Conagra and Twitter drop while Tilray Newmont Mining climb

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., down $3.68 to $69.61The drugstore chain reported lower sales than analysts expected.Tilray Inc., up $7.30 to $78.30The Canadian marijuana grower said it will develop marijuana-infused drinks in a partnership with Labatt Breweries.Conagra Brands Inc., down $4.81 to $24.28The maker of Chef Boyardee and other food brands reported disappointing sales in its latest quarter.Chevron Corp., down $2.85 to $104.98Oil prices continued to retreat, with benchmark U.S. crude falling 4.8 per cent.Newell Brands Inc., down 37 cents to $20.03Activist investor Carl Icahn bought more stock in the consumer products company.Newmont Mining Corp., up $2 to $34.09The price of gold rose Thursday as the dollar weakened and investors worried about economic growth.Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc., down $4.05 to $6.39The drugmaker said regulators won’t grant a faster review of an experimental lung cancer drug.Twitter Inc., down $3.64 to $29.29Short-selling firm Citron Research slashed its price target and said Twitter will have to make big changes to curb abusive behaviour.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Passengers on a Noidabound train deboarded after minor smoke incident

first_imgNew Delhi: Passengers on the a Noida-bound train were deboarded on Wednesday at the Akshardham Metro station after a minor smoke incident was reported from the train’s last coach, DMRC officials said. The “minor” smoke was reported at the Pragati Maidan metro station. “No physical cause was observed by the maintenance staff but as a precaution, passengers were de-boarded at Akshardham Metro station,” a senior official of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said. “The train was thereafter withdrawn from the service and sent for investigation at Yamuna Bank depot,” the official added.last_img

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CIES Moroccos Achraf Hakimi Best Fullback in European Leagues

Rabat – The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES) has ranked Borussia Dortmund’s star Achraf Hakimi as the top fullback  in the European leagues in the last three months.With a score of 85.3, Hakimi outperformed several internationally renowned fullbacks, including Brazilian Juventus star Alex Sandro, who was ranked second with a score of 84.5. Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich came third with a score of 83.9, while Joao Cancelo of Juventus was  fourth with a score of 82.9. Dortmund signed a 2-year loan for the Atlas Lion with Real Madrid in July.The 20-year-old football player made his official debut at the Santiago Bernabeu in October 2017. He has since become one of Morocco’s key players and proved his worth alongside the Atlas Lions during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.Read Also: Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi Scores Goal in First Game with DortmundDortmund is highly satisfied with Hakimi’s performance this season in the Bundesliga.The managing director of the German football club, Hans-Joachim Watzke, announced Dortmund’s intention to convert Hakim’s loan contract to a permanent agreement after convincing Real Madrid.After securing a deal with Paco Alcacer, who had been playing for Dortmund on loan from Barcelona, Watke said as Sport reported, “Dear Paco Alcacer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund … We hope to do the same thing with Achraf Hakimi, but it will not be easy.” In February, CIES Football Observatory ranked the international footballer among Europe’s “50 most promising under-20 footballers.” read more

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Head of UN security probe stresses need for vigilance amid increasing threats

The report of the Independent Panel on Safety and Security of UN Personnel and Premises Worldwide, led by Lakhdar Brahimi and comprised of international experts in the field, did not identify individual accountabilities for the December 2007 bombing in the Algerian capital, which killed 17 UN staff members.“The Algiers bombing has definitely shown that a few things were not right in Algeria,” Mr. Brahimi told a news conference in New York today. “But more importantly it has shown that the UN system was not working as it should.”The report – released to the public last week – did find “ample evidence that several staff members up and down the hierarchy may have failed to respond adequately to the Algiers attack, both before and after the tragedy.”Mr. Brahimi added that in saying that, the Panel “definitely didn’t say that anybody was responsible for what happened in Algiers.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced last week that he is setting up a separate group to examine whether any UN staff should be held individually accountable over that attack.The most important message from the report to Member States, the Secretary-General and mangers is “you need to be awake all the time,” because the UN is now a target for a lot of people for all sorts of reasons, he stated.In carrying out its probe, the investigators found that the UN is not perceived by a lot of people as impartial, independent and neutral, he noted. “What’s happening in the Middle East has a lot to do with it. But it’s not only that. I think the perception is that the big powers are using their muscles to influence the United Nations and that the United Nations, not always, but from time to time does not speak on behalf of its 192 members but on behalf of a one, two, three, four or five members.” The report underlined the fact that security needs to be improved all the time, he said, stressing that “vigilance is really the order of the day.” Mr. Brahimi said the UN is definitely protected much better than it was before the 2003 attacks on the world body’s offices in Baghdad, which resulted in the deaths of over 20 UN staff members. At the same time, the Panel discovered that the improvements that have taken place since Baghdad “still have some faults and some shortcomings.”Last week Sir David Veness stepped down as UN security chief, saying he will shoulder full responsibility for any security lapse that may have occurred concerning the Algiers attacks. Mr. Brahimi expressed regret at the decision, but said he hoped Sir David would use the rest of his time in office to implement some of the report’s recommendations. The report calls, among other things, for a review of the size of the UN staff presence and the manner in which the UN system does business given overall security considerations and the opportunities presented by modern information and communication technology.“The United Nations has to have the right appreciation of what the security situation is and take corresponding measures,” Mr. Brahimi stated.He added that it was important to recognize that not all countries are equipped to provide the security. “In fact, quite often it is in those countries that are less equipped to provide security that the UN has the largest presence because that is where the services of the United Nations [are] needed.” While the Panel has not requested a specific amount of money for UN security, some of the recommendations do have financial implications, he noted. “Our recommendations are modest enough and affordable enough for Member States that care for this Organization, for them to implement all of them or at least most of them.” 30 June 2008The head of the panel set up to review United Nations staff security worldwide in the wake of last year’s deadly Algiers bombing has underscored the need for vigilance amid growing threats to the Organization. read more

