a month agoArsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emery

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal players becoming frustrated with stale training sessions under Emeryby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSome Arsenal players are growing increasingly frustrated with Unai Emery’s training methods. The Gunners criminally blew a two-goal lead to draw with Watford last Sunday, with lacklustre defending at fault for both goals.Emery was criticised for his tactics and decision making during the match, which saw Watford accumulate 31 shots.It isn’t only the problem Emery is facing as his players have become increasingly frustrated with his refusal to practice pressing in his training sessions.The Athletic says Emery does not view pressing as an essential tactic to work on in training.This has annoyed some of his players who want to see Emery change up his training methods.The Spaniard is still liked by his playing group, but that could change if the situation continues this season. last_img read more

PM Says Government is Against Corporal Punishment in Schools and Society

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is committed to not only ban corporal punishment in schools, but generally in the society, so that it is no longer an option.“I wish to declare that I am totally against corporal punishment. I believe that the time has come for the Parliament to have a debate on this issue and finally declare corporal punishment at an end, both within public institutions and as a means of discipline available to parents,” Mr. Holness said.He was delivering a Statement in the House of Representatives today (November 7) on the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Prime Minister highlighted the alarming findings in the recently launched UNICEF Report – ‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents’, which shows the high number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools and communities.The report notes that eight in 10 Jamaican children in the two to 14 years age group experience violence as a form of discipline. It also adds that 47 children were killed by violent means between January and October of this year, based on police statistics. Already, more children have been killed violently this year than in 2016.Mr. Holness said the banning of corporal punishment would be a “forward-leaning step” in taking a stance against violence generally “and it would send a powerful message about the State respecting the inviolability of the person, whether or not that person is a child or an adult”.“Again, I think it is a matter that we would have to debate here, but I think the time has come with such a report with our commitment to the SDGs. I don’t see how we can maintain this aspect of our culture and claim that we want to advance as a modern civilised society,” he added.The SDGs replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which started a global effort in 2000 to tackle the indignity of poverty.The MDGs established measurable, universally agreed objectives for tackling extreme poverty and hunger, preventing deadly diseases, and expanding primary education to all children, among other development priorities.The SDGs are part of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by the General Assembly in September 2015. It emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all Mr. Holness said the banning of corporal punishment would be a “forward-leaning step” in taking a stance against violence generally “and it would send a powerful message about the State respecting the inviolability of the person, whether or not that person is a child or an adult”. Story Highlights The Prime Minister highlighted the alarming findings in the recently launched UNICEF Report – ‘A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents’, which shows the high number of Jamaican children who die violently and who are regularly subjected to sexual violence and violent discipline in their homes, schools and communities. last_img read more

NGO High Accident Rate at Aliaga Shipbreaking Yards

first_imgzoom Despite being the preferred option for responsible ship recycling when compared to South Asia’s shipbreaking yards, Turkey’s Aliaga-based breaking yards still face considerable challenges including high accident rate.Furthermore, there is a low level of awareness of occupational diseases at the Aliaga yards, according to NGO Shipbreaking Platform.“NGOs and local labour rights groups, including Platform partner Istanbul Health and Safety Labour Watch (IHSLW), are concerned about the high accident rate and the low awareness of occupational diseases at the Aliaga yards. As in South Asia, trade union organisation remains weak in Aliaga,” the platform said.What is more, as explained by the NGO, the landing method which is used in Turkey “also poses environmental challenges as the risk of slag and paint chips falling into the water is high.”However, the platform pointed out that through engagement with NGOs and labour rights groups, the Turkish Ship Recyclers Association remains attentive to constantly improving the industry practice.To that end, several of the yards in Aliaga have applied to be on the upcoming EU list of approved ship recycling facilities. “In order to make it on the EU list, the yards will be subject to critical assessment of their environmental and social performance,” the platform added.In 2016, Turkey dismantled 92 ships, including several drill ships and platforms. In comparison to South Asia, Turkey dismantles smaller vessels, many of them either EU-owned or EU-flagged. Aliaga is also a preferred destination for EU navy vessels, the platform’s data shows.last_img read more

