In Wake of Fukushima Disaster, Japan’s Scientists Ponder How to Regain Public Trust

first_img Dennis Normile TOKYO—Public confidence in Japan’s scientists and engineers took a major hit from the 11 March earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. How to regain it was a major theme of a recent symposium held here to explore the role of scientists in the accident, and their responsibilities both before and after. “Many questions have been raised about the performance of scientists: What could we have done? What could have been done differently?” Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, an engineer and former president of the University of Tokyo, said at the 26 November symposium, which was sponsored by the Science Council of Japan, the nation’s leading science and engineering society, and other groups. The Fukushima accident exposed troubling issues, speakers noted. Despite the resources poured into analyzing crustal movements and having expert committees determine earthquake risk, for instance, researchers never considered the possibility of a magnitude-9 earthquake followed by a massive tsunami. The failure of multiple safety features on nuclear power plants has raised questions about the nation’s engineering prowess. Government flip-flopping on acceptable levels of radiation exposure confused the public, and health professionals provided little guidance. Facing a dearth of reliable information on radiation levels, citizens armed themselves with dosimeters, pooled data, and together produced radiological contamination maps far more detailed than anything the government or official scientific sources ever provided. 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Several speakers blasted their own fields. “There must have been complacency” about safety among nuclear experts, said Satoru Tanaka, a nuclear engineer at the University of Tokyo and president of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. He noted that nuclear regulators did not incorporate the latest thinking on nuclear safety and warnings from Japanese seismologists and tsunami experts into evaluations of existing plants. During the crisis, Tanaka said, his society was “not able to fulfill our stated mission” of being the most reliable source of information on nuclear power. The society is studying how to rebuild its credibility while trying to help the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. wrestle with the thorny issues of disposing of damaged fuel and demolishing the four damaged reactors. Japan faces hard choices in recovering from the triple disaster, other speakers said. Disposing of the “tens of millions of cubic meters of contaminated soil [would] surpass the total capacity of all disposal sites in Japan,” noted Kyoto University civil engineer Minoru Yoneda. Stripping soil and vegetation could increase flooding and landslides. Finding the right balance between decontamination and risk is a gray area. “The question of how much [low dose radiation] is tolerable is open,” said radiation health expert Tomoko Kusama, president of Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences. Resolving such issues will require reliable scientific advice, but many speakers argued that paths for scientific input into public policy in Japan are underdeveloped. During the crisis, “scientists acted separately and disparately, so accurate information was not being given to policy makers,” said Yoshikawa, who called on scientists to develop “a coherent voice.” In the end, although participants appeared to share a general sense that the scientific community needs to regain public trust and take a more active role in proffering advice, they put forward no concrete proposals for reform. Onishi promised a report on how the community and the council should respond by the first anniversary of the 11 March disaster. Communication breakdown. Science Council of Japan President Takashi Onishi wants to provide advice.last_img read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls

first_imgTrump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP PHOTO/Marcio Jose SanchezThe seemingly overpowered roster of the Golden State Warriors is once again primed to repeat as champion in the upcoming NBA season and could very well be on its way to establishing a dynasty.READ: NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey saysADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason LATEST STORIES View comments Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans “It was cool a couple years ago when we were chasing that 73-win season,” Thompson recalled. “Just being compared to that team is an honor. There’s definitely motivation. I would love to match up, play against Michael Jordan. That would be a dream. Obviously we don’t have a time machine, but that would be pretty special to see that. There’s definitely motivation to leave that type of legacy.”But despite their historic regular season run that year, the team failed to capture the Larry O’ Brien trophy after squandering a 3-1 series lead  against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Still, the 27-year-old dead shot believes his current team is still the closest comparison to Jordan’s Bulls team.“Every time the Bulls came to town that was the ticket of the year. Now it’s when the Warriors come to town, that’s the must-see game,” he explained. “And we don’t take that for granted; that’s such a cool position to be in. We rarely play in front of a crowd that’s not sold out. That’s so special. It’s hard to really grasp that as a player. So I think it’s close, I still think we’re not on their level yet, but that’s what we aspire to be of the 2000s. We aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims With the likes of superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all in one team, it’s not hard to envision the Bay Area franchise to win its third championship in four years.In a recent interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the Dubs’ sweet-stroking shooting guard Thompson couldn’t help but compare his squad to perhaps the greatest dynasty the league has ever seen, the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the ’90s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“What’s that, six championships in eight years?” he said. “So we’re, what, like only a third of the way there? I think it’s close. We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the ’90s.The Warriors, of course, are no strangers to eclipsing the Bulls’ historic records, having topped the team’s 72-win regular season in 2016. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Watch: Andrew Symonds’ best moments with bat

