Geoscientists aim to magnify specialized Web searching

first_imgOver the next 2 years, Wiebe and colleagues will build computer programs that can extract information from AGU conference abstracts, NSF awards, and geoscience data repositories and then digitally connect these resources in ways that make them more accessible to scientists. A pilot project that concluded this year, known as OceanLink, has already developed some of the underlying design. If the new project garners sufficient community interest, the researchers could eventually turn it into a comprehensive one-stop search hub for the geosciences, says computer scientist Tom Narock of Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, another principal investigator on the project.Projects like GeoLink are part of a growing effort by the scientific community to make literature reviews more efficient by leveraging the increasing ability of computers to process texts—a much needed service as millions of new papers come out every year. A similar initiative from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) in Seattle, Washington, is developing an intelligent academic search engine for computer science. Called Semantic Scholar, it is expected to be fully released by the end of 2015. Eventually, the institute plans to expand Semantic Scholar’s coverage to include other subjects, says AI2 Chief Executive Officer Oren Etzioni.Existing academic search engines boast extensive coverage of scientific literature. (Google Scholar alone indexes about 160 million documents by some calculations.) Their reliance on keyword searches, however, often means users get more junk than treasure. That frustrates scientists such as Wiebe, who wants to find papers related to specific research questions such as “growth of plankton in the Red Sea.” Search engines also don’t typically include raw data sets.In contrast, GeoLink and Semantic Scholar attempt to build fine-grained, niche search engines catered to specific subject areas, by tapping into deeper semantic processing that helps computers establish scientifically meaningful connections between publications. When a scientist types in “plankton in the Red Sea,” for example, the search engine would not only understand it as a string of characters that show up on papers, but also know the researchers who investigated the topic, the cruises they took, the instruments they used, and the data sets and papers they published. Google has applied similar techniques to improve its main search engine, but projects like GeoLink benefit from input from scientists with extensive knowledge in the subject area, who identify meaningful links that computer scientists then translate into code.The potential of these projects goes beyond helping scientists find the right papers quickly, says computer scientist C. Lee Giles of Pennsylvania State University, University Park. By extracting information on methods and results from a paper and pooling the data together, search engines like Semantic Scholar could automate the process of literature review and comparison.For example, Etzioni says, it would take a talented computer science graduate student weeks of extensive reading to gain an overview of techniques used in the last 5 years to perform dependent parsing (a task in natural language processing), the data sets produced, and the accuracy rates. And they’d probably miss a few things. In contrast, Semantic Scholar could potentially compile the techniques and results into a neat table within seconds. “We are imagining techniques that go way beyond just paper recommendation, to the point where we are really generating novel insights.”Such instant overview would especially benefit junior scientists and interdisciplinary scientists who are entering a new field of study, says computer scientist Christina Lioma of the University of Copenhagen. It would also enable scientists to identify emerging trends in a field and adjust their directions accordingly, Giles says.Realizing the technology’s potential, however, partially depends on having publicly accessible, text-minable literature for computers to read. Although governments are increasingly pushing for such open access, allowing machines to mine the full texts of papers held behind journal paywalls remains a contentious issue. For now, the GeoLink project will mine only publicly available abstracts of studies. (Semantic Scholar receives its papers from CiteSeerx, a digital library co-founded by Giles that covers 4 million open-access computer science papers.)Computer scientists still have a lot of work to do to improve the accuracy of text processing, Giles says. For example, machines still trip up over tasks like identifying that “P. Wiebe” and “Peter Wiebe” refer to the same person.Nonetheless, Giles believes that the semantic Web approach “is the Web of the future.” When oceanographer Peter Wiebe sat down recently to write a paper on findings from his January cruise to the Red Sea, he wanted to examine all data sets on plankton in the region. He knew other researchers have been sampling the organisms for years, but there was a problem: He didn’t know where to find those data sets.“These data centers are kind of black holes,” says Wiebe, who works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts. “The data go in, but it’s very hard to figure out what’s in there and to get it out.”That could soon change. Wiebe is working with a group of computer scientists to lay the groundwork for a smarter academic search engine that would help geoscientists find the exact data sets and publications they want in the blink of an eye, instead of spending hours scrolling through pages of irrelevant results on Google Scholar. The group officially kicked off their project, called GeoLink, yesterday at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco, California. 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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s New Home Has an Indian Connection Dating Back to Queen Victoria

first_imgFrogmore Cottage on Queen Elizabeth II’s estate in the town of Windsor, which was recently announced as the new home of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has a curious Raj era connect with India.The cottage had been a royal gift to Abdul Karim by Queen Victoria, then Empress of India, in recognition of his service and as a sign of her affection towards her Indian aide and confidant.Read it at News18 Related Itemslast_img

