Kosovo police lauded for major operation assume increasingly important role – UN

Officials from the police component of the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) said that all security and crowd-control measures for January’s funeral of the province’s President had been handled by local police units, based on the training that they had received from international officers.“This is being considered the most successful operation conducted in Kosovo post 1999 even though it was unfortunate that the first occasion for the KPS to prove themselves to this degree was one of such sadness at the loss of their President,” Kai Vittrup, UNMIK Police Commissioner, told the UN News Service.“It has been the largest single operation that has ever been completed in Kosovo, and it was led and run by KPS, albeit with some guidance, although no international officers were involved at the street level and only mentoring and advice was given at the command level,” he added.The force received similar praise last month when the senior UN envoy to Kosovo gave his latest briefing on the province to the Security Council, saying that he felt “bound to salute the performance” of the 3,500 Kosovo police officers on duty at the funeral for their “professionalism and sensitivity.”“In Pristina, there were officers from the North part of Mitrovica, from Gracanica and Strpce. Neither one was differentiated from the others but all were officers performing to the highest-level of professionalism in this dignified ceremony,” said KPS chief Colonel Behar Selimi, himself an ethnic Albanian, referring to Serb majority areas. But UN police officials say that the success of the funeral operation is only the latest example in the rebirth of a force built up since the United Nations took over the running of Kosovo in 1999 when NATO drove out Yugoslav troops amid human rights abuses in fighting between Serbs and Albanians.Paul Hutchings, UNMIK’s Deputy Police Commissioner for Operations, said that the UN police component has now handed over most of the responsibilities for policing operations in the province to the KPS.Mr. Hutchings stressed the extensive training that the UN police had provided to their Kosovo counterparts, noting in particular that almost 2,000 local officers had now been trained in the latest and most effective methods of riot control, while local minority police officers had been assigned to villages that had felt neglected by the force.Turning to the specific crime-fighting role in the province, UNMIK’s Deputy Police Commissioner for Crime, Bob Morrison, also said that the local force had become more directly involved in this aspect of policing.In particular, Mr. Morrison said that Regional Crime Squads were now under KPS control, while the total number of local officers involved directly or indirectly in investigations throughout Kosovo had also increased over the past year.UNMIK Police Commissioner Vittrup acknowledged that the UN police still has work to do in Kosovo but he said that the success of local officers in mounting the funeral operation, in addition to their other achievements, showed that despite the difficulties things were on the right track.“As the UNMIK police component begins 2006, we are able to survey the achievements of the past year and see that our work, while not complete, is approaching its end,” Mr. Vittrup told the UN News Service.“Our mandate at the beginning of the mission was to provide for the safety and security of the residents of Kosovo and to create and train a Kosovo Police Service, which I’m proud to say is well on its way to developing into a respected, professional law enforcement body,” the Commissioner concluded. read more

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Latest round of UNled global consultations spotlights migrants contributions to development

“Such public perceptions and attitudes negatively influence sound migration policy choices,” said Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration, in her remarks to the session, which wraps up tomorrow at UN Headquarters in New York. “This must be reversed so that policy is evidence-based and not perception-driven. Policies responding to false perceptions reinforce the apparent validity of these erroneous stereotypes and make recourse to proper policies that much harder,” she added.The consultation is the fourth in a series of six thematic consultations that will take place this year and feed into the drafting of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), expected to be adopted by UN Member States in 2018. An outgrowth of the New York Declaration, adopted at a 2016 UN Summit on refugees and migrants, the Compact will be the first intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, prepared under the auspices of the UN, to cover all dimensions of international migration in a comprehensive manner. The current consultation, conducted by representatives of Member States, UN agencies, civil society, migrants and diaspora, examines the challenges and opportunities in leveraging the economic and social contributions of migrants to countries of origin and destination.Ms. Arbour pointed out that in 2016 migrants sent $429 billion to their countries of origin – one of their most tangible contributions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries. More than three times larger than official development assistance (ODA), and more stable than other forms of private capital flows, remittances – as such transfers are known – to developing countries have lifted millions of families out of poverty, she said, while stressing the need to lower the associated transaction costs to leverage remittances for development. Migration also provides substantial development benefits to places of destination, for both developed and developing countries, particularly through the contribution of labour migrants of all skills levels, she argued.However, there can be upfront adjustment costs in the short term that need to be addressed, she added. In his remarks, Director General of International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing emphasized the advantages of making sure migration is considered in development planning. He cited the need to ensure that migration is seen as an issue affecting all aspects of human development, including human rights, and the importance of mainstreaming migration in the broader development strategy. read more