first_imgAustralian all rounder Andrew Symonds is known for his aggressive bowling as well as batting that left the opposing team usually shattered.He wasn’t known to mouse around the ball when it came to his batting and instead preferred to go all out and slam the ball all over the cricket field.Symonds had the reputation of hitting big sixes and also holds the record for most-number of sixes hit in a match. Batting for Gloucestershire he slammed 20 sixes against Glamorgan and his six-hitting skills fast-forwarded him to the international cricket.Here are some of his best batting moments:last_img read more

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Rakitic wants ‘many years’ at Barcelona

first_imgIvan Rakitic is hoping to land another contract extension at Barcelona, allowing him to spend “many more years” at Camp Nou.The Croatia international midfielder is once again seeing his future in Catalunya called into questions.Reports have emerged suggesting that the 30-year-old has been identified as a summer transfer target for Chelsea. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Blues are said to be monitoring Rakitic’s situation as he is set to face even more competition for places from next season.Barca have a deal in place which will see Frenkie de Jong join their ranks from Ajax for the 2019-20 campaign.Rakitic is aware of the speculation, and the fresh faces heading his way, but he claims to have no intention of leaving his current surroundings.A man who is currently under contract until 2021 told Mundo Deportivo: “I want to be here and, if I can renew, be here for many more years.“I am very happy here, everyone knows that, above all the president. I do not have to say anything else.”Pressed on whether the imminent arrival of De Jong could impact on his future, Rakitic added: “That’s a good question for the manager or for the president. “People who know me know that I just want to play. I will face all challenges calmly and with much desire. “I am 30 years old and in the best moment of my career. I want to enjoy my football and being at Barca. “I want to be here and, if possible, renew and be here for more years. But first of all, enjoy a great season and win many titles.”Rakitic, who was heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain during the summer of 2018, is currently taking in a fifth season with Barca.He is closing in on 250 appearances for the club and is looking to add to an enviable haul of major honours which already includes three La Liga titles, four Copa del Rey successes, a Champions League crown and Club World Cup triumph.last_img read more

SM Line Eyes Nine More Ships

first_imgzoom South Korean shipping company SM Line is keeping busy with fleet expansion plans as it sets sights on adding nine more ships by the end of the year.The intentions were revealed to the local media by company executives, according to which, the new ships will be deployed on the new intra-Asian and trans-Pacific routes.Availing of the relatively low asset prices, the company plans to acquire five 8,500 TEU and four 5,000 TEU containerships by the end of this year, Ki Hun Kwon, president of SM Line, is quoted as saying at the meeting.As disclosed, the 8,500 TEU ships are intended for a new Pacific Northwest service, while their smaller counterparts would be deployed on a new US East Coast service, both set to launch in 2018.Separately, the company expects its revenue to reach USD 380 million this year, while in 2018 the revenue target of USD 800 should be achieved.The announced acquisitions, once completed, will push the company’s fleet to 26 vessels.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Provincial Government Offices in Cumberland Cape Breton Delay Opening

first_imgProvincial government offices in Cumberland County and all of Cape Breton will delay opening until noon, today, March 16, due to a winter storm. Conditions will be reassessed at 11 a.m. and an announcement made regarding reopening will follow. All other provincial government offices will open as usual. Employees are encouraged to travel safely with caution. -30-last_img