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New Macalester College Institute in US will foster global understanding – Annan

Addressing a convocation ceremony at Macalester College in Minnesota on Saturday, Mr. Annan said the mission of the Institute – to advance internationalism, multiculturalism and understanding – is more important than ever in today’s world. “Its launch could hardly come at a more crucial time in the life of the international community in general, and the United Nations in particular. More than ever before, the human race faces global problems – from poverty and inequality to nuclear proliferation, from climate change to bird flu, from terrorism to HIV/AIDS, from ethnic cleansing and genocide to trafficking in the lives and bodies of human beings. We need to come together and work out global solutions,” he said. Mr. Annan added that those benefiting from the Institute would in turn contribute to refuting prevailing myths about the United States. “However you choose to carry out your mission as global citizens, I know you will keep demonstrating the fallacy of a certain perception of America – the perception of an insular America with no interest in or understanding of the world beyond these shores,” he said. “As you do, I hope you will always look to the United Nations as a forum in which Americans, along with all the world’s other peoples, can work together for freedom, prosperity and peace.” The Secretary-General earned a bachelor’s degree at Macalester in 1961. read more

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UN effort for ecofriendly sports wins gold with new report on 2006

Some 70 per cent of greenhouse gases generated by the Games were offset by investing in forestry, energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes both at home and abroad, according to the report released at the Global Forum Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) in Lausanne, Switzerland. “We are proud to have been associated with TOROC and even more delighted at their successes,” UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner said, referring to the Torino Olympic Organizing Committee. “Torino 2006, in which UNEP has been a partner, set targets and timetables across a wide range of environmental and sustainability criteria… I sincerely hope that the next Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010, along with operators of winter sports globally, pick up the Torino torch en route to the ultimate goal of realizing sustainable sporting events and leisure activities across the world,” he added. A cornerstone of the ‘green’ effort was the Heritage Climate TORino (HECTOR) project designed to make the Games carbon neutral. The organizers calculated that the 16-day event would generate the equivalent of just over 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide with the main sources coming from transport and the operation of the venues. Under HECTOR much of these emissions were offset by ‘credits’ in line with the international climate change treaty, such as financing renewable energy and sustainable energy projects. Some 5 million Euros were invested in domestic projects such as district heating projects, while internationally “verifiable emissions reductions” were purchased from certified green and cleaner energy projects in Eritrea, Mexico and Sri Lanka. A tree planting project in Kenya, under UNEP’s Plant for the Planet initiative, also contributed. Close to 700,000 tonnes of the 103,500 tonnes produced, or just over 67 per cent of the greenhouse gases are thus being offset and the local Piedmont region is looking at funding additional projects to offset the remaining third not covered under HECTOR. Other eco-friendly schemes included water-saving measures, soil and land use rehabilitation, and waste management. UNEP has been conducting a sports-wide campaign for major events and has already an agreement to make the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games the greenest ever, from cutting air, water and noise pollution to transport, landscaping and disposal of solid waste. It reached a similar agreement with the International Football Federation (FIFA) for last summer’s World Cup in Germany, the “green Goal” project, and the score-card on that will be released tomorrow. The two-day G-ForSE conference, organized by UNEP and the Global Sports Alliance, brings together some of the leading experts from around the world involved in sports and the environment.These include architects, specialists in rainwater harvesting, energy experts, environmentalists, members of various sports organizations such as the Environment Director of the United States-base National Football League (NFL), and Olympic Federations such as the International Rowing Federation. During the meeting UNEP is scheduled to sign an agreement with a new partner – the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). read more

