Shell sued for failing to meet environmental agreements

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in northern Alberta is suing Shell Canada. They say Shell has failed to follow through on written promises to protect the local environment from tar sands damage, and they hope to halt a planned expansion of a nearby tar sands project. Eriel Deranger, a member of the Sierra Club, joins anchor Michael Hutchinson to talk about the legal move.last_img

Aimia shares nose dive for a second day after Nectar sale prompts

first_imgMONTREAL – The parent company of loyalty card Aeroplan faced another brutal day on the Toronto Stock Market as its shares plummeted Friday after rating agency DBRS warned about a possible downgrade on the sale of its Nectar business at a substantial loss.Shares of Aimia Inc. fell nearly 17 per cent to $2.31 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after losing 25 per cent on Thursday.Aimia sold Nectar to British retailer Sainsbury, which was a founding partner of the program in 2002, for $105 million. Net proceeds are expected to be just $34 million. The Montreal-based company purchased Nectar in 2007 for about $755 million.It is the largest part of Aimia’s international coalitions segment, generating a quarter of the company’s gross billings and 29 per cent of its adjusted EBITDA.Aimia says the sale of Nectar will allow it to focus on Aeroplan, its largest and most profitable business, and simplify its operations. It has suspended the quarterly dividend and shed hundreds of jobs.The company has been working to prepare for the end of its agreement with Air Canada.The airline served notice last year that it does not plan to renew its 30-plus year partnership when the current contract ends in 2020.DBRS Ltd. says the Nectar transaction weakens Aimia’s business risk profile because of the impact on its size and geographic diversification even though its total debt will be more manageable from using proceeds to repay $100 million of debt.“DBRS will continue to monitor Aimia’s customer engagement, reward redemptions and the competitive environment on a quarter-by-quarter basis,” it said in a news release.“Should mileage accumulation decrease and/or redemptions accelerate more than DBRS’ expectations, in the absence of new partnerships, divestitures and/or capital raises, a downgrade could result.”Adam Shine of National Bank Financial said the sale isn’t a surprise considering that Aimia has been selling assets outside of Canada and Nectar’s contract with Sainsbury was up for renewal next year.“The latter having increasing negotiating power, the price obtained was remarkably low,” he wrote in a report.Neil Linsdell of Industrial Alliance Securities says Aimia’s future value is dependent on repositioning the Aeroplan program after losing its preferred relationship with Air Canada.“The program will have the ability to survive, but likely on a smaller scale than it exists today,” he wrote, noting that it has to find a way to retain the interest of its five million members.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:AIM, TSX:AC)last_img read more

To fuel renewables growth India seeks bids for 5 billion in transmission

first_imgNEW DELHI: India will launch $5 billion of transmission-line tenders in phases, beginning in June, to route a targeted 175 gigawatts (GW) of power from renewable sources into the country’s grid by 2022, the secretary at the ministry of renewable energy said. India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has pledged to cut emissions and have clean energy account for at least 40 percent of its installed capacity by 2030, up from 21.4 percent now, while looking to manage its energy appetite as its population becomes more prosperous. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe renewable energy targets would require investment in feeder lines and infrastructure upgrades. India has awarded tenders for 12 GW of transmission lines since December, while bids for a further 16 GW will be launched by the end of June. Another 38 GW will be bid out before March 2020, he said. Building transmission lines for 66 GW worth projects would need an estimated investment of 430 billion rupees, the secretary for renewables, Anand Kumar, said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia, which receives twice as much sunshine as European countries, wants to make solar central to its renewable expansion as part of the fight against climate change. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has set a goal to raise solar power generation to 100 GW and wind to 60 GW by 2022. The other 15 GW would come from biomass and hydropower. Research analysts have been sceptical about India meeting its ambitious targets. Consultancy firm WoodMac and research firm CRISIL have said India would not meet its renewable energy target due to policy issues, including cancellations of auctions of tenders, rights to land use and tariffs. India has cancelled tenders for renewable energy projects with a capacity of at least 5 GW, saying the bid prices were too high. Solar and wind energy developers have also complained about the difficulty of leasing land and duties on solar equipment imports. But Kumar says the government must be careful not to buy power at any cost. “The mandate of the government is that we should buy power at a competitive price which is affordable,” he said. The government is determined to overcome roadblocks, and is in talks with states to ensure easy land availability. It has asked distribution companies to borrow from the government-run Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency to ensure timely payments to power producers. Modi’s government changed rules for the awarding of renewable energy projects in 2017, leading to higher competition, lower prices and greater acceptance of renewable energy.last_img read more

