8 days agoGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medal

first_imgGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medalby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe gang that pulled off a series of burglaries against LaLiga footballers has been caught and arrested.Eldiario.es reports four people have been arrested connected to raids on homes of players of Real Madrid and Atletico. The operation was carried out between the cities of Madrid and Toledo, where the alleged criminals were arrested. Law enforcement have managed to recover some valuables that were taken from the homes of the players. Among the jewels and other belongings, the Champions League runners-up medal of Thomas Partey was found. The Atletico Madrid midfielder’s home was raided earlier this month, while he was in Russia for the European match against Lokmotiv Moscow.Casemiro, Isco, Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Morata were some of those in Madrid who were victims of robberies. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

LR, Penn Oak Energy Join Forces on LNG

first_imgzoom Lloyd’s Register North America, Inc. (LR) has teamed with Penn Oak Energy Corp with the aim of helping companies raise much needed capital and mitigate the technical risks associated with retrofitting ships fuelled by liquid natural gas (LNG), by providing a one-stop-shop solution to the industry. The challenge to building these new environmentally-friendly ships has been that shipowners are unwilling to invest in LNG-fuelled ships if supplies of LNG bunker are difficult to obtain. However, according to Lloyd’s Register, that has started to change as more LNG facilities are built.LR’s LNG Bunkering Infrastructural Survey 2014 indicates that major ports around the world are either planning for, or are anticipating, the wide-scale development of LNG bunkering. The other challenge for shipbuilders is the large initial capital costs to build these new ships.“LNG as a fuel has emerged as one of the most considered choices for a new generation of vessels. The infrastructure to support this new class of ships has started to mature, and we have seen great strides in companies willing to convert their existing ships to this new fuel or constructing new ships in the U.S. Emission Control Areas. “Our relationship with Penn Oak Energy will help provide the private equity to ship owners to undertake these ambitious projects, and assist those ship builders that the U.S. will need to expand this growing demand,” said LR’s Rafa Riva, Marine Business Development Manager.Penn Oak Energy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a developer of LNG fuel solutions for industrial clients. The company specializes in turnkey solutions that take into consideration technology, natural gas liquefaction and supply, as well as logistics and financial considerations.“The reason Penn Oak Energy chose to partner with Lloyd’s Register after doing a thorough review on other class societies throughout the maritime industry was that Lloyd’s Register was the most experienced in LNG conversions and transport vessels,” said Philip Parker, head of business development for Penn Oak Energy.last_img read more

Settlement Reached Over Unregistered Trading

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has settled with TradeStation Securities Inc., which admitted to managing futures accounts for Nova Scotia investors without registering with the commission. TradeStation is a U.S. licensed broker dealer, and registered futures commission merchant with a head office in Plantation, Florida. It was not registered to trade securities in Nova Scotia. Between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2008, TradeStation maintained four self-directed futures accounts for investors in Nova Scotia. Under the order and settlement agreement, TradeStation will pay an administrative penalty of $7,500 to the commission. It will also pay $2,500 in costs connected with the investigation and conduct of the proceedings. The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities within the province. The order and settlement agreement can be viewed at www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/compliancenforce/enforproceedings.asp .last_img read more

UN chief urges determination to achieve substantial arms trade treaty as conference

“The negotiations now stand at a critical juncture,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, told reporters in New York. “[Mr. Ban] calls upon Member States to show a shared determination to close the gaps in the poorly regulated international arms trade by agreeing to a set of legally binding global standards that will make a difference.”Virtually all international trade in goods is regulated, but no globally agreed standards exist for the international arms trade. The result can be the misuse of transferred weaponry by government forces, or diversion of arms into illegal markets, where they end up in the hands of criminals, gangs, war lords and terrorists.The last negotiations on the ATT ended in July of last year without agreement. Mr. Ban has described that outcome as “a disgrace,” and has stressed that reaching consensus through compromise on all sides is long overdue.Mr. Ban “has consistently said that a strong and robust arms trade treaty will have a real impact on the lives of those millions of people suffering from the consequences of armed conflict, repression and armed violence,” Mr. Nesirky said.Some 2,000 representatives of Governments, international and regional organizations and civil society have gathered at UN Headquarters to take part in the negotiations and related events. The process is overseen by Ambassador Peter Woolcott of Australia which holds the presidency of the conference.Mr. Nesirky noted that there are a range of views on the scope of the treaty, regarding whether ammunition should fully be a part of it, and the criteria that arms-exporting States will need to use to determine if a particular arms export is warranted.However, he said Mr. Ban has full confidence that Mr. Woolcott will guide the two-week conference to a positive outcome before it comes to a close on Thursday. “The Secretary-General has been active in encouraging Member States to reach an agreement. He has been reaching out to some of the key players in this regard,” Mr. Nesirky added. According to the conference’s website, the proposed treaty will not interfere with the domestic arms trade and the way a country regulates civilian possession; ban, or prohibit the export of, any type of weapons; impair States’ legitimate right to self-defence; or lower arms regulation standards in countries where these are already at a high level. read more

