Victoria police chief quits as watchdog conducts investigation involving tweets

first_imgVICTORIA – Victoria’s suspended police chief quit Thursday amid an investigation into his sexually charged Twitter messages to the wife of a subordinate officer.The Victoria and Esquimalt Police Board said in a statement Frank Elsner resigned from his position as chief constable and will no longer receive his salary or other benefits after his suspension a year ago.“Through his counsel, Mr. Elsner has advised that he considers his employment relationship with the police board to be at an end,” said the statement. “The police board has concluded from this advice that Mr. Elsner has resigned from his position as chief constable of the Victoria Police Department.”Elsner was not available for comment, but his Vancouver lawyer Janet Winteringham issued a brief statement.“We confirm that Frank Elsner has elected to end his employment with the Victoria Police Board,” said Winteringham’s statement. “He believes it is in the best interests of the community of Victoria for him to step aside. Due to the ongoing proceedings he is unable to make any further comment at this time including any comment with respect to the timing of this decision.”Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said Del Manak will continue to serve as the acting chief until the police board decides its future moves.“It’s basically business as usual as it’s been for the last year-and-a-half, but chief Elsner is no longer the suspended chief, he is the former chief as of today,” she said, in an interview.Helps said taxpayers will receive an accounting of the costs associated to the investigations and legal fees involving the former suspended police chief.Elsner apologized shortly after the public learned of an internal investigation that was looking into inappropriate messages he sent to a female member of another police force, who is also the wife of a Victoria police officer.He has been under investigation by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner and had already been reprimanded following a police board probe into allegations of discreditable conduct and misuse of the department’s devices.B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson released a decision last month that narrowed the scope of the commissioner’s investigation by throwing out two of five allegations against Elsner.The ruling determined the Twitter issues that were investigated by the police board could not be revisited by the police complaints commissioner, but the office could examine whether Elsner contacted witnesses and if he gave misleading information to the subordinate officer and an independent investigator.British Columbia’s police watchdog said on April 19 that it would appeal the court ruling quashing parts of its investigation into the misconduct allegations.It’s unclear what happens to the commissioner’s investigation now that Elsner has resigned. No one from the commissioner’s office returned a request for comment on Thursday.Elsner had asked the court to set aside the commissioner’s probe completely, arguing that an internal investigation had already been done.He has been suspended with pay since April 2016.A separate investigation into allegations against Elsner of workplace sexual harassment has been set for a closed-door discipline hearing.last_img read more

Divided US Supreme Court Upholds Muslim Travel Ban

By Anna SchaefferRabat- What Trump has called a “watered-down” version of his original 2017 executive order affects nationals from Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia as well as Venezuela and North Korea. The Supreme Court’s majority decision defers to presidential power, stating that the law “entrusts to the President whether and when to suspend entry, whose entry to suspend, for how long, and on what conditions.”Evolution of the banThis is the third manifestation of the “Muslim ban” that Trump promised in his presidential campaign; after issuing the Department of Homeland Security to comprehensively evaluate the compliance of information and risk assessment baseline of every nation. Shortly after assuming office he signed Executive Order No. 13769: “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” For 90 days, nationals from seven countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—faced suspension from travel to the US.After a district court issued an order temporarily blocking the ban, Trump followed with a new executive order, restricting entry for each previously suspended country except Iraq. Courts in Maryland and Hawaii challenged this action. Trump responded with the third similar executive order.In September  2017, the president issued a proclamation entitled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” For Iran, North Korea, and Syria, nations that “do not cooperate with the United States in identifying security risks,” all nationals, except those seeking nonimmigrant student and exchange-visitor visas face suspension.The ban restricts all nationals from Libya and Yemen seeking immigrant visas and nonimmigrant business or tourist visas. Somalia “was found to present special risk factors,” although it meets standards otherwise.  The ban suspends all nationals seeking immigrant visas and demands greater scrutiny for those seeking nonimmigrant visas.Venezuela’s ban, by far the least restrictive, limits only specific government officials and their families. Chad, originally on the list of undesirable nations, “sufficiently improved its practices” for the president to lift restrictions. The Supreme Court’s decision offers Chad as an example of a continuous process of observation and modification by the Department of Homeland Security, which will report suggestions for restrictions to the president every 180 days.Battleground in courtPlaintiffs challenging the proclamation in court were the State of Hawaii, three individual citizens whose foreign relatives are affected by the suspension, and the Muslim Association of Hawaii. They argued that the ban violates the US First Amendment’s  prohibition on establishing a religion and the Immigration and Nationality Act, except as applied to North Korea and Venezuela.While the four justices in the minority offered dissenting opinions, majority Justice Thomas concurred. Dismissing the grounds of anti-Muslim discrimination as “unpersuasive,” he argued that because the “alleged religious discrimination” within the proclamation is directed at “aliens abroad,” the plaintiffs cannot dispute the order with the First Amendment.Justice Breyer, one of the dissenting justices, was joined by Justice Kagan in his written opinion that evidence exists to “support the view that the Government excludes [Muslims] for reasons based upon their religion.”Breyer cited one example of a child in Yemen with cerebral palsy, whose application to enter the US required a circuitous and ambiguous process. “Doctors said she would not survive in Yemen. Her visa application was denied… Though this is but one incident and the child was admitted after considerable international attention in this case, it provides yet more reason to believe that waivers are not being processed in an ordinary way.”Justice Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ginsburg, dissented as well. She repudiated the “repackaging” of Trump’s original “Muslim ban” rhetoric and said the majority decision “leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a ‘total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States’ because the policy now masquerades behind a facade of national-security concerns.”Citing various quotes by Trump and his advisers, Sotomayor addressed the discriminatory attitude towards Islam displayed by the president in past statements; one example is his declaration that “we’re having problems with the Muslims, and we’re having problems with the Muslims coming into the country.”According to a key adviser of Trump, “When [Donald Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”Sotomayor concluded her dissenting opinion with a focus on religious discrimination: “Our Constitution demands, and our country deserves, a Judiciary willing to hold the coordinate branches to account when they defy our most sacred legal commitments.”Reactions: victory or catastrophe?US Attorney General Jeff Session called the decision “a great victory for the safety and security of all Americans” and “critical to ensuring the continued authority of President Trump — and all future presidents — to protect the American people.”Protecting the American people is the rhetoric used by Trump to justify the controversial proclamation.“In this era of worldwide terrorism and extremist movements bent on harming innocent civilians, we must properly vet those coming into our country,” Trump said.“As long as I am President, I will defend the sovereignty, safety, and security of the American People, and fight for an immigration system that serves the national interests of the United States and its citizens. Our country will always be safe, secure and protected on my watch.”Supreme Court analyst Stephen Vladeck agreed the result was a victory for the White House. “The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the President’s sweeping statutory authority when it comes to deciding who may and who may not travel to the United States,” he said. “Authority that both President Trump and future presidents will surely rely upon to justify more aggressive immigration restrictions.”John Bellinger, who served under the Bush administration, said, “It’s still a pig, but the administration has put just enough lipstick on it for it to look pretty for five of the nine justices.”The first Muslim elected to the US Congress, Keith Ellison, stated that upholding the ban gives “legitimacy to discrimination and Islamophobia.”Civil Rights Director for the Washington chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Jasmin Samy, expressed disappointment as well. “The Muslim ban in itself impacts negatively the community that lives here. So, people don’t see the rhetoric that’s happening because of the Muslim ban.”Protesters across the United States gathered in streets with posters reading, “Say No To Scapegoating Muslims” and “No Hate, No Fear, No Ban.” Some posters read, “We are all immigrants!” and “ALL Religions Welcome Here.”Democratic House of Representative Leader Nancy Pelosi predicted that the ban will backfire as a “recruiting tool” for terrorists. “The President’s disdain for our values and the safety of the American people has led him to undermine relationships with critical allies, embrace autocrats and dictators, launch damaging trade wars and sow fear in our communities with his hateful, ugly language,” Pelosi said. “Whether tearing children from their parents at the border or advancing a ban founded on open bigotry, President Trump is making our nation less safe at home and less respected abroad.”The ban is currently in effect and will remain essentially as law. read more

