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Juventus step up interest in €140m Pogba

first_imgJuventus are stepping up their efforts to sign Paul Pogba but accept that they will face stiff competition from Real Madrid for the Manchester United midfielder.According to sources close to the Serie A champions, the club’s sporting director Fabio Paratici met with United officials to discuss a potential deal for the France World Cup winner while he was in the UK finalising a move for Maurizio Sarri.And Juve are now planning to put together an official offer for the 26-year-old, who left them to rejoin United in 2016, expected to be in the region of €130 million to €140m (£116m/$145m to £125m/$157m). Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? They do, however, accept that Madrid will also be at the front of the queue to sign Pogba.He is considered a top target for head coach Zinedine Zidane and the Liga side would very much be interested in taking him to the Bernabeu.The ABC newspaper in Spain goes as far as saying that Real are willing to bid €125m (£112m/$140m) for Pogba and offer him a salary that would see him paid the equivalent of Eden Hazard, just short of the amount earned by club captain Sergio Ramos.That said, Juve, who appointed former Chelsea manager Sarri as their new head coach on Sunday, are still ready to go toe-to-toe with Madrid in the race to sign the midfielder, with the deal to take Cristiano Ronaldo to Turin proving that nothing is impossible.United, meanwhile, remain determined to keep Pogba and do not want to sell him in a move that would undermine manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has always been adamant that he wants to build his team around the Frenchman.That puts the Red Devils in a stronger position over negotiating a potential sale, whereby they would demand as much money as possible should talks progress, and interest from Juve and Madrid be followed up with concrete offers.Juve have continued to dominate domestically in Italy, winning their eighth league title in a row under former boss Massimiliano Allegri, although Champions League progress has been more of a struggle.There was hope that the signing of Ronaldo would help end their 23-year wait to win Europe’s biggest prize, although they came unstuck against Ajax in the quarter-finals of the 2018-19 version of the competition.A move for Pogba would further show their ambition to finally conquer Europe, with Aaron Ramsey having joined on a free transfer from Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot having also been linked.Mauro Icardi is another who interests the Serie A holders, although Juve are not keen on allowing Paulo Dybala to move to Inter as part of any deal for the Argentine striker.Right-back Joao Cancelo, meanwhile, is all set to depart, with Manchester City close to finalising what is likely to be a €50m (£45m/$56m) move, plus bonuses, for the Portuguese.Additional reporting by Kris Voakes and Alberto Pinerolast_img read more

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Giant Frog Hops into Place at Museum of Natural History

first_imgThe giant Northern spring peeper, a seasonal fixture at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax for the past 20 years, will hop into place on the south-east side of the museum on Thursday, May 11. For many people, the giant spring peeper — made of wood and fibreglass, and about the size of a Volkswagen bug — announces that spring has officially arrived and that summer is just around the corner. The Northern spring peeper is a tiny tree frog about the size of a quarter. Each spring children, adults and families wait and listen for the chorus of peeps — which are mating calls — as the official indicator that spring is here. The peeping sounds can be tracked across the province, starting in the more southern areas as early as late March. They can also be heard in northern areas of the province into June. The first peep from Halifax County was reported on April 1 in Dartmouth, and then on April 2 in Birch Hill, Colchester Co. There were also reports during the month of April from: Granville Ferry, Jeddore Oyster Pond, Mount Uniacke, North River Bridge, Aspy Bay, Lower Debert, Herring Cove, Westport, and Kempt Head.last_img read more

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Premier Pledges Provinces Support for Sustainable Community Development

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter and Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly joined local businesses to commit to sharing knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities today, Oct. 13. The premier and mayor signed a memorandum of understanding that pledges support for the use of Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow (QUEST) principles in the development of a subdivision in Bedford West. This will be the first community project built according to QUEST principles. “This is the first step in long journey of co-operation between government and business on this issue,” said Premier Dexter. “Our goal is to create communities that are more efficient and can withstand tough economic times. Building communities like this will help create jobs and make life better for Nova Scotia families.” QUEST is a network of people from the energy industry, environmental groups, governments, researchers and communities that work to make more efficient use of energy, better manage waste, use more renewable resources, and use electricity grids strategically to build better communities. Under the agreement, the province, the city, Clayton Developments, East Port Properties and Heritage Gas will share their knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities. Mayor Kelly praised QUEST’s integrated approach to land-use, energy, transport, water and waste management that helps promote responsible energy use and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. “This is in keeping with municipal council’s commitment to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 2002 levels. What we are doing today supports our efforts and will help us reach our objective.” QUEST seeks to create communities that use energy sources that provide the best value and reduce greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. The province joined QUEST in 2009. FOR BROADCAST USE Premier Darrell Dexter today (October 13th) joined Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly and local businesses to commit to sharing knowledge about creating cost-effective, energy-efficient communities. The premier and the mayor signed a memorandum of understanding that pledges support for the use of QUEST principles in the development of a subdivision in Bedford West. QUEST, which stands for Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow, encourages government and business to build better communities by smarter energy use, better waste management, and using more renewable resources. -30-last_img read more

