Qatars evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

first_imgDOHA, Qatar — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium are being laid, perhaps the most audacious and innovative of the eight venues that will play host to the biggest tournament on the planet.Four years out, everything appears to be running on schedule, from stadium construction — including at Ras Abu Aboud, which will incorporate 1,000 shipping containers while offering a sweeping view of Doha’s downtown skyline — to finding the right grass that can both meet FIFA’s exacting standards while also providing a long-term benefit to the Arabian Peninsula.Yet logistics are only a portion of Qatar’s story.The small country of 2.7 million — only 300,000 of them actual Qatari citizens — has spent the better part of a decade grappling with the white-hot spotlight landing the World Cup provides.The construction boom that accompanied the winning bid has been built on the backs of migrant labourers from India, Pakistan, Nepal and other Asian nations, much like it has in other oil-rich sheikhdoms in the region. As oil prices crashed below $30 a barrel in 2016, construction firms in Qatar and elsewhere in the region suffered. Some stopped paying staffers on time, if at all. Others seized workers’ passports or otherwise abused Qatar’s “kafala” system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer.In recent months, Qatar ended a requirement for some workers to seek their employers’ permission before leaving the country. It also required contractors who bring in workers from other nations to reimburse employees for any recruitment fee they paid to an outside agency to facilitate their placement.Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other activists say more needs to be done. There have been two reported deaths at Qatar’s World Cup projects.While al-Khater, deputy-secretary general of the World Cup organizing committee, understands “this is an area we’re going to have to do a lot of work,” he points to the headway made since 2010 as proof the World Cup has already made a lasting impact.“I think we should be very proud of ourselves,” al-Khater told The Associated Press from his office in the 33rd floor of the shimmering glass-ensconced Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy building in Doha’s West Bay. “And I think people should take a look at everything that’s happened here in the past eight years when it comes to worker’s welfare. Look at the progress and I think it’s a case study. I believe right now in the Middle East we are basically ahead of everyone else when it comes to this.”The questions about worker’s rights are one of many Qataris have grown accustomed to addressing. They stress they are taking great pains to answer them one by one. Do that and Qataris believe the conversation will turn away from “should Qatar be hosting the World Cup?” to “can Qatar pull it off?”On that front, the answers are far less nebulous. Qatar is intent on putting on a show, but doing it creatively and financially responsibly.In an era of bloat where budgets for big ticket events like the World Cup and the Olympics are calculated and then blown up, Qatar is determined to prove it can dazzle without saddling itself with hulking stadiums left unoccupied once the party ends. The majority of the venues used in the World Cup will have their capacity diminished from 40,000 to 20,000 after tournament, with the sections taken out then put up for sale. What’s left will serve as the home pitches for the local professional teams.Ras Abu Aboud won’t exist at all. After a champion is crowned, it will be meticulously taken apart and dismantled to make way for a mixed-use area that will feature housing and shops.Other innovations could lead to more far-reaching changes.Yasser Al-Mulla oversees a turf farm a few miles west of the city centre, where he’s tested 36 different kinds of grass, exposing them to various amounts of shade, sunlight and other forms of treatment to see what works. The turf isn’t designed simply for the games but for the open recreational areas that will surround the venues after the World Cup is gone. The strain of grass it believes it will use for the World Cup could possibly signal an opportunity for other arid countries to introduce their own public green spaces.Qatar is taking these steps despite being under an economic boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since June 2017 over a political dispute. That has seen its air routes affected and other regional airlines cut their flights. What should be a flight under an hour from Dubai now lasts far longer and requires a layover.Regardless Qatar continues to forge ahead, intent on making sure that its promise to “Deliver Amazing” is not broken. What once felt like a far-off goal is becoming more tangible — and Qataris believe — more attainable by the day.“I actually think it’s going to be something that really proves that … the World Cup can go beyond football and beyond sports and beyond what it means for the athlete,” al-Khater said. “But it goes toward real social and economic change and human change and I think that’s the beauty of the World Cup.”___Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsWill Graves, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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53 polling in UP till 5 pm

first_imgLucknow: Over 53 per cent polling was recorded till 5 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, officials said. In Varanasi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a second term, the voter turnout was 52.9 per cent. “Till 5 pm, the turnout (across 13 seats) was 53.19 per cent,” a state election office spokesperson said. According to the data given by the state election office till 5 pm, the highest turnout was 57.80 per cent in Maharajganj, while Ballia reported the lowest turnout of 48.80 per cent. In Gorakhpur, the turnout was 54.80 per cent. Violence erupted in Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency, from where state Bharatiya Janata Party chief Mahendra Nath Pandey is seeking re-election, when supporters of the saffron party and the Samajwadi Party clashed. “The incident was reported from Parahupur Sikatiya village in Chandauli. A police team rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer B D R Tiwari said. Two election officials deputed at different polling booths in Gorakhpur and Bansgaon constituencies died of sudden illness, officials said. Rajaram, 56, was a polling officer of booth number 381 at Prathmik Vidhyalay Madhopur in Pipraich area in Gorakhpur seat, Assistant Election Officer J N Maurya said. He was rushed to a community health centre where he was declared dead. In the Bansgaon, Vinod Srivastav, 50, deputed at polling booth number 219, died around midnight due to cardiac arrest. He was an employee with the sugarcane department. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was among the early voters in Gorakhpur. “People are fighting this election for nation’s interest and if someone cannot understand this thing, his IQ is questionable. The entire election revolved around Modi ji. With big achievements of his government during the last five years, the BJP will win the election.”Adityanath said after casting his ballot. Union minister Shiv Pratap Shukla, who also exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, said BJP candidate Ravi Kishan would win by a margin of over three lakh votes and the party would form the government. A report from Chandauli said the fingers of Dalits had been inked before they could actually cast their vote in Tara Jivanpur village under Alinagar police station. Asked to comment on the report, the additional chief electoral officer said: “We have taken cognizance of the entire incident and an FIR has been registered. Prima facie, names of workers of a political party have come to the fore. The administration has assured the people that they do not need to fear.” On death of an election official in Gorakhpur, Tiwari said: “The matter is being probed. If someone is seriously ill, then he is not deployed on poll duty. People submit their requests (for exemption from election duty) and the district administration considers such requests with sensitivity. However, if any untoward incident is to take place, no one can forecast it.” When asked whether there were lack of medical facilities for the election officials, the additional CEO said, “There is proper medical arrangement and first -aid kits have been given to all the poll staff.” The additional CEO also said reports of EVM malfunctioning were reported from some places but polling was not hampered. “We also got reports of poll boycott from certain places in Gorakhpur, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Mau. Officials rushed to those places to pacify the voters,” he said. Polling is underway in Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). Union minister Manoj Sinha is seeking re-election from Ghazipur. The BJP is contesting 11 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, while its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) is contesting from Mirzapur, currently held by Union minister Anupriya Patel, and Robertsganj. The saffron party has pitted Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan from Gorakhpur against Congress’ Madhusudan Tripathi and Rambhual Nishad of the Samajwadi Party. Gorakhpur MP Pravin Nishad, who had won the seat on a SP ticket in bypolls last year, has joined the BJP. The party has fielded him from Sant Kabir Nagar seat. Gorakhpur was represented by Yogi Adityanath in the Lok Sabha from 1998 to 2017, before he became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. The final phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state will decide the fate of eight SP and five BSP candidates. In all, there are 167 candidates in the fray for 13 seats. The highest number of 26 candidates in the fray are from Varanasi, while Bansgaon has the least number of four candidates fighting the polls. The total number of voters who are eligible to cast their votes in this phase is over 2.32 crore. As many as 25,874 polling booths have been set up in 13,979 polling centres, the Election Commission added.last_img read more

