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For Storing Electricity, Utilities Turn to Pumped Hydro

first_imgIn the past decade, wind energy production has soared in Spain, rising from 6% of the country’s electricity generation in 2004 to about 20% today. While that is certainly good news for boosters of clean energy, the surge in renewables has come with the challenge of ensuring that electric power is available when customers want it, not just when the wind blows.To help accommodate the increased supply of wind, Spain’s utilities have turned not to high-tech, 21st-century batteries, but rather to a time-tested 19th-century technology — pumped storage hydroelectricity. Pumped storage facilities are typically equipped with pumps and generators that move water between upper and lower reservoirs. A basic setup uses excess electricity — generated, say, from wind turbines during a blustery night — to pump water from a lower reservoir, such as behind a dam, to a reservoir at a higher elevation. Then, when the wind ceases to blow or electricity demand spikes, the water from on high is released to spin hydroelectric turbines. Total capacity is now 142 gigawattsCurrently, 292 pumped storage hydro facilities are in operation worldwide, with a total capacity of 142 gigawatts. Another 46 projects, with a total capacity of 34 gigawatts, are being developed, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Global Energy Storage Database.Chemical batteries are typically installed at the electricity distribution level, where in addition to storage they provide other services, such as closing the gap between supply and demand in increments measured in milliseconds, notes Ruud Kempener, an analyst with the International Renewable Energy Agency in Bonn, Germany. The capacity of batteries is typically in the single to tens of megawatts.In contrast, the capacity of pumped storage hydro systems ranges from the hundreds to thousands of megawatts, providing flexibility to the electric system as a whole, a role that Kempener says will increase in importance in the future. He was lead author of a recent report that found pumped storage hydro would need to increase to 325 gigawatts by 2030 from about 150 gigawatts today in order to double the share of renewable energy in the global mix.Recent energy policy reforms in Spain have halted the hyper growth of renewables there. Still, several new pumped storage projects have recently come online in Spain, with more being developed in Germany, Austria, and Italy. In Italy, Swiss utility Repower is gaining approvals for its planned 572-megawatt Campolattaro pumped storage plant about 55 miles northeast of Naples, which would pump water from a dammed lake to a newly constructed reservoir in nearby hills.Pumped storage hydro is growing fastest in China, according to Chi-Jen Yang, a research scientist at the Center on Global Change at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. “A new pumped hydro station comes online every several months,” he says, adding that “there are 10 or 15 under construction right now and each one is really huge, like 1 gigawatt or bigger.”China’s 22 gigawatts of installed pumped storage hydro capacity recently surpassed the United States’ 21 gigawatts and will overtake world leader Japan’s 27 gigawatts in 2018, according to Yang. The 3.6-gigawatt Fengning Pumped Storage Power Station under construction in Hebei Province will be the world’s largest when it comes online around 2022. John Roach is a Seattle-based journalist who covers technology, science and the environment. This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Obstacles to new hydro facilitiesBuilding new pumped storage hydro faces numerous obstacles, especially in the United States. Public and private sector support for chemical batteries can outweigh interest in pumped hydro. Other challenges include the hundreds of millions of dollars in upfront capital, long construction times, and market structures that give insufficient value to grid flexibility.These hurdles have hobbled the Klickitat County Public Utility District’s effort to construct the JD Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project along the Columbia River. Renewed interest is percolating, however, according to Randy Knowles, a commissioner for the utility district who has promoted the project for more than a decade. HydroChina Corp., a major hydropower construction firm based in Beijing, signed a memorandum of understanding with the county this October to discuss collaborating on the project. “They have an interest in entering the U.S. market, and this is a real attractive project given its size,” Knowles says.Since 2000, 47 wind projects have been developed in Washington and Oregon within about 50 miles of the proposed project site. The turbines have a combined capacity of 4,695 megawatts and generate enough electricity to power about 800,000 homes, according to data from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. Power lines carry the electricity wrung from the wind to high-voltage transmission lines that lead away from the John Day Dam.Most of the time, the dam, and others in the Columbia Basin, work in concert with the wind turbines. When the wind slackens, for example, grid operators send more water through the dams to keep up with demand. When the wind howls, flows through the dams are reduced to save water until it’s needed. In a sense, the dams act as a giant battery that compensates for the intermittency of the wind, ensuring a low-carbon means to keep the lights on from Seattle to Los Angeles.But the capacity of the hydroelectric dams to accommodate wind generation is about maxed out, according to Knowles. In the spring of 2011, for example, the Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency that operates the dams, ordered many Pacific Northwest wind farms to shut down generation for several hours a day to accommodate water releases (and a resulting surplus of hydroelectric generation) that was legally required to maintain safe passage for migrating fish.The Klickitat County Public Utility District’s proposed 1,200-megawatt project, Knowles says, would reduce the wind sector’s reliance on the dams, allow more wind turbines on the Columbia Plateau, and, in the process, help the United States meet long-term emissions reduction targets.“We are just ahead of the curve, frankly, in recognizing the need,” he says. “So at some point everybody will catch up and the project will get built.” The technology dates from the 1890sPumped storage hydro was first used in the 1890s in the Swiss, Austrian, and Italian Alps to provide greater flexibility for the management of water resources. The technology was widely adopted in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s to provide load shifting, which transfers electric generation from peak hours to off-peak hours of the day, according to Koritarov. The technique allows utilities to continually operate large, inflexible assets such as nuclear and coal-fired power plants at their optimal efficiency. Surplus generation from these plants is used to fill storage reservoirs; when demand peaks, the water is released to generate additional electricity. When nuclear and coal plants stopped being built, “the pumped storage also quit being built,” he says.Pumped hydro in Spain: The upper reservoir of the Cortes-La Muela hydroelectric station in the municipality of Valencia, Europe’s largest such facility.Today’s growth in pumped storage hydro is strongest where access is limited to inexpensive natural gas-fired “peaker plants,” which are built to run specifically during times of high demand, such as the late afternoon on hot summer days. Peaker plants are also increasingly used to fill the gap when the wind dies or clouds blot the sun, causing a drop in intermittent renewable generation. Pumped storage hydro can perform the same tasks. An added bonus of pumped storage hydro is the capacity to absorb excess electricity, Koritarov says. Wind generation, for example, is typically highest at night, when demand is lowest and the electricity is often unwanted.Pumped storage hydro requires more energy than it produces, notes Yang, meaning that the technology only makes sense in electric power systems that have surplus generation during certain parts of the day and lulls at others.The technology is not without environmental costs. Their operation leads to rapid fluctuations in reservoir water levels as the systems switch between pumping water from dam reservoirs to elevated storage reservoirs, and then lowering those upper reservoirs during electricity generation. “You may have an artificial flood for four hours, and then a drought for 20 hours, and then another artificial flood,” Peter Bosshard, the interim executive director for International Rivers, an environmental advocacy based in Berkeley, California, says. Such fluctuations wreak havoc on the ecologically rich areas where terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems overlap.“We are seeing that there are other, more interesting ways of storing electricity coming up on the horizon, in particular battery storage through distributed systems,” Bosshard says.center_img New projects in the U.S.In the United States, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued licenses for two projects in 2014, both in California. The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s $800 million, 400-megawatt Iowa Hill Pumped-Storage Project involves construction of a reservoir 1,200 feet above Slab Creek Reservoir, along with an underground powerhouse and tunnels to connect the water bodies. Eagle Crest Energy Company’s $1.4 billion 1,300-megawatt Eagle Mountain Pumped Storage Project involves construction of upper and lower reservoirs at an old iron mine near Joshua Tree National Park.Several dozen other U.S. projects are in the early planning and preliminary study stages. These include the $2.5 billion, 1,200-megawatt JD Pool Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project in Washington State, which would site a pair of upper reservoirs between strings of wind turbines on the Columbia Plateau and a lower reservoir, located 2,400 feet down the wall of the Columbia River Gorge at an abandoned aluminum smelter near the John Day Dam. Planners envision close coordination among Columbia River dams, large arrays of wind turbines, and the proposed pumped storage facilities, which would hold water in reserve during steady winds and unleash it during calm periods. That’s precisely what the giant Spanish utility Iberdrola has done with the expansion to its $1.3 billion Cortes-La Muela hydroelectric scheme, completed in 2013. The company uses surplus electricity to pump water from the Júcar River to a large reservoir on a bluff 1,700 feet above the river. When demand rises, the water is released to generate electricity. The 1,762-megawatt pumped storage generating capacity is Europe’s largest and is part of a hydroelectric complex capable of powering about 500,000 homes a year.While much of the buzz around energy storage today centers on the development of innovative battery technologies, more than 98% of installed storage capacity globally is, in fact, pumped hydro, according to Vladimir Koritarov, an energy systems engineer at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. And today, fueled by the world’s embrace of solar and wind power to help combat global warming, pumped storage hydro is in the midst of a surge, with power generators and utilities building new facilities from Italy to China as a way of balancing supply and demand across electric power grids.“Among all energy storage technologies,” Koritarov notes, “pumped storage hydropower is still the only one that is mature, reliable, proven, and commercially available to provide large utility-scale energy storage.” RELATED ARTICLES Spanish Island Kicks the Oil HabitA Novel Way to Store Energy Surge in Renewables Remakes California’s Energy LandscapeUndamming Rivers Could Make Room for PVlast_img read more

