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How to Survive a Nuclear Explosion

How to Survive a Nuclear Explosion

first_imgIt begins with a flash brighter than the sun. Trees, fences, and people immediately catch fire. The only reason you survive is because you run inside and dive into the cast-iron tub just as the shock wave arrives. You stumble to your lopsided front door and look out on the burning ruin of your neighborhood. The deadly radioactive fallout is on its way. Should you stay in your wobbling house or run across town to the public library to shelter in its basement? A new mathematical model may have the answer.The model is the brainchild of Michael Dillon, an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. He started exploring the topic about 5 years ago after the U.S. government called for more research on nuclear shelters. Curious about his work, his family asked him what they should do if they saw a mushroom cloud. “I realized that I really didn’t have a great answer,” he says. The official U.S. government advice is to “take shelter in the nearest and most protective building.” For most people, that would be the basement of their home. But, Dillon says, “out in California there just are not that many basements,” offering little protection from fallout. For those people, the official recommendations suggest “early transit” to find better shelter, ideally one with thick layers of concrete over your head and plenty of food and water. But if you spend too much time outside in the fallout, you’re toast.During the Cold War, scientists modeled almost every imaginable consequence of a nuclear explosion. But Dillon found a gap in the sheltering strategies for people far enough from ground zero to survive the initial blast but close enough to face deadly fallout. He focused on a single low-yield nuclear detonation like those that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The world’s nuclear arsenal has grown far more powerful—today’s warheads can inflict thousands of times more damage—but security experts believe that low-yield bombs are the kind most likely to be used by terrorists.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The hard part was figuring out what variables matter for fallout survival. The rest was calculus. The longer you stay outside, the higher your radiation dose, but the environmental radiation intensity also decreases over time. So your total dose is a function of when you step outside, your distance from the detonation, how long you run before you reach better shelter, and how much shielding you get from the local environment while you’re out there. Dillon simplified the calculation by assuming that you are totally exposed while running to safer shelter; he also ignored complexities such as limited shelter capacities. In the end, the math boiled down to a single critical number: the ratio of the time you spend hunkering down in your first shelter to the time you spend moving to the high-quality shelter. Then Dillon worked out what would happen with a variety of shelter options and transit times.The results surprised him. For low-yield nuclear detonations, you can do far better than just sheltering in place, but you’ll need a watch and good knowledge of your surroundings. If your current shelter is poor and higher quality shelter is less than 5 minutes away, the model suggests that you should run there as soon as you can. If you have poor shelter but higher quality shelter is available farther away, you should get to that high-quality shelter no later than 30 minutes after detonation. Depending on the size of the city, if everyone follows this advice, it could save between 10,000 and 100,000 lives, Dillon reports online today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A.Not everyone is convinced, however. “I disagree with the conclusions,” says Lawrence Wein, an operations research scientist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. “He fails to account for several important issues that are vitally important for policy recommendations.” Anyone heading out into the apocalyptic wasteland will have no idea how long the transit time will really be. Because of this uncertainty, he says, the official U.S. government recommendation is “to shelter for at least 12 hours” after the blast. Wein also worries about “the collective behavior problem.” In the wake of the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster, a few thousand people were told to evacuate and nearly 200,000 people took to the streets. “The model is assuming that you have each person on puppet strings and can dictate their actions. This is simply not going to be the case in the aftermath.”But that criticism misses the point, says C. Norman Coleman, a public health researcher at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. “As someone working with government and state and local planners, we find models extraordinarily useful to help us develop concepts of operations,” he says, noting that this is his personal view and not an official U.S. government response. For example, knowing how long the window of opportunity is for people to reach better shelter can help rank evacuation plans. At the very least, Coleman says, Dillon’s model reveals what is “possible to do and what is not likely to be useful.”last_img read more

Indian coaches exposed to science of sports at UK varsity

Indian coaches exposed to science of sports at UK varsity

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, Aug 30 (PTI) Experts at Britains University of Birmingham haveintroduced coaches and sports scientists from India to their counterparts in English cricket to show how cutting-edge science, including the use of bimechanics, helps boost performance.The 25-strong Indian team visited Warwickshire County Cricket Clubs Edgbaston Stadium as part of a two-week programme to explore coaching and sports science techniques.Warwickshire CCC Academy Director Paul Greetham was able to showcase how the club uses biomechanics to enhance cricket players bowling and batting techniques.There was a demonstration of the clubs high-speed camera system and how it is used to analyse cricketers performance.Experts from School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences and University Birmingham Sport have put together a comprehensive programme for the visitors.Put together by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), the programme was organised by Martin Toms after discussions with the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports and SAI about how the University of Birmingham could help Indian athletes boost their performance.”With the help of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, we are showing our guests how sports science is applied in the real world. Were keen to showcase ways of identifying, developing and sustaining sports talent,” said Toms, senior lecturer in Sport Pedagogy in School of Sport, Exercise & Rehabilitation Sciences. He is a former professional cricket coach with a PhD in youth participation and talent development in cricket.”By taking our guests to meet the universitys sports partners we hope to help them improve performance across Indian sport.”advertisementUniversity experts are sharing the latest thinking in a range of areas, including sports nutrition, sports psychology, performance analysis and injury rehabilitation with the group.They organised a visit to Birmingham City FCs football academy, where the guests watched young players training and learned about how sports science combined with coaching.The visitors also toured the Football Association HQ at St Georges Park, Burton-on-Trent.”After experts from the University of Birmingham shared comprehensive knowledge about sports theory and practice, it was our pleasure to visit Edgbaston,” said Rajdeep Kaur Talwar, dean of Faculty of Sports Sciences at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, and leader of the delegation.”Paul Greetham demonstrated different activities being run at Edgbaston and showed us the cricket pitch, gym facilities available to players, and the modern indoor training areas and infrastructure. It was an amazing opportunity to see their facilities.”The group includes coaches from athletics, volleyball, kabaddi, swimming and gymnastics, and sports scientists from a range of disciplines including nutrition and physiology.The University of Birmingham has seen student Lily Owsley and alumna Sophie Bray win gold in the womens hockey, whilst alumnus James Rodwell scooped silver with the Rugby Sevens ? part of Team GBs record haul of 67 medals in Rio. PTI HSR ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea

Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea

first_imgLiverpool’s players got to see the angry side of their manager Juergen Klopp at halftime in their 2-1 win over Swansea City on Saturday as the German coach sought to drag his side back into the match after a woeful start. (Late James Milner penalty gives Liverpool 2-1 win over Swansea)Liverpool trailed to Leroy Fer’s eighth-minute opener and barely created a chance in a limp first 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium that fell a long way short of their recent high standards.Klopp’s side emerged after the break re-invigorated, equalising through Roberto Firmino’s header and then snatching victory when James Milner netted from the penalty spot with six minutes remaining.”I was very angry,” Klopp told reporters at his post-match news conference.”It looked like we were here to be in a football game but I wanted them to show we are here because we want to win a football game.”But we had to cool down as well. We were losing patience. There were too many harsh fouls and small things, moaning about decisions even though the decisions were absolutely correct. You need to stop this.”Liverpool came into the encounter in South Wales having scored 11 goals in their previous three league games, but there was little evidence of that attacking flair as Swansea took an early stranglehold on the game.”It was bad, I would say. We were not ready for this game,” Klopp said. “Obviously, it’s my responsibility that we are ready for games, today I saw we weren’t.advertisement”(Our) body language was not good, the build-up was absolutely too static. Swansea did well, so that’s maybe the most important thing to say first, but we were really too static.”The contrast with their second-half display, however, was pronounced, as Liverpool pegged Swansea back and did enough to secure a fourth straight win that lifted them to second in the table.”It was very important that we showed the reaction in the second half,” Klopp said.”I didn’t think before the game that this would be the day where we would be that bad because there was no sign in training this week. But that’s what we are still learning and we have enough time to think about it now until we play again.”last_img read more

Hatzis Sets Greek Hoop Scoring Record

Hatzis Sets Greek Hoop Scoring Record

first_imgATHENS – Nikos Hatzis, who plays for the struggling Ilisiakos club in Greece’s basketball league, isn’t a well-known figure but now holds the honor of setting the record for most point scored.Hatzis scored 19 points to help his team beat Ikaros Halkidas 79-71 on March 29, keeping its hopes alive in the league and giving him a career total of 5,184 points, surpassing Angelos Koronios, who had scored 5,170 points in his career.Hatzis is also the record-holder in games played in the top division. Ilisiakos is in a three-way tie at the bottom of theleague with Ikaros and Panelefsiniakos.With the junior Greek national team, Chatzis won the gold medal at both the 1993 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and also at the 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He also appeared in 69 games for the Greek national team and scored 336 points.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kirk Herbstreit Reveals Initial Thoughts On Ohio State-Michigan Game

Kirk Herbstreit Reveals Initial Thoughts On Ohio State-Michigan Game

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has issued his initial thoughts on Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan game.FOX has this year’s rivalry game, so Herbstreit will be able to make a pick on College GameDay, but for now, he’s just previewing it.Herbstreit thinks Ohio State should bring its best on Saturday.“They’re underdogs this week,” Herbstreit said this morning. “If a rivalry game at home when you’re an underdog doesn’t get you to bring their best, nothing can. One week, it’s their pass defense. Next week it’s, boy, they can’t seem to fit right against the run. They don’t seem to play inspired or together as a unit on defense. But if anything can bring that out, it’s a rivalry.“The defense seems to bring more emotion and love for one another and proves everybody wrong. At the end of the day, I don’t know if it’s good enough. Even if they do bring that game, is it good enough to beat a very determined Michigan football team?”Herbstreit thinks Michigan has been great this season, but the Wolverines could be vulnerable.“Michigan has shown potential vulnerability, but in my opinion, they have not played with the same edge against Rutgers and Indiana,” Herbstreit addded. “They did play that way against Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin. That’s the Michigan team that will show up Saturday in Columbus. Very focused. You can feel the ‘me’ around this team. This team is on a mission so we’ll see if Ohio State can match that enthusiasm on Saturday.”Ohio State and Michigan are set to kick off at noon E.T.The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

4-Star WR Latrell Neville Announces His Top Ten List

4-Star WR Latrell Neville Announces His Top Ten List

first_img Neville’s list includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas and Texas Tech.It’s a star-studded list for Neville, who is the No. 23 wide receiver and No. 127 overall recruit in his class, per 247Sports.Here is the official announcement from his Twitter account:Respect It…🖤 #TOPTEN pic.twitter.com/7tUucfyz7e— 🌹 ⁷ (@LatrellNeville7) July 3, 2019It’s hard to tell which program has the advantage right now, but they should all be encouraged to remain in the hunt for Neville.Neville would be a tremendous addition to any school’s 2021 recruiting class. A long-shot of a Wilson NCAA football at Byrd Stadium.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)Latrell Neville, a four-star recruit from the 2021 recruiting class, has trimmed down his list of potential suitors. It might seem early for him to only consider 10 schools, but the Texas native is just trying to get a head start on the process.The talented wideout currently has 37 offers from schools across the country. He showed his value as an offensive weapon during his sophomore season of high school.It’s going to be a while until Neville announces where he’ll attend college as his current commitment date is set for next year. Nonetheless, he’s wasting little time crossing off programs from his list of suitors.“To all the coaches and schools that have recruited me, thank you for believing in me and as well as giving me the opportunity to play for your program,” Neville wrote on Twitter. “It’s truly been a blessing and an amazing experience, but at this time I have decided it is best that I focus on these TEN schools.”last_img read more

Beyerdynamic Unchains Audiophile Sound with Xelento Wireless In-Ears

Beyerdynamic Unchains Audiophile Sound with Xelento Wireless In-Ears

first_img 8 Best Wireless Headphones for Running: What to Know Before You Buy The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached Beyerdynamic is hoping to bring audiophiles into the Bluetooth fold with the new Xelento Wireless.A Bluetooth version of the exquisite Xelento Remote in-ear headphones, the Xelento Wireless combine the Tesla transducer technology that enables the pristine audio quality of the wired version with Qualcomm’s top-tier aptX HD Bluetooth transmission to create a pair of high-end wireless earphones.Apart from going cordless, the design for the Xelento Wireless is remarkably similar to that of the wired version. The earbuds are connected to a Bluetooth dongle at the end of the headphone wire, which terminates at about the same spot that the earbud wires converge on the wired version. So, while you’ll still have to deal with some cables, you’ll be untethered from whatever device you’ll be listening to. The dongle houses both the Bluetooth receiver and a battery, which can be charged via micro USB for up to five and a half hours playback time.The most important point of comparison is the drivers. Like the Xelento Remote, the Xelento Wireless use Tesla transducers — which are made with tiny ring magnets and voice coils — in an effort to offer the same fluid and pristine audio that we loved in the Xelento Remote in a wireless package.While it’s one thing to be equipped with high-performance drivers, wireless headphones have to contend with the obstacle of connection quality. It may seem unreliable to use Bluetooth as the transmission method, especially when these headphones are being marketed to the audiophile crowd, but Beyerdynamic is opting for the aptX HD codec (for those with aptX compatible devices), which is designed to enable 24-bit transmission at full resolution (Xelento wireless also supports aptX, AAC, and SBC Bluetooth). For those who want the option to listen via wired connection — or in the event your battery runs out — the Xelento wireless’ Bluetooth dongle features a 3.5mm jack to plug into.Considering the wired Xelento Remote cost a whopping $1,000, it’s no surprise that the Xelento wireless will be going for $1,200. Beyerdynamic will be debuting the earbuds at High End 2017 in Munich, Germany. The show takes place May 18-21.last_img read more

