Houston: Inside a locked vault at Johnson Space Center is treasure few have seen and fewer have touched. The restricted lab is home to hundreds of pounds of moon rocks collected by Apollo astronauts close to a half-century ago. And for the first time in decades, NASA is about to open some of the pristine samples and let geologists take a crack at them with 21st-century technology. What better way to mark this summer’s 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on the moon than by sharing a bit of the lunar loot. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”It’s sort of a coincidence that we’re opening them in the year of the anniversary,” explained NASA’s Apollo sample curator Ryan Zeigler, covered head to toe in a white protective suit with matching fabric boots, gloves and hat. “But certainly the anniversary increased the awareness and the fact that we’re going back to the moon.” With the golden anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s feat fast approaching their lunar module Eagle landed July 20, 1969, on the Sea of Tranquility the moon is red-hot again. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorAfter decades of flip-flopping between the moon and Mars as the next big astronaut destination, NASA aims to put astronauts on the lunar surface again by 2024 at the White House’s direction. President Donald Trump prefers talking up Mars. But the consensus is that the moon is a crucial proving ground given its relative proximity to home 240,000 miles (386,000 kilometers) or two to three days away. Zeigler’s job is to preserve what the 12 moonwalkers brought back from 1969 through 1972 lunar samples totalling 842 pounds (382 kilograms) and ensure scientists get the best possible samples for study. Some of the soil and bits of rock were vacuum-packed on the moon and never exposed to Earth’s atmosphere or frozen or stored in gaseous helium following splashdown and then left untouched. The lab’s staff is now trying to figure out how best to remove the samples from their tubes and other containers without contaminating or spoiling anything. They’re practicing with mock-up equipment and pretend lunar dirt. Compared with Apollo-era tech, today’s science instruments are much more sensitive, Zeigler noted. “We can do more with a milligram than we could do with a gram back then. So it was really good planning on their part to wait,” he said. The lunar sample lab has two side-by-side vaults: one for rocks still in straight-from-the-moon condition and a smaller vault for samples previously loaned out for study. About 70 per cent of the original haul is in the pristine sample vault, which has two combinations and takes two people to unlock. About 15 per cent is in safekeeping at White Sands in New Mexico. The rest is used for research or display. Of the six manned moon landings, Apollo 11 yielded the fewest lunar samples: 48 pounds or 22 kilograms. It was the first landing by astronauts and NASA wanted to minimize their on-the-moon time and risk. What’s left from this mission about three-quarters after scientific study, public displays and goodwill gifts to all countries and US states in 1969 is kept mostly here at room temperature. Armstrong was the primary rock collector and photographer. Aldrin gathered two core samples just beneath the surface during the 2 1/2-hour moonwalk. All five subsequent Apollo moon landings had longer stays. The last three Apollo 15, 16 and 17 had rovers that significantly upped the sample collection and coverage area. “Fifty years later, we’re still learning new things … incredible,” said the lab’s Charis Krysher, holding a clear acrylic marble embedded with chips of Apollo 11 moon rock in her gloved hand.
The mother of a Canadian killed while fighting Islamic State militants in Syria said her heart was heavy as she put her hands on a casket containing the body of her son.Tina Martino of Niagara Falls, Ont., says she has not yet been able to see the remains of her 24-year-old son, Nazzareno Tassone, because his casket was sealed when it arrived in Canada late Saturday night months after his death.“As I lay my hands on the casket, sadness came over me,” Martino said Sunday. “I’m still wondering, ‘Is this my boy?’”Tassone was killed on Dec. 21 in the city of Raqqa while fighting militants associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.The young man had told his family that he was going to Iraq to teach English, but he secretly slipped into Syria to join forces with a U.S.-backed Kurdish group called the YPG.The YPG told Tassone’s family that his body was taken by ISIL militants, and wasn’t recovered until May.Martino said she still has doubts about the identity of the person in the casket because of a presumed error in an initial autopsy report she was sent — it listed her son as having a different hair colour, being several inches taller than he was and more than a decade older.Officials said they later confirmed the body was Tassone based on dental records.But Martino said now that the body is back in Canada, the Office of the Chief Coroner will do another autopsy to verify his identity.She said they should also be able to determine his cause of death — the autopsy report she received concluded her son died from a blow to the head, not a gunshot wound as she had previously been told.But the new investigation means Martino won’t be able to bury her son right away as she had initially planned, because it’s not yet known how long the coroner’s autopsy will take.“They don’t know what shape the body is in when they receive it,” she said.Martino said she and her children waited five hours at a warehouse for her son’s body to arrive. She said some of her kids had hoped to be able to see the body, but the casket he was transported in was sealed for the investigation.“A couple of them thought that was actually going to happen, but he goes straight to forensic science,” she said.“I wanted just to be able to bury him this Wednesday. And I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t. To be in such doubt,” she said.She said she hopes the investigation will be finished before July 3, when she is due to return to work.“So we will sit here one more time and hopefully the team will be quick.”—Follow @ColeyT on Twitter.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market racked up a solid gain Tuesday amid merger and acquisition activity and data pointing to strong German investor optimism which eased fears that Europe’s biggest economy could be headed into recession. Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,810.21 +123.58 +0.97%S&P 500 — 1,530.94 +11.15 +0.73%Dow — 14,035.67 +53.91 +0.39%Nasdaq — 3,213.59 +21.56 0.68%The S&P/TSX composite index jumped 123.57 points to 12,810.21 while the TSX Venture Exchange dropped 13.85 points to 1,171.8.The Canadian dollar fell 0.56 of a cent to 98.83 cents US after hitting a seven-month low of 98.65 cents US during the day.Canada’s Great West Lifeco (TSX:GWO) is buying Irish Life Group for $1.75 billion. Its shares were earlier halted on the TSX but later gained 65 cents to $27.43.And there were reports that retailers Office Depot and OfficeMax are discussing a merger.The Wall Street Journal said that OfficeMax and Office Depot were considering a deal to combine, which would result in big cost savings. The paper said an announcement could come as early as this week.U.S. stocks also rose as this year’s ongoing surge in merger activity suggested investors were still finding value in the market even as indexes closed in on all-time highs.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 53.91 points to 14,035.67, the Nasdaq composite index was up 21.56 points at 3,213.59 and the S&P 500 index climbed 11.15 points to 1,530.94.The German data came as a relief after another economic report last week showed the country’s economy shrank 0.6 per cent in the fourth quarter. A drop in the first quarter of this year would put it in a technical recession but many economists think the dip was only temporary and that the economy will quickly return to growth.“The slide in German activity has been concerning in recent months so to get the data we got today suggests that there might be some stabilization going on in some of the more bellwether economies there as well,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.However, the optimism was tempered somewhat by worries about the looming sequester in the U.S. That is a huge package of across the board spending cuts worth US$85 billion that are set to take effect at the end of the month unless lawmakers can agree on other cuts that would be more selective.It would cut a big chunk out of American economic growth, a worrisome prospect for a struggling economy.“If it goes into place, which I think is a reasonable potential, you’re looking at about eight-tenths of a per cent drag on the economy this year,” added Fehr.