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PVL: PetroGazz bags back to back wins after blanking BanKo

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES MOST READ Janisa Johnson topscored with 21 points for the unbeaten Angels who were hardly threatened in the match.Even in the most competitive set, the Angels were simply dominating, out-attacking the Perlas Spikers, 14-9, in the second set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNicole Tiamzon scored 12 points for BanKo Perlas which debuted in the conference on a losing note. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Warriors seek more NBA history as Raptors hunt first title MANILA, Philippines–PetroGazz scored its second straight victory after blasting BanKo Perlas, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, Wednesday night in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Nutrition and athletic performance

first_imgDefinitionNutrition can help enhance athletic performance. An active lifestyle and exercise routine, along with eating well, is the best way to stay healthy.Eating a good diet can help provide the energy you need to finish a race, or just enjoy a casual sport or activity. You are more likely to be tired and perform poorly during sports when you do not get enough:CaloriesCarbohydratesFluidsIron, vitamins, and other mineralsProteinRecommendationsThe ideal diet for an athlete is not very different from the diet recommended for any healthy person.However, the amount of each food group you need will depend on:The type of sportThe amount of trainingThe time you spend in the activity or exerciseTo help you perform better, avoid exercising on an empty stomach. Everyone is different, so you will need to learn:Howlong before exercising is best for you to eatHow much food is the right amount for youCARBOHYDRATESCarbohydrates are needed to provide energy during exercise. Carbohydrates are stored mostly in the muscles and liver.Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as pasta, bagels, whole grain breads, and rice. They provide energy, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are low in fat.Simple sugars such as soft drinks, jams and jellies, and candy provide a lot of calories, but they do not provide vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.What matters most is the total amount of carbohydrates you eat each day. A little more than half of your calories should come from carbohydrates.You need to eat carbohydrates before you exercise if you will be exercising for more than 1 hour. You might have a glass of fruit juice, a cup of yogurt, or an English muffin with jelly.advertisementDuring exercise, you also need carbohydrates. You can satisfy this need by having:Five to 10 ounces of a sports drink every 15 to 20 minutesTwo to three handfuls of pretzelsOne-half to two-thirds cup of low-fat granolaAfter exercise, you need to eat carbohydrates to build the storage back up in your muscles.Within 30 minutes, eat a granola bar, small bagel with jelly, or sweetened cereal. Or drink 12 to 16 ounces of an energy drink or fruit punch.People who exercise or train for more than 90 minutes should eat or drink more carbohydrates, possibly with protein, 2 hours later. Try a sports bar, trail mix with nuts, or yogurt and granola.PROTEINProtein is important for muscle growth and to repair body tissues. Protein can also be used by the body for energy, but only after carbohydrate stores have been used up.But it is also a myth that a high-protein diet will promote muscle growth.Only strength training and exercise will change muscle.Athletes, even body builders, need only a little bit of extra protein to support muscle growth. Athletes can easily meet this increased need by eating more total calories (eating more food).Most Americans already eat almost twice as much protein as they need for muscle development. Too much protein in the diet:Will be stored as increased body fatCan increase the chance for dehydration (not enough fluids in the body)Can lead to loss of calciumCan put an added burden on the kidneysOften, people who focus on eating extra protein may not get enough carbohydrates, which are the most important source of energy during exercise.Amino acid supplements and eating a lot of protein are not recommended.WATER AND FLUIDWater is the most important, yet overlooked, nutrient for athletes. Water and fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and at the right temperature. Your body can lose several liters of sweat in a 1-hour period.Clear urine is a good sign that you have fully rehydrated. Some ideas for keeping enough fluids in the body include:Make sure you drink plenty of fluids with every meal, whether or not you will be exercising.Drink about 16 ounces (2 cups) of water 2 hours before a workout. It is important to start exercising with enough water in your body.Continue to sip water during and after you exercise — about 1/2 to 1 cup of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes. Water is best for the first hour. Switching to an energy drink at that time will help you get enough electrolytes.Drink even when you no longer feel thirsty.Pouring water over your head might feel good, but it will not get fluids into your body.Offer children water often during sports activities. They do not respond to thirst as well as adults.Teenagers and adults should replace any body weight lost during exercise with equal amounts of fluids. For every pound you lose while exercising, you should drink 24 ounces or 3 cups of fluid within the next 6 hours.advertisementACHIEVING DESIRED WEIGHTS FOR COMPETITIVE PURPOSESChanging your body weight to improve performance must be done safely or it may do more harm than good. Keeping your body weight too low, losing weight too quickly, or preventing weight gain in an unnatural way can have negative health effects. It is important to set realistic body weight goals.Young athletes who are trying to lose weight should work with a registered dietitian. Experimenting with diets on your own can lead to eating disorders and poor eating habits.Speak with a health care professional to discuss a diet that is right for your sport, age, gender, and amount of training.ReferencesBonci L. Nutrition, pharmacology, and psychology in sports. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drezs Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009:chap 8.Position of the American Dietetic Association, Dietitians of Canada, and the American College of Sports Medicine: Nutrition and Athletic Performance. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. March 2009. 109(3);509-527.Review Date:5/2/2013Reviewed By:David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Kobe Bryant says he’s not interested in joining LeBron James for Space Jam 2…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementLeBron James will line up alongside the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck but don’t expect Kobe Bryant to feature anywhere near.James recently agreed to star in Space Jam 2, the sequel of the highest grossing basketball film ever released. The first part came out in 1996, which matched up superstar Michael Jordan with the Looney Tunes to produce a cult classic.Speculation has ensued since about the sequel and who could possibly star in it, and LeBron agreed to take up the role recently. But fellow great Bryant told theScore’s Caitlyn Holroyd that he does not plan to get involved in it.Kobe Bryant says he’s not interested in joining LeBron James for Space Jam 2 cameo“Being in front of the camera for me was something that never excited me,” Bryant said. “Never. … I’ll direct it.”Kobe has been active in the entertainment industry since he retired in 2016, establishing Gravity Studios. In March, he clinched an Oscar award for the animated short film Dear Basketball.“I feel better than winning a championship, to be honest with you,” Bryant had told reporters after taking home the award. “I swear I do.”Space Jam is rumored to release in 2021, and it could feature stars like Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons along with James. But not Bryant. Thanks for denying us an instant classic, Kobe.last_img read more