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War Child Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Album Release

first_imgTo celebrate War Child’s 20th Anniversary, the charity has released an album with Parlophone Records that brings together some of the best tracks from their five albums – including the legendary ‘HELP’ from 1995, which raised £1.5 million.Best Of War Child AlbumSubsequent releases have featured the hottest names in music and raised not only funds, but profile, for our vital work.War Child 20: The Best Of was released as a digital album only on 18 February.With all proceeds of the sale coming directly to War Child, the album tracks have been selected to show the diversity and quality of all the artists who have supported the charity for the last two decades.To further commemorate their 20th anniversary, long time supporters Muse are giving away a free track to fans. Over six minutes long, the track starts with Muse’s take on the classic ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ before turning into an explosive version of ‘Time Is Running Out’. Download it here.The track listing for the Best Of album is as follows: Come Together: Smokin’ Mojo Filters (Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher) Lucky: Radiohead Fade Away: Oasis Mourning Air: Portishead Fake The Aroma: Massive Attack Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head: Manic Street Preachers Shipbuilding: Suede Miss Sarajevo: Passengers (U2 and Luciano Pavarotti) House Of The Rising Sun: Muse Ghost Town: The Prodigy Calico Skies: Paul McCartney Everyone Says Hi (Metro Mix): David Bowie Vietnam: New Order How You See The World No.2: Coldplay Hong Kong: Gorillaz Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: Keane Transmission: Hot Chip Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat: Beck Straight To Hell: Lily Allen (ft. Mick Jones) Running To Stand Still: ElbowTo find out how to download your copy of the album, click here.Source:War Childlast_img read more

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Big Five lenders earn collective 106B Q2 profit up 11 per cent

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s Big Five banks reported a collective second-quarter profit of $10.6 billion, up nearly 11 per cent from a year ago, beating expectations across the board as they brushed off concern about the impact of a cooling real estate market amid tighter mortgage lending guidelines.“The market is in various stages of worry about the outlook for the mortgage market in particular, but the results themselves seem to indicate that a lot of that worry is misplaced,” said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities in Toronto.BMO was the last of the biggest banks to report its earnings for three-month period ended April 30 on Wednesday.Its fiscal second-quarter net profit of $1.25 billion was relatively flat compared with a year ago, but included a $192-million after-tax restructuring charge primarily related to severance costs. Canada’s fourth-largest lender also raised its quarterly dividend to 96 cents per share, up three cents from 93 cents in its previous quarter.BMO said it earned $2.20 per share on an adjusted basis for the quarter, up from $1.92 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected the bank to earned $2.12 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Like its rivals, BMO benefited from strong earnings on both sides of the border. Its Canadian banking arm saw net income rise 11 per cent to $590 million. And although home sales activity across the country in April hit a monthly low not seen in years, due to factors including a new stress test for uninsured mortgages as of Jan. 1 and higher interest rates, BMO’s total Canadian residential mortgage portfolio grew by 2.2 per cent to $106.4 billion in the latest quarter.BMO has “momentum” in its U.S. personal and commercial business, which is driving “very strong” results in its Canadian business, said chief executive officer Darryl White.“The bank’s performance this quarter, I believe, is indicative of our potential and I remain confident that our diversified businesses will deliver sustainable earnings growth for the future,” he said.The other Big Five banks generated strong earnings at home as well. TD’s Canadian retail division net income was up 17 per cent compared with last year. RBC’s Canadian personal and small business banking division reported a seven per cent increase in net income, while Scotiabank’s domestic banking division saw a five per cent increase and CIBC’s Canadian personal and small business banking division reported a 16 per cent increase in net income.International growth was a bright spot for the Canadian lenders as well, and a big contributor to the $10.6 billion in net income attributable to shareholders amongst them during the quarter.BMO on Wednesday said its U.S. personal and commercial banking division saw net income increase 46 per cent to $348 million for the quarter.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce saw an even bigger increase of 431 per cent, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in June last year.Profits at TD Bank’s U.S. retail arm’s rose 16 per cent, while Royal Bank’s U.S. Wealth Management unit, which includes Los Angeles-based City National, saw a 25 per cent jump. Scotiabank, which has focused its international expansion in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, saw net income at its international banking arm increase 14 per cent to $675 million.Canada’s sixth-largest bank, National Bank of Canada, also reported better-than-expected results and raised its dividend Wednesday. It earned $547 million or $1.44 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $484 million or $1.28 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.“We’re seeing a lot of good contribution from their U.S. and international businesses,” said Robert Colangelo, senior vice president of Canadian banking and financial institutions at ratings agency DBRS.“Those seem to be the platforms that are taking off.”However, a dark cloud loomed as the banks delivered strong second-quarter earnings. BMO and CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii warned that up to 90,000 clients’ information may have been compromised. BMO and CIBC on Monday said they were contacted a day earlier by “fraudsters” who claimed to have accessed clients sensitive data.The accelerated pace of technological change brings benefits for banking customers in the digital age, but increases risk as well, said BMO’s chief risk officer Surjit Rajpal. The bank will continue to “enhance our layered defences,” he said.“There will be bad actors that will attack banks or other institutions, be it for disruption or financial gain…. From an operational risk standpoint, I think there is an element that has gone up,” Rajpal told analysts.“There’s no question about it, and we’re going to be better prepared for it.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:RY, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)last_img read more

