Bicycle-Tricycle Hybrid Counteracts Gravity

first_imgBetween the bicycle and the tricycle sits an unbridgeable gulf. They seem like two different flavors of the same thing, but they steer in entirely different ways. So much so that when researchers at Cornell University tried to hybridize the two in a new study, they got an utterly uncontrollable four-wheeled beast of a bike—and a dramatic demonstration that gravity is indispensable for steering.To understand how a bike turns, imagine a box sitting on the floor of a bus that is moving straight ahead. When the bus suddenly turns to the left, the box keeps moving straight. But to passengers on the bus, it appears that the box slides to the right. We call this effect centrifugal force. Unlike boxes, bus passengers don’t slide around or fall on even the windiest roads. Instead, they lean to the left as the bus turns left, shifting their center of mass to use gravity to counter the centrifugal force pushing them to the right. We use the same principle to steer a bicycle—the rider turns the wheel to the left and simultaneously leans to the left, balancing the forces on the bike to stay upright. Tricycles, on the other hand, don’t tip to turn. They stay upright while the front wheel turns left and the right rear wheel exerts more force on the ground.“I thought it would be cool if we could just turn a knob and move from a bike to a tricycle,” says engineer Andy Ruina of Cornell University. Ruina points out that on a bike, gravity is often perceived as the enemy, the force that makes you fall. But it’s also what creates the forces that allow bikes to turn without falling. 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He wasn’t surprised when they built it anyway. “When you haven’t seen it with your own eyes, when you haven’t actually done it … there’s a risk you have a big blooper” in your thinking, he says.Ruina knew Papadopoulos was right, but he has conducted several experiments over the years in which the “athlete is smarter than the natural scientist,” where a human did something that a hypothesis said was impossible. That forced him to find the flaws in his own thinking—and sometimes led to breakthroughs. Similarly, he wanted to see if the bike/trike dichotomy was really true in practice: A vehicle perfectly balanced between tricycle and bicycle would negate the effect of gravity by both preventing it from exerting force with its rear wheels like a trike, and by allowing the rider to lean the bike at any angle without shifting her center of mass.Ruina’s “bricycle,” as he calls it, is a bike equipped with two training wheels attached by means of a spring. When the spring is stiff, the bricycle turns like a trike. When the spring is loose, the bricycle turns like a bike. But at a certain point when the spring is just stiff enough, the training wheels and rear wheel offset the force of gravity on each other. (See video here.) At that stiffness, the bike becomes unsteerable and falls over if the rider tries to turn, Ruina reported today at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver.The bricycle was never meant to be practical. But its designers hope it will shed some light on the design of a new trend in automobiles, called narrow-track vehicles, whose footprints fall somewhere between two-track vehicles like cars and single-track vehicles like motorcycles. Two-track vehicles turn as tricycles do, by exerting force against the outer wheels, while motorcycles turn by leaning in the same way as bicycles. Narrow-track vehicles, such as three-wheeled motorcycles, would ideally have the stability of tricycles at rest but be able to lean like a bike when turning. Leaning makes them fun to drive and adds to the appeal of these smaller, more maneuverable, and fuel-efficient machines.It’s theoretically possible to build a wheel suspension that could constantly adjust its stiffness to create the perfect narrow-track vehicle. But as Ruina’s contraption shows, there would be a dangerous intermediate stiffness where gravity was offset and the vehicle could tip at any angle without falling over—unless the driver tried to turn. Both Ruina and Papadopoulos believe the bricycle demonstration will help narrow-track vehicle designers avoid wasting time working on a “neutral balance” for their machines. That particular balance might be called the bricycle point, something that needs to be avoided for narrow-track vehicles to take to the streets.last_img read more

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Fadnavis attends Maharashtra BJP MLAs meeting

first_imgA meeting of Maharashtra BJP MLAs is being held in Mumbai on Sunday, a day after the sudden swearing in of party leader Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister.Mr. Fadnavis, state BJP chief Chandrakant Patil and Union Ministers Raosaheb Danve and Piyush Goyal are among those present at the meeting, held at the Mumbai BJP office Vasant Smriti in Dadar, party sources said.last_img

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Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar helps the Ground Staffs at Lord’s

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times)Arjun Tendulkar, the son of the little master Sachin, wrapped up playing his first youth test match in Sri Lanka last month. This one month couldn’t keep him away from the game as he was seen on the field during the ongoing second Test between India and England at Lord’s on Friday.Not only honing his skills along with MCC Young Cricketers in his off time, Arjun, also gave a helping hand to some of the Groundstaff. Lord’s Cricket Ground took to Twitter to applaud junior Tendulkar’s effort, posting: “Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!”👋 Arjun Tendulkar!Not only has he been training with @MCCYC4L recently & but he has also been lending a helping hand to our Groundstaff!#ENGvIND#LoveLords pic.twitter.com/PVo2iiLCcv— Lord’s Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) August 10, 2018In his Youth Test debut this July, Arjun, who is a left-arm fast bowler, ended up with figures of 1/33 and 1/32. He also recently featured in the news for having lunch with England women cricketer Danielle Wyatt.Also Read:Cricket: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan gifted with a bat from Indian Cricket Team Advertisementlast_img read more

