @C1audioBravo pic.twitter.com/5v4fMPLKOM— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) December 19, 2017The much-changed and youthful visitors looked more threatening early on and received plenty of encouragement from the error-prone Foxes.Christian Fuchs was robbed by Silva to the left of Leicester’s penalty area, with Ben Hamer bailing the full-back out by parrying the Portuguese playmaker’s shot to safetyHamer then made a mess of things himself in the 15th minute as the ball squirmed from his grasp on the edge of the box.Harry Maguire stepped in to prevent Gundogan from finishing into the empty net and Silva knocked the rebound wide.Leicester’s resistance ended in the 26th minute, with City finally punishing an error.Gundogan stole possession from former City youngster Iheanacho in the centre circle and charged through the heart of the Leicester team before flicking a clever pass towards the right-hand side of the area, where Silva provided a neat finish.Leicester looked a little more promising in attack after the break and, seemingly optimistic about his side’s prospects, Puel introduced Mahrez and Vardy from the bench just before the hour mark.But chances did not suddenly become more frequent, with City actually the next to go close.Silva seized upon another Fuchs mistake and darted into the area, only to drag a pass behind the lurking Gabriel Jesus.And Leicester took full advantage of that let-off, as Vardy slammed home from 12 yards after Walker was harshly penalised for tripping Gray deep into the eight minutes of stoppage time added on as a result of a facial injury to Eliaquim Mangala.The hosts looked understandably buoyed by their equaliser and Vardy nearly had another towards the end of the first half of extra-time, blocking a Bravo clearance and seeing the ball rebound just wide of the bottom-left corner.Fatigue played an obvious role in the additional period and contributed to some wasteful play at both ends of the pitch, with the finale from 12 yards looking a formality for most of the second period.Tiredness had no impact on City’s players in the shoot-out, however, as Gundogan, Yaya Toure, debutant Lukas Nmecha and Jesus all scored with aplomb.@C1audioBravo #foxesvcity pic.twitter.com/jT0CdcXxwA— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 19, 2017Leicester’s main stars could not follow suit, with Vardy seeing his effort strike the outside of the left-hand post, before Bravo brilliantly denied Mahrez to clinch a place in the final four. read morelast_img read more

Feds pledge money for young scientists but funding for inhouse research slips

first_imgOTTAWA — Science Minister Kirsty Duncan is making good on a promise to help young researchers who are trying to establish themselves in their fields.But the Liberals’ promised commitment to run a government that believes in science hasn’t led to funding research within the government itself, a watchdog group says.Duncan is at the University of Toronto this morning, where she’s detailing plans to spend $210 million over the next five years to expand the Canada Research Chairs program. The money was promised in last February’s federal budget and will include new grants of up to $20,000 to help emerging scientists get their research projects off the ground.Another 285 research chairs will be created with the funding, which government documents suggest will start with an additional $25 million this year and grow to $50 million a year by 2022-23. In the budget, the stated aim was that 250 research jobs would be created specifically for scientists in the early stages of their careers. Duncan’s office hasn’t yet provided details about how that target is to be met.The budget also promised the money would be used to diversify the recipients, with more women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities nominated, but no details on that are available yet either.Improving diversity, particularly to get more women appointed to research chairs, has been one of Duncan’s priorities. In 2017 she threatened to cut universities off from future grants under the program if they didn’t start nominating more women.The threat worked. In September, 41 per cent of the nominations universities made for the latest round of chair appointments were women. The number of female research chairs has increased from about one in four in 2009 to almost one in three today.Katie Gibbs, executive director of Evidence for Democracy, which argues for the use of science in policymaking, said the government’s budget commitments are now more than half of what was urged in a review in 2017.“It’s definitely a big investment. Not hugely transformational but a solid investment. I think overall it made the research community quite happy,” she said.She said there is grumbling among researchers that the extra funds for granting councils that distribute money to academic researchers for particular projects — a promised $925 million between now and 2023 — are not flowing yet, and there are still gaps in covering the ongoing operating costs of labs.But Gibbs said the biggest concern is that the government’s own scientific work is still flailing. Overall Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office but spending on in-house research is actually down.Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada are among 18 departments whose internal budgets for scientific research are lower today than almost a decade ago.The federal Conservatives took heavy criticism from the scientific community for cutting science jobs and funding, and accusations were made that government scientists were kept from speaking publicly about their research unless explicitly given permission from political authorities.Gibbs said the Liberals have loosened the muzzle somewhat but funding for government science has not been restored.The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada says spending on science done by the government for 2018-19 is $112 million less than the Conservatives spent in their final year in office. The institute, the largest union representing professionals in the civil service, including scientists, said research-and-development funding for government scientists is almost $900 million less in 2018-19 than it was in 2010-11.In 2016, the last year for which statistics are available, Canada ranked 21st out of 27 developed countries whose science spending is tracked by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Wickets in England to assist batsmen Sachin