South Sudan UN confirms weekend fighting injuries in restive Unity state

“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that there was fighting in various parts of the country over the weekend,” said Farhan Haq briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.In resource-rich Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, the Mission reported heavy fighting between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition soldiers, including in the vicinity of a UN base.“After the Mission engaged with both warring sides, forces left the area last evening,” he said, adding that UNMISS military enforced the perimeter security in the camp before fighting resumed today. The conflict, which began in mid-December 2013, is believed to have left thousands dead and forced tens of thousands to seek refuge at UN bases around the country. It has also been marked by numerous grave human rights violations. Mid-April also saw an upsurge in the violence, with mass killings in Bentiu and Bor. Most recently, a four-year-old girl seeking refuge at a UN base died from an injury caused by a stray bullet. Near Bentiu, UNMISS also reported fighting in the northern city of Tor and close to Mayom Junction in Unity state.Heavy clashes between the SPLA and opposition forces were also reported yesterday in Renk, at the northern tip of South Sudan, and Nassir, further southeast, in Upper Nile State using “tank and mortar fire, with some of the shells landing close to the UNMISS base there”, according to the spokesperson.In the South Sudanese, capital, Juba, the Mission reported that peacekeepers fired tear gas to disperse a crowd after a skirmish broke out yesterday between Nuer internally displaced persons and some members of the Dinka community living outside the UN House protection site. Meanwhile, five construction workers employed as UNICEF contractors to build a temporary learning space for displaced children in UN House were attacked by a group of stone-throwing displaced persons on Friday. UN military and police peacekeepers were able to control the situation but at least two people were injured. Back from a visit to South Sudan last week, Adama Dieng, the Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay reported a drastic deterioration in the human rights situation in South Sudan, marked by increasing ethnic violence and revenge killings, and urged the Security Council to act before the country plunges deeper into a crisis.The Council, in December, agreed to increase the number of UNMISS peacekeepers from 7,700 to 13,200. However, the contributing countries have still not supplied some two thirds of the extra troops. read more

Afghanistan UN condemns brutal suicide attack in Jalalabad

According to media reports, the suicide attack targeted people queuing outside a bank in the centre of the city, including Government employees and security forces personnel collecting their salaries. Among those killed and injured were children and the attack was subsequently followed by at least two other bombings later in the day. In a news release issued by the UN Office of the High-Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), Mr. Šimonović, who is currently visiting the eastern Afghan city, said that following the attack he immediately met the Acting Governor, local police chief and military commander to express the UN’s “deep condolences” and condemn the indiscriminate tactics used in such attacks that were “exacting such an unacceptable toll on Afghan civilians.” In the first three months of 2015, in fact, total civilian deaths and injuries followed the record high levels of 2014, according to the latest figures released the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Between 1 January and 31 March, UNAMA documented 655 deaths and 1,155 injuries with casualties caused by suicide attacks remaining on par with 2014 levels. “The use of suicide bombs and other devices in such an indiscriminate way by insurgent groups clearly constitutes a war crime,” Mr. Šimonović continued. “Those responsible for organizing or perpetrating such attacks must be brought to justice.” At the same time, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric attack.” In a statement issued by his spokesperson’s office, Mr. Ban called for those responsible to be “swiftly brought to justice” while urging all Afghans “to remain united in rejecting terrorism and violent extremism.” read more

Opinion Greg Oden has only himself to blame for most recent setback

Then-Miami Heat center Greg Oden watches from the bench during a preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs AmericanAirlines Arena Oct. 19, 2013. The Heat won, 121-96.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe once promising career of former Ohio State basketball player Greg Oden has likely ended after the former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick was arrested on battery charges after allegedly hitting an ex-girlfriend in his home state of Indiana.Oden, who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 2007 NCAA National Championship game, has largely been a recipient of sympathy across the basketball world, as injuries have plagued his career.No one, however, will likely give him sympathy after this latest incident.It is unfortunate that a man with such a bright future just eight years ago has seen his career disappear right before his eyes, however he has only himself to blame for the way his basketball career may end.Oden, who is currently a free agent, could ill afford an incident like this as his career was already in a tailspin, something you don’t usually say about a 26-year-old former No. 1 pick.The former Buckeye center has played in just 105 games in only three active seasons and was inactive from December 2009 to the 2013-14 season in which he appeared in just 23 games for the Miami Heat, who signed him to a one-year deal in August 2013.While Oden is currently looking for a new team, the NBA needs to make an example of the former star center.The NFL was recently in a similar position with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.Rice was seen on videotape dragging his seemingly unconscious fiancée out of an elevator after beating her. Rice and his fiancée were both charged with assault.Rice was suspended just two games by the NFL.While Oden is not currently on a roster, should he get picked up, he should get a much more severe punishment than Rice received.There is no room for domestic violence in sports, nor in any aspect of life. Men and women who receive great attention and are role models for thousands of young people need to be held to a higher standard and Oden is no exception.NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who has not even been in office a full year has already handled the Donald Sterling situation with professionalism and integrity.He made an example of Sterling and I hope would do the same to Oden.It is one thing for a young man’s career to end due to injury, it is another for it to end like this. read more

