The University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) announced this week that it has tapped Patrick Gallagher as its next chancellor. Gallagher, 50, now serves as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well as the acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Gallagher’s new appointment is slated to begin 1 August.After earning a Ph.D. in physics from Pitt in 1991, Gallagher joined NIST in 1993 as a research physicist. He was appointed its director on 5 November 2009. As NIST director, Gallagher oversees some 3000 scientists, engineers, and support staff at two main labs in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and Boulder, Colorado. NIST now has a budget of more than $850 million for fiscal year 2014.Eric Lander, president and founder of the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in a statement praised Gallagher’s selection as a “superb choice”: “Pat Gallagher has been an extraordinary leader at NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). He is wise in the ways of both scientific research and governmental policy. He has unusually broad scientific interests, ranging from problems of manufacturing, to DNA fingerprinting, to energy innovation and innovation policy. Most importantly, he combines enormous integrity and great optimism with an exceptional ability to work with people.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
Whether the concept excites you or scares you, the Internet of Things has the potential to change the way people make choices and go about their daily lives.The term refers to a new reality where everything from clothing to household appliances are interconnected and tech-enabled to send data back and forth. For example: A grocery store chain sends consumers some recipes based on the items they place in their carts; or an alarm clock turns on and begins warming up the car when someone hits the snooze button.It’s the sector where “real change is going to happen” for retailers, according to Doug Straton, who heads the North American E-commerce Center of Excellence at Unilever. For a company like Unilever, which sells 400 brands across multiple categories of consumer goods, the question becomes: How do you react? Should the company build its strategy around certain devices or interfaces, partner with a company that manufactures those devices, or build and market devices of its own?“It’s incredibly important in the grocery delivery space to get [your product] on the list first,” Straton said during a presentation at the Retail and Consumer Goods Growth Summit in New York organized by Knowledge@Wharton, Wharton’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Center and Momentum Event Group. “If they’re shopping [while using] a device, how do you interrupt to let somebody know there’s a special on a product? How do you deliver messages within those different contexts?”As an example, Straton cited Soma, a biodegradable water filter company that operates using a subscription model for delivery of a replacement filter every two months. “If something like that can also tell you how much you consumed, or how much you should be consuming, is that a throttle on [the growth of a company like Unilever]?” Straton asked. “Or is that an accelerator of our growth for some reason?”The data that can be collected through such devices and by consumer goods companies themselves also changes the game for brands in terms of forming a picture of the different consumers they are marketing to and what types of information those people want to see, Straton said.SPONSORED CONTENT“We’re not just collecting and analyzing; we’re looking at a shopper in a fundamentally different way. We’ve always said we want a 360-degree view of a shopper, but the one we typically talk about is relatively static,” he noted. “When you start to think about behavioral changes — what is that shopper’s journey throughout the day? — you begin to understand that this is a much more powerful concept than just knowing who somebody is.”It also allows the firm to create user experiences that are much more tailored to a single individual’s experience than they are today. “The future is personalization on a one-to-one scale,” Straton said. “Content on Dove skincare would be very different for a male who lives in New York City than it would be for a female in San Francisco. Literally, in four or five years, I think that type of interaction with a consumer will happen, and it can [only do that] with analytics on top of real-time data.”“Content on Dove skincare would be very different for a male who lives in New York City than it would be for a female in San Francisco. In four or five years, I think that type of interaction with a consumer will happen.”Companies like Unilever have to find a way to interact with these shifts and figure out where their products fit. In some cases, that might mean abandoning marketing strategies or focuses that have worked well for decades, Straton noted. “The amount of learning we have to do, the adjustments we have to make to how things are now marketed, is fairly incredible. The hardest thing that keeps us up at night is just where it will end up and what will be the first move and the second move.”The most mind-boggling aspect of the shift is how quickly it is happening or has the potential to happen, Straton added: “A real smartphone has only been around for eight years, and tablets have only been around for five. So what’s next? We have to radically rethink how we’re bringing brands to market. It’s our biggest opportunity, but it’s also our biggest threat.” Related Items
PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches upPH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But amid all that, the Filipinos vow to work and fight harder to keep the Philippines on top of the cage competitions in the region.“No matter who’s in the lineup, we know that we’ll always give our all,” said Ravena.“Every man in front of me will compete. It doesn’t matter if we have one day or one month to prepare, we’re all going to fight. That’s the message we have for these guys and it’s very consistent,” said Reyes. “We might be outplayed, we might be outmatched, we might be outsized, but we’ll never be outfought.”ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes. Photo from Fiba.comOne of the biggest realizations of Gilas Pilipinas from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games is that everyone else in the region has caught up in terms of level of competition.Though the Philippines came away with the gold medal in men’s basketball, it faced a tall challenge from regional rivals like Thailand, Indonesia, and Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Chot Reyes admitted that the Philippines should start developing its ranks from the ground-up, and it starts in the biennial games.“We have to continue getting better, not only for our Southeast Asian opponents, but for Asia as well, and not only for Asia, but also for the world,” Reyes said on Thursday at the homecoming presser hosted by Chooks-to-Go at Marco Polo in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFour-time SEA Games gold medalist Kiefer Ravena echoed those sentiments, noting that unlike before Gilas couldn’t simply just turn it on when it wanted to against quality competition.“Before, we could be lenient in practice and still expect to come out on top. But as they grow and get better, the task of getting a gold medal just gets harder and harder. For us with this type of program, we really have to have the dedication because we already know how tough the opposition will be,” he said. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games Despite streak, Cone wary of upcoming tough stretch for Kings
BOSTON — Daily fantasy sports companies like FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings would be allowed to continue operating in Massachusetts, but with age and advertising restrictions, disclosure requirements and other new rules proposed Nov. 19 by the state’s Attorney General.Maura Healey announced what she called an aggressive, first-in-the-nation plan to regulate the websites after her office spent several weeks reviewing whether the contests were legal in the state.“This is an industry that cries out for transparency and robust consumer protection,” she said. “These are games you carry around with you in your pocket and lose money at the touch of a button.”Among the regulations would be a ban on anyone under 21 participating and a ban on advertising or promotion of the contests at schools or college campuses.Professional athletes and others connected to pro sports would also be banned from entering contests in their particular sport.Most players would be limited to depositing $1,000 per month on games, and the companies would be required to identify “highly-experienced” players on all contest platforms and offer “beginner” games that would be off limits to the more experienced players.Contests involving college sports would also be banned in Massachusetts, and daily fantasy sports would be prohibited from extending credit to players.In separate statements, FanDuel and DraftKings offered qualified support for Healey’s proposals, with FanDuel saying they made “a tremendous amount of sense,” and DraftKings calling them a “thoughtful and comprehensive approach” to fantasy sports.DraftKings, without specifying, expressed some concerns with Healey’s plan, and both companies said they would offer more feedback on it in the coming weeks.Both also indicated a willingness to work with other attorneys general, regulators and lawmakers to develop regulations around the country.Several states have been scrutinizing daily fantasy sports recently, considering whether the games should be treated like other forms of gambling.The sites drew attention earlier this year with an ad blitz ahead of the NFL season — football is by far the most popular fantasy sport — and scandal after a DraftKings employee won $350,000 in a FanDuel contest.The companies say there was no wrongdoing, but lawmakers on several levels began questioning whether the games are or should be legal.Nevada restricted daily fantasy sports there to those with gambling licenses, while New York’s attorney general is challenging DraftKings and FanDuel there by calling the offerings illegal games of chance.DraftKings and FanDuel disagree and are arguing in the state’s Supreme Court to stay open in one of their biggest customer bases.Supporters of fantasy sports have long argued that a provision in a 2006 federal law allows them to operate freely in 45 states that don’t have specific prohibitions on the contests.Healey, a Democrat, has taken a more measured approach than her counterpart in New York, despite her past opposition to gambling. She supported an unsuccessful effort last year to repeal a state law that allows casino gambling.While she considers fantasy sports a form of gambling, the attorney general has repeatedly said that it is not necessarily a form of illegal gambling.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, has said he believes fantasy sports is a game of skill, and legal under state law.The rules proposed by Healey would not take effect immediately — they require a two-month comment period and a hearing before they become official. But Healey said she hoped the companies would move to immediately adopt the regulations, which do not require legislative approval.Healey said she wants to level the playing field for average fans.“There is a very small subset of professional players who use sophisticated software and algorithms and through their experience, through their expertise, are in fact able to win the vast majority of these contests,” said Healey, who said she has not tried the games herself.FanDuel and DraftKings say that the ability for professionals to win consistently shows daily fantasy is a game of skill.Healey, a one-time Harvard University basketball star, said she called for the ban on contests involving college sports because she did not believe that contests should be based on games involving amateur student athletes.(BOB SALSBERG)TweetPinShare0 Shares
AC Milan out of Europe as Eintracht fans run riot at LazioAC Milan out of Europe as Eintracht fans run riot at Lazio