Johnson Johnson 1Q Earnings Snapshot

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) _ Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $3.75 billion.On a per-share basis, the New Brunswick, New Jersey-based company said it had profit of $1.39. Earnings, adjusted for amortization costs and research and development costs, were $2.10 per share.The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.03 per share.The world’s biggest maker of health care products posted revenue of $20.02 billion in the period, also beating Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $19.63 billion.Johnson & Johnson expects full-year earnings in the range of $8.53 to $8.63 per share.Johnson & Johnson shares have risen nearly 6 per cent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16 per cent. The stock has increased 4.5 per cent in the last 12 months._____This story was generated by Automated Insights (http://automatedinsights.com/ap) using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on JNJ at https://www.zacks.com/ap/JNJThe Associated Press read more

US China begin new round of tariff war negotiations

BEIJING — American and Chinese trade negotiators have begun more talks aimed at ending a tariff war after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said U.S. officials might be moving toward a decision on whether to make a deal with Beijing.Wednesday’s meeting follows statements by both governments that they were making progress, which has helped to reassure jittery global financial markets.Washington is pressing Beijing to roll back industry development plans it says are based in part on stolen technology and that violate its market-opening commitments.Mnuchin said Monday talks this week and next week would help American officials decide whether to recommend to President Donald Trump whether to agree to a deal with Beijing.The Associated Press

Security Council committee meets to discuss how to accelerate fight against terrorism

19 April 2011The Security Council committee tasked with spearheading efforts to tackle terrorism began a three-day meeting today with regional organizations that is aimed at accelerating and unifying international strategies to defeat the scourge. Participants at the special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), hosted by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, are expected to focus on improving prevention policies, particularly those dealing with radicalization, incitement and terrorist recruitment.The meeting – whose attendees include representatives of the Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Council of Europe – will also discuss the role of law enforcement and the criminal justice system in preventing terrorism, including information-sharing between different law enforcement agencies and the prosecution of offences related to terrorism.Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri of India, chairman of the CTC, told today’s opening session that terrorism represents the greatest threat to international peace and security.“Just as terrorism is continuously evolving, so should our policies and strategies,” he said. “Prevention is one important piece of the puzzle.”The CTC, formed in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, is tasked with ensuring the implementation of Security Council resolutions dealing with terrorism and with pressing Member States to take the necessary steps to prevent and combat terrorism. read more

Kyrgyzstan UN official urges judges to respect defendants civil rights

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced deep regret at the decision taken on Tuesday by the Kyrgyz Supreme Court in the case of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov. Mr. Askarov was sentenced to life imprisonment and confiscation of his private property in November 2010 for the murder of a police officer, participation and organization of mass riots and incitement to inter-ethnic hatred. His arrest is believed to be related to his peaceful activities as a human rights defender, particularly his documentation of inter-ethnic violence in the Jalal-Abad region in June 2010, according to a news release issued by the High Commissioner’s office (OHCHR). Since their arrest, Mr. Askarov and some of his seven co- defendants have reportedly been subjected to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment by police on several occasions. Mr. Askarov reported having been repeatedly and severely ill-treated, including inside the court building. The torture allegations were raised at all stages of the criminal proceedings but no investigation was initiated. “It is particularly alarming that the judges failed to consider the defendants’ claims that confessions had been extracted under duress,” stated Ms. Pillay. “Judges in Kyrgyzstan must ensure that the civil rights of defendants are protected, particularly when there are allegations of torture,” she stressed. Under international human rights law, allegations of torture must be promptly and impartially investigated by competent authorities, including judges and prosecutors. Evidence, including confessions, extracted through coercion, must be excluded by the court. OHCHR noted that there are “strong indications” that a significant number of defendants in cases relating to the June 2010 inter-ethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan were subjected to torture and ill-treatment to force confessions later admitted as evidence in court. “The Supreme Court of Kyrgyzstan must ensure that in those cases where inadmissible evidence might have been used, verdicts rendered by lower courts are reversed and criminal cases are dismissed or sent for retrial,” said Ms. Pillay. “Criminal investigations should be conducted to hold the perpetrators of torture and ill-treatment accountable, and victims should be provided with adequate compensation.” Mr. Askarov’s trial represents the serious problems with the administration of post-conflict justice in Kyrgyzstan following the June 2010 violence, OHCHR points out. More than 5,000 related criminal cases have been initiated, but most such trials monitored by the UN human rights office have failed to meet fair trial standards. Defendants have had inadequate access to lawyers and family members, while defence lawyers have been denied access to documents, undermining their ability to defend their clients. In addition, appeals court hearings have been marred by intimidating statements, including ethnicity-based obscenities targeted at defendants. In some cases, judges have allowed such statements to go unchallenged. “Judges are the guarantors of the rule of law and I urge them to conduct their important work strictly in line with the Kyrgyz Constitution and applicable international human rights standards,” the High Commissioner stated. 22 December 2011Judges in Kyrgyzstan must ensure that the civil rights of defendants are protected, a top United Nations official stressed today, after the Supreme Court upheld the conviction and life sentence of an activist who reported being tortured in detention and whose right to a fair trial was violated. read more

Millennium Summit goals are reachable UN expert says at Monterrey forum

The lofty economic and social targets set two years ago at a landmark summit of world leaders can be achieved with sufficient help and political will, a senior aide to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan told a news conference today at the International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico. Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard, who is Mr. Annan’s Special Adviser on the Millennium Development Goals, noted that besides political will, there were many keys to success, particularly financial backing, good blueprints and effective implementation.The power of global debate and analysis had also become apparent in formulating new approaches to international development assistance, and rich countries, including the United States, were stepping up in a way that many had not done for a long time, added Mr. Sachs. The Goals are eight key objectives set out in the Millennium Declaration endorsed in September 2000 by over 160 world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit in New York. The Goals comprise time-bound targets to improve health, education and the environment across the world, with the overarching goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.Mr. Sachs said consensus had been reached on the need to spend vastly more money ($27 billion) on health and predicted that the Secretary-General’s new Global Fund against HIV/AIDS would prove to be one of the most innovative mechanisms.Hopefully, global communities would form consensus on the other development goals, such as reducing hunger, providing access to clean water, resettling slum dwellers and protecting the environment, Mr. Sachs added.In other activities at the Conference, government ministers and other representatives from the business community and civil society continued a series of roundtable discussions on today’s theme of “Coherence in Development.” read more

Managers buy Village Voice from owners separate publishing from sex adlinked Backpage

