Longawaited video service expected from Apple on Monday

Apple is expected to announce Monday that it’s launching a video service that could compete with Netflix, Amazon and cable TV itself.It’s a long-awaited attempt from the iPhone maker, several years after Netflix turned “binge watching” into a worldwide phenomenon.The new video service is expected to have original TV and movies that reportedly cost Apple more than $1 billion — far less than Netflix and HBO spend every year.Also expected is a news subscription service.The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline. The company is pushing digital subscriptions as it searches for new profit growth.Michael Liedtke And Tali Arbel, The Associated Press read more

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Pacific island nations at UN meeting call on world to fulfil aid

“External assistance, through development aid, debt relief and foreign investment, is needed to support the Pacific on its path to equitable economic growth,” UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Executive Secretary Noeleen Heyzer told the high-level forum in Port Vila, Vanuatu.“Pacific island economies are vulnerable for a number of reasons. They are isolated, small in size, lacking in resources, subject to a high frequency of natural disasters and vulnerable to rising sea levels,” she said, noting that global economic crises and recent natural disasters had affected the islands’ halting recovery from the earlier food and fuel crises. “In order to move forward, we must first understand the social, economic and environmental impacts these new risks and vulnerabilities have had on the region. With this knowledge we can then develop appropriate strategies for recovery and long-term plans for sustainable development.”Strategies adopted at the two-day meeting, organized by ESCAP and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), include a call on the international community to honour their commitments, adoption of green growth policies, strengthening of implementation mechanisms, and adequate budget allocation.The outcome will be discussed at a three-day Pacific Conference on the Human Face of the Global Economic Crisis beginning in Port Vila tomorrow, when Ms. Heyzer will be joined by UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark.Ministers and senior officials from the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu participated in the meeting. 9 February 2010Fourteen island developing nations in the Pacific Ocean wrapped up a United Nations-backed meeting today with a call to the global community to honour its commitments to help them weather the fallout from global economic crises and recent natural disasters. read more

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Vevo app refresh paves path to breaking free from YouTube

Vevo app refresh paves path to breaking free from YouTube LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Vevo, the music video brand of labels Sony and Universal, wants to give you a reason to watch its videos somewhere other than YouTube.The relaunch of its mobile app Thursday adds several hosts who will curate playlists and create original snippets of video. It also introduces a video player that, like Snapchat, will play full-screen videos while a phone is upright instead of sideways, and provides a personalized feed of recommended videos that automatically shows moving image previews.CEO Erik Huggers said the revamp is the “first step on the journey” toward moving audiences from the “one size fits all” YouTube platform to an app dedicated solely to music. He said the refresh paves the way for more originals, an ad-free subscription plan and more ways for fans to express their musical tastes.Although YouTube remains a huge driver of Vevo’s success, moving off the world’s biggest video platform will enable Vevo and its record label owners to keep more revenue from ads. This photo combo of photos provided by Vevo shows examples of Vevo’s relaunched app. Vevo, the music video brand of labels Sony and Universal, wants to give you a reason to watch videos somewhere other than YouTube. The relaunch of its mobile app Thursday, July 14, 2016, adds several hosts who will curate playlists and create original snippets of video, introduces a video player that, like Snapchat, allows you to view full-screen content while holding your phone upright instead of sideways, and gives you a personalized feed of recommended videos that automatically shows moving image previews. (Vevo via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2016 5:49 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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April 2014 – EV registrations

SMMT has published Electric Vehicle (EV) registration figures for April and the year-to-date.Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 9,151 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail data@smmt.co.uk.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Heres Why the Rangers Will Face Their Toughest Test in the Stanley