Paris, Dec 14 (AFP) Olympiakos dumped AC Milan out of the Europa League on Thursday after beating the seven-time European champions 3-1 in a pulsating clash in Greece, while Eintracht Frankfurt fans ran riot during the German side’s win at Lazio and Celtic made the knockout stages despite losing to Salzburg at Celtic Park.Captain Kostas Fortounis’ penalty nine minutes from time saw the Greeks move into second place in Group F ahead of Gennaro Gattuso’s Milan, who thought they had squeaked through when Cristian Zapata had pulled a goal back less than two minutes after putting the hosts 2-0 up with a comical own goal.Olympiakos finished level on 10 points with Milan but qualified ahead of the Italians thanks to their superior goal difference following Milan’s 3-1 win over the Greeks in October, and they end the group stage two points behind group winners Real Betis, who drew 0-0 at Dudelange.Five Eintracht Frankfurt fans had been arrested in clashes with police in Rome ahead of their dead-rubber Group H match against Lazio as nearly 9,000 Germans swamped the Stadio Olimpico.Eintracht had already comfortably taken top spot in the group thanks to winning all five of their previous games, while Lazio were also in the last 32 regardless of the result of the match, won 2-1 by the away side as they came back from a goal down thanks to second-half strikes from Mijat Gacinovic and Sebastien Haller.However, German fans charged the pitch after Joaquin Correa’s 56th-minute opener, and subsequently threw smoke bombs and flares at both Lazio fans and the police.advertisementLast year’s runners-up Marseille finished bottom of that group after losing 3-1 at home to Apollon Limassol and ending the group stage with just a single point.- Celtic get one over on Rangers -==================================Celtic looked to be following Old Firm rivals Rangers out of the competition after Steven Gerrard’s side fell 1-0 at Rapid Vienna earlier on Thursday, but Tore Reginiussen’s equaliser four minutes from time for Rosenborg at RB Leipzig allowed Brendan Rodgers’s side to qualify second from Group B, two points ahead of the Bundesliga outfit.Second-half goals from Munas Dabbur and Fredrik Gulbrandsen meant that Salzburg topped the group with a 100 percent record after a 2-1 win, while Olivier Ntcham’s stoppage-time penalty meant nothing for the result nor the final standings.Earlier Rangers, who had to win at Rapid Vienna in their final group game in order to qualify for the last 32, finished third in Group G after losing 1-0 to group winners Rapid, Dejan Ljubicic sealing the points in the 84th minute.The Austrians are through to the knockout stages, level on 10 points with group winners Villarreal.Slavia Prague ensured qualification ahead of Bordeaux by beating Group C winners Zenit St Petersburg 2-0, a result which made the French side’s 1-0 win at FC Copenhagen irrelevant.Chelsea, who had already won Group L, looked to be on their way to a perfect sixth win from six, but could only scrape a point at eliminated Vidi thanks to substitute Olivier Giroud’s late free-kick, after an Ethan Ampadu own goal and Loic Nego’s sumptuous volley had put the hosts a goal ahead.BATE Borisov qualified alongside Chelsea after winning 3-1 at rock-bottom PAOK.Alexandre Lacazette confirmed Arsenal’s dominance of Group E with the only goal of a low-key 1-0 win over bottom side Qarabag, while second-placed Sporting Lisbon cruised past Vorskla Poltava 3-0.Malmo are in the knockout stages after snatching a 1-0 win at Besiktas that saw the Swedes leapfrog their Turkish hosts in the extremely tight Group I.All four teams in the group were in contention for qualification on Thursday, but Genk managed to hold on to first place after hammering Sarpsborg 4-0.Sevilla took top spot in Group J from Krasnodar thanks to a 3-0 win, while Rennes pipped Astana to the knockout rounds with a 2-0 victory.Bayer Leverkusen ensured first place in Group A with a 5-1 hammering of Larnaca, while Zurich drew 1-1 at Ludogorets. (AFP) APAAPA
New Delhi: Healthcare services at several government and private hospitals in the national Capital are likely to take a hit on Monday as scores of doctors have decided to boycott work for a day in support of their striking colleagues in West Bengal.However, country’s primer hospital AIIMS will not join the strike but RDA AIIMS will hold a march at Jawaharlal Auditorium, at AIIMS. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had given the June 17 strike call with the withdrawal of non-essential health services across the country. IMA members will also stage a dharna at its headquarters here. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkDoctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital,Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital will not function on Monday. The IMA said all outpatient departments (OPDs), routine operation theatre services and ward visits will be withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 am on Monday to 6 am on Tuesday. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsEmergency and casualty services will continue to function, it said. Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11 after two of their colleagues were reportedly attacked and seriously injured by relatives of a patient who died at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata. In a show of solidarity, medical practitioners across the country chose not to work, leaving patients in the lurch. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday asked states to consider enacting specific legislation for protecting doctors and medical professionals from any form of violence. The apex medical body, IMA, has demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff. Security measures and the determinants leading to violence should also be addressed, it said in a statement. Exemplary punishment for perpetrators of violence should be a component of the central law and suitable amendments be brought in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), the IMA said. The medical body had launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of the central law to check violence against healthcare workers. A delegation of IMA, Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS, Safdarjung Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, United Resident and Doctors Association of India (URDA) and Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) met the Health Minister recently in this regard.
