In a year ARPA-E, the newest part of the Department of Energy, has gone from barely having an office at DOE to hosting a glitzy and impressive summit this week: star speakers (The New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, GE’s Jeffrey Immelt, and DOE Secretary Steven Chu), stimulating panels of experts, and huge catered lunches at a new Washington, D.C.-area convention center. On paper the 3-day meeting is aimed at bringing together scientists with the funding community to catalyze new efforts in energy research and development. These two groups include, primarily, the 37 winners of ARPA-E money, along with finalists and other interested scientists, and hundreds of venture capitalists, investment professionals, and entrepreneurs. Just as important is an unstated goal: give an agency which as of 3 years ago didn’t exist a patina of legitimacy and, its leaders hope, permanence in a tough budget environment. As the coming-out party for the fledgling agency got underway today at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar took to the podium and declared the joint challenges of climate, energy security and economic growth “a sputnik moment” for the United States. But his speech had new details in addition to bombast. Majumdar explained that ARPA-E hoped to sit between DOE’s basic science offices and its mission-driven offices, which include providing renewable energy and capturing carbon from fossil fuel energy sources. “The pushers and the pullers,” he called the two sides, since the first “push” new ideas without specific goals in mind and the latter “pull” scientists towards various technical problems like providing desalination at low energy cost. By funding risky stuff, Chu added, DOE hoped to emulate the Pentagon’s DARPA agency, which he said “took high risks, [and] expected failures.” ARPA-E program managers will serve 4-year terms, encouraging risk-taking and helping prevent stagnation.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(*) To help guide the new agency, Majumdar said, he is setting up a “fellows” program to bring young scientists for 2 year stints to the agency to provide guidance. “They’ll be what JASON is for DARPA,” he said, referring to the secretive group of physicists that advise the government on defense matters. He also listed some innovative metrics the new agency will use to judge success, not just traditional measurements like number of patents or whether or not technologies achieve certain technical goals, but also how much funding companies could muster after the ARPA-E funds were rewarded and how many new companies are established. This morning Chu announced three new ARPA-E programs which will give out a total of $100 million in grants: research in intermittent energy storage, new power technologies, and advanced air conditioning approaches. Under the Bush Administration, Congress authorized the agency but DOE refused to request any money for it; last year the agency began to spend the $400 million in stimulus funds that it had received. Obama requested $300 million for the agency for 2011, and Majumdar said he was “optimistic” that lawmakers would be supportive this year. But Chu was realistic, in his typical home-spun way, about the challenge facing Majumdar. “When you start a program and you ask for hundreds of millions of dollars it’s just like this big piñata,” or an easy target for cuts, he said of the realities on Capitol Hill. The crowds here weren’t the only indication of loads of interest among scientists. The 37 winner’s of ARPA-E’s first submission were chosen last summer from a whopping 3700 applicants. Officials announced today that ARPA-E’s second solicitation—which focused on biofuels, carbon capture, and batteries—yielded 500 concept papers.
As expected, the plaintiffs in a law suit claiming that federally funded research on human embryonic stem cells (hESC) is illegal have appealed a ruling that dealt them a defeat earlier this summer. Scientists James Sherley and Theresa Deisher filed their suit 2 years ago, arguing that the National Institutes of Health (NIH’s) policy easing Bush-era restrictions on research using hESCs violated a law banning federally funded research that destroys embryos. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth agreed in August 2010 and granted a preliminary injunction in their favor that halted hESC research. But an appeals court soon stayed the injunction and last spring ruled 2-1 in favor of NIH. In July, Lamberth too ruled in favor of NIH, writing that he had little choice but to follow the appeals court decision. The plaintiffs have now appealed Lamberth’s ruling in a two-page notice dated 19 September. The appeals court will now issue a schedule for briefs and oral arguments. Legal experts have predicted that the plaintiffs will lose in the appeals court and will take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court, where their chances of success also seem slim. 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(*)
Manchester United continued to splash the cash on Saturday after Torino announced that Italy full back Matteo Darmian was heading to Old Trafford.United, who said earlier they had agreed to sign Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich, have been on the look out for a new right back after winger Antonio Valencia filled the role last season.”Thanks Darmian, they were four great years,” Serie A side Torino said in a statement as they disclosed the sale to United.The Turin club said the player went with their blessing because it was such an “extraordinary new experience”.No figures were given but media reports have put the fee at around 13 million pounds ($20.2 million). The 25-year-old, a late bloomer who began his career at AC Milan, has 14 Italy caps and played in all three of their group matches at last year’s World Cup.Darmian is a solid if unspectacular full back who looks calm under pressure at both ends of the pitch. United have also brought in Dutch forward Memphis Depay for the new season as Robin van Persie looks set to leave for Fenerbahce.Louis van Gaal’s side finished fourth in the Premier League last term and are investing heavily for a second straight close season as they look to challenge at the very top again.