PSBs gross NPAs down to Rs 79 lakh crore FM

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said the profitability of public sector banks has improved and total gross non-performing assets have come down to Rs 7.9 lakh crore at end-March 2019 from Rs 8.65 lakh crore at end-December 2018. She also said liquidity support to NBFCs and housing finance companies has improved as the partial credit guarantee scheme has been executed. An infusion of Rs 3,300 crore has already been made and another Rs 30,000 crore is in the pipeline. Addressing her second press conference to announce steps to boost the economy, the finance minister said the reforms initiated in the public sector banks (PSBs) have started showing results as 14 of them posted a profit in the first quarter of the current fiscal. The minister also said that to avoid Nirav Modi like frauds in the PSBs, the SWIFT messaging system has now been linked with the core banking system.last_img read more

A DAY ON THE SET OF WORKIN MOMS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Are you ever such a big fan of something or someone that you almost don’t ever want to meet them in real life out of fear that they may let you down? Am I the only one with that possibly irrational fear? I found myself presented with such a situation last fall. I had been invited to Toronto to watch filming and visit the set of one of my favorite TV shows, CBC’s Workin’ Moms. It’s no secret how much I love the show and the people behind it, and I’ve been fortunate enough to speak with them several times. However, I still found myself nervous at the prospect of it all.Would I go, meet everyone in person and somehow be disappointed? I hold the show and those involved in making it in pretty high esteem. Could they live up to that hype? Could anyone? Despite my worries, my sheer excitement at getting to go and witness “the magic” in person outweighed everything and that’s how I found myself headed to a location in the middle of downtown Toronto on that beautiful September day. Before we go any further in this story, let me be completely clear that not only did I have nothing to worry about, but this visit far exceeded anything I could have hoped for.The trip started off as a success because within five minutes of arriving at set, Workin’ Moms’ unit publicist Lisa Ghione had greeted me, introduced me to several technicians and had fresh coffee in my hand. I was then taken inside to the location where filming was happening that day, and I was lucky enough to be visiting on a day when they were shooting two of the Mommy and Me class scenes. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Saad Lamjarred’s Supporters Wait for Judge’s Ruling Outside Paris Courtroom

Casablanca – Popular Moroccan Singer Saad Lamjarred, who was arrested on Wednesday the 26 on charges of sexual assault, was brought to court Friday afternoon where the judge will soon declare a verdict.Lamjarred faces the judge this afternoon after a 20-year-old French woman accused him of “sexual assault” earlier this week. On Friday the 28, “Le Monde” reported that Lamjarred was found to be under the influence of cocaine and alcohol.Standing outside the court room today are a few of the singer’s supporters, impatiently awaiting the results of the judge’s ruling. Amongst them is his father, Moroccan artist Bachir Abdou, who told French publication “AtlasInfo” that “This is the will of God. It is destiny. I hope from the bottom of my heart that there will be a happy ending.” Saad Lamjarred is being defended by three lawyers on site. French authorities should publish a statement by the end of Friday afternoon revealing the decision of the judge.Lamjarred could be charged with “aggravated rape” and “voluntary violence.” read more

