Painful memories kept many residential school survivors from filing claim until deadline

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was a significant date.For the thousands who survived the worst abuses at residential schools, midnight Wednesday was the deadline to apply for the independent assessment process.Many survivors struggling with the idea of bringing up a painful past left the decision to file their claim to the last minute.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more on this story.last_img

Swimmers earn spot on US National Team

The red, white and blue are getting a little help from the Scarlet and Gray.Ohio State swimmers Elliot Keefer and Tim Phillips have been named to the U.S. Men’s National Team, and will compete in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships in Irvine, Calif., on Aug. 18-22. OSU is the only university to boast two undergraduate swimmers on the U.S. team.“Representing Ohio State here is just awesome because there aren’t a lot of Big Ten schools there, so representing Ohio State and the Big Ten on the national stage is awesome,” said Keefer, a senior from Loveland, Ohio. “And it doesn’t get any better than representing your country.”The two Buckeyes made the U.S. Team for their performances at the 2010 ConocoPhillips U.S. National Championships in Irvine last weekend. Keefer placed third in the 200m breaststroke and Phillips placed third in the 100m butterfly.Qualifying for the U.S. Team now gives them a chance to join an even better team, as they are close to making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Both will be headed to London if they improve to second place on their strokes at the 2012 Olympic Trials.“It’s going be tough,” Keefer said. “It’s going to be a lot of training but I’m hoping to keep dropping my times. I’ll just keep working my way up, making baby steps and make my way up with the best guys there.”The Pan Pacific Championships will be the first international competition for Keefer, who won the Big Ten Conference Championship in 2010 for the 100m breaststroke, and was a three-event All-American at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Phillips has competed internationally on three Junior National Teams in 2008 and 2009, but he believes being on the U.S. Team will top those experiences.“It’s a feeling that you can’t describe,” said Phillips, a sophomore from Vienna, W. Va. “I’m assuming it’s a lot better than what it’s been like on the Junior Team because now I’ll be competing for the big National Team, and I feel like it’s going to be an experience out of this world.”Phillips was an All-American in four events as a freshman, and was the Big Ten runner-up in the 100m butterfly in 2010. Although the 2012 Olympics will coincide with his junior year at OSU, he remains undecided on his plans for that year.“I’m going to see how this summer and next summer go and make a decision on what my junior year will be school wise,” Phillips said. “I may take a year off to train, but I’m really not sure. It’s a couple years out and I haven’t discussed that yet.”Keefer and Phillips are still in Irvine with the U.S. Team. As they prepare for the Pan Pacific Championships, OSU swimming coach Bill Wadley is excited about their upcoming events.“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for these young men, and it’s just a great thrill for me as a coach to be able to support and help encourage them to reach this level of excellence,” Wadley said. “They’re extremely coachable, talented young men who’ve come a long way, not just in one year, but over several years.”Aside from being teammates, the two have been close friends ever since Phillips went to live with Keefer during the summer of his freshman year. Despite only being a sophomore, Keefer expects Phillips to help him lead the Buckeyes this season.“Tim and I have a great friendship,” Keefer said. “He’s a very talented individual who’s going to have so much experience at a younger level. He’ll be able to lead as a younger teammate as well and help support what me and other seniors have to do this year.”The team will need leadership from both of them after graduating 12 seniors from last season’s Big Ten Conference Championship team that finished in ninth in the NCAA Championships. “It will be a little bit of a rebuilding year, but we definitely have enough talent to do it,” Keefer said. “My job will be to lead and drive the troops toward that goal and get a top ten finish in NCAA [Championships].”Although they have their work cut out for them, Wadley knows Keefer and Phillips have the right attitude and dedication to not only to lead OSU next year, but also to accomplish their goals for international competition.“They give it up in practice,” Wadley said. “I can’t tell you the last time I had to tell them to work harder. They’re just the kind of young men that are self-motivated, self-driven and love what they do.” read more

SEMAFO Construction of Boungou mine on schedule

first_imgConstruction of SEMAFO’s 90%-owned Boungou mine in Burkina Faso is progressing well and is on schedule for commissioning of the open-pit mine in the second half of 2018. As at June 30, 2017, the following key components had been advanced:Development on schedule with $69 million spentConstruction of the mine 35% completeConcrete works are progressing on the SAG, Vertimill, crusher and surge bin foundationsErection of the leach and water tanks has commencedOn-site delivery of the vertimill, the first long-lead itemWork has commenced on the power plant and fuel depotWater storage facility has been excavated and is ready to collect 2017 rainwaterPre-strip mining at the Boungou deposit has commencedConstruction of the resettlement village 65% complete1,540 personnel including contractors were employed on site, 93% of whom are Burkinabe1.1 million man-hours have been worked without lost-time injury.The table below presents the construction milestones for the Boungou Mine and their level of completion:The picture shows the first concrete pour.The Boungou permit, which contains the Natougou deposit, lies within the Diapaga Greenstone Belt, a northeast-southwest orientated belt that extends over 250 km in length and over 50 km in width. SEMAFO holds four contiguous permits, collectively known as the Tapoa Permit Group, covering approximately 70 km in strike length along the Diapaga belt. Laterite and alluvium cover extensive (lateral) portions of the permit however both are generally less than 10 m in thickness. Highlights:Processing: 4,000 t/d in a CIP plantMine life: +7 yearsCapital expenditures: $231 millionAfter-tax 5% NPV: $262 million at base case of $1,100/oz AuAfter-tax project IRR: 48% at $1,250/oz AuDuring the first three years; average production of + 226,000 oz, average total cash cost of $283/oz, average all-in sustaining cost of $374/ozAverage head grade of 5.72 g/t Au.During the second quarter of 2017, a total of 23,700 m was drilled in 156 holes, completing the infill programs (40-m by 40-m hole spacing) on the West and East Flank Sectors, with 49,400 m in 326 holes, of the Boungou reserves pit. Results continue to be in line with the 80-m x 80-m model. The East Flank, although much smaller, has a similar structure to that of the West Flank.The geotechnical drilling program on the East and West Flanks has also been completed. Samples have been sent to Rocklab in South Africa to establish engineering parameters.last_img read more

