Toys R Us Canada granted creditor protection after US parents bankruptcy

first_imgTORONTO – Toys “R” Us Canada sought creditor protection largely due to the financial woes of its U.S. parent company, which filed for bankruptcy, but consumers may still be wary of its Canadian stores due to the hit to the global brand’s reputation, experts say.Retail analyst Bruce Winder says Canadian consumers may hesitate to shop at Toys “R” Us this fall, worrying about whether they will be able to access product warranties or return items in the coming months.“What customers hear is that Toys “R” Us is in bankruptcy protection, or going bankrupt,” said Winder, who is the co-founder and partner of Retail Advisors Network.“They won’t be able to differentiate that Canada or the U.S. is profitable.”Toys “R” Us Canada was granted creditor protection in Ontario Superior Court under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Tuesday, one day after Toys “R” Us started bankruptcy proceedings south of the border.The Canadian subsidiary said in court documents filed Tuesday that it is performing well financially, with net earnings doubling and sales revenues increasing at a compounded annual rate of 5 per cent over the last three years.The Canadian arm, operating legally under the name Toys Canada, does not have any obligation to its parent company’s Chapter 11 debtors, it added. However, the bankruptcy proceedings south of the border resulted in a default and termination of the company’s loan facilities — including the main source of financing for Toys “R” Us Canada, the filings said. In turn, the Canadian subsidiary was required to repay the outstanding loans, which it is not in a position to do.“Toys Canada has been cut-off from its primary source of financing during the midst of its inventory build for the holiday season,” it said in the court documents.“Without creditor protection and access to [debtor-in-possession] financing, Toys Canada will lack sufficient liquidity to operate its business in the normal course within approximately two weeks.”Toys “R” Us Canada has now secured interim debtor-in-possession financing from a new group of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, including a US$200 million term loan and US$300 million revolving credit facility, it said.The Canadian subsidiary says the “breathing room” afforded by the creditor protection and new financing will facilitate continued operation of its 82 stores across Canada, as well as its e-commerce websites, as the company restructures.Melanie Teed-Murch, president of Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Canada, said in a statement on Tuesday that it would continue to honour all gift cards, warranties and returns as normal.“The restructuring is intended to facilitate the continued success of our iconic brands; building a stronger company for our customers, business partners and team members…. We are confident that this process will enable us to leverage Toys “R” Us’ existing strengths to succeed.”The retailer’s Canadian arm was already feeling the pinch from its U.S. parent company’s struggles before initiating proceedings on both sides of the border.Toys “R” Us Canada said in the court filings that a number of its suppliers have recently “sought to reduce their potential exposure” by “requiring deposits, cash on delivery or compressed payment terms.”Winder says vendors may also start to ship reduced amounts to the retailer in a bid to protect themselves, resulting in thinner shelves and further sending a negative signal to customers.Alfonso Nocilla, a law lecturer at the University of Western Ontario, also said the toy chain’s Canadian arm may be impacted by “potential damage to the brand name” as the company goes through the restructuring process.Still, although the toy chain’s U.S. parent company may try to tap assets in Canada to pay off its creditors, it will want to avoid disruption in its Canadian subsidiary, he said.“To the extent that the Canadian operations remain profitable, and that the stores are doing well, practically speaking… they’re going to want to protect that and enhance that.”last_img read more

GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales

GM reports record 3Q earnings despite slowing US sales FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, file photo provided by General Motors, GM President North America and Global Chevrolet Brand Chief Alan Batey introduces the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox compact SUV, in Chicago. General Motors reports financial results Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. (Brian Kersey/General Motors via AP, File) by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Oct 25, 2016 5:32 am MDT Last Updated Oct 25, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email DETROIT – General Motors doesn’t seem too worried about slowing U.S. auto sales or economic troubles in Europe. If third-quarter numbers are any indication, the company has numbers to back that up.The Detroit automaker reported a record profit on Tuesday that doubled results in the third quarter a year ago. And the automaker put a little more swagger behind its full-year guidance, predicting pretax earnings at the high end of previous forecasts of $5.50 to $6 per share.GM earned $2.77 billion, or $1.76 per share, compared with $1.36 billion, or 84 cents per share a year ago. Revenue hit a record $42.8 billion.The performance is largely because the company shunned low-profit sales to rental car companies in the U.S., keeping prices and profits high. GM also made $500 million off its Chinese joint venture and reduced losses by about $100 million each in Europe and South America.“Very much on track to deliver the performance that we promised at the beginning of the year, which is higher profit, higher margins,” Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said. “In essence, another record year.”The numbers came despite sales falling 4 per cent through September in the U.S., GM’s most lucrative market, and market share dropping almost a full percentage point year-over-year to 16.9 per cent. And it came despite worries about increased competition in the U.S. with automakers fighting over a slightly smaller pie. Sales have hit a post-recession plateau after last year’s record of 17.5 million. Crosstown rival Ford already is feeling the pain with slower sales forcing it to temporarily idle four factories.But at GM, revenue rose 10 per cent over a year ago largely because it’s getting stronger prices for cars and trucks in North America. Pickup sales are still healthy, and the company rolled out strong new vehicles such as the Chevrolet Malibu midsize car and the Cadillac XT5 SUV, GM said.Although overall sales dropped, Stevens said GM raised its U.S. share of the more profitable retail sales to individual buyers by 0.5 percentage points. He expects pickup sales to remain strong but says the company will balance supply and demand.It all fueled a record North American pretax profit of $3.5 billion, giving the region an 11.2 per cent profit margin. The margin is the per cent of revenue that the company gets to keep.Stevens said prospects are good, too, because GM is rolling out important new vehicles. “We’re entering the heart of our product launch cadence,” Stevens said, adding that within the next 18 months, GM will replace its compact and midsize crossover SUVs in the hottest part of the U.S. market.Excluding a 4-cent benefit from an unspecified ignition-switch recall recovery, GM earned $1.72 per share. That soundly beat Wall Street estimates of $1.46 per share.Wall Street, though, was still cautious on GM stock. Shares fell $1.23, or 3.7 per cent, to $31.76 in morning trading. They’ve ranged from $26.69 to $36.88 during the past year but recently have been below the company’s $33 initial public offering price in 2010.Jefferies analyst Philippe Houchois said he’s concerned that the company pulled fourth-quarter sales forward. He has a “Hold” rating on the stock with a $33 one-year price target on concerns that sales have peaked in North America.GM also said it completed a $5 billion stock buyback a quarter early during the July through September period. Stevens said the company will start on its second tranche of buybacks worth $4 billion in the fourth quarter. read more

