Srinagar-Jammu highway remains shut for the 7th day

first_imgThe Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed for traffic for the seventh day on Tuesday in the wake of landslides due to snowfall and rains. Special air sorties have been arranged by the government for stranded passengers in Jammu as well as in Kashmir. “The national highway is still closed for traffic as fresh landslides have rendered it unsafe for vehicular movement,” an official of the Traffic Department here said.Fresh landslidesHe said landslides have occurred at a few places near Ramban and Ramsoo, leaving behind a trail of muck. There have been fresh landslides at Mehar in Ramban and other places near Ramsoo on Monday which have blocked the highway, the official said. He said the men and machinery were on the job and authorities were trying their best to clear the road. The highway, the only all-weather road link between the Valley and rest of the country, was closed on Wednesday last following heavy rains and snowfall. The road was thrown open for one-way traffic for a brief period on Sunday after remaining closed for four days. Meanwhile, the IAF on Tuesday carried out sorties to evacuate over 500 passengers who were stranded in Jammu following closure of the highway. About 830 passengers, who were stranded at Jammu bus stand, were ferried to IAF station here in 17 SRTC buses. Of them 530 passengers were airlifted in two sorties by IL-76 aircraft to Srinagar, IAF officials said.More sortiesMore sorties are likely between Udhampur and Srinagar , they said.last_img read more

Video: Dance of the Water Droplets

first_imgHow droplets wobble on a vibrating surface can affect everything from the sharpness of pictures produced by inkjet printers to the flow of fluid through tiny channels etched into “lab-on-a-chip” devices used to perform medical tests or analyze polluted water. And oh, can they wobble. When standing still, droplets are typically drawn into a hemispherical dome due to surface tension of the fluid. But when researchers placed water droplets atop a glass slide under a microscope and shook them at various frequencies, the oscillating globules contorted into a variety of unusual, even unexpected shapes—from simple, gumdroplike blobs to triangles and five-pointed stars. Distortions in the paths of light traveling through the wobbling droplets (seen in video) enabled the researchers to map the shapes in 3D. In experiments that shook droplets at frequencies between 30 at 1100 Hertz (cycles per second), the team chronicled more than 30 different shapes, the researchers report online this week in Physical Review E. Inkjet printers aside, the results could lead to techniques that can use vibration to clear droplets off of a surface—a big problem in the microgravity of space, where droplets of condensed water vapor accumulate on heat exchangers but don’t drip away, dramatically reducing the devices’ overall efficiency.last_img read more

Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling

first_imgThe first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curlingGANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia. The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.The first event is mixed doubles curling, which is making its Olympic debut. The more familiar single-gender version of curling will begin later in the games.There were four games played simultaneously Thursday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Barca tries to leave Pique controversy behind with Copa MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Olympic Athlete from Russia curler Anastasia Bryzgalova prepares to throw her stone during the mixed doubles training session ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Pyeongchang Olympics have begun with a curling competition featuring a showdown between a pair of U.S. siblings and a Russian husband-and-wife team competing in neutral uniforms with no national insignia.The opening ceremony is still a day away, but the games are already underway. Among the athletes are 168 Russians who are being forced to compete under the neutral banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia” as punishment for doping in Sochi in 2014. Others who were barred altogether have filed appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and are still hoping to be allowed to participate.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Nextcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Held by the Referee…