Service Disruptions in Truro

Service Disruptions in Truro

first_img -30- Community Services offices have been temporarily relocated to the New Glasgow offices, 161 Terra Cotta Dr. For Community Services inquiries in the area, call 902-893-5950. The Truro Employment Nova Scotia office is closed. Clients can access services by calling, toll free, 1-877-223-0888. The Access Nova Scotia office is closed. For inquiries, call 1-800-670-4357 or use online services at www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr . Some provincial government services are being disrupted today, Sept. 10, by flooding in the Truro area. last_img read more

India calls on G20 nations for early solution on taxing digital cos

India calls on G20 nations for early solution on taxing digital cos

first_imgNew Delhi: India Sunday called on G-20 countries to adopt principle of ‘significant economic presence’ while addressing challenges to tax profits made by the digital companies. Addressing the two-day meeting of the G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors in Fukuoka, Japan, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman noted the urgency to fix the issue of determining right nexus and profit allocation solution for taxing the profits made by digital economy companies. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents”FM (Finance Minister) noted that the work on tax challenges arising from the digitalisation of economy is entering a critical phase with an update to the G20, due next year. “In this respect, the FM strongly supported the potential solution based on the concept of ‘significant economic presence’ of businesses taking into account the evidence of their purposeful and sustained interaction with the economy of a country,” a finance ministry statement said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefSitharaman expressed confidence that a consensus-based global solution, which should also be equitable and simple, would be reached by 2020. The minister said that with almost 90 jurisdictions now adopting the automatic exchange of financial account information (AEOI), it would ensure that tax evaders could no more hide their offshore financial accounts from the tax administration. “She urged the G20/Global Forum to further expand the network of automatic exchanges by identifying jurisdictions including developing countries and financial centers that are relevant but have not yet committed to any timeline. “Appropriate action needs to be taken against non-compliant jurisdictions. In this respect, she called upon the international community to agree on a toolkit of defensive measures, which can be taken against such non-compliant jurisdictions,” the statement said. Sitharaman also highlighted the need for the G20 to keep a close watch on global current account imbalances to ensure that they do not result in excessive global volatility and tensions. “The global imbalances left a detrimental impact on the growth of emerging markets. Unilateral actions taken by some advanced economies adversely affect the exports and the inward flow of investments in these economies,” the ministry said. She also urged the G20 to remain cognizant of fluctuations in international oil market and study measures that can bring benefits to both the oil exporting and importing countries. Earlier speaking at the Ministerial Symposium on International Taxation, she raised the need for international cooperation on dealing with fugitive economic offenders who flee their countries to escape from the consequences of law. “FM urged that closer collaboration and coordinated action were required to bring such economic offenders to face law,” the statement added. The world’s top financial policymakers admitted Sunday that trade tensions had worsened and posed a risk for the global economy, after a G20 meeting that laid bare differences between the United States and other nations. Following 30 hours of wrangling in what one official described as a “tense” atmosphere, G20 finance minister and central bank chiefs produced a hard-fought final statement acknowledging that “growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside.” “Most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified,” the G20 said, adding they “stood ready to take further action” if required. As a compromise pushed by Washington, the statement omitted language from a previous draft that mentioned a “pressing need to resolve trade tensions.” The G-20, grouping of developed and developing countries, meeting concluded Sunday.last_img read more

Nova Scotia auditor general to probe books practices of childrens hospital

Nova Scotia auditor general to probe books practices of childrens hospital

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s auditor general is passing along records to the police and opening his own investigation into the operations of Atlantic Canada’s largest children’s hospital after an expense scandal involving its top executive erupted in June.Tracy Kitch, former CEO of the Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre, resigned last month after an independent review said she owed more than $22,000 for “potentially personal” expenses charged to her corporate credit card.In addition, the hospital’s chief financial officer has taken a paid leave of absence since the review was completed of expense claims between August 2014 and June of this year.In a statement, auditor general Michael Pickup announced Tuesday that he intends to conduct financial and performance audits of the IWK’s books and practices.Pickup also said the IWK must turn over to police any information related to the former CEO’s expenses for “consideration on any possible legal matters.”He said he and his staff have been meeting with IWK officials and reviewing public reports, but they have yet to conduct any detailed audits.“I am gravely concerned with the ineffectiveness of financial controls and lack of rigor in financial management as publicly reported by the IWK in recent weeks,” Pickup said in his statement.In addition, Mr. Pickup said he will become the annual financial statement auditor of IWK, beginning April 1 of next year.“As part of early planning, it is expected that a performance audit will cover critical aspects of oversight, financial management and controls on expenditures.”The results of all performance audits will be reported publicly to the Nova Scotia Legislature, as well as any significant financial statement audit results.A review by the accounting firm Grant Thornton found last month that there were “significant delays” in the submission of claims by the chief executive, which limited the hospital’s ability to identify potential issues.The report, issued after CBC raised questions about IWK expense accounts, found Kitch had been allotted 10 days annually for professional development but exceeded that by 14 days in 2015 and seven days in 2016.It found the IWK paid for membership fees beyond those contractually agreed to, including the Air Canada Maple Leaf Club Lounge and membership in the College of Registered Nurses of Ontario.The report also found Kitch performed a review of the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and was compensated with an honorarium and expense reimbursement. But travel expenses were charged to the IWK and not reimbursed upon receipt of payment.Among items seen as potentially personal, the report detailed $26,463.80 for flight pass usage; $4,636.55 for mobile data overages; $4,474.34 for taxis; $1,580.31 for hotel-related costs; $394.75 for meals; and $161.40 in iTunes charges.“Hotel costs include a hotel stay by a family member of the CEO during a visit to Halifax, as well as hotel charges related to a personal trip to the U.S. that were charged to the corporate credit card,” the report found.In a statement, the IWK said its board has endorsed all of the report’s findings and approved its 14 recommendations.last_img read more