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PV Sindhu called her victory in the Korea Open Super Series final a “sweet revenge” after she went down against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the World Championships a few weeks ago.Sindhu took an hour and 23 minutes to beat Okuhara 22-20, 11-21, 21-18 in the women’s singles final at Korea Open on Sunday and became the first Indian to win the Super Series in Korea.On August 27, Okuhara had outlasted the Indian 21-19, 20-22, 22-20 in an hour and 50 minutes at the World Championships in Glasgow in the second-longest women’s singles match in history.”I am really very happy winning the Korea Open Super Series and I think it was a very good match. Again playing with Okuhara and definitely beating her may be a sweet revenge. Overall it was a good match and even she played very well,” Sindhu said exclusively to India Today.WATCH FULL VIDEOSindhu added that just like the World Championships, she was prepared for long rallies against the Japanese and she was happy to have got over the line this time.”It was not an easy match, I was prepared for long rallies. Also the third game was close just like the World Championships, this time I took it off. Overall happy with my performance and hope that with the confidence, I will play well in the upcoming tournaments also,” Sindhu added.Sindhu dedicated her victory to her country, her coaches, the support staff and her parents.”I am proud of my country and would like to dedicate my title to India. Also, I would like to dedicate it to all my coaches, Gopi (Pullela Gopichand) sir, Mulyo (Handoyo) and all the Indonesian coaches, the ones that are here Sidhharth and Amrish and many more coaches. The title shall also go to the support staff and the management. Also, I would like to thank all my sponsors, they have been very supportive all the time. This also goes to my parents because have always been very motivating and supportive,” Sindhu mentioned.advertisementThe Rio Olympic silver-medallist said that her third last point of the match, that put her ahead 19-16 was extremely important for her because that came of a long 56-shot rally and increased her lead.”In the last, both of us played our hearts out and just like the World Championships, the score was almost there, like 19-17. But at 18-16, I feel it was a very important point for me because it was a long rally and both of us almost fell on the court. But I think that point was really crucial and I feel it was the deciding one because if the scoreline would have gone to 18-17, anything could have happened. Each rally from there was very crucial for both of us and even though I was leading, anyone can come back so you never know,” she said.Photo Credit: AP Sindhu admitted that the World Championships final played on her mind during the third game of the women’s singles final on Sunday.”Not really. Actually, yes,” Sindhu responded after the match when quizzed whether the World Championships was at the back of her mind.”I had lost from a 19-17 (lead in the final game) but I just didn’t keep that in my mind and even though there were long rallies (like the Glasgow final). I was like, the next point was important for me and I played that way,” the Indian said after the medal ceremony.The pattern of the game was very similar to the World Championships final as the two shuttlers deployed a similar strategy, the only difference this time being the name of the champion.”After the World Championships, we were playing the final (Korea Open) again and the match was very close. After I won the first game, I lost the second and the third was very close.”Sindhu expressed that she had a tough time in the second game and was unable to control the shuttler whereas in the third game, when Okuhara began to close the gap after her 11-5 lead at the break, she was reminded of August 27 in Glasgow.Photo Credit: AP “In second game, everything was going out and I just couldn’t control the shuttle. If I wanted to recover points also, it was a huge lead and I lost that game. In the third game, each and every point was important for both sides. Even though I was leading, she came back. After 11-5, every point was a long rally and no one was really leaving the shuttle. It was almost like the World Championships,” Sindhu added.advertisementSindhu acknowledged that after the World Championships, people are talking of her rivalry with Okuhara while earlier it was against Rio Olympic gold medallist Carolina Marin.”I think this is the second time we are meeting in the final. Before, everybody used to say it was Carolina. But now they are saying maybe Okuhara in the final again. But we have to play one or the other player every time so we have to just see it that way,” she concluded.
