WILLIAM SHATNER ON HIS BLUNDERING GUEST ROLE DOING GOOD DEEDS AND SHRUGGING

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment William Shatner stars with Jason Priestly and Cindy Sampson in Private Eyes. CORUS A wide-eyed William Shatner is being pressed against the wall, held up by his lapels on a Toronto sound stage. The actor is being interrogated by an angry Jason Priestley.The confrontation is over someone “cooking the books” and Priestley’s character isn’t happy about it. But Shatner is giving as good as he gets. “Speaking as a regular, the chocolate pastry is to die for,” he snorts.The scene is perfect, except someone flushes a Porta Potty and the sound is caught on tape. The actors laugh. They do another take.last_img read more

The journey of Nishiyuu making tracks to Ottawa

first_imgBy Annette Francis APTN National NewsArmed with walking sticks and fighting blistered feet, a group of walkers is slowly making tracks to Ottawa.It’s a journey that started months ago when David Kawapit, 18, heard about Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s fast and the Idle No More movement.“I started thinking about how I can help out instead of waiting for someone else to start something, so I decided to go with something from grassroots,” he said. “I decided to go on a journey.”So Kawapit and six others began to walk starting from the frozen shores of Hudson Bay and 1,500 kilometres to Ottawa.It hasn’t been easy, but the group is determined to spread the message and bring their concerns to Parliament Hill.The group didn’t stay small for long. Now, after over 50 days of walking, more than 150 young people from Cree communities along the way have joined them.They’re now in Algonquin territory and are expected to reach Ottawa in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Markets Right Now Stocks open lower on Wall Street

first_imgNEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):___9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street, erasing some of the market’s gains from a day earlier.Technology stocks fell more than the rest of the market in early trading Friday.Chipmaker Nvidia plunged 19 per cent after saying it had a large number of unsold chips because of a big drop in mining of cryptocurrencies.Troubled California power provider PG&E surged 37 per cent after the president of the utility’s state regulator said it was essential for a power company to have the financial strength to operate.The S&P 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 2,716.The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 101 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 25,189. The Nasdaq composite lost 77 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 7,181.The Associated Presslast_img read more

City of Dawson Creek signs historic fiveyear hosting agreement with Hockey Canada

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek and Spectra Venue Management, which runs the Encana Events Centre, will be entering into a five-year hosting agreement with Hockey Canada. The partnership, the first of its kind for Hockey Canada, will create a long-term certainty in a location for Hockey Canada and their events. The City says that the agreement will be a great benefit for both the City and the Peace as a whole, bringing positive economic and social impacts to the region. “Hockey Canada has identified Dawson Creek as a great partner community to pilot the concept of a long-term hosting agreement whereby the community and Hockey Canada mutually benefit through long term financial legacy but equally important the social, infrastructure and community hockey legacy” said Dean McIntosh, Hockey Canada’s Vice President of Events and Properties.The partnership is a new model and approach for Hockey Canada towards hosting events. This historic partnership will identify diversity in events with approximately one event being hosted at the Encana Events Centre every 18-24 months. McIntosh said that those events may include the World Parahockey Tournament, the World Junior A Challenge, pre-competition opportunities, training camps, and another as-yet undetermined event.Hockey Canada said that the City of Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre have both proven themselves on a number of occasions that the community can host local, national, and international events that can create a positive economic impact to the region. “This is the first agreement of its kind in Canada with an arena and Hockey Canada and we are excited for this partnership,” said Ryan MacIvor, General Manager of the Encana Events Centre. “Hockey Canada will be a primary tenant now until 2024.”At today’s announcement of the partnership, Hockey Canada also announced that Dawson Creek will be hosting the Canadian Women’s National Camp at the Encana Events Centre taking place September 10th-16th. During the week-long camp, both the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks and the Fort St. John Huskies will be playing exhibition games against Canada’s national Women’s team.last_img read more

One killed, two injured in clashes between students in Fez University…

Rabat – One person was killed and two others were injured in clashes, on Thursday in the Fez-Dher Mehrez college campus, between students from two opposite factions: Attajdid Tollabi and Annahj democrati Al Qaidi, the Wilaya of Fez announced on Friday. The student Abderrahim El Hasnaoui succumbed to his wounds, on Friday, after he was transported to the intensive care unit at the Hassan II University Hospital for the necessary health care, said the statement.The public prosecutor at the Fez Court of Appeal ordered the opening of a probe, said the same source, adding that four suspects have been arrested, on Thursday night, for their involvement in this incident. Investigations are still going on to bring the accused to justice. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes lower traders balance Syrian worries with jobs data

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Friday amid nervousness about possible military intervention in the Syrian civil war and speculation about what the Federal Reserve might do about a key stimulus program in the wake of the latest employment data.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 24.14 points to 12,820.92 and the Canadian dollar surged almost a full US cent.The loonie found some support from a Canadian jobs report, which beat expectations. The currency was off the session highs but still ahead 0.89 of a cent to 96.07 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that the economy created 59,000 positions last month.But the growth was mainly for part-time employment as the unemployment rate fell to 7.1% in August from 7.2% the previous month. The consensus had called for the Canadian economy to have created about 20,000 jobs in August.The Canadian currency was also lifted by an American dollar that backed off after the U.S. Labor Department reported jobs growth of 169,000 last month, narrowly missing expectations of about 175,000 jobs. The U.S. jobless rate was 7.3%, down from 7.4%.U.S. indexes were lacklustre following comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who told a news conference at the end of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg, that his country would continue to “assist” Syria even if it is attacked.The Dow Jones industrials lost as much as 148 points before recovering somewhat to slip 14.98 points to 14,922.5, the Nasdaq rose 1.23 points to 3,660.01 and the S&P 500 index was up 0.09 of a point to 1,655.17.President Barack Obama says he will address Americans about Syria on Tuesday while he seeks public support and congressional authority for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad as punishment for an alleged chemical attack against civilians in suburban Damascus last month.Syrian has cast a shadow over trading ever since the alleged chemical attack Aug. 21 but some analysts think sentiment could well improve after it is known just what the U.S. will decide to do.“At the end of the day, when it’s resolved, it will be more of a relief than anything,” said Chris King, portfolio manager at Morgan, Meighen and Associates.“Remember, when they actually went into the Big One in Iraq (in 2003), a couple of days beforehand markets turned around markedly and this was even before they crossed into the country.”The U.S. labour data was a mild disappointment as the consensus had called for the American economy to have cranked out about 175,000 jobs in August.The Fed has indicated it could start winding up its US$85 billion of bond purchases as early as this month if the economy shows sufficient strength. The prospect of the Fed tapering those asset purchases has unnerved some investors as the stimulus has kept rates low and channelled lots of money into equity markets around the globe.Tech stocks led declines, off 1.2% with BlackBerry (TSX:BB) down 31 cents to $11.29 after three days of strong gains, partly fuelled by reports that the smartphone maker wants to launch an auction process for its assets sooner rather than later.Telecoms continued to shed gains racked up earlier in the week after U.S. telco giant Verizon said earlier in the week it wouldn’t be entering the Canadian wireless market. The group backed off 1.12% and Telus (TSX:T) shed 94 cents to $33.31.Commodity prices were higher and December copper rose two cents to US$3.26 a pound. The base metals group rose 1.07% and HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) advanced 28 cents to C$7.60.The gold sector rose 0.87% as bullion prices advanced after the release of the jobs data with the December contract up $13.50 to US$1,386.50 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by six cents to C$6.20.The energy sector was up 0.13%, as worries about supply disruptions from the Mideast helped push the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead $2.16 to US$110.53 a barrel, its highest close since May, 2011. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) gained 42 cents to C$36.68.The Toronto market ended last week with a respectable 1.32% advance, with gains seen across all sectors except for gold producers.The Canadian Press read more

