6 10 19

“The Secretary-General wishes to emphasize yet again that no cause can justify acts of terror, perpetrated against civilians,” said a statement issued a spokesman for Mr. Annan. “He denounces the attack against a site that has long been a tangible example of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.” The statement said the Secretary-General “hopes that the perpetrators will be speedily brought to justice. He extends his condolences to the families of the victims, as well as their Governments, and sends his best wishes for a speedy recovery to all those injured.” read more

2 10 19

“Today marks a major step in the United Nations Secretariat’s renewal,” Mr. Ban told reporters at a media encounter held in his renovated office on the 38th floor of the building, a key part of the world body’s headquarters complex located in New York City. “Now we have modern and eco-friendly systems,” he continued, adding that with the renovation, the UN could “better serve the world’s people.” The UN chief had been working out of a temporary office space located elsewhere at the world body’s headquarters complex, which is spread out over 6.9 hectares, and includes six buildings totalling about 241,547 square metres.The original UN structures were built between 1950 and 1952, and had aged considerably and lacked the standards that are expected in a modern and safe building. The refurbishment – which still continues for some structures and ends in 2014 – aims to replace deteriorated systems, meet current building codes and standards for safety, security and accessibility for persons with disabilities, and to improve its environmental performance. With an overall 50 per cent reduction in energy and water consumption and 40 per cent decrease in carbon production, the entire renovation project – known formally as the Capital Master Plan and budgeted at close to $2 billion – is expected to render the UN Secretariat one of the greenest and cleanest buildings in the world. Moreover, the landmark 39-storey building towering over the East River and First Avenue in Manhattan will possess the 21st century trappings of eco-friendly energy conservation. Other touches include the Secretariat’s glass façade – made dull by weather conditions over the years – which has been replaced with a new glass curtain with the same bluish-green tint as in its first incarnation in 1952.Addressing the various inconveniences caused by the renovation project, the Secretary-General thanked the world body’s staff for their flexibility and patience over the past years and encouraged them to employ the facilities of the high-tech building in their work. “As we re-occupy the Secretariat renovated with state-of-the-art technology, I am sure that we will meet the expectation of working even harder,” Mr. Ban said while promising continuing improvements regarding the UN’s environmental impact. “And I sincerely hope that all our staff members will fully utilize this beautifully renovated Secretariat building,” the UN chief added. Mr. Ban also thanked UN Member States and, in particular, the Secretariat’s host country, the United States, and host city, New York, for their support for the renovation project. “We will never take this gift for granted,” he said. “We will do our best to meet the expectations of the international community by improving our performance.” read more