Manitoba adopts Jordans Principle to help First Nations children

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe motion that introduced Jordan’s Principle to Canada was voted on in the House of Commons in 2007.It was passed unanimously by members of Parliament after Jordan River Anderson, a First Nations boy in Manitoba died in hospital while Canada and the province fought over who would pay for his nursing at home.But implementing the plan to put First Nations children on the same footing as off-reserve kids is taking more time.APTN’s Dennis Ward now on Manitoba’s plan.last_img read more

Indigenous leaders ask Manitoba government not to hold up Canadas MMIW inquiry

first_imgDennis Ward APTN National NewsIndigenous leaders in Manitoba met with the province Tuesday to urge them not to hold up the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.The new provincial government has been blamed for not wanting to sign off on the terms of reference.last_img

Profits lower at Cogeco Communications while parent company logs gain

first_imgMONTREAL – Cogeco Communications Inc. says its earnings fell by about 15 per cent in the third quarter, primarily due to asset impairment and financial charges.The Montreal-based company said after the markets closed Wednesday that its quarterly profit was $64.5 million, down from $76.2 million in the same period of fiscal 2017.Cogeco said that was primarily due to increases in depreciation and financial costs, which were partly offset by a decrease of income taxes and other factors.Revenues increased 12.7 per cent to $637.1 million, driven primarily by 44 per cent growth in the U.S. broadband sector. Revenues held stable in the Canadian Internet services sector.Earnings per share in the quarter were $1.24, compared with $1.55 a year ago.The company also announced a quarterly dividend of $0.475 per share.Cogeco, the parent company, said it posted a gain of $70.1 million in the quarter, down from $82.1 million in the same quarter last year while revenues grew by about 11 per cent to $668.9 million.Cogeco announced last month that its subsidiary, Cogeco Connexion, had acquired 10 spectrum licenses of 2500 megahertz in non-metropolitan areas of Ontario, from Kian Telecom, for $8 million.In May, Cogeco Connexion successfully bid for 23 spectrum licenses of 2500 and 2300 megahertz primarily in its Ontario and Quebec wireline footprints for $24.3 million.The cost of these licenses will be recorded in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.“Overall we are satisfied with our performance for the third quarter of fiscal 2018,” said Cogeco Communications president and CEO Louis Audet.“Results at Cogeco Connexion have remained stable compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017, despite the fact that our Canadian broadband services subsidiary implemented a new advanced customer management system and had consequently temporarily reduced its marketing and sales activities.”Audet also said the positive results in the company’s American broadband services are in line with expectations following the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems in January.“We are now ready to launch TiVo and Internet speed upgrades to these customers,” he said.Companies in this story: (TSX:CCA)last_img read more

Strong May growth reinforces forecasts for Canadian rate increase in October

first_imgStronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this fall but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew by 0.5 per cent in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors.That was above market expectations of 0.3 per cent, said Josh Nye, senior economist with RBC Economics Research, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the Bank of Canada will hold off until October to raise rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The Bank of Canada has forecast GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3.0 per cent.CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3.0 per cent growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5 per cent. Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9 per cent growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures,” he said.The month-over-month increase of 0.5 per cent in May compared to a rise of 0.1 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5 per cent increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted 2.4 per cent in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4 per cent in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down 2.7 per cent in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose two per cent, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7 per cent in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4 per cent on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1 per cent as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9 per cent on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7 per cent on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Will Smith might fulfil Bollywood dream in SOTY2

first_imgMumbai: After a video clipping of Will Smith shaking a leg with the star cast of ‘Student of the year 2’ went viral, producer Karan Johar has hinted at the possible appearance of the Hollywood actor in the upcoming Bollywood film. During the trailer launch of SOTY2 on Friday, when asked about Will Smith’s appearance in the upcoming film, Karan told media, “Smith shot for a Facebook show called ‘Bucket List’. One of his wish on that list was to dance on a Bollywood song.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Fortunately, I know Will Smith for a few years now, and when his team got in touch with us, we were shooting for ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. He came and rehearsed for ‘Radhaa'(a song from the first instalment of the film released in 2012), and there is synergy between the two films. He came and shot that.” “Whether he will be a part of the film or not, that’s a question I will leave unanswered till you see the film,” added Karan. Besides Will Smith, actors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, who started their Bollywood career with the film ‘Student Of The Year’ are also expected to make a cameo appearance in the second instalment of the film. The story of the film SOTY2 revolves around the lives of two college girls, played by debutants Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, who falls in love with Tiger Shroff. The film is slated for release on May 10.last_img read more