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TSX declines as crude oil prices slide Scotiabank takes big Q4 charge

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market plunged almost 200 points on Tuesday, before recovering some of those losses in afternoon trading, as energy stocks sustained significant losses following a move by Saudi Arabia to cut prices to its U.S. customers sent oil reeling to four-year lows.The December crude contract in New York fell $2.25 to US$76.53 a barrel after Saudi Arabia made the price cut. BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said the move added “to speculation that Middle East producers are working to defend market share amid surging U.S. output.”Prices have also been pushed downward by a U.S. dollar that has gained in strength lately as the U.S. Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program concluded at the end of October.The TSX energy sector fell 4.5 per cent. Major losers included Athabasca Oil, which plunged 12.5 per cent to $3.06 while Canadian Natural Resources dropped 4.5 per cent to $36.55.Falling oil prices and dovish comments Monday by Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz pushed the Canadian dollar down 0.41 of a cent to a five-year low of 87.64 cents US.Energy stocks also punished U.S. indexes as the Dow Jones industrials dropped 81.81 points to 17,284.43, the S&P 500 fell 16.35 points to 2,001.46 while the Nasdaq declined 41.55 points to 4,597.36.Oil prices drop to 3-year low as Saudi Arabia cuts crude prices againCanadian dollar tumbles to below 88 cents as oil prices slumpThe major corporate story of the morning involved Scotiabank, which announced that it’s cutting 1,500 jobs companywide — about two-thirds of them in Canada.It’s posting a $341 million after-tax charge for the fourth quarter which will reduce earnings by 28 cents a share. Part of that is for severance costs but Scotiabank is also taking a number of other steps, including an additional $109 million of loan loss provisions related to the Caribbean region. It will also write down the value of its investment in a Venezuelan bank by $129 million and take a $47 million charge related to unremitted dividends from Banco del Caribe in Venezuela. Its shares lost $1.30 to $67.48.Elsewhere on the TSX, other resource sectors registered sharp losses amid data showing the eurozone economy in precarious shape. The European Commission has cut its growth forecast, saying growth will come in at 0.8 per cent this year, down from 1.2 per cent growth it forecast this spring.The base metals sector lost three per cent with December copper down five cents to US$3.01 a pound.The gold sector was down 0.2 per cent while December gold inched up 50 cents to US$1,170.3 an ounce.The TSX found some strength from consumer staples and telecoms.In other corporate news, TransCanada Corp. reported a third-quarter profit of $457 million or 64 cents per share on $2.45 billion in revenue. That compared with a profit of $481 million or 68 cents per share on $2.20 billion in revenue a year ago. On a comparable basis, the company said it earned $450 million or 63 cents per share for its latest quarter, two cents ahead of estimates and its shares gained 39 cents to $55.42.WestJet Airlines says its quarterly net income excluding losses from the sale of old aircraft surged 31 per cent to a record $85.4 million. The airline earned 66 cents per diluted share in adjusted profits, two cents short of analyst estimates. Its shares declined 85 cents to $31.18. read more

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WatchCanada and 10 other countries agree to new TransPacific trade pact without