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Ohio State panel illuminates discussion on paying college athletes

Vince Doria (far right), Matt Mitten (second from right), Joe Nocera (second from left), and Andrew Zimbalist (far left) are introduced on Friday at the Sports Society Initiative’s forum on paying college athletes. Credit: Mitch Hooper | Lantern reporterThe topic of financial compensation for collegiate student-athletes has been sweeping the nation in recent years, and on Friday, Ohio State, home to one of the country’s most profitable athletic departments, was at the forefront of that discussion.Two separate panel discussions — the first featuring sports policy analysts and writers, and the second consisting of seven former Buckeye athletes — were held on campus in an event organized by the university’s Sports and Society Initiative. The three-hour conversation, titled “Paying College Athletes,” encompassed nearly all sides of the debate, from legal and political angles, to methods and realities of implementation, and to athlete testimonies and alternatives. Dialogue among the panel members was passionate, insightful and respectful, although it jumped around frequently. Yet, that is inherent with any conversation about financial compensation for student-athletes. The issue is so complex, like splitting the atom, that any discussion on it could seem scattered because there are myriad factors to consider and understand.Kristin Watt, an attorney and former OSU basketball player in the 1980s, does not support a pay-to-play model, but she, like the few other panelists with a similar position, completely acknowledged the inequities in the current system. Although she said there likely will be inequities no matter what, there are “absolutely” problems that can be fixed.“Forums like this, I really want to congratulate Ohio State for putting this on,” said Watt, who was on the second panel. “The more we talk about it, the more issues get out and the more people get educated … That’s what helps spur changes.” A high point during the event was when former OSU running back Maurice Clarett delivered his opening statement. Despite his dominant freshman season for the Buckeyes in 2002, Clarett is infamous for his off-the-field tribulations, which included accepting improper benefits that played a role in his dismissal from the university and spending more than three years in prison on multiple charges. When Clarett spoke, the some hundred people in the audience were captivated, clinging to his every word. Clarett said he “absolutely” supports a pay-for-play model for collegiate athletes, citing his personal story as evidence. Growing up in the poverty in Youngstown, Ohio, Clarett said he took money under the table to help him pay personal expenses, namely fixing his car’s transmission. “My spiral of events wouldn’t have happen if I had money,” Clarett said passionately. Clarett said his situation — coming from poverty and needing support beyond just an academic scholarship — is no anomaly. Clarett also spoke poignantly about the lack of emphasis that some programs place on education. Clarett said he was nowhere near the education level needed at OSU and that he was shuffled through classes just to stay eligible. This is common, Clarett said, with those coming from inner city schools. At one point, amid the Youngstown native’s emotional soliloquy on academics, Lawrence Funderburke, a panelist and former OSU basketball player, interpreted. “Preach it,” he said. “Keep preaching.”As Clarett’s opening statement wrapped up, a few members of the audience stood up, applauding. Vince Doria, former Senior Vice President and Director of News at ESPN, started the discussion on the first panel. Doria, an OSU graduate, acknowledged his past employer’s role in the growth of big-time college athletics through massive television deals, yet he said he supports a pay-to-play system. His proposal contains different tiers of payment for players in revenue sports based mostly on playing time. It might not be perfect, Doria said, but at the very least, it “begins to address the unfairness of the current system.” A key portion of Doria’s rationale for supporting additional compensation beyond academic scholarship is that the notion of providing education is misleading, he said. “A scholarship is really the opportunity to achieve an education,” he said. Doria said with the vigorious schedule that athletes have because of games and training, they don’t get the same chance to work outside of the classroom to really take full advantage of the scholarship and obtain a comprehensive education. Joe Nocera, a sports business columnist at The New York Times and co-author of “Indentured: The Inside Story of the Rebellion Against the NCAA,” is outspoken about the reforms he feels are necessary. Nocera left no room for where he stood on the issue, enunciating his clear support for paying student-athletes. In fact, Nocera said he even believes that the term “student-athlete” is incorrect.“(The NCAA) shouldn’t call them student-athletes, but rather athlete-students or employee students, because that’s what they really are,” he said. “Let’s be honest about what the NCAA is. … it’s a cartel.”Former OSU basketball player Kristin Watt (right) speaks at a forum about paying college athletes while former OSU running back Maurice Clarett (left) listens. Credit: Mitch Hooper | Lantern reporterWhen Nocera first began writing about the injustices he believes college athletes face, he said he got emails from readers asking why he was spending his time writing about it. His explanation, delivered passionately on Friday, pierced the crowd.“This is not a sports issue. This is a human rights issue and civil rights issue,” said Nocera, who also brought up the NCAA’s transfer policy, which he denounced. “I came at this through the prism of rights, not pay.” Watt, the former OSU basketball player, was not alone in her opposition to a pay-to-play model. Joining her in dissent was a Marscilla Packer, a fellow former OSU basketball player, Funderburke and Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College in Massachusetts. “I think there are meaningful reforms that can address the economic injustices without going for the pay-for-play model,” said Zimbalist, who cited concerns over growing television revenue and the complicated tax-exempt status donations to athletic departments have. Some of the most common agreed upon reforms that did not involve a direct cash payment included guaranteed scholarships lasting at least four years. Currently, they are for one year, with the option to be renewed. Lifetime health insurance was another proposal that seemed to be agreed upon by all 11 panelists. Nocera said it’s clear that if an athlete sustains injuries while playing sports in college for a university, it’s the school’s duty to make sure the individual has the proper care he or she needs during his or her lifetime. Funderburke, who founded a youth organization after retiring from the NBA, said he has a five-point plan to help student-athletes that does not involve a pay-for-play system. It included mentoring arrangements, life-skills courses for athletes, a deferred-savings stipend and a family emergency fund. “We’re never going to be fair or equitable, but we can at least be sensible,” he said. If there is one thing the panel illustrated, it’s that there is a lot to consider when looking to address injustices in college athletics. Change isn’t going to happen overnight, but having open forums like the panel can prove to be instrumental, said Kelly Trent, a former OSU golfer who is “on the fence” on specifics but agrees collegiate sports are littered with inequity. “For this thing to advance, it’s going to take some giving on both sides,” said Doria, the former executive at ESPN. “And the history of the NCAA in that area hasn’t been good.” read more