Erasing the doubts cast by their shaky 7-4 loss on Tuesday, the New York Rangers stifled the Montreal Canadiens at every turn Thursday night, winning 1-0 and closing out the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals. New York is now four wins away from the Stanley Cup. The Rangers dominated the flow of play in Game 6, particularly on defense, where they yielded just 18 shots (all of which were turned aside by goaltender Henrik Lundqvist).It was a master class in shutting a team down, but it’s also somewhat uncharacteristic of this Rangers team. During the regular season, New York was an excellent offensive team in terms of creating chances (it ranked fourth in Fenwick events — that is, shots directed at the net, excluding blocks — per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 action), but were merely average (14th) at preventing those same types of chances on defense. Yes, part of the Rangers’ blueprint has always been to rely on Lundqvist to make saves, but their defense usually makes him work more than it did Thursday.In the playoffs, the Rangers’ offense-first tendencies have only been amplified. The following table lists how New York has done at generating and preventing Fenwick events per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, relative to the playoff-wide average rates (stats courtesy of the fantastic ExtraSkater.com). In addition, it lists how we’d expect them to perform against each opponent, based on those opponents’ regular-season numbers relative to the league average.For example, the Rangers’ rate of Fenwick events per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 play against the Philadelphia Flyers was 10.3 greater than the playoff-wide average. But the Flyers also allowed two more events per 60 minutes than the average team during the regular season, so the Rangers’ performance was more like 8.3 Fenwick events per 60 minutes better than an average team.The difference between the actual and expected rates is, theoretically, how the Rangers have performed relative to average after accounting for their strength of schedule. By that measure, New York’s offense has played above average (if below its regular-season standards), while its defense has been worse than the norm, even after effectively shutting down Montreal for most of the Eastern Conference finals. This is consistent with the Rangers’ regular-season profile of a good offense and middling defense, despite the deep playoff run.Of course, in the end, it doesn’t matter whether a team generates chances on offense or prevents them on defense, as long as it manages to control possession of the puck. But that’s why the Rangers might be in for an uphill battle in this Stanley Cup Final, regardless of whether the Los Angeles Kings or Chicago Blackhawks prevail. Those teams finished the regular season No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in close-score Fenwick percentage, which measures a team’s share of all unblocked shots directed at either net during its games. The Rangers finished sixth, and they haven’t really done much to suggest they’ve improved in that area since the postseason commenced. (In fact, their 50.5 Fenwick percentage in the playoffs is below what we’d expect an average team to have done against their slate of opponents.)Fenwick isn’t the be-all and end-all, but it has a good track record when it comes to postseason success. And that, coupled with the West winner’s home-ice advantage, suggests the Rangers are unlikely to be favored when the Final starts Wednesday. read more

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British Airways seats to shrink as airline squeezes more passengers into Boeing

first_imgThere will now be four seats in the middle row of World Traveller Credit:Nick Morrish British Airways The tickets which are expected to be between 10 and 20 per cent cheaper, do not include checked luggage or seat selection and are designed to compete with Norwegian on popular routes to North America.It could mean that the cost of a return flight from London to New York could fall from £468 to between £375 and £420. Travellers can already fly from London to New York over the same dates for as little as £265 with Norwegian. There will now be four seats in the middle row of World Traveller  British Airways  refused to say what the new size of seats would be, but when its part-owner Qatar Airways ‘densified’ its own 777 economy seats, their width shrank from 18.5 inches to 17.Experts said the move, which adds 12 more seats into the World Traveller cabin, would make lengthy trips of up to 11 hours more uncomfortable and leave passengers feeling hemmed-in.“The drawback is a combination of physical discomfort and a sense of overcrowding,” said travel writer Simon Calder. A diagram showing the changes Credit:British Airways  However the company was forced to reintroduce a second hot meal and free snacks on long-haul flights after customer uproar when they removed them last year. Alex Cruz, the head of BA who was brought in from budget airline Vueling to cut costs, admitted that ‘mistakes had been made’On Tuesday the carrier announced that it was planning to launch no-frills “basic economy” fares on its long-haul flights. BA announced that screens would become larger, but refused to say how much smaller seats would beCredit:Nick Morrish British Airways  The revamped aircraft, which are scheduled to be in operation by this winter, will be flying on routes to Cancun in Mexico, the Dominican Republic resort of Punta Cana and the Jamaican capital, Kingston. “In April 2018, we will be introducing a new long-haul basic economy fare on selected transatlantic routes,” said BA in a statement.“The new fare will give customers a lower price point and more choice.”The airline also announced that travellers in the new 777 World Traveller Plus would enjoy new bespoke lighting to reflect the time of day, helping to lull travellers to sleep at night and wake them in the morning to combat jet-lag.Six hundred million pounds is also to be spent on Club World to improve catering and introduce bedding from The White Company.British Airways has also promised that wi-fi will be available on all flights within the next two years. But from next year, all British Airways long haul flights from Gatwick will use the new layout.The announcement is the latest in a series of changes at the airline which is struggling to compete with budget rivals. In January 2017, BA stopped free food on short-haul flights and introduced a range of paid-for Marks & Spencer sandwiches and snacks, to the consternation of passengers.The following March the airline announced it was reducing legroom from 30 inches to 20 inches on its A320 and A321 Airbus aircraft. Fresh flowers were also scrapped in the First Class Toilets as well as a complimentary amuse-bouche on boarding. Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. BA announced that screens would become larger, but refused to say how much smaller seats would be A diagram showing the changes  British Airways passengers will be squeezed into narrower seats, after the beleaguered airline said it will add an extra passenger space into economy rows on some aircraft.This week the company unveiled its ‘make-over’ for World Traveller section on its Boeing 777 long haul fleet flying from Gatwick Airport.But although BA announced ‘elegant new seats’ with entertainment screens that are 50 per cent larger, they failed to mention that economy passengers will be sitting in spaces that are nearly 10 per cent smaller.The World Traveller section will now contain 10 seats per row, instead of nine, moving from a 3-3-3 formation to a 3-4-3 design, which according to industry experts, will bring the size of long haul seats down by 1.5 inches.last_img read more