Column Irelands political system must embrace diversity to foster justice

first_imgRECENT EVENTS HAVE highlighted the inability of a largely monolithic and unrepresentative legislature to take decisions that are in the interest of people who are other than them. The overwhelmingly white, male Dáil, with its members predominantly selected from a narrow spectrum of dynastic families and professions, has proven itself to be incapable of acting justly toward all those historically excluded and marginalised. We have witnessed spectacular political blunders and injustices, for instance, in the handling of the Savita Halappanavar death and subsequent establishment of inquiries; in the refusal to introduce abortion legislation as mandated by the Irish people; in the treatment of Magdalene survivors; and in economic policy measures disproportionately disadvantaging women.While individual representatives sometimes try to constructively deal with issues predominantly affecting women, it is doubtful whether political institutions so explicitly eschewing diversity can adequately deal with such issues. Thankfully, as research from other jurisdictions shows, we can be hopeful that this may change somewhat in the future, given the introduction of gender quotas at the next general election.‘We accept systemic poverty in our society’What of those marginalised groups, though, who have been historically disadvantaged owing to other factors, such as race, ethnicity, or class? Incidences of racial hate crimes are rarely treated as a political priority, and we accept, as a matter of course, systemic economic inequality and poverty in our society. Added to this is the fact that people often have complex identities, which means they may be subject to multiple, perhaps reinforcing, disadvantages. The sociologist, Patricia Hill Collins, describes such people as being subject to “interlocking systems of oppression”, as their lives are marked by “intersectionality”, that is, they are disadvantaged by virtue of their gender, race, and class, for instance.Examples of the negative impact of intersectionality and mutually reinforcing oppressive structures are easy to find in Ireland. The issue of abortion, for example, is instructive. Many women who need abortions are unable to travel to the UK due to immigration or asylum status, meaning that race/ethnicity and gender intersect in ways that distinctly disadvantage migrant women, ultimately resulting in a denial of their reproductive rights. Similarly, there is ample evidence to suggest that people who were placed in Magdalene institutions were put there because they were poor. The ideology of ‘fallen women’, coupled with a disdain for poor people, thus resulted in women, and in some instances girls, being incarcerated by virtue of their gender and their class.A homogenous legislature has not served us wellWhen understood like this, it becomes clear that intersectionality can be a powerful tool in drawing out the complexities involved in injustices committed against people who have been and continue to be marginalised. It is essential that political decisions are made with regard to such complexities. What better way to do so than by actually including those people in political decision-making, whose lived experience is intersectional, and who therefore have first-hand knowledge of the many ways in which disadvantage functions with regard to gender, race, or class, for instance?As the examples of abortion and the containment of women in Magdalene laundries highlight, a homogenous legislature has not served us well, given that we are living with the legacies of injustices committed for several decades. If we wish to not repeat the mistakes of the past, then we need to include historically marginalised populations in political decision-making, paying particular attention to intersectionality, and the specific inequalities and injustices that can arise there from. As a country coming to terms with widespread, systemic injustices committed against young people, women, working class people, and the various intersectional identities of these and many others, we must ensure that diversity takes centre-stage in the political institutions and processes governing our lives.Prof Patricia Hill Collins will be speaking on intersectionality and social justice in a public lecture organised by UCD Women’s Studies on 20 March. Dr Clara Fischer is a co-ordinator of the Irish Feminist Network.last_img read more