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Dollarama eyes Bargain Shop locations as pace of openings continues

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 12, 2013 8:05 am MDT Dollarama eyes Bargain Shop locations as pace of openings continues MONTREAL – Dollarama could pounce on the misfortunes of The Bargain Shop as it looks to expand its national reach by adding about 80 stores again this year.Dollarama CEO Larry Rossy said Friday that the discount chain is eyeing some of the locations currently held by the small-town retailer which is reportedly closing 64 stores as it restructures under creditor protection.“There are locations that they have that we may want,” Rossy said during a conference call with financial analysts.The comments came as Dollarama (TSX:DOL) raised its quarterly dividend to 14 cents per share, up from 11 cents after reporting a big increase in fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates.The Montreal-based discount chain reported a profit of $77.1 million or $1.04 per diluted share for the quarter ended Feb. 3. That compared with a profit of $63.6 million or 84 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Sales, helped by the additional week, as well as new stores, totalled $561.9 million, up from $468.7 million a year ago. Comparable store sales, which it calculated on a 13-week basis, were up 4.6 per cent.Excluding one-time items, the company said it earned $1.06 in the quarter, up from 84 cents per share a year earlier.Analysts had been looking for $1.02 per share of adjusted earnings, $1.03 per share of net income and $546.33 million of revenue in the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters estimates.Dollarama has 785 locations across the country offering a broad assortment of products that cost up to $3 and plans to add 75 to 80 stores this financial year, after adding 81 new locations in 2012 with 81.A company spokeswoman later said the addition of a couple of locations being liquidated by The Bargain Shop would represent only “a small minority” of the stores it expects to open in the next fiscal year.The Bargain Shop, which originated as the Canadian division of the Woolworth’s retail chain, has 231 stores under The Bargain Shop, Red Apple and Mymark banners.Rossy said the drive by U.S.-based retailers such as Marshall’s and Michael’s to open Canadian locations has raised real estate costs.“The American invasion as we call it has taken up a lot of real estate… it’s not necessarily competition by other dollar stores. It’s just competition for the real estate.”Dollarama said it struggled at times last year to keep up with the pace of new store openings. Its margins were affected as it was forced to pay several months rent until it could open the stores and generate sales.Rossy also said he expects it could take six to 12 months to determine the real impact on its sales from the arrival of Target.Where Wal-Mart has taken over Zeller’s stores, the effects have been positive on Dollarama by generating increased traffic, he told analysts.“So I expect the Target effects to be as positive but you have to wait.”For its 2013 financial year, which had 53 weeks, the company reported a profit of just under $221 million or $2.94 per diluted share on sales of $1.86 billion.That compared with a profit of $173.5 million or $2.30 per diluted share on sales of $1.6 billion in its 2012 financial year, which had 52 weeks.The company said that while the number of transactions was stable in the quarter, the size of customer purchases grew by 4.6 per cent. About 56 per cent of sales spending came from items priced above $1 compared to 50 per cent last year.Chief operating officer Stephane Gonthier said the chain’s margins will improve in the coming years as it realizes the benefits of a series of efficiency initiatives, including new cash registers that will speed up transactions.RBC analysts Irene Nattel and Tal Woolley said the strong sales performance should alleviate investor concerns about beating last year’s strong results.“We anticipate that the results delivered today combined with share buybacks and the dividend increase will continue to build investor enthusiasm for Dollarama shares,” they wrote in a research note.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Dollarama shares gained $3.59, or 5.5 per cent, at $68.23 in Friday trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mens Volleyball No 9 Ohio State ends losing skid with pair of

Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson (11) prepares to spike the ball against Quincy University at St. John Arena on Feb. 18, 2018. Ohio State defeated Quincy in three matches. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 9 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (13-4, 6-2 MIVA) snapped its two-game losing streak around with a pair of wins at McKendree (6-10, 2-5 MIVA) Friday and Saturday.After losing the first set on Friday, the Buckeyes kicked into high-gear and won the next six sets, beating the McKendree Bearcats 3-1 on Friday and sweeping them 3-0 on Saturday.Game OneFriday night’s first set seemed to serve as a warm up for the Buckeyes, who lost to the Bearcats 26-24. Ohio State matched McKendree in overall gameplay, mirroring them statistically in set kills (14 OSU, 14 McKendree), hitting percentage (.257 OSU, .256 McKendree), service and attacking errors (10 OSU, 10 McKendree) and digs (13 OSU, 13 McKendree), but could not come up with the win to start off the match.Despite the slow start, the Buckeyes posted up four solid blocks in the first set, starting the match off with a strong net presence.  The Buckeyes picked up the tempo in the second set, beginning to settle back into their typical offensive play.The second set was a good serving set for Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen, who had an ace and an eight-serve run at the beginning of the set.Under the pressure of Ohio State’s growing offensive strength, McKendree struggled to defend its court and return aggressive attacks. The Bearcats lost to the Buckeyes 25-15, with nearly half of McKendree’s points coming as the result of Buckeye errors. After an effective serving set, Szerszen came back in the third set ready to swing, scoring six kills for the team.The Bearcats improved their defense in the third set, but still could not keep up with the Buckeyes’ offense, losing 25-23. The fourth and final set of the night was a great set for the Ohio State statistically. Redshirt freshman Jake Hanes found his rhythm, nailing eight of his nine attempted kills and hitting a percentage of .889. Middle blockers Blake Leeson and Nick Laffin also dominated on the net, scoring eight points in kills and blocks between the two of them to help lead Ohio State to a 25-12 match-sealing winGame TwoThe second match between the two teams proved to be a much more even competition despite McKendree losing all three sets. Although Ohio State beat McKendree in three straight sets, the Bearcats finished within six points of the Buckeyes in all three sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-19).Coming off of Friday night’s match, senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir and Leeson maintained their offensive energy, hitting .500 and .600 respectively. As a team, Ohio State totaled 43 kills throughout the match, nearly twice as much as McKendree’s 25 kills. McKendree hit .095 in the first set, getting only 6 kills. Bearcats redshirt freshman middle blocker Wyatt Dimke and senior outside hitter Nolan Rueter each contributed two block assists to the team’s total of 4.5 blocks. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, their blocking wasn’t enough to get the upper hand in the set, and they lost 25-20. The Bearcats were less successful in attacking in the second set, but maintained blocking momentum from the first set with four blocks in the second set. Ohio State still managed to win 25-19.By the third and final set, McKendree had lost five consecutive sets to the Buckeyes, but continued to fight. Their hitting percentage reached a weekend low of .061 as Ohio State picked up its blocking, but the Bearcats kept the Buckeyes within six points.  McKendree’s passing got better as its digs increased from there in the second set to twelve in the third, but it was not enough. The Buckeyes beat McKendree 25-19. read more

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Iarnród Éireann offers free trips to community groups and charities

first_imgIARNRÓD ÉIREANN has today launched the 2013 programme for its initiative offering free trips to community groups and charities over the course of the year.The ‘Journey’s on Us’ initiative will provide up to 100 groups in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector with a free group travel return journey for up to 50 people per group. This will add up to around 5,000 free journeys on offer over the course of the year across any of the company’s services.The company said that the travel facilities will be “ideal in particular for organisations bringing a group to a special event, or as part of a specific support to the members of the group which requires travel”.Commenting at the launch today, Chief Executive David Franks said that voluntary organisations are the “life blood of communities across the country”. However, like everyone, their budgets have been cut. We know there are youth, sports, music, voluntary, charity and other groups in the community who would benefit greatly from being able to undertake initiatives which involve a travel cost, but have had to scale back. We in Iarnród Éireann, through ‘The Journey’s on Us’, want to do what we can to help such groups achieve their goals, and say thank you to the organisations which play such a vital role in the daily lives of communities.Today the company invited all of these groups to apply for one of the 100 trips available. Entry forms are available at all Iarnród Éireann stations or online. Entry forms can be filled out online, emailed to journeys@irishrail.ie or by post to Corporate Communications, Iarnród Éireann, Connolly Station, Dublin 1.The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday 3 May, at 5pm.Last year, over 700 groups applied for the scheme, and organisations ranging from Men’s Sheds to choirs, Special Olympics to Girl Guides, and groups representing youth and elderly, benefited from ‘The Journey’s on us’.Read: Anti-racism campaign launched by Dublin transport providers>Read: Lost Connolly Station dog and owner have yet to be reunited>last_img read more

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8 of the soundest people in the world ever