“That’s meaningful when you’re talking about an economy only growing at two per cent (but) the important thing is we’re not talking about a tipping point back into recession.”Last Thursday, JPMorgan Chase cut its forecast for U.S. growth in 2013 to 1.9 per cent from 2.1 per cent, citing the rising odds that the spending reductions will actually take place.Telecoms led TSX gainers, up 1.58 per cent with Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) continuing to benefit from a strong earnings report Friday, up $1.17 at $48.49.The financial sector ran ahead 1.2 per cent as Royal Bank (TSX:RY) advanced $1.13 to $64.43.The information technology sector was ahead 1.03 per cent as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) gained 34 cents to $14.57 even as Canaccord Genuity slashed its estimate of BlackBerry BB10 smartphone shipments in February to just 300,000 units, a far cry from its earlier estimate of more than 1.75 million.The equities research unit of Canaccord Financial Inc. (TSX:CF) says its global surveys show initial sales have been mixed for the BlackBerry Z10, with limited supply rather than overwhelming demand behind post-launch shortages at some stores. Elsewhere in the sector, Constellation Software (TSX:CSU) was down $3.76 to $116.24.Prices weakened for oil and copper despite the positive European data.The energy sector was up 1.03 per cent as the March crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 80 cents to US$96.66 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) was ahead 42 cents to C$32.17.Miners led TSX losers with the base metals sector down 1.1 per cent while copper prices fell sharply after several local governments in China announced new measures to restrict financing to potential homebuyers. That triggered concerns about a fresh wave of tightening for the property sector.March copper ticked nine cents lower to US$3.65 a pound. China is the biggest consumer of copper, considered an economic bellwether as it is used in so many industries, including electrical and plumbing in houses. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was off 30 cents to C$10.64.Inmet Mining Corp. will waive application of a shareholder rights plan that was supposed to take effect hours before the Feb. 27 deadline for First Quantum’s (TSX:FM) hostile $5.1-billion takeover bid. Inmet (TSX:IMN) said Tuesday that its board is taking the action because it has enough time to review and execute all strategic alternatives being considered. Inmet shares lost $1.37 to $69.10 while First Quantum shares was nine cents lower at $19.93.The gold sector was down about 0.4 per cent while April bullion was off $5.30 to US$1,604.20 an ounce. AuRico Gold Corp. (TSX:AUQ) faded 22 cents to C$6.60.In other corporate developments, Google’s stock price topped US$800 for the first time Monday amid renewed confidence in the company’s ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market.The milestone comes more than five years after Google’s shares initially barrelled through $700. At mid-morning, Google stock was slightly off the highs of the session but still up $13.96 to $806.85.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Great-West Lifeco to buy Ireland’s biggest insurance company for $1.75-billionGoogle stock tops US$800 for first time everCanaccord now sees 1.5 million fewer BB10 shipments this quarterCanadian dollar hits 7-month low on U.S. spending cut fears, housing sector weaknessON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Producer price index: Economists expect 0.3% rise from the month before, 1.5% year over year Housing starts: Economists expect a drop of 3.6% Building permits (Jan): Economists expect 1.2% rise 2 p.m.FOMC minutes from January meeting CORPORATE NEWSCANADACenterra Gold Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 30¢ HudBay Minerals Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 3¢ Iamgold Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 25¢ Pan Amer Silver Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 37¢ Yamana Gold Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 27¢ UNITED STATESDevon Energy Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 75¢ a share
NEW YORK — Lance Ruttenberg knows too well how fast President Donald Trump’s China trade policies can change.As president and CEO of American Textile Co., he and his team spent weeks on a comprehensive study analyzing how a 10% tariff set for Sept. 1 would affect their business, which makes thousands of bedding items for hundreds of retailers.Then on Tuesday, Ruttenberg learned the tariffs on his type of goods would be delayed until the holidays. And while the news brought momentary relief, he’s still trying to sort out what it all means.“Everybody is in a confused state,” Ruttenberg said. “We are not afraid of challenges. But it’s hard to address challenges when you have no ability to predict them or anticipate them. This constant uncertainty is a terrible burden to navigate.”Welcome to the world of Trump’s tariff wars with China, which can turn everything upside-down with just a presidential tweet.Trying to run a business when the administration’s trade policy continues to shift almost daily has been difficult, and many retailers and consumer product makers like American Textile say they’re devoting so much time adjusting to each whim that they can’t focus on other areas like developing innovative products.Items targeted for tariffs pop up on one list, only to be dropped months later or vice versa. Meanwhile, businesses are left to change their supply network modeling as often as weekly instead of semi-annually or annually, says Fred Baumann, global group vice-president at JDA, a technology company that works with retailers on their sourcing network.Company executives also complain that it’s hard to offer financial forecasts, which in turn makes it more difficult to get loans.“It’s very frustrating,” said David French, senior vice-president of government relations at the National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group. “Retailers want to get back to competing and driving customers to their stores. Retailers want to be investing to become better retailers, not moving around their supply chain that is subject to a presidential tweet.”Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports. The 10% tariffs on about another $300 billion would extend import taxes to just about everything China ships to the United States.The new tariffs are likely to be a game changer: The earlier ones were designed to limit the impact on consumers by targeting industrial goods. The next ones, which target items such as toys and clothing, will hit families in the pocketbook.Mindful that the latest round would raise consumer prices during the crucial holiday shopping season, the administration delayed nearly 60% of them until Dec. 15.Businesses say they spent hours culling through the lists to see which items were delayed and which weren’t. Meanwhile, analysts will be dissecting comments by retailers over the next couple of weeks when they report fiscal second-quarter earnings to see how the tariffs have been playing out.Many have not incorporated the last round of tariffs into their financial guidance given the uncertainty. But Macy’s raised a red flag Wednesday when it said shoppers don’t have an appetite for higher prices in a ballooning trade war.The department store chain was forced to raise prices on some luggage, housewares and furniture to offset the costs of the 25% tariff implemented in May and its CEO Jeff Gennette says the retailer is working hard to offset the looming costs of tariffs on shoes and clothing.Jay Foreman, CEO of Basic Fun, based in Boca Raton, Florida, said that if the 10% tariffs had kicked in in September as previously planned, he would have had to raise prices as well as lay off workers. He also had letters of intent to buy two companies and wasn’t sure if he would have to postpone the acquisitions.Now with the December delay, he has a little bit more time to work with retailers to negotiate prices for next spring. But he says it’s taking a lot of time out of his schedule to innovate.Joseph Shamie, president of Delta Children, a New York-based maker of children’s cribs and other baby furniture, said he had already negotiated the costs that retailers, factories as well as his own company would absorb to offset the 10% tariffs he thought would happen this fall. Now, he will have to renegotiate.“We really thought it would go away,” Shamie said. “Maybe we were naive.”____AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report._______Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzioAnne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — When they take the field Sunday, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr . will have waited 1,072 days for his rematch with Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown .“It’s the best versus the best,” Harris proclaimed.Brown got the best of Harris last time.The star cornerback hadn’t surrendered a touchdown in 35 games before Brown scored twice on him in man coverage in the Steelers’ 34-27 comeback in Pittsburgh on Dec. 20, 2015.“I hope we see them again,” Harris said afterward, and the feeling was certainly mutual — Brown caught 16 passes for 189 yards that night.It appeared Harris would get his wish a month later when the Steelers visited Denver for an AFC divisional playoff game.Brown didn’t get to play, however, after taking a vicious hit to the head from Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict the week before, a foul that set up Pittsburgh’s game-winning field goal in a wild-card game at Cincinnati.Harris was dealing with a bruised left rotator cuff that basically turned him into a one-armed tackler, but he helped the Broncos beat the Brown-less Steelers 23-16, propelling them on their Super Bowl title run.Although Denver (4-6) hasn’t been back to the playoffs since, Harris remains one of the game’s great shutdown cornerbacks. His interception of Philip Rivers last week made him the only player in the NFL with multiple interceptions each of the past seven seasons.Brown is just as good as ever, too, helping the Steelers (7-2-1) stay atop the AFC North year after year. His 11 TD catches this season are tied with Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill for the league lead.Of his 130 games, including the playoffs, Harris has never had a worse game than he did the previous time he faced Brown.“I didn’t have a good game that night,” Harris said. “It was tough that game. It was pretty much on me that game. We didn’t have anybody in our secondary that game. I think all my safeties were gone. I think I was out there with (Josh) Bush and (Shiloh) Keo, so that was a hard game. It won’t be anything like that again.”Harris faces No. 1 receivers week in and week out, but Brown is special. He’s one of just four active players with 40 100-yard receiving games (Julio Jones, Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald are the others).