TSX lifted on possible Valeant deal

TORONTO — The Toronto Stock Exchange closed slightly ahead Friday, pulled down by declines in most sectors, particularly gold, but boosted by a 13% spike in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.The S&P/TSX composite index finished up 9.13 points at 12,667.22.According to reports, Valeant (TSX:VRX) is close to a $9-billion deal to acquire eye-care company Bausch & Lomb Holdings Inc. from Warburg Pincus LLC. Valeant shares were up $10.18 at $87.02.On Wall Street, markets were mixed after being down for most of the day. The Dow Jones industrials average saw an uptick of 8.60 points to 15,303.10, but the Nasdaq lost 0.28 of a point to 3,459.14 and the S&P 500 dipped 0.91 of a point to 1,649.60.The Canadian dollar was down 0.25 of a cent at 96.89 cents US.On Friday, the U.S. Commerce Department reported better-than-expected durable goods orders in April that suggested encouraging news for U.S. manufacturers.The department said orders rose 3.3% last month after a 5.9% decline in March and more than double the 1.5% increase predicted by analysts. It says the figure was buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.But the news was not enough to reverse Thursday’s declines, which had been prompted by weak Chinese manufacturing data and worries that the U.S. Federal Reserve might start withdrawing monetary stimulus sooner than expected.Jennifer Radman, a portfolio manager with Caldwell Securities Ltd., said it was not surprising that the U.S. markets showed little reaction to the durable goods figures.“At this point, we’ve had such a strong run in the market… so I think a lot of people are expecting a downturn,” she said.Radman said some stocks in her portfolios have risen up to 20% in the past month and perhaps investors are now speculating more about how long those highs might be able to last.“I think the markets sometimes use different news items as an excuse to take money off the table,” she said. “It might just be a bit of profit-taking. It sort of happens when the market has had such a strong run.”Earlier this week, Fed chairman Ben Bernanke said the central does not plan on scaling back or ending its stimulus now but will consider it as early as next September. Many analysts had expected the stimulus to continue into 2014.The Fed has been buying $85-billion worth of bonds every month in an effort to keep interest rates low and encourage investors to put money into stocks and other risky assets. If the Fed slows or ends its bond purchases, investors fear it could lead to a shift of money away from stocks.Meanwhile, commodities continued to see modest declines, putting a drag on the resource-heavy TSX.June gold bullion lost $5.20 to US$1,386.60 an ounce, while shares in Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) fell on news that an environmental regulator in Chile has stopped construction and imposed sanctions on Barrick’s $8.5-billion Pascua-Lama project, citing “serious violations” of its environmental permit.The world’s largest gold mining company was also fined $16-million, the maximum allowable under Chilean law, after Barrick acknowledged that it failed to keep its promises to build systems for containing contaminated water.Barrick’s shares were temporarily halted, but once resumed, dropped 2.14%, or 43 cents, to $19.69. The gold sector was the biggest decliner on the TSX, dipping 1.27%.The July crude contract was down 10 cents to US$94.15 a barrel as the energy sector lost 0.31%, and July copper was down a penny at US$3.29 a pound, while the metals and mining sector fell slightly by 0.05 per cent.The Toronto exchange got a lift by shares in Manitoba Telecom Services (TSX:MBT), which rose 5.7%, or $1.83 to $33.93. Winnipeg-based MTS announced that it will be selling its national business telecommunications arm, Allstream, to Accelero Capital Holdings in a deal worth $520-million.Shares in National Bank (TSX:NA) also climbed, up nearly two per cent, or $1.46, to $76.91 after Canada’s sixth-largest bank said it was hiking its dividend and buying back some of its shares after its second-quarter profit beat analyst estimates by a wide margin. The remaining large Canadian banking and financial institutions were all set to release their earnings next week. read more

