DOE watchdog to look into why Los Alamos scientist was fired

first_imgAn independent watchdog at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will investigate whether political scientist James Doyle was booted out of Los Alamos National Laboratory this summer after writing about the futility of nuclear weapons as a deterrent.In a letter today to Doyle’s attorney, Mark Zaid, DOE officials rejected Doyle’s petition to reverse or modify his dismissal this summer. Doyle had argued that the lab’s decision to classify the scholarly article—“Why Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?”—after it had appeared in the February-March 2013 issue of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy violated federal guidelines and that he was wrongly punished. Los Alamos officials have said that Doyle was laid off for budgetary reasons.It’s no surprise that DOE stands by that decision. But what has raised eyebrows is that the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, has asked the department’s inspector general to determine “whether Mr. Doyle’s termination resulted, in whole or in part, from the publication of his article … or the views expressed in it.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The letter, from the director of DOE’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, explains the rationale: “The Department’s senior leadership takes the issue you raise seriously, and will not tolerate retaliation or dismissals of employees or contractors for the views expressed in scholarly publications.” Zaid calls DOE’s decision “a smart move on their part.”Gregory Friedman, DOE’s longtime inspector general, has been outspoken over the years in criticizing what he sees as lax security, wasteful spending, or inappropriate conduct by DOE lab officials. So outsiders are eager to see what conclusions Friedman might draw from the Doyle case.Correction: 9/16/2014, 12:05pm: The caption on the photo has been corrected; the sign marks the entrance to the municipality of Los Alamos, not the laboratory.last_img read more

93% Of Indian Bank Deposits Fully Safe

first_imgEven though India’s Deposit and Insurance and Credit Guarantee scheme only protects just Rs 1 lakh ($2,000) in each account (compared to $250,000 that the FDIC does in the U.S.) , the Indian government says 92.6% of all bank deposits are within that limit and so are fully protected.  Related Itemslast_img

Yanks Clip Cubs in 13th, 4-2

first_imgCHICAGO – Preston Claiborne gave himself a little pep talk as he stepped to the plate for the first time as a major leaguer.In a tight spot, the reliever laid down a key sacrifice bunt. His teammates took it from there and gave him the win in the process.Brendan Ryan scored on Jose Veras’ wild pitch before John Ryan Murphy capped a two-run 13th inning with an RBI single, and the New York Yankees beat the Cubs 4-2 May 21 after Chicago wasted another dominant start by Jeff Samardzija.New York scored two in the ninth against Hector Rondon to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. Samardzija pitched four-hit ball over seven innings.Ryan started the winning rally with a leadoff single against Veras (0-1). Yangervis Solarte walked, and the runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt toward third by Claiborne (2-0) in his first career plate appearance.Ryan came home when Veras threw a pitch over Murphy’s head, and then Murphy drove in Solarte with a single to right to make it 4-2. The Yankees had runners on second and third with two out when Derek Jeter grounded out to end the rally.“I told myself, ‘Don’t bail on your teammates. Just hang in there and get it down,’” Claiborne said.Claiborne got the win, pitching 1 2-3 scoreless innings, and David Robertson worked the 13th for his ninth save in nine chances.He gave up a one-out single to Welington Castillo but retired Nate Schierholtz on a fly and struck out John Baker to end the game after 4 hours, 39 minutes.Samardzija’s winless streak was stretched to 16 starts even though he lowered his major league-leading ERA from 1.62 to 1.46. If he’s frustrated, if he feels like he’s being wasted, he’s not saying.Even so, how much longer can he take this? “I’ve got a lot left,” Samardzija said. “I feel good. You take it with how it goes. It doesn’t always go the right way.”Samardzija would have liked to stay in longer. But he insisted he was OK with manager Rick Renteria’s decision to go to hand it over to the bullpen and expressed sympathy for Rondon, who came in for the final out in a win previous night.“I understand how hard it is to do that — to go out every day, especially when you pitched the night before in a long game in bad weather, to come back in a day game,” Samardzija said. “To come back in a day game the next day, it’s tough to do.”It looked as if his streak was coming to an end after Brian Schlitter worked the eighth. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but things quickly turned after Rondon came on to start the inning. A throwing error by second baseman Darwin Barney didn’t help.A leadoff single by Mark Teixeira, walk to Brian McCann and another single to Solarte loaded the bases with none out.The Yankees tied it when Ichiro Suzuki sent a grounder to shortstop Starlin Castro, who flipped to Barney at second as the first run scored. The relay throw to first sailed wide, and that allowed Ryan, running for McCann, to come home.The blown save was the first for Rondon in six chances. And for Samardzija, it was just the latest dose of bad luck. He’s 0-4 in 10 starts this year and 0-6 in in 16 outings since he beat San Diego on Aug. 24.Chase Whitley was solid in his second start since being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up a run and six hits in 4 1-3 innings, and the retiring Jeter heard loud cheers when he batted, particularly his last few times up.“Well I kept thinking it was going to be my last (plate appearance), too. It just kept going on and on,” he said.(ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Royals Spoil Jeter’s Day, 2-0

