Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Team Philippines has all the momentum it needs coming into the game, having torn India to shreds, 101-70 on Saturday after getting its lesser lights to deliver.Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal came off the bench to shoot 14 points each as Reyes was able to rest some of his starters. They four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments “We want to make sure that we finish this tournament on a high note,” he added as his squad – regarded as the Philippines’ future national team – take on an Iranian team that also left its veterans and best players back home.“They have their upcoming players, just like us,” Reyes went on as the match takes place at 5 p.m. “It’s going to be a good test for both teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Philippines will take a 5-3 card into the game, having lost to Canada 150, South Korea and Lithuania, teams that are really stronger than Gilas on paper with the Canadians parading an all-pro team, the Koreans represented by their national squad and the Lithuanians simply bigger and more talented.Iran left the likes of Hamed Haddadi, Mohammad Jamshidi, Mahdi Khamrani and Nikka Bahrami back home, trying to keep them fresh for the World Cup Qualifying starting in November. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Out of the medal but already having gained a wealth of experience for his young players, coach Chot Reyes wants just one more thing as Gilas Pilipinas winds up its participation in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational.“We have to finish strong,” Reyes said as the Filipinos lock horns with an equally young Iran side in the second-to-last game that takes the curtains down on this 10-team, nine-nation event at Taipei Peace Basketballl Hall on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 101 – Wright 19, Pessumal 14, Vosotros 14, Standhardinger 10, Cruz 9, Daquioag 8, Tolomia 8, Jalalon 7, Jose 4, Myers 4, Gotladera 2, Ravena 2.INDIA 70 – Gill 25, Pandi 14, Sivakumar 7, Poiyamoshi 5, Philip 5, G. Hafeez 5, Gill 4, Gowda 3, Reddy 2.Quarters: 27-24; 54-31; 80-55; 101-70.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
American former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden was taken to hospital on Wednesday after being struck by a car while training on his bicycle along Italy’s Adriatic coast, the World Superbike series said.Its official website (www.worldsbk.com) said the 35-year-old, who rides for the Red Bull Honda team, was hit while training near the east coast resort of Rimini following a race at Imola.”Ambulances arrived and Hayden was taken directly to the hospital,” it added.The statement did not say how severe any injuries might be. Media reports said the “Kentucky Kid”, who won the MotoGP championship on a Honda in 2006, was in a serious condition.He last raced in the championship in Spain in September 2016 as a stand-in for injured Australian Jack Miller at the privately-run Marc VDS Honda team. Hayden started 216 races between 2003 and 2015, winning three.Michele Scarponi, the 2011 Giro d’Italia cycling champion, was killed last month after being hit by a van while training close to his home in Filottrano in eastern Italy.Britain’s Tour de France champion Chris Froome escaped unhurt this month while having his bike written off in a hit-and-run incident in France.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has insisted that the dressing room environment of the current national team is extremely good and that every player has the hunger to contribute in the side’s victory.The 30-year-old, who led Pakistan to their maiden Champions Trophy victory in England at The Oval in June this year, believes each individual in the team is working really hard towards the team’s bright future.”The dressing room environment of our team is extremely good; every player now wants to contribute his part in taking Pakistan to victory through his performance. Therefore, I think the future of this team is very bright,” the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.When quizzed about his relationship with Mickey Arthur, Sarfraz said he has a really good understanding with the head coach as well as chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.”Arthur is working hard on the players and hopefully his hard work will pay off,” Sarfraz said.The wicketkeeper-batsman, who has so far played 38 Tests, 80 ODIs and 35 T20Is for Pakistan, revealed that Inzamam gives top priority to the captain’s say and supports him all the way.Sarfraz also reflected on him batting at number six spot, insisting that there are many talented players in the national team and, therefore, the team would benefit from their game in the top order.”[Experienced players] Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and [fast-improving] youngster Babar Azam have been performing tremendously well in the top order,” the skipper concluded.On Sunday, Pakistan clinched a three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka when they won a comfortable 36-run win over the latter in the third T20I played at their home turf.advertisement
Continue Reading Previous ESC Silicon Valley Tutorial: A novel hands-on approach to learning FPGA designNext Wearables accelerate shift to personal health devices Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Digital I just read that QuickLogic recently announced it is joining Achronix and a start-up called Flex Logix in offering to license FPGA fabric for embedding into SoCs (see QuickLogic Introduces eFPGA (Embedded FPGA)).At first glance, combining FPGA fabric with an SoC looks like a marriage made in heaven. The end-product will have the benefit of highly optimized functions built into the SoC portion coupled with the ability to be customized using the FPGA. In addition, the combined solution should have a higher performance at reduced power and lower cost than using two discrete devices. What could possibly go wrong?Let’s back up a little and look at Achronix and QuickLogic. Both offer stand-alone devices in the merchant market, where they’re up against the duopoly of Xilinx and Intel. These two giants account for close on 90% of the $4B annual FPGA market, leaving less than $500M for the other players. But the third largest FPGA vendor, Microsemi, takes around $300M, and Lattice fills the fourth spot with FPGA revenue of around $130M. These numbers might make uncomfortable reading for QuickLogic and Achronix, but they put into context the mountain they must climb. So, both companies have chosen to try to build a revenue stream using embedded fabric. This is the area where Flex Logix is operating, except it does not offer discrete devices and its business model is totally reliant on revenue from licenses followed by unit royalties once its customers start shipping product.What are the barriers to embedding FPGA fabric in an SoC? The first obstacle is that the fabric needs to be supported on the chosen SoC technology. For example, TSMC commands around 60% of the foundry market, but uses multiple process geometries and variants to service such a large customer base. Flex Logic supports some of the popular 28nm, 40nm, and 16FF TSMC processes. Achronix currently use a 22nm FinFET process from Intel, but offers a service to port to your chosen technology. (More on QuickLogic later).Assuming you have a match on process technology, the next question is how much FPGA fabric do you think you need? This depends on why you are planning to use the embedded fabric.One of the “use cases” that is put forward is to provide an upgrade capability where standards are in flux, or to correct possible design faults in the SoC. So, the issue becomes how good your guess is about likely changes in the standard and where in the SoC data path you expect to need the programmable fabric. Neither question is easy to answer.If the FPGA core is solely for regionalizing the design, then perhaps that answer is simpler. However, initially you would probably try to use a processor to achieve regional variables, which could be a better solution. This leads directly to considering existing products such as the Zynq range from Xilinx, or Stratix, Arria, and Cyclone devices with embedded ARM cores from Intel.Achronix and Flex Logix suggest using their core as an accelerator. The vendors both offer choices of cores with a mix of logic, memory, and DSP functions. Unquestionably, an embedded FPGA core can achieve significantly higher performance compared to an external device. The data transfer does not incur the delay and power consumption of moving on and off chip and the latency will be much lower. A reprogrammable FPGA core would also allow the functionality to be changed to match the current requirements. (A major competitive threat in this application comes from Intel, which has a sharp focus on the Data Center. My bet is that Intel is already working on leveraging its acquisition of Altera to integrate processors and FPGA fabric to create hardware acceleration for its key customers).Again, the question arises how much die area should be devoted to the programmable core. This is an important consideration because there’s a substantial die area penalty when adding programmability. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
kaileon herbert top 3 decision dateFour-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Hebert has announced both his final three schools and the day he’ll make his decision between them. Herbert broke the news on Twitter, confirming that Michigan, Miami and Florida are the only three programs left competing for his services. He’ll be making his decision next Wednesday – July 6.Herbert, who hails from Fort Lauderdale, thanked all of the programs that offered him. July 6th pic.twitter.com/8YlcxSFOPb— Kai-Leon Herbert (@KHerb17) July 1, 2016Herbert is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound player for the class of 2017. He’s the 31st-best player from the state of Florida, per 247 Sports.