OTTAWA — Canada and the remaining members of the old Trans-Pacific Partnership agreed Tuesday to a revised trade agreement that will forge ahead without the United States, opening distant new markets at a time of uncertainty closer to home.The deal comes exactly one year after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement, leaving Japan as the largest player in a new 11-nation pact that spans two hemispheres and includes both U.S. neighbours.Asked by reporters whether he was aware of the deal, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said while walking past them at the Davos economic summit in Switzerland: “Who do you think has been working hard at it behind the scenes.”Thrilled to announce that Canada + the 10 remaining members have signed the Comprehensive & Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership #CPTPP. Canada can and will work hard to set the terms of trade so the middle class can compete and win on the world stage.— François-Philippe Champagne (FPC)🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) January 23, 2018The agreement follows two days of high-level talks in Tokyo and was confirmed by International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. The partners are now expected to work toward signing the agreement by early March.“Canada can and will work hard to set the terms of trade so the middle class can compete and win on the world stage,” Champagne tweeted.“The agreement reached today is the right deal.”The announcement came just hours after a Canadian government official told The Canadian Press that Ottawa believed a deal could be struck, even as it pushed for more progress on negotiations surrounding the automotive and cultural sectors.Terence Corcoran: Trudeau can’t land a trade deal — because he’s no free traderCanada attempts to smooth Japan’s ruffled feathers after Trans-Pacific trade standoffForget Trump, Trudeau is now the biggest obstacle to Pacific trade dealAnother Canadian government official said Champagne pressed his counterparts for an exemption on culture-related elements that had been part of the original TPP deal.The official said Canada will protect its cultural sector in the updated deal through legally binding side letters with each partner.This could not be a dumber move at a more important timeFlavio Volpe of the Auto Parts Manufacturers Association The autos component risks being more controversial.In a sector considered key to the deal, Canada managed to get a bilateral arrangement with Japan to resolve non-tariff barriers, including a binding dispute settlement mechanism, according to an official. The official said the side agreement brings into force key commitments made by Japan to Canada and the U.S. in the original deal, but which were lost when the U.S. pulled out.Rebranding of TPP as Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is a joke. With this deal it’s the same old story. Shameful broken trade promises. This isn’t progress for workers it’s a mockery #cdnpoli #canlab— Jerry Dias (@JerryPDias) January 23, 2018The new deal also includes a bilateral agreement with Malaysia to adjust auto rules-of-origin and another agreement was being finalized with Australia, the official added.But a major Canadian auto-parts association offered a scathing reaction.Flavio Volpe of the Auto Parts Manufacturers’ Association said this agreement moves Canada in the exact opposite direction of where its most important customer and powerful next-door neighbour is headed — right in the midst of sensitive negotiations.He said the U.S. is pushing for a new NAFTA that increases domestic content requirements, and keeps Chinese parts out of North America — but the revamped TPP deal moves Canada and Mexico the opposite way, reducing local requirements and letting more product from non-TPP countries like China into the supply chain.“This could not be a dumber move at a more important time,” Volpe said in an interview.He accused Champagne of chasing a legacy item, without regard for how it might affect the far more important NAFTA negotiations — literally unfolding this week in Montreal: “We’re trophy hunting,” Volpe said.Canada, the second-largest economy among the partners, was widely considered the main holdout in the negotiations. Last fall, the pact was rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.The Tokyo negotiations were the first high-level talks since the leaders of the partner economies met in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in Danang, Vietnam.Trudeau made international headlines there by deciding not to sign an agreement-in-principle on what became known as TPP11 following the U.S. withdrawal. Trudeau’s decision in Vietnam to continue negotiating for a better deal, rather than striking an agreement, led to the abrupt cancellation of a TPP leaders’ meeting in Danang.Volpe said Canada has now caved into countries that really wanted a deal, without extracting much new in return. He noted that trade with these countries pales in comparison with the U.S.: “New Zealand,” he said sarcastically, naming one TPP country: “That huge market we’ve been waiting our entire lives to crack.”But other industry leaders, many of whom had actively lobbied Ottawa to commit to the Pacific Rim deal long ago, applauded news of the agreement.Assuming reports of a finalize #TPP trade deal are accurate, CFIB heartily congratulates PM @JustinTrudeau, @cafreeland & @FP_Champagne. #TPP will provide lots of new opportunities for Canadian small firms at a time of trade uncertainty with the US.— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) January 23, 2018Dan Kelly, president and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, tweeted that the “TPP will provide lots of new opportunities for Canadian small firms at a time of trade uncertainty with the US.”John Masswohl of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association tweeted: “Great news for Canada’s beef producers and job creation in Canada as a whole! Helpful for NAFTA talks too.”Many believed the original TPP had suffered a fatal blow when Trump withdrew from the deal in his first week as president.The government official said Trudeau had been bringing up the Asia-Pacific trade pact in recent months every time he’s had conversations with leaders from the other partner economies. Over the last week, he discussed the deal with the leaders of New Zealand and Chile by phone.Trudeau also dispatched well-connected Vancouver Economic Commission chief executive Ian McKay as his personal envoy at this week’s negotiations in Japan, the official said. McKay joined Canada’s chief and deputy chief negotiators in Tokyo for two days of talks that were scheduled to wrap up Tuesday.Besides Canada, the new deal’s partners are Australia, Brunei, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.Most importantly, the deal will open up access for Canada to Japan’s economy, the third-largest in the world. Canada’s agricultural, seafood and forestry sectors would see some of the greatest benefits, the official said.The official insisted that Champagne and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland also remained engaged with their counterparts in recent months.They added that Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, met with Japan’s ambassador last week to discuss the deal.With files from Alexander Panetta in Montreal read more

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DR Congo rebel coalition in east lays down arms in UNbrokered deal

The UN Mission in the country (MONUC) said that the move by the rebel coalition Mouvement Revolutionnaire Congolais (MRC), which consisted of regrouped combatants from other armed militias that had previously disbanded, will make relocation easier for displaced persons in the troubled Ituri District and allow many more to vote in the elections.William Lacy Swing, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the DRC, welcomed the agreement, signed yesterday in Bunia by the Congolese Government and the MRC in the presence of UN officials, calling it a major step forward for the elections and for peace. He urged other rebel groups to follow the example and lay down their weapons.In the past few months, UN peacekeepers have been backing the Congolese national armed forces as they fought to disarm or expel such groups from Ituri and the two Kivu provinces in the eastern part of the vast country.Thousands of people fled the conflict in those areas, much of which had been controlled by militias since the multi-factional and multinational fighting of the Congolese civil war in the late 1990s.In Sunday’s elections, the first in the country in 45 years, 25.5 million voters are expected to cast ballots at 50,000 polling stations in an election involving some 33 presidential, over 9,000 national legislative and more than 10,000 provincial assembly candidates. It is considered to be the most complex electoral-assistance mission ever undertaken by the UN. read more