“He has great route-running and they let him play,” Harris said, suggesting officials let him get away with separation tactics. “They let him play a little bit at the top of the routes. Also what he does, Big Ben (Roethlisberger) extends a lot of time for him and then he can kind of free-lance and get deep.“I can’t say what I do at the top of the routes, but I’ve got little tricks too. You’ve just got to play your game. Don’t be scared, compete, and that’s what I do every week.”Harris often voices frustration about not getting a lot of action on his side of the field, but he eagerly anticipated last week’s game against the Chargers because he knew Rivers would challenge him.Harris also knows that Roethlisberger won’t ignore him Sunday .“Definitely. I know I’ve got like 12 to 15 chances to get picks,” Harris said, “and my goal is to come out with one or two.”There are signs Harris won’t have another patchwork secondary surrounding him like the previous time. Cornerback Bradley Roby, who left the previous game with a concussion, is progressing and the Broncos are hopeful he’ll be back in the starting lineup this weekend.Harris said he felt Roby was having his best game of the year when he got hurt, and coach Vance Joseph concurred, saying, “He played with great focus, he wasn’t chasing plays, he was playing with great technique and he covered his guy. I think most young corners they’re playing the game to make plays instead of allowing the plays to come to them. When he’s done that, he’s played well for us.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapletonArnie Stapleton, The Associated Press
Professor Stephen Hawking was in a wheelchair from the age of 30Credit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph In 1974, he became one of the youngest fellows of Britain’s most prestigious scientific body, the Royal Society, at the age of 32.Five years later, he was appointed Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, where he had moved from Oxford University to study theoretical astronomy and cosmology. A previous holder of the prestigious post was the 17th-century British scientist Isaac Newton.The news of his illness came as an enormous shock that for a time plunged the budding academic into deep despair.But he was rescued by an old friend, Jane Wilde, who went on to become his first wife, giving him a family with three children. Jane cared for Hawking for 20 years, until a grant from the United States paid for the 24-hour care he required.’An inspiration to millions’ – University of Cambridge on Prof Hawking’s ‘indelible legacy’Professor Stephen Hawking was “an inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”, the University of Cambridge has said.He retired from this position as Lucasian Professor of Mathematics in 2009, and became the Dennis Stanton Avery and Sally Tsui Wong-Avery Director of Research in the department of applied mathematics and theoretical physics until his death. European Council president Donald Tusk tweeted a tribute to Prof Hawking: The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki wrote on Instagram: “Not only your brilliance, but your sense of humor will be sorely missed by all.”James Hartle, physicistMr Hartle, whose work with Prof Hawking led to the Hartle-Hawking model of the universe’s origins, said his colleague had “inspired a lot of people”.Prof Hartle told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “What was unique about him was that he had a marvellous ability to see through all the clutter in physics and to see what the essential points are and that, of course, was a great thing for going forward.”He added: “My memory of him would be on several fronts: first our work together, as a scientist, and second as a human being whose whole story is of triumph over adversity and who inspired a lot of people, including me.”Paralympic GamesThe organisers of the Paralympic Games described Prof Hawkins as “a pioneer of the human spirit”. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said Prof Hawking had “made the world a better place” and his death was “anguishing”. Eddie Redmayne starred as Professor Hawking in the 2014 film The Theory Of EverythingCredit:James Shaw/REX/Shutterstock Stephen Hawking shot to international fame after the 1988 publication of his bookCredit:REX/Shutterstock As tributes to the acclaimed physicist poured in from around the world, Prime Minister Theresa May said he was “a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation” whose “courage, humour and determination to get the most from life was an inspiration”.The University of Cambridge said he was “an inspiration to millions” and his work will leave “an indelible legacy”.Eddie Redmayne, who starred as Professor Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, said in a statement: “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet.”My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.” After the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2013, almost five decades after British physicist Peter Higgs developed the theory in the 1960s, Prof Hawking admitted he was disappointed the so-called “God particle” had been found.The discovery earned Prof Higgs the Nobel Prize.The Higgs boson is theorised to give other particles mass, but Prof Hawking said in a speech at London’s Science Museum: “Physics would be far more interesting if it had not been found,” because it would force scientists to develop alternative solutions to the problem of mass.He joked: “I had a bet with Gordon Kane of Michigan University that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. The Nobel Prize cost me 100 dollars.”Unafraid of ruffling the feathers of the religiousHawking was an outspoken commentator on life back on earth, voicing his disapproval in recent years of both the election of Donald Trump in the United States, and Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.He was unafraid of ruffling the feathers of the religious, dismissing the concept of an afterlife in a 2011 Guardian interview.”I have lived with the prospect of an early death for the last 49 years. I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first,” he said at the time.”I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark,” he added.He was also outspoken when it came to artificial intelligence, warning it “could spell the end of the human race.”MND: The disease that kills a third of people in a year – Prof Hawking survived for half a century Professor Hawking overcame a debilitating rare disease to become one of the world’s best known physicists.He survived for around half a century after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), despite being told he had just years to live when he was diagnosed.The disease kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis, according to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.Yet Prof Hawking was diagnosed with the condition in his early 20s and lived until he was 76. The condition is fatal, and usually progresses rapidly, affecting the brain and spinal cord.MND is the collective name for a group of diseases that affect the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that control movement.The condition progressively damages parts of the nervous system which leads to muscle weakness, stiffening and waste. Mayim Bialik, actress and neuroscientistThe actress met and worked with Prof Hawking when he appeared on US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.She tweeted: “As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era.”Along with a picture of Prof Hawking with the cast of the programme, she added: “He is soaring above us now marveling at it all.” Sad to hear about Stephen Hawking. What a remarkable life. His contributions to science will be used as long as there are scientists, and there are many more scientists because of him. He spoke about the value and fragility of human life and civilisation and greatly enhanced both— Brian Cox (@ProfBrianCox) March 14, 2018 Political reactionLabour leader Jeremy Corbyn was among the politicians sharing tributes to Prof Hawking, saying: “Stephen Hawking inspired the world with his determination to explain the mysteries of the cosmos.”But he also showed breathtaking courage to overcome life’s adversities and a burning passion to protect our National Health Service. He will be greatly missed.”Prof Hawking was a Labour supporter but in March 2017 said Mr Corbyn had been a “disaster” as leader, adding: “His heart is in the right place and many of his policies are sound, but he has allowed himself to be portrayed as a left-wing extremist.”Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who was among the politicians sharing tributes, said Prof Hawking had “changed the way we see the universe”. Have fun out there among the stars. pic.twitter.com/S285MTwGtp— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 14, 2018 Professor Stephen Hawking at the Centre for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge Credit:Eleanor Bentall /Corbis RIP Stephen Hawking – you changed the way we see the universe.— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) March 14, 2018 Stephen Hawking’s ex-wife Jane Hawking, who was married to the physicist for 30 years, said she was “deeply saddened by the news of the death in the early hours of this morning of our dear Stephen”.She added: “I am glad to be able to say that he died peacefully in the comfort of his own home.”The peace that he has found is well earned after such an extraordinary and courageous life, but we shall feel his loss keenly for a long time.”In a statement early on Wednesday, Prof Hawking’s children Lucy, Robert and Tim said: “We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today.”He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years.”His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world. He once said, ‘It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.’ We will miss him forever.”Prof Hawking was born on January 8 1942 in Oxford, the eldest of four children, and went on to become one of the world’s most acclaimed cosmologists. It had to happen, eventually. We were lucky to have him for so long, and I was lucky to be able to work with him. A truly fabulous human being. Stephen Hawking. Funny, perverse, and, of course, brilliant.— errolmorris (@errolmorris) March 14, 2018 As we near Pi day (3.14) I join the global community in mourning the loss of the greatest physicist of our era. #StephenHawking is free from the physical constraints of this earthly condition we all exist in and he is soaring above us now marveling at it all. pic.twitter.com/o3V0TZrppj— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) March 14, 2018 Professor Brian CoxThe scientist and broadcaster told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Prof Hawking was “one of the greats”.”There are many good theoretical physicists who make a big contribution, but there aren’t that many greats,” he added.”And by that I mean that I think there are physicists in a thousand years’ time, they will still be talking about Hawking radiation, they will be using his fundamental results on black holes.” “It matters if you just don’t give up.” Remembering Stephen Hawking.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 14, 2018 Prof Hawking arrived at the University of Cambridge in 1962 as a PhD student, and rose through the ranks to become the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, a position once held by Sir Isaac Newton, in 1979.His most famous scientific insight concerned the arcane physics of black holes. He discovered the phenomenon which has become known as Hawking radiation, where black holes leak energy and fade to nothing.Nasa remembered Prof Hawking as a “renowned physicist and ambassador of science”, while inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.”British astronaut Tim Peake said Prof Hawking “inspired generations to look beyond our own blue planet and expand our understanding of the universe”.’I try to lead as normal a life as possible’: Prof Hawking on living with ALSProf Hawking was left having to use a wheelchair by the time he was 30. In 1986, aged 44, his voice was removed to save his life after an attack of pneumonia.From then on, he spoke through a computer synthesiser on the arm of his wheelchair. “I am quite often asked: how do you feel about having ALS?” he once wrote. “The answer is, not a lot.”I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many.” His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake. But it’s not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure. Stephen Hawking, RIP 1942-2018. pic.twitter.com/nAanMySqkt— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 14, 2018 RIP Professor Stephen Hawking…a great man and friend. Thinking of Stephen’s family at this time ❤️Perhaps the RAF motto was written for him….”Per Ardua Ad Astra”….”Through Adversity To The Stars” ✨✨ https://t.co/YkRQnzKm2A— Carol Vorderman (@carolvorders) March 14, 2018 Sir Tim Berners-LeeThe inventor of the World Wide Web described Prof Hawking as having “a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit”.He tweeted: “We have lost a colossal mind and a wonderful spirit. Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.”Carol VordermanThe former Countdown presenter described Prof Hawking as “a great man and friend”. NasaThe US space agency, described Professor Hawking as an “ambassador of science” in a video post on Twitter. Professor Stephen Hawking was an outstanding scientist and academic. His grit and tenacity inspired people all over the world. His demise is anguishing. Professor Hawking’s pioneering work made our world a better place. May his soul rest in peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2018 Prof Hawking was Britain’s most famous modern day scientist, a genius with a razor-sharp wit who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.”My goal is simple,” he once said. “It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.”A Brief History of Time: A book ‘that would sell on airport bookstalls’Much of Prof Hawking’s work centred on bringing together relativity – the nature of space and time – and quantum theory – how the smallest particles in the Universe behave – to explain the creation of the universe and how it is governed.Hawking shot to international fame after the 1988 publication of A Brief History of Time, one of the most complex books ever to achieve mass appeal, which stayed on the Sunday Times best-sellers list for no fewer than 237 weeks.He said he wrote the book to convey his own excitement over recent discoveries about the universe.”My original aim was to write a book that would sell on airport bookstalls,” he told reporters at the time. “In order to make sure it was understandable I tried the book out on my nurses. I think they understood most of it.” “We are all different. There is no such thing as a standard or run of the mill human being.”Rest in peace Stephen, thank you for being a pioneer of the human spirit. You will be greatly missed. pic.twitter.com/kD9ViVCTBJ— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) March 14, 2018 Sally Light, chief executive of the MND Association, said: “All of us at the MND Association have been extremely saddened by the news of Professor Hawking’s passing.”Through so many years in the public eye he did a huge amount to raise awareness of motor neurone disease, yet he never allowed himself to be defined by his illness. His approach to life with MND is an example to all of us.” The university’s vice-chancellor Professor Stephen Toope said: “Professor Hawking was a unique individual who will be remembered with warmth and affection not only in Cambridge but all over the world.”His exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge and the popularisation of science and mathematics have left an indelible legacy. His character was an inspiration to millions. He will be much missed.” Greenpeace USAThe campaign group thanked Prof Hawking for helping people understand their place in the universe and for “leaving us in awe and wonder”.Prof Hawking’s popularity in ChinaProf Hawking’s Sina Weibo site attracted 3.6 million followers just over two weeks after it was set it up last April and now has nearly five million followers, reports Neil Connor in Beijing.The Chinese call him “Hawking Dada” or “Uncle Hawking”. It is an affectionate term. Xi Jinping is called “Xi Dada”.His posts on Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) generated tens of thousands of admiring comments apiece.News of his death at age 76 quickly became the top-trending Weibo topic, with the hashtag #Hawking passed generating more than 450 million reads and nearly 250,000 comments in the hours after his death was announced.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang called him a “fighter for science who arduously battled illness for a long time”.Mr Lu said Hawking also “strongly insisted” on visiting the Great Wall when he made a trip to China, despite his physical condition.How Stephen Hawking made his mark on popular cultureHe was an intellectual giant, but Professor Stephen Hawking also embraced popular culture. The celebrated physicist featured in cartoon The Simpsons and enjoyed a cameo in several episodes of The Big Bang Theory, the hit US sitcom about a group of science geeks.The SimpsonsIn The Simpsons, a cartoon version of the professor, complete with voice generator, appeared in Springfield many times.In the episode They Saved Lisa’s Brain, in which he appears with his flying wheelchair, Prof Hawking says: “Your theory of a doughnut shaped universe is intriguing Homer. I may have to steal it.”He was so proud of his appearance in The Simpsons, which he called “the best thing on American television”, that he had a clock depicting Homer on a wall in his office.Star Trek: The Next GenerationHe also featured, in 1993, in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His character was seen playing poker with Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein.”The uncertainty principle will not help you now Stephen,” Einstein tells him.FuturamaHe also appeared in Futurama, the other cartoon by Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, in which he takes the credit for inventing gravity.The Theory Of EverythingEddie Redmayne played Professor Hawking in the film The Theory Of Everything, winning an Oscar for the role, portraying the scientist as a young man.”He has a real force of charisma and humour and incisive wit and a sense of mischief”, Redmayne said of Prof Hawking.HawkingBenedict Cumberbatch previously played Prof Hawking in TV film Hawking in 2004, for which he was Bafta nominated for best actor.Why Professor Hawking never won the Nobel PrizeProfessor Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking work earned him dozens of accolades over his lifetime, but the coveted Nobel Prize always eluded him.His discovery in 1974 that black holes should emit radiation was initially controversial as it was widely accepted that nothing, not even light, could escape their gravity.His theory, dubbed “Hawking Radiation”, was based on mathematical concepts arising from quantum mechanics, the branch of science dealing with sub-atomic particles. It stated that this emission of radiation eventually causes black holes to “evaporate” and vanish.Although it became widely accepted, Hawking Radiation was never proved by astronomers or physicists – if it had, it would almost certainly have earned him the Nobel Prize.In January 2016, Prof Hawking gave a Reith Lecture broadcast on the BBC in which he joked that his lack of a Nobel Prize was “a pity”.He said: “A mountain-sized black hole would give off X-rays and gamma rays, at a rate of about 10 million megawatts, enough to power the world’s electricity supply.”It wouldn’t be easy however, to harness a mini black hole – about the only way to keep hold of it would be to have it in orbit around the Earth.”People have searched for mini black holes of this mass, but have so far not found any. This is a pity because if they had I would have got a Nobel Prize.” He added: “Actually, the last time I saw him at his 75th birthday party, he was talking about the new gravitational wave experiment where we’ve seen the collisions of black holes, and speculating that those results might be able to prove some of his theorems once and for all.”Plus his contributions to the physics of the very early universe, so there are at least three and possibly more areas where his work will be remembered as long as there are cosmologists and that’s the best you can hope for as a scientist.”Lawrence M. Krauss, theoretical physicistThe best-selling author said a “star just went out in the cosmos”.”We have lost an amazing human being. Stephen Hawking fought and tamed the cosmos bravely for 76 years and taught us all something important about what it truly means to celebrate about being human. I will miss him.”Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicistThe American astrophysicist and author said Prof Hawking’s “passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake”. Remembering Stephen Hawking, a renowned physicist and ambassador of science. His theories unlocked a universe of possibilities that we & the world are exploring. May you keep flying like superman in microgravity, as you said to astronauts on @Space_Station in 2014 pic.twitter.com/FeR4fd2zZ5— NASA (@NASA) March 14, 2018 Graduate assistant Colin P. Williams talks to Stephen Hawking at Harvard University in 1984Credit:Boston Globe/Getty Prof Hawking was a fellow at the university’s Gonville and Caius College, where a book of condolence is due to be opened.Astronomer Royal, Professor Lord Martin Rees, emeritus professor of cosmology and astrophysics at Cambridge, said:”Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies; he was unsteady on his feet and spoke with great difficulty.”This was Stephen Hawking. He had recently been diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and it was thought that he might not survive long enough even to finish his PhD. But, amazingly, he lived on to the age of 76.”Even mere survival would have been a medical marvel, but of course he didn’t just survive. He became one of the most famous scientists in the world – acclaimed as a world-leading researcher in mathematical physics, for his best-selling books about space, time and the cosmos, and for his astonishing triumph over adversity.”Tragedy struck Stephen Hawking when he was only 22. He was diagnosed with a deadly disease, and his expectations dropped to zero.”He himself said that everything that happened since then was a bonus. And what a triumph his life has been.”His name will live in the annals of science – millions have had their cosmic horizons widened by his best-selling books, and even more, around the world, have been inspired by a unique example of achievement against all the odds – a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination.”Eddie Redmayne on ‘the funniest man’ he ever metProf Hawking’s rise to fame and relationship with his first wife, Jane, was dramatised in a 2014 film, The Theory Of Everything.Eddie Redmayne put in an Oscar-winning performance as the physicist battling with a devastating illness.Following Prof Hawking’s death, Redmayne describing him as “the funniest man” he has ever met.He said in a statement: “We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”Benedict Cumberbatch will raise margarita ‘to the stars to celebrate your life’Benedict Cumberbatch, who also played Prof Hawking on screen, said in a statement:”I was so sad to hear that Stephen has died. I send my heartfelt love and condolences to all his family and colleagues.”I feel so lucky to have known such a truly great man who’s profundity was found both in his work and the communication of that work. Both in person and in books.”He virtually created the publishing genre of popular science. A heroic feat to bring the wondrous complexities of the universe to all outside of specialists in this field.”But truly courageous when considering it was achieved by a man who lived a life trapped in his body from the age of 21 when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.”His support of the sciences, art, education and the NHS and charities such as the MND foundation will also live on as will his wickedly funny sense of humour.”I will miss our margaritas but will raise one to the stars to celebrate your life and the light of understanding you shone so brightly on them for the rest of us. You were and are a true inspiration for me and for millions around the world. Thank you.”An ambassador of science… a remarkable life: Tributes flood in from around worldThe Prime Minister has led tributes to Professor Hawking, as scientists and celebrities hailed a man who had brought complex science to the masses.Theresa May said: “Professor Stephen Hawking was a brilliant and extraordinary mind – one of the great scientists of his generation.”His courage, humour and determination to get the most from life was an inspiration. His legacy will not be forgotten.”Barack ObamaThe former US President tweeted a picture of himself speaking with Prof Hawking at the White House and wrote: “Have fun out there among the stars.” Errol Morris, film-makerThe film-maker, who made a biographical documentary called A Brief History of Time, said he was “funny, perverse, and, of course, brilliant”. Stephen Hawking at his Oxford graduationCredit:SWNS.com Professor Stephen Hawking dies at home in CambridgeWorld renowned physicist wrote A Brief History of TimeHis life was dominated by incurable motor neurone diseaseProf Hawking beat odds after being given just 14 months to liveEddie Redmayne hails ‘astonishing scientist and funniest man’Why Prof Hawking never won the coveted Nobel PrizeGreatest quotes: ‘Without imperfection, you or I would not exist’Obituary: Brilliant theoretical physicist who achieved cult statusProfessor Stephen Hawking, the renowned British physicist and author of A Brief History of Time, has died at the age of 76.He died peacefully at his home in Cambridge in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his family said.Prof Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, was diagnosed with a rare form of motor neurone disease in 1964 at the age of 22 and was given just a few years to live.He eventually became confined to a wheelchair and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication.Despite this, he continued to travel the world giving lectures and writing scientific papers about the basic laws that govern the universe. 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Mining software, hardware and services provider Maptek says updates to its Eureka 5 and Workbench platforms will deliver enhanced modelling, correlation and mapping tools for users.Maptek Vulcan and Eureka users have been operating on the Maptek Workbench for just over a year.This has seen tool bars, menus, command lists and shortcut keys created to suit work patterns, while providing universal access to text and spreadsheet editors. The database and scripting tools make working with exploration and project data a “better overall software experience”, according to the company.Maptek said sharing the Workbench environment with Vulcan, and other applications coming in 2018-19, opens up integrated drill hole modelling and visualisation, tied and tiled views and cross-product workflows.This sees drill hole data changed in one application shared and reflected in other applications.The function-based approach to implicit modelling Maptek has taken means Eureka allows a wide range of input data types including triangulations, attributed points, direct drill hole intercepts and line-based ribbons.“Multiple orientation ellipses can be used simultaneously to control models in structurally complex situations for enhanced orebody interpretation. This is ideal for elongate and variably sampled modelling, as well as modelling veins as hanging walls and footwalls,” Maptek said.A different methodology is tailored to modelling thin, steeply dipping vein-type deposits, whereby the hanging and footwall models are created as “Radial Basis” function surfaces rather than solids.With Eureka 5, users can create implicit surfaces from categorical attributes on point data, for example, modelling rock codes. Multiple rock code attributes can then be modelled as a single surface.“Selecting values to model string attributes on drill holes or attributed points is simply done via displayed attribute legends. Colouring is automatically carried across to matching surfaces,” Maptek said. A multi-threading option further improves performance.Meanwhile, a single streamlined option allows users to create dynamic global or local maps using the Mapbox service, including automatic selection of appropriate coordinate systems and zooming in on selected objects.Automatic seam labelling from downhole data makes it easier to assign seam names to coal units, while a slider bar controls the number of seams generated. The tool now works on selected edges of the drill hole to allow label refinement.“Eureka allows spatially located data to be put into context to better understand the inter-connecting relationships between disparate information. The latest tools enhance viewing and correlation of the data as well as in-depth analysis of areas of interest,” Maptek said.