The Worst Loss In The History Of US Mens Soccer

5/11/69Qualifier1455Haiti1453✓64.3 The worst USMNT World Cup losses everMatches for which the U.S. men’s soccer team had the highest probability of winning (according to Elo ratings) but ultimately lost, 1885-2017 Only includes matches that were at the World Cup or World Cup qualifying level (i.e., excludes continental championships, friendlies and minor tournaments). Games played in neutral locations denoted with a dash.Source: 9/1/01Qualifier1791Honduras1734✓71.2 6/22/06World Cup1797Ghana1682—66.0 5/31/85Qualifier1558Costa Rica1505✓70.7 All newsletters 10/15/08Qualifier1813Trinidad & Tobago153373.8 DATESTAGEU.S. ELOOPPONENTOPP. ELOHOME?WIN PROB. 9/1/17Qualifier1789Costa Rica1741✓70.1 3/25/16Qualifier1749Guatemala146074.8 6/14/02World Cup1832Poland1653—73.7 7/23/00Qualifier1799Costa Rica157167.6 Before coach Bruce Arena gets too much of the blame, it’s important to remember that it was the failures of the team under his predecessor, Jurgen Klinsmann, that put the Americans in this position in the first place. The team lost to Mexico and Costa Rica last November in this qualifying cycle, which led to Klinsmann’s ouster. And, ultimately, losing those points made what should have been a meaningless game against Trinidad a must-win. Earlier last year, the same Klinsmann team also inexplicably dropped a game to Guatemala in the group stage of qualifying, the second-worst loss by Elo.The advantages the U.S. squandered are many. America finally has a legitimate men’s soccer superstar in Christian Pulisic, but he alone could not score two goals for the team. (He got one.) And it’s not just a question of talent: The U.S. towers over these CONCACAF opponents when it comes to resources. Trinidad and Tobago, after all, has a population of 1.2 million — or roughly the size of the greater Hartford metro area. Here is how the 12 countries that made the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying compare in gross domestic product and population — it probably won’t be hard to spot the U.S. 10/10/17Qualifier1761Trinidad & Tobago138982.7% A chart of the U.S. team’s Elo rating over the past two decades shows not so much steady growth but a series of peaks and valleys with, at the moment, no overall progress to speak of. No one still believes that we will win.On Tuesday night, it all fell apart for the U.S. men’s national soccer team. A seven tournament, 24-year streak of consecutive World Cup berths was snapped in cartoonishly heartbreaking fashion.Coming into the match, American fans were rightfully confident. All it would take to qualify for the World Cup was a win or a tie against Trinidad and Tobago, a team that had nothing to play for but pride and only one win in nine matches in the final qualifying group. And even if somehow the U.S. lost, Honduras and Panama would both need victories over the top two teams in the group, Mexico and Costa Rica, to complete the elimination. If the USMNT lost and only one of Honduras or Panama won, the US would be headed for a playoff against Australia. By ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, the United States had a 93 percent chance of reaching its eighth consecutive World Cup.Then the U.S. conceded two goals in the first half — first an own goal and then a blistering 35-yard strike — despite giving up little in the way of high-quality chances. And despite a halftime switch to bring on Clint Dempsey and line up two attackers behind strikers Bobby Wood and Jozy Altidore, the U.S. could not create the chances to level the score. USMNT fans could only watch in horror, and Panama and Honduras both clawed back first-half deficits to knock the U.S. out of World Cup qualification.U.S. men’s soccer is obviously no stranger to embarrassment and heartbreak on the international stage. In the 1998 World Cup and the 2006 World Cup — the last two on European soil — it combined for one tie and five losses. In 2015, the team was stunned at home in the Gold Cup semifinal by Jamaica, which at the time was ranked 76th in the world by FIFA. But what happened Tuesday night may stand alone.Looking only at World Cup matches and qualifiers, it was the worst loss in USMNT’s history based on the Elo rating system. Going into the game, Elo gave the U.S. an 83 percent chance of beating Trinidad and Tobago, making the Americans huge favorites even after accounting for the fact that they were playing on the road. Going back to 1885, the American men had never lost a match at that level when they had such a high probability of winning. And it came with all the chips on the table. You cannot blame U.S. soccer fans for being a little woozy this morning. For every step taken, there’s been a step back — no matter who has been the coach. The team made a breakthrough in 1994 when it reached the knockout stage for the first time in the expanded World Cup era.1It was expanded to 24 teams in 1982 and to 32 teams in 1998. It followed that by crashing out in 1998. The Americans stunned Portugal in the group stage in 2002 and made its first modern-era quarterfinals with a win over Mexico in the round of 16. It followed that by being a complete also-ran in 2006. So if the heroics in 2010 and 2014 — when the team fought through tough groups to survive and advance in dramatic fashion — gave the U.S. any confidence, it has just been completely wiped out. This is not to say that money and size are everything in international soccer. The two biggest countries in the world by population — China and India — have made the World Cup just once (China in 2002), whereas Iceland, a country of just 340,000, will play in its first next summer. But the U.S is different. It has spent the last decade talking about long-term plans for soccer development. The U.S. Soccer Federation increased its staffing and pay for national team coaches and introduced new youth initiatives to build a better team from the ground up. It is hard to see the results of these ambitions on the field. We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe read more