first_imgPanathinaikos got off to a dream start against Standard Liege going up 0-2, but left Belgium with only a point after conceding two goals. Ibarbo scored twice in the 13th and 36th minutes before the referee from Poland gave a ridiculous penalty to the hosts at the end of the first half (converted by Junior). A goal in the 82nd minute from a direct free-kick gave Standard a late equalizer and a point from tonight’s match, handing Panathinaikos another disappointing result in this year’s Europa League.Stramaccioni used a 3-5-2 formation to start with Steele (GK), Samba (CB), Koutroubis (CB), Moledo (CB), Coulibaly (RB), Hult (LB), Zeca (DMF), Ledesma (DMF), Villafanez (AMF), Leto (CF), and Ibarbo (CF). Berg was ruled out due to an illness. Panathinaikos took the early lead with a magnificent shot from Ibarbro which curled into the side netting in the 12 minute. The Greek side was well disciplined tactically, allowing very little space for Standard Liege to attack throughout the first half. In the 36th minute, Panathinaikos doubled their advantage when a simple one-two between Leto and Ibarbo set the Colombian up with an open shot, leaving no chance for Gillet and giving Panathinaikos the 0-2 lead. Panathinaikos was cruising before the referee, Daniel Stefanski, gave a ridiculous penalty to Standard Liege in stoppage time. Koutroubis was called for a foul on Sa and from the spot Junior’s shot barely beat Steele to cut Panathinaikos’ lead to one. With Standard back in the game, the hosts played with much more confidence in the second half and pressed Panathinaikos in their half. Despite the pressure, Panathinaikos were only threatened on one occasion, but Sa could not convert from close range in the 66th minute. Panathinaikos looked to hold onto the three points, but Belfoldi’s powerful free-kick from outside the penalty area got passed the wall and beat Steele to bring Standard Liege level on the night. The hosts pressure paid off and Panathinaikos saw another good performance in this year’s Europa League end in disappointment. Panathinaikos earned their first point in the group and remain only three points behind second placed Celta, who drew Ajax 2-2 in the other group match. In matchday 4, Panathinaikos will need all three points when they host Standard Liege to have hopes of finishing in second place in Group G.Source: (Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

US European diplomats support Canada in Chinese court in deathpenalty appeal

first_imgOTTAWA — Canadian diplomats were joined in a Chinese courtroom today by American, British, French and German colleagues to watch the appeal of a Canadian who has been sentenced to death for smuggling drugs.The show of solidarity did not diminish Canadian worries over the fate of Robert Schellenberg of British Columbia.Global Affairs said in a statement it remains extremely concerned about China’s decision to impose the death penalty on Schellenberg at his Jan. 14 retrial, as it also thanked Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the Czech Republic for sending their representatives to the hearing.The department says the death penalty is cruel and inhumane punishment.Schellenberg’s new sentence was meted out six weeks after the RCMP detained Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition warrant, plunging Sino-Canadian diplomatic relations to a new low.It was not clear when the Chinese court would rule on Schellenberg’s appeal.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Uber selling Southeast Asian business to regional rival Grab

first_imgBANGKOK – Ride-hailing giant Uber is selling its business in Southeast Asia to regional rival Grab while gaining a robust stake in the fast-growing ridesharing, food delivery and financial services business.Grab said Monday that Uber will take a 27.5 per cent stake and a seat on its board as part of the deal. Financial details were not disclosed.Since becoming Uber’s CEO in September, Dara Khosrowshahi has been manoeuvring to make the company profitable before a planned initial public offering expected next year.The company’s full-year net loss widened to $4.5 billion in 2017 as it endured multiple scandals and the departure of its co-founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick.The deal enables Uber to keep a foothold in the increasingly affluent market of 640 million people while cutting its losses.“It will help us double down on our plans for growth as we invest heavily in our products and technology to create the best customer experience on the planet,” Khosrowshahi said in a statement.Grab provides services in Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. It says it offers access to five million drivers and agents and handles over a billion transactions a year.The deal was dismaying to many in Asia who have often compared the rival apps in search of the best deal.The Uber app will be discontinued in just two weeks, and in the meantime its drivers have to sign up to drive with Grab. Riders, likewise, will need to download the Grab app and set up accounts, although their Uber accounts will still work outside Southeast Asia.The companies said that Uber Eats, the food delivery business, will run in Southeast Asia through May and then shift to the GrabFood platform.Grab has been seeking to dominate the regional market for car and motorbike hailing and has expanded into other areas, recently announcing plans to partner with a Japanese credit card company to provide credit to millions of people without bank accounts.In Indonesia, the region’s biggest economy and most populous country with more than 250 million people, it’s in a fierce battle for customers with local app Go-Jek, which has backing from Google and Tencent.Grab’s CEO and co-founder Anthony Tan said the acquisition of Uber’s regional business marks the beginning of a new era in using mobile businesses to provide transport, food delivery, payments and other financial services across the region.Uber has withdrawn from several big overseas markets. It sold off its China business to a competitor and partner, Didi Chuxing, taking a stake in Didi. In Russia, it agreed to merge its ride-hailing business in the country with Yandex, a local search-engine leader that also runs a popular taxi-booking app.last_img read more