Updated 11.28DETECTIVES IN NORTH Belfast are appealing for information following a shooting incident yesterday evening in which two men were injured.The shooting was reported around 7.30pm on Oldpark Road. It is believed one person fired up to ten shots at a male standing beside a Seat Toledo car.The 24-year-old male sustained a number of gun shot wounds and was taken to hospital. A 22-year-old male, sitting inside the Seat Toledo car, also sustained gunshot wounds and attended hospital. Both males are in a serious but stable condition.Commenting on the shooting today, Chief Inspector Andy Freeburn said it was “utterly reckless” with up to 40 members of the public, including women and children, “in close proximity”.Two people have been very seriously injured but we are lucky that we are not dealing with many more casualties today,” he said.“This type of attack is unacceptable in our community – no one deserves to be hurt or injured in this way and no one has the right to put the safety of so many at risk.”He asked for the local community to help to create a clear picture of the attack.This is the second shooting to take place this week in the area with police arresting a man following a “paramilitary style shooting” at Ardoyne Avenue on Wednesday. An 18-year-old man sustained serious injuries in the attack.Detectives are appealing to anyone who was in the area and witnessed the shooting last night or has information in relation to it to contact them on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.Read: Man arrested following paramilitary style shooting in Belfast>
Chasse à la baleine : les Etats-Unis menacent l’Islande de sanctionsLes Etats-Unis menacent l’Islande de sanctions commerciales si le pays ne cesse pas rapidement de pratiquer la chasse à la baleine. Le secrétaire au Commerce américain, Gary Locke, juge “inacceptable” le mépris de l’Islande vis-à-vis du moratoire international sur la chasse à la baleine commerciale.”Le mépris de l’Islande pour le moratoire mondial de la Commission baleinière internationale (CBI) sur la chasse à la baleine à des fins commerciales est inacceptable”, s’est insurgé le secrétaire au Commerce américain Gary Locke, dans un communiqué cité par Sciences et Avenir. Et de déplorer que le pays mette en danger une espèce menacée “par ses prises de baleines et l’exportation de chair de rorqual commun”, en plus de “saper les efforts mondiaux en vue de la protection des baleines”.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageM. Locke réclame alors de l’Islande qu’elle renonce à cette pratique et se conforme au moratoire entré en vigueur en 1985. Le secrétaire au Commerce américain a dans ce but écrit à Barack Obama. Dans son courrier, il certifie au président américain que l’Islande “mène des campagnes de pêche qui diminuent l’efficacité d’un programme international de protection” des espèces marines. Une certification qui conformément à la loi américaine, permet au président “d’ordonner au Secrétaire au Trésor d’interdire l’importation aux Etats-Unis de tout produit en provenance d’Islande pour la période (qu’il jugera) appropriée” souligne M. Locke dans sa lettre.Ce dernier invite en outre le président à décider aussi de sanctions diplomatiques à l’égard de l’Islande. Comme l’indique l’agence RIA Novosti, Barack Obama dispose désormais de soixante jours pour étudier cette recommandation de son ministre.Le 24 juillet 2011 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambert
Last week ASA and the COOL Reform Coalition sent a letter to Congress emphasizing the need for a contingency plan for COOL, and highlighting Secretary Vilsack’s request for direction from Congress.“On November 14, 2014, our concerns were underscored by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s statement that the COOL law does not provide the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the discretion necessary to change COOL requirements to ensure compliance with U.S. trade obligations,” the letter states. “Secretary Vilsack, a leading COOL supporter, made clear that USDA alone cannot fix a COOL problem with trade compliance. Congressional action is necessary.”The letter states the COOL Reform Coalition does not oppose country of origin labeling requirements, but believes that modifications to COOL are required to ensure its consistency with U.S. international trade obligations and avoid tariff retaliation from Mexico and Canada.“We strongly urge Congress to amend the current statute to include a contingency plan that would only take effect if, upon final adjudication, the WTO determines COOL to be non-compliant with U.S. trade obligations. A contingency plan would preserve existing COOL requirements if the WTO Appellate Body finds that the COOL statute and its implementing regulations comply with trade obligations,” the letter states. “Importantly, the contingency plan we propose would not undercut the defense of COOL or cut short the WTO process for its consideration. It simply puts in place a path for the U.S. to ensure its compliance with the international trade obligations that it has undertaken in order to avoid roughly $2 billion in retaliatory tariffs that Canada and Mexico would be authorized to take on a wide range of U.S. agricultural and manufactured exports.”Click here to read the entire letter.
Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs brandi-carlile-miley-cyrus-her-red-hot-chili-peppers-added-2019-grammys-performers Facebook News Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R. & Red Hot Chili Peppers Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer Lineup https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/1088443843698192384 Previously announced GRAMMY performers include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and moreRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Jan 24, 2019 – 6:33 am The Recording Academy has announced another amazing round of performers for the 61st GRAMMY Awards, airing on Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.In what is boundto be an unforgettable GRAMMY moment, GRAMMY winners Red Hot Chili Peppers will join previously announced performer Post Malone.Music’s Biggest Night will also feature multi-GRAMMY nominee Brandi Carlile, past GRAMMY nominee Miley Cyrus, and current multi-GRAMMY nominee H.E.R. They’ll join previously announced performers and current nominees Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. Email Twitter Taking the GRAMMY stage for the first time, Carlile is up for six GRAMMY Awards—Record Of The Year (“The Joke”), Album Of The Year (By The Way, I Forgive You), Song Of The Year (“The Joke”), Best American Roots Performance (“The Joke”), Best American Roots Song (“The Joke”), and Best Americana Album (“By The Way, I Forgive You”).Meanwhile, first-time GRAMMY nominee H.E.R. is up for Album Of The Year (H.E.R.), Best New Artist, Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar), Best R&B Song (“Focus”), and Best R&B Album (H.E.R.).Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe & More To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead more
In the final days before the election, Congressman Don Young got some six-figure help from a Republican Political Action Committee while his campaign ran an ad accusing independent challenger Alyse Galvin of taking money from Democratic PACs. Galvin denounced the ad, for several reasons.On Sunday, while Galvin was on a campaign swing in Juneau, Young was at a Republican rally and chili feed at Anchorage Christian Schools. He cheered the crowd by condemning federal overreach while lauding personal liberty.Listen nowRep. Don Young greeted supporters at a Republican rally Sunday. Photo: Liz Ruskin“This is a great nation. We basically have good people,” Young said from the stage of multipurpose room. “Don’t let – I call it the cancer of our society – socialism, take it over. And that’s where this nastiness is coming from. We have to stand up as Americans, and we have to stand up as Alaskans and say ‘we’re taking our lives back.’”Young has been in office 45 years, longer that most Alaskans have been alive. He’s now 85. But he said he feels 35.The Galvin camp was buoyed by a poll last week showing her one percentage point ahead of Young. That poll was conducted by Ivan Moore, who typically works for candidates and causes on the political left. Galvin isn’t the first challenger Moore has said was in the lead. Young’s campaign manager, Jerry Hood, isn’t buying it.“With all due respect to Ivan, he was wrong in 2008, he was wrong two years ago,” Hood said. “I have had consistent and extensive polling since June, and we have maintained a good lead.”The Young campaign has not made its polling public.Nationally, Republicans are apparently concerned about their Alaska colleague. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Political Action Committee affiliated with the leaders of the U.S. House majority, announced Saturday it had dropped at least $100,000 on a “hyper-targeted” phone campaign to help Young.Galvin said that’s not right.“We really need to rewrite our laws to get big money out of politics,” she said. “When they can come in and scoop up an election in a couple of days, with a heck of a lot of money that nobody really understands where it’s coming from. That just doesn’t make any sense.”Galvin talked to reporters who went door-knocking with her in Anchorage Friday. Photo: Liz RuskinThe Congressional Leadership Fund is required to disclose its donors. Federal Election Commission data show the Fund’s largest donors are Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who together donated $50 million. Another of its major donors is American Action Network, a group that doesn’t have to tell the FEC where its money comes from.As it happens, the Young campaign began running ads last week accusing Galvin of going back on her promise not to accept “special interest” money.“But wait: she already has,” the ad says. “Contributions from the Blue Momentum PAC and the Swing Left PAC, funded by New York and San Francisco millionaires, including left-wing George Soros.”Galvin received contributions totaling $3,000 from the two PACs, which are linked to Democrats.Galvin said she’s keeping her pledge not to accept corporate PAC money. She points out that Young has received $480,000 from Political Action Committees.“That’s almost half of his money, just from PACs,” she said. “And I’ve received less than 2 percent in PAC money.”Galvin said she also finds it “very distressing” that the ad points a finger at George Soros, whose name is mention twice in the one-minute spot.Soros is a billionaire who gives money to liberal causes (and gave $50,000 to Swing Left). Soros is also at the center of a lot of far right-wing conspiracy theories that depict him as an evil person who secretly controls the levers power. The Anti-Defamation League says the theories are sometimes explicitly anti-Semitic.“Don Young, whether he intended it or not, is perpetuating that anti-Semitism and hateful stereotypes, by putting out this ad,” Galvin said.Young’s campaign manager called the charge of anti-Semitism “ridiculous.”The ad calls Soros “left-wing” and “socialist.” It doesn’t mention that he’s Jewish. As one of Young’s long-time supporters put it, just because Soros is the subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories doesn’t mean all criticism of him is anti-Semitic.