28 09 19

After the Brooklyn Nets’ dramatic victory in Game 7 of the first round of the NBA playoffs on the road (itself a rare feat), the team’s next challenge will be facing the defending champion Miami Heat.The Heat are favored, with opening lines giving them around an 85 percent chance of advancing — and they’re relatively close to even money to take home their third consecutive championship. Miami’s 54-28 regular-season record was 10 games better than Brooklyn’s 44-38, and its 4.15 SRS (margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule) led the East, while Brooklyn’s -1.58 SRS isn’t even better than average.Brooklyn mainly has one thing going for it1Well, sort of two: In calendar-year 2014, regular season and playoffs combined, Brooklyn is 38-20 while Miami is 34-21 (of course, that timeframe is cherry-picked). Our natural tendency is to weight recent performance more heavily than earlier performance, but outside of major injuries and trades, there’s not a lot of evidence for this approach’s accuracy in the NBA.: The team swept its regular-season series against Miami, winning all four games. Now, three of those four were decided by one point each, and the other went to double overtime, so it’s not as if the Nets had the Heat completely locked down. Still, if some teams match up better against certain teams than against others (independent of their relative strength), a result like this would make it more likely that Brooklyn is better — at least against Miami — than we might have thought.Intuitions about the importance of such head-to-head records vary substantially: Some commentators and experts cite them liberally, while some stats types dismiss anything that’s based on so few games and/or that doesn’t regard every sport as a weighted random walk. The truth is that there’s a real and demonstrable value of head-to-head record relative to a team’s record against other teams. But that value is limited.While Brooklyn winning four games out of four sounds impressive, it’s only two games above what we would expect to happen by chance. So to have any kind of significance, the relative importance of head-to-head results must be substantially higher than comparable results against other opponents.On the other hand, if a team like Brooklyn “matches up well” against a seemingly stronger team like Miami, its chances of going 4-0 increase dramatically. For example, a team with a 30 percent expectation of winning one game will go 4 for 4 around 0.8 percent of the time, while a team that’s even money in each game will sweep around 6.25 percent of the time. Thus, as a Bayesian matter, going 4-0 makes it much more likely that you “match up well.”That is, if “matching up well” is a real thing. And if it is, it should be a measurable statistical phenomenon. Which it is.To examine this, I gathered all regular- and postseason games from 1985 through 2013. Then, with the goal of predicting each playoff game,2The importance of head-to-head record to predicting game outcomes can be measured in either regular-season or postseason contexts, but focusing on the playoffs simplifies the problem for a couple reasons: 1) Since all regular-season games come before the playoffs, you don’t have to do tricks like using future games to predict present ones; 2) Most regular-season head-to-head records in recent years are out of two or four games with an equal number on the road or at home (with only a minority at three games with one extra home or away). This makes it easier to avoid potential home-court skew. I ran a logistic regression3The kind of regression most commonly used to predict binary outcomes like wins and losses. to estimate a given team’s chances of winning using the following variables:Whether the team is playing at home (1 for home, -1 for away).How well the team did against its opponent in regular-season games. The exact calculation of this is complicated,4For regression purposes, we have to account for series that have a different number of games at home and on the road, so these win differences are actually measured against each team’s expectation given any such advantage it might have. I should note that whether you make this adjustment or not, or even whether you just exclude unbalanced series, the relative value of head-to-head versus other games comes up almost the same. The adjustment allows us to increase the sample size, making the results more robust. but functionally it just means the difference in number of wins.The difference between the teams’ records against all other opponents.5Also slightly adjusted for any home/away imbalance. Essentially, the number of games above .500 one team wins (excluding games against its opponent) minus the number of games above .500 of the opponent (again, except for games against the first team).The result of my calculations:6The two main numbers to observe are the 0.2085 coefficient for H2H_win_difference (in scientific notation as 2.085e-01) and the 0.05478 coefficient (as 5.487e-02) for Not_H2H_win_difference. A prior win against an opponent should initially be weighted about 3.8 times (see coefficients in footnote) more heavily than a game against someone else. Since these games are already twice as valuable as other games by virtue of having both teams involved — a win by Team A is both one more win for it and one more loss for Team B — the bottom line is that previous head-to-head games are worth about as much as two non-head-to-head games per team (3.8/2=1.9).7You also get similar relative weights if you perform this analysis on margin of victory or some variant thereof (though that analysis is a bit trickier).Using the coefficients from that regression output, we can create a logistic function8This is the equation generated by the logistic regression above that we use to predict game outcomes. In Excel it looks like so: =1/(1+EXP(-([Intercept]+[HomeCoefficient]*[h]+[H2HCoefficient]*[H2H_win_difference]+[NotH2HCoefficient]*[NotH2H_win_difference]))). to tell us the odds that a team with given relative strength will win a particular playoff game.The x-axis is a team’s combined regular-season win differential against its opponent (using both head-to-head and non-head-to-head games). For example, Miami scores 10 against Brooklyn because Miami won 54 regular-season games to Brooklyn’s 44. The central black lines are the probabilities of winning home or away games based on win difference alone. The gray lines are the new probabilities when adjusted for a head-to-head difference of +4 or -4 (typically the best and worst possible).9In recent years teams play four games against each other at most during the regular season.So depending on how strong the favorite is, going 4-0 against that team in the regular season can gain the opponent up to a 5 percent better chance of winning a particular playoff game than if the teams had gone 2-2 against each other, and an almost 10 percent higher expectation of victory than if the opponent had gone 0-4.On balance, I think that’s a fairly pro-head-to-head development: Having a 5 percent better chance based on information from only four games that are already included in each team’s overall record is notable when dealing with razor-thin NBA margins.10So if you had that information and someone else didn’t, it would be enough for you to beat the vig betting against him in a sportsbook, easily.Compounded over the length of a series, this is enough to have a pretty significant effect on who advances and who doesn’t.These are calculated series odds for the home team in a best-of-seven series (i.e., the binomial probability of winning at least four games out of four home games plus three away games given the home and away probabilities generated by our regression). There are a couple of things to note from this chart:For teams of even strength, the home team is a 66 percent favorite if it was 4-0 against its opponent in the regular season, but a 45 percent underdog if it was 0-4.The shift in odds for a two-game advantage (usually because of a 3-1 or 2-0 head-to-head record) is approximately the same as the value of having home-court advantage for the series(!).While moderately impressive, this gets us nowhere close to making Brooklyn a favorite against Miami by virtue of its 4-0 record alone (though if this were all the information in the world, the 72 percent odds of Miami winning here would be much worse than the 85 percent predicted by the market).Finally, we can check how well our series estimates perform against actual results by running the same empirical analysis as above, except on series outcomes.As a gut check, the fitted series results and the predicted series results are similar enough. I should note that the sample sizes are too small for these curves (and particularly the head-to-head breakdown) to be completely significant (this is why I used binomial calculations above instead). But this graph has a few interesting points as well:In actual outcomes, home teams with similar overall regular-season win/loss records to their opponents seem to have much worse series records in reality than we would predict. Of the 75 series where teams with home-court advantage had zero to three more wins than their opponents, the home teams won only 39 (or 52 percent, where binomial probabilities would predict greater than 60 percent), including just 14 of 33 who had tied or had only one more win.11While it’s obviously a small sample, this is really a fascinating result: Close series are theoretically exactly the ones where we tend to think home-court advantage would be really useful.Teams with home-court advantage appear to have underperformed our model in series where the difference between teams is small, but have outperformed our model when it’s more of a mismatch.12The multitude of ways that NBA playoff series don’t track with estimated/simulated/calculated projections is a continued source of fascination for me.The head-to-head effect (though based on a smaller sample) actually appears to be a bit bigger than what we would expect from the effects we saw in individual games. A record of 0-4 can decrease a team’s chances of winning its series by up to 25 percent, while the opposite is true if the record is 4-0.Whether or not you find these results surprising, it’s clear that the effect is nowhere near strong enough to take a 10-game dog and make it a favorite. So no luck for the Nets, at least not from this angle. read more