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Green Bay Grabs 16-0 Lead

first_imgTIM BOOTH, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares SEATTLE  — They were the two best teams in the second half of the regular season, but the Green Bay Packers want there to be no doubt about who is number one, jumping to a 16-0 second quarter lead against the Seattle Seahawks on January 19.Eventually, the paths of Green Bay and Seattle were going to cross again.After they opened the 2014 NFL season in early September, it seemed inevitable that Aaron Rodgers would get a second chance to throw at Richard Sherman — if he wanted to. That Russell Wilson would have to avoid Clay Matthews trying to chase him down. And that the Packers would get another opportunity to topple Seattle and be the elite of the NFC.As the hottest teams in the second half, it’s only fitting the Packers and Seahawks meet Sunday for the NFC championship and a trip to the Super Bowl.“It’s just the way it should be. It should be just like that right now,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.Don’t be mistaken by their recent prowess, this wasn’t a smooth ride for either franchise. Whether it was Rodgers telling Packers‘ fans to “R-E-L-A-X” early in the season, or Seattle dealing with the expectations of being a Super Bowl champion, along with the stunning midseason trade of Percy Harvin, this was no cruise.“It was a process throughout the year,” Green Bay linebacker Julius Peppers said. “You get better and better each week. That is the main thing you want to do each week, get better than you were before, and I think we accomplished that over the season.”Green Bay has added one more obstacle in the postseason: Rodgers’ left calf injury that has limited his mobility. But Rodgers showed in last week’s divisional-round win over Dallas he can manage just fine, throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns in the 26-21 victory.Now All-Pro Rodgers gets his first shot at an NFC title since winning at Chicago in January 2011. A Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh followed.“It’s a different team,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s less than 20 guys still here from that team. It’s only four years ago. But we have confidence that we can win on the road.”Here’s what else to watch for as Seattle tries to become the first defending champion in a decade to reach consecutive Super Bowls:CALF WATCH: Rodgers’ injury is slowing him from scrambling before throwing, one of his strengths. His right arm is just fine. Rodgers got hurt during the Dec. 21 game against Tampa Bay. He still completed 74 percent of his passes in his last three games, including the win over Dallas. Coach Mike McCarthy has had Rodgers operating out of shotgun formations to help limit his movement.Perhaps just as importantly for the Packers has been the solid work of the offensive line much of the year. All-Pro fullback John Kuhn, an excellent blocker, has also seen more time of late. Rodgers will need top-notch protection against Seattle’s tough defense.SILENT SHERM: Sherman, another All-Pro, was bored when Green Bay visited in the season opener. Through the entire game, Rodgers refused to throw at the cornerback, instead turning to the other side of the field. Sherman took Rodgers’ approach as a sign of respect. It also left him frustrated. He described it as being a “12” on a 1-10 scale.“Everybody’s like, ‘Man, that’s cool, nobody threw to your side,’” Sherman said. “But if you’re a player, you want to make plays in the game, you feel you can help your team, you want the ball coming your way more.”Sherman doesn’t expect it the same this time.“I’m not surprised either way,” Sherman said. “But I expect them to execute their game plan, whatever that may be. Not sure what they’re going to do.”ATTITUDE: Linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers draw the headlines and make big plays on the Packers‘ defense. Lineman Mike Daniels supplies the attitude. A mainstay up front, Daniels’ demeanor sets a stern tone on game day.They’ll need Daniels and fellow lineman Letroy Guion to slow down bullish running back Marshawn Lynch just enough to allow linebackers Matthews and Sam Barrington, and safety Morgan Burnett to try to finish off tackles up the middle. Daniels has 14 tackles and two sacks over his last four games.COMING OF AGE: When Green Bay visited in Week 1, center Corey Linsley, wide receiver Davante Adams and tight end Richard Rodgers were all making their NFL debuts. Now they’re integral parts of the offense. Adams was the star of Green Bay’s win over Dallas last week with seven catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.“You expect those guys to hit some sort of lull during the year, as the college season is usually 12 or 13 games,” Aaron Rodgers said. “After the preseason, you’re looking at midway through the season, that’s a normal college season for these guys, and you haven’t seen it.”THANKS BUFFALO: Seattle ultimately owes thanks to Buffalo for Sunday’s title game being played at CenturyLink Field. The Bills’ victory over Green Bay in Week 15 was the difference in Seattle winning the tiebreaker for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Instead of Seattle being forced to deal with the freezing temperatures of Wisconsin, the Packers are about to enter the Seahawks’ cauldron of noise — certain to be even more amped than when Green Bay visited to open the season.“Any time we get the home games, especially the NFC championship at home, and we get to play in front of the 12s, it’s exciting,” Seattle safety Kam Chancellor said of the team’s fan base. “It’s exciting for us, exciting for them, and I think we deserve it and they deserve it, as well.”last_img read more