All Type 3 facilities that fall under the St. Elizabeth Health Department are slated to receive proper directional signage. As a best practice, customer-service desks will be posted in all facilities and customer representatives will be made easily identifiable with marked vests. Story Highlights The Government has provided $2 million worth of medical equipment to the Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence in St. Elizabeth, which will enhance healthcare services to citizens served by the facility. The provision, under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD) of the Office of the Cabinet, is part of efforts by the Government to revolutionise service delivery across the public sector. The Government has provided $2 million worth of medical equipment to the Santa Cruz Health Centre of Excellence in St. Elizabeth, which will enhance healthcare services to citizens served by the facility.The items include a standby generator, phlebotomy chair, diagnostic set for eyes and nose, electrocardiograph (ECG) machine, and a refrigerator for storing specimen and vaccines. The centre will also receive a cardiac monitor.The provision, under the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Division (PSTMD) of the Office of the Cabinet, is part of efforts by the Government to revolutionise service delivery across the public sector.It follows a customer-service assessment of the health sector, which was completed between 2014 and 2015.All Type 3 facilities that fall under the St. Elizabeth Health Department are slated to receive proper directional signage. As a best practice, customer-service desks will be posted in all facilities and customer representatives will be made easily identifiable with marked vests.Speaking at the handover ceremony at the health centre on April 10, Principal Director of the Modernisation Implementation Unit in the PSTMD, Wayne Robertson, said the Unit will continue to strengthen public institutions to make them more effective and efficient in delivering services to the public.“We are seeking to revolutionise customer service in Jamaica, which is why we have revamped the programme. We are developing a policy, which is called the service excellence policy, and we have also mandated ministries to develop customer-service-improvement plans,” he indicated.He said the policy will be developed and promulgated by December of this year and will set out the mandates of public-sector institutions.Mr. Robertson said the PSTMD is seeking to improve the ease of doing business, including making it easier for customers and patients to access government services.He underscored the importance of the health sector in helping to achieve Jamaica’s growth agenda, and encouraged the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) to do its part in maintaining the equipment while the PSTMD continues to transform the sector.“This is not an event; it is the start of a very long important process … . We are working assiduously behind the scenes, we are going to be collaborating further with you, the health centre, to make sure that we do more if we can,” he saidRegional Director, SRHA, Michael Bent, lauded the efforts of the PSTMD and committed to continue working with the team to add value to health services throughout St. Elizabeth.“Transformation and modernisation is important in today’s organisation. Certainly, at the Southern Regional Health Authority, we have embraced that and we have taken practical steps to ensure that we are ahead, because we need to be the cutting edge,” he said.He noted that “no longer are we going to be using equipment and technologies and processes that are outdated and are not optimising outcomes and outputs”.The PSTMD was created to streamline activities aimed at boosting government efficiency, through the engagement of technocrats in the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), civil society and other groups.The programme is consistent with the Vision 2030 Jamaica – National Development Plan, which commits the Administration to foster world-class customer service and professionalism in all public institutions and to create mechanisms for efficient and effective delivery of services.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s Environment Ministry says a rock slide north of Hope derailed a freight train and led to a fuel spill in the Fraser River.The ministry says in a statement that a Canadian Pacific Rail (TSX:CP) train was knocked off the tracks on Thursday by the slide near Hells Gate in the Fraser Canyon.Several empty grain cars jumped the tracks and the train engine was knocked on to its side.The statement says the engine’s fuel line ruptured and an undetermined amount of fuel spilled into the Fraser River before emergency workers could temporarily patch the leak.Emergency responders from the province and CP Rail have been sent to the scene to assess damages and monitor the environmental response.CP Rail says in a statement that the derailment poses no threat to public safety and an investigation is ongoing.