Include all Tamil parties in talks says TULF

He reminded the Prime Minister that the TULF had been a moderate Tamil Political Party that had 18 members in Parliament once and could elect the leader of the opposition on its own strength. The Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) today urged Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to include all Political parties of the Tamil speaking people in talks to reach a political solution for the Tamils.TULF Secretary General V. Anandasangaree noted that the Prime Minister had informed the Japanese Parliament that he has commenced talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other political parties on the ethic issue and that a solution will be found soon. “That is not the situation today. The TULF had 14 Members in Parliament when the Parliament was prematurely dissolved in 2004 without any valid reason and justification, when the Parliament and your Prime Minister ship still had four more years to go. I don’t want to raise the hornets’ nest now but will only remind you as to how the TULF goteradicated at the 2004 elections. I need not remind you that political parties win and lose elections depending on the circumstances only. I wish to know what position each Political Party hold in your National Government,” Anandasangaree added. (Colombo Gazette) “I very sincerely urge you to include all Political parties of the Tamil speaking people along with the others you choose. Confining your discussion only with the TNA will prove detrimental. Past experience had taught us that coming to terms with one group can neverbe implemented successfully. In the past it had been the practice to have talks on the ethnic issue with only one party. All such talks failed and as a result our people had been untold hardships. Please take into consideration the experience gained on such occasions, without repeating the same mistake, set up a special committee comprised of the concerned parties and commence talks,” he said. read more

Bosnia and Herzegovina at brink of EU membership Security Council told

In a final, emotional briefing to the United Nations Security Council today, the chief representative of the European Union EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina said that the Balkan country was primed for EU membership just ten years after the brutal war that had left its people traumatized and an infrastructure collapsed.Bosnia “has done what many said was impossible even a year ago, let alone at the start of my mandate in May 2002,” Paddy Ashdown, the EU’s High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement on Bosnia and Herzegovina, said. “For the country now stands at the gates of Europe.”Thanks to a combination of enlightened local leadership and international pressure, the major obstacles to Euro-Atlantic integration had now been overcome, he said. Last week, European Union ministers had welcomed the European Commission’s recommendation to start drawing up a negotiating mandate for the country’s Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU.The Union, however, backed by the international community and especially the United States, had made it very clear that the remaining conditions for Bosnia and Herzegovina to begin Stabilization Talks were non-negotiable, Mr. Ashdown said.That was particularly true in the area of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), he added. While the transfer of 12 indictees this year to the International Tribunal was a huge a step forward, another anniversary of the massacre at Srebrenica had passed without the transfer of the most wanted on that list, namely Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic.”We need to signal, at this tenth anniversary of Dayton, our utter determination to ensure that this chapter of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s history is closed,” he told the meeting, which also heard the views of numerous delegates.In many other areas, he said that the reform process was only now beginning, calling on the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina to strengthen the State framework, as part of the marathon task of achieving European standards.He voiced confidence that this would be accomplished and the country would one day be “a member of the family of European Union nations and regarded as one of its jewels.” read more

Hall of Famer Gary Payton Called on to Tutor

The Washington Wizard franchise is banking heavily on John Wall– re-signing him to a max-level contract extension of $80 million over five years. But to minimize risk, the ball club has called on Hall of Famer Gary Paton to tutor the point guard.Wall has suffered injuries that made him miss about half the games in the season, but on top of that, he has shot only 24.4 percent from three-point range and 42.3 percent from the field in his professional career.Wall might now have the perfect tutor, J. Michael of CSNwashington.com states:“Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals.“‘Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,’ Wall said about what he has done this offseason, in addition to refining his jump shot. ‘Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series.’“Wall also is going to lobby coach Randy Wittman to allow him to do something else.‘Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to post up this year,’ he said.“That’s where Payton, who also stood 6-4 and could be too physical for opposing point guards, could help most. Like Wall, he wasn’t the best jump shooter to start his career but became a solid one.“By his fourth season, Payton shot better than 50 percent from the field. He only was a career 31.7 percent shooter from three.”Time will tell if Payton’s lessons will have any effect on Wall. If they are noticeable there might be life after the NBA for many retired NBA ballers. read more