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Mason Rudolph Would Bring J.W. Walsh If He Was Stranded on a Desert Island

first_imgOklahoma State did one of those Q&A things with its top QB recently. These are usually sterile and only mildly interesting (more Kevin Peterson, please), but Mason Rudolph gave a perfect answer to this question: If you had to be stranded on a desert island for one month, which one of your teammates would you want to bring with you, and why?“It’d have to be J.W. Walsh, because I feel like he would be good with nature and he could probably find a way for us to get off the island.”When I think J.W. Walsh, I think “future coach” first, “gamer” second and “good with nature” third. I laughed out loud at that answer. Perfect.AdChoices广告On a more serious note, Mike Gundy commented on their relationship earlier this week.“They have a good relationship. As I mentioned before, J.W. has been tremendous for Mason, and they’ve worked well together. Eventually, J.W. wants to be a coach, and he’ll be able to coach. He’s been through it.“He has a good mentor in his father, and I think he’s getting great training by playing at this level. Even with Taylor [Cornelius], they’ve all got great lines of communication. They understand the game, and they understand our system. They help Mason out a lot during those times.”Rudolph was also asked about the best player he’s ever played against in that Q&A.“Well, I’ve only played a few games here, so I would say Jadaveon Clowney. I didn’t face him personally, but my high school played his when I was a freshman and he was a senior.“He’s obviously a freak, and he ended up being the No. 1 draft pick, so that was pretty cool. As far as in college, just being on the sidelines against Jameis Winston was pretty cool.”Being “obviously a freak” is next level human genetics. Thanks for not hurting him, Jadaveon! While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Higher costs may lead to sporting events shunning Britain after Brexit

first_imgReuse this content Cricket Read more Nick Evans Share on Twitter Rugby Football Union Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Rugby union Nathan Hughes’s carries will have England’s backs licking their lips Angus Bujalski, the legal and governance director for the Rugby Football Union, said: “At Twickenham the number of non-UK EU workers is about 25% of our match-day staff and I imagine that would be similar at Lord’s and Wembley. After Brexit, we envisage the wages of those able to be employed will go up because of the lack of availability. That will mean we’re not able to deliver the same returns to international federations, they will be harder to persuade.”Bujalski was addressing an EU home affairs sub-committee examining the effect of Brexit on the movement of people in sport.James Allen, the director of policy and governance at the Sport and Recreation Alliance, agreed major events would be less likely to be held in Britain after Brexit. “At the very least the uncertainty ahead is really unhelpful in terms of trying to attract or retain major events,” he said. “Potential increases in the cost to stage events will probably be passed on to the consumer and result in less money being invested in the grassroots. More generally, it will make the UK a harder place to visit for fans, athletes and support teams, plus a harder place to invest and to bring equipment in due to potential customs barriers making us relatively less competitive.“The other possible consequence of increased costs here is a diminished ability to pay a healthy return to the event organiser or international federation which again makes us relatively less attractive compared to other countries.” Brexit news Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn European Union Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Major sporting events including rugby and cricket World Cups are less likely to be held in post-Brexit Britain, the House of Lords has been warned.It is feared increased cost of visas for athletes and less availability of staff at stadiums could force up the price of holding events in Britain. This may reduce the profit margin for international federations, causing them to look elsewhere when assessing bids. Topics Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

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Des élèves novateurs reçoivent le premier Prix ministériel dexcellence en entrepreneuriat

first_img « Nos élèves apprennent que l’entrepreneuriat est plus qu’une option de travail ou de carrière, affirme Sean Kent, enseignant à l’école secondaire Eastern Shore District de Musquodoboit Harbour, dans la Municipalité régionale d’Halifax. Il représente vraiment un changement de pensée, de comportement et de style de vie qui peut s’appliquer à tous les emplois et à toutes les carrières. » Le Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation a été formé en 2015 pour établir une relation entre le gouvernement et les chefs d’entreprises. Son objectif est d’offrir aux élèves des possibilités de carrière plus positives et plus productives. « L’entrepreneuriat et l’innovation sont essentiels pour l’avenir de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et ces élèves ont démontré qu’ils sont prêts à façonner cet avenir, déclare Cal Gosse, président du conseil. Les liens établis entre les aptitudes aux études et les possibilités d’affaires ont été inspirants et ont permis de renforcer davantage l’importance pour la communauté des affaires d’offrir des possibilités de mentorat aux élèves. » « Le conseil remercie tous les élèves qui ont soumis des idées et félicite les gagnants. » Dans le cadre du programme d’études des écoles publiques, les élèves de la 6e à la 12e année ont l’occasion d’apprendre au sujet du milieu des affaires et d’explorer l’entrepreneuriat. Pour obtenir plus d’information sur le Prix ministériel d’excellence en entrepreneuriat, consultez le www.novascotia.ca/entrepreneuraward/fr. Entreprise sociale – Projet « Beaver Sticks », Leilia Fraser et Angus Fraser, Halifax Central Junior High Technologie – Projet « Lay’ Em Down! », Layla Owens et Emily Baker, École secondaire du Sommet, Halifax Innovation/créativité – Projet « Pawmem », Alice Song, Citadel High School, Halifax Des élèves de la Nouvelle-Écosse ont reçu un Prix ministériel d’excellence en entrepreneuriat pour leurs idées novatrices d’entreprise. Le prix a été remis dans le cadre d’une cérémonie qui a eu lieu le mercredi 25 avril à l’école de commerce Sobey de l’Université Saint Mary’s. Neuf finalistes ont présenté leurs idées d’entreprise à un jury formé de cinq juges de la communauté des affaires et de l’éducation, dans le style de l’émission Dragon’s Den. « Chacun des neuf finalistes a fait preuve d’un esprit d’entrepreneuriat solide et a démontré ses compétences, souligne Zach Churchill, ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance. L’esprit d’entrepreneuriat est un élément essentiel au renforcement de l’économie et de l’avenir de la Nouvelle-Écosse. » « Je félicite les gagnants ainsi que tous les participants et leurs enseignants. J’ai bien hâte de voir leurs idées se réaliser. » Le gouvernement provincial, en partenariat avec le Conseil paritaire des entreprises et de l’éducation, a invité les élèves de la 6e à la 12e année à soumettre leurs idées. Il s’agit de la première année du programme, qui offre des prix en argent comptant dans trois catégories : entreprise sociale, technologie et innovation/créativité. Chaque gagnant a reçu 1000 $ pour réaliser ses idées, ainsi qu’un programme de mentorat avec un membre de la communauté des affaires. Les gagnants des prix cette année sont :last_img read more