Wrestling Myles Martin will try and set leadership expectation in final season

Ohio State senior wrestler Myles Martin sits at the Steelwood Training Facility. Credit: Nolan Harmon | Lantern ReporterOhio State senior 184-pound captain Myles Martin won a national championship with the Buckeyes as a freshman in 2015-16 in a lower weight class, and is also a three-time All American and Big Ten finalist. But he will still try and add to his legacy in his final year as a Buckeye. After suffering a loss in 2017 in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships to Kent State’s Bo Nickal —a match in which Martin led 4-0 at one point— Martin said he’s more motivated to get back to the top of the mountain. “I spent a month trying to get that taste out of my mouth,” Martin said. “It’s always in the back of my head. It’s one of those things that will motivate me to keep going. Wrestling full seven or full six, freestyle or scholastic. It’s always on my mind. It’s on my mind right now. It’s on my mind when I train. It was a good and a bad thing.” Martin was listed as one of the captains by coach Tom Ryan, who notices some of the younger members of the team looking at Martin more closely and trying to follow his lead. Martin said this is something he can see in his interactions with the younger members of the team. “I definitely know that they’re watching me and that they’re watching down to the small details that I don’t even look at because I do it naturally,” Martin said. “I’m always helping out, especially after practice and with working on the small stuff.” Martin was the 15th true freshman in NCAA history — and the first ever at Ohio State — to win a national championship, an honor that has earned him plaques and his own picture inside the Steelwood Training Facility, where the Buckeyes host their practices. He said those accolades mean a lot to him, but he doesn’t think of them much. “It doesn’t change my personality,” Martin said. “It doesn’t change anything that I do, or my moral or any social values that I have. It’s not going to affect anything about me, just because I have a strong belief system. Tom [Ryan] always encourages us to have strong moral core values.” And Ryan views that in Martin, a leadership that others can emulate on the team, even from the moment he began his career at Ohio State. “He came out of redshirt as a freshman midway through the year,” Ryan said. “That takes a strong belief in himself and our program. He was born a leader. He feels like this is his team and he’s been a great example.”Despite all of the accolades Martin has stacked up in his time with Ohio State, he said he has something other than a national championship that he’s most proud of. “One thing I’m really proud of that I don’t think about as much as I should, is just being a leader here for the team,” Martin said. “Just being one of the main guys that they rely on and just being able to hold up my end of the bargain. It’s just me doing what I love and helping out some of these guys get better.” After 33-6, 32-9 and 31-3 records in his first three seasons with the Buckeyes, Martin will attempt to top himself yet again with a bigger target on his back, as the number one wrestler in his weight class with even higher expectations. But the expectations surpass the wrestling mat. In his final season at Ohio State, those expectations revolve around his leadership. read more