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Hong Kong Open: Lee Cheuk-Yiu Stuns Ex World No.1 Victor Axelsen to Set Up Semis Clash vs Kidambi Srikanth

first_imgHong Kong: Lee Cheuk-Yiu stunned former badminton world number one Viktor Axelsen to stroll into the semi-finals of his home Hong Kong Open on Friday.The tournament has ploughed on despite pro-democracy protests in the city and Lee will play India’s Kidambi Srikanth in the last four on Saturday. Unseeded Lee defeated the Dane Axelsen, the seventh seed, 21-14, 21-19 in their quarter-final.”My opponent played very well today and I didn’t control the shuttle under the conditions, so of course very disappointed about that,” said Axelsen.”I had problems reading his shots.”Lee, the world number 27 from Hong Kong who on Thursday defeated China’s third seed Shi Yuqi, said: “The fans made a big difference.”The pressure was on him, I only thought of pressing forward all the time.”He’s so much taller than me so I had to be aggressive. I wouldn’t have a chance if he got a big lead.”The Hong Kong Open is one of the few high-profile sports events to go ahead in the city during five months of increasingly violent demonstrations. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chen Longhong konghong kong openkidambi srikanth First Published: November 15, 2019, 9:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Mourinho hasn’t got signings right – Ince

first_imgManchester United’s recruitment under Jose Mourinho has been questioned by Paul Ince, with a centre-half storm raging on the back of previous deals for Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof.The Red Devils bolstered their defensive ranks in 2016 and 2017, with big-money transfers pushed through for international performers.Neither Bailly nor Lindelof have entirely convinced at Old Trafford, though, with the pair enduring a forgettable afternoon alongside one another during a 3-2 defeat at Brighton on Sunday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho had been hoping to have more options at his disposal, having pursued the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire over the summer, but Ince feels he needs to shoulder more responsibility for additions that have already been made.The former United midfielder told Match of the Day 2: “He spoke about not getting the centre-halves. Has he got the players he wanted to get in?”He bought the two centre-halves and I don’t think he got them right.”[Chris] Smalling didn’t play [against Brighton], [Phil] Jones is injured. I’m not sure he’s got the right partnership.”While defensive frailties were highlighted against the Seagulls, United struggled as a collective to find fluency – with Paul Pogba questioning their attitude and preparation afterwards .Ince admits these are concerning times at Old Trafford, with the Red Devils failing to deliver on expectations.Jose Mourinho Man Utd 2018-19He added: “This is Manchester United. We expect better.”You’re not always going to play well as a team.”I’ve watched that game and I’m trying to work out what the tactics were.”I didn’t know how Manchester United were setting up, what their game plan was. I saw it with Brighton.”There was no cohesion, no pattern of play. What are they trying to do? What is their identity?”United will need to have answers to those questions by the time they welcome fellow top-four hopefuls Tottenham to Old Trafford next Monday .last_img read more

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Laxman hails governments decision to not play with Pakistan

first_imgBengaluru, May 31 (PTI) Former India cricketer VVS Laxman today backed the governments decision to not play a bilateral series against Pakistan, saying it is “beyond sport at the moment”. “I think I always enjoyed playing against Pakistan, but it is very important to respect whatever the governments decision is because it is beyond sport at the moment,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by P&G Shiksha here. On the upcoming Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan on June 4, Laxman said Pakistan are a very good team but if India play to their potential they would win the contest in Birmingham. “I think Pakistan are a very good team and any match between India and Pakistan will be high-intensity match. The match will be played before a packed Birmingham house, but I am confident, if we play to our potential we will definitely go on to win the game,” he said. Laxman also expressed confidence of India defending the title, especially after their all-round performance in the two practice matches ahead of the Champions Trophy. “I am very confident that India would do well in the Champions Trophy and they will defend the title, especially the way they played in the last two warm-up games,” the stylish Hyderabadi batsman said. He applauded the efforts of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. “Our batsmen are in form. I am very impressed with the way Shikhar Dhawan batted in both the matches. Even Dinesh Karthik used the opportunity against Bangladesh brilliantly.” Laxman also insisted that captain Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadav and Ravindra Jadeja, were amongst runs too. The 42-year-old felt that the Indian bowlers were also outstanding. “The bowlers were outstanding in the two games. They were bowling an attacking line and length, looking to be aggressive, looking to pick up wickets,” he said. Asked about the reported souring relationship between coach Anil Kumble and Kohli, Laxman said, “This is not the platform to talk about that.” PTI BDN CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Yanks Will Retire Torre’s 6

first_imgNEW YORK — The Yankees will retire former manager Joe Torre’s No. 6, leaving Derek Jeter’s No. 2 as the last single digit in New York’s pinstripes.Torre, Rich Gossage, Tino Martinez and Paul O’Neill also will be honored with plaques in Monument Park, the team said.Torre managed the Yankees to World Series titles in 1996 and from 1998-00 and six AL pennants during 12 seasons as manager that ended in 2007. Currently Major League Baseball’s executive vice president for baseball operations, he is being inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame this summer.“I am incredibly humbled,” Torre said in a statement. “The Hall of Fame became possible for me because of what our players accomplished in 12 memorable years representing this historic franchise together. I hope that number 6 will stand for everything that our players achieved.”Torre’s number will be retired during a ceremony in Monument Park on Aug. 23.His number will join those of Billy Martin (1), Babe Ruth (3), Lou Gehrig (4), Joe DiMaggio (5), Mickey Mantle (7), Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey (8), Roger Maris (9), Phil Rizzuto (10), Thurman Munson (15), Whitey Ford (16), Don Mattingly (23), Elston Howard (32), Casey Stengel (37), Mariano Rivera (42), Reggie Jackson (44) and Ron Guidry (49).Jeter, the Yankees’ captain since 2003, said in February this will be his final season.Martinez’s ceremony will be June 21 as part of Old-Timers’ Day weekend followed the next day by the honors for Gossage, one of only a handful of pitchers in the Hall of Fame who primarily were relievers. O’Neill’s ceremony will be Aug. 9.The Yankees said the ceremonies are part of a recognition series that will include Bernie Williams in 2015, but they did not specify what honor Williams will receive.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Aqueduct Cancels Thursday Horse Races Due to Frigid Weather

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK  — Aqueduct has canceled its Thursday card, the second straight day of racing lost to frigid conditions in the New York area.Temperatures were expected to reach just 21 degrees, with winds at 10 to 20 mph.Both Aqueduct and Belmont Park remained open for simulcast wagering on out-of-state races.The forecast is not encouraging for a return on Friday, with a 60 percent chance of snow showers in the morning.last_img

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Obama in ancestral home Kenya to launch sister’s project

first_img\R Nairobi, Jul 15 (AP) Former US President Barack Obama has arrived in Kenya, the country of his father’s birth, for a private visit, his first to this country since leaving office.Obama is in Kenya to help launch his half-sister’s, Auma Obama, sports, vocational training and resource center through her foundation Sauti Kuu.This visit is expected to be low key in the capital Nairobi unlike his previous visits where he electrified hundreds of Kenyans who lined the streets to see him as a senator in 2006 and then as president 2015.Many Kenyans consider Obama native to this country a local kid made good and bask in the glory of his success, despite the fact that Obama never lived in Africa. He was born in Hawaii, where he spent most of his childhood.(AP) AMSAMSlast_img

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Report: PSG 4 Guingamp 2

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 4 Guingamp 2: Holders progress as Cavani’s wait goes on Matt Dorman Last updated 1 year ago 03:24 1/25/18 Cavani PSG - cropped Getty Images Edinson Cavani wasted a host of chances to become PSG’s all-time top scorer, but it mattered little as his side saw off Guingamp. Paris Saint-Germain bounced back to winning ways with an entertaining 4-2 victory over Guingamp in the Coupe de France on Wednesday.Beaten away to Lyon in Ligue 1 action on Sunday, Unai Emery’s men were forced to battle hard in staving off the plucky visitors as they eventually booked a place in the last 16.The celebrations were particularly muted for an off-colour Edinson Cavani as the Uruguay international’s wayward finishing, and Karl-Johan Johnsson’s inspired goalkeeping, prolonged his wait to become PSG’s all-time leading scorer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Instead, it was an Adrien Rabiot header and a Lucas Deaux own goal in the space of four minutes that gave the hosts a two-goal lead midway through the opening period.Marcus Thuram pulled one back from the spot late in the half and, after Javier Pastore restored the two-goal advantage after the break, Guingamp gained another glimmer of hope courtesy of Yeni N’Gbakoto’s penalty.That was to be the last of their joy, with Marquinhos heading in a late corner to confirm the holders’ progression in spite of their star forward Cavani’s worrying performance.On to the @coupedefrance Round of 16!#ICICESTPARIS pic.twitter.com/pWVji7OJzt— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 24, 2018All eyes were on Cavani from the outset as he began his second attempt to break the record and his big moment appeared to have arrived in just the ninth minute, only for him to head wide from Yuri Berchiche’s enticing cross.Guingamp failed to punish that miss as, on the end of a counter-attack, Marcus Coco compounded a heavy touch by blasting his close-range finish over the bar.Cavani’s own loose control soon denied him another attempt on goal, but PSG did not have to wait long for their opener. Rabiot lost Jordan Ikoko at a 21st-minute corner and powerfully headed home Angel Di Maria’s in-swinger.And it was two in fewer than five minutes when the visitors were confounded once more by a Di Maria set-piece, midfielder Deaux this time diverting the low delivery into his own net.Cavani’s all-action first half continued with him inadvertently handling another good chance, before Guingamp goalkeeper Johnsson smartly tipped a dipping effort over the bar.Will tonight be the night for @ECavaniOfficial ? #PSGEAG pic.twitter.com/t2V3IdMdqk— PSG English (@PSG_English) January 24, 2018That save soon took on extra importance when a fast-arriving N’Gbakoto was adjudged to have been brought down in the area by Kevin Trapp, enabling Thuram to reduce the deficit from the spot.Emery’s side set about nixing any comeback after the restart, but Cavani’s frustration only grew as Johnsson added to his highlight reel with a succession of stunning saves.However, there was little the shot stopper could do to stop Pastore from nodding in Julian Draxler’s cross to restore the two-goal margin in the 64th minute.Cavani next scuppered a one-on-one by bizarrely looking to offload the chance, and that allowed Guingamp to again claw their way back into the contest with N’Gbakoto converting a spot-kick following Thomas Meunier’s clumsy challenge on Coco.But an engrossing match was finally put to bed late in normal time, Brazil defender Marquinhos heading in another Di Maria corner to put the seal on victory. read morelast_img read more

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LOOP Wraps Up Second VLCC Loading Operation

first_imgzoom Louisiana Offshore Oil Port LLC (LOOP) has completed the second very large crude carrier (VLCC) loading operation at its deepwater port, located 18 miles off the coast of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.The vessel in question is the VLCC Nave Photon, which was chartered by Houston-based Shell Trading Company US, Reuters said citing sources close to the matter.AIS data from Marine Traffic shows that the 297,395 dwt unit departed the port on March 24. Reuters added that Nave Photon is taking the cargo to Asia.LOOP, the owner of the only U.S. crude oil deepwater port, loaded its first Supertanker, the Saudi Arabian-flagged very large crude carrier (VLCC) Shaden, in February.The VLCC, which was previously used at the facility for test loading of crude oil, left LOOP on February 18 carrying 2 million barrels of oil and is expected to arrive in Rizhao, China by mid-April.last_img read more