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers

first_imgWASHINGTON – FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. Marijuana testing — a fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years — excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it’s been in nearly two decades.“It has come out of nowhere,” said Michael Clarkson, head of the drug testing practice at Ogletree Deakins, a law firm. “I have heard from lots of clients things like, ‘I can’t staff the third shift and test for marijuana.’”Though still in its early stages, the shift away from marijuana testing appears likely to accelerate. More states are legalizing cannabis for recreational use; Michigan could become the 10th state to do so in November. Missouri appears on track to become the 30th state to allow medical pot use.And medical marijuana users in Massachusetts , Connecticut and Rhode Island have won lawsuits in the past year against companies that rescinded job offers or fired workers because of positive tests for cannabis. Before last year, courts had always ruled in favour of employers.The Trump administration also may be softening its resistance to legal marijuana. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta suggested at a congressional hearing last month that employers should take a “step back” on drug testing.“We have all these Americans that are looking to work,” Acosta said. “Are we aligning our … drug testing policies with what’s right for the workforce?”There is no definitive data on how many companies conduct drug tests, though the Society for Human Resource Management found in a survey that 57 per cent do so. Nor is there any recent data on how many have dropped marijuana from mandatory drug testing.But interviews with hiring executives, employment lawyers and agencies that help employers fill jobs indicate that dropping marijuana testing is among the steps more companies are taking to expand their pool of applicants to fill a near-record level of openings.Businesses are hiring more people without high school diplomas, for example, to the point where the unemployment rate for non-high school graduates has sunk more than a full percentage point in the past year to 5.5 per cent. That’s the steepest such drop for any educational group over that time. On Friday, the government is expected to report another robust jobs report for April.Excluding marijuana from testing marks the first major shift in workplace drug policies since employers began regularly screening applicants in the late 1980s. They did so after a federal law required that government contractors maintain drug-free workplaces. Many private businesses adopted their own mandatory drug testing of applicants.Most businesses that have dropped marijuana tests continue to screen for cocaine, opiates, heroin and other drugs. But James Reidy, an employment lawyer in New Hampshire, says companies are thinking harder about the types of jobs that should realistically require marijuana tests. If a manufacturing worker, for instance, isn’t driving a forklift or operating industrial machinery, employers may deem a marijuana test unnecessary.“Employers are saying, ‘We have a thin labour pool,’ “Reidy said. ” ‘So are we going to test and exclude a whole group of people? Or can we assume some risks, as long as they’re not impaired at work?’”Yet many companies are reluctant to acknowledge publicly that they’ve dropped marijuana testing.“This is going to become the new don’t ask, don’t tell,” Reidy said.In most states that have legalized marijuana, like Colorado, businesses can still, if they wish, fire workers who test positive. On the other hand, Maine, which also legalized the drug, became the first state to bar companies from firing or refusing to hire someone for using marijuana outside work.Companies in labour-intensive industries — hoteliers and home health care providers and employers with many warehouse and assembly jobs — are most likely to drop marijuana testing. By contrast, businesses that contract with the government or that are in regulated industries, like air travel, or that have safety concerns involving machinery, are continuing marijuana tests, employment lawyers say. Federal regulations require the testing of pilots, train operators and other key transportation workers.Dropping marijuana testing is more common among employers in the nine states, along with the District of Columbia, that have legalized pot for recreational use. An additional 20 states allow marijuana for medical use only. But historically low unemployment is driving change even where pot remains illegal.After the Drug-Free Workplace Act was enacted in 1988, amid concerns about cocaine use, drug testing spread to most large companies. All Fortune 500 companies now engage in some form of drug testing, according to Barry Sample, a senior director at Quest Diagnostics, one of the largest testing firms.In Denver, in a state with just 3 per cent unemployment, 10 per cent of employers that screen for drugs had dropped marijuana as of 2016, according to a survey by the Employers Council, which provides corporate legal and human resources services.“It’s because unemployment is virtually non-existent” in Colorado, said Curtis Graves, a lawyer at the council. “People cannot afford to take a hard line against off-duty marijuana usage if they want to hire.”That’s particularly true in Colorado’s resort areas, where hotels and ski lifts are heavily staffed with young workers, Graves said: “They can lose their jobs and walk across the street and get another one.”FPI, a property-management firm in San Francisco that employs 2,900 around the country, from leasing managers to groundskeepers, has dozens of jobs listed on online boards. Its ads say applicants must pass a “full background check and drug screening.”But it adds, “As it relates to marijuana use, FPI will consider any applicable state law when dispositioning test results.”FPI didn’t respond to requests for comment, which isn’t unusual given that companies that have dropped marijuana tests aren’t exactly billboarding their decisions. Most still seek to maintain drug-free workplaces and still test for harder drugs.“They’re pretty hush-hush about it,” Graves said.AutoNation, which operates dealerships in 17 states, is one of the few that have gone public. The company stopped testing for marijuana about a year ago. Marc Cannon, a company spokesman, said it did so mostly in response to evolving public attitudes. But it also feared losing prospective employees.“The labour market has tightened up,” Cannon said.AutoNation heard from other business leaders, Cannon said. They said things like, “‘We’re doing the same thing; we just didn’t want to share it publicly.’”Relaxed attitudes among employers are spreading from states where recreational marijuana is legal to those where it’s lawful only for medical use, such as Michigan and New Hampshire.Janis Petrini, who owns an Express Employment staffing agency in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says that with the area’s unemployment rate below 3 per cent, employers are growing desperate. Some are willing to ignore the results of drug tests performed by Express, which still screens for marijuana and won’t place workers who test positive.“We have had companies say to us, ‘We don’t worry about that as much as we used to,’” Petrini said. “We say, ‘OK, well, we are still following our standards.’ “One of Reidy’s clients, a manufacturer in New Hampshire, has dropped marijuana testing because it draws some workers from neighbouring Massachusetts and Maine, which have legalized pot for recreational use. Another client, which runs assisted living facilities from Florida to Maine, has stopped testing its housekeeping and food service workers for marijuana.The stigma surrounding marijuana use is eroding, compounding pressure on employers to stop testing. Sixty-four per cent of Americans support legalizing pot, a Gallup poll found, the highest percentage in a half-century of surveys.In Las Vegas, where recreational use is legal, marijuana dispensaries “look almost like Apple stores,” said Thoran Towler, CEO of the Nevada Association of Employers.Many high-tech companies have been moving from California to Nevada to escape California’s high costs, and they’re seeking workers. Towler says the most common question from his 400 member executives is, “Where do I find employees?”He estimates that roughly one-tenth of his group’s members have stopped testing for marijuana out of frustration.“They say, ‘I have to get people on the casino floor or make the beds, and I can’t worry about what they’re doing in their spare time,’” Towler said.___Contact Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber___Follow AP’s marijuana coverage here: https://apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