first_imgMumbai: Batting great Sachin Tendulkar reckons that the wickets in England and Wales, set to host the 2019 Cricket World Cup starting May 30, will assist batsmen and bowlers might struggle to swing the ball. Sachin said the summer conditions, which will prevail during the showpiece event, will not help bowlers much and the pitches will behave in a similar way as during the 2017 Champions Trophy in England. “I am told it’s going to be a hot summer. Even during the Champions Trophy the wickets were superb when the sun was out. In the heat, the wickets get really flat. I am sure they will give beautiful tracks to bat on,” the 46-year-old said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the MIG Club pavilion named after him. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I don’t think there will be much difference in the conditions unless there is a heavy cloud cover. If there is a cloud cover, the ball might go around a bit. Even if that’s the case, I don’t see that happening for a longer duration, may be just in the initial overs,” he said. Sachin also felt as several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, M.S. Dhoni, Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan, are performing well in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), it will help in boosting their confidence for the World Cup. “A good performance in any format is good news because it gives the player confidence. If you are confident, that’s important,” he said. “The players have time to make some adjustments according to the conditions. All of them have played enough cricket to know what to do to improve,” Sachin remarked.last_img read more

How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

Stocks finished higher on Wall Street, enabling the market to recoup some of the ground it lost a day earlier.Technology and small-company stocks were the standouts Wednesday. Traders bid up shares in companies that reported solid quarterly results as the first-quarter corporate earnings season got underway.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index rose 10.01 points, or 0.3%, to 2,888.21.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 6.58 points, or 0.03%, to 26,157.16.The Nasdaq composite added 54.97 points, or 0.7%, to 7,964.24.The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks picked up 21.87 points, or 1.4%, to 1,581.55.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 4.53 points, or 0.2%.The Dow is down 267.83 points, or 1%.The Nasdaq is up 25.55 points, or 0.3%.The Russell 2000 is down 1.01 points, or 0.1%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 381.36 points, or 15.2%.The Dow is up 2,829.70 points, or 12.1%.The Nasdaq is up 1,328.97 points, or 20%.The Russell 2000 is up 232.99 points, or 17.3%.The Associated Press read more

Applications for US unemployment aid down to 294000 last week evidence of

WASHINGTON – Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits fell 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 294,000.The four-week average, a less volatile measure, slipped 250 to 290,500. That average has plunged 16 per cent in the past 12 months, as averages have stayed at historically low sub-300,000 levels since September.In the monthly jobs report being released Friday, employers are expected to have added 243,000 jobs in December, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. That would follow job gains of 321,000 in November and put total job growth in 2014 at just shy of 3 million, the best performance since 1999. by Ap Economics Writer, The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2015 6:34 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2014 file photo, job seekers fill out a job applications at a Bed Bath and Beyond table at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. The U.S. Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits for the week ending Jan. 3, 2015 on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) Applications for US unemployment aid down to 294,000 last week; evidence of robust economy read more