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Michigan falls to Louisville in title game

Buckeye fans won’t have to worry about their archrival celebrating a national championship in basketball this season. The Michigan Wolverines fell Monday night to the Louisville Cardinals, 82-76, in the national championship game. Louisville became the eighth school to win three, or more, national championships and coach Rick Pitino becomes the first coach in history to win a national title at two different schools. In a fast-paced game that saw a combined 158 points, the game came down to the fight in the paint. Louisville’s sophomore forward Chane Behanan made a big impact during the second half, with 12 rebounds that eventually wore down a perimeter oriented Wolverine team. Coming into the game, it was thought that standout freshman forward Mitch McGary would handle the inside for Michigan. However, it was the Cardinals who played with an increased physicality, including eight rebounds and three blocks from junior center Gorgui Dieng. It can also be said that the game was won by the Cardinals well before the second half as they withstood an Wolverine run from an unlikely source. Freshman point guard Spike Albrecht averages 1.8 points per game and saw sporadic playing time during the tournament, but the young guard exploded with a bevy of threes and dropped 17 points in his first 16 minutes of play to give Michigan a 12-point lead at 33-21. With 11:09 to play in the first half, Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke was hit with his second foul. Michigan coach John Beilein made a crucial decision to sit his star point-guard for the remainder of the first half. The Cardinals capitalized on Burke’s absence by turning up the pressure and going on a run of their own. Louisville junior guard Luke Hancock hit four 3-pointers down the stretch of the first half to whittle the Michigan lead down to one. Louisville carried the momentum through the second half to bring the national title back to the Bluegrass State for a second consecutive season after Kentucky won the national championship last season. The Wolverines were not able to bring the Big Ten a national championship on a year where the conference was considered by many to be the strongest in college basketball. Some Buckeye fans reluctantly pulled for the Wolverines in a display of conference pride, but the Cardinals were just too tough and experienced for their opponents. Hancock was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after two breakout performances. The transfer from George Mason dropped 20 much needed points in the national semifinal against Wichita State, before adding another 22 off the bench in Monday’s title game. read more