How would you rate Pope Francis first year in office

first_imgPOPE FRANCIS TODAY celebrates one year in office, and have so far been swaddled in a blanket of approval world leaders would die for, and one that most of his predecessors could only dream of.But he also knows that there is more to being pontiff than good PR, although after 12 months the @Pontifex brand is still thriving.Bigger challenges lie ahead as Francis seeks to engineer a renaissance of his Church after years of scandals caused by paedophile priests and corruption and intrigue within the Vatican bureaucracy.Spreading the word of God via Twitter, posing for selfies, paying his own hotel bills and washing the feet of young offenders – all have proved to be inspired moves for the erstwhile Jorge Mario Bergoglio.Of course Pope Francis had to end up in a selfie at some stage. (Image Credit: Fabio M. Ragona via Twitter)The 77-year-old is not only lovable, he’s also become accepted as an icon – his first year has been marked by appearances on the covers of an unlikely trio of US magazines.He was Time’s person of the year for 2013. Esquire declared him their best-dressed man and Rolling Stone just decided: “He rocks.”Church attendances are said to be rising across the world and pilgrims are flocking to Rome in unprecedented numbers.Child-abuseEven a UN report accusing the Catholic Church of having covered up for tens of thousands of child-abusing priests failed to dent the impression that Francis is serious about reshaping the Church in his own open and forgiving image.Questions raised at the time of his appointment over whether he might have done more to oppose the 1970s military junta in his native Argentina also seem to have melted away.However, while things appear to be rosey, they could be a little bit more so.Within the walls of Vatican City, Francis’s popularity is not universally acclaimed as a positive sign amongst traditionalists suspicious of the new pope’s desire to reach out to believers who have abandoned regular interaction with the Church.He confronted a giant chocolate statue of himself last month. (Image Credit: AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano)That has involved striking a more compassionate, understanding tone on the vexed issues of the Church’s attitudes to homosexuality and its treatment of divorced people.Francis made waves early in his papacy by telling journalists:“If someone is gay and seeks the Lord with good will, who am I to judge?”More than any other, that remark helped secure the Time man of the year accolade, but Vatican insiders insist it would be wrong to infer from it that Francis is bent on breaking with established doctrine on this or any other issue.Instead, his approach consists of finding practical ways to enable the Church to overcome the many chasms that have opened up between what it officially teaches, on an issue such as contraception for example, and what, in practice, most of its followers believe.That will be the focus for a major synod on the family which Francis has called for later this year and which some observers have billed as potentially defining his papacy.So far, he has always found the time to connect closely with his flock. (Image Credit: AP Photo/Osservatore Romano)The synod has been preceded by an unprecedented process of consultation of ordinary Catholics around the world.Traditionalists have seen this as potentially opening the door to an “a la carte” version of Catholicism in which the faithful are allowed to buy into or opt out of parts of official doctrine, as long as they keep turning up for mass.One of the pope’s closest counsellors, the German Cardinal Walter Kasper, has dismissed this as untrue.One year in, it is evolution not revolution that is on the menu in Rome.- © AFP, 2014Read: Jorge Bergoglio’s first words as Pope Francis >Pope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’ >Column: Pope Francis’ new and modern rhetoric is refreshing >More: This nearly 30-year-old car is set to replace the Popemobile* >last_img read more

Droid Razr drops to 200 loses SD card

first_imgHigh-end Android phones tend to launch at sky-high prices, but it also doesn’t take long for them to drop. The latest example of this is the Motorola Droid Razr. With the impending launch of its psuedo-sequel, the Droid Razr Maxx, the standard version of the handset is getting a $100 price cut.Unfortunately for prospective customers, the price isn’t the only thing that the Razr is losing. The 16GB SD card, which was previously included with the phone, is no longer part of the deal. It, of course, still has a working microSD card slot, but it’s a BYOSD (bring your own SD) party from now on. The original Droid Razr does, however, also have 16GB of internal storage.Though the Droid Razr was easily one of the top smartphones of 2011, it may be wise to hold off on this new deal and snag the upcoming Droid Razr Maxx. Not only does it still give you that 16GB SD card (32GB total storage), but you also get an upgraded battery. It packs 3300 mAh of lithium-ion juice, which is nearly double the capacity of the 1780 mAh battery in the original.There is, however, a tradeoff. The Razr Maxx’s bigger battery adds about 2mm of thickness to the original Droid Razr. Though the Razr Maxx is still a relatively thin smartphone (about the same thickness as the Galaxy Nexus), thinness is what the Razr line is sold on. When that’s compromised, you may have a more well-rounded device, but you also have a device without a clear identity — or a compelling reason to buy it over the Ice Cream Sandwich-running Galaxy Nexus.The new price for the original Droid Razr is listed as a pre-order. It will likely go into effect on or around January 26, the date that the Droid Razr Maxx is set to release.More at Verizon via MobileBurnlast_img read more

De Rossi I am AS Roma property

first_imgAS Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi has revealed the pressure he deals with as a “symbol of Roma” and declares himself as “the property of Roma fans.”De Rossi opens up about the weight of the expectations on his shoulders and has reiterated his commitment to AS Roma and their fans, ahead of their match Chievo on Sunday.“Do you know what it means to be a symbol of Roma? It is an enormous responsibility that you always carry on your shoulders. It means you have no choice,” he told Il Romanista newspaper.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“When in the past I had offers or we were on the verge of bankruptcy or when things weren’t going well, when someone calls it isn’t you that replies, because I am Roma in the sense that I am property of Roma, of the fans of Roma.“I Daniele De Rossi am the property of the Roma fans.”last_img read more