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A group of managers is buying the Village Voice and all its affiliated free arts weeklies but is leaving behind the online classified site Backpage.com, whose listings have drawn fire for promoting the illegal sex trade.The buyout by managers is being led by Scott Tobias, the chief operating officer of Village Voice Media Holdings LLC. Tobias will become the new organization’s chief executive.He said he has lined up private financing to buy almost all of the Phoenix-based company’s assets, which include LA Weekly and SF Weekly, from the current owners, Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey.Larkin and Lacey will keep ownership of Backpage.com. Terms were not disclosed.Tobias said in an interview that controversy around Backpage.com “has been a distraction, there’s no doubt about it.”“This is about two businesses moving forward,” he said.The purchase is being made by Voice Media Group, a new holding company based in Denver. The deal includes all 13 weeklies and their websites, the national sales arm and events such as LA Weekly’s Detour and New York’s Siren music festivals.Backpage.com has become the nation’s top forum for ads for “escorts,” ”body rubs,” and other thinly veiled references to prostitution since Craigslist.org shut down its adult services section in September 2010.In July, three Washington state teenagers who said they were sold online for sex sued Backpage’s owners for allegedly enabling their exploitation. At the time, Village Voice Media said the suit wouldn’t pass legal muster and is barred by federal law.Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal called on Backpage.com in an open letter in March to “stop promoting and profiting from human trafficking” by shutting down its adult services section as Craigslist had done.In a statement on the deal, Larkin and Lacey, the founders of Village Voice Media Holdings, said they were “ready to move on and hand the reins to a new generation of writers, editors and publishers.”Backpage.com will “become the centerpiece of a new online classified advertising company with business worldwide,” the statement said.The deal also includes Westword in Denver; New Times in Phoenix, Miami and Broward, Fla.; Houston Press; Observer in Dallas; Riverfront Times in St. Louis; City Pages in Minneapolis and OC Weekly in southern California. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Managers buy Village Voice from owners, separate publishing from sex ad-linked Backpage site by News Staff Posted Sep 24, 2012 9:01 am MDT read more

Whats up for Canada Day For a change its not average gasoline

What’s up for Canada Day? For a change, it’s not average gasoline prices by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 2:10 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2017 at 7:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Canadian motorists hitting the road for the country’s 150th Canada Day weekend are expected to find the lowest average gasoline prices in seven years, according to GasBuddy.com.The retail fuel price tracking company says that drivers will be paying an average of 104.4 cents per litre, 13 cents less than the 10-year average of $1.17 and the lowest Canada Day long weekend price since 2010.GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst Dan McTeague says the prices are a welcome relief after years of summer price increases.He says this weekend will “put to rest the myth” that gas prices always go up for the holidays.Michael Ervin, a fuel market analyst with the Kent Group, says lower gasoline prices mainly result from North American refineries being able to buy oil at lower prices.He said refinery production has been strong, allowing gasoline inventories to build and preventing an imbalance in supply and demand that might force prices higher. read more

Yemen UN agencies deliver lifesaving medicines and domestic supplies amid ongoing fighting

“The humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, but the health situation is especially critical in Aden, with many people no longer having direct access to food, fuel, medical care and safe drinking-water,” said Dr. Ahmed Shadoul, WHO representative in Yemen.The life-saving health supplies, which were part of a larger UN convoy, contained 46.4 metric tonnes of medicines, medical supplies, and water and sanitation supplies for more than 84, 000 beneficiaries in eight districts of Aden governorate, WHO explains in a press release.Following a surge in the number of suspected cases of malaria and dengue fever since the start of the crisis, most significantly in Aden, WHO said it has also conducted rapid testing for dengue fever and malaria and provided support to a hospital in Aden to resume functionality of its fever/dengue ward and trauma management centre.In addition, stressed WHO, Yemeni health professionals were trained by the Organization’s experts on epidemiological field investigations and early warning system surveillance. As part of malaria preparedness activities, bed nets were distributed to more than 9,000 households in four districts and residual spray materials and equipment in the 8 districts. Staffs were also trained to begin house-to-house spraying.To date, WHO has distributed a total of more than 175 metric tonnes of medicines and medical supplies and more than 500,000 litres of fuel to maintain the functionality of main hospitals, vaccine stores, ambulances, national laboratories, kidney and oncology centres, and health centres in 13 governorates, reaching a total of almost five million people, including 700,000 internally displaced persons and 140,000 children under the age of five. The total civilian death toll since 26 March in Yemen is 1,670 and another 3,829 people were injured during this period. In the mere 10 days between 3 and 13 July, at least 142 civilians, including 36 children and 27 women, were killed, and 224 others injured, according to Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).On one particularly deadly day, 6 July, two markets in different provinces were hit by airstrikes. Forty civilians, including 12 children and seven women, were killed in the first airstrike, while 17 other civilians were injured. The second one killed 36 civilians, including eight women and nine children, while injuring another 21.During the bi-weekly press briefing today in Geneva, Johannes van der Klaauw, the representative in Yemen of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), today recalled that this country is impacted by one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, four out of five Yemenis being in need of some kind of assistance, which amounts to 21 out of 25 million people.A party to international instruments for the protection of refugees, Yemen has currently a population of 250,000 refugees, mostly Somalis, who are among the most vulnerable to the current war situation, emphasized Mr. van der Klaauw.Meanwhile, UNHCR also reports that some 10,500 people have arrived in Yemen by sea since March 26 – bringing to over 37,000 the total so far this year, among them Ethiopians, Somalis and others. Many have been tricked into making the crossing by smugglers who told them the conflict in Yemen is over, said the agency, adding that those making the sea crossings faced the usual risks of such journeys – abduction, attacks, drowning, exploitation and sexual assault. However, due to the ongoing conflict and reduced access in general, UNHCR and its partners were unable to take arrivals to urban centres to receive assistance.To discourage crossings, he said mass information campaigns were now planned for Puntland and Somaliland and other points of departure, said Mr. van der Klaauw. read more