The night before I put the penalty in a different place I

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Paul Fennessy Short URL “It was tense. It was high pressure. It was a case of what might have been really. Things might have been different if Roy had been there. If you get past Spain and what you’ve got next [South Korea], anything could happen. “It’s tinged [with disappointment] because maybe it didn’t go the way you wanted. But I guess when you get older [you realise] it’s life really. It’s Rovers of the Rovers and then there’s a bit of realism there. You’re up against really good players. It’s the best of the best. But I thought the team did brilliantly. It’s a lovely thing to be a part of. But obviously, I should have put the penalty away.”Without wanting to delve too deeply into the discussed-to-death Saipan debate, I ask Connolly more generally about his most famous, and most infamous team-mate.“Roy can be brilliant company. He’s got very high standards and all the stuff that we know Roy for. I got on great with Roy. I just put my head down. You had to when you’re with so many good players. You can’t afford to slacken off to keep up with these players. I had to be at it every day. I made sure I was practising, practising in the gym.With Roy, he was good as gold with me. I didn’t treat Roy any different to anyone else or he to me. He signed me [at Sunderland] and I did quite well — that was a good period for him as a manager too. You could have the best days of your life with Roy and it could obviously go the other way too. I enjoyed my time with him a lot — he was a top, top player.”Connolly was also one of the few Irish players to visit Keane to say goodbye once it became apparent that he would not be competing in the World Cup and was going home.“He was only staying in the next room down. You don’t really want him to go. You don’t know the ins and outs of it. Whether that was the right or the wrong thing [to do], I don’t know.“He’d often borrow a couple of DVDs off me. It probably would’ve been odd if I hadn’t gone to see him. I don’t know if I had an argument like that, would I want someone to come see me. Maybe not, or maybe I wouldn’t really care. But anyway, I was a bit young. It is what it is.”And does he remember which DVDs Keane borrowed?“No, jeez I don’t. I don’t think it was ‘Friends,’ or anything like that.” Connolly (third left) pictured with Roy Keane and team-mates during his Sunderland days. Source: Craig Connor/INPHOConnolly in particular and arguably Ireland in general would never again reach the same heights at international level that they managed in that Spain game.With Saipan still fresh in people’s mind, McCarthy left not long after the World Cup, departing following a first competitive home loss against the Swiss.Brian Kerr took over and Ireland still retained an outside chance of qualifying for Euro 2004 right up until the final group game, which was once again against Switzerland.It was a disappointing performance from the team ultimately. Keane and Connolly started up front, with the latter replaced by Clinton Morrison after 58 minutes amid an anti-climactic 2-0 loss. He describes it as “probably one of my worst games ever” on a day where little went right for the Irish team, after Hakan Yakin gave their opponents the lead just six minutes into the match at St Jakob Park.It proved to be the last time Connolly would wear a green jersey. He was ignored for the duration of Steve Staunton’s tenure, despite finishing the season as Sunderland’s top scorer and helping them get promoted to the Premier League under Roy Keane.“That was fine,” he says. “When new people come in, they make their mark. There was no [animosity]. Sometimes you might agree or disagree, but you learn to keep your counsel and get on with it.”Connolly would go on to play for Southampton, Portsmouth, Oxford and AFC Wimbledon, before retiring in 2015 at the age of 37.“Giovanni Trapattoni selected me [for his first Ireland squad], but I was injured and had a lot of operations at Sunderland. I was struggling for fitness for a season or two.  So I didn’t get that call back. But I can’t complain really, I ended up with more than I thought I would.”Perhaps the most controversial moment in Connolly’s Irish career was a high-profile falling out with Don Givens, the caretaker boss in between the McCarthy and Kerr eras. Givens publicly criticised Connolly, with the manager suggesting the player turned down a call-up. However, reflecting on it now, Connolly feels he was unfairly treated.I don’t lose any sleep over it. I thought it was ridiculous. Everything was done in a terrible manner. It wasn’t done via the club. It was just amateur. That was the biggest frustration, because really the player shouldn’t be in the middle of all that. The Irish manager should be talking to the club about the player. The player’s called up and you don’t have any real relationship with that person, you shouldn’t even be talking to him. It should be done via the official channels. I don’t want to be talking to the manager, getting his opinion on a Saturday night — he should have just talked to my club and they’d deal with it.”For the most part though, Connolly has fond memories of his Irish career and football in general.“You’ve definitely got to persevere,” he adds. “When I was playing at Ruislip Gaelic Grounds, there were much better football players than me and they were at the Tottenhams and Arsenals of this world. I was at little Watford.“You’re told you’re too small, you’re not this, not that. Just persevere. Have a bit of resilience. You might have a couple of setbacks along the way. You’ve just got to keep going, have a bit of determination and really love it. If you want to do it, you’ve got to really love it. If you love it, they say you never work a day, and it’s kind of true.”- Originally published at 15.00 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘The night before I put the penalty in a different place. I changed my mind against Spain’ David Connolly on the good and bad times he experienced playing for Ireland. OF ALL THE teams Ireland have endured bad fortune against over the years, Switzerland must be among the standouts.The Irish management careers of both Mick McCarthy (in his first spell) and Brian Kerr ended with disappointing results against the Swiss in games that either killed off qualifying hopes or made the prospect of reaching a major tournament very difficult.At the weekend, The42 spoke to Thomas Butler, whose short-lived international career ended with a game against Switzerland.Similarly, David Connolly would also win the last of his 41 caps against the side known as the ‘Rossocrociati’ (Red Crosses), albeit in a different game to Butler.In those previous 40 caps though, there was no shortage of highs and lows, with nine goals enough to put Connolly on the all-time top scorers list, level with Roy Keane, Liam Brady, Clinton Morrison and Kevin Sheedy, and just behind James McClean’s 10.Before international recognition though, he grew up a normal kid who happened to be obsessed with football.In a YouTube interview from a few years back, Connolly recalled how André Hoekstra, a coach he worked with at Excelsior, urged him to “fly a kite” or engage in some kind of hobby outside of football.“I struggled with my time off,” he recalled. “What do I do with my spare time apart from football?“I enjoy my football and never take it for granted. I’ve never been a drinker of alcohol or late-night parties, whatever it may be.[André] could be right. Maybe I did need to learn to fly a kite. But I never did.”Born in England and growing up in Willesden, his parents went to Britain in search of work, but Connolly always considered himself Irish.“I was the first one born in England, as happens, when there was no real work at home. Dad was one of many brothers. Only one of them needed to work the farm, so the rest came to England to find their way. https://the42.ie/4796098 22,209 Views Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 3:00 PM Sep 5th 2019, 9:01 AM Follow us: the42.ie Image: INPHO Share1 Tweet Email I was probably playing and watching more Gaelic than I was football when I was a child. My dad played in minor All-Irelands — him and his brothers are big into hurling and Gaelic [football].“I started playing football at the same time. I didn’t really think about anything else. You were living in England, but everything else was kind of Irish. I lived in a very Irish place. It was the norm. You went to Irish pubs. That was just how it worked really.”And did he ever consider seriously pursuing GAA?“No, but I played it all the time. I was watching my dad down in Ruislip, which was the main GAA ground. “Even now, I played Gaelic with my sons today, just after school, they love it. It’s a great sport.“It was just part and parcel [of growing up], you’d always have a hurling stick in the car or wherever.” As a youngster, Connolly wrote to Ireland and Liverpool player Jim Beglin. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOA big Liverpool fan on account of their Irish players, such as Ray Houghton and Steve Staunton among others, Connolly wrote to Jim Beglin as a kid and ended up getting two tickets for a game.“I’ve never really said it to him. He sent back two tickets, which was incredible. I went up to Anfield with my dad, I went to the game. I didn’t ask for the tickets, but it was absolutely fantastic. I still remember opening the envelopes.”Aged 18, Connolly made his Ireland debut on 29 May 1996. It was Mick McCarthy’s third game game in charge and third successive defeat, as the Boys in Green lost 1-0 to Portugal in a friendly at Lansdowne Road.“In the youth age groups, I played with Watford and we played Millwall quite a lot. They had Ben Thatcher, Mark Kennedy — quite a good youth team.We’d always give them a good game, but [then-Millwall manager] Mick McCarthy, as often happens with manager of clubs, they’d often watch the youth teams, then manage the [first-team] game. So he was obviously watching when we played Millwall. I think I did quite well and scored a few.    “A year later, I was in the first team at Watford scoring goals and then Mick called me up.”A few days after his Portugal bow, Connolly featured in another friendly, as Ireland were defeated 3-1 by Netherlands in Feijenoord Stadion. Little did he know at the time that he would soon end up playing there regularly.The young striker subsequently started scoring for Ireland — twice in the 1996 US Cup against USA and Mexico, and a hat-trick the following May in McCarthy’s first competitive game in charge against Liechtenstein.Connolly had played three seasons at senior level for Watford, scoring 10 goals in 26 appearances, but his contract was due to expire. Suddenly, he went from England’s third-tier to the Eredivisie. His team-mates now included Henrik Larsson, Giovanni Van Bronckhorst and Jerzy Dudek. To this day, he is still remembered in Holland, particularly for one game. Aged just 23 and up against footballers of the calibre of Christian Chivu and Rafael van der Vaart, he scored twice in a 4-3 victory — the first time Feyenoord had beaten their arch-rivals away from home in 26 years. At the final whistle, the young Irish international was carried off the pitch on Dudek’s shoulders.“They were looking for a forward who was on a free,” he recalls. “I had a couple of offers in England or whatever. I took [Feyenoord], because when you played in the stadium, it was incredible. “They were playing Champions League football and I never played it again. They had amazing players like Larsson. It was just a completely different world to what I’d come from, you’d be mad [to turn it down]. But I probably wasn’t ready for it then. At the time, they were playing in the Champions League and the year I left, they won the Uefa Cup.” Source: Feyenoord • Eredivisie Archief/YouTubeConnolly would technically spend four years on the books at Feyenoord, though he ultimately made just 25 league appearances in that time, scoring seven goals. In between there was a season on loan at Wolves, and a particularly prolific loan spell with Excelsior in the Dutch second tier, where he managed a remarkable tally of 42 goals in 48 appearances. Former Netherlands international Adrie Koster, his manager there, who went on to coach a number of other Dutch clubs, including Ajax, still describes the former star as the best striker he ever worked with.The Irish international was not the only talented striker who found himself out of favour at Feyenoord. Following a contract dispute, the club would ultimately sell the disillusioned Henrik Larsson to Celtic for £650,000.“They didn’t want him there and they weren’t getting on. I remember talking to him. He was training, but he was never involved. It was just: ‘Oh you know, me and the club have just fallen out.’”Irish and British players often find life difficult further afield, with homesickness often an issue among young players. However, Connolly says it was never a problem for him, with a number of team-mates perennially making him feel at home.They were great lads. George Boateng was brilliant, great company. Giovanni van Bronkhurst and his wife would bring me round to dinner and look after me.“It’s a fantastic country and the people are so welcoming. I still talk to people I met there 20-odd years ago. They couldn’t have done anymore.“I take my kids there [now], go there for holidays, it’s a great place.”Connolly, meanwhile, says he always enjoyed a good relationship with McCarthy, who visited him during the striker’s Dutch spell.“He’s honest and hard working as the day is long. He tells it as it is, which I like. He cuts out all the rubbish. You know exactly where you stand and I really enjoyed playing for him. You could argue with him and stuff, but he’d never really hold anything against you.“Mick came to stay with me in Holland once. He came to watch me play. I think he had a hotel for the night, but he said: ‘Is there any space at yours?’ ‘Yeah there is, alright.’ I ended up with my national team manager staying on the top floor of my house, which was a bit weird and surreal at the time. But that’s what Mick was like. He wouldn’t stay in a highfalutin hotel or whatever. He gets on well with people.”With the emergence of exceptional young attackers in Robbie Keane and Damien Duff, Connolly’s starting spot was rarely guaranteed at international level, despite beginning with such a flourish. However, he did feature in all three of Ireland’s crucial play-off ties under McCarthy. He came off the bench and was sent off in defeat to Belgium that ended the team’s hopes of qualifying for the ’98 World Cup. He again featured as a substitute in the first leg and started the second in the absence of the suspended Keane, as Ireland agonisingly went out against Turkey on away goals. And he also completed 90 minutes of the second leg against Iran, when the Boys in Green finally qualified for a major tournament under McCarthy, losing 1-0 on the night but progressing 2-1 on aggregate.Yet despite this memorable moment, Connolly still feels a degree of regret that they didn’t achieve more.“We should have got to at least one more tournament at a minimum,” he says.Ahead of the tournament, Connolly was enjoying the best spell of his career, at least in terms of goals. He had been offered a new contract by Feyenoord, but still got the impression the club weren’t especially keen on him sticking around. Initially, he was set to sign for another Dutch side, AZ Alkmaar. But a phone call from Irish team-mate Kenny Cunningham persuaded him to instead return to English football and join Wimbledon.His first season at the club in England’s second tier in the lead up to the 2002 World Cup was a success, as he registered 18 goals in 35 appearances, while the following campaign, he would manage 24 in 28. Still though, Connolly knew he was unlikely to start ahead of Duff and Keane at the tournament in Korea and Japan.We begin discussing that World Cup generally, and unprompted, Connolly brings up what is probably both the best and worst moment in his career.Having played the Iran match, the attacker was an unused sub in Ireland’s three group games. In the last 16, against a Spanish side that included the world-class likes of Iker Casillas, Gaizka Mendieta, Carles Puyol, Raul and Fernando Morientes, Connolly replaced Ian Harte in the 82nd minute with McCarthy’s men trailing 1-0 and desperately needing a goal. A last-gasp Keane penalty brought the game to extra-time and Connolly went desperately close to finding a winner thereafter, as his effort from 20 yards out just went the wrong side of the post.Ultimately though, Spain prevailed 3-2 on penalties, with Connolly one of three Irish players to miss a spot kick.When it comes to penalties, it’s just whoever fancies it.“I wouldn’t say there were loads and loads of people who were putting their hand up to take it, but you live and learn really. The night before I put the penalty in a different place. I changed my mind, over-thought it, and that’s probably the disappointing thing.” Connolly is consoled by Niall Quinn during the 2002 World Cup penalty shootout with Spain. Source: INPHODoes he deserve credit though, for at least being willing to volunteer to take a spot kick in such a huge game?“Yes and no. We played Romania in ’97. I got brought down for a penalty. Steve Staunton was on penalties and he sort of said ‘I don’t fancy it.’ I thought: ‘Maybe I’ll have a go at this.’ Then Roy took the ball and he had his kick saved. I remember thinking: ‘That’s someone who’s been at Liverpool and Villa that doesn’t really fancy it.’ Then there’s no shame in that.“I felt okay to take the penalty [against Spain], but if you miss, you suffer the consequences. It wasn’t a great pen. The night before I banged it in — no ‘keeper would have saved it. But it’s a little bit different when you’re doing it in front of everyone. David Connolly scored nine goals in 41 caps for Ireland. David Connolly scored nine goals in 41 caps for Ireland. Image: INPHO 6 Comments last_img read more