first_imgImage: via ImgurSquee.5. People who hand in walletsIt sucks to lose your wallet. It’s not even really the cash that’s the worst thing – it’s the lost  cards, memorabilia, IDs, everything.Image: via Bored PandaPeople who go out of their way to return lost possessions, with no material gain for themselves whatsoever, are some of the coolest people going.It’s an act of kindness that takes effort, has little kickback – but means a lot to a stranger.6. The small big thingsDuring times of tragedy and strife, the best comes out in communities.After the recent Hurricane Sandy, the people of New York reached out and helped each other – even in seemingly small ways.Image: via Forward  Change7 . Unexpectedly sound parentsEver got onto a plane, sat down and noticed you were beside a crying baby? Well, you’d be cursing your luck probably.Image: via ImgurNot if you were beside these two legendary parents though!8. We’ll get by with a little help from our friendsAnd of course, the soundest people in the whole world: our friends.Perhaps your mate introduced you to your spouse?Image: via BuzzfeedOr perhaps it’s the small things that your friends do that mean the most…Image: via QuickMemeWho’s the soundest person you know?Read: A Chinese teenager etched his name onto an ancient Egyptian relic>Read: 7 things that ruined your childhood bedtimes> DO YOU NEED some cheering up?Here are some amazing heart-warming stories of human kindness to warm your cockles.1. The very decent Zack GalifianakisWhen Zack Galifianakis was a struggling comic in 90s LA, he made friends with an elderly woman who volunteered in his local laundromat. The woman, named Mimi Haist, was dependent on tips from customers.Haist (who is 87) fell on hard times two years ago. When Galifianakis found out his old friend was homeless, he stepped in to set her up in an apartment and began take her to red carpet premieres.Via ImgurWhat a totally stand-up guy. Good on you, Galifianakis.2. Look out for the littleLook at this little moment of cuteness.Image: via ImgurAll it takes is a little attention and consideration from one passer-by to save a whole family of ducklings.Oh us? We’re not crying, there’s just a lot of dust in this room.3. Save the whalesPeople who dedicate themselves or risk their safety to help animals are some of the most noble and selfless people around.Here is a fireman trying to save a kitty:Image: via Bored PandaHere is a man who jumped off a pier to save a drowning dog:Image: via WixWe – and the animals – salute you.4.To love and to guideWhat is more adorable than a loyal, diligent seeing-eye dog?A loyal, diligent seeing-eye puppy.last_img read more

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Two people arrested after digger used to steal ATM in Co Antrim

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Dasha Petrenko Short URL 21,372 Views Apr 30th 2019, 7:30 AM Two people arrested after digger used to steal ATM in Co Antrim The ATM, which was stolen from Nutts Corner overnight, has been recovered. 17 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4611856 TWO PEOPLE HAVE been arrested following the theft of an ATM in Co Antrim in the early hours of the morning. The PSNI received a report of a digger being used to remove an ATM from a service station on the Tully Road at Nutts Corner at around 3.30am. “We immediately directed considerable policing resources to the area,” Detective Inspector Richard Thornton said. Two arrests were made and the stolen ATM was recovered. Both people are currently in custody and will be questioned on suspicion of theft and a number of other offences. Tully Road remains closed and diversions are in place while the scene is examined further. Anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the Nutts Corner area overnight is being asked to contact detectives on 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to UK Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This incident comes after the PSNI recovered two ATMs after they were stolen from a supermarket in Ballymena overnight on Friday.Prior to that, ten cash machines had already been stolen in Northern Ireland this year, with two more stolen in Kells, Co Meath the week previous.Earlier last week, gardaí recovered the two ATMs which are suspected to have been stolen in Kells near the Monaghan-Meath border. Share21 Tweet Email Image: Shutterstock/Dasha Petrenko By Hayley Halpin Tuesday 30 Apr 2019, 7:30 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Election Day Tomorrow KSRM Coverage And More

first_imgFor Senate District O, incumbent Senator Peter Micciche will face off against two write-in candidates; Ron Gillham, and Willow King In District 30, incumbent Republican representative Gary Knopp is running unopposed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Tomorrow is General Election Day. From 7am to 8pm, voters will cast their ballots in several key races. KSRM will have live coverage of the results starting at 9pm on KSRM 920AM. Ballot Measure 1, an initiative that aims to toughen the permitting process for projects proposed in salmon habitat and revise public participation within that process. Here are some of the candidates: For a complete list of polling stations. click here. In District 31, incumbent Paul Seaton is running against Sarah Vance. On the ballot will appear candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, Alaska Governor and Lieutenant Governor. In House District 29, Ben Carpenter will face off against Shawn Butler. Note: When approaching the election worker table, you will be asked for identification by the precinct register worker such as: Voter ID card, driver’s license, state ID, military ID, passport, hunting or fishing license or other current or valid photo ID.last_img read more

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Hitching a Ride Out of a Gluttonous Black Hole