Kris Dunns Improvisational Brilliance Is Good For Providence — And For College

He worked on a more consistent step-back, which he now uses when he drives the lane or is in isolation, rising high in the air with a ramrod-straight form that gives him a clean look at the rim. Providence coach Ed Cooley is also using Dunn off the ball, letting teammate Kyron Cartwright run point while Dunn comes off several screens. That allows Dunn to either feed Ben Bentil, a hulking sophomore forward — or catch-and-shoot a pass from a teammate. Dunn spent the offseason working with former Providence guard God Shammgod, who has become a quasi mentor-trainer to Dunn. They had several goals in mind: First, Dunn needed to upgrade his jump shot, which was wildly inconsistent from just about everywhere on the court. Second, he needed to tighten his handle to limit turnovers. And third, he had to develop several countermoves, should savvy defenders who had studied game film fail to bite on Dunn’s initial move.Dunn’s jump shot as a sophomore was streaky — a reel full of bad, caroming rocks that either just hit the backboard or fell wildly off the back iron. Since his long arms make it nearly impossible for a defender to block his shot, it was a priority that he improve this component of his game to maximize his advantages. He also gets great separation thanks to a quick first step and a backpack full of crosses, between-the-legs moves and feints. Providence’s Kris Dunn won’t win player of the year honors (that’ll almost certainly go to Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield), nor will he be the top choice in the upcoming NBA draft (LSU’s Ben Simmons should be No. 1), but he’s worth watching for the way his unique set of skills turns into thrilling plays — for better and worse. The 6-foot-4 junior is the most exciting player in the game, precisely because he isn’t as cookie cutter as other top prospects.Dunn did two things particularly well last season, as I covered in-depth last year in an article for Deadspin1At the time, I wish he had used the momentum of his standout sophomore season to declare for the NBA draft, where he would have likely been a first-round pick.: He had a preternatural sense of where his fellow Friars were at all times on the court, and he used his length and athleticism to finish plays that, at first glance, appeared ill-advised. There were countless possessions where Dunn would dribble off a screen 25 feet from the basket and whip a one-handed underhand pass to a cutter for the dunk; or, with enough time to run a set play in overtime, he would instead push the ball frenetically up the court to hit a teammate for an and-one before the defense set.College point guards don’t typically make those decisions. More often they make the careful pass — the assist the coach has hard-coded into the play call — or the pass they’ve practiced for years and feel comfortable throwing. Dunn, though, has such innate skill and creativity that he attempts passes that should have a high rate of failure, but often succeed because the defense isn’t expecting them. That style allowed Dunn to lead the nation in assist percentage (at a staggering 50.0 percent last season, and 44.2 during this campaign2To put this in context, just 23 other high-major point guards had assist rates above 30 percent, and just two — Denzel Valentine of Michigan State and Oklahoma State’s Jawun Evans — topped 40 percent.). Thrilling as all that was, it often led to some alarmingly bad turnovers — about 20 percent of his possessions — even when you take into account his high usage rate.But this season, the consensus is that Dunn is the nation’s top point guard. To become it, Dunn had to make a few tweaks to his game. According to Synergy Sports Technology, Dunn’s spot-up numbers are still below average, but he now scores one point per catch-and-shoot possession — that’s pretty good, and a vast improvement over the .76 points he scored a year ago. And his jumper should only get better given the fundamental improvements he made in the offseason. Dunn is connecting on 37 percent of his threes while taking them at a far higher rate than last season — 25.9 percent of his field goal attempts, up from 19.7 last season. He now shoots with the perfect follow through — his arms extend and his hands rest like they’re in a cookie jar. The shots that were ugly bricks are beginning to show just a little more touch, like the game winner he hit against Creighton, which hit the flat section of the bucket that connects to the backboard, died on the rim, and finally rolled softly in.Some have criticized Dunn, and his NBA potential, because of his turnovers. Though the guard assists on 45 percent of Providence’s shots, which is second in Division I, he also gives the ball away on 85 of his 425 possessions (through Providence’s loss to Marquette this week). Since Dunn’s dimes typically account for about 2.4 points in the halfcourt and transition, the Friars have missed out on more than 200 points this season when Dunn loses control.On other teams, those miscues might find a guard strapped to the bench. But for Dunn the giveaways don’t matter. A 25-foot pass through Xavier’s 1-3-1 zone defense during a game in late February is the kind of play Cooley wants, regardless of the risk. Midway through the first half, Dunn saw a brief opening between Larry Austin and Kaiser Gates, and threaded a pass (from Providence’s half-court logo) to Bentil, who certainly wasn’t calling for the ball but was able to convert an and-one. Similarly, Cooley needs his junior guard to consistently draw the defense’s attention so his Friar ‘mates can benefit from that extra second of breathing room. This happened in a Villanova victory when Dunn slipped a backdoor pass to Junior Lomomba: He wasn’t doubled, but Dunn reacted to all five Villanova players tracking his moves as he came off a Bentil pick. Again, Lomomba wasn’t exactly expecting the ball, but he made the lay-up. Sure, Dunn will take some shots — like a one-on-three fast break that has become a bit of a staple of his game this season — that might cause some to cringe. But Cooley is willing to incur the cost of a few bad shots if it means his squad can operate with offensive impunity.Dunn’s impact on the game, negative and positive, is what makes him so fascinating to watch. Buddy Hield, Ben Simmons, and Maryland’s Melo Trimble are equally as talented, impressive, and fun to watch, but none inspire quite the same combination of mouth-agape incredulity and absolute production as Dunn. So when he puts the ball behind his back, then crosses over Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn, only to follow with a spin move to the rack and then misses the layup, don’t think of it as a wasted possession. Instead, imagine it as a thrilling experiment in risk and reward, the type of audacious and improvisational brilliance that the college game doesn’t produce anymore. read more

SSAB and Ruukki special steels merger mooted

first_imgThe Boards of Directors of SSAB AB and Rautaruukki Oyj have announced a plan to combine the two companies through the acquisition of Ruukki by SSAB. The combined company would be a Nordic and US-based steel company “with a global reach and cost-efficient and flexible production.” The proposed combination is expected to create substantial value for the shareholders in the combined company through the realisation of annual cost synergies of up to €150 million). The combined company will continue to serve mining customers with a broad offering within high strength steels, standard strip and plate products as well as tubular products. In mining specifically, SSAB’s Hardox range is particularly well known, used for LHD buckets, dump truck bodies, hopper and feeder lining plates and many other uses. Likewise Ruukki’s Raex range is widely used in similar mining applications.The Board of Directors of Rautaruukki has recommended the shareholders to accept the offer. The initial acceptance period will commence in late March or early April 2014 and is expected to close in late April or early May 2014. The cost synergies are expected to be realised through a more flexible and efficient production system, more efficient supply chain, purchasing optimisation and streamlined administration. The combined company will have steel production facilities in Sweden, Finland and the US with a combined annual steel production capacity of 8.8 Mt.The combination “will enhance the ability to invest in product development, R&D and close collaboration with customers” as well as having “a global geographic presence and be close to its customers in all regions.” SSAB’s construction related operations (Plannja) will be combined with Ruukki’s Building Products and Ruukki´s Building Systems operations to form a separate construction business division. This is expected to generate additional synergies. Sverker Martin-Löf, Chairman of SSAB’s Board of Directors, commented: “In the steel industry, a combination of SSAB and Rautaruukki has for long been considered logical and the time is now right to pursue this transaction. For SSAB, the proposed acquisition, which is accretive to SSAB´s shareholders, creates a much more flexible European manufacturing platform that positions the company to profitably meet customer demand in the long term.” Sakari Tamminen, President and CEO of Rautaruukki, commented: “I believe that the combination of Ruukki and SSAB gives an excellent opportunity to continue the rationalisation of the cost base of the companies and build a new Nordic steel producer, that is able to transit the steel business towards a global special steel company.”The global steel industry has over the past few years been characterised by overcapacity. Coupled with the challenging economic conditions, particularly in Europe, this has resulted in falling steel prices and lower, but also more volatile, demand. Adding to that the impact of continued high raw materials prices, profitability for steel companies has fallen.last_img read more

Firefox 364 enfin en version finale

first_imgFirefox 3.6.4 enfin en version finale ?États-Unis – Mozilla a présenté aujourd’hui la version 3.6.4 de Firefox. Cette release candidate mise à jour pourrait constituer la version finale du navigateur.A moins que de nouveaux bogues ne soient détectés, Mozilla fera de cette dernière mouture sa version finale de Firefox 3.6.4. Cette version embarque la nouvelle technologie Electrolysis, permettant d’exécuter des plugins dans un processus séparé. Ce nouvel outil permet d’offrir davantage de stabilité au navigateur, lequel pourra continuer de fonctionner même si des plantages de plugins ont lieu avec d’autres logiciels. Cette mouture de Firefox est disponible pour les ordinateurs équipés de Windows ou Linux, mais pas encore sur Mac. Le 31 mai 2010 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Countys only licensed pot facility gears up for start of retail sales

first_imgWith a well-practiced flip of his fingers, Shane Wahl plucked baby plants from an array of small black padded circles and tenderly placed them, one by one, into individual planters.This sort of transplanting is work that Wahl has long excelled at as a hydroponic vegetable farmer, but his new gig — as head gardener for CannaMan Farms — has taken his career in an odd new direction, he said.CannaMan, so far Clark County’s only licensed marijuana production facility, is about midway to harvesting its first batch of pot plants. The process, from cutting to budding, takes 10 weeks per plant for the fast-growing varieties.But even the fastest growing plants probably won’t meet the demands of consumers once the first stores start opening this summer.“I won’t be able to meet demand,” Wahl said. “I’m going to do the best I can. I’m the smallest tier gardener. It’s sort of like a brewer brewing in his closet.”Each week, Wahl takes hundreds of clippings from his “mother” plants and places them in hydroponic containers (with those small black padded circles) to help them grow new roots.last_img read more