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Inside Job: Mets Beat Phils, 9-4

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Matt Harvey felt dehydrated and Daniel Murphy had a sore quadriceps. Still, many New York Mets were smiling in the clubhouse as they packed up for their road trip late Sept. 2.That’s what a comfortable lead in September can do for a tired team.Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park homer and drove in four runs to back Harvey as the Mets returned to their winning ways against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-4 victory.“Really excited about the way that we’re playing,” third baseman David Wright said.Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto had conventional home runs for the NL East leaders, who remained 6 1-2 games ahead of second-place Washington.They won for the 14th time in 16 meetings this season with the last-place Phillies, who snapped a 10-game losing streak to the Mets with a 14-8 rout Sept. 1.Travis d’Arnaud doubled twice and singled, and Cespedes also had three hits — one night after he homered to stop an 0-for-16 slide.Handed a 6-0 lead, Harvey (12-7) pitched into the seventh inning in soupy weather and won his fourth straight decision. He was touched for nine hits, equaling a season high, and four runs but struck out nine and walked only one.“I thought he threw the ball very well. He had a rough inning,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “He’ll be ready for his next start (at Washington). That’s what counts.”Harvey was unavailable to reporters because he was in the trainer’s room. He felt weak during the game and dehydrated, a Mets spokesman said, and wasn’t sure yet if he would travel with the team to Miami.Before the game, Collins acknowledged Harvey will likely be skipped in the rotation once more to limit innings during his first season back from Tommy John surgery.The right-hander improved to 6-1 in eight career starts versus the Phillies, who have lost 25 of 31 against the Mets and dropped nine consecutive series to them since May 2014.The only bad news for New York was the injury to Murphy. The team said the first baseman was removed as a precaution in the fourth with “mild discomfort” in his left quadriceps.Murphy spent time on the disabled list in June with an injury to the same quad. He will remain in New York to get checked out on the day off Sept. 3 and then is expected to meet the Mets in Miami.“I’d characterize it as probably just a shade less than 100 percent,” said Murphy, who hit an RBI double. “Saw our guys swinging the bat really well today, and with Harvey going with a six-run lead, felt like it was probably wise to maybe get out of there, especially with rosters expanded.”Prized rookie Aaron Nola (5-2) was no match for Harvey in their first meeting. Making his ninth major league start, Nola gave up nine hits and a career-high six runs in four innings — his shortest outing yet.The 22-year-old righty had won five straight decisions since a 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay in his debut.“My body and my arm felt good the first inning and things kind of just unraveled. I missed a couple spots and they really made me pay for it,” Nola said.With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.Second baseman Cesar Hernandez finally chased down the ball in the corner, and Tejada slid home safely without a relay throw to the plate.“Things just seem to happen when we play the Mets,” Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin said. Darnell Sweeney homered off Harvey, and pinch-hitter Erik Kratz had a two-run double for Philadelphia.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

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Ferrari says most of its cars will be hybrid by 2022

first_imgMaranello (Italy), Sep 18 (AFP) Most of the cars made by Ferrari will be hybrid petrol-electric by 2022, the Italian sports car manufacturer said on Tuesday, including its first SUV.”By 2022, nearly 60 percent of the models we produce will be built around hybrid powertrains,” new CEO Louis Camilleri said at the company’s Maranello headquarters.The company known for its low-slung aerodynamic sports cars will also launch its first SUV — Purosangue — after the end of the current business plan in 2022.Gas-guzzling Ferraris are faced with more and more anti-emission regulations around the world, as well as increasingly environmentally aware would-be owners.Ferrari stock tumbled 8 percent in August as investors wondered if the company could stay on track for its profit targets after the death of historic boss Sergio Marchionne.Announcing the SUV, former Philip Morris boss Camilleri said he initially abhorred the idea.”It just does not sit well with our brand and all that it represents,” he admitted, but insisted that the new design will “redefine expectations”. (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

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Defensive Lineman Carted Off Field After Recovering Fumble

first_imgNC State's Eurndraus Bryant carted off the field.NC State football is getting a game from FCS power James Madison today. The Wolfpack are holding on to a 17-10 lead, but lost an important player earlier in the game, in defensive lineman Eurndraus Bryant.The big defensive tackle made a big play for the Wolfpack early in the second quarter. JMU was driving deep in Pack territory, and had third-an-goal from the NC State six-yard line.Dukes quarterback Ben DiNucci, who ACC fans may remember from his time at Pitt, was sacked by Ibrahim Kante. Bryant eventually fell on it, but was hurt on the play.The game was delayed for a while, as Bryant had to be carted off the field.Rallying behind a teammate. @PackFootball surrounds senior D-lineman Eurndraus Bryant before he is carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/hvpSyxeeTI— Jeff Gravley (@jgravleyWRAL) September 1, 2018Bryant did give a thumbs up, which is obviously a good sign. pic.twitter.com/aPPfZFO5YE— Justin Smith (@74IrishDaddy) September 1, 2018Eurndraus Bryant was taken to a local hospital. Luckily, x-rays were negative.The program gave that positive update on his status moments ago.Great news! X-rays for Eurndraus Bryant were negative.— NC State Football (@PackFootball) September 1, 2018We’ve seen far too many players carted off of the field in the first few days of the season. UCF had a player taken off on the opening kickoff of its game at UConn on Thursday, and on Friday, Western Michigan lost a player on a kick return against Syracuse.Elsewhere, Texas Tech quarterback McLane Carter was taken off the field early on against Ole Miss.Stay safe out there this weekend, everyone playing football at all levels.last_img read more

