Transfers ‘I love the Premier League’ – Arsenal, Man City and Man Utd-linked N’Zonzi fuels transfer talk Matthew Judge Last updated 1 year ago 01:06 11/15/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers Premier League Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Sevilla Primera División The Sevilla midfielder, formerly of Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, admits he still has an admiration for England’s top flight Sevilla ace Steven N’Zonzi has fuelled speculation over a possible return to England by revealing his “love” for the Premier League.N’Zonzi, 28, has caught the eye in Spain following his move from Stoke City in 2015, helping the club win the Europa League in 2016.Sevilla 4/5 to beat Celta Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The former Blackburn Rovers midfielder’s fine performances have led to reported interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.And he admits he still has an admiration for England’s top flight after making his debut for France’s national team against Wales.“I love the Premier League,” N’Zonzi said, in quotes reported by the Daily Mirror. “I really like the Premier League, this is where I started at a good level. I had a great time there.“I don’t know what is going to happen in the future. I am fine at Sevilla, I feel good. I am used to it now. It is my third season so I am happy.”N’Zonzi has been a regular fixture in Sevilla’s side so far this season, making 14 appearances in all competitions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@bobarcher1We’re still over six months away from the start of the 2015 college football season, but it’s never too early to start debating which teams have the best shot at reaching the second College Football Playoff. While most fans believe that Ohio State has a great shot at repeating as national champion, there will be plenty of challengers. ESPN has already put together its Preseason FPI Ratings – which is basically an estimate of team strength (more on that here). Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes check in at No. 1, with Alabama sitting at No. 2. It may shock some fans to see LSU at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 4, however. Here are the top 25 schools, per ESPN. You can see the entire list here – all 128 teams are ranked.1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. TCU 7. Notre Dame 8. Ole Miss 9. Georgia 10. Arkansas 11. Texas A&M 12. UCLA 13. USC 14. Tennessee 15. Oklahoma 16. Michigan State 17. Stanford 18. Auburn 19. Clemson 20. Arizona State 21. Florida State 22. Mississippi State 23. Georgia Tech 24. Missouri 25. Virginia TechSome other surprises? Notre Dame, despite a quarterback controversy, sits at No. 7. Arkansas and Texas A&M – two teams that did not finish with winning records in the SEC West – come in at No. 10 and No. 11. And in total, there are 10 SEC teams in the top 25.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers arrived at Michigan last year as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt.Michigan began spring drills this week, and judging by this video Peppers posted on Twitter, he’s 100 percent healthy and very fired up to be on the field.TURNT‼️ pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 25, 2015That backflip was in the middle of special teams drills. Imagine how excited Peppers will be when he gets to play in the secondary.It will be interesting to see how Peppers looks in 2015, assuming he stays healthy. He has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wolverines.
zoom Island Offshore has entered into a contract with an undisclosed oil company on the charter of the purpose-built, state of the art “Walk-to-work”, maintenance, subsea and support vessel, M/V Island Crown.The contract is a seasonal charter and the main duty of the vessel will be to provide accommodation and walk- to-work services by means of a fully integrated gangway fitted on the vessel.The duration of the contract is five months firm, and covers the seasonal charter of the vessel in 2014 and 2015, with further options for the 2016 and 2017 season.Island Offshore, November 12, 2013
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) declared force majeure on crude oil loading at Hariga and Zuetina oil terminals on Monday, July 2, 2018. The announcement follows suspension of loading at the Ras Lanuf and Es Sider terminals.The force majeure is being imposed in line with the order of the Libyan National Army (LNA) General Command to prohibit ports from receiveing allocated shipments. “Despite our warning of the consequences and attempts to reason with the LNA General Command, two legitimate allocations were blocked from loading at Hariga and Zuetina this weekend. The storage tanks are full and production will now go offline,” NOC Chairman Eng Mustafa Sanalla, said.NOC called on the LNA General Command to lift the blockade and allow NOC to handle oil shipments.The oil company said that the total daily production loss amounts to 850,000 bpd of crude, 710 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of natural gas, and more than 20,000 bpd of condensate.The total daily revenue loss associated with the shutdown is estimated at USD 67.4 million. The financial loss to the public purse since the attack on Es Sidra and Ras Lanuf on June 14 is said to be over USD 650 million.