BlackBerry 10 maps even worse than Apple Maps

first_imgApple took a severe hit in the press a few months back when it switched from Google Maps to the new Apple Maps service. They fell far short of the standard set by Google. Now early reports indicate that BlackBerry’s new BB10 mapping app has plenty of issues, and it might even be worse than Apple Maps.BlackBerry’s new Z10 smartphone itself has been getting reasonably good reviews. The OS is described as fast and modern-looking — impressive when you consider BlackBerry (or as it was previously known, RIM) essentially built this OS from scratch in about a year. As with all new platforms there are bound to be problems, but mapping is one of the primary uses for a smartphone and BB10 is missing the boat.Among the complaints being registered, there is absolutely no satellite view, let alone a Street View alternative. Users also get no public transit directions, which makes the lack of apps in the store that much more annoying. BlackBerry chose not to partner with a review service of any kind, meaning there are no reviews attached to map search results like you’d see in other apps.The missing features are irksome, but it also looks like the app has trouble with basic functionality. Local venues often fail to pop up in search results, but chain stores and landmarks come up no problem. If you’re trying to find that little corner deli you like, good luck. The app also can’t show you directions from anywhere but your current location. Apple famously misplaced entire cities in its mapping app, but it’s unclear if BB10 will suffer similar issues on that front.The new BlackBerry phones will be available in the US sometime in March. Some other regions have already seen the first phones trickling out. I’m sure we’ll hear more about BB10’s shortcomings in the coming weeks. It’s a new OS, after all.last_img read more

Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea

first_img Mar 29th 2017, 10:29 PM Image: Shutterstock/ANURAKE SINGTO-ON 58 Comments Helicopter destined for Dublin goes missing over the Irish Sea Five people are on board the helicopter. Wednesday 29 Mar 2017, 10:29 PM 77,237 Views Share562 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee Image: Shutterstock/ANURAKE SINGTO-ON Updated: 10.30A HELICOPTER CARRYING five people has gone missing over the Irish Sea and search and rescue operations are currently underway, according to the UK Coastguard.In a statement released this evening, a ”privately-owned twin squirrel red helicopter with five people on board is believed to have left Milton Keynes earlier today en route to Dublin, via Caernarfon Bay”.Earlier this afternoon, radar contact was lost with the helicopter. The UK Coastguard contacted all nearby airbases which reported no sighting or radio contact from the helicopter.The flight took off from Milton Keynes at around midday. It should have arrived in Dublin before 6pm.It is understood that five men were on board the aircraft, all of whom are from the UK.According to a spokeswoman from the UK’s Maritime and Coastguard: “Searches are being hampered due to poor visibility and low cloud cover. The helicopter departed Milton Keynes at around noon today. It is a UK registered helicopter.”UK Coastguard duty commander Peter Davies said:  ”We have established a search plan between Caernarfon Bay and the shore of Dublin and currently have two coastguard helicopters searching the route.“We are in the process of contacting all the vessels in the Irish Sea that were in the vicinity around midday and we are continuing mayday broadcast action for any vessels currently in the area to contact us if they have further information.“At the moment we are appealing to these vessels and to the public that if they have seen a twin squirrel red helicopter to please contact 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”The Irish Coastguard is also helping with the operation.Read: Murders up 31% in Ireland with 38 in 2016 > Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Tigres un accord historique pour les protéger

first_imgTigres : un accord historique pour les protégerSaint-Pétersbourg, Russie – Alors qu’il ne reste aujourd’hui plus que 3.200 tigres à l’état sauvage, les treize pays dans lesquels vivent encore les félins viennent de signer un accord visant à protéger l’espèce de la menace d’extinction qui pèse sur elle. Un traité historique qui a pour objectif de doubler le nombre de tigres d’ici à 2022.Il y a un siècle, 100.000 tigres vivaient à l’état sauvage à travers le monde. Victimes du braconnage, comme de la perte de leur habitat naturel peu à peu rongé par l’Homme, ils ne sont aujourd’hui plus que 3.200, quatre des neuf sous-espèces de tigres ayant disparu. Face à cette situation alarmante, la préservation des félins est devenue l’une des préoccupations majeures de nombreuses associations de protection de l’environnement telles que le WWF qui estime que sans mesures strictes, seuls quelques spécimens auront survécu dans dix ans.À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosRéunis à Saint-Pétersbourg à l’initiative de la Russie et de la Chine, les treize pays qui abritent des tigres à l’état sauvage ont signé hier un accord historique pour sauver l’espèce. Quelque 350 millions de dollars (environ 263 millions d’euros) seront ainsi consacrés à ce programme de sauvetage au cours des cinq prochaines années. Un plan dont l’objectif annoncé est de doubler d’ici 2022 le nombre de tigres. Responsable de la lutte contre la fraude à la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces de faune et de flore sauvages menacées d’extinction (Cites), John Sellar estime qu’il est primordial de se concentrer sur la lutte contre les trafics, sans quoi l’argent investi ne servira à rien. Les tigres survivants sont en effet menacés par les braconniers qui vendent à prix d’or certaines parties de leur anatomie, auxquelles sont prêtées des vertus médicinales ou aphrodisiaques.Comme a tenu à le souligner le Premier ministre russe Vladimir Poutine, “ce que tout le monde doit comprendre, c’est que nous n’avons pas conclu un accord pour un seul animal, le tigre, mais pour notre compréhension globale, au plus haut niveau, du problème de la préservation de la vie sauvage”.Le 24 novembre 2010 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Amiante définition danger questce que cest et pourquoi estce dangereux