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Crude oil drops to near US94 a barrel as ECB rate cut

by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 4:06 pm MDT Crude oil drops to near US$94 a barrel as ECB rate cut boosts dollar AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The price of oil fell Thursday as an unexpected rate cut by the European Central Bank strengthened the U.S. dollar and OPEC said global crude supplies are abundant.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 60 cents to US$94.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, the international benchmark, fell more sharply, dropping $1.78, or 1.7 per cent, to US$103.46 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Aiming to encourage Europe’s modest growth rate, the ECB cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low 0.25 per cent, a move not generally expected until at least next month.The cut weakened the euro and strengthened the dollar, making commodities like crude more expensive for traders using currencies other than the U.S. currency. The euro was down to $1.3365 from $1.3520 before the rate cut was announced.Meanwhile, a report from some of the world’s key oil producers that forecast rising energy supplies in the coming years also weighed on prices.The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it expects demand for its crude oil to fall to 29.2 million barrels a day in 2018 from 30.3 million barrels a year this year. OPEC said rising supplies from other sources, such as Canadian oilsands, crude from Latin America and the increased use of biofuels, would contribute to the fall in demand for its own output.“This year’s (report) demonstrates again that there is no shortage of oil and resources are plentiful,” OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badry said in the group’s 2013 World Oil Outlook report.OPEC also predicted that global oil demand would rise from 81.2 million barrels a day in 2013 to 89.7 million barrels a day in 2020 and 100.2 million barrels a day in 2035. At the same time, renewables and other fuels will cut into oil’s share of global energy use.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell four cents to US$2.50 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil lost three cents to US$2.84 a gallon and natural gas gained two cents to $3.52 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) read more

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Racket sponsor backs Sharapova despite failed drug test

Racket sponsor backs Sharapova despite failed drug test FILE – In this Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, file photo, Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Sharapova’s racket supplier became the first main sponsor to publicly back the five-time Grand Slam champion after she admitted to failing a doping test. Austria-based company Head announced Thursday, March 10, 2016, it was planning to extend its sponsorship deal, three days after Sharapova revealed her use of the banned substance meldonium. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) VIENNA – Maria Sharapova’s racket supplier became the first main sponsor to publicly back the five-time Grand Slam champion after she admitted to failing a doping test.Austria-based company Head announced Thursday it was planning to extend its sponsorship deal, three days after Sharapova revealed her use of the banned substance meldonium.Head CEO Johan Eliasch said Sharapova has made “a manifest error” by her continued use of the drug after it was banned, but added there was no “evidence of any intent by Maria of enhancing her performance or trying to gain an unfair advantage.”Eliasch said his brand, which started sponsoring Sharapova in 2011, “is proud to stand behind Maria, now and into the future and we intend to extend her contract. We look forward to working with her and to announcing new sponsorships.”Several other brands, including sports gear giant Nike, watch maker TAG Heuer, and sports car company Porsche, were quick to suspend their support of the world’s highest-earning female athlete after her announcement Monday that she failed the drug test at the Australian Open in January, days after the substance was banned.A former No. 1 for a total of 21 weeks, Sharapova earned an estimated $29.5 million last year alone, mostly off the court. Sharapova has 35 career singles titles and more than $36 million in career prize winnings.Sharapova said she has taken meldonium for 10 years for various health issues and that she neglected to click on a link in a late December email to check the new list of banned substances. She faces a lengthy ban, which could prevent her from competing for Russia at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.“She has and still is dealing with the medical conditions she described,” Eliasch said. “Prior to 2016, we believe that Maria has never throughout her career been taking any WADA banned substances or any other illegal substances.”Eliasch said Sharapova was taking meldonium in such low doses that the drug couldn’t possibly have had a stimulating effect on her performance, and that “we further conclude this falls into the category of ‘honest’ mistakes.”According to Eliasch, it “is common ground within the scientific community” that for meldonium to provide “any relevant performance enhancing effect it has to be taken in daily dosages in excess of 1,000 to 2,000mg.”The dosages Sharapova had been taken “were significantly short of performance enhancing levels,” according to the CEO.“The honesty and courage she displayed in announcing and acknowledging her mistake was admirable,” Eliasch said. “Maria may have made a mistake, but she has earned the benefit of the doubt and we are extending it to her.” by Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2016 7:51 am MDT Last Updated Mar 10, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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UN Libya mission urges countrys stakeholders to pursue next round of talks

This follows recent political and security developments, particularly last week’s deadly terrorist bombings in the City of Al-Qubbah and the decision of the House of Representatives in Libya to suspend its participation in the political dialogue. The latest wave of violence has further rattled the war-weary nation, in conflict since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, which resulted in the ouster of late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.In a statement, the Mission said it “would like to clarify a number of misconceptions in recent media coverage regarding the talks” the latest round of which took place in Geneva last month. The UN-facilitated Libyan dialogue was conducted in a “responsible and serious environment, with a high sense of resolve and determination” with the hopes of reaching a comprehensive political agreement to end the country’s crisis and restore security, the Mission said. “The participants and the United Nations were fully transparent during their work on the dialogue; decisions were made by participants after broad and inclusive deliberations and consultations,” it emphasized, adding that ending the “severe political division” in Libya is of critical importance, since its continuation will pose a clear threat to the unity of the country. “Accordingly, it is urgent and necessary to reach an agreement on a strong and independent Government, whose highest priority should be restoring the confidence of the citizens in the Libyan State, as well as provision of services and combatting terrorism, since terrorism has become a real threat to the political process, the Libyan State, and the security and stability of the country and the region.”The UN-backed dialogue is intended to produce proposals to be endorsed by Libyan stakeholders and supported by the people. All decisions made by participants – whether related to the consensus government’s mechanism, method of formulation, or to security arrangements related to the ceasefire – are first and foremost Libyan decisions that are made by the consensus of the participants, the Mission said. In that regard, Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bernardino León, who also heads up UNSMIL, has reiterated to Libyan leaders the neutrality of the UN on many occasions, the last of which when he contacted Interim Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni to offer condolences for the victims of the terrorist bombings in Al-Qubbah. In that telephone conversation, Mr. León reiterated that a political agreement is the safeguard to Libya’s unity and ability to combat terrorism, and asked for the interim government’s public support for the dialogue. The Special Representative also assured Mr. Al-Thinni that the international community remains fully supportive of the dialogue.Libya’s protracted conflict has caused a serious humanitarian crisis, with at least 120,000 people forced to flee their homes, resulting in consequent shortages in both food and medical supplies along with mounting numbers of casualties. read more