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Two years on from war in Lebanon progress on cluster munitions –

14 August 2008Two years after the end of fighting in Lebanon between Hizbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the threat of cluster munitions has been reduced but not eliminated in the south of the country, according to a United Nations agency in charge of clearing mines from the area. The UN Mine Action Coordination Centre of South Lebanon says that during the 34-day conflict in 2006 the area was blanketed by cluster munitions. An estimated 40 square kilometers of land became contaminated with hundreds of thousands of unexploded cluster munitions, which have so far killed 20 people and maimed 194 others.Commenting on the village of Kafer Sir, one of dozens affected in the area, the head of the Centre, Christopher Clark, said, “This whole village was covered with unexploded cluster munitions. They were on people’s rooftops, hanging from trees, even in playgrounds.“We’ve managed to clean up about half of the known cluster munition strike sites in this village. We hope to have the whole village completely cleared by the end of the year,” he added.To date, cluster munitions have been cleared from the surface of about half of South Lebanon’s known contaminated land. About 150,000 munitions have been found and destroyed.“I’m optimistic about the situation,” Mr. Clark stressed. “Our goal is to address the worst of the problem by the end of this year. I don’t want even one more civilian to have to fall victim to these horrible weapons. We’ll do everything we can to make the area safe and let people resume their normal lives.”Since clearance operations and measures to educate the public about the dangers of cluster munitions began two years ago, the civilian accident rate has dropped from about 57 a month in 2006 to about two a month today. “There’s been a huge human toll, but the economic toll has also been very high. Most people in South Lebanon earn a living from agriculture. People can’t farm when the land is full of cluster munitions,” Mr. Clark said.With support from the UN Trust Fund for Human Security, the Centre has provided livestock to the most vulnerable individuals and families in the village of Kafer Sir.The Centre coordinates the operations of about 950 clearance personnel as well as mine action personnel of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and of the Lebanese Army. In a related development today UNIFIL’s force commander Major General Claudio Graziano told reporters in New York today that the mission had been successful in carrying out its mandate in maintaining the ceasefire established in 2006. He stressed that the mission’s presence was vital in ensuring stability in the area. read more

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UN envoy welcomes peace pact between Somali Government and rebel group

15 March 2010The top United Nations envoy to Somalia today welcomed the signing of a peace agreement between the Government and a rebel group, reiterating that the war-ravaged Horn of Africa nation is transitioning from a “failed to a fragile State.” The pact to cooperate fully towards peace and reconciliation was signed between the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the group known as Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.According to the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS), it is also in the spirit of the 2008 Djibouti Agreement, a peace accord between the TFG and Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS) that was meant to pave the way for the cessation of all armed conflict across the troubled country.The new pact follows a declaration signed last June between the Government and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a in Nairobi under the UN’s aegis.“I congratulate the signatories for reaching an agreement in the interest of the Somali people and the nation, in the interest of their dignity and towards peace in the region,” said Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative.The new pact is a signal that “things can and are changing in Somalia,” he added.The envoy voiced optimism that rapprochement among Somalis will be stepped up, as the “old barrier built against stability in Somalia is slowly being brought down.”The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported earlier this year that clashes between Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a and a rival militia group, Al Shabaab, killed or injured more than 150 people and uprooted thousands in central Somalia.Last week, the agency expressed its deep concern for the safety of more than 8,000 people trapped in the capital, Mogadishu, by clashes which have uprooted more than 100,000 people since the start of the year.Some 8,300 people who do not have the means to get out of the capital remain displaced in Mogadishu, according to UNHCR.“As the fighting rages on, aid agencies cannot access and assist these extremely vulnerable IDPs [internally displaced persons],” agency spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told reporters in Geneva.Characterizing the clashes in both the capital and other parts of the Horn of Africa nation as “relentless and indiscriminate,” UNHCR said the situation for civilians continues to deteriorate. read more

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Start your checkbooks Famed collection of vintage gas signs pumps for sale