Square Enix E3 conference recap Avengers Final Fantasy VII Remake and a

first_img $6 • CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw The Last Remnant: Remastered Kingdom Hearts III Re:Mind DLC Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition Walmart Final Fantasy Brave Exvius: War of the Visions Post a comment Oninaki Outriders All of the E3 press conferencesSaturday, June 8Electronic Arts — The game maker showed off 15 minutes of gameplay for its upcoming adventure game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It also announced new features for its free-to-download Apex Legends last-man-standing battle royale game, offering a new character and weapon to play with. The company also showed off a new paid update for The Sims 4, called Island Living, that brings the series to a tropical beach. Finally, the company did discuss drama over the mixed reviews for its Anthem action adventure game, saying it “learned a lot” and had more updates and features planned soon.Sunday, June 9Microsoft / Xbox — The gaming giant’s biggest news was Project Scarlett, its next-generation Xbox, coming in 2020. The new device is up to 4x more powerful, the company said, and like the next-gen PlayStation it’ll include a fast non-mechanical SSD hard drive, and it’ll be powered by custom innards built with the help of chipmaker AMD.  The company also announced that Halo Infinite will launch alongside Project Scarlett next year. Meantime, Microsoft is starting public tests of its Project xCloud streaming service in October, promising people the ability to play high end games on their mobile devices while away from home. While fans wait, Microsoft announced an update to its Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 as well as a slew of new games. And action star Keanu Reeves, fresh off the success of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, was on stage to announce his involvement with Cyberpunk 2077, which is coming next year.Bethesda — Bethesda kicked off its event with humility over the mixed response to Fallout 76, but quickly went back on the offensive. Fallout 76 got a new Battle Royale mode, Wolfenstein Youngblood received a new trailer and a co-op mode. We got a new game called Deathloop from the clever folks behind Dishonored and Bethesda introduced us to Orion, a piece of tech from ID Software designed to make game streaming better on services like Google Stadia. The lion’s share of attention, however, went to Doom Eternal, which looked fantastic in both single player and multiplayer.Monday, June 10PC Gaming Show — This annual PC Gaming Show is held at a theater a short walk from the Los Angeles Convention Center, but still draws a large crowd, filling the 1,700-person capacity downtown Mayan Theater. Inside, the usual suspects, from Halo to Doom, were nowhere to be found. Instead, the crowd cheered for PC-centric games including Zombie Army 4, Baldur’s Gate 3 and Terraria: Journey’s End. (No, the game sequel problem isn’t any better on PCs.) The highlight was a brief onstage appearance by legendary game designer Yu Suzuki, responsible for classics such as Hang-On and Virtua Fighter. His long-awaited Shenmue 3 is expected in November, 18 years after Shenmue 2. Ubisoft — The French gaming giant announced its next big dystopian hacking adventure game, Watch Dogs: Legion, launching March 2020. The new game is set in near-future post-Brexit London, where the economy is failing and government is breaking down. The company also announced a new television show, called Mythic Quest, that will launch on Apple TV Plus. And it celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Just Dance party games. Square Enix — Aside from the Final Fantasy 7 remake release date announcement, Square Enix also showed off its new comic book tie-in, Marvel’s Avengers: A Day. Though the new game is different from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some fans criticized the character’s looks. It’s coming in 2020.Tuesday, June 11Nintendo — The Mario maker surprised fans with announcement of a new Legend of Zelda game, which appeared to be a direct sequel to the critical darling The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This new title appears to be a sequel to Breath of the Wild, too. It also announced its newest Animal Crossing game is being delayed to 2020, and gave a look at Luigi’s Mansion 3, coming later this year. See It See it E3 2019 Video Games Gaming Tags Mentioned Above Tomb Raider (Xbox 360)center_img See All Preview • E3 2019 Developed by Crystal Dynamics, the team behind the beloved new Tomb Raider games, Avengers is the new comic book-based video game to get hyped about. (Even if these don’t look like The Avengers you know and love.) Square Enix has been teasing the reveal of the game since late May. We saw Thor, Iron-Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Black Widow try to save New York — again — in the trailer shown at the end of Square Enix’s press conference.Shaun Escayg, from Crystal Dynamics, and Marvel Games’ Bill Roseman took the stage to walk us through the blockbuster game. It’ll be both a single- and multi-player game, Escayg said. Rosemann explained that this is Crystal Dynamics’ take on The Avengers, not a spin-off from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Scott Amos and Meagan Marie, both from Crystal Dynamics, came out next. They revealed we’ll have online four-person multiplayer, and that the roster of superheroes will grow over time. “Every new superhero, and every new region, will be delivered at no additional cost,” Amos said. Marie promised no Loot Boxes or pay-to-win scenarios. The crowd loved that.Avengers will launch May 15, 2020 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and even Google Stadia. PlayStation 4 owners will get early beta access and “unique benefits we’ll be revealing in the future,” according to Amos.Final Fantasy VII Remake: A two-part taleSquare Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date, March 3 2020, 24 hours before its E3 2019 press conference. So what did the company have left for its big event?A lot. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Yoshinori Kitase opened Square Enix’s show and announced that the game will take part in two parts, one within Midgar and one outside it. The entire Remake will take up two entire Blu-ray discs, similar to how the PlayStation 1 original took up three CDs.We then got a combat explainer from Neal Pabon, senior manager of product marketing. Remake will use a hybrid combat system, using real-time hacking and slashing plus a bullet-time tactical mode from which you can use magic, items and Limit Break attacks.You can also add shortcuts that bypass the bullet-time mode, making it more like a Kingdom Hearts battle experience. The demo ended with Cloud and Barrett’s boss battle with the Scorpion Sentinel. The Final Fantasy VII Remake portion of the press conference ended with an extended trailer, which gave us our first glimpse of Tifa in the Remake.Then, we got a slew of trailers for upcoming sequels, remasters and remakes.Final Fantasy XIV Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know $29 Final Fantasy XIV, Square Enix’s flagship online game, was the next game to get the big on-stage spotlight. Naoki Yoshida, producer of Final Fantasy XIV online, came out to talk about Shadowbringers, the third expansion pack, which will release on July 2.Shadowbringers is more than an expansion pack, Yoshida says. Square Enix is looking at it more like a standalone game. It’ll brings two new Jobs and two new Races to the game, which first launched in 2010 and then essentially relaunched as A Realm Reborn in 2013.On top of these games which got on-stage presentations, we also saw a whole lot of trailers. Like, an overwhelming amount. Some are for brand-new games, others are ports or remasters. Either way, there’s bound to be one game here for everyone. Here’s the lot of Square Enix’s trailers.Dragon Quest Builders 2 0 Final Fantasy VII Remake opened the show, Avengers closed it. Square Enix Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VII Remake’s release date before its E3 2019 press conference on Monday night — but the company still had plenty up its sleeve for the E3 schedule.The mic drop game was Avengers, unveiled after about two weeks of social media teases, and you’ll be able to play it next May. There was also plenty of Final Fantasy love — for both VII Remake and XIV — and a whole suite of trailers.If you need to play catch-up, we have conveniently put every single trailer so far in this handy post. Next up and lucky last for press conferences is Nintendo Direct, and then CNET will hit the show floor and the real fun begins. Marvel’s Avengers Share your voice Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Romancing Saga 3 & SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions Tomb Raider reading • Square Enix E3 conference recap: Avengers, Final Fantasy VII Remake and a whole lot of trailers Nintendo Squarelast_img read more