Anger as Malaysian cleared of murdering Indonesian maid

first_imgKuala Lumpur: A Malaysian woman has reportedly been cleared of murdering her Indonesian maid, who was allegedly tortured and forced to sleep outside with a dog, with activists Monday criticising the “shocking” decision. Adelina Sau died in February last year after being found outside her employer’s home on the northern Malaysian island of Penang, with her head and face swollen and covered in wounds. Many Indonesian maids work in more affluent Malaysia and tales of abuse are common, but the horrific nature of Sau’s case generated headlines and sparked diplomatic tensions between the neighbours. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHer employer, S. Ambika, was charged with murder — an offence that carries a mandatory death sentence in Malaysia — shortly after the 21-year-old was rescued and died in hospital. But the High Court in Penang dropped the murder charge against her last week, local media reported, without saying why. Prominent Malaysian human rights lawyer Eric Paulsen called the decision “shocking and unacceptable”. “This was one of the most public and harrowing abuse cases ever recorded and yet the attorney-general’s chambers somehow saw fit to drop the charge,” Paulsen, a member of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, told AFP. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSteven Sim, an MP from the area where Sau died, said the court decision was “as tragic as the death of Adelina”. Sim said he had contacted the attorney-general, Tommy Thomas, who had vowed to look into the case. In Indonesia, Wahyu Susilo, executive director of NGO Migrant Care, condemned the acquittal and described it as “far from justice”. He said the employer may have been cleared due to a failure to get key witnesses, such as Sau’s parents, to testify at the trial, and called on Jakarta to lodge a protest. Her murder caused anger in Indonesia, with the foreign minister branding it unacceptable. Allegations of maid abuse, ranging from overwork to beatings and sex attacks, are a regular diplomatic flashpoint between the Southeast Asian neighbours.last_img read more

Ramid Criticizes RNI Support for AntiPJD Remarks

Ramid Criticizes RNI Support for AntiPJD Remarks

Rabat – PJD’s Minister of Human Rights Mustapha Ramid has described RNI’s support for Rachid Talbi Alami’s critical remarks of the PJD as “bad.”In an interview with Medi1 TV, Ramid said that the National Rally of Independents (RNI) “should not support and adopt” Alami’s comments. “The party should have told him that he went beyond the limits and that he did not respect the majority [coalition]’s charter, but instead chose to stand behind him,” the minister said. On September 21, Talbi Alami, the RNI minister of youth and sports, accused the Justice and Development Party (PJD) of “imitating” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and of wishing to “destroy the country.”The accusations incensed the PJD, which is in a coalition with RNI, and some members responded harshly to Alami’s remarks.Ramid said that when the former secretary-general of PJD, Abdelilah Benkirane, criticized RNI leader Aziz Akhannouch, the PJD did not “support Benkirane and explained that his statement in no way reflects the PJD’s position.”Ramid also expressed shock that the minister would criticize the PJD, whose leader, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, is Alami’s superiorTension between the parties has escalated as members of both parties have exchanged blame and accusations.Abdelaziz Aftati, a member of the PJD, called on RNI to withdraw from the government and urged Alami to resign from the cabinet.The deputy of the secretary general of PJD, Slimane El Omrani, also criticized Alami, describing his statement as “dangerous” and “irresponsible.”In response, the head of RNI, Akhannouch, said that he was “surprised by the exaggerated and unintelligible reactions that targeted a member of the political bureau of [RNI].” For his part, Head of Government and Secretary General of PJD Saad Eddine El Othmani told his party colleagues to ignore Alami’s statements after El Omrani’s response.News outlets reported that El Othmani will convene all secretaries-general of the six coalition parties on Thursday. read more

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

Initial public offerings scheduled to debut next week

NEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include IPO ETF manager Renaissance Capital, and SEC filings.Week of May 6.AGBA Acquisition – Kowloon, Hong Kong, 4 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Maxim Group LLC. Proposed Nasdaq symbol AGBAU. Business: Blank check company targeting the service sector in China.Applied Therapeutics – New York, 4 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Citi/Cowen. Proposed Nasdaq symbol APLT. Business: Phase 2 biotech developing therapies for diabetic cardiomyopathy.Avantor – Radnor, Pa., 154 million shares, priced $18-$21, managed by Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan. Proposed NYSE symbol AVTR. Business: An LBO’d lab provider of laboratory supplies and services.Axcella Health – Cambridge, Mass., 3.6 million shares, priced $20-$22, managed by Goldman Sachs/JP Morgan. Proposed Nasdaq symbol AXLA. Business: Developing therapies and food to trat metabolic dyregulation in the liver.ConversionPoint Holdings – Newport Beach, Calif., 6.2 million shares, priced $6-$7, managed by Oppenheimer & Co/GMP Securities. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CPTI. Business: Provides an AI-integrated SaaS platform for marketing and e-commerce services.Cortexyme – San Francisco, 4.4 million shares, priced $16-$18, managed by BofA Merrill Lynch/Credit Suisse. Proposed Nasdaq symbol CRTX. Business: Developing a novel therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.HeadHunter Group – Moscow, 16.3 million shares, priced $11-$13.50, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed Nasdaq symbol HHR. Business: Online job recruitment platform in Russia.Health Sciences Acquisitions – New York, 10 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Chardan Capital Markets/UBS Investment Bank. Proposed Nasdaq symbol HSACU. Business: Blank check company formed by RTW Investments to acquire a biopharma or medical technology business.Landcadia Holdings II – Houston, 25 million shares, priced at $10, managed by Jefferies. Proposed Nasdaq symbol LCAHU. Business: Blank check company formed by the CEOs of Landry’s and Jefferies to acquire an entertainment business.Mayville Engineering – Mayville, Wis., 6.3 million shares, priced $19-$21, managed by Baird/Citi. Proposed NYSE symbol MEC. Business: Manufactures components for commercial and industrial vehicle OEMs.Milestone Pharmaceuticals – Montreal, 5 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Jefferies/Cowen. Proposed Nasdaq symbol MIST. Business: Phase 3 biotech developing therapies for heart rate conditions.NextCure – Beltsville, Md., 5 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by Morgan Stanley/BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol NXTC. Business: Clinical-stage biotech developing next-gen cancer immunotherapies.Parsons – Centreville, Va., 18.5 million shares, priced $26-$28, managed by Goldman Sachs/BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed NYSE symbol PSN. Business: Provides technology-driven defence, intelligence and infrastructure solutions.Postal Realty Trust – Cedarhurst, N.Y., 5 million shares, priced $19-21, managed by Stifel/Janney Montgomery Scott. Proposed NYSE symbol PSTL. Business: Recently-formed REIT that manages and leases properties to the USPS.South Plains Financial – Lubbock, Texas, 3.4 million shares, priced $17.50-$19.50, managed by Keefe Bruyette Woods/Sandler O’Neill. Proposed Nasdaq symbol SPFI. Business: West Texas commercial bank with 21 full-service locations.Sonim – San Mateo, Calif., 3.6 million shares, priced $13-$15, managed by Oppenheimer & Co./Lake Street Capital Markets. Proposed Nasdaq symbol SONM. Business: Makes rugged mobile phones and accessories for industrial and public workers.Trevi Therapeutics – New Haven, Conn., 4.7 million shares, priced $14-$16, managed by SVB Leerink/Stifel. Proposed Nasdaq symbol TRVI. Business: Developing an extended-release version of an opioid for new indications.Uber Technologies – San Francisco, 180 million shares, priced $44-$50, managed by Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs. Proposed NYSE symbol UBER. Business: Operates on-demand ridesharing network.The Associated Press read more

