Secretary of Education Arne Duncan The Obama Administration wants to give a $20,000 salary bonus to thousands of the best elementary and secondary school science and math teachers in the country. But the idea of creating a Master Teacher Corps program, unveiled today by the White House, stands little chance of winning the necessary funding this year from Congress. Master teachers—an elite group of teachers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields—would mentor other teachers, serve as role models to draw talented students into the profession, and work with community leaders to improve science and math education. The corps was a key recommendation in a September 2010 report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which called it “a sufficient carrot to attract and retain the best [STEM] teachers.” The president’s plan would be to start with 2500 teachers—50 at 50 sites across the country—and add locations over the next 4 years until there were 10,000 teachers in the corps. The teachers, who would serve for 5 years, would be selected by the local districts and deployed as needed. 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I think that school districts are more than ready for this idea.” In a press briefing yesterday, Cecilia Muñoz, head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, emphasized the role that STEM teachers play “in equipping our students with the knowledge they will need to get jobs in the high-growth fields that fund innovation.” Gerry Wheeler, interim executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, praised the Administration’s plan. “We have to give greater attention to STEM education, and the teacher corps is one good way to do that.” Wheeler would like to see the majority of the teachers working at the elementary and middle schools, so that “they can catch students when they are young and give them a sense of the careers that are possible in the STEM fields.” Funding for the master teacher program is contingent on the Department of Education receiving its full request for a broader, $5 billion initiative in its 2013 budget called the RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching) project. But that’s not likely to happen. Although the status of the overall federal budget for next year remains in limbo, the House of Representatives spending panel that funds the department coincidentally marked up its 2013 appropriations bill today. The bill contains no money for the RESPECT project, a collection of several initiatives that include attracting and retaining better STEM teachers. The panel also zeroed out a request for $150 million for a new program that the Administration had proposed as a successor to the department’s Math and Science Partnerships, which gave grants to school districts to improve science and math instruction. The chair of a different House committee, one that oversees education and authorizes new programs, is a fierce opponent of the Administration’s attempt to spend more money on targeted new programs. Instead, Representative John Kline (R-MN), has proposed legislation that would give money to local school authorities to use as they see fit. Asked to comment on the idea of a STEM master teacher corps, his spokesperson cited Kline’s reaction to a report earlier this year that tallied the hundreds of existing federal programs aimed at improving STEM education. “Investing in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is a worthwhile endeavor—but pumping billions of dollars into programs that may be duplicative or unproductive is just plain foolish,” Kline said then. U.S. Department of Education
Nick Fitzhardinge/Getty Images To find out, they measured tree height, diameter, and width of branches to estimate the amount of carbon stored. They also calculated the carbon contained in other plants, dead wood, and forest floor debris.Total carbon was nearly the same in both forests. The un-thinned forest had more trees, but the thinned forest compensated with bigger trees, the team reports this month in Forest Ecology and Management. Larson was surprised by how quickly the thinned trees had caught up.“There are very few experiments that have ever been set up to test [carbon storage] directly,” says Mark Harmon, forest ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, who was not involved in the research. Long-term studies like this are useful to validate climate models, he says. “I think we need more examples like this.”The key is early thinning, before trees start to fight over water and light. The remaining trees grow rapidly. Thinning treatments on mature trees haven’t had such success, because the leftover trees were already weakened by competition. “The later you wait, the more impact you’re going to have on carbon storage,” Harmon says.Climate change may bring more severe droughts to the West. Big trees are more drought-resilient, and their thick bark can resist fire better than can young trees. Also, they are healthier and can fight off disease and insects. When the large larches do die, they become homes for woodpeckers and lynx.The results can be applied to forests that have been clear cut, boosting the recovery of trees, says forest ecologist Michael Schaedel, lead author of the study. As a forester for the Nature Conservancy in Missoula, he’s thinned similar young larch forests. But, until now, he hasn’t fully understood how the practice will affect them in the long run. “Having an opportunity to travel through time to the present day—54 years later—and see what the effect of those treatments is is invaluable.”There are still concerns over how thinning impacts other species. In Montana, snowshoe hares—preyed on by the threatened Canada lynx—inhabit young western larch forests. Thinning in these forests could reduce hare habitat and in turn food for lynx. Still, Larson thinks thinning could become a useful tool for addressing climate change. “I think there’s no more pressing issue in natural resource management.” To save forests, cut some trees down, scientists say By Ula ChrobakApr. 21, 2017 , 2:00 PM Thinning young western larch forests can boost their climate change resilience without reducing their ability to capture carbon. Forests are feeling the heat. In places like the American West, rising temperatures and drought mean less water for trees, sometimes shriveling swaths of woodland. Now, scientists have found that thinning early in forest growth creates tougher trees that can endure climate change. What’s more, these thinned forests can suck carbon out of the air just as fast as dense forests.“When it comes to carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation, we can have our cake and eat it too,” says Andrew Larson, forest ecologist at the University of Montana in Missoula and author of the new study. “It’s a win-win.”As trees grow, they convert carbon dioxide to food and store it in their leaves, trunks, and roots. U.S. forests capture between 10% to 20% of U.S. emissions each year. But if trees get too crowded, they compete for light and water—and stressed trees are more susceptible to drought and insect attacks. Removing some trees can ease the competition, letting the remaining trees grow big and healthy. But scientists worry that removing trees can reduce forest carbon storage. 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In 1961, U.S. Forest Service officials started the experiment in a young forest of western larch—a conifer common in the Inland Northwest. The forest was broken up into plots. In some plots, the 8-year-old trees were thinned from tens of thousands per hectare down to 494 per hectare (2.5 acres). These trees grew thick trunks and broad canopies. Other plots were left alone, and the teeming trees grew tall and skinny as they competed for sunlight. The original study was rooted in an interest in growing timber rapidly. But the scientists at the University of Montana sprouted a new question: How did tree density affect carbon storage?