United reportedly agreed on first transfer for the summer

first_imgManchester United have reportedly reached an agreement with Lazio for the first newcomer to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window – Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.The Serbian is set to be the Red Devils’ first signing in the summer transfer window as the Premier League side has agreed with the Serie A team to acquire him for the hefty fee of 80 million pounds, according to the Hard Tackle.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Savic has become a well-known and often mentioned name in Europe ever since he arrived at Lazio from Genk back in 2015. He played a key role for his team in the last two campaigns as he has exhibited excellent defensive skills as well as an incredible passing ability, thus making him a perfect midfielder.Milinkovic-Savic has been able to score 13 goals and provide the assists for 9 others in a total of 46 appearances across all tournaments Lazio are participating – which explains the interest in him coming from all around Europe.last_img read more

Spain were the better team – Southgate

first_imgEngland coach Gareth Southgate has reflected on their 2-1 loss to Spain at Wembley and conceded they came up against a “tough test”.England scored the opener with a Marcus Rashford strike, but Spain came from behind to win the game 2-1 thanks to goals from Saul and Rodrigo.“They pressed us and we didn’t keep the ball well enough,” Southgate told Sky Sports, via Team Talk.“I have to give the players credit. We could have folded and disappeared. In the last 25 minutes, we came into the game and could have got a draw.“We are under no illusion that Spain were the better team for long periods. We are still at the early stages of what we want to do.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“They pressed well. It took us a while to work out where that was coming from and solutions to it. We are still finding our feet in playing out. We can go back to an old style but we will never be a top team. Or we stick with it and accept it won’t always work.“The system in Spain has produced some of the best midfielders in the world. We are a different profile of players who can’t play like they do. But we can move the ball. When we are match fitter we will function better up the pitch. It takes time. We have come a long way.“Today was a tough test in terms of pressing and a team who are so good in possession. We have to keep reviewing and looking at what we do. But we want to stick to the plan and get better at it.”last_img read more

Rooney talks all about England

first_imgThe English legendary footballer ended his international career with 120 caps with the Three Lions in the 3-0 win over the United StatesLegendary footballer Wayne Rooney is surely happy after he retired from international football with a 3-0 win over the United States in front of his fans at Wembley Stadium.“I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress,” he was quoted by the BBC.“I know some ex-players I’ve spoken to can’t come to terms with England doing well.”“I wouldn’t say I regret never winning a trophy with England,” he commented.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful. Sometimes everything just isn’t enough.”“I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies,” he added.“They called the team I played in the ‘golden generation’ but this team has also got superstars like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, and John Stones.”“This is a great young squad with other players who can come in if there are injuries,” he concluded.last_img read more

Neville Rashford can become something really special for Man United

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville believes Marcus Rashford has the potential to go beyond becoming a top-class playerThe 21-year-old striker appears to be another star who has benefitted from Jose Mourinho’s departure at Old Trafford after struggling for regular starts.This led to uncertainty surrounding Rashford’s future with ex-United star Garth Crooks accusing Mourinho of “killing” him last month.Under interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, Rashford has been given a new lease of life with the Norwegian playing him in a central forward role.And Rashford has repaid Solskjaer’s faith by scoring three goals in his four matches in charge of United, which has kept Romelu Lukaku benched.“The spring in the counter-attack is there and Rashford playing up front is fantastic – I love him to bits,” Neville told Sky Sports.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He’s played nearly 150 games at the age of 21 and his potential is enormous. It’s actually now stepping up beyond the potential to where he will be a top-class player.“People will talk about Romelu Lukaku and how is he getting back in the team – don’t worry about that, worry about the kid that’s playing that’s going to devastate teams.“He gives them mobility. They just need more energy up front. Lukaku has not been at his best.“He has earned his chance. He gives them something different and he is a fantastic player.“He is on the right trajectory to become something really special for Manchester United.”The Red Devils will next face Reading in the FA Cup on Saturday.last_img read more