first_imgAmiante : définition, danger, qu’est-ce que c’est et pourquoi est-ce dangereux ?L’amiante est un isolant thermique qui a été interdit en 1997 à cause de son fort risque cancérigène et respiratoire. Il existe encore des endroits où l’amiante est présente, auquel cas il est important de le faire diagnostiquer. Voici un rapide tour d’horizon sur l’amiante et ses risques.Qu’est-ce que l’amiante ?L’amiante est un matériau réfractaire qui résiste à de très grandes températures. Il a ainsi longtemps été utilisé dans de nombreux domaines et notamment comme isolant thermique dans la construction. L’amiante était généralement mélangée à du ciment ou utilisée dans la garniture de freins ou d’embrayages. L’amiante a été interdite en 1997 car elle représentait un danger respiratoire. L’amiante : quel danger pour la santé ?À lire aussiLa tour centrale de Jussieu désamiantée et entièrement reconstruiteL’emploi de l’amiante a été progressivement interdit dans la plupart des applications. L’amiante a en effet tendance à se déliter en fines particules qui, une fois inhalées, sont susceptibles de provoquer de graves maladies respiratoires et notamment l’asbestose. L’asbestose est une affection liée à l’absorption de fortes doses. Elle se caractérise par l’apparition d’une fibrose au niveau du tissu pulmonaire, qui entraine de sérieuses difficultés respiratoires. Inhalée à faibles doses, l’amiante peut entraine au bout de 20 à 30 ans des cancers, en particulier du poumon, de la plèvre et du système digestif. Toutes les variétés d’amiante sont actuellement classées comme substances cancérogènes avérées pour l’Homme par le Centre International de Recherche sur le Cancer (CIRC).Le 3 juillet 2015 à 08:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Asus Magically Turns Three Monitors Into One BigAss Seamless Display

first_img Tiny Countertop Dishwasher Cleans Your Dishes in Just MinutesThe Best Robots of CES 2018 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img Being able to connect multiple displays to your computer is awesome — especially for gaming. Not so awesome: the chunky bezels that break up your expansive desktop.Monitor makers have gotten pretty good at minimizing bezels in recent years, but they’re still there. At CES, however, Asus is showing off a piece of gaming gear that can make bezels magically disappear. All you have to do pop a connector between two screens.Asus decided to go with a straightforward name for this particular piece of gear. They call their creation the ROG Bezel-Free Kit. Despite being revealed in a Vegas hotel its ability to erase bezels isn’t magic. It’s pure science that allows the monitor-melding kit do what it does.Specifically, it’s the phenomenon of refraction. A pair of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) lenses are included in the kit so that you can stitch together up to three displays — as long as those three displays are either the Asus ROG Swift PG258Q or Strix XG258Q. Asus says that “proper fit and alignment are extremely important” when convincing “optical obfuscation” is your goal.The lenses allow an impressive 90% of the light a monitor outputs to shine through. That does mean that the image will be ever-so-slightly dimmer in the bezel zone, but Asus had to balance usability with durability. Using glass lenses would do the trick, but that would lead to a dramatic increase in things other than just the 90% barrier getting broken.Though it’s currently only compatible with two Asus models, the company says that the Bezel-Free Kit could be easily adapted to fit additional displays. It’s probably safe to assume they mean additional Asus display, so you’ll likely have to budget for more new gear than just the Bezel-Free Kit itself if you want to get in on the action.For more CES coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.last_img read more

WWE Studios going multiplatform WWE NXT preview for November 29

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Google+ WhatsApp Twittercenter_img WWE Studios going has announced that WWE Studios will be going multiplatform to feature scripted, non-scripted, family and animated television and digital content.Vince McMahon spoke in detail about the announcement.“Given the size of our fan base and their appetite for WWE programming well beyond our core in-ring shows Monday Night Raw and SmackDown LIVE, this is the ideal time to further establish the WWE brand with new genres across platforms. WWE Studios is open for business with this new TV and digital initiative.”WWE NXT preview for November 29WWE NXT returns to the WWE Network tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Scheduled for tonight’s show is Kairi Sane vs. Peyton will have a full NXT report later tonight. Pinterest Miz and Mrs. Season One coming to the WWE Network Friday, September 20 First match announced for WWE NXT’s debut on the USA Network in two weekslast_img read more