Selfless South Sudanese surgeon whos saved thousands of lives over 20 years

Dr. Atar is currently the head surgeon and medical director of the only functional hospital in Upper Nile State, in the north of South Sudan, serving an area larger than Ireland. Based in the remote town of Bunj, the hospital serves more than 200,000 people, including 144,000 refugees from Sudan. His team at Maban hospital carries out an average of 58 operations per week, in difficult conditions with limited supplies and equipment. “Dr. Atar’s work through decades of civil war and conflict is a shining example of profound humanity and selflessness,” said the UNHCR chief. “Often risking his own safety, his dedication to serving victims of war and conflict has been extraordinary and deserves global attention and acknowledgement,” Mr. Grandi said.Originally from Torit, a town in southern South Sudan, Dr. Atar studied medicine in Khartoum, Sudan, and practised in Egypt. In 1997, as war ravaged Sudan’s Blue Nile State, he volunteered to work there. In 2011, as the conflict intensified, he was forced to flee with his staff and as much equipment as he could transport. After a month, he arrived in Bunj, where he stacked up some tables to set up his first surgical theatre in an abandoned local health centre, and he is fighting daily to secure funding and train others to become nurses and midwives.“There is nothing we can achieve in South Sudan unless we sacrifice a number of things,” he said. “We have to continue even if the situation is very difficult.”The award includes a $150,000 grant, which Dr. Atar said he will use to solve challenges in the hospital and invest the money in improving the structure of the building, procure much-needed equipment, and build the capacity of the staff.The prize was presented by Mr. Grandi during an event in Geneva on Monday, featuring speeches and performances by world renown artists and advocates, including Australian actor Cate Blanchett, British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar, Syrian ballet dancer Ahmad Joudeh and Norwegian popstar, Sigrid. “I’m really humbled to be the winner of this award,” he told Radio Miraya, which is part of UNMISS; the UN’s Mission in South Sudan. “I think it will be good for us in the hospital… and we will be able to get at least some resources to continue to save lives in the area which is really isolated”.South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after a peaceful referendum. However, a civil conflict now in its fifth year has forced almost 1.9 million to flee their homes within the country, and another 2.5 million to seek refuge across the border.“The crisis in South Sudan has had a devastating impact on millions of people uprooted from their homes, or whose lives have been torn apart by conflict, violence and food insecurity,” said Filippo Grandi, UNHCR’s High Commissioner. “Yet, even in the midst of tragedy, acts of heroism and service to others have emerged”. read more

Hexagon strengthens mine safety portfolio with enterprise platform

first_imgHexagon’s Mining division today introduced HxGN MineEnterprise CAS Analytics, a web-based reporting and analytics platform that adds a powerful layer of safety to its portfolio.MineEnterprise CAS Analytics monitors and controls critical risk events by connecting a multitude of data sources via live dashboards, visualising all aspects of the company’s collision avoidance system (CAS).All mine stakeholders will now be able to access the right data at the right time, gaining unprecedented insight into a wide variety of safety scenarios and performance trends. Based on situational safety data, users can identify and analyse the root causes of failing operational controls.Seeing safety data at a granular level empowers users of MineEnterprise CAS Analytics to drill down to locate vehicles operating under risk and vehicle types exhibiting higher-than-average numbers of incident events.The tool’s alarm analysis module used together with situational analysis can help to reveal hazardous locations and operational flaws: dangerously close interactions at dump sites and low visibility at poorly designed intersections, for instance.MineEnterprise CAS Analytics‘ optimised mobile interface delivers real-time safety information on tablets or cell phones to supervisors in the field. This helps strengthen the integrity of daily, weekly and monthly performance indicators for safety process improvement.“Accessing relevant data in real time is the key to operational safety success,“ said Safety Product Manager, Marcos Bayuelo.“HxGN MineEnterprise CAS Analytics provides all the dashboards necessary for monitoring and minimising accidents while also offering the tools to build and manage customized dashboards. The technology needed to create reports for short-interval control, daily and monthly safety management tasks, fleet management, personal protection, fatigue monitoring and vehicle intervention – it’s all at your fingertips!“last_img read more