Slow internet speed for 150 mins

first_imginternet People have been experiencing slow internet since Monday morning as mobile phone operators have been asked to slow down internet speed in the morning for 150 minutes to check question paper leaks during the SSC examinations.The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has instructed the operators to slow down internet speed from 8:00am to 10:30am from 12 to 24 February, says UNB.The instruction was given in a bid to prevent question paper leakage during the ongoing the Secondary School Certificate examinations, according to the BTRC.The internet was slowed down for 30 minutes from 10:00pm on Sunday as trial run following the directive of BTRC.Although the government took some measures to stop question paper leaks, the SSC question papers are being leaked out from the very first day of the examination.last_img read more

WATCH German Police Clash With Protesters Before G20 Summit

first_img Share – / 4 Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/06152437/Germany-G20-Protests-CR.mp400:0000:0001:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img German police clashed with violent protesters Thursday in Hamburg a day ahead of the Group of 20 summit, using water cannons, pepper spray and batons to disperse marchers after some attacked them with bottles and other objects. The skirmishes came hours before the two-day gathering of the world’s top economic powers gets under way Friday morning in Germany’s second-biggest city. Its host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said she hoped the leaders would be able to find “compromises and answers” on a wide range of issues — although the prospects of finding common ground on climate change and trade were uncertain. Thursday evening’s protest as the G-20 leaders arrived in Hamburg was titled “G-20: Welcome to Hell,” and a standoff between hardcore anti-capitalist protesters and police developed before the march itself really got going. Police said they repeatedly asked some demonstrators to remove their masks, to no avail. They then decided to separate the group from the rest of the march, which they estimated at 12,000 people in total. Black-hooded protesters attacked a police vehicle with bottles and bricks, breaking its window. Organizers quickly called an end to the march after the violence broke out, police said. Skirmishes continued, with police advancing down the street with two water cannons while being pelted with bottles by a group of black-clad people. A nearby building was plastered with the slogan “Borderless solidarity instead of nationalism: attack the G-20.” A small group on the roof set off fireworks. Police said windows at a furniture store and a bank were damaged. There was no immediate word on a number of arrests or injuries. Many other groups are calling for peaceful protests and are pushing the G-20 leaders for action to fight climate change and address economic disparities in the world. Some are even calling for the dissolution of the G-20 itself so the United Nations becomes the platform for such discussions. In all, more than 100,000 protesters are expected in Hamburg for the summit, with some 8,000 considered part of Europe’s violent left-wing scene, according to police. The northern port city has boosted its police with reinforcements from around the country and has 20,000 officers on hand to patrol Hamburg’s streets, skies and waterways. Merkel is also hoping to keep things under control inside the city congress center where the summit is being held. With guests including U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the search for compromises is expected to be challenging. Merkel said leaders would address regulating financial markets, fighting terrorism and pandemics and combatting climate change, among other issues. She said “free, rule-based and fair trade” will be an important issue. “You can imagine that there will be discussions that will not be easy,” she said. “Globalization can be a win-win situation. It must not always be that there are winners and losers.” In the wake of Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris deal fighting climate change, the battle against global warming promises to feature prominently in discussions at the summit. Merkel has rejected calls from some to push for a strong “G-19” statement — without the U.S. — on climate change. That is something that Zhu Guangyao, a Chinese deputy finance minister, told reporters Thursday that Beijing also did not support. “The policies produced by the G-20 should be by the consensus of all member states,” he said. “No one should be excluded.” Still, he added, “China will firmly promote its policies taking more measures against climate change.” _____ Geir Moulson contributed to this report.last_img read more