24 09 19

first_imgSino Gold Mining Limited (Sino Gold) (ASX: SGX, SEHK:1862 ) and Golden China Resources Corporation (Golden China) (TSX/ ASX: GCX) today announced that they have entered into an agreement (the Agreement) regarding a proposed offer (the Offer) by Sino Gold for all of the outstanding common shares of Golden China.The Agreement, which values Golden China at A$80.7 (C$73.0) million, has the unanimous support of the Golden China board of directors. Under the proposed Offer, Golden China shareholders would receive one Sino Gold share for every 4.5 Golden China common shares they hold. Following successful completion of the Offer, should Sino Gold acquire all of the currently outstanding Golden China shares, Golden China shareholders would collectively hold an interest of approximately 6.5% in Sino Gold.The Offer values Golden China at a 51% premium over the TSX closing price on 10th August 2007, and a 48% premium over the 10 day TSX volume weighted average trading price of the Golden China common shares.Sino Gold believes that the proposed acquisition of Golden China provides an attractive addition to its asset base and enhances its growth profile as Golden Chinas Beyinhar project is advanced to development status. Commenting on the proposed Offer, Sino Golds Chief Executive Officer, Jake Klein, said: We have previously indicated that we intend to acquire advanced exploration assets that have the potential to be developed once our second mine, White Mountain, starts commercial production in early 2009.Golden Chinas assets fit perfectly with this strategy and enables Sino Gold to focus on a potential third mine development. Importantly, Golden Chinas key assets are all within the three areas in which Sino Gold already has significant activity and capacity.This acquisition will further consolidate Sino Golds position as the leading foreign gold company in China. Our financial strength and operating expertise will ensure that the full potential of the Golden China assets is realised.Importantly, the Sino Gold offer provides Golden China shareholders with significant value for their shares, and the opportunity to participate in the future growth of the combined company. Golden Chinas President & Chief Executive Officer, Greg Starr, added:We are excited by the current and potential value created for our shareholders from the acquisition by Sino Gold. The combined assets and strengths of the two companies diversifies the opportunities for our combined shareholders and brings increased financial and management strength to the exploitation of Golden Chinas asset base. Rationale for the Offer Golden China is a gold exploration and production company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) whose principal asset is the advanced Beyinhar exploration project located in Inner Mongolia, Peoples Republic of China. Sino Gold believes that the Golden China assets are complementary to its own project portfolio and its operational expertise. Sino Gold has the ability to:Rapidly advance the Beyinhar project to production. Golden China has previously publicly stated that its intention is to develop a 100,000 ounce production base at BeyinharExtract full value from the BioGold processing facility in Shandong province; andUnlock regional exploration synergies at the Nibao project, which is located near to Sino Golds Jinfeng mine in Guizhou Province, Peoples Republic of China. The Offer would provide significant benefits to Golden China shareholders. By accepting the Offer, Golden China shareholders would become shareholders in a company with a successful track record of developing gold mines in China and enhancing shareholder value. Benefits are expected to include:The opportunity to realize an attractive premium for their Golden China shares;Enhanced share trading liquidity;Greater access to development finance, a robust balance sheet and strong cash position; andAccess to a company with a team of over 600 experienced mining and exploration employees This announcement continues and is available at www.sinogold.com.auFor further information, please contact: Media Enquiries: Kate Kerrision +61 2 6746 3221, kate@katekerrison.com.au Investor Enquiries: Jake Klein, CEO or Roger Howe, Investor Relations +61 2 8259 7000, info@sinogold.com.aulast_img read more

24 09 19

first_imgInternational Mining reported on the Upper Big Branch disaster, and the resulting investigation, in its June Leader. Then fingers were being pointed at the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) with claims that MSHA changes to the ventilation system may have caused the worst mining disaster in the US for decades. Now Massey Energy has released a strong statement after MSHA abruptly dismissed staffer, Stephen Gigliotti, from the Upper Big Branch (UBB) probe because he was involved in a prior MSHA investigation at the mine.Massey pointed out that the revelation of an MSHA employee, with obvious conflict of interest issues, being permitted to serve as a member of MSHA’s UBB inspection team further reinforces the need for an independent inquiry into the April 5 accident. The company questioned whether MSHA has the intent to collaboratively work with other team inspectors in uncovering the true causes of the UBB accident in a manner that is unbiased and objective.Over the last several weeks, Massey Energy along with the United Mine Workers of America, UBB families and those in the editorial community have been insisting on an open investigative process into what happened at UBB. An investigation that is independent, open to the public and fully transparent would, they argue, prevent such egregious conflicts from arising.“Full disclosure and impartial examination of the facts should be the underlying purpose of the UBB investigation. However, based on Gigliotti’s past participation in the inquiry, it is quite apparent that MSHA has ulterior motives to protect itself from scrutiny.” the firm commented.Massey Energy has also disclosed a July 15, 2004 report by the MSHA regarding two previous methane outbursts at the Upper Big Branch (UBB) mine. Importantly, the report contained recommendations inconsistent with MSHA’s recent handling of ventilation at UBB.Handwritten notations on the front of the report indicate that the report was anonymously placed under the door of MSHA District Manager Bob Hardman on May 21, 2010. Subsequently Gigliotti was dismissed from the team because he was involved in the 2004 investigation by MSHA. Massey Energy continues to maintain that a wholly independent investigation of the explosion is in order because of MSHA’s role in the ventilation system at UBB.MSHA personnel internally discussed prior methane outbursts at UBB in July 2003 and February 2004 that occurred when cracks in the mine floor allowed methane to escape into the mine. MSHA personnel recommended that a number of steps be considered to address the potential for future outbursts. The primary recommendation was for increased airflow to dilute the methane at the longwall face and in the gob behind the longwall.Contrary to the recommendation, MSHA in 2009 and 2010 mandated changes resulting in less air on the UBB longwall. Last week, Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship wrote a letter to governors in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Illinois pointing out that MSHA had – over the company’s objection – required decreased airflow at UBB prior to the April 5, 2010 explosion.Recently, Massey has received a number of questions about the discovery of a crack in the mine floor at UBB. Massey can confirm that the underground teams exploring the longwall at UBB last week did observe a crack in the floor near the tail of the longwall. The teams were not able to explore the crack to determine if it was the source of a methane explosion. The crack and other potential sources in the mine need to be fully examined before any conclusions can be reached.“The July 15, 2004 report is very important,” said Blankenship. “MSHA recognised in 2004 that more airflow was necessary to address methane outbursts, should they occur. However, in 2009 and 2010, MSHA required UBB to adopt a ventilation system that resulted in less air. It is too early to determine what role these changes played or to determine the importance of the crack in the mine floor. However, this will be a focal point of our investigation and, we hope, the state and federal investigations.”last_img read more