first_imgNEW YORK — Kansas City players tipped their caps to Derek Jeter when the retiring New York Yankees captain walked up to the plate in the first inning. Then the Royals went back to work trying to make some history of their own.Yordano Ventura pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, and the AL Central leaders beat the Yankees 2-0 Sept. 7 on a pair of unearned runs for their second shutout in the three-game series.Trying for its first playoff berth since winning the 1985 World Series, Kansas City maintained a two-game lead in the AL Central over the second-place Tigers, who defeated San Francisco 6-1. The Royals headed to Detroit for a three-game series that starts Sept. 8“We’re playing great baseball,” Manager Ned Yost said. “We’re pitching, and we’re playing defense and scoring runs and winning ballgames, and that’s all I can ask.”Kansas City scored due to errors by pitcher Shane Greene in the second inning and right fielder Carlos Beltran in the third. The Royals won 1-0 Sept. 5 on an unearned run following third baseman Chase Headley’s error and went 4-3 against the Yankees this year to take the season series for the first time since 1999.And they won on Derek Jeter Day, when many Yankees stars of the past returned for a 45-minute ceremony that also included NBA great Michael Jordan and baseball ironman Cal Ripken Jr. Video messages from athletes, celebrities and even astronauts in space were shown throughout the day.“Oh, man! That was, honestly, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen,” Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said. “Any time anyone came on that board or anyone they announced, I got chills.”Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie suggested to his teammates that they tip their caps.“He was my favorite player growing up,” Guthrie said. “I was there for the final game at (the original) Yankee Stadium. I was there when he recorded his 2,723rd hit that broke the hits record for the Yankees. … And now to be here for this — I’ve seen quite a few really cool moments.”Kansas City, which hasn’t been in first place this late in a season since 1989, hopes to give its fans a reason to celebrate this fall.Ventura (12-9) won his third straight start, leaving after a leadoff walk in the seventh — his fourth of the game.“When I was able to throw the curve for a strike, it really helped all of the other pitches and made for quick innings,” he said through a translator. “When the curveball wasn’t getting over for a strike, that could have been the difference in the walks.”With closer Greg Holland sidelined by a strained right triceps, Aaron Crow, Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis combined for one-hit relief.Kansas City went ahead in the second when Josh Willingham reached on an infield single near the mound, advanced on Moustakas’ single and scored with two outs when Nori Aoki hit a slow roller that Greene (4-3) threw wildly past first base.Beltran dropped Alex Gordon’s easy fly leading off the third, and Gordon stole second before scoring on a single by Eric Hosmer, his first RBI since July 29.“Any way you can score runs is a good way,” Moustakas said. “It doesn’t matter how they get across as long as you’re scoring.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Multitasking helps me as performer: Shraddha Kapoor

first_imgBy Komal Panchamatia Mumbai, Aug 8 (PTI) From promoting her upcoming film “Stree” to doing prep work for Saina Nehwal biopic, Shraddha Kapoor is multitasking at the moment and the actor says while it takes a toll on her, it also helps her as a performer.It has been a busy year for Shraddha with “Stree” and “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” releasing back-to-back, the shooting of “Saaho”, and prep work for Saina Nehwal biopic.”Sometimes working on films simultaneously can get difficult. It takes a toll on you. But it also helps switching between characters. I feel taking a break from one character to another helps me.”But at the same time, you do not want to over-exhaust yourself thinking about one character. One day you are this person, theother day you are another, it is the perk of being an actor that we can be someone else,” Shraddha told PTI.At the beginning of her career, Shraddha was seen as a girl-next-door, but today she feels blessed to be getting diverse roles.”With “Haseena Parkar”, I had the opportunity to try something different. Also, all my characters be it in ‘Stree’, ‘Batti Gul Meter Chalu’ and Saina Nehwal biopic are very different from each other. I am glad that makers are looking at me in a different way.”While she is proud of doing “Haseena Parker”, its box office failure disappointed her.”I think a lot of people watched on TV, which is ironical because why did not you go to theatres? I don’t hold both success and failure close to me. That is bound to happen. The only thing I can control is on working hard and giving my best.”advertisementThe “Ok Jaanu” star has now shifted focus on the Saina Nehwal biopic, for which she starts shooting from next month. The film will be directed by Amole Gupte.”It is a physically demanding film. But it is an inspiring story as so many people look up to her. I feel grateful to be playing that part. I will begin shooting for it next month and the prep is on.”I am having a great time playing badminton. It is fabulous to be part of such a great story,” Shraddha says.Asked if she has mastered the game by now, she said, “I don’t know that. I am trying to. It is the second most difficult sport in the world. It is not easy.”The 31-year-old is equally happy to be a part of Prabhas’s next film “Saaho”, that is being shot simultaneously in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. She will be doing her own stunts.”It is difficult but I want to do as much as I can do it on my own. If there is a stunt for which I am not qualified enough, I will be happy to use a body double for it.”So one has to be responsible. Sometimes I tend to get over excited and over involved but the professionals know what you have to do and what not, I follow what I am told.”She says an action film is quite difficult to do and comes with its own set of challenges.”Certain level of fitness always helps. I am pushing myself maximum for ‘Saaho’, Saina Nehwal biopic and whatever is the demand of the role.”Currently, Shraddha, is busy promoting “Stree”, a horror comedy with Rajkummar Rao. The film directed by Amar Kaushik is produced by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. and Dinesh Vijan under the banner of Maddock Films and will release on August 31.The Half Girlfriend” actor is also in “Batti Gul Meter Chalu” alongside Shahiid Kapoor. PTI KKP JUR BKBKlast_img read more