London in Lucknow? CM Akhilesh’s dream park has swanky boats from Canada, gondolas from China, jetty from Taiwan
The Uttar Pradesh administration has been doing its all for the upkeep Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s ‘dream project’ – Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow and now a new attraction has been added to it.Visitors at the park, which the state administration claims is Asia’s largest, can now enjoy boating in paddle boats specially ordered from Canada. The jetty, connecting the water bodies where these boats will operate, has been bought from Taiwan.From India Today magazine: Building brand Akhilesh A 20-minute pedal boat ride will cost Rs 20. While visitors will need to put on special life jackets during the boat ride, the park administration has also arranged for 20 lifeguards who will be present for help in case of any eventuality.The huge park is named after socialist ideologue and Samajwadi Party leader Janeshwar Mishra.The new boats will be addition to the gondolas, which were procured from China at the cost of Rs 2.5 crore, already in service here.DEVELOPED ON LINES OF LONDON’S HYDE PARK Inaugurated by Akhilesh Yadav in August 2014, the park has scenic landscapes, two huge ponds, a sports centre, theme gardens, play area for kids and a golf course too. Developers say the features on offer here are on the lines of what one can see at London’s famous Hyde Park.PARK’S MAIN ATTRACTIONSSpread across 376 acres and developed at a cost of approximately Rs 300 crore, the Janeshwar Mishra Park attracts hundreds of visitors every day. The number increases manifold on weekends. A huge lake, kids zone, open gym, a real-life fighter jet and a tank are some of the attractions that the park boast of.advertisementThe sprawling park in now a major tourist attraction in Lucknow.CM Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the park in August, 2014.Also Read:UP cabinet expansion: Akhilesh Yadav defies filial pressure, ignores Aridaman Singh
Fourth-tier Plymouth Argyle shut up shop and kept the door firmly closed to earn a superb 0-0 draw away to Liverpool’s youngest ever starting XI in Sunday’s FA Cup third round tie at Anfield.Determined defending and unstinting effort kept the League Two team in the game against opponents lying second in the Premier League, almost 70 places above them. (Also read: FA Cup: Giroud strikes late winner as Arsenal sneak by Preston to enter fourth round)Leaders Chelsea had no such trouble against third tier Peterborough United, winning 4-1 despite having John Terry sent off, and Middlesbrough also had a man dismissed but beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.With a League Cup semi-final first leg to come against Southampton on Wednesday, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp had made 10 changes from the side that drew at Sunderland last Monday and fielded five teenagers. (Also read: FA Cup: Wayne Rooney equals Bobby Charlton’s goal record as Manchester United thrash Reading)Spurred on by almost 9,000 noisy fans who had travelled the 470 kilometres to Merseyside, Argyle defended stoutly while showing little ambition to go forward and test a Liverpool defence in which Joe Gomez returned after more than 15 months’ absence with injury.They had only 23 percent of the possession, not managing a shot for 60 minutes and finally bringing a save from goalkeeper Loris Karius five minutes later.The home side, however, had few outstanding chances despite 28 attempts on goal.Sheyi Ojo, 19, missed with a header from six metres out early on, 17-year-old Ben Woodburn was denied by goalkeeper Luke McCormick and when Divock Origi put the ball in the net he was adjudged to have fouled his marker.advertisementKlopp waited until just over an hour had been played before making any substitutions. He sent on Daniel Sturridge for Emre Can and the England international immediately put a shot just wide.Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino then replaced Ovie Ejaria, 19, and Woodburn, who succeeded Michael Owen as the club’s youngest goalscorer earlier this season.A lively presence, the Welshman had nevertheless been denied further scoring chances by Plymouth’s packed defence and tight marking.As pressure increased in the last 10 minutes, Sturridge sent a weak header and then a low drive wide, and McCormick clutched a deflection off a defender right on the line to earn a replay.Spanish international Pedro scored twice as Chelsea went through at home to Peterborough.He gave them the lead after 18 minutes, which was extended by Belgian forward Michi Batshuayi and Willian.Defender Daniel Ayala was the Middlesbrough miscreant at home to Championship side Wednesday, also receiving a straight red card.The Premier League team led 1-0 at that point after skipper Grant Leadbitter’s direct free kick.Alvaro Negredo scored a second following a goalkeeping error and Marten de Roon claimed the third in added time.Earlier Fulham reached the fourth round with a 2-1 win away to Cardiff City in a meeting of two Championship (second tier) sides.The winning goal was bundled in by 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon, an England under-17 international, making him one of the youngest scorers in the history of the competition.
Share via Email Support The Guardian Aaron Jones’ 20-yard touchdown run on his only carry, with 5:59 left in overtime, gave the Green Bay Packers a 26-20 win Sunday over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.With the passing game struggling, Green Bay (6-6) wore down the Buccaneers on the ground. Brett Hundley had runs of 18 and seven yards on the drive to start overtime. The Packers grinded out a win to stay in the playoff race, though they trail NFC North leader Minnesota by four games. They hope to get starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers back from a collarbone injury in a couple of weeks. Jameis Winston threw two touchdown passes to Cameron Brate in the quarterback’s shaky return from a shoulder injury. But the defense couldn’t hold up in overtime for the last-place Buccaneers (4-8)New England Patriots 23-3 Buffalo BillsRex Burkhead scored twice and the New England Patriots won their eighth straight by beating the Buffalo Bills 23-3, continuing their dominance over their AFC East rival. Tom Brady went 21 of 30 for 258 yards and an interception, while improving to 27-3 over Buffalo and breaking Brett Favre’s NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against any one opponent. Favre had 26 wins over Detroit. Marcus Peters throws penalty flag into crowd, ejects himself, returns sockless Topics Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest NFL Reuse this content Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Brady needed to simply stand aside and let the Patriots’ rejuvenated rushing attack wear down the Bills in a game New England never trailed. Dion Lewis had 92 yards rushing and Burkhead had 78. The Patriots built a 9-3 lead on Stephen Gostkowski’s three field goals in the first half, including a 50-yarder. Burkhead then took over in the second half by capping New England’s first two drives with one- and 14-yard touchdown runs. New England (10-2) won their 14th consecutive road game the second-longest streak in NFL history and reached double-digits in victories for the 15th consecutive season. New England also improved to 30-5 against Buffalo since Patriots coach Bill Belichick was hired in 2000. San Francisco 49ers 15-14 Chicago BearsRobbie Gould kicked a 24-yard field goal in the closing seconds, Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 293 yards in his first San Francisco start, and the 49ers beat the Chicago Bears 15-14. Gould made five field goals in his first appearance at Soldier Field since Chicago cut him prior to the 2016 opener. The Bears’ all-time leader in points and field goals made, he shouted at their sideline after he nailed the winner. Garoppolo was solid in his first start since the 49ers (2-10) acquired him from New England before the trade deadline in October. The suburban Chicago product completed 26 of 37 passes with an interception. And the 49ers picked up the win after losing their first five road games. Chicago (3-9) dropped their fifth straight, and coach John Fox fell to 12-32 in three seasons with the Bears. Mitchell Trubisky was 12 of 15 for 102 yards and a touchdown.Tarik Cohen returned a punt 61 yards for a touchdown. That made him the first NFL rookie with rushing, receiving, passing and punt return TDs in a season since Gale Sayers in 1965 Minnesota Vikings 14-9 Atlanta FalconsCase Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Minnesota Vikings extended their