Geek deals Save 55 on the LG BD630 Bluray player

first_imgMost of you have, at one time or another, heard the editorial prophecies of computers and the internet coming to every aspect of our lives, even in our homes. Internet-connected refrigerators are here and coffee makers have microchips. One of the more recent assimilations of computing into the home life has been with Blu-ray. Some Blu-ray players are but DVD units with a different optical lens, while others are more like de-featured PCs with amenities like built-in storage, USB support, and WiFi.The past year has seen the widespread introduction of internet connectivity, and thus apps like Netflix and Pandora, into home theater devices like TVs and Blu-ray players. Unfortunately, for the truly thrifty you were still going to be paying a pretty penny for these added features, until recently. The free market has done its work and you can now nab yourself a well featured Blu-ray player with WiFi for under $100. Most Blu-ray players have an Ethernet connection, if your modem or router happens to be setup with your home theater, but WiFi has traditionally commanded a premium for its convenience.This LG BD630 Blu-ray player has a USB WiFi adapter included in the box, which I can say from personal experience works well. The built-in internet apps, with Netflix being the big name player, work well, if they do lack the polish of a more sophisticated device like the Playstation 3. For a limited time you can nab this middle of the road machine for a ridiculous $84 shipped, a great savings compared to its $139 MSRP and even better than the $110-120 it usually goes for.Visit LogicBuy for the LG BD630 Blu-ray player with WiFilast_img read more

Chine la lutte contre la désertification

first_imgChine : la lutte contre la désertification En Chine, 300 ans seront nécessaires pour qu’un cinquième des terres touchées par la désertification soit reconquis. La bataille contre le désert ne fait que commencer. On estime que 2,6 millions de kilomètres carrés sont des terres désertiques en Chine. A ces 27% du territoire, s’ajoutent 18% qui correspondent aux terres victimes d’une érosion à cause du sable, rapporte le China Daily.  À lire aussiOcéans, bonobos et Mars, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 22 maiL’AFP cite le quotidien anglophone qui indique que le rythme actuel de reboisement est de 1.700 kilomètres carrés par an et, qu’à ce rythme-là, seul un cinquième des terres, soit 530.000 kilomètres carrés, sera reboisé d’ici 300 ans. Le phénomène de désertification, en Chine, est le plus important au monde. Il est attribué à l’importante pression démographique et à la météo (faibles précipitations et changement climatique). De plus, la lutte contre le désert s’avère très compliquée car, avec les terres qui ont été allouées pour la construction et la mise en place de pâturages, la consommation d’eau est très importante. Or, les terres situées dans le nord et l’ouest du pays sont extrêmement arides.Le 7 janvier 2011 à 18:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Arthur to join Barcelona this summer

first_imgBrazilian midfielder Arthur confirms Barcelona transfer ahead of the 2018-19 season.The Gremio star was expected to join the Catalan club in January of 2019 but the two clubs are believed to be working on a deal that could see the midfielder move to Spain this summer.Both clubs agreed on a £35million transfer in March of 2018 that would see the 21-year-old Brazilian join Barcelona in January 2019 but the Catalans want the player in their team this summer.With the departure of Andres Iniesta, the club want the former U-20 Brazilian midfielder to beef up the number of midfielders in the club. Arthur has already announced he’s leaving the Brazilian club this summer.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I wanted to go out in a press conference for the love I have for the Gremio fans,” Arthur said, as reported by As.“I have a chance to fulfil a dream and I have to thank Barcelona for this opportunity. This isn’t goodbye as I hope I can come back to this club someday.”“Barce asked to arrive this summer and I really couldn’t turn down the chance to move to my dream club in earnest.”A deal is expected to be finalised this weekend, as confirmed by Gremio Sporting Director Andre Zanotta.last_img read more