zoomAl Jasra. Image Courtesy: Qatargas Doha-based liquefied natural gas company Qatargas has set another milestone as it successfully delivered the 3,000th LNG cargo to Japan.The cargo was transported onboard Al Jasra, a conventional LNG vessel with a capacity of 135,000 cubic meters.It was delivered to the Kawagoe LNG Receiving Terminal, owned and operated by JERA, a joint venture between Chubu Electric and Tokyo Electric.Back in January 1997, the first-ever Qatari shipment was delivered to the abovementioned terminal in Japan. “We are delighted to celebrate the 3000th LNG delivery to Japan. This significant milestone comes over two decades following the first delivery to our foundation customer in Japan,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Minister of State for Energy Affairs, President & CEO of Qatar Petroleum, commented.“Qatargas’ commitment to serving Japan’s energy needs has never been stronger. We are focused on boosting future cooperation with Japan,” Al-Kaabi, who is also Chairman of Qatargas Board of Directors, added.“We celebrate the uninterrupted supply of this 3000th LNG cargo to Japan, which is a major milestone reflecting the relationship between Qatargas and our esteemed Japanese customers. This delivery demonstrates Qatargas’ commitment to continue providing Japan, and all of our customers around the globe, with a safe and reliable source of clean energy,” Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chief Executive Officer of Qatargas, said.Qatargas has term contracts to supply LNG with many of the key Japanese buyers. Apart from these term contracts, Qatargas also delivers a significant amount of Japan’s spot LNG requirements.
CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipelines has confirmed they will spend $1.6 billion on capital projects in 2019 on previously announced projects.Of that, almost 53 percent or $900 million will be spent in the pipelines division. The 2019 capital budget for the Pipelines Division includes spending associated with the Phase VI and Phase VII expansions of the Peace Pipeline System, both of which are currently underway and anticipated to be in-service in the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2021, respectively.Funds will also be spent on the completion of NEBC Montney Infrastructure and the Wapiti Condensate Lateral both of which are expected to be in-service in the second half of 2019. Additional capital will be spent relating to previously known and anticipated final cleanup costs along the Peace Pipeline right-of-way, as well as communication and SCADA infrastructure upgrades.The company will also invest $210 on the development of Duvernay II & III which includes gas processing, condensate stabilization and related infrastructure under the previously announced 20-year infrastructure development and service agreement with Chevron Canada Limited. Duvernay II & III are expected to be in service in mid to late 2019 and mid to late 2020, respectively.Additional spending will be directed towards progressing the Prince Rupert LPG Export Terminal, the Empress Expansion and the recently announced Hythe Developments project.
NEW DELHI: Among the candidates contesting for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi, three dont have college degrees– two are BJP candidates Gautam Gambhir and Hans Raj Hans while third is Congress candidate Mahabal Mishra who has a Pre-University Certifiacte (PUC).While AAP candidate from North-West (Reserved) Parliamenatry Constituency Gugan Singh is class 8 pass.The May 12 Lok Sabha polls in the national capital will involve a contest between Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party, the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party which won all the seven seats in 2014. Five of them are re-contesting this year. Former cricketer Gambhir, in his nomination affidavit, has said that his “degree (was) not completed”. The 37-year-old is contesting in East Delhi against the AAP’s Atishi, 37, who holds a Master of Science (2006) degree from Oxford University. The Congress has named 50-year-old Arvinder Singh Lovely, a B.A. Political Science graduate from Delhi University. Hans Raj Hans, a matric pass (1978), is contesting from the North West Delhi seat. He will face the AAP’s Class 8 pass 70-year-old Gugan Singh. The Congress has named 53-year-old M.Sc. holder Rajesh Lilothia from the seat. For the West Delhi seat, the Congress has named 65-year-old Mahabal Mishra, with a pre-university certificate (Intermediate course) from Bihar. Mishra will face 41-year-old Parvesh Sahib Singh, a MBA holder, and the AAP’s 47-year-old Balbir Singh Jakhar, with a L.L.B degree. In the remaining four seats, the fight is between degree holders. In the Chandini Chowk parliamentary seat, BJP’s 64-year-old sitting MP Harsh Vardhan — a medical graduate from Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College, Kanpur, and a Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology (1983) — is contesting against the AAP’s 52-year-old Pankaj Gupta, a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics (1987) from Allahabad. The Congress has fielded 74-year-old J.P. Agarwal, holding a degree in Bachelor of Arts (1960) from Delhi University’s Hansraj College. North East Delhi will see a contest between three master degree holders. AAP’s 38-year-old Dilip Pandey, holding a Master of Computer Application degree (2005) from Bhopal, is facing three-time Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit. The 81-year-old completed her post graduation in history from Delhi University in 1959.