Visakhapatnam: The two-wheeled, battery operated Segways make inroads into Waltair Railway Division platforms as the Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel reach out to the passengers faster than before in case of any emergency.With a view to easing platform patrolling for RPF and enhancing the emergency response, two Segway scooters have been launched recently in the city. These compact-looking scooters can travel up to a maximum speed of 15-km per hour once the battery is charged for 35 minutes. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Followed by an encouraging response for the self-balanced scooters, senior divisional security commissioner, RPF, Waltair Division Jitendra Srivastava says that proposals were in place to add more number of Segways to the division. “After Delhi and Ahmedabad, Visakhapatnam is the first station in Andhra Pradesh to introduce such facility. The response for the new patrolling system is quite encouraging as it paves way for improved response time and crowd control, visible policing and better mobility of the force. Going forward, more Segways will be added to the fleet,” he says. Also Read – Saaho movie tickets pricey in Nellore Advertise With Us Of the 125 staff, 20 RPF personnel, both men and women, have been trained in operating the Segways. Currently, they were operated on platform numbers one and eight. “At present, these platforms are conducive for the two-wheeled machines as they require wide space to move around. Apart from adding a greater number of Segways to the Waltair Railway Division, they will also be introduced in Vizianagaram and Rayagada in a phased manner,” elaborates K P James, Assistant Security Commissioner, RPF. Advertise With Us In a place where more than 150 trains arrive and depart and most trains stop for about 20-25 minutes in Visakhapatnam, the staff says that strict policing is required during such time. “Among other complaints, handbag and mobile thefts top the chart. Though we have about 48 CCTV cameras in place, Segways aid in accessing the coaches faster to address complaints,” reasons James. RPF finds the Segways extremely helpful as they can reach out to passengers who are in dire need in no time. “They are user-friendly to operate on the platforms. The facility simplifies our work and improves efficiency,” says DGS Achari, RPF staff at the station. In addition to installing over 70 CCTV cameras, RPF would soon be equipped with body-worn cameras for better policing.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress celebrity candidate Nusrat Jahan on Monday filed her nomination for the Basirhat parliamentary constituency in West Bengal. Accompanied by a large number of Trinamool activists, the 28-year-old Bengali film actress, filed her nomination at the District administrative office in North 24 Parganas. Basirhat will go for the polls in the seventh phase on May 19. Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty (fighting from the Jadavpur constituency) are two new additions to the party’s list of celebrity candidates, which also includes MPs Dev Adhikari, Moon Moon Sen and Satabdi Roy.
News | Radiology Imaging | July 22, 2019 AHRA and Canon Medical Systems Support the 12th Annual Putting Patients First Program For the past twelve years, Canon Medical Systems USA, Inc. has partnered with read more Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more Demand for ultrasound scans at U.S. outpatient centers could grow by double digits over the next five years, according to a speaker at AHRA 2019. A variety of factors, however, could cause projections for this and other modalities to change. 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But they will not be easy. read more Videos | Cardiac Imaging | July 30, 2019 VIDEO: The History of CT Calcium Scoring Arthur Agatston, M.D., clinical pro read more Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. 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In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Radiology Business | July 23, 2019 | Greg Freiherr Liars in Radiology Beware! Can you tell when someone is lying? read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough discusses bridging diversity gaps in medical physicsPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 6:05Loaded: 2.67%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -6:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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She said medical imaging department administrators can use this knowledge to help in hiring decisions and managing staff. Videos | AAPM | July 23, 2019 VIDEO: Bridging Diversity in Medical Physics to Improve Patient Care Cynthia McColl… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Video Player is loading.Cynthia McCollough explains new advances in CT technologyPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 13:56Loaded: 1.17%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -13:56 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. March 27, 2013 — The American College of Radiology (ACR) has affirmed its support for the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act (S. 623) recently introduced in the Senate by Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and David Vitter (R-LA). The Senate bill corresponds with H.R. 846, recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX), Peter Roskam (R-IL), John Barrow (D-GA), Betty McCollum (D-MN) and currently co-sponsored by 72 bipartisan members of Congress.S. 623 and H.R. 846 would correct a 25 percent multiple procedure payment reduction to Medicare reimbursement for interpretation of advanced diagnostic imaging scans performed on the same patient, in the same session. This Medicare funding cut affects care for the most sick or injured patients — such as those with massive head and body trauma, stroke or widespread cancer — who often require interpretations by different doctors to survive.The cut that S. 623 and H.R. 846 address have little to no impact on the number of scans ordered. Radiologists rarely order exams, but perform those ordered by other providers. Because each imaging procedure produces a set of images requiring individual interpretation, the radiologist is ethically and professionally obligated to expend the same time and effort reviewing each image, regardless of the date of service. A 2012 study shows that any efficiencies in physician interpretation and diagnosis when the same patient is provided multiple services on the same day are variable and, at most, one-tenth of what policymakers contend.“The ACR thanks Senators Cardin and Vitter for joining the House members who are standing against this arbitrary cut that does nothing to ensure appropriate care, does not affect the number of scans ordered and does a disservice to those caring for what are the most vulnerable of Medicare patients. I strongly urge the House and Senate to pass the Diagnostic Imaging Services Access Protection Act,” said Paul H. Ellenbogen, M.D., FACR, chair of the ACR Board of Chancellors. 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2Arizona Cardinals3-10.527 7Jacksonville Jaguars4-9.546 (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 8Tampa Bay Buccaneers5-8.5009New York Giants5-8.50510Detroit Lions5-8.50711Cincinnati Bengals5-8.529 PickTeamRecordStrength of schedule A loss to the Detroit Lions at home Sunday kept the Arizona Cardinals right in the conversation when it comes to earning a top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Helping matters, the Cardinals’ competition at the bottom of the NFL standings, the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, came out of Week 14 with surprising wins. The Niners held off a second-half rally by the Denver Broncos to win, 20-14, while the Raiders came from behind in the final seconds to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-21, on Sunday. 3Oakland Raiders3-10.565 That means Arizona, San Francisco and Oakland sit at the bottom of the NFL with 3-10 records. Four teams are a game back at 4-9, and four more are 5-8 with three weeks of regular season play left.The Cardinals and 49ers have the same record and strength of schedule, meaning their divisional record acts as the second tiebreaker. As of now, Arizona is 2-2 in the division thanks to two wins over the 49ers. San Francisco is 0-4 against NFC West opponents.Related LinksThe Arizona Cardinals aren’t just bad, they’re also unwatchableCardinals follow win in Green Bay with ‘surprising’ flop vs. LionsLions adapt to injury, game-plan hurdles in win over CardinalsRecord-setting Larry Fitzgerald praises young WRs in loss to LionsAlso of note is the fourth team in the draft order standings, the Atlanta Falcons. The Cardinals visit them this coming Sunday, and the result will have significant draft implications.Here’s a quick look at how the 2019 NFL Draft order stands with all but a Monday game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks — neither of whom are in play to mix up the top of the reverse standings — to play this week.A few quick rules:• The top of the draft order is decided by the inverse winning percentage of non-playoff teams.• Tiebreakers are based on inverse strength of schedule — the aggregate winning percentage of a team’s opponents. In other words, the team that played the weakest schedule with the worst combined record will earn a higher pick. • The second tiebreaker is divisional records against common opponents.2019 NFL Draft order (as of Week 14) 5New York Jets4-9.505 Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 4Atlanta Falcons4-9.493 5 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6Buffalo Bills4-9.531 1San Francisco 49ers3-10.527 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the enewsletterThe annual Virtuoso Travel Week in Las Vegas last week saw plenty of awards and accolades handed out. Among the recipients from Australia was the Goldman Travel Corporation.LATTE took the opportunity to have a chat with Joint Managing Director, Anthony Goldman, to hear how business is going for Goldman Travel Group. Anthony, congratulations to you and the team at Goldman Travel Corporation for taking away the award for Virtuoso Agency Production (Asia Pacific) last week, for a fourth successive year no less. Has your agency production increased annually, or were there slow downs along the way?We have experienced both organic growth and growth through our acquisitions. In 2013, my father Tom, brother David and I made a decision to broaden our footprint in the premium to high-end leisure space to complement our strong corporate offering. We have been very fortunate to join forces with some wonderful businesses; Travelcall Melbourne, Travel Phase Double Bay, The Cruise Centre Brisbane and the establishment of our remote-agent business, SmartFlyer Australia. Our strategy is to focus on the premium and high-end space, thus our increase in Virtuoso-supplier volume has been consistent with our growth program.What were some of the luxury products that saw significantly increased bookings in the past year?We have seen a strong increase in cruise sales. This is consistent with Australian market trends. We are also seeing more multi-generational travel, with grandparents travelling with their children and grandchildren on celebration holidays.What were some of the top destinations booked for Goldman Travel Corp?Our top destinations have always been North America (LA and New York) and Europe (Italy in particular). They are here to stay. We see a trend in clients wanting new and emerging destinations such as Sri Lanka, Iceland, Mongolia and other unexplored regions.Why is being a part of Virtuoso so important for Goldman Travel Corp?We are proud members of Helloworld Business Travel and Virtuoso. The two consortia complement both sides of our business – corporate and leisure. Virtuoso allows us to reach supplier partners all over the world to benefit our advisors and clients. Virtuoso is in the “connection business”. The various programs, events and training opportunities for our teams open doors around the world to form relationships that allow us to procure the best experiences for our clients. We spend a lot of time and resources to take advantage of these opportunities, as that’s what sets us apart from the mainstream agencies and online booking platforms.Is a fifth consecutive Agency Production award achievable in 2019?We don’t run our business to win awards. Our objective is to do our best and work with our teams to provide our clients with the best possible experience when dealing with our various businesses. We love what we do. And if we happen to win for a fifth time, that’s a bonus!Thanks for your time Anthony.Lead image: Anthony Goldman (left), Tom Goldman OAM and David Goldman (right).Go back to the enewsletter
28Jan Barrett fights for Michigan children and teachers Categories: Barrett News,News State Rep. Tom Barrett has been busy during his second week in office. This week the newly elected official submitted a joint resolution to equalize per-pupil funding in Michigan.“The students and teachers of Eaton County are expected to meet the same standards as everyone else with fewer resources,” said Barrett, R-Potterville. “Our kids are worth every bit as much as kids in any other part of Michigan.”House Joint Resolution F requires that all local school districts receive the same amount of total state and local per-pupil revenue for school operating purposes. Currently there are 807 school districts in the state of Michigan receiving different levels of per-pupil funding.“Most of our Eaton County schools receive the minimum in per-pupil funding from the state,” Barrett said. “I will work to close the disparity gap between our highest- and lowest-funded school districts. We are all state taxpayers, and our kids in Eaton County should not receive less funding than anyone else.”HJR F was also submitted this week in the Senate by state Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. Barrett’s bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.##### Lawmaker sponsors resolution to equalize per-pupil spending
The leaders of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee applauded today’s approval of legislation designed to help Michigan compete for large economic development projects.The House approved the “Good Jobs for Michigan” legislation with bipartisan support. The bills will soon be headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration.Committee chair Ben Frederick (R-Owosso) and minority vice chair Leslie Love (D-Detroit) both support the three-bill package, saying it will boost opportunities for Michigan workers.The tax incentive plan could help Michigan better compete against Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states that offer lucrative tax incentives to businesses.“Much has been done over the past several years to improve the economic environment in our state. But while Michigan is a peninsula, it is not an island,” Frederick said. “There are other states. Some of them have quite generous credits, to the level I would consider them to be mistakes. Some states simply have open checkbooks, which is wrong. How does Michigan compete? Wisely and prudently, with performance-based incentives through programs like this one.”Love said the program will create opportunities for Michigan families who need a boost.“We must continue to fight for our state, to grow our economy in Michigan, to be bold and try new things and get people working again,” Love said. “This is an opportunity to attract new industry and create new jobs. This creates new opportunities to advance into a new career, to create a better life.”The legislation will allow companies creating at least 250 jobs to keep some income tax withholdings created through new employees. Wage levels help determine the amount of tax revenue that can be captured, and the length of time for which it may be captured.Several taxpayer protections are built into the plan. Businesses must create a specified number of jobs within a specified time to qualify, and the size of the program is limited.###The legislation: Senate Bills 242-4. Categories: Frederick News,News 12Jul Reps. Frederick, Love applaud passage of ‘Good Jobs’ bills
04Oct Rep. Sheppard schedules ‘Sit Down with Sheppard’ dates for October Categories: News,Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance invites residents of the 56th District to meet with him during his October in-district office hours.Times and locations are as follows:Wednesday, Oct. 10: 7:30-8:30 a.m. at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.Monday, Oct. 15: 8-9 a.m. at Old 23 Grill, 3168 Lewis Avenue in Ida.Monday, Oct. 22: 4:30-5:30 p.m. at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Avenue in Temperance.The 56th District encompasses most of Monroe County including the townships of Milan, Dundee, Summerfield, Whiteford, Bedford, Erie, LaSalle, Ida, Raisinville and a portion of Monroe.“I appreciate the opportunity to hear about your top issues related to state government,” Sheppard said. “It’s part of the process of working together to improve our communities and neighborhoods.”No appointments are necessary to attend district hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Sheppard’s office at (517) 373-2617 or JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov.#####