Mandela buried in rolling hills of South Africa

first_imgQUNU, South Africa — His flag-draped casket resting on a carpet of animal skins, Nelson Mandela was laid to rest Sunday in the green, rolling hills of the eastern hamlet where he began his extraordinary journey — one that led him from prison to the presidency, a global symbol of endurance and reconciliation in the fight against South Africa’s racist rule.Artillery boomed and military aircraft roared through a cloud-studded sky, as the simple and the celebrated gathered to pay their final respects in Mandela’s native village of Qunu at a state funeral that blended ancient tribal rituals with a display of the might of the new, integrated South Africa.“Yours was truly a long walk to freedom and now you have achieved the ultimate freedom in the bosom of your maker,” Brig. Gen. Monwabisi Jamangile, chaplain-general of the South African military, said as Mandela’s casket was lowered into the ground at the family gravesite. “Rest in peace.”“I realized that the old man is no more, no more with us,” said Bayanda Nyengule, head of a local museum about Mandela, his voice cracking as he described the burial attended by several hundred mourners after a larger funeral ceremony during which some 4,500 people, including heads of state, royalty and celebrities, paid their last respects.The burial ended a 10-day mourning period that began with Mandela’s death on Dec. 5 at 95, and included a Johannesburg memorial attended by nearly 100 world leaders and three days during which tens of thousands of South Africans of all races and backgrounds filed past Mandela’s casket in the capital, Pretoria.last_img read more

En Vogue TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration AfterParty

first_img Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Twitter Read more H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage GRAMMY-winning jazz singer Elling won Best Jazz Vocal Album at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards for Dedicated To You: Kurt Elling Sings The Music Of Coltrane And Hartman. He is currently nominated in the same category this year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, for his album The Questions. In 2000, Los Angeles-based DJ Pesce transitioned from a successful career in public relations with a mentoring assist from DJ Spinderella of GRAMMY-winning group Salt-N-Pepa. In addition to keeping dance floors hot, Pesce has made appearances on television dramas as herself and entertained GRAMMY Celebration partygoers for several years running.”We look forward to our annual GRAMMY Celebration honoring the winners and nominees of Music’s Biggest Night,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “It’s an evening and rare opportunity for all of us in the music community to celebrate triumphs and milestones together, complemented by a handcrafted menu and even more unforgettable performances featuring some of our most esteemed talent following the GRAMMY Awards telecast.”The culinary choices continue the Renaissance masquerade-ball theme with modern twists on traditional dishes and deserts provided by chef Joe Flamm of Chicago’s Michelin-starred restaurant Spiaggia.”Each year we diligently work to produce one of the largest awards show celebrations, and we’re thrilled to bring the annual event back to Los Angeles with a modern baroque-inspired theme to complement the elegance of the evening,” said Branden Chapman, Executive in Charge of Production & Chief Business Development Officer of the Recording Academy. Don’t forget to tune into the 2019 GRAMMYs this Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST. live on CBS.2019 GRAMMYs Viewer’s Guide: Where To Watch Music’s Biggest Night Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMY Awards Prev Next Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Email 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images The Recording Academy’s official 2019 GRAMMYs closing event will also feature sets by jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and DJ Michelle PescePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Feb 4, 2019 – 12:42 pm After the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sun. Feb. 10, more than 5,000 members of the music industry community will head for the Renaissance-themed official after-party celebration at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will be headlined by R&B greats En Vogue and TLC.The private, ticketed event’s festivities also feature jazz vocalist Kurt Elling and a set by DJ Michelle Pesce, as well as gourmet cuisine and dancing.The ladies of GRAMMY-nominated group En Vogue stirred up the ’90s R&B scene with hits including “Hold On,” “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” and “Don’t Let Go (Love),” which was nominated for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal at the 39th GRAMMY Awards.The women of GRAMMY-winning group TLC also made huge waves in ’90s (and early-2000s) R&B. At the 38th GRAMMY Awards, their sophomore album CrazySexyCool won Best R&B Album and its single “Creep” won Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. At the 42nd GRAMMY Awards, the group won both categories again with their follow-up album Fanmail and its hit “No Scrubs.” Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimagecenter_img Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? News Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Facebook Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs En Vogue & TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration After-Party Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 20, 2015 – 11:40 am TLC Win Best R&B Album Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? En Vogue & TLC To Headline 2019 GRAMMY Celebration en-vogue-tlc-headline-2019-grammy-celebration-after-party Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYslast_img read more

Amazon reportedly uses boxing machines to replace people

first_img Now playing: Watch this: What Amazon’s one-day shipping means for you Internet Services “We are piloting this new technology with the goal of increasing safety, speeding up delivery times, and adding efficiency across our network,” an Amazon spokesperson said in an emailed statement.”We expect the efficiency savings will be re-invested in new services for customers, where new jobs will continue to be created.”The company looked into putting two of these $1 million machines into dozens more warehouses, Reuters reported, which would replace at least 24 human workers at each one.Back in 2017, Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation, argued that automation and hiring go “hand in hand” for the company, and the increased efficiency benefits everyone.First published at 5:45 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:04 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. 19 0:55 Tags Comments 50 surprising things people are buying on Amazon right now Amazon is reportedly taking a step towards replacing some of its workers with machines. Getty Images Amazon is apparently starting to replace people with machines.The e-commerce giant is adding machines for packing people’s orders to some of its warehouses, Reuters reported Monday, citing two anonymous sources who worked on the project.These Italian-made CartonWrap machines apparently scan items as they move along a conveyor belt and pack them in custom-built boxes. They can pack 600 to 700 boxes per hour — four to five times the speed of a human, Reuters noted. 50 Photos Share your voice Amazonlast_img read more