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Dabo Swinney Makes Bold Comparison For QB Trevor Lawrence

first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The ascension of Clemson’s freshman QB Trevor Lawrence this season has led to yet another ACC title for the Tigers. But it would seem that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney had a good idea of how good his QB could be before the season. Swinney even had a very unique player to compare Lawrence to.In an interview with TigerNet, ESPN’s Rece Davis shared a conversation he had with Swinney earlier this year. In that conversation, Davis stated, Swinney went so far as to compare Lawrence to former Auburn QB and current NFL star Cam Newton.“I have been surprised, but only in a sense that I didn’t anticipate it being his show totally with (former Clemson QB) Kelly Bryant,” Davis said. “But before Trevor even stepped on campus, I was having a conversation with Dabo and we were just talking about recruiting and different guys and he goes, ‘Have you seen this quarterback I’ve got?’ And then he said, ‘I don’t know exactly who to compare him to. He said maybe because of his size and his little bit of a long stride, but maybe Cam Newton or something like that.’ And I thought, man, that’s pretty high praise now.”It’s a bold comparison to be sure. Newton only played one full season of college football, but made the most of it as in 2010 he led Auburn to a 14-0 record and a national title.He also won the Heisman trophy en route to being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.Newton also had far better numbers for Auburn against many vaunted SEC defenses. He had 30 passing TDs and another 20 rushing TDs.Lawrence has enjoyed similar passing numbers, but not nearly as much production on the ground.However, the size comparisons might be a tad off-base. While Lawrence does own a height advantage over Newton (6’6″ for Lawrence vs. 6’5″ for Newton), the former NFL MVP owns a significant advantage in terms of sheer mass. Newton has a listed weight of 250 lbs., while Lawrence weighs in at about 208 lbs.last_img read more

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Taulia Tagovailoa Was Asked If He’ll Beat Out Tua For The Starting Job

first_imgtua tagovailoa runs off the field during national title gameSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts against the Clemson Tigers in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)There will be two Tagovailoas playing quarterback at the University of Alabama in 2019.Tua Tagovailoa will be returning to the Crimson Tide for his junior season. He’ll be one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy.Taulia Tagovailoa will be a true freshman for Nick Saban’s program. The four-star quarterback recruit committed to Alabama over LSU and Tennessee, among other programs.Does Taulia think he has a chance to beat out his big brother for the starting quarterback job?The Alabama recruit was asked about that after an all-star game over the weekend.From khon2.com:“Played my last football game,” said Taulia. “My last high school football game at home. And I got to see my family and friends. And play with my future teammates and against my future opponents. I don’t regret playing in this game. Just can’t wait to get to ‘Bama.When asked by a Team Mauka member if the University of Alabama commit will beat out his older brother for the starting quarterback spot Taulia’s response was simple.“Tune in.”Spoiler alert: Taulia Tagovailoa will not be beating out Tua Tagovailoa for the starting quarterback job.However, it will be cool to see two brothers playing quarterback at the same school.Alabama will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the country.last_img read more

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A Brief But Savory History of Ketchup

