LEXINGTON, KY – DECEMBER 07: John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to De’Aaron Fox #0 and Malik Monk #5 during the game against the Valparaiso Crusaders at Rupp Arena on December 7, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)John Calipari believes that his incoming freshman class is one of the best he’s ever had at Kentucky, and that is saying something. One of that class’ superstars, guard Malik Monk, showed off his elite shooting ability at the McDonald’s All-American 3-Point Shootout tonight, catching fire down the stretch to win the entire contest.Malik Monk Weather Report: 100% chance of raining treys. He’s our #McDAAG Boys 3pt champ with 21pts! pic.twitter.com/p53rqzwLmS— All American Games (@McDAAG) March 29, 2016The highlights are incredibly impressive:Malik Monk gets on late 3-point run. pic.twitter.com/fVtyAEpmpv— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016Malik Monk (@AhmadMonk )just won the @McDAAG 3Pt- Contest!!!!!!!!! DEFINITION OF A PURE SHOOTER! https://t.co/mjAEFWhfrL— Kentucky! #BBN (@UKBasketbalI) March 29, 2016If that wasn’t enough, he can also throw down like this.Malik Monk: pretty capable finisher. pic.twitter.com/FciQGXVMue— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016College basketball’s rich continue to get richer. Enjoy Monk next season, Kentucky fans.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Final Four >>>
This year, the National Park Service has reached an incredibly impressive milestone, and celebrated one hundred years as an agency on August 25 of this year. To help the NPS continue celebrating its centennial, The Manual has devoted a regular column to highlighting one of its spectacular parks each month. In addition to providing general information on the regions themselves, we’ll also catch up with park rangers, area advocates, and anyone who contributes to the preservation and operation of each park. Enjoy!Park name: Everglades National Park (Florida)Area: 1,508,538 acresAuthorized: May 30, 1934Average annual visitors: 997,903As we crack a bottle of proverbial champagne on our inaugural NPS Centennial column, Florida’s expansive Everglades National Park is where we’ll venture to first. Encompassing roughly 1.5 million acres of Florida’s southern tip, the Everglades is a treasure trove for avid adventurers looking to explore the region’s eclectic ecosystems, tropical hammocks, and mangrove swamps. Due in part to the sprawling nature of the park itself, it remains one of the rare national attractions that deserves an extended amount of visitation time to even feel like you’re scratching the surface of what it offers.With its wet season lasting from April to November and a (more desirable) dry season lasting from November to March, Everglades National Park is a constantly shifting environment that offers visitors a dramatically different experience literally every month. To get a true barometer of how exactly the park lives and breathes, we chatted with Everglades National Park ranger, Maria Thomson and Everglades National Park Chief of Public Affairs, Linda Friar.What is your favorite part about being associated with the park?Maria Thomson: I think what I like best is just how much wilderness there is. I believe the Everglades is something like 85 percent wilderness; it just gives people so many different opportunities for activities. The way in which it constantly changes with the seasons is exhilarating. Whether it’s the dry or wet season, the wildlife and scenery change so much and offer much to be explored. It’s also great to see people visit from all over the world just to enjoy the park.Are there any unknown facts you’d share with first-time park goers?Linda Friar: Perhaps to venture off the main park road and look small. Most of the time when people visit the Everglades, they are overcome by how big it is. It’s incredibly important to just stop and be still, be amazed by what’s around. The park as a real subtle beauty to it.MT: Yeah, I’d agree with Linda. Look small and be aware of your surroundings. It’s incredibly interesting to stay off the beaten path. Just explore everything around you and have a sense of adventure.Why is Everglades National Park so important to you? MT: Aside from the fact I’ve been working here for so long and it feels like a part of me, I absolutely love how expansive everything is. Whether you have just a day to explore or you visit for an entire week, there’s so much to do to fill your time. It’s just a really special place.LF: I’d add to that and say that even people who come from all over the country, or the world, to visit the Everglades don’t even realize the park is just one small part of what makes it so great. So much of the wilderness and waterways that make up a large portion of the Everglades are as equally amazing as anything the parks have to offer. What’s so great about working for the park is having the ability to actively preserve it for future generations. All photos courtesy of the National Park Service Editors’ Recommendations To Find Beauty In Yosemite, Just Whip Out Your (Honda) Passport The Best Men’s Trail Running Gear for Warm Weather Book a Last-Minute Summer Camping Trip Just About Anywhere With Pitchup On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar
New Delhi: India’s exports dropped by 6.05 per cent to $26.13 billion in August mainly on account of significant dip in shipments from key sectors such as petroleum, engineering, leather, and gems & jewellery. Imports too declined by 13.45 per cent to $39.58 billion, narrowing trade deficit to $13.45 billion in August, according to the government data released on Friday. The imports during the month slipped the most after August 2016, when it had contracted by 14 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe trade deficit stood at $17.92 billion in August 2018. Out of 30 key sectors, as many as 22 showed negative growth in August. Shipments of gems and jewellery, engineering goods, and petroleum products contracted by 3.5 per cent, 9.35 per cent and 10.73 per cent, respectively. The sectors which recorded positive growth in the last month include iron ore, electronic goods, spices, and marine products. The country’s outbound shipments have remained subdued so far this year. It will have implications on the overall economic growth, which has reported over six-year low growth of 5 per cent in the first quarter of the current fiscal. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia’s industrial production growth too slowed to 4.3 per cent in July, dragged mainly by manufacturing sector’s poor show, according to a government data. Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal yesterday said India will have to achieve $one trillion exports in the next five years, and for this there is a need to increase domestic production and improve competitiveness. In August, oil imports declined by 8.9 per cent to $10.88 billion, and non-oil imports fell by 15 per cent to $28.71 billion. Cumulatively, during April-August 2019, exports were down 1.53 per cent to $133.54 billion, while imports contracted by 5.68 per cent to $206.39 billion. Gold imports plunged 62.49 per cent to $1.36 billion in the month. Commenting on the figures, Ludhiana-based exporter S C Ralhan said this is the right time for the government to announce incentives. “Merchandise export from India scheme (MEIS) should not be withdrawn. The government must start thinking that EPCG (export promotion for capital goods) policy should be simplified to promote manufacturing and import of machines under EPCG should not have any export obligation for manufacturer exporters,” Ralhan said. Council for Leather Exports (CLE) Chairman Panaruna Aqeel Ahmed said this could be a temporary phenomena and the exports would start growing in the coming months. “We are eagerly waiting for an export package,” Ahmed said. Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) President Sharad Kumar Saraf said that such a contraction in exports is a reflection of uncertainties, sluggish global demand and rising tariff war. “Domestic issues including access to credit, cost of credit especially for merchant exporters, interest equalization support to all agri-exports, and quick refund of GST should be seriously looked into,” he said.
O’Regan worked in politics as a ministerial assistant both federally and provincially before joining CTV’s Canada AM in 2001.— With files from Lee Berthiaume, Kristy Kirkup and Terry Pedwell OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made former TV host Seamus O’Regan his new veterans affairs minister Monday in a mid-mandate shakeup that puts cabinet stalwart Jane Philpott at the heart of a retooled Indigenous Affairs department.Philpott is taking on a new Indigenous Services portfolio to work alongside Carolyn Bennett, whose new title — minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and northern affairs — signals a sharper focus on reconciliation with Aboriginal Peoples.Ginette Petitpas Taylor becomes the new health minister, while Carla Qualtrough becomes minister of public works and procurement, replacing Newfoundland and Labrador MP Judy Foote, whose resignation prompted Monday’s shuffle.It’s widely seen as one of the toughest portfolios in cabinet, responsible for handling the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system as well as handling defence procurement challenges.O’Regan and Bennett were seen arriving at Rideau Hall for the swearing-in ceremony. Asked his feelings about being named to cabinet, O’Regan would only say, “For once, I’m speechless.”Foote, who had been on leave from her cabinet portfolio, said last week that she was resigning her House of Commons seat for family health reasons. O’Regan’s promotion ensures a continued seat at the cabinet table for Newfoundland and Labrador.With Trudeau having made gender parity in cabinet a big part of his government’s identity, he also needed to add a promising female backbencher to the cabinet table to restore the balance upset by Foote’s departure.That turned out to be Ginette Petitpas Taylor, whose promotion to the Health portfolio indicates a strong degree of confidence in the rookie New Brunswick MP.The opposite could perhaps be said about Kent Hehr, who was shuffled out of Veterans Affairs to take over for Qualtrough in the Sport and Persons with Disabilities portfolio. Cabinet Shuffle by CityNewsToronto on ScribdThe Liberals were elected two years ago on a promise to address many of the complaints veterans had raised about their treatment under the Conservative government.The biggest promise was to re-introduce lifelong disability pensions, which had been eliminated in favour of a lump-sum payments and a new system of benefits for injured ex-soldiers in 2006.But the Liberals have since waffled on that promise, and Hehr’s folksy style and vague promises had failed to quell growing complaints that the government was breaking its key promises to veterans.In terms of cabinet newcomers, the 46-year-old O’Regan, a former CTV television personality, was a marquee choice. He was first elected in 2015 and is a close personal friend of the prime minister.O’Regan and his partner were among the friends who accompanied Trudeau on a controversial family vacation last Christmas to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, a billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili Muslims.The previous Christmas, O’Regan spent the holidays in a “wellness centre” where he received treatment for alcoholism. He has openly discussed his struggles with alcoholism and mental illness. O’Regan was asked about the state of his health and his struggle with alcoholism. Watch the video below or click here.