Rabat – The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has ordered staff working in Moroccan consulates across the world to cut short their annual leave and return to work immediately. This announcement comes less than one week after King Mohammed VI’s Throne Day speech, in which the monarch criticized the misconduct of certain Moroccan consuls serving abroad.According to news website Le360, the decision, which apparently took many by surprise, was made on Friday, July 31, one day after the Throne Day speech on Thursday, in which King Mohammed VI urged the Minister of Foreign Affairs to take firm action against consuls who mistreat the members of the Moroccan community abroad. During the speech, the King clearly said: “There are consuls – not a majority, thank God – who neglect the mission they are entrusted with and focus on personal and political issues.”The King has also warned that consuls or members of the consular staff “found to be guilty of neglecting their duties, flouting the interests of the Moroccan community abroad, or mistreating its members should be dismissed.”The decision has already sent shock-waves through the consular community. Many similar measures aiming to improve services for the benefit of the Moroccan diaspora are expected to follow in the coming days.The same source added that the decision has made many unhappy, especially among married staff members with children who were told to return to their offices as soon as possible.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has decided to change the location for the upcoming Morocco-Argentina friendly football game.FRMF announced on Facebook that Tangier’s grand stadium will host the game instead of Rabat for logistical reasons.The game, which will take place on March 26, is part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which is set to take place in Egypt in June. In January, FRMF confirmed that the Atlas Lions would face Argentina.Read Also: FRMF: Rabat to Host Friendly Game Between Argentina, MoroccoThe head coach of the national football team, Herve Renard, expressed excitement on his Instagram.Renard said that he and his team are preparing for CAN and focusing on “the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi.” Messi played at the Tangier stadium in August last year when his club Barcelona played Sevilla the Spanish Supercopa championship there, winning 2-1.Morocco and Argentina previously last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.
by The Associated Press Posted Jun 25, 2015 8:27 am MDT Last Updated Jun 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FDA schedules meeting to review safety of Essure birth control implant WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators are reviewing the safety of an implantable contraception device after receiving reports of unusual side effects from patients, including fatigue, depression and weight gain.The Food and Drug Administration says those problems have not been established in studies of the device and are not listed on the product label. But the agency scheduled a September 24 public meeting to consult outside experts about the overall safety of the Essure implant, which is marketed by Bayer.The coil-like device is implanted by a doctor in the fallopian tubes, where tissue gradually grows and eventually blocks sperm from reaching a woman’s eggs. The device was first approved by the FDA in 2002.The product’s labeling currently includes a number of warnings, including long-term risks such as chronic pelvic pain and the possibility of the device slipping out of position into the lower abdomen. The device is made of a nickel-titanium alloy and can cause allergic reactions — such as itching and hives — in some patients.Regulators said late Wednesday that their review of two follow-up studies conducted by Bayer “found no conclusive evidence” of new or widespread complications “definitely associated” with the device. The company studies were designed to evaluate the safety of the procedure used to implant Essure, the device’s safety after implantation and its effectiveness in preventing pregnancy.Despite those findings, the FDA says it has continued to receive reports of complications from patients. A review of the agency’s complaint database turned up more than 5,000 reports of problems linked to Essure. The problems most commonly reported by patients included abdominal pain, menstrual irregularities, headache and weight fluctuations. The agency stressed that patient reports are voluntarily submitted, and have a number of scientific limitations, including “incomplete, inaccurate, untimely, unverified, or biased data.”“FDA will continue to monitor the safety of Essure to ensure it does not pose an increased risk to public health and that its benefits continue to outweigh the risks,” the agency said in a posting to its website.A Bayer spokeswoman said the company “looks forward to an open and transparent discussion” about its device at the FDA panel meeting in September.“Essure is supported by more than a decade of science and real world clinical experience,” she said.Bayer is headquartered in Germany with U.S. health operations in Whippany, New Jersey.Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, said she is pleased the FDA is looking into concerns about Essure.“Our centre is studying more than 900 women who have had problems with Essure permanent birth control, including chronic debilitating pain, abnormal bleeding, and pregnancy,” Zuckerman said in an emailed statement.
