first_imgMaterials that heal themselves are going bigtime. Scientists have cooked up a chemical concoction that can patch a 9-millimeter-wide hole in a sheet of plastic, a self-repair orders of magnitude larger than ever demonstrated before. The finding could lead to new kinds of airplane wings and spacecraft components that can repair themselves midflight.“It’s exciting; I think it’s a big step forward in being able to autonomously heal structures without intervention,” says University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, mechanical engineer Ellen Arruda. She calls the researchers’ scheme “the polymer equivalent of a blood clot.”Complex life could never have evolved without the ability to heal itself. When an animal suffers a puncture wound, for example, compounds flow from blood vessels to the wound site, where they feed the growth of new tissue to fill the damaged area. The process, however, requires a vascular system to deliver the needed components. 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In one such scheme, narrow channels similar to animal blood vessels deliver compounds that seal small fissures in a material made of fiberglass and polymer resins. So far, such systems have only repaired fractures so small that opposite sides of the wound nearly touch. When the damage site is larger—say, the size of a bullet hole—liquid compounds tend to leak out before they can form a seal.Now, scientists and engineers from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, report a two-part solution to fill such big voids. In the first step, the researchers filled two parallel 330-micrometer-diameter channels with two mixtures of organic molecules known to combine to form solid and semisolid structures; the mixtures were dyed red and blue. The researchers then embedded the channels in a 3-millimeter-thick plastic sheet, laid the sheet flat and punctured it, causing the red and blue mixtures to flow into the nearly circular hole and mingle with each other. A catalyst joined the two compounds into cross-linked fibers, resulting in a semisolid gel that filled the hole from the outside in.The gel’s fibers formed a netlike scaffold that set the stage for the second step in the healing by supporting a third compound that flowed in from the channels. This compound reacted to form solid crisscrossing polymers, which filled in the hole and surrounding cracks with a cloudy, purplish substance. The polymer made a seal with the original clear plastic and restored most of the material’s strength.“What we did here was what I like to call repair by regrowth,” says chemist Jeffrey Moore, a research team member. He says the critical insight was choosing chemicals that react at different rates, so the net could form before polymerization started. “Timing is everything here,” Moore says.Moore and his colleagues report online today in Science that their scheme can repair a hole nearly 1 centimeter in diameter, with cracks radiating over an area 3.5 centimeters in diameter. This is about 100 times larger than any previously self-repaired defect in a nonliving material, Moore says. A system like theirs could someday be part of self-healing airplane wings or spaceship components that include composite materials made of multiple constituents. Humans cannot easily repair such components during flight.But Arruda says that unlike in a human wound, which is eventually repaired with the same kind of tissue that was originally lost, the makeup of Moore’s team’s polymer differs from that of the original plastic. As a result, the repaired material is somewhat weaker than an intact sheet; in tests, it can absorb only about 62% as much energy from an impact. The researchers will also need to show that their repairs hold up under a range of real-world conditions like varying humidity and extreme temperatures, she says.last_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Desiderio hits last-second 3 as UP escapes UST Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle University held on to beat Far Eastern University, 95-90, to start its title-retention bid in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Green Archers erected 23-point lead, 37-14, in the second quarter and were poised to go on cruise control but the Tamaraws were able to slowly chip away deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The reigning UAAP MVP is playing for his country Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket.Dennison had 21 points for FEU while Comboy added 13. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “For sure we’re going to learn from this,” said La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo in Filipino. “These are the games that we’re sure we’ll learn from especially on improving our composure late into the game. Ron Dennison and Wendell Comboy nailed back-to-back triples in the final two minutes of the game to cut the deficit to five, 90-85, giving FEU a glimmer of hope.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLa Salle, however, was able to hold on and capitalize on FEU’s late miscues.Aljun Melecio put up a career-high 29 points to lead the Green Archers, who played without big man Ben Mbala. 