Canadians cut back spending on extras essentials amid rising interest rates pollCanadians cut back spending on extras essentials amid rising interest rates poll
TORONTO – Nearly 60 per cent of Canadians have changed their behaviour by doing things such as cutting back on spending on both extras and essentials to brace themselves for rising interest rates, a new survey from Manulife Bank suggests.Among those who have taken steps to prepare for higher rates, 27 per cent pared back on entertainment such as movies and bars, 17 per cent put more money into savings accounts, and 10 per cent spent less on essential items, such as groceries, the poll data showed.It’s a good sign that some Canadians are being more prudent as interest rates continue to inch higher, said Rick Lunny, president and chief executive of Manulife Bank.“It is encouraging that there is a large group of people preparing for higher interest rates… Young families, not surprisingly, had the most concern about debt. So if you are in a position where you can adjust your lifestyle, I think that’s a good thing.”The online survey of 2,003 Canadians was conducted between May 11 and 14, after the Bank of Canada had raised interest rates three times since last summer, but before the central bank’s latest hike in July to 1.5 per cent.Two-thirds of respondents to the Manulife Bank survey said they are concerned about rising interest rates, and 23 per cent said they were spending more on interest payments than they did last year.And while some respondents said they were watching their spending more closely, half of respondents in debt said they are stressed about the level of indebtedness and one in three are kept awake at night worrying over it, the survey showed.What’s more, 40 per cent said the level of indebtedness has a negative impact on their mental health and 30 per cent said debt is causing issues in their personal relationships, the poll suggests.Twenty per cent of respondents said their spouse or common-law partners do not know how much debt they are in, and 12 per cent of people with debt hid a large purchase from their significant others.“In some ways, it’s similar to the stigma over mental health, where people are embarrassed, not comfortable or they’re feeling guilty about their situations,” said Lunny. “So they don’t want to share that knowledge… when you’re concerned or embarrassed, you do hide things from your loved ones.”The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.
Governance in reverse gear when Congress is in power ModiGovernance in reverse gear when Congress is in power Modi
Jamui (Bihar): Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the Congress, saying governance goes into reverse gear when the grand old party and its allies are in power. Addressing an election rally in Jamui where LJP leader Chirag Paswan, son of party president Ram Vilas Paswan, is in the fray, Modi accused the Congress of having neglected B R Ambedkar like no other party did. He also claimed that his rivals were spreading the canard that the BJP, if voted to power again, will do away with reservations for the backward classes. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Governance goes into reverse gear when the Congress and its allies are in power. Terrorism, prices, violence, corruption, black money rise when Congress is in power; the country’s prosperity, its credibility, the morale of the armed forces, respect for honesty decline,” he said. He accused the Congress of having done everything to “defeat” Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian Constitution. “The Congress did everything possible to have Babasaheb defeated. It conspired to have his momory erased from the public mind. The ‘family’ remembered honouring its own members with Bharat Ratna but forgot Ambedkar,” the prime minister said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday He said it was because of the BJP’s efforts that Ambedkar was bestowed the highest civilian award years after his death. Claiming that his detractors were spreading the rumour that the BJP will do away with quotas in government jobs and educational institutions if voted to power again, Modi declared, “Nobody can even touch reservations for the backward classes.” “We introduced 10 per cent quota for the economically backward people among the unreserved category…we did it without causing strife in society,” he said.
King Mohammed VI Arrives in Medieq After Eid Al Adha CeremonyKing Mohammed VI Arrives in Medieq After Eid Al Adha Ceremony
Rabat – King Mohammed VI arrived on Friday evening in the northern city of Medieq following the Eid al Adha ceremony in Rabat.According to the Moroccan online media oultet le360, the monarch flew from Rabat to Tetouan before heading to his residence in the neighboring beach town of Medieq.King Mohammed VI arrived in Rabat on Thursday following a one-week stay in Paris. In Rabat, the King presided over the Eid al Adha ceremony, during which performed the Eid prayer and sacrificed a sheep.He then received congratulations from members of the royal family, the Head of Government, presidents of both houses of parliament, government ministers and high civilian and security officials.The monarch is an habitué of the northern Moroccan region, known for its beautiful beaches, where he spends a good part of his summer vacation.Northern Morocco has attracted a number of heads of states this year. King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba, and Sudanese president Omar Bashir, spent part of their holidays in Tangier and neighboring cities in the north of the kingdom.