Bale is the chosen one to take Ronaldos spot at Real

first_imgAfter Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus, Lopetegui’s general plan revolves around Gareth Bale’s capacity to step up and become Real Madrid’s leader.It’s been a little over a week after Cristiano Ronaldo made the shocking move to Juventus after nine seasons in Real Madrid, he seemed to have left a void that will be hard to fill but the club’s management already has a contingency plan in motion.According to Diario AS, the team came back to training sessions in Valdebebas this Monday with their new manager Julen Lopetegui already taking charge, his plan is to give Gareth Bale all the responsibility Ronaldo had as the top player and already told him about the plans for the season.This past Champions League final, we saw how the Welshman hinted at a possible exit as he had just scored that incredible match-winning bicycle kick goal against Liverpool after coming in from the bench in the second half. However, Bale obviously had a change of heart after both Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo left the club during the summer and thus cleared the way for him to finally fulfill his desire of becoming Real Madrid’s star.Also, Florentino Perez’s failure to sign Neymar or Mbappe this summer automatically gives Bale that leading role he craved for so long, now it’s up to him to step up and deliver as well as he had done in the final stage of last season. The only reason that the club would doubt his rise to the top would be the constant injuries he’s suffered throughout his time at Real Madrid, but Gareth Bale seems to have fully recovered from that and is ready to take on the biggest challenge of his career.?‍♂️ Preparados, listos… @GarethBale11@alvaroodriozola@vini11Oficial#RMCity | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/cYMJv8in4rFranck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) July 23, 2018last_img read more

Koke reveals Morata will be welcomed at Atletico

first_imgAtletico Madrid midfielder Koke has revealed Alvaro Morata will be welcomed at the club following rumors of the player’s uncertain future at Chelsea.Morata has struggled to impress since joining the Blues in the summer of 2017, has been linked with loan moves to Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.Speaking about the prospect of Morata joining Los Colcheneros, Koke said, according to Marca:“Morata is a great player, I’ve always said it, I’ve played with him since he was little in Atlético’s youth academy and then, due to circumstances, he has played in different teams, yes it’s true that you hear that rumor, he’s not our player, it’s Chelsea and we have to respect Chelsea, right now we are the players here and do not have to think about those who are out.”Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Speaking about Atletico’s next game against Levante, Koke said:“We had a very difficult start in Seville, in Girona we played a great game but we could not win … it’s hard for us to beat Girona, but at the moment I see the team is performing well, we are growing after the Christmas break.”“I see the team plugged in and we have to pick up maximum points on Sunday by winning at home with our fans.”last_img read more

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson admits he cant understand the Scouse accent

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is finding it difficult to understand some of his team-mates who have different accents.The Brazilian says he struggles to understand teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and also has to contend with Mackem Henderson, Glaswegian Robertson and Yorkshireman Milner.The shot-stopper who arrived Anfield from Roma last summer says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.Allison says it is very difficult for him to understand Brummie and Yorkshire accents and also the scouse twang of Trent Alexander-Arnold and some other  training staffAlisson told the Daily Star via The Mirror: Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Alisson has had a brilliant season so far.last_img read more

Samsungs 2019 TVs will work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

first_img $79 Google Home Now playing: Watch this: $69 Samsung introduces more conversational Bixby Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it CES 2019 Crutchfield The Echo Dot and Google Home Mini: ready to let you talk hands-free to Samsung’s new TVs. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Smart speakers, such as like the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and Google Assistant-packing Google Home, have been able to command numerous brands of TV — including LG, Sony and Vizio — for the last couple of years.Now Samsung is finally opening its own smart TV system up to the two biggest names in home voice control, it announced Sunday at CES.2019 televisions from the most successful TV maker in the world will be able to respond to voice commands issued via Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers. Examples include power on/off, volume, channel selection and app launching. “Alexa, turn on the TV” or, “Hey Google, launch Netflix” will produce results with Samsung’s 2019 TVs.Separate from hands-free voice command via external speakers, many TV makers also offer built-in voice assistants. They’re available by pressing a button and talking into the remote, which can produce on-screen search results and weather reports, for example. LG’s 2019 TVs offer both Alexa and Google Assistant, for example, while Sony TVs have just Google Assistant. Samsung isn’t ceding its voice remote to Amazon or Google yet, however. The remote-based voice commands and on-screen results for Samsung TVs will still be powered exclusively by its own personal assistant, Bixby. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Walmart Share your voice 0 See It $99 News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out todaycenter_img See It How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Mentioned Above Google Home All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot See it The new-for-2019 Bixby 2.0 promises improved responsiveness, smarter replies and a more conversational approach than the old version, which couldn’t begin to compete with Alexa or Google in my tests. At launch, the ability to work with Alexa and Google Assistant smart speakers will only be available on 2019 Samsung TVs, but Samsung’s representatives said it might trickle down to 2018 or earlier sets in a future software update. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Post a comment Tags Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Amazon Google Samsung 3:31 TVs Smart Home 85 Photoslast_img read more