Emergency talks look for ways to halt worst outbreak of Ebola in

first_imgIf the outbreak occurred there, or in the US, or Australia, would this be ethically acceptable in these countries?There are five species of Ebola, three of which — Zaire, Sudan and Bundibugyo — can kill humans.Zaire Ebola, the deadliest and the species behind the current outbreak, can fell its victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, weakness, vomiting and diarrhoea — in some cases shutting down organs and causing unstoppable bleeding.There have been 21 Ebola outbreaks — not including isolated cases involving only one patient — since the virus first spread to humans in the Democratic Republic of Congo, then known as Zaire, in 1976.1,587 peopleBefore the current crisis, Ebola had killed 1,587 people, two-thirds of those infected, according to an AFP tally based on WHO data.The death rate for Ebola has been widely but incorrectly reported as “90 percent” by global media and some scientists, probably because around that percentage died in the original outbreak and a subsequent epidemic in neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville in 2003.The mortality rate in the west African epidemic is slightly lower than the average, at 61.5 percent, but it dwarves every other outbreak in terms of the geographical spread and the number of cases and deaths.“Out of control”Medical charity Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said last week the outbreak was “out of control”, with more than 60 hotspots.However, experts say those who receive correct care — paracetamol to contain fevers, rehydration for diarrhoea and antibiotics for secondary infections — have a greatly improved chance of survival.Ministers from Guinea, where 413 confirmed, suspected and probable cases have surfaced so far, including 303 deaths, and Liberia, which has seen 107 cases and 65 deaths, are at the Accra conference.Sierra Leone, which has recorded 239 cases and 99 deaths, is also represented.In addition, officials from Ivory Coast, Mali, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, along with Ghana and countries as far afield as Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are attending.- © AFP, 2014Read: West Africa’s Ebola virus outbreak is now “out of control” >More: DFA updates travel advice for Irish citizens, following Ebola outbreak > MINISTERS IN WEST Africa have held emergency talks on containing the worst Ebola outbreak in history, hoping to halt the virus’ deadly rampage after a jump in the number of deaths.The highly-contagious tropical bug has infected hundreds of people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, with the latest World Health Organization (WHO) figures showing that confirmed or suspected cases had left 467 people dead and experts fearing it could spread throughout the region.Health ministers from 11 nations were due to finalise two days of talks in Accra with global experts in communicable diseases, with debate raging over the measures required to stop Ebola in its tracks.Controversy Jeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of The Wellcome Trust charity, caused controversy as the talks opened as he was widely quoted in global media calling on health authorities to offer experimental medicines, not yet fully tested, to patients.“Tragic as these deaths and suffering are, humans are not Guinea pigs,” virologist Ian Mackay, associate professor at the University of Queensland, told AFP, rejecting the suggestion.“It’s a very difficult situation made worse by the urgency of it.”Potential vaccinesSeveral biotech companies and US universities are developing potential vaccines for Ebola, at various stages of testing, but none anywhere in the world is close to being licensed for distribution to the public.“The question is: would these drugs be allowed to be used on UK citizens?” Mackay said.last_img read more

The AP Stylebook declares email to be dead long live email

first_imgWhich do you prefer: e-mail or email? If you prefer the former and write for the Associated Press, expect for your knuckles to get rapped by a pernicious editor, as the AP Stylebook has just declared that “e-mail” is no longer correct. From now on, we don’t send e-mails, at least according to the AP; we send emails.The announcement comes through the AP Stylebook’s official Twitter account, which notes:Language evolves. Today we change AP style from e-mail to email, no hyphen. Our editors will announce it at #ACES2011 today Email isn’t the only change rolling out through the Associated Press today. Another big tech change for the AP is abandoning the space in cellphones and smartphones (it used to be “smart phone” and “cell phone”). The acronym of CPR is no longer clarified, and Calcutta — which everyone has heard of — will now be Kolkata, which no one knows.The changes go into effect at 3AM ET tomorrow morning. It’s worth noting, of course, that this is hardly a universal decree: the AP Stylebook is simply a list of guidelines the AP uses to make its own copy consistent. Newspapers do tend to follow the AP, but that’s just because most newspapers depend so much on AP content, and if they don’t follow the Stylebook, their own content won’t be consistent. It’s a path of least resistance thing.I think Gizmodo’s got a good take on this:Why is this such welcome news? Because language is catching up to technology. Because those videos of animals riding slightly larger animals you forward around aren’t just “electronic mail” anymore, digital versions of what you stuff in a dark blue mailbox. They’re now a form of communication unto themselves. Next up? E-books. E-paper. Get ready. There’s becoming increasingly little point differentiating the electronic from the analog.via GizmodoUpdate – This change is not in the 2010 Stylebook but is available in the AP Stylebook available on BlackBerry (through the BlackBerry App World).last_img read more