G2E 2018 gets underway in Las Vegas

first_imgG2E provides a unique opportunity for manufacturers from all corners of the industry to come together and present their latest products and innovations to operators. In 2018, that adds up to around 450 different exhibitors representing 111 different countries.G2E also brings together some of the industry’s brightest minds to take part in one of the event’s many conference offerings, of which this year’s Sports Betting Symposium promises to be of particular interest following the US Supreme Court’s landmark decision to void the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in May. Sessions will cover the business and legislative aspects of sports betting and offer an interactive, guided tour of the G2E expo hall to connect attendees with the top suppliers of sports betting technologies.“As states and sovereign tribal nations consider whether or not to enact legalized sports betting, the Sports Betting Symposium at G2E will offer the world’s foremost experts, business leaders and operational solutions to build a thriving legal market in the United States,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association.Slane, who led the AGA’s advocacy campaign to highlight the failures of PASPA, will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court’s PASPA decision in a special one-hour interview-style panel session on the morning of 10 October alongside ESPN’s SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt.Likewise, the show floor will see an “expanded presence” from companies supporting sports betting, according to Reed Exhibitions/G2E Event Director Korbi Carrison.“We’ve put a major focus on the evolution of G2E to ensure it is staying ahead of the curve as the gaming industry changes,” Carrison said. “The expo hall will feature highly anticipated offerings from across the core gaming sector, along with exhibitors presenting their products in sports betting technology, iGaming, integrated resort products and other non-gaming amenities.”Among the leading manufacturers on the expo floor will be the likes of Aristocrat, which will debut its new “Mad Max: Fury Road” slot, and IGT who will unveil its new “The Price is Right” and Adam Levine slots.Meanwhile, Scientific Games has promised to “create a dynamic environment to show its customers how it is evolving entertainment when it comes to casino, lottery, digital and sports betting.”Inside Asian Gaming has a team of three at G2E all week and will bring you all the latest news and developments from the exhibition floor. Jan Jones Blackhurst to leave executive role, join Caesars Board of Directors Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team RelatedPosts Wynn Resorts to undergo internal restructure as part of refinancing plan Load More One of the world’s biggest annual gaming industry exhibitions and trade shows, Global Gaming Expo, kicked off overnight Macau-time at Sands Expo in Las Vegas.Running from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October 2018, with the main exhibition beginning on Tuesday, the show known globally as G2E celebrates its 18th anniversary this year with a record crowd of more than 28,000 visitors expected.last_img read more

Penton Converts Tech Group to AllDigital

first_imgAfter promotional emails were sent to readers informing them that new digital editions were replacing their print counterparts last Friday, Penton officially announced that its Technology Media Group, which publishes Windows IT Pro, DevPro, Power IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, among other brands, will go completely digital starting in May.Peg Miller, the company’s tech group leader, says the only remaining print title will be System iNEWS ProVIP, which is a high-end and high-priced journal. The Technology Media Group is one of about 18 different b-to-b verticals that Penton targets. Miller says the transition was triggered by a combination of signs. Research done with readers and advertisers indicated that interest was shifting to the digital platform and that was translating into an increase in digital edition readership. “Over the last year, we started seeing double-digit gains in our digital edition subscriptions—and those were a very basic edition without our full strategy,” she says. That strategy includes relaunching the digital editions with a richer media experience including audio and video.While Miller declined to provide details on the performance of the print brands. Nevertheless, Miller says the new production workflow is freeing up the content team from what was previously a print-centric approach. “This has liberated our content team from print-centric deadlines to think more about what the customers want,” she says. Miller also declined to offer details on any changes in subscription pricing and advertising rates, but notes that ads are being sold on more long-term schedules rather than the one-offs that made frequent appearances in the print editions. The staffing implications of the change are unclear at the moment and Miller says resources will continue to be looked at as the new digital production workflow is ironed out over the next year. Transitioning to all-digital formats has become a common occurrence for publishers, particularly in the technology vertical. But only a few years ago, that meant online-only. Now, of course, publishers have more platform options available to them. Ziff Davis Enterprise announced its “OmniDigital” strategy last October when it planned to take its brands all-digital, focusing on websites, mobile sites, tablets and digital editions. That plan had barely gotten underway when ZDE was sold to online lead-gen company QuinStreet in early February.last_img read more