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Two schools evacuated and army called in over unexploded Second World War

first_imgMore than 50 people who have been evacuated from their homes are currently at the rest centre, where several British Red Cross volunteers are on hand to provide support.The army is working to make the bomb safe but the operation is likely to last until at least Friday afternoon, the council said. A north west London council says the army will be working to defuse a suspected WW2 bomb until Friday afternoon at the earliest #Willesden pic.twitter.com/XhlY9KTDi2— Global’s Newsroom (@GlobalsNewsroom) March 2, 2017 Superintendent Nigel Quantrell said: “I would like to thank the community for their continued support as we and our partners deal with this incident.”I can assure you that we are working very hard resolve the situation. The public’s understanding and cooperation is deeply appreciated.” The Nazi bomb has lain undisturbed for over 75 yearsCredit:PA Two schools and nearby homes have been evacuated after a suspected Second World War bomb was discovered on a building site.A huge cordon is in place and roads have been closed after the unexploded device was found near Brondesbury Park in Brent, north-west London. School and homes evacuated after WW2 bomb find School and homes were evacuated after the discoveryCredit:Universal News And Sport Malorees Junior School and Marylebone Boys’ School had been evacuated and a 200 metre cordon is in place at the scene, Brent Council said.A rest centre has been set up at St Martin’s Church on Mortimer Road, Kensal Green, for residents affected by the disruption. The Second World War bomb was discovered on a building site in BrentCredit:PA The Second World War bomb was discovered on a building site in Brent The army has been called in to deal with the bomb while police and the fire service also remain on the scene, Brent Council said.Police said they were called to The Avenue, near the junction of Willesden Lane, at around 11.30am on Thursday following the discovery. The Nazi bomb has lain undisturbed for over 75 years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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ArcelorMittal and unions sign groundbreaking global agreement on occupational health and safety

first_imgThe world’s largest steel company, ArcelorMittal, and trade unions representing its employees across the globe yesterday signed a new and groundbreaking agreement to further improve health and standards throughout the company. The agreement, the first of its kind in the steel industry, recognises the vital role played by trade unions in improving health and safety. It sets out minimum standards in every site the company operates in order to achieve world class performance. These standards include the commitment to form joint management/union health and safety committees as well as training and education programs in order to make a meaningful impact on overall health and safety across the company.Also included in the agreement is the creation of a joint management/union global health and safety committee that will target plants in the group in order to help them to further improve their health and safety performance. The agreement was signed on June 3 by ArcelorMittal, the European Metalworkers’ Federation, the United Steelworkers and the International Metalworkers’ Federation.Commenting, ArcelorMittal Chairman and CEO, Lakshmi N. Mittal said: “This agreement will build on the important work that we have already undertaken to date. Health and safety is our number one priority and in signing this agreement we hope to set a new benchmark for the industry. Innovation and a willingness to make bold decisions have been at the heart of our success. We are pleased to join our union partners and apply that same philosophy to our approach to health and safety”.Peter Scherrer, General Secretary of the European Metalworkers’ Federation, explained “We look forward to turning this agreement into more than just a piece of paper but a reality. Social dialogue and mutual respect are the foundations to any successful initiative and this agreement contains those principles”.Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers, added “Signing this agreement should act as a signal to other companies in the industry that unions are the solution to health and safety concerns, not the cause. Health and safety is the single most important issue for workers. It is satisfying that we have delivered this approach in the world’s number 1 steel company”.Marcello Malentacchi, General Secretary of the International Metalworkers’ Federation, concluded “In signing this agreement we are signalling our commitment to make a meaningful impact on current health and safety standards in the company. The success or failure of the agreement will depend on our continuing efforts to achieve our goal of every worker, whatever their position in the company, returning home safely at the end of each day”.last_img read more

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CHALLENGE CUP FINAL DELAY Metaloplastika players defending the city

Challenge Cup finalRK Metaloplastika Sabac The biggest floods in the history of Balkan making disaster in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. One of the city who is in danger is Šabac, where the Challenge Cup Final had to take place on Saturday (RK Metaloplastika – Savehof IK), but the match was canceled a few hours before the match…Metaloplastika’s players finish the “final” day on the bank of river Sava – helping people to defend the city with the sand embankment. ← Previous Story POLISH FINAL: No war in Kielce – 37:26! Next Story → KIF Kolding Kobenhavn new Danish champion!

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Crowd honors fallen police officers

first_imgAn honor guard fired rifles, piercing the quiet late Thursday morning air, as a crowd of dozens observed outside the Clark County Public Service Center in downtown Vancouver.The final gunshot cued Clark County sheriff’s Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Evans to begin playing a somber version of taps on the trumpet.It was fitting in a year that saw a single local law enforcement fatality in the slaying of sheriff’s tracking dog Kane that both honors were accompanied by vigorous barking from the several police dogs in attendance.A crowd of police officers, family members of fallen officers and attorneys gathered to pay tribute to those sworn officers and police dogs killed in the line of duty.The annual law enforcement memorial ceremony is especially important this year in wake of numerous police shootings over the past couple years in the Pacific Northwest, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik remarked in his speech.last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for March 28 Dog Fight At Dog Park Neighbor Trying

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, March 28, 2019:Animal Control Officer responded to reports of an injured turkey on Palmer Way. (8:09am)Police responded to an altercation between parents during drop-off at the Wildwood Early Childhood Center. Police restored the peace. (8:37am)Animal Control Officer made arrangements to remove a deceased coyote from a backyard on Barbara Avenue. (12:25pm)A two-vehicle crash resulted in a rollover at Church Street and Adams Street. No injuries reported. (2:53pm)Police responded to a dog fight at the Town Dog Park on Main Street. During the fight, one dog owner attempted to break the dogs apart and her hand was bitten. Owner was transported to Lahey Clinic. One dog was taken to the vet. (5:14pm)A Ferguson Road caller reported he believes he found evidence that his neighbors have been attempting to harm his dog by throwing food over the fence that is harmful for dogs to ingest. Caller found an avocado in his yard. (5:37pm)During a check of Town Hall, police noted the back of the snack shack appears to have been vandalized. (5:40pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 3: Driveway Paving Solicitors; Skate Park Tagged; WPD Assist With Pick-Up At SchoolsIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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Netflix shares jump after record subscriber growth

first_imgThe Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, California.ReutersShares of Netflix Inc soared 11 percent before the bell on Wednesday after the company put fears of a slowdown in growth to bed by racking up 7 million new subscribers between July and September.The video streaming pioneer shocked Wall Street last quarter by falling short of new subscriber estimates, but Tuesday’s figures put its total customer base at 137 million worldwide, 2 million more than consensus forecasts.At least eight brokerages raised price targets on the stock, with three of them, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Raymond James, raising them just two days after trimming.”We don’t believe in ‘open-ended growth stories.’ But, darn, NFLX is about as close to one as you can find in today’s market,” RBC analyst Mark Mahaney said in a note.Analysts pointed to the streaming giant’s ‘solid trends’ in India, and said homegrown shows there like Sacred Games and Ghoul bode well for future growth as it ramps up across some of the developing world’s most populous markets.”NFLX shies away from talking about anyone international market too specifically, but it called outgrowth in Asia, and we believe India is becoming a bigger factor,” said JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth.Goldman Sachs raised its price target by $50 to $480. The brokerage had earlier cut the price target to $430 from $470.Shares of the company were up 11 percent at $384.51 before the bell.last_img read more