Rohingya trawler capsize death toll hits 20

first_imgThe bodies of three more Rohingya people, including two children and a woman were recovered from Patiatek in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Friday, reports UNB.They had gone missing after a trawler capsized in the Bay of Bengal in the upazila on Thursday. The newly recovered bodies raised the death toll to 20.Read more: Death toll in Rohingya trawler capsize rises to 17″The bodies of 20 Rohingya people, including that of 12 children, have so far been recovered,” said Ukhia-Teknaf circle assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Chailau Chakma.On Thursday, at least 17 people died as a trawler carrying around Rohingyas, who fled to Bangladesh amid persecution in Myanmar, sank in the Bay around 3:30pm in bad weather.Besides, 10 people suffered injuries in the incident. They were admitted to Cox’s Bazar sadar Hospital.Read more: 14 Rohingyas die in trawler capsize in Baylast_img read more

Police Shootings Stir Outrage Among Some But Not The Supreme Court

first_imgElaine Thompson/APSupreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at a civics event in January in Seattle. Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent about police shootings Monday.The U.S. Supreme Court has again stepped into the bitter public turmoil over police shootings of civilians, ruling Monday that an Arizona police officer is shielded from being sued for shooting a woman in her own front yard.The court said the officer acted reasonably, given that the woman, Amy Hughes, was carrying a large kitchen knife, that she was standing within striking distance of a woman who the officer did not know was Hughes’ roommate, and that Hughes failed to drop the knife when ordered to do so.Police were called to the scene after a 911 call reported a woman hacking at a tree with a knife. Hughes fit the description of the woman. So when police spotted her with the knife in her hand, and within striking distance of another woman, all three officers on the scene drew their guns.Three officers draw guns, but only one shootsThey said Hughes appeared calm, but when she failed to acknowledge the officers’ presence or their twice repeated order to drop the knife, one of the three officers opened fire.Hughes, who sued for $150,000 in damages, is one of thousands of people shot by police who survive.The government relies on media for police shooting statsThere are so few reliable statistics about police shootings, however, that in 2015 then-FBI Director James Comey called the situation “embarrassing and ridiculous.”The Washington Post has compiled the most complete database on fatal police shootings, reporting that in 2015, there were 995 fatal shootings, in 2016, 963, and in 2017, 987. In each of these years, roughly 1 in 10 of the fatal shootings involved a person who was unarmed or not known to have had a weapon.Nobody knows how many police shootings wound but don’t killAs to those who survive police shootings, again, there is no official count by any government agency. And no comprehensive count by news organizations either.VICE News has done a data analysis of the nation’s 47 largest police departments. Although the data are not comprehensive, they cover 148,000 police officers in 47 police departments that serve 54 million people, and it is the best count to date of those who were shot by police and survived.According to the data, 2,720 people were shot by police and survived from 2010-2016. Of these, 20 percent were unarmed, and in an additional 8 percent of the cases, the departments didn’t say whether the subject was unarmed.About half the shootings took place when police encountered a subject with a gun, and an additional 20 percent involved subjects with a knife or some other weapon — subjects like Hughes, the woman whose lawsuit was tossed out by the Supreme Court on Monday.The court’s decision came without ordering full briefing or argument, a rare step indicating that the majority thought the case easy to decide.The unsigned, eight-page opinion said that under clearly established law, “the reasonableness of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the vision of 20/20 hindsight,” and the court reiterated that the “calculus of reasonableness” must allow for “the fact that police officers are often forced to make split-second judgments — in circumstances that are tense, uncertain, and rapidly evolving …”Even if the shooting in the Hughes case did amount to excessive force — “a proposition that is not at all evident on these facts,” the court said — the officer who shot Hughes would still not be liable. Under the court’s “qualified immunity” doctrine, said the court majority, the officer would be immune from any lawsuit because his conduct did not violate “any clearly established statutory or constitutional right” that “a reasonable person could have known” about.Just two dissenters, but they level quite a blastJustice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for herself and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, strenuously dissented. Noting that two of the three officers on the scene thought it “unnecessary to use deadly force,” the dissenters observed that Hughes was “nowhere near the officers, had committed no illegal act, was suspected of no crime, and did not raise the knife in the direction of the other woman or anyone else.”This is not the kind of case that the Supreme Court normally disposes of without briefing or argument, contended Sotomayor. “The relevant facts are hotly disputed” and the question of immunity in these circumstances is, “at the very best, a close call.” Yet, instead of letting the case go to a jury, the court has “intervened prematurely, purporting to correct an error that is not at all clear.”The court’s “unwarranted” overturning of the lower court’s decision in this case, she said, is “symptomatic” of a “disturbing” and “one-sided” approach to excessive force cases, where police are almost always protected and the victims of excessive force have little to no recourse.In the hands of the current court, she charged, the doctrine of limited immunity for police is being transformed into “an absolute shield for law enforcement officers.”The court, she concluded, is not only “wrong on the law”; it is sending “an alarming signal” to police and the public alike. It tells police they “can shoot first and think later,” and it tells the public that “palpably unreasonable conduct will go unpunished.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Through a nanopore ionically Graphene quantum transistor for nextgeneration DNA sensing