Alaska House Votes For Full Dividend This Year

first_imgAlaskans haven’t had a full dividend check since 2015, when nearly every resident pocketed $2,072. The last two years, the check has been cut in about half as the state has eyed potential use of Alaska Permanent Fund earnings to help cover state costs amid a budget deficit. Dividends come from fund earnings. The measure now moves to the Senate, where leaders have been lukewarm to funding a full check. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House on Monday voted to pay out a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend this year, but residents shouldn’t start thinking about how they’ll spend the big check just yet.center_img Lawmakers who supported the full dividend said Alaskans shouldn’t be the only ones pitching in. Those who opposed the concept saw it as fiscally reckless.last_img read more

The Economist Seeks Termination of Printing Agreement with Quebecor World

first_imgThe Economist is looking to terminate its contract with commercial printer Quebecor World, but says it is open to discussing how to continue the relationship, according to a statement filed jointly by the companies. Quebecor World filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year.According to a court filing, The Economist wants to terminate its print agreement at the expiration of the initial term in September. The printing agreement would continue to be valid until then. The Economist argues that it is being harmed by some of the automatic legal protection that the printer has received under its bankruptcy agreeement. According to the filing, the magazine “is not seeking to enforce a monetary claim against the debtors of their estates. The Economist merely seeks to exercise its contractual right to terminate the printing agreement.” “We understand and respect the decision taken by The Economist and we will continue to provide them with the top quality product and service they expect,” Quebecor World Magazine Group president Doron Grosman said in the joint statement. “We will also work with them in the coming months to prolong and extend our mutually beneficial partnership.”A Quebecor spokesperson could not immediately be reached for further comment.In the court filing, The Economist does not say why it is seeking a termination of the printing agreement. A spokesperson for The Economist declined to comment.Quebecor World, one of the world’s largest printers, announced its bankruptcy filing in January and its entering into a $1 billion financing deal with Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley to help finance the company’s operating needs. Earlier this week, the ailing printer said that, under bankruptcy protection, it would delay the release and filing of its 2007 financial statements until the end of April.last_img read more

People on the Move 61914

first_imgJacqueline Detwiler has been named senior editor at Popular Mechanics. She was previously senior editor at United Hemispheres.TV Guide has promoted Doug Brod to editor-in-chief, and Michael Schneider to executive editor. Brod moves from his role as executive editor, and Schneider from Los Angeles bureau chief at the magazine.InStyle.com has named John Darby as general manager. He was previously vice president of marketing at Streeteasy.Vendome Healthcare Media, publisher of Healthcare Informatics, has named Tony Carrini as its new director of digital and custom sales, East Coast. Previously he oversaw sales and marketing for Health Data Management and Information Management.Amanda Silverman has been promoted from managing editor to deputy editor at The New Republic.Good Housekeeping announced several hires and promotions:Melissa Geurs has been named deputy design director. She joined from Chatelaine, where she was design director.April Franzino returns to GH as beauty director. She started her career there as an assistant beauty editor in 2007, and most recently worked as beauty editor at Self.Rachel Rothman has been promoted to technical director from technical manager of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.Bloomberg Media Group has named Keith Grossman as publisher of Bloomberg Digital. He took this new role at the company after working as associate publisher for Wired and Ars Technica.Craig Marks has returned to SPIN magazine as editor-in-chief. He was an editor there from 1991-1999, and most recently worked as editorial director at BlogTalkRadio.Alyssa Mastromonaco has become contributing editor at Marie Claire. She was previously the deputy chief of staff at The White House. John Temple has joined First Look Media as president of audience and products. He has spent the last year at Stanford University as a senior fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program.Lynne Segall has been promoted to executive vice president and group publisher at The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard. She had been the senior vice president and publisher at The Hollywood Reporter.Condé Nast Traveler has named Jennifer Hicks as associate publisher of sales. She had been vice president of advertising at The New Republic.Stefanie Rapp has been promoted to associate publisher at Wired from her role as executive director of integrated sales.last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers December Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s December 2018 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloDecember Social Events — Annual Holiday Party & New Years CelebrationInformation about upcoming events, including: Gingerbread House Making, Holiday Cookie Swap, Ugly Sweater Contest, Our Moment Cafe, Caregivers Support Group, 4-Part Mental Health ClassInformation about: Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, Get Well Wishes, Fuel Assistance ProgramThe Senior Center’s December Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday March 21 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Thursday, March 21, 2019:#1) Wilmington Middle School Drama Club’s “Seussical The Musical”The Wilmington Middle School Drama Club presents its spring musical, “Seussicial The Musical” on Thursday, March 21, 2019 (7pm); Friday, March 22, 2019 (7pm); and Saturday, March 23, 2019 (1pm) in the Wilmington Middle School Auditorium. Come enjoy the story of Horton and some of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Tickets are available at the door. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students (12 and under).#2) Wilmington Finance Committee MeetingThe Wilmington Finance Committee meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.#3) Wilmington Elderly Services Commission MeetingThe Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. The agenda will be posted HERE.#4) Library Gift Basket Raffle DeadlineThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library has organized an “unplugged”-theme gift basket raffle at the Wilmington Memorial Library this winter.  Tickets are $2 each or $3 for 5 and can be purchased at the library’s Front Desk.The “Unplugged!” gift basket includes:Gift Certificate to Yoga Loft (1-month membership)Gift Certificate to Tremezzo ($100)Gift Certificate to the Book Store Next Door ($10)Art & Creativity SetBoard Games: Story Cubes, Pass The Pigs, Ticket To RideMagnetic SandArt PaperDigital Detox by Damon ZahariadesThe raffle winner will be drawn on Thursday, March 21, 2019 during the Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting at 7pm.#5) Tour Of Wilmington Town MuseumThe Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm. Come explore Wilmington’s history. Free admission.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”last_img read more