Gardaí will be out in force to ensure everyone has a safe

first_imgRead: Damning report finds “inconsistent and widespread” breaches of penalty points policy> THE GARDAÍ HAVE said they will be out in force patrolling the streets and the roads this St. Patrick’s weekend to ensure that everyone has a “safe and fun” weekend.Ahead of the bank holiday weekend, the gardaí are reminding road-users that there will be a high garda presence over the weekend “to tackle high risk behaviours, with a particular focus of non-compliance of seat belt-wearing”.The gardaí said today during their briefing, where they were doing random seat-belt checks, that St Patrick’s Day is a fun weekend that everyone should enjoy.Safety operationsThey said that over the bank holiday weekend there will be several strategic road safety operation plans in place, as well as pro-active policing of the streets to ward off public order offences.The gardaí said while they do not discuss the resources that will be operational during events like the St. Patrick’s Day parade, but said: “There will be sufficient numbers of gardaí present to effectively police the event and the weekend.”ResourcesChief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan said that every year strategic plans are drawn up and put in place to police the large numbers of people in Dublin city centre.“Every resource will be made available for this weekend,” he said.“It is a well-rehearsed plan. Every year it is tweaked and modified depending on how successful it was the year before,” he added.“Our message this weekend, is that we would love to get from the start of the weekend to the end with no fatalities,” said Superintendent O’Sullivan.“People should be aware of other drivers, as the roads will be busy this weekend. Also, if there is good weather there will be more cyclists on the roads, so drivers should also be aware of that too. People should plan their journeys, and of course, people should never ever drink and drive or drug and drive,” he said.He added: “Between 2007 to 2013, 17 people were killed and seriously injured on our roads on St. Patrick’s Day – we don’t want any this year.”Read: PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí>last_img read more

New Google search deal nets Mozilla 900 million over three years

first_imgThere was plenty of high-fiving going on when Mozilla announced recently that it had reached a new search deal with Google, especially because of the questions people had before the deal was signed. Now, it looks like there’s an additional reason to celebrate: Mozilla’s getting a much bigger payout this time around. Google’s going to chip in $300 million per year over the course of the three-year deal.That’s a huge change from the $100-ish million Google paid out in 2010, but this time around the competition for the default search provider spot in Firefox generated intense bidding from rivals. Both Microsoft and Yahoo helped drive the price up.In the end, Yahoo honchos decided things were getting a little too rich for  their blood, despite their desire to help boost flagging search market share (plus, can you imagine the looks of horror on faces of the Firefox faithful had Yahoo become the default provider?). Microsoft, of course, has been trying all kinds of ways to boost Bing’s slice of the pie over the last couple years. Just a few months ago, it became clear that Microsoft was going to make a play for the default search provider position in Firefox when they announced an official Firefox with Bing build.Despite losing ground in the browser war to Chrome, Firefox still has a user base that’s many millions strong. Those people fire off plenty of queries via their search boxes, and it was a foregone conclusion that Microsoft would gladly step in should Google and Mozilla not be able to work out a deal. Some observers, however, felt like the lapsed Google deal was cause for panic and a sign that Mozilla’s days were numbered.Clearly they had no idea just how sought after Firefox search traffic is.More at Mozilla, via All Things Dlast_img read more

GM creating 10000 new jobs bringing IT inhouse

first_imgNew jobs in any economy around the world right now is good news, and the US got exactly that late last week when General Motors announced it was creating 10,000 new positions to be filled over the next 5 years.The reason for the sudden increase in staff requirements? GM has decided to stop outsourcing its IT operations and bring them in-house. Alongside turning the company into a global brand and operation, CEO Dan Akerson wants to take the current in-house IT operations from 10 percent to 90 percent in-house, meaning thousands of new jobs at GM locations around the world.The first 500 of those new jobs will be in Austin, Texas at a new IT innovation center that opened last week. We can expect at least three more such centers to be opened alongside plans to update GM’s computer and accounting systems worldwide.To fill those centers GM needs skilled workers. The jobs on offer include software engineers, project managers, and a range of other IT professional roles as the company tries to revolutionize its IT operations from the inside.If GM’s new focus on tech works, it will not only see new jobs created in the short term, but should allow the company to innovate more quickly and keep up with the rest of the auto industry. With Google pushing the driverless car hard, hybrid and full-electric vehicles looking like the future, and energy-conservation becoming ever more important, it looks like GM is making the right moves to have the talent in-house to innovate in those and many other areas.More at BusinessWeeklast_img read more