first_imgSpinning Black Hole. Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss “Ever since Stephen Hawking showed that black holes evaporate,” says Seth Lloyd, an MIT physicist, “people have wondered about the stuff that comes out of them. Is it just garbage, or is it something else?” With his piece published in Physical Review Letters on February 14, Lloyd attempts to show that quantum information does escape black holes, and that this information is useful and can have lasting impacts on how we understand our universe. Explore further Lloyd’s assertion is that information escapes as black holes evaporate in what is known as a final state projection model. Final projection is nonlinear, but it is also considered self-consistent. “It’s funky,” Lloyd explains to Physorg.com, “but it is self-consistent. Anything that happens in a final state projection can ‘legally’ happen in a more conventional quantum mechanical manner.”Final state projection is far from commonly accepted, however. One of the main problems some physicists have with these models is that in order the information has to travel at faster-than-light speeds to escape. While a final state projection model of black hole evaporation preserves unitarity and can even explain entropy as microstates of black hole horizon, getting past the idea of quantum information escaping at such high speeds is difficult. The idea of final state projection and escaping quantum information was put forth in the 1960s, but had been pretty much shunted aside by the 1980s. Despite attempts by a few physicists to substantiate the idea of faster-than-light quantum information escape from black holes, many remain skeptical. Even Lloyd concedes that quantum bits moving faster than light hard to accept. “I admit that it’s strong medicine, things traveling faster than the speed of light.” But he insists his calculations show that it is possible. In a process similar to teleportation, quantum information inside the black hole entangles itself with Hawking radiation. As the black hole evaporates, the information is mostly preserved in the radiation. In Lloyd’s letter, his calculations show that the escaping quantum information has fidelity ≈ (8/3 π)2 . This means that if Lloyd is right, an average of half a bit of information is lost, no matter how many bits escape the black hole. Lloyd’s calculations show that it is possible, in a final state projection scenario, for useful quantum information to escape a black hole. This of itself is a remarkable discovery, considering that it is commonly thought that nothing can escape a black hole, and that fairly useless Hawking radiation is the only product of black hole evaporation. Lloyd’s letter suggests that even the Hawking radiation has a use, as it will carry the entangled bits of quantum information. But it is the implications regarding a theory of quantum gravity that Lloyd feels is especially significant. “We can understand quantum gravity by looking at how things process quantum information, and one of these things can be an evaporating black hole. This [letter] shows an example of applying methods of quantum information about quantum gravity and then getting something back.”Not only does Lloyd believe that black holes can help physicists form a theory of quantum gravity, but he also thinks that final state projection shows how black holes can function as quantum computers. “It becomes a matter of putting information into a hole. The hole processes the information and spits it out through Hawking radiation.” Lloyd pauses, then continues: “We don’t know how to program a black hole, but maybe when we learn more about quantum gravity, we will be able to.”Citation: Seth Lloyd. Almost Certain Escape from Black Holes in Final State Projection Models, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 061302 (2006) By Miranda Marquit, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com Citation: Hitching a Ride Out of a Gluttonous Black Hole (2006, February 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-02-hitching-gluttonous-black-hole.html The entire sky in X-rays 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.last_img read more

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Aluminumbased electrochemical cell captures and sequesters carbon emissions and generates electricity

first_imgArchitectures of metal/CO2 electrochemical cells as capture systems. Credit: Science Advances 20 Jul 2016: Vol. 2, no. 7, e1600968. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600968 (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers at Cornell University has created an aluminum-based electrochemical cell that captures and sequesters carbon emissions while simultaneously generating a large amount of electricity. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Wajdi Al Sadat and Lynden Archer describe the cell, how it works and why they believe it is better than other carbon-capturing cells that have been developed to date. Human beings have been pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in large amounts since the advent of the industrial age, leading to global warming. Scientists have been working overtime to figure out a way to reduce the amounts of the gas that we emit, but while there have been great improvements, far too much is still going into the air. Meanwhile, other scientists are taking a different approach—they are looking for ways to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in an economically feasible way. In this new effort, the researchers at Cornell report on cell technology they developed that differs significantly from the approach used by others.To create a cell that removes carbon dioxide, researchers have tried using magnesium, lithium or sodium as an anode—the results to date have worked to some extent, but they produce carbonates, which are not very useful. To get around that problem, the researchers instead used aluminum foil to make the anode—the cathode was made of stainless steel mesh and an ionic liquid with some aluminum chloride salt in it was used as the electrolyte.In testing their cell, the duo found that it was capable of generating up to 13 ampere-hours for every gram of carbon that it captured. They point out that it did so without the need for any sort of catalyst and that it was done at room temperature. In addition, the output from the system consisted of aluminum oxalate, which they noted can be used to make oxalic acid, a material that is commonly used in several industries, which means it could be easily sold.The researchers acknowledge that their cell has one serious drawback at the moment—it won’t work if water is present in the mix of gasses it pulls in, a situation that would exist in most real-world locations. They plan to search for another electrolyte that is less sensitive to moisture to solve that problem. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: The O2-assisted Al/CO2 electrochemical cell: A system for CO2 capture/conversion and electric power generation, Science Advances 20 Jul 2016: Vol. 2, no. 7, e1600968. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600968AbstractEconomical and efficient carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technologies are a requirement for successful implementation of global action plans to reduce carbon emissions and to mitigate climate change. These technologies are also essential for longer-term use of fossil fuels while reducing the associated carbon footprint. We demonstrate an O2-assisted Al/CO2 electrochemical cell as a new approach to sequester CO2 emissions and, at the same time, to generate substantial amounts of electrical energy. We report on the fundamental principles that guide operations of these cells using multiple intrusive electrochemical and physical analytical methods, including chronopotentiometry, cyclic voltammetry, direct analysis in real-time mass spectrometry, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and coupled thermogravimetric analysis–Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. On this basis, we demonstrate that an electrochemical cell that uses metallic aluminum as anode and a carbon dioxide/oxygen gas mixture as the active material in the cathode provides a path toward electrochemical generation of a valuable (C2) species and electrical energy. Specifically, we show that the cell first reduces O2 at the cathode to form superoxide intermediates. Chemical reaction of the superoxide with CO2 sequesters the CO2 in the form of aluminum oxalate, Al2(C2O4)3, as the dominant product. On the basis of an analysis of the overall CO2 footprint, which considers emissions associated with the production of the aluminum anode and the CO2 captured/abated by the Al/CO2-O2 electrochemical cell, we conclude that the proposed process offers an important strategy for net reduction of CO2 emissions.center_img A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel Journal information: Science Advances Citation: Aluminum-based electrochemical cell captures and sequesters carbon emissions and generates electricity (2016, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-aluminum-based-electrochemical-cell-captures-sequesters.html © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Barceló reaches out to agents with new website and contest