Family that Hosted Ebola Patient Confined to Home

first_imgThis 2011 photo provided by Wilmot Chayee shows Thomas Eric Duncan at a wedding in Ghana. Duncan, who became the first patient diagnosed in the U.S with Ebola, has been kept in isolation at a hospital since Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. He was listed in serious but stable condition. (AP Photo/Wilmot Chayee)DALLAS (AP) — Four members of a family the U.S. Ebola patient was staying with were confined to their Texas home under armed guard Thursday as the circle of people possibly exposed to the virus widened, while Liberian authorities said they would prosecute the man for allegedly lying on an airport questionnaire.The unusual confinement order was imposed after the family failed to comply with a request not to leave their apartment, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.Texas State Health Commissioner David Lakey said the order would help ensure the four can be closely watched, including checking them for fevers over the next three weeks.“We didn’t have the confidence we would have been able to monitor them the way that we needed to,” he said.The family will not be allowed to receive visitors, officials said.The case has raised questions about whether a disease that has killed 3,300 people in West Africa could spread in the United States. U.S. health officials say they remain confident they can keep it in check.A woman who lives in the apartment, Louise Troh, said she has been quarantined with her 13-year-old son and two nephews.“Who wants to be locked up?” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.he Ivy Apartment complex is guarded by Vickery Meadow patrol, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, in Dallas. The complex is where Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who traveled from Liberia to Dallas last week, was staying. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Nathan Hunsinger)Troh said she was waiting for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect a bag of the bed sheets and towels Thomas Eric Duncan used.A hazardous material crew arrived to decontaminate the apartment Thursday evening but did not have the required permits to clean the home and remove hazardous waste, city spokesman Richard Hill said. He said the crew, contracted by the county and state, will return to complete the job on Friday.The family must also be relocated before the cleanup can begin, Hill said. He had no information on where the family will go.Visitors from the American Red Cross were seen Thursday bringing food to the apartment door. The North Texas Food Bank said it sent three days of cereal, tuna, produce and other supplies.Outside, the management of the 300-unit complex in northeast Dallas was passing out flyers about Ebola to residents. Private security guards and local sheriff’s deputies blocked off the entrance to dozens of reporters.Apartment manager Sally Nuran said employees were power-washing sidewalks and scrubbing common areas, though she believed Duncan had not visited most of the complex in his short time there.Elsewhere, Texas health officials expanded their efforts to contain the virus, reaching out to as many as 100 people who may have had direct contact with Duncan or someone close to him.None of the people is showing symptoms, but public-health officials have educated them about Ebola and told them to notify medical workers if they begin to feel ill, Erikka Neroes, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Health and Human Services agency, said.The at-risk group includes 12 to 18 people who came in direct contact with the infected man, including an ambulance crew and a handful of schoolchildren, she said.“This is a big spider web” of people involved, Neroes said.The virus that causes Ebola is not airborne and can only be spread through close contact with someone who has symptoms. People must come into direct contact with the patient’s bodily fluids — blood, sweat, vomit, feces, urine, saliva or semen — and those fluids must have an entry point.Ebola dried on surfaces can survive for several hours, according to the CDC.For example, people might get infected by handling soiled clothing or bed sheets and then touching their nose, mouth or eyes, or if they are not wearing gloves while doing those tasks and have a cut on their hand.“If you sit next to someone on the bus, you’re not exposed,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said.Neighbors in the Liberian capital believe Duncan become infected when he helped bundle a sick pregnant neighbor into a taxi a few weeks ago and set off with her to find treatment. However, it was not clear whether he had learned of the woman’s diagnosis before traveling.Nonetheless, Liberian authorities announced plans to prosecute Duncan, accusing him of lying about not having any contact with an infected person.Duncan answered questions about his health and activities before leaving for Dallas. Among the questions asked on the Sept. 19 form, obtained by The Associated Press, one asked whether Duncan had cared for an Ebola patient or touched the body of anyone who had died in an area affected by Ebola. He answered no to all the questions.“We expect people to do the honorable thing,” said Binyah Kesselly, chairman of the board of directors of the Liberia Airport Authority in Monrovia.Duncan arrived in Dallas on Sept. 20 and fell ill a few days later. His sister, Mai Wureh, identified him as the infected man in an interview with The Associated Press.A Dallas emergency room sent Duncan home last week, even though he told a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, and raising questions as to whether the decision to release him may have put others at risk of exposure to Ebola.In a statement emailed late Thursday, the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital said that it followed communicable disease protocols by also asking Duncan if he had come into contact with anyone who was ill, to which he replied he had not. At that point his symptoms were a temperature of 100.1F, two days of abdominal pain, a headache and decreased urination, the hospital said. He said he had no nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, and based on that information, the hospital decided to release him.He returned to the facility two days layer and has been kept in isolation at the hospital since Sunday. He was listed Thursday in serious but stable condition.Liberia is one of the three countries hit hardest in the epidemic, along with Sierra Leone and Guinea.___Associated Press writers Krista Larson and Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia; Paul J. Weber in Dallas; Emily Schmall in Fort Worth; and Lauran Neergaard in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap

first_imgFinal configuration of the robotic VFT with embedded trigger hairs and sensing signal integrated with a solid-state relay on board and a dynamic voltage signal generator to actuate the robotic VFT. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 At first glance, the creation of the robot might not seem like much more than a fun little project for an engineer who likes to tinker. On closer inspection however, it becomes clear that the robot Venus Flytrap is actually a demonstration of a new kind of technology that may lead to advances in medical applications. A refined application, for example, could perhaps one day lead to human muscle replacements or help with sensory applications. One example might be restoring facial expressions to people who lose the ability due to a stroke.Also, because Shahinpoor’s robot Flytrap has demonstrated an ability to catch flies it’s possible that such technology could also one day be used as a means for allowing robots to feed themselves, thus alleviating the need for a power supply. More information: Biomimetic robotic Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) made with ionic polymer metal composites, Mohsen Shahinpoor, 2011 Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004AbstractThe work described in this paper is a novel design of a robotic Venus flytrap (VFT) (Dionaea muscipula Ellis) by means of ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC) artificial muscles as distributed nanosensors and nanoactuators. Rapid muscular movements in carnivorous plants, such as VFT, which are triggered by antenna-like sensors (trigger hair), present a golden key to study distributed biomolecular motors. Carnivorous plants, such as VFT, possess built-in intelligence (trigger hairs), as a strategy to capture prey, that can be turned on in a controlled manner. In the case of the VFT, the prey that is lured by the sweet nectar in the VFT pair of jaw-like lobes has to flip and move the trigger hairs, which are colorless, bristle-like and pointed. The dynamically moved trigger hairs then electro-elastically send an electric signal to the internal ions in the lobe to migrate outwardly for the jaw-like lobes to close rapidly to capture the prey. The manner in which the VFT lobes bend inward to capture the prey shows a remarkable similarity with typical IPMCs bending in an electric field. Furthermore, the mechano-electrical sensing characteristics of IPMCs also show a remarkable resemblance to mechano-electrical trigger hairs on the lobes of the VFT. The reader is referred to a number of papers in connection with sensing and actuation of IPMCs in particular. Thus, one can integrate IPMC lobes with a common electrode in the middle of one end of the lobes to act like a spine and use IPMC bristles as trigger finger to sense the intrusion of a fly or insect to send a sensing signal to a solid state relay which then triggers the actuation circuit of the IPMC lobes to rapidly bend toward each other and close. The two lobes, which form the trap, are attached to the midrib common electrode which is conveniently termed the spine. The upper surface of each lobe is dished, and spaced along the free margins of the lobes with some 15–20 prong-like teeth. These are tough and pointed, and are inclined at an inward angle so that when the trap is sprung shut they will interlock. We have been experimenting with the VFT closing of its jaw-like lobes that close in about 0.3 s and have gained a lot of knowledge to report on the ionic and electrical mechanisms involved in the operation of such intelligent distributed biomolecular motors.via Discovery To make the robot, Shahinpoor fashioned two “leaves” out of the material he’d created to mimic the mouth-like appearance of the Flytrap. He then created a spine from a roll of copper. Then to copy the tiny hairs on the Flytrap that function as the sensors, he added very small strips of the IMPC material. The rest of the robot was constructed as a normal relay and voltage generation system.The new material in the robot works in two ways. First, because of the unique properties of the IPMC material, simply touching it causes a very small voltage to be generated. The second is the muscle type flexing or bending, exhibited by the material when given a charge. With the robot, the small strips serve as sensors, that when touched, relay a tiny charge to the voltage generator which sends a little bit bigger charge to the “leaves” causing them to bend inwardly towards one another, or in viewing it, as a mouth closing on its prey.The material Shahinpoor invented bends when given a charge due to the redistribution of ions. The trap snaps shut: Researchers isolate the substance that causes venus flytraps to close Side view design of the robotic VFT in open (a) and closed (b) configurations. Image: Bioinspir. Biomim. 6 046004. doi:10.1088/1748-3182/6/4/046004 (PhysOrg.com) — Mohsen Shahinpoor, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maine has created a robot version of the infamous bug eating Venus Flytrap, using a material he invented himself several years ago. Named ionic polymeric metal composite (IPMC), it’s a nanomaterial that can be used to mimic muscle function. Shahinpoor describes in his paper published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, how he used this material to recreate the sensing and closing abilities of the Venus Flytrap. Citation: Mechanical engineer creates robot Venus Flytrap (2011, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-mechanical-robot-venus-flytrap.html © 2011 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