Progress Unlikely in Senate on Defense Milcon Spending Bills

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Two defense-related bills that have stalled in the Senate in recent weeks are unlikely to advance before lawmakers begin a seven-week recess at the end of the week, leaving any further action on individual spending bills for defense and military construction-veterans affairs until Congress returns to Washington in September.On June 28, Senate Democrats blocked the conference agreement for the fiscal 2017 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill from advancing due to their opposition to the $1.1 billion funding package addressing the Zika virus included in the measure. Democrats have criticized the anti-Zika component over the spending offsets Republicans relied on and language related to contraception services.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has rebuffed demands to reopen negotiations over the conference agreement, reminding Democrats that such legislation cannot be amended.“The time for debate about the content of it is over. If we did what the Senate Democrats said they want to do, we’d get no outcome at all,” he said, reported CQ.Nevertheless, McConnell plans to hold another vote to limit debate on the conference report that would allow it to go to the floor. Similarly, McConnell also plans to hold a second vote to advance the chamber’s FY 2017 defense spending bill, after Democrats last week blocked it from advancing.Senate Democrats say they won’t allow the defense spending bill to go ahead because they don’t trust Republicans to complete the rest of the appropriations process.“What we don’t want is defense-only appropriations and everything else in a CR [continuing resolution],” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee.Senate Democrats seem to be focusing their efforts on a year-end omnibus spending measure, according to the story.“What we need is an agreement — how to end this appropriations debate this year,” said Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.).last_img read more

Brunswick Landing Maintains Upward Trajectory Maine Designates Reuse Project an Opportunity Zone

first_imgBrunswick Landing, the reuse project at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, is now home to 1,700 employees and 110 organizations, an increase of 500 jobs over the past year, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority reports. Five new companies arrived his summer, with more slated to be added by the end of the year. A number of tenants are expanding footprints at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park to accommodate growth, the authority says. Traffic at Brunswick Executive Airport is up as well; in the first six months of the year, operations have increased 14 percent over 2017. … Brunswick Landing has been designated a federal Opportunity Zone by Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), allowing the redevelopment to attract new investment. The Opportunity Zone program was created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation as a way to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities. The program provides a tax incentive for investors to re-invest their unrealized capital gains into Opportunity Zones. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at 36450 tops out at 45000

first_img Share your voice Electric cars: Fill your mental battery with all our EV coverage.Hyundai Nexo: Looking for a more complicated EV? Throw some hydrogen in the mix. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 0 Hyundai Chevrolet Hyundai Preview • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: A fun EV with competitive numbers More about 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric More From Roadshow Tagscenter_img It might not be available everywhere for a while, but locations that receive the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will find it’s not too expensive. It can get expensive, however, if you start packing on the features.Hyundai announced this week that the 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric will go on sale in select locations with a starting price of $36,450 before destination. Factoring in both destination and the $7,500 federal tax incentive, the price drops to $29,995. There are two other trims beyond base, but they get expensive in a hurry — the midlevel Limited trim will cost $41,150 before destination and incentives, and the top-floor Ultimate trim will cost $44,650.It’s important to note that the incentive is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of a person’s tax liability, not a point-of-sale discount, and not everyone will have paid $7,500 in federal tax in a given year, so not every buyer will realize the aforementioned effective price. Enlarge ImageThe Kona Electric makes a bunch of its safety systems standard, while its chief competitor hides them in options packages. Hyundai The Kona Electric comes with a 201-horsepower, 290-pound-foot electric motor that offers an EPA-estimated 258 miles of range with its 64-kWh battery. The base SE trim comes with a whole load of standard kit, including heated front seats, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and nearly every safety system under the sun. As for the higher trims, the Kona Electric Limited adds LED headlights, automatic high beams, a sunroof, leather seats, a power driver’s seat, wireless device charging and a 315-watt Infinity sound system. The top-top Ultimate trim includes all that good stuff, in addition to parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers and stop-and-go functionality for the adaptive cruise control. The Ultimate trim also packs an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation.Let’s quickly compare that with the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. Its electric motor is a bit less powerful at 200 hp and 266 lb-ft, and its range is a smidge lower at 238 miles. The Bolt EV is also more expensive to start, at $37,495 before destination. All trims of Bolt EV have a 10.2-inch touchscreen, but you have to buy into the $41,780 Premier trim to get heated seats and basic safety systems — a proper safety suite is a paid option on top of that price.It may take some time for all 50 states to get the Kona Electric, though. To start, Hyundai will limit the car’s rollout to ZEV states (states with zero-emission-vehicle requirements), because high demand will keep its Korean-based supply on the low side. Over time, Hyundai hopes to expand the car’s availability to non-ZEV states, but there’s no estimate for how long that’ll take.Originally published on Dec. 14, 2018.Update, Jan. 28, 2019: Added new pricing info. Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric is a fun EV with a solid driving range 51 Photos Electric Cars Crossovers Review • 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review: Ease into electrificationlast_img read more