In this undated photo provided by Morphy Auctions, a porcelain sign advertising Kelly Tires, valued at $50,000 to $80,000, is shown. The sign will be among hundreds of gasoline advertising signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes and other pieces of petroliana and automobilia to be sold at auction during October 2015 at the auction house in Denver, Pa. (Morphy Auctions via AP) Start your checkbooks: Famed collection of vintage gas signs, pumps for sale in Pennsylvania DENVER – In the world of petroliana and automobilia, Kyle D. Moore’s name carries a kind of mystique, his vast collection of vintage gasoline signs, gas-station pumps, gas globes, petroleum ads and other artifacts painstakingly amassed over 40 years and widely regarded as the best of its kind.Most collectors assumed it would wind up in a museum. Instead, it’s coming up for auction next week in Pennsylvania, generating enormous buzz within the hobby and predictions of a possible feeding frenzy as deep-pocketed collectors vie for the rarest, most highly sought-after items, including a 90-year-old porcelain Kelly Tires sign that could wind up fetching six figures.“It’s the most significant event our hobby has probably ever seen,” said Wayne Henderson of Kernersville, North Carolina, a historian and publisher of Petroleum Collectibles Monthly.Moore, a wealthy cable entrepreneur from Oklahoma who died last year, was known for picking only the best of the best for his collection. Its current owner, who bought it from Moore in 2006, is selling the entire trove of 2,000 petroleum-related advertising signs, 900 gas globes, 150 pumps and other treasures at a series of four auctions in Lancaster County, the first of which will be held Monday.Collectors are flying in from around the United States and as far away as Germany and the Netherlands.“Anybody that collects cars, they all want something for their garage wall. And these guys that are spending $1 million, $2 million, $3 million on early Ferraris or Bugattis or whatever, for them to spend $50,000 or $100,000 on a sign … to put on that wall, it’s nothing to those guys,” said Dan Morphy of Morphy Auctions, which is handling the sale. “And these are all the guys that are coming in for this sale.”With interest so high, Morphy predicted a sign valued at $20,000 might wind up selling for twice that. The whole collection could bring a total of $20 million.“Egos come into play,” Morphy said. “It’s an auctioneer’s dream, because these guys are going to go head-to-head on these pieces they want to own.”At the auction house this week, shiny antique gas pumps stood cheek by jowl in a preview room while colorful, intricately detailed gas globes and signs occupied every inch of wall and shelf, and early iterations of the Michelin Man stood sentinel — all of it tracing America’s early infatuation with the automobile.Interest in petroleum and auto industry memorabilia has risen steadily along with values, according to Henderson.Chris Hall, a collector and antiques dealer from nearby Ephrata, has a budget of $50,000 for Monday’s sale. He’s hoping some items will slip through the cracks so he can scoop them up at a relative bargain.“It’s insane,” said Hall, who has scouted the collection. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I don’t think we’ll ever see anything like it again, you know?” by Michael Rubinkam, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2015 10:40 am MDT Last Updated Oct 1, 2015 at 6:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Coach Urban Meyer believes Torrance Gibson will return next semester

Torrance Gibson checking into the team hotel before 2016 fall camp. Credit: Sheridan Hendrix | Lantern PhotographerOhio State handed down a semester-long suspension to redshirt freshman wide receiver Torrance Gibson on Monday.OSU coach Urban Meyer told the media the athletic department had no control over the decision, and he and the staff “disagree” with the decision.During the weekly Big Ten coaches’ teleconference, Meyer offered clarity into Gibson’s future at OSU.“I believe that’s the plan (for him to return),” Meyer said. “This all just happened in the last week, so we’re still dealing with it.”Gibson came into OSU ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the class of 2015. He has now missed his first two seasons at OSU due to injury and a suspension. The Buckeyes only have six graduating seniors currently on scholarship, and as it stands, the 2017 recruiting class for OSU has 18 commitments, not including freshman punter Drue Chrisman, who is currently paying his own way.If Chrisman were to go on scholarship, that would put OSU 13 scholarships over the NCAA’s 85 football-scholarship limit in 2017, meaning a combination of 13 Buckeyes currently on scholarship or incoming freshmen will not be on scholarship next season.And one can bet that OSU will continue to pursue several recruits before national signing day in February.If Gibson were to transfer, a scholarship would open up for OSU to use next season.However, OSU invested many hours in the recruitment of Gibson. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound, wide receiver proved to create matchup problems for opposing cornerbacks, as evident by his spring game performance.Meyer said he has communicated with Gibson since his suspension. The Buckeyes has had “zero indication” that Gibson will leave the program indefinitely. Meyer believes he will return for spring semester.“His focus is to be the best Buckeye he can possibly be,” Meyer said. read more

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TactilePlus adds gaming buttons to a touchscreen

first_imgTouchscreen gaming may have come on leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, but sometimes you do wish there were buttons to play with. Japanese company Nosho-An has seen a gap in the market for such an add-on, and has produced a set of stick-on buttons for your iPhone or iPod touch.The buttons take the form of tiny nubs attached to a sheet of plastic much like a screen protector. These are placed on the touchscreen over where the D-pad and buttons would normally be displayed by a game. Then you just play as normal tapping the buttons as you would the screen.Apparently it works well with Street Fighter IV, but breaks down if a game uses controls that are further apart than a typical D-pad. If the buttons came as separate stick on nodules you could adjust, but Nosho-An has decided on a set size and ships them as one sheet.The price isn’t too bad. $7.75 gets you two sets which can thankfully easily be removed from the screen.Read more at Engadget and Nosho-AnMatthew’s OpinionIf a developer has done its job right then you shouldn’t desire buttons for a touchscreen game. But I can see where there might be a crossover point. Capcom put Street Fighter on iPhone because it knew the game would sell, but it will always be a game better suited to accurate buttons presses. Maybe these stick-on buttons help in that regard and for particular games.I doubt these packs will work if a screen protector is already applied to your screen, and you will have to check how well your iPhone fits in the case you use with these raised buttons attached. But for $8 it’s not going to cost much to buy them and experiment.If the buttons sell well then I suspect Nosho-An may split the pad up a bit when v2 ships so as to cater for more games. A sharp modelling knife could be the answer for anyone investing in this first attempt.last_img read more