The Latest USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name changeThe Latest USC open to modifying LA Coliseum name change
LOS ANGELES — The Latest on controversy over plans to change the name of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (all times local):2 p.m.The University of Southern California says it’s amenable to accepting the wishes of veterans and modifying a name change for Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as long as corporate sponsor United Airlines agrees.USC issued a statement Friday after United Airlines offered to withdraw from a $69 million agreement over criticism that the change would dishonour the facility’s history as a World War I memorial.The university said it would accept the name United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum instead of the planned United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.USC noted that the contract would have to be modified but didn’t elaborate.Naming rights are part of USC’s long-term lease that calls for extensive renovations of the nearly century-old stadium.Criticism of the name change grew this week after the commission’s president wrote a strongly worded commentary.___12:11 p.m.United Airlines is offering to withdraw from a divisive $69 million deal to rename Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum as United Airlines Memorial Coliseum.The airline wrote to the University of Southern California on Friday after criticism that putting a corporate name on the stadium is disrespectful to its history as a memorial to soldiers who fought and died in World War I.The name change is part of USC’s extensive, $270 million overhaul of the nearly century-old landmark.United Airlines California President Janet Lamkin says in the letter that the company saw the deal as a way to partner with USC in modernizing the iconic facility.The coliseum has hosted two Olympics and been home to major sports teams.The Associated Press has requested comment from USC.The Associated Press
The spokesman also said that 358 houses have been fully damaged and 1935 houses partially damaged. Meanwhile the Department of Meteorology said that there will be showers or thundershowers at times in the North-Eastern, Eastern and Southeastern sea areas over the next two days.Showers or thundershowers can be expected at several places in other sea areas around the island. The death toll from the extreme weather conditions experienced in most parts of the country over the past few days has risen to 25, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said today.A DMC spokesman said that 13 people are still missing, 36 people injured and 18845 people displaced by the floods and landslides. The DMC also said that 267525 people have been affected by the bad weather. Winds will be North-easterly direction and speed will be 30 – 40 km/hr. The speed may increase up to 50-60 km/hr at times in the Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off Eastern and South-eastern coasts.The Gulf of Mannar sea area and sea areas off the Eastern and South-eastern coasts will be rough at times, the Department of Meteorology said.
Annan says progress on achieving development goals has been unevenAnnan says progress on achieving development goals has been uneven
Khalid Malik, the UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme’s Resident Representative in China, delivered Mr. Annan’s message on the opening day of the two-day conference in Zhuhai, China.In his message to the conference, Mr. Annan said the eight MDGs “are not just wishful thinking. They are certainly ambitious, but they are also technically feasible, even in the relatively short time ahead.”The MDGs include commitments to halving extreme poverty, to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS and to protecting the environment from degradation.Mr. Annan described the conference as an opportunity to forge the kind of partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society groups that are necessary to produce sustainable development and real change for the world’s poor.
UN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritageUN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritage
The gospels of the New Testament of the Bible state that Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem, in the reign of King Herod, to Mary and Joseph. The nativity is the basis for the Christian festival of Christmas.The 43rd session of UNESCO’s #WorldHeritage Committee is currently underway in Baku 🇦🇿 until 10 July.Watch all the debates LIVE here ▶️ https://t.co/7aQpFhxD1K #43whc pic.twitter.com/2wc8LDjiXR— UNESCO (@UNESCO) July 1, 2019 Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, the World Heritage Committee made its decision based on the high quality of work carried out on the church in recent years, including the restoration of its roof, exterior facades, mosaics and doors. The Committee also welcomed the shelving of a project to dig a tunnel under Manger Square and the adoption of a management plan to conserve the site. Just last week reports revealed that archaeologists had discovered inside one baptismal font, or basin of holy water used for the baptism rite, a more ancient font that dates back to the sixth or seventh century.Since the Second Century the church, situated 10 kilometers south of Jerusalem, has been identified by Christians as the birthplace of Christ. While the edifice of a church built there in 339 CE was replaced after a fire in the sixth century, the elaborate floor mosaics were retained from the original building. The official site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2012, due to the poor state of the Nativity Church, it was simultaneously added to the List of World Heritage in Danger. Others on the list include Syria’s ancient cities of Aleppo, Bosra and Damascus, all inscribed in 2013, and the “Maritime Mercantile City of Liverpool” in the United Kingdom – which consists of six locations in the city centre– inscribed in 2012.The 54 properties on the List of World Heritage in Danger aim to alert the international community to threats to essential characteristics for which a property was initially inscribed on the World Heritage List. These can include armed conflicts, natural disasters, unplanned urbanization, poaching or pollution.