Last call to vote ahead of World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, July 23rd 2015 – Industry insiders, consumers and stakeholders from across Europe are being urged to cast their ballots ahead of the deadline for votes at the World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015.The ceremony will take place at Forte Village, Sardinia, Italy, on September 5th, with voting scheduled to close on July 26th.Ahead of the Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “Preparations for the next stop on our annual Grand Tour are well underway and we are looking forward to our time in Sardinia with Forte Village later this year.“With just days to go until voting for the Gala Ceremony closes, now is the time to make your voice heard.“Recognition by the World Travel Awards is rightly seen as the highest accolade in the industry, and your vote can really make a difference.“Register for your chance to vote now.”A full list of nominees can be seen here, while interested parties are urged to head over to the official World Travel Awards website and register to vote here.World Travel Awards Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Premier Of The Turks And Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus W. Ewing Addresses The Foreign Affairs Committee On Governance In London Related Items:Forte Village, Italy, london, Sardinia, world travel awards, World Travel Awards Europe Gala Ceremony 2015 Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Rossi reportedly ready to challenge Murray for Senate

first_imgAt least one local candidate in Washington’s U.S. Senate race was considering whether to continue Monday after the Associated Press reported that Republican Dino Rossi will enter the race as early as Wednesday.Republican Craig Williams, a Vancouver Realtor and energy trader, said he would be talking to his campaign staff over the next few days. He admitted frustration at reports that Rossi will jump into the contest to challenge U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Nearly a dozen Republicans have announced their intent to run in the top two primary, and most are actively campaigning.“The reason I got into the race was to provide opposition to Sen. Murray when there wasn’t any,” Williams said. “I spent five months searching for a candidate to support and nobody was willing to run at that point. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Rossi has waited this long to get into the race.”Williams said he does not know Rossi’s positions on national issues, but fears that the state GOP is about to repeat history by backing the former state senator and two-time candidate for governor.“Having reviewed the last three elections, we have thrown three strong candidates at Murray: Rod Chandler, Linda Smith and George Nethercutt,” Williams said. “We are 0 for 3 with that formula of finding someone with name recognition and money. We are doing the same thing now.”last_img read more

MGM Resorts to be main sponsor of MLB Season Opener in Tokyo

first_img Suncity Group looking to develop new resort hotel in Okinawa, Japan after US$10 million land purchase Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Load More RelatedPosts MGM Resorts International has announced it will be the main sponsor of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Opening Game between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners at Tokyo Dome on 20 and 21 March.MGM will also be the main sponsor for four pre-season games to be played by the Athletics and Mariners against Japanese professional teams on 17 and 18 March. Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move It is the first time in seven years that an MLB opener will be held in Japan.The Seattle Mariners is the home of “Legend” Ichiro and left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi, who joined the team this year, so the event will certainly attract a lot of attention.MGM Resorts International, the umbrella company of MGM Resorts Japan LLC, is focusing on sports events and has concluded a comprehensive partnership agreement with MLB from this season. This 2019 MGM MLB Opening Series will be the first event held under the partnership.CEO of MGM Resorts, Jim Murren said, “We are extremely honored to be part of the excitement of the Japanese baseball industry as a global entertainment leader through our partnership with MLB.”The Mariners will play two pre-season games against the Yomiuri Giants and the Athletics two games against Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters.last_img read more

BSE closes points 13122 up on Nov 17

first_imgBSE closes points 131.22 up on Nov 173.3K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 131.22 up on Nov 173.3K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 131.22 points up to stand at 28,177.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points up to stand at 8,430.75. JSWENERGY and RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.13% and 10.25% along with NCC and Bajaj Finance Limited with an increase of 9.54% and 8.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. and BALKRISHNA INDUSTRIES LTD. with a decrease of 19.91% and 7.03% along with PUNJ LLOYD LTD. and DEN with a decrease of 5.67% and 5.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 266.87 points at 18,926.80 while the banking sector is up 83.16 points at 20,201.93 and the reality sector is up 5.58 points at 1,674.94. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 61.73 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 131.22 points up to stand at 28,177.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 40.85 points up to stand at 8,430.75. JSWENERGY and RURAL ELECTRIFICATION CORPORATION LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.13% and 10.25% along with NCC and Bajaj Finance Limited with an increase of 9.54% and 8.62% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include RASOYA PROTEINS LTD. and BALKRISHNA INDUSTRIES LTD. with a decrease of 19.91% and 7.03% along with PUNJ LLOYD LTD. and DEN with a decrease of 5.67% and 5.11% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 266.87 points at 18,926.80 while the banking sector is up 83.16 points at 20,201.93 and the reality sector is up 5.58 points at 1,674.94. The Indian currency is up 0.02% at Rs 61.73 per dollar.last_img read more

Summer Arts Program

first_imgSign up today for Muse 360 Arts’ “Dancing Many Drums Journey II” summer classes. The program offers dance, theatre, music, film and visual arts. Register today. The program sessions are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 22-31 at $100 a week. Call 410-235-0654 or visit for more details. Spaces are almost filled.last_img