The Latest: Cosmopolitan says no parking fees like MGM In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, cars drive into the MGM Grand hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Casino giant MGM Resorts International will announce Friday, Jan. 15, that it plans to begin charging visitors for parking this year at some of its properties in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2016 11:17 am MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The latest on the plan by MGM Resorts International to charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip (all times local):2 p.m.The Cosmopolitan casino-hotel says it doesn’t have plans to follow in MGM Resorts’ footsteps and charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip.The company said Friday that it had no changes planned but left the door open, saying it’s “always evaluating the business.”Casino giant MGM announced hours earlier that it will start charging up to $10 for overnight self-parking at most of its properties. The fees will come in the spring to Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand.A spokesman for Wynn Las Vegas, which operates the Wynn and Encore casino-hotels, said it would monitor the situation.Las Vegas Sands Corp., which operates the Palazzo and Venetian casino-hotels, declined to comment. Caesars Palace couldn’t immediately be reached.___12:40 p.m.An analyst says MGM Resorts International is taking a gamble as the first major casino company to charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip.The casino giant said Friday that it will start charging $10 or less for overnight self-parking at most of its properties in the spring.Gambling analyst Alex Bumazhny with Fitch Ratings says it’s standard to offer free parking at U.S. casinos. He says the MGM fee is also more than double the $4 charged by casinos in rival Atlantic City.But Bumazhny says many of MGM’s properties are concentrated on the southern end of the Strip, which could make it less likely that a visitor going to a specific restaurant or show would park elsewhere.He says that if it’s successful, competitors will likely follow suit like they did with resort fees.___10:15 a.m.A big part of the Las Vegas Strip will soon slash away its most basic freebie: parking.MGM Resorts International will announce Friday that it will become the first major casino company to start charging visitors for parking this year.Most of the casino giant’s properties will charge $10 or less for overnight self-parking. They are Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand.The move could bring in millions of dollars of revenue each year and change the landscape of the tourism hotspot that’s increasingly catering to visitors who come for other pricey attractions besides gambling.The charges will begin this spring, coinciding with the April opening of the company’s T-Mobile Arena.MGM also will build a nine-story parking garage and improve existing ones.
