Paris: Firebrand Nick Kyrgios pulled out of Roland Garros on Friday, just days after saying the French Open “sucks”. Organisers confirmed the Australian’s withdrawal from the second Grand Slam tournament of the season and he will be replaced by a lucky loser from qualifying. The 24-year-old was due to have faced Britain’s Cameron Norrie in the first round. Last week, Kyrgios was disqualified from the Italian Open in Rome and headed straight to London to practice with Andy Murray at Wimbledon. “I think this is the best tournament in the world, look at this perfect green surface,” Kyrgios wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of him sitting on the grass courts. “Get rid of the clay, man. Who likes the clay, it is so bad. “The French Open sucks compared to this place. Sucks. Absolute sucks.” Kyrgios also withdrew from the French Open last year and has never reached the second week in Paris.
CAIRO – Al-Jazeera’s Australian reporter Peter Greste and fellow journalists from the satellite news channel were back in court in Egypt Monday after spending nearly 100 days in jail since their arrest.Greste and his co-defendants are charged with spreading false news and supporting the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.Monday’s hearing comes a day after Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim accused an Al-Jazeera editor of helping to leak classified intelligence documents, in a separate espionage trial involving Morsi. The Al-Jazeera trial, in which 20 defendants stand accused, has sparked an international outcry and fuelled fears of a media crackdown by the military-installed authorities.Greste and seven co-defendants appeared in a caged dock on Monday wearing white prison uniforms, an AFP correspondent reported from the courtroom.Eight defendants are in custody, and the rest are either on the run or abroad.Greste and fellow journalist Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy were arrested on December 29 in a Cairo hotel suite they used as a bureau after their offices were raided by police.Fahmy is the Egypt bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English.“After three hearings, it’s apparent that there’s no case against us. No witness has anything that incriminates us,” Fahmy told AFP, just minutes before the trial resumed.Before the proceedings began, Greste’s brother Mike said his brother was “strong… but 100 days in prison must have left its effect on him”.Prosecutors insist the journalists colluded with the Muslim Brotherhood, now designated a “terrorist” group, and falsely sought to portray Egypt in a state of “civil war”.Defence lawyer Mokhles El-Salhy said his clients were doing their “job professionally and objectively” when they were arrested.“They were covering violent clashes between protesters and security forces, as were all other channels. They didn’t make it up or fabricate it,” he told AFP before Monday’s hearing opened.The trial comes against the backdrop of strained ties between Cairo and Doha since the army ousted Morsi last July.Gas-rich Qatar was a close ally of Morsi’s government and the Brotherhood.Egypt accuses Qatar of backing the Brotherhood, including through Al-Jazeera.The authorities banned the Egyptian channel of the broadcaster’s network following Morsi’s removal.Morsi himself has also been put on trial in several cases.On Sunday, Ibrahim accused an Al-Jazeera editor of helping to leak classified documents in an espionage trial involving Morsi.The interior minister charged that Amin El-Serafi, secretary to Morsi, leaked the documents to Ibrahim Mohamed Hilal, who he said was Al-Jazeera’s news editor and also a Brotherhood member.Hilal allegedly facilitated a meeting between a Palestinian go-between, a Qatari official and an operative with an unspecified intelligence agency.
Rabat – About 100 people were at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, when the shooting took place at around 11:20 p.m., according to local authorities.The dance bar was hosting an event for college students. Twelve people have died, and many were injured. The shooter, also dead, has not yet been identified.One of the eyewitnesses, Matt Wennerstrom, 20, told the press that the hooded attacker first started to shoot at employees before moving on to shoot at random people. “I grabbed as many people as I could and pulled them down underneath the pool table we were close to until he ran out of bullets for that magazine and had to reload,” Wennerstrom stated.Police said the attacker might have used smoke bombs at the scene.Approaching the scene of Borderline. Dozen of sheriff’s vehicles lined up + the buzz of helicopters overhead. pic.twitter.com/Gdhz0YiBag— Jeremy Childs (@Jeremy_Childs) 8 novembre 2018Wednesday’s mass shooting is the deadliest in the United States since the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February.The 19-year-old gunman, Nikolas Cruz, began shooting at his former high school in south Florida, killing 17 students and teachers, and injuring 14 others. The masacre is considered the deadliest shooting at a US school among many other mass shootin
These latest returns mean that more than 213,000 of those who fled or were driven from East Timor in the aftermath of the September 1999 popular consultation have now returned to the newly independent country. Fewer than 50,000 East Timorese refugees remain in West Timor, according to UNHCR. The agency is currently facilitating dialogues between East Timor’s Government and refugee delegations aimed at fostering more returns. The third of a series of meetings between government officials and one delegation, led by former militia leader Joao Tavares, will take place on Saturday in Batugade, in the Bobonaro district of East Timor near the Indonesian border.Mr. Tavares claims to have a following of several thousand refugees, and UNHCR believes that if he returns he could bring a significant number of returnees with him.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Apr 20, 2012 7:51 pm MDT DALLAS – US Airways made a bold move toward a merger with American Airlines on Friday. It’ll either catapult a combined company to the top of the airline heap or further complicate American’s already-messy bankruptcy reorganization.US Airways made an end run around its larger rival and secured the support of American’s three labour unions in its bid to force a merger.The unions were angry with American over its plan to cut jobs and squeeze labour costs while under bankruptcy court protection. They think they can get kinder treatment from US Airways.Executives at American’s parent, AMR Corp., still control the bankruptcy process. But AMR’s grip on its own future just got a little weaker.All sides have their reasons for what they did Friday:â€” The unions want leverage to fight back against American’s plan to break their labour contracts. A hearing on the issue starts Monday.