winning streak to eight straight games, keeping the Atlanta Falcons out of the end zone in a 14-9 victory. Keenum, who was 25 of 30 for 227 yards, hooked up with Jerick McKinnon on a two-yard scoring play in the second quarter and went to Kyle Rudolph for a six-yard TD on the first snap of the fourth quarter , capping an 89-yard drive that consumed more than eight minutes. Minnesota (10-2) turned in a stellar defensive effort against a Falcons team that led the league in scoring a year ago and seemed to be finding its stride during a three-game winning streak, averaging nearly 32 points. The Falcons were held without a touchdown for the first time since December 2015, when they were blanked 38-0 by Carolina. Matt Ryan’s streak of 30 straight games with a TD pass also ended, going down as the eighth-longest in NFL history. Kansas City Chiefs 31-38 New York JetsJosh McCown scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 2:15 left, and the New York Jets bounced back from a brutal start to hold on for a wild and wacky 38-31 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 21-yard field goal to put the Jets (5-7) ahead with 3:55 left. But Kansas City’s Bennie Logan was called for a personal foul for hitting long snapper Thomas Hennessy on the play. That gave the Jets the ball at the one with a new set of downs. After two running plays, McCown threw incomplete but Steven Nelson was penalized for defensive holding, making it first-and-goal from the two. Three plays later, McCown kept the ball and shoved his way into the end zone.McCown’s pass on the two-point conversion was incomplete, but Nelson was called for holding. An enraged Marcus Peters picked up the penalty flag and tossed it away, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Elijah McGuire ran it in moments later to convert the two-point play and make it 38-31. McCown finished with 331 yards passing and a touchdown to Matt Forte, and ran for two scores including the winner. Jermaine Kearse had nine catches for 157 yards and Robby Anderson caught eight passes for 107 yards as the Jets dominated in time of possession, but still had to hold their breath in the end. Indianapolis Colts 10-30 Jacksonville JaguarsBlake Bortles threw two touchdown passes, Leonard Fournette scored for the first time in six weeks and the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-10, sweeping the series for the second time since they joined the AFC South in 2002. The Jaguars (8-4) bounced back from a last-second loss at Arizona, reached eight wins for the first time since 2010 and remained in the thick of the playoff picture. Bortles, Fournette and some more trickery had a lot to do with the latest victory. Bortles completed 26 of 35 passes for 309 yards, with TD passes to Marqise Lee and Keelan Cole. Baltimore Ravens 44-20 Detroit LionsJoe Flacco threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens survived a strong comeback bid by Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions in a 44-20 victory. After relying heavily on their opportunistic defense for much of the season, the Ravens (7-5) finally received an ample contribution from the league’s 31st-ranked offense. Flacco helped Baltimore take a 20-0 halftime lead and directed three scoring drives in the fourth quarter to keep the Ravens in front. Flacco completed 23 of 36 passes while guiding an offense that did not commit a turnover. Stafford completed a team-record 20 straight passes in the second half, twice getting the Lions within a touchdown. But Detroit (6-6) lost a second straight following a three-game winning streak. Tennessee Titans 24-13 Houston TexansLeShaun Sims intercepted a pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone with 1:02 left, and the Tennessee Titans beat the Houston Texans 24-13 to stay atop the AFC South. Marcus Mariota also ran for a touchdown and threw for another, but the Titans needed the interception to preserve the win with Tom Savage throwing for a career-high 365 yards despite the Texans losing four offensive players to injuries during the game. The Titans (8-4) won their second straight and sixth of their past seven. They improved to 4-1 in the AFC South to stay ahead of Jacksonville, a winner over Indianapolis. Miami Dolphins 35-9 Denver BroncosXavien Howard’s 30-yard interception return for a touchdown highlighted a dominating defensive effort by the Miami Dolphins, and they snapped a five-game losing streak Sunday with a 35-9 victory over the Denver Broncos, who lost their eighth in a row. Miami scored two safeties in a game for the first time in franchise history and held Denver to 1 for 13 on third-down conversions. Trevor Siemian, the Broncos’ third starting quarterback in as many weeks, went 20 for 42 for 219 yards with three interceptions. 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UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, interacts with local women in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, interacts with local women in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, interacts with local women in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID Ms. Kisongo is stationed in the Zam Zam camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), located near El Fasher, North Darfur. “As a police advisor, I am part of a team which consists of officers from UNAMID’s various sections including child protections, gender, human rights, rule of law and security. Each of us interacts in our area of expertise with the IDPs,” she says. On the day of the interview, Ms. Kisongo explained that earlier in the say she was on a patrol and that often times the residents’ concerns are often about a lack of food and water, as well as access to health care and schools. She notes that patrols also visit detainees in prisons and check for potential human rights violations. With 1.4 million people still living in camps, and a majority of the people in Darfur still facing an inadequate access to basic health-care, education and other services, the challenges within and around the camps remain enormous. The UN humanitarian community estimates that 300,000 people have fled fighting in all of Darfur in the first five months of this year, which is more than the total number of people displaced in the last two years put together. Since arriving in Darfur two years ago, Ms. Kisongo explained that she has work hard to build trust by creating relationships with local communities, particularly with women and community leaders known as ‘undas’. Women in peacekeeping are a growing force. In the 32 years between 1957 and 1989, a total of only twenty women served as uniformed UN peacekeepers. By 2012, out of approximately 125,000 peacekeepers, women constitute three per cent of the military and 10 per cent of the police. UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, interacts with local women in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, Major Khalid Arrejamy, from Yemen, interacts with local leaders in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, interacts with local women in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor and team leader, Major Khalid Arrejamy, from Yemen, interacts with local leaders in the Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, Major Khalid Arrejamy, from Yemen, is pictured before going on patrol at the UNAMID Community Police Center in Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Major Khalid, who has been in the mission for a year, is the team leader of the routine patrols in the camp. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID UNAMID Police Advisor, constable Prisca Kisonga, from Tanzania, gets ready to go on patrol at the UNAMID Community Police Center in Abu Shouk camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), North Darfur. Prisca has been in the mission for 2.5 years and she is in charge to monitor child protection and family issues in the IDP camps. Photo by Albert González Farran – UNAMID ‹ › “We noticed the improvement in security here, more stability within the IDP camp,” says Mr. Khalid Arrejamy, a police officer from Yemen and colleague of Ms. Kisongo. Mr. Arrejamy is a team leader who works in the two other IDP camps near El Fasher – Abou Shok and Al-Salam. He briefs the patrols before proceeding to the camps and is tasked with reports on the situation on the ground to his superiors. “When I see people doing their activities in the market or in areas around the camps, this motivates us to do better. We feel that we improve even ourselves, our duties and our responsibilities,” he added. “We feel that we have done something that has contributed to the peace and stability of the communities.”