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Normlacy returning to rainhit kerala toll reaches 113

first_imgThiruvananthapuram: As normalcy was slowly returning to rain-battered Kerala, people have started moving to their homes from relief camps, even as the toll climbed to 113 on Saturday, with more bodies being retrived from the landslide hit districts of Malappuram and Wayanad. As per the 9 AM update, 50 people have so far lost their lives in Malappuram and 12 in Wayanad, the two northern districts, where 28 people are still missing. Search operations are continuing at Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Wayanad, the two areas which were the worst hit in the second spell of South West Monsoon rains since August 8, where massives landslides had wiped out two villages. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ A team of experts from Hyderabad are expected to arrive at Kavalappara on Saturday with Ground Penetrating Radars (GPR) which would help in detection of bodies buried under mounds of earth. In Malappuram, 21 are missing, 7 in Wayanad and one person in Kottayam, the update said. Seventeen deaths have been reported from Kozhikode, nine each from Kannur and Thrissur and five from Idukki. As rains receded, people have started returning to their homes after cleaning the accumulated mud and filth. Good samaritans from neighbouring districts are also lending a helping hand in the clean up operations. At least 12,761 houses were partially and 1,186 were fully destroyed in the rains and in the 805 camps, 1,29,517 people are still residing.last_img read more

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Spend time honouring Indigenous heroes rather than debating Macdonald Sinclair

first_imgOTTAWA – Tearing down tributes to historical figures would be “counterproductive” to reconciliation efforts between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, says the former chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who spent six years documenting the long-standing impacts of Canada’s residential school system, says the debate over whether to remove Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from Ontario elementary schools takes up time that could be better spent exploring how to honour and elevate Indigenous heroes.“It is not about taking off names off buildings, it is about whether we can find a way to put Indigenous names on buildings,” Sinclair said Tuesday in an interview with The Canadian Press.“The problem I have with the overall approach to tearing down statues and buildings is that is counterproductive to … reconciliation because it almost smacks of revenge or smacks of acts of anger, but in reality, what we are trying to do, is we are trying to create more balance in the relationship.”Sinclair’s remarks come after the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario passed a controversial motion calling for the removal of Macdonald’s name from schools.The motion recognizes that Macdonald has been celebrated based on an incomplete version of Canadian history, the union said, noting he played a key role in developing systems that “perpetuated genocide against Indigenous people.”“It is probably a fight, had I been asked, I would have said to avoid it,” Sinclair said, adding his approach would be to include “shameful information” on a plaque along with prominent information.Macdonald clearly played a significant role in the establishment of Canada but the establishment of the country also played a significant role in the destruction of Indigenous culture and societies, he said.“He clearly attempted to eliminate Indigenous culture by removing children from their families and placing them with people of another race … for the purpose of wiping out the race of people known as Indian,” Sinclair said.Macdonald also created circumstances that fuelled hardship for Indigenous people to the point where their potential to survive was challenged, Sinclair said.“Both of which are right within the definition of genocide within the convention on genocide,” he said, referring to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime Genocide adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948.On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “unequivocally” there are no plans to remove Macdonald’s name from buildings or sites that are in the purview of the federal government.“Reconciliation is not just about the relationship between government and Indigenous peoples,” Trudeau said while standing outside the Governor General’s residence after a cabinet shuffle.“Non-indigenous Canadians have an essential role to play in how we shape a better and more responsible future for everyone who shares this land and these conversations are extremely important to have to reflect on our past and to build the right future forward together.”In June, Trudeau decided to remove the name of Hector-Louis Langevin, a father of Confederation and architect of the residential school system, from the Ottawa building that houses the Prime Minister’s Office.“He bears a significant responsibility when it comes to the issue of residential schools and he deserves, in my view, very little credit,” Sinclair said.—Follow @kkirkup on Twitterlast_img read more

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How a weekend in Montreal changed Dave Chappelles life

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Dave Chappelle is no stranger to doing things his own way. (Remember when he reportedly walked away from a $50 million deal with Comedy Central back in 2005?) So it makes sense that while droves of Canadian artists, actors and musicians have gotten their first big break after moving south of the border, the U.S.-born Chappelle took the opposite route: looking north to Montreal. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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New Mexico bill to create staterun pot shops appears dead

SANTA FE, N.M. — A proposal that would make New Mexico the first U.S. state to set up government-operated marijuana stores appears dead in the current legislative session.Sen. John Sapien, a Bernalillo Democrat, said Thursday lawmakers still have questions about the measure with only hours left before the session ends.The bill passed by the state House would legalize recreational marijuana in New Mexico.However, it has stalled in the Senate Finance Committee and it doesn’t appear that Sen. John Arthur Smith, chair of the panel, planned to give it a hearing.Sapien says some private companies and medical marijuana providers have concerns over how the bill is written.The idea for state-run pot shops came from a trio of GOP state senators who broke with party orthodoxy to embrace legal marijuana.The Associated Press read more

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Murali terms invite to help SLC a cunning move

“I am of the view that it is an insincere, cunning move, more to  use us when the Cricket administration is in such a deplorable state and standby the sentiments that Mahela has expressed not able to trust the system as per his own experience of attempting to resolve pressing issues which was never implemented,” he said. Former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has rejected an invitation to assist Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) calling it a “cunning move”.In a statement today Muralitharan said that he appreciated the invitation which firstly reached him via the media and was then officially confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SLC. Muralitharan said that it was sad that National cricketers are not consulted until cricket in Sri Lanka hits rock bottom. I would not hesitate to give of my time if I do realise the genuineness and credibility of the administration despite my own professional coaching engagements world-wide,” he said.Earlier former cricketers Mahela Jayawardena and Roshan Mahanama had also turned down the offer to join the SLC administration. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Mens Volleyball Ohio State to face MIVA contenders Ball State and Fort