Our home is crumbling into the ground Family in Mayo forced to

first_img Source: Oireachtas.ieAs of the end of December 2016, 1,498 applications had been received under the pyrite remediation scheme (620 in 2014, 373 in 2015 and 505 in 2016). There were 77 unsuccessful applicants.Rose Conway-Walsh, a Sinn Féin Senator and former Mayo county councillor, recently raised the Healy’s situation in the Seanad.She asked for the redress scheme to be extended to cover people in counties such as Mayo and Donegal. A number of advocacy groups have also been calling for this to happen. Source: Fergus SweeneyConway-Walsh said hundreds of homes across Mayo are affected, as are thousands of home in County Donegal.“People in Dublin had access to a redress scheme. We need such a scheme.Their houses are falling down around them because proper standards were not put in place and there were appalling building regulations and regulations for quarries. This matter must be brought to a conclusion and a redress scheme put in place immediately for the people affected.An expert panel to examine the situation in Mayo and Donegal was established by Paudie Coffey, the then-Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, in April 2016.Report due soon Speaking about the issue last month, Senator Coffey said: “The previous government increased funding for the pyrite remediation scheme for the carrying out of remediation works to many of the houses that were affected, and strong and solid progress is being made.”He said it is his understanding that the expert committee “is due to report soon”.It has visited the houses affected which are literally crumbling around the families living in them due to concrete work that was insufficient and not of proper integrity.He called for a debate on the issue to be held in the Seanad ”to establish what assistance is being made available and what is planned to assist those families who have been let down by poor regulation in the construction industry”.Speaking about the group in the Dáil last July, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English said: “Ultimately, the panel’s terms of reference aim to establish the facts behind the problems that have emerged in Donegal and Mayo and to outline technical options for addressing the problems identified in order to assist affected homeowners.It is anticipated that the panel will require in the order of six months to complete their work. In this regard, I will await the outcome of the panel’s report before considering what further actions may be required to assist the parties directly involved in reaching a satisfactory resolution to the problems that have emerged in Donegal and Mayo.In February, English said the Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is “responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme” and he has “no role in the operational matters pertaining to the implementation of the scheme”. Source: Fergus SweeneyIn a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for the Department of Housing said the expert panel has met on 12 occasions since it was established almost a year ago, adding that “a similar number of meetings have taken place with key stakeholders, including affected homeowners, the elected members of Donegal and Mayo County Councils, local authority officials, industry bodies, academics, public representatives and other interested parties”.The statement continues: “A substantial volume of information has been provided by affected homeowners in both counties, as well as from Donegal and Mayo County Councils; additional information was also provided through the consultation process.The panel have now concluded their meetings and are in the process of finalising their draft report which is undergoing legal proofing in advance of being finalised and submitted to Minister Damien English for his consideration.“In this regard, the minister will await receipt of the expert panel’s report before considering what further actions may be required to assist the parties directly involved in reaching a satisfactory resolution to the problems that have emerged in the two counties.”Public consultationDuring a recent public consultation process – from 13 October 2016 to 17 December 2017 – about the remediation scheme and which households are eligible, the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) received 202 submissions from homeowners and experts. Source: Fergus SweeneySpeaking about the process last month, the NSAI’s Technical Standards Manager Yvonne Wylde said: “On 19 January, the expert committee began to review each of the comments relevant to the standard itself and decide by consensus whether to accept the comment or not.“We will ensure that the Pyrite Resolution Board receives all comments, including those not directly relevant to the standard.”The new reactive pyrite standard is expected to be published by mid-2017.The public consultation process refers to the new draft pyrite standard, rather than the remediation scheme and which households are eligible. Experts have been using a standard developed by NSAI to assess buildings affected by pyrite, and then using that to come back to the NSAI with proposed changes.The decision on whom or what category of building qualifies for remediation of damage caused by pyrite is governed by the Pyrite Resolution Board, not the NSAI. The Pyrite Resolution Board is responsible for the pyrite remediation scheme.‘You can put your hand through the wall’So what next for the Healys?“We’re just waiting and hoping the phone will ring, or else that we win the lotto,” Michael says.The corners in my house are pushing outwards, all the windows and doors are buckled now. There’s serious power in it …  the outside is moving and pulling the inside with it.“Dan’s old room is inhabitable now, you can put your hand out through the wall.“By the time [the panel] make a recommendation my house is going to be in the ground.”Read: ‘Every room is just rotten’: Video shows how pyrite destroyed this woman’s homeRead: Houses are crumbling in Donegal and we should soon know why By Órla Ryan 37 Comments ‘Our home is crumbling into the ground’: Family in Mayo forced to abandon house Thousands of houses around the country are affected by pyrite and mica. When he got here he didn’t even need to get out of the car, he knew what it was straight away.“He said, ‘There’ll be no payout on that – that’s not subsidence, that’s pyrite.’”Michael sent blocks from the house away to be tested and, sure enough, they came back positive for pyrite and mica.Both materials weaken concrete and cause it to crack and crumble over time.Pyrite is a form of iron sulphide, and a type of the material – framboidal pyrite – can expand in the presence of oxygen and water. Mica muscovite is a mineral that also significantly weakens concrete.The materials were cheap and sometimes used as ’backfill or ‘infill’ when constructing the foundations of houses – this became a common practice in some regions during the property boom. Thousands of houses around the country are affected.‘A huge scandal’“The bottom part of the wall fell out about three months ago, and the top fell out during the last big storm around two weeks ago,” Michael explains.The family bought the house in Corclough West, Belmullet in 2000, after returning home from England. It was a new build at that stage. Source: Fergus SweeneyToday, most of the mortgage has been repaid.“I’d walk away if I could, I’ve a fortune spent on that house … Every time you think about it, you get stressed,” Michael says.He has rented a flat nearby. His wife Catherine has been reluctant to leave the family home, but he says she too will have to leave soon.I have moved out. My wife is still there, you can understand why she wants to stay. It’s her home and all her things are there, but she’ll have to leave soon … She’s tough, but I know it’s getting to her now too. Within the next week I’d say she’ll have to leave.“I used to love painting it and cleaning it, I’ve just no interest in it now. There’s no point in even changing a light bulb in it now, it’s just not worth it.”Michael, who runs a local grocery shop, says he had hoped to expand his business by getting a loan based on the mortgage, but that won’t happen now. Source: Fergus Sweeney“If I sold something that wasn’t up to standard it’d be brought back to me, when it comes to this they think, ‘You bought it – tough.’ They could get away with murder.My house isn’t the only one. It’s like cancer, there’s no cure.Michael says he knows of several other properties within a 10-mile radius that have also been affected by pyrite and/or mica, telling us: “This is going to be a huge scandal in the west of Ireland.”‘Their houses are falling down around them’The pyrite remediation scheme is described as “a scheme of last resort for affected homeowners who have no other practical option to obtain redress”.To be eligible, properties must be located within the administrative areas of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, Kildare, Meath, Offaly, South Dublin County Council or Dublin City Council, and built between 1 January 1997 and 12 December 2013. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 8:00 PM Subscribe for more videos Mar 12th 2017, 8:00 PM A FAMILY IN Co Mayo has had to abandon their home as it is crumbling around them.Michael Healy and his son Dan are sharing their story in a bid to highlight the pyrite plight faced by many others across the country.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, they say they knew there was something wrong with the house for several years – there were unusual noises and excessive cracking in the plaster – but didn’t get an answer until about two years ago.Dan recalls: “We live in quite a boggy land area, so we carried out excavations to see if there was movement in the foundation, but nothing was going on below the ground.“You could hear this almighty cracking, no one knew what it was.” Source: Fergus SweeneyMichael tells us: “I was sure it was subsidence, I brought an engineer out to look at it to see if we could make an insurance claim. https://jrnl.ie/3277538 Share Tweet Email7 Short URL 99,416 Views last_img read more