Varnado scores 20 points Troy downs North Alabama 7758

Varnado scores 20 points Troy downs North Alabama 7758

TROY, Ala. — Jordon Varnado scored 20 points with five assists, BJ Miller added 18 with three 3-pointers and Troy pulled ahead early to beat North Alabama 77-58 on Saturday.Alex Hicks had 13 points with eight rebounds and Darian Adams added 11 with three 3s for the Trojans (3-3), who held the Lions to 32 per cent shooting and outscored them 36-16 in the paint.North Alabama led briefly and Kendarius Smith’s 3-pointer tied it at 15, but Adams’ hit a go-ahead 3 and Troy pulled ahead on a 12-4 run for a 35-28 halftime lead on Miller’s 3. Varnado scored 11 points in the half and the Trojans got 10 second-chance points off of five offensive boards.Javan Johnson and Miller hit consecutive 3-pointers and Troy led by 20 on Miller’s 3-point play off a fast-break layup with 7:32 to play.Smith scored 16 points with four 3s and Jamari Blackmon added 15 points for the Lions (2-4).The Associated Press read more

56yearold miner chopped to death for employers gold mats

56yearold miner chopped to death for employers gold mats

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBrazilian miner chopped to deathSeptember 17, 2016In “Crime”53-year-old Miner beaten to death over missing raw goldApril 4, 2017In “Crime”Bartica miner chopped, robbed during attack by armed menApril 26, 2016In “Crime” A 56-year-old miner of Moco Moco Village, Central Rupununi, identified as Damon Scipio also known as Rastaman, was brutally chopped to death allegedly by one of his co-workers between 23: 00hrs last night (Friday) and 06:00hrs (Saturday) this morning, at BK Old Road Backdam, Potaro River.This is according to the police who in a report said that investigations so far revealed that the victim who was employed by a small-scale mining company at 111 miles Madhia, was performing duties at the company’s watch camp, guarding a sluice box with two gold mats, when he was fatally chopped three times to his head and once to his left wrist, almost severing it.  The gold mats have been stolen. The body of Scipio is at the Madhia Hospital Mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination.According to the police, homicide detectives are making stringent efforts to quickly apprehend the “co-worker who is the prime suspect for the murder,” as investigations continues. read more