Figo defends Ronaldo after red card incident

first_imgFormer Real Madrid star Luis Figo has come to the defence of fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo after his controversial red card during Juventus’ UEFA Champions League Group H opener against Valencia.The five-time Balon D’Or winner was shown a red straight red card after an incident with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo during Juventus 2-0 victory over Los Che.Ronaldo appeared to tap the head of the Colombian defender and the official standing behind the goal called the attention of German referee Felix Brych to the incident, who in turn sent Ronaldo off.However, Luis Figo, who captained the Portuguese national team during his time insists his former international teammate shouldn’t have been sent off for the incident.Figo who played for Barcelona and Real Madrid during his playing time was asked about the incident by Marca and the ex-Inter Milan winger said that Ronaldo did not deserve a red card. He said:Rumour: Juventus enter the race for Neymar George Patchias – August 20, 2019 A dark horse has emerged in the race for Neymar’s signature, Juventus have thrown their name in the hat.According to sources close to Spanish…“The red card given to Ronaldo seemed exaggerated.“Because after all I do not think I did not know what I was doing and I was not bit difficult “.Ronaldo is expected to miss Juventus’ second group game against Swiss side Young Boys due to suspension.However, should be available for a return to Old Trafford when Juventus travel to England to face Manchester United.last_img read more

Mary Kay Letourneau jailed in Seattle

first_imgFormer teacher Mary Kay Letourneau (leh-TUR’-noh), who made headlines after she had sex with her 12-year-old student, is back in jail in Seattle.KIRO reports that she was arrested Sunday night and booked into the King County Jail early Monday for failing to appear in court for a suspended driver’s license case. She was held with bail set at $5,000.The Burien teacher became tabloid fodder in the 1990s when she was convicted of raping the sixth-grade boy when she was 34. She served a prison sentence and married her former student, Vili Fualaau, in 2005 when he was 22.last_img read more

RMG workers minimum wage fixed at Tk 8000 Minister

first_imgWorkers at a factory. File PhotoThe government has fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8000, said state minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu, reports UNB.The decision will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification, said the state minister while briefing reporters at his ministry on Thursday afternoon.The new wage has been fixed following the Bangladesh Labour Law as there is a provision to re-fix wage after a five-year interval. The gazette in this regard will be published by December, said Chunnu.The basic in the new wage is Tk 4100. There has been a 50 per cent salary hike compared to previous times, said the minister.He said the minimum wage was Tk 1662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and Tk 5,300 in 2013.The government formed a new wage board to review the existing wages of the garment industry workers on 14 January. The garment owners proposed Tk 6,000 as the minimum wage, while the demand from workers was Tk 12,000. After bargaining, Tk 7,000 was fixed. But, both the owners and workers did not accept it, said the state minister.Later, prime minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with both parties and fixed the wage. The board disclosed the information about the new wage at a meeting held at its office today, said Chunnu.Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman and wage board head senior district magistrate Syed Amirul Islam were also present at the briefing.The BGMEA president said the new wages of the garment industry workers have been fixed as per the decision of the prime minister.last_img read more

HISD Still Faces Pressure To Improve With New State Ratings

first_imgLaura IsenseeHISD Superintendent Richard Carranza speaking at a press conference.The Houston Independent School District still faces the threat of a state take-over or massive school closures, as some of its struggling schools continued to miss state standards in 2017.That’s according to the new ratings released Tuesday by the Texas Education Agency.In total, ten HISD schools have missed state standards for four years or more. If they don’t improve by next August,  the Texas Education Commissioner could shut them all down — or replace the entire district’s elected school trustees with a board of managers. State lawmakers created the strict timeline and tougher sanctions in 2015, under House Bill 1842.“That is not lost on us. It’s what we wake up thinking about, it’s what we go to bed thinking about, if we actually sleep,” said HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza at a press conference Tuesday. “Because we’re very, very committed and concerned that those schools will have a shot at getting out.”The good news, Carranza said, is that some school already got out of that group of “improvement required” schools. They include Kashmere Gardens Elementary, as News 88.7 reported earlier this week.“What we do every day is take it very serious, making sure that planning is the focus. We have to plan properly and accordingly for each and every child,” said the school’s principal Reggie Bush. “And last but not least, making sure that we eliminate every excuse and believe in the child.”Texas law triggers school closures or a state-appointed board of managers if a school misses state standards for five or more years. The ten HISD schools that must improve by next August are:Blackshear ElementaryDogan ElementaryHenry MiddleHighland Heights ElementaryKashmere High SchoolMading ElementaryWesley ElementaryWheatley High SchoolWoodson SchoolWorthing High SchoolTrustee Anne Sung said that she knows how hard it is to improve a low-performing school, because she taught at one in Gulfton — formerly Lee High School, now known as Wisdom High. But it’s possible, Sung said.“If we raise academic standards for our students, get really focused on delivering the best quality instruction to them, and also put the  wrap around supports around our schools and families that they need to come to school ready to learn each day, when those ingredients are in place, we can work miracles,” Sung said.Overall, 90 percent of HISD’s 278 schools met state standards. However, the TEA still considers 27 schools in HISD failing. Some of those schools were new on the watch-list, including: Fondren Elementary, Attucks Middle, Looscan Elementary and Sharpstown High School.Carranza said that he’s confident the district will meet its task — and pledged that he won’t close schools to avoid a state take-over.“I’m always a half-full kind of guy. I’m incredibly excited, I’m incredibly buoyed by the results that we have,” he said. “I think the future looks very good. The future has some real trouble spots in front of it, not the least of which … is the ten schools that this year must academically accelerate to get out of the ‘improvement required’ status.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share X 00:00 /01:08last_img read more