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Austpac Resources demonstration plant operating progress

first_imgAustpac Resources has announced that a further A$5.7 million capital had been raised by a placement of another 30 million shares to BHP Billiton and 27 million to professional investors. BHP Billiton remains the company’s largest shareholder with 55 million shares representing about 7.25% of the issued capital. The Newcastle Demonstration plant continues the successful treatment of ilmenite for the production of high quality SynRutile. The new Acid Regeneration section commences production this week so that the company can demonstrate the recovery of hydrochloric acid and iron waste from steel mill spent pickling acid solutions. This process is the subject of the Agreement announced with the Multiserv Group last year as steel mills all over the world seek to recover usable product from their waste in an economic and environmentally-friendly manner.There is an update on this progress and some photos of the plant in Newcastle at the link below. http://www.australiansharenews.com/austpac/APG_DemoPlantUpdate_09Sep08.pdflast_img read more

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Benfica and Braga for Portuguese and Challenge Cup titles

ABC Braga VS S.L Benfica clashes during May will be written in the history of Portuguese, but also European handball. Two teams meet at Men’s EHF Challenge Cup Final, where Braga celebrated away win 28:22 in the first of two matches.However, two teams fighting also for the domestic title which will bring place at Men’s VELUX EHF Champions League. At the moment, result is 1:1 at final series. ABC Braga won first match 40:38 after extra-time, while Benfica took revenge 28:25.Final continues in Braga on May 25 (Best of 5). ← Previous Story MADHOUSE IN MOROCCO: Zamalek win African CWC – Esperance to IHF Super Globe Next Story → Elverum win Norwegian championship! ABC Braga handballportuguese handballS.L Benfica handball read more

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Stas Skube to RK Vardar

The Slovenian playmaker Stas Skube will play at RK Vardar Skopje from the next season, finds out Balkan-Handball.com.One of the most important players in the victorius run of Pick Szeged in Hungarian championship will join EHF CL winners from 2017 after Dean Bombac came back to the club from PGE Vive Kielce.Stas Skube will replace Luka Cindric who joined Polish champions.  ← Previous Story WCh 2019: France and Germany together in Berlin Next Story → VELUX EHF CL 18/19: Last four champions in Group A RK VardarStas Skube read more

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Were one United Kingdom Theresa May describes EU plans as an Irish