Body Found at New Mexico Compound Believed to be Missing Black Boy

first_imgBy Stephen Groves and Morgan Lee, The Associated PressA severely disabled Georgia boy who authorities say was kidnapped by his father and marked for an exorcism was found buried at the ramshackle compound in the New Mexico desert that has been the focus of investigators for the past week, the toddler’s grandfather said Aug. 9.New Mexico authorities, however, said they had yet to identify the remains, discovered Aug. 6. And prosecutors said they were awaiting word on the cause of death before deciding on any charges.Imam Siraj Wahhaj speaks to reporters, Aug. 9, in New York. Wahhaj, the grandfather of a missing Georgia boy, says the remains of the child were found buried at a desert compound in New Mexico. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)The boy, Abdul-ghani Wahhaj, would have turned 4 Monday. Prosecutors said he was snatched from his mother in December in Jonesboro, Ga., near Atlanta.The search for him led authorities to New Mexico, where 11 hungry children and a youngster’s remains were found in recent days at a filthy compound shielded by old tires, wooden pallets and an earthen wall studded with broken glass.The missing boy’s grandfather, Siraj Wahhaj, a Muslim cleric who leads a well-known New York City mosque, told reporters he had learned from other family members that the remains were his grandson’s.The imam said he did not know the cause of death.“Whoever is responsible, then that person should be held accountable,” Wahhaj said.In an interview with WSB-TV in Atlanta, the boy’s mother also called for “justice” as she described how her life had been taken from her after her son was abducted by his father, which she said was out of character for him. She and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, the imam’s son, had been married almost 14 years.“I wasn’t able to save my son,” she told the television station.Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, left, sits next to public defense attorney Aleks Kostich at a first appearance in New Mexico state district court in Taos, N.M., Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, on accusations of child abuse and abducting his son from the boy’s mother. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)Ramzi Wahhaj, who is from Morocco, filed for divorce in December — the same month neighbors say Siraj Ibn Wahhaj and others arrived in Amalia, N.M.A Georgia arrest warrant accused him of kidnapping his child. Authorities said the father at some point told his wife he wanted to perform an exorcism on the boy, who suffers seizures and requires constant attention because of a lack of oxygen and blood flow at birth.The child’s father was among five adults arrested on suspicion of child abuse in the raid at the compound. In court papers, prosecutors also said Wahhaj had been training children there to carry out school shootings.Speaking at his Brooklyn mosque, the elder Wahhaj said he had no knowledge of any such training.“It sounds to me it sounds crazy. But I don’t know,” he said. “I make no judgments yet because we don’t know.”The imam’s mosque has attracted a number of radicals over the years, including a man who later helped bomb the World Trade Center in 1993.In a video posted Thursday on Facebook, mosque spokesman Ali Abdul-Karim Judan called the case a “domestic situation” and vehemently denied it had anything to do with extremism.“None of the charges had anything to do with anybody teaching anybody shooting to commit acts of terrorism or to go in and shoot up any school,” he said. “Because it’s a Muslim and the circumstances that are surrounding their situation, they want to change the narrative.”The elder Wahhaj said all 11 of the children, ages 1 to 15, were either his biological grandchildren or members of his family through marriage.The raid of the compound came when Georgia authorities received word that children inside the compound were starving.The elder Wahhaj said the tip came to law enforcement through him. He said he was able to learn their whereabouts from a note that his daughter, one of the five adults at the site, sent to a man in Atlanta saying they were starving and asking for food.That man then notified Wahhaj, who said he decided to send food and contact police.Groves reported from New York. Associated Press writers Brinley Hineman in Atlanta and Mary Hudetz in Albuquerque, N.M., contributed to this report.last_img read more

AI Identifies Coded Hate Speech on Social Media

first_imgResearchers at the University of Rochester have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify coded hate speech online.In early 2016, Google unveiled tech incubator Jigsaw, with the intention of “substantially reducing” online hate and harassment.But the plan backfired when trolls responded with the “Operation Google” campaign, which replaces racial slurs with names of technology brands and products.“Google,” for example, refers to black people, while fellow search engines “Yahoo” and “Bing” allude to Mexicans and Asians, and Jewish folks are called “Skypes.”The idea was to force Google to censor its own websites by making the common word synonymous with bigotry.Now, analysts at New York’s University of Rochester are fighting back with an AI of their own.The team collected about a quarter of a million unique English tweets from between Sept. 23—the first reported incident of hate-code words—and Oct. 18—a week after the second US presidential election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.“There were some interesting observations that we noted,” they wrote in a paper that will be presented in May at Montreal’s International Conference on Web and Social Media.The top 10 terms among those tweets labeled as hateful include hashtags #MAGA (Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”), #MAWA (the more racist “Make America White Again”), and #ALTRIGHT. Researchers also found words like “white,” “war,” “hate,” and “destroy.”Of course, none of that should surprise anyone who has not been living in a cave without Internet access for the past two years. What may (and definitely should) appall people, though, is the occurrence of the term “gas,” used almost exclusively within hateful tweets about Jews.“It is particularly this unchecked abject display of hatred and calls for violence that we hoped to capture through our system,” the scientists said.With their project a success—”apart from the system’s ability to predict for a given tweet whether it is hateful or not, the system also generates a list of users who frequently post such content”—the team intends to continue working to curb online harassment.last_img read more