Photo Attribution: USATSIBrendon Morris wrote a piece for Rivals on Sunday that had this quote in it:“You can say it any way you want, but in this game, offensively, we have to find a better way to keep the football,” coach Mike Gundy said after their win over Kansas State. “That’s our fault as coaches. That’s not on the players. All five or six of us that are in communication came up with some plays, and the choice was poor.”Do what?First of all I don’t know what “keep the ball” means — they had one turnover which seems to me like an acceptable number.And who are the “five or six” people calling plays?!If you assume Gundy and Yurcich, that’s two, apparently Charlie Moore is doing it as well (called his own number on the out at the goal line), Todd Monken would probably like you to believe he’s still doing it given that he lost to a 3-9 team from 2012 as a 17-point favorite, but I just can’t come up with the other two people.Boone?Chelf?Bobby Reid?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
In a dramatic climax to one of the closest seasons in years, the 2008/09 Be Active Super League finals have seen Fremantle break a 20 year Men’s Open title drought with their Men’s Open win, while Northern claimed the Women’s Championship, and Tompkins Park became the new title holders of the Mixed Open.The Freo Men survived semi final drop-off against Tompkins Park earlier in the day, where scores were locked at 9-all on full time. Displaying cool heads, the young Fremantle line-up held Tompkins out in the first set of six, then went to the other end, drew a penalty, and were able to finish the game off to progress to the final. And they weren’t done there! The Freo boys stayed in touch with Brothers early, and held a narrow 4-3 half time lead.There were some star performers in the final for Freo, especially Tate Alexander with three touchdowns and both Tynan Smith and Erom Edwards with two apiece, helping Fremantle to a 9-5 win over Brothers. Fremantle Vice President Stephen French was appropriately on hand to blow the full time siren on a result that broke the long standing drought.In the Women’s Open, Perth Brothers hadn’t been challenged in a game all season, and went into the final with plenty of confidence that they could claim the title with a third victory for the season over Northern Districts. Jodie Wielgomasz and Tara Smith both scored doubles for Brothers, but an even contribution across the park from Northern, lead by Shelley Matcham had them holding a 3-2 half time lead. Brothers were able to draw level on several occasions during the second, but on each occasion Northern were able to again move ahead – the decisive touchdown coming in the dying minutes to seal the 6-5 victory.Earlier, Tompkins Park held off a strong Bunbury team to win the Mixed Open Super League title, 8-5 in the final. Both teams had fought out a draw in the round game earlier in the day, and were deserving of a place in the final after neither dropped a game.Our thanks goes to Freda Black for her ongoing efforts with the Referees. A number of Referees were rewarded for the efforts during the season, with the following awards:Most Improved Referee – Dave McKendrickUpgrade Level 2 to Level 3 – Paul Hogg and Chris TraynorThe Be Active Super League season also saw individual players vying for the awards of the Keith Harris-Walker Medal (Men’s Open) and the Karamea Dorset Medal (Women’s Open).The Super Six in each division were:Men’s OpenArmis Black – Perth BrothersCraig Boston – Southern DistrictsAndrew Knox – Southern DistrictsNathan Roberts – Northern DistrictsCraig Sealey – Perth BrothersTrevor Twose – Tompkins ParkKeith Harris-Walker Medallist – Craig BostonWomen’s OpenDebby Hodgkinson – Northern DistrictsShelley Matcham – Northern DistrictsJenaya Quan – FremantleRebecca Senior – Southern DistrictsCharli Simpkins – Perth BrothersRoxy Waru – Perth BrothersKaramea Dorset Medallist – Charli SimpkinsThanks to Matt Bamford for providing the article content.Both the Men’s and Women’s Finals featured the top two teams from the season, and the way matches have unfolded to date, it should have been no surprise to see Fremantle and Northern holding trophies even though they hadn’t been able to beat their rivals in two attempts during the rounds.