England to let Ruaridh McConnochie loose on Italy in World Cup warm-up

first_imgItaly rugby union team Share on Pinterest Read more May, consequently, believes there could be an immediate McC-flurry of tries from the newcomer. “I’ve told him to look after himself, be smart and don’t push it. He’s here for a reason. He’s had a brilliant season with Bath, he’s got experience at an Olympic Games and he’s a really great guy. He’s going to do well … he’s got good energy about him.”England already have enviable depth in the back three, with Joe Cokanasiga and Elliot Daly also heading for Japan and the recuperating Jack Nowell in reserve. It will be interesting, even so, to see how Watson fares at 15, where he played with conspicuous success for the 2017 Lions in New Zealand. Another striking performance, in concert with his two flanking greyhounds McConnochie and May could yet earn him a more prominent role in the coming weeks.Joe Marler has been practising as an emergency tighthead in case he is required to fulfil that role in a World Cup emergency. Mako Vunipola also came through his most rigorous physical test since tweaking a hamstring against Ireland 10 days ago but Exeter’s Henry Slade is set to miss out for the fourth successive game. With only four days between England’s opening two pool matches against Tonga and USA, England cannot afford to arrive in Japan with too many passengers.Even bruised survivors of England’s unsuccessful 2015 campaign are among those feeling cautiously upbeat, with the lock Joe Launchbury among those hoping the game on Friday will send the entire squad skipping on to the plane to Tokyo on Sunday evening.“The fact we’re about to fly somewhere completely different, a bit of the unknown, adds to the excitement a bit more,” the Wasps captain said. “There’s a good confidence in the squad. When I first broke into the side, one of my first games was our 2012 win over New Zealand. That was seen as a massive one-off. Now I feel we are regularly competing hard against some of the best teams in the world. I don’t think we go into the competition with any fear.” Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here…center_img Japan’s famous Rugby World Cup win is coming to a screen near you Topics Rugby union Share via Email England rugby union team news Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby World Cup England will finally unleash Bath’s uncapped Ruaridh McConnochie on Friday as they seek to conclude their World Cup preparations with a flourish against Italy in Newcastle. McConnochie will be named on Wednesday morning in the starting lineup as part of a seriously quick back three alongside Anthony Watson and Jonny May.McConnochie was expected to make his debut during the warm-up games last month but was twice forced to pull out with injury niggles. The former Great Britain sevens player, who collected a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, is in line to make it third time lucky at St James’ Park.According to his roommate May, the 27-year-old McConnochie was extremely disappointed to miss out against Wales last month. “Ruaridh was upset on the Friday, immediately after training, before we played Wales,” May said. “Other than that, though, he’s just got on with it. For him not to mope around is a credit to him. That’s probably one of the reasons Eddie Jones likes him.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sensex down 190 points Nifty below 11800

first_imgMumbai: After opening on a flat note, the benchmark Sensex fell over 190 points during the early trade on Friday.Investor sentiment took a hit after oil prices rose sharply.Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, surged over 5 per cent on renewed tensions in the Middle East after Iran shot down a US military drone.At 10 a.m., the Sensex traded 190.27 points or 0.48 per cent lower at 39,411.36.The Nifty was 44.80 points or 0.38 per cent down to 11,786.95.On Thursday, Indian shares rose sharply, taking cues from firm global markets after the US Federal Reserve hinted at a rate cut.last_img