First official of UNbacked tribunal on Lebanese killings starts work

In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that Mr. Vincent will work closely with the Special Tribunal’s management committee and with the UN Secretariat to take the necessary steps to formally establish the court, in line with Security Council resolution 1757 from last year.“He will initially concentrate his activities on preparing the premises of the Tribunal, coordinating the transition between the International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) and the Tribunal, recruiting core staff, and finalizing the Tribunal’s budget,” the statement added.The Council asked Mr. Ban last year to set up the court after Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora informed the 15-member body that all domestic options had been exhausted, due to the country’s ongoing political crisis.The Special Tribunal is designed to try those accused of recent political murders in Lebanon, particularly the February 2005 assassination of the former prime minister Rafiq Hariri in a massive car bombing in downtown Beirut that killed 22 others.Last month, in a report to the Council, Mr. Ban said the selection of the judges and the prosecutor has also been completed and a draft budget will be submitted soon to the management committee of the Tribunal. 29 April 2008The first official of the United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon to take up his functions, the registrar Robin Vincent, began his duties yesterday as the court continues to make progress in its start-up phase. read more

Draft UN treaty to ease global electronic commerce moves forward

The recommendation on a draft text adopted Friday at the conclusion of a week-long meeting by the UN Commission on International Trade Law’s (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Electronic Commerce will be submitted to the Commission’s next full session in June. The text focuses on areas such as legal electronic transactions, data exchanges and e-mail messages.”This work will benefit world trade as it will enable and encourage the greater use of e-commerce,” said the group’s chairman, Jeffrey Chan of Singapore. He noted that more trade transactions are being conducted through electronic means, and the Internet in particular has grown to be a powerful tool for business.”The problem is that, in international business, different countries have different legal rules for contracts,” creating uncertainty when the same transaction is conducted across international borders, Mr. Chan added. Companies often must hire lawyers in different countries to advise them, adding to the cost of doing business.The chairman said that with a treaty to create a uniform legal regime for such transactions, confidence in e-commerce would get a boost and costs could be cut. “With this, there can be an expansion of international trading transactions,” he said.Jonas Astrup, who attended the meeting for the International Chamber of Commerce, said his organization favoured the alternative of self-regulation by industry. The ICC is addressing the contractual questions of e-commerce by developing “e-Terms 2004,” voluntary rules to help companies negotiate contracts electronically, Mr. Astrup added.On the other hand, “the draft convention has very useful aspects, such as recognition of data messages, and is in synergy with our tools,” such as contract guidance and model clauses, Mr. Astrup said. The International Chamber of Commerce set up its own task force which last year submitted comments on the scope and purposes of the draft convention.UNCITRAL works to modernize and harmonize the rules of international business. As trade means faster growth, higher living standards, and new opportunities through commerce, the Commission also seeks to increase these opportunities worldwide by formulating modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions. read more