TORONTO – A young man killed in a northwest Toronto mall was chased into the centre and shot dead amid a throng of shoppers, police said Friday as they searched for as many as four people in connection with the incident.Det. Sgt. Mike Carbone said the incident at the Sheridan Mall took place Thursday evening both in the mall parking lot and in the shopping centre itself amid pedestrians and shoppers, though no one else was injured.Carbone said the incident began around 6:30 p.m. when 22-year-old Jovane Clarke drove to the mall and parked at the south side of the lot.Four people allegedly approached him in the parking lot and at least two of them are believed to have opened fire, Carbone said, adding that it appears as though Clarke was targeted.Clarke ran toward one of the mall entrances with at least two suspects in pursuit, Carbone said, adding that the confrontation then spilled into the shopping centre.He said one of the suspects allegedly followed Clarke inside and fired several shots, at least one of which was fatal.Clarke was found lying on the floor inside the centre with multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.Carbone said police are currently searching for four men in their mid 20s who were wearing dark clothing at the time. He said the men may have fled the scene in a vehicle, but said those details are still under investigation as officers review surveillance videos from in the area.Carbone said police are seeking witnesses to help with the ongoing investigation.“The surveillance video will be helpful, however … it’s a rather busy mall in a very busy part of the city,” he said. “Everyone knows that everyone has some kind of electronic device. I’m hoping that someone would have captured this incident.”
Climate change could be altering northern ecosystems more quickly and profoundly than anyone surmised, suggests a study that focused on a large Arctic lake.“Everything is so intricately connected,” said lead author Igor Lehnherr of the University of Toronto. “You warm the region and it has this domino effect on the entire watershed.”The study, published recently in the journal Nature Communications, keyed in on Ellesmere Island’s Lake Hazen, where summer temperatures have risen by about one degree since 2000. It brought together a large team of scientists to look at effects of the temperature increase on the area’s overall ecosystem.Despite Lake Hazen’s size — it holds more water than any other lake in the High Arctic — impacts are already profound and wide-ranging with no precedent for at least the last 300 years.Meltwater and sediment are flowing into the lake at 10 times the historic rate. So are contaminants such as mercury.Large areas of permafrost that were once solid year-round now melt in the summer. Ice-free days have increased and the lake averages three more square kilometres of open water every year.Shorelines have risen by about a metre, and nearly four times as much water is flushing into the river that drains the lake.The lake’s food web is changing. Algae are blooming, but Arctic char are deteriorating, perhaps because the water has grown murkier.“The lake is waking up,” said co-author John Smol of Queen’s University, who confesses he was surprised at the speed and breadth of the changes despite such a small temperature increase in such a big lake.“Things are really changing fast and it didn’t take much.”Lake Hazen was an ideal test subject for the unique interdisciplinary study.Despite its remote position at the northern end of Canada’s most northern island, scientists have been camping by the lake’s frigid shores since the 1950s. That’s given them decades of solid data.As well, it’s located within Quttinirpaaq National Park, which protects the lake from the direct influence of humans.Lehnherr cautions against concluding all Arctic lakes are going through exactly the same changes as Lake Hazen. Conditions differ across the North and so will the effects of warming.But the basic finding is likely to be widely applicable, he said.“Most of the Arctic lakes are likely representative of fragile ecosystems and are going to be sensitive to warming,” Lehnherr said. “They’re likely already experiencing impacts.“It didn’t take a huge amount of warming to see impacts. One degree was enough.”Smol described the changes as stunning.“Nature doesn’t go in slow, gradual changes — it hangs on and then reaches a threshold and goes for something completely different.”Climate change makes winners and losers.“I don’t know what a lot of these Arctic lakes are going to look like,” said Smol, who’s been studying them for more than 30 years.“It’s very hard to say what’s better or worse. This lake is going from its natural state to a new type of regime.“That worries me. Humans have a very poor record of altering ecosystems.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
WASHINGTON – The International Monetary Fund has upgraded its economic outlook for the United States in 2018 and foresees a strong year for the global economy as well. But its chief economist warns that the prospect of an escalating trade conflict “threatens to undermine confidence and derail global growth prematurely.”The IMF predicts that the U.S. economy will grow 2.9 per cent this year, up from the 2.7 per cent it had forecast in January and up from the 2.3 per cent growth the economy achieved last year. The U.S. economy will enjoy a boost through 2020 from tax cuts President Donald Trump signed into law in December, the IMF predicts.The lending agency kept its forecast for worldwide growth this year at 3.9 per cent, which would be its fastest pace since 2011.