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgDefinitionLaminectomy is surgery to remove the lamina. This ispart of the bone that makes up a vertebra in the spine. Laminectomy may also be done to removebone spurs in your spine. The procedure can take pressure off your spinal nerves or spinal cord.Alternative NamesLumbar decompression; Decompressive laminectomy; Spine surgery – laminectomyDescriptionLaminectomy opens up your spinal canal so your spinal nerves have more room. It may be done along with a diskectomy, foraminotomy, and spinal fusion. You will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).You lie face down on the operating table. The surgeon makes an incision (cut) in the middle of your back or neck.The skin, muscles, and ligaments are moved to the side. Your surgeon may use a surgical microscope to see inside your back.Part or all of the lamina bones may be removed on both sides of your spine, along with the spinous process, the sharp part of your spine.Your surgeon removes any small disk fragments, bone spurs, or other soft tissue.The surgeon may also do a foraminotomyat this timeto widen the opening where nerve roots travel out of the spine.Your surgeon may do a spinal fusion to make sure your spinal column is stable after surgery.The muscles and other tissues are put back in place. The skin is sewn together.Surgery takes 1- 3 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedLaminectomy is often done to treat spinal stenosis. The procedure removes bones and damaged disks, and makes more room for your spinal nerve and column.advertisementYour symptoms may be:Pain or numbness in one or both legs. You may feel weakness or heaviness in your buttocks or legs. You may have problems emptying or controlling your bladder and bowel.You are more likely to have symptoms, or worse symptoms, when you are standing or walking.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery for these symptoms. Spinal stenosis symptoms often become worse over time, but this may happen very slowly.When your symptoms become more severe and interfere with your daily life or your job, surgery may help.RisksRisksof any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsInfection, including in the lungs (pneumonia), bladder, or kidneyBlood lossHeart attack or stroke during surgeryReactions to medicationsRisksof spine surgery are:Infection in wound or vertebral bonesDamage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, or loss of feelingPartial or no relief of pain after surgeryA return of back pain in the futureIf you have spinal fusion, your spinal column above and below the fusion is more likely to give you problems in the future.Before the ProcedureYoumay have an MRI or CT myelogrambefore the procedure to confirm that you have spinal stenosis.Tell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. This includes medicines, supplements,or herbs you bought without a prescription.During the days before the surgery:Prepare your home for when you leave the hospital.If you are a smoker, you need to stop. People who have spinal fusion and continue to smoke may not heal as well. Ask your doctor for help.Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn).If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.Let your doctor know right away if you get a cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have.You may want to visit a physical therapist to learn some exercises to do before surgery and to practice using crutches.Your doctor or nurse will tell you when to arrive at the hospital.Be sure to arrive on time.On the day of the surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6- 12 hours before the procedure.Takethe medicinesyour doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.After the ProcedureYour doctor or nurse will encourage you to get up and walk around as soon asthe anesthesia wears off, if you did not also have spinal fusion. Most patients go home 1- 3 days after their surgery.Outlook (Prognosis)Laminectomy for spinal stenosis often providesfull or somerelief of symptoms.advertisementFuture spine problems are possible for all patients after spine surgery. If you had laminectomy and spinal fusion, the spinal column above and below the fusion are more likely to have problems in the future. If you needed more than one kind of procedure in addition to laminectomy (such as laminotomy, foraminotomy,and spinal fusion), youcould have future problems as well.ReferencesCurlee PM. Other disorders of the spine. In: Canale ST, Beatty JH, eds. Campbells Operative Orthopaedics. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA:Elsevier Mosby; 2007:chap 41.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35(14):1329-38.Review Date:11/15/2012Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.last_img read more