Goldman Morgan Stanley to pay 557M to settle foreclosureabuse case brings total

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Goldman, Morgan Stanley to pay $557M to settle foreclosure-abuse case; brings total to $9B WASHINGTON – Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley will pay a combined $557 million to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes.The agreements announced Wednesday with the Federal Reserve were similar to deals struck earlier this month with 10 other major banks and mortgage lenders. Combined, the 12 firms will pay more than $9 billion.The settlements could compensate hundreds of thousands of Americans whose homes were seized because of abuses such as “robo-signing,” when banks automatically signed off on foreclosures without properly reviewing documents. The agreement will also help eliminate huge potential liabilities for the banks.Consumer advocates say regulators settled for too low a price by letting banks avoid full responsibility for foreclosures that victimized families.Under the settlement, Goldman and Morgan Stanley will pay $232 million in cash compensation to homeowners to end an independent review of loan files required under a 2011 action by the Fed and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The remaining $325 million will be used to reduce mortgage balances and to forgive outstanding principal on home sales that generated less than borrowers owed on their mortgages.About 220,000 people whose homes were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 are eligible for payments under the deal with the two banks, the Fed said. The payments could range from hundreds of dollars up to $125,000, depending on the type of possible error.The structure of the deal is nearly identical to the $8.5 billion settlement announced last week with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, MetLife Bank, PNC Financial Services, Sovereign, SunTrust, U.S. Bank and Aurora.Those banks will pay about $3.3 billion to 3.8 million homeowners to end the review of foreclosures. The rest — $5.2 billion — will go toward mortgage modifications and principal forgiveness.Two other banks were subject to the 2011 independent reviews. HSBC and Ally Financial have been in discussions with regulators on similar settlements but have yet to reach deals.Banks and consumer advocates had complained that the loan-by-loan reviews required under the 2011 order were time-consuming and costly and didn’t reach many homeowners. Banks were paying large amounts to consultants to review the files. Some questioned the independence of those consultants, who often ruled against homeowners.The settlements don’t close the book on the housing crisis, which brought more than 4 million foreclosures. They cover only borrowers who were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010. And resolving millions of claims involving multiple banks and mortgage companies is complicated and time-consuming.The deals announced this month are separate from a $25 billion settlement struck last February with five major banks by the federal government and 49 states. Those banks are Ally, Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.__AP Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger contributed to this report. by Marcy Gordon, The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2013 10:45 am MDT read more

TransCanada CEO sees Mexico oil pipeline opportunities if market opens

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 18, 2013 2:00 am MDT TransCanada CEO sees Mexico oil pipeline opportunities if market opens CALGARY – The CEO of TransCanada Corp. sees opportunities to build new oil pipelines in Mexico, which is poised to end its government’s monopoly on energy development and open its oilfields up to foreign players.To the extent that Mexico, already a crude exporter, is able to ramp up its flagging production as a result of the changes, it will likely be eager to send more of its crude to lucrative Asian markets — much as has been the case in Canada in recent years, Russ Girling said.“That’s where companies like us can come in with our capital and our expertise and build the infrastructure necessary to get it to a place where they can export from,” he said in an interview.TransCanada already has two natural gas pipelines in Mexico. The Guadalajara pipeline to the Pacific Coast and the Tamazunchale line in the east-central part of the country.Oil pipelines could be TransCanada’s next move in Mexico.“That’s a market that we enjoy working in, one that we could see is above board and objective,” said Girling.“What we bring to the table is obviously our capital, but probably more importantly is our expertise in some of the more difficult terrain and remote terrain in Mexico.”In its Mexican gas pipeline business, Girling said the company has had to deal with “startling topography.”“There’s not many companies with the expertise we have over our mountain ranges and those kinds of things.”TransCanada is awaiting U.S. government approval to build its US$5.4 billion Keystone XL pipeline more than five years after it first applied for a permit. That 830,000-barrel-a-day line would connect to an existing system that delivers crude to the U.S. Midwest and Cushing, Okla. Girling expects a decision from the U.S. State Department in the first quarter of 2014.A US$2.3 billion line between Cushing and Texas refineries — part of an earlier iteration of Keystone XL before the project was broken up into two — is expected to start shipping crude on Jan. 22. TransCanada was able to go ahead with the Gulf Coast segment first because it doesn’t cross an international border.One of the main drivers behind Keystone XL has been to ship heavy oilsands crude to Gulf Coast refiners to displace declining imports from Mexico and Venezuela.Girling said he doesn’t see a potential ramp up from Mexico as a threat to Keystone XL.Gulf Coast refiners import 4.5 million barrels from overseas and Keystone XL, if approved, wouldn’t come close to supplanting that, he said.“I think the market’s big enough for everybody,” Girling said.“There’s room for Mexico to come on. I believe that Mexico is smart as well. They’re not going to be dependent on one market either. They’ll build pipeline access to their West Coast. The biggest growth market for crude oil in the world is the Asian market. India, China are going to drive the growth.” read more