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Alec Baldwin Calls On Government To Shut Down Cherokee Bear Zoo

first_imgIn a letter sent this week on behalf of PETA, actor Alec Baldwin is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ban bear pits.Addressing Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Baldwin notes that while bears in the wild spend their time exploring diverse terrain, foraging for food, and digging in soft earth, captive bears are confined to cramped and barren concrete pits, which can lead to psychological distress, arthritis, pressure sores, and other painful, debilitating conditions.The actor writes, “Animal advocates like me depend on the USDA to protect animals who are used for entertainment from lives of deprivation, pain, and abuse …. I’m writing to you today to ask that the USDA recognize the cruelty and danger inherent in bear pits and ban this archaic form of confinement without delay.”Baldwin is also urging families to stay away from roadside zoos this summer in a new video for PETA: “People talk about the right to bear arms. After seeing this video, you might want to push for the right to arm bears.” The video, available here, goes on to show some of the several hundred bears who are displayed across the U.S. in tiny cages and barren pits, where they have little to do but pace in circles, beg for food from tourists, and break their teeth by gnawing on cage bars.“As long as well-meaning people continue to go to roadside zoos and shows, the bears will continue to suffer,” concludes Baldwin in the video. “The most important action that you can take for captive bears is simply to stop supporting their abuse: Please, steer clear of roadside zoos, bear pits, and fairs where they are forced to perform.”To date, PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way” — has rescued more than 50 captive bears, including Fifi, a Syrian brown bear who spent more than 30 years in a barren cage at a ramshackle roadside zoo, and transferred them to reputable sanctuaries.Source:PETAlast_img read more

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Hostile Husky takeover bid for MEG Energy now expected to succeed as

first_imgCompanies in this article: (TSX:HSE, TSX:MEG, TSX:IMO, TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A CIBC oil and gas analyst says the recent deterioration in crude oil prices makes it unlikely that a better offer will emerge to force Husky Energy Inc. to sweeten its hostile takeover bid for an oilsands rival.Husky reported Tuesday that it had received all necessary regulatory approvals for the takeover of MEG Energy Corp. and is now waiting for shareholders’ response to its offer which expires in mid-January.Analyst Jon Morrison says in a research report that Investment Canada approval of the proposed deal could at one time have prompted the emergence of a rival bidder — and a higher bid — for MEG, but the weakening macro oil economy of the past couple of months makes it unlikely now.He says he doesn’t expect any of the four most likely competing bidders — Imperial Oil Ltd., Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. — to make a bid.CIBC moved its price target for MEG down from $9.50 to $8.30 per share, with the new target matching the current Husky cash-and-shares offer.The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to about $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.“While we held the view earlier in the year that there was the potential for Husky to modestly bump the bid to get the deal across the line, given the weakening macro market over the last couple months we no longer believe that to be the case,” said Morrison in his report.last_img read more

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Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing

A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a “lady boy”.Ketheshwaran Sivaperuman, 35, bled to death at his Elizabeth South home in January last year, .abc.net.au reported. “He was angry that the deceased had parked his car in the driveway, angry because the deceased had called him a ‘lady boy’.“All the evidence suggests the accused remained at the scene being hostile and aggressive towards the deceased, even after the fatal stabbing.”The court heard both men had previously lived together but the victim moved into a house on the opposite side of Griffiths Street after the pair had a falling out. Both men came to Australia as refugees from Sri Lanka. It took the jury just two hours to unanimously convict Mr Sivaperuman’s neighbour Satheeswaran Suppiah, 31, of murder. “The accused’s account that he only had it with him for cutting apples or being playful is a nonsense,” he said.Suppiah showed little emotion after the verdict and kept his head down as he was shown from the dock.His lawyer, Greg Mead, had earlier urged the jury not to convict him of murder.“This man is no murderer,” he said.“What sort of murderer is it who deliberately and intentionally inflicts a fatal stab wound and then immediately rings the police and ambulance and asks them to in fact save the victim, then hangs around in his own house across the road from the scene of the crime?“Is that the behaviour of a deliberate, calculating killer or a man under the influence of alcohol who has done something that was not meant to happen, was unintentional and accidental?”Submissions on Suppiah’s sentence will be heard in July. Mr Norman said Suppiah repeatedly tried to blame another man for the death, telling police he only had the knife to cut apples.Suppiah claimed another man grabbed his hand and forced the knife into the victim’s stomach.But Mr Norman said all of the evidence suggested the other man was not even there and that Suppiah deliberately took the knife with him. The Supreme Court previously heard he was stabbed with a large kitchen knife with such force the blade damaged his spine and exposed his intestine. Prosecutor Mark Norman said Suppiah hid the knife in his shorts, got into an argument with the victim and stabbed him.“On a hot day, after drinking hot liquor, his hot temper lead him to murder a man,” he said. read more

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UN health agency reports first day with no SARS death in nearly

As of today the toll stood at 8,402 probable SARS cases with 772 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.The peak numbers of deaths occurred during the second week of March, when as many as 20 new deaths were being reported on some days.With outbreaks at all the initial “hot zones” either contained or coming under control, SARS is clearly in decline, indicating that recommended control measures are effective when combined with political commitment and determination, WHO said.The fact that the chain of transmission has been broken in Viet Nam and Singapore underscores the WHO position that SARS can be contained, despite the absence of a vaccine, robust diagnostic test and specific treatment. Control currently depends on prompt detection and isolation of cases, good infection control in hospitals, and the tracing and quarantine of contacts.Viet Nam has remained free of new SARS cases since 8 April. In Singapore, the last locally acquired probable case was isolated on 11 May. No new cases have since been detected in either country despite a high level of alert and aggressive investigation of all rumoured cases.The experience in Toronto, where more than 70 new cases have been reported since 26 May, underscores the risk of a resurgence of cases and the constant need for vigilance. A single imported case can re-ignite an outbreak or bring cases to a new area, if preparedness measures are weak, WHO added. read more

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Dennis Rodman Apologizes For Rant in North Korea

Photo by businessweek.comDennis Rodman, who made waves during a wild CNN interview this week from North Korea, apologized through publicist Jules Feiler in an email to the Associated Press.This came a day after he sang “Happy Birthday” to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the start of an exhibition basketball game in Pyongyang on Wednesday.Rodman has been slammed for not using his access to Kim and his visits to the country to help free Kenneth Bae, a missionary in poor health who is being confined in North Korea for “anti-state” crimes. In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Rodman implied that Bae was at fault.“I want to apologize,” Rodman said Thursday. “I take full responsibility for my actions. It had been a very stressful day. Some of my teammates were leaving because of pressure from their families and business associates. My dream of basketball diplomacy was quickly falling apart. I had been drinking. It’s not an excuse but by the time the interview happened I was upset. I was overwhelmed. It’s not an excuse, it’s just the truth.”Rodman said he wanted to apologize first to Bae’s family. “I’m very sorry. At this point I should know better than to make political statements. I’m truly sorry.”In the interview, Rodman was asked whether he would raise the issue of Bae during his visit.“Kenneth Bae did one thing,” Rodman said. “If you understand what Kenneth Bae did — do you understand what he did in this country?”Asked to explain, Rodman declined to respond.Bae, a Korean-American Christian missionary and tour operator based in China, has been detained for more than a year. North Korea sees missionary work as a threat to its authoritarian government.Bae’s sister, Terri Chung, said his family couldn’t believe what Rodman had said.“Here’s somebody who is in a position to do some good for Kenneth and refuses to do so,” Chung told KOMO Radio in Seattle on Wednesday. “And then after the fact, instead, he decides to hurl these unqualified accusations against Kenneth. It’s clear he has no idea what he’s talking about. I’m not sure who he’s talking to, where he’s getting his information, but he’s certainly no authority on Kenneth Bae.”The U.S. State Department distanced itself from Rodman and said it did not want to “dignify” his activities or comments in Pyongyang by commenting on them. But spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department was open to speaking with Rodman on his return.“We have not reached out to him. We’ve said before, if he wants to reach out to us, we’re happy to hear from him and what he has to say,” she told reporters.Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song and then bowed deeply to Kim, seated above him in the stands.Rodman said he was honored to be able to play the game in the North Korean capital and called the event “historic.” Some members of the U.S. Congress, the NBA and human rights groups, however, say he has become a public relations tool for North Korea’s government.The government’s poor human rights record and its threats to use nuclear weapons against South Korea and the United States have kept it a pariah state. Kim shocked the world in December by having his uncle, once considered his mentor, executed after being accused of a litany of crimes including corruption, womanizing, drug abuse and attempting to seize power.Rodman has refused to address those concerns while continuing to forge a relationship with Kim.Rodman is the highest-profile American to meet Kim, who inherited power after the death of his father in late 2011. Rodman has said he is not a statesman and instead is seeking only to build cultural connections with the North through basketball that may help improve relations between Pyongyang and Washington. read more