TORONTO – Toronto Argonauts fans can expect lower ticket prices this season, along with tailgating inside the stadium and branding focused on the team’s roots as a rowing club.The changes announced Monday are part of owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment’s ambitious efforts to revamp the Argos and after years of attendance woes and build a fanbase as large and rabid as MLSE’s other teams — the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs, NBA’s Toronto Raptors and Toronto FC of Major League Soccer.“Our job is to make sure that club is on the same playing field as the rest of our rest great franchises here,” said Jerry Ferguson, MLSE’s head of marketing. “We want people to feel and believe that the Argos is Toronto’s team.”The Argos averaged 14,000 fans last season at BMO Field, a stadium that seats roughly 26,000. To increase that number, MLSE says it will target millennials new to the CFL experience as well as long-time Argos supporters. If both groups are enticed to come out to games, MLSE thinks it can increase their stadium audience.To get fans to games, the average ticket price will be rolled back by 23 per cent, meaning about 2,600 tickets will be sold for as low as $15 per game for season’s seat holders and $19 per game for single-seat buyers.“At the Argos, the fanbase has struggled a little bit,” Argos president Bill Manning admitted. “We were actually priced higher than TFC and we were losing some of the family aspect of Argos games.”He said the team won’t drop ticket prices too low or give seats away en mass, because once someone is used tickets being so cheap or getting them for free “they’ll never pay.”However, the club will “condense” seating, by selling tickets in the lower bowl first and keeping the upper deck on the east side empty, unless demand increases to fill those seats.The team will also nix tailgating parties in the parking lots outside BMO Field and move them into the stadium. The popular U.S. phenomenon was brought to Argos games in 2016, but provincial liquor laws meant fans had to purchase booze on-site instead of bringing it from home.Manning, who grew up in the U.S., said Toronto’s tailgating felt “forced.”“With the ordinances and where they are, it is hard to replicate what they do in Ohio State or with the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Manning. “It actually costs the organization a lot of money to put that on and it wasn’t worth it with the number of people that actually did it.”He didn’t share specifics about how tailgating at BMO Field will work, but said MLSE is toying with specials and an area at the north end of the stadium that could be built out.Meanwhile, fans will be able to purchase new Argos merchandise emblazoned with cannons, shields and typography inspired by old cuts of wood.The nautical themes are rooted in the team’s past as part of the Argonaut Rowing Club, which had a football team as a way to stay fit. The merchandise will feature the blue hues associated with Oxford and Cambridge Universities, an homage to the rowing club’s love of both schools’ rugby teams.The team will use an old slogan “Pull Together” in attempt to match bravado of the Raptors’ “We the North” and TFC’s “All for One” campaigns.“We want to create a sense of rivalry, so if you’re from here, you love us and if you’re not from here, you hate us,” said Ferguson.That message wasn’t lost on CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, who joked that he took one look at a forthcoming Argos shirt with “Toronto” written over a map of Canada and thought “I’m a Winnipegger, born and raised, so I already hate that.”He said that the attitude was indicative of the league’s bold plans to become “bigger, stronger, better.”“The CFL is no longer interested in being the humble church mouse league. We are no longer interested in being small and obscure,” he said. “We are no longer interested in making do. We want to take the Canadian Football League to new heights.”Note to readers: This is a corrected version of an earlier story. Argos president Bill Manning made reference to the Philadelphia Eagles, not the Florida Eagles.
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s battle for political survival looked set to stretch on for days or weeks after exit polls following Tuesday’s election showed the race too close to call.Netanyahu’s main election challenger, centrist party chief Benny Gantz, said on Wednesday it appeared from exit polls that the Israeli leader was defeated but that only official results would tell.Gantz, a former general, stopped short of an outright claim of victory. But beaming confidence, he told a rally of his Blue and White Party that it appeared “we fulfilled our mission,” and he pledged to work towards formation of a national unity government.Netanyahu, he said, apparently “did not succeed in his mission” to win a fifth term in a do-over election that followed an inconclusive national ballot in April. “We will await the actual results,” Gantz said. Vivian Bercovici: Israelis have voted. Who won? Who knows Israel’s Netanyahu fights for new term after decade in power Benjamin Netanyahu says he will ‘apply Israeli sovereignty’ to part of occupied West Bank The prime minister, head of the right-wing Likud and Israel’s longest-serving leader, was due to deliver a “brief but important” address at its election headquarters at around 3 a.m. (0000 GMT).Revised surveys, several hours after polls closed, by Israeli TV stations gave Likud 30 to 33 of parliament’s 120 seats, a slight drop from earlier forecasts, versus 32 to 34 for Blue and White.Neither had enough support, at first glance, for a governing coalition of 61 legislators, and Netanyahu’s ally-turned-rival, former Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, emerged as a likely kingmaker as head of the far-right Yisrael Beitenu party.“Netanyahu has lost, but Gantz hasn’t won,” said Udi Segal, a prominent Israeli television news anchor.The revised polls showed that without Yisrael Beitenu’s projected eight to nine seats, stalemate could ensue: Likud would have the support of only up to 55 legislators, down from 57 in the earlier exit polls, for a right-wing coalition. Blue and White could enlist the backing of no more than 59 for a center-left government.“We have only one option – a national, liberal, broad government comprising Israel Beitenu, Likud and Blue and White,” said Lieberman, whose projected tally was double the result in April.We will await the actual resultsCoalition-building could be complicated: Lieberman has said he would not join an alliance that included ultra-Orthodox parties – Netanyahu’s traditional partners.Gantz has ruled out participating in an administration with Netanyahu, if the Israeli leader is indicted on looming corruption charges.CORRUPTION CHARGESDubbed “King Bibi” by his supporters, Netanyahu, 69, had already been stung by his failure to form a government after the April poll.Looming corruption charges – he has denied any wrongdoing – have also chipped away at Netanyahu’s seeming invincibility, 10 years into consecutive terms as prime minister marked by a sharp focus on security that resonated with voters.