New UN trade report cites measures to ease financial uncertainty boost growth

The report suggests measures to avoid a further global economic stagnation and calls for reforms in fiscal and monetary policies to manage capital flows and a more diversified International Monetary System (IMF).“There remains a critical need for government support for long-term development finance, at both the international and domestic levels. This need has not been met, even by the emergence of innovative mechanisms for harnessing finance or by official development assistance (ODA), said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi in the report’s overview.The report examines a series of interconnected challenges facing the international monetary and financial system including liquidity provision, banking regulation, debt restructuring and long-term public financing. The measures suggested by the report are likely to produce progressive results only through the dedicated and collaborative action from the international community. In addition, it argues that developing countries that have been integrated into the global financial markets have had adverse effects on their long-term development goals. According to studies conducted in 11 countries, private capital flows to developing countries have increased since early 2000s. The proportion of gross national income increased from 2.8 per cent in 2002 to a historic 6.6 per cent in 2007.Coupled with the economic slowdown of 2008 and a decrease in the influx of capital, the financial markets of developing countries remained volatile and stagnant.The resulting policy decisions made in advanced economies were also applied to in developing markets dude to its dependence on capital flows and economic pricing.“Managing the persistent volatility of financial short-term flows requires an internationally coordinated policy response,” Mr. Kituyi said, not merely a financial correction with few serious consequences for the real economy. “With developing countries contributing over 60 per cent of global growth since 2011, the knock-on effects of recent emerging market difficulties could be widely felt,” he added.The report suggests that a monetary and fiscal policy mix aimed at better managing private capital flows would help developing countries to face the challenges and to enhance the gains made overall from integrating into global financial markets.The report further notes that advanced countries are currently facing a ‘secular stagnation’ where there is a long-term economic growth slowdown which is unrelated to normal economic cycles. It also noted that despite taking compliant monetary policy measures, the developed economies still seem to rely on its former policies of mounting debt and asset bubbles. On the contrary, public investments such as infrastructure have had multiple positive effects in stagnating economies in developed countries. This is because of the resultant effect it has on creation of demand which creates outlets for private investment thereby increasing further benefits. This leads to higher wage incomes, which reduces financial pressure on pension schemes and increasing consumption without adding to household debts, according to the report. read more

100 new jobs to be created in Kerry as part of expansion

first_img JAPAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE (JRI) America has announced the creation of 100 new jobs in Tralee, Co Kerry.The firm, which first started operations in the town in 2011, will expand its technology centre and create the new jobs over the next five years.It plans to expand the centre by creating a security operations centre, which will involve around 25 roles across a range of security-related functions.The remainder of the proposed expansion will see additional roles created within the existing development, quality and assurance, network, infrastructure, data centre support and helpdesk teams.Minister of State Brendan Griffin, who attended today’s announcement, said the jobs would represent a positive contribution to the rural community“I welcome today’s announcement that JRI America will continue to focus on supporting jobs in this region steadily over the next five years,” he said.IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan added that the proposed expansion would underpin the strategic importance of the centre in the wider JRI group.“It is an excellent announcement which will be of substantial benefit to the local andregional economy,” he said, and wished the company further success in the area. 18 Comments 18,682 Views May 2nd 2019, 11:43 AM Share20 Tweet Email5 Image: Shutterstock/TimDou Image: Shutterstock/TimDou Thursday 2 May 2019, 11:43 AM By Stephen McDermott 100 new jobs to be created in Kerry as part of expansion of Japanese financial subsidiary JRI America will create the new jobs over the next five years. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New era for Melbourne Greek Community