Crystals take a chill pill A thermomechanical theory of lowtemperature melting

first_img Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of ( — Virtual melting is a phase transition phenomenon associated with solid-solid phase transformation and relaxation of nonhydrostatic stresses and other effects in HMX explosives, as well as with crystal-crystal and crystal-amorphous phase transformation under high pressure. Since its initial formulation by Iowa State University Professor Valery I. Levitas and coworkers, virtual melting has been estimated to occur at 100 – 1000 °K below the material’s equilibrium melt temperature. Recently, however, Levitas and University of Texas Associate Professor Ramon Ravelo proposed a new deformation mechanism on which melting can occur at temperatures 4000 °K lower than the equilibrium melt temperature in materials subjected to high deviatoric stresses (where stress components vary by direction, and which control the degree of body distortion) in a shock wave. In addition, they’ve developed a novel thermomechanical theory of melting that predicts extremely large reduction in melting temperature. 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. Their next step, Levitas explains, was determining material parameters for a developed theory and application it to the specific melting process: While thermodynamic theory is quite universal and is applicable to any material, for some materials and loading conditions reduction in melting temperature can be small and for others very large. “This study was done through our synergistic collaboration: Ramon gave me parameters determined from his atomistic simulations for loading of copper and aluminum in several directions. “I then made thermodynamic predictions of the reduction in melting temperature for these specific materials.”There were also significant challenges in confirming virtual melting by large-scale molecular dynamics simulations. “Thermodynamic theory predicted how much melting temperature can be reduced due to uniaxial versus hydrostatic loading” Levitas explains. “For very high pressure this reduction was drastic: about 10,000 °K. The thermodynamic approach has important advantages in that it’s universal – for example, it’s not limited to specific materials and atomic structure. However, thermodynamics never says that some process will occur, but only that it can occur – that it’s thermodynamically admissible.”In contrast, Levitas notes, molecular dynamics simulations are performed for a specific material and atomic structure and interaction, but they reproduce all actual physical processes. “It may happen that while melting is possible from the thermodynamic point of view, it does not occur due to kinetic reasons or because other processes – such as dislocation plasticity or twinning – more rapidly release elastic stresses. Thus, one of the challenges in molecular dynamics simulations was to conceptually prove the existence of the virtual melting, which was done for the first time. Another challenge was to prove that the observed disordered state is indeed melt rather than an amorphous solid. Next, we had to investigate which parameters promote the melting, how actual melting temperature depends on them, and identify the lowest melting temperature.” Addressing these challenges required a range of insights, innovations and techniques. “I believe that the main insights and innovations were in our development of a combined thermodynamic and molecular dynamics approach, as well as in the proof of virtual melting existing in a shock wave several thousand degrees Kelvin below the melting temperature,” Levitas says. “Also, our results further support the idea that the virtual melting is a general phenomenon with various realizations.” While they previously suggested virtual melting as the mechanism of crystal-crystal phase transformation, amorphization and sublimation, here the scientists found that it also can serve as a mechanism of plastic deformation. “Lastly, since the thermodynamic features of the virtual melting here and in previous papers on phase transformations are quite similar, our first molecular dynamics confirmation of the virtual melting indirectly supports the plausibility of the virtual melting as an intermediate stage for phase transformations.”Levitas outlines how their findings impact nuclear explosions, meteorite impacts, and planned experiments in large laser facilities. “Virtual melting can compete with traditional mechanisms of plastic flow only at very high strain rates. Such conditions can be satisfied during nuclear explosions and meteorite impacts, which is why our results may be utilized for simulation of these phenomena.” Introducing new and completely unexpected deformation mechanisms, he adds, may also lead to essential progress in their understanding and predictive modeling.“The importance of such high strain rate regimes,” Levitas continues, “is supported by the fact that several laboratories around the world are now developing corresponding facilities for their experimental studies – and our results may find experimental confirmation in such studies. Finally,” Levitas notes, “due to the complexity of interpreting experimental results under such extreme conditions, it’s always good to have an idea about which phenomena could be found – and our virtual melting process is one of them.’Levitas also describes other areas of research and technology that might benefit from their findings. “In the current paper, virtual melting was conceptually confirmed by molecular dynamics simulations for the most unexpected case of metals, like copper and aluminum.” In these metals, traditional plasticity is very pronounced, which is why extremely high strain rates are required to activate an alternative mechanism like virtual melting. Since thermodynamic consideration is quite generic, this mechanism is expected in many other materials. “For materials with suppressed plasticity – for example, ceramics, high-strength alloys, or complex organic compounds – much lower strain rates may be required,” Levitas points out. “Then the virtual melting may play part in more traditional high-strain rate fields, like penetration of the projectile in a target in armor ceramic, propagation of shock waves, behavior of explosive materials, and deformation in shear bands.”Regarding next steps in their research, notes Levitas, “We plan to extend our thermodynamic approach for arbitrary 3D loading – in particular for deformation under high pressure and shear strains. It can also be extended for amorphization and sublimation, which can be considered as mechanisms of stress relaxation. Applying a phase field approach to the phenomena discussed is another important task. Finally,” Levitas concludes, “in molecular dynamic simulations we’ll study polycrystalline metals and materials with suppressed plasticity.” Explore further Spatial configuration can spark deja vu, psychology study reveals More information: Virtual melting as a new mechanism of stress relaxation under high strain rate loading, PNAS August 14, 2012 vol. 109 no. 33 13204-13207, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203285109 Levitas and Ravelo began their investigation when Levitas gave a talk on virtual melting in 2005 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and there met Ravelo. “Ramon was very critical and asked a lot of questions,” Levitas recounts to “He noted that in atomistic simulations of shock wave propagation in defect-free crystals, it had been observed that disordering occurred at the shock front at temperatures much below the melt temperature at the corresponding shock pressure along some directions – but along others, melting occurred at or above the melting temperature.” Moreover, Levitas adds, it was common wisdom at the time that amorphization occurs due to the high stresses generated at the shock front. “This led us to ask, is the pre-melting observed in atomistic simulations due to mechanical instabilities, such as strain-induced amorphization, which are not related to melting? Or it is indeed virtual melting? Which loading parameters control the melting? What is the lowest temperature at which melting can occur? These were tough questions,” Levitas acknowledges, “and we then started our collaboration, which after seven years has resulted in the current paper.”Levitas relates the main challenges they faced. “I needed to develop a thermodynamic theory of melting under uniaxial straining typical for shock waves.” At the time, known theories for melting under nonhydrostatic conditions – that is, when loading is different in different directions – considered thermodynamic equilibrium to be between melt and nonhydrostatically stressed solid. Reduction in melting temperature due to nonhydrostatic stresses was estimated to be just 1 °K. “This definitely did not sound promising,” Levitas continues. “In contrast, melting in our case represents a deformation process and thermodynamic theory for processes was not developed. I did my best to develop a general formal theory and apply it to the specific processes, which Ramon observed in molecular dynamics simulations. “Since Ramon and I have different backgrounds and consider phenomena from completely different positions, one of the most challenging problems was to understand each other and to make our concepts consistent. A few times I misunderstood how Ramon verbally describes results of atomistic simulations, and developed a theory for the wrong scenarios. For example,” Levitas illustrates, “one time I used wrong the video player to play his movie with atomistic simulations and mistakenly observed that melting occurs at the surface of the sample only. I found this very exciting and developed a theory for this scenario, since it sounds reasonable that if uniaxially loaded sample melts along all the surfaces, it would become hydrostatically loaded and further melting would be impossible.” (A) Atomic configuration of Cu slab shocked to a pressure of 160 GPa (red atoms are solid, blue are liquid); (B and C) pressure and temperature profiles, respectively, along the shock direction. The temperature is normalized by the equilibrium melt temperature TmðpÞ at the corresponding shock pressure along the profile. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1203285109 Citation: Crystals take a chill pill: A thermomechanical theory of low-temperature melting (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling If the Arizona Cardinals want to retain the services of wide receiver Jaron Brown, they may need to dig a little deeper into their checkbook than expected.Former Cardinals assistant wide receivers coach Darryl Drake said nine teams have called him about the free agent, Mike Jurecki revealed on The Blitz with B-Train and Jurecki on Monday morning. Some have expressed interest in signing him as a No. 2 receiver.“It’s definitely encouraging to have some teams showing interest,” Brown said on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “I really only need one team to take a chance and just give me an opportunity to show what I can do.” Related LinksReport: Cardinals, three other teams finalists to land QB Kirk CousinsArizona Cardinals’ cap space to limit aggressiveness in free agencySteve Keim: Cardinals looking to re-sign ‘four or five’ free agentsBrown spent his first five years in the Valley after signing as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He started every game for the first three seasons, but in October 2016, he tore his ACL. He finished the season with only 11 catches but averaged 17 yards per reception.Healthy again in 2017, Brown showed bursts of solid play – most notably, an eight-catch, 105-yard game against San Francisco – but was inconsistent and averaged only 29.8 yards per game. He finished the season with 477 yards and 31 receptions, second-most on the team.His upside as a deep threat and impact on special teams has prompted interest from others around the league.Despite up-and-down play last season coming off injury, Brown is confident he can be a No. 2 receiver.“I don’t feel like I put up the numbers I should have put up,” he said. “That’s what the offseason’s for, and I’m going to come back next year even better.”Brown said he’s open to returning to the Cardinals if they have interest. As the team that took a chance on him five years ago, it’s the only professional environment he’s known. He also has veteran influences such as Larry Fitzgerald.“That’s one guy that kind of taught me how to be a pro,” Brown said. “Outside of football, taking care of your body, just doing the little things during the offseason, throughout the week during the season. I could go on and on, but just kind of learning how to be a pro.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 16 Comments   Share   last_img read more