first_img‘We’re one United Kingdom’ – Theresa May describes EU plans as an Irish Sea border May says that the EU’s ‘backstop’ plan is not acceptable. It is important for the people in Northern Ireland that we do not see a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The way I would put it is it’s about people being able to lead their lives and carry on leading their lives as they do today. By Rónán Duffy Share267 Tweet Email 63,714 Views May’s NHS plans are to be announced more fully on tomorrow with Treasury Secretary Philip Hammond due to set out the tax increase that Britons would have to pay to fund them.The NHS marks its 70th anniversary this year. “There will be about £600 million a week more, in cash, going into the NHS,” says @theresa_may #marr pic.twitter.com/1WtlFnE8jE— The Andrew Marr Show (@MarrShow) June 17, 2018 On trade, she added: “We want to make sure that we have an independent trade policy so we can negotiate trade deals around the rest of the world. There are some other aspects, we will continue to work with the European Union.” Jun 17th 2018, 12:56 PM Explainer: The EU is trying to force the UK to get real, here’s how >center_img In the interview, May also claimed that a “Brexit dividend” would help fund an additional £20 billion for Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) over the next five years.Making the claim, May referenced the infamous Leave promise that was plastered on the side of a bus during the 2016 Brexit referendum.“At the end of five years, 2023-24, there will be £20 billion more in real terms being spent on the NHS,” May said.Often politicians say figures like that and they don’t mean very much to people. Some people may remember seeing a figure on the side of a bus, £350 million-a-week. I can tell you that what I’m announcing will mean by 2023-24, there will be about £600 million-a-week more, in cash, going into the NHS.And of course that will mean we’ll have to fund that money. That will be through the Brexit dividend, the fact that we will no longer be sending vast amounts of money ever year to the EU when we leave the EU. And of course we as a country will have to pay a bit more. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/4075428 105 Comments Source: The Andrew Marr Show/Twitter Sunday 17 Jun 2018, 12:56 PM Short URL Source: BBC News/YouTubeBRITISH PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has said that the EU’s ‘backstop’ proposals that could effectively keep Northern Ireland in the customs union are “not acceptable”.The proposals were published in February with the EU saying they would only be needed if no solution was found on the issue of the Irish border.Speaking today on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, May said this would separate Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK that this would be “not right”.“What we’ve seen from the European Commission is an idea, one idea in particular that would effectively put a border down which would separate out Northern Ireland from Great Britain. That’s not right, that’s not acceptable, we’re one United Kingdom,” she said (after 19 mins in the above video).May repeated that it crucial for everyone in the UK as a whole that no hard border would be implemented on the island of Ireland.last_img read more

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Google buys Hassabis Company

first_imgGoogle has purchased the startup DeepMind Technologies, co-founded in 2011 in London by British born 37-year-old Greek Cypriot neuroscientist Demmis Hassabis.Industry sources speculate that the corporation spent 400 to 500 million pounds on the artificial intelligence company, which was also looking for a buyer last year and was expected to be bought by Facebook.Although information regarding DeepMind is scarce, it is estimated that the startup currently employs more than 50 people.Experts in the artificial intelligence industry mention that DeepMind can compete with giants like Facebook or Google for talent and that it could be “the largest independent company” which focuses on artificial intelligence.Google’s reported purchase of DeepMind comes after giant tech companies like Facebook and IBM became interested in deep learning. A child prodigy in chess, Hassabis reached master standard at the age of 13. He studied Computer Science at Cambridge University and received a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from University College London.Following his graduation Hassabis worked briefly as a lead Artificial Intelligence programmer and in 1998 he co-founded Elixir, a London-based video games development company. Demmis Hassabis left the video game industry a few years ago in order to work as a neuroscientist. Working in the field of autobiographical memory and amnesia he authored several influential papers, arguing that patients with damage to their hippocampus, known to cause amnesia, were also unable to imagine themselves in new experiences. Recently some of Hassabis’ findings and interpretations have been challenged by other researchers. Hassabis won the world games championship at the Mind Sports Olympiad a record five times, prior to his retirement in 2003, and at the time he was regarded as the best all-round games player in the world. He is an expert player of many board games including chess, Diplomacy, shogi and poker. Sources: AP, latimes Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sarri believes Hazard can win Ballon dOr in England

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri insists Eden Hazard can win the Ballon d’Or award plying his trade in England.Hazard, 27, has previously been linked with a move to Real Madrid, but this week said he would not join the La Liga club in the January transfer window.But he did say he felt he needed to join Real in order to win the Ballon d’Or – something Sarri sees differently.“He’s a fantastic player,” Sarri told the BBC. “And so it will be very important for us if he will remain with us. Very, very important.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think also he can win everything – also the Ballon d’Or – here, without playing in Spain.“For example, if Chelsea were able to win the Champions League and Belgium won the European Championship, he would be able to win everything without playing in Spain.”The Blues will trade tackles with Jose Mourinho’s United in what will be the clash of the weekend and Hazard is expected to play a key role in the encounter.last_img read more