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Code Hero creator responds to Kickstarter inquiries accusations

first_imgAccusations are beginning to fly that the man who set up am ambitious Kickstarter project for a game called Code Hero, Alex Peake, has run out of money. The game seemed like a really cool idea — it was supposed to be able to teach players how to write programming code in a fun and interactive environment. However, backers of the project, who put in as much as $10,000, are now worried that they will never get anything back from their investment.Pledger Dustin Deckard posted messages on the official project page alleging that Peake “recklessly” spent all $170,000 in Kickstarter funds and does not have any intention to continue with the project. Shortly thereafter, though, Peake updated his official page to say that development was still in progress but did not comment on the issue of funding.If nothing ends up materializing, it would be a blow to the nearly 7,500 people who pledged money for the game’s development including two who poured in the top tier $10,000 investment. Prior to his recent update, Peake had seemed to disappear — he last updated the Kickstarter page on September 3, and his last Twitter post was on November 17. Deckard threatened to take legal action if Peake did not reply.Kickstarter will forever be known as one of the coolest internet innovations, allowing individuals the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, giving small to mid-size companies an exciting and personalized way to generate funding for their next project, and empowering average citizens to get in on the ground floor of the next big thing. These goals have always come with one unavoidable caveat, though — nothing is guaranteed.Making a pledge on Kickstarter is not like placing an order on Amazon. The website even wrote a blog post earlier this year entitled “Kickstarter Is Not a Store.” According to the terms that all pledgers must agree to, if all the money is used up and the project is never completed, no one is entitled to a refund.Obviously, if Peake spent any of the money on anything that was not related to the project, that would be a violating of Kickstarter’s terms and conditions. Even that wouldn’t be an easy process and could lead to months or years of court proceedings before anyone could even dream of getting their money back.The only way any sort of automatic refund occurs is if a Kickstarter user cancels a project before all of the money was used. That certainly doesn’t look to be the case here. What most likely happened is that Peake grossly underestimated how much it would cost and how long it would take to make his dream game. His most recent assurances seem to be made out of stress and the potential for legal action. Even before the allegations began to fly, many expressed huge concerns over Peake’s business plan, saying there was no way he could make such an ambitious game for just $100,000 and change. Either way, it’s certainly not going to meet the deadline posted on Kickstarter of February 2013.Code Hero on Kickstarter, via Cult of Maclast_img read more

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White House accuses media of under reporting terror attacks

first_img Here’s the list the White House sent of attacks they feel “did not receive adequate attention from Western media sources.” pic.twitter.com/lj8eOZQfnY— Kevin Liptak (@Kevinliptakcnn) February 7, 2017 THE US GOVERNMENT has defended President Donald Trump’s travel ban as a “lawful exercise” of his authority, and urged an appeals court to reinstate the suspended measure in the interests of national security.Three days after a federal judge put the controversial measure on hold, Justice Department lawyers filed a court brief challenging the nationwide injunction as “vastly overbroad.”An hour-long telephone hearing has been set for today at 3pm (11pm GMT) in a high-stakes case that looks increasingly likely to be settled by the Supreme Court.Two new polls show a majority of Americans now oppose the travel ban on refugees and travellers from seven mostly-Muslim nations, which prompted airport chaos and condemnation around the world – but Trump has shown no sign of bending, pushing back last night in a new Twitter salvo. 17,285 Views White House accuses media of ‘under reporting’ terror attacks Two new polls show a majority of Americans now oppose the travel ban on refugees. Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA 58 Comments Feb 7th 2017, 7:09 AM Share4 Tweet Email The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is very real, just look at what is happening in Europe and the Middle-East. Courts must act fast!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2017 Press secretary Sean Spicer said the president was not accusing the media of ignoring the attacks, rather he claimed they were guilty of “under reporting”.However, the claims ignore a large amount of reporting on these attacks by the jihadist group and its sympathisers in Western countries.Court ‘erred’ Trump’s decree summarily denied entry to all refugees for 120 days, and travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days — a move critics charge will damage US interests. Refugees from Syria were blocked indefinitely.The president says the ban is needed to tighten US security against foreign terror threats, citing the September 11, 2001 attacks despite the hijackers having no links to the named countries.In its filing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the government argued that the federal court that temporarily rolled back Trump’s directive had “erred in entering an injunction barring enforcement of the order,” asking that the ban be reinstated.The Justice Department argued that “the executive order is a lawful exercise of the president’s authority over the entry of aliens into the United States and the admission of refugees.”“Even if some relief were appropriate, the court’s sweeping nationwide injunction is vastly overbroad,” it said.The government again denied that the order specifically targets Muslims, defending it as a means of reviewing and revising screening procedures in order to “protect against terrorist attacks.”And it said non-US citizens seeking to enter the United States for the first time have no constitutional rights to be upheld.Mounting opposition Friday’s decision by a federal judge in Seattle has allowed the many travelers who were suddenly barred from US soil to start trickling back in.The State Department has said visa holders from the seven countries are allowed to travel to the US as long as their documents have not been “physically cancelled.”On Sunday, the appellate court refused to overrule the federal judge.Attorneys general for the states of Washington and Minnesota, which won the temporary stay of the ban, have asked the appeals court to refuse to reinstate it. They were backed  in a court brief filed by attorneys general from 16 other US states.Several legal and rights groups have filed in support of the states, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the American Civil Liberties Union.And in an additional blow, a slew of Silicon Valley giants led by Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a brief in support of the lawsuit, arguing that the ban threatens their ability to attract crucial foreign talent and investmentto the United States.Tesla and SpaceX were among another 30 companies that added their names to the filing last night, pushing the total to more than 120.A group of prominent Democrats including former secretaries of state John Kerry and Madeleine Albright also added their voices to the criticism, arguing that Trump’s ban could endanger US troops in the field, disrupt counterterrorism cooperation and feed Islamic State group propaganda.White House spokesman Sean Spicer insisted the administration was “absolutely not” planning to back down on its plan for extreme vetting at US borders, saying: “Once we win the case, it will go right back into action.”But top Republicans have shown renewed signs of discomfort with the president as the controversy escalates — specifically over Trump’s virulent attacks on James Robart, the Seattle federal judge.- © AFP 2017.Read: Trump draws criticism as he repeats respect for ‘killer’ Putin>Watch: Donald Trump will NOT be allowed address the British Parliament, speaker says> Source: Kevin Liptak/Twitter Earlier in the day, during a visit to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, Trump accused the media of downplaying the terror threat that his administration cites to justify its ban, saying they purposefully ignored jihadist atrocities.Although he failed to provide evidence of a conspiracy by the media, the White House later distributed a list of 78 attacks it said were “executed or inspired by” the Islamic State group, saying most failed to receive adequate media coverage. Tuesday 7 Feb 2017, 7:09 AM https://jrnl.ie/3226535 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Stefan Rousseau/PA Short URL Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitterlast_img read more