Rhythmic French beats dipped in the aroma of French delicacies filled the air of the national capital as the Francophonie week culminated with a grande Mela organised to give its visitors a glimpse of the universe of countries that have French as their first language. The day-long event began with a swarm of Delhi school students gathering at the Alliance Française grounds here to participate in Mela’s singing and skit competition followed by an open quiz about the French culture and its various aspects. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”As compared to the previous years, this is the first time we have witnessed such a huge footfall of Africans countries participating in the Mela activities. It is a good sign that the participation is coming from African countries as it gives the Indians and Africans a chance to get to know each other’s cultures,” Director of Alliance Française de Delhi Jean-Francois Ramon said. The crowd also had a chance to witness the Congo culture first-hand as the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo gave out a group dance performance and a fashion show wearing their cultural attire. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardApart from the dance and fashion shows, what kept the visitors hooked to the Mela was the food offered by all the stalls. While the stall by the Democratic Republic of the Congo handed out freshly baked ‘Beignets’ or donuts, Côte d’Ivoire offered a full-fledged meal of Attiéké – a side dish made from cassava. Towards the evening, students of Alliance Française took the center stage, enthralling the visitors of the Mela with their dance and musical performances on famous Bollywood songs. The celebration came to an end with an acrobatic performance titled Via, an event featuring music, dance, Chinese pole, and kalapariyattu – all blended together on one stage – by an Indo-French group followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli. Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week began with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie on countering fake news through literary journalism. French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan also presented a beautiful presentation of Indian and French music from Alliance Francaise’s musical series.
WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose at a slower pace in November, as sales have tumbled and affordability has deteriorated for many would-be buyers.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index grew 4.7 per cent from a year earlier, dropping off from a 5 per cent annual increase in October.Home sales drifted downward for much of 2018, causing homes to sit on the market longer and price growth to slip. Buyers have found it difficult to afford a home due to a shortage of properties at a median price of roughly $250,000, last year’s rising mortgage rates and roughly six years of home price growth exceeding wage gains.The Las Vegas metro area posted the largest price gains at 12 per cent, followed by Phoenix at 8.1 per cent and Seattle at 6.3 per cent.Josh Boak, The Associated Press
A short list of candidates will be interviewed in early December for the posts of International Judges, International Co-Prosecutor, International Co-Investigating Judge and International Judges of the Pre-Trial Chamber, spokesman Stephane Dujarric told the daily noon briefing in New York.The UN and Cambodia signed the landmark agreement to set up a trial court and a Supreme Court within the Cambodian legal system to “prosecute those most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979.”The courts will comprise a mix of international and Cambodian judges. According to the agreement – which stresses the impartiality and independence of the prospective jurists – decisions in the two chambers would be taken by majorities of four judges and five judges, respectively.
He said it was not possible to say whether the “current lack of capacity” was temporary or permanent.“On balance the lack of capacity arises from an impairment or disturbance of the brain arising out of both sedation and the impact of the exposure to a nerve agent,” he added.The judge heard evidence from five witnesses, from Porton Down scientists to senior Foreign Office and Home Office officials who addressed “sensitive” issues. Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia “The evidence is that samples taken from living individuals are of more scientific value than post mortem samples,” he said.“The precise effect of their exposure on their long term health remains unclear, albeit medical tests indicate that their mental capacity might be compromised to an unknown and so far unascertained degree.“At present both Mr and Ms Skripal are critical but stable; it is not inconceivable that their condition could rapidly deteriorate.” “I want people to focus on the investigation- not the police officer who was unfortunate enough to be caught up in it. All I have done is represent every police officer who goes out there every day and puts their life at risk.” Court of Protection hearingMeanwhile, Mr Justice Williams heard details about the case at a private Court of Protection hearing in London, after which he gave permission for blood samples to be taken from the Skripals to enable international chemical weapons experts to carry out crucial tests.In a detailed judgment, he said the pair lacked the mental capacity to give permission and revealed that they remain in a critical condition under heavy sedation and may never recover from the nerve agent attack.He said Col Skripal was unable to communicate at all, while his daughter could not communicate “in any meaningful way.”Not a single relative has sought information from the hospital about their condition since they were admitted almost three weeks ago, the court heard, meaning that the judge was unable to consult them about his decision. The policeman who rushed to help poisoned Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter said his life will “never be the same” as he was released from hospital.