first_img The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets Burger King Rolls Out Impossible Whopper Nationwide Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Editors’ Recommendations Why Tea and Beer Go Well Together (and 5 Tea Beers to Try) Ketchup. (Or catsup, if you’re nasty.) No other food says Americana quite like this tomato-based condiment. Without much thought to it, we’ve grown up in a culture with a capital K, introduced to ketchup at a young age as one of our first symbols of food freedom. Shake, squeeze, or slap it — enjoy as much or as little as you want. Flash forward to today and you might be embarrassed to ask for ketchup at an upscale restaurant. Alternatively, you might be offered blueberry ketchup or leather ketchup. But why? To all of this, why?The Manual dug into the history of ketchup and — surprise, surprise — it’s super saucy. In fact, ketchup isn’t even supposed to be made with tomatoes.In the Beginning, There was Fish Sauce“The story of ketchup begins over 500 years ago,” says Sir Kensington’s founder Scott Norton. “Ketchup was originally a fermented fish sauce that came from Asia … the word ‘ketchup’ is a Chinese word.”The word kôe-chiap, or kê-chiap, is from the Amoy dialect and means “the brine of pickled fish or shellfish.”Norton tells The Manual that this salty, savory, preserved fish sauce traditionally put on tofu and rice was at the center of many ocean-born trade routes. When the English and Dutch came to Asia, they brought the concept of ketchup back to Europe, creating mushroom, walnut, and oyster ketchups. At this point, there still no tomatoes. These vintage European condiments were thinner and resembled something closer to Worcestershire sauce.Sergio Amiti/Getty ImagesIt wasn’t until the 1500s when Hernán Cortés traveled to current-day southern Mexico, presumably discovered the tomato, and introduced it to the rest of the world that the fruit could be incorporated into other cultural cuisines. Up to that point, even Italian food didn’t use any red sauce.“Likely in America, someone had the idea of adding tomatoes to ketchup,” Norton says. “It started popping up in these prairie cookbooks and became an American phenomenon.”Introducing His HeinznessIn the 1900s, ketchup had loads of sodium benzoate, a potentially-toxic chemical preservative that was banned by the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act in the United States. Henry J. Heinz — who would build the largest ketchup empire in the world — had an idea to create a ketchup higher in vinegar as a response. “After that, ketchup became the signature of American food,” Norton says.“Tomato ketchups were late to the game and Heinz cornered the market,” adds Matt Wallace, co-founder of ‘Chups, a ketchup made with fruits like mango, blueberry, plum, pineapple, and pumpkin. “The new Heinz ketchup also became thicker and sweeter.”Heinz factory workers affix labels in a Pittsburgh plant. Bettmann/Getty ImagesWhy Ketchup Tastes So GoodTomato ketchup, made without high fructose corn syrup and with real, whole non-GMO tomatoes (like Sir Kensington’s), is a symphonic balance of the five basic tastes: sweet, salty, savory, sour, and bitter. At it’s simplest, it’s a sweet food designed to complement savory food.“It’s typically one of the first foods you might eat as a baby or toddler. It represents control as a child,” says Norton. “We are imprinted to know, like, and try ketchup, and it has a cultural association with comfort and familiarity.”Sir Kensington’sPlus, you can’t think of ketchup without visions of true Americana cuisine: the hot dog, the hamburger, and the corn dog.A “Lesser” Condiment?In modern America, ketchup is synonymous with tomatoes and kin to greasy, fried foods. “Throughout the fast food movement of the ’80s, ketchup has been paired with foods typically not found in higher-end dining,” says Wallace. “It’s a stigma on the gluttonous, thoughtless American stereotype, but we love ketchup. For us, the future of the condiment is providing more options and pairing ketchups with different foods.”For instance, ‘Chups’ blueberry ketchup is great on tacos and steaks, while its spicy pineapple ketchup is used by a DC-based pizza company for pizza and empanadas.If you aren't already going to @TimberPizzaCo for some of DC's best pies + empanadas/salads, go for the v cute 'Chups squeeze bottles. ? pic.twitter.com/17gpRKhSdO— 'CHUPS (@ChupsItUp) July 28, 2017Norton agrees that while ketchup gets a bad rap as a “lesser” condiment in the high-end dining scene, this is a dogma we shouldn’t believe in. With an overarching mission to bring integrity and charm to overlooked sauces, Sir Kensington’s launched its brand under the guise of being British — yes, it’s an American company and, no, Norton does not have a Prince Harry accent. The goal was to change the cultural mindset around ketchup, raising its character, honoring its history, and using healthier ingredients.The Future of Ketchup“Today, ketchup is expanding. There is spicy ketchup, chipotle, jalapeño. It’s absolutely about more flavor platforms,” Norton says. “The increasing rise in multicultural eating and a recognition that spices bring so much life and variety to dishes will prompt this evolution of food as identity, exploration, and entertainment.”Slice of Sauce/KickstarterOther food innovators are in pursuit of a similar goal, like chef Ernesto Uchimura who modernized the tomato condiment into a “leather” (imagine a fruit strip that tastes like ketchup) to reduce burger sogginess. Kickstarter company Slice of Sauce is doing a similar thing with its ketchup slices.And no, the crazy green and purple Heinz EZ-Squirt ketchups don’t count as a modern progression.last_img read more

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HIOSL Takes Delivery of Damen FCS 3307 Patrol