Le chimpanzé qui battait les humains aux jeux vidéo

first_imgLe chimpanzé qui battait les humains aux jeux vidéoPanzee se débrouille plutôt bien avec un joystick au sein d’un labyrinthe virtuel. Si cette femelle chimpanzé fait aussi bien que des enfants sur un parcours simple, elle surpasse les adultes aux plus hauts niveaux de difficulté.Vous pensiez que se faire battre aux jeux vidéo par un petit cousin est humiliant ? C’est surement que vous n’avez pas encore été vaincu par un chimpanzé. Panzee, une guenon de 22 ans, s’est ainsi mieux débrouillée au sein d’une réalité virtuelle que douze enfants et quatre adultes différents. Ces travaux, réalisés au sein du Centre de recherche sur le langage à l’université d’Etat de Georgie, ont été publiés en janvier dans la revue American Journal of Primatology.Dans ce jeu, il fallait retrouver son chemin dans un labyrinthe. Humains et chimpanzés s’y déplacent dans les quatre directions cardinales grâce à un joystick. Sur les murs du dédale virtuel, un carré bleu indique une bonne direction tandis qu’un triangle brun signale un mauvais chemin. Les douze enfants et les quatre adultes ont reçu entre dix et vingt cessions d‘entrainement, contre entre cinq et dix pour les singes, déjà habitués au joystick par une étude précédente.Plus rapide et plus directSi les chimpanzés mettent autant de temps que des enfants de trois à six ans pour sortir d’un labyrinthe classique, Panzee a battu tout le monde sur le circuit le plus complexe. Outre sa vitesse, elle a également trouvé le chemin le plus direct.”Tout est beaucoup plus simple lors d’un test par le biais d’un écran d’ordinateur”, avoue à Livescience Dorothy Fragaszy, directrice du laboratoire de cognition et de comportement des primates à l’université de Georgie mais qui n’a pas participé à l’étude. “Cela nous donne tellement plus de contrôle, surtout pour les animaux. On ne peut pas simplement les amener dans un centre commercial et leur dire ‘vas d’ici à là-bas'”.Plus familier avec les symboles?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Si dans la nature, la compétition pour trouver de quoi manger motive les chimpanzés à réaliser des tâches proches de celles demandées dans le labyrinthe, ceux de cette étude sont bien nourris et ne subissent pas cette pression. Ils ont par contre été entraînés à utiliser une tablette qui prononce le nom des images sur lesquelles les singes peuvent appuyer pour communiquer. Cette familiarité avec les symboles pourrait expliquer la facilité avec laquelle Panzee retrouve son chemin grâce à des formes géométriques. Panzee est malheureusement décédée des suites de son diabète le 9 février.Le 16 mars 2014 à 17:34 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

A new way to recycle polycarbonates that prevents BPA leaching

first_img Explore further Most people would not think of IBM as a place for chemists working with plastics, but the Almaden facility was designed to conduct research into a wide variety of applications, ranging from food safety, to medical imaging, nanomedicine, services science and atomic scale storage. Solving the problem of an ever building supply of polycarbonate waste actually fits well with IBM’s research efforts because so many of the company’s products use it as a base component.Polycarbonates are a hard type of plastic, they are used to make CDs, DVDs, phone screens and a host of other hard plastic products, and as the researchers note, the material is extremely popular—approximately 2.7 million tons of it is produced annually around the world. But unlike soda bottles, polycarbonates are not easily recycled for reuse which means they generally wind up in landfills and dumps. Also they are a type of plastic that release small amounts of BPA when used and large amounts as they break down, allowing the chemical to leach into landfills, very likely leading to massive problems in the future. In this new effort, the team at IBM has found a way to convert polycarbonate material into another type of plastic called polyaryl ether sulfone (PSU) that can be used in applications such as medical equipment, fiber optics and purifying water.The process involves heating the plastic along with carbonate salts (akin to baking powder) and a fluoride reactant, which causes a cascading reaction to occur—first decomposing the material into a monomer and then condensing the result to a PSU. The resulting plastic is harder than typical polycarbonates, which makes it ideal for other applications and easier on the environment because it will not leach BPA into the ground once it makes its way to a landfill. 3D chemical structure of bisphenol A. Credit: Edgar181 via Wikimedia Commons 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. © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at IBM’s Research facility in Almaden, San Jose (the same site where Watson was developed) has developed a one-step process for recycling polycarbonates into another type of plastic—one that does not release bisphenol A (BPA) into the environment when it is used or dumped into a landfill. They have published a paper describing their new technique in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.center_img A new way to degrade plastics that turns them into fuel Citation: A new way to recycle polycarbonates that prevents BPA leaching (2016, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-recycle-polycarbonates-bpa-leaching.html More information: Computational and experimental investigations of one-step conversion of poly(carbonate)s into value-added poly(aryl ether sulfone)s, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1600924113AbstractIt is estimated that ∼2.7 million tons poly(carbonate)s (PCs) are produced annually worldwide. In 2008, retailers pulled products from store shelves after reports of bisphenol A (BPA) leaching from baby bottles, reusable drink bottles, and other retail products. Since PCs are not typically recycled, a need for the repurposing of the PC waste has arisen. We report the one-step synthesis of poly(aryl ether sulfone)s (PSUs) from the depolymerization of PCs and in situ polycondensation with bis(aryl fluorides) in the presence of carbonate salts. PSUs are high-performance engineering thermoplastics that are commonly used for reverse osmosis and water purification membranes, medical equipment, as well as high temperature applications. PSUs generated through this cascade approach were isolated in high purity and yield with the expected thermal properties and represent a procedure for direct conversion of one class of polymer to another in a single step. Computational investigations performed with density functional theory predict that the carbonate salt plays two important catalytic roles in this reaction: it decomposes the PCs by nucleophilic attack, and in the subsequent polyether formation process, it promotes the reaction of phenolate dimers formed in situ with the aryl fluorides present. We envision repurposing poly(BPA carbonate) for the production of value-added polymers. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

The SelfDestruction of Buster Keaton – Factors Which led to his Institutionalization