The NWA is the entity of the Ministry with responsibility for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the island’s main road network, as well as over 700 bridges. Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies says he is delighted to have Minister Buchanan on board. The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing welcomes the temporary assignment of Minister of State the Hon. Luther Buchanan to oversee the Works Portfolio of the Ministry. Minister Buchanan’s new role takes effect today (October 8, 2013) with primary oversight for the National Works Agency (NWA). The NWA is the entity of the Ministry with responsibility for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the island’s main road network, as well as over 700 bridges.Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies says he is delighted to have Minister Buchanan on board as he has proven himself as a tireless and stridently dedicated public servant. Minister Davies further notes his profound ability to connect with people making him the most fitting choice for this latest assignment.Mr. Buchanan takes on the supplementary role in the Ministry having been appointed in January 2012 as Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Special Projects and Assignments. First elected a Councillor some ten years ago in the Westmoreland Parish Council, Mr. Buchanan went on to win the 2006 by-election in Eastern Westmoreland and has since remained Member of Parliament for the constituency. Minister Buchanan’s new role takes effect today (October 8, 2013). Story Highlights
This project, which totals 6.2 kilometres of paving, is part of the department’s program to upgrade Nova Scotia’s highways. The Department of Transportation and Public Works is spending $143 million for road construction this year. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney. Brooklyn Street from the Kentville west town line for 4.2 kilometres Route 359 from Al Bennett Road north for 3.4 kilometres to West Halls Harbour Road. West Halls Harbour Road from the intersection of Route 359 west for 0.6 kilometres to Simpson Road. Drivers north of Kentville will soon be travelling on smoother, stronger pavement when work is completed on a road-paving project announced by the province. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has announced a repaving tender for three roads near Kentville:
Hyderabad: Thirty students of a residential boys school at Asifnagar area here Asifnagar were hospitalised here Monday due to suspected food poisoning, a senior school official said. Principal of the Telangana Minorities Residential Boys School T G Murali said the boys, aged between 10 and 14 years, complained of uneasiness after eating food last night and five of them vomited. He said government officials concerned were informed, following which a doctor visited the school and advised that the students be hospitalised. “As a precautionary measure all the students were admitted to the Niloufer hospital this morning. They are under observation and all are safe,” Murali told PTI. Doctors at the Niloufer Hospital said the students are stable and out of danger.