Soccer Aid For UNICEF Raises £55 Million For Children

first_imgSoccer Aid for UNICEF 2018, broadcast live and exclusively on ITV and STV, has raised a record-breaking £5,540,259 so far for Unicef’s vital work protecting children in danger around the world.This amount was raised thanks to the generous support of the UK public, ITV and STV viewers, and the UK government who have matched all donations so far pound for pound. This figure has smashed all previous records for money raised on the night.The eagerly anticipated match took place at a packed out Old Trafford which saw the highest ever Soccer Aid for Unicef attendance – a whopping 71,965 people turned up to watch the match. The match ended in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out with England beating the World XI 7-6 in a sudden death contest with Blake Harrison scoring the winning penalty.Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams’ England side, captained by Olly Murs, went head to head against a Soccer Aid World XI captained by Olympic hero and Player of the Match Usain Bolt. Manchester United legend Eric Cantona made a historic return to Old Trafford, which also saw new and returning players including Sir Mo Farah, Gordon Ramsay, Paddy McGuinness, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Damian Lewis and Mark Wright battle it out on the pitch.Highlights of this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef included two heart-breaking attempts on goal by Usain Bolt – one ruled offside and another that grazed the line, Robbie Keane tapping a goal in past a baffled David Seaman, Lee Mack’s missed opportunity to bring it home for England in penalties and the deafening roar of the Old Trafford crowd as King Eric pulled up his collar and stepped back onto the pitch in the Theatre of Dreams.Tonight’s show was presented by Dermot O’Leary and Kirsty Gallacher, with Unicef UK Ambassador Jessie Ware and Jonas Blue giving musical performances. Jessie joined fellow Unicef UK Ambassador James Nesbitt to provide match punditry alongside comedian Tom Davis.Throughout the ITV show, short appeal films presented by Unicef UK Ambassadors and supporters Michael Sheen, Olly Murs, Nicole Scherzinger, Dermot O’Leary, Keeley Hawes and David Harewood highlighted where the money raised by Soccer Aid for Unicef goes to help protect children in danger around the world.Unicef UK Executive Director Mike Penrose and International Development Minister Lord Bates presented the Soccer Aid for Unicef shield to the victorious England side.Robbie Williams, co-founder of Soccer Aid and England Assistant Manager said: “Tonight we showed that Soccer Aid for Unicef 2018 truly is bigger and better than ever before! The passion and commitment of all the players, coaching staff and teams across both World XI and England meant the match raised an incredible, record-breaking £5.5m. I’m truly speechless! Being on the side lines this year, managing the England boys and watching them put in a match winning performance, has really opened my eyes to the place this game now has in the UK public’s hearts. It makes people stand up and take notice. It changes children’s lives! Thank you so much to everyone that came to Old Trafford tonight or watched the match at home and most importantly to all of you who so generously donated. With the UK government matching every pound you have given, children in danger all around the world will see double the impact.”Usain Bolt, Soccer Aid World XI Captain said: “Tonight was such a momentous occasion for me. It was quite simply incredible! I fulfilled my childhood dream by playing a full 90 minutes of football at Old Trafford, I got to play against some seriously good footballers and scored the first penalty for the World XI, despite being robbed of my first goal. I would have loved to have headed home to Jamaica with the Soccer Aid for Unicef trophy under my arm, but my team and I are so proud to know that all of our hard work in training this week has meant that a record-breaking, life-changing amount of money was donated to Unicef tonight. Thank you to everyone who came to Old Trafford and an even bigger thank you to every single person that donated. Trust me, you really have made a difference to so many children’s lives around the world.”Unicef works in more than 190 countries and ensures more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. The money raised through Soccer Aid 2018 will help Unicef to vaccinate children to protect them from deadly disease, provide life-saving food for malnourished children, train teachers and provide education, protect vulnerable children from violence and abuse and deliver humanitarian aid for children in danger from war and disaster around the world.International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said: “I am enormously proud that the British public responded with characteristic generosity to this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef. The UK government is matching public donations pound-for-pound, meaning that, together, we can double the difference for children around the world.”Soccer Aid for Unicef was produced by Initial, part of Endemol Shine UK, for ITV and was broadcast live on Sunday 10th June 2018. Over the last twelve years the seven Soccer Aid events have now raised more than £29.5 million for Unicef’s work for children.All donations to this year’s Soccer Aid for Unicef are being matched by the UK government, doubling the difference for children in danger around the word.JD, the global retailer of sports fashion, was the official Event and Broadcast Partner of Soccer Aid for Unicef. Swiss watchmaker Hublot and Global Sports Brand PUMA served as Official Soccer Aid World XI Partners, with both brands acting as kit sponsors for the Soccer Aid World XI team.last_img read more