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Karmas new Revero will get a little help from BMW under the

first_img Post a comment 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel first drive: More capability for an already solid fullsize truck Share your voice Shanghai Motor Show 2019 2020 BMW 330e first drive: A plug-in 3 Series without compromise 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric review: Ease into electrification Future Cars Hybrids 2017 Karma Revero looks like a Fisker, but much improved underneath 48 Photos Update, April 5, 9:47 a.m.: Corrected statement that the 2020 Revero was designed with help from Pininfarina, when it was actually done in-house by Karma. Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Karma Revero is a swoopy, sexy range-extended electric vehicle that will debut in Shanghai. Karma Karma Automotive is getting ready to debut some new models in Shanghai — this we knew. What we didn’t know was how exactly they were going to be powered. Thanks to an announcement from the California-based, Chinese-owned automaker on Thursday, now we know that too.First of all, Karma is calling its vehicles “all-electric,” but that’s a bunch of malarkey. Its cars can more accurately be described as range-extended electric vehicles, which is another way of saying that they’re a fancy plug-in hybrid where the wheels are always driven electrically, with no mechanical connection to the internal combustion engine.That internal combustion engine is being sourced from BMW. It’s a turbocharged three-cylinder unit that might be related to the unit found in the base Mini Cooper and the BMW i8. Still, Karma says that BMW has been working with the brand since 2015 to develop the engine, so it could end up being something more bespoke.”BMW is a natural fit for Karma’s luxury-tech focus because it is a proven technology leader renowned for conceiving and delivering ground-breaking innovations,” said Bob Kruse, chief technology officer for Karma, in a statement.The 2020 Karma Revero in which this new BMW-assisted drivetrain will live was designed in-house by Karma and will make its official debut at the Shanghai motor show later this month. More From Roadshow 0 Tags BMWlast_img read more

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Whats the plan Senators say ACA replacement in the works

first_imgPresident Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act. (File photo via NCPR)As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to “repeal Obamacare and replace it with something great.” Early this morning the U.S. Senate took an initial step toward repeal. As for the replacement, Alaska’s two senators describe something still in the formative stages.Listen nowThe phones were ringing this week at Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Washington office, with calls about Trump’s cabinet nominees and also the Affordable Care Act.Murkowski said she’s well aware of the coverage the Affordable Care Act brought; more than 20,000 Alaskans now get their insurance through expanded Medicaid and 18,000 buy policies on the individual market, most of them subsidized.“It’s a small number, but it’s a number that we need, to make sure that we’re listening to, that we’re responding to,” Murkowski said.The specifics of that response aren’t yet clear. She didn’t directly say, for instance, whether she’s committed to keeping the expansion of Medicaid.“It is absolutely a key part of this discussion,” Murkowski said.She, like the rest of the Alaska delegation, wants to keep parts of the ACA, like the coverage for pre-existing conditions. She wants to dump the mandate that everybody get insurance. But Murkowski acknowledges that risks an imbalance, where only high-cost patients would buy coverage.“We’re going to have to figure out where those pay-fors are, and how you can ensure that you get enough healthy younger people to participate,” she said.Sen. Lisa Murkowski wants to slow the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Photo: Liz Ruskin, APRN.How do you do that?“Well, you make your healthcare more affordable in the first place,” Murkowski said.One idea Murkowski has is to require price transparency, so patients can comparison-shop for knee surgery like they can for shoes or tires. She says each state will need different solutions.“You ask the natural and easy question: ‘Well, what is the plan?’” Murkowski told reporters. “But I think if we get hung up on one plan -”Murkowski moved from there to naming some of the topics under discussion, like expanding health savings accounts.“What’s the plan?!?!” is actually the name of a campaign launched by University of Alaska Anchorage students. Political Science major Mark Simon said he’s alarmed that Congress is already taking steps toward repeal.“We would like to know what the plan is to replace the Affordable Care Act, and ensure that there isn’t going to be a massive gap in coverage,” Simon said.Sen. Dan Sullivan said he doesn’t think Congress will immediately change or drop the subsidies that help most people who buy insurance on the exchanges.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his Washington, D.C. office. Photo: Liz Ruskin“We’re not looking to pull the rug out from people who have relied on this law, even though the law is not working,” Sullivan said.As to whether the ultimate plan is to eliminate the subsidies…“I don’t have an answer to that right now,” Sullivan said.Sullivan said Congress has to make major changes, and soon. Sullivan points out that only one insurance company is now serving Alaska on the exchange and the cost of plans has shot up.“To do nothing right now, to do nothing, is irresponsible,” Sullivan said.The House is expected to vote Friday on the budget measure that starts the repeal. It instructs Senate and House committees to come up with repeal bills by Jan. 27. Earlier this week, Murkowski backed an amendment to extend the deadline until March.  The sponsors dropped that amendment, but Murkowski said she’s been assured the timeline isn’t set in stone.last_img read more

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Baseball doesnt need automatic intentional walks it needs more action

first_imgAutomatic intentional walks aren’t the answer for baseball Baseball announced they are adopting automatic intentional walks in an effort to speed up the game and appeal to the younger generation. Colin thinks the baseball’s problem is lack of action, not game length. He thinks making rule changes that increase actual game action are the answer.No one ever complains when they are watching a 4 ½ hour college football game because it’s exciting and action packed. This move comes off as gimmicky and doesn’t solve the problem.“I’ll give up the young guy and a draft pick for the player.”The Lakers are copying the Warriors and that’s a good thingThe Lakers cleaned house yesterday, axing failed trust fund baby Jerry Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak in the front office. Magic Johnson is in as President of Basketball Operations, and NBA player agent Rob Pelinka has been hired as GM. Pelinka’s hiring is yet another sign that the Lakers are attempting to recreate the magic of Golden State. They already hired away Luke Walton as coach, and Pelinka, like Warriors GM Bob Myers, is a former agent.Colin thinks copying successful sports cultures like Golden State is a smart move, especially for the directionless Lakers. The Atlanta Falcons just proved that culture copying can be a winning formula. They have a coach from Seattle and a front office influenced by the Patriots.“I’m Ok with copying. McDonalds didn’t invent the cheeseburger.”Guests:Nick Wright –  FS1 Host and host of the Make Me Smarter Football Podcast is in-studio to talk Magic running the Lakers; why his business success could attract free agents; why he thinks the Celtic missed a huge chance by not trading for Boogie Cousins.Chris Mannix – NBA Writer at The Vertical joins the show joins the show to explain why Deng’s contract alone didn’t get Kupchak fired; why Magic Johnson has to prove he wants to put in the work to succeed as an NBA exec; and why Rob Pelinka could work as a GM.Aaron Torres – Fox Sports College Hoops writer and author of One and Fun  joins the show to talk about misconceptions about one and done players; why comparing Brandon Ingram to Kevin Durant is crazy; and if there’s a clear-cut #1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.RJ Bell – Pregame.com joins the show to talk about how the Vegas odds on teams signing Romo; how much he impacts a line; and why Vegas has made the Warriors the biggest favorite modern NBA history.last_img read more

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Sweet Death Molasses spill suffocating fish in San Carlos River

first_imgNo related posts. Fish are suffocating in the San Carlos River, in the Northern Zone, due to a deluge of molasses that’s flooding the body of water.The daily La Nación reported that the neighborhoods of Muelle and Boca Arenal noticed the molasses spill Wednesday night. One neighbor said the river has turned a light brown color, and fish continue to float to the surface. The runny thickness of the molasses prevents the fish from breathing.The molasses, a sweet substance derived from sugar cane, apparently came from the a damaged storage tank on the river bank. The tank has been fixed.  But there’s little residents can do about the fish until the molasses, which is non-toxic, dissolves. Facebook Commentslast_img

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