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Internet Explorer 11 support for WebGL SPDY3 confirmed

first_imgInternet Explorer 11 is due to arrive later this year along with Windows 8.1, but the new web browser has already been poked and prodded thanks to the Server 2012 R2 preview release. From what’s been shown off so far, it’s clear that Microsoft is still keenly focused on building a standards-compliant browser that competes with the likes of Chrome and Firefox.Developer Robert McLaws (the same fellow that shared images of the Start Button tweaks) posted a variety of images that detail IE11’s new features for both end users and developers.WebGL support — which was teased on Microsoft’s Vine account a while back — has indeed landed in IE11. Right now the browser only passes about 73% of Khronos’ WebGL tests, but that could be because this is 1) a preview release and 2) running on Server 2012 R2. IE11’s numbers should be much better by the time Windows 8.1 RTMs.The latest revision of Google’s SPDY protocol is also supported, something that was hinted at in earlier leaked builds of Windows 8.1. While SPDY tests in April returned negative results, registry keys indicated that Microsoft was working to integrate support in IE11.McLaws’ screenshots highlight a few other tweaks for users. The SmartScreen filter can now be turned off more easily, as an option has been added to the download manager. There’s also a “flip ahead with page prediction” feature. While not demonstrated, it’s likely that this allows users to continue scrolling to read the next page of multi-page articles in IE11.Some semantic changes have been made, too: “Add Site to Start Screen” has been switched to “Add Site to Apps” on the gear menu.We’ll know plenty more about IE11 in the coming days. The Windows 8.1 Preview should be released today at Build, and we’ll be taking a deep dive into it.last_img read more

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FAA Will Now Require You to Display an ID Number on Your

first_img Your drone will need a dog tag: The U.S. government is now requiring all civilian drones to add external IDs due to safety concerns.On Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted the regulation on a preview website for the Federal Register, Bloomberg reported. The regulation, which will go into effect on Feb. 23, aims to protect people from potentially concealed explosives and other hazardous incidents. Considering that there are more than one million drone users in the U.S., this regulation will help the FAA elevate safety and security.If you are attending @NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Clash today, be advised that there is a #NoDroneZone in effect within 3-nautical-miles of Daytona International Speedway from 2 pm until 5 pm ET. #FlySafe pic.twitter.com/FitH9UcoAr— The FAA (@FAANews) February 10, 2019The rule, which won’t be published until tomorrow, will give citizens a 30-day commitment period to respond to the updated ID requirement, The Verge reported. Moving forward, drone owners will have to externally display their drone registration numbers outside their devices. Previously, drone owners were allowed to place identification inside the devices’ battery compartments.Last month, the FAA proposed a framework that would enable expanded drone flights over large crowds and populated areas. However, flying a drone during major sporting events, including NASCAR races and football games, is strictly prohibited. Other companies, including Echodyne, a startup backed by Bill Gates, are also trying to help reduce illegal aircraft activity with their anti-drone radars.Visit FAA’s website for additional drone operation safety guidelines and tips.More on Geek.com: You May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, at NightFlights Grounded at Newark Airport After Two Drones Spotted Flying NearbyDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target This Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow BlowerWatch: Drone Captures Incredible View of Sheep on Colorado Peak last_img read more

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New title match added to WWE Fastlane PPV this Sunday

first_img Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Ronda Rousey Asuka, Becky Lynch, And Charlotte In Triple Threat Title Match WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live Two title matches added to Clash of Champions in three weeks on September 15 Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Videos Articlescenter_img Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Videos Articles Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Twitter Kevin Owens, who captured the WWE Intercontinental Championship on Monday night during RAW, will defend his newly won title against Dolph Ziggler at WWE Fastlane.Also added to the show is The Cutting Edge Peep Show hosted by Edge and Christian with special guests The New Day this Sunday (2/21) on the WWE Network from Cleveland.Here is the updated card for Fastlane on Sunday.Winner Advances to WrestleMania 32 Main Event – Triple Threat MatchBrock Lesnar vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman ReignsWWE Intercontinental Championship MatchKevin Owens (c) vs. Dolph ZigglerWWE Divas Championship MatchCharlotte (c) vs. Brie BellaSasha Banks & Becky Lynch vs. Naomi & TaminaThe Cutting Edge Peep Show with special guests The New DayKickoff Show:WWE United States Championship MatchKalisto (c) vs. Alberto Del Rio* Note: Alberto Del Rio challenged Kalisto to make the title match a Best 2 out of 3 Falls match. WWE has yet to confirm the stipulation as of late Monday night.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Andrade and Elias advance to the Quarterfinals of the 2019 King of the Ring tournamentlast_img read more

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Wilmingtons Woodbriar Health Center SOLD To Pointe Group Care

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below press release is from Pointe Group Care, as shared by the Wilmington/Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce:Pointe Group Care, a private, family-owned and locally managed senior living and rehabilitation provider, announced it has completed the acquisitions of the former Grosvenor Park Health Center in Salem and the former Woodbriar Health Center in Wilmington. The facilities have been renamed, respectively, AdviniaCare Salem and AdviniaCare Wilmington, and the acquisitions were approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.Pointe Group Care has been operating the facilities since October and has focused its efforts on improving resident safety and updating facility infrastructure.“Our team has worked diligently to re-establish the sterling reputations of these health care centers within their respective communities,” said Chris Hannon, director of operations at Pointe Group Care. “We have focused our energies and investments on enhancing the clinical preparedness of the staff and improving the infrastructure that is necessary to provide highquality care in a safe and welcoming environment. We look forward to working closely with our partners in the communities that we are now serving in Salem and Wilmington.”Pointe Group Care oversaw capital improvements at both facilities, including replacing resident furniture and repairing major equipment. The company also appointed new leadership teams for administrative and nursing services. Each facility now has an active Family Council to ensure engagement with the loved ones of residents and patients, and these groups are encouraged to participate in facility initiatives and ensure that leadership is meeting their expectations.“We worked closely with Pointe Group Care during their tenure as manager of the Grosvenor Park and Woodbriar facilities, and their efforts during that period reflected a focus on resident care and a strong understanding of clinical, regulatory and facility-related priorities,” said Paul Valentine, senior managing director of KCP Advisory Group, the court-appointed receiver of the two facilities that were acquired. “We very much enjoyed the relationship with them and anticipate that those in the Salem and Wilmington areas will appreciate these centers being operated under the AdviniaCare banner.”The new AdviniaCare Salem is a 123-bed facility located at 7 Loring Hills Ave. in Salem. AdviniaCare Wilmington is a 142-bed facility located at 90 West St. in Wilmington. Each facility employs about 125 people.The acquisitions expand Pointe Group Care portfolio to five rehabilitation and skilled nursing facilities, including facilities in Brockton, Chelsea and Fall River. The company also plans to purchase the five-star Pleasant Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Brewster.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Woodbriar Health Center To Be Sold In Early 2019In “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Banyan Treatment Center In WilmingtonIn “Business”Woodbriar Health Center To Pay Up To $200,000 In Settlement With Attorney General’s Office After Patient’s DeathIn “Business”last_img read more