For Girls In The Texas Foster Care System Teen Pregnancy Is 5

first_imgBas SilderhuisAfter entering Texas’ foster care system in 2006, the day after her 14th birthday, Unisha Curry bounced around anywhere from nine to 11 foster homes. In one of her final homes, she had three foster sisters who were teen mothers.One foster sister gave birth in middle school, the father of her child fleeing to another country. Two others gave birth in high school.Two of her foster sisters’ children were taken away from them by Child Protective Services, Curry told The Texas Tribune. The third had her child with her in the foster home. Curry said her foster sisters, especially the ones who had their children taken away, struggled with the complexities of becoming parents, being in foster care and carrying the weight of sexual and abusive trauma — all before reaching adulthood. “They were depressed a lot because they didn’t have their child with them,” Curry recalled. “They were emotionally wounded from that.”Curry’s foster sisters were a part of a larger population of teen parents in Texas’ foster care system. According to a report released Sunday by child welfare policy organization Texans Care for Children, compared to other teen girls in the state, those in Texas’ foster care system or who have just left it have a much higher risk to become pregnant or becoming teen parents. In 2017, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services reported that 332 foster care youth were pregnant, along with 218 youth in foster care who were parents, the report says. Moreover, according to data from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas’ teen pregnancy rate was 1.2 percent in 2015 — already one of the highest in the country — but the rate in the foster care system was almost five times higher at 5.7 percent.“As you can imagine, teen pregnancy in foster care puts the teen and the baby at a high risk in a number of ways, including a high risk of the baby being removed by CPS and placed in foster care,” Kate Murphy, senior child welfare policy associate at Texans Care for Children said in a statement.The study lists a variety of factors that put foster care teens at risk of becoming pregnant, including lack of supportive and loving relationships, instability in foster care and stressful or traumatic situations such as child abuse or neglect.“For foster youth, the state of Texas is the parent in that role,” said Molly Clayton, executive director of the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.“That creates some confusion and complexity around who has the responsibility and the assistance to teach a foster youth about relationships and about sex.”In the 2017 legislative session, lawmakers passed numerous child welfare-related bills, including giving the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services a $4 billion budget for hiring and providing raises for caseworkers and expanding payments to foster care families and other providers.“The Department of Family and Protective Services, caregivers, medical providers and Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) providers work together to ensure that children in our care are educated and have access to the healthcare they need,” Department of Family and Protective Services spokesperson Lisa Block said in an emailed statement. “We are continually evaluating and working to improve the programs provided to youth in our care.”Clayton recognized the state’s work to improve the system but says it could do more.“We could do a much better job as a state ensuring that every young person — regardless of the family situation — learns about healthy relationships and human anatomy and reproductive health by changing education requirements to include medically accurate, inclusive health and sexual health education for all Texas students,” Clayton said. The report recommends educating foster youth on healthy relationships and giving them access to health services to both prevent pregnancy and ensure the health of the mother and baby. It also suggests providing support and coaching for individuals who are already pregnant and emphasizes the state’s need to provide pregnant and youth parents with skills to become successful parents.Kristen Plastino, a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and director of UT Teen Health, said child welfare workers have a passion to work with foster youth but that high staff turnovers make it difficult for foster care children to have stability with workers. Plastino recommends that organizations support staff more by providing professional development and de-stressing techniques.“Relationships are key — we know that,” Plastino said. “There’s not a one-size-fits-all for youth or foster care youth.”Curry, now 26, has been out of the foster system for eight years. She is working part-time and completing her bachelor’s degree, while continuing to be an advocate for foster youth — especially for those like her foster sisters. “The situation calls for the mother to receive additional health [care] to get her to a place to be able take care of her children,” Curry said. “I think that the children should be with their mothers.” Sharelast_img read more

Battery embedded in circuit board demonstrated at Tokyo exhibition

first_img Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Looking to the future of powering mobile devices, Japanese company Oki Printed Circuits recently demonstrated a prototype of a 0.8-mm-thick printed circuit board embedded with a 170-μm-thick rechargeable all-solid-state Lithium-ion battery. The prototype was on display at the JPCA Show 2010 in Tokyo last week, and the company hopes to bring the product to market next year. 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. Citation: Battery embedded in circuit board demonstrated at Tokyo exhibition (2010, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-06-battery-embedded-circuit-board-tokyo.html Panasonic Starts Mass-Production of High-Capacity 3.1 Ah Lithium-ion Battery More information: via: Tech-On and The Green Optimistic So far, there have been only a few circuit boards that have come with integrated energy devices. For instance, some circuit boards in mobile phones have embedded double layer capacitors to store energy, but these capacitors tend to have problems with high leak currents that increase the number of charges and drain the battery faster than normal. On the other hand, embedding the entire battery into a circuit board makes it possible to reduce leak currents and the number of charges, as well as reduce the peak power of the system. Oki Printed Circuits’ embedded thin-film battery, which is a product of Infinite Power Solutions, has an output voltage of 4.2V and a 0.7mAh capacity. With these parameters, the device could turn an LED lamp off and on, as demonstrated at the exhibition. If the battery’s power can be scaled up in the future, it might also be used to power other electronic devices.An article at The Green Optimistic mentions another potential future application of embedded batteries: “Electric cars could also benefit from an embedded battery that is spread all over the vehicle in independent modules that could power various parts of the car. When they break, the embedded batteries would also be changed easily and cheaper than if a total replacement of a unique and bigger battery would be needed.”Oki Printed Circuits plans to expand the applications of the technology with several corporate partners, and hopes to commercialize the device in 2011. (Left) The printed circuit board embedded with a thin-film rechargeable battery. (Right) The prototype lights an LED lamp. Image credit: Oki Printed Circuits. © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Chiral superconductivity experimentally demonstrated for the first time