“Unless that miraculous turnabout between the exit polls and the actual results happens – the Netanyahu magic has been broken,” Anshel Pfeffer, author of a Netanyahu biography, wrote in the left-wing Haaretz daily.Addressing supporters after the exit polls, Lieberman appealed to President Reuven Rivlin to invite Netanyahu and Gantz to meet as early as Friday, even before final results are in, to explore the formation of a national unity government.The two main parties’ campaigns pointed to only narrow differences on many important issues: the regional struggle against Iran, the Palestinian conflict, relations with the United States and the economy.An end to the Netanyahu era would be unlikely to bring about a significant change in policy on hotly disputed issues in the peace process with the Palestinians that collapsed five years ago.ANNEXATIONNetanyahu has announced his intention to annex the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank, where the Palestinians seek statehood.But Blue and White has also said it would strengthen Jewish settlement blocs in the West Bank, with the Jordan Valley as Israel’s “eastern security border.”As in the election five months ago, Netanyahu’s opponents, including Gantz, focused on bribery and fraud allegations against the prime minister in three corruption cases.Netanyahu is due to face a pre-trial hearing in October to argue against the charges being filed.An election loss could leave him more at risk of prosecution, without the shield of parliamentary immunity that his political allies had promised to seek for him. There is no certainty they would stand by a weakened leader without an obvious public mandate in any coalition-building.Netanyahu portrays Gantz, 60, as inexperienced and incapable of commanding respect from world leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump.Before the last election, Trump gave Netanyahu a lift with U.S. recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war. This time, the White House seems more preoccupied with Iran.The Trump administration plans soon to release an Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that may prove a dead letter: The Palestinians have rejected it in advance as biased. Netanyahu’s open door in Washington and other world capitals, at a combustible time on Israel’s borders with Syria, Gaza and Lebanon, remains a big draw domestically.In the final hours of campaigning, Netanyahu strained every sinew, urging voters to support him to avert what he described as the “disaster” of a left-wing government.His voice hoarse, the veteran leader took to the streets and social media, at one point using a megaphone in Jerusalem’s bus station, to appeal to voters to extend his unbroken decade in power.In Gaza, Palestinians awaited the results of the vote.“This election affects many things in our life,” said Mohamad Abdul Hay Hasaneen, a janitor in the city of Khan Younis. “There might be limited escalations after the election, but I don’t think this would result in a full war.”(Reporting by Jeffrey Heller, Dan Williams and Maayan Lubell and Stephen Farrell in Jerusalem and Akram El-Satarri in Gaza ; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Peter Cooney)
Police charge 4 people with trading controlled satellite camera tech to China Four people and two Canadian companies are facing charges over their alleged roles in exporting controlled goods and technologies to China that could enhance that country’s satellite cameras, RCMP said Monday.The Mounties allege the four were involved in creating and selling microelectronics, specifically a sensor, to two Chinese companies — one of them state-owned.They allege the goods and technologies were being shipped from Canada to China in violation of the Canadian Controlled Goods Program and other export laws.Two Canadians — who worked at Waterloo, Ont.-based Teledyne DALSA Inc. — stole technology from their employer and set up a company with a former employee in order to get a contract to make the sensor, police alleged in a statement.Investigators say the fourth accused works with one of the Chinese companies allegedly involved.“Project OSensor commenced in early 2014 after the RCMP was requested to conduct a criminal investigation by Public Services and Procurement Canada — Controlled Goods Directorate and Global Affairs Canada, as a result of a written complaint … from Teledyne DALSA,” police said.Teledyne co-operated fully with the investigation, they said.Arthur Xin Pang, of Pierrefonds, Que., and his company Global Precision Inc., Bianqiao Li, of Waterloo, Ont., Nick Tasker of the United Kingdom and his Montreal-based company, 3D Microelectronics Inc., and Hugh Ciao, of California, face numerous offences related to the alleged incident.Police said Pang and Li were to appear for a bail hearing in a Waterloo court on Monday, while warrants have been issued for Tasker and Ciao.Canada has a controlled goods program designed to prevent proliferation of weapons, satellite communication equipment, military equipment and intellectual property.“Canada has an international responsibility to safeguard its exports which potentially may be used against Canadians and their allies,” said RCMP Supt. Jamie Jagoe.“This investigation is an example of foreign governments having an interest in Canadian-based controlled technology and it highlights the RCMP’s commitment to keeping Canadian’s safe from the potential misuse of that technology.”The Canadian Space Agency, the Department of National Defence, Global Affairs Canada, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI were among the agencies involved in the investigation, police said. by Liam Casey, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 29, 2016 12:10 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 29, 2016 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He claims that under the terms of his consultancy agreement with Princess Nauf he should have been paid a fee of 1.5 per cent of the sale price, amounting to £375,000. The total sum being pursued by Mr Hussein amounts to £6,079,342.97. Mr Hussein maintains that in May 2016 the Princess’s eldest son, Prince Sultan bin Fahd, promised he would be paid.Princess Nouf’s solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, said: “We do not comment on client matters; and our client looks forward to the High Court determining this matter.”CORRECTION: This article was originally illustrated, incorrectly, with a photograph of Princess Nouf bint Fahad bin Khaled and her husband Prince Turki Al Faisal. Neither of these individuals have anything to do with the matters covered by the article. We apologise for this error. The photograph has been removed. The daughter in law of King Salman of Saudi Arabia is being sued for £6 million after allegedly failing to pay fees on lucrative property deals, including the sale of her country estate to a Russian billionaire.A senior confidante to the Saudi royals accuses Princess Nouf bint Khalid bin Abdullah Al Saud of withholding fees due to him for property deals he brokered in London and the Home Counties.Mohamed Hussein says the Princess failed to pay him his share of the deals after