first_imgDamen Shipyards, February 5, 2014 zoom Homeland Integrated Offshore Services Limited (HIOSL) has taken delivery of a Damen FCS 3307 Patrol, to be deployed offshore Nigeria, in the next few weeks.Established in 2006, HIOSL serves the Nigerian oil and gas industry with a wide range of maritime, security and logistics services. The Lagos headquartered company has ambitious plans to become the leading marine logistics provider in the Nigerian offshore industry.The Damen FCS 3307 Patrol, to be named ‘Guardian 1’, has just undergone sea trials in the Netherlands and will soon set sail to Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Guardian 1 is the company’s third patrol vessel.Scope of workGuardian 1 will be used for maritime security purposes, crew transfers and supplying cargo and provisions. The company also works very closely with the Nigerian Navy. As well as patrol vessels and tugs, HIOSL provides equipment for the producers, supplies house boats, barges and cranes, and the company operates one of the largest crawler cranes in Nigeria.HIOSL Managing Director Louis Ekere, comments: “The Damen vessel gives us much more speed. This is crucial, as nowadays you really need the most modern equipment before you can get these type of contracts in Nigeria.”Mr Ekere continues: “The vessel could also be delivered very quickly; within seven months. Damen not only builds world-class vessels, they are also great partners for technical support services. We have been blown away by Damen being able to build such a vessel in such a short interval – even ahead of schedule. And we can now take advantage of this because Guardian 1 already has work.”The Damen FCS 3307 Patrol has the pioneering ‘Sea Axe’ bow that gives the vessel unparalleled seakeeping behaviour, even in challenging conditions. The 30 knts vessel is extremely fuel-efficient and can also transport cargo on its aft deck to the offshore rigs.The futureMr Ekere adds: “We want to increase our fleet and become the market leader in the industry. Therefore we would like to secure two more patrol vessels and two Platform Supply Vessels, ideally in the next few years.“We are keen to work with many different clients and suppliers. There are so many contracts in the pipeline and so many opportunities. For example, the government has recently offered the second bid round for the 31 marginal oil fields. This offers many opportunities for local indigenous companies and for Platform Supply Vessels. Possibly, we will seek out partners, such as Damen, whereby we can lease PSVs for a few years and then buy them. The market is very big and the government has made sure that it is open. There are challenges but many opportunities too.”With offices in Lagos, Port Harcourt and Warri, the company is also considering expansion into Ghana. HIOSL has a core staff of around 100 and a total of 400. Recently, it was also awarded a $64m manpower services contract with a leading oil major for providing 105 staff, including engineers, drivers and technical services people.Damen will also arrange the delivery and commissioning of the vessel, provide training for local crew and engineers and it will deliver a spare parts package. Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

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China Shipping Group Buys Back to Shield Subsidiaries

first_imgzoom China Shipping Group, the controlling shareholder of China Shipping Development Company Limited (CSD) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), is making arrangements for increasing its shareholding in the two companies.The move comes following the notice from China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) to parent groups of listed companies to invest efforts in stabilizing the stock market that took a major tumble over the recent period inflicting a huge blow to one of the world’s top economies.China Shipping increased its shareholding in CSD by purchasing 7 million A shares of the company and intends to continue increasing its shareholdings in the minimum aggregate amount of RMB151 million in the following six months, a filing with Shanghai Stock Exchange showed.CSG also announced that it would buy back around 10m A shares of CSCL with RMB154 million within six months, pledging a total of USD 49.1 million for the overall share buyback package.The Chinese stock market started to recover on Thursday with a 6% share rise, following the government’s announcement on Wednesday on prohibiting investors holding stakes of more than 5% to sell shares in the next six months.The market held steady on Friday as well, however there is still a long way to go before the situation is fully stabilized.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Police say suspect who wouldnt leave vehicle dies after officers shot him

first_imgEdmonton police say a suspect they shot is dead after he refused to get out of a vehicle.Police say in a news release that officers were following the truck Wednesday afternoon because there was a man inside who had outstanding warrants, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.The release says police stopped the vehicle and two passengers exited without incident.But police say the man with the warrants was “non-compliant and remained in the vehicle,” and that “an incident took place” between the 34-year-old suspect and officers.Police say the officers shot him, and he was declared dead in hospital.No one else was injured.Alberta’s police watchdog says it is investigating.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Court being asked to stop dolphin hunts in Japanese village

TOKYO — A court in central Japan is hearing arguments over whether dolphin hunting violates the nation’s animal cruelty laws.The plaintiffs in the case opening Friday are asking the district court in Wakayama prefecture to stop the permits from being issued.Prefectural Gov. Yoshinobu Nisaka issues the permits for the village of Taiji, where the hunts have drawn protests.The 2009 Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” showed the village’s hunts, where dolphins were chased into a cove and bludgeoned to death. In recent years, they changed their hunting method to suffocation.The plaintiffs, a former Taiji resident and a Japanese conservationist activist, and supporters of the case say the killings remain traumatic and painful.Wakayama conservation official Takashi Uede says the prefecture believes the hunts follow the law.The Associated Press read more

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Closing Bell Toronto stock market up slightly after economic worries inflict sharp