first_imgGujarat Lions, who were struggling after three back-to-back loses bounced back against Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League encounter at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. (Full Coverage|Points Table)Eden wicket surprised usThe Lions were pleasantly surprised to see a seaming track on offer at the Edens Gardens and made full use of the conditions to set up a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match, said veteran seamer Praveen Kumar.Known for its slow and turning wickets, the Eden’s thin grass boosted Praveen, who rattled the top order with his match-winning 2/19 to restrict KKR to 158/4, a target they chased down in 18 overs with five wickets in hand to return to the top of the points table.”We were surprised to see this wicket. We were expecting a rank-turner. There was a bit of juice in the wicket initially, with a bit of grass that made some difference. We bowled in the right areas and got early breakthroughs so it helped us. It was a double-pace wicket,” Praveen Kumar said.Praveen took two wickets in three balls which included that of in-form Gautam Gambhir (five) as KKR were tottering at 24/4 in 5.5 overs before Shakib Al Hasan (66 not out) and Yusuf Pathan (63 not out) staged the recovery.Toss doesn’t matter muchHe, however, disagreed that toss played a crucial factor in their win.”Toss does not matter much, you have to give your 100 per cent. If you play well, you will come up in the table, like Sunrisers Hyderabad did (in the previous match today).”advertisementT20 is unpredictableGiving the team the credit for having full faith on him, he said: “My team has full faith in me, Raina trusts me. Getting wickets is really not in your hands. One day you can get hit and the next day you may get four wickets also and win the match in this format. You always want to do well. But this format is very unpredictable.”India comeback?Asked whether he’s eyeing an India comeback like another veteran Ashish Nehra, he said, “I follow a simple principle, I just focus on my performance, work hard and win the match for your team. That’s my job. I don’t think what others saying or doing.”Aaron Finch once again batted lower the order and Praveen said, “It’s a strategy to play him in the middle. It’s about being flexible.”(PTI Inputs)last_img read more

first_imgAcknowledged by Eutelsat at the UHD Innovation Partner,Acknowledged by Eutelsat at the UHD Innovation Partner, since over a year, travelxp has migrated its entire production work flow in 4K and is amongst one of the first to do so globally.For more information, please log onto: http://www.travelxp.tvFacebook: AzamTV:AzamTV was launched in Tanzania during December, 2013. It also has presence in other countries like Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana, Sierra Leon. Close to 100 channels in the bouquet, AzamTV carries both local and international channels catering news, sports, music, telenovelas, and other general entertainment.Azam is a household name in East Africa and the project is initiated by the biggest industrial group Bakhresa Group Media contact: Trishala Maheshwari +91-22-42001052 Syndicating and Licensing Celebrities Management Private LimitedPhoto: Source: travelxp PRNewswire DLlast_img read more

first_imgMarcus Rashford should look for a move away from Manchester United if he wants to fulfil his potential, former England defender Jamie Carragher has advised.The Red Devil got the only goal of the game during England’s 1-0 victory over Switzerland in Leicester on Tuesday, steering home a Kyle Walker cross at the back post, but has found his chances limited at Old Trafford.Carragher does not see that situation changing rapidly and has advised the 20-year-old to take a step back to go forwards. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Rashford may have to move away to come back to one of the top teams,” he told Sky Sports.“Does he have to leave United? I think so. Is he good enough to displace Lukaku? Is Rashford good enough to be Manchester United’s centre-forward for them trying to win the Premier League or the Champions League? He may not be.“It gets to the stage where you want to play every week. Will he be an England regular or be Manchester United’s real centre-forward where you know, when the team is picked every week, that he is in it. Will it ever get to that stage?“In that position you have got to be world class. Rashford is not world class yet, but he might be at 23 or 24, as Romelu Lukaku has done. He looks like one of the best strikers in the world.“Lukaku is in front of Rashford and I don’t see Rashford displacing him as long as he is there.“But remember when Lukaku was at Chelsea and he had to come away and go to Everton. Then he ended up as top scorer and got his move to Man Utd.”Carragher outlined his thinking, stating that consistent opportunities in the first team are crucial.“Possibly Everton is the sort of club you are looking at, just below the top six, for someone like Rashford, similar to what Lukaku did,” he said. “You know you are going to play every week as the centre-forward and you know if you have a couple of games where you don’t score then you are still going to play the next week.”Last season after they played Brighton away, Mourinho had a little pop at him and Lukaku went straight back into the team. That’s the problem you will always have.”Rashford has yet to find the mark at club level this season, having turned out three times for United in the league.last_img read more