Republicans Looking To Avoid A Runoff In Sleepy Special Election To Replace

first_img Share U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi. Official House portraitsVoters in the 27th Congressional District are preparing to go to the polls for a third time this year on Saturday for a sleepy special election in which both parties are working to rally their fatigued troops behind a single candidate in the nine-person field to replace former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.Farenthold abruptly resigned in April amid the fallout from sexual harassment allegations and an ethics investigation by the House Ethics Committee. He had announced four months earlier that he wouldn’t run for re-election, creating an open race to succeed him.Saturday’s election is to determine who completes Farenthold’s current term, which ends in January, and it’s separate from the November election, the winner of which will take over the seat for a full two-year term after that.Despite nine candidates on the ballot, Republicans are hoping their general election nominee, Michael Cloud, can win outright Saturday and avoid a runoff that would keep the seat empty for at least two more months and leave the counties with the bill for yet another election this year. Democrats, meanwhile, believe the crowded race provides an opening for their consensus candidate — Eric Holguin, also his party’s pick for the fall — to advance to a second round.Even if Holguin makes the runoff, few are predicting the solidly red district could flip. Still, Democrats view it as an opportunity to at least build some momentum in the run-up to the November elections, and Republicans acknowledge there is an inescapable element of uncertainty in the low-turnout environment. “I think the odds are highly favorable of [Cloud] winning the special election at least in a runoff, but the turnout’s so low, anything can happen,” said Michael Bergsma, the Republican Party chairman in Nueces County. Gov. Greg Abbott announced the special election two months ago following Farenthold’s resignation, and it was not without drama. Before calling the special election, he sought — and received — clearance from Attorney General Ken Paxton to suspend state law to speed up the timeline to fill the seat, citing the Coastal Bend-area district’s urgent need for representation as it recovers from Hurricane Harvey.Farenthold has been dogged for months over his refusal to pay back $84,000 in taxpayer money used to settle a 2015 sexual harassment claim, after originally promising to refund it late last year.  Once Abbott picked a date for the special election, he pressed Farenthold to pay back the $84,000 directly to local taxpayers by covering the costs of the special election, a request Farenthold rejected.In addition to the three Democrats and three Republicans on the ballot Saturday, there is Libertarian Daniel Tinus and independent candidates Judith Cutright, a Corpus Christi communications consultant, and Chris Suprun, a Dallas paramedic. Suprun is best known as the Texas elector who voted against Donald Trump in 2016.Early voting for the special election started June 13 and ends Tuesday.GOP leaders back CloudIn making the case for an outright win Saturday, Cloud, a former Victoria County GOP chairman, is echoing Abbott’s argument that the district needs new representation as soon as possible to deal with the Harvey aftermath. The sprawling district covers a large portion of the Gulf Coast and reaches northwest toward Austin. “Much of our district’s still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and the burden really is on county government,” Cloud said in an interview. “If we can pull out 50 percent and gets things moving and get our district represented, I think that would be a big win for the district.” The GOP unity push kicked into high gear Thursday, when Abbott endorsed Cloud, saying in a video that Cloud will fight for post-Harvey resources for the district and — in a thinly veiled reference to Farenthold — “restore integrity to the office.” The governor did not get involved in the primary or runoff. Weeks before Abbott weighed in, Cloud picked up the support of his primary runoff rival, Bech Bruun, who appeared with Cloud at a news conference in Corpus Christi and said he hoped his endorsement would help Cloud dodge a runoff. Cloud’s campaign has sent out mailers highlighting the endorsement by Bruun, the former chairman of the Texas Water Development Board, under the headline “Republicans Unite Behind Michael Cloud.”Cloud’s campaign has also aired a TV ad urging Republicans to coalesce behind him — and warning of the consequences if they do not. “Don’t let liberals win this seat,” a narrator says over ominous images of Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. House minority leader, and Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee. Still, there is a third Republican in the special election, and he remains something of a wild card. Marty Perez, a Corpus Christi doctor, has injected almost $130,000 in to his campaign, mostly using it to run unpolished TV ads emphasizing how the district has been left without representation and asking voters to “let him come in and drain the swamp so that we can have a clean slate.”In one of Perez’s ads, he rehashes attacks against Cloud from last month’s runoff, alleging Cloud “has sold his very soul to the devil” as the beneficiary of support from the Club for Growth, a national conservative group. Its super PAC arm unloaded hundreds of thousands of dollars helping Cloud win the runoff, though Cloud had no formal control over the spending, much of which targeted Bruun. Democrats also seek unityA unity movement is also afoot on the Democratic side. Holguin, a former staffer at the New York City comptroller’s office, has collected support from some of the top Democrats in the state, including gubernatorial nominee Lupe Valdez and state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa — as strong of a signal as possible to Democratic voters in TX-27 that there is no other viable option for them.Also on the ballot Saturday is Holguin’s runoff opponent, Raul “Roy” Barrera, but he appears to have stopped campaigning after May 22.“We’re just letting everyone know that we need to unite our Democratic vote behind my candidacy so that there isn’t any spoilers” Saturday, Holguin said in an interview, adding that if he makes the runoff, he believes it will be a “completely different race” that will draw much more attention and enthusiasm.Holguin emphasizes that opportunity in a TV ad where he says the communities of TX-27 have been “forgotten” and voters have a “true shot at reversing” that Saturday. The commercial also alludes to the GOP frontrunner, telling voters their support is “vital to ensuring our district doesn’t get stuck in the clouds.”Pat Tally, who chairs the Victoria County Democratic Party, said there has been “a lot of pressure for people to please consolidate and get behind one person so that we cannot have all of our numbers” spread across different candidates. Democrats, she added with a chuckle, are not always good at that. The third Democrat on the ballot Saturday, Mike Westergren, is a Corpus Christi lawyer and former state district judge who unsuccessfully ran for Texas Supreme Court in 2016. Westergren said he got in the race out of a desire to help Harvey victims, realizing there are “still a lot of unmet needs, and they need a congressman.”Westergren is not a fan of the push to fall in line behind Holguin, particularly the state party’s involvement in the race.“I’ve been a Democrat all my life, and they’re not supposed to get involved, but they are,” Westergren said. “I don’t think that’s right.”(A party spokesman said Hinojosa endorsed Holguin due to the “overwhelming support” he received in the May 22 runoff, when he defeated Barrera by over 20 points. There is no law or party rule that prevents a party official from endorsing a campaign, the spokesman added.)With candidates scrambling to educate voters about the special election, there has been little discussion about the issues since the runoffs. Holguin and Cloud have exchanged statements over the family separation crisis at the border, with Holguin first offering an “effort to unite” with Cloud in opposition to the situation. Cloud, who regularly notes on the campaign trail that his wife is a Mexican immigrant, said in a statement there needs to be a “solution that keeps the family unit together without compromising on enforcing our law.”Still, the candidates’ top focus in the final days before Saturday remains simply getting their voters to the polls one more time.“I was at church Sunday morning and even my best-est friends were coming up to me,” Cloud recalled, “and saying, ‘How many times do I have to vote for you?’”last_img read more

Texas To Receive Funds From New Round Of Restoration Grants From BPs

first_imgGerald Herbert/AP FileFour Gulf states will receive another $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. Texas will get $19 million.Four Gulf states will receive another $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010. Texas will get $19 million, including $6 million to protect some 575 acres of coastal habitat.The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation said that Louisiana –which suffered the worst damage– is getting about $161 million to restore barrier islands.Alabama and Florida are the other states receiving money.The money is from criminal damages paid by BP PLC and drilling company Transocean Deepwater Inc.The grants announced this week are the sixth round and bring the total so far to $1.3 billion. Sharelast_img

Enhanced strength and ductility in a highentropy alloy via ordered oxygen complexes