first_img Citation: Chiral superconductivity experimentally demonstrated for the first time (2017, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-chiral-superconductivity-experimentally.html © 2017 Phys.org Quantum obstacle course changes material from superconductor to insulator When a magnetic field is applied parallel to a superconducting chiral nanotube, electric signals travel in one direction only. (Left) Illustration and (right) electron diffraction pattern of a single tungsten disulfide nanotube. Credit: Qin et al. Nature Communications Journal information: Nature Communications (Phys.org)—Scientists have found that a superconducting current flows in only one direction through a chiral nanotube, marking the first observation of the effects of chirality on superconductivity. Until now, superconductivity has only been demonstrated in achiral materials, in which the current flows in both directions equally.center_img Explore further The team of researchers, F. Qin et al., from Japan, the US, and Israel, have published a paper on the first observation of chiral superconductivity in a recent issue of Nature Communications. Chiral superconductivity combines two typically unrelated concepts in a single material: Chiral materials have mirror images that are not identical, similar to how left and right hands are not identical because they cannot be superimposed one on top of the other. And superconducting materials can conduct an electric current with zero resistance at very low temperatures.Observing chiral superconductivity has been experimentally challenging due to the material requirements. Although carbon nanotubes are superconducting, chiral, and commonly available, so far researchers have only successfully demonstrated superconducting electron transport in nanotube assemblies and not in individual nanotubes, which are required for this purpose. “The most important significance of our work is that superconductivity is realized in an individual nanotube for the first time,” coauthor Toshiya Ideue at The University of Tokyo told Phys.org. “It enables us to search for exotic superconducting properties originating from the characteristic (tubular or chiral) structure.”The achievement is only possible with a new two-dimensional superconducting material called tungsten disulfide, a type of transition metal dichalcogenide, which is a new class of materials that have potential applications in electronics, photonics, and other areas. The tungsten disulfide nanotubes are superconducting at low temperatures using a method called ionic liquid gating and also have a chiral structure. In addition, it’s possible to run a superconducting current through an individual tungsten disulfide nanotube.When the researchers ran a current through one of these nanotubes and cooled the device down to 5.8 K, the current became superconducting—in this case, meaning its normal resistance dropped by half. When the researchers applied a magnetic field parallel to the nanotube, they observed small antisymmetric signals that travel in one direction only. These signals are negligibly small in nonchiral superconducting materials, and the researchers explain that the chiral structure is responsible for strongly enhancing these signals.”The asymmetric electric transport is realized only when a magnetic field is applied parallel to the tube axis,” Ideue said. “If there is no magnetic field, current should flow symmetrically. We note that electric current should be asymmetric (if the magnetic field is applied parallel to the tube axis) even in the normal state (non-superconducting region), but we could not see any discernible signals in the normal state yet, interestingly, it shows a large enhancement in the superconducting region.”Currently, the researchers aren’t exactly sure what causes the asymmetric electric transport in the chiral superconducting nanotubes. They plan to further investigate these mechanisms in the future, which would reveal new insight into the relationship between superconductivity and chirality. “Our next plan is to understand the microscopic mechanism of the observed phenomena,” Ideue said. “In addition, we will try to verify the universality of the nonreciprocal superconducting transport and its enhancement in the superconducting region.”Although it may be too early to tell what kinds of applications chiral superconductivity might have, the researchers explain that the one-way effect shares similarities with existing technologies.”One thing we can say is that nonreciprocal electric transport can be understood as a ‘rectification effect’ or ‘diode-like functionality’ (if it is large) so that it might be used to realize a ‘superconducting diode’ which could have potential applications for superconducting circuits,” Ideue said. More information: “Superconductivity in a chiral nanotube.” Nature Communications. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14465AbstractChirality of materials are known to affect optical, magnetic and electric properties, causing a variety of nontrivial phenomena such as circular dichiroism for chiral molecules, magnetic Skyrmions in chiral magnets and nonreciprocal carrier transport in chiral conductors. On the other hand, effect of chirality on superconducting transport has not been known. Here we report the nonreciprocity of superconductivity—unambiguous evidence of superconductivity reflecting chiral structure in which the forward and backward supercurrent flows are not equivalent because of inversion symmetry breaking. Such superconductivity is realized via ionic gating in individual chiral nanotubes of tungsten disulfide. The nonreciprocal signal is significantly enhanced in the superconducting state, being associated with unprecedented quantum Little-Parks oscillations originating from the interference of supercurrent along the circumference of the nanotube. The present results indicate that the nonreciprocity is a viable approach toward the superconductors with chiral or noncentrosymmetric structures. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 and Out Middlekauffs 2018 College Football Playoff Predictions

first_img Advertisement Follow John on Twitter at @JohnMiddlekauff and download and subscribe to the 3 and Out on Apple, iHeart or wherever you download your podcasts now! Rate 5 Stars and leave your questions in the iTunes comments and John will answer them every week. Middlekauff turns his attention to college football this week with his 2018 preview. He picks his Final Four, his surprise team, and breakout players.John also talk with Fox Sports NFL play-by-play announcer Kevin Burkhardt on the upcoming NFL season storylines, his path to the NFL broadcast booth, his first break in the business, and his prep routine.Also, tons of listener questions in Middlekauff’s Mailbag.last_img read more