The Latest Officials say Lincoln relics go beyond

first_imgThe Latest: Officials say Lincoln relics go beyond top hat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Latest on the Illinois General Assembly’s fall session (all times local):11:15 a.m.Officials with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation are seeking state tourism money to pay off a $9 million debt on a 1,400-piece collection of Lincoln artifacts purchased in 2007.The House tourism committee is questioning officials with the organization about the collection and its value because of reports about the authenticity of a stovepipe hat purportedly belonging to the 16th president.But officials with the fundraising foundation say there’s more to the collection than the hat. Foundation treasurer Sarah Phelan says a recent appraisal of just 40 of the items showed a fair market value of $10 million.The original loan in 2007 was $23 million. The foundation has paid $13 million toward principal and $8 million in interest.The foundation says if it can’t pay the balance by October 2019 it will have to auction items .___4:35 a.m.An Illinois House tourism committee will open the General Assembly’s fall session with questions about the future of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.The committee on Tuesday will question officials with the museum. Its fundraising foundation wants state tourism money to help pay off $9 million owed on a decade-old loan used to buy Lincoln artifacts. But questions about the authenticity of a stovepipe hat purportedly belonging to Lincoln have created negative publicity.The fall session scheduled to consider legislation vetoed by the governor runs through Thursday and Nov. 27-29. Lawmakers might take up vetoes of legislation setting the minimum public-school teacher’s salary at $40,000, barring tobacco sales to those under 21, and raising the limit on awards from the Court of Claims from $100,000 to $2 million.The Associated Presscenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2018 9:15 am PDTlast_img read more

Awareness campaign launched after spate of hotwater bottle mishaps

first_imgThe Consumer Protection Service of the commerce ministry has launched a campaign to both regulate the sale of low-quality hot water bottles and warn consumers of their correct usage.According to the service, there has been a spate of incidents involving people being burned by bursting hot water bottles.The campaign started Monday and will last until Friday. During the campaign, the Consumer Protection Service aims at scrutinising more than 80 retailers across the island to ensure that the appropriate safety and health standards are being upheld.Any hot water bottles that are deemed unsafe will lead to immediate withdrawal from the market and the public will be informed to avoid purchasing the product.For consumers, it warns not to put them in the microwave, or use in combination with an electric blanket. Consumers should also use water that is below boiling point and fill the bottle only two-thirds of the way, and to do this over a sink and then make sure it is sealed tightly.You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoProstaGenix SupplementHow To: Boost Prostate Health (Do This Daily)ProstaGenix SupplementUndoSolar SolutionsCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar SolutionsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more