24 09 19

first_imgUnderground utility vehicle specialist MacLean Engineering has purchased the former MTI test facility in Sudbury, Ontario, and intends to use it as the company’s new innovation hub.The facility on Magill Street, less than a 10-minute drive from the MacLean sales, service and support centre on Kelly Lake Road, includes an approximately 300 m underground ramp down to a depth of some 40 m, at an average grade of 15%.The underground facility also includes an excavated cavern where shaft jumbo mucking training had previously been conducted, along with a 4,500 km² building on a three-hectare site footprint.MacLean President Kevin MacLean said: “We intend to utilise this facility as an innovation hub for our company, just as Bob Lipic Sr did with MTI when the test facility was originally developed in 2012.“I want our activities at site to honour the tradition of mining entrepreneurship that Bob embodied in the Sudbury mining industry.”Stella Holloway, General Manager for MacLean’s Sudbury operations, said the access to an underground facility provides the company with a “research and development test bed for new products and new technologies, a mine-equivalent setting for conducting quality assurance/quality control checks on MacLean equipment prior to shipping, a place where employees and customers alike can be given hands-on exposure to our equipment in the working environment, as well as a great location for conducting photo and video shoots”.The new facility will allow the company to “ramp up” its product development and testing efforts, according to MacLean Chairman and Founder Don MacLean.“I started my mining career in the 1950s working underground at INCO (now part of Vale), this city is where the first MacLean branch was established back in 1995 and we now have 100 employees locally, so the Sudbury basin remains at the core of the MacLean business just as it remains at the heart of mining activity in Canada.”MacLean is currently embarking on a full electrification of its fleet, a programme that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.Certain assets of MTI, meanwhile, were sold to Joy Global (now Komatsu Mining) in 2014.last_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgGreek Prime Minister George Papandreou has expressed his conviction that Greece would exit successfully from the current economic crisis and would become more competitive through structural reforms that are being implemented in the country. In an interview with CNN on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Papandreou also noted: “We are changing Greece for the better. We are making a better country. More competitive.” He also ruled out a possible restructuring of the country’s debt. “A restructuring of the existing debt is out of the question. It is not part of our plans,” he also underlined. Regarding the eurozone, the Greek premier said that member-states “should demonstrate fiscal responsibility…and if we have great debts or deficits we must handle them.” As regards Greece, Papandreou said, “we are achieving targets, and sometimes we exceed them. We have decreased the deficit by a clear six per cent, which is a great, a spectacular decrease.” Source: ANA Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio Pilot killed after plane crashes in downtown AnchorageZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageOne person is confirmed dead after a small plane struck an office building in downtown Anchorage at 6:18 a.m Tuesday morning. Investigators say the pilot was not sanctioned to fly the aircraft.4-year-old fatally shoots himself in Bethel trooper housingLakeidra Chavis, KYUK – BethelA 4-year-old died in an Alaska State Trooper housing unit in Bethel on Monday evening, Officials believe the child was playing by himself in the living room when he got hold of a handgun and fatally shot himself.High wind warnings persist in SouthcentralEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageForecasts calling for continued high winds in Southcentral have forced cancellation of the state ferry Tustemena’s sailing between Homer and Kodiak.High winds trigger power outages in FairbanksRobert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksMother Nature is triggering power outages across Fairbanks. Golden Valley Electric Association saw multiple areas west of Fairbanks robbed of power Monday.Alaska IDs good for air travel, for nowJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe state of Alaska has been granted an extension until October 2016 to meet the requirements of the federal Real ID Act.Fisheries coastal change committee to convene in JanuaryMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamThe Board of Fisheries’ new coastal change committee will hold its first meeting next month. The committee is helping the board develop some guidelines for how it deals with commercial fishing boundaries that change along with Alaska’s coastline.Basketball teams converge on Anchorage for tourneyMolly Dischner, KDLG – DillinghamHigh School Basketball teams and fans are gathering in Anchorage this week. Six teams competing at the new Rally the Regions 2A basketball tournament.Would-be drone entrepreneur thwarted by regsQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerA Homer business owner wants to use a drone to take pictures and shoot video of properties in Homer. But, restrictions on drone piloting hurt his chances of making the business work.Drones to monitor endangered Cook Inlet belugasAssociated PressFederal scientists will begin using drones to monitor beluga whales in Cook Inlet as a part of an effort to restore the endangered animals.Murre die-off hits Kachemak in the thousandsDaysha Eaton, KBBI – HomerDie-offs of common murres have been taking place across Alaska all summer, and the latest report is from Kachemak Bay, according to biologists with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.State committee looks to improve, economize jury selectionLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageMore than 30,000 Alaska residents were called for jury duty last year. Were you one of them? The state court system relies on a steady stream of jurors to fairly try cases across the state. A Jury Management Committee including judges and court administrators is currently examining ways to improve the overall jury selection process and to contain rising costs.last_img read more