Junior setter Sanil Thomas sets the ball during the second set of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe fifth-ranked Ohio State men’s volleyball team (7-2) has rattled off four straight-set wins in a row after a 3-2 start. The Buckeyes will look for two more sweeps in the opening weekend of MIVA play against conference rivals Ball State (5-5) and No. 14 Fort Wayne (8-1) Thursday and Saturday, respectively.“Ball State, because of the longer history, I think are going to be a little more fired up to beat us and I think Fort Wayne is going to be eager to get on the winning track against good teams that they didn’t get a chance to do that last year,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said. “I expect that they’re both going to be highly motivated for different reasons.”Hanson said he hopes the team is able to carry its strong blocking, offense and serving from last weekend’s matches against Charleston and George Mason.Ball State The Buckeyes and the Cardinals were two of the first programs to join the MIVA at its founding in 1961 and, as a result, have a bitter, long-standing rivalry.During the 2017 season, Ohio State beat Ball State in three straight sets for its 33rd-straight win to break its previous record of 32-straight wins set in 1969. The team’s previous loss before the win streak came in a match versus Ball State during the 2016 season, almost two years ago. Earlier in the season, Hanson said Ohio State’s matchup against the Cardinals is one of the three most important games of the year. In preparation, Hanson said he and the other coaches have talked to the team about being patient with transitions and challenging the Cardinals with an aggressive offense. “Ball State is typically a very good defensive team, blocking and digging,” Hanson said. “They make you extend rallies and have to play good, long rallies where you have to be good in transition and you’ve got to make pretty good swings offensively.”Buckeye senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen also suggested the Cardinals’ defense might pose a challenge. “I would say Ball State is always a pretty hard team to play against because they have an atypical style of play where they dig a lot of balls, and they don’t seem really efficient,” Szerszen said. “But at the end of the day the score is always tight.”Fort Wayne Fort Wayne is bouncing back from a difficult 2017 season in which the Mastodons won just five games and suffered multiple major injuries.“Things just kind of went sideways for them through no fault of their own, and now that they’re healthy, they’ve won,” Hanson said. The Mastodons started 2018 with an eight-match winning streak before losing to No. 10 Penn State last weekend.Hanson expects Fort Wayne to have a lot of emotion in its play as it continues to bounce back with a surprisingly successful season. “For us I think it’s about us managing our emotions and making sure we’re ready to play a team that’s looking to upset us on our home floor,” he said. read more

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Relax taxi drivers you wont be in trouble for using your smartphone

first_imgLAST MONTH THE Transport Minister completely prohibited the practice of texting while driving.Legislation had already outlined that drivers couldn’t operate a phone but Leo Varadkar said the law was not 100 per cent clear on whether it applied to sending a text or searching the web while the phone was in a cradle.Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle asked Minister Varadkar if taxi drivers who received automatic route information updates on navigation systems through their phones were breaking the law.He wanted the Minister to “clarify for taxi drivers who enter their destination to their satellite navigation software on their smartphones, whether the automatic data updates for route information received during their journey is prohibited as being data access while driving under the new legislation”.The Transport Minister replied that the new regulations make it an offence to send or read a text message from a mobile phone while driving. He added:“These regulations apply to mobile phones which are not being held, i.e. to hands-free devices. A text message in these regulations includes an SMS or MMS message, or an email. The automatic data updates from satellite navigation software operates over the internet, therefore it is neither SMS- nor MMS-based.“Email operates over the internet. As the Regulation specify email, which does operate over the internet, this implies that non-email communication received via the internet is not covered by the regulations.”Read: Texting while driving is BANNED from today>Read: Banned- Texting while driving now ‘completely prohibited’>last_img read more

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Why are there so many Russian dash cam videos on the internet

first_imgYou can’t peruse videos on the internet for long before coming across shocking footage of a car crash recorded by a dash-mounted camera. The overwhelming majority of such videos are captured on Russian roads, but have you ever wondered why? It’s a little disconcerting when you first notice the trend. Are Russians just more prone to accidents? Well, that’s actually a surprisingly small part of the puzzle. Dash cams turn out to be nearly indispensable for Russian drivers.There are several hard truths that have led to the explosion in Russian dash cam videos, including poor road conditions. Those long, hard winters do serious damage to the roads and lead to really tough driving conditions when local governments can’t clear snow and ice. As a result, accidents do happen more frequently.It’s not all the fault of the elements, though. Corruption is rampant in the Russian Federation, and that’s led most motorists to take matters into their own hands. It’s not uncommon for a driver to be pulled over by the notorious Russian Highway Patrol (GAI) and harassed into paying a bribe. Dash cams afford at least a little protection from baseless accusations.Lax law enforcement has also made is easier for organized crime to make millions from insurance scams. It’s a straightforward racket — crashes can be staged, or already damaged cars presented as evidence of a crash that never even occurred. The perpetrators can certainly produce witnesses that corroborate their version of events.These scams became so common that Russian auto insurance companies have started denying claims with little reason. Buying a good policy that covers damage to your own vehicle is now prohibitively expensive for most drivers. When almost everyone is stuck with liability coverage only, no one is keen to take responsibility for an accident. Hit-and-runs and straight up lying about the cause of a crash are extremely common.This brings us to the Russian courts, which are often left to sort out the he-said-she-said mess of traffic accidents. Because of the prevalence of scams, corruption, and insurance-motivated lying, judges rarely accept verbal evidence in these cases. The Russian civil code allows judges a ton of latitude in determining what evidence can be presented in court. Eyewitness testimony can be offered, but it is rarely given much weight because of the myriad of issues discussed above. Dash cams won’t lie, so you really need one to have any hope of winning a case.The technology running dash cams has gotten small enough and cheap enough that most Russian drivers are happy to pay the price. Good quality dash cams can be bought in Russia for as little as $50, or as much as $200. This small expense can conceivably save thousands in the event of a crash.All these cameras work in the same basic way. They record constantly until their limited flash storage is full, then it is erased and recorded again. If nothing goes awry during the drive, you’re not losing anything important when the video is overwritten. If you end up in an accident, the files can be pulled off the device and saved for possible use later.Dash cams don’t just capture accidents the owner gets into, but anything that happens on the road. When drivers get something major on film, they usually upload it to YouTube or a similar site with more relaxed content policies. Semi trucks flattening cars, pedestrian hit by cars, and all manner of other car-to-car collisions end up online thanks to dash cams. It’s the sort of footage we don’t see much of in the western world.A strange confluence of factors in Russia have produced a somewhat disturbing record of modern transportation. It can be jarring to watch these videos, but they get plenty of hits. If anything, it should remind us that we always assume some risk by getting in a car. Buckle up, folks.last_img read more