first_imgSamsung is holding an event today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where it is expected to announce a brand new Galaxy A smartphone. This comes not long after the Galaxy A7 (2018) which caught everyone’s attention for being the first Samsung phone with a triple camera system. And if rumours and leaks are true, Samsung is planning to top this with the Galaxy A9 today that is said to come with four cameras on the back, which would make it the first phone in the world to bring this feature.Samsung has been focussing its efforts on its Galaxy A series a lot in recent months as rye company hopes to take on a pretty competitive mid-range segment with brands like OnePlus and Asus and Pocophone to name a few. The event will be livestreamed and you can catch the announcement live via Samsung’s official site starting 2.30pm IST.We have been hearing a lot about the Galaxy A9 off late and its quad camera system but detail regarding the configuration has been a little hazy. That is until yesterday when noted tipster Evan Blass leaked information on all the sensors on board. As per the press render, the four cameras on the back will include a 24MP main sensor with f/1.7 aperture, an 8MP ultra wide angle lens with f/2.4 aperture, a 10MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom and a 5MP depth sensor. If we disregard the telephoto lens, the other three cameras are similar to what you get on the Galaxy A7 (2018). All four cameras on the Galaxy A9 will be vertically stacked on the top left corner.advertisementWhile Blass tweeted about the cameras, another noted tipster Roland Quandt from gave some insight into the overall design and hardware. Press renders show the Galaxy A9 will come with a glass panel on the back with a gradient colour scheme in Pink and Blue colour options. There will also be a black colour option as well.ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy A7 triple cameras: Wide-angle lens sees allThe Galaxy A9 will reportedly sport a 6.3-inch FHD+ (1080×2160) Super AMOLED display with the Always-On feature. The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 660 SoC. It will be offered with up to 128GB of internal storage with support for expandability up to 512GB via microSD card. The Galaxy A9 (2018) will house a 3,800mAh battery with fast charge support via USB Type-C. We will know more about the specs, pricing and availability details once the event begins.Disclaimer: The reporter’s travel and stay for this event in Kuala Lumpur have been arranged by Samsung.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — The Trudeau government has tabled its promised child welfare legislation aimed at stopping the over-representation of Indigenous children in foster care.The bill emphasizes the need for the child welfare system to promote more preventative care and support for families instead of apprehending Indigenous children from their mothers.Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan calls the legislation “historic” and says the main goal is to provide more opportunities for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to exercise jurisdiction over child and family services in their communities.Indigenous leaders are applauding the bill, which was one of the first five calls to action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations says the number of First Nations children in care — over 40,000 — is a human rights crisis and that more attention must be paid to the needs of First Nations children in Canada.Bellegarde says the legislation is an important first step, but stresses the need to have it passed before Parliament dissolves for the October election.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement In fact, 67.5 per cent of shows, or 108 out of 160, were written, directed or choreographed by a female artist.That’s an amazing statistic, especially since it’s not reflected in the theatre scene during the other 50 weeks of the year.It was also a great year for cultural diversity. Some of the strongest ensemble shows, like Nasty, Grey, Hands Down and Lysistrata showcased performers who reflect the population of the city, and not the same old white faces we see routinely on mainstages.READ MORE Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Fringe 2017 will go down in history for several reasons.It was the biggest ever Toronto Fringe, with 160 shows, which may have had something to do with its record-breaking sales of $519,707 (the first time it’s broken the $500K mark); it was the first Fringe at its new home at Scadding Court; the near-paperless ticketing system, which had a trial run at last winter’s Next Stage Festival, went very smoothly; and this was the final Fringe under executive director Kelly Straughan.It was also the year that #FringeFemmeTO, a hashtag to celebrate women playwrights, directors and choreographers at the Toronto Fringe, really broke through and got people discussing gender parity in theatre. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rabat – Minister delegate for the Interior Charki Drais and Gabon’s minister delegate for Social Forecasting Marie-Françoise Dikoumba approved, on Friday in Rabat, the formalization of the joint steering committee on the framework agreement for cooperation on human development and investment, and its standing secretariat.The setting up of this committee and its secretariat, under minutes signed by Drais and Dikoumba, marks the effective enforcement of the framework agreement, signed on Dec. 22 in Libreville, by the Moroccan ministries of Interior and Health and Gabon’s Social Forecasting ministry concerning sharing expertize and good practices related to income-generating activities, the fight against precariousness, community-based health care, supervision