first_imgWhen, 117 years ago yesterday, 57 Greeks of Melbourne decided to establish the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria (GOCMV), they could never have imagined that their initiative would lead to the creation of the largest Hellenic diaspora organisation in Australia. An organisation that next month will be officially launching its new 15-storey building in the heart of Melbourne.The new building will house the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, which aims to become the largest of its kind in the Hellenic diaspora worldwide. The building was completed on time and already most of its space has been rented. One of its floors, housing the National Bank of Greece and law firms, is already in operation.“We still have space available for rent and anyone interested can contact us,” said the president of the Community, Bill Papastergiadis, to Neos Kosmos. Mr Papastergiadis is excited that the Community was able to complete the building on time and within budget.“It was built in 16 months and costed us approximately 13.8 million dollars,” he said , stating that an amount of approximately $5 million is now in need, if the organisation is to pay off all of its expenses for the building.“We will make every possible effort to collect as much money as we can,” he said, adding that the Greek Cultural Centre is here to meet the needs not only of the Victorian Greek Community but of the entire Hellenic population of Australia.According to Australian diplomat and author Hugh Gilchrist, the first confirmed presence of Greeks in Australia can be traced back in August 1829, with the arrival of seven sailors from the island of Hydra, who were originally convicted to death for piracy. Later on, after the mediation of the newly independent Greece, their conviction turned to life imprisonment and exile to Australia.The Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria was formed on August 22, 1897. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Public comment sought on Mount St Helens Wildlife Area plan

first_imgThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is looking for public feedback for a draft management plan for the Mount St. Helens Wildlife Area.The wildlife area encompasses 18 discrete sites in Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties and covers a total of roughly 9,897 acres.The wildlife area is managed primarily for elk in the North Fork Toutle River Valley, according to the agency. Other units are diverse, with habitat for multiple species, from old growth forest, forested floodplains, lava flows, mineral springs and wetlands.Agency staff has spent the past year with a citizen advisory group to develop the draft plan, which is aimed at addressing the status of animals and their habitats, restoration efforts and public recreation.The plan is available online at the agency’s website,, under “WDFW Lands” in the “Conservation” tab.Public comments can be submitted online through April 8, through the “State Environmental Policy Act Project Review” section under “Licensing” at the agency’s website.People can also submit comments at a public meeting on the plan, from 6 to 8 p.m. March 7 at the WDFW Southwest region office, 5525 S. 11th St., Ridgefield.last_img read more

Machin aiming big at Sevilla

first_imgNew Sevilla manager Pablo Machin has revealed his delight in being chosen by the club and intends to hit the ground running straight awayThe Spaniard has been named as the new permanent coach and will work alongside Joaquin Caparros, who replaced the fired Vincenzo Montella in April, and guided Sevilla back into the top seven in La Liga and, critically, a place in the Europa League for next season.Machin impressed in his four years in charge of fellow La Liga side Girona, who he saved from being relegated to the second division and had later led the Catalan side to a top-10 finish this season.The 43-year-old was officially unveiled on Wednesday by Sevilla, where he explained his aims for next season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I feel flattered that Sevilla have chosen me. From the first moment, it was very easy and I’m very excited and humbled because I know the club I come to – the fans it has, it’s history, the demands. I come with a huge amount of enthusiasm to soak up Sevillismo and start as soon as possible to have a hopefully historic season”, said Machin, according to the club website.“I’m convinced I come prepared. In football, we know that things don’t just depend on one but many circumstances. But these opportunities come once in a lifetime. It’s certain that I’ve done well until now – I’ve fulfilled objectives that have been asked of me, sometimes overachieved. I know the club I’m coming to and I have the responsibility of putting Sevilla FC where it belongs”.Machin is Sevilla’s fourth managerial appointment this season and was backed by Caparros during the club’s selection process.last_img read more

New Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker footage shows darker side of

first_img Comments 17 Photos “I think that it should hopefully show people that we did a big old journey and we explored some things,” actress Daisy Ridley said after the Disney panel, according to IGN. “So just you wait until the film.”The video begins with classic footage tracing the Star Wars saga from the days of baby-faced Luke and Leia onward, including a lovely shot of Princess turned General Leia, played by the late Carrie Fisher. Director J.J. Abrams spoke over the weekend about how he used previously unseen footage to add Fisher to the film.rise-of-skywalker-d23-posterEmperor Palpatine looms as Rey and Kylo Ren battle on the movie’s first poster.  Disney/Lucasfilm Fans have already seen a teaser trailer for the film. That preview, released in April, showed some additional Rey lightsaber action; a quick look at Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams); Rey embracing Leia; and some wisdom from Luke Skywalker. In addition to Ridley, returning stars include Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, John Boyega as Finn, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose, Domhnall Gleeson as Hux, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Jimmy Vee as R2-D2, Billie Lourd as Kaydel Ko Connix, Naomi Ackie as Jannah, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and (thanks to archival footage) Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will open in theaters worldwide on Dec. 20. Disney Star Wars More on Star Wars TV and Movies Lego Millennium Falcon: Feast your eyes on 17 gorgeous photos J.J. Abrams says Carrie Fisher’s Leia is ‘so alive’ in Star Wars IX Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker — date, plot, cast and rumors Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movies will feature new characters Tags Originally published Aug. 26, 5:24 a.m. PT.  13 New footage from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hit Monday on Good Morning America, just days after fans got a sneak peek of the film at Disney fan expo D23. It’s not technically a trailer — Entertainment Weekly called it a “sizzle reel” — but that doesn’t matter to fans eagerly awaiting the ninth film in the Star Wars saga.Rey’s new look, complete with a brand new double-bladed red lightsaber, first revealed in the D23 footage, has earned plenty of fan comments and concern about the character possibly turning to the dark side.If one lightsaber blade is good, two are better, right? Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET Share your voicelast_img read more

Legally Blonde 3 is officially a go with Reese Witherspoon returning

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Oh… my… god! Reese Witherspoon is reportedly nearing a deal to reprise her iconic role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde 3. Legally Blonde 3 is happening. All other news this week is irrelevant.— Zach (@zzzatch) June 4, 2018They’re discussing casting possibilities already. Like Ariana Grande, given her amazing Jennifer Coolidge impression. Winter Olympics 2018: Proud Reese Witherspoon and Adam Rippon joke about doing a movie togetherEvan Rachel Wood joins the cast of Disney’s Frozen 2Adam Rippon made Reese Witherspoon proud with his bronze medal winRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…center_img Legally Blonde 3 should feature Ariana Grande as Jennifer Coolidge’s daughter.— Frank Costa (@feistyfrank) June 4, 2018People are also excited about the news in tandem with the new Dolly Parton project, and especially them coinciding with Pride.Gurl we’re just 4 days into Pride Month and we have a Dolly Parton special in the works and Legally Blonde 3 is happening. CANNOT WAIT FOR TRUVADA IN THE WATER SUPPLY BY THE END OF THE MONTH!!!— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) June 4, 2018 Deadline reports that MGM is working on a third installment with most of the original creative team returning as well.The first film was released in 2001 and has since become a major touchstone for women across the world. Sources say original screenwriters Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Karen McCullah are in talks to write this new film.Original producer Marc Platt is also returning, this time joined by Witherspoon and her production banner, Hello Sunshine.Now they just need a director.In 2003, the sequel, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde came out. Both had tremendous success at the box office. The original made $141 million worldwide on an $18 million budget, and the sequel grossed $124 million on a $45 million budget.The first film is based off the Amanda Brown novel of the same name.A timely moveIn the current culture of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements, a female empowerment movie of this nature is perfectly timed. Witherspoon has also been a vocal advocate for both movements since the start.Fans are thrilled.When you find out there’s going to be a Legally Blonde 3— Future Female Leaders (@FFL_of_America) June 4, 2018 if you’re having a bad day, remember Legally Blonde 3 is really happening— alyvia (@alyviarey) June 4, 2018 Legally Blonde 3 being announced is a Pride Month miracle!— Robert Nanni (@robertnanni) June 4, 2018It also helps with the Supreme Court decision today.The announcement of Legally Blonde 3 and a Netflix deal of an 8 part anthology series based on Dolly Parton songs is definitely the balm I needed to balance the boneheaded bigots celebrating the SCOTUS decision.— Emerson Collins (@ActuallyEmerson) June 4, 2018Others want to see updated representation in the new Legally Blonde 3 is going to be so fun!!!me, a killjoy:— alexis nedd (@alexisthenedd) June 4, 2018 The beloved Elle Woods | Photo: IMDB/MGMlast_img read more