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Woman who threatened gardaí with bloodfilled syringes in Dublin city centre avoids

first_img A WOMAN WHO twice threatened gardaí with blood-filled syringes while she was suffering from drug-induced hallucinations has avoided jail.Christina Joyce (28) claimed she was pregnant with the devil’s baby and told gardaí her life was in danger. Gardai repeated the Our Father prayer with her during one of the incidents in an attempt to calm her down.Joyce, of Cedar House, Marlborough Place, Marlborough Street, Dublin pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to three counts of making threats to injure gardai with a syringe at Cedar House on 26 November and 5 December 2013.Judge Patricia Ryan said it was an aggravating factor that the offences were carried out against gardaí acting in the course of their duty and she noted the effect the incidents had on them.She noted that Joyce’s explanation had been that she was hallucinating and she took into account her remorse and the efforts she has since made to rehabilitate herself. The court heard Joyce was now in the early stages of recovery.Judge Ryan imposed a three year sentence which she suspended on strict conditions.Pepper spray Sergeant Brendan O’Grady told Gerardine Small BL, prosecuting, that gardaí were called to Cedar House hostel on two occasions after Joyce had taken drugs and was acting aggressively.On both occasions, Joyce pointed blood-filled syringes at gardai, causing them to fear for their safety. She also threatened to kill herself by injecting air into her neck and said she would stab anyone who came near her.Gardai attempted to calm her during the “tense” situations and on one occasion repeated the Our Father with her. She was asked repeatedly to put down the syringes.Pepper spray was ultimately deployed on both occasions and public order shields were also used during the second incident to disarm her.Joyce was arrested and brought to Store Street garda station. She said she was hallucinating and felt her life was in danger. She apologised to gardaí.Difficult backgroundO’Grady agreed with Pieter Le Vert BL, defending, that Joyce had previously received a two-year sentence for similar offences in 2014.He agreed that she told gardaí she was pregnant with the devil’s baby and she thought that there were demons in the gardaí and hostel staff. It was initially thought it may be a mental health issue but later became clear it was drug-induced.Le Vert said Joyce had a very difficult background including drug misuse and periods of homelessness. She had been the victim of a number of crimes herself.He said she was released from prison in November 2015 and had not come to any further garda attention since February 2016.Read: Almost five million journeys were made on city bike schemes in 2016Read: Mortgage approval rates have shot up by nearly 30% in a year Jan 28th 2017, 7:25 AM 13,995 Views Image: Jill Brown/Flickr Image: Jill Brown/Flickr 33 Comments Short URL Woman who threatened gardaí with blood-filled syringes in Dublin city centre avoids jail time The woman was suffering from drug-induced hallucinations and told gardaí she was pregnant with the devil’s baby. Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 7:25 AM By Nadya Labi Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3209580 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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TVs used to spy on people Tech industry keen to reassure public

first_img 14,986 Views Mar 8th 2017, 7:03 PM Share45 Tweet Email2 Image: Shutterstock/DR FOTO Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 7:03 PM Image: Shutterstock/DR FOTO Short URL By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3277714 TVs used to spy on people? Tech industry keen to reassure public following Wikileaks hack Apple, Microsoft and Samsung have all said they’re looking into the report. THE TECH SECTOR was scrambling to understand the implications of an alleged broad CIA hacking arsenal, capable of spying on phones and other connected devices.Major tech firms said today they were looking at the allegations raised in the documents released by WikiLeaks yesterday.“While our initial analysis indicates that many of the issues leaked today were already patched in the latest iOS, we will continue work to rapidly address any identified vulnerabilities,” Apple said in an emailed statement.Samsung offered a similar response, saying, “We are aware of the report in question and are urgently looking into the matter.”Microsoft, meanwhile, said, “We’re aware of the report and are looking into it.”Security analysts, however, said the documents, if authentic, were not on the same scale as the explosive 2013 revelations from former national security contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed mass surveillance tools used by the National Security Agency.Targeted, not bulk spying“These are targeted mechanisms, they can’t be used for bulk intelligence,” said Joseph Hall, a technologist with the Center for Democracy and Technology, a digital rights organisation.“It means they can’t attack things in the middle and the core of the network, they have to go to the endpoints, and that’s actually a nice thing. You have to be more precise about who you are targeting.”But Hall said the report raises questions about the US government’s pledge to disclose security flaws to technology firms under a so-called “vulnerabilities equities process.”That pledge means “security flaws should get back to the companies so they can get fixed, and not languish for years,” Hall said.The WikiLeaks documents, the authenticity of which has not been verified, said the CIA tools could turn smart TVs into listening devices, bypass popular encryption apps, and possibly control connected automobiles.The hacking tools have targeted iPhones, Android systems such as the personal phone reportedly still used by President Donald Trump, popular Microsoft software, and Samsung smart TVs, the documents indicated.Open Whisper Systems, the company that developed the technology for the communications tool Signal, said the CIA documents showed its encryption works.The WikiLeaks report “is about getting malware onto phones, none of the exploits are in Signal or break Signal Protocol encryption,” the group said in a tweet.Other encryption experts agreed.Strength of encryption“The existence of these hacking tools is a testimonial to the strength of the encryption,” said Steve Bellovin, a Columbia University computer science researcher, in a blog post.“It’s hard or impossible to break, so the CIA is resorting to expensive, targeted attacks.”Robert Graham, a researcher with Errata Security, said most of these hacks are simply methods to “trick you into installing their software.”“Snowden revealed how the NSA was surveilling all Americans. Nothing like that appears in the CIA dump,” Graham said in a blog post. “It’s all legitimate spy stuff (assuming you think spying on foreign adversaries is legitimate).”Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at IBM Resilient and a frequent critic of government surveillance, said on his blog, “There is absolutely nothing illegal in the contents of any of this stuff. It’s exactly what you’d expect the CIA to be doing in cyberspace.”- © AFP 2017Read: WikiLeaks releases over 8,000 documents ‘hacked from CIA’Read: Alleged Silk Road administrator takes case to Supreme Court in a bid to avoid US extradition 36 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Karembeu on Champions League Only Real Madrid can win it