6 09 19

first_imgThimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for India after his two-day visit to Bhutan where he held talks with Bhutanese leaders to further deepen bilateral ties. Before leaving for Delhi, the Prime Minister addressed students at the Royal University of Bhutan and paid his respects at the National Memorial Chorten, a revered monument honouring the late Third Druk Gyalpo Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The Prime Minister left for Delhi from Paro International Airport in a special aircraft. “Thank you Bhutan for your love and affection. PM@narendramodi embarks for Delhi following a remarkable visit that heralded cooperation in new areas. As a special gesture, seen off by @PMBhutan at Paro airport,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Modi was in Thimphu on his second visit to Bhutan as Prime Minister and the first since his re-election in May this year.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgA government primary school in Sunamganj is underwater. Photo: UNBAcademic activities at 30 government primary schools in Tahirpur upazila of Sunamganj have been suspended as the institutions went under flood water due to incessant rain for the last six days and onrush of upstream waters, reports UNB.The students of the flood-affected areas cannot attend classes as all the classrooms and playgrounds went under water, said Abu Syed, acting education officer of the upazila.Floodwaters entered the premises of 17 primary schools on Wednesday while 13 other schools were submerged on Thursday.The floodwater entered houses of many people, forcing them to take shelter at a number of primary schools, he said.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_img X 00:00 /00:53 The number of Texans taking and passing the GED exam, in order to get the equivalent of a high school diploma, is continuing to fall. That’s the finding of a new study by the Center for Public Policy Priorities.Just over 21,000 Texans took and passed the GED test in 2016, the most recent year for which complete data were available. That was down more than 40 percent from 2003.Chandra Villanueva, co-author of the report, says much of the drop stems from a lack of state funding. “There’s a large number of counties in our state that don’t even have GED testing centers,” she says. “And there’s just not a lot of resources, training, and even advertisement to let people know where to go or what they should try to do to get their high school diploma.”GED administrators introduced a newer, tougher version of the exam in 2014. The number of Texans taking and passing the test dropped off sharply that year. That number has recovered somewhat since, but it remains well below where it stood before the change.  FlickrHand completing a multiple choice exam. Sharecenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgA man has been arrested in the death of his infant son June 27, according to Baltimore City Police.The police were called to an apartment in the 5600 block of Sinclair Lane at 10:20 a.m. June 27. When police arrived, they found Darrow Coady, an 8 month-old infant boy, unconscious and being treated by members of the Baltimore City Fire Department. The infant was transported to a hospital where he died a short time later.Homicide detectives were called to the scene and began an investigation pending an autopsy. On June 28, the autopsy was performed and the cause of death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma. “There was some visible bruising on the victim’s body,” said Baltimore City Detective Jeremy Silbert in a media briefing.On June 29, an arrest warrant was issued for the father of the baby, 22-year-old Darrow Keith Coady, charging him with second degree murder, assault, and child abuse.At exactly 8:30 p.m., officers from the Northwest District received a tip that Coady was at the Mondawmin Metro Station. Coady was arrested there.Maria Roman, a resident of the neighborhood, was shocked upon hearing what happened. “It’s so quiet around here, it’s peaceful,” she told a local television station. “I didn’t know that something like that would happen around here. I’m really shocked, I’m sorry to hear that.”It is not known if Coady obtained an attorney. According to Case Search, he has no bail and will spend his 23rd birthday waiting for his preliminary hearing, scheduled for July 27.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgBy The Associated PressThe authorities are investigating a report that a White man kicked a 1-year-old Black child in the back at a Wichita grocery store and yelled racial slurs.The Wichita Eagle reports that 29-year-old Lashantai Whitaker said in an interview Dec. 27 that her son, Jhavii Fry, was walking through the store Dec. 23, holding his 11-year-old sister’s hand, when a man kicked the toddler from behind with his cowboy boot. Her son fell facedown. Whitaker says bystanders tackled the man as he yelled racial slurs.A 31-year-old man was released on $3,500 bond hours after he was booked into jail on suspicion of ethnic intimidation, battery and resisting police. Court records show the man has spent time in a Kansas mental hospital and has a criminal history that includes drug crimes.last_img read more