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JFK death probe files released if not all

first_imgUS president John F Kennedy, First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally ride in a liousine moments before Kennedy was assassinated, in Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963. REUTERS File PhotoUS President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered the unveiling of 2,800 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy but yielded to pressure from the FBI and CIA to block the release of other records to be reviewed further.Congress had ordered in 1992 that all remaining sealed files pertaining to the investigation into Kennedy’s death should be fully opened to the public through the National Archives in 25 years, by 26 October 2017, except for those the president authorised for further withholding.Trump had confirmed on Saturday that he would allow for the release of the final batch of once-classified records, amounting to tens of thousands of pages, “subject to the receipt of further information.”But as the deadline neared, the administration decided at the last minute to stagger the final release over the next 180 days while government agencies studied whether any documents should stay sealed or redacted.The law allows the president to keep material under wraps if it is determined that harm to intelligence operations, national defense, law enforcement or the conduct of foreign relations would outweigh the public’s interest in full disclosure.More than 2,800 uncensored documents were posted immediately to the National Archives website on Thursday evening – a staggering, disparate cache that news outlets began poring through seeking new insights into a tragedy that has been endlessly dissected for decades by investigators, scholars and conspiracy theorists.The rest will be released “on a rolling basis,” with “redactions in only the rarest of circumstances,” by the end of the review on 26 April 2018, the White House said in a statement.In a memo to government agency heads, Trump said the American people deserved as much access as possible to the records.“Therefore, I am ordering today that the veil finally be lifted,” he wrote, adding that he had no choice but to accept the requested redactions for now.A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman told Reuters that every single one of approximately 18,000 remaining CIA records in the collection would ultimately be released, with just 1 percent of the material left redacted.CIA Director Mike Pompeo was a lead advocate in arguing to the White House for keeping some materials secret, one senior administration official said.While Kennedy was killed over half a century ago, the document file included material from investigations during the 1970s through the 1990s. Intelligence and law enforcement officials argued their release could thus put at risk some more recent “law enforcement equities” and other materials that still have relevance, the official said.Trump was resistant but “acceded to it with deep insistence that this stuff is going to be reviewed and released in the next six months,” the official added.QUELLING CONSPIRACY THEORIES?Academics who have studied Kennedy’s slaying on 22 November 1963, said they expected nothing in the final batch of files would alter the official conclusion of investigators that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin who fired on the president’s open limousine that day in Dallas from an upper window of the Texas Book Depository building overlooking the motorcade route.They likewise anticipated that the latest releases would do little to quell long-held conspiracy theories that the 46-year-old Democratic president’s killing was organized by the Mafia, by Cuba, or a cabal of rogue agents.Of the roughly 5 million pages of JFK assassination-related records held by the National Archives, 88 percent have been available to the public without restriction since the late 1990s, and 11 per cent more have been released with sensitive portions redacted. Only about 1 percent have remain withheld in full, according to the National Archives.Thousands of books, articles, TV shows and films have explored the idea that Kennedy’s assassination was the result of an elaborate conspiracy. None have produced conclusive proof that Oswald, who was fatally shot by a nightclub owner two days after killing Kennedy, worked with anyone else, although they retain a powerful cultural currency.“My students are really skeptical that Oswald was the lone assassin,” said Patrick Maney, a professor of history at Boston College. “It’s hard to get our minds around this, that someone like a loner, a loser, could on his own have murdered Kennedy and changed the course of world history. But that’s where the evidence is.”Kennedy’s assassination was the first in a string of politically motivated killings, including those of his brother Robert F Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., that stunned the United States during the turbulent 1960s. He remains one of the most admired US presidents.last_img read more

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Forum Emphasizes Faith as a Means of Combating Poverty

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comOn a cold, snowy Thursday, students, professionals and the politically active packed into the Heritage Foundation for an Anti-Poverty forum, Nov. 15, where several panelists spoke on the topic of poverty and how to combat it in 2018.Speakers included Sen. Marco Rubio (D-Fl.), pastor, author and former Fire Chief of the Atlanta Fire Department Kelvin Cochran and several advocates for faith-based support services, who spoke on the importance of determination to improve life, holding onto the American dream, family values and how faith in God is key to a more stable life.Using his own experiences with destitution, former Fire Chief of the Atlanta Fire Department, Kelvin Cochran, spoke at the anti-poverty forum, Nov. 15, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.The United States Census bureau reported in 2017 that people of color are disproportionately affected by destitution, with Blacks making up for 21.2 percent of the poverty rate, and Latinos accounting for 18.3 percent.  Many conversations seemed to directly relate to Black and Brown people.  Even with current success, Rubio and Cochran each shared their own family’s struggles with poverty.“I try to remind myself every day that I am literally just a generation removed from poverty and despair.  And sometimes I wonder where I would be at this very moment, or whether I would’ve even been born, if there had never been America,” Rubio said.Cochran talked about his family’s trials and tribulations.  After his father, an alcoholic, left his mother, his family struggled with six siblings sharing a room, the boys on one mattress and girls on another, eating mayonnaise sandwiches and drinking sugar water.“We were poor when dad was living with us, but… we went to a lower socio-economic class called, ‘Po,’ just P-O. Because we didn’t have enough money for the whole word, P-O-O-R anymore,” Cochran told the crowd.“I also realized that having a mom raising six kids alone was not God’s design for a family,” he said.He knew from childhood he wanted to be a firefighter and a family man unlike his father.  He was taught from his church community that faith, discipline and respect helped people achieve their dreams.“If you believe in and have faith in God; if you go to school and work hard and get a good education; if you respect grown ups and treat other children like you want to be treated, all your dreams are going to come true.  That got my attention and I focused on those four principles all of my life,” Cochran said.“Because I continued to apply those principles, ultimately my dream came true and I became a firefighter in 1981.  My dream to become a family man eventually came true.  I married my 4th grade girlfriend when I became a firefighter,” he said, later revealing he has been married 36 years with three children all of whom are college graduates.Focusing on the four principles taught him as a child and his mother’s belief in God and her children is what Cochran said made him successful.“Back in the day and even today, our family would have been called, ‘At-risk families.’ You know what I’ve discovered ladies and gentleman? An at-risk family is a family that doesn’t have a vision for the future of their children. Has nothing to do with race, has nothing to do with socio-economic levels,” he said.Another panel member spoke on faith-based religious organizations having the freedom to serve.“Faith-based organizations provide irreplaceable help to our society,” said Emily Kao, director of the Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation.  Kao, who moderated the panel, said faith-based organizations provide services adding up to over $303 billion per year.Sherrie Laurie, executive director of the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center in Anchorage, Alaska, explained why she feels her faith-based organization has been successful in offering shelter, showers, training and more for women in need.“We’ve really stopped focusing so much on the hand out starting to focus more and more on the hand up and coming alongside them.  But that can only be done with the transforming love of Jesus Christ,” Laurie said.  “So it’s really focused on introducing them to Jesus Christ and calling them into their destiny and calling them into who he created them to be.last_img read more