The Warriors were 17-4 during the regular season with average shooting. That equals a .810 winning percentage — tops in the the NBA — or the equivalent of a 66-16 record over an 82-game schedule.The reason for the Warriors’ strong record with average shooting is simple: They also play great defense. It gets overlooked because they play at a frenetic pace, but the Dubs held opponents to a .514 TS% during the regular season, the third-best figure in the league after Chicago and Portland.It can get even worse for opponents, and it often does: The Warriors went 46-3 with good shooting during the regular season. But “pretty good” shooting — average shooting, even — is usually plenty good enough for the Warriors. They’ll need to throw up a lot of bricks the rest of the way. Otherwise, James — as brilliant as he’s been — may become the first finals MVP in a losing cause since Jerry West in 1969. Through the first three games of the NBA Finals, the storylines were intricate and rich:Could LeBron James carry one of the worst supporting casts in recent finals history to an NBA title?Was James’s experience — and sheer force of will — trumping the Golden State Warriors’ youth?Was Steph Curry just in a shooting slump, or was he rattled by his scary injury against the Houston Rockets?Could the Cleveland Cavaliers keep playing stifling defense, or might Golden State’s smallball lineup be its ace in the hole?Were Cleveland’s poor finishes — it was outscored by a combined margin of 105-84 in the fourth quarter and overtime of the first three games1And if you include Game 4, it’s now been outscored 132-96 from the fourth quarter onward. — the sign of a spent team?Was Kevin Love’s injury (suffered in the opening round against the Boston Celtics) the ultimate example of Bill Simmons’s Ewing Theory? And maybe Kyrie Irving’s injury too?Is Matthew Dellavedova the Australian Tim Tebow?Does God hate Cleveland?But after a 103-82 Golden State win in Game 4, it all seems so simple.The Warriors are really, really good. You have a shot at beating them if their shooting goes ice-cold. Otherwise, it’s next to impossible.Let’s review the series from the standpoint of true shooting percentage (TS%), a relatively simple stat that gives appropriate credit for 3-pointers and free throws along with 2-point shooting attempts. Golden State led the NBA with a .571 TS% during the regular season, while Cleveland (.557) ranked fourth. The adjacent table lists each team’s TS% in each finals game so far, along with its percentile rank as compared to all NBA games during the 2014-15 regular season.Game 4 was the first time we’ve seen the Warriors shoot like they typically did during the regular season. Their .579 TS% was close to their regular-season average, and — since an average Golden State performance is so good — ranks in the 77th percentile as compared to all NBA games.But the Warriors’ defense has also been very good. It held Cleveland to a .409 TS% in Game 4, which ranks in just the 1st percentile. And it kept the Cavaliers to a .441 TS%, in the 6th percentile, in Game 2 on Sunday night.Wait — didn’t the Cavs win Game 2? They did (in overtime). The team with the higher TS% wins about 85 percent of the time2Based on the 2014-15 regular season. — this was one of the exceptions. Cleveland was able to take seven more field-goal attempts and 15 more free-throw attempts than the Warriors as a result of rebounding, turnovers and fouls. You can win as the slightly less efficient team when there’s a big differential in those categories.Still, Cleveland wouldn’t have won Game 2 had Golden State shot a little better. If the Warriors had hit shots at the NBA average TS% of .535 (never mind that the team’s TS% is typically way better than that), they’d have scored an additional eight points and won 101-95.And that’s the thing: The Warriors don’t have to shoot the lights out to win. If they shoot as well as the average NBA team, they’re very likely to win also.In the next chart, I’ve tracked each team’s record based on its TS% during the regular season. I divide games into three categories, which include about a third of regular-season games each:Good shooting — a TS% of .560 or higher.Poor shooting — a TS% of .510 or lower.Average shooting — anything in between.