2015 Collaboration Trends That Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know

first_img How Success Happens Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read December 18, 2014 Listen Now No entrepreneur is an island. None of us finds success without a little help from those around us. Effective collaboration is paramount for business success, whether starting your first business or your fifth.A recent ebook featuring industry experts and analysts commissioned by my company, PGi, explored the 2015 trends in technology and collaboration that it believes will have the most impact on businesses around the world.It’s vital that entrepreneurs stay on top of the changing landscapes of how teams, departments and businesses work together most effectively. Your time is invaluable, and wasting that time through ineffective communication or collaboration simply isn’t an option.Here are three of the major trends my company identified and why you should care about them:Related: Learn to Refine Crude 1. Big data.Big data is not exactly a new trend; every organization — large or small — has to prove the value of every initiative it undertakes. But as the technology to collect and analyze data has become more sophisticated and readily available, the deluge can drown you if you’re not careful. Or even worse, you can drown it out.Anyone can collect data, but the difference makers moving forward will be those that can turn those mountains of data into action through sharing, analysis and application.Every decision you make as an entrepreneur is infinitely more perilous than a larger organization that has the resources to easily make mistakes and course correct. By understanding how to intelligently apply the data you’re collecting, you can make those decisions more confidently.Related: 4 Surprising Ways to Use Google+ for Business2  Asynchronous vs. synchronous.Generally, collaboration technologies fall into one of two categories: synchronous, or real-time solutions like web conferencing and conference calls, and asynchronous, or near-time solutions, such as email, online workspaces and project-management tools.The seamless integration of both types of collaboration is more important than ever before for attracting and retaining top talent by facilitating different work styles and work flows. It also makes it easier to bridge international boundaries by not requiring everyone to be in the same place at the same time to get work done.Empowering your people to work whenever, wherever and however they choose not only improves their productivity and loyalty, but it also breaks down all barriers between you and the talent you need.You can literally expand your network across the globe without worrying about miscommunications or collaboration logistics. Thanks to asynchronous methods and by combining various collaboration methods, it’s easier to get a business up and running without the overhead of office space and equipment.3. BYOD and mobile device management.The notion of bringing your own device to work isn’t even a conversation for startups. It’s often the only option for getting a team up and running. But even for larger organizations, BYOD is increasingly the law of the land as savvier workers expect to bring their favorite devices and applications into the workplace.But there are still security challenges, and systems like mobile device management are becoming more commonplace to combat the loss of data and sensitive company information.Your data, your ideas, your plans, your strategies are the lifeblood of your new venture. Without the resources of a sprawling IT department, you and your teams will likely be relying on your own mobile devices. Understanding how to protect information moving in and out of your business can potentially prevent catastrophe. And software-as-a-service solutions combined with mobile applications make device management easier to deploy, maintain and afford.Working together effectively and leveraging technology to make smarter decisions are invaluable strategies for entrepreneurs at any stage or experience level. Staying in the know and on top of changing trends will prepare you, your team and your business for success.Related: The Threat Lurking in Bringing Your Own Device to Work Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible.last_img read more

Wild World Cup morning Suárez gets four month suspension two Ghana stars

first_imgRelated posts:USA plan to go on offensive against Belgium during World Cup clash Belgium overcomes Tim Howard and the United States to reach quarterfinals In Argentina and Germany, World Cup Final features soccer royalty End Game! Germany wins 2014 World Cup Uruguay star Luis Suárez was suspended for nine matchesfor biting an opponent on Thursday as World Cup chiefs struck back with the heaviest sanction against a player in the tournament’s history.Suárez, who sank his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during his team’s Group D win on Tuesday, was also banned from all football activity for four months and fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000).“Such behavior cannot be tolerated on any football pitch, and in particular not at a FIFA World Cup when the eyes of millions of people are on the stars on the field,” FIFA Disciplinary Committee chief Claudio Sulser said.FIFA acted as a new scandal hit the tournament with Ghana indefinitely suspending top players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng following a dispute over bonuses. Ghana play Portugal on Thursday.The Suárez suspension takes effect immediately and he will not be able to play in Uruguay’s second round match against Colombia on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, even if he appeals.The four month ban from football activity means he will also be prevented from entering the stadium for Saturday’s game. It will also hit his club career with Liverpool in England’s Premier League.The sanction was the toughest ever handed down for foul play at a World Cup, surpassing the eight-match ban against Italy’s Mauro Tassotti in 1994 for an elbowing incident that broke the nose of Spain’s Luis Enrique.It is the third time Liverpool star Suárez has been banned for biting players following incidents in 2010 in the Dutch league and 2013 in England. He also received a long ban in 2011 for racially abusing Manchester United’s French international Patrice Evra. All those factors came into play when FIFA announced the suspension.Uruguay football officials had argued against a ban, insisting Suárez had not bitten anyone and claiming the player was the victim of a media witch-hunt.Uruguayan President José Mujica had led the defense of the 27-year-old, telling reporters on Wednesday: “I did not see him bite anyone.”But the speed and severity of FIFA’s punishment reflected the widespread revulsion throughout the football world at an incident which was captured clearly on television footage.There was also photographic evidence of Chiellini’s bite mark that he tried to show the referee immediately following the incident.Chiellini himself told Italian television: “He bit me, it’s clear, I still have the mark.”Suárez sought to play down the incident in comments to Uruguayan television, claiming Chiellini had charged into him.“There are things that happen on the pitch and you should not make such a big deal out of them,” Suárez said.Two Ghana removed from teamElsewhere Thursday more controversy erupted in the Ghana camp, with star players Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng kicked out of the African giants squad following bust-ups with management.The Ghana Football Association accused Muntari, 29, of attacking a member of the management team, Moses Armah. Boateng, 27, is said to have verbally abused national team coach Kwesi Appiah.The suspension came one day after the Ghana government said it was airlifting $3 million to Brazil to resolve a financial dispute with players, who boycotted training on Monday in protest.Floods hit Recife before US-Germany World Cup showdown‎On the pitch, Germany and the United States were due to play in Recife at 10 a.m., with both teams needing only a draw to progress from Group G.Flooding hit the northeastern Brazilian city hosting the U.S.-Germany World Cup clash, blocking roads and forcing cars to slow through rising water.But the Pernambuco Arena in Recife was not affected and three buses carrying relatives of the German team arrived there without problem, a civil defense spokeswoman, Fabia Gomes, told AFP.Gomes said the heavy rain began Wednesday and could last until Friday. Costa Rica plays Greece in Recife on Sunday.About 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the stadium, some USA fans were spotted trying to hitchhike to the Arena, following reports of major traffic congestion.Group G rivals Ghana and Portugal play simultaneously in Brasilia.That result would see Portugal and Ghana eliminated from the tournament.In later games Belgium will aim to clinch first place in Group H when they play South Korea while Algeria will attempt to reach the last 16 for the first time when they face Russia. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