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey said he was now having to concentrate on rebuilding his life after suffering from the effects of the deadly nerve agent used to target Col Skripal, 66, and Yulia, 33, in Salisbury.The development came as a High Court judge gave doctors permission to take blood samples from the pair while they are still alive so that tests can be carried out by chemical weapons experts.The Skripals may have suffered permanent brain damage and their condition could “rapidly deteriorate,” tests have shown.As Bailey returned home following his ordeal, he said in a statement: “I recognise that ‘normal’ life for me will probably never be the same- and Sarah and I now need to focus on finding a new normal for us and for our children.”He added: “I have spent all my time since the incident really focusing on trying to get better and trying not to think about anything else. Police officers in protective suits and masks work near the scene where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were discovered Credit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Police officers in protective suits and masks work near the scene in SalisburyCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Detectives are trying to established whether the nerve agent which left the Skripals fighting for their lives was inserted into Col Skripal’s car or unwittingly brought from Russia to Britain by Yulia in her suitcase, possibly secreted in a present or item of clothing. He heard that security measures were in place at Salisbury District Hospital, where they are both in intensive care, “to ensure their physical safety.”The judge had to make his decision in the absence of information about the beliefs and values of the Skripals but noted that most people had an “acute” sense of justice would want to “truth spoken to power” when a serious crime had been alleged so that “no-one whether an individual or a State is above or beyond the reach of the law”.“An individual subjected to such an attack with personally catastrophic consequences would want to see it fully and properly investigated and that all appropriate steps to identify the perpetrators (individual and state) have been taken so that they can be held to account,” he said. The judge concluded that the OPCW’s investigation may provide information on how to treat Mr Skripal and his daughter and what happened to them.Inspectors working in SalisburyThe inspectors arrived in the UK earlier this week and will now collect fresh blood samples from the Skripals in order to conduct their own analysis about the use of nerve agents and confirm the results of tests already undertaken by UK experts from Porton Down.On Thursday, they visited Col Skripal’s home, which has been cordoned off by police since the attack, and took swabs from door handles inside and outside the house, along with swabs from a keyboard and other objects.They have also visited the Mill pub, where the Skripals enjoyed a drink shortly before they collapsed, and the Porton Down chemical weapons research centre to take samples of the nerve agent gathered by police from locations in Salisbury in order to carry out their own analysis.Detectives are trying to established whether the nerve agent which left the Skripals fighting for their lives was inserted into Col Skripal’s car or unwittingly brought from Russia to Britain by Yulia in her suitcase, possibly secreted in a present or item of clothing.The Russian government has been blamed for the attack on the former Military Intelligence Officer turned MI6 agent, who was exchanged in a spy swap and moved to Britain in 2010. The couple spoke through Wiltshire’s temporary chief Constable Kier Pritchard after reports emerged that a second police officer investigating the nerve agent attack is receiving treatment for suspected poisoning.The uniformed constable is understood to have developed minor symptoms, including skin irritation, and is receiving treatment as an outpatient at Salisbury District Hospital.He is reported to have come into contact with an object that possibly had ‘secondary contamination from the nerve agent used to target the Skripals nearly three weeks ago. But DS Bailey’s wife Sarah described her husband as a hero.She said: “Nick doesn’t like the term hero, but he has always been a hero to me and our children.”Mrs Bailey, who said she and her husband had been overwhelmed by messages of support from the public and the wider “police family”, added: “This has quite simply been the most traumatic event of our life and it feels like our world has been turned upside down in a really short space of time.”DS Bailey will continue to receive intensive occupational therapy and occupational psychotherapy while his wife and their two young children are receiving specialist support to help them overcome the “horror” of seeing their father injured in the line of duty, it emerged. 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.