first_imgThroughout the 1920s, Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton was a comedic force of nature on the big screen. Then, as the decade drew to a close, his influential brand of extreme slapstick and stunt work hit a bump in the road. The result was a descent into alcoholism and depression that became so bad it led to Keaton being institutionalized. But how had it come to this? Buster blazed a trail through silent Hollywood, and seemed to have it all. Why did it fall to pieces, and how did he wind up in an institution…?Buster Keaton in Photoplay, December 1924.It has been speculated that his early life played a role in the eventual collapse. He was raised in vaudeville, where father Joe would throw him through the air like a football. As mentioned in his entry for Biography.com, Keaton was “Working with his parents in an act that prided itself on being as rough as it was funny.”Six-year-old Buster Keaton with his parents Myra and Joe Keaton during a vaudeville act.This roughness extended beyond the boards to the accident which gave rise to his legendary nickname. It supposedly came from Harry Houdini, who picked up young Joseph after the boy had fallen down a flight of stairs and, according to Biography, exclaimed: “That was a real buster!”Buster Keaton in comedy Out-West (1918).Keaton Sr. was reportedly a heavy drinker. The 1995 book Buster Keaton: Cut To The Chase by Marion Meade highlighted the comedian’s background in an attempt to shed light on the performer’s demons. A review on Publishers Weekly says that Joe “beat him at the first sign of fear” and that “Keaton left his uncaring parents and began acting in silents.”Buster Keaton in Hard Luck (1921).In response to a review in the New York Times, Bruce Levinson of Damfinos (the International Buster Keaton Society) took issue with this characterization. He claims “Ms. Meade’s view that Keaton’s on-screen character was a direct manifestation of alleged brutality by his father does not withstand scrutiny… Subjecting great artists to child psychology almost 90 years after the fact is a risky endeavor.”Virginia Fox and Buster Keaton prop each other up in The Electric House, 1922.Levinson points to a lack of evidence, alongside no indication from Keaton that his younger years were troubled. As for the on-stage violence, “knock-about comedy was far from unusual. Chaplin and Lloyd were often assaulted in their films.”Buster Keaton and Phyllis Haver in The Balloonatic (1923) – publicity still.While it’s debatable Keaton’s family life was the root of his deterioration, one factor that certainly bothered him was his marriage. The seemingly indestructible man married actress Natalie Talmadge in 1921, though wedded bliss did not last long.Informal portrait of Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge standing with their baby, Joseph Keaton, on the platform of a train station with a bridge in the background in Chicago, Illinois.It’s said Talmadge wanted a separate bedroom following the birth of their two sons. Then there was the question of finances, with Mrs Keaton not averse to spending large portions of her husband’s salary.With his home life fracturing, Buster suffered another blow, this time in the form of artistic differences.Actor Buster Keaton autographing photographs, on page 48 of the January 1921 Film Fun.He’d been working with total control up until 1926, but then he made a picture that hit the aforementioned bump… The General. A 2014 article in The Telegraph described the expensive Civil War-set comedy as having “suffered from great expectations, following a run of crowd-pleasers… reviewers struggled with the ironic treatment of North vs. South, and the film lost money.”By getting political, Keaton had cooked his creative goose. The relative failure of the film, combined with the onset of “talkies” in 1927, took the star to MGM, where in 1928 he signed a deal that reduced his creative input. The contract was terminated in 1934.Buster Keaton and Ernest Torrence in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) – cropped screenshot.These pressures certainly set Keaton on a self-destructive path. His drinking was out of control, and he famously married nurse Mae Scriven in 1933. He was so inebriated at the ceremony that he later claimed not to remember it.So it’s little wonder that, no matter how much one particular factor may have contributed, he found himself confined to a place of safety. The show didn’t end there however.Read another story from us: “Stone Face” Buster Keaton – King of Early Stunts who Broke his Neck without even KnowingIn the So Funny It Hurt documentary for TCM, it was revealed he channeled Harry Houdini to slip out of a straitjacket. Buster Keaton was arguably at his lowest ebb, yet despite this he remained a master of trickery, and consummate professional.last_img read more

Go Big or Go Home Apple Officially Unveils iPhone 6 With Larger

first_imgSeptember 9, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » Ask and ye shall receive, Apple fanboys and girls.Though Apple has sold roughly 500 million iPhones since the device’s introduction in 2007, people have long clamored for a larger screen display — particularly given the comparative expanses of competing Android and Windows devices.Today, those calls have been answered. Apple announced its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature screens measuring 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. For reference, the iPhone 5s measures 4 inches, while the iPad mini clocks in at 7.9 inches.Related: Denny’s Just Capitalized on Apple’s Tech Glitch in a Genius Marketing MoveThe iPhone 6 is priced at $199 for 16 GB, $299 for 64 GB and $399 for 128GB. Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 Plus is $100 more at every tier. The phones will ship on September 19, and arrive equipped with iOS 8, which will be available for everyone on September 17. The same three colors will be available as with the fifth generation iPhones: gold, silver and space grey.While Apple has historically avoided larger screen sizes in order to make its devices more wieldy in-hand, the sixth-generation iPhones will feature new “one-handed” and “landscape” modes for easier use.Related: With the Apple Watch, It’s Time for Smartwatches to Get SeriousSo, big screen and easy-to-use interfaces, all in one new package. They are also the slimmest iPhones yet: the iPhone 6 measures .27 inches wide while the iPhone 6 Plus measures .28 inches.Perhaps most notably, the devices will ship with a mobile payments feature called Apple Pay, which enables users to complete retail transactions with a simple touch of a smartphone. Incorporating NFC (near field communication) technology, users simply hold their finger onto the Touch ID home button and hold the device near a contactless reader, whereupon a secure payment is instantly transacted, Apple said.Other features include a new “Retina HD” display with curved edges, increased battery life, faster processing speeds and a revamped camera for capturing slo-mo and time-lapse videos.Related: Should You Buy an iPhone 5S Now or Wait For the iPhone 6?center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readlast_img read more