Opinion Hiring of Mike Riley shows Nebraskas priorities are out of lineOpinion Hiring of Mike Riley shows Nebraskas priorities are out of line
Northwestern Wildcats cornerback Matthew Harris (27) blocks Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell (80) from making a catch during the second quarter at Ryan Field Oct. 18, 2014, in Evanston, Ill.Credit: Courtesy of TNSMike Riley has it all.He’s a recognizable name in the college coaching world, he has an NFL background, he played under legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant and his Oregon State teams have been hugely successful throughout his time in Corvallis, Ore.At least, that’s if you consider a 93-80 record with just one 10-win season over 14 years to be successful.Apparently, Nebraska does, as the Cornhuskers chose to hire Riley the same week they fired Bo Pelini. That hire happened to come almost simultaneously with Florida hiring former Alabama assistant and current Colorado State coach Jim McElwain.The Gators chose a man who turned the Rams into a 10-2 team, while the Cornhuskers settled for a name with mediocre results.For a program like Nebraska, firing Pelini in the first place does make some sense. The Cornhuskers are historically one of the best programs around, but didn’t find themselves competing for national titles during Pelini’s seven-year tenure.He never had an awful season — going 9-4 three times and 10-4 three times before finishing the 2014 regular season with a 9-3 record. But Pelini was never quite great, even though he did tally Gator Bowl wins over both Clemson (2008) and Georgia (2013) during his time in Lincoln, Neb.That’s right, Pelini beat Georgia — a powerhouse team from the almighty Southeastern Conference — less than 12 months ago, then went 9-3 since, yet was fired after a win over Iowa to finish out the season. With those results in mind, Nebraska decided Pelini didn’t even deserve to coach his team through a bowl game this season.Instead, the Cornhuskers opted to hire a man who couldn’t even guide his team to bowl eligibility in place of a coach who’s never missed a bowl game as the head honcho.Pelini never lost more than four games in a season, Riley has never lost fewer than four. On Riley’s Oregon State biography page, there is an accomplishment listed with his record for each season.In 1997 — Riley’s first year as the Beavers’ head coach — his accomplishment is listed as “total revamp of the program.” Oregon State finished that season 3-8. The next year, the Beavers came out of nowhere to play to an impressive 5-6 losing record.Riley left Oregon State the next year for a three-season run as an NFL head coach with the San Diego Chargers — with whom he compiled a 14-34 record, just missing out on the Super Bowl with a whopping 1-15 record his second year — and then spent one year as an assistant with the New Orleans Saints.He coached his way back to Oregon State in 2003 and won back-to-back bowl games — the touted Las Vegas Bowl and the what-even-is-the-Insight Bowl. Then in 2005, Riley’s Oregon State managed to miss a bowl game by going 5-6.In total, his Beaver teams missed bowl eligibility six times. Pelini’s Cornhuskers won at least nine games each year he was in charge, and only six wins are necessary to make a bowl game.In short, Nebraska fired a man who hadn’t had a bad season in order to hire a man who has rarely had a good one.According to ESPN, Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said Riley is the “one coach who fit all the characteristics” he was looking for to lead Nebraska’s “tradition-rich football program.”Well, congratulations, Shawn, you found your guy. Although, I must say, I’m surprised a coach whose career is chock-full of mediocrity fits the mold to coach one of the top-five winningest programs in college football history.Nebraska pulled the trigger on a name, instead of finding someone who is actually equipped to lead its program to the promised land.The Cornhuskers fell into the trap of hiring a name with an NFL background, but just ask Lane Kiffin — that doesn’t always work out. Florida, on the other hand, followed the path more likely leading to success. Sure, Riley hasn’t been awful, but he’s never proven to be able to raise a program to the next level.McElwain has, and Pelini at least never sunk a program to the depths of a losing record.Riley could be perfectly successful, but I’d be surprised to see the Cornhuskers back in the national picture during his tenure, especially with savvy hires like McElwain raising the competition to the next level.