TensorFlow team releases a developer preview of TensorFlow Lite with new mobile

first_imgThe TensorFlow team released a developer preview of the newly added GPU backend support for TensorFlow Lite, earlier this week. A full open-source release for the same is planned to arrive later in 2019. The team has been using the TensorFlow Lite GPU inference support at Google for several months now in their products. For instance, using the new GPU backend accelerated the foreground-background segmentation model by over 4x and the new depth estimation model by over 10x vs. Similarly, using GPU backend support for the YouTube Stories and Playground Stickers, the team saw an increase in speed by up to 5-10x in their real-time video segmentation model across a variety of phones. They found out that the new GPU backend is much faster in performance (2-7x times faster) as compared to original floating point CPU implementation for different deep neural network models. The team also notes that GPU speed is most significant on more complex neural network models involving dense prediction/segmentation or classification tasks. For small models the speedup could be less and using CPU would be more beneficial as it would avoid latency costs during memory transfers. How does it work? The GPU delegate first gets initialized once the interpreter::ModifyGraphWithDelegate() is called in Objective- C++ or by calling Interpreter’s constructor with Interpreter.Options in Java. During this process, a canonical representation of the input neural network is built over which a set of transformation rules are applied. After this, the compute shaders are generated and compiled. GPU backend currently makes use of OpenGL ES 3.1 Compute Shaders on Android and Metal Compute Shaders on iOS. Various architecture-specific optimizations are employed while creating compute shaders. After the optimization is complete, the shader programs are compiled and the new GPU inference engine gets ready. Depending on the inference for each input, inputs are moved to GPU if required, shader programs get executed, and outputs are moved to CPU if necessary. The team intends to expand the coverage of operations, finalize the APIs and optimize the overall performance of the GPU backend in the future. For more information, check out the official TensforFlow Lite GPU inference release notes. Read Next Building your own Snapchat-like AR filter on Android using TensorFlow Lite [ Tutorial ] TensorFlow 2.0 to be released soon with eager execution, removal of redundant APIs, tf function and more Google AdaNet, a TensorFlow-based AutoML frameworklast_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle John Wetzel (73) during an NFL preseason football game against the Oakland Raiders, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The Arizona Cardinals made some roster moves Tuesday, but not of the big-splash variety.Arizona re-signed quarterback Zac Dysert to a one-year contract. Dysert was active for four games last year but did not play in any of them. He was originally a member of the team’s practice squad in Week 1 after spending time with the Bears, Texans, Bills and Dolphins.Two tender offers were extended to defensive tackle Olsen Pierre and guard/tackle John Wetzel. Pierre was inactive for all 16 games last season despite being on the active roster for all of them. He signed with the Cardinals in his rookie season in 2015 as a member of the practice squad.Wetzel made eight starts for the Cardinals in 2016. He played five games at left tackle, two at right guard and one at right tackle. Like Pierre, Wetzel originally signed with the practice squad in 2015. Top Stories Comments   Share   last_img read more