31 08 19

first_img Journal information: New Journal of Physics 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. Quantum theory is based heavily on probabilities, since measuring a quantum system doesn’t produce the same outcome every time, but instead yields one of many outcomes that each occur with a certain probability. Now in a new paper, physicists have presented a new quantum probability rule for assigning probabilities to measurement outcomes, or events, that essentially combines two of the most important quantum probability rules (the Born rule and the wave function collapse rule) into one. Citation: New quantum probability rule offers novel perspective of wave function collapse (2018, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-quantum-probability-perspective-function-collapse.html Credit: Shrapnel et al. Published in the New Journal of Physics © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img A non-probabilistic quantum theory produces unpredictable results More information: Sally Shrapnel, Fabio Costa, and Gerard Milburn. “Updating the Born rule.” New Journal of Physics. DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aabe12 Explore further The physicists, Sally Shrapnel, Fabio Costa, and Gerard Milburn, at The University of Queensland in Australia, have published a paper on the new quantum probability rule in the New Journal of Physics. One of the most important probability rules in quantum theory is the Born rule, which gives the probability that a measurement yields a certain event. However, things get a little bit more complicated when predicting consecutive events. Although in classical scenarios it’s possible to assign joint probabilities to consecutive events using conditioning, in quantum scenarios this is not possible since each measurement necessarily disturbs the system. So in quantum mechanics, the state must be updated with this new information after every measurement.In order to update the state, a “state update rule” or “collapse rule” is applied. In the new paper, the physicists explain that this update is basically an “ad hoc ingredient,” since it is introduced as an axiom (which cannot be proved), and is a completely separate entity from the Born rule. Although this additional rule works well for practical purposes, it poses problems for understanding the true nature of quantum theory—in particular, for interpretations of quantum theory as a statement about the knowledge of reality, rather than of reality itself.To address these problems, the physicists propose and prove a unified probability rule, which they call the “Quantum Process Rule.” They show that this rule is more fundamental than the Born rule, as both the Born rule and the state update, or collapse, rule can be derived from this new rule—that is, the update rule does not need to be independently introduced. Unlike the Born rule, the Quantum Process Rule can assign joint probabilities to consecutive events. One of the interesting implications of showing that wave function collapse follows from the new probability rule is that it suggests that the collapse does not need to be regarded as a fundamental aspect of quantum theory. This implication offers an alternative perspective of wave function collapse, as well as a new understanding of the nature of quantum theory.”The main significance of the work is that we derive a single, unified probability rule that subsumes both the Born rule and the collapse rule,” Shrapnel told Phys.org. “This means that one no longer needs to explain wave function collapse in terms of a physical process, but can instead view this part of the formalism as simply a case of classical probabilistic conditioning. It is this latter possibility that means we can consider the quantum state as being about our knowledge rather than a direct description of physical reality.”last_img read more

30 08 19

first_img With two stores in New York, one in Los Angeles and a robust website, the upscale consignment sneaker store Flight Club has remained popular with trendy teenagers and the “sneakerhead” set since 2005 by selling vintage shoes “new in the box.”Flight Club’s New York flagship on the corner of Broadway and 11th Street has no shortage of visitors, but director of business development John McPheters faced a challenge in getting them to buy. It seems many shoppers would see a shoe in the store and immediately go on their smartphones to find a better deal online–a process known as “showrooming.””If you look in our store, you might see a $3,000 pair of sneakers,” McPheters says. “When kids see these shoes, they’re in sticker shock, and there’s a knee-jerk reaction to see where else they can find [them]. So they go onto their phones and search.”The FixMcPheters turned to Swarm Mobile, a service launched in February 2012 that can help turn showroomers into paying customers. It does this by offering customers an app that pops up on their smartphones via Wi-Fi as soon as they walk in the door of a participating store. If customers click “yes,” a store-branded web app opens, and the retailer can track their web use and see what sites they’re visiting to check out price comparisons.The ResultsMcPheters set up Swarm at the New York flagship and the Los Angeles store and liked what he saw. “People who’ve interacted with Swarm buy more from us,” he says.Swarm can also be used to offer customers on-the-spot deals and incentives; at Flight Club these can include a free hoodie with a purchase of $400 or more.Because the service automatically loads all of Flight Club’s deals into the app, customers have information they need at their fingertips, freeing up the sales staff for more personalized service.”We get super slammed sometimes, and having this functionality takes the burden off our salespeople to remember every single price,” he says.”As we worked through the holidays, this became especially important.”McPheters declined to break out how much revenue has come via Swarm or how much Flight Club pays for the service (plans start at $49.99 per month). But Swarm claims that its pilot run at 30 retailers last year resulted in a 2.5 percent increase in per-store gross revenue, and that among customers who used the app there was a 12 percent increase in purchase price and a threefold increase in repeat visits.A Second OpinionSucharita Mulpuru-Kodali, principal analyst at Forrester Research Group in Cambridge, Mass., points out that there are a number of mobile services that track customers in brick-and-mortar stores, including shopkick and Euclid, and that it’s too early in their development to tell how effective they are at driving sales. “Just by being in the store, the consumer is already pretty far down the purchase funnel,” she says. “They’re likely there to buy anyway.”Of more concern to Mulpuru-Kodali is the privacy issue raised by these technologies. “A single piece of legislation could kill all of these mobile-marketing businesses. We just don’t know how it’s going to ultimately all shake out.” Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story appears in the March 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read April 9, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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first_imgThree of the four injured were taken to hospital, with two being listed in serious condition. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Preliminary reports say the driver of the van lost control when his vehicle began hydroplaning. The loss of control caused him to enter the oncoming lane, which is when he hit the truck. Firemen were called to the scene to put out a fire that began inside the van due to the accident. The pickup suffered extensive damage. Four people were left injured, two of them seriously, when two vehicles crashed on the Tulum-Playa del Carmen highway near the bridge of Xel Ha. The accident happened around 4:15 p.m. when a pickup truck was rammed by a van. Tulum, Q.R. — Intense rains around the state Tuesday are said responsible for several accidents including one near Tulum. last_img read more