Id built up so much pride off the Olympics and then here

Id built up so much pride off the Olympics and then here

first_img Cambridge Women’s crew celebrate after crossing the finish line of the Women’s Boat Race on the River Thames, London. Source: John WaltonFrom a technical viewpoint, too, representing Cambridge was unlike anything Lambe had ever experienced previously.“One of the biggest challenges was the fact that I’d always been a more natural sculler than a sweep rower. When I came over, Rob wanted me to switch sides. So in rowing, you’re either a stroke sider or bow sider, and I’d always been a stroke sider when I rowed for UCD.But when I came here, he already had quite a strong group on stroke side, so he asked would I switch over to bow side. Straight away, I was a pure novice in the boat. Other than the Olympics, it was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve done in rowing, to try to switch sides.“I’d been at such a high standard. But I was getting into boats like I was a complete novice. I could tell I was upsetting the balance in the boat because I didn’t really know what I was doing, whether my blade was in the water, out of the water. There were definitely plenty of times where I was like: ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’I’d built up so much pride off going to the Olympics and then here I was. People were probably hoping they wouldn’t put me in the boat because I was only going to upset it. Luckily by Christmas, I was sort of getting the hang of it. Although I was quite novice-y, still when I was put in boats, we generally did quite well, so that kind of just kept me going.“But it was a different kettle of fish after Christmas and the training camp, I really started to enjoy it an awful lot more. The aim was getting close to selection there and with the squad of girls, the last few months was so much fun — really good banter and they’re a real good bunch of girls.” Matthew Holland (left) is thrown into the water after the Women’s Boat Race on the River Thames, London. Source: Andrew MatthewsThe Cabra native has come a long way since her early struggles in adapting to a new life last September, admitting she initially suffered somewhat of a post-Olympics slump.At the time, I found it hard to stay motivated,” she says. “I was training as part of the Irish team and was an undergrad in UCD. When it came to the point in Cambridge where you’re getting up ridiculously early in the morning, I did have that feeling of ‘Oh Claire, you’ve done this already, why are you doing it again? You got what you wanted out of it. Yet here you are at 26, still setting your alarm for five in the morning and being knackered throughout the day.’ So motivation was very difficult in the first month or two, but you know it pays off and it really did last weekend.”Not only was Lambe the first-ever Ireland international to taste victory in the Women’s Boat Race, she was also the first female athlete to triumph at the event after competing in the Olympics. Such status ensured she was always very highly thought of in the eyes of her team-mates.“I was so disappointed to not complete the project of winning a medal (in Rio). But coming over here and seeing the respect I’ve had from the girls for making an Olympic final — I guess that put it into perspective. Every single one of them would aim to reach that level. So to kind of say ‘I’ve done it’ made me realise more and more what I had achieved. That was pretty cool.” Ireland’s Claire Lambe and Sinead Lynch celebrate qualifying for the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls final at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOWith her Cambridge course not finishing up until the end of August, Lambe probably won’t have the time to race internationally this summer, though representing Ireland and potentially competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are very much part of her long-term plans.She still remains close friends with her Rio partner Lynch, though with the latter undertaking “her GP training, working crazy hours, (raising) the kids and still doing a bit of training on the side,” Lambe explains that her fellow rowing star is one of the few people “probably even busier than me,” so opportunities to catch up are few and far between these days.Lambe and Lynch will, however, be competing together for the first time since Rio in a charity cycle later this month. The pair are doing a stage of an event from Malin to Mizen in aid of Hugh’s House, which provides accommodation 365 days a year to the families of children who are long-term inpatients of Temple Street and the Rotunda Hospitals. With the organisation run by a dedicated team of volunteers, the event aims to raise €40,000, which would be enough to keep the house open for a year.Seven months on from the pair’s Olympics achievement, Lambe reflects on proceedings with a largely positive outlook, even if she is not wholly content, owing to their inability to take home medals from the event.I guess you can’t really prepare (for the Olympics). In the years leading up to it, I was thinking: ‘Oh my God, imagine you’re in an Olympic final or a semi-final and you knew you had to pull it out of the bag, you’d be so nervous.’“I was probably surprised at my sense of calm and control over the whole thing. Myself and Sinead were always in such a good state of mind about every aspect of it. We made sure we enjoyed the experience as well as getting the best out of ourselves.“I probably surprised myself in how well I handled it all and especially on the semi-final day, we really did get the best race out of ourselves against people we hadn’t beaten before to make sure we got in the final.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Paul Fennessy Sunday 9 Apr 2017, 10:11 AM http://the42.ie/3314848 Claire Lambe (left) represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics with rowing partner Sinead Lynch (right). Last week, she became the first Irish international to be part of winning team in the Boat Race. Image: James Crombie/INPHO Apr 9th 2017, 10:11 AM Share Tweet Email5 3 Comments Image: James Crombie/INPHO 35,014 Views Claire Lambe (left) represented Ireland at the 2016 Olympics with rowing partner Sinead Lynch (right). Last week, she became the first Irish international to be part of winning team in the Boat Race. Believe it when you see it! UCD keeper scores equalising bicycle-kick in injury-time>The story behind one of sport’s biggest scandals> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Follow us: the42.ie Updated at 08.23CLAIRE LAMBE IS unlikely to be accused doing things the easy way anytime soon.Along with her rowing partner, Sinead Lynch, she came sixth in the Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls final at last summer’s Rio Olympics.And while Olympians often take a down year immediately after representing their country on the biggest stage, the past few months have been anything but laidback for Lambe.Last Sunday, the Dubliner was part of the Cambridge team that triumphed in the 72nd edition of the Women’s Boat Race.Lambe and co prevailed in style, winning with a record time of 18 minutes and 34 seconds, and ending a run of four losses on the trot to their rivals Oxford.“It was such a fun day. Going to Cambridge, I didn’t realise how big the boat race would be,” she tells The42.After coming back from Rio, it almost felt like a smaller fish. At times, it was probably even hard to see it on the grand scale that the girls were.“But the week leading up to it and the race on the day itself made me realise that this really was a big deal and a big event.The girls had been disappointed on so many occasions over the last few years when Cambridge lost. You could see when Oxford came in and were so good at it, it just made you realise how good it was to be on the right side of it.”Having earned a degree in mechanical engineering at UCD, Lambe is now spending a year undertaking an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Homerton College.Studying at Cambridge and competing in the illustrious Boat Race had been a long-term ambition for the multi-talented 26-year-old.Rob Baker, previously Lambe’s coach with the Ireland U23s and who is now in charge of the Cambridge Women’s team, had shown her around the college and encouraged her to apply as far back as 2013. Lambe helped Cambridge stop a run of four successive Oxford victories in last Sunday’s Boat Race. Source: Adam DavyYet having suffered the heartbreak of narrowly missing out on the London 2012 Olympics, Lambe’s focus was firmly fixed on qualifying for the Rio Games, with all other plans put on hold until its culmination.Coming down from the highs of an event like the Olympics, particularly after performing so impressively as Lambe and Lynch did, is an experience that athletes often find difficult to deal with. But having learned of her successful application to Cambridge as far back as February of last year, Lambe knew she would have little time to reflect or ponder her next move after Rio.“We did a lot of workshops with the Irish Sports Council and they were always pushing that you had to have a plan for as soon as the Olympics is over,” she says.You need to have a plan for afterwards and a new goal as soon as you can. A lot of people were like: ‘I’ll take the year out and go travelling, enjoy a bit of freedom.’ I personally needed something big to distract me from Rio being over and to get my sights on something else.“I guess coming back to college was a very big challenge for me because I had been three years out of education. And I could still do the sport I enjoy so much in a completely different way — being part of a team in Cambridge is immensely different from being part of Irish rowing in Cork where it’s very small, the team was never bigger than the athletes at any one time over the last three years. Whereas straight away (at Cambridge), I came into a squad of 25 girls and was rowing in (a team of) eight as well. It was just a completely different challenge and that was kind of fun too.” Cambridge Women’s crew celebrate with the trophy on the podium after winning the Women’s Boat Race on the River Thames, London. Source: John WaltonLambe got “different perspectives on how things are done” on a team that included rowers with completely different backgrounds and nationalities — her boat included athletes from New Zealand, France and Canada.But as unique and thrilling as the experience was, it was also difficult at times. While training sessions were shorter and not quite as physically demanding as her Olympic preparations, combining two sessions a day with her course’s intensive study demands proved challenging.I always felt on the backfoot coming into it,” she admits. “Many of the people on my course also have a lot of work experience as well and academically, they’re definitely high achievers, so I was always kind of struggling to keep up with that.” Short URL ‘I’d built up so much pride off the Olympics and then here I was… Like a complete novice!’ Irish rower Claire Lambe chats to The42 about helping Cambridge win the Boat Race and getting used to life after Rio 2016.last_img read more