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a small gain Monday with traders not inclined to do much after worries about the pace of economic growth last week erased all the TSX’s gains since the beginning of the year.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,344.56 +12.71 0.10%S&P 500 — 1,563.07 +9.79 0.63%Dow — 14,613.48 +48.23 0.33%Nasdaq — 3,222.25 +18.39 0.57%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 12.71 points to 12,344.56 following five losing sessions, leaving the main index down about 86 points or 0.7% lower for the year.The Canadian dollar continued to lose ground following a big disappointment in March job figures that were released Friday.The loonie closed down 0.09 of a cent to 98.3 cents US after the Bank of Canada’s business outlook survey indicated Canadian firms have become more pessimistic about the economy and plan to ratchet down investment plans while keeping hiring modest.U.S. markets gained momentum during the afternoon as traders looked ahead of the release of quarterly earnings from resource giant Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) after the close.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 48.23 points to 14,613.48, the Nasdaq composite index was 18.39 points higher at 3,222.25 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 9.79 points at 1,563.07.Alcoa posted earnings per share ex-items of 11 cents versus expectations of eight cents. Revenue of US$5.03 billion missed expectations of $5.88 billion.Alcoa also said global aluminum demand should rise by seven% this year.The release of Alcoa’s earnings is regarded as the start to the quarterly earnings season while the aluminum company itself is regarded as an important gauge of economic growth as its products are used in everything from appliances to vehicles to aircraft.Alcoa shares were up 15 cents to $8.39 by the close, and drifted five cents higher to $8.44 in after-market trading in New York.Blue chips led the way higher on the TSX with the utilities component ahead 0.77%. Just Energy Group (TSX:JE) ran up 29 cents to $6.93.The industrials group was ahead 0.73% as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) gained $2.15 to $124.97.Bombardier Transportation has been granted a US$440-million contract to design and supply major components for the next generation ICx high speed trains for Deutsche Bahn AG. Shares in parent Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) gained seven cents to $4.The TSX also found relief from a 0.56% rise in the telecom sector as Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) rose 81 cents to $51.69.Commodity prices were generally higher after losing ground last week but resource stocks were generally weak.The energy sector was slightly higher as the June crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 66 cents to US$93.36 a barrel. Prices fell almost five% after data late last week showed that crude in storage in the U.S. was at its highest level since 1990 even though refiners had begun to ramp up gasoline production to get ready for the summer driving season. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) climbed 15 cents to C$31.18.The gold sector was led decliners, down about 1.3% after falling more than seven% last week amid lower prices for bullion and gold stocks under pressure because of rising costs. June bullion in New York slipped $3.40 to US$1,572.50 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was down 40 cents to C$31.93.The base metals component was down 0.18% while May copper gained three cents to US$3.37 a pound after miners in Chile, the world’s biggest producer, said they would announce a nationwide strike on Monday. Economic worries sent copper to eight month lows last week and the mining sector down almost three%. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) gave back 33 cents to C$18.96.The Toronto stock market lost 3.25% last week in the wake of purchasing managers data from China that missed expectations and disappointing reads on the American manufacturing and service sectors. The week was capped off by jobs data from Canada and the U.S. that widely missed expectations, raising doubts about the pace of economic growth and putting fresh pressure on resource stocks.Financials also lost ground as poor data raised concerns that interest rate hikes are further away than thought.“We started off the year with some well-known economists thinking the Bank of Canada could raise interest rates even by 25 or 50 basis points this year,” said Kevin Headland, director portfolio advisory group at Manulife Asset Management.“And (there were) weak economic numbers in January and February again. Canada is barely holding its head above water right now. They might have to lower rates.”New York markets on the other hand have managed to hold on to the strong gains netted so far this year amid a resurgent housing market and continued stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve. The Dow ended last week flat but is still up 11% year to date.“It’s not that things are so much better (in the U.S.) but it goes back to the old story, Canada does not have a diversified market, it’s where do you find opportunities,” added Headland.As well as a run of earnings this week, investors hope to get a better idea from the U.S. Federal Reserve about whether the central bank plans to withdraw some of its monetary stimulus. Minutes to the last policy meeting of the Fed are due to be published Wednesday.The TSX Venture Exchange dipped 0.46 of a point to 1,041.39.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Bank of Canada says weak economy to make for ‘challenging’ year for businessNever mind Portugal. Slovenia’s credit is crumbling before our eyesCanada’s small brokerages risk closures amid slump, IIAC warnsSamsung releases new Galaxy Win smartphoneON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:15 a.m.Housing starts (March): Economists expect 175,000 starts 8:30 a.m.Building permits (Feb): Economists expect 3% rise UNITED STATES7:30 a.m.NFIB small business economic trends survey: Economists expect reading of 90.3, slightly down from last month 10 a.m.Wholesale trade (Feb): Economists expect 0.5 rise in inventories, 1.5% rise in sales CORPORATE NEWSCANADAScotiabank holds annual general meeting read more

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Indian detained for wearing clothes with Buddhas image

The Indian was detained and asked to change her dress before she was allowed to proceed. An Indian national was detained at the Katunayake airport for wearing clothes with an image of the Lord Buddha.Officers at the airport detained the woman when she was about to board a plane to leave Sri Lanka, officials said. On an earlier occasion a foreign woman had been detained in Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of Buddha. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Officials said that the Indian woman had told the airport officers that the dress was not intended to disrespect Buddhism. read more

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At debate Tajik Foreign Minister voices need for UN reform engagement in