Google Trips app heads into the sunset

first_img Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). 0 Mobile Apps Phones DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. See It Share your voice Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Boost Mobile HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Rylo Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) The Cheapskate Comments $60 at Best Buy Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Sprint $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay Apple iPhone XS Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $155 at Google Express Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Amazon Share your voicecenter_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. See at Turo The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Tags $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Chris Monroe/CNET Tags Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $999 Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Post a comment Google Trips was designed to take care of all your travel needs, including itineraries. Juan Garzón/CNET It’s the end of the road for Google Trips.The internet giant announced this week that it would discontinue support for the Android travel-planning app in two months. The app debuted in 2016, promising to help users organize their travel arrangements via phones and other devices, even when offline. The app would guide users to particular places of interest and restaurants, as well as consolidate their reservations and tickets.It also let you customize a daily itinerary, laying out how to get to places and figuring out how long your route would take. And if you didn’t have an itinerary in mind, the app could generate one for you.Several travel services already offered this kind of planning, but Trips took advantage of Google’s wide geographical database as well as Gmail, which is where you could send reservations and ticket confirmations. Speculation that Google Trips’ days were numbered began in May when Google announced plans to revamp the Trips web service, making the Trips information more accessible at Google Travel, Google Maps and Google Search. Google said on a support page that it’ll end support for Google Trips on Aug. 5, but users will still be able to access email and trip information until then. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $999 Read the AirPods review Turo Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Rohingya men stab 2 Bangladesh coast guards

first_imgNaikhangchhari Rohingya campTwo members of Bangladesh Coast Guard suffered injuries in an attack by Rohingya men at Noyapara Rohingya camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The injured are Md Faruk, 30, and Md Joynal, 28.Tipped off that yaba tablets were being sold, a team of plainclothes Coast Guard went to the room of Sadek at block-H of the camp to arrest the drug traders, said Lt commander Faizul Islam, commanding officer of Coast Guard’s Teknaf station.Noticing their presence, the Rohingya men swooped on the Coast Guard men and stabbed them, leaving two of them injured.The injured were first taken to the Upazila Health Complex and later shifted to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.A deep injury mark was found in the chest of one of the injured while one ear of the other was almost severed, said duty doctor Shovan Das at the hospital.last_img read more

WATCH Turner Reports Initiative Has Provided Housing For More Than 500 Homeless

first_imgPhoto by Davis Land | Houston Public MediaMayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Monday that more than 500 homeless people have obtained housing through programs that are part of an initiative he unveiled in March.During a press conference held at City Hall, Turner specified that 548 “chronically homeless individuals” have been housed between March and August of 2017.The Mayor noted nonetheless that, according to the estimates he has received, there are still about 1,100 homeless individuals that don’t go to shelters in Houston.Turner also addressed the homelessness that could impact Houston because of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and demanded help from the federal government and the state government.“We haven’t yet seen the effect of Harvey, but if help doesn’t come from the state [of Texas] and from the feds in a much greater level than what is currently coming you are going to see it,” the mayor emphasized as he explained that many Houstonians are living in very poor conditions because of the damage sustained by their homes and they might resort to being homeless in the coming weeks and months.“The number one concern from Hurricane Harvey now is housing,” stressed Turner, while detailing he has sent a letter to state officials asking them to “advance funding” of up to $200 million while the City waits for funds coming from the federal government. Sharelast_img read more