first_imgFormer Real Madrid midfielder Christian Karembeu believes that his former club are the clear favourites to retain their Champions League title for a third consecutive seasonZinedine Zidane’s side have had a rather humbling domestic season, after their success last season, with Real currently 15 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and they were left stunned when Leganes knocked them out of the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey.But Karembeu, who won the Champions League twice in his time at the club, is confident that they can win the competition this season against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.“Don’t even ask the question,” the former Madrid midfielder told Omnisport, according to SportsKeeda.“Only Real can win it [the Champions League], that’s it.“In Kiev, who’s going to play against Real, this I don’t know. Real will be in Kiev however, yes.”Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…Karembeu also voiced his support for Zidane and is full of optimism about his potential at the Santiago Bernabeu: “He [Zidane] was an amazing player and he will become an amazing coach,” he added. “He’s doing it already.”The former French international is also backing Didier Deschamps to lead France to glory in the World Cup: “France will win because 20 years ago we did it,” he added. “Didier Deschamps is experienced and knows his group.“They played a final of a European Championship at home.“He saw some interesting performances. It was a successful competition. He has to bounce back.”Karembeu spent three season at Real from between 1997 and 2000. As well as winning the Champions League twice, the now 47 year-old also won the Intercontinental Cup in 1998.last_img read more

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Editorial Salaries Decline Amid Industry Instability

first_imgMagazine professionals know all too well the fiscal woes of their industry: declining print readership, digital advertising models that fail to replicate the success of their print precursors, contracting budgets and shrinking workforces.Some are grateful they’re still employed. “At this point in the industry, I am lucky to have a job at all,” wrote one editor-in-chief partaking in this year’s Folio: salary survey, which indicates a 14 percent year-over-year dip in the median annual base salary for magazine editors, from $86,000 to $74,000.Some expressed frustration in their responses to the survey—conducted in partnership with Readex Research over the course of 23 days in early 2018—including one editor-in-chief who accused industry leaders of “treat[ing] editors like a churnable commodity,” and a managing editor who bemoaned the “devaluation of the written word [and] real life experiences.”And a few desperate individuals said they’re preparing to ditch the field entirely, like the respondent who planned to “jump ship into content-driven marketing communications,” proclaiming magazine editorial work as being “for the birds.” Editors-in-ChiefUpper editorial managers participating in this year’s survey were the most dominantly female of the three groups, and the least established in their present companies and positions. Still, they reported the highest annual total compensations, with a median of $94,500, and the more experience they could claim, the better they were paid.Top editors also found the investment of extra time at the office to be worth their while: those who logged 50 or more hours took home a median total compensation 21 percent greater than those who logged between 40 and 49.The highest ranking editorial managers did not, however, see returns on extended commitment to one position, earning only $3,500 more in median base salary and $2,500 in median bonuses after 10 or more years in the same role.“You basically need to look for another job and get an offer in order to negotiate a raise here,” noted one editor in chief of that pay ceiling.At mass-consumer magazines, the median base salary for a small sample of 11 editors-in-chief was a whopping $103,000 greater than that at special interest publications. Additionally, digital media jobs in editorial management offered 41 percent more in median total compensation than their print counterparts. Managing EditorsManaging editors, who play a less public-facing role than editors-in-chief, didn’t find as much fiscal advantage to working at mass consumer magazines, but they still made 23 percent more in median total compensation than those in b2b media, which offered the stingiest salaries and bonuses among publishing categories.Employers prized experience more among managing editors than editors-in-chief: those with the most years in the industry earned a median total compensation of 65 percent more than those with the least.Overtime, however proved comparatively fruitless for mid-level editors, who were rewarded with only $7,000 more in median total compensation for working 50 or more hours, rather than 40 to 49 hours.Bucking an industry-wide trend, female managing editors actually took home 6 percent more in median total compensation than their male peers. That lead narrowed at the 75th percentile, where men fell only 2 percent behind and claimed almost twice as much in bonuses.Post-graduate study evinced a similarly slight effect on managing editors’ pay. Editors who had completed at least some post-graduate work earned only 4 percent more in median total compensation that those with undergraduate degrees. While gloomy prognostications abounded and many survey takers indicated they believe advertising revenues will have the largest impact of any factor on their salaries and bonuses in the coming year, results for this year’s review suggest that magazine editors and writers may have more control over their earnings than they think.The value of publishing industry experience and hard work remains encouragingly strong: Editorial employees with 20 or more years experience earned a median total compensation of $89,000, 68 percent more than those with less than 10 years under their belts. Across the upper-, mid-, and associate-level strata of the editorial hierarchy, employees committing 50 or more hours a week to their jobs made 48 percent more than those committing less than 40 hours.Other major factors impacting gross earnings in the editorial field included: regional differences in pay (survey respondents in the Northeast and particularly in the tri-state area out-earned their peers, in part due to the area’s higher costs of living); length of tenure at a particular company; and type of publishing company and organization revenue (public companies and those earning $10 million or more in revenue were predictably far more generous with salary and bonus money).Managing editors may have seen women among their ranks compensated more substantially than men this year, but the gender pay gap persisted among the 2018 survey sample as a whole, with men earning not only a higher median base salary, but bonuses greater than those of women. While several participants voiced their concerns over that discrepancy, far more complained about assuming additional responsibilities without a commensurate raise in pay. Respondents who said they had taken on new duties in the past 12 months, 80 percent of the total, reported earning 11 percent less in median total compensation than peers whose workloads had remained constant.center_img Associate-Level EditorsLike managing editors, entry-level editorial employees saw little bang for their buck when it came to post-graduate study, taking home only 3 percent more in median total compensation for that extra schoolwork.Unsurprisingly, experience and company revenue were also less significant factors influencing this group’s earnings. Association magazines remunerated them best for their labor, but publishers for the most part continue to see these employees as cheap and interchangeable. As one editor commented, “The debasing of the value of content derived from deep subject matter knowledge and judgement has kept content pricing lower than it should be.”Qualities that did make a difference for content creators’ paychecks were productivity and an expertise in digital media. Employees writing five or more stories a week, as opposed to four or less, netted $11,000 more in median base salary. Digital media jobs proved more far lucrative than print-exclusive ones, offering 28 percent more in median total compensation. MethodologyData for the 2018 Folio: Editorial Salary Survey was collected via online survey over a period of 23 days in conjunction with Readex Research, who tabulated the results. In total, 392 editors completed the 41-question survey jointly designed by Folio: and Readex. The margin of error based on the tabulated responses is +/- 3.3 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.last_img read more

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