“Iraqi civilians going about their daily life have been the target of terrorist suicide bombers and car bombs. In some of these attacks, pilgrims have been singled out. Residential neighbourhoods have sustained heavy damage. Armed clashes have spared no one,” said the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq, Ján Kubiš. “But the will of the Iraqi people, despite all the carnage, remains unshaken and this gives hope for the future,” he added, urging the Government of Iraq to “make every effort to prevent the occurrence of such outrages.” The number of civilians killed in May was 468, including 19 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police and fire department, while the number of civilians injured was 1,041, including 96 federal police, Sahwa civil defence, Personal Security Details, facilities protection police and fire department. A total of 399 members of the Iraqi Security Forces (including Peshmerga, SWAT and militias fighting alongside the Iraqi Army, but excluding Anbar Operations) were killed and 418 were injured, UNAMI said. The overall casualty figures rose from the previous month of April, where a total of 741 were killed and 1,374 were injured. The figures for May are likely to increase because they do not include the casualties from Anbar Governorate, a scene of heavy combat in recent days and where the ongoing conflict has made any kind of verification extremely difficult, UNAMI said. According to the casualties recorded for May, Baghdad was the worst-affected governorate, with 1,007 civilian casualties, including 267 killed and 740 injured. UNAMI noted that, in general, it has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. In some cases, it could only partially verify certain incidents.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) 1 SMMT 17th annual Sustainability Report. UK automotive manufacturing turnover was £71.6 billion in 2015, up from £66.7% in 2014.2 SMMT PIE data and SMMT new vehicle registrations data.3 £18.9 billion added value from automotive manufacturing divided by 169,000 automotive manufacturing employees.4 SMMT: Automotive industry launches new scheme to recycle cars and vans (3 February 2016) – http://bit.ly/1QFVro65 SMMT: SMMT supply chain firms plan significant investment to boost British content of UK-built cars (7 June 2016) – http://bit.ly/1Y5spmA6 SMMT: British cars among world’s best kept with £21.1 billion spent on service and repair every year (7 June 2016) – http://bit.ly/1UhULaO The UK automotive industry continues to make significant gains in employment, economic contribution and environmental performance, according to new figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).The industry body’s 17th annual Sustainability Report reveals that the automotive manufacturing sector turned over a record £71.6 billion in 2015. Jobs, production output and vehicle sales all grew while the environmental impact of manufacturing saw significant reductions. Waste from production was cut by almost a quarter, and water and energy use per vehicle produced were also reduced.Access to the single market and EU-negotiated international trade deals, the ability to recruit talent internationally and influence new standards have all helped make the UK automotive industry one of the world’s most competitive. This has helped attract billions of pounds in investment in recent years, delivering record productivity, job creation and growth.The record turnover by automotive manufacturers represents a 7.3% increase on 2014, with the additional value generated for the UK economy standing at some £18.9 billion – itself a 3.8% rise on the previous year. Investment in R&D by the industry also reached a record high of £2.5 billion in 2015, which now represents some 12% of the country’s total R&D spend.The figures are further evidence of the UK’s status as a global automotive leader, as production and sales of UK-built vehicles continue to grow both at home and abroad.2 The strong performance has been matched by growth in employment, with 814,000 people across the UK now dependent on the sector as a whole for a job – a substantial increase of 17,000 over the previous year. Those employed directly in manufacturing, meanwhile, grew from 161,000 to 169,000, with the average manufacturing worker generating more than £110,000 in value-added to the British economy.3The sector’s strong social and economic performance has been achieved while simultaneously delivering substantial reductions in its environmental impact. 41% less waste was sent to landfill in 2015 than in the previous year, while the amount of water used to make each vehicle fell to a new low – down by 7.6%, driven largely by improvements in painting processes. Meanwhile, the average new car registered in 2015 emitted 121.4g/km of CO2 – 2.6% less than in 2014.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “UK Automotive has gone from strength to strength, and is now delivering record turnover, record productivity and more jobs. These strong results go hand in hand with a steadfast commitment to improving our environmental performance, which is clearly demonstrated through reductions in CO2, waste and water use.“This success has been due to unrestricted access to the single market, input to EU legislation to safeguard the interests of UK Automotive, and the ability to recruit talent from abroad. Our growth depends on certainty and continued open and reciprocal access to the 100-plus markets with which the UK automotive industry so successfully trades. This is not just finished cars but components, technologies and the wider automotive value chain. Any risks and uncertainty to these fundamental benefits need to be addressed head on by UK government.”Preserving and reusing valuable natural resources are major priorities for the automotive industry: notably, more than a third of all companies participating in the Sustainability Report now send no waste at all to landfill. Meanwhile, in February this year, SMMT launched a free recycling ‘take-back’ service to ensure owners of cars whose parent brand no longer operates in the UK can have their vehicle collected and recycled free of charge at the end of its life.4With an estimated 5,000 vacancies across the industry currently unfilled due to a shortage of available skills, companies are investing heavily in developing the workforce of the future. Sustainability Report signatories alone reported an intake of 825 new apprentices in 2015, up from around 500 the previous year, while each employee across the sector received an average 2.9 days of training – a rise of 5.3%.Today’s figures are the latest evidence of the UK automotive industry’s strong performance across all areas. Car manufacturing output is already up more than 10% so far in 2016, 2015 saw almost 1.6 million cars made here – the highest volume in a decade – while demand for both cars and commercial vehicles in the UK reached record levels with 2,633,503 million and 420,000 registrations respectively.2SMMT recently revealed that its supply chain members plan to invest £225 million in new jobs, machinery and new product development in the next three years,5 underscoring the need for economic stability. Meanwhile, the UK’s vehicle service and repair sector was revealed as one of the most competitive in Europe, with British motorists spending £21.1 billion every year looking after their cars – 12% more than the global average – as they ensure their vehicles remain safe, efficient and in fine fettle.6These developments mean the sector is well placed to meet increasingly stringent environmental targets, as well as take advantage of opportunities from emerging alternative fuel and connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.Click here to download the full report.