Obama income inequality a threat to American social cohesion

first_imgWASHINGTON – US President Obama says that combined trends of increased income inequality and decreased mobility pose a fundamental threat to American dreamUS President Barack Obama speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) said on Wednesday that they would take measures against income inequalities in the US, one of which would be to raise the minimum wage which is currently below where it was when Harry Truman was in Office in the 1940s.Obama states that the US often accepts more income inequality than many other nations, “because we are convinced that America is a place where, even if you’re born with nothing, with a little hard work, you can improve your own situation over time and build something better to leave your kids.”“But starting in the late ‘70s, this social construct began to unravel. Technology made it easier for companies to do more with less, eliminating certain job occupations. A more competitive world led companies to ship jobs anywhere,  and as good manufacturing jobs automated or headed offshore, workers lost their leverage; jobs paid less and offered fewer benefits,” declared President Obama.Obama stated that since 1979 the US economy has more than doubled in size, but most of the growth has laned with the fortunate few, “The top 10 percent no longer take in one-third of our income; it now takes half,” he said.Obama referring to recent studies said that growth is more fragile and recessions are more frequent in countries with greater inequality.“The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing. So if we’re going to take on growing inequality and trying to improve upward mobility for all people, we’ve got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of a minority concern. And we have to reject  politics that suggests any effort to address it in a meaningful way somehow pits the interests of a deserving middle class against those of an undeserving poor in search of handouts,” added Obama.last_img read more

Somalia food security threatened by floods UN agency warns

Recent rains in the Ethiopian highlands have caused an overflow of rivers in southern Somalia, displacing large number of people and aggravating an already serious food supply situation, the UN agency said in a special alert issued at its headquarters in Rome.According to FAO, a recovery in food production in the previous two cropping seasons had eased to some extent food supply difficulties, but the current poor harvest has offset the temporary respite because of an earlier succession of droughts and years of insecurity. The continuing ban on livestock imports from eastern Africa by countries in the Arabian Peninsula due to Rift Valley Fever is causing substantial loss of income, particularly in northern Somalia. The ban imposed in September 2000 is estimated to have cost the country hard currency earnings of some $120 million.Reflecting a grim food outlook, the FAO alert says cereal prices have increased sharply and are expected to rise further, eroding the purchasing power of a large section of the population. As a result of the global economic downturn, remittances, which normally contribute up to an estimated $500 million to the economy compared to about $60 million in foreign aid, are expected to dwindle significantly. Large numbers of households depending on remittances will have their access to food seriously affected. FAO also noted that the assets of Somalia’s biggest remittance company, Al Barakat, have been frozen following the events of 11 September. read more

Security Council must condemn Israeli attack demand cessation of hostilities Annan says

Convening a meeting today of the Security Council, Secretary-General Kofi Annan said it must condemn last night’s Israeli bombing of a village in southern Lebanon which left scores dead, and must call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, warning that a failure to act decisively would undermine the United Nations itself.In his address to the Council, Mr. Annan also reported on demonstrations against the UN in Beirut, and appealed to all people everywhere to respect UN personnel.“We meet at a moment of extreme gravity – first and foremost for the people of the Middle East, but also for the authority of this Organization, especially this Council,” said the Secretary-General, who, under Article 99 of the Charter, “may bring to the attention of the Security Council any matter which in his opinion may threaten the maintenance of international peace and security.”He said the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) no longer operates in Qana, which was bombed by Israel last night, and therefore had no personnel nearby at the time of the attack – “though Chinese engineers and two medical teams have now managed to reach the area.” They are helping to clear the rubble and giving treatment to survivors. Citing preliminary reports from the Lebanese authorities, he said at least 54 people have been killed, among them at least 37 children “We must condemn this action in the strongest possible terms, and I appeal to you to do likewise,” said the Secretary-General, voicing dismay that his earlier calls for an immediate cessation of hostilities were not heeded.“I repeat that call once again from this Council chamber, and I appeal to the Council to do likewise. And I send my deepest condolences to the families of all the victims of violence – in Lebanon, in Israel, and in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Gaza.” He said the tragedy “has, rightly, provoked moral outrage throughout the world,” and expressed regret that some Lebanese broke into the UN headquarters in Beirut and briefly set fire to it. Three staff members were reported injured, none critically, and the fire was extinguished. The Secretary-General expressed gratitude to for the Government of Lebanon for its assistance with the response. “The UN House is the hub of our humanitarian activities in Lebanon,” said Mr. Annan, pledging: “These will continue throughout the country.” At the same time, he expressed fear that similar reactions could occur elsewhere in the region or in the wider Islamic world. “I appeal to the authorities and people in all countries to respect and ensure the safety of UN personnel. I appeal to everyone to understand that we are doing our best to help – through diplomacy, through humanitarian action and by the efforts of UNIFIL, which as you know itself suffered tragic losses only a few days ago,” he added. Four UN Military Observers lost their lives at Patrol Base Khiyam, in Southern Lebanon, on 25 July during an Israeli bombardment.“The tragic events in Qana remind us that, ten years ago over 100 people who had taken refuge in this same village suffered a similar fate. We must deliver the region from this seemingly endless cycle of violence,” the Secretary-General told the Council, noting that in the last 18 days, several hundred Lebanese citizens have been killed – the vast majority of them civilians, and at least a third of them children. During the same period, hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have had to flee their homes, many of them under heavy shelling. Meanwhile over 50 Israelis have died, including 19 civilians, and the population of northern Israel has been subjected to intense and continuous rocket fire, and thousands are now in shelters, he noted. “It is important to stress that both sides in this conflict bear a heavy responsibility, and there is strong prima facie evidence that both have committed grave breaches of international humanitarian law.”While “no one disputes Israel’s right to defend itself,” the Secretary-General pointed out that “by its manner of doing so it has caused, and is causing, death and suffering on a wholly unacceptable scale.” He recalled that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has reminded all parties that they may he held accountable for any breaches of international humanitarian law. At the same time, he said the most urgent need now is to bring the fighting to a halt without further delay. “For that, this Council has a solemn responsibility,” he said, reiterating his call for an immediate cessation of hostilities to allow humanitarian relief to reach the victims. “While that is happening, we can work together on the political framework needed for a lasting ceasefire and a sustainable solution: the strengthening of Lebanon’s Government, the disarming of all militias, and the implementation of all Security Council resolutions.”The Secretary-General pledged to work with the Council in the development and deployment of a stabilisation force to support the Government of Lebanon in its decision and responsibility to extend its authority throughout the country. “I know there are differences among the Council’s members about the precise sequence of actions needed. I beg you to set those differences aside, and come together on the most urgent point – the immediate cessation of hostilities,” he said. Mr. Annan also reported that Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora said the country’s Government will no longer engage in further diplomatic discussions, and efforts to find a solution, without a ceasefire.In addition, the Secretary-General informed the Council that the Israeli Defence Forces have told UNFIL that they want the population of two villages, Ramyah and Ayta ash-Shab, to be evacuated before sunset today.“Of course UNIFIL has refused to evacuate the villages indicating that they don’t have the capacity and these requests have come where the assistance is required from the government of Lebanon,” he said. “This is something I thought you should know to let you understand the dynamics in the region and in the south.” In closing, the Secretary-General framed the problem in the larger context of UN legitimacy. “The authority and standing of this Council are at stake. People have noticed its failure to act firmly and quickly during this crisis,” he said, offering the example of the attacks today on the UN in Beirut. “For the sake of the people of the region and of this Organization, I urge you to act, and to act now.” read more