first_img Deformation mode. a) STEM image of the TiZrHfNb base HEA at 8% tensile strain (the yellow arrows indicate the coplanar dislocation arrays). b) STEM image of O-2 HEA at 8% tensile strain (the red arrows indicate the dipolar walls). c) STEM image of N-2 HEA at 8% tensile strain (the yellow arrows indicate the planar slip bands). Typical planar slip is observed in the base HEA and in the nitrogen-doped alloy variant N-2 HEA. However, wavy slip dominates deformation of the oxygen doped variant O-2 HEA, suggesting that oxygen addition leads to a plastic deformation mode dominated by wavy slip. The beam direction in a and c is [011] while that in b is [001]. d) Dislocation spacing of the TiZrHfNb base HEA and of the interstitially doped variants O-2 and N-2 HEAs probed during in situ TEM tensile experiments. The white arrows represent the dislocation spacing. The average dislocation spacing in the O-2 HEA is much smaller than that in the base HEA and in the N-2 HEA. The error bars are standard deviations of the mean. Credit: Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y Journal information: Nature To understand the underlying mechanism of this anomalous, interstitial solid-solution strengthening effect observed with oxygen doped materials, nanostructures of materials were investigated at the atomic scale. For this, the scientists first used synchrotron high-energy X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of the base HEA compared with the two alloy variants of O-2 and N-2 HEA. The results showed that addition of either nitrogen or oxygen to the base HEA did not change its single-phase body-centered cubic (b.c.c) structure. This observation was confirmed by electron back-scattering diffraction mapping. In the scanning transmission electron microscope high-angle annular dark field micrograph (STEM-HAADF) images of the O-2 HEA; light atoms were represented in dark contrast, while heavy atoms were imaged bright. Mechanical properties. a) Room-temperature tensile stress–strain curves for the as-cast TiZrHfNb (denoted as base alloy), (TiZrHfNb)98O2 (denoted as O-2) and (TiZrHfNb)98N2 (denoted as N-2) HEAs. σy is the yield strength (squares), σUTS is the ultimate strength (diamonds) and ε is the elongation (circles). The inset shows the corresponding strain hardening response (dσ/dε). A higher work-hardening rate is observed for the O-2 HEA variant (TiZrHfNb)98O2 compared to the base HEA TiZrHfNb and the N-2 HEA (TiZrHfNb)98N2. b) Changes in strength and ductility observed for the HEAs introduced here, relative to several types of established high-performance alloys. The reference systems are Ti6Al4V, β-Ti alloys, niobium, vanadium, interstitial free steel and 316 austenitic stainless steels. The alloys’ interstitial oxygen or nitrogen content is indicated for comparison. Credit: Nature, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y Schematic diagram illustrating the mechanism of plastic deformation in the cubic structure of the oxygen-rich high-entropy alloy (HEA). a) In the oxygen-high entropy alloys, the ordered oxygen complexes (OOCs) acted on dislocations in mechanical strain studies. b) During the initial stages of plastic deformation, the planar slip still prevailed. c) Once the dislocations encountered severely distorted interstitial-enriched OOCs, cross-slip is promoted due to their strong pinning effects. d) This results in massive dislocation multiplications. e) More and more dislocations are pinned by OOCs, and dipolar walls emerged as the strain increased to promote work hardening of the material, eventually leading to higher ductility. Credit: Nature, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y Researchers present new strategy for extending ductility in a single-phase alloy Engineering strong, tough (damage-tolerant) materials traditionally requires striking a compromise between hardness and ductility. In the new study, oxygen complexes were structurally ordered in nanoscale regions within the HEA characterized by oxygen, zirconium and titanium (O, Zr, Ti)-rich atomic complexes. Formation of these complexes was promoted by chemical short-range ordering among matrix elements within the HEAs. In face-centered cubic HEAs, carbon was reported to improve strength and ductility by lowering stacking fault energy and increasing lattice friction stress. By contrast, ordered interstitial complexes described by Lei et al. mediated a strain-harvesting mechanism with potential for specific use in Ti, Zr, and Hf (Hafnium)-containing alloys. Interstitial elements are usually highly undesirable in such metal alloys due to their embrittlement effects and since tuning the stacking fault energy and exploitation of thermal transfer had not previously led to property enhancement in other alloys. The novel study results therefore provided insight to the role of interstitial solid solutions and the associated mechanisms of strengthening metallic materials. The work is now published in Nature. Explore further Citation: Enhanced strength and ductility in a high-entropy alloy via ordered oxygen complexes (2018, November 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-strength-ductility-high-entropy-alloy-oxygen.html Oxygen is an abundant element that can form undesired impurities or ceramic phases in metallic materials, while doping the element on metal can render substrates brittle. During interactions with metallic alloys, oxygen takes a state between oxide particles and frequently occurring random interstitials to form ordered oxygen complexes. In a new study, materials scientists Zhinfeng Lei and co-workers observed that unlike in traditional interstitial strengthening, such ordered interstitial complexes could form high-entropy alloys (HEAs) with unprecedented enhancement in strength and ductility in compositionally complex solid solutions. When the scientists doped a model TiZrHfNb HEA with 2.0 atomic percent (2 at%) oxygen, they observed substantially enhanced tensile strength and ductility, breaking a longstanding conflict on strength and ductility trade-off. 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.center_img Statistical analysis of STEM-HAADF and corresponding annular bright field (ABF) images conducted thereafter demonstrated that oxygen preferred interstitial positions adjacent to light-atom-rich lattice sites. Such preference was not observed in the N-2 HEA. In accordance with the solid-solution strengthening model proposed by Fleischer, the calculations for O-2 and N-2 HEAs confirmed their hardening mechanisms were of interstitial nature. Yet, unlike traditional interstitial strengthening that embrittled alloys, the presence of oxygen simultaneously increased both strength and ductility in the b.c.c TiZrHfNb HEA. The key question posed by the substructure analysis is why the addition of interstitial oxygen greatly enhanced the alloy’s work hardening capacity and ductility, compared to nitrogen-containing complexes. During plastic deformation, dislocations are typically stored and arranged in ordered patterns in metal alloys. To study such dislocation patterns in more detail, the researchers conducted high-resolution aberration-corrected STEM characterization of pre-strained specimens. At the nanoscale, oxygen-containing complexes severely distorted the local lattice, causing a large strain field around them. During deformation, the ordered oxygen complexes (OOCs) interacted with dislocations as revealed by STEM images. To further illuminate the intrinsic mechanisms at the atomic scale, the scientists conducted aberration-corrected STEM. At this point, they observed that the intrinsic features of OOCs in the O-2 HEA alloy variant enabled high work hardening due to dipolar walls that emerged with increasing stress that eventually led to higher ductility in the oxygen doped materials. Such complex-dislocation dynamics were not observed for the N-2 HEA, leading to comparatively modest ductility as a result. More information: Zhifeng Lei et al. Enhanced strength and ductility in a high-entropy alloy via ordered oxygen complexes, Nature (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y Robert O. Ritchie. The conflicts between strength and toughness, Nature Materials (2011). DOI: 10.1038/nmat3115 Zhiming Li et al. Metastable high-entropy dual-phase alloys overcome the strength–ductility trade-off, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature17981 Microscopic structure. a, b) Synchrotron high-energy XRD and the corresponding electron back-scattering diffraction patterns of the as-cast equiatomic TiZrHfNb and the interstitially doped solid-solution HEAs. All the as-cast HEAs have single b.c.c. lattice structure. c–e) STEM-HAADF images for the [011] b.c.c. crystal axis with differently adjusted contrast to reveal the existence of chemical short-range ordering in the O-2 HEA (TiZrHfNb)98O2, and the corresponding STEM-ABF image that reveals the ordered oxygen complexes (OOCs). Red squares represent the Zr/Ti-rich regions and yellow squares indicate the Hf/Nb-rich regions. The inset in e is an enlarged view of the OOCs, with the white arrows indicating the positions of the oxygen atom columns. f) Atom probe tomography three-dimensional reconstruction from the analysis of a specimen from the O-2 HEA. The threshold for the iso-composition surface is 3.0 at% O, highlighting the presence of OOCs. g) O composition profile as a function of the distance to the interface for a selection of particles (left axis) and evolution of the composition of the main constituents relative to their respective matrix composition (right axis). The inset shows a close-up of one such OOC, along with the {011} atomic plane imaged within the reconstruction. Ni is the number of the ith atom, while Ci and Ci, matrix are the concentrations of the ith atom in the OOCs and in the matrix, respectively. Credit: Nature, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y In the study, the researchers investigated the base alloy TiZrHfNb and its optimally oxygen-doped variant (TiZrHfNb)98O2 (denoted as O-2 HEA here on) for comparison, alongside an interstitial variant with 2.0 atomic percent nitrogen (TiZrHfNb)98N2, hitherto referred as N-2 HEA. Mechanical properties of the three types of HEAs were observed using tensile stress-strain curves. A strong strengthening effect was observed for both oxygen- and nitrogen-doped HEAs. As expected from conventional interstitial strengthening, the ductility of the N-2 HEA reduced. Addition of 0.2 at% (atomic percent) oxygen to the base HEA (TiZrHfNb) improved its strength and ductility. A substantial work-hardening effect was observed for O-2 HEA compared to base-HEA and N-2 HEA, to impart an unexpected increase in ductility to the oxygen doped material. The addition of more than 3.0 at% oxygen, however, led to deterioration of the observed mechanical properties. The findings by Lei et al. showed that the strength-ductility conflict could be overcome for a class of metal alloys (HEAs), while demonstrating a completely new type of strain-hardening mechanism based on ordered interstitial complexes. The resulting high strain-hardening reserve led to increased strength and ductility. By itself, the base HEA (TiZrHfNb) is not suited for use in high-temperature applications due to oxidation problems. Alloying with antioxidant elements such as Al, Si and Cr could improve resistance to oxidation with HEAs – as also previously seen in HEA designs. The authors recommend application of such ordered interstitial strengthening mechanisms to a wider range of other alloy material classes for improved strength-ductility and strain-hardening during the development of advanced materials. Dislocation movements during deformation of the O-2 HEA. Credit: Nature, doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0685-y © 2018 Science X Network The observations revealed regions of light atoms (Ti, Zr-rich) and regions rich in heavy atoms (Nb, Hf-rich) in the O-2 HEA. Similar zones also appeared in STEM images of the base and N-2 HEAs to confirm chemical short-range ordering among the metallic matrix elements as an inherent feature of HEAs. During deformation in any one of the three alloys, no phase transformation occurred. Ex-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and in-situ mechanical testing confirmed that deformation of the three alloys occurred similarly via the process of dislocation glide. , Nature Materialslast_img read more