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Heading into Dublin this morning Luas testing is set to cause traffic

first_img Share35 Tweet Email1 Heading into Dublin this morning? Luas testing is set to cause traffic disruption in the city centre The Luas is set to travel very, very slowly through the city centre to test out the new line for the first time today. Jun 17th 2017, 6:00 AM 9,463 Views Because we’ll be going at walking pace, from 7am till noon we’ll have a tram moving very slowly through the city centre.Because the lines will be tested in full, and at such a pace, junctions along the way will be stopped for traffic at various stages of the route.A traffic management team and members of the gardaí will be in attendance to enforce the traffic restrictions.Across junctions at O’Connell Bridge, for example, the tram will travel at slow speeds which may cause traffic to be stopped for several minutes at a time.The new single track runs from Stephen’s Green but diverges into two separate tracks after College Green. One line runs north up Westmoreland Street across O’Connell Bridge, and up O’Connell Street.The other strand travels southward down Marlborough Street, across the new bridge between Eden and Burgh Quays and south along Hawkins Street and into College Street, and links back up with at College Green.At various points of the morning, traffic will close for short periods of time across these lines.This gauge run allows engineers to confirm several important aspects of the lines and the trams to ensure they are operating correctly and safely.Mackin said that the engineers will even be out with measuring tape to ensure everything goes smoothly.“From the high tech to the low tech, we have to make sure everything is working,” she said.The Luas Cross City works have been ongoing since 2013. This gauge run is the first of a series of them over the summer and autumn to ensure that the line is ready to launch as planned in December.Read: ‘It’ll be quite a spectacle’: Luas to travel very, very slowly through city centre to test out new lineRead: ‘It’s impossible to get any rest’: Dublin residents frustrated at late-night Luas works TODAY, FOR THE first time, the new Luas Cross City will be tested across Dublin city centre.Beginning very early and running until around midday, a tram will travel very, very slowly from Stephen’s Green, down Dawson Street, around College Green, over O’Connell Bridge and ending at Broadstone in Phibsboro.Luas Cross City spokesperson Grainne Mackin told TheJournal.ie that this will be the first “gauge run” to make sure the new tracks work correctly.Mackin said: “The trains are set to go at walking pace. It’ll be quite a spectacle. It’s set to go all the way through the city centre. The line that passes by College Green in Dublin City Centre will be tested out today. Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 17 Jun 2017, 6:00 AM The line that passes by College Green in Dublin City Centre will be tested out today. Image: Mark Stedman/Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/3447160 Short URL 13 Comments By Sean Murraylast_img read more

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Tsakalotos easier to deal with