The need for reform of the United Nations, illicit drug trafficking and the situation in Afghanistan were among the topics covered in the speech by Tajikistan’s Foreign Minister, Hamrokhon Zarifi, to the UN General Assembly today. “The recent developments in the world proved once again that it is impossible to address global and regional issues without strengthening the central role of the United Nations in the international affairs and without collective initiatives in world politics, with due respect of the norms of international law,” the Foreign Minister told the 67th Assembly’s General Debate, at UN Headquarters in New York. “In this regard, it is becoming obvious that it is necessary to carry out a rational reform of the Organization, as a result of which the renewed United Nations will emerge capable to respond to the developments in the world in a quick and adequate manner, and to effectively meet numerous global challenges and threats of a new generation,” he added. Turning to his country’s southern neighbour, Afghanistan – which will acquire “an exclusive importance not only for the region but for the world” with the departure of the International Security Assistance Force in 2014 – Mr. Zarifi said that its social and economic development will be “the key” for ensuring its stable peace. “For this reason, the international assistance rendered to Afghanistan should be aimed, first and foremost, at its utmost economic rehabilitation, further strengthening of its social sphere, job creation, etc,” he said. “In this regard, realization of projects on construction of railroads, motorways, power transmission lines, gas pipelines and etc. that connect Afghanistan with Tajikistan and other countries of the region is of utmost importance.” The prevention of illicit drug trafficking, the Foreign Minister stated, demands cooperation from the international community. Due to it shared borders with Afghanistan – a major drug-producing country – an estimated 15 per cent of all of Afghanistan’s opiates and 20 per cent of its heroin is trafficked through Tajikistan, according to estimates of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “It is essential that the international community unite the measures aimed at reducing both the demand and supply of drugs, and integrate the efforts undertaken at the national level into the international strategy for drug control,” he said, adding that Tajikistan has started developing a new anti-narcotics strategy for the 2013-2020 period. In relation to human rights, Mr.Zarifi noted its place, alongside peace, security and development, as one of the pillars of the work of the United Nations, and how Tajikistan seeks a bigger role in this area with a seat on the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for the 2015-2017 period. “Being a signatory to the major international treaties on human rights, Tajikistan, in a consistent manner, undertakes relevant measures aimed at ensuring protection and promotion of human rights in the country,” the Foreign Minister said. Other topics touched upon in his statement to the Assembly included respect for cultural and religious diversity, the harm caused by anti-personnel mines and sustainable development. The Tajik Foreign Minister is one of scores of heads of State and government and other high-level officials who are presenting their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance at the Assembly’s General Debate, which ends on 1 October. read more

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Civil society has important role in building sustainable future says UN General

In a statement made to the Assembly’s Informal Interactive Hearing ahead of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, Nicholas Emiliou, Acting President of the General Assembly, explained that the formulation and successful implementation of “an inclusive and transformative” agenda would depend on the key “mobilization of financial resources” from both the private and public sectors. “It is evident that in order to achieve our goals, we need to harness vast resources, skills, knowledge and innovative ideas from all segments of society,” Mr. Emiliou said in a statement made on behalf of Mr. Kutesa. “Civil society has an important role and it should play its part in this endeavour.”Pointing to the upcoming Third International Conference on Financing for Development to be held in Addis Ababa later this year, the Acting President also noted that civil society actors had already been engaged in the conference’s preparatory process but, he added, today’s meeting provided yet “another unique opportunity” for them to “give their input and views” on Addis’ planned outcome document. This year marks wrap up of the landmark UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which world leaders agreed on 15 years ago. There has been significant progress in meeting the targets. For example, global poverty has been halved well ahead of the 2015 deadline; in developing countries, 90 per cent of children now enjoy primary education; the number of people lacking access to improved drinking water has halved, and the fight against malaria and tuberculosis has shown results, according to the UN.But challenges persist, and with the deadline of the MDGs set for the end of this year, the UN will craft a new set of targets known as the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Globally, 73 million young people are looking for work and many more are trapped in exploitative jobs. In recent years, more than two and a half million more children in affluent countries fell into poverty, bringing the total above 76 million.“It is essential that we work towards concrete deliverables and a new global partnership for sustainable development that will support the implementation of the new universal development agenda,” Mr. Emiliou continued. “Let us continue working together for a comprehensive financing framework for sustainable development in order to deliver on the aspirations of our countries, people, and communities worldwide.” read more

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Canadian Blondin captures bronze medal in speedskating mass start