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Kimberley Garner flaunts her assets in barely there swimwear Photo

first_imgKimberley GarnerKimberley Garner Official Instagram (kimberleygarner)Kimberley Garner sure knows how to turn up the heat. The stunning beauty showcased her killer curves in a social media post promoting her own company’s swimwear.Reportedly, the throwback snap came from her break away in St Tropez, France. Kimberley looked gorgeous in the white nautical themed swimsuit. Gushing about her busy schedule, Kimberley said in the caption: ‘Monday done. how was yours? working on my company all day, now time for ballet class followed by [drink emoji] with my girls. last week in #stTropez in one of my designs.’There might also be another reason for Kimberley’s glow, she appeared to confirm her reunion with her former boyfriend. Following their break-up last year, the blonde beauty told MailOnline: ‘I ended the relationship recently. It was a really wonderful three years and we are still good friends today.’  Kimberley GarnerKimberley Garner Official Instagram (kimberleygarner)The socialite has apparently been notoriously tight-lipped about the identity of her former long-term boyfriend, who was often seen with the personality in West London. Speaking to The Sun during her appearance at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, she said: ‘It was a great relationship. I’d love to meet someone with a great personality — it’s all about the personality for me.’It is known that in May 2013 Garner launched her first swimwear collection and has gone on to release many collections since. She is the director of Kimberley London Ltd and of Young London Events Ltd. Apparently, Kimberley also tried her hand at acting with a lead role in the movie Sweetheart.Well, getting back with her ex sure seems to be doing wonders for Kimberly. You can check out the pic here:last_img read more

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A Complicated Travel Ban Made Simple In 59 Seconds

first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/30162231/59-Seconds-6-29-17.mp400:0000:0001:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Finally ruled as being constitutional, or at least in part, president Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban went into effect on Thursday.However, many are scratching their heads with the executive order, since the nuances and conditions in it are a little… complicated. Our Party Politics expert Jay Ayier –on his own this week– breaks it  down in less than a minute. With an important warning at the end.  Sharelast_img

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Understanding ExxonMobils 20M Air Pollution Fine

first_img Share A federal ruling upholds an air pollution fine related to a Houston-area refinery.A federal judge in Houston Monday (July 31, 2017) rejected ExxonMobil’s request to reduce a $20 million air pollution penalty. The ruling is the latest in a legal dispute that stems from the company’s refinery and chemical plant in Baytown. News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter Travis Bubenik joins us to explain what led to the fine and its significance.last_img

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Donated Chinese bamboo strips turn out to be ancient multiplication table

first_img © 2014 Phys.org Citation: Donated Chinese bamboo strips turn out to be ancient multiplication table (2014, January 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-donated-chinese-bamboo-ancient-multiplication_1.html The bamboo strips were part of a much larger collection of very old and partially decomposed bamboo strips, all of which had writing on the back. Recently, the researchers separated out the strips that had numbers on the back instead of characters representing letters. Figuring out what the numbers meant was a time-consuming process as they were in random order—the string that once bound them together had decayed thousands of years before. The time during which they were created corresponds to a period just before the Qin Dynasty, when what is now known as China was still divided into several warring states. Each strip is approximately 20 inches long and slightly less than half an inch wide, and the collection is believed to have been part of a set of artifacts retrieved from an ancient tomb which was subsequently lost to illegal trafficking. The person that donated the collection to university had bought it at a market in Hong Kong.Lining the strips in the right way reveals a table very much like a modern multiplication table—numbers across the sides and tops are used as multiplicands, their intersection points mark the result. Interestingly, the table also allows for multiplying partial numbers between 0.5 and 99.5, though the process requires converting equations into sums first.The researchers believe the multiplication table was likely used to measure land area, or to predict crop yields. They note the table can also be used to solve division problems, but doubt the people using them had learned of such math at the time. Prior to the new discovery, the oldest known multiplying device found in China was a table dated back to a period a couple of hundred years later than this new table, and it was considerably less useful. The new bamboo table represents a level of mathematical sophistication unheard of for the time, meaning historians will have to revise their estimates of the skill levels of the people that invented the table. Credit: Research and Conservation Centre for Excavated Text/Tsinghua Univ. via Nature. 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. Journal information: Naturecenter_img (Phys.org) —Researchers at Tsinghua University in China are reporting that a subset of bamboo strips donated to the university five years ago has been found to make up an ancient Chinese multiplication table. Dated back to 2,300 years ago (circa 305 B.C.), the table represents the oldest-known such device that computes in base 10—ancient Babylonian tables dating back 4000 years were base 60. NOAA reports discovery of table coral, Acropora cytherea, off O’ahu Explore further More information: via Naturelast_img read more