Jamie Dimon, the chairman and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, is expected to arrive in Athens today for a two-day visit and will likely meet with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in the afternoon. He will also hold meetings with a number of Greek bankers, entrepreneurs and shipowners.Dimon’s presence in the country forms part of the contacts that Samaras began last year during a visit to New York. Market sources say that the JPMorgan Chase chief deserves credit for Athens’s success in reversing the negative image of the country abroad and rebuilding foreign investors’ confidence in Greece. Dimon is said to have assisted significantly in boosting investment interest in Greek bonds.JPMorgan Chase led the foreign firms that coordinated Greece’s return to the international market with the issue of a five-year bond in April that was worth 3 billion euros but attracted bids of 20 billion.One key detail is Dimon’s Greek roots. The 58-year-old was born in New York to parents of Greek heritage. His grandfather, a banker, changed his surname from Papadimitriou to Dimon when he immigrated to the US.Source: ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsGeek Pick: Ring Stick Up Cam Battery Is Standalone Security Vision Research this week unveiled the world’s fastest 4-Megapixel camera.The Phantom v2640 digital high-speed shooter is aimed at researchers, scientists, and engineers looking to capture high-resolution images at ultra-high speeds.It’s the type of equipment The Slow Mo Guys would use to capture footage of speeding bullets, exploding balloons, and smashing magnets.The latest in Vision Research’s line of high-speed cameras, this bad boy reaches speeds up to 6,600 fps at full resolution, and even faster when pixel count is reduced.“We’re excited to bring this extremely high image quality to the high-speed camera market,” Jay Stepleton, vice president and general manager of Vision Research, said in a statement.With a dynamic range of 64 dB and noise level of 7.2 e-, the v2640 has the lowest noise floor of any Phantom camera, and the highest dynamic range of any Phantom Global shutter camera.“In designing this new, cutting-edge sensor, we focused on capturing the best image in addition to meeting the speed and sensitivity requirements of the market,” Stepleton said. “The 4-Mpx design significantly increases the information contained in an image, allowing researchers to better understand and quantify the phenomena they are observing.”It also features a short shutter speed of 142 nanoseconds, perfect for capturing the flutter of a hummingbird’s wings or high-throughput nanoscale nuclear architecture mapping. Whatever you’re into.Plus, the camera boasts ISO measurements of 16,000D (monochrome) and 3,200D (color), and up to four operating modes for “maximum flexibility,” the product page said.“The various operating modes also allow users to have just one camera to cover multiple applications,” according to Doreen Clark, product manager for the Phantom Ultrahigh-Speed family.The v2640 comes with internal memory storage up to 288GB, but no price tag.Customers can expect a premium payment (based on the fact that you have to contact the company for the fee). Stay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Clark County — Additional local law enforcement officers will be on patrol Saturday looking for impaired drivers, according to the Vancouver Police Department.The extra patrols, which will include Clark County sheriff’s deputies and Vancouver, Battle Ground and Washougal police officers, are paid for through a state traffic safety grant. The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board will also participate.Officials encouraged motorists who see suspected impaired drivers out on the roadways to call 911, and asked everyone to always make sure they have a safe means to get home.
Umpqua Bank, based in Portland, has five branches in Clark County. Umpqua assumed the former Bank of Clark County’s deposits after bank regulators shut down the Vancouver-based bank in 2009. Sterling, with 11 branches in Clark County, completed its acquision of the former First Independent Bank, which had been based in Vancouver, in 2012.NEW YORK — Umpqua Holdings Corp., Oregon’s biggest bank, is in advanced talks to buy Sterling Financial Corp., the lender backed by Warburg Pincus and Thomas H. Lee Partners, said people with knowledge of the discussions.The deal may be valued at $1.8 billion, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the process is private. The talks may still collapse and there’s no guarantee a transaction will occur.Buying Sterling would almost double the size of Portland- based Umpqua to more than $20 billion in assets and nearly 400 branches, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The move makes strategic and financial sense because it would help Umpqua expand in California, said Joseph Morford, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco. The bank could save money by closing some Sterling branches, he said.“Given some of the overlap, we suspect it should be very accretive to earnings,” said Morford,Warburg Pincus and Thomas H. Lee each held more than 20 percent of Sterling’s common stock as of June, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Spokesmen for Sterling, Warburg Pincus and Thomas H. Lee declined to comment. A representative at Umpqua didn’t reply to a request for comment.