WASHINGTON – Americans lifted their spending just 0.2 per cent in January, while their incomes jumped because of last year’s tax cuts.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the modest spending increase followed gains of 0.4 per cent in December and 0.8 per cent in November. Incomes rose 0.4 per cent, boosted by $30 billion in tax cut-related bonuses the government estimates were paid out in January.After-tax income jumped 0.9 per cent, the most in a year, lifted by the Trump administration’s tax cuts. With consumers holding back on spending, the savings rate rose. Savings had fallen to a 12-year low in December.The figures suggest Americans took a breather in January after shopping enthusiastically over the holidays. The healthy income gains will likely spur more spending in the coming months. Still, the slow start to the year indicates the economy may grow more slowly in the first three months of the year than it did in last year’s fourth quarter, when it expanded at a 2.5 per cent annual rate.Consumers are feeling much more optimistic about the economy, which should help lift spending. Consumer confidence jumped in February to the highest level since 2000, according to the Conference Board.“With consumer confidence elevated and disposable incomes rising, we don’t expect the softness in spending to last long,” Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said.There were some signs of inflation pressures. A key inflation gauge that excludes the volatile food and energy categories rose 0.3 per cent, the most in a year and matching January 2017’s gain. The last time core prices rose faster was in January 2007.Fears of rising inflation stemming from faster economic growth and a solid job market contributed to a sharp fall in the stock market in early February.Yet core prices rose just 1.5 per cent in January from a year ago, the same annual gain as in December. A broader inflation measure that includes food and energy increased 1.7 per cent from a year earlier, also the same as the previous month. Both figures are below the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 per cent.Americans spent much less on cars last month, reflecting a slowdown after consumers replaced thousands of cars in previous months that had been destroyed by hurricanes. That pulled down spending on long-lasting goods by 1.6 per cent, the steepest fall since last January.Adjusted for inflation, Americans’ after-tax incomes rose 0.6 per cent in January, the most in two and a half years.Overall, the economy and job market are mostly healthy. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 210,000, the lowest level in 48 years, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is a sign that employers anticipate solid growth and want to hold onto their staffs.___This story has been corrected to show that after-tax, inflation-adjusted incomes rose the most in two and half years, rather than five years.
The Canadian Press TORONTO — A broad-based rally in Toronto helped Canada’s main stock index gain ground in late-morning trading while U.S. stock markets pulled back.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 70.59 points at 15,697.32.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 141.43 points at 25,401.84. The S&P 500 index was down 12.21 points at 2,740.82, while the Nasdaq composite was down 10.09 points at 7,410.29.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.08 cents US compared with an average of 75.53 cents US on Wednesday.The March crude contract down 10 cents at US$53.80 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up 2.9 cents at US$2.604 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$3.10 at US$1,312.00 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.7675 a pound. Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
GUANGZHOU, China — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to have some unhappy supporters south of the border if he goes after Canadian energy with trade sanctions.Notley, who is on a trade mission in China, says she doesn’t know what Trump was talking about last week when he lumped energy in with what he considers are other trade irritants, including softwood lumber and dairy.“We’re not exactly sure what it is he was referring to,” Notley said in a conference call Monday. “We’re trying to get a sense of that.”She noted that many of Trump’s backers need and want energy from north of the border, so Canada is likely to have a lot of allies.“The leadership of the U.S. administration is going to find that they have a lot of their own stakeholders reminding them how much they need Canadian energy,” she said.“It’s not something as simple as just throwing a border adjustment tax, because in fact there will be huge consequences and cost increases for a number of different players throughout the U.S. should that happen.”Canada has found itself in the crosshairs as Trump pushes for what he says will be “very big changes” to the North American Free Trade Agreement.Lawrence Solomon: Trump just might make us put on our big-boy pants and make Canada great againDonald Trump slams Canada for trade practices in energy, lumber, and dairyTrump has upped his rhetoric on NAFTA and is calling the deal a disaster that he plans to get rid of once and for all.Notley said Trump’s talk is another argument for expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline to the B.C. coast so Alberta’s oil can be shipped to other markets overseas.The Canadian Press