and assessment, and actions by associations.The joint steering committee is co-chaired by the Gabonese minister delegate for Social Forecasting and Minister delegate for the Interior, or their respective representatives. The formalization follows a Gabonese technical mission (March 29-April 3 in Morocco) meant to establish governance bodies tasked with monitoring the implementation of the framework agreement, said Dikoumba who is also the national coordinator of human investment strategy (SIHG).Drais underlined Morocco’s and Gabon’s steadfast resolve to strive for the well-being of their respective citizens, reiterating Morocco’s unwavering readiness to assist Gabon in order to improve its population’s economic and social conditions.The two parties signed the 2015 action plan, by virtue of which they will meet in Libreville in May. The action plan provides mainly for organizing training workshops for the benefit of SIHG technical committee and formalizing partnerships related to hemodialysis centers and Autistic kids centers in Gabon. read more

TORONTO — Despite recent challenges faced by Canada’s retail sector, analysts have a rosy outlook for the looming holiday shopping season — particularly on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.[np_storybar title=”Cross-border shopping, reversed: This Black Friday, Canadian malls set to be packed with Americans” link=””%5D It’s likely that this year there will be more than a few U.S. license plates in the parking lots at Canada’s outlet malls, as the flow of cross-border traffic has begun to reverse.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Rob Cameron, chief product and marketing officer of processing payments firm Moneris, said there has been an increase in sales on both days for the last four years.Despite the high-profile departure of U.S. discount chain Target from Canada, along with the closures of Mexx, Boutique Jacob and Smart Set, consumers continue to spend. Cameron said retail sales are up around six per cent this year.“I think this Black Friday … we would anticipate it being a larger increase than last year, so we tell retailers to be ready for more sales,” said Cameron.He added that e-commerce retailers are also expecting strong sales and experts predict a surge in online transactions.“We expect Cyber Monday to again be a double-digit increase year over year.”An online survey conducted this fall by IPG Mediabrands revealed that 68 per cent of respondents said they would shop at stores in Canada on Black Friday, while only 15 per cent said they planned to shop at U.S. stores — a 37 per cent decline compared to a previous survey.The poll of more than 1,000 Canadians also revealed 68 per cent planned to shop online through Canadian websites on Cyber Monday, while 42 per cent said they’d do so through U.S. sites — a decrease of 18 per cent.How investors can play Black FridayBlack Friday or Boxing Day? Where Canadians can get the best dealsRespondents said they plan on spending, on average, $332 per person on Black Friday, said Loraine Cordery, insights manager at IPG Mediabrands. Clothing and accessories were the top category, followed by technology and home electronics, books, music and DVDs, and computer hardware or software, she added.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“Beforehand, Boxing Day was a big sales day. But now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming just as important and a big part of this holiday shopping period,” said Cordery.Beforehand, Boxing Day was a big sales day. But now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are becoming just as important and a big part of this holiday shopping periodThe survey also revealed that about one-quarter of the respondents believed deals in Canada are just as good as those in the U.S., compared to 14 per cent in a similar survey last year, she noted.The bargain bonanza events have been longtime hallmarks of the U.S. shopping calendar, but have increasingly been adopted by homegrown retailers in a bid to keep consumers from flocking south to spend on deals.“When the dollar was at par and Canadian retailers were losing sales to the U.S. because of all of this excitement of Black Friday, the two things combined meant Canadian retailers said: ’Enough is enough,”’ said Michael LeBlanc, senior vice-president of marketing and digital at the Retail Council of Canada.“Retailers don’t necessarily create demand, they follow it. In other words, they reflect the consumer. And the consumer was clearly interested in Black Friday-Cyber Monday excitement.” read more

A heated debate later took place between the Government and the opposition and Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakody then suspended sittings for 10 minutes. When sittings resumed the tense situation continued and sittings were suspended for 15 minutes. Proceedings resumed again but the tense situation remained and the Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella then proposed that Parliament be adjourned till tomorrow. Parliament proceedings were adjourned till tomorrow following a tense situation which arose over the Central Bank Governor.When sittings commenced today the opposition put forward a no-confidence motion on Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and demanded that he be removed from his post.