200 years ago the Miners’ Safety lamp was deployed, having been invented in December 1815 by Humphry Davy working with Michael Faraday in the Royal Institution of Great Britain. From 1816, the use of the lamp both saved the lives of countless coalminers, and facilitated increased coal production vital to continuing industrialisation. To celebrate, the UK’s Royal Institution is publishing a unique bound volume of Davy and Faraday’s original correspondence and successive drafts of the paper that Davy published describing the lamp and its operation.This limited edition book shows facsimiles of the original manuscripts of Humpry Davy’s papers collected by Michael Faraday and is one of the few primary sources from which the invention and innovation of the lamp can be tracked. Not only did the lamp’s invention have a significant impact on coal mining productivity, it is also a fascinating insight into the process of an invention, appealing to everyone with an interest in the history of science and invention.Frank A.J.L.James MAE, Professor of the History of Science The Royal Institution of Great Britain and University College London, has edited the book and written an introduction and explanatory notes throughout. Publishing by subscription is one of the oldest models of publishing and has become popular again with specialist books. Davy’s manuscripts have rarely been seen by anyone outside of members of the Ri and certain academics and this book makes them available for the first time to a much wider audience. “This book is an important record of Davy’s involvement in the development of the miner’s flame safety lamp. Without it, coal production would have stagnated and the industrial revolution would have been stillborn. With the unexpected emergence of George Stephenson as a serious rival, Sir Humphry Davy became very secretive in the critical weeks before he announced his discovery of the wire gauze safety lamp. The drafts for his Royal Society papers are now the key contemporaneous documents from which an insight can be gained into the progress of Davy’s thinking and experiments.” David Rimmer• The subscription offer closes on 31st July 2016. The book is priced at £95.00 and will be sent to subscribers in September 2016• Every subscriber will also get a FREE copy of an interactive electronic copy as well, together with a FREE electronic copy of Professor James’ Newcomen Society Presidential Address, and an invitation to a special evening here at the Royal Institution. Each subscriber will have their name printed in the book.• The book will be 200+ pages of the actual manuscripts (held in the archives of the Ri) reproduced with a transcription printed opposite. It will be printed by Blissetts (bookbinder to HM the Queen) and protected in its own slip-case. Each copy will be signed by Professor James.For further information please contactwww.archalive.co.uk/products/davy-lamp-subscription
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent earlier this week, the American Soybean Association (ASA) expressed concerns regarding the Argentine biodiesel industry seeking access to the United States Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), and the potential of displacing U.S. soy biodiesel.EPA is currently considering an application submitted by CARBIO, the trade association representing Argentine biodiesel producers, to establish eligibility of Argentine biodiesel for the RFS. With 1.3 billion gallons of biodiesel production capacity and subsidies that promote exports, Argentine biodiesel could have a large impact on the U.S. biodiesel market.As indicated in the letter, a significant issue with the Argentine application is their plan to comply with the renewable biomass eligibility requirements. The renewable biomass requirements of the RFS statute and regulations require entities to demonstrate that their biofuel feedstock was derived from land that was in agricultural production prior to December 2007. In their proposal, CARBIO is asking EPA to approve an “Alternative Renewable Biomass Tracking Requirement” which would serve to replace the stringent feedstock recordkeeping requirements of the RFS and allow Argentine biodiesel to qualify for the RFS.ASA believes that the far reaching impacts of this issue require an exhaustive review by EPA that includes a public comment period and input from the various stakeholders as well as other government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.EPA must be made aware of the fact that Argentine biodiesel is being heavily subsidized into world markets, and the European Union already has imposed anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel imports due to the significant subsidies that Argentine biodiesel receives as the result of Argentina’s differential export tax system (DET).ASA also believes consideration of the CARBIO application should be done well in advance of the year in which any Argentine biodiesel would qualify for the RFS program, since the volumes of Argentine biodiesel would need to be factored into EPA’s calculation of the Required Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel for that year. Clearly, with EPA’s proposed rule to limit the biomass-based diesel program to 1.28 billion gallons in 2014 and 2015, the potential for significant volumes of Argentine biodiesel to flood the U.S. market in 2014 and 2015 has not been contemplated by EPA.In addition to the letter and efforts with EPA, ASA leaders raised the issue at a meeting with USTR in early March. Additional meetings are planned with EPA, USTR, and USDA in coordination with other soybean and biodiesel industry stakeholders. We wanted to make you aware of this issue and will keep you updated on any developments.
James I. Collins was charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run for allegedly striking and killing Maria De Los Carrasco Angulo on May 3 as she walked in the area of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Neals Lane.Since Collins’ arrest, police obtained video images showing three people who they say had contact with the suspect before or after the collision that killed Angulo.The Vancouver Police Department asks you to call Officer Paul Brewster at 360-487-7383 if you have information on who these people are.