Junior linebacker Curtis Grant looks on from the sideline during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Ohio State Buckeyes enter Big Ten season unscathed, outscoring their opponents 210-61 in the process. The No. 23-ranked Wisconsin Badgers (3-1) head to Columbus Saturday looking to avenge their 21-14 overtime loss to OSU last season.The Buckeyes are hoping to get their starting quarterback, junior Braxton Miller, back this week. Coach Urban Meyer said he is “around 90” percent back to full strength after spraining the MCL in his left knee against San Diego State week 2. Miller sat out the Buckeyes’ last two games.Meyer said he wanted to get Miller on the field against Florida A&M despite the reigning success of redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton.“I hoped all week that we would get him in there, even if it was for just a few series,” Meyer said. “But (Miller’s knee) wasn’t as stable as it could have been.”Meyer said it will be difficult to fit both quarterbacks into the offense moving forward.“I don’t know if that’s a reality,” Meyer said. “I keep thinking of a way — I just don’t know. Both (of) those players are good players.”Much like Miller, starting redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley has been working back from offseason foot surgery early in 2013. No matter the severity of an injury, Linsley said it can be tough to sit on the sideline during games.“I’m sure Braxton’s feeling a lot of the same emotions that I was feeling,” Linsley said. “It’s not so much you’re worried about yourself, you’re worried about everybody else getting better without you. You don’t want to be the weak link.”Whether he is snapping the ball to Miller or Guiton, Linsley said he is confident the team will be successful. However, having Miller in the game gives the Buckeyes an extra advantage.“You can talk about (Texas A&M quarterback and 2012 Heisman winner) Johnny Manziel all you want, there’s nobody out there quicker at the quarterback position than Braxton,” Linsley said. “He provides that type of spark and excitement.”On the opposing side of the ball, Wisconsin is having a new found success due to a change its defensive schemes.“They’re very active,” Meyer said. “They are very well-coached. They play (multiple defensive fronts)… Throughout college football you’ll see how that does cause problems like our defense (does), we do a little bit of both. It’s a much different scheme than a year ago.”OSU players have to focus on themselves if they want to win, Linsley said.“I know it sounds clichéd and corny, but we really are worried about ourselves and our game plan preparation,” Linsley said. “We’re not worried about anything else and that’s what makes us a really good team.”The Badgers rank third in the NCAA with just under 350 average rushing yards per game. The team is coming off a victory against Purdue in which Wisconsin running backs, redshirt-sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White, ran for 147 and 145 yards respectively. Gordon leads the country with 624 yards rushing, and is tied for second with seven touchdowns trailing OSU redshirt-senior Jordan Hall who has eight..Junior linebacker Curtis Grant said both players have a different style, but that does not change how OSU’s defense is approaching them.“One is bigger than the other, one is faster and one is more of a power back and one is more of a speedster,” Grant said. “You just got to play your gap and make some tackles.”Grant compared Gordon and White’s size and abilities to those of OSU running backs senior Carlos Hyde and Hall, and said that preparation will be the key to success.“First thing you think of about Wisconsin is a powerhouse team,” Grant said. “Big lineman and they’re going to pound the ball. They’re going to run it at least 40-50 times a game. You have to prepare for that.”Stopping the high-powered rushing offense of Wisconsin is accomplished in the trenches, according to defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell.“The game is won up front, and I don’t care what kind of game it is,” Fickell said. “It will be evident this week. Whether it’s their offensive line or our defensive line, or our offensive line or their defensive line, that’s where the game is going to be won.”Getting back to playing physical football is something Linsley is looking forward to.“The intensity has never left, whether a spread team or a power I,” Linsley said. “They type of mentality, the power and physical mentality has never left us. It’s definitely nice to get back into that going against Wisconsin.”Wisconsin enters Big Ten play having won the last three conference title games. Meyer credited their success to their physical play, calling them the “King of the Big Ten right now.”“(I) have a lot of respect for Wisconsin,” Meyer said, who coached with first-year Badger coach Gary Andersen at Utah. “They have great backs and we have our hands full. They have an excellent coach and in my opinion, they’re the King of the Big Ten right now. This is an opportunity to go compete with a team that played in the Rose Bowl the last few years.”The Buckeyes are set to face off with Wisconsin Saturday at 8 p.m. in Ohio Stadium.