he made her millions of pounds more than she had expected.Lawyers for Mr Hussein maintain that as a result of his work “Princess Nouf was enriched at his expense” and that her refusal to pay is in breach of contract.Princess Nouf, 54, is the widow of Prince Fahd – the eldest son of the current Saudi ruler, Salman bin Abdulaziz, one of the richest men in the world.Following her husband’s death in July 2001, at the age of 46, Princess Nouf, who is supported financially by King Salman and her own family, has divided her time between Saudi Arabia, the US and her home in South Kensington,.In 2004 she arranged for Mr Hussein, her private secretary, who had previously held senior positions in the Saudi Embassy in London and the private office of the late King Fahd and the kingdom’s current ruler King Salman, to handle the sale of her 30 acre Harewood Estate, near Ascot, with its three palatial houses and extensive gardens. Mr Hussein claims he then went on to negotiate an £8.2m discount on the Wellcome Trust’s £21.5m asking price for the freehold of Princess Nauf’s Mortimer House home, in South Kensington, for which he should have received a fee of £66,500.The writ states that Mr Hussein also oversaw the multi-million redevelopment of two nearby mansion block apartments, in Egerton Gardens, on behalf of the Princess.Mr Hussein says he persuaded Princess Nouf the properties were a potentially lucrative investment and she asked him to arrange for her to buy them.As a result he oversaw the £14.6m purchase and redevelopment of the apartments, which were eventually valued at the significantly increased price of £18.5m.Mr Hussein, who lives in Old Windsor, maintains that as her agent and project manager he is now entitled to at least 10 per cent of the apartments’ value, at £1.85m.His duties for the Saudi royal family included accompanying them when they travelled abroad, and attending Prince Fahd at any hour of the day or night he required.In 1997 he became a director of Eirad, the company which managed the family’s properties, fleet of cars and vast collection of artwork.Mr Hussein is also claiming he is owed more than £3.4m in expenses and remuneration, as a well as unpaid rent of £30,000 on a property near Windsor Castle, where Princess Nouf housed several of her staff. Knight Frank and Savills estate agents both placed the property on the market for £22m, but then advised Princess Nauf to drop the price to £18m and even consider offers of £13m, as there had been little initial interest from prospective buyers.But Mr Hussein, 63, was convinced he could obtain the original asking price for Princess Nauf.He knew that a mansion at nearby Wentworth Park – which was not even as luxurious as the Harewood Estate – had been sold to the Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, an opponent of Russian president Vladimir Putin, for at least £18m.Berezovsky’s body was later found by a bodyguard in a locked bathroom at another home with a ligature around his neck. Although an inquest recorded an open verdict and police found no proof of foul play, there were claims Putin had masterminded the death.A writ lodged by Mr Hussein’s lawyers in the High Court said: “Knowing that other Russian businessmen were looking to acquire properties in that area, and . . . Mr Hussein advised Princess Nouf that the market value of the Harewood Estate was around £25m.”Indeed Mr Hussein went on to secure the sale of the estate to the billionaire Russian industrialist Andrey Melnichenko for more than £25m in December 2004. Russian tycoon Andrey Melnichenko and his wife, the Serbian model and singer Aleksandra Nikolic Melnichenko in DubrovnikCredit: Sipa Press/REX/Shutterstock
Canal +: ses ventes de VOD augmentent après l’arrêt de Megaupload.La fin de Megaupload profite à CanalPlay, le site de VOD de la chaîne cryptée, qui voit ses ventes augmenter depuis le 20 janvier. Le malheur des uns fait le bonheur des autres et alors que le fondateur de Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, attend la décision concernant son extradition vers les Etats-Unis, les sites de VOD eux récupèrent les anciens utilisateurs du service, en mal de films et de séries à dévorer chaque soir.À lire aussiMegaUpload : L’audience d’extradition de Kim Dotcom repoussée en mars 2013 CanalPlay, filiale VOD de la chaîne Canal +, voit ses ventes augmenter très sensiblement depuis le 21 janvier, soit au lendemain de la fermeture de Megaupload par le FBI. Selon les chiffres de PC INpact, c’est une augmentation de 15% via la Xbox 360 et même de 34% pour les abonnés Numéricable utilisant le service de CanalPlay. Avant le 20 janvier, on enregistrait au contraire une variation de seulement 10% sur la console de Microsoft.Ce regain des téléchargements légaux est donc bien le fruit de la dissipation de Megaupload et de ses dérivés dans le domaine du streaming. Bien plus efficace qu’une loi Hadopi, des utilisateurs ont préféré passer au payant plutôt que chercher une nouvelle solution illégale plus technique à mettre en place (par exemple le Bittorrent).La VOD, avec ou sans les remous provoqués par Megaupload, est en progression. Selon les chiffres récents du Syndicat de l’Edition Vidéo, le secteur de la VOD a enregistré une hausse de 50 % des ventes sur 2011 (à 230 millions d’euros de chiffre d’affaires). Les ayant-droits se félicitent notamment d’une offre plus riche et accessible pour l’utilisateur : “L’offre légale en VOD s’est largement accrue puisque ce sont désormais 20 000 programmes dont plus de 6500 films qui sont disponibles légalement.” Pas sûr que cet épiphénomène tienne la route. Dans le même temps, les utilisateurs se plaignent régulièrement des prix pratiqués par ces plateformes. Le 7 février 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambert
Ben Foster is confident that the addition of his Watford teammate, Troy Deeney, to England’s squad will be a boost to the national team.Deeney is yet to be called up to play in England’s national team, despite his wonderful performance this season in Watford’s satisfactory opening.Just of late, Deeney, striker and captain of Watford, has spoken of his disappointed at being ignored by Gareth Southgate in favor of Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling and Danny Welbeck, in the games against Spain and Switzerland.When Foster was faced with the question of what his decision would be were he Southgate, he was sure of the decision he would have taken.“Yes, he offers a different dimension,” he said, according to Sports Mole.What to expect from Watford V Arsenal? Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 Arsenal are set to take on Watford this weekend and the game is definitely going to be quite a peculiar contest between two sides…“Like when Peter Crouch was in the team, he brought a different dimension at the time.”“That’s what Troy’s got. If you get the ball up to him with quality, he will hold it and, as long as you can can get around him, you can get yourself so high up the pitch.”“He is such a strong boy and his work rate is second to none.”“Troy can only do his talking on the pitch. That’s what he has done at every game since I have been here this season.”