Fire kills 10 in Chinese city of Tianjin

first_imgA skyscraper fire in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin killed 10 and injured five early on Friday, state media reported.The fire broke out around 4 am on the 38th floor of a serviced apartment building near the city centre, the official Xinhua news agency said.Xinhua said the fire had been extinguished and that early indications were that the blaze was caused by interior decorating materials used in a renovation catching fire. State broadcaster CCTV said renovation workers working on site were among the casualties.Fire safety has come under scrutiny in China after a deadly blaze last month killed 19 in the far southern fringe of Beijing, which has led to citywide evictions seen by some people as unfairly targeting the vulnerable underclass.Tianjin party secretary Li Hongzhong said authorities would carry out citywide fire safety inspections in response to Friday’s blaze, the official Tianjin Daily reported.last_img read more

Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules

first_img Molecular orbitals represent regions in a molecule where an electron is likely to be found; they are derived using mathematical formulas and are represented by cloudlike drawings with multiple nodes that are supposed to represent where electrons can go and are meant to demonstrate how molecules can share those electrons in chemical interactions or bonding. Since it was first invented in 1981, using the STM has generally been the best method available for creating images of individual atoms and their electronic properties. The STM is basically a piece of equipment with a metal appendage that has a tip width of just a few atoms. The tip is moved back and forth in the air very close to a sample being studied. Voltage is then applied allowing electrons to move between the tip and the sample. Doing so allows for measuring of the density of electrons on the surface of the material being studied which is then used to build the models.Unfortunately however, traditional STM has not been able to map orbitals of single molecules. This is because the density of electrons on the surface of an object, don’t give up the mathematical orbital nor does it have a fine enough resolution. Also there is the problem of having to place the sample on a metal surface which can hide what is going on with the molecules that comprise the sample. In the new approach the team solved the easiest part of the problem by coating the surface that the sample lays on with salt. Next, to improve resolution, they stuck a single carbon monoxide molecule on the end of the tip; this because carbon monoxide molecules have the property of having its outermost lobes paired close, with one positive the other negative phased. Such an arrangement makes the tip more sensitive to the sample material placed below it. Using this method the researchers were able to map the structure of the nodes of the molecular orbitals which allowed them to create images based on the places that held electrons. © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: High-Resolution Molecular Orbital Imaging Using a p-Wave STM Tip, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 086101 (2011) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.107.086101AbstractIndividual pentacene and naphthalocyanine molecules adsorbed on a bilayer of NaCl grown on Cu(111) were investigated by means of scanning tunneling microscopy using CO-functionalized tips. The images of the frontier molecular orbitals show an increased lateral resolution compared with those of the bare tip and reflect the modulus squared of the lateral gradient of the wave functions. The contrast is explained by tunneling through the p-wave orbitals of the CO molecule. Comparison with calculations using a Tersoff-Hamann approach, including s- and p-wave tip states, demonstrates the significant contribution of p-wave tip states.via Physics Viewpoint Experiments Prove Existence of Atomic Chain Anchors 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.center_img Explore further Citation: Research team devises better method for mapping orbitals of molecules (2011, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-team-method-orbitals-molecules.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of physicists comprised of members from IBM Research in Switzerland and the University of Liverpool in the U.K. have figured out a way to improve on results obtained using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope (STM) that allows for the orbitals of single molecules to be mapped. They have published a paper on Physical Review Letters describing their procedure.last_img read more