Burger Kings next conquest Hot dog king

by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Feb 10, 2016 11:35 am MDT Last Updated Feb 10, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Burger King’s next conquest: Hot dog king NEW YORK, N.Y. – Burger King is looking for a new crown: Hot Dog King.The Miami-based chain says it plans to put hot dogs on its menu nationally for the first time starting Feb. 23. It may seem like a jarring addition for those who know the chain for its Whoppers. But Burger King says its ability to flame-grill meat makes hot dogs a natural fit on its menu.“This is probably the most obvious product launch ever,” said Alex Macedo, president of Burger King North America.With the launch, Burger King says it will offer hot dogs at all 7,100 of its U.S. restaurants — more U.S. locations than any other chain. Smaller chains that sell hot dogs include Dairy Queen and Sonic Drive-In.The move comes as Burger King works to push up sales amid intensifying competition, with McDonald’s offering breakfast items all day to spark a turnaround, while Wendy’s offers a “4 for $4” deal to get customers in the door. In 2014, Burger King’s sales rose 2.1 per cent at established locations in the U.S. and Canada. Parent company Restaurant Brands International Inc. reports results for 2015 next week.The hot dogs are being supplied Kraft Heinz, which owns Oscar Mayer. Investment firm 3G Capital manages both Restaurant Brands and Kraft Heinz, which also supplies ketchup to Burger King.Macedo said hot dogs would build on Burger King’s momentum given their growing popularity, including at trendy eateries.Tests of the hot dogs in a handful of cities last year resulted in unspecified sales increases, according to Burger King. The food-review website The Impulsive Buy noted the hot dogs seem “small and not quite substantial enough” but otherwise gave them a positive review.Still, fast-food history is riddled with menu flops, and Burger King is no exception. In 2013, for instance, the chain launched lower-calorie fries called “Satisfries.” They failed less than a year later.Macedo recalled another Burger King failure from the past.“At some point, they tried popcorn. They would give it away for free to guests in the restaurants. I wasn’t here, but I hear a lot about the popcorn days,” Macedo said.Burger King’s “Grilled Dogs” will come in two varieties. The “classic” hot dog will be topped with ketchup, mustard, chopped onions and relish, and 310 calories. The company suggesting franchisees sell it for $1.99. A chili cheese version has 330 calories, with the suggested price of $2.39.To get workers excited, Burger King says it enlisted Snoop Dogg and Charo to star in training videos for making the hot dogs. The company says they’re internal videos, but allowed reporters to record them on their phones, meaning they’re likely for marketing purposes.___Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi This Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, photo, shows a Burger King “chili cheese” hot dog at a media event to introduce the restaurant’s new menu item, in New York. Burger King plans to start selling the hot dogs in the U.S. on Feb. 23. The company says it will offer two options of grilled dogs, the “chili cheese” and “classic” that has relish, onions, ketchup and mustard. (AP Photo/Candice Choi) read more