â€” US Airways, which has been overlooked in other airline mergers, desperately wants to find a partner that will make it much bigger and more competitive.â€” AMR wants to avoid outside interference as it tries to use the bankruptcy process to reduce debt and cut labour costs.US Airways’ gambit could take months to play out, and the nation’s fifth-biggest airline has not yet made a formal bid for AMR.But the timing raised eyebrows. The unions announced their support for the US Airways bid just three days before American was scheduled to begin making its case in court that its viability depends on breaking labour contracts with nearly 55,000 pilots, flight attendants and ground workers.AMR filed for bankruptcy protection in November and has been negotiating for concessions from the unions since February but made little progress.The outcome of this high-stakes fight could reshape the U.S. airline industry. A merger would produce an airline roughly equal to United Continental Holdings Inc. in revenue and passenger traffic, and slightly bigger than No. 2 Delta Air Lines Inc.“We have a much smaller market presence than United or Delta, and because of that we’re losing a great deal of business travel,” said Scott Shankland, a leader of the Allied Pilots Association at American, in explaining why his group supports US Airways’ bid for American. He fears that, left on its own, American will keep shrinking and need fewer pilots.US Airways didn’t detail terms of its agreements with American’s unions. But it promised to save about 6,200 AMR jobs headed for elimination and to call the combined company American Airlines and base it in AMR’s hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.Consumers could be left with one less choice in travel. They’ve already seen familiar names disappear â€” Continental, Northwest, TWA, soon AirTran. That consolidation has helped the industry return to profitability, but it also has led to higher fares as airlines limit the number of flights.Jamie Baker, an airline analyst for J.P. Morgan, estimated that combining US Airways and American would leave the four largest airlines, including Southwest, in control of close to 90 per cent of the U.S. air travel market. In 2005, the top three plus Southwest controlled roughly half the market, he said.Each of the players in Friday’s drama has different goals and different levers to achieve what it wants:â€” American’s unions:They’re angry over AMR CEO Thomas Horton’s turnaround plan. He aims to eliminate 14,000 jobs, including 13,000 held by union workers, and cut labour costs by $1.25 billion a year. Pilots are worried about a plan to outsource more flying to other airlines.The unions can’t force a merger on their own. But they sit on the creditors’ committee in the bankruptcy case so they can work with other creditors to win support for a US Airways bid.The judge gave AMR exclusive rights to offer a reorganization plan until Sept. 28, blocking the consideration of other plans, but creditors could ask the judge to end that advantage.“The court can see that there’s another potential offer on the table,” said Helane Becker, an analyst with Dahlman Rose & Co.â€” AMR:Horton, the CEO, says he prefers that this company stay independent but would consider a merger after the bankruptcy process. He says it’s too complicated to restructure in bankruptcy and work out a merger at the same time.Bankruptcy law gives companies special tools to cut costs. American has already dropped some aircraft leases. But things really get tough Monday, when AMR lawyers go into federal court in New York and present their case for throwing out union labour contracts, including freezing pension plans, outsourcing jobs and shifting more flying to other airlines.â€” US Airways:Doug Parker, the CEO of the Tempe, Ariz.-based airline, said his company has “a unique opportunity” to merge with American and create a carrier big enough to compete effectively and profitably.Parker is a longtime advocate of consolidation in the airline business, but his company has been left behind many times.US Airways tried to merge with Delta when that airline was in bankruptcy in 2006. It was snubbed when the creditors’ committee sided with Delta management.Then US Airways courted United, but United instead tied up with Continental Airlines. It was a painful breakup. The Continental CEO, who now runs United, called US Airways “the ugly girl.”Hunter Keay, an analyst with Wolfe Trahan & Co., said US Airways learned from its failed pursuit in bankruptcy court of Delta.Back then, US Airways waited too long, didn’t get the support of Delta’s employees, and announced it would shrink after completing the merger. It didn’t make those mistakes with American, Keay said.___Joshua Freed reported from Minneapolis.Follow David Koenig at http://www.twitter.com/airlinewriter Facing layoffs and other cuts, unions at American Airlines back merger bid from US Airways
4. They should cast Eoin Cadogan as the next James BondThe name’s Cads…5. Lar needs to get on Lastminute.comTipp, as we know, were dumped out of the championship before they get to Croke Park. The Thurles Sarsfields star is shot up in the pitch pucking around on his own. He admits he feels a bit lost in one of the quotes of the night.“I was never away for a week’s holidays. You know the way people go to Salou or Alicante or go to Spain or France; I was never away for a week because I never got the opportunity. Since 18, it has always been club or county. So now that I’m at home, I’m looking at Elaine and Elaine is looking at me and I actually don’t really know what to do sometimes. Because I never had the opportunity before. I don’t know what to do.”6. Everyone should have a friend like Donal ÓgNot only does Cads get to go out for a puck around with a hurley after the football season ends to Dublin, but he gets some top Cusack psychology on the hoof too.Sample quote from the former Cork goalkeeper as they chat while he hockeys a sliotar at you: “If you were in love with someone and you loved them dearly, and they broke it up with you — threw you out — and you know after a period of time, you find out they’re after falling in love with someone else by getting married. And then you have everybody coming up to you going jeez isn’t it great they’re married. And you’re saying, yeah it’s great of them but I wish I was part of that relationship.”I would pay for an hour of that after a long week.This means everything to these playersIf you didn’t realise what sport — and the GAA — means to those who keep the show on the road while listening to Anna Geary’s words as she talks about ‘emotional hijack’ and defeat to Kilkenny or how much a run to Croke Park means to her club Milford, you just had to look at her face.Watch the full film, Skin In the Game here>Central Council to decide on 2014 Hurling League format this weekendDubs chairman says sponsorship money shouldn’t have to be shared around LAST NIGHT LOTS of us GAA fans sat down to watch RTÉ documentary Skin In the Game.Produced and presented by Jacqui Hurley, the programme followed Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett, Cork camogie’s Anna Geary, Dublin hurler Mikey Carton and the Rebels’ Eoin Cadogan. Here’s what we learned.1. Lar Corbett’s mam still washes his gearIt’s all about the system for the Tipp forward and ‘it works well for the both of us’ says Corbett.“Everything has to be in it’s place or else he’s shouting, ma where’s this or ma, where’s that.” Corbett insists he calls up to the home place for the ‘craic and the banter’ rather than the laundry however.We’re not buying it, Larry.2. Anna Geary’s yoga skills have made her a YouTube hitThe Cork camogie star stress tested Twitter’s servers in south California last night with this clip:YouTube: Paddy O’Paddy3. Being a fireman is serious craicApart from the whole fighting fires and delivering babies stuff, this looks like the job for us. Dublin hurler Michael Carton was obviously told to slide down a pole for the camera but he got two buckets of water over him from colleagues. Classic.
Mediator : le laboratoire Servier propose un compromis qui fait polémiqueLe laboratoire Servier s’est décrété prêt à assumer ses responsabilités en indemnisant les victimes du Mediator. Toutefois, la prise en charge des patients est sous conditions : être conforme à la loi Kouchner de 2002 ou renoncer à toutes poursuites judiciaires.Depuis le début du scandale Mediator, Servier a plusieurs fois déclaré vouloir participer aux procédures d’indemnisation des victimes de son médicament. Dans cet esprit, le laboratoire pharmaceutique proposait hier de créer un nouveau fonds prévu à cet effet. Une procédure à prendre avec précaution, puisque seuls les patients répondant aux conditions de la loi Kouchner de 2002 pourront y avoir accès. En d’autres termes, le fonds concerne uniquement les malades victimes du Mediator depuis 2002 et présentant une incapacité partielle permanente (IPP) supérieure à 24%. La loi Kouchner ne joue donc pas en faveur de beaucoup de patients dont l’IPP a été estimée entre 5 et 24%. Pour éviter tout litige, le laboratoire propose à ces derniers un second fonds d’indemnisation doté de 20 millions d’euros, une somme qui permettrait à chaque malade de répondre spécifiquement à ses besoins. Cependant, il déclare dans un communiqué que “les personnes qui auront de manière facultative décidé de bénéficier de ce fonds renonceront à toute action judiciaire”.La proposition provoque le scandaleLa proposition scandalise les associations soutenant les victimes et notamment celle des consommateurs UFC-Que Choisir. Nicolas Godfroy, responsable du département juridique de l’association s’insurge auprès de l’AFP devant une telle décision : “On avait demandé à ce que ce soit un fonds qui soit sous le contrôle de l’Etat, et là, on se retrouve avec un fonds sous le contrôle de Servier”. À lire aussiThe Pirate Bay : le cofondateur incarcéré en SuèdePour Charles Joseph-Oudin, avocat des victimes du Mediator, le combat contre le laboratoire Servier est loin d’être terminé et cette nouvelle décision ne le convainc pas quant au respect des patients. Il déclare : “Je ne peux pas imaginer que le silence des victimes puisse être acheté”. En effet, la proposition pourrait satisfaire les malades désireux d’être rapidement indemnisés sans passer par des poursuites judiciaires longues et coûteuses. Un fait, qui permettrait cependant au laboratoire pharmaceutique de contourner la justice, alors que celui-ci est accusé d’avoir commercialisé le médicament en étant conscient de sa dangerosité. On estime, selon plusieurs études, que le Mediator pourrait, en 33 ans de présence sur le marché pharmaceutique, avoir causé la mort de 500 à 2.000 patients.Le 10 mars 2011 à 18:25 • Emmanuel Perrin
Une faille de sécurité dans Windows PhoneUn site Internet a mis en lumière la possibilité d’altérer le fonctionnement d’un smartphone fonctionnant sous l’OS de Microsoft, avec un simple SMS.Les smartphones fonctionnant sous Windows Phone ne sont pas mieux protégés que ceux sous Android et iOS. Le site WinRumors a en effet mis au jour la même faille de sécurité sur l’OS de Microsoft que sur celles de Google et d’Apple. Il s’agit d’un SMS qui, une fois reçu, altère complètement le fonctionnement du smartphone. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?Quand le SMS, le message Facebook ou le popup Windows Live Messenger apparaîtrait à l’écran, le terminal redémarre tout seul. Certaines applications installées comme le hub de messagerie ne sont alors plus accessibles. Par contre, aucune donnée n’est détournée. Seul un reset intégral du smartphone et une réinstallation du système peut alors résoudre le problème. WinRumors indique aussi que cette faille touche toutes les version de Windows Phone 7.5, quel que soit le modèle testé, HTC ou Samsung.Le 14 décembre 2011 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambert
KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Museum of Photographic Arts is currently hosting an exhibit called Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty.This is the only west coast stop and the last stop before it heads to the Smithsonian.Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait and still life images that appeared in Vogue magazine, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the 20th century. “Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty,” organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and curated by Merry Foresta, the museum’s first Curator of Photography, is the first retrospective of Penn’s work in nearly 20 years, according to MOPA website.The exhibition features work from all stages of Penn’s career—street scenes from the late 1930s, photographs of the American South from the early 1940s, celebrity portraits, fashion photographs, still lifes and more private studio images.The exhibit is open through February 17th between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.In the video it says admission is free. But, admission is pay what you wish. Updated: 1:26 PM Posted: January 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom January 3, 2019 The Museum of Photographic Arts hosts Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The conference report for the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill would give commanders of domestic military facilities discretion to allow service members to carry firearms, a response to lawmakers’ concerns about shootings in recent years at installations and smaller facilities.The bill would require the defense secretary to establish a process for commanders of military installations, reserve and recruiting centers, and other defense facilities inside the United States to authorize service members to carry firearms if they conclude it is necessary for force protection. The secretary would be required to consider the views of senior leadership at military installations in establishing new procedures.Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his House counterpart, Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), pledged to address force protection in the defense policy bill following a July shooting at a Marine Corps recruiting center and a Navy reserve center in Chattanooga, Tenn., in which five service members were killed, reported CQ.Previous shooting incidents took place at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 and 2014, and at Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters in Washington, D.C.’s Navy Yard in 2013. Members of the Armed Services committees indicated that more widely arming service members could reduce response times to active shooter attacks on military installations, according to the joint explanatory statement accompanying the bill, H.R. 1735.“The conferees remain concerned about the response times to active shooter attacks on U.S. military installations and facilities,” the lawmakers wrote.“The conferees believe that commanders of U.S. military installations and facilities should take steps to arm additional personnel in order to diminish response times to active shooter attacks if they believe that arming those personnel will contribute to that goal,” according to the statement.Congress cleared the defense measure earlier this month but the clock has not yet started ticking for President Obama to decide whether or not to carry out his threat to veto it, as Congress has not yet sent the bill to the White House.The text of the conference report and the joint explanatory statement, along with a House Armed Services Committee summary, are available on the House Rules Committee website.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker listens to a speech during a meeting with Sinopec on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Beijing, China. Sinopec is one of three potential partners the state is courting with its liquefied natural gas export project. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Alaska’s Gasline development Corporation and Gov. Bill Walker’s administration are minimizing the potential impact of a tariff on the state’s liquefied natural gas export project.Listen nowChina — the project’s largest potential customer and investor — is threatening to impose a 25 percent penalty on imports of LNG.Gene Therriault is the government liaison for the state gasline corporation. He wrote in an email that the corporation believes the trade dispute will be resolved before Alaska exports LNG to China.“The Alaska LNG project represents a multigenerational project that matches China’s 100 years of natural gas demand with Alaska’s 100 years of supply on the North Slope. As a result, Alaska LNG will continue to present a win-win opportunity for both countries,” Therriault wrote.The LNG tariff is the latest escalation in a tit-for-tat trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The move ostensibly threatens the financial viability of the Alaska LNG project. A 25 percent penalty would make Alaska’s gas significantly more expensive for Chinese customers.It’s not the first time a tariff has threatened the project. The Trump administration levied a tariff on Chinese steel imports. That could impact the state’s ability to find steel for the project’s 800-mile long pipeline.Gov. Bill Walker’s office also emailed a written statement calling the trade tensions “short term.”According to a media release, Walker’s administration will “continue to work with the Trump Administration to ensure that Chinese and U.S. officials strike a fair compromise so that Alaska’s natural gas reaches the market.”China’s ministry of commerce announced the LNG penalty as part of a $60 billion package of tariffs. If carried out, it levels penalties on thousands of U.S. goods from beef to lumber to auto parts.
Visakhapatnam: As part of the corporate social responsibility and Swatch Bharat initiative, HPCL, Visakh Refinery has provided financial support to Sri Gurudeva Charitable Trust, Mangalapalem for conducting half a dozen medical camps in Visakhapatnam. With a financial limit Rs 15 lakh, the initiative aims at identifying and distributing artificial limbs to the needy who are handicapped. In connection with this, Chief General Manager (Maintenance), HPCL, Visakh Refinery P Veerabhadra Rao inaugurated the first medical camp at GVMC High School Malkapuram. Also Read – Fit India rally held in Vijayawada Advertise With Us Addressing the gathering, Veerabhadra Rao appreciated the initiative taken by managing trustee of the trust R. Jagadeesh and rendering service to poor. Close to 320 persons were identified for medical camp and the trust members took measurements of patients for getting the customised artificial limbs done. Director of Palsy Clinics Ramakrishna and Jagadeesh lauded the efforts made by the HPCL for their generous gesture in extending support to the needy patients.