The Highs and Low of Mortgage Compliance

first_img March 14, 2016 579 Views Share The Highs and Low of Mortgage Compliance in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News Compliance Mortgage Industry The Collingwood Group 2016-03-14 Staff Writer Government agencies are completely changing the pace and manner in which the mortgage industry does business with a host of new regulatory requirements. This, in turn, has caused compliance to become the new focal point for lenders, servicers, and others in this space.Jerry McCoy, Senior Policy Advisor to The Collingwood Group, talked with MReport about the full circle of compliance and how the mortgage industry should be taking on these rules.MReport: What compliance trends are you seeing currently in the housing market?McCoy: I think that we’re seeing a general trend of increased compliance across the landscape, from an origination standpoint as well as on the servicing side of the equation–both from a regulatory standpoint–and when I say regulatory that could be from the state side, it could be from a federal regulator like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), also could be some from the banking regulators or credit union side when I say regulation. So all of those have been increased in relation to the mortgage side in the overall equation. There is an increased emphasis in all of these on really the lens from the consumer side, so I think all of these are focused on what does the consumer side look like. Are they confused? Are they not? The regulatory side has been very edged against. It has dialed up significantly in terms of the equation and I would expect that trend to continue going forward.MReport: How does compliance impact the consumer?McCoy: It’s kind of a full circle if you think about it. So the compliance and regulatory environment–the rules–are focused on really two pieces. One is: does the consumer understand what they have? What they’re getting? What somebody is communicating to them, do they fully understand that? So they can make an informed decision. If you look at it in its core, that is fundamentally what a lot of the compliance components are around. You start there, and then you build rules around it. What rules can you put in place so you can ensure that is fundamentally what is the objective? And then from those rules–now that I have these rules–do those rules become the regulations? Those regulations you then have to turn around as an operator or as a business and ensure they have controls in place to make sure they’re able to meet those regulations. So as a result of that, they have increased levels of validation, asking for more information. There’s a lot more effort that goes in on that side, because the lender has to do more work and effort there. It then turns around and the customer experience is also impacted, because now you’re asking for more information from the customer and so then we start all back over again, if that makes sense. So all of these things have a direct cause and effect–positive and negative–in terms of what goes on in the equation. So there’s an increased cost associated as well. At the end of the day, as regulation increases, the cost to comply goes up.MReport: What new or upcoming regulations will directly impacting compliance?McCoy: If you look at this from two angles, obviously you have the new origination–you have TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) and all the things associated with TRID and its impact with that. On the origination side, which is coming down the road–I think it deploys effective in 2017–but there are new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) disclosures that are going to be part of the equation, which are an increased data set. So that’s increasing the effort in terms of making sure you have good information and moving that through. On the servicing side of the equation, there are an extensive number of servicing guidelines and best practices that have been deployed not at the regulatory front but also from the investor side, in terms of addressing all of the servicing practices. And that’s core servicing, escrow management, insurance management, core payment processing, just basically going through the core, foundational servicing processes.MReport: How are mortgage companies faring with these new regulations?McCoy:  I think everybody is absolutely, 100 percent focused on ensuring that they’re meeting all of the requirements. Everybody is after to try to get it deployed and managing toward it. Failure is not an option, is the way I would kind of look at it, in terms of–in this equation. Given the multitude of things and processes that are touched as a result of these regulations, it adds a great deal of stress to the franchise to ensure that they’ve teed off and covered off every one of the potential implications within the process. So it has a fairly extensive implication across the franchise. Not only from systems, it includes documents to the consumer. MReport: What role does technology play in compliance?McCoy: I think that technology certainly has to be adaptable. And some firms have a better ability to do that than others, mainly because their information where their technology’s stacked might be newer – newer capabilities versus some older capabilities that are there. So they’re depending on the age and the way they’ve approached it, will have different impacts from a systems standpoint. I think that one of the big areas that relates to the systems themselves is around information management. So we’ve got a lot of systems that are there. How do we bring that information together from all those disparate systems so that you can now take actionable approaches to meet the compliance department – to help in that process.It has certainly had an impact on innovation, because it stifles it a bit, and the reason behind is it as you might want to move forward and try new products or new processes, it’s incredibly important that when you step out, you’re able to do that in a way that is–all of the requirements.  Failure’s not an option. In the environment we’re in today, really has to be tight all the way through. Just because we have a great idea, if we can’t really navigate that great idea or that great process through the compliance and regulatory environment, it’s going to be a problem. That doesn’t mean innovation doesn’t happen. Part of it around how you navigate through the process, make sure you’ve met all the compliance requirements, at the same token of reaching that new, innovative way to do it.MReport: What’s an outlook for compliance in 2016 and beyond?McCoy: It is here to stay. I think that it will increase in the process. I don’t think the pendulum has swung back down yet. It’s going to be increased level that’s there, you have an increased level of transparency that now exists. So with the increased level of transparency, things such as TRID, the new HMDA guidelines, the variety of other things that will come into play, that will then lead into additional views and processes, so I would in essence see the regulatory environment will be a very top priority focus for folks in terms of managing their business going forward. It’s here to stay, and it’s the firms that embrace–incorporate it into their process, incorporate it into their cultural components. Culture is extremely important in this equation, and say, how do we make sure that we are absolutely committed to doing all of the right things and ensuring that our systems are in play to do that? Do we have good transparency to ensure that we’ve got there? And that all of the folks on our team are focused on helping us get there. And helping us get to the right spot. And unfortunately, it’s also going to have some increased costs, some increase components to it. Again, you just have to navigate through how that works.Want to read more about compliance in the mortgage industry? Be sure to read the March 2016 issue of MReport, which focuses on all aspects of compliance.last_img read more