ERG trials IBM Blockchain Platform to support Clean Cobalt FrameworkERG trials IBM Blockchain Platform to support Clean Cobalt Framework
Eurasian Resources Group says it will pilot a blockchain-based solution built on the IBM Blockchain Platform at its Metalkol RTR operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to help enhance the provenance and traceability of cobalt in the metal’s supply chain.Metalkol RTR is ERG’s hydrometallurgical plant in the DRC and has a target capacity of 24,000 t/y of cobalt.ERG said: “While cobalt and other metals such as copper, nickel and lithium drive the global battery sector, their extraction may come at high cost for the surrounding ecosystem, including the use of child labour and pollution which is compounded by the current dearth of viable reuse and recycling systems. The blockchain-based solution helps to ensure that the material is traceable.”The blockchain supports ERG’s Clean Cobalt Framework at Metalkol RTR, a reprocessing plant for historic copper and cobalt tailings from previous mining operations, which is nearing operation, according to ERG.Niels de Jongh, Executive Partner IBM Global Business Services, said: “ERG’s initiative to implement a blockchain solution to bring together stakeholders across the cobalt supply chain can help transform entire business processes in the mining industry and help bring new levels of trust. Leveraging IBM’s digital capabilities enables parties to develop the solution through an interactive approach with clear business focus.”Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group and co-chair of the Global Battery Alliance, said: “This blockchain-based solution will aim to enable manufacturers to confirm that the cobalt was sourced at Metalkol RTR by aggregating the necessary data and information on the raw material.”Leveraging IBM’s blockchain platform and expertise, the platform will aim to determine the provenance of cobalt throughout the supply chain, from extraction to production, a process that is currently complex and costly. Using blockchain will allow individuals to track the origins of cobalt across the supply chain, including once it’s been to a smelter and blended, and reduce costs through efficient information sharing, tracking and transparency according to the highest standards.Sobotka added: “As a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Battery Alliance, ERG aims to create new standards in the industry. We are therefore pleased to be piloting this innovative blockchain-based solution on the IBM platform. This way we can guarantee with certainty that the material that customers buy is not tainted by artisanally-produced material.”Last week, MineHub Technologies and IBM announced a collaboration to use blockchain technology to help improve operational efficiencies, logistics and financing and reduce costs in the high-value mineral concentrates supply chain — from mine to end buyer. Goldcorp, ING Bank, Kutcho Copper, Ocean Partners and Wheaton Precious Metals are working with MineHub to build the new mining supply chain solution on top of the IBM Blockchain Platform.
Apple has dodged a massive 840 million pricefixing court caseApple has dodged a massive 840 million pricefixing court case
APPLE REACHED AN out-of-court settlement with US states and consumers who were seeking damages over the company fixing ebook prices.The terms of the settlement have not been revealed, but the US district judge in Manhattan Denise Cote has ordered all parties to submit a filing to seek approval of their settlement within 30 days, according to Bloomberg.The settlement means that the company has avoided a trial in which it faced as much as $840 million in claims. The exact amount of damages was to be litigated at a trial scheduled for 14 July.The case happened when the US Department of Justice sued Apple and five other publishers in April 2012, claiming that they worked together illegally to increase ebook prices.In July 2013, Judge Cote found Apple guilty of working with the five publishers from 2009 to 2010 to fix ebook prices. The partnership was to fight Amazon’s dominance in the ebook market, and force it to change its pricing model.Apple is appealing that decision and the settlement depends on the outcome of that appeal.Read: Google wants to start beaming internet from its balloons as early as next year >Read: Astronauts on the International Space Station are finally getting an espresso machine >
A Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn FlakesA Brewery Is Making Beer From Rejected Corn Flakes
Stay on target Food waste is a serious problem. Fortunately there are some very clever folks out there coming up with creative ways to deal with it. Many of those people happen to be brewers.Take, for example, the men and women of Seven Bro7hers and BrewDog over in Manchester. They recently got together with Kellogg’s in the U.K. to help make the company a bit more sustainable.How are they doing it? By taking Corn Flakes that don’t quite measure up to Kellogg quality standards and turning them into beer. Flakes that are too big, too small, or overcooked were upcycled into a limited edition brew they’re calling Throw Away IPA.The project got underway last summer and now the limited-edition beer is finally on sale.What Seven Bro7hers and BrewDog cooked up is a milkshake IPA. It’ll be packed with hoppiness thanks to a combination of citra and amarillo (a particularly potent floral and citrus-y hop). Vermont yeast is also used, which can help balance out super-hoppy IPAs like this one.BrewDog was the perfect partner for a project like this. They’ve always taken a maverick approach to brewing, and they love collaborations. In fact, they open sourced the entire 325-beer BrewDog recipe book so anyone with the desire and patience to give it a go can experiment with their creations.Kellogg’s teamed up with @SEVENBRO7THERS to turn its ‘ugly’ Kellogg’s Corn Flakes into ‘Throw Away IPA’. This limited edition beer is made from flake considered to be too big, small or overcooked to make it into our packs! Give it a try while stocks last! #ThrowAwayIPA pic.twitter.com/XnFhQH4tzK— Kellogg’s UK & IRE (@KelloggsUK) December 4, 2018Seven Bro7hers is also pretty comfortable doing things that are outside the norm. They’re currently running a crowdfunding campaign that they hope will provide the capital the need to expand their operation and start canning in house.Things are looking good so far. They’ve raised more than £370,000 (around $467,000) from just 571 investors.As for Kellogg’s, well… Let’s hope that Throw Away IPA was the start of a trend. Kellogg’s has plenty of other grain-based products that might fail quality inspections and there’s no shortage of brewers who would love to get their hands on them.More on Geek.com:Dead Fish Parts to Power Norwegian Cruise Ships by 2021These Eco-Friendly Jackets Are Stuffed With Bison FurThese Vegan Shoes Are Made From Recycled Coffee Grounds San Diego to Build Charging Stations for 3,000 Electric Buses, TrucksHydrogen-Powered Plane Can Fly 20 Passengers Up to 500 Miles
PORTLAND — Portland fire officials said they responded to half a dozen fires set by an unknown suspect in the same neighborhood Saturday. The fires, set early Saturday morning in the Portsmouth neighborhood, involved two houses, two vehicles, one recycling bin, and one abandoned chair in a parking lot, Portland Fire & Rescue officials said. There also were two additional acts of vandalism with rocks thrown at two car windshields in the same neighborhood. Officials said there were no reported injuries as a result of the incidents. Investigators said they have obtained surveillance video showing a suspect in the driveway of a home.