“Throughout his rich and varied life, Senator Moynihan displayed exceptional intellect, vision and passion on a range of issues in the domestic and international arenas alike,” said a statement issued by a spokesman for the Secretary-General. “He was a steadfast advocate of the core ideals of the United Nations, from the promotion of international rule of law to the work for social and economic justice.”The statement noted that although Senator Moynihan, who also once served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, was sometimes critical of the way the Organization worked, “he retained and expressed a deep and abiding belief in the need to balance national interests with a commitment to multilateralism.””His courage, character and unforgettable flair will be remembered and missed by many people, not only in his own country, but around the world,” the statement said. read more

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today it had given $51,000 for immediate relief efforts in the five affected northern provinces, where agricultural lands in more than 100 villages remain under water, although the situation has improved. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has released a further $50,000 to support the Government’s relief efforts. Initial Government surveys estimated damage of more than $8 million, which does not include that to the affected population’s properties and personal belongings. The Government has allocated some $63 million to the Flood Relief Fund for the five affected provinces. In addition to its cash grant, the UNDP will work with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to facilitate construction of permanent housing for those affected by the flooding. read more

Stunned by the Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling against Phil Ivey. He gained an advantage but it wasn’t his fault he was that smart.— Neil Monnery (@neilmonnery) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey did not cheat. Why the world is so uptight about gambling and gamblers I don’t know— Kevin (@hula5150) October 25, 2017 Phil Ivey has won 10 World Series of Poker tournaments. (J.Sciulli/WireImage for Media)Phil Ivey, a poker player dubbed the Tiger Woods of the card game, has been ruled against in a challenge over his 2012 earnings at a London casino. The World Poker Tour winner had been embroiled in an edge-sorting scandal and sued to recover $10.2 million from a baccarat game.The UK Supreme Court said Tuesday, Oct. 24 Ivy engaged in the technique, called edge-sorting, that involves a player reviewing subtle differences on the back of a card to gain an advantage while playing Punto Banco at Crockfords Club in Mayfair in 2012.Maurice “Mac” VerStandig, an attorney who counsels professional poker players, sports bettors and advantage players said this about edge-sorting regarding a similar lawsuit Ivey faced from a New Jersey casino in 2012, it “really amounts to little more than the strategic exploitation of inconsistencies in the way patterns on the back of playing cards are cut. Many houses, these days, have a white border around their playing card patterns, in large part to block against this precise scheme.”VerStandig added that at the time there was no real precedent for a case like Ivey’s. In an attempt to highlight the murky claims against the poker star, he offered this analogy:“On one extreme end of the spectrum is a player who uses loaded dice in a craps game — this individual, if caught, is destined for a rendezvous with the civil justice system.“On the other extreme end of the spectrum is a card counter crunching numbers through a six-deck blackjack shoe — this individual, if caught, will be kindly asked to leave the premises, allowed to keep his or her winnings, and revered in the halls of MIT.”Edge-sorting falls somewhere in between.“It makes no sense that the UK Supreme Court has ruled against me, in my view, contrary to the facts and any possible logic involved in our industry,” Ivy said after the ruling over the blackjack-like game, according to the Daily Mail. “At the time I played at Crockfords, I believed that edge-sorting was a legitimate advantage play technique and I believe that more passionately than ever today. … As a professional gambler, my integrity is everything to me.”Ivey added that if the justices understood casinos and advantage play, which are legal methods used to gain an advantage during play, then the case would have been decided in his favor.The ruling upholds a 2016 majority decision that dismissed his case against Crockfords Club owner Genting Casinos UK.