first_img © 2013 Phys.org. All rights reserved. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Prof. Jean-Pierre Leburton briefed Phys.org on the research he and his colleagues – Anuj Girdhar, Chaitanya Sathe and Klaus Schulten – conducted. “Simulations are presently leading experimental efforts on this specific topic – but transport models based on density functional theory cannot handle a large number of atoms due to limited computational resources,” Leburton tells Phys.org, recounting some of the challenges the scientists faced. (Density functional theory, or DFT, is a quantum mechanical modeling method used in physics and chemistry to investigate the electronic structure of many-body systems.)”In addition,” Leburton continues, “these models are restricted to solid-state systems, while we’re dealing with a hybrid solid-liquid system. For this reason, very simplistic and idealistic physical conditions are assumed on graphene nanoribbons.” Such assumptions include uniform GNR widths with perfect armchair or zigzag edges, the nanopore being placed in the center of the graphene nanoribbon, and an absence of electrostatic perturbations from either the electrolytic solution or the dielectric supporting the graphene nanoribbon.”In our approach, we use a multiorbital tight-binding (TB) technique that can handle a much larger number of atoms than DFT to account for the non-uniform GNR width, its irregular edges, and various sizes and positions of the nanopore,” Leburton explains. (The TB technique uses a superposition of wave functions of isolated atoms located at each atomic site to calculate the electronic band structure of solids.)”The electronic spectrum obtained from the tight binding model is then fed into a transport model based on a non-equilibrium Green function technique to compute the electrical conductance in general GNR configurations.” A non-equilibrium Green (aka Green’s) function, or NEGF, can be used to solve an inhomogeneous differential equation with boundary conditions in a way that is roughly analogous to the use of Fourier series in the solution of ordinary differential equations. Over the last decade, NEGF techniques have become widely used in corporate, engineering, government, and academic laboratories for modeling high-bias, quantum electron and hole transport in a wide variety of materials and devices. Explore further (A) Schematic of an AT DNA strand translocating through a pore. (B) Potential maps in the graphene plane due to the DNA molecule at eight successive snapshots throughout one full rotation of the DNA strand. Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 Citation: Through a nanopore, ionically: Graphene quantum transistor for next-generation DNA sensing (2013, October 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-10-nanopore-ionically-graphene-quantum-transistor.html Another consequence of the system being multi-phase (liquid-solid), with the DNA target in the liquid phase, and the detector is in solid phase, was detecting the rotational and positional conformation of a DNA strand inside the nanopore. “From a computational viewpoint, Leburton notes, “the interface between the two phases is extremely challenging, because on the one hand, software is specific to either of these matter phases, while on the other hand, in the case of bi-phase systems, they are, as mentioned, restricted to a very small number – a few hundred – of atoms.”In showing that a graphene membrane with quantum point contact geometry exhibits greater electrical sensitivity than a uniform armchair geometry, Leburton says that the main challenge resides in the capability of simulating arbitrary GNR shapes at atomic resolution, which – again due to traditional density functional theory methods being limited to only a few hundred atoms – leads to the inability to assess long-range effects induced by GNR geometry.In summary, the team addressed all of these computational challenges by using:a tight-binding approach that can handle larger number of atoms, which is necessary to assess the conductance changes in GNRs of non-uniform shape induced by external chargesa multi-scale approach to handle the hybrid bi-phase system, where the GNR and DNA are modeled by atomistic software, while the electrolyte and surrounding materials are treated with self-consistent semiconductor devices equations within the Boltzmann-Poisson formalism (a differential equation that describes electrostatic interactions between molecules in ionic solutions)Leburton expands on the paper’s proposed membrane design containing an electrical gate in a configuration similar to a field-effect transistor for a graphene-based DNA sensing device. “The presence of a gate on or underneath the membrane will enable tuning of the GNR conductance in the optimum electrical sensitivity regime, which otherwise will be entirely determined by two factors: the GNR irregular edges introducing uncontrollable quantum mechanical boundary conditions on the transverse wave functions of charge carriers that produce undesirable scattering affecting the conductance; and the GNR’s inherent and uncontrollable p-type doping resulting from exposure to water, and the parasitic negative charge in the dielectric supporting or insulating the GNR.”Moving forward, Leburton says that to control the electrostatic landscape within the nanopore, the membrane could incorporate additional graphene layers, or other two-dimensional materials, connected to voltage sources. These additional electrodes will have the dual purpose of controlling the lateral and vertical motion of the DNA molecule during its translocation through the nanopore. By so doing, the scientists expect to reduce the jitter and flossing due to thermal motion of water molecules and ions in the solution, and thereby improve the identification of each nucleotide when it passes in front of the detecting graphene layer.”One of the major features of our model was to assume that the DNA passes through the nanopore rigidly,” Leburton continues. “Aside from improving our multi-scale approach, the next steps in our research will consist of implementing our computational model by including the thermal motion of the DNA through molecular dynamic simulation; the proximity effects of dielectrics sandwiching the detecting graphene layer; the effect of the gate on the GNR conductance for enhanced detection performances; the electrostatic effects of additional controlling electrodes on the DNA molecular dynamics; and determining the optimum membrane design for high sequencing performances.”Regarding other areas beyond genomics that might benefit from their study, Leburton says, their research will also contribute to the development of novel miniaturized bioelectronic devices with broad range of applications in personal medicine. “Indeed,” he illustrates, “if solid-state membranes can be energized electronically, one can imagine them performing similar functions as biocells, but with electrical stimulation, control and detection. This would open the door to new practices in portable in situ bioanalysis without the need for costly and time-consuming lab analysis. In a more general context,” he concludes, “the interaction of biology and nanoelectronics at the molecular level – with the possibility of manipulating biological information by nanoscale electronic devices – opens new horizons in information processing technology by taking advantage of the biological capability of storing huge amount of information, on the one hand, and the ability of semiconductor technology to process it quickly, reliably and at low cost, on the other.” Schematic diagram of a prototypical solid-state, multilayer device containing a GNR layer (black) with a nanopore, sandwiched between two oxides (transparent) atop a heavily doped Si back gate, VG (green). The DNA is translocated through the pore, and the current is measured with the source and drain leads, VS and VD (gold). (See SI Methods for a cross-sectional schematic diagram.) Credit: Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 More information: Graphene quantum point contact transistor for DNA sensing, PNAS October 15, 2013 vol. 110 no. 42 16748-16753, doi:10.1073/pnas.1308885110 New system to improve DNA sequencing This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —In the ongoing quest to devise faster, lower-cost methods for sequencing the human genome, scientists at University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have developed a novel approach: DNA molecules are sensed by passing them through a layer of constricted graphene embedded in a solid-state membrane containing a nanopore (a small hole with a roughly 1 nm internal diameter), located in a graphene nanoribbon (GNR). A critical feature of the new paradigm is that graphene’s electrical properties allow the layer to be tuned in several distinct ways – namely, altering the shape of its edge, carrier concentration and nanopore location – thereby modulating both electrical conductance and external charge sensitivity. The researchers found that their novel technique can detect the DNA strand’s rotational and positional conformation, and demonstrated that a graphene membrane with quantum point contact geometry exhibits greater electrical sensitivity than on with so-called uniform armchair geometry. The team has proposed a graphene-based field-effect transistor-like device for DNA sensing. “One of the major challenges in computing GNR sensitivity to external charges arises from the latter’s different natures and origins,” Leburton points out. “Specifically, these are the static charge in the dielectric materials supporting, or sandwiching, the GNR, and – most importantly – the dynamical ionic charge in the electrolyte containing the DNA, which is in liquid phase.” To address this, the researchers used a multi-scale technique, where the GNR and DNA are simulated atomistically (with a tight-binding technique and molecular dynamics, respectively) while the electrolyte and dielectric are treated as continuum media. “The former is simulated as an intrinsic semiconductor with large dielectric constant and a pseudo-band gap in the presence of a self-consistent potential, and the dielectric charge is modeled by assuming a static fix distribution,” Leburton adds. “The induced potential variations on the GNR and nanopore edges are obtained self-consistently by solving the Poisson equation, and fed into the NEGF code to compute the resulting conductance variation in the GNR.”last_img read more