first_img Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Barceló reaches out to agents with new website and contest Tags: Barceló Hotel Group Share Travelweek Group center_img Posted by TORONTO — Barceló Hotel Group has launched its new Barceló Partner Club website designed specifically for Canadian travel agents.Already operational at barcelopartnerclub.com, the new website allows agents to view features and promotions geared towards the trade. Agents gain access with their usual login and user info and can continue registering their reservations, request stays and participate in Barceló Partner Club.In addition, the company has brought back the Barcelo Devotion 2017 contest for travel agents registered in the Barceló Partner Club, featuring 12 prizes in all. Agents must enter bookings for any Latin American and Caribbean Barceló Hotel Group property before July 31, 2017. Agents with the highest number of confirmed room nights win.The Gold Prize winner will win one seven-night stay at a Barceló Maya Grand Resort hotel, a Latop Del Inspiron 13 5000 Series and 1000 BPartner perks.Two winners will win the Silver Prize, which includes one Sonos Wireless Speakers and 1000 BPartner perks.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoA total of 10 winners will win the Bronze Prize, which includes one $100 ESSO gas card and 300 BPartner perks.For more information go to barcelopartnerclub.com << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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WestJet Link to serve Lethbridge Lloydminster Medicine Hat Cranbrook Prince George

first_imgTags: WestJet Travelweek Group Posted by CALGARY — WestJet has launched WestJet Link, a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the communities of Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook and Prince George to WestJet’s expanding network hub at Calgary International Airport.These new routes will add to WestJet’s existing leadership position in Calgary, says the carrier.All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft. Each aircraft will include six seats available in WestJet Plus, offering guests advanced boarding, no-charge for two checked bags and seating at the front of the aircraft.Flights to Lethbridge will run three times daily starting March 7. Three times daily service will also be available to Medicine Hat and Cranbook, starting May 31 and March 7 respectively. Meanwhile daily service to both Lloydminster and Prince George starts March 14.More news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from Ottawa“A CPA with Pacific Coastal underscores WestJet’s commitment to offering more Canadians access to WestJet’s low fares and growing network,” says Ed Sims, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Commercial. “WestJet Link will be that connection to these communities and will offer more choice and more competition for air travellers, as well as more opportunities to earn and use WestJet Rewards.” WestJet Link to serve Lethbridge, Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Cranbrook & Prince Georgecenter_img Share Monday, November 27, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Group launches fight against automatic adjustments in fuel prices electricity rates

first_imgRelated posts:Regulatory agency requests reduction in Costa Rica electricity rates Costa Rica regulatory agency approves reduction in electricity rates Electricity rates set to decrease in 2014 Electricity rates to go up next month A citizen group on Wednesday asked Ombudswoman Ofelia Taitelbaum to help eliminate the automatic rate adjustment model for fuel and electricity prices applied by the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP).The group, named National Solidarity Network, wants Taitelbaum to assist them in filing a legal action challenging the constitutionality of this method, which calculates periodical rate adjustments by taking into account aspects such as international fuel prices and changes in the exchange rate.A letter from the group states that the automatic tariff method used by ARESEP “causes serious damage to citizens every month in fuel prices and every three months in electricity rates, which is a clear abuse of a provision set by this law.”The Ombudswoman said the model had been criticized in the past, and her office has filed several appeals before ARESEP’s board, but none were resolved in their favor.“The impact that public services tariffs and fuel prices are having on the wallets of Costa Ricans warrants a look back, once again, at the possibility of filing a lawsuit before the Constitutional  Chamber of the Supreme Court to help these citizens,” Taitelbaum said. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Arcadio Esquivel exhibits his bestknown comic Wences World