11 Photos Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Post a comment Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Tags A closer look at the Apple Card credit card reading • Apple Card nears launch and retail employees are testing it, report says Apple Now playing: Watch this: Apple Card beta testing appears to have expanded. James Martin/CNET The Apple Card’s arrival is inching closer. Apple’s been fairly quiet about the credit card since it was announced in March, but a new report says the company is expanding its beta testing ahead of the planned summer release. According to Bloomberg, Apple has expanded beta testing of the Card to now include its own retail employees. The company has asked the employees not to talk about the card, the report says, though it adds that they are “allowed to use it publicly to make purchases.”Those testing the card are using iOS 12.4 and iOS 13, the former expected to arrive this summer with Apple Card support and the latter Apple’s next big iOS release, slated for the fall. It is unclear if employees are testing the physical aluminum card or just the digital version that lives in the Wallet app. Share your voice 0 • Bloomberg adds that the Card seems fully functional, with features like daily cash back, bill pay and technical support through Messages all operational. Testers can also see the order status of the physical card, the report notes. Apple declined to comment. See also: Apple Card’s fine print: 7 things you should know about Apple’s new iPhone credit cardCreated in partnership with Goldman Sachs, Apple Card marks Apple’s first attempt an actual credit card after years of offering mobile payments in the Wallet app. The Card offers 3% cash back for purchases made directly with Apple (including Apple Store purchases, iTunes, App Store and subscriptions), 2% via the virtual card in the Wallet app and 1% when using the physical titanium card. The Card has no fees, and cash back is delivered daily. See All Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know 4:02 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Mobile Apple
Noting the challenges which businesses could face following the launch of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) scheme on July 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday that small business had been given enough time to prepare for the rollout.Reuters reported on Tuesday that Jaitley ruled out any further slippage in the timeline. Addressing a news conference, he said there would be initial challenges after launching the tax, which would require all but the smallest businesses to file three detailed returns online every month.But, with 6.5 million firms already registered for GST and more expected to sign up, there was no excuse for firms not to be ready for what has been billed as the biggest tax reform in India’s 70-year history, Reuters reported.”We have been saying for the last six months it would be July 1 – nobody has any business not to be ready,” Jaitley told reporters. “If he’s still not ready, then I’m afraid he does not want to be ready.”GST will kick in from July 1, ending more than 11 years of hectic confabulations among the Centre and the states, shepherded by several Union and state finance ministers, and withstanding testy relations often marked by political brinkmanship, Moneycontrol.com said on Tuesday.It is expected to bring down barriers between more than 30 states and territories, unifying India’s $2-trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a single market. The government says it will boost both commerce and state revenues.A midnight event in Parliament’s central hall on June 30 will roll out the Goods and Services Tax (GST), with the government announcing a grand launch to mark the occasion billed as India’s biggest ever reforms initiative.The earlier rules required taxpayers to file returns by the 10th and the 15th of every month. On Sunday, the GST Council eased rules for July and August to ease taxpayer anxieties. Under the new system, taxpayers will have to make a self-declaration under a new form for the month of July by August 20 and for August by September 30. This will give them extra time of about a month to file returns without worrying about penalties and fines.Any company generating a large number of invoices will need to adopt special software packages that enable them to format and reconcile invoices, then upload them to the GST Network, an IT system that will process up to 5 billion invoices a month.If companies struggle to comply, that could block the flow of input tax credits that are a new feature of the tax, experts and business groups say. This would force firms to pay tax on the full cost of an item rather than just value added, tying up working capital and cutting into profits.Reuters quoted Jaitley as saying that he expected there to be “some challenges” in the short term after the launch, but he dismissed concerns that registering for and complying with the GST would be too hard.”Industry and trade have to prepare themselves. It’s not a complicated process,” he said.Jaitley said he anticipated, over the medium and the long term, that improved tax collection under the GST would cause revenues to grow, and the spending capacity of India’s federal and regional governments would increase.”Consequently, it should have a positive impact on the GDP,” said Jaitley. “The size of the formal economy should also increase.”Related
China has been advancing in the space race, and big time. A group of Chinese scientists developed an experiment to test the sustainability of life on the moon, a concept that has haunted our imagination for half a century now. It seems that we are closer to it not being a dream, but reality, even though it is unlikely that some breakthrough will happen soon. The team developed an experiment that would allow life to be sustained long-term on the Moon. As the Independent reports, Liu Hanlong, one of the lead scientists in the group shared: “We have given consideration to future survival in space. Learning about these plants’ growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base.”Communication with Chang’e-4. Photo by Loren Roberts for The Planetary Society CC BY-SA 3.0Additionally, the experiment could be the first step towards a way to grow food on board on lengthy space journeys, which might enable future missions to explore continuously without returning to Earth.Earlier this year China’s Chang’e-4 lander landed on the moon and managed to grow a cotton plant there. The seed was kept in an air tight canister filled with soil and supplied with air and water, all the necessary ingredients for the plant to sprout.The far side of the Moon is sometimes called the “dark side” as it is not visible from Earth due to tidal locking.Besides cotton, potato, rapeseed, arabidopsis flowers, yeast and fruit fly eggs were included in the experiment. The container was designed to be a mini eco-system — a small garden that would allow for the most important ingredients supporting the possibility of life on the moon.The rapeseed would be used for oil, cotton for manufacturing clothes and potatoes for food. The Chongqing University web-page explains: “The plants would