first_imgEven though Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras indicated his government had submitted its offer by the end of the day, and that negotiations would begin quickly, without clarifying if it was a verbal or written proposal.Tsipras said Tuesday the proposal was what had been formulated as a national strategy by a political leaders’ meeting in Athens, but didn’t specify if it was a written or verbal proposal.He said it contains “credible reforms that are socially just and include in reciprocity a commitment to cover the country’s financial needs in the medium term, a strong investment package to counter big problems such as unemployment, as well as the start of substantial talks and the restructuring of debt.”He said the discussion with other eurozone leaders Tuesday “took place in a positive climate” and said he expects the process to reach an agreement will be speedy.“It will begin in the next few hours with the aim of concluding until the end of the week at the latest,” he said.Following the heads of state meeting, European leaders drew a line in the sand: Greece has to come up with a proposal they consider workable in the next few days, and everyone needs to be on board with it by Sunday, or the EU and the euro zone will have to start looking at the (still unspoken) Plan B.French President Francois Hollande says Greece still needs to make “credible and serious proposals” that prove it wants to remain part of the 19-nation eurozone.The French leader spoke to reporters late Tuesday after an inconclusive summit meeting of nations using the euro.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier said his government had submitted proposals, but it was unclear whether it meant anything more than the general direction of staving off too tough austerity and insisting on debt restructuring.Respecting the rules, Hollande said, “is a condition of living together.”“What’s at stake is to know the place of Greece in the European Union and thus the eurozone,” Hollande said. “Today, there is no more time to waste.”Meanwhile, Greece’s new finance minister clearly wanted to avoid alienating his European colleagues as had his fast-talking predecessor. Euclid Tsakolotos took a note to their first meeting that read: “No triumphalism” and appeared to have made speaking notes for himself.After “update on political situation”, he appeared to refer to the referendum with “Ref, of course … rejection of instit(ution)s proposals … mostly I think on viability grounds.”It seemed to work. Several officials found him easier to deal with than Yanis Varoufakis, his fellow Marxist academic economist who resigned after Sunday’s referendum, saying Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras felt talks would go more smoothly without him.As euro zone leaders convened a summit late on Tuesday to discuss prospects for Greece, one official familiar with the ministers’ talks said of Tsakolotos, “Much better than Varoufakis. More conciliatory, constructive – and modest.”Sources: Reuters, Kathimerini, US News, Daily Telegraph Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Weather Eye Easter Bunny may get a dry day

first_imgWell, what can I say? The April showers mentioned here the other day are upon us. Maybe more like a steady rain today, but wet any way you look at it. Temperatures will be mild Friday through the weekend, and Easter Sunday at this point — and I put emphasis on “this point” — looks dry.Confidence is not high in the extended computer models, so I will broad-brush the outlook as a cold trough of low pressure is forecast to linger close to or over us. That means showers and cool next week. Tuesday it looked like Saturday would be nice, but writing this column Wednesday afternoon, models have flipped-flopped, bringing a weak weather system near us. Most of the action remains to our north, but we could get clouds and a few showers by Friday night.As the cold front passes by this evening, there may be a dusting of snow at the Cascades mountain passes and a few inches of nice snow in the higher ski areas.Did you see the lunar eclipse the other night? It was a close call due to the incoming clouds, but they were just scattered and allowed the viewing to continue. The moon was bright and turned a bit toward that “blood moon.” The best viewing was after midnight during the peak of the eclipse.The first half of the month is in the record books, and Vancouver is running warmer and drier than average. Rainfall was 0.79 of an inch, about three-quarters of an inch below normal. The average mean temperature was 53.2 degrees, 2.2 degrees above average. No 80-degree weather so far and none in sight. We managed a warm 74 degrees April 7. The coldest was 36 degrees on April 13.last_img read more

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Local Officials Prepare for Cutbacks at Ft Hood

first_imgAfter learning last week that Fort Hood would lose 9 percent of its military population as the Army continues to downsize, officials in central Texas began to address the likely impacts.On Monday, a spokesperson for Killeen said the city had taken into account the pending personnel cutbacks and had budgeted accordingly.“There will absolutely be an impact. Everybody is being conservative,” spokesperson Hillary Shine told KXXV.The school district could experience a drop in enrollment and associated funding from the federal government, but the school system had not yet come up with an estimate of the likely changes.“At this time it is difficult to project the impact as many variables must be taken into consideration,” said Superintendent John Craft.Fort Hood is slated to lose 3,350 soldiers under the restructuring the Army announced last week, a cut exceeded only by a reduction of 3,402 troops at Fort Benning, Ga. Despite the outcome, the chairman of the Heart of Texas Defense Alliance was pleased the post did not lose any of its four brigade combat teams.“The Central Texas community will survive and continue to grow. Fort Hood is an enduring installation. The prospects for the future of Fort Hood are still good,” Pete Taylor, who commanded Fort Hood from 1991 to 1993, told the Statesman.Fort Benning and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, will see their BCTs converted into much smaller maneuver battalion task forces as a result of the restructuring occurring over the next two years. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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ADC Study 200 Projects Ready to Start with DCIP Funding

first_img ADC AUTHOR Congress could help start hundreds of infrastructure projects across the country by appropriating money to the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), according to analysis the Association of Defense Communities released this week.“This ready-to-go infrastructure plan makes national security the first priority,” ADC writes in “Implementing the Defense Community Infrastructure Program: A Survey of Projects Ready to Enhance Military Value.”Congress created DCIP in the defense authorization bill to allow for DOD matching grants to state and local governments for critical off-base infrastructure needs affecting installations’ resilience and readiness.A national survey helped ADC identify more than 200 projects in 28 states that could be eligible for DCIP funding. The report describes the projects, which range from transportation and public safety to utilities and other joint services.The defense bill authorized up to $100 million for DCIP, but that would need to be officially appropriated by Congress.last_img read more