Former Ohio State guard Sierra Calhoun drives to the basket after her team’s 82-57 win against Rutgers in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 2 in Indianapolis. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Former Assistant Sports DirectorThe Ohio State women’s basketball is coming off its biggest loss of the season since UConn put up 85 in a 31-point defeat on Nov. 11.The 78-52 loss to Iowa was the Buckeyes’ second in their past five games and fourth in their past 10 after starting 4-8.For freshman guard Janai Crooms, it is all about moving forward and learning from the mistakes.“Yeah we lost. We still have plenty more games ahead of us,” Crooms said. “I feel like our energy wasn’t as well as it usually is, and some of our starters struggling, but I mean hey, it happens, like everyone, we all have those bad games.”Two of Ohio State’s starters, redshirt senior guards Carmen Grande and Carly Santoro, where both held scoreless in a combined 48 minutes of time and 0-of-8 shooting, something head coach Kevin McGuff hopes was a one-time thing.“Hopefully that was an anomaly and we’re gonna see them back to being their normal self,” McGuff said. “We’re gonna need that on Thursday for sure, we need them leading the way for us to be successful against Rutgers.”Projected StartersOhio State (10-12, 6-7 Big Ten)G — Carmen Grande — Redshirt senior, 7.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Janai Crooms — Freshman, 7.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apgG — Carly Santoro — Redshirt senior, 11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Dorka Juhasz — Freshman, 11.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 0.8 apgF — Makayla Waterman — Redshirt senior, 8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apgNo. 23 Rutgers (17-6, 9-3 Big Ten)G — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt senior, 4.4 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.6 apgG — Charise Wilson — Redshirt senior, 7.5 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 apgG — Ciani Cryor — Redshirt junior, 8.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.1 apgF — Stasha Carey — Redshirt senior, 12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 apgC/F — Victoria Harris — Senior, 4.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.9 apgRutgers comes in on a two-game losing streak after winning 17 of its first 21 games to start the season.On the year, the Scarlet Knights hold the top defense in the Big Ten and No. 20 in the NCAA, allowing 56.1 points per game, while holding opponents to 35.3 percent shooting, also the best in the conference and No. 16 in the country.“They’re a really tough physical team, so we’re gonna have to make sure that we can match that physicality and toughness around the basket,” McGuff said. “Really athletic, talented team, they play great defense, one of the best defensive teams in the country, and also very talented, so really tough road game for us on Thursday night.”The defense is a mismatch for Ohio State, who score 61.5 points per game, the lowest in the Big Ten.Crooms said the defense ahead doesn’t matter as much as playing the right offense on Thursday.“They’re a pretty good defensive team, but we’re just looking at it as just come in there and playing our game how we play,” Crooms said. “We’re not gonna let their pressing or their defense distract us from what we do and how our style of play is.”On the other end, the Scarlet Knights’ offense is not as strong. Their 63.8 points per game is second-worst in the conference, only ahead of the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior forward Stasha Carey leads the team with 12.3 points per game.The matchup will bring the return of redshirt senior guard Sierra Calhoun, who played for Ohio State the previous two seasons before transferring to Rutgers for her final year of eligibility.In her final year at Ohio State, Calhoun averaged 11.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game while starting all 35 games.“I hope she’s doing well,” McGuff said. “Outside of just watching film, I don’t know how it’s going but hopefully it’s going well for her, she’s a nice kid, and like I said, hopefully it’s working out.”Ohio State takes on No. 23 Rutgers at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
Geldof draws ire of Greek Cypriots over concert in Turkish-occupied area The event in Famagusta has drawn widespread condemnation from Cyprus’ Greek-speaking community. Friday 21 Apr 2017, 8:23 PM By AFP Apr 21st 2017, 8:23 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Nicholas Lestas/Twitter The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded the northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece.Lobby for Cyprus, a UK-based Greek Cypriot pressure group, also weighed in reminding Geldof of the Turkish invasion by posting a front page from the Sunday Times from the 1970s. Short URL #BoomtownRats A concert in the occupied north of Cyprus just goes to show the division between what you say & what you do! @eevriviades— Nicholas Lestas (@nlestas) April 21, 2017 Source: Lobby for Cyprus/Twitter #BobGeldof #TheBoomtownRats to perform in occupied #Cyprus yet ethnic cleansed refugees denied return @BobGeldofFans https://t.co/j6sdv8eoV3 pic.twitter.com/iCuFCzwkv3— Lobby for Cyprus (@LobbyforCyprus) April 20, 2017 #BobGeldof #BoomtownRats playing in an occupied part of #Cyprus under ultimate control of #Erdogan – maybe he needs the money? #famagusta— SoullaStylianou (@SoullaStylianou) April 21, 2017 69 Comments Source: SoullaStylianou/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3352623 Decades of peace talks have failed to reunite Cyprus, and the self-declared Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is still only recognised by Ankara.Geldof is not the first performer to fall foul of the island’s delicate politics.In 2012, Julio Iglesias launched a lawsuit against Turkish Cypriot authorities after claiming he was duped into signing a contract to perform in the north.In 2010, a concert by Jennifer Lopez, scheduled to take place in northern Cyprus, was cancelled after extensive campaigning by Greek Cypriot groups.Rihanna also cancelled a concert after a similar campaign.© – AFP 2017 Read: Wetherspoon’s gets green light for €4 million ‘super pub’ on Camden Street >Read: Vera Twomey stopped at Dublin Airport attempting to bring medicinal cannabis into the country > 15,225 Views Source: Katja OgrinBOB GELDOF HAS drawn the ire of Greek Cypriots, who this week urged him to cancel a concert he is due to play tonight in the Turkish-occupied north of the divided island.The veteran Irish singer and his band, The Boomtown Rats, are set to play a free gig at the Eastern Mediterranean University in the port city of Famagusta – but the planned event has drawn widespread condemnation from Cyprus’ Greek-speaking community.“A concert in the occupied north of Cyprus just goes to show the division between what you say & what you do!,” said one irate Twitter user.Another accusing him of performing a personal publicity stunt. Share Tweet Email
Sunday 8 Sep 2019, 5:46 PM Reports from Croke Park Galway 3-14Kilkenny 0-17 Player of the Match Niamh Kilkenny was immense for Galway. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOA FIRST ALL-IRELAND title since 2013 for Galway, and a third consecutive September decider defeat at Croke Park for Kilkenny as the Tribeswomen lifted the O’Duffy Cup in front of a record-breaking crowd of 24,730.As the old cliché goes, goals win games, and a first-half double from Ailish O’Reilly, another from Niamh Hanniffy, along with a stunning performance and 0-4 tally from Niamh Kilkenny broke Ann Downey’s Cats’ hearts once again.Carrie Dolan was also superb from placed ball as Cathal Murray’s league champions were six-point winners, and were crowned champions for the third time, after an enthralling game of free-flowing hurling.It was a scintillating, open first half, and one which Galway went in six points the better as the middle whistle sounded.Kilkenny were the first on the scoreboard, however, Michelle Quilty with her first of an eight-point total. The clock had just turned one minute as Galway struck back at the other end, the excellent Niamh Kilkenny and O’Reilly combining for their first goal of the day.Kilkenny, Noreen Coen and Carrie Dolan (free) tagged on three points as Quilty, Denise Gaule and Davina Tobin kept the scoreboard ticking for the Cats. By 11 minutes, the sides were level for the first time, and things turned tit-for-tat.Quilty and Sarah Spellman, and Gaule and Dolan exchanged points, and Kilkenny showed their class when they got the chance, but Galway’s eye for goal had them on the front foot once again soon after. Player of the Match Niamh Kilkenny was immense for Galway. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOAfter Catherine Finnerty — a late replacement for Tara Kenny, who suffered a cruciate injury in training — pointed, Hannify rattled the net to put Galway into a two-point lead in the 23rd minute.And two minutes later, O’Reilly raised her second green flag of the day to the joy of the massive Galway support at HQ. They certainly could have had another soon after, only for the work of Kilkenny goalkeeper Emma Kavanagh and full-back Catherine Foley.A Dolan ’45 made it 3-7 to 0-10 at the break.On the restart, the Clarinbridge attacker opened proceedings, and accounted for the majority of her side’s scores.But Kilkenny came out all guns blazing; substitute Aoife Doyle, Miriam Walsh, co-captain Anna Farrell and Anne Dalton (two) all stepping up with superb scores as the Leinster county looked to forge a comeback.But Dolan and Kilkenny continued to inspire Galway, who had the groundwork done in a brilliant first half. In the 50th minute, it was 3-10 to 0-17 — the closest Kilkenny got after the break — but the Tribe finished strong after surviving the Cats’ purple patch.Dolan and Kilkenny added two as the clock ran down, before goalkeeper Sarah Healy came up to split the posts with a monster long-range free in the 61st minute.And Kilkenny fittingly put the icing on the cake with another just before the whistle, and it finished 3-14 to 0-17 as Galway completed the 2019 national double. Niamh Hanniffy celebrates a goal. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOScorers for Galway: Ailish O’Reilly (2-0), Niamh Hanniffy (1-0) Niamh Kilkenny (0-4), Noreen Coen (0-1), Carrie Dolan (0-6, 5f, 1 ’45), Sarah Spellman (0-1), Catherine Finnerty (0-1), Sarah Healy (0-1)Scorers for Kilkenny: Michelle Quilty (0-8, 7f), Denise Gaule (0-3, 1f), Davina Tobin (0-1), Aoife Doyle (0-1), Miriam Walsh (0-1), Anna Farrell (0-1), Anne Dalton (0-2, 1f)Galway1. Sarah Healy (St Thomas)2. Shauna Healy (Ardrahan)3. Sarah Dervan (Mullagh) – captain4. Heather Cooney (St Thomas)18. Catherine Finnerty (Mountbellew/Moylough)6. Emma Helebert (Ballindreen)7. Lorraine Ryan (Kiltullagh/Killimoredaly)8. Aoife Donohue (Mullagh)9. Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses)10. Carrie Dolan (Clarinbridge)11. Catriona Cormican (Cappataggle)12. Sarah Spellman (Sarsfields)13. Noreen Coen (Athenry)14. Niamh Hannify (Oranmore/Maree)15. Ailish O’Reilly (Oranmore/Maree) By Emma Duffy https://the42.ie/4800693 Subs17. Anne Marie Starr (Killimor) for Noreen Coen (41)20. Rebecca Hennelly for Sarah Spellman (49)Kilkenny1. Emma Kavanagh (Rower Inistioge)2. Collette Dormer (Barrow Rangers)3. Catherine Foley (Windgap)4. Edwina Keane (St Martins)5. Kellyann Doyle (Piltown)6. Claire Phelan (Lisdowney)7. Grace Walsh (Tullaroan)8. Meighan Farrell (Thomastown) – joint-captain9. Davina Tobin (Emeralds)10. Anna Farrell (Thomastown) – joint-captain11. Katie Power (Piltown)12. Anne Dalton (St Lachtains)13. Michelle Quilty (Mullinavat)14. Miriam Walsh (Tullaroan)15. Denise Gaule (Windgap)Subs19. Aoife Doyle (Piltown) for Edwina Keane (27)17. Danielle Morrissey (Conahy) for Aoife Doyle (55)Referee: Ray Kelly (Kildare).The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Emma Duffy 22 Comments Galway lift first All-Ireland camogie title since 2013 and inflict further decider pain on Kilkenny A record-breaking crowd of 24,730 watched on at Croke Park. Sep 8th 2019, 5:46 PM Follow us: the42.ie 21,617 Views Share20 Tweet Email
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Government and troika officials announced this week they had finally reached a deal on a series of contentious reforms – including thousands of layoffs in the civil service – following two weeks of tough talks. The decision has paved the way for the release of crucial rescue funding over the coming days.After Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras heralded the breakthrough telling reporters, “We have a deal,” Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave a triumphant televised address in which he sought to reassure Greeks that three years of tough measures had not been in vain.“The sacrifices are beginning to pay off,” he said. “The situation is changing, the psychology is changing.“ “Until recently, Greece had been an example to avoid in Europe,” he said, echoing Stournaras’ conviction that Greece would achieve a primary surplus this year, allowing it to seek more debt relief.The premier also confirmed that a total of 15,000 civil servants would be dismissed before the end of 2014, with 4,000 to go this year, but he stressed that each departure would be replaced by a new recruit. “The same number of new people will be recruited in their place,” he said.Poul Thomsen, the head of the International Monetary Fund’s mission to Greece, struck a similar note at a conference in Athens organised by The Economist, saying that public sector staff “will not be eliminated but replaced by young, capable people.” He did not confirm explicitly that the one-hiring-to-one-firing ratio would apply.Thomsen stressed that Greece had “indeed come a long way” with its reform program, noting that “the fiscal adjustment has been exceptional by any standard.” He noted, however, that major challenges remained. “Tax evasion remains a huge problem,” he said. Nevertheless, Greece has ticked enough boxes to put it on course for the release of a 2.8-billion-euro loan tranche that had been due in March as well as 7.2 billion euros for the recapitalisation of the country’s banks, the envoy said.An official statement issued jointly by the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank, which have jointly extended Greece two foreign bailouts worth 240 billion euros since 2010, confirmed that the creditors were happy with the government’s performance. “Fiscal performance is on track to meet the program targets, and the government is committed to fully implement all agreed fiscal measures for 2013-2014 that are not yet in place,” the statement said, adding that the release of a loan tranche of 2.8 billion euros that had been due in March “could be agreed soon by the euro-area member states.”The deal with the troika prompted angry responses from opposition parties, with Alexis Tsipras, the head of the main leftist opposition SYRIZA, taking particular issue with the civil service layoffs which he described as “human sacrifices.“ “Instead of emerging from the crisis, we are sinking further and further into it,” he said.Source: Kathimerini.
Dele Alli’s hopes of being ready for England’s World Cup game against Panama on Sunday appear bleak with head coach Gareth Southgate suggesting that he remains a big doubt, reports Sky SportsThe Tottenham midfielder sustained a thigh problem during England’s Group G opener against Tunisia on Monday but continued to play until the latter stages of the match when he was substituted in favour of Ruben Loftus-Cheek.Alli has done some running during the team training sessions, which appeared to have reignited hopes that he may be able to feature for England after all.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But in a press conference today, Southgate admitted that the 22-year-old only has “a slim chance” of retaining his place in the team for Sunday’s game.Should Alli be unavailable, then Southgate will likely name Loftus-Cheek as his replacement after the Chelsea midfielder impressed in his short appearance on Monday for the Three Lions.England will progress to the last 16 if they beat Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday and Belgium defeat Tunisia.
World Soy Foundation (WSF) board member Jim Hershey met with John Deere Executives in Kansas City, Mo. on a recent trip. John Deere is the most recent founding member of the WSF. Hershey met with Geoff Andersen, manager of Global Citizenship and Strategic Planning Deere & Company. The John Deere Foundation is one of the sponsors of the World Soy Foundation/World Initiative for Soy in Human Health Midwest Workshop to be held in June at the National Soybean Research Laboratory in Champaign-Urbana. This year’s theme is “Practical Implementation of Quality School Feeding Programs.”Hershey also met with Don Borgman, who is retiring from John Deere and Don’s replacement Charles (Chuck) Studer, as director of agricultural industry relations, U.S. and Canada.