But organizers put the official recall launch on hold until August 1, due to “overwhelming public interest,” according to the press release. And, according to co-organizer Nathaniel Markowitz, they need more time to legally vet the statement in the application describing why they want a recall, which is limited to 200 words. At the event, organizers said the governor’s budget vetoes are not the sole reason they want to pursue a recall. But the vetoes were cited repeatedly. A group of about 100 Alaskans unhappy with Gov. Mike Dunleavy met at an Anchorage bookstore Monday to discuss launching a recall campaign. The event was originally intended to kick off the signature-gathering effort, which is being organized by a group now calling themselves “Recall Michael J. Dunleavy.” Meda DeWitt, who is volunteering as a spokesperson for the recall effort, speaks to the crowd at the Writer’s Block bookstore in Anchorage on July 15, 2019. (Photo by Elizabeth Harball/Alaska Public Media) Drummond did not say that she and and other Alaska lawmakers opposed to Dunleavy were discussing assisting the recall effort. “There’s a lot of remorse — buyer’s remorse,” Meda DeWitt, a spokesperson for the effort, said before the event. A political action committee called Future North registered with the state in February and is backing the recall effort. Its fundraising website reports raising about $6,900. Under Alaska statute, the grounds for a recall are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption. “This is a ruinous, economically devastating set of vetoes that this governor has handed down,” Mike Mason, another one of the co-organizers, told the crowd. “Now that we’ve come out in the public, there’s other recall efforts around the state who are coming forward as well, who, as we’re coming together as a group, would like to review it,” DeWitt said. DeWitt said there is also the matter of coming to a consensus. To apply, they must collect 28,501 signatures, or 10 percent of the number of voters in the last general election. To actually hold a recall, they would then need signatures from 25 percent of the number of voters in the last general election — that’s 71,252 signatures. “It’s so frustrating because we’re back to square one, we’re back to where we were on February 13 when he presented his budget for the first time,” Drummond said. Democratic Rep. Harriet Drummond, from Anchorage, attended the event and said she was planning on signing on. Aside from needing a solid legal case, organizers must jump through several more hoops before a recall can move forward. “We have no doubt that this is going to result in a legal fight, so it’s a matter of winnowing that statement of grounds down to our strongest 200 words,” Markowitz said. “I haven’t really talked with colleagues about it, but I wouldn’t be surprised if most of them signed up” she said.
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When users ask Siri, Apple’s digital assistant, what she likes to drink, she is quick with an answer.”I have a thirst for knowledge,” she responds.Her counterpart at Microsoft, Cortana, opts for a very, very dry martini.But M, the digital assistant Facebook is testing, deflects the question. “I don’t have an opinion about that. What’s your favorite drink?”As the tech giants race to build ever better artificial intelligence platforms, they are obsessing over the nuances of their digital assistants’ personalities.For users, digital assistants are a gateway to powerful artificial intelligence tools developers expect to influence major decisions about what to buy and how to spend time.The more tech companies can get users to rely on their digital assistants, the more valuable data they will accumulate about the spending habits, interests and preferences of users. The information could be fodder for lucrative digital advertising or a lever for companies to keep users locked into their ecosystems.But companies are split on the best way to forge deep connections with users. Siri and Cortana are waging charm offensives, both quick to crack a joke or tell a story. Their elaborate personas are meant to keep users coming back.Facebook has built M with no gender, personality or voice. The design bears some resemblance to Google’s similarly impersonal assistant.While catchy one-liners generate buzz, a digital assistant with personality risks alienating users or, the companies say, misleading them about the software’s true purpose: carrying out simple tasks, much like a real-life assistant.Facebook’s no-nonsense assistant focuses on handling chores such as ordering flowers or making restaurant reservations.”We wanted M to be really open and able to do anything – a really white piece of paper – and see how people use it,” Alex Lebrun, a Facebook executive who oversees the AI team for M, said in an interview with Reuters.For tech companies, the stakes are high, said Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Venture Group, since digital assistants can guide users to their own products and those of their advertisers and partners – and away from those of competitors. Google’s digital assistant, for example, uses the company’s search engine to fulfill user requests for information rather than Yahoo or Microsoft’s Bing.”That trusted assistant could function as my agent for all kinds of transactions and activities,” McIlwain said.Research from the late Stanford professor Clifford Nass, an expert on human-computer interaction, shows that users can become deeply invested in AI that