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No 16 Cardinals Bounce Back with a 7264 Win over the No

first_imgStory Links BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) —  Ryan McMahon scored 12 points in a span of 83 seconds in the second half and No. 16 Louisville used a 14-3 run to pull away and beat No. 11 Virginia Tech 72-64 on Monday night.It is the Cardinals’ 15th consecutive victory against the Hokies.McMahon had scored just three points when he made three free throws with 11:53 to play. He then added three 3-pointers, the last with 10:30 left after a 3 by Ty Outlaw for the Hokies, to bolster the Cardinals (17-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).McMahon and Dwayne Sutton finished with 17 points, and Jordan Nwora scored 15 for the Cardinals.Kerry Blackshear Jr. scored 21 points and Nickeil Alexander-Walker 17 for the Hokies (18-4, 7-3), who lost for the first time in 12 home games. Virginia Tech has not beaten its old Metro Conference rival since Feb. 13, 1991.The Hokies were coming off a record-setting game in which they allowed just nine field goals and 24 points in a 47-24 victory against then-No. 23 North Carolina State, but McMahon accounted for half that total with his blistering second-half display.The Cardinals, meanwhile, reached 24 points on Ryan McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.Virginia Tech played without second-leading scorer Justin Robinson (14.4 ppg, left foot) and reserve forward P.J. Horne (undisclosed).DIFFERENT LOOKThe Cardinals reached 24 points on McMahon’s 3-pointer 7:18 before halftime.BIG PICTURELouisville: With both teams playing their second game in three days, and the Hokies down to just six regulars, the Cardinals seemed to pay special attention to attacking to the offensive glass, but grabbed only four of those to three for Virginia Tech in the first half. Each team scored two points off those chances. Louisville grabbed offensive boards to five for the Hokies.Virginia Tech: Coach Buzz Williams used backup point guard Wabissa Bede and fellow guards Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Ahmed Hill for 40 minutes each in Saturday afternoon’s victory in Raleigh, North Carolina, and their fatigue showed, especially after halftime. Besides McMahon, the Cardinals finished allowed McMahon to get loose for three long 3s in a span of one minute as a 44-38 Louisville expanded quickly to 55-41 with 9:03 left. The Hokies committed 10 of their 13 turnovers after halftime.UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals plays their third consecutive ranked team as they visit No. 22 Florida State on Saturday.Virginia Tech: The Hokies head south to face Clemson on Saturday. PDF Box Score Next Game: at Florida State 2/9/2019 | 4 p.m. Matchup History Listen Live Postgame Notes center_img Photo Gallery Full Schedule Roster ESPN2 Preview Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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Antigravity water transport system inspired by trees