“What Mr. Ivey did was to stage a carefully planned and executed sting,” Lord Justice Hughes said to the Daily Mail. “If he had surreptitiously gained access to the shoe and re-arranged the cards physically himself, no one would begin to doubt that he was cheating. He accomplished exactly the same result through the unwitting but directed actions of the croupier, tricking her into thinking that what she did was irrelevant.”Related: Gambling In the NewsPaul Pierce Bows Out at The World Series of PokerTobey Maguire Decides To Fold His Hand In Illegal Poker LawsuitCasinos Brace For Change as States Legalize Online GamblingThe croupier is a Chinese woman named Cheung Yin Sun, a fellow gambler who was caught up in the scandal in 2012.In the court of appeal, Lady Justice Arden referred to the Grambling act of 2005, which says someone may cheat “without dishonesty or intention to deceive.”Many online have sided with Ivey.That Phil Ivey ruling is absolute bollocks. Ridiculous that gambling institutions are so well protected in every regard.— Jake Miller (@jakemiller10) October 25, 2017 read more

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (March 1, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle chat about Jimmy Butler’s recent injury and how it might affect the Minnesota Timberwolves, who are currently on track to make the playoffs. Next, they dive into tanking in the NBA. As of our taping, eight teams were within 2.5 games of having the league’s worst record. The crew take a look at why that number is so high this season and offer suggestions on how to reduce tanking. Plus, a significant digit on the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Jimmy Butler is out indefinitely after surgery to repair his meniscus, per ESPN.Deadspin’s Patrick Redford warns that we should get ready for the NBA tanking campaign of a lifetime.Significant Digit: 41.5 and 15.0. Coming into Wednesday’s game, that was the number of points and rebounds per game that Anthony Davis of the Pelicans was averaging over his last six games. The Pelicans won all six games. read more

first_imgMineworx Technologies, a leading provider of proprietary, cost-effective and non-toxic precious metals extraction solutions to the mining industry as well as to the E-Waste industry, through its collaboration with EnviroLeach Technologies, announces that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued US Patent Number 10/124,345 covering the Mineworx HM X-tract mobile modularmining/extraction process.The HM X-tract proprietary mining technology, combined with a unique operational system results in an environmentally responsible, non-toxic process for precious metal reclamation which requires no tailings ponds and consumes 80% less water. The system is capable of high efficiency recoveries from both alluvial and crushed hard rock deposits as well as being able to process old tailings for remaining value. “The new technology allows us to deploy rapidly, process efficiently and decommission quickly in an environmentally sound manner with little capital expenditure and significantly reduced permitting process.”The HM X-tract will target:• Deposits previously not minable due to environmental concerns• Smaller deposits where large capital expenditures are not justified• Deposits in areas where permitting and lack of water prohibit mining• Cleanup of any other metallic solids soil contaminationlast_img read more

first_imgTHE WATERFORD FIRE service had to be called out to Duffy’s Circus during the week to provide water for sea lions after an unexpected problem with water pressure on the site in Tramore. The fire brigade filled the tank the sea lions are kept in and the show can roll on, presumably to draw in large crowds of August holidaymakers.There was no animal welfare issue at any time, said an inspector from Waterford Animal Welfare. Animals weren’t short of drinking water and the three sea lions got into their tank promptly.With all due respect to Waterford Animal Welfare, that is missing the point of ‘animal welfare’ by a country mile. As ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly told this publication, the incident was further evidence that “circuses cannot provide a suitable environment for wild animals”.Or, in other words, there is a place where sea lions rarely