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Govt to recruit 10000 doctors before polls Health Minister

first_imgMohammed NasimHealth minister Mohammed Nasim said on Sunday that the government would recruit about 10,000 more physicians before the next election slated to be held in the yearend.The minister came up with the disclosure while speaking at a meet-the-press programme jointly organised by the Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum (BHRF) at the BMA office in the capital Sunday evening.The minister also said that the recruitment of 5,000 doctors would be completed by the next three months in the first phase.The health minister also said that shortage of human resources is the major obstacle towards ensuring smooth health-care services for the people.“The present government has been trying to overcome this problem. As part of this, 5,000 doctors will be recruited in the next two or three months and the other 5,000 doctors will be recruited afterwards but before the next general elections,” said Nasim.The minister also said these newly recruited doctors would be posted to the rural areas.“We’re also working to formulate a provision making it mandatory that the newly recruited doctors stay at least two years in the rural areas at the beginning of their services,” he added.Among others, BMA president Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Bangladesh Health Reporters’ Forum president Tawfiq Maruf and doctor leaders were present at the programme.last_img read more

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Latif Siddique sent to Dhaka for treatment

first_imgIndependent candidate for Tangail-4 constituency Abdul Latif Siddique. Prothom Alo File PhotoIndependent candidate for Tangail-4 constituency Abdul Latif Siddique, who fell sick while continuing indefinite hunger strike protesting at an attack on his motorcade during electioneering, was sent to Dhaka for treatment Wednesday afternoon.Earlier in the morning, he was admitted to Tangail General Hospital as he fell sick, reports UNB.Tangail General Hospital supervisor Narayan Chandra Shah said they suggested taking him to a Dhaka hospital for better treatment as his condition deteriorated.Latif Siddique was sent to Dhaka with police protection, said Sayedur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tangail Model police station.Demanding the withdrawal of Kalihati police station officer-in-charge and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, former Awami League minister, who is contesting the upcoming election from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, began hunger strike on 16 December.He fell sick on Tuesday night while continuing his demonstration in front of the office of the returning officer and deputy commissioner of Tangail Shahidul Islam for the second consecutive day, braving cold and rain.Latif Siddique came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local MP-backed union parishad chairman in Soratail of Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.last_img read more

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Chemists discover new type of molecular bond near white dwarf stars

first_imgImage of Sirius A and Sirius B taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. Sirius B, which is a white dwarf, can be seen as a faint pinprick of light to the lower left of the much brighter Sirius A. Image: NASA, ESA (Phys.org) — Most any chemistry student when asked, will say that there are just two ways atoms bond to make molecules: covalent and ionic. In the former, atoms are bonded together by sharing electrons, in the latter it’s due to the transfer of electrons from one atom to another leading to a Coulombic attraction between the ions. Now however, it appears there is a third kind of bond, though it doesn’t exist here on Earth. E. I. Tellgren, Kai K. Lange, T. Helgaker and M. R. Hoffmann from the University of Oslo, Norway and the University of North Dakota in the US have found that some molecules can form and hold together due to extremely high magnetic fields. As they write in their paper published in the journal Science, their calculations suggest that such molecules likely exist near white dwarf stars. Explore further More information: A Paramagnetic Bonding Mechanism for Diatomics in Strong Magnetic Fields, Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 327-331. DOI: 10.1126/science.1219703ABSTRACTElementary chemistry distinguishes two kinds of strong bonds between atoms in molecules: the covalent bond, where bonding arises from valence electron pairs shared between neighboring atoms, and the ionic bond, where transfer of electrons from one atom to another leads to Coulombic attraction between the resulting ions. We present a third, distinct bonding mechanism: perpendicular paramagnetic bonding, generated by the stabilization of antibonding orbitals in their perpendicular orientation relative to an external magnetic field. In strong fields such as those present in the atmospheres of white dwarfs (on the order of 105 teslas) and other stellar objects, our calculations suggest that this mechanism underlies the strong bonding of H2 in the triplet state and of He2 in the singlet state, as well as their preferred perpendicular orientation in the external field. Citation: Chemists discover new type of molecular bond near white dwarf stars (2012, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-chemists-molecular-bond-white-dwarf.html German team finds a way to link boron atoms with a triple bondcenter_img Journal information: Science 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. Because it’s impossible, at least at this time, to create a magnetic field anywhere near as strong as that found near a white dwarf star, the researchers turned to quantum chemical simulations (full configuration-interaction) focusing on hydrogen atoms and the simple hydrogen molecule H2. At extremely hot temperatures, such as would exist near a white dwarf, the covalent bond that normally holds the molecule together wouldn’t survive and the molecule would come apart. But if there were a strong enough magnetic field (such as exists near a white dwarf) the spin states of the two atoms could align with the magnetic field (rather than exist as opposed) the molecule could bond and continue to stay that way. And that’s exactly what the team’s calculations showed, they’re calling it – perpendicular paramagnetic bonding.To further test their ideas, the team also ran helium through the simulations and found that they too could form perpendicular paramagnetic bonding of He2 molecules, though they were less stable.The researchers note that because of the different characteristics of hydrogen or helium molecules bonded together through magnetic forces near white dwarf stars, their spectrum should be different as well, which means that they should be detectable using telescopes tuned properly, assuming they exist in sufficient numbers.And just because such a strong magnetic field cannot currently be created in the lab, it doesn’t mean it can’t ever happen. If it does become possible, not only would magnetically bonded molecules be observable, but they might also be controllable by adjusting the amount of magnetism, paving the way perhaps to a quantum memory computer. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

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