Windows 10s Your Phone App Is Useful But Feels Incomplete

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoAncestryStart your journey with AncestryDNA®- now $59. Ends 8/26.AncestryUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoCNN International for ANAThe Secret Of What It Takes To Be Naomi OsakaCNN International for ANAUndoAdvertisement The Windows 10 October 2018 update brings several key features to your PC, including the Your Phone app that connects your phone to your computer. But is it worth using to begin with? Let’s dive in.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/windows-10-your-phone?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Setting it upThe Your Phone app is already built into your system upon downloading the October 2018 update, so all you have to do is search for it using the taskbar. It may require an update through the Microsoft store, but after that, you can simply sign in with your Microsoft account.The app will then prompt you to type your phone number in and proceed to text you a link to the Your Phone Companion mobile app. The app works only with Android 7.0 or later (sorry, iOS). As long as your phone and your computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi, then you’re golden. Well, you should be.MORE: Mobile Security Guide: Everything You Need to KnowIn my last moments of testing, the apps on my phone and computer refused to connect to one another despite troubleshooting via Microsoft’s methods and my own patch of “turn it on and off again.” I even disconnected and reconnected the accounts, but to no avail. Hopefully, Microsoft can work out the kinks, especially because there are also a lot of design choices the company needs to work on as well.Hands-on with Your Phone appLet’s start with the interface: It’s barren. There are two tabs at the top, one for messages and one for photos, while the two tabs at the bottom are to leave feedback and access the settings. The only options located in the settings are to enable/disable the messages and photo tabs as well as manage notifications.Using the Your Phone app to text is quite convenient and useful, as texts automatically refresh within 1 to 2 seconds upon being sent or received. However, the Messages tab is incredibly limited. It can load only up to a month’s worth of texts, it doesn’t create hyperlinks for web addresses and it doesn’t display images received through text.It also can’t send images from the computer or access contact information profiles saved on your phone. Not to mention that there are no texting tools for sending emojis or GIFs. It’s basically a stripped-to-the-bone text messaging app, making it useful for quick messages and little else.The photo tab is a little more helpful, as you can instantly access images recently taken on your phone from your computer. Once you click on an image, it automatically opens the Windows 10 Photos app. There is, however, a catch with the photos as well: You can only access your 25 most recent photos.Meanwhile, the mobile app, Your Phone Companion, doesn’t do a whole lot aside from connecting the two apps. It’s stockpiled with links to Microsoft-branded apps, and its only other function is to allow you to change accounts or check for updates.Bottom LineOverall, the Windows 10 Your Phone app isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just very limited. Instead of an actual texting app that you can funnel through your phone, it feels more like a base template for Microsoft to build on over time.However, the idea has a lot of potential, and I hope to see some major improvements in the future. But as of now, the only use that the Your Phone app provides is easy access to recent images and very basic texting functionality.Credit: Microsoft  How to Use Microsoft Excel Like a ProHow to Use Microsoft Word Like a ProHow to Use Windows 10last_img read more

TRID 20 CFPB Proposes Updates to the Rule

first_imgTRID 2.0? CFPB Proposes Updates to the Rule The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) made good on the promise it made in the spring regarding a proposal to update the Know Before You Owe Mortgage Rule, a.k.a. the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule (TRID).On Friday, the Bureau issued the long-awaited proposal to amend the controversial mortgage rule which went into effect on October 3, 2015. The goal of the proposed rule is to provide more clarity and certainty to help facilitate compliance within the mortgage industry.“Getting a mortgage is one of the most important financial choices a consumer will ever make. The Bureau’s rules are designed to make sure consumers have the information they need, in a form they can easily understand and use, before making the decision,” said CFPB Director Richard Cordray. “Our proposed updates will clarify parts of our mortgage disclosure rule to make for a smoother implementation process.”TRID created new, streamlined forms that consumers receive when applying for and closing on a mortgage. The original TRID rule established requirements as to when the consumer receives the new forms and also limits changes to the original loan estimate. The rule caused no small amount of consternation among mortgage lenders to worked feverishly to be compliant in time for the effective date.“Our proposed updates will clarify parts of our mortgage disclosure rule to make for a smoother implementation process.”Richard Cordray, CFPB DirectorIn late April, Cordray wrote a letter to financial industry trades and their members recognizing the “operational challenges” the industry is experiencing as a result of TRID implementation and said that the Bureau was considering making some “adjustments” in the regulation text to provide greater certainty and clarity.The proposed changes to TRID announced by the CFPB on Friday include:Tolerances for the total of payments—Prior to TRID, the total of payments disclosure was determined using the finance charge as part of the calculation. The total of payments calculation was changed under TRID so that it no longer used the finance charge. Under the amendment proposed Friday, tolerance provisions would be included for the total of payments that parallel existing tolerances for the finance charge and disclosures affected by the finance charge—making the treatment of the total payments disclosure consistent with what it was pre-TRID.Housing assistance lending—TRID originally included a partial exemption from disclosure requirements for housing assistance loans originated by housing finance agencies. The proposed amendment clarifies that recording fees and transfer taxes may be charged in those transactions without losing eligibility for the exemption. The CFPB’s goal is to promote housing assistance lending, since more housing assistance loans would qualify for the partial exemption—thus encouraging more lenders to partner with housing finance agencies.Cooperatives—The proposal extends TRID’s coverage to include all cooperative units, thus simplifying compliance. In a cooperative situation, the buyer becomes a shareholder in a corporation that owns the property, and the buyer is entitled to exclusive use of the housing unit within the property. TRID currently only covers transactions secured by real property; cooperatives are sometimes considered real property and sometimes considered personal property. The proposal would include all cooperatives in the rule, and not just real property.Privacy and sharing of information—Currently, TRID requires lenders to provide consumers with certain mortgage disclosures. The CPPB is proposing additional commentary to clarify how a lender may provide separate disclosure forms to the consumer and the seller.Stakeholders are encouraged to submit written comments on the proposal. Comments are due on October 18, 2016.Click here to view the full proposal from the CFPB. Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img CFPB Know Before You Owe TRID 2016-07-29 Seth Welborn July 29, 2016 941 Views last_img read more

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