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first_imgRead MorePublic told to stay off burnt areas of Roaches following fire Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said: “It’s not surprising GMB members rejected Liverpool Airport Ltd’s new pay offer – because to accept it would mean a real terms pay cut for them “The company really don’t seem willing to compromise – increasing their offer by just .2% “Meanwhile we dropped our expectations by .6% to try an avoid industrial action. “We have informed the company strike action will not be suspended unless a 3.6% increase is offered. “Despite this attitude, GMB is more than willing to get round the table and try and reach a deal which will stop industrial action – and avoid any more disruption for travellers.” Read MoreFour arrested after burglars target businesses The GMB added they had dropped expectations for a pay rise from 3.6 per cent down to three per cent. Liverpool John Lennon airport is a popular hub for budget flights to the continent and widely used by passengers from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. An airport spokesman said they were disappointed at the announcement of further strike action – and added they would ensure passengers did not face disruption. He said: “In recent months, Management at Liverpool John Lennon Airport have been in talks with Airport Company employees who are members of the GMB Union regarding the 2018/19 pay award. “The Airport Company recently made an improved final offer of 2.2% backdated to 1st April 2018, plus a £150 one-off payment, equivalent to an average pay award of 2.7%. This is an increase of 0.7% on the Company’s original offer and above the current Consumer Price Inflation rate of 2.5%. However, the GMB have today informed the Airport that their members have voted to reject this improved offer and will continue with their industrial action. “To date, two strike periods have already taken place totalling 48 hours of industrial action including over the busy Bank Holiday weekend. However robust contingency plans put in place by the Airport Company have ensured that passengers have continued to receive excellent customer service throughout as usual. Read MoreThree charged after break-in at Staffordshire shop “There have been no delays to any flights or disruption to passengers as a consequence of this industrial action, with the number of flights departing on time actually higher than our normal best in class performance for flight punctuality, as previously recognised by OAG. “These plans will remain in place during any future strikes to ensure that it remains business as usual throughout all further industrial action too. “The Airport Company is again very disappointed with the result of this latest ballot and continues to believe this pay offer compares favourably with pay increases seen by many other large private and public sector organisations across the region. The Company hopes that GMB members will recognise that the offer put forward represents a fair and reasonable pay increase in the current climate.” Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA trade union are holding at least 12 more days of strike action at an airport popular with North Staffordshire and South Cheshire passengers – after rejecting a pay offer from airport management. The GMB trade union have this afternoon announced plans to hold four days of strike action at Liverpool’s John Lennon in September, with a minimum of eight more planned for October. The industrial action will see 80 workers from aviation rescue and fire fighting services, the control room, engineering and driver operations and airport bird control will walk out. The latest announcement follows industrial action by GMB in August – with a further 12 hour walkout taking place today (Monday September 3). The industrial action follows a pay dispute, with 68 per cent of GMB union members rejecting the airport’s offer of a 2.2 per cent payrise and a £150 lump sum, which the union claims amounts to a real terms pay cut. Strike action at Liverpool John Lennon AirportThe GMB have announced strike action will take place on the following days in September (the dates in October are yet to be announced) Thursday September 13: 7am until 7pm. Wednesday September 19: 7am until 7pm. Monday September 24: 7am until 7pm. Wednesday September 26: 7am until 7pm.last_img read more