generate oxygen and food for other living things to ‘consume’. The Drosophila melanogaster, as consumers, and yeast, as decomposers, would generate carbon dioxide by consuming oxygen for photosynthesis of plants. In addition, the yeast can decompose the waste of plants and Drosophila melanogaster and grow, and can also serve as the food of Drosophila melanogaster. With this circle, a mini biosphere comprising producers, consumers, and decomposers is formed.”The first panorama from the far side of the Moon. Photo by Qiuqiuziziz CC BY-SA 4.0The mini biosphere was surveilled by two cameras and included a heat-control system. It also included a tube that redirected the light reflecting from the moon’s surface so that the plant could grow.The cotton seeds sprouted very fast, making headlines as the first-ever plant to successfully grow in space, except for the flora on board ISS. However, ISS has relatively controlled conditions, unlike the cotton seedling in the Chinese lander.The news was a dream come true to all people committed to deep-space exploration. This meant not only that life on the Moon could possibly be sustained but offered a possibility of colonizing Mars without the need to rely on Earth’s resources for survival.Sojourner rover on Mars.However, soon after budding the plant withered away. The problem was the climate of the moon. When the lunar night came, which lasts two weeks, temperatures drop to -170°C.It didn’t help that during the lunar days the temperature reaches 120°C. Both the low and the high do not allow for life to sustain itself as we know it on earth.Even though the young cotton plant, unfortunately, did not survive the harsh climate, this was a huge breakthrough in science. The legacy will continue, and the scientists will devise further experiments with improved conditions.The landing site is a smooth plain within the crater Von Kármán on the Moon’s far side. The landing coordinates are 45.47084 South, 177.60563 East. Photo by Lamid58Chang’e-4’s core mission is to gather atmospheric information from the far side of the moon and relay it back to the headquarters in China. The mini biosphere was a competition wining University project.Read another story from us: Earth has Two More Hidden ‘Moons’ Made Entirely of DustHowever, Chang’e-5 will be launched soon to collect samples from the moon’s surface and return them back to earth. There have been no similar missions since the 1970s. The ambitious Chinese space programme is definitely worth following, it seems as many surprises are ahead of us.
Royal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Spectrum of the SeasRoyal Caribbean Takes Delivery of Spectrum of the SeasRoyal Caribbean Cruises has officially taken delivery of the 26th ship in the cruise line’s fleet, Spectrum of the Seas.Custom designed for Chinese guests, the first Quantum Ultra Class ship will be the largest and most innovative ship in Asia.Spectrum features the cruise line’s most adventurous Quantum Class aft ever built, with Sky Pad joining the FlowRider, RipCord by iFLY, and the SeaPlex.The exclusive Suite Club onboard is a lavish oasis of private dining, lounges, and an upscale Solarium. This ship also introduces Royal’s largest Ultimate Family Suite at 2,809 feet.Spectrum’s new dining offerings are all about authentic tastes that cater to the local market. New restaurants include Teppanyaki, The HotPot, and Sichuan Red.The ship also features Star Moment, a new karaoke bar with private rooms for VIP singers. Plus three new Royal Caribbean shows: The Silk Road, The Effectors and Showgirl.Source = Royal Caribbean Cruises
Auditor-general Odysseas Michaelides has once more raised the issue of mayoral pensions, urging the finance and interior ministers, as well as MPs, to review the 2011 regulations put in place on the initiative of the Union of Municipalities (UoM), which more than doubled the pensions of local government heads, it was reported on Thursday.According to media reports, Michaelides sent a letter on Monday to the two ministers and to heads of House committees asking to be briefed on any actions taken on reviewing these regulations, which were adopted by the majority of municipalities. In some cases, Michaelides said, pensions exceed the salary mayors used to get while in service.The 2011 regulations provide for an increase in mayors’ minimum monthly pensions from €598 to €1,200 if they served one term, and to €1,500 for more terms. Widows of mayors also get a minimum pension of €900 or €1,000 per month.Regulations also call for the reevaluation of the minimum pension each year.“What is remarkable is that the regulation provisions also apply in cases of mayors who served before January 1, 2011 (when they were put in force) meaning all previous mayors,” said the audit office’s latest report on local government.“This issue is being discussed for years,” head of UoM and Larnaca Mayor Andreas Vyras told the Cyprus Mail.He added that the union would discuss the matter on mayoral pensions soon and announce its decision.Vyras also said that the regulations in question were approved by the interior ministry.Daily Phileleftheros cited a case of a mayor who had didn’t draw his salary while in office, and was receiving a monthly pension of €257. After the regulations were put in effect, his pension skyrocketed to €1,500 as he had served more than one term.Another case, the daily said, concerns a widow of a mayor who died while in office. The woman used to receive a monthly pension of €619, which was increased in 2011 to €900.The audit office has been raising the issue on the regulations concerning mayoral pensions since 2012 as this puts a strain on the already cash-strapped municipalities. The new measure, the 2015 audit office report said, “demands substantial amounts of money to cover increased needs that arise or that will arise”.But despite warnings, the UoM had stressed the need some two years ago for all pensions received by elected officials to be reviewed, citing the huge gap between mayoral pensions and those of MPs.The UoM had said back then that without their contribution several big projects would not have materialised, while the matter of their pensions dates back 25 years when former Nicosia mayor Lellos Demetriades was heading the UoM. You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola