Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting FacebookMapsCalendarInstagramFacebook MessengerDay OnePocketReederEvernoteMailRemindersBywordPhonePhotosDraftsQuotebookMessagesPastebotLaunch Center ProTweetbotA Closer LookMy iPhone is my most personal computer, so I’ve put lots of work into customizing my home screen. The wallpaper is “Sunset” by Dean Putney, which I got from Simple Desktops. I find the purple hues go with just about any app icon.Here’s how I decided what to put on the first page of apps.For me, a smartphone has three essential functions, in my view: communication, planning and navigation. On top of that, I have three hobbies in which my iPhone plays a central role: reading, writing and photography. I set up my home screen around those priorities.Facebook is my most important communication channel, as you can see from the fact that I have two Facebook apps on page one. It’s where all my friends and family are, and we use it for pretty much everything. This is why I’m so stoked about the new Facebook integration on iOSI use the built-in Calendar and Reminders, but I use Google Calendar as the back end. Having Facebook events integrated into iOS calendars is a huge help.Evernote is where I store my long-term and big-picture ideas, so I have to have that accessible. I find the iOS app to be pretty clunky and hard to use, though, so I capture most of my ideas with Drafts. It launches straight into a blank text field, and I can send what I type into any of the more full-featured text apps I use. Those include Byword, where I write my blog posts, and Day One, my private journal.I keep Reeder on my front screen so I can remember to comb through my RSS feeds regularly and save the articles I want to read. Those end up in Pocket, which as you can see by the number attached to the icon, is quite full at the moment .Quotebook is a tiny app, but I love it. It’s for capturing and sharing quotations that you love. Things end up in there from all over my phone.Finally, there’s Instagram, my favorite app. It’s like a lens through which I share the world with a handful of people who see it like I do – or who see it very differently in beautiful ways. I do most of my actual shooting from the stock Camera app, which I access from the lock screen, and then I open the images in Instagram once I’ve gotten the shot.The DockThe four apps on the iPhone dock have special roles because they’re visible on every screen. I chose three apps I need constantly and one that contains multitudes. I’ll explain that separately.While Facebook is the most important communication channel, Messages is the fastest. Not everyone uses Facebook Messenger, so Facebook messages and posts generally have to be for things requiring less immediate response time. Plus, iMessage is awesome (on the phone, anyway), so my iPhone-using friends and I communicate that way for immediate things. jon mitchell Tweetbot is my Twitter client of choice. I use it on iPhone, iPad and the beta for Mac. I think it’s the perfect way to interact with Twitter, and I hope Twitter never takes it away.And then there’s Launch Center.Launch CenterLaunch Center by App Cubby is like a cheat code for the iPhone. The key thing to know about it is that it can launch actions, not just apps. So it’s the perfect place to put apps that you use constantly for very specific things, but that you don’t want cluttering up your main app spaces.I mainly use Launch Center for Foursquare check-ins, Localscope searches, quickly getting to Web addresses, and turning my flashlight app on and off.What Else Is On My Phone?On the second page, the left half is occupied by folders for various tasks: talk/chat, navigation, photography, writing, media, various business and banking apps, and one for various other Web services. The right half has the App Store and Settings apps, Safari, Localscope, a great Dropbox-based audio recording app called DropVox, Prismatic, Clock and the quick video camera app Capture.What Goes On The iPhone 5’s Extra Row?By now, you may have noticed that my home screen is rather short, since I have an iPhone 4. You’d better believe I know what four apps I’m adding to the front page when my iPhone 5 arrives. It’ll be Safari, Localscope, Prismatic and Capture. I can’t wait. If there’s one thing in my digital life that exemplifies how I use my phone, it’s Evernote. Like my Evernote notebooks, I keep my home screen carefully organized for maximum usefulness. This is the computer I have with me everywhere, so I keep it primed to be ready for anything.Why I Use An iPhoneThe iPhone has always been my smartphone of choice. Using it feels the most like using a physical object, rather than virtual representations on a screen. The responsiveness and gestures in iOS overcome the illusion of software for me. It just feels like using real tools.The other reasons I use an iPhone are the tools themselves. I think the third-party software in the App Store is the best software ecosystem there is. I always manage to find something that helps me do exactly what I need to do. So here’s what I’ve chosen.What’s On My Home Screen A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#apps#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
MEXICO CITY—The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) here has lifted sanctions imposed on microbiologists Mario Soberón and Alejandra Bravo after a misconduct investigation. The husband-and-wife team at the university’s Institute of Biotechnology (IBt) was found to have manipulated images in 11 published papers. IBt today released a memo outlining its view of the case and calling for UNAM—widely viewed as Mexico’s most important university—to establish guidelines for handling misconduct allegations in the future.The allegations against Soberón and Bravo involved papers on Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins, which are used in engineered crops to target insect pests. After IBt launched an internal investigation, Bravo and Soberón acknowledged having modified the images, says Carlos F. Arias, IBt’s director at the time. “They insisted that [these] were merely ‘cosmetic’ modifications,” he says—for example, erasing a line on a Western blot to make their conclusions clearer. Bravo and Soberón declined an interview request from ScienceInsider.In the fall of 2012, an external committee convened by IBt concluded that modifications in at least two of the 11 articles were “inappropriate and categorically reprehensible,” according to a memo circulated publicly by IBt. But the panel found that the alterations did not constitute scientific fraud because they did not affect the papers’ central conclusions. The commission advised against retracting the papers. Instead, it recommended sanctions, which IBt imposed: asking Soberón to resign as head of UNAM’s molecular microbiology department (he complied); demoting Bravo from an “academic leader” to an “associate researcher;” and forbidding the pair from accepting new graduate students for 3 years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Mexican press has followed the saga closely, with some opinion columnists applauding IBt’s handling of the case and others defending Soberón and Bravo against what they see as unjust allegations. In a recent op-ed for the newspaper El Universal, Juan Ramón de la Fuente, who was dean of UNAM between 1999 and 2007 and remains a powerful voice in the Mexican scientific community, held up Bravo and Soberón as “victims of excessive suspicion” by scientists who “envy” their success.In the latest twist, UNAM’s ombudsman Jorge Carmona has lifted the sanctions, citing irregularities in IBt’s investigation. According to Carmona, the problems included the presence of the complainant on the internal IBt committee that first evaluated the case, a lack of adequate opportunities for Soberón and Bravo to argue their position, and a breach of confidentiality that led to rumors and press reports that Carmona says may have unduly damaged the researchers’ reputations. He also says the committee convened by his office was concerned that the punishment was too severe for image manipulation. “It’s not exoneration,” Carmona says. Rather, his office considers the pair’s punishment “fulfilled” after 1 year.Next on the agenda for UNAM is creating a system for handling misconduct allegations. “In the event that there’s a complaint, there’s no defined way to proceed. So what do we do?” says Agustín López Munguía, IBt’s academic secretary at the time the allegations against Soberón and Bravo arose. Carmona says that UNAM’s general consul is drafting new regulations outlining how the university should handle alleged ethical lapses.
Amid calls for scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution that gives autonomous status to Jammu and Kashmir, a legislator of the ruling party in Nagaland has triggered a debate on Article 371(A) that guarantees special status for the people of the north-eastern State.Neikiesalie Nicky Kire of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) had a few days ago attributed the lack of development in Nagaland to Article 371(A) that safeguards the customary rights of the Nagas. The NDPP rules Nagaland in alliance with the BJP.“Land and its resources in Nagaland belong to the people and not the government. Landowners usually wield the provisions in Article 371(A) to prevent the government from carrying out developmental activities on their land,” Dr. Kire said. He appealed to the people not to use Article 371(A) to hinder development work.Shurhozelie Liezietsu, the president of the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF), said it was not right to blame Article 371(A) for the government’s inability to push projects. Some agreed with Dr. Kire though. “The MLA certainly did not mean Article 371(A) needs to go. The problem with this Article lies in its interpretation. The government must undertake an awareness campaign with a detailed interpretation of the rights given to landowners. But yes, some landowners do take advantage of the provisions which affects development,” said Chuba Ozukum, president of Naga Hoho, the apex body of the State’s tribal organisations.
PBA IMAGESNLEX blew a 30-point lead before surviving Alaska, 96-89, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Road Warriors took a 87-57 with 9:46 left but the Aces pulled to within two, 91-89, with 13.9 seconds remaining before Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena and Larry Fonacier hit free throws to seal their team’s third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo stuns UST for first win View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Down by only three, 92-89, with 11.6 ticks left, Alaska committed a costly turnover after Kevin Racal’s inbound pass went too strong.“I was wrong again,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. “You really need a 30-point lead to beat Alaska. Even with a 30-point lead, we were not safe.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlas poured in 15 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes off the bench, Fonacier shot three treys to collect 15 markers, four boards, and four assists, and Raul Soyud also had 15 points and seven rebounds.Ravena had a near triple-double effort with 12 markers, 10 assists, and six boards, while JR Quiñahan got 12 points, five dimes, and four rebounds as NLEX improved to 5-4. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX 96 — Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89 — Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89. AFP official booed out of forum “I think this win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons. The two games we won before this were really hard games and I think they helped us in terms of just keeping our composure in the end game,” said Guiao.It was a tough defeat for the Aces, who scored 19 unanswered points to get themselves back in the game, 87-76, with 4:25 remaining before Quiñahan stopped the drought for the Road Warriors.Vic Manuel pumped in 12 points, six rebounds, and three assists for Alaska, which saw its six-game winning streak snapped.JVee Casio and Jeron Teng both got 12 in the defeat, the Aces’ third in nine outings.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next
Sinisa Mihajlovic was relieved of his duties as the AC Milan coach by the club authorities, the Italian football giants announced on Tuesday.He will be replaced by youth coach Cristian Brocchi.The club acted after a disappointing campaign this season which sees them placed at the sixth place on the points table with six matches left. They have accumulated only 49 points from 32 matches while leaders Juventus have 76.”Sinisa Mihajlovic has been relieved of his role as AC Milan coach. The club would like to thank Mihajlovic for the dedication and hard work carried out this season,” said a statement on the club’s official website.”Cristian Brocchi will now be in charge of the first team until the end of the season. AC Milan would like to welcome Mr Brocchi and wish him all the best,” the statement added.”Thanks for all the love, it was an honour,” tweeted Mihajlovic on Tuesday.The Serbian was roped in as Filippo Inzaghi’s replacement last year in June. He had a contract till June 30, 2017.
Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Gautam Gambhir says he plays to win and winning gives him peace..Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at the second spot in the Indian Premier League points table with 16 points from 13 games.”I love winning. Winning for me is everything. Winning makes me happy, makes me satisfied, makes me be at peace. I just want to win, irrespective of what platform I play. Nothing else keeps me hungry. Nothing else makes me work hard,” Gambhir told ESPN Cricinfo.Gambhir also spoke about the change the IPL has seen over the years in terms of scoring and game plan.”When I joined KKR the first year , our game plan was to get 40-45 in the first six overs, try and get to 100 by 15 overs with wickets in hand and then go hard in the final five.””I still remember when Jacques [Kallis] was there as opener. We used to say, in our conditions, let us score at seven an over till the 15th over and then try and get 50 in the final five overs and get to 160, which we always thought, with our bowling attack in home conditions, would be a good score,” Gambhir added.Gambhir went on to assert that the demand of a high score has risen and there has come a shift in attitude due to IPL.”Now, sometimes 200 is not a good score. People have become far more fearless, far more innovative. This is what IPL has done.”Kolkata lost to Kings XI Punjab by 14 runs last night and will be up against Mumbai Indians next who have already qualified for the play-offs.advertisement
HALIFAX — Localized flooding was reported overnight in the western Maritimes as the remnants of post-tropical storm Erin dumped more than 160 millimetres of rain in some areas.The centre of the low-pressure system passed over Nova Scotia’s southwestern shore near Shelburne late Thursday, moving northeast toward St. Margarets Bay and the Halifax region before arriving at the Gulf of St. Lawrence this morning.The heaviest rainfall was reported in southwestern Nova Scotia, the eastern side of the Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley, parts of northern Nova Scotia, southern New Brunswick along the Bay of Fundy and western P.E.I.More than 160 mm of rain fell on Parrsboro, N.S., which is in northern Nova Scotia, next to the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Basin.Meanwhile more than 150 mm of rain was reported in Port Maitland in southwestern Nova Scotia and Scots Bay, near the entrance to the Minas Basin.Bob Robichaud, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, said some communities in southwestern Nova Scotia received up to 30 millimetres of rain per hour, which he described as an extreme rainfall rate.“That resulted in some flooding,” he said, adding he was unaware of any serious damage or major power outages.“I’m surprised that I haven’t heard anything in terms of impacts. It may be that they’re still assessing stuff.”The Halifax Stanfield International Airport reported 53 mm or rain and a peak gust at 69 kilometres per hour.The Canadian Press
by The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 10:13 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Stocks slip after acceleration in US growth prompts fear of a Fed pullback; Twitter soars NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are pulling back from record levels as investors bet that faster growth in the U.S. would increase the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will curtail its economic stimulus program.The U.S. economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.8 per cent in the third quarter, up from 2.5 per cent the previous quarter. That made investors think the Fed could start cutting back its stimulus next month, sooner than many expected.Twitter soared in its stock market debut.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 33 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 15,712 as of noon Eastern time Thursday. It was up 50 points earlier.The Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index gave up eight points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,761. The Nasdaq composite fell 44 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 3,886.
ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, among the more creative and popular personalities on the all-sports network, announced on Twitter Monday night that he is enduring a third bout with cancer.“Blessed by prayers..I’m back in the Fight. C reared its head again. Chemo evry 2 wks but I’ll still work, still work out..still #LIVESTRONG”Scott was flooded with well-wishes from fans, including Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.“Thanks for prayers..ill fight w ALL C survivors & loved ones. Cancer wants to re-appear..picked the right guy cuz I HIT HARD all day long!!”In 2007, according to Touched By Cancer magazine, Scott was first diagnosed with cancer after he got sick during a Monday Night Football game. An emergency appendectomy revealed the presence of appendiceal cancer.After six months of chemotherapy, Scott was declared cancer-free. However, in early 2011 doctors discovered that malignant tumors had developed on his small intestine. More surgery and chemotherapy were required.And now, recently, the cancer has resurfaced.Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, outlined his post-chemo regimen on Twitter: “Here’s what I do right aftr chemo. Leave the infusion center & go STRAIGHT 2 either do a p90x wkout or train MMA..THATS how you #LIVESTRONG”Known for phrases such as “Boo-yeah” and “cooler than the other side of the pillow,” Scott last year said: “Cancer sucks, and the effects of chemotherapy suck, and you’re going to feel like crap sometimes. But you’re going to feel like that whether you’re lying in bed or going to work or working out, so you might as well go out there and live your life.“If you believe you’re not being touched by this, then it’s much better.”And so, he works.“I love my job,” Scott said then. “Those of us who do what we do, we’re blessed. Being on when you don’t feel well is not the challenge. I love writing. I love creating our shows every night. And by the time it’s time to go on, you’re charged. And when you’re going through something like this, going to work helps. Having that energy helps. Having a positive mindset helps.”
OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss (20) shoots a free throw during the second half a game against Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament on March 5 in Indianapolis. OSU lost, 82-63. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorWhile the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will be lacking scarlet and gray, the same cannot be said about the women’s 64-team field.The official bracket was announced Monday night, in which the Ohio State women’s basketball team earned a No. 3 seed, setting it up with a first-round matchup against No. 14 seed Buffalo.Tipoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday at St. John Arena in Columbus.Buffalo will be making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history. The Bulls took down Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference championship game. They, as a No. 8 seed, became the highest-seeded team to win the MAC tournament.Although coach Kevin McGuff has to be pleased with making the tournament for the second time in his three seasons at the helm for OSU, there is likely some bitterness after his team’s final four games.Heading into the final two regular-season games, the then-fifth-ranked Buckeyes were amid an 11-game win streak, looking poised for, at least, a No. 2 seed, with an outside chance at a top seed.They lost both in overtime.Then, in the Big Ten tournament, OSU got past Rutgers in the quarterfinals, but senior guard Ameryst Alston suffered a wrist injury late in the game.Without their second-leading scorer at full ability in the semifinals, the Scarlet and Gray were trounced by Michigan State, 82-63, a rather fitting coda to the disappointing four-game stretch.After a nearly two-week break, OSU will hope to regain its footing and begin playing the team that took down Maryland, a No. 2 seed, twice during the regular season, as well as now-fourth-seeded Texas A&M.If the Buckeyes are able to get past Buffalo, they’ll be set to face the winner of sixth-seeded West Virginia versus No. 11 seed Princeton on Sunday at St. John Arena.OSU played three of the tournament’s No. 1 seeds — Connecticut, South Carolina and Notre Dame — during the regular season. The Scarlet and Gray lost all three matchups.South Carolina is the top-seeded team in OSU’s region, which is a fortunate break for the Buckeyes because they only lost to Gamecocks by eight points when the two teams played in November.Consequently, it makes a potential trip to the Final Four a little easier, as OSU won’t have to face perennial power UConn during its road to Indianapolis. The Huskies throttled the Buckeyes by 54 points on Nov. 18 in Columbus.Last season, as a No. 5 seed, OSU lost in the second round on a last-second shot by fourth-seeded North Carolina.The Buckeyes have reached the Final Four once in program history, in 1993. They lost to Texas Tech by two points in the championship game.Prior to taking over at OSU, McGuff spent nine years as the head coach at Xavier and two at Washington. His best tournament run was a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010 at Xavier.
From above, it depicts characters from a famous poster from the Star Wars series of films. But how many of the characters can you identify? Let us know by leaving a comment below. From above, the maze depicts some characters from a Star Wars posterCredit:Albanpix.com The maze features some of the same characters as in this Star Wars movie poster They are among the most recognisable figures from film, but here are Star Wars characters as you have never seen them before.An a-maze-ing maize maze is causing much a-maze-ment in the Cambridgeshire countryside.With 1.8 miles of pathways in a 12-acre field, the family attraction near March is the largest maize maze created by Skylark Maize to date. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist was just 14 when he directed a plot to behead a police officer. A teenager has become the first terrorist to be granted anonymity for life, in a move deemed necessary to prevent him from becoming a poster boy for Isil. He was jailed for life in 2015 after he admitted sending instructions to an Australian jihadist urging him to launch a deadly attack during an Anzac Day parade. However, the judge ruled that he only had to serve a minimum of five years before being eligible for parole, meaning he could be free next year. The youth, from Blackburn, who was recruited online by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), also planned to behead his teachers and…
In the latest issue of International Mining Project News, there is ‘hot’ lithium news from Aberdeen International, Alix Resources, Altura Mining, Argonaut Resources, Avalon Rare Metals, Bacanora Minerals, Canadian Orebodies, Coolgardie Rare Metals Venture, European Metals Holdings, Focus Minerals, Hannans Reward, Kilbarab Resources, Lithium Australia, Lithium X Energy, Mining Projects Group, Neometals and Venus Metals. There is detailed information in the issue on all these projects and those mentioned below and three times as many projects available in the full subscribers’ issue. There are important contact details for all projects. Contact email@example.comThe picture shows raw water tank and CIL construction at Red Eagle’s San Ramon gold mine in Colombia within its Santa Rosa gold project. The September 2014 feasibility study includes $74 million in initial capital costs and cash costs of $596/oz. Post-tax project economics include cash flow $132 million, NPV5% $104 million, IRR 53% and payback within 1.3 years. Production is projected to start during H2 2016.This week’s International Mining Project News, of over 60 pages, covers Ivanhoe Mines’ fabulous Kamoa copper project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It plans a first phase of mine development that envisages an annual production rate of 100,000 t of copper at a mine-site cash cost of $0.75/lb copper. KGHM developed controlled convergence room-and-pillar mining method potentially could provide significant cost savings.Mobilisation for a major new 15,000 m drilling program has commenced at Pilbara Minerals’ 100%-owned Pilgangoora lithium-tantalite project in Western Australia. RC and diamond drilling progressively commencing over the coming weeks over four main target areas to in-fill, upgrade and expand the current global Indicated and Inferred Resource of 80.2 Mt grading 1.26% Li2O (spodumene).Amarc Resources has finalised a definitive agreement with Thompson Creek Metals Co in order to advance the IKE porphyry copper discovery in south-central British Columbia. Under the agreement, Thompson Creek has the option to acquire up to a 50% interest in the IKE Project through a staged investment process.Asiamet Resources (ARS) advises that a PEA on the Beruang Kanan Main (BKM) deposit within its 100% owned KSK Contract of Work in Kalimantan, Indonesia, is advancing well in line with plan and budget.Hot Chili Ltd has completed the PFS for its flagship Productora copper project, located along the coastal range 600 km north of Santiago, Chile.Bacanora Minerals is developing the Sonora lithium project in northern Mexico and has positive results of a PFS (prepared in accordance with NI 43-101) for the development of a mine and lithium carbonate (“Li2CO3”) processing facility at Sonora. The PFS estimates a pre-tax IRR of 29% (post-tax 25%) and an associated NPV of $776 million, (post-tax $542 million) at an 8% discount rate. These results highlight the strong economic potential of producing up to ……………………Lionergy has signed an agreement for future offtake of lithium spodumene concentrate produced from Altura Mining’s high grade Pilgangoora lithium project. Lionergy has also agreed to an investment of A$3 million through a placement to support the off take LOI.Alphamin Resources reports on the results of its feasibility study for its 84.55% owned Bisie tin project in east central Democratic Republic of Congo. The study supports a technically simple underground mining operation with recovery of tin via gravity separation methods that offers low unit capital and operating costs, rapid payback and strong financial performance at metal prices of $14,800/t tin, as used here.Nevada Clean Magnesium provides an update on the progress of constructing the bench scale pilot furnace being done in Fort St John, BC. by Lindon Enterprises.Lithium Australia NL (LIT) has successfully developed a hydrometallurgical process, the Sileach™ process, for the recovery of lithium from spodumene, currently the primary source of hard-rock lithium production. The Sileach process is readily adaptable to other silicate minerals also and has been developed to reduce the cost of producing lithium chemicals from materials that have traditionally been roasted, with very high energy costs, to recover the lithium.Kibaran Resources says it “is poised to finalise project financing for development of its Epanko graphite project in Tanzania after raising $2.0 million via a share placement.”TNG Ltd has signed a wide ranging non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with global engineering and services provider Downer EDI to participate in the development, construction and operation of its 100%-owned Mount Peake vanadium-titanium-iron project in the Northern Territory.Hummingbird Resources, the West African focused gold development company, announces a six month extension of its $15million bridge facility with Taurus Mining Finance Fund to 8 September 2016. This extension allows both parties to work together towards a fully funded finance package for the Yanfolila gold project without the timing of the bridge impacting on discussions.OceanaGold Corp provides an update on the construction of the top-tier Haile gold mine in the USA.KEFI Minerals, the gold exploration and development company with projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, reports Tulu Kapi gold project in Ethiopia remains on track for financing mid-2016 and production end-2017.Northern Vertex has substantially de-risked the Moss mine project in Arizona by conducting a test mining phase which produced more than 4,000 oz of gold and 20,000 oz of silver, resulting in more than $5.5 million in gold sales.Edenville Energy, developing a coal-to-power project in southwest Tanzania reports that the Mining Licence (ML 562/2016), granted to Edenville International (Tanzania) Ltd (EITL) has been formally released by the Tanzanian Ministry of Energy and Mines. EITL is incorporated in Tanzania and is a 99.5% owned subsidiary of its ultimate parent company, Edenville Energy.Canadian Zinc Corp has signed agreements with Korea Zinc and Boliden for the sale of zinc and lead concentrates to be produced at its 100% owned Prairie Creek mine.Kidman Resources advises that the production ramp-up at its Burbanks gold project near Coolgardie in Western Australia is continuing to gain momentum, with drilling returning a series a high-grade hits from the Dahmu lode it has just started mining.Golden Queen Mining has poured its first gold bar at its 50%-owned Soledad Mountain gold-silver project located south of Mojave, California.Aureus Mining has declared Commercial Production at the New Liberty gold mine in Liberia. Gold production at New Liberty exceeded 9,000 oz during February 2016.In the NEW PLAYER (mergers and acquisitions) section of the newsletter, the following are in the news. The other sections include PREFEASIBILITY and FEASIBILITY studies, IN DEVELOPMENT, INTO PRODUCTION, EXPANSION and PROJECT PEOPLE. There is more detail on all of these in the subscriber versions, including key contacts.Helio Resource has reached agreement with Damara Gold whereby the earn-in agreement between Damara and Helio will be cancelled, and Helio and Damara will transfer their respective interests in two Namibian exploration licences, through wholly owned subsidiaries, namely EPL 3738 (Wilhelmstal) and EPL 3739 (Otjimbojo), into Osino Resources Corp, a privately-held British Columbia corporation in return for shares in Osino.The Competition Tribunal has approved the takeover of Optimum Coal Mine (OCM) and six other target firms by Tegeta Exploration and Resources on the condition that there would be no merger-specific retrenchments.Avalon Rare Metals has changed its name to Avalon Advanced Materials.Endeavour Mining has received $25.3 million upon simultaneously signing and closing the sale transaction of its non-core Youga mine to MNG Gold. MNG Gold is a privately owned Turkish gold exploration and development company focused on West Africa and Turkey.CONSOL Energy has entered into an agreement for the sale of its Buchanan mine in southwest Virginia and certain other metallurgical coal reserves to Coronado IV for total consideration to CONSOL of $420 million, including $398 million cash payable at the closing.Rio Tinto has completed the sale of its 40% interest in the Bengalla coal Joint Venture in Australia to New Hope Corp for $616.7 million. Rio Tinto has now announced or completed US$4.7 billion of divestments since January 2013.Mining Projects Group (MPJ) has now completed due diligence to the satisfaction of its Board on the recently announced acquisition of the Pilbara lithium-gold project, located in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, from Tyranna Resources and Tribal Mining.Transition Metals Corp has formed a new private subsidiary named Canadian Gold Miner Corp.
Kilkenny 1 – 24Galway 0 – 15HENRY SHEFFLIN RETURNED to the Kilkenny line-up today and helped his side overcome a powerful Galway first half to claim an ominous 1 – 24 to 0 -15 win and a place in the Walsh Cup final.Shefflin came away with 13 points in all (12 from frees), including 10 in a second half which saw the Tribe limited to just three points.Kilkenny got off to the perfect start when Colin Fennelly blasted in an early opening goal to give his side a 1 – 1 to 0 – 1 lead.The Tribesmen had soon chipped that advantage away through points from Niall Burke and Niall Healy and they claimed a 0 – 8 to 1 – 4 lead to send them into half-time with momentum and a commanding advantage of 0 – 12 to 1 – 5.The 2000 strong crowd in Freshford would not leave disappointed, though. The 20 minutes after half-time proved a devastating period for Galway as they lost that window by 10 points to two with Fennelly, Shefflin, JJ Farrell and Brian Hogan each putting their names on the board before Healy grabbed his second of the half to make it 1 – 15 to 0 – 14.Shefflin would add two more to his day’s tally before Eoin Larkin brought the Cats to 1 – 20 with five minutes to play and from there it was a procession to next weekend’s Walsh Cup final where they will meet Dublin, who defeated Wexford by a point in Gorey today.Dublin edge out Wexford to book Walsh Cup final spotRower-Inistioge book place in All-Ireland intermediate hurling club final
We are all used to seeing companies try and reinvent themselves, or launch a new marketing campaign to try and boost sales. But this has to be one of the most ambitions and bizarre, yet memorable marketing campaigns we have seen in a long time.Verbatim Japan has created a website called Verbatim Chamiponship that is an interactive battle game with turn-based combat. The twist comes from the fact the fighting monsters are made up of Verbatim storage products.There are a number of pre-made monsters for you to choose from, or you can take the time to make your own. The site gives you the choice of about 20 different media products including USB sticks, SD cards, and portable hard drives. Of those on offer you choose four devices. The system then randomly creates monsters out of your chosen devices and keeps cycling through the new creations until you pick the one you want.After choosing a name, your creation is given a number of stats including power, defence, speed, and vitality. There’s also a ranking system and your experience is stored as a gigabyte value. This is my own creation along with its starter stats:Verbatim has put some serious work into this website and game. You can save your monster, link to it via your blog, and best of all fight with other media monsters. There’s a final boss to fight, a random battle option, or you can do ranked fights where you select the opponent from a list like the one below. Each monter’s stats are shown by mousing over them.There are some pre-recorded battles to watch, but when your own monster fights it’s interactive with hit, repair, and a projectile attack available.Head on over to the Verbatim website linked to below and see if your media monster creation can progress through the ranks.More at Verbatim
With news that Sony may be officially revealing the next PlayStation in a little over two weeks at a February 20 event, it would behoove Microsoft to make sure Sony doesn’t totally dominate the news cycle. And what better way to do that than release some information on the next Xbox? Whether or not Microsoft has actually leaked Xbox 720 specs, some official-looking Xbox 720 GPU specs have surfaces and been and published for the world to see.VGLeaks notes that the reportedly leaked specs represent the hardware unencumbered by running actual code, so performance can’t quite be judged on the hardware specs alone. However, we would like to note that the following specs cannot be considered official until Microsoft announces if they are or aren’t.Out of the very detailed specs contained in the report, the more notable ones claim that the GPU, codenamed Durango, has a clock rate of 800MHz, which lines up with a previous rumor regarding one of the Xbox 720’s SoCs. The GPU is said to sport 12 shader cores, each of which contains 64KB of local shared memory and a 64-way L1 cache of 16KB, and the GPU will also contain 64KB of global shared memory. The shader core will contain 4 SIMDs, which will employ an instruction set that helps the shaders preserve processing power when operating on a smaller number of components at a time.The GPU will have a run capability of 1.2Tflops, which also lines up with one of the previous rumors. The peak throughput from the main RAM is said to be 68GB/s, while the throughput from the 32MB ESRAM is said to be 102.4GB/s. Compared to the Xbox 360’s EDRAM, the ESRAM is capable of texturing, and rendering to surfaces in the main RAM, among other tasks.The Durango GPU will reportedly be capable of 2x, 4x, and 8x multisample anti-aliasing (MSAA), as well as a modified type of MSAA, compressed AA. Essentially, compressed AA combines the benefits of both high MSAA and the lesser space requirements of lower MSAA.If the leak turns out to be spot on, a couple areas that will surely get a rise from hardware-focused fans will be the 1.2Tflops (compared to the PlayStation 4’s rumored 1.8Tflops) and lack of VRAM (which the ESRAM would help alleviate). Keep in mind, though, that the specs — which you can view in their entirety over on VGLeaks — aren’t necessarily accurate at all, and should be taken with a grain of salt until Microsoft announces them itself.
WASHINGTON — A bitterly divided Congress adjourned Thursday for the election, having accomplished little more than the bare minimum, with lawmakers looking ahead to a lame-duck session and a weighty to-do list already piling up for next year.A must-pass spending bill, agreed to after an unnecessarily protracted struggle and repeated rounds of partisan finger-pointing, extends government funding until Dec. 9 and addresses the Zika crisis with $1.1 billion months after President Barack Obama initially requested federal aid. Lawmakers advanced spending for flood victims in Louisiana and a compromise to help victims of lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan.Obama swiftly signed the spending bill into law.When they return to Washington after the election, lawmakers will have to complete the annual appropriations process, which fell apart this year even though getting it on track was a top priority for the leaders of Congress’ GOP majorities, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Only one of the 12 must-pass annual spending bills has been completed.“This is what divided government gets you,” Ryan said Thursday. “You don’t always get what you want in divided government.”Yet next year is likely to herald still more divisions. Even if Republicans hold the House as expected, manage to win the White House with Donald Trump and hang onto their fragile Senate majority, minority Democrats would still exercise significant power in the Senate. Republican control would be incomplete under the most optimistic scenarios for the GOP.If Democrats win the White House or the Senate, it would usher in another era of divided government, perhaps even more fraught.At the same time, Congress and the next president, whether Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, will confront a series of daunting tasks pushed off into 2017 by a catch-all budget deal negotiated under the former House speaker, John Boehner, on his way out the door last year.
Now that the winter transfer deadline is closed, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained his reasoning behind James Rodriguez staying at Bayern.During the whole winter transfer window there were rumors that suggested James Rodriguez would certainly leave Bayern Munich, but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained why the Bavarian club ultimately decided to keep the Colombian midfielder in the club.Throughout the season there have been several rumors of a disagreement between the player and manager Niko Kovac, who left him on the bench several times in all competitions and never really explained why.These actions were obviously regarded as a message for the player, the media believed that the Croatian boss didn’t want James on the squad and we all expected him to leave before January 31.But turns out we were all wrong, as neither the club nor the manager wanted James Rodriguez out of Bayern Munich and they all unanimously decided that the best option was for him to stay until the end of the season at least.But going a little bit further in this decision, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained that he never even entertained the idea of the Colombian player leaving the German club.🗣️ Rummenigge sobre @jamesdrodriguez: “Creo que todos queremos verle regularmente sobre el terreno de juego, pero eso depende del entrenador. Tengo que decir honestamente que realmente me gusta James”. pic.twitter.com/LagN2ffqCB— James Rodríguez Col (@jamesdrodrifans) January 31, 2019In fact, Rummenigge considers himself one of James’ biggest fans and he truly believes that the player has everything to become the club’s best player.During a football and business congress celebrated in the city of Dusseldorf, the Bayern Munich chairman was questioned about the club’s final decision to not let James Rodriguez leave despite the several offers from clubs like Juventus, Chelsea FC, Manchester United, and even Real Madrid.Rummenigge didn’t even flinch when he responded that the player will stay and the club simply doesn’t care about letting him leave, he also said one of the biggest truths in today’s football about James Rodriguez’s left foot.“James Rodriguez will remain as a Bayern Munich player, this is the best decision for both him and the club,” said the chairman via ESPN.“I have to recognize that I am one of his biggest fans. He is a great player and he may have the best left foot in the Bundesliga.”Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“I really believe that we all wish to see James more often on the pitch, but that decision is for the manager to make. But I do have to be honest when I say that I love that player.”‘James tiene la mejor zurda de toda la Bundesliga’: RummeniggeEl dirigente del Bayern Múnich se declaró fan del colombiano y espera que juegue máshttps://t.co/5zmKIMiyFQ pic.twitter.com/U6j75jn0Vp— Futbolred.com (@futbolred) January 31, 2019After this statement, the media was eager to know what manager Niko Kovac would have to say about his chairman’s beliefs on James, this was a clear message directly from the board of directors and the Croatian boss needed to respond.Far from avoiding the topic as he was pressed about it earlier on Thursday, Kovac made a massive revelation about James Rodriguez’s discipline on the training grounds.“The thing with James Rodriguez is that my decision to not play hi is solely based on what I see on the pitch during practice.”“James is a truly great guy but only the players who practice better are the ones who play. We will play a game in the middle of next week, this will give every single player an opportunity to play and this obviously includes James Rodriguez.”Now that James has heard about the manager’s thoughts on his training efforts, this might be taken as a message that could motivate him to improve during practice and finally earn his spot on the starting eleven on a weekly basis.Rummenigge, sobre el futuro de James: “Lo digo abierta y honestamente, me gusta mucho, soy su fan, pero aún hay tiempo y tenemos que tomar la mejor decisión para él y para nosotros” pic.twitter.com/33lo68XuIB— Bayern Latino (@BayernLat) January 31, 2019What do you think about Bayern Munich’s decision to let James remain at the club until the end of the season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is supporting efforts with a broad coalition of U.S. businesses and industries, to have provisions included in the surface transportation reauthorization bill (Highway Bill) to avoid future port disruptions like those that caused a slowdown on the West Coast last winter.The provisions of the Port Performance Act, included in the final conference agreement of the Highway Bill, would help quantify and measure operating efficiencies of U.S. ports and help to identify key congestion issues that affect the flow of commerce. ASA signed onto a coalition letter to House and Senate conferees urging them to keep the Port Performance Act provisions in the final bill. Click here to view the letter.As indicated in the letter, the need for the Port Performance Act, and the data it will collect, was evident during the slowdown at West Coast Ports last winter. The disruption at these ports resulted in farmers, retailers and manufacturers being unable to get exports through ports to foreign customers and imports to stores and supply chains. By one estimate, retailers suffered economic damages totaling more than $7 billion during the disruption. The crisis demonstrated that little data is currently being aggregated on port performance and congestion.As trade continues to grow, these issues could worsen and the Port Performance Act is intended to identify problem areas sooner, so that attention and actions can be directed accordingly.In addition to the Port Performance Act, separate legislation was also recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to initiate federal action to head off disruptive port slowdowns. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) and is titled, the Ensuring Continued Operations and No Other Major Incidents, Closures, or Slowdowns (ECONOMICS) Act. Specifically, it would put in place triggers, so when certain economic impacts surrounding a dispute occur, a Board of Inquiry must be convened, and the board is required to report to the president and the public to recommend whether there should be a judicial injunction. These triggers include:Number of Ports: When a labor dispute occurs at four or more port facilities.Number of Employees: When the number of affected employees at ports totals 6,000 or more.Drop in Export or Import Vessel Value: When in one month U.S. imports/exports drop 20 percent or more.The ECONOMICS Act also widens the definition of “strike” throughout U.S. labor law to clarify that the president has broad authority to intervene in a variety of disruptions – including slowdowns, strikes, lock-outs, or threatened strikes or lock-outs.This change in definition will also apply to economic impact triggers. The measure directs the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to develop “Additional Conditions” for appointing a Board of Inquiry within two years of enactment and report appropriate conditions numbers to Congress.The ECONOMICS Act would require an objective standard that defines when a dispute has reached a level of economic impact to require an Administrative inquiry and possible intervention. Currently, this threshold can be difficult to determine or agree upon.
PULLMAN — There is no escaping the influence of Washington State University in this remote college town.Big signs for the school stand at the entrances to Pullman. A major bridge has Cougar mascot statues on both ends. The university is perched on a hill and dominates the town like a medieval fortress.But the connections run even deeper, to the extent that massive cuts to the university’s budget by the cash-strapped state reverberate through the whole economy here. “Any time there are financial difficulties with the area’s largest employer, there is cause for concern,” said Jack McGrath, who owns The Quilted Heart fabric store downtown.The land-grant university’s 20,000 students and more than 4,000 employees make it almost a monoculture in the town of 29,000 residents. Pullman’s motto is “High tech, higher education, highest quality of life.”The university’s brick towers, dormitories and sports facilities rise out of rolling hills covered with wheat fields, and seem like an academic island in a vast sea of grain. Pullman is 75 miles south of Spokane, connected by a two-lane highway through the sparsely populated countryside.