New FTC Rule Goes After Mortgage Advertisers

first_img Share in Government, Origination, Servicing August 2, 2011 447 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Dodd-Frank Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-08-02 Ryan Schuettecenter_img A rule recently finalized by the “”Federal Trade Commission””:http://ftc.gov/ (FTC) will take effect this month, prohibiting mortgage brokers, servicers, and nonbank lenders from advertising 19 practices it calls deceptive. The rule will enable the FTC, newly opened “”Consumer Financial Protection Bureau””:http://www.consumerfinance.gov (CFPB), and state regulators to issue civil monetary fines and penalties against wayward mortgage advertisers.[IMAGE]””The Rule is designed to create a level playing field for legitimate businesses to compete in the marketplace,”” Elizabeth Lordan, an FTC spokesperson, says. The Mortgage Acts and Practices (MAP) Rule prescribes a number of penalties for deceptive claims about mortgages, which include mortgage fees and costs for consumers, terms and conditions that apply to mortgage taxes and insurance, loan interest and payments, and mortgage refinancing ability.According to Lordan, the rule expands on Section 5 under the FTC Act, which on the whole bars advertisers from issuing false and misleading claims to mortgage consumers.Congress initially required the FTC to launch rulemaking proceedings for mortgage loans in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act. In proposing the MAP Rule, the federal agency received 22 public comments on the issue of alternatives that would otherwise shield consumers from deceptive advertising at lower costs.[COLUMN_BREAK]In “”commentary””:http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/mapadrule/00021-56138.pdf, Bill Himpler, EVP at the “”American Financial Services Association””:http://www.afsaonline.org/, praised the rule for the fact that it went after deception in advertising but called for restraint on the part of the FTC.Taking issue with certain penalties under the rule, Himpler requested “”that the FTC not make lenders liable for violations committed by persons giving substantial assistance or support. Lenders are in no position to police these persons, be they lead generators or brokers, and cannot be responsible for what they may say about a lender’s product that a lender has not specifically authorized.””Virginia O’Niell, senior counsel for the Center for Regulatory Compliance at the “”American Bankers Association””:http://www.aba.com/default.htm, chimed in with “”commentary””:http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/mapadrule/00018-56135.pdf that said the rule missed the intent of the Dodd-Frank Act by reaching finalization before it transferred to the CFPB. She also said that it would prevent the coordination of regulatory reform. “”We cautioned the FTC to ensure that any rules it promulgates are clearly focused on identified abuses and their non-bank sources and do not result in duplicative and potentially conflicting rules applicable to bank-affiliated mortgage lenders, brokers, and servicers,”” O’Niell said.The five-member commission overseeing the FTC unanimously voted to approve the rule. In a “”joint statement””:http://www.ftc.gov/os/2011/07/110719mortgagead-ramirez-leib-brill.pdf, FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz and commissioners Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill praised their decision. “”It is essential that our consumer protection laws keep pace with such marketplace realities, and we are pleased that the MAP Rule broadly bans deception in commercial communications concerning residential mortgages regardless of the language or languages in which they are made,”” the chairman and commissioners said.Asked how many enforcement actions the FTC plans to continue making, Lordan declines to speculate, but says the agency “”has noted an increase in scams targeting financially vulnerable consumers during the recession├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ª. The agency has put an emphasis on bringing cases against those who perpetrate this kind of fraud.””The MAP Rule will take effect August 18. New FTC Rule Goes After Mortgage Advertiserslast_img read more

FirstTime Homebuyers to Make a Comeback

first_img First-time homebuyers are poise to make a comeback with the potential for Millennials to flee the nest and enter the housing market on their own. According to Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, “the Great Recession delayed, but did not destroy, dreams of home ownership.” Now, increased job growth, a return of non-bank lenders to the mortgage market, and the expansion of low down payment options should prompt more buyers to enter the market, according to Swonk.According to the report, housing starts are expected to rise at a double-digit pace to 1.14 million, the first year above the 1 million unit mark since 2007. Single family starts are expected to show new signs of life. Home sales are expected to rise a moderate 3 percent to 5.7 million.“We are still digging ourselves out of a hole we fell into in the wake of the ‘taper tandrum’ in 2013,” Swonk said in the report. “We could also expect to see many would-be sellers reluctant to list, which will constrain the supply of home sales.”Home prices are expected to rise between 6.5 percent and 7.5 percent depending on the measure. This marks acceleration over the pace of appreciation in 2014 and reflects the tight inventories, says Swonk. Tight inventories and a pickup in demand suggest home values will rise faster in 2015.The housing market is beginning to pick up because of several factors. Entry level pay for new college graduates is expected to rise, mortgage rates are remaining low, and confidence in the economy has surged. Not to mention, credit conditions are expected to ease, with non-bank mortgage lenders trying to target first-time homebuyers by providing them with low down payment options.However, student loan debt continues to weigh down young borrowers. Those who have defaulted outright are locked out of the housing market, while those who reconstruct their student loans are doing better. Swock says she knew of one young woman who qualified for a $300,000 loan after restructuring her school debt.“The pool of prospective first-time buyers is limited. Very few Millennials have reached their early 30’s, while Generation Y is considerably smaller,” she said. “That said, we only need a few of those prospective buyers to reenter the market to see a rise in first-time buyer demand.” March 13, 2015 538 Views First-Time Homebuyers to Make a Comeback Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, Origination Diane Swonk First-Time Homebuyers Mesirow Financial 2015-03-13 Samantha Guzmanlast_img read more

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