Irelands Six Nations simmers into action today against pressurising Scots

first_img Saturday 4 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM Ireland’s Six Nations simmers into action today against pressurising Scots Joe Schmidt and his side begin their campaign at Murrayfield this afternoon. Scotland v Ireland, MurrayfieldKick-off 2.25pm, RTE/ITVTHE BUILD-UP to these big Six Nations games can often be a bit of a bore, with both teams doing their best to say absolutely nothing at all.Joe Schmidt and Ireland have largely kept up their side of that bargain in the past few days, but Scotland have broken ranks. Conor Murray at yesterday’s captain’s run. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOCaptain Greig Laidlaw helped to set the tone when Scottish journalists teed him up to laud Ireland’s November win over New Zealand, with the scrum-half opting against the offering the mandatory plaudits and, instead, pointing out that the All Blacks had made mistakes.“There was a clear difference why Ireland won the first game – because New Zealand’s error count was so high,” said Laidlaw.“[New Zealand] made a lot of mistakes in the game, missed a lot of lineouts and didn’t give themselves a platform to launch attacks into the game.“The key difference in the second match was they reduced their error count and were more aggressive in defence. Those were what we feel were the two main differences. We can take some stuff, some learnings out of that.”Interesting, definitely interesting.The latest Johnny Sexton saga has cast a shadow over this week too, with the Leinster man having been ruled out on Tuesday due to what Ireland describe as tightness in his calf.That injured calf means Sexton cannot play, so up steps Paddy Jackson.The tradition here is for the opposition team, Scotland in this case, to insist that the replacement player is just as good as the first-choice option, and perhaps even better in some ways.“I think Ireland will miss Sexton a little bit, if I’m being honest,” said Laidlaw, however. Paddy Jackson delivers the tactical instructions. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOHis head coach, Vern Cotter was happy to pile in too.“Paddy has got the nod and he will have pressure on him,” said les yeux de glaces.” He will have to make decisions. If we can contribute to him making a few bad ones then we’d like to be able to do that.”It might not be explosive pre-match trash talk, but we must welcome the Scots’ media approach this week.Hell, hooker Fraser Brown – Keith Earls’ enemy – even went as far as to say Ireland cheat when it comes to some of their set-piece play.“What the Irish do probably is cheating, but you could say that about every prop, hooker or front row who plays the game,” said Brown knowingly. “It’s not really cheating unless you get caught doing it and then you just try changing it a little bit.”The Scots are clearly motivated for this fixture and possess a degree of confidence, but then Ireland have their own belief built on their November achievements.“I think we’re confident we’ve put ourselves in a position to produce a performance,” said Ireland captain Rory Best. ”Obviously, there are a lot of factors that will contribute as to whether we do that or not and 15 men in Scottish jerseys will dictate most of that.“We’ve had a good two weeks’ preparation. We generally prepare well and it’s just making sure we channel that in the right way and we have to make sure we do channel it in the right way tomorrow.“Coming to Murrayfield, a lot of the times in Scotland, we know they’ll come out and there will be a lot of emotion. One of the great things in world rugby is the Flower of Scotland and the emotion that evokes in them.“For us, we need to make sure that we don’t lose those early battles, we don’t lose those moments early in the game because they are more emotionally charged than us. Best practices his lineout throwing. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“We have to make sure that we appreciate we’re playing for Ireland, we’re pulling on a green jersey and, look, we have to be 100% disciplined but we also can’t be afraid to let out a little emotion ourselves.”Certainly, the opening exchanges this afternoon should be very feisty and it’s unlikely to let up for the 80 minutes.Bad blood between Munster and Glasgow, as well as the hangover from lots of tetchy moments during this fixture in Dublin in last year’s Six Nations, should fuel that fire.While Sexton isn’t in the Ireland squad to take on the Scots, there are lots of other excellent players.Robbie Henshaw and Garry Ringrose get a chance to bring their Leinster centre partnership into the Test arena, while CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip could wreak havoc from the back row.Conor Murray is quite possibly the best scrum-half in the competition, and there may be a new cap for his Munster team-mate Niall Scannell of the bench in a further point of interest.The biggest surprise of the week in terms of Ireland’s selection is that old favourite Tommy Bowe is back in the mix, having been named in the 23 shirt.As the 32-year-old wing gets set for his first Ireland appearance since 2015, his Ulster team-mate Best welcomed him back.“I think for anyone coming back from serious injury it shows that perseverance. I think along the way a lot of people had written him off.“You get an injury like that and you are in your 30s, it is not just bad form, you’re done and that is what he had to contend with. It has been a long long time for him and at Ulster you would see him and the roller-caster of emotion he has been through. Bowe is back in the Ireland squad. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO“I am just delighted to see him. He was a massive loss for us at the World Cup when we had already lost a few through injuries, well to lose one like him was a big loss and it was probably over-shadowed by everyone because there was so many losses.“To see him back and taking the field is a testament to the hard work he has put and the dedication he has put in to be as good as he was going to be and coming back and it is great for us to see.”What odds of a Bowe try sealing the deal for Ireland this afternoon?It would certainly be a nice way for Schmidt’s men to get the ball rolling. After a slightly more interesting preamble than is often the case, bring on the rugby.Scotland:15. Stuart Hogg14. Sean Maitland13. Huw Jones12. Alex Dunbar11. Tommy Seymour10. Finn Russell9. Greig Laidlaw (captain)1. Allan Dell2. Fraser Brown3. Zander Fagerson4. Richie Gray5. Jonny Gray6. Ryan Wilson7. Hamish Watson8. Josh StraussSubstitutes:16. Ross Ford17. Gordon Reid18. Simon Berghan19. Tim Swinson20. John Barclay21. Ali Price22. Duncan Weir23. Mark BennettIreland: 15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Paddy Jackson9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Ultan Dillane20. Josh van der Flier21. Kieran Marmion22. Ian Keatley23. Tommy BoweReferee: Romain Poite [FFR].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: Android Feb 4th 2017, 8:00 AM 15 Comments From free kit to big-money deals: Irish rugby’s history of jerseysCarolan’s U20s make it two wins from two for Ireland in Scotland By Murray Kinsellacenter_img http://the42.ie/3222434 iTunes Share1 Tweet Email1 Short URL 15,332 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Couple fall to death taking selfie on 40metre wall in Portugal

first_img By Cliodhna Russell General view of Ericeira beach and houses Wednesday 13 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/4067907 Couple fall to death taking selfie on 40-metre wall in Portugal It’s believed they dropped their phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it. Jun 13th 2018, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 116,537 Views Image: Shutterstock/Carlos Caetano 48 Comments Short URL A COUPLE FELL to their death from a wall overlooking a popular beach in Portugal, apparently losing their balance after taking a selfie.It happened at the coastal town of Ericeira, which is ringed by cliffs and a 40-metre high wall.The couple are believed to be from Britain and Australia. There are numerous reports of their ages, Portugal’s Correio da Manhã newspaper reports that the woman was 30 and the man was 40.Rui Pereira da Terra, head of the rescue service in Cascais port near Lisbon, told AFP news agency:“Everything seems to indicate that the fall happened when they were probably trying to take a selfie. It seems they dropped their mobile phone and fell down while leaning over to retrieve it.Another local paper, Jornal de Notícias, said fishermen came across the bodies about 6.30am.It was not the first time that tourists had fallen off the wall.Additional reporting by AFP General view of Ericeira beach and houses Image: Shutterstock/Carlos Caetano Share341 Tweet Email7 last_img read more