Just What Exactly Is King Content Commerce or AudienceJust What Exactly Is King Content Commerce or Audience
Weber has subsequently parlayed that content-focused approach into his two-year-old venture, NewWest.net—a media company consisting of a network of regional Web sites, a print magazine and events focused on business and life in the Rocky Mountain West.According to Weber, the site’s content has been the essential driver of traffic, and subsequently, audience development. CHICAGO—Maybe it’s our compulsion to solve the chicken-or-the-egg riddle, or perhaps just stab a stake in the ground, but at the 2008 CM Show here this week, there was quite a bit of effort to establish just what exactly is “king.”Don Pazour, CEO of b-to-b publisher Access Intelligence, proclaimed in his opening keynote “audience is king,” essentially relegating content and commerce as servants to the ultimate goal-attracting a high-quality audience. Growing audience, said Pazour, means you’re growing the company, and “if you’re not growing, you’re dying.” It was a particularly apt statement, given the context and audience of the event, of course, and one that struck a chord with attendeesYet by lunchtime, where the second of the show’s three keynotes was featured, content, one of the more traditional recipients of kingly status, was crowned. “What I always felt was the core of the success of the Industry Standard was it was editorially-driven, which is why I was the number-two person in the company,” said Jonathon Weber, former editor-in-chief of the Internet economy bible the Industry Standard, which now exists in a Web-only format.
Bill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina HouseBill to Limit Wind Farms Fails in North Carolina House
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Legislation banning wind energy projects across central and eastern portions of North Carolina used for military training flights failed to clear the House amid a contentious end-of-session showdown with the Senate over multiple bills before the state’s General Assembly adjourned last week. The measure approved in the North Carolina Senate last month was designed to protect missions at several installations by banning projects located in military training areas included on a map developed for the state’s Military Affairs Commission. The state’s new Department of Military and Veterans Affairs would have reviewed applications to build turbines and recommended whether to approve or deny them based on how the projects would affect military training.But despite passing with bipartisan support in the Senate, the measure pitted local advocates for military installations against wind proponents and officials from regions planning to take advantage of some of the strongest wind energy assets along the East Coast. Opponents of the legislation, including environmental groups, say the boundaries go further than the corridors mapped out by DOD.The legislation put at risk two large wind farms proposed in coastal North Carolina that would generate more than 400 megawatts from an estimated 150 turbines, reported the News & Observer.Following the measure’s defeat in the House, a group of eight lawmakers vowed to reintroduce the bill in the General Assembly during next year’s “long session” as part of their effort to protect military training routes from incompatible development.“Make no mistake — if we fail to fully protect our military installations, decision-makers in Washington could award them to states that will, and our local communities will be left picking up the pieces. Three taxpayer subsidized wind projects that create few jobs for North Carolinians should not take priority over the hundreds of thousands of jobs and tens of billions of dollars that we could jeopardize if we fail to stand up for our military,” according to a joint statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R) and seven other lawmakers.Wind energy advocates said the Senate bill would unnecessarily have halted projects given the military’s existing role in reviewing them, reported the Coastal Review Online.“Communities in Eastern North Carolina should be able to attract investment from the wind industry through the comprehensive permitting process adopted by the legislature in 2013. That process requires input from the military,” Melissa Dickerson, coastal coordinator for the North Carolina Sierra Club, said after the Senate approved the bill. “The proposed legislation adds unnecessary complexity and uncertainty for businesses navigating the wind permitting process.”