TOMAKOMAI, Japan — Ivanie Blondin skated to a bronze medal in the women’s mass start final at the ISU World Cup speedskating stop on Saturday.It was the Ottawa native’s second podium finish of the event. She also captured silver in the team pursuit on the opening day of competition.Blondin’s final time of 8:82.260 — 0.8 seconds behind gold medalist Bo-Reum Kim of South Korea.Isabelle Weidemann, also of Ottawa, finished 14th with a time of 8:55.900. On the men’s side, Jordan Belchos of Toronto clocked in at 8:16.890 en route to a ninth-place finish.Blondin, a two-time Olympian and the 2015-16 world champion in the mass start, neared the front heading into the last laps at the Tomakomai Highland Sports Center, and a well calculated sprint out of the final corner propelled her into third position.“It was a really fun race,” Blondin said. “Isabelle and I both had our elbows out and were protecting each other. We’re using this as a team event and trying to help one another throughout the race. I think that was very well executed. I might be the only one standing on the podium today, but it’s also thanks to Isabelle that I earned this medal.”In the men’s 1,500 metres, Antoine Gelinas-Beaulieu of Sherbrooke, Que., and David La Rue of Saint-Lambert, Que., skated to 15th (1:50.444) and 18th (1:51.012) place finishes, respectively. Long-distance specialist Ted-Jan Bloemen of Calgary posted a time of 1:55.540 (17th) in Division B.Keri Morrison of Burlington, Ont. was the lone Canadian woman in the 1,500 on Saturday, finishing 20th.The Canadian Press read more

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Podcast We Tell John Starks Why He Was The JR Smith Of

Below, Neil Paine’s notes for the discussion about Starks. Neil Paine’s quick and dirty analysis of John Starks. Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 11, 2015), we revisit the career of an NBA cult favorite. As we were preparing topics for the show, Kate Fagan mentioned that it was John Starks’s 50th birthday this week. Starks, one of Kate’s favorites growing up, spent eight years as a member of the New York Knicks (1990-98), where he developed a reputation for fiery play, dunked over Michael Jordan and went 2-for-18 from the field (and 0-for-10 in the fourth quarter) in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. To celebrate, we look back at his career and how modern analytics would judge him. Oh, also, John Starks calls in, and we tell him how he should feel about himself.Also this week, a look at how the Blue Jays may have become the best team in baseball, and our Significant Digit of the week: Petr Cech had a rough first game for Arsenal in the Premier League, performing three standard deviations below the league average.Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS One of the players most similar to Starks — both statistically and in Starks’s own mind — is former Knick (and current free agent) J.R. Smith. Starks passed more, and Smith is a more efficient shooter, but the two had similar rates of usage, steals and overall effectiveness. Hot Takedown And some things we learned researching his career through the lens of advanced stats:Starks was pretty good (nearly one standard deviation better than average) in four advanced statistical categories: usage rate, assist percentage, steal percentage and turnover percentage.Despite his self-professed defensive focus and participation in one of the most suffocating defenses ever, the metrics are inconclusive when it comes to Starks’s own defense. In Box Plus/Minus, he rates below average, while Jeremias Engelmann’s emulated plus/minus ratings from the ’90s consider him one of the decade’s better defensive guards. Starks was something of a trail-blazer for the 3-point shot, which has now taken over the game. When Starks was playing his best seasons, the average NBA player attempted a 3-pointer on roughly 11 percent of his shots, while Starks took a 3 on about 40 percent of his shots (a rate that ranked seventh among his contemporaries). Fast-forward to 2015, and 27 percent of all shots are 3-pointers. If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Video: John Starks joins Hot Takedown read more

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There could be thousands Surgeon who carried out unnecessary double mastectomies convicted

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Bojan Milinkov 18,492 Views http://jrnl.ie/3365076 Updated 7.26pmA 59-YEAR-OLD breast surgeon who carried out “wholly unnecessary procedures” on patients was convicted of malicious wounding at Nottingham Crown Court today.Ian Paterson was found guilty of performing the sometimes radical surgeries on nine women and one man between 1997 and 2011 at his West Midlands practice.In all, he was convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and three counts of unlawful wounding.In most cases, he told the victims that they were at risk of developing breast cancer.The procedures he carried out on them, however, were not necessary. Some of the surgeries included the removal of breast tissue and double mastectomies.Victims detailed the physical and psychological effects that these procedures had on them to the court.One victim, who became pregnant in the years following a procedure, said she was told by Paterson that she would be unable to breast feed her child, but this was not the case.Specialist prosecutor Pamela Jain said: “Ian Paterson carried out procedures which no reasonable surgeon would have considered justified and he knew the operations were unnecessary.The prosecution evidence showed how Paterson breached the trust of his victims by convincing them to undergo surgical procedures.She also praised the victims who “bravely came forward to give their evidence which was of a very personal nature”.Paterson will be sentenced some time in the near future.The Guardian reported that the NHS has so far paid out around £18 million, including £9.5 million in damages relating to Paterson’s cases.Over 250 patients have received payouts so far, and it is believed that although Paterson was only convicted in the case of 10 victims, there could be as many as 1,000 people who received unnecessary surgery.Read: ‘This wasn’t about him not getting a game’: Father denies son getting dropped a factor in court caseRead: €40 million luxury hotel gets green light on site of iconic Stephen’s Green building 5 Comments Short URL By Sean Murray Share Tweet Email1 ‘There could be thousands’: Surgeon who carried out ‘unnecessary double mastectomies’ convicted The prosecutor said Ian Paterson knew the operations were unnecessary. Image: Shutterstock/Bojan Milinkov Apr 28th 2017, 6:59 PM Friday 28 Apr 2017, 6:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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