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Silver Strand State Beach Imperial Beach reopen after closure due to rain

first_imgSilver Strand State Beach, Imperial Beach reopen after closure due to rain runoff KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom January 15, 2018 Posted: January 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Silver Strand State Beach and Imperial Beach were back open for swimming Monday following a closure order issued last week in response to sewage flow from the Tijuana River.The order extended from the north end of Silver Strand at Avenida Lunar to the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach. Water testing shows the sewage is no longer impacting that area and the water meets state health standards, according to the county Department of Environmental Health.The closures were announced during last week’s rainstorm.Closure orders remain in effect for Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park beaches. The area from the south end of Seacoast Drive to the Mexico border are affected, according to the county.Signs will remain in place at these locations until water sampling indicates the water is safe for swimming and other recreation. last_img read more

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MGM welcomes Ningxia students to MGM COTAI

first_imgMGM China welcomed students from Ningxia to MGM COTAI over the weekend in order to help facilitate cultural exchange between Macau and mainland China. The experience aimed to broaden their horizons of the students and gave them in-depth knowledge of Macau’s rich East-meets-West cultural  heritage, MGM said.The Ningxia Student Summer Camp was co-organized by the Associação para a Promoção das Aspirações da Juventude Chinesa de Macau, Ningxia Youth Exchange Promotion Association, Ningxia Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. RelatedPosts MGM China enters into new revolving credit facility APE completes new installation of Konami’s “Fortune Cup” at MGM Cotai Around 90 top students from Ningxia visited MGM COTAI on Sunday 15 July where they witnessed the world’s largest area of permanent indoor LED screens at the Spectacle, showcasing an exclusive array of digital art collected from around the globe.The students then toured the MGM COTAI Art Collection to learn more about the more than 300 captivating artworks from world renowned artists that have seamlessly been integrated with MGM COTAI’s public spaces. The art guides also highlighted the significant meaning of the property’s Chairman’s Collection, rooted in Oriental aesthetics and with Western influences.Ho Ka Lon, Standing Committee Member of the Ningxia Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, said, “We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to MGM for welcoming us to experience this newest integrated resort hotel in Macau, to learn about how it integrates art and culture into its tourism offerings. We have built a memorable rapport with the students throughout our journey and we hope that this precious experience can motivate and inspire them to study and learn, thereby make meaningful contributions to society.” Load More Pansy Ho becomes first Macau casino boss to speak out for Hong Kong government on protestslast_img read more

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Police search for possible wigwearing man who robbed Hialeah BBT bank

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – The FBI is enlisting the help of the public in finding the person who robbed a Hialeah bank, Thursday.The FBI released photos of what appeared to be the female robber inside the BB&T located near Northwest 14th Avenue and 49th Street. The robber entered the bank and demanded money from one of the clerks.However, investigators believe the subject was a man wearing a wig.If you have any information on this bank robbery, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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All Hope for Knik Bridge Rides on Federal Decision