seems human, though they are also more disappointed when the systems come up short, raising the stakes for companies that make the attempt. And what charms one user can annoy another – a danger that Facebook and Google have largely sidestepped.Nevertheless, the Siri team concluded that personality was indispensable, said Gary Morgenthaler, an investor in Siri, the startup that created the eponymous assistant and was later acquired by Apple.”If you are emulating a human being,” he said, “then you are halfway into a human type of interaction.”Google has decided it doesn’t want to take personality further without having a better handle on human emotion.”It’s very, very hard to have a computer be portrayed as a human,” said Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of mobile search.The Google app, making use of predictive technology known as Google Now, responds to questions in a female voice but has few other gendered touches and little personality.The Google app does reflect its creator’s spirit of curiosity, however, by sharing fun facts, Yehoshua said.Facebook has a team of human “trainers” behind M, who answer some requests that are beyond the capabilities of its artificial intelligence. The company hopes to gather data on users’ most frequent requests in order to improve M so it can handle them in the future.That data is limited, however, as M is so far available only to 10,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area.Despite M’s design, users frequently ask to hear jokes, a request the assistant obliges. Humans tend to anthropomorphize technology, academics say, often looking for a personality or connection even when tech companies intentionally have veered away from such things.”When you give people this open mic, they will ask anything,” said Babak Hodjat, co-founder of AI company Sentient Technologies.Siri’s personality did not change much after Apple acquired the startup in 2010, though she switched from responding in text to speech at the insistence of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, said Adam Cheyer, a co-founder of Siri who is now a vice president at another AI company, Viv Labs.”He was right on that call,” Cheyer said. “The voice is something that people really connect with.”Microsoft interviewed real-life personal assistants to help shape Cortana’s personality, said Jonathan Foster, Cortana’s editorial manager. The assistant’s tone is professional, but she has her whims.She loves anything science-fiction or math-related – her favorite TV show is “Star Trek” – and jicama is her favorite food because she likes the way it sounds.Such attention to detail is critical because humans are very particular when it comes to artificial intelligence, said Henry Lieberman, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies human-computer interaction.Companies must be mindful, he said, not to venture into what researchers call the “uncanny valley,” the point at which an artificial intelligence tool falls just short of seeming human. Users become fixated on the small discrepancies, he said.”It becomes creepy or bizarre, like a monster in a movie that has vaguely human features,” Lieberman said.iDAvatars CEO Norrie J. Daroga said he walked a fine line in creating Sophie, a medical avatar that assesses patients’ pain. He gave Sophie a British accent for the U.S. audience, finding users are more critical of assistants that speak like they do.And she has flaws built in because humans distrust perfection, said Daroga, whose avatar uses technology from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform.Some academics say Siri’s personality has been her greatest success: After her release in 2011, users raced to find all her quips. But some of her retorts have caused headaches for Apple.When asked what to do with a dead body, Siri used to offer joking suggestions such as swamps or reservoirs — an exchange that surfaced in a 2014 murder trial in Florida.She is more evasive when asked the question today. “I used to know the answer to this” she says.Even in that response, Morgenthaler sees traces of the true Siri.”It’s a little bit of a protest against the corporatization,” he said. “I don’t forget, but I’ve been made to forget.”
Young African leaders Gorata Seleb, Adeboyega Adewolu and Angela Gichaga are participants in Morgan’s YALI program. AFRO Photo/Anderson R. WardTwenty-five young leaders from 18 African countries are on the campus of Morgan State University during June and July taking part in a multi-disciplinary learning experience. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) comes to Morgan’s Public Management Institute to explore some of the key issues facing communities around the world including financial management, public health, the environment and policy analysis.Morgan’s Public Management Summer Program, which began on June 16 with an opening ceremony, runs through July 25 with activities planned daily. Program participants will tour several Baltimore and Maryland educational venues, complete a leadership training program, learn about environmental and cross-cultural issues and their impact on society, and effective communication skills. During the six-week program, the YALI leaders are expected to learn about key issues and best practices in public management that they can take back to their home countries.The public management program is part of Morgan State University’s Public Management Institute, with support from the School of Engineering and the MSU Institute for Urban Research.