But there was already some backlash to the bitmoji backlash.”If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I’m going to keep reading because I wouldn’t have made that decision and that tells me you might have some ideas I might not have,” Russell Holly, an editor at Android Central, wrote.Wrote another Twitter user, “I would 100% bring in someone with a bitmoji on their resume for an interview.” “There’s a freaking bitmoji on the résumé.” The stodgiest of business documents is in the midst of its most extreme makeover yet https://t.co/rQBkX7XLBC— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 13, 2019 FYI: If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I will set it on fire. I will not pay any attention to anything else on it. Only the bitmoji is enough to consign it to a pit of eternal torment. Love y’all. https://t.co/iwGtDR8qAa— Sascha Segan (@saschasegan) August 14, 2019 Share your voice Comment Maybe I’m being an “old millennial” here, but if your résumé has enough room for a bitmoji, you haven’t accomplished enough to have the license to put a bitmoji on your resume. https://t.co/2hJWA7ttRM— AJ (@ajchavar) August 13, 2019 @matt_shill just told me he thinks i would put a bitmoji on my resume, and i’m not sure if i’ve ever been more offended— cheyenne nichole (@cheyenneshill) August 13, 2019 FYI: If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I’m going to keep reading because I wouldn’t have made that decision and that tells me you might have some ideas I might not have. Also, we’re hiring. https://t.co/BetDjnV0HP https://t.co/yohp0yPjhj— Russell Holly (@russellholly) August 14, 2019 1 I would 100% bring in someone with a bitmoji on their resume for an interview. https://t.co/WbRwZe9qCm— Alexander De Luca (@AlexanderDeLuca) August 14, 2019 I’m going to apply with a resume of only memes, and various emojis. You’re welcome.— Aaron (@Aaron_Kasten) August 14, 2019 Resumes are a necessary evil. But it’s up to job applicants not to make them super evil. An article published Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal revealed that some job applicants are dressing up their applications with waaaaay too much non-business-related detail. idk why but the thought of someone putting a bitmoji on their resume is the funniest thing ever. worth a 2nd interview— Hunter Wiederstein (@ItsHunterTime) August 14, 2019 Tags Bitmojis, in case you’ve managed to escape them so far, are cartoon avatars that can be customized to a thoroughly creepy level to resemble the person using them. “Create your Bitmoji and be yourself wherever you go,” the company’s site proclaims. And apparently some job hunters are adding the friendly little cartoons to their please-hire-me documentations, whether electronic or otherwise. The Journal’s example is especially egregious: an applicant for a teaching job at the Indianapolis high school included a bitmoji of himself waving and the word “hi” at the top, quickly making himself the hey-get-a-load-of-THIS-guy story of the faculty room.The Journal story went on to discuss other things job-seekers should stay away from (pastel colored resumes; moody — or any — photos; lists of random hobbies), but it was the bitmoji mention that took off.”If I see a resume with a bitmoji on it, I will set it on fire,” Sascha Segan, lead analyst for PCMag, wrote in a tweet. But watch out, HR people. The Journal might have created a monster.”I’m going to apply with a resume of only memes, and various emojis,” one tweeter wrote. “You’re welcome.” If I receive a resume with a bitmoji and it doesn’t look like the person, I’m throwing it straight in the bin.— Incognegro (@Brandon_JD) August 13, 2019 Online Mobile Apps
What does levitation have to do with diapers? More than you would expect! Like so many things in life, the high absorbency of diapers is thanks to the wonder of chemistry, and specifically to sodium polyacrylate. What does this have to do with levitation? YouTuber Steve Mould breaks it down as he usually does, by pouring things out of beakers.Sodium polyacrylate comes in a variety of forms, all of which operate the same way when they come in contact with water — they absorb it. A lot of it. It’s used in diapers because this compound can absorb hundreds of times its weight in water. This is obviously a highly desirable trait for a diaper.You may also have encountered sodium polyacrylate under more festive (and less smelly) circumstances. By making the sodium polyacrylate in different forms, you can change its properties when it comes in contact with water. If you start with tiny, lumpy granules of sodium polyacrylate and add water, you get a fluffy pile of particles. This formulation is sold as novelty artificial snow. You can see Mould demonstrating how much water sodium polyacrylate absorbs by pouring artificial snow out of a beaker in the video.The chemistry of this process is how we get to levitation. When you add water to sodium polyacrylate, the ionic bond between the sodium atoms and the chain of acrylate molecules is broken. The positively charged sodium drifts off, leaving a polymer with a negative charge. Using a static wand, Mould demonstrates how the negatively charged strands are repelled from each other to create pockets. The polymer analog he uses also levitates, which is fun. The space between the polymer strands fills up with water and causes the acrylate to expand. That’s how diapers work, but unfortunately they don’t make levitating diapers yet.
Coral skeleton crystals record ocean acidification ´Iceberg Fantasy´ by artist and astronomer Daniel Durda, used here with permission to illustrate the surface of an ocean planet. © Daniel Durda 1998 Imagine a world with no land at all, merely the impenetrable depths of a seething ocean. Models of planet formation predict the existence of such worlds, even though our own solar system has none. Indeed, their formation should actually be rather common — and new satellites may soon detect them around other stars. Planetary embryos that form far from a star are composed mostly of water ice. Pluto and the comets are good examples of such icy bodies, as are the moons Titan and Europa. Early in our own solar system’s history, the largest of these planetary embryos acquired a dense envelope of hydrogen and helium and transformed into the gas giants we know today. But what would happen if they drifted a bit closer to the Sun before getting so big?Planets that form far from their parent star are expected to have a composition similar to comets (50% rock, 50% water by weight). Once a planet exceeds about ten Earth masses it has enough gravity to attract any hydrogen and helium near its orbit, and will rapidly transform into a gas giant. But what happens to planets in this region that never exceed the threshold?It becomes an “ocean planet”, a term coined by Alain Léger (Université