A regional effort to oppose the removal of four Snake River hydroelectric dams recently got a boost from local Lower Columbia ports.Commissioners from the ports of Longview and Kalama recently joined the Inland Ports and Navigation Group, a subgroup of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association that specifically focuses on fighting dam removal.Each port will pay $9,000 this year to cover the group’s legal costs for advocating to keep the dams. The subgroup now has 17 member organizations across the state, including the Port of Vancouver, several inland ports and private entities.The subgroup is listed an intervenor in the drawn-out case over the federal government’s plan to manage salmon recovery on the Columbia and Snake rivers. In May, U.S. District Judge Michael Simon rejected the government’s fifth plan to manage endangered salmon and ordered the three federal agencies responsible for the dams to prepare a new plan and take a hard look at all options, including dam removal.The three agencies recently completed a scoping comment period on an environmental impact statement for the new plan. On Monday, Judge Simon ruled that starting next year, the government must spill more water from dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers to improve the chances that protected salmon will survive their migration to the ocean.“With how far-reaching the judge’s order was last year, there are folks on the river who are recognizing that they all need to pull together to make sure the full story of navigation is understood in the court, so they are trying to develop more partnerships again,” said Kristin Meira, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.
Pepe Reina admits AC Milan are hit hard by their early Europa League exit to Olympiacos citing a lack of determination as one of the reasons.The Rossoneri capitulated to a 3-1 loss in their clash which was sufficient for the Greek side to qualify ahead of them.“We were really hit hard, wounded by that,” the goalkeeper told Football Italia.“We’ve got to react, get our heads down and work hard. It wasn’t a defeat due to the referee, as there were some incidents, but the biggest mistakes were made by us. We had two results out of three at our disposal and just weren’t determined enough to win qualification.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“We’ll sit down and watch the game over, see where we can improve. Every one of us has to give at least 10 percent more than we’ve done so far.”Coach Gennaro Gattuso once again back on intense scrutiny after this disappointment.“He is the captain of this ship and always stands up to take responsibility. We all want to react and get a season on track that before Thursday was really not going that badly.“On Tuesday, we must go to Bologna with the bit between our teeth, trying to win a run of games before the Christmas break so we can start the second half of the season in a good position.”
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 18, 2017 – Providenciales – In an effort to better serve you the public, be advised that with immediate effect Police records office will be open from 8AM to 4:30PM Monday to Thursday and 4PM on Friday. Application for Police Records will be made between the hours 8AM and 1:30PM, this is to better facilitate the process and have records ready within 48 hours. Pick up times will be from 1:30PM to 4:30PM daily.Persons are reminded to come prepared with the following; colored copy of bio-page of Passport, proof that they have lived in Turks and Caicos Islands for six months or more. When collecting your police record you will be asked to provide Government Treasury receipt as proof of payment along with your passport.To help with the applying process, you’re urged to visit http://www.tcipolice.tc to download the form, and bring it in completely filled out with the relevant supported document attached.Press Release: RTCIPF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
(Graphic courtesy of NOAA)The weather phenomenon El Niño may be on its way back. That’s after a weak La Niña system faded out a few months ago. Climatologist Brian Brettschneider said computer models are hinting at El Niño returning in the second half of this year.Listen now“The models right now are predicting a 50 percent chance of an El Niño by this fall,” Brettschneider said.But that doesn’t mean it’s a done deal, he says, but it’s something to keep a close eye on.Brettschneider offered a primer for those who may have forgotten exactly what El Niño is and what causes it:“There’s a lot of complicated interactions, but basically you have a warm pool of water that’s semi-permanent in the western Pacific and you have easterly trade winds that push that water and keep it over there. Those easterly trade winds weaken in an El Niño event and that warm water is able to slosh back into the central and eastern Pacific and that really affects a lot of the global circulation pattern because it facilitates thunderstorm development and the movement of air up, creating low pressure and then where that air has to settle back down, creating high pressure, so these large scale wind and pressure patterns that drive much of the climate of the globe.”In Alaska, the effects of El Niño are most noticeable (and strong) in the winter, making conditions warmer than normal and usually a little wetter than normal.The usual interval between El Niño years is around five years, but can range from over two to seven years. So, having another El Niño year after just a weak La Niña in between is not unheard of.“There has been some research that shows in a warming world that El Niños and super El Niños will become more common,” Brettschneider said. “And the impacts of that will be felt more acutely, particularly in places like Alaska.”Alaska’s Energy Desk is checking in with climatologist Brian Brettschneider each week as part of the segment, Ask a Climatologist. What do you want to ask?
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