have difficulty with water pressure. It’s called the sea.Circuses or other venues that use wild animals in their performances are the type of thing that, hopefully, people in 100 years will look back on about the same way as we consider Victorian ‘freak show’ performances using disabled people. The entire process of what goes into getting a wild animal to play with a ball or perform other tricks is cruel and unusual when you break it down.Training wild animalsBe it a whale, a sea lion, a monkey or an elephant these animals must be captured in the wild, or bred into captivity. They are kept in tiny spaces compared to what they are used to and designed for in the wild. Typically, circus animals are trained through a mixture of repetition or starvation at the ‘humane’ end of things, and with skin-piercing bull hooks at the other. They are subjected to stressful and abnormal situations on a regular basis. Apart from performing in a giant tent, the animals are regularly put onto the back of trucks and driven around. Not something you’re likely to find an elephant herd doing in the wilds of Africa.I have no doubt that the likes of Duffy’s Circus treat their animals humanely and care for them as best they can on the road. But there is no guarantee that the animals they have purchased were not captured and trained in the most inhumane fashion imaginable. One of the source markets for trained elephants is India, where the bull hook is a favoured method of training.Even if Duffy’s are keeping the animals well, the fact remains that three adult sea lions are living in a blue tarp swimming pool. Sea lions typically cruise in water at 17kmh, and can burst up to 40kmh. Three of them stuck in a tank together aren’t going anywhere fast. Outside of circuses, killer whales swim 120km to 160km per day, a little more than the distance between Dublin and Waterford. A killer whale in Seaworld would have to swim around the tank in a circle 1,600 times to get the same range.Be it a travelling animal circus you meet on your holiday in the south east or somewhere like Loro Parque in the Canaries, where killer whale shows are popular, you are contributing to an industry of misery by paying to see a show.Conservation and studyAnimals are kept in captivity for a number of reasons. Many zoos and aquariums play an important role in the conservation and study of endangered species. Farms play host to domesticated livestock that feed a good proportion of humanity. Circuses and entertainment venues have no practical function other than to provide a good talking point and a few pictures from a day out.Unlike a human performer, an animal doesn’t head home after a stressful or busy day dancing around the arena. They don’t crack open a beer and watch their favourite programme. They’re not even like domesticated pets, such as a dog who has a loving bond with its owner or that plays an important function like aiding a disabled person.They’re wild animals that are sociable and intelligent enough to be trained, locked up in a cage and prodded till they perform meaningless tricks.There have been steps taken by some consciences officials to stop this. South Dublin County Council will no longer allow circuses that use animals on public land. On the other hand, the Arts Council and Meath County Council gave a grant of €20,000 to Duffy’s Circus this year under their annual programming grant.Money talksUltimately, however, the power to stop animal exploitation like this rests with consumers. Some circuses have dropped animal performances, partly in response to consumer pressure.If you find a circus setting up near you and it uses animals, please don’t go. If you’re in the Canaries or Florida or anywhere else a Sea Life Park is found, just don’t. If the animals are forced out to do a show, perform tricks and entertain then you are furthering animal cruelty by paying to keep it running.There are lots of other things you can do to pass the time, none of which involve locking wild animals up in cages or putting them in swimming pools.Aaron McKenna is a businessman and a columnist for He is also involved in activism in his local area. You can find out more about him at or follow him on Twitter @aaronmckenna. To read more columns by Aaron click here.Read:  Fire service called out to water sea lions at circusRead:  Activists ‘alarmed’ after circus camel walks into traffic in CorkRead: Dublin council bans animal-act circuses on public landlast_img read more