first_imgAlaskans who want to see a bridge across Knik Arm would have envied Los Angeles last month. In a U.S. Senate hearing room, California representatives were high-fiving themselves for winning more than $2 billion to extend a subway to the city’s Westside.“Listen to these numbers. They’re even big by Washington standards,” California Sen. Barbara Boxer boasted. “In addition to the $1.25 billion, full funding grant agreement … the Purple line extension project is also benefiting from an $856 million loan made possible by the TIFIA Program.”That program, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance in Innovation Act, is the one Alaska hopes will lend the state more than $340 million for the Knik Bridge.Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell on Friday signed a bill to finance a $900 million bridge across Knik Arm. A decade ago, bridge proponents hoped to fund the project entirely with federal earmarks. But then Congress banned earmarks, in part due to public outrage over this bridge and another in Ketchikan, both derided nationally as “bridges to nowhere.” Now, the Knik project all depends on winning a low-interest TIFIA loan.Boxer is one of the chief proponents in Congress of the increasingly popular lending program. Year after year, demand for TIFIA funds far outstrips supply. As Boxer explains it, the program is designed to lend the money needed to get a project started while other revenues roll in more slowly.“Because when you put together projects like this, they’re enormous, and they’re enormously important, so you gotta use all the options at your disposal,” she says.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who flew to Washington to celebrate the federal funding agreement, thanked his senators but says the real reason his city got the money is that Angelenos reached into their own wallets first. Garcetti commended local voters for approving a 30-year sales tax to pay for transportation.“We’re not coming here hat in hand with an empty hat. We come here to get it topped off,” he said at the podium in the U.S. Senate hearing room. “We know that in this changed landscape you have to bring something to the game in order to get more, and we consistently do.”Alaska isn’t coming entirely hat in hand to the feds, either. A few years ago, Knik bridge proponents asked TIFIA to finance nearly half the bridge costs. But federal officials said they wanted to see more of a state commitment — more “skin in the game,” to use the metaphor that’s ubiquitous in TIFIA discussions. So now the state is asking TIFIA to cover about a third. Another third would come from other federal transportation dollars. And for the state’s third, it plans to issue up to $300 million in bonds, but only if it gets the TIFIA money first. The plan is to pay it all off with tolls, estimated at $5 per car.If there’s not enough toll revenue left after operation and maintenance, the state treasury might be on the hook for the bonds — but not the TIFIA loan. Alaska debt manager Devon Mitchell told the state Senate finance committee this spring if tolls fall short, the feds would have to negotiate some other option.“None of those options is going to include the state of Alaska appropriating money to pay that TIFIA debt,” he said.Alaska Transportation development director Jeff Ottesen told state legislators the financing plan is smart for the state.“We’re getting a chance to build this and, quite frankly somebody else is going to pay a large piece of the tab,” he said.Ultimately, the U.S. Transportation Secretary decides which projects TIFIA will fund. The department made no one available to interview for this story. But Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, says the very reason Alaska might like the plan – limited financial commitment — makes it unattractive to federal policymakers. Ellis says Alaska isn’t really bringing revenues to the deal; it’s bringing more debt.“People may argue these bonds are skin in the game,” he said, “but in reality it’s still somebody else’s skin.”His group claims credit for pinning the “Bridge to Nowhere” label on the Ketchikan bridge and helped spread the taint to the Knik project as well. Last year Taxpayers for Common Sense gave the Knik project a second “golden fleece award,” a badge intended to highlight wasteful federal spending. Ellis predicts the U.S. Transportation Department won’t like the loose repayment terms Alaska is proposing.“Certainly if you’re saying that whatever scraps are left will go to pay off the TIFIA loan, that’s going to raise up the hackles of the feds,” he says.Knik bridge proponents shouldn’t count on Sen. Lisa Murkowski intervening with the department. She says she has concerns about the cost, the routing and the fairness of the project to other parts of the state. As far as winning TIFIA funds, she thinks it’s an uphill battle. Murkowski says it’s unfair, but nationally “big Alaska bridge project” remains synonymous with pork.“That has clearly stuck, and you can open a newspaper here in Washington, D.C. today and you will still see reference to the ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’” Murkowski says.A spokesman for Alaska Congressman Don Young says he’ll support the bridge for TIFIA funds. But he notes Young sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the state to build the bridge back in 2005.“Unfortunately, the State of Alaska chose to spend the majority of that money on anything but the Knik Arm Bridge,” Young spokesman Matt Shuckerow said in an email, “and now, nearly a decade later, they are scrambling to fund the project and squabbling over financial measures that require them to beg President Obama’s bureaucrats for even more federal dollars.”last_img read more

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Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly

first_img The basic problem was that the spacecraft failed to accelerate at the rate predicted, and it did so at what at first appeared to be a constant rate. Subsequent research in the 90’s showed that whatever was preventing the craft from accelerating at the speed expected was lessening, which led some to believe it was tied to the radioisotope thermoelectric generator (RTG’s) onboard that created the electricity used by the craft’s electronic devices to take measurements and beam them back to Earth. Heat venting could work against the direction of travel if it was being expelled in the opposite direction, which it was. The problem though, was that the plutonium used to power the RTG had a half life of 88 years while the accelerating lessening effect occurred at a half-life equivalent to just 22 years.To solve the riddle the new research team built a computer simulation using any and all data that could be collected about the now decades old spacecraft. In doing so, they found that heat generated by the RTG likely wasn’t the culprit because it emitted heat in all directions. The electronics, on the other hand, because they were mounted on the back of the craft, away from the sun and dissipated heat mainly in that same direction, could indeed account for the discrepancy. But more importantly, they also found something prior researchers had not, and that was the decay in the efficiency of thermocouples that were converting heat to electricity which led to less and less heat being generated over time by the electronics, a rate that when combined with the radioactive decay of the plutonium, just happened to coincide with the rate at which the force that was causing the less than expected acceleration. And that they say, is why the craft have not accelerated at the rate calculated. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Citation: Research team appears to solve the Pioneer anomaly (2012, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-team-anomaly.html New theory proposed to explain Pioneer probe gravitational anomaly An artist’s concept of the Pioneer 10 Jupiter encounter. Image: NASA 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. More information: Support for the thermal origin of the Pioneer anomaly, arXiv:1204.2507v1 [gr-qc] arxiv.org/abs/1204.2507AbstractWe investigate the possibility that the anomalous acceleration of the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft is due to the recoil force associated with an anisotropic emission of thermal radiation off the vehicles. To this end, relying on the project and spacecraft design documentation, we constructed a comprehensive finite-element thermal model of the two spacecraft. Then, we numerically solve thermal conduction and radiation equations using the actual flight telemetry as boundary conditions. We use the results of this model to evaluate the effect of the thermal recoil force on the Pioneer 10 spacecraft at various heliocentric distances. We found that the magnitude, temporal behavior, and direction of the resulting thermal acceleration are all similar to the properties of the observed anomaly. As a novel element of our investigation, we develop a parameterized model for the thermal recoil force and estimate the coefficients of this model independently from navigational Doppler data. We find no statistically significant difference between the two estimates and conclude that once the thermal recoil force is properly accounted for, no anomalous acceleration remains.via PhysicsWorld (Phys.org) — Back in the early 70’s NASA launched two exploratory spacecraft, Pioneer 10 and 11. Their missions were to gather information about the solar system as they made their way through it by flying farther and farther from the sun, until they eventually left altogether. Though neither craft has been heard from since 2003, both have confounded scientists since it was discovered in the 80’s that they were not accelerating at the rate that physicists had predicted, a phenomenon that has come to be known as the Pioneer anomaly. Now it appears a small team of dedicated researchers has figured out what is going on, and as they explain in their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, it’s due to nothing more than the way the propulsion system onboard does its job.last_img read more

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first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more May 27, 2010 – Breast-conserving therapy is a viable treatment option for African-American women, although they tend to have more advanced breast cancer at diagnosis, according to a study available online, which will be in the July 15 issue of the journal Cancer. Researchers from Beaumont Hospitals, Royal Oak, Mich, reviewed the data of 699 women treated with breast conserving therapy (lumpectomy or partial mastectomy) at Beaumont from 1980 to 2003. They found that African-American women were younger and had larger, more aggressive tumors at the time of diagnosis. As a result, they more frequently required chemotherapy and lymph node irradiation as part of their treatment. “Breast cancer in African-American women demonstrates a very distinctive clinical behavior compared with breast cancer in Caucasian women,” says Frank Vicini, M.D., chief of oncology services, Beaumont Hospitals, and the study’s lead author. “Although the overall incidence of breast cancer in African-American women is lower than in Caucasian women, breast cancer mortality rates are generally higher.” It’s unclear whether these differences are related to disparities in socioeconomic status, access or use of advanced screening or treatment techniques, or biologic differences in the disease in African-American women. “However, despite having more advanced disease, our results confirm the safety and effectiveness of breast conserving therapy in African-American women,” Vicini said. “Our results are important because data on most cancer therapies are not as complete in minority populations. These results should reassure African-American women that breast conservation works just as well for them as other women and should remain an equal option in appropriately selected women.” Nearly half of the African-American women in the study were younger than 50 at diagnosis, compared with 26 percent of the Caucasian women; only 36 percent were diagnosed with stage I disease, compared with 61 percent of Caucasian women. Thirty-six percent had positive lymph nodes, of whom 18 percent had more than four, compared with 26 percent and 8 percent for Caucasian women. African-American women (26 percent) required more lymph node irradiation and systemic chemotherapy than Caucasian women (13 percent). Nearly 60 percent had chemotherapy, compared with 19 percent of Caucasian women. Treatment-related toxicities also were more severe, with more African-American women reporting breast pain, arm swelling, and a lower percentage of excellent or good cosmetic results. Beaumont comprehensive cancer program combines the expertise of Beaumont Hospitals with the knowledge and experience of physicians in the Beaumont Oncology Network, the largest group of oncology specialists in the state, to offer cancer prevention counseling, diagnosis and treatment in hospital and community-based settings. The Beaumont Cancer Institute is one of only 50 Community Clinical Oncology Programs in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more information: www.beaumonthospitals.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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