Share Ralph Alswang/APIn this image released by ABC News, correspondent George Stephanopoulos, left, appears with former FBI director James Comey for a taped interview that aired during a primetime 20/20 special on Sunday.Updated at 6 a.m. ETFormer FBI Director James Comey says he believed that the investigation into whether Hillary Clinton sent or received classified email from a private server while she was secretary of state was a “no-win” case for him that would further polarize an already deeply divided electorate.However, speaking to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos ahead of the release of his new book, A Higher Loyalty, Comey defended his characterization of Clinton’s conduct as “extremely careless.” However, he conceded that he “should’ve worked harder to find a way to convey that it’s more than just the ordinary mistake, but it’s not criminal behavior.”Stephanopoulos asked about a September 2015 meeting with then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch just before Comey was to acknowledge publicly that the FBI had launched an investigation into Clinton’s use of private email.Lynch, he said, agreed that the announcement should be made, but asked him to “call it a matter” instead of an investigation.Comey says he pushed back, but that Lynch was firm: “Just call it a matter,” she said.“[It] did worry me that the attorney general’s direction was tracking that effort to avoid using the word ‘investigation,’ he said. “[To] be honest, it gave me a bad feeling.”Comey said by early 2016 the FBI had received “classified information” that “raised the question of whether Loretta Lynch was controlling me and the FBI and keeping the Clinton campaign informed about our investigation.”Stephanopoulos: Did you investigate it?Comey: We did.Stephanopoulos: And what did you find?Comey: Found no indication that it was true.“I didn’t see any indication that Loretta Lynch was trying to cover this investigation for the Clinton campaign or direct me in any way,” Comey said. “She stayed away from it as far as I could tell. But the point of it is I knew there was material that might hit the public square any moment, that would allow people to argue powerfully that there was monkey business going on.”In a statement released Sunday, Lynch insisted that throughout the investigation, “I did what I always do: rise above politics and uphold the law.”In the statement, published by Axios, Lynch said she had known Comey for 30 years and “If he had any concerns regarding the email investigation, classified or not, he had ample opportunities to raise them with me both privately and in meetings. He never did.”By the spring of 2016, Comey said it was becoming clear that no charges would be brought against Clinton and he began drafting a statement explaining that decision.“There was nothing she said that [FBI investigators] believed we could prove was false,” he said. “And there was nothing else they needed to run down to see if she was testifying to us falsely. And so the view of the team was, ‘We’re done here. Our view of this case is firm. No prosecutor would prosecute this case.’”Comey said he initially did not pay much attention to an unscheduled meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton in an FBI airplane on the tarmac at an airport in Phoenix in June. That meeting, just days before Comey initially said the investigation was over — became a major firestorm, with many Republicans saying it showed the former president trying to influence the outcome of the investigation in his wife’s favor.“I don’t know what they talked about. I credit Loretta Lynch [because] I think she’s an honest person, saying, ‘We talked about grandchildren and other things,’” the former FBI director said.“I find it hard to believe that Bill Clinton would’ve tried to obstruct justice by walking across the tarmac in front of … in front of a bunch of FBI agents up the … stairs and onto an FBI plane,” he said.In the waning days of the 2016 presidential election, Comey wrote a letter to Congress outlining the existence of hundreds of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails discovered on a laptop belonging to disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose wife, Huma Abedin, was a long-time Clinton adviser. That letter, some analysts contend, was enough to hand Trump the margin of victory in a very tight race.At the time, Comey said his team advised him there was no way to go through the trove of new emails by election day and he agonized over the decision to make their existence known so close to the national vote.“[All] of us were operating in a world where the polls were showing that Donald Trump had no chance,” he said, but he hoped the letter did not sway the election.Even if it did, however, Comey said he still thinks it was the right thing to do. He said he hoped that people would see “I’m not trying to help a candidate or hurt a candidate; I’m trying to do the right thing.”“And you can come up with different conclusions. Reasonable people would’ve chosen a different door for reasonable reasons,” he said. “But it’s just not fair to say we were doing it for some illegitimate reason.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
In this March 3, 2016, file photo, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, left, arrives at Maryland Court of Appeals in Annapolis, Md. The stakes are high in the upcoming trial for an officer prosecutors say bears the most responsibility for the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man whose spine was snapped in the back of a police transport wagon. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)A judge gave himself until June 22 to decide the fate of an officer in whose van the neck of a young black arrestee was somehow broken.It could take much longer to repair the tense and uneasy relationship between Baltimore’s prosecutors and police, now that they’ve traded accusations of sabotage, misconduct and dirty dealings during the third trial of an officer in the death of Freddie Gray.The betrayal of the symbiotic relationship police and prosecutors maintain in most cities has been particularly unwelcome in Baltimore, where murders reached a 40-year high last year and some neighborhoods have yet to recover from the riots that followed Gray’s death.“The citizens of the city have to wonder: If the two agencies can’t work together to investigate and prosecute crime, where do we stand?” said Warren Alperstein, a prominent attorney in the city.If Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquits Officer Caesar Goodson, who also is Black, of “depraved-heart” murder, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office, prosecutors may have to reconsider trying officers who were less involved in Gray’s death.Whatever the verdict, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby may have decisions to make.Her allegations that six officers intended to fatally injure the resistant prisoner prompted five of them to sue her for defamation. Her chief deputy, accused of withholding evidence, told the judge that the lead police investigator had pressured the coroner to falsely declare Gray’s death an accident.“It is extraordinarily rare to hear a prosecutor accuse a reputable, prominent lead detective of sabotaging the state’s case,” Alperstein said. “Calling into question a detective who the commanders appointed to lead the case sends a clear message. It breeds distrust.”Fissures had formed even before Mosby vowed last year to deliver justice to an outraged citizenry. She said the charges resulted from a “comprehensive, thorough and independent investigation,” even though police investigators said they had felt pressured to hand over their evidence prematurely.Mosby and everyone else involved in the trials are prohibited by the judge from commenting.Since Gray’s death last spring, Baltimore police have been under a microscope.The U.S. Justice Department is investigating allegations of widespread abuse and unwarranted arrests. The mayor fired her police commissioner Anthony Batts and promoted his deputy, Kevin Davis, but decided against a re-election bid amid criticism of her handling of the riots.And Maryland’s legislature updated the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill Of Rights, in the law’s first significant overhaul since it was established 1974.Still, many feel the changes didn’t go far enough. Police supervisors must still wait 5 days before questioning officers suspected of committing crimes; it used to be 10. And officers still can’t be fired without an internal review or a felony conviction, even if, like Goodson, they refuse to talk with investigators.Mosby’s office has made other decisions that frustrate police: In March, prosecutors dropped charges against nine people charged after a sweeping raid found drugs, guns and ammunition; two suspects were soon charged in new crimes, including a quintuple shooting on Memorial Day.Davis responded carefully, saying that while police and prosecutors have a “working” and “healthy” relationship, more must be done.“There’s a hyper focus on the police: What are the police doing, what’s the plan, what’s the strategy. We have those strategies and we’re making progress,” he said. “There are other pieces to that law enforcement puzzle I believe need to be held to that same standard.”Baltimore attorney Steve Levin praised police for their reforms in the past year.“The police are now wearing cameras on their uniforms, and even have cameras in their police vans,” he said. “But I think it’ll soon be time to talk about reform in the prosecutor’s office. As the judge himself said, if the most senior attorneys in the office don’t recognize exculpatory material, that’s a problem.”
Back in July Valve introduced a new system called Steam Greenlight to handle new game submissions wanting to be considered for sale on the Steam service. The emphasis was getting the community involved in helping to rate the hundreds of games Steam was being asked to sell every year.Steam Greenlight has been live for a few weeks now, and Valve has realized there’s a big problem with it. By allowing submissions for free, Greenlight is being overrun with spam entries, jokes, and content not actually suitable for Steam. At the same time there has been around 700 legitimate submissions within that mix.So how do you clear all the junk out of the system? Valve has decided that a $100 fee per Greenlight submission is the best course of action. $100 is enough to deter anything but serious entries, but at the same time Valve doesn’t want this to be seen as profiteering so all the money generated from submission will be donated to the Child’s Play charity.The decision to start charging has predictably been met with both positive and negative views. While it will certainly keep Greenlight free of spam, $100 is a lot of cash for many struggling indies. It has been suggested $20 would be a better level to operate at, but would that be high enough to stop some submissions (that shouldn’t be on Greenlight) appearing?Valve is also trying to make the Greenlight system better for gamers who want to take part and vote for submissions. With that in mind submissions will now be filtered to only show the kinds of games users have stated they like. That way the list of games seen is much shorter and ultimately more manageable for the user.Read more at Steam Community
Stay on target Thank you to the best fans in the universe! Marvel Studios’ “@Avengers: #InfinityWar” Trailer TOMORROW. pic.twitter.com/BkkDEtyk9k— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 28, 2017Setting aside the fact that I despise the very notion of trailers for trailers, maybe wait until you finish the thing before patting yourself on the back so hard. You know? Make sure the ball crosses the plane before you run your victory lap (yay, mixed sports metaphor.) Even the Lord of the Rings movies knew the overlong, self-congratulating clip show goes at the end of the final movie, not in a promo video six months before it. I would be even more turned off by this clip if not for the fact that the parts where it shows clips of the big MCU movies are all pretty great. The studio has given us some great moments over the last 10 years. I like being reminded of that almost enough to put up with footage of YouTubers overreacting to marketing materials.Plus, the actual trailer really was that amazing. I’ll forgive almost anything after that. Remember when footage from Avengers: Infinity War was shown at San Diego Comic Con and nobody saw it but the people who were physically there? That seems so long ago. Ever since that day, fans have been wondering when we’d finally see any footage from the movie. Finally, we have an answer: RIGHT F-ING NOW! After two days of the Russo brothers teasing us with no-contexts countdown posts, the first trailer for the movie is here.You know what, Marvel? All is forgiven. The frustratingly exclusive Comic Con footage, the long wait with absolutely no information… that trailer was well worth it. Marvel has said that Avengers: Infinity War would be their biggest movie yet, and boy are they living up to that promise so far. Bringing together every story they’ve told over the past ten years is a gigantic feat, and after this trailer, I’m even more excited to see how they pull it off. It’s something movies haven’t done before, and that’s worth seeing even if you’re feeling a bit of superhero fatigue at this point.I especially love that the Guardians of the Galaxy are being brought into things with this one. Though Thanos played a fairly significant role in their first movie, the Guardians have mostly existed off to the side, in another corner of the universe. That’s probably one reason their movies are so popular. They’re doing their own thing and you don’t necessarily have to be caught up on the MCU to appreciate the story. From the looks of things, though, they’re in it now. As much as I’ve enjoyed the separated nature of their first two movies, it’s about time they met up with the rest of their Marvel brethren. I especially want to see how Iron Man and Captain America bounce off of someone like Star Lord.Avengers: Infinity War is a huge accomplishment, and it deserves to be celebrated. But Marvel… can you wait until you actually put the thing out before you start patting yourselves on the back? Yesterday, the studio announced the trailer’s imminent release with this tweet. ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Director Says This One Scene Made Him CryDid Cate Blanchett Wear the Infinity Stones to the BAFTA Awards?