Legoland Japans Cherry Blossom Tree Is Nearly As Pretty As A Real

Legoland Japans Cherry Blossom Tree Is Nearly As Pretty As A Real

first_imgStay on target Cherry blossoms are beautiful flowers, but they don’t last very long. They blow off the very trees they sprout from, and many of them end up crushed underfoot. And with how short-lived spring is, it’s hard to stop thinking about how ephemeral the flowers actually are. That’s why Legoland Japan has endeavored to create something decidedly amazing: an entire life-sized sakura tree made solely out of Lego bricks. And you thought you were doing well with the spaceship you hastily threw together with some Legos you found in your attic.The cherry blossom tree was built from 881,470 bricks and stands tall at 14.37 x 16.17 x 17.78 feet, which granted it a spot in the Guinness Book of World records. It also ended up weighing 7,348 pounds and had to be created around metal piping to ensure it was strong enough to stay up on its own. Just imagine the amount of painstaking work that had to go into making it a reality. It boggles the mind a bit, does it not?<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The tree is available to view via Legoland Japan all the way up until May 6, which means you’ve got to hurry up and go see it if it’s something you’re interested in seeing up close and personal. While it’s made of plastic and could essentially last about as long as you’d need it to (way longer than a real cherry blossom tree of course) it’s going to need to escape the harsh summer heat and be taken down before the real heat starts hitting.It’s homed at the Mainland section of the theme park, with plenty of other cool Lego perks to check out as well. It’s definitely an impressive show of Lego skills, so if you get a chance, head out and give it a look before it’s dismantled! It’s simply ravishing. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Launchpad Blaze Postpones JAXA’s Cargo Ship Launch to ISSJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid Ryugu last_img read more

No surprise Top Facebook execs say the social network shouldnt be broken

No surprise Top Facebook execs say the social network shouldnt be broken

first_img 1 Comment Share your voice Tags Tech Industry Internet Services Adam Mosseri speaks during the F8 Facebook Developers conference on April 30, 2019. Getty Images Instagram shouldn’t be split out of Facebook, the man in charge of the picture-sharing service said Monday, saying a breakup of the social network would make it harder to keep users safe.Adam Mosseri, speaking at the Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, acknowledged that Facebook hadn’t focused enough on the “unintended consequences” of its products. But he said keeping the company together would help it create more value.”It’s not fun to be criticized and written about that way,” Mosseri said. “But i really believe we create an immense amount of value in the world.”Andrew Bosworth, who runs Facebook’s VR and AR operations, and shared the stage with Mosserri, would only weaken the two entities.”If you break Facebook and Instagram apart, they have the same attack surfaces,” he said, adding they would each have fewer resources. The comments come as calls to break up tech giants grow. Facebook’s critics, including co-founder Chris Hughes, think the social network has grown too big to control. Some lawmakers, including Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, want regulators to split Instagram and WhatsApp from the social network. Facebook has pushed back against the idea. About 2.7 billion people use Facebook or its Instagram, WhatsApp or Messenger services.CEO Mark Zuckerberg has called for more government regulation to help combat some of its biggest woes such as harmful content, election integrity and privacy. The social network has faced a series of scandals since revelations surfaced last year that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million Facebook users without their consent. Facebook is also facing a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating the company’s alleged privacy mishaps. Bosworth told the audience Facebook’s VR platform has generated $5 million in sales. Bosworth, who’s known as “Boz,” called the revenue performance a “big deal,” adding that the company’s products were becoming a “full ecosystem.VR, or virtual reality, is accessed through a headset and allows for the creation of new worlds or experiences. AR, or augmented reality, uses eyewear similar to glasses and allows for additional data to be layered onto a images of the real world. Bosworth said VR and AR fit into Facebook’s core mission, allowing people to connect online.  “VR is actually a way to go deeper,” Bosworth said. “My mission is to make people feel together wherever they are. VR is an unparalleled opportunity for that.” Online Marketing Rockstars fairAndrew Bosworth in 2017.  picture alliance/Getty Images Facebook is putting its weight behind the belief that VR will become the next big computing platform, and Zuckerberg has discussed a future in which users will be able to experience each other’s moments, such as birthdays, through virtual reality headsets. VR, however, hasn’t gone mainstream and remains an enthusiast technology.The company, which owns virtual reality headset maker Oculus, has been trying to fuel the popularity of VR by making it more affordable. Facebook started shipping the Oculus Quest and the Oculus Rift S in May and both cost $399, which is cheaper than some of its competitors like the HTC Vive. Meanwhile, the social network is also trying to make video chatting more immersive. Facebook released new video chat devices Portal and Portal Plus last year in the US and plans to roll it out to more countries including Europe in the fall. The device has an AI-powered Smart Camera that will sense your movements, automatically panning and framing the shot.CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report. Virtual Reality Augmented reality (AR) Facebook Instagram WhatsApplast_img read more

Houston School Board Votes to Avoid Teacher Salary Freeze

Houston School Board Votes to Avoid Teacher Salary Freeze

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:56center_img Houston district administrators now have to find about $5 million in the $2 billion budget to pay for the plan, though the board’s amendment — brought by Trustee Elizabeth Santos — instructed the administration not to eliminate any staff’s continued employment.Even with the scheduled raises, some teachers said their salaries lag pay in other school districts in Greater Houston.Bubba Brownley has taught for nine years and listed off other places he could earn more money: Conroe, $1,200 more; Alief, $1,500; Galena Park, $1,500; Fort Bend, $2,400.“And that doesn’t count stipends for masters and doctorates,” he said.  Listen PexelsThe scheduled salary increases for HISD teachers, based on years of experience or “steps,” will cost about $5 million.This new school year, Houston teachers will see modest increases in their paycheck, based on their experience.The Houston school board rejected a proposal to freeze their salaries and added back scheduled raises for veteran instructors at its meeting Thursday night.Most teachers will see between $200 and $2,200 more in their salary. It’s based on their years in the classroom, also known as “step” pay scale. Without that compensation, several instructors told the board they don’t feel valued.“Teachers are not disposable. We are indispensable. Children deserve great teachers, teachers who deserve to be compensated accordingly,” said Daniel Santos, a middle school teacher and also an executive board member of the Houston Federation of Teachers.After about an hour long debate, the HISD board of trustees approved a revised compensation plan in a five to four vote. Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones expressed doubt.“Governance requires us to do our due diligence and to make a blanket amendment and not know how we’re going to pay for it does not seem fiscally responsible to me,” she said, adding she would love to give teachers a raise.last_img read more