Success Universe profit soars 230% in 1H19 on higher Ponte 16 share RelatedPosts Genting Malaysia enjoys improved 2Q19 showing on better luck at Resorts World Genting Load More Ainsworth launches review of product development after Asia-Pacific struggles see FY19 decline Genting Malaysia saw its net profit more than double during the first three months of 2017, pointing to “better hold percentage for the mid to premium segment of the business” and “lower foreign exchange translation losses on its USD denominated assets” for its improved performance.The Company announced profit for the financial period of RM294.9 million, a 104.6% rise on the RM144.1 million it made 12 months earlier. Revenues for 1Q17 reached RM2,223.8 million, up slightly year-on-year from RM2,214.3 in 1Q16, with adjusted EBITDA up 27% to RM564.8 million and profit before tax up 31% to RM344.3 million.Despite ongoing costs at its flagship Resorts World Genting due to development works under its the Genting Integrated Tourism Plan (GITP), the property welcomed 4.9 million visitors in 1Q17 with hotel occupancy above 90% amidst an increase in room inventory.The period included the launch of the SkyPlaza, which boasts five levels of retail, F&B, leisure and entertainment options. Resorts World Genting’s indoor theme park and retail outlets in First World Plaza remain closed as they undergo a complete makeover, with re-opening scheduled for 2018.The Group saw a 9% increase in revenue to RM381 million from its US and Bahamas operations , while its UK revenue declined 12% to RM467.3 million.In its Bursa Malaysia filing, Genting Malaysia said the future outlook was positive ahead of the progressive launch of a revamped Resorts World Genting over the next 18 months.“In Malaysia, the Group continues to focus on the development of GITP as the remaining facilities and attractions will open progressively from this year onwards, complementing the new and existing attractions,” it said. “The significant expansion and redevelopment under the GITP, once completed, is expected to elevate RWG’s position as the destination of choice in the region.“Meanwhile, the Group remains committed on optimizing overall operational efficiencies, yield management and database marketing efforts as well as enhancing service delivery at RWG.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Concerned members of the community came together to fight for the repeal of Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.The Repeal Stand Your Ground Conference took place Saturday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale. The event was presented by Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward in partnership with Women’s March Florida and Audate & Flemmings P.A.Opponents of the self-defense law argue it has been used by white males to kill innocent women and people of color.“It’s become a really important issue for people that support the movement for black lives and many other groups to do something to stop these laws from letting people literally get away with murder,” said attendee Nathan Pim.Family members of victims who were killed by others who have successfully used the “stand your ground” law were also in attendance.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
twitter via @POLITICOTrump after GOP meeting on Capitol HillTHE LATEST on President Trump’s discussions with lawmakers on taxes and the budget (all times local):5 p.m.The top House Democrat is lashing out at President Donald Trump for his “verbal abuse” in a Twitter attack.Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump on his favorite social media platform, Twitter, late Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the president had criticized Congress’ top Democrats.They responded by backing out of a planned White House meeting. Congress’ top Republicans attended the session in which two empty chairs were reserved for Pelosi and top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer.Pelosi tweeted: “@realDonaldTrump now knows that his verbal abuse will no longer be tolerated. His empty chair photo opp showed he’s more interested in stunts than in addressing the needs of the American people. Poor Ryan and McConnell relegated to props. Sad!”“Sad” is a Trump favorite quip.___4:15 p.m.President Donald Trump says he “would absolutely blame the Democrats” if there is a government shutdown next week.Trump says as he meets with top Republican leaders that “If it happens, it’s going to be over illegals pouring into the country, crime pouring into the country, no border wall, which everyone wants.”The Republican president had been scheduled to meet Tuesday with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the House’s top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, to discuss averting a potential end-of-year shutdown.But Schumer and Pelosi canceled after a dismissive Trump tweet.Republicans control both the House and Senate, as well as the White House.A temporary spending bill expires Dec. 8 and another is needed to prevent a government shutdown.___4:05 p.m.President Donald Trump says Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi have been “all talk” and “no action.”Congress’ top Democratic leaders abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with Trump and Republican leaders at the White House on Tuesday after Trump attacked them on Twitter.Trump said as he meets with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that Schumer and Pelosi are weak on crime and combating illegal immigration and want to increase taxes.Ryan says it’s “regrettable” the Democratic leaders didn’t show up. McConnell says he can’t recall turning down an opportunity to visit White House.Of course, former President Barack Obama never railed against McConnell on Twitter like Trump did earlier Tuesday.___4 p.m.President Donald Trump is predicting passage of the Senate tax plan as he accuses Democratic leaders of being “all talk” and “no action.”The Republican president told reporters Tuesday that they were in a “very good position” after the Senate Budget Committee’s passage of the GOP tax plan.Trump was joined by top Republican leaders from Congress at the White House. Democrats backed out of a planned meeting after Trump attacked them on Twitter.Trump also went to the Capitol on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.___2:50 p.m.President Donald Trump plans to deliver remarks from the White House shortly.The White House says Trump will speak from the Roosevelt Room in the West Wing at 3 p.m. Tuesday.Trump’s comments will come less than two hours after North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile.They also follow his meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill and come as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are set to visit the White House for a meeting on the year-end legislative agenda.Democratic leaders had been invited to attend but pulled out earlier Tuesday following a tweeted insult by the president.___2:35 p.m.The top Republican in the Senate says the GOP is still trying to round up the votes for the tax bill, calling the process a “challenging exercise.”Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday, “I’m sitting here with a Rubik’s cube trying to get to 50” votes. He made the comments after President Donald Trump met with Senate Republicans at their weekly luncheon.McConnell also complained about the top Democrats who have backed out of a White House meeting after Trump attacked them on Twitter. McConnell said he struck him as a “lack of seriousness.”McConnell and Speaker Paul Ryan were heading to the White House to meet with Trump and discuss averting a government shutdown next week and dealing with several other end-of-year issues.__2:25 p.m.President Donald Trump has left the Capitol after meeting with Senate Republicans to rally support for a sweeping tax bill.Applause could be heard from the closed-door session on Tuesday as the meeting wrapped up. With no major legislative achievement, Trump is pushing hard for the GOP to deliver a tax cut bill to him by the end of the year.Republicans face divisions within their ranks over the tax bill, with some GOP lawmakers fearful of adding to the nation’s $20 trillion debt and others worrying about the impact on small businesses.Trump was scheduled to meet later at the White House with top Republican leaders from Congress. Democrats backed out of the session after Trump’s attack on Twitter.___12:40 p.m.The White House says it is “disappointing” that congressional Democratic leaders are pulling out of a meeting with President Donald Trump following his Twitter attack on them.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump’s invitation for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to join Republican leaders at the White House on Tuesday still stands.Sanders says the president “encourages them to put aside their pettiness, stop the political grandstanding, show up and get to work.”Trump’s meeting with Republican leaders will go on as scheduled, as they discuss critical year end issues like funding the government, immigration policy, and tax reform.Says Sanders: “If the Democrats believe the American people deserve action on these critical year-end issues as we do, they should attend.”___12:35 p.m.President Donald Trump has arrived on Capitol Hill for a meeting with Senate Republicans to promote his tax plan.Trump’s address to a Senate GOP luncheon comes shortly after Democratic leaders pulled out of a planned meeting later in the day with Trump at the White House.Trump had been expected to discuss upcoming congressional deadlines to fund the government with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.But the president tweeted earlier in the day that he didn’t “see a deal” with the Democratic leaders. Schumer and Pelosi said they wouldn’t attend the meeting so as to not waste time.Trump is searching for a win in Congress on his tax bill, which is expected to face a Senate vote later this week.___12:35 p.m.The top Republicans in Congress say they’re heading to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump even though top Democrats have backed out of the meeting.House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a joint statement that Democrats are “putting government operations, particularly resources for our men and women on the battlefield, at great risk by pulling these antics.”Ryan and McConnell said that if Democrats want to reach an agreement, they will attend the White House meeting.Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi pulled out of the meeting hours after Trump attacked them on Twitter, accusing them of being soft on crime and declaring “I don’t see a deal!” Schumer and Pelosi said they didn’t want to waste time.