first_imgCartoonist Arcadio Esquivel, who has been part of the team at The Tico Times since 1983 with hiseditorial cartoons, is the subject of a new exhibit at the University of Costa Rica (UCR). The exhibit showcases “Wences’ World,” one of his longest-running projects.Arcadio, as the cartoonist is best known, studied Humoristic Drawing at the CEAC School in Spain. Only one year after graduation, he began working with The Tico Times, which he says has been an ongoing education. He is a co-founder of the Costa Rican Cartoonists’ Asociation, and served as its first president from 1992-1996.In October 2001, his work jumped into the world of television when became the producer of his own educational program “Arcadio’s World” (“El Mundo de Arcadio“), which is still broadcast on Costa Rica’s Channel 13 every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The show demonstrates simple drawing and painting techniques, from cartoons to landscape to portraiture.Arcadio has also taught a cartoon workshop at the UCR for approximately 30 years. During those workshops, he developed “Wences’ World.”“We are doing this exhibit here at the UCR because this is the place where this comic was born,” Arcadio told The Tico Times. “During my classes we always analyze other comics, but once I said, “Let’s do our own comic.” And we did it! At the very beginning [in 2001], we started with three other comics as well, ‘Tico El Tucán,’ ‘Isaac,’ and ‘Matita.’ But with the passage of time, we only kept ‘Wence’s World’.” Alberto Font/The Tico TimesThe comic features 17 different characters, including Carilo, a child obsessed with soccer; Jimmy, who believes in aliens; Artur, the villain, who is also a magician; and Dalila, who exercises constantly and worries about her physical appearance. Another character, Mariela, is an environmentalist, and ever since the death of sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, she has worn a heart on her chest on his honor.“I love all the characters,” said Arcadio. “I love Wences’ dad, who is an old man who spends the whole day watching watching violent shows, or news about violence, on TV; that creates problems in their house, and Wences is the one who tries to keep him away from that. I love the two puppets, “The Talking Hands,” who are abandoned at a party so they create their own theater, but no one ever attends. Wences is the most ‘normal’, but Mariela has a modern issue: she must fight to protect the environment. Those are my favorite characters, actually.“‘Wences’ is published in five different countries: Spain, Norway, Brazil, the United States, and here in Costa Rica,” the artist added. “We just signed a contract with a North American company that will sell the cartoon, and we hope it will be a success.”Check out Arcadio’s Tico Times cartoon archive here.The “Wences’ World” exhibit will be open to the general public at the School of General Studies at the University of Costa Rica in San Pedro until Oct. 28. You can find more information about Arcadio and his work on his Facebook page.  Facebook Comments Related posts:Charity auction seeks to help Costa Rican kids UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours San José hosts international short film fest Costa Rican band Zòpilot! performs for the last time tonight at Cine Magalylast_img read more

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Malas officially announces presidential candidacy

first_imgPresidential hopeful Stavros Malas accused incumbent Nicos Anastasiades on Saturday of being unreliable and of serving the interests of the privileged few.The Akel-backed candidate was speaking at an event where he officially announced his candidacy for next year’s presidential election.“Unfortunately, for five years we’ve had a president who was firm on one thing only: his unreliability,” Malas said.The 50-year-old said the country needed a new, reliable president, and a different administration that will have a more diverse development model.“Our country needs a progressive administration whose concern would be the prosperity of the many, that will support the weak, and would not only serve the interests of the privileged few.”Malas, who served as health minister under the previous administration which saw the country seek an international bailout, said inequality has widened in the past few years.“The country’s GDP in real numbers is lower and the real jobless number is higher in relation with 2012,” he said, adding that despite the measures put in place there was still some distance to go before reaching a healthy economic path.Malas said as an EU and Eurozone state, Cyprus must adhere to a disciplined fiscal policy that will allow it to reduce its cost of borrowing further.He said there was no room for old practices, but the state could review the redistribution of resources as part of a disciplined fiscal framework.He did strike a note of caution, however, emphasizing that without the island’s reunification, the necessary structures for sustainable growth could not be created.“Those who believe what we are experiencing today, growth under conditions of occupation, is the answer, are effectively repeating Turkey’s narrative that from the day it invaded Cyprus there is calm and prosperity,” Malas said.The aim should be the reunification of Cyprus under a federal roof, he said, despite the difficulties, including Turkey’s intransigence.“It is, however, globally unique for the international community to settle with European territory being under occupation and place the responsibility of lifting this illegality primarily on the two communities.”“Under these conditions, without wishful thinking and delusions, we must all consider our share of the big responsibility and manage the Cyprus problem with prudence and wisdom.”You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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