Its Official Caron Butler Heading Home to the Milwaukee

The Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks closed on a deal that would send veteran forward Caron Butler to the Bucks in exchange for point guard Ish Smith and center Viacheslav Kravtsov.A person close to the deal confirmed it on the condition of anonymity, because neither ball club made the information public.Butler, who grew up in nearby Racine, Milwaukee, has been outspoken about playing for his hometown Bucks, but was unable to until now. Butler will join Brandon Knight, Brandon Jennings, and Larry Sanders, giving the team a fighting chance in the Eastern Conference.Butler’s contract value will likely become public when the official announcement is made.

Researchers record malaria parasite entering a red blood cell

first_imgAs humans we all know what infections are. We’ve all had colds, treated wounds to stop them getting infected, and a few of us have suffered worse such as contracting malaria. But most of us only understand that some parasite or bug gets into our body and causes us to get ill. We’ve never been able to visualize it. That is, until now.Dr. Jake Baum, from the Infection and Immunity Division, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, managed to capture the moment a malaria parasite invades a red blood cell. The recording was made possible through the use of transmission electron microscopy and 3D immunoflourescence microscopy.In order to capture the invasion, Dr. Baum had to control it. He used two drugs to block and then enable the malaria parasite to invade one of the cells, giving the camera more chance of seeing an invasion happen while it recorded.The end result is a 30 second attack and win for the parasite. According to Baum it quite literally drills into the cell:The parasites produce a protein called the tight junction marker and use it to attach to and drill into red blood cells. At the beginning of invasion it’s a dot, as the parasite enters the cell it becomes a beautiful circle, and then the marker is behind the parasite. Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

Geek deals 344 off Dell Inspiron 15z 15inch ultrabook Galaxy Tab 2

first_imgWhen you hear the term “ultrabook”, you probably think of a smaller, thin, and light aluminum laptop with good battery life at a decent price point. And you would be right, most ultrabooks offer 13-14 inch screens and of course meet the requirements around thickness, performance, and battery life set forth by Intel.Most manufacturers have at least a couple different ultrabook models, but we have yet to see one larger than 14-inches until Dell released their Inspiron 15z. That’s right, this machine uses an ultrabook chassis wrapped around a 15.6-inch HD screen. Far more portable than your average 15-inch laptop, the 15z measures under an inch thin and just 4.7 lbs, despite offering an impressive number of features and even a built-in DVD drive.A total of four USB 3.0 ports are included, impressive for an ultrabook, along with gigabit ethernet, HDMI video output, media card reader, Wireless-N, HD webcam, and Bluetooth 4.0. But this model isn’t here just for play; our deal today includes a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 500GB hard drive, 32GB mSATA SSD, and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M switchable graphics.This model takes the standard ultrabook formula and adds a lot of oomph to it, letting you have the performance AND portability you need to work just about anywhere. Normally such a machine runs over $1200 and after the nearly $400 in savings we found it’s a good deal at just $899.99. But what really sweetens this offer is the extra $150 Dell e-gift card you get for free, which is good for anything sold by Dell and is perfect for picking up some new accessories or a nice discount on a monitor or HDTV.This is the best offer we have seen on a high end ultrabook in a long time, coming out to just $799 if you use the gift card, but don’t wait too long to grab this one as the gift card offers tend to end quickly.Dell Inspiron 15z Non-touch w/ Core i7, 8GB RAM, GeForce GT 630M + FREE $150 gift card for $899.99 + free shipping (reg. $1,243.99 | use coupon DCRXHQXTZRV5WT | ends soon)Our other deals:Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 16GB Android 4.0 Tablet (refurbished) for $259.98 + $2.97 shipping (reg. $299.98)Microsoft Office365 Home Premium (5 PCs, 1 year) [download] for $89.99 (reg. $99.99 | use coupon VZQG7WPT?PJ4C4)last_img read more

81yearold man sentenced in Social Security fraud

first_imgHere is a press release from U.S. Attorney Dwight C. Holden in Portland, Ore.81 YEAR-OLD PORTLAND MAN SENTENCED IN SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUDPORTLAND, Ore. – Lafayette Frederick Keaton was sentenced today to six months in prison and six months of home confinement for defrauding the Social Security Administration and the Department of Human Services for the past 13 years.Judge Garr M. King advised Keaton that his criminal conduct justified a sentence of incarceration but also noted that Keaton’s age and health warranted a sentence at the lowest end of the 12 – 18 month sentencing guidelines range.Keaton pled guilty in July to using his dead brother’s identity to collect more than $139,000 in social security, food stamps, and Medicare benefits. Keaton was also ordered to pay full restitution.Keaton’s case was investigated by the Social Security Administration Office of Investigations in Salem and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Cooper as part of a partnership venture between the Seattle Region, SSA Office of the General Counsel and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon.last_img read more