When bingewatching means freedom

first_imgDoes boredom makes you snuggle in your bed and finish a complete season of your favourite TV series in one day? Then, my friend, you’re addicted to binge-watching.Binge watching as a term was often used in the 90’s where the DVD’s comprised of all the seasons of a particular TV show. But now with the coming of Netflix, the prevalence of torrent downloads and YouTube where seasons are available, one is easily able to watch their favourite shows in one go. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But why is it that some people watch the whole season consisting of more than 10 episodes (half an hour long episodes) in one go? Ayush Madan, a third year college student from Indraprastha University said: “I have the patience to see the whole season in one day. The anticipation of what happens next in the plot of the particular series makes me impatient. It is hard to even wait for the next day’s sun to rise.”For some, priorities are set where they have fixed their time for fun. Akash, an IT professional has fixed half an hour everyday to see his favourite TV show ‘Game of Thrones’. He said: “I do not want to fall sick binge watching TV shows for hours. I love watching the TV series but it is hard to just lay in your bed and watch them all in your laptop. I take my time and watch a TV series like it comes on TV, the only difference being that I pause and play when I like.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWeekends are people’s only hope for some fun as the weekday’s grinding takes a toll on the soul. College students, office-goers and some of the enthusiasts are willing to give up on their sleep to watch certain shows. According to senior Psychologist Dr Vasantha R Patri, parents are to be blamed for such behaviour in their kids. She said: “When the child’s travelling and socialising becomes expensive for the parents and they refuse to send their adult dependent children to explore some other entertainment options, this continuous TV-series watching becomes the source of their entertainment and such exposure makes them addicted.” It is also assumed that some TV shows create a kind of crisis in the heads of those binge viewers after a season ends and the new one is awaited and to this Dr Patri said: “TV show producers always have something new to give to the viewers so that they can get hooked on again and hence it becomes easy for an individual to move on from one TV show to another.”But for a young DU student like Aishwarya, binge watching is the only source of freedom. She says, “I don’t care what people say but I feel a sense of loss when a series ends. Like people are still waiting for a Harry Potter Prequel, I am waiting for my favourite TV show. I don’t like to socialise much and hence my laptop with unlimited internet is my happiness.”last_img read more