© 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Although vacuum tubes were the basic components of early electronic devices, by the 1970s they were almost entirely replaced by semiconductor transistors. But in the past few years, researchers have been developing “nanoscale vacuum channel transistors” (NVCTs) that combine the best of vacuum tubes and modern semiconductors into a single device. Citation: Vacuum channel transistor combines best of semiconductors and vacuum tubes (2017, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-04-vacuum-channel-transistor-combines-semiconductors.html Illustrations and scanning electron microscope image of the nanoscale vacuum channel transistor. Credit: Han et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Explore further Compared to conventional transistors, NVCTs are faster and more resistant to high temperatures and radiation. These advantages make NVCTs ideal candidates for applications such as radiation-tolerant deep space communications, high-frequency devices, and THz electronics. They are also candidates for extending Moore’s law—which states that the number of transistors on a computer chip doubles approximately every two years—which is expected to soon hit a roadblock due to the physical limitations of shrinking semiconductor transistors. On the other hand, traditional vacuum tubes have certain disadvantages compared to semiconductor transistors, which caused them to become obsolete. Notably, vacuum tubes are very large and consume a lot of energy. With the new NVCTs, size is no longer an issue because the new devices are produced using modern semiconductor fabrication techniques, and so can be made as small as a few nanometers across. Whereas traditional vacuum tubes look like light bulbs, NVCTs look more like typical semiconductor transistors and can only be seen under a scanning electron microscope.To address the more pressing issue of energy consumption, in a new study researchers Jin-Woo Han, Dong-Il Moon, and M. Meyyappan at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, have designed a silicon-based NVCT with an improved gate structure that reduces the drive voltage from tens of volts to less than five volts, resulting in a lower energy consumption. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.In an NVCT, the gate is the component that receives the drive voltage and, based on this voltage, it controls the flow of electrons between two electrodes. In contrast, in the old vacuum tubes, electrons were released by heating the emitter of the device. Because the electrons traveled through a vacuum (the vacuum gap), they moved at very high speeds, which led to the fast operation. In NVCTs, there is not actually a vacuum, but instead the electrons travel across a space filled with an inert gas such as helium at atmospheric pressure. Since the distance between electrodes is so small (as little as 50 nm), the probability of an electron colliding with a gas molecule is very low, and so the electrons move just as quickly through this “quasi-vacuum” as they do in an actual vacuum. Even with some collisions occurring, the gas molecules are not ionized due to the lower operating voltage.Perhaps the greatest advantage of the new vacuum transistors is their ability to tolerate high temperatures and ionizing radiation, which makes them promising candidates for the harsh environments often experienced by military and space applications. In the new study, the researchers experimentally demonstrated that the NVCTs continue to operate at the same level of performance at temperatures of up to 200 °C, whereas conventional transistors would cease to function at this temperature. Tests also showed that the new NVCTs are robust against gamma and proton radiation.In the future, the researchers plan to further improve the performance of this “new old” technology.”Future research plans include device modeling work at the nanoscale, including structure and material properties,” Han told Phys.org. “Also we plan to study aging mechanisms to improve reliability and lifetime.” Return of the vacuum tube 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. More information: Jin-Woo Han, Dong-Il Moon, and M. Meyyappan. “Nanoscale Vacuum Channel Transistor.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04363 Journal information: Nano Letters
News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Related Content News | Proton Therapy | February 16, 2016 Mevion S250 Proton Therapy System Comes to Nation’s Capital Mevion proton accelerator arrives at Medstar Georgetown; one of multiple Mevion sites to achieve installation milestones Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more February 16, 2016 – A superconducting synchrocyclotron proton accelerator was delivered Valentine’s Day weekend to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The accelerator, which will become the core of the hospital’s Mevion S250 proton therapy system, was developed and manufactured in the United States and is one of only eight in existence.When installation is complete, cancer patients in the Washington, D.C. area will gain access to proton therapy — an advanced form of radiation treatment that targets tumors precisely, while sparing much of the surrounding healthy tissue. Because of its accuracy, proton therapy is ideal for treating pediatric patients, as well as adults with cancers in or near sensitive locations, such as the heart, lungs, brain, eye or spinal cord.Conventional proton therapy systems can cost over $200 million to construct and are typically the size of a football field. The Mevion S250 delivers proton therapy for up to 80 percent less cost and 90 percent less space. Mevion systems also require up to 75 percent fewer staff and use up to 90 percent less energy than other proton systems. Furthermore, Mevion says its proton systems have an industry leading ramp-up time, throughput capabilities and uptime.Installation of the system at MedStar Georgetown will take approximately 10 months. The system will then undergo proton beam tuning to meet the precise clinical requirements for patient treatments. The first proton therapy patient is expected to be treated at MedStar Georgetown in early 2017.The Washington, D.C. installation begins as Ackerman Cancer Center (ACC) in Jacksonville, Fla., breaks ground on the construction of a radiation vault for its second Mevion S250 Series system. ACC will be installing a Mevion S250i with Hyperscan pencil beam scanning technology.The first system opened last April, and quickly achieved the fastest per-room ramp-up in the history of proton therapy. The installation is expected to be completed in 2017.Meanwhile, the Mevion S250 under installation at the University of Florida (UF) Health Cancer Center – Orlando Health, in Orlando, Fla., has also achieved a major milestone. It has completed its rigorous acceptance testing and is now entering the clinical commissioning phase. Clinical commissioning is the final step before the first patient is treated.During an intensive seven days of acceptance testing, the system in Orlando met or exceeded all specifications. Its operational control has been officially transitioned to the physics and radiation oncology proton teams at UF Health Cancer Center. It is expected to begin treating patients in a few months.For more information: www.mevion.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more
From the print editionThe people of Argentina seem to have thought up 1,001 ways to make animals taste delicious, and the idea has spread. The latest Argentine restaurant to open in Costa Rica did so just a month ago in Barrio Amón, in downtown San José. La Estancia Argentina now serves up all the meat one can imagine, including its own smorgasbord of the finest beef and pork concoctions thought up in the South American country. The menu lets one choose steaks like flank and flap or stranger delicacies like mollejas (calf thymus and pancreas) and chitterlings (pig intestines).La Estancia Argentina fills a moderately-sized space on a street perpendicular to the enormous National Insurance Institute building. Replete with romantic arches and inlaid brick, the restaurant is also defined by a large window that leads out into the street, inviting a comfortable draft. The menu’s selection will appease the most serious of carnivores. The restaurant does have lighter choices, a few salads, a couple fish dishes and poultry selections such as chicken milanese. La Estancia Argentina also offers beef milanese, a tender Argentine tradition. However, we decided to go right for the signature dish – the Argentina barbecue. La Estancia’s dining area. No related posts. Gabe Dinsmoor Hunks of meat are laid out on a barbecue known as a parilla (the more expensive, juicier cuts are imported from Argentina). While we waited for the chef to cook up the meat, we placed an order for carpaccio, an appetizer that takes little time to prepare. The thinly sliced (although we would’ve preferred it even thinner) raw beef topped with capers, served as a pleasant warm-up for the barbecue.All meals also come with bread and a trio of sauces: Spicy chimichurri, a pesto and pico de gallo. Drinks to wash down the lunch or dinner include a thirst-quenching lemonade, Argentina’s favorite caffeinated beverage, mate (in teabag form) and Malbec wines.When the main course arrived, the barbecue’s presentation looked overwhelming. It’s difficult to make so many cuts of meat placed together look glamorous, but their appearance does make one’s mouth water. Four slabs of ribs cover a third of the plate. The rest of the space was taken by chunks of sweet bread, strips of flank steak, chorizo and blood sausage. Spices and boiled potatoes accompany the platter. Take a deep breath and go for broke. The barbecue comes either as a meal for two people or four people, and it’s more than enough food to satisfy one’s hunger. Ordering such a tempting smattering of meats can ruin the idea of “saving room for dessert.” But here the desserts are recommended.Several traditional treats are on the menu. We chose a Don Pedro. Our waiter carried over a heap of sparkling vanilla ice cream drizzled with walnuts – and because every Argentine dish seems to want to toughen you up – the ice cream also is drenched in whiskey. The dessert refreshes, an invigorating complement to finish off a superb sampling of Argentina’s renowned carne.PricesNote: Prices on the menu do not include the 10 percent service tax.Salads: ₡4,900-5,600 ($9.80-11.20)Appetizers: ₡3,260-6,300 ($6.50-12.60)Chicken: ₡6,250-7,900 ($12.50-15.80)Beef: ₡5,900-7,900 ($11.80-15.80)*Prices for meat cooked on the parillada depends on the cut and whether it’s imported.Argentine barbecue for two people:₡21,500 ($43)For 4 people: ₡39,000 ($78)Desserts: ₡2,750-3,950 ($5.50-7.90) Facebook Comments