Is dark matter made of axions

first_img Citation: Is dark matter made of axions? (2008, March 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-dark-axions.html Explore further Tevatron experiments report latest results in search for Higgs boson Aaron Chou and William Wester run their Fermilab experiment looking for axions. Photo Credit: Femilab This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Wester, a scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, Illinois, worked closely with Aaron Chou, now at New York University, and a group of scientists from Fermilab and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to design an experiment to test the existence of axion-like particles within a certain range. Their results can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Search for Axionlike Particles Using a Variable-Baseline Photon-Regeneration Technique.”Axions are hypothetical particles that have a small mass in the milli-electronvolt (eV) range, making them 500 million times lighter than an electron. Additionally, an axion should have no spin. “Normally,” Chou points out, “we can only detect these kinds of particles with telescopes, looking out into space. And then it is only an indirect detection.” The idea was to create conditions allowing them to detect particles in the milli-eV range during a lab experiment.“For particles that interact strongly enough for us to detect, there are constraints on where they could exist or not,” Chou continues. “For the specific region of our experiment, no one would have thought to look into it without the PVLAS experiment.”Wester explains that the PVLAS collaboration did an experiment in which a signal that could have been an axion was detected. “We wanted to see if we could get the same results,” he says. The PVLAS experimenters eventually ruled out the signal after Wester and Chou started to work with their peers on this experiment. However, there were still some innovations that encouraged the Fermilab group to move forward.“We set things up a little differently,” Wester says. He points out that the Tevatron magnets used in the Fermilab experiment were stronger and better suited for experiments in the milli-eV range than those used in previous experiments. With the magnetic field in place, a laser was aimed down the middle. A “wall” was placed in the middle of the magnetic field as well. The magnetic field would possibly change some of the photons from the laser into axions. The wall would stop the photons, but the axions would emerge on the other side. “There were four different configurations,” Wester continues. “We also had the blocking mechanism placed off to the side to change the effective length of the magnetic field. We also did it with two different polarizations, vertical and horizontal.”Wester says that, unfortunately, the experiment found “no evidence of new particles.” But, he insists, “It turns out we’re able to exclude any possible particle of this type a little more stringently. It extended the region to be excluded.”Chou thinks that maybe, with a stronger magnetic field, it might be worth re-exploring this region. “The effect we are looking for gets stronger as the magnetic field does.”Both scientists are interested in the future possibilities. “There is a proposal out there that involves putting very precisely controlled optical cavities before and after the wall, and using stronger and longer magnets,” Wester explains.Chou also points out that the data from the Fermilab experiment is still being examined. “There is speculation about particles called chameleons, which take on the properties of their environments.” These chameleon particles would have a small mass in low energy density, and large mass in environments of high energy density. “We are continuing analysis to see if maybe we can find a chameleon particle.”In the search for dark matter particles, Wester is optimistic about the role he and his colleagues are playing. “We did a serious measurement and excluded a region,” he says. “If our small experiment helps heighten awareness and leads to more experimental efforts, even using other techniques as well, it will be a huge benefit that we have done this.”Find out more about the Fermi Lab experiment by visiting gammev.fnal.gov .Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the mysteries of our universe is that of dark energy and matter. Scientists all over the world are attempting to discover what particles make up dark energy and matter. “Axions are one of the particles considered for dark matter,” William Wester tells PhysOrg.com. “We were hoping to get a signal proving that they exist with this experiment.”last_img read more

SingleCrystal Superconductors are a Big Step for the Field

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — In key advances for the field of superconductivity, a research group has created versions of a class of widely studied superconducting compounds that are each one continuous crystal, rather than composed of many crystalline grains. These single-crystal materials are important achievements because they display better properties than polycrystalline types and are easier to study. In a series of four recent papers, three published in Physical Review B and one in Physical Review Letters, the researchers describe the process they developed to “grow” the single-crystal materials. They also lay out the basic but vital measurements they performed on them, including their molecular structures and how they transport charge.The group, which includes scientists from Ames Laboratory in Iowa, Iowa State University (ISU), and San Diego State University, created single-crystal versions of two iron arsenide superconductors, a class of superconductors currently being examined by researchers across the globe. However, most of these researchers are studying polycrystalline varieties, with only recent work coming out on single crystals.The first paper1 describes the barium/iron/arsenic superconductor BaFe2As2 and a compound derived from it that contains a slightly different amount of barium as well as small amounts of potassium (The potassium, in this context, is a “dopant” material that bolsters the material’s properties. Doping is common in superconductivity research.)”Growing single-crystal versions of these materials allows us to study their ‘anisotropic’ superconducting properties—their tendency to display superconductivity along one axis but not others,” said the group’s spokeperson, Ames Lab and ISU scientist Paul Canfield, to PhysOrg.com.The major result published in the first paper is a determination of the highest magnetic field the superconducting state can withstand (called the upper critical field) and an evaluation of how anisotropic it is. Some superconductors are extremely anisotropic, and so fully understanding them requires good measurements of this behavior.Canfield and his group show in their second paper2 that their single-crystal growth method can be applied to another iron arsenide compound, SrFe2As2 (where “Sr” is strontium).And in the third paper3, the researchers discuss a new member of the iron arsenides. The compound is CaFe2As2 (“Ca” is calcium) and it had never before been identified as a member of that particular crystallographic family.”The discovery of CaFe2As2 was very exciting,” said Canfield. “We learned that at a temperature of 170 K [degrees Kelvin, here equal to about -150 degrees Fahrenheit] the material undergoes exceptionally clear changes to its structure and magnetic behavior.”This type of temperature-induced changes are known as “first-order” transitions, and understanding how they occur—a task made easier when the changes are obvious—will aid in scientists’ knowledge of superconducting materials.The fourth paper4 in the series further documents their study of CaFe2As2, detailing exactly why the material can be classified as a superconducting iron arsenide. The researchers found that at modest pressures the structural and magnetic changes that occur at 170 K are suppressed and the material becomes a superconductor.”This means that, from a basic science point of view, CaFe2As2 offers a clean model system that seems to encompass all of the salient features of these compounds (structural, magnetic and superconducting phase transitions) and that its behavior can be tuned with pressure,” Canfield said. “This is a very exciting discovery that may help guide the way to understanding this new family of superconductors.”Citations:1Phys. Rev. B 78, 014507 (2008)2Phys. Rev. B 78, 024516 (2008)3Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 057006 (2008)4Phys. Rev. B 78, 014523 (2008)Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: ‘Single-Crystal’ Superconductors are a Big Step for the Field (2008, August 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-08-single-crystal-superconductors-big-field.html A sample of a potassium-doped iron arsenide superconductor, shown on a millimeter grid. Image courtesy the American Physical Society [N. Ni et al. (10 July 2008). Anisotropic thermodynamic and transport properties of single-crystalline Ba1-xKxFe2As2 (x=0 and 0.45). Physical Review B, Vol 78, p014507, Fig 1] This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon

first_img(Phys.org) —A pair of researchers, one with the University of Alaska, the other with Independent, Auke Bay are suggesting in a paper they’ve had printed in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that global warming is partially responsible for large increases in pink salmon populations in North America and Asia. Alan Springer and Gus van Vliet claim that rising ocean temperatures are at least partly to blame for increased pink salmon populations due to an increase in the amount of available food. Explore further Citation: Global warming may be causing surge in numbers of pink salmon (2014, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-04-global-surge-pink-salmon.html Scientists have blamed global warming for smaller numbers of many fish species—a recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for example, claimed that rising ocean temperatures (due to global warming) is causing a reduction in numbers of tuna and cod populations in the Atlantic Ocean. Now it appears that global warming may actually cause some fish populations to increase.Springer and Vliet suggest that pink salmon swimming in warmer water during their formative years are exposed to more food (zooplankton, small fish and squid, etc.) which allows them to eat more, and then later, to produce more offspring. It leads to more fish in the sea, they say, which in turn might have a negative impact on other sea life that feed on the same prey. They focused their study on sea life in the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea, looking to find out if burgeoning fish populations are causing a decrease in bird populations. In sampling both populations, they noted that second year salmon were more numerous and that bird populations sank as salmon surged, due to less egg laying and lowered survival rate of chicks—signs of nutritional stress.Whatever the cause, what is undeniable is that pink salmon are thriving and are beginning to take over ecosystems previously dominated by other types of salmon or even other types of animals altogether. Complicating the situation is the fact that many of the salmon swimming freely in the ocean came to be there after being released by fish hatcheries in an effort to boost harvests.Pink salmon populations have been rising since the 1970’s, roughly the same time frame as global warming—so much so that some have begun suggesting that it’s a problem easily solved by allowing fishermen to catch more. While that may help solve the problem of too many fish, it doesn’t really answer the question of whether global warming is truly to blame, and if it is, what other changes it may be causing in poorly understood ocean ecosystems. Oncorhynchus gorbuscha. Credit: Timothy Knepp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencescenter_img Researchers uncover some good news for BC’s troubled salmon populations More information: Climate change, pink salmon, and the nexus between bottom-up and top-down forcing in the subarctic Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, PNAS, Alan M. Springer, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1319089111AbstractClimate change in the last century was associated with spectacular growth of many wild Pacific salmon stocks in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, apparently through bottom-up forcing linking meteorology to ocean physics, water temperature, and plankton production. One species in particular, pink salmon, became so numerous by the 1990s that they began to dominate other species of salmon for prey resources and to exert top-down control in the open ocean ecosystem. Information from long-term monitoring of seabirds in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea reveals that the sphere of influence of pink salmon is much larger than previously known. Seabirds, pink salmon, other species of salmon, and by extension other higher-order predators, are tightly linked ecologically and must be included in international management and conservation policies for sustaining all species that compete for common, finite resource pools. These data further emphasize that the unique 2-y cycle in abundance of pink salmon drives interannual shifts between two alternate states of a complex marine ecosystem. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study indicates Spanish conquest of Peru may have resulted in changes to

first_img The sand dune ridges along the northern coast of Peru came about, the researchers claim, due to earthquakes loosening sand deposits in the Chira valley. That sand was eventually swept into rivers which carried it to the sea. Currents then carried it north eventually depositing it along the shoreline, building up over time into large ridges. Radiocarbon dating of charcoal remnants from fire pits atop some of the ridges has shown them to have formed from over 5000 years ago to as recently as 400 years ago. Excavating one of the existing ridges, the two researchers report, revealed mollusk shells which because there were so many of them, served as a shield against the wind, which would have blown the sand off the ridges long ago, had not the shells been there to offer protection.The Inca, the researchers report, lived along the shorelines of northwest South America for thousands of years, catching, cooking and eating mollusks and tossing the shells aside as they sat atop a ridge. The result was millions of shells littering the surface of the ridges, forming armor of sorts, which allowed the ridges to remain intact far longer than they would have otherwise. But, then, the Spanish arrived, conquering the Incas and forcing them to move inland. After that, the shell littering ceased—without a constantly rejuvenated suit of armor, many of the ridges succumbed to the winds and vanished. Thus, the coast was altered in a way that neither the Inca nor their conquerors could have possibly imagined. Space image: Aorounga Crater, Chad (Phys.org) —A study by a pair of researchers with the University of Maine suggests that the northern coast of Peru may have been altered due to population shifts as a result of the Spanish conquest in the 1500’s. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Daniel Belknap and Daniel Sandweiss describe a field study they conducted in the area that suggested that Inca living on the coast prior to the Spanish conquest, may have inadvertently been supporting the existence of sand ridges by discarding mollusk shells. After they left, it appears, some of the sand ridges were blown away by the wind. Citation: Study indicates Spanish conquest of Peru may have resulted in changes to coastal shoreline (2014, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-spanish-conquest-peru-resulted-coastal.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Surface of ridge J and test pit surface test pit-Chira-1997-number 4: STP-C-97-4. Credit: PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404568111center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org More information: Effect of the Spanish Conquest on coastal change in Northwestern Peru, Daniel F. Belknap, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1404568111AbstractWhen Francisco Pizarro and his small band of Spanish conquistadores landed in northern Peru in A.D. 1532 to begin their conquest of the vast Inca Empire, they initiated profound changes in the culture, language, technology, economics, and demography of western South America. They also altered anthropogenically modulated processes of shoreline change that had functioned for millennia. Beginning with the extirpation of local cultures as a result of the Spanish Conquest, and continuing through today, the intersection of demography, economy, and El Niño-driven beach-ridge formation on the Chira beach-ridge plain of Northwestern Peru has changed the nature of coastal evolution in this region. A similar event may have occurred at about 2800 calibrated y B.P. in association with increased El Niño frequency.last_img read more