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The Tico Times announces 1st Englishlanguage media alliance with Costa Rican Chamber

first_imgRelated posts:The Tico Times launches new real estate section Construction and homes expo in Belén to focus on sustainability What $50 million gets you in Miami’s resurgent condo market Costa Rica’s high-rise boom In ongoing efforts to develop new products and services for readers both in Costa Rica and abroad, The Tico Times announced this week a strategic alliance with the Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors (La Cámara Costarricense de Corredores de Bienes Raices, or CCCBR, in Spanish).According to chamber president Andrés Zamora, the alliance, signed last week, is part of the CCCBR’s program to seek partnerships as outlined in the group’s statute. This year, to mark the chamber’s 40th anniversary, Zamora and Tico Times Sales Director Mary Anne Weston solidified a strategic alliance that will benefit both organizations in different ways.For the chamber, The Tico Times offers an international, English-language market for the chamber’s more than 1,000 active members. For the digital news site, the chamber brings ethical guidelines and industry knowledge as The Tico Times moves forward with a new real estate section to be launched next week.“The Tico Times is extremely excited to join the Costa Rican Chamber of Realtors. Real estate is of high interest to us and to a large percentage of our readers. This is a way of guaranteeing that we work with people of a high moral code and ethical conduct,” said Jonathan Harris, president of The Tico Times’ parent company, Producciones Magnolia.“The purpose of the real estate chamber,” he added, “is to bring an ethical code to the real estate industry in Costa Rica, which currently does not exist legislatively. This is a way of making sure we’re teamed with the best and provide our readers the most trustworthy partners. As we launch our new real estate section, which we’re doing at the bequest of our readers, we feel it’s important to be allied with those agencies that exist to make sure the industry is as above board as possible.”The Tico Times’ forthcoming real estate section is designed to become a digital marketplace to bring Costa Rican property sellers and potential buyers together on the site’s new platform, launched last January. The commercial arm of The Tico Times will spearhead the effort, using multimedia and social media to help boost commerce.According to Zamora, part of the real estate chamber’s mandate is to represent affiliates before government agencies and in the market. It also provides training on legal, technical and ethical issues in the real estate industry, and it seeks to create a better business environment through strategic alliances such as the one with The Tico Times.For real estate, a booming industry in Costa Rica halfway through the last decade, the bottom dropped out following the global economic crisis of 2008-2009. When that happened, Zamora said, “the entire panorama fell, particularly for U.S. buyers. Now, we’re focused on market recovery, and we’ve partially achieved that. It’s time again for people to look to us with the mindset of investing.”According to The Tico Times’ Weston, “The alliance with the chamber is extremely important because they are the biggest organization in the country for realtors. With our new section, we’re placing a lot of emphasis on real estate, and we’re targeting English-speaking clients. We already have a captive audience.”She added that, “We’re not offering this to service to all realtors; rather, we’re being selective. The chamber provides us professionalism and ethics, which is what all clients demand when trying to do business in Costa Rica.”Look for the new real estate section at ticotimes.net next week. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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