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first_imgFrom the print editionStacey Auch |  Special to The Tico TimesRolf Blancke wants to tell you all there is to know about tropical fruit. The Puerto Viejo resident has enjoyed a career in tropical botany for the past 20 years, which he now hopes to culminate with a book on fruit, complete with photos, field guides, maps and info on medicinal and nutritional properties.His plan is to travel throug Asian and Latin America for the research, but he can’t do that without a little help. “We need continued support, especially from residents of Costa Rica, to reach our end goal,” Blancke said. Blancke is collaborating with Zona Tropical Publications, which has published 18 books including “The Birds of Costa Rica” and “Tropical Plants of Cost Rica” (both co-published with Cornell University Press) on a 30-day campaign on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com. The goal is to raise $7,500 for photography equipment and research in Asia, Latin America and Miami.  Donors may contribute $5 and up, and in return, receive gifts like fruit post cards, a tropical fruits of the world poster, credit in the book, a copy of the book, trips to Costa Rica and more. If funding goals are met, the book will be released in early 2013.Already there has been some buzz around the project, and Blancke raised more than a quarter of the total funds needed in the first three days of the campaign. “We’re happy with the results so far,” he said. “So many expats here fall in love with these fruits, and this is their chance to share with friends and family back home.” Blancke’s research illustrates the role of fruit in our daily diet, and more importantly, the importance of tropical forest conservation. “With a better knowledge of fruits, we might get more creative in the kitchen, trying new varieties and improving our diets, and having more environmental concern for the tropical forests,” Blancke said.Blanke’s full project can be viewed at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/584232123/tropical-fruits-of-the-world?ref=live.  Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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first_imgRelated posts:Photos: A salute to Costa Rica’s natives on World Wildlife Day 4 things not to miss during bird migration season PHOTOS: Every Costa Rica sloth image you will ever need to see Mysterious shark discovered off Costa Rican coast dubbed the ‘Ninja Lanternshark’ Tucked away in the Talamanca mountains, a tiny, semi-translucent frog lurked out of scientists’ sight during more than a century of field work in the area. But the newly discovered frog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae, made its world debut in February in the taxonomy journalZootaxa.Characterized by a lack of pigmentation in their skin, glass frogs can only be found in parts of Central and South America. Some glass frogs, including H. dianae, are so translucent that their organs are visible from their underside, hence the name.Herpetologists are unsure of the practical reason for the frogs’ see-through appearance, but it is possible that their translucence aids in camouflage. Of the 149 species of glass frogs, 14 can be found in Costa Rica.H. dianae is the first glass frog discovered in Costa Rica since 1973. The frog is named for Janet Diana Kubicki, the mother of the frog’s discoverer Brian Kubicki, as well as the Roman hunting goddess, Diana. Hyalinobatrachium dianae’s organs are visible through its skin. (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)Herpetologists found six specimens of the new frog in higher elevations in the western provinces of Limón and Heredia. The frog is about 2.5 centimeters in length. It has unusually long and thin feet and bright white and black eyes.While H. dianae shares many characteristics of other glass frogs, the nocturnal frog’s strange call is what most distinguishes it as a separate species.“It’s advertisement call is quite unique,” Brian Kubicki, the paper’s lead author, said. “It’s different than any other species that has been discovered.”Advertisement calls are used by male frogs to attract females for mating. Rather than using calls similar to other glass frogs, H. dianae’s advertisement is a long metallic whistle with rapid pulses.According to Kubicki, the call is similar to an insect’s call, which may have helped mask the frog from field herpetologists for so long. Investigators also identified morphological and genetic differences in H. dianae compared to other glass frogs.The frog’s distribution throughout the Talamanca mountain range is another likely reason it went undiscovered for so long.“Costa Rica is a very well-studied area by herpetologists so this discovery was surprising,” Kubicki said. “We just needed some fieldwork in these areas that were poorly explored.”The discovery is the second this year in Costa Rica for Kubicki. He and fellow herpetologist Stanley Salazar published a paper in March detailing the discovery of the first three Costa Rican specimens of the fringe-limbed treefrog, Ecnomiohyla bailarina.E. bailarina was discovered in Panama in 2014. The specimens found by Kubicki and Salazar were the first E. bailarina frogs seen outside of Panama. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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first_img“I love Mike, I wish it would have never happened for him, but he dropped way too many balls,” Arians said. “So whoever we put out there is going to be fine.”Arians went on to say he’s not too concerned about a player’s height, noting that if a big wideout is not too fast, he’ll just have to be able to catch the ball over defenders. In three seasons — all with the Patriots — Dobson has caught 53 passes for 698 yards and four touchdowns, with his best season coming in 2013.“I liked Aaron Dobson coming out, I’m really excited having Aaron,” Arians said. “But Jaron Brown had had such a great camp, Jaron’s that guy, too.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams (7) runs as Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward (12) pursues during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img PHOENIX — Though not necessarily seen as a weak spot, it has been thought that the Cardinals could use some help at wide receiver, and may look toward the draft to find it.To wit: Besides Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer, Clemson receiver Mike Williams is the most commonly mocked player to the Cardinals with the 13th pick in the upcoming draft.Cardinals coach Bruce Arians would of course not say who the team might be looking to draft, but speaking at the NFC Coaches Breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore, he seemed to disagree with the idea that his team needs to address an issue at receiver. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires “I’m fine with where we’re at,” he said. “Getting Jaron (Brown) healthy, and now Aaron Dobson; the big key is John Brown — he is working out twice a day right now, not having any symptoms. So knock on wood that we get John Brown back, that we know.“Aaron’s another tall, big guy who’s had really good success. We all love Jaron, so a top-round pick isn’t necessary.”That’s not to say if the right guy falls in the draft the team will not take him, of course, just Arians does not see a big hole at the position.Last season, Larry Fitzgerald led the team with 107 receptions, which he turned into 1,023 yards and six touchdowns. John Brown was second among wideouts in receptions, with 39, while J.J. Nelson finished behind Fitzgerald in yards, with 568.John Brown was battling a sickle-cell trait that limited him all season, whereas Jaron Brown tore his ACL in Week 7 against Seattle.“He is so far ahead of schedule, but we’re not going to push it,” Arians said of Jaron Brown. That means even if Brown is ready for mini-camp and OTAs, he may not participate in all of it.One player for whom offseason work will be very important is Dobson. If he makes the team, he could be seen as a guy who may fill the role Michael Floyd held before he was released following a DUI. The 25-year-old was a 2013 second-round pick of the New England Patriots, and at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds brings some size to the position. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more