ServiceLink Announces Rebranding

first_img October 8, 2017 611 Views ServiceLink, a provider of transaction services for the mortgage and finance industries, recently announced its new branding that is more in line with its parent company, Fidelity National Financial (FNF). This comes after FNF’s announcement last month of its distribution of equity interest in Black Knight. This restructuring caused ServiceLink to not be a Black Knight company, but still a member of the FNF family.The change isn’t expected to change day-to-day operations other than the logo design, color palette, and removal of references to Black Knight.“This new logo ties us more closely with the overall FNF brand while maintaining the recognizable visual elements of our prior logo. Also, our predominantly blue color palette further aligns us with our parent company while still providing us our own company identity,” said Chris Azur, CEO of ServiceLink. “This look allows us to continue to communicate our leading position in the industry – particularly in the areas of technology, innovation, and service.”LoanCare, a subsidiary of ServiceLink, is also part of the logo design, but will continue to remain “LoanCare, a ServiceLink company.”“ServiceLink and LoanCare customers and clients will see no change in their relationship with our organization,” Azur said. “They will continue to receive the same level of customer service that they have come to know and expect.” in News, Origination ServiceLink Announces Rebrandingcenter_img ServiceLink 2017-10-08 Brianna Gilpin Sharelast_img read more

They should have done this a long time ago

first_imgBy Poly PantelidesDespite a bit of initial grumbling about the changes in the health system and the introduction of hospital charges on Thursday, most visitors, to Nicosia General at least, were positive.Just a few days in, the new measures seem to be working well. Health minister Petros Petrides reported a reduction in patients while Nicosia General Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Petros Matsas said on Thursday that the hospital had seen a 40 per cent reduction in visitors over all. Some outpatients did complain about the cost, even though the new charges are designed to be affordable across the board.Others were fine about it. “They should have done this a long time ago,” a 70-year-old man told the Sunday Mail.Andreas Eftychiou was queuing up to pick up a medicine prescription at Nicosia General Hospital on Thursday and said that paying a small fee was only fair. “All these old people would go away with bagfuls of medicines they didn’t need and ended up chucking half of them away,” he said. “This is better.”Zena Lyssandrou, a 58-year-old teacher, praised the new system. “It is very important that we all contribute and help increase the state’s revenues,” she said. “Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments should be for those who really need them.”Her husband had slipped and fallen, and needed to be admitted to hospital, and she was happy there was a tiny queue.“People have been very helpful, and the service is good,” she said. At about 12.45pm on Thursday, she was one of less than a handful of people at the almost empty waiting room at the A & E. In the span of some twenty minutes, from 12.40pm to 1pm, there were very few visitors in the department. One couple walked in at 12.50pm, went up to pay the fee, and only waited for two minutes before being called in.One man wanted to see a doctor for a non-emergency and was referred to the right department. A pharmacist at the hospital told the Sunday Mail that over the past few days, most people knew what they were doing and had come prepared with the stamps representing the nominal fees for their prescriptions already stuck on.“A few did not know exactly what to do, so we did it for them,” she said. Some others needed to be sent away to one of the nine spots (the entrance’s main registration point and eight others in the hospital grounds), she said. Nicosia General Hospital only has specialist doctors and as such its traffic throughout the year tends to be more stable even though the summer can be quieter.But many people tend to go to their local health centres. An 82-year-old from Nicosia said that sometimes she may need to wait for an hour or two before seeing someone, and sometimes she needs to wait less. But she knows one of the nurses who helps her jump the queue, she said. She might not be able to enjoy such privileges for much longer. One of the streamlined changes is the system’s computerisation, so that appointments and referrals can be made online. But until then, hospital fees may keep some patients away, and offer the overworked system a much needed breather.The government have agreed with their international lenders to restructure public hospitals and implement measures to rationalise expenses. Because of austerity measures, the emphasis is on making better use of resources.New changes were introduced on Thursday to discourage abuse of the overburdened system. Stamps – showing due fees have been paid – now need to accompany prescriptions and lab tests’ requests, which cost 50 cent per item but are capped at €10 per transaction. Beneficiaries now need to pay €3 to see a general practitioner, €6 to see a specialist doctor and €10 for using the state hospitals’ accident and emergency departments, which people tended to visit even in the absence of an emergency. The beneficiaries of the new system – with one health card across the board for Cypriot and other EU citizens permanently residing in the country – are civil servants in return for a 1.5 per cent contribution of gross salaries, and those who receive state pensions. Five-member families may be covered on the voluntary contribution of 1.5 per cent of their gross salaries. Some sufferers of chronic diseases, the dependents of beneficiaries, and certain vulnerable groups will continue being covered.For the rest, there are sliding income criteria, while non-beneficiaries may also access the system on charges which compare favourable to the private sector and may even see a general practitioner for €15 and a specialist doctor for €30 to see specialist doctors.The main reaction from the political front came predictably from opposition AKEL.The party said that additional revenues from the introduction of hospital fees and wage contributions need to be channelled back into the health sector in order to bring about a much needed upgrade.AKEL MP Stella Mishaouli said state hospitals and health centres needed new equipment and new units to extend or create facilities for dialysis, radiotherapy, and heart surgery. The estimated extra €50 million a year the changes are expected to fetch should go towards meeting those targets, she said.Instead, the government plans to cut down health expenditure, she added. “The policy the current government are implementing will lead public hospitals to destruction. 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