Aldridge named to NBA AllStar team

first_imgThis is what you’d call one of those “good problems.” Like he does every year, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge purchased an airplane ticket to his home city of Dallas during the All-Star break. After all, he was denied selection to the All-Star Game in each of his first five NBA seasons, so perhaps in an act of self-defense, he kept his hopes low and planned on heading back to Texas. Then the word came from the NBA on Thursday afternoon: For the first time in his career, Aldridge had been selected as an All-Star team reserve. Dallas will have to wait. This time, he’s Orlando-bound. “I’m going to have to see if I can get that money back,” Aldridge said on a conference call. “I was planning on not making it. I didn’t think I was going to make it.” Aldridge’s thoughts stood in stark contrast to the rumors circling around the league. The 26-year-old’s 23.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game are fifth and 10th in the NBA, respectively — which might be why Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks, Denver coach George Karl, and New Orleans’ coach Monty Williams had each said that Aldridge earned their vote before the results were announced. Even so, Aldridge made sure to keep his optimism in check. It was just a year ago that he was considered a strong candidate to earn the final spot on the Western Conference roster, only to watch Minnesota’s Kevin Love be selected in front of him. So when he got the nod this year, he made sure to pinch himself before patting himself on the back.last_img read more

Gamers spent 25 billion in America alone in 2010

first_imgA new study coming from market research Newzoo puts the pecuniary fortunes of the North American gaming market in 2010 in perspective: gamers spent almost $25 billion on games during the last year alone, but it wasn’t quite a banner year… that number’s down a smidge from 2009’s revenues.According to Newzoo’s report, video games brought in about $24.7 billion in 2010, which is a 2% drop from 2009. These numbers don’t include device or console sales, but refer to software only. That 2% drop isn’t ideal for game devs, but it’s no cause for concern: games are clearly still bringing in tons of money.More interesting than the actual sales amounts, though, are the way that the pie slices resized themselves compared to 2009. It’s true that console games still take up the vast majority of that $24.7 billion, commanding a 43% slice at $10.6 billion in revenues, but social network based gaming (Facebook games) and mobile devices saw huge increases in revenue over 2009. Social network games alone saw a projected $1.5 billion in total sales within 2010, a meteoric 66% rise over the numbers of the year before. Meanwhile, mobile device saw an increase of 46% over 2009, selling over $1.6 billion.Also chipping away at consoles’ dominance? Game downloads on the PC and Mac through digital delivery services like Steam, which saw sales increase by 60% to a target of $2.5 billion.I wonder how the pie will redistribute itself again in 2011, as the likes of Facebook, the App Store and Steam continue to grow.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

New Option for Online Backup Offers USB Ease Without the Fear of

first_img 2 min read This story appears in the January 2012 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » January 19, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Web-based data storage services such as Dropbox, Box.net and other cloud options are starting to replace the trusty–but easily misplaced–portable, solid-state flash drive. But limits on the amount of data that can be stored online, the cost of such storage and nagging security issues limit how small firms tend to use these backup services.Boston-based iTwin is attempting to ease the pain of the online backup process by combining the strengths of web-based data storage with (now) old-fashioned flash drives. The company’s new USB-based file-sharing tool lets users pass data between two internet-connected computers without using a dedicated web storage service or remote access software.Related: This Cloud-Based Storage Service Offers Deep Features for BusinessesThe iTwin is clever, but not completely intuitive: Users plug the $99, two-part device–which looks like a normal USB flash that can be snapped in half–into a computer. The software launches from the iTwin automatically, and users designate which files or folders should be shared. Next, users detach one half of the iTwin, leaving the other half plugged into the main computer. Then they just plug the detached half into the USB port of any other web-connected Mac or PC, and voilà: the remote PC has direct access to shared files back at the office.The effect, we found, was a bit like having a very large, web-connected flash drive but with an incredible benefit: If the iTwin gets misplaced, there won’t be any data lost.Brian Chamberlain, iTwin’s vice president of marketing, says the service is particularly useful for employees who need a secure way to share large, confidential files (such as accounting data) with remote clients.Related: How Many Bytes Do You Need for Your Data-Storage Buck?One knock against iTwin: For now, it allows sharing between only two computers. But Chamberlain says the company is working on enhancements, set to roll out later this year, that will allow the device to access multiple computers running on the same office network.Either way, for on-the-go entrepreneurs looking for a way to bypass the headaches of web storage or potential data loss, the iTwin is worth a look. last_img read more