___11:30 a.m.Top Democratic leaders in Congress have abruptly pulled out of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump after he attacked them on Twitter.Trump tweeted early Tuesday that “I don’t see a deal!” with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi.Schumer and Pelosi are shooting back with a statement asking for talks with top GOP leaders in Congress.They said, “given that the president doesn’t see a deal between Democrats and the White House, we believe the best path forward is to continue negotiating with our Republican counterparts in Congress instead.”Congress faces a Dec. 8 deadline to pass stopgap legislation to keep the government open.They added, “we don’t have any time to waste.”___9:45 a.m.President Donald Trump is casting doubt on whether he and congressional leaders can agree to keep the government funded.Trump is meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday to discuss budget and immigration issues.But, in a tweet, Trump cast doubt on whether they can agree to fund the government beyond a Dec. 8 deadline.Says Trump: “I don’t see a deal!”Trump says Democrats “want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked, are weak on Crime and want to substantially RAISE Taxes.”Trump also portrays the meeting as being with Democrats “Chuck and Nancy.” Those are Trump’s nicknames for Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Republican leaders — House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — are also attending the meeting.___3:15 a.m.President Donald Trump is heading to Capitol Hill to rally Senate Republicans on taxes. Then he’ll pivot to negotiations with Democrats pressing for victories of their own in a separate, high-stakes showdown over the budget and immigration.After 10 months in office, Trump is still seeking his first marquee win in Congress, but the White House and GOP leaders have work to do to get their tax bill in shape for a vote later this week. Party deficit hawks pressed for a “backstop” mechanism to limit the risk of a spiral in the deficit.On a separate track is a multi-layered negotiation over a huge Pentagon budget increase sought by Trump and Republicans and increases for domestic programs demanded by Democrats. Share
Popular on Variety The Trump administration’s proposed $200 billion tariffs on goods imported from China could have a significant impact on Apple’s products and services, the company said in a public filing Friday. Some of the products that could see price increases include Apple Watch, Homepod, Apple Pencil and Air Pods, according to the filing.“The proposed tariff list covers a wide range of Apple products,” the company said in the document. The Mac Mini, cables and adapters, chargers and even cases for laptops and mobile devices could be hit by the tariffs, the company said.The Trump administration has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods imported into the U.S. as part of its escalating trade war with the country. The President told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday that these tariffs would be put in place in a matter of days, while threatening another round of tariffs on imports worth an additional $267 billion, according to a Washington Post report. Apple has long opposed these tariffs, a position the company reiterated in this week’s filing. “Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers,” it said. “Because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on U.S. consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.“The company also used the filing to point out that the tariffs wouldn’t just directly impact consumer goods. Company operations would also be affected, with tariffs on cables, servers and other key hardware components potentially increasing the costs of a wide variety of operations.Even operating the App Store could become more expensive, the company argued. “Tariffs increase the cost of our U.S. operations, divert our resources, and disadvantage Apple compared to foreign competitors,” the filing cautioned. “More broadly, tariffs will lead to higher U.S. consumer prices, lower overall U.S. economic growth, and other unintended economic consequences.”Apple CEO Tim Cook had told investors in July that his company hadn’t been affected yet by the administration’s first round of tariffs on imports worth $50 billion. At the time, Cook still seemed optimistic about the trade war coming to a quick conclusion, saying: “We are hoping that calm heads will prevail.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Somewhere in between defeating the Empire and deciding to end the Jedi, Mark Hamill became an essential part of the DC Animated Universe. He’s easily the best onscreen Joker, but pretty much everyone knows that. Not as many people realize he pulled double duty as Flash villain, The Trickster. Oh, and in the recent series of Justice League: Action shorts, Hamill voices a hero as well: Swamp Thing.” With so many iconic characters voiced by the same dude, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.In the newest Justice League: Action short, the Joker, played by Mark Hamill, teams up with The Trickster, played by Mark Hamill, to kidnap Mark Hamill, played by Mark Hammil. No need to worry about the fate of Star Wars: Episode IX, though. In the end, he’s saved by Swamp Thing who, again, is played by Mark Hamill. Justin Roiland’s got nothing on this guy.The great thing about this short, and the series in general, is that it’s more than just a one-off joke. The action in this cartoon is well-drawn, easy to follow and exciting. Car chases are always cool, even when they’re animated. It’s also kind of amazing that you can tell apart each character without even looking at the screen, despite all four voices coming from the same guy. As if there was any doubt before, this short proves that Mark Hamill is a fantastic voice actor.I also like how they treat voice acting like a super-power. The kidnapped Mark Hamill uses his vocal skills to start an argument between The Joker and The Trickster, directing them towards the grass where Swamp Thing can save him. It’s kind of amazing how much they were able to mine from the concept of Mark Hamill saving Mark Hamill from being kidnapped by Mark Hamill and his sidekick, Mark Hamill.Now I want to see them do this for every other actor who’s doubled or tripled up on DC superhero parts. Maybe we’ll get a short where John Stewart, Static Shock and the Young Justice version of Aquaman team up to rescue Phil LaMarr.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Baits Prime Customers With Advanced ‘Aquaman’ Screening11 Superhero Movies Still Stuck In Development Hell Stay on target
A Dyson sphere is a theoretical structure able to house a star. Originally proposed by Freeman Dyson, the sphere was originally envisioned as a group of satellites completely encompassing a star to capture all of its energy. That energy could then be used for whatever purposes the civilization that created it desired. In this new effort, Hooper suggests aliens might be creating similar structures to provide power once the universe expands to an untenable size.Prior research has shown that the universe is not just expanding, it is picking up speed as it does so due to dark energy. This means that almost everything in the universe is being flung farther apart from everything else. Such a scenario suggests that galaxies will become increasingly isolated, though the components of the galaxies will remain bound by gravity. So, Hooper wonders, what would an alien race do to ensure it has a steady source of power? He suggests they might be collecting stars at this very moment, getting ready for the days ahead when they will be too far away to grab.Hooper notes that such a scenario is still very far off—on the order of 100 billion years from now. But he also notes that if aliens were grabbing stars from one galaxy and transporting them back to another, the time for each trip would be on the order of billions of years. Thus, they would have to be doing it now, before they run out of time. He acknowledges that humans would probably not be able to understand the mechanics of moving a star, but muses on the possibility of an alien race powerful enough to do so. He further suggests that if such activity is currently happening, we might be able to see evidence of it by looking for stars that seem to be moving between galaxies—or by looking for holes in galaxies where stars have already been removed. Citation: Could aliens harness stars to keep ahead of expanding universe? (2018, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-aliens-harness-stars-universe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: arXiv Explore further Dan Hooper, a senior scientist with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has written a paper outlining a way future aliens could keep their civilizations alive in spite of the isolation due to an expanding universe. In his paper uploaded to the arXiv preprint server, he suggests they might consider collecting and storing stars. More information: Life Versus Dark Energy: How An Advanced Civilization Could Resist the Accelerating Expansion of the Universe, arXiv:1806.05203 [astro-ph.CO] arxiv.org/abs/1806.05203AbstractThe presence of dark energy in our universe is causing space to expand at an accelerating rate. As a result, over the next approximately 100 billion years, all stars residing beyond the Local Group will fall beyond the cosmic horizon and become not only unobservable, but entirely inaccessible, thus limiting how much energy could one day be extracted from them. Here, we consider the likely response of a highly advanced civilization to this situation. In particular, we argue that in order to maximize its access to useable energy, a sufficiently advanced civilization would chose to expand rapidly outward, build Dyson Spheres or similar structures around encountered stars, and use the energy that is harnessed to accelerate those stars away from the approaching horizon and toward the center of the civilization. We find that such efforts will be most effective for stars with masses in the range of M∼(0.2−1)M⊙, and could lead to the harvesting of stars within a region extending out to several tens of Mpc in radius, potentially increasing the total amount of energy that is available to a future civilization by a factor of several thousand. We also discuss the observable signatures of a civilization elsewhere in the universe that is currently in this state of stellar harvesting. New idea for Dyson sphere proposed Credit: CC0 Public Domain