Paris-Sud, France) when he first proposed the existence of such worlds in 2003. An ocean planet that stays in the outer disk will probably be captured by the gas giants forming there, perhaps to become a moon like Europa. Such worlds will be composed mostly of rock and ice, and depending on their environment and formation history may harbor liquid oceans below their surface.Hydrodynamic simulations have shown that it is common for planets to migrate inwards or outwards as they plunge through the turbulent gas of the disk. It is therefore quite possible for an ocean planet to creep close enough to its star to melt the ice. So why doesn’t our system have any ocean planets? It’s hard to say, but it’s also clear that random chance plays a large role in planet formation. “Simulations … starting from random initial conditions produce a broad diversity of planets, including small planets migrating through the ice line.” explains Franck Selsis (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), one of Léger’s principle collaborators and the author of a more recent article on the detection of ocean planets. “Planets with masses less than 20 Earth-masses have been found at short periods with the instrument HARPS.”These objects are too big to be ocean planets; rather, they are small gas giants like Neptune or Uranus. As gas giants cannot form close to a star, it appears that they must have formed in the outer planetary nebula and migrated inwards. As Selsis tells PhysOrg.com, “Their detection shows that the process that can give birth to ocean planets is common.” Water, water every where…The water content of the Earth is only about one part in 4400, yet water covers over two-thirds of its surface. Not only would water cover the entire surface of an ocean planet, but its average depth would on the order of 100 kilometers! All the rocky matter would sink to the center of the planet, forming a dense core not unlike the Earth’s. Where the Earth has a thick mantle of magma, however, ocean planets would have a mantle of exotic ice. The pressure at the bottom of the ocean would be10 million atmospheres or more; under such a crushing weight, water has no choice but to solidify. …nor any drop to drink.Depending on its proximity to the star, an ocean planet’s surface might be icy, liquid, or some combination of the two. If it gets too close, however, the surface temperature might rise high enough for the oceans to transform into a global sauna. Such a planet wouldn’t have an ocean at all; at temperatures above the critical point of water, the distinction between liquid and gas disappears. Instead of an ocean, the ice mantle would be surrounded by a thick envelope of supercritical water: an even mix of vapor and suspended droplets at hundreds of degrees Celsius.Right now, ocean planets exist only in the realm of theory. They might well be detected by the recently launched CoRoT satellite, however. In a recent article posted to arXiv.org, Selsis describes how CoRoT and ground-based observations can be combined to estimate the density of extrasolar planets and thus tell the difference between an ocean world and a rocky world like the Earth. In the case of CoRoT any ocean worlds it can detect will be much closer to their star than even Mercury is to the Sun. The Kepler satellite (due to launch in 2008), on the other hand, will be able to detect such planets as far out as the habitable zone of some stars. Planet-finders have much to look forward to, and the discovery of these exotic worlds will provide a great deal of support for current theories of planet formation. Nobody knows yet whether such planets could evolve life, but they clearly have one of the essential ingredients in abundance. Citations: 1. Alain Léger et al. 2004, “A new family of planets? ‘Ocean Planets’ “. Icarus 169, 499L. An online version of this paper is available at arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0308324.2. Franck Selsis et al. 2007, “Could we identify hot ocean planets with CoRoT, Kepler, and Doppler velocimetry?” Icarus (submitted); an online version of this paper is available at xxx.arxiv.org/abs/astro-ph/0701608 .By Ben Mathiesen, Copyright 2007 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. Explore further Citation: Ocean Planets on the Brink of Detection (2007, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-02-ocean-planets-brink.html 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.
Adding another feather to its cap, Sapphire has been selected by ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) to perform in its prestigious Horizon series on February 22, Friday, 7 pm at Satyajit Ray Auditorium, ICCR, KolkataSapphire Creations Dance Co completed the ICCR Tour of Indonesia in December 2018, and will now be enthralling the dance enthusiasts of the City of Joy. The troupe toured four cities of Indonesia between December 16-24 as a Diplomatic Cultural Delegation, to represent India with a 10 member team. Sapphire performed in cities like Bali, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and Medan. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIts itinerary also included a workshop in the Mahatma Gandhi International School in Jakarta along with interactive sessions by leading dancers, choreographers and teachers of Indonesia. On the evening of February 22, Sapphire will present ‘Sapphirescope’– an amazing amalgam of dance, music, visuals with fusion contemporary and popular dances. The performance has been curated keeping in mind ‘the rich history of shared tradition’, ‘connection that India has with Indonesia – particularly the connection of Rabindranath Tagore with this island nation as well as ‘Batik’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSapphire has divided the 70 minutes long program into three parts. ‘Culture’, the first segment, emphasises on the culture of India by fusing tradition and modernity. Amalgamation of Acro-Yoga and South East Asian Martial Arts along with poetry from India (including Bengal), will be other highlights. The second part is ‘Conversations’– where the focus will be on the inspiration of Indonesia in Tagore’s thoughts and work with poetry from Geetanjali, and performances of the Seasons of India. The final segment is ‘Celebration’ – the emphasis is on indulgence into a fun, frolic, and fiesta. It will focus on presenting aerial works and fusing Indonesian traditional music with modern compositions, which ultimately will celebrate the tour and the cultural relationship between India and Indonesia. It was indeed an exciting year for Sapphire. They had completed the tour of Kazakhstan in September 2018, and were preparing for USA tour in 2019, when this tour came as a pleasant surprise and acknowledgment of their untiring effort from the last 26 years. This was their 23rd international tour in about 21 countries.
Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Pena Nieto has vowed to tamp down drug war violence while letting salaries rise and ensuring medicine is available to all, though he has been short on specifics. He has made change a watchword of his campaign.Lopez Obrador has tried to woo middle class voters with promises to govern for all, rich and poor alike. But many stability-minded Mexicans still resent his challenge of the 2006 election result, when he mounted protests that gridlocked vast swathes of the Mexican capital for weeks.As elsewhere, “middle class” is largely a state of mind in Mexico, a nation of 112 million people that is home to the world’s richest man and to tens of millions who still struggle to find enough to eat.Some define middle class here to cover people making more than $10 a day. Others say it applies to people who have cars, cable TV and some education. Whatever it is, many Mexicans say they’re part of it.“I am convinced that Mexico today is mostly a middle class country, but this doesn’t mean that there are no poor people,” said Luis de la Calle, an economist and former commerce undersecretary. “If they consider themselves to be middle class, well, who are we to tell them they’re not? Being middle class is a question of attitude.” Comments Share Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family The PRI _ or Institutional Revolutionary Party _ held a strong lead in all of final, major pre-election polls on Wednesday, counting on the very thirst for change that led voters to pry it from the presidency in 2000.The party had been built to run Mexico from top to bottom under the orders of the president. Unions, farm groups, professional associations were all squeezed in its paternalistic embrace. Until the last few years of its reign, those who challenged it were usually ignored or crushed.That old PRI system gradually began to crumble as Mexico’s urban middle class slowly swelled. Shopkeepers and small business owners, professionals and academics grew weary of the corruption and heavy hand of the old system. Many were less dependent on it than were the desperately poor or very rich. Fervent Catholics resented its anti-clerical ideology.Some turned to National Action, a conservative, religiously inclined party that grew slowly over the years and that frequently joined with leftists to press for reforms. By 1989, those incremental reforms had reached the point that a PRI president, for the first time, allowed an opposition candidate to win a governor’s race. Eleven years later, the presidency itself fell to National Action’s Vicente Fox, thrilling many Mexicans and stunning nearly all. Top Stories Associated PressNAUCALPAN, Mexico (AP) – Middle class voters like Gerardo Olivo helped drive Mexico’s ruling party from power 12 years ago, ending its seven decades of rule.Now the same voters seem ready to bring back the party everyone knows as the PRI.Olivo, a 33-year-old financial trader, said he voted for the now-governing National Action Party in the past two presidential elections, hoping it would transform Mexico. He’s fed up now, though. “My position today is to go back to the PRI” he said. “I already tried the other party because it had promised change, but now I realize there was no change, or the changes were already there.” More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Top holiday drink recipes New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Olivo, who earns five figures a month and lives in Mexico City’s upscale Pedregal neighborhood, considers himself middle class.So does Mauricio Hernandez, who says he makes an average of about $1,400 a month from his used car lot in Naucalpan, a suburb of some 800,000 people on the edge of Mexico City. It’s also part of the state that Pena Nieto governed.Like many his age, the 62-year-old Hernandez has always backed the PRI and he considers Pena Nieto “a hard-working man” who has had “good achievements and has been able to project them and make them work.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Analysts say Fox owed much of his victory to middle class voters, which counterbalanced the PRI’s strong hold on poor, rural Mexico. That same bloc swung behind National Action again in 2006 when Felipe Calderon narrowly edged leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, whose sometimes fiery rhetoric frightened some and who is running again this year.Now, though, Mexicans have lived 12 years under National Action, and that party is widely blamed for a sluggish economy and tens of thousands of deaths in a militarized war on drug trafficking gangs.“The middle class is the big prize for the candidates,” said Oscar de los Reyes, professor at the Monterrey Technological Institute. “When the government does not solve their problems, they want change, but not ideological change, what they want is change so that they can maintain their status.”A survey released Tuesday by the Consulta Mitofsky polling firm showed middle class voters swinging to the PRI’s Enrique Pena Nieto, who was favored by 37 percent of them. Lopez Obrador was backed by 26 percent and National Action’s Josefina Vazquez Mota by just 23 percent. 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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – A mass of small volcanic rocks nearly the size of Belgium has been discovered floating off the coast of New Zealand.The stretch of golf-ball-size pumice rocks was first spotted this week by a New Zealand air force plane about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) northeast of Auckland. The rocks stretch for about 26,000 square kilometers (10,000 square miles).A navy ship took scientists to the rocks Thursday night. Naval Lt. Tim Oscar says the rocks appeared a brilliant white under a spotlight, like a giant ice shelf. Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths He says it’s the “weirdest thing” he’s seen in 18 years at sea.Scientists say the rocks likely spewed up in an eruption by an underwater volcano. They don’t believe the eruption is connected to the onshore ash eruption this week of another volcano, Mount Tongariro.Officials say the small rocks pose no danger to shipping.The Defence Force says the mass of rocks stretches 250 nautical miles by 30 nautical miles.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments Share How men can have a healthy 2019 Men’s health affects baby’s health too Sponsored Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates
By Evie AndreouTHE head of the state medical services says that a number of ‘deadbeat’ doctors, as well as others being investigated for lewd behaviour, should get the sack and that the tough-talking Health minister also shares his view.Petros Matsas said on Friday that yet another probe is currently underway, adding to the multitude of investigations of medical incompetence, misdiagnosis and negligence, only this time it involves a state doctor who allegedly send nude photos to a patient.A ministry source confirmed to the Cyprus Mail that the probe is underway. It adds to the long list of violations, including doctors who refuse to perform their duties.Other cases of gross incompetence include the recent case of a baby found in a hospital morgue’s dumpster.Matsas was quoted by the Ygeia-news medical portal as saying that the health ministry is in the process of replacing doctors who were deemed as “insufficient”.He said that the state medical services, with the blessing of the health ministry, have introduced an evaluation and replacement programme of doctors who are reported of not responding competently to their duties. Those deemed as insufficient will be replaced with other “sufficient doctors”.Matsas said that his service has launched a probe into claims that a state doctor was sending naked photos to a patient. The doctor in question was reported in the past for similar reprehensible behaviour, he said.The medical chief added that he has also called for a report into events regarding the misdiagnosis at the Nicosia general hospital earlier in the week of a footballer who was rushed to the emergency ward after he was hit in the face during a football match, only to be sent home with painkillers and instructions to get some rest. Later in the day, the footballer was rushed by his wife to a private clinic after he was constantly vomiting, where a CT scan revealed he had serious fractures to the cheekbone. He was immediately admitted to surgery, which lasted 4.5 hours.The health ministry, Matsas said, has also asked from the Public Service Commission to suspend a gynaecologist at the Paphos hospital, who was reported by the family of a pregnant woman for refusing to report for duty and deliver the baby when the mother went into premature labour some two weeks ago. The gynaecologist also allegedly told the mother the next day that it was her fault for having sex and going into labour. The doctor was also reported as making an indecent gesture to the young mother.Matsas told Ygeia-news that at the moment there is an ophthalmologist at the Paphos hospital who refuses to reform cataract surgeries, thus forcing Paphos residents to travel to the Nicosia general hospital for such procedures, which he called “unethical”.Another doctor, he said, this time not at the Paphos hospital, spends his working day in front of a computer “playing with the keyboard without producing a single cent worth of work the whole day”.“These doctors, in my opinion, and fortunately the health minister [George Pamporides] also believes the same, must go away,” Matsas was quoted as saying.He said that they have already replaced a doctor at the emergency room (ER) in Paphos.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola