Solar Decathlon 2011: Middlebury College’s Self-Reliance House

first_img MIDDLEBURY SOLAR DECATHLON LINKS Middlebury Solar Decathlon Web site News and Blog GBA’s Solar Decathlon Resource Guide Live at the International Builder’s ShowA classroom strategy … Construction of the house, expected to begin on the Middlebury campus by the end of March, will double as a technical affirmation of the design and a showcase for the surrounding community – a live demonstration of green building. Team members say they are developing lesson plans and interactive presentations designed to help students and teachers from the surrounding area understand green-building concepts and their implementation in Self-Reliance. “I think one of the things that we acknowledge as a team is that this entire project is going to be meaningless, totally useless, a complete waste if we don’t share it effectively with other people,” team member Abe Bendheim recently told the Addison County Independent. “The project centers on providing a real, sustainable solution that people can adopt and construct themselves. It’s about changing the way that residential infrastructure is constructed in the U.S., and part of that outreach is what we’re doing right now.” … and an environmental strategy With a footprint of about 990 sq. ft., Self-Reliance features staggered-stud exterior walls whose 11-in.-thick cavities are filled with cellulose insulation, bringing their thermal resistance to R-42. The decision to use cellulose over other insulation materials, notes Addison Godine, an architecture student and team member, meshes with the project’s environmental goals. The individualist spirit that became Ralph Waldo Emerson’s calling card found a home at the 2011 Solar Decathlon when the team representing Middlebury College decided to name its entry Self-Reliance, after the title of one of Emerson’s most famous essays on the virtues and challenges of independent thought, originality, and action. Not surprisingly, the name is intended to be more than a tribute to one of New England’s best-known philosophers. The Middlebury team wants the project to bring Emersonian ideals to life. So while the building’s gable form is a common one in northern New England, and the project certainly conforms to Decathlon guidelines, the Middlebury team has been working hard to deliver a project that not only is comfortable, affordable, and energy efficient, but also ecologically fine-tuned to Vermont’s weather and natural resources.center_img “Other insulation types, we found, don’t biodegrade in 500, 1,000, 2,000, 10,000 years,” Godine said in an interview with Fine Homebuildng’s Justin Fink at the International Builders’ Show in January. “Cellulose does. It returns to the earth’s natural cycles. So while it’s not the best insulator, we found that it is one of the most environmentally friendly insulation materials.” To help maximize solar gain, large triple-pane windows will be installed on the south-facing exterior wall of the home’s open living-room area. Each of the windows will be fitted with three tiers of edible-garden planters. The floors of the house, a video walkthrough of Self-Reliance explains, will be locally harvested maple. The floor plan is intended to accommodate a family of four, with a bedroom big enough for two children, a master bedroom with an exit to the deck that surrounds the exterior, a dining nook off the common area, and a main-entry area for depositing boots and jackets during cold and wet weather. Ceilings in the living area and bedrooms run to the roof, while the ceiling height in the rest of the home’s private area drops to provide the occupants with extra storage space, which will be accessible from the bedrooms. The outside area will include an arrangement of benches and plant beds, and, near the northeast corner of the house, four large water tanks designed to capture and store both potable and non-potable water. Once the Decathlon is over, Godine added, the house, which breaks down into eight pieces (two floor modules and six roof trusses) for transport, will return to the Middlebury campus, function as housing for students, and resume its role as a living lab for green building. For an overview of the Solar Decathlon teams, see GBA’s 2011 Solar Decathlon Resource Guidelast_img read more

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Supplementary demands touch 12.95% of budget

first_imgWith supplementary demands worth ₹24,777 crore in the last session of the State legislature before the Assembly polls, the Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government has presented total supplementary demands worth ₹2,05,475 crore in its five-year term.The percentage of cumulative amount of supplementary demands to the total budget stands at 12.95%, the highest ever. It is also well above the suggested range of 5% to 10% suggested by the guidelines of former bureaucrat Madhav Godbole. A supplementary demand is an additional grant to meet government expenditure, outside the annual budget. The supplementary demands presented by the government in the monsoon session of the legislature is focused mainly on the Cooperation, Marketing and Textile Department with allotment worth ₹3,808.71 crore, followed by ₹3,651.13 crore for Industries, Power and Labour department. With respect to grants proposed for Municipal Councils and Zilla Parishads, the Urban Development Department and Rural Development Department were allotted funds worth ₹2,205.57 crore and ₹2,340.42 crore respectively.Among the issue-wise allotments, ₹2,500 crore were allotted for the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Shetkari Sanman Scheme (2017), the farm loan waiver scheme. With focus on farmers, ₹387.3 crore provision is made as an assistance to onion producing farmers while ₹320.07 crore is the provision for the ancillary expenditure for purchase of farmers’ produce through Maharashtra State Cooperative Marketing Federation Ltd.According to Samarthan, an organisation which specialises in analysis of the State budget and provision of supplementary demands, neither the present government nor the previous one has managed to keep the percentage of supplementary demands within the limit of 5% to 10%.last_img read more

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Kiwis gear up for their toughest challenge

first_imgAfter a disastrous One-day International series against Bangladesh, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori considers the series against Team India to be the toughest challenge for his team.New Zealand were mauled 0-4 by Bangladesh in a recent ODI series which attracted criticism from their coach Mark Greatbatch who claimed that some of the players in the team were not good enough to play international cricket.”India is number one for a reason. They will be looking for a comprehensive win. It is up to us to maintain our standards because that’s the only way we can compete with India,” Vettori said in Ahmedabad on Monday.He said the Bangladesh debacle was the lowest his team could ever go. “We have identified the problems and have improved on them.There is a World Cup in a few months’ time. We understand how we need to get back, but to understand the problem and solving it is a difficult thing.”We are trying to improve our rankings in the Test cricket and trying to improve as a team. We want to start off with a mindset of getting draws. I want to take it from there and go forward,” he said.Meanwhile, in a stand quite different to the one adopted by the Indian cricket board, Vettori and coach Mark Greatbatch have favoured the use of Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS), saying it was good for the game.”I like the referral system. There are still a few hiccups with the technology, but I think it is good for the game if it is used consistently,” Vettori said.advertisementEchoing Vettori’s thoughts, Greatbatch said: “Though the referral system would require to be perfected, it is a positive thing for the game,” he said.The BCCI has consistently opposed the introduction of UDRS in bilateral series after the team got the rough end of the referrals in Sri Lanka in 2008.Indian Team arriveThe Indian cricket team arrived in Ahmedabad on Monday for their first match of the three-Test series against New Zealand, starting on Thursday at the Sardar Patel stadium, Motera.Cricket fans in the United States would now be able to watch India-New Zealand series ‘live’, following a deal between Nimbus Communications and US-based cable services provider Comcast Corporation.The launch of 24-hour Neo Cricket channel in the US will enable Comcast customers to watch all international and domestic cricket matches played in India live. The 2010-11 Ranji Trophy will also be available on the channel.- With inputs from Agencieslast_img read more

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1500-year-old mummy discovered wearing, er… Adidas?

first_img1500-year-old mummy discovered wearing, er… Adidas?Footwear companies like Nike and Adidas are supposed to have an ancient rivalry. But clearly, no one thought it was this ancient.Mongolian researchers unearthed a 1,500-year-old mummy wearing red boots with three distinct stripes – much like the emblem of sports gear manufacturer Adidas. Talk about putting your best foot forward.The discovery is intriguing many, but for different reasons. While Mongolian researchers were elated about discovering one of the most “complete” Turkic burial sites, social media is busy speculating if she was actually a time traveller.Take a look:last_img read more

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Silicon Labs to highlight smart home and IIoT connectivity at electronica 2018

first_img Continue Reading Previous FRAMOS partners with Rhonda Software to strengthen embedded vision developmentNext Maxim to showcase adaptive manufacturing, wearables and automotive solutions Join Silicon Labs at electronica, to explore the latest silicon, software and solutions for a smarter, more connected world. Discover what’s next for the Internet of Things, discuss the latest IoT innovations with wireless experts, and see live demonstrations of Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Zigbee connectivity for the smart home and industrial IoT.Discover how to add Bluetooth 5 connectivity to end node designs with zero programming and no Bluetooth expertise. Pre-certified BGX13 Bluetooth Xpress PCB and SiP modules provide the easiest wireless development path.Connect with the experts in implementing secure, reliable, large-scale Bluetooth mesh networks. Check out Silicon Labs’ demo highlighting the capabilities of Bluetooth mesh for smart lighting.Add energy-friendly Wi-Fi to your IoT designs. Silicon Labs’ WFx200 Wi-Fi devices – including the world’s smallest Wi-Fi SiP module with built-in antenna/crystal – deliver best-in-class power savings for longer battery life.Seamlessly control Zigbee-enabled, interoperable smart home devices from multiple name brand vendors. See how Zigbee/Bluetooth Low Energy multiprotocol connectivity can enhance the user experience.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho walked to Old Trafford in a hoodie. And nobody recognised him

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho had to sneak into the Old Trafford stadium after the team bus got stuck in traffic ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H encounter on Tuesday night.Mourinho revealed how he walked with a hoodie on amidst thousands of fans and nobody recognised the Portuguese as he entered the Theatre of Dreams.Mourinho had arrived at the stadium before the team bus which came in at 7.09pm, less than an hour before the 8pm kick-off. It was then that he decided to brave the crowds and walk around half a mile under the cover of a hoodie.”We change hotel, it’s just around the corner. The players are in the bus for 45 minutes. I walked, with a hoodie, in the middle of the fans, nobody recognised me.”I took two minutes! What I do in two minutes walking, the players cannot do in 45 minutes on the bus,” Mourinho revealed before the game.The team bus is stuck in traffic again so Mourinho has decided to walk from the cricket ground to Old Trafford with his hood up! Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) October 23, 2018United meanwhile, were outclassed 1-0 by the Serie A giants and Mourinho made no effort to sugar-coat that reality, but his comments were a thinly-veiled critique of the club’s direction.”Juventus is champions for seven years, I think seven years in a row, two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and not happy with what they have, they want more, they want more,” the Mourinho told reporters.advertisement”They want more. They had (Gonzalo) Higuain and (Paulo) Dybala, they want more. They go for Ronaldo. They go for the best players in the world. Big club with a big past, with a big desire to have a big future,” he said.Mourinho conceded his team was “a bit” behind the level of Juventus and the elite.”To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” he pondered.Mourinho spent much of the pre-season criticising what he views as the club’s lack of investment in the transfer market despite spending close to 400 million pounds ($519.32 million)since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2016.Asked if United needed investment to reach the level of those clubs Mourinho replied bluntly “Yes”.RESULTSBack with a bang!Performance of the night? Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 23, 2018The Portuguese’s biggest frustration was the failure to bring in a major reinforcement in the centre of defence and it was perhaps no coincidence that he highlighted Juve’s two centre-halves, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci for particular praise.”Mr. Bonucci and Mr. Chiellini could go to Harvard University and give classes on how to be a central defender,” he said.Mourinho admitted when the draw was made he thought United would be battling with Valencia for runners-up spot behind Juve.”We knew it would be a fight with Valencia for second position,” the Portuguese, whose side are now five points behind Juventus but two ahead of Valencia in Group H, said.Despite the defeat, Mourinho was satisfied with his side’s performance.”We played against one of the biggest candidates to win the Champions League and we did the possible to get a different result, especially because the way we played in the second half,” he said.”Juventus managed to hide the ball from us and frustrated our intention to be positive. The second half we were more aggressive and that’s a big effort by the boys. We didn’t really have attacking options on the bench to try.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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World Cup stunning moments: The Battle of Santiago

first_imgShare on Pinterest Aston seems to be taking cover as the Battle of Santiago goes on around him. World Cup stunning moments: Cameroon shock Argentina in 1990 From the start Chileans spat in the faces of Italians, they poked and kicked and provoked, but when the Italians retaliated it was they who were punished. The first foul was awarded after 12 seconds, the first sending-off after four minutes. Giorgio Ferrini, the Italian involved, refused to leave the field and play was held up for 10 minutes until armed policemen frogmarched him to the dressing-rooms. “The pitch quickly became a battlefield as players forgot the ball and concentrated on kicking the nearest opponent,” wrote the Mirror. Highlights included Leonel Sánchez, son of a professional boxer, breaking the nose of Italy’s captain Humberto Maschio with a left hook and getting away with it, and then landing another blow on the Italian right-half Mario David, who was sent off for retaliating. To add insult to, well, more insults, Sánchez took the free-kick from which Jaime Ramírez gave Chile a 73rd-minute lead, against nine men, and Jorge Toro added a late second. Ken Aston sends off Italy’s Giorgio Ferrini, escorting him from the pitch, after he had retaliated by kicking Chile players. But though the Battle of Santiago is remembered as a uniquely lawless encounter, in fact it was one of many in a particularly violent tournament. Before the match had even been played the Chilean newspaper Clarin had declared it less a World Cup and more a World War. “The tournament shows every sign of developing into a violent bloodbath,” wrote the Express on the morning of the match. “Reports read like battlefront despatches. Italy v Germany was described as ‘wrestling and warfare”. Players were compelled to leap away from the ball to survive. Football was forgotten as players sought to destroy each other.”The eight games played over the first two days of the tournament featured four red cards, three broken legs, a fractured ankle and some cracked ribs. The first match in England’s group, between Argentina and Bulgaria, was won by the south Americans thanks to what was described as a display of “hacking, tripping, pushing and any other dirty tricks”. After the game, in which the Spanish referee Juan Gardeazabal awarded 69 free-kicks at the rate of one every 78 seconds, the Bulgarian Todor Diev displayed a cut nose and legs decorated with stud marks and said Argentina were “like boxers”.In Russia’s opening game, against Yugoslavia, Eduard Dubinski’s leg was broken in a challenge with Muhamed Mujic. The Yugoslav was not sent off, but his association was sufficiently dismayed by the foul to voluntarily suspend him for an entire year. “It is lamentable that Fifa are not equally honest,” wrote the Express. “They have ignored their own ruling that any offenders be dealt with immediately after the offence. With no action against the few out-and-out villains the ugly situation has been encouraged to spread.”“It became clear after only two days that most teams were so anxious to avoid an early return home that they had forgotten football was only a game, and the World Cup its greatest shop window,” wrote the Telegraph’s football correspondent, Donald Saunders, in his book on the tournament published later that year. “From all four centres came reports of violence, ill temper, serious injury, and precious little of the artistic soccer to be expected of the world’s leading professionals.”Italy had behaved badly enough in their first match, but now the stakes were even higher: they would have to deal with the host nation and their fanatical support in a game they could not afford to lose. As for Chile, the Observer had declared that “the patriotism here for the national team is astonishing”, and their fervour had risen a couple of notches when word reached Santiago of a series of articles written in the Italian newspapers La Nazione and Corriere della Sera shortly before the World Cup began, which variously described the idea of their hosting it as “pure madness”, their capital as a backwater where “the phones don’t work, taxis are as rare as faithful husbands, a cable to Europe costs an arm and a leg and a letter takes five days to turn up”, and its population as prone to “malnutrition, illiteracy, alcoholism and poverty”. “Santiago is terrible,” Corrado Pizzinelli wrote in La Nazione. “Entire neighbourhoods are given over to open prostitution.” The journalists involved were forced to flee the country, while an Argentinian scribe mistaken for one of them in a Santiago bar was beaten up and hospitalised.Worried about the potential for violence at the game, and with the Italian FA having complained about the original appointment of a Spanish official for a match involving fellow hispanophones, Fifa parachuted in the experienced English referee Ken Aston. The Italians weren’t enormously impressed by that, either – Aston had already taken charge of Chile’s first game of the tournament – but they were clean out of appeals. World Cup stunning moments: West Germany 1-0 Austria in 1982 It took two days for highlights of the match that was christened, even during the commentary, the Battle of Santiago, to be flown from South America and broadcast in Britain. Two days in which the game became, in its own brutal way, legendary, spoken of in ways which must have sent anyone with a combined interest in football and mild gore into a frenzy of excitement. “The match is universally agreed by observers as the ugliest, most vicious and disgraceful in soccer history,” wrote Frank McGhee in the Mirror. “If you think that is exaggerating, watch the film on TV. But send the kids to bed first – it deserves a horror certificate!”David Coleman’s introduction to the BBC’s broadcast is rightly legendary. “Good evening,” he said. “The game you are about to see is the most stupid, appalling, disgusting and disgraceful exhibition of football in the history of the game. This is the first time these countries have met; we hope it will be the last. The national motto of Chile reads, By Reason or By Force. Today, the Chileans weren’t prepared to be reasonable, the Italians only used force, and the result was a disaster for the World Cup. If the World Cup is going to survive in its present form something has got to be done about teams that play like this. Indeed, after seeing the film tonight, you at home may well think that teams that play in this manner ought to be expelled immediately from the competition.” Reuse this content Read more Aston tries to bring order after fighting breaks out. Chile’s Sánchez, 11, lies injured after an Italy foul. Criticism of Aston’s handling of the match was, inevitably, most extreme in Italy – “I remember that one journalist called him ‘an unmentionable English vermin,’ and I totally agree with him,” said David – but it was not confined there. The former referee and honorary president of the German FA, Peco Bauwens, said “I have never seen an English referee so weak”. “I have self-respect,” insisted the Englishman. “Otherwise I would have taken the easy way out and abandoned the game.”With the World Cup still bedevilled by violence – even while the Battle of Santiago was being played Yugoslavia were contesting “another ugly brawl” against Uruguay in Arica, featuring two sendings-off of its own – Aston and Bob Davidson, the Scottish official who had refereed Italy’s first match, went to see the Fifa president, Sir Stanley Rous. “All referees who saw this game and who have seen the general vicious malice in most matches want to tell Rous they haven’t come all these miles for all this time to handle this sort of stuff,” said Davidson. World Cup stunning moments: Pickles the dog is a very good boy in 1966 Read more Read more Read more Topics World Cup stunning moments: Uruguay’s 1950 triumph in Brazilcenter_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger “He just disappeared. It was like something out of an Agatha Christie novel,” wrote the Brazilian journalist Argeu Affonso, who was covering the tournament. “It was Agatha Christie football. He just disappeared, and nobody knew where he’d gone.” It turned out that the Brazilian World Cup referee John Etzel had been given $10,000 in cash by his FA to pass on to his colleague in return for his disappearance. Without him Fifa found that they had insufficient evidence to ban Garrincha, who played as Brazil beat Czechoslovakia 3-1 in the final. “It was me who won the World Cup,” Etzel later claimed, and he got more than that: it later transpired that he had given Marino only half of the cash, and kept the rest for himself. A fitting end to a remarkably lawless occasion.What the Observer wrote: coping with the rough stuffBy Jimmy Hill, the Coventry City manager, 10 June 1962Some say Ken Aston should be given the V.C. for his heroic efforts to stem the battle between Chile and Italy last Saturday, others that the countries concerned should be banned for ever from world competition. Can we, 9,000 miles away and well informed through television’s magic, yet less hysterical than those whose judgement is obscured by the smoke from the battlefield, drive a wedge of reason through the week’s events?The game was rough enough to make Wilf Copping raise an eyebrow, punches were thrown frequently and boots were flying faster and more wildly than hooves in a cavalry charge. One cannot minimise the appalling lack of sportsmanship shown by the players, but this should not be taken as a license to denigrate soccer in this country.On the contrary a few days ago the English players were described by the Press as “too gentlemanly” to succeed in the World Cup. A fault suddenly becomes a virtue and the friendly handshakes exchanged with the Hungarians after their wonderful display is no longer a sign of weakness but strength. World Cup World Cup stunning moments Share on WhatsApp The Joy of Six: Footballing brawls “The World Cup competition is heading for ruin and disgrace unless Sir Stanley Rous and his committee act quickly and ruthlessly to clean it up,” wrote the Mirror. “Chile today is a country of rumour and threats.” Rous heard the referees’ demand that miscreants be dealt with in the strongest possible way, and assured them that was his intention. They left happy, but then Fifa suspended Ferrini for just one match and gave David and Sánchez nothing by reprimands. Still, representatives of all 16 teams were called to the Carrera Hotel in Santiago, also the site of the draw and later of the gala celebration in honour of the victors, where Rous demanded an improvement in standards. “What will the children think when they see the abominable way the top players behave? We have to save the reputation of this tournament,” he said. “This is not about victory at all costs.”But Fifa’s crackdown was laughably half-hearted. Four years later Pelé, having been injured in Brazil’s second match in Chile, was brutally kicked out of the 1966 World Cup. “I have heard it said since, and I firmly believe it, that Sir Stanley Rous instructed referees to go easy on the ‘virile’ game played by the European teams,” he wrote in his autobiography, “with the result that [they] did everything they could to physically cripple me.”Even in Chile there was little improvement. In the semi-final between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia the Swiss referee was forced to call the captains together with the game, according to the Express, “developing into a brawl”, and “warn them to cut out the rough stuff”. In the other semi-final, between Chile and Brazil, two men were sent off. The outstanding player of the tournament, Brazil’s Garrincha, was one of them, his head cut open by one of the many missiles thrown in his direction as he left the field. After the game he wept in the dressing-room. “OK, I was sent off,” he said, “but all afternoon I am kicked. There is a limit to the time when a man must be a man. When I was kicked I struck back. Maybe I was wrong but I am prepared to face what may come.”The Brazilian FA, however, were not. His availability for the final lay in the hands of a Fifa disciplinary committee, at which the match officials would give evidence. But first the referee, the Peruvian Arturo Yamazaki, received a phone call from his country’s president requesting that he tone down his testimony, and made Garrincha’s offence sound positively trifling. Then the linesman, Uruguay’s Esteban Marino, on whose say-so Yamazaki had acted in the first place and whose evidence was to be crucial, failed to turn up at all. When one considers the merciless criticism that has to be endured by players and officials for failure at national level, there is some provocation for a “win at all costs” approach.The World Cup is a tough competition for men. Football is a physical game demanding great skill and artistry. Bodies were meant to clash and hacking was a cornerstone on which the game was built. It was also meant that tempers should be held and tactics should never be vicious or violent.The Italians started vigorously but became hysterical. No professional player, Latin-American or European, losers all sense of fair play and caution without a reason. The Italians had to win this match to stay in the competition. Ferrini had already been sent off. David, Italy’s right-back, faced with Sanchez, the outside-left of Chile, who was shielding the ball beneath his backside, hacked the ball clear at the fourth attempt. This was rugged, but only a shade away from legality – he did play the ball.Sanchez leaped from the floor with only his dignity injured and felled David with a smart left hook. Once the resultant melee had subsided, the Italians could not understand – and neither can I – why Sanchez had been allowed to remain on the field despite a passable imitation of Rocky Marciano, when one of their number had been banished for a less serious and far less obvious offence.From that moment the last semblance of control left both players and officials. It was an appalling decision to allow a player to remain on the field after such a blatant disregard for the laws. It is possible that Mr. Ashton’s gaze had followed the ball as it rolled clear, but the linesman was standing within a few yards of the incident and could not have been unsighted.The players will have to shoulder most of the blame, but the officials must face up to their responsibility for making this grotesque decision. To make matters worse David himself was later sent off for an interception made with his boot, head high, a dangerous manoeuvre when all’s said and done, but he did lunge at the ball and make contact with it.Mr Ashton showed commendable restraint and determination to see the game through, but one wonders whether this game was worth such care and attention. His courage cannot be doubted but on this score the coup de grace would have been to have sent off a Chilean. Share via Email Share on Twitter blogposts Normally a referee can add strength to a decision by delivering a few well chosen words to an offending player. When both speak different languages this aid to control is lost. It is only the whistle that communicates the referee’s personality and ability.Soon we must legislate for the use of filmed evidence in resultant inquiries and commissions, as is done in racing. If the magic eye of the camera can thus make the vicious and underhand player’s task more difficult, the sooner film is used the better.My own view is that the guilty individuals concerned in Saturday’s match should be made to sit silently and watch the film of their own antics a dozen times over. If this doesn’t shame them – nothing will.• This article was amended on 5 March 2014 as Brazil beat Czechoslovakia, not Yugoslavia, in the final. “I had my back to the incident at the time,” Aston insisted of Sánchez’s nosebreaking punch. “If the referee or linesman sees nothing, nothing can be done. I’m sure the linesman did see it, but he refused to tell me.” The man patrolling the nearest touchline was Leo Goldstein, who many felt had been given the chance to officiate at a World Cup only because of his unique backstory – he was a Holocaust survivor who had literally been marching towards the gas chambers when one of the guards asked if anyone was able to referee a football match. Despite a complete lack of experience he volunteered, survived the remainder of the war, emigrated to America and continued refereeing thereafter. “I was stuck with a Mexican and a little American,” said Aston of his assistants. “They weren’t very good, so it became almost me against the 22 players.”“We weren’t throwing the punches, we were taking them. We Italians were the victims, not the aggressors,” said David, many year later. “Sánchez broke Maschio’s nose and the referee said nothing, but instead sent off Ferrini who was trying to take revenge on Sánchez but didn’t even touch him. Then their goalkeeper passed the ball to Sánchez, who sat on it and held it between his legs. In order to kick the ball I had to kick him a little bit too, and when he got up he punched me, but the referee pretended nothing had happened. Then I challenged Sánchez with an outstretched leg and caught him in the shoulder, and the shameless Aston sent me off too. I stood at the entrance to the tunnel to watch the rest of the game, and I can assure you that even with nine men we fought to the end.”“The Italians could not understand – and neither can I – why Sánchez had been allowed to remain on the field despite a passable imitation of Rocky Marciano, when one of their number had been banished for a less serious and far less obvious offence,” wrote Jimmy Hill in the Observer. “From that moment the last semblance of control left both players and officials. It was an appalling decision to allow a player to remain on the field after such a blatant disregard for the laws. The players will have to shoulder most of the blame, but the officials must face up to their responsibility for making this grotesque decision.”“I expected a difficult match, but not an impossible one,” Aston said. “I just had to do the best I could. It did cross my mind to abandon the match, but I couldn’t be responsible for the safety of the Italian players if I did. I thought that then and I still think it now. I tell you one thing: I didn’t add on any stoppage time.”The hatred between the nations boiled over. In Chile, Italians found themselves banned from bars, restaurants and even supermarkets, and the squad’s training camp was placed under armed guard. Jorge Pica, a senior member of the Chilean FA, launched further controversy by alleging that the Italians were drugged. “They seemed to go on the field only with the intention of injuring the Chileans,” he said. “It was like a rodeo. Frankly, I think they were doped. Now I can see the necessity for laboratory tests on players after matches.” Meanwhile the Italians submitted an official complaint against Aston’s biased officiating, described the Chileans as “cannibals” and in Rome the army was sent in to protect the Chilean consulate.last_img read more

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CFB Writer Reveals Record Prediction For Iowa

first_imgIowa football players run onto the field.MIAMI GARDENS, FL – JANUARY 05: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes leads his team onto the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Over the past few years, Ohio State and Michigan have been the only true contenders in the Big Ten. However, this upcoming season presents a golden opportunity for teams like Iowa to take a leap forward.Last season, the Hawkeyes finished with a 9-4 record. Head coach Kirk Ferentz led his squad to an impressive victory over Mississippi State in the Outback Bowl.Iowa lost its two biggest playmakers on offense to the NFL Draft, as both T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant were first-round picks. Fortunately, quarterback Nathan Stanley decided to return for his senior season.On the defensive side of the ball, the Hawkeyes are led by A.J. Epenesa, who many consider to be an elite prospect for the 2020 NFL Draft. First two seasons of collegeNick Bosa (7 starts): 13.5 sacks, 23 TFL, one forced fumbleAJ Epenesa (0 starts): 15 sacks, 22 TFL, five forced— Thor Nystrom (@thorku) May 28, 2019Although Iowa isn’t projected to win the Big Ten this upcoming season, fans should expect another solid year.247Sports’ Jordan James predicts Iowa to finish with a strong 9-3 record. All three losses in this prediction come on the road to the hands of Michigan, Northwestern and Nebraska.This projection does have Iowa going undefeated at Kinnick Stadium, which would greatly help its chances of making an elite bowl game.We’ll see if the Hawkeyes can meet these expectations or perhaps even surpass them in 2019.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Seersucker on the Diamond in Charleston, S.C.

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The hot weather months are upon us. That means it’s time to break out brighter, lighter shirts and pants. You know, your cottons, linens and ginghams.Even athletes are dressing to the weather. This season, the Charleston, S.C. RiverDogs, the Class Single-A affiliate of the New York Yankees (and partially owned by legendary comedian Bill Murray), have debuted a specialty seersucker uniform. Seersucker’s lightweight quality and the fact that the fabric is naturally held away from the skin helps to facilitate both heat dissipation and air circulation, which keeps the players cool.While the utilitarian aspect of the uniforms is important, the team is also concerned with the ties seersucker has with the city of Charleston. “One thing that our organization prides ourselves on is being open to ideas,” Noel Blaha, the RiverDogs’Director of Marketing and New Media, explains. “From ownership and the GM down to groundskeepers and interns, we consider all kinds of ideas. The seersucker concept came from one of our brainstorming sessions. We wanted to find something that would be uniquely Charleston. In the Minor League baseball world, specialty uniforms seem to be a dime a dozen. It’s become more of a ‘who can shout the loudest in a crowded room’situation. Seersucker is still prominent among many demographics in Charleston and it has kind of a timeless feel, which also epitomizes Charleston.”Once the idea was approved, Blaha and the organization got right to work. “We went to Wilson, who we have a strong relationship with, and told them up front that we didn’t want a pinstripe, we wanted seersucker. All of the stock models we saw initially were pinstripe. We had to make sure the white and colored lines on the jerseys were a equal length for a true seersucker. And I think Wilson did a great job of matching colors and getting the width down for the look we wanted.”Unlike Seinfeld’s George Costanza, who’s experiment with cotton uniforms famously backfired against the New York Yankees, the RiverDogs’seersucker uniforms have been a success. The team is 2-1 in seersucker contests since the uniforms were introduced on April 13, but the true victory has come within the community. “The fan reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.”Blaha says. “People think it’s such a cool way to recognize a Charleston and Southern tradition. People have immediately wanted to find out where they could buy them. Our initial plan was to not make replicas, but because of the response we are planning to sell them through our stores.”The RiverDogs have seven more seersucker games this season—the last coming on August 17—but moving forward, based on the reception, Blaha sees no reason why the specialty uniforms won’t be kept in the team’s rotation.So, if you’re in Charleston this summer, check out the RiverDogs and see some seersucker on the diamond. Finally, a 100% Linen Line of Clothing for Men last_img read more

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Khadr settlement far from unprecedented UK Australia made similar deals

first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian government’s breach-of-rights settlement with Omar Khadr is far from unprecedented, but its public apology to the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner sets Canada apart from other countries whose citizens were held at the infamous U.S. prison, an international human rights group said Monday.The settlement — sources say Khadr was paid $10.5 million — echoes deals reached years ago by the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia, who also spent millions settling lawsuits.However, Laura Pitter with Human Rights Watch said Canada had gone further than other countries by publicly acknowledging wrongdoing.“It’s really important that Canada took the additional step of publicly apologizing to him,” Pitter said Monday from New York. “Canada’s action here really sets an example.”Britain reportedly paid millions to several of its citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay but offered no apologies. One of the highest profile was Moazzam Begg, who along with seven others, had accused the U.K. and its intelligence agencies of complicity in their abduction, mistreatment and interrogation.In November 2010, the U.K. government announced a settlement with Begg and 15 others, despite insisting British agents had not participated directly in any prisoner abuse. Officially, the settlement was made to avoid publication of sensitive documents related to Britain’s co-operation with the U.S. on the transfer of terror suspects to various secret locations and to Guantanamo.The British deal was reported to be worth 20 million pounds — about $30 million at the time. Then-justice secretary Kenneth Clarke noted it could have cost taxpayers more than double had it gone to court.Announcing the Khadr deal on Friday, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould made a similar observation in light of the government having already spent $5 million defending the litigation.“I hope Canadians take away two things today: First, our rights are not subject to the whims of the government of the day,” Wilson-Raybould said. “Second, there are serious costs when the government violates the rights of its citizens.”In a similar case, suspected terrorist Mamdouh Habib reached a confidential settlement with the Australian government in 2010.Arrested in Pakistan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States and taken to Egypt, where he was tortured for seven months, Habib was transferred to Guantanamo Bay in May 2002. The Americans released him without charge in January 2005.Habib sued the Canberra government for alleged complicity with the CIA in his transfer and torture. Despite denying the allegations, the government settled. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the “hushed-up” settlement followed evidence an Australian official had watched Habib’s torture at Gitmo.Pitter noted that the United States has never paid compensation to any of its former captives.“The U.S., who is most responsible for the mistreatment of Khadr, has not done anything to provide him redress or redress to any of the scores of men who were unlawfully detained and tortured at Guantanamo and elsewhere since 9/11,” Pitter said.An inquiry in the U.K. found the British government and its intelligence services had indeed been involved in the illegal transfers of detainees, deliberately turned a blind eye to abuses, and had interviewed suspects they knew were being mistreated.“Officers were advised that, faced with apparent breaches of Geneva Convention standards, there was no obligation to intervene,” Sir Peter Gibson stated in his report.In Khadr’s case, a key tenet of his claim was that Canada’s intelligence agencies had travelled to Guantanamo Bay to interview him in 2003, despite knowing he had been mistreated before their arrival to soften him up. The agents had also agreed to American demands to share information obtained from their interrogations with them.The Supreme Court of Canada was unequivocal in 2010 in finding a breach of Khadr’s charter rights, but the former Conservative government under Stephen Harper refused to demand his repatriation as other western countries had done for their citizens.As with Canada’s deal with Khadr, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to five purported war crimes before a widely criticized military commission, the British settlement ignited a political firestorm. Some argued the state was rewarding people who wanted to destroy it. Others maintained it was the right thing to do given the abuses uncovered.“Our reputation as a country that believes in human rights, justice, fairness and the rule of law — indeed, much of what the services exist to protect — risks being tarnished,” then-prime minister David Cameron told parliament in July 2010. “Public confidence is being eroded, with people doubting the ability of our services to protect us and questioning the rules under which they operate.”last_img read more

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Cannabis legalization Drugimpaired charges could lead to court backlog

first_imgHALIFAX – Canada’s decision to legalize cannabis will create a backlog in the courts as those charged with driving while drug-impaired are sure to launch a wave of legal challenges, a lawyer who specializes in impaired driving cases says.Tom Singleton, who has practised criminal law for 25 years in Halifax, says the problem is that the tests police currently use to assess drug impairment are too subjective and somewhat inaccurate.And the new roadside saliva tests, introduced by the federal government in August, aren’t expected to be that much better, he said.“The federal government is engaged in wishful thinking when it comes to bringing in this kind of testing,” Singleton said in an interview Friday.“Drug cases are going to clog up the court system because of the length of time required to deal with them.”Singleton said the same thing happened when roadside breathalyzer tests were introduced more than 40 years ago.“It will take decades before the courts establish it as being reliable,” he said.Under the current system, when a police officer suspects a driver is impaired by alcohol and/or drugs, the officer can conduct a series of so-called field sobriety tests, which include examining the driver’s eyes and observing how they walk and turn, and if they can stand on one leg.“A lot of these things end up being very subjective,” said Singleton.If the officer believes there are grounds for testing for drug impairment, a broader 12-step Drug Recognition Expert Evaluation (DREE) may be conducted by a qualified officer, who has the option of demanding a blood, saliva or urine sample.“The problem is that traces of the drug (cannabis) can remain in the body for up to a week after someone uses it,” Singleton said.“What relevance does that have to determining whether someone’s ability to drive is impaired by a drug? … Simply detecting a level of marijuana in somebody’s system cannot be rationally related to impairment. You need a lot more.”As well, those who use cannabis regularly are known to develop a tolerance to the drug, which means their impairment would be difficult to gauge through drug testing.Studies in United States have suggested that DREE testing is inaccurate about 17 per cent of the time, the lawyer said.According to a 2015 Statistics Canada survey, 12 per cent of Canadians over the age of 15 used cannabis in the previous year. And a survey earlier this year by the Canadian Automobile Association suggested that half of current cannabis users claimed they had driven while under the influence of the drug.Andrea Furlan, associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, says impairment levels can be affected by how cannabis is used.“The inhaled forms of cannabis reach receptors in the brain within a few minutes and are able to produce the highest euphoric effects,” Furlan wrote in a recent article published by The Conversation, an independent source of commentary from experts.“Edibles have a delayed onset of action. Maximum THC blood levels occur between one and six hours later, and the effects that may last for up to 20 hours.”The Canadian Low Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines say people should not drive for at least six hours after using cannabis.“But the wait time can be longer, depending on the user and the properties of the specific cannabis product used,” Furlan says.Singleton said it has been his experience that the conviction rate for drug-impaired driving is only about 50 per cent, which is far below the conviction rate for drivers impaired by alcohol.As well, these cases typically take much longer to move through the courts, which is why Singleton is predicting a growing backlog.As for the new roadside saliva testing tool, its level of accuracy is already under scrutiny.Earlier this month, Ontario Premier Doug Ford said the Health Canada-approved device may not give accurate results in the cold.Vancouver’s police department is among those that won’t use the Drager DrugTest 5000 because it says the device doesn’t work in sub-zero temperatures, is bulky and takes too long to produce a sample.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has defended the device, which samples saliva for the presence of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. She has said it’s not the only tool available to police.Drager Canada has said the device operates best between 4 C and 40 C, but the main part of the machine remains in the police vehicle where it’s protected from the cold.And the company has challenged a study published this year in the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, which found the device produced “fairly large proportions of false-positive or false-negative results compared to drug concentrations in blood.”Drager Canada said the study did not prove the test in Norway produced the number of false positives claimed by the authors.last_img read more

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Qureshi Swaraj likely to interact during SCO meeting in Kyrgyzstan

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and her Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj are likely to interact during the upcoming meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan later this month, a top Pakistani official said Thursday.”The two foreign ministers would be present in the meeting and in all likelihood would interact amongst themselves and with other leaders,” Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal told the media here. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghBut he hastened to clarify that “no formal meeting is, however, envisaged”. The SCO Ministerial meeting will take place in Kyrgyzstan on May 21-22. The economic and security grouping was founded at a summit in Shanghai in 2001 by the presidents of Russia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017. In September, India called off a meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi at the UN citing the release of postal stamps “glorifying” a Kashmiri militant by Pakistan as one of the reasons. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe Indo-Pak tensions escalated in recent months after a terror attack in Pulwama by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group that killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14 and a subsequent aerial strike by India on a JeM training camp in Balakot on February 26. On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force retaliated by unsuccessfully targeting several military installations in Jammu and Kashmir. In the dogfight, Pakistan downed a MiG-21 Bison jet and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. Faisal also alleged that India was “causing an arms race in the region”. “India has been trying to bring the region into an arms race. Let me say that an increase in the defence budget is not the sole determinant of a nation’s strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Japans Nikkei dives as yen rebound discourages investors other Asian stock markets

BANGKOK – Japan’s stock market dived Monday after the yen reversed some of its recent fall against the U.S. dollar. Stocks elsewhere were mixed as investors tried to sort out conflicting indicators about the health of the global economy.The Nikkei 225 shed 3.2 per cent to close at 14,142.65, after its stalwart export sector was hit with wide-ranging losses. The benchmark in Tokyo has been on a tear, rising 36 per cent since the beginning of the year. The yen’s steady fall against other major currencies has been a major market propellant but it reversed some of that decline Monday after reaching 103 to the dollar last week.The yen’s recent weakness has been a byproduct of the economic stimulus policies embraced this year by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has embarked on an aggressive campaign to lift consumer prices and encourage borrowing and spending. As part of that effort, Japan’s central bank is flooding its financial system with money, helping reduce the value of the yen.Nissan Motor Corp. dropped 6.8 per cent. Yamaha Motor Co. tumbled 7.9 per cent. Sony Corp. slid 6.3 per cent.In early European trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.7 per cent to 8,365.43. France’s CAC-40 advanced 0.9 per cent to 3,992.02. Markets in Britain and the U.S. were closed for public holidays.Hopes for a global economic recovery were undermined last week when a survey on China’s monthly manufacturing pace showed a bigger-than-expected decline. Less-than-clear indications from the U.S. Federal Reserve on whether it might scale back its aggressive bond-buying program, dubbed quantitative easing or QE, also caused investors to curb their enthusiasm.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng reversed early losses to rise 0.3 per cent to 22,686.05 after pledges by China’s leaders to pursue sustainable growth helped push up alternative energy stocks. China Everbright International jumped 5 per cent. Anton Oilfield Services, which is pursuing shale gas development in China, surged 8.3 per cent.“We have seen a lot of funds buying into shale gas, wind power and environmental protection,” said Jackson Wong, vice-president at Tanrich Securities in Hong Kong. Wong also said that a recovery in mainland Chinese stocks helped the Hang Seng.South Korea’s Kospi gained 0.3 per cent to 1,979.97. Benchmarks in mainland China and Taiwan rose. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 declined 0.5 per cent to 4,959.90. Benchmarks in the Philippines, New Zealand and Indonesia fell.Benchmark oil for July delivery was down 60 cents to $93.54 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 10 cents to $94.15 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday.In currencies, the euro rose to $1.2942 from $1.2934 late Friday in New York. The dollar was at 100.86 yen down from last week’s high of more than 103 yen per dollar.___Follow Pamela Sampson on Twitter at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pamela Sampson, The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2013 5:13 am MDT Japan’s Nikkei dives as yen rebound discourages investors, other Asian stock markets mixed read more

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UN chief voices support for arms trade treaty ahead of upcoming conference

“I am confident that Member States will overcome their differences and muster the political will needed to agree on this landmark treaty,” the Secretary-General said in a statement.“It is our collective responsibility to put an end to the inadequate regulation of the global trade in conventional weapons – from small arms to tanks to combat aircraft.”The UN Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), which starts on 18 March in New York, brings Member States together to continue negotiations on what is seen as the most important initiative ever regarding conventional arms regulation within the UN.“I reiterate my support for an Arms Trade Treaty that regulates international transfers of both weapons and ammunition and provides for common standards for exporting States. These standards are important for assessing the risks that transferred weapons are not used to fuel conflict, arm criminals or abet violations of international humanitarian or human rights law,” Mr. Ban said in today’s statement. He added that adoption of the ATT “is the only path to more accountability, openness and transparency in the arms trade.”At the end of 2010, an estimated 27.5 million people were internally displaced as a result of conflict, while millions more have sought refuge abroad. In many cases, the armed violence that drove them from their homes was fuelled by the widespread availability and misuse of weapons.“A robust ATT will help alleviate the plight of the millions of people affected by conflicts and armed violence and enable the United Nations to better carry out its mandate to promote peace, development and human rights around the world,” Mr. Ban noted. Four weeks of negotiations ended in July of last year without agreement. Disappointed, Mr. Ban described it as a “setback” but also noted that States had reached considerable common ground that can be built on. “Adoption of this treaty will also provide much-needed momentum for wider disarmament and non-proliferation efforts by the international community,” he reiterated today. read more

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UK automotive supply chain receives welcome boost with Nissans decision to build

UK automotive suppliers welcome business certainty.28,000 UK automotive supply chain jobs supported by Nissan – from a total of 78,000.Opportunities for growth in the UK supply chain worth £6 billion – Automotive Council.UK skills shortage needs addressing for growth potential to be fully realised.Thousands of jobs in the UK automotive supply chain received a significant boost last week with the announcement by Britain’s second largest car manufacturer that it will build two of its next generation models in Sunderland.28,000 supply chain jobs in the UK are currently supported by Nissan, among a wider 78,000 dependent on all British-based vehicle manufacturers. The announcement that the next generation Qashqai as well as the new X-Trail, currently produced in Japan, will both be made in Sunderland provides certainty and confidence to invest for existing UK-based companies. It should also act as an incentive to companies not operating here already.John Barnett, VP Manufacturing and Supply Chain for Calsonic Kansei, which supplies a variety of automotive components for car manufacturers worldwide, said,We are a key supplier to Nissan in the UK and globally, with 1,400 staff in the North East alone, so the decision to build two new models in Sunderland is excellent news. Today, a significant proportion of the components used to manufacture cars at the plant originate from us. In future, the opportunities are now there for us to win even more business. It means we can look at reshoring some of our own supply chain back to the UK and gives confidence to global suppliers that the UK is still a good place to invest. 1 Growing the automotive supply chain – local vehicle content analysis, Automotive Council UK, September 2015.2 Employers’ Views of the Jobs and Skills Required for the UK Automotive Industry, Automotive Council UK, February 2016.3 Poll of 112 of SMMT’s 220 Automotive Components Section members conducted online by independent polling agency ComRes during May 2016. Respondents ranged from micro companies employing fewer than 10 people to large firms employing more than 250.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The news will also boost supply chain reshoring efforts to the UK, where there is an estimated £6 billion opportunity for component manufacturers as British-based vehicle makers increasingly look closer to home to pursue manufacturing efficiencies. Billions of pounds have already been invested in domestic supply chain networks to fulfil just-in-time production needs and cut the cost of logistics. This trend is having an impact, with the content of British-built cars rising from 36% to 41% over the past five years with the potential to reach 50% in the near future.1However, the sheer rate of the industry’s recent growth has resulted in a skills shortage, and for success to continue this needs to be addressed. According to the Automotive Council up to 5,000 vacancies exist in UK automotive manufacturing, which have a significant impact on business operations.2 Two in five (41%) respondents to a recent SMMT supply chain member survey said that the availability of skilled workers, apprentices and graduates could impede their company’s growth over  the next three years.3 A worker at a UK automotive component supplier. British-based based suppliers have welcomed news of continued investment into vehicle manufacturing in the UK. Mike Matthews, Managing Director of Stockton-on-Tees-based Nifco, a plastic component supplier to major automotive manufacturers, said, This news sends a strong message that the UK is an attractive investment choice for all vehicle manufacturers. Though we supply many leading brands, 25% of our total sales go to Nissan and the decision to invest in Sunderland safeguards our 650 employees. It is exciting that the new X-Trail will be manufactured here as this presents new opportunities for us to win work supplying components to make it – I am delighted. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Nissan’s announcement is good news for the UK Automotive and supply chain jobs, confirming Britain as a leader in automotive production, with the comments made last week by the Secretary of State and Prime Minister also greatly encouraging. It is important Government makes it a priority to safeguard the competitiveness of this important sector as we leave the EU. This means maintaining a competitive business environment, ensuring talent can be recruited from abroad and securing the benefits we currently enjoy in the single market – including tariff free trade unhindered by any customs bureaucracy. read more

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Brocks new associate university librarian coming home to Niagara

Brock University Library is set to welcome a new associate university librarian to the team.Originally from St. Catharines, Nicole Nolan has spent the past decade at Western University Libraries, where she played an instrumental role in organizational development.“Nicole brings such a wealth of experience having worked for many years in academic libraries and in library leadership,” Brock Librarian Mark Robertson said. “Brock Library is fortunate to attract such a forward-thinking and experienced librarian for this role.”Nolan comes to Brock from serving as research and instructional services librarian in the C.B. Johnston Business Library at Western. She has served in a number of administrative roles at Western including as acting assistant university librarian from 2013-2016 and acting director of the Business Library from 2011-2012. More recently, she was a co-lead on the Libraries’ Workforce Analysis Planning Initiative, and a member of the Strategic Planning Steering Team.“It is a privilege to have the opportunity to work as an associate university librarian at Brock University,” said Nolan, a Western alumna with an academic background in Organizational Behaviour. “It is a really exciting time in academic libraries, and I am looking forward to being a part of the library community at Brock as we navigate new technologies, publishing models, scholarly communication platforms, and library services.“I’m happy to be moving to the Niagara Region with my family. I have roots in this community and am delighted to be back,” she said.Robertson extended his thanks to associate university librarian advisory committee members Ian Gibson, Evelyn Smith, Elizabeth Yates and Jonathan Younker, and to Patricia Mosca from Human Resources for facilitating the search process, as well as Laura Birkett for assisting with candidates’ visits.Nolan begins her tenure at Brock on Oct. 9. read more

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Over 1B approved for Legal Affairs Ministry

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOver $100M in supplementary funding approved for SARA under Legal AffairsAugust 3, 2017In “latest news”Govt breached FMAA in appropriating funds for SARA- EdghillAugust 7, 2017In “latest news”Attorney General pleads guilty to unapproved spending, says it was ‘mistake’December 14, 2016In “latest news” – Gov’t forced to defend increased allocations A scrutiny of the government’s fourth budget, in particular allocations for the Ministry of Legal Affairs, shows that the bureaucracy has gotten more expensive with each passing year. It is a fact that the parliamentary Opposition criticized on Tuesday, as government defended the increases on the grounds of more programmes…and rent.During the examination of the 2018 budget estimates, the Legal Affairs Ministry came under intense scrutiny. Attorney General Basil Williams was forced to defend the increase of certain provisions when compared to expenses under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government.When the National Assembly came to programme 523, which is the Attorney General’s  chambers, the parliamentary Opposition also probed the details of contract employees under line item 6116. Line item 6241 was also probed, with former Attorney General Anil Nandlall noting that there has been a progressive increase in the provisions for rental over the years.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and current AG Basil WilliamsFor budget 2017, the sum allocated for rental of buildings was $5M. This was subsequently revised upwards to $8.4M. In light of the fact that by 2018 this had increased to a sum of $10.2M, Nandlall called for the Minister to explain.Williams admitted that the monies were for a Robb Street premises that would house the Law Reform Commission. After some back and forth between Nandlall and his successor, Williams finally clarified that the building was being rented for $850,000 per month, for a period of 12 months. There were also provisions for operationalising the Justice Improvement Programme.The allocation of $305M under the line item ‘other’ was also confronted by Nandlall, who noted the ambiguous nature of the item. According to Williams, the cost relates to paying the legal fees of law students at the Hugh Wooding Law School, expenses for holding consultations for Legal Affairs Ministry and costs associated with Guyana currently holding the chair of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).“There’s no discrimination in relation to the students in the Hugh Wooding Law School. Because of the hardships that exist for students who study in Trinidad, the government has decided to contribute some part of their (fees).”“That is the $18M and that is shared by all the students who graduated… the 25 students. Both the first and second year. So it means then that if you graduated this year, the 25 that were identified would benefit. If someone came out of the programme and are reentering it, they would not benefit because it would be more than 25(grandaunts),” Williams explained.Williams also explained that monies were allocated to pay for overseas lawyers and special prosecutors. Williams also revealed that $50M would be put aside for overseas lawyers. With regards to special prosecutors, Williams said that funding for this classification could be between $40 and $50M.With regards to the team of Ministerial Advisors, Williams emphasized that members get a small stipend of $20,000, while the Chairman will be getting $25,000.The Justice Reform programme, which was catered for under the Capital Expenditure component of the Ministry, was also probed by the former Attorney General. Williams explained that the issue of pretrial detention is addressed. He noted that the provisions include those for a pilot Legal Aid programme. Reminded that a legal aid programme already exists, Williams reiterated that the government is launching a new one.After much scrutiny, the over $1B in budgeted estimates for the Legal Affairs Ministry, was passed by the National Assembly. This includes $867M for current expenditures and $200M for capital. (Jarryl Bryan) read more

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Lastday uncertainty for three teams in Group C

← Previous Story “We’re ready to come back to the top”, says Nikola Karabatić Next Story → Omeyer is back in the game: “I am ready and hungry” aarhuschampionship handballDenmark HandballEHF EURO 2014handballresultssports handball Last Preliminary Round matches to be player the EHF Euro 2014 today, with Group C – labeled one of the strongest, prior to beginning of the championship, staying true to it’s predictions.The NRGi Arena in Aarhus saw anunexpected turn of events, as the slight underdog, Russia beat Serbia on Wednesday to find themselves within a chance of reaching the Main Round.Poland vs RussiaRussia will hope for good performances from Evdokimov and Igoropulo(sporting 7 and 6 goals, respectively) today, as well as Poliakov who emerged as a leading scorer with 8, with one point being sufficient for them to take two points into the Main Round.Poland’s ‘White and Reds’ are without any points from two matches in the Championship, but they will have a chance to earn the most valuable two so far,in a direct duel to battle-out the Main Round berth.The experienced Polish team will have to do all they can to secure the victory, and still be uncertain for their place under the sun of the Main Round, hoping for France to defeat Serbia. ‘Polish Eagles’are led by the ever-present SlawomirSzmal on goal, with their attack boasting intimidating firepower, such as that provided by MariuszJurkiewicz (8), their best scorer on the Euro so far.Serbia vs FranceSerbian team will wake up today feeling well hard done by, as they will have to get something from the match against convincing France to keep their hopes alive. With France the only straightforward participant, this will be a decisive day for no less than three teams in based Aarhus.With as much as six active scenarios on how this Championship could unfold, Serbia will have to hope their goalkeeper Stanić has ‘one of his days’ to increase their chances against high-scoring France. Marko Vujin (scoring 9 goals so far) will be no different, as THW Kiel’s right-back will have to go from strength to strength followed by the likes of Nenadić and Ilić, to improve the lacking attacking presence forfor his team today, when they throw everything they have on the Olympic champions.France have shown an incredible variety so far, with Karabatić, Nyokas and Guigou netting 14, 11 and 10 goals respectively, with Anić showing he can also be a match winner in a team of stars such as the above-mentioned Karabatić and Narcisse. With Dumoulin boasting 26 saves so far, thriving in absence ofOmeyer, who is still to play his first match of the EHF Euro 2014, France will have no real weakness in their team, as Serbia will be looking to avoid the ignominy of going home the Preliminary Round.TEXT: NEMANJA SAVICPHOTO: Bjørn Kenneth Muggerud/ read more

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Robot uses 32 actuators and custom C code to dance to Gangnam

first_imgWith more than 500 million views on YouTube, Gangnam Style has earned itself a permanent spot in viral video history. In three short months it became one of the top five most viewed YouTube videos of all time. Add in the many other identical videos of the same song and you’ll probably eventually hit one billion views.Of course this means one thing and one thing only — the flood of copycats, imitations, and parodies is inevitable. It takes something especially quirky or fascinating to really draw the attention of the online video-watching public in the vast sea of videos trying to grab onto some of that Gangnam Style gold.And sometimes a human just isn’t up to the task. Enter CHARLI-2, a robot who apparently is also unable to resist the urge to get up and dance when it hears the recognizable Korean pop beat. Complete with cowboy-style lassoing and galloping gyrations, the humanoid contraption mimics the dance moves with perfect precision.The history of musically-inclined robots is surprisingly vast and varied. Creations that could give CHARLI-2 a run for its money are things like the intoxicatingly viral breakdancing robot and the very well-balanced dancing bot Sacros. Then of course there was the Creepy singing robot.When he isn’t getting his groove on, CHARLI-2 actually has designs on a more important task. Built by Virginia Tech scientists, the robot could soon be working on board Navy ships as an automated assistant to extinguish fires and respond to other emergency alerts. There’s nothing wrong with gaining a little fame before that, though.last_img read more

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