first_img More information: Weizhong Xu et al. “Efficient Water Transport and Solar Steam Generation via Radially, Hierarchically Structured Aerogels.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.9b02331 Efficiently moving water upward against gravity is a major feat of human engineering, yet one that trees have mastered for hundreds of millions of years. In a new study, researchers have designed a tree-inspired water transport system that uses capillary forces to drive dirty water upward through a hierarchically structured aerogel, where it can then be converted into steam by solar energy to produce fresh, clean water. Aerogels capped with carbon nanotubes pull water upward and transform it into steam, purifying it for collection. Credit: Xu et al. ©2019 American Chemical Society Dyed water flows upward through forked branches of the aerogel. Credit: Xu et al. ©2019 American Chemical Society This design is very similar to the one that plants use. Plants contain many tiny xylem vessels that draw water from the ground up through their branches and leaves—sometimes hundreds of feet in the air. Once the water reaches the leaves, solar radiation causes the water to evaporate through tiny pores in the leaves, similar to the carbon solar steam generator. Recreating an efficient tree-like water transport system has been challenging, with most previous attempts exhibiting relatively slow transport speeds, short transport distances, and a decrease in performance when transporting sewage and seawater compared to clean water. With the new aerogel design, the researchers demonstrated improvements in all these areas, achieving upward flow performance of 10 cm in the first 5 minutes and 28 cm after 3 hours. The system also works equally well with clean water, seawater, sewage, and sandy groundwater. In addition, the carbon heat collector achieves a high energy conversion efficiency of up to 85%. Journal information: ACS Nano Explore further © 2019 Science X Network The key to the improvements was the careful design of the aerogel’s architecture. To fabricate the material, the researchers poured the aerogel ingredients into a copper tube, which they then subjected to a temperature gradient where the cold end of the tube was a cool –90 degrees Celsius. This caused ice crystals to grow in a pattern within the aerogel along the temperature gradient. After freeze-drying the tube, the resulting aerogel displayed a hierarchical structure with radially aligned channels, micro-sized pores, wrinkled inner surfaces, and molecular meshes. These tiny structures all contributed to the aerogel’s good performance. In the future, the researchers plan to further improve the performance of the system to prepare for applications.”We hope to further optimize the experimental scheme and carry out large-scale production,” Liu said. “We also hope to further improve the length of water conveyance, the speed of water conveyance, and the efficiency of water collection, so as to better carry out practical applications.” 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. Solar steam generators could be made with wood, fabric or sponges The researchers, led by Aiping Liu at Zhejiang Sci-Tech University and Hao Bai at Zhejiang University, have published a paper on the new water transport and solar steam generation method in a recent issue of ACS Nano. In the future, efficient water transport methods have potential applications in water purification and desalination. “Our preparation method is universal and can be industrialized,” Liu told Phys.org. “Our materials have excellent properties and good stability, and can be reused many times. This provides the possibility for large-scale desalination and sewage treatment in the future.”The new system consists of two main components: a long, porous, ultralight aerogel to transport water, and a carbon nanotube layer on top of the aerogel to absorb sunlight and turn the water into steam. The system is enclosed in a glass container. Water travels upward through the pores in the aerogel due to capillary forces, which are caused by adhesion between the water molecules and the inner surface of the pores. Once the water reaches the top, the solar-heated carbon nanotube layer heats the water into steam, leaving any contaminants behind. The steam condenses on the sides of the surrounding glass container, forming water droplets that flow down to the bottom of the container into a reservoir for collection. Citation: Antigravity water transport system inspired by trees (2019, July 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-antigravity-trees.htmllast_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_img Click to playTap to play We Are Stoke-on-Trent We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to The Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday April 25. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. 18:56Accident near The Seabridge PubReports of accident on Seabridge Lane near Wye Road. Traffic is coping well.The accident is reported to be near to The Seabridge pub. 18:53Train delays between Stockport and Crewe…Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stockport and Crewe due to signalling problem. 18:20Busy on A500…Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is five minutes. 17:52A34 closed in Scholar GreenReports of A34 Congleton Road North in both directions closed due to accident between Church Lane and Stone Chair Lane. 17:32Accident in Mow CopReports of accident on Congleton Road near Roe Park. 17:31Accident on A500Reports of accident on A500 D Road Southbound at A52 Shelton Old Road / A5006 Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange).Caller reports one lane closed. 16:16Reports of a deer on the M6…We are getting reports of a deer on the M6 Toll, Staffs are aware and dealing. Please take care if you will be commuting past this location.— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) April 25, 201816:03Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.13:58Stoke Highways on potholes…Working towards #potholefreepotteries #WednesdayWisdom ��‍♂️�� pic.twitter.com/vzrWx462pg— Stoke Highways (@stokehighways) April 25, 201811:20A50 busy but moving A50 Westbound busy but moving from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout). 10:47More information on issues on the railway between Crewe and Liverpool10:38Signalling problem causing delays on trains Delays of up to 30 minutes and some cancellations on London Northwestern between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay, and between Crewe and Liverpool South Parkway due to signalling problem at Acton Bridge. 10:21Man car-jacked after stopping to help ‘teenagers in distress’ in StaffordshireA 45-year-old man was assaulted and had his car stolen after stopping to help two teenagers who appeared in distress on a Staffordshire road. More here.10:18Slow traffic near Stoke railway stationSlow traffic on A52 Leek Road Northbound at Station Road. 09:30Slow traffic continues on the A500 Traffic is still heavier than normal on the A500 D Road Southbound at A527 Grange Road (near Wolstanton Retail Park). 08:52Slow traffic on A500Slow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 D Road Southbound at A527 Grange Road (Wolstanton Retail Park). 08:49Road blocked due to ‘medical emergency’Reports of slow traffic and partially blocked due to a medical emergency on High Street Northbound near St Martin’s Road.Emergency services are likely to be partially blocking the road.08:47One lane shut on M6 due to broken down vehicleOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.08:38Earlier debris on M6 clearThe earlier debris on the M6 has now cleared.08:19Lane closed on M6 due to debris on roadLane closed and slow traffic due to debris on road on M6 Southbound between J13 A449 (Stafford South) and J12 A5 (Gailey). Approach with care.Lane four (of four) is closed – the outermost lane, around two miles after J13. 08:07Slow traffic on A500Usual slow traffic on A500 Queensway Southbound before A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout). Travel time is five minutes.07:598am traffic updateM6 – CHESHIRE – SOUTHBOUNDQueueing traffic and delays due to earlier broken down lorry on M6 Southbound between J17 A534 (Sandbach / Crewe) and J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 20 minutes.Lane one (of three) was closed until around 07:35 now recovery has been completed. Breakdown had occurred within the residual delays of an earlier accident which cleared around 06:35. This is within the smart motorway works.PA500 – CHESHIRE – NORTHBOUNDQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 Northbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).A500 D ROAD – STOKE-ON-TRENT – SOUTHBOUND – STAFFORDSHIREHeavy traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is seven minutes.A527 BROWNHILLS ROAD – TUNSTALL, STOKE-ON-TRENT – WESTBOUND – STAFFORDSHIREQueueing traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 07:56Heavy traffic continues on the A500 Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 Northbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent). 07:53Slow traffic on A527Queueing traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 07:42Queuing traffic on the A500Queueing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is seven minutes. 07:32Broken down lorry recovered07:32Heavy traffic on the A500Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 Northbound at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).07:18Delays continue on M6A Highways England spokesman said:1 lane is closed on the M6 southbound between J17 and J16. An HGV has broken down in the residual congestion following the earlier collision. Recovery is on scene, so hopefully we’ll have it cleared from the carriageway soon. We’ll keep you updated. “07:17Usual congestion on A50Usual congestion on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).07:05Usual congestion the A500Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Watch again Watch Next Video Loading Video Unavailablecenter_img We Are Stoke-on-Trent – City of Culture 2021 bidWe Are Stoke-on-Trent – City of Culture 2021 bid – The SentinelVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/2:31Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:30 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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