TORONTO – Rogers Communications has named a former Telus executive to be president for its wireless division starting Monday.Brent Johnston was most recently at Apple Canada from early 2016 until this year and, before that, he worked for 11 years at the wireless division of Telus Corp., which competes with Rogers.At Apple, his responsibilities included all product lines including smartphones sold through network carriers, national retail channels and enterprise clients.At Telus, he held several positions including senior vice-president for consumer marketing.The wireless business — which includes the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands — accounts for more than half of all revenue at Rogers, which also owns a major cable and internet business in addition to various media holdings.Last year, wireless revenue totalled $8.3 billion out of a total of $14.1 billion.Looking ahead, Rogers, Bell, Telus and Shaw are upgrading their networks so they can deliver vastly more data at a new level of speed through fifth-generation wireless technology that’s expected to become commercially available by 2020.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:BCE, TSX:SJR.B)
Lanka IOC said that it will also be increasing fuel prices. LIOC said that 92 Octane petrol will be sold at Rs 137 per litre, Lanka Auto Diesel Rs. 111 and Lanka Super Diesel Rs. 119 per litre.The Government said the price increase will be part of a new price formula which will be followed in future. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that fuel prices in Sri Lanka will be revised every two months according to the Platts Singapore benchmark prices. Accordingly 92 Octane petrol will be sold at Rs 137 per litre, 95 Octane Rs 148, Auto Diesel Rs 109 and Super Diesel Rs 119 per litre. The price of kerosene will also be increased to Rs 101. “This means the price could either increase or decrease.” he told reporters today.The IMF had said last month that subject to cabinet approval of an automatic fuel pricing mechanism—consistent with the three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF)-supported program, the IMF Board is expected to consider Sri Lanka’s request for completion of the fourth review in June 2018.The IMF had said that the measure would represent a major step towards completing energy pricing reforms in 2018. (Colombo Gazette) Fuel prices have been increased in line with the expectations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will increase fuel prices from midnight today.
In a judgement read out by presiding Judge Almiro Rodrigues, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Dragoljub Prcac, Miroslav Kvocka, Milojica Kos, Mladjo Radic and Zoran Zigic guilty of persecution, murder and torture and sentenced the first three defendants to five, six and seven years respectively.Mr. Radic was given 20 years, mainly for rape, and Mr. Zigic was sentenced to 25 years for murder and assault as well as for crimes committed in the Keraterm and Trnopolje camps.In rendering its judgement, the Tribunal said it decided “very early on in the trial” that there existed a widespread and systematic attack against the Muslim and Croat civilian population in the municipality of Prijedor between 26 May and 30 August 1992, and concluded that crimes of persecution, murder, torture and cruel treatment were committed in the Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje detention camps.”Operating on the pretext that they were seeking out possible criminal enemies, the camps were merely one more cog in the machine for persecuting the non-Serb population in Prijedor municipality,” the Court said in a summary of its judgement.”This cog was, of itself, discriminatory by definition. There were not any, so to speak, Serb detainees at Omarska and those who were accused of collaborating with the non-Serb enemies,” according to the Tribunal. “Each of you, in a different way, made it possible for the cog to turn.”Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, a new report by the ICTY says that the reforms undertaken by the Tribunal over the past year will enable it to try – within a reasonable timeframe – all of the accused currently held at its detention facility in The Hague, as well as those soon to be arrested.The report also says that the arrest of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the growing willingness of countries to work with the ICTY “augurs well for a substantial, sustained improvement in future cooperation with the International Tribunal.” It warns, however, that several high-ranking officials charged with serious crimes still remain at large and calls on countries to arrest and turn them over for prosecution.The report further stresses that countries’ domestic courts must also be involved in trying the “subordinates who carried out the orders” in the ongoing effort to build peace and reconciliation in the affected States.
“Eliminating nuclear weapons is a top priority for the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban in remarks delivered on his behalf by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to the opening plenary meeting of the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) earlier this morning. “No other weapon has the potential to inflict such wanton destruction on our world.”However, the Secretary-General added, instead of progress towards new arms reduction agreements, “we have allegations of destabilizing violations of existing agreements.”He noted that the danger posed by nuclear weapons continued to persist since the last NPT Review Conference, including with respect to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and cautioned of the growing series of setbacks the Treaty was facing. “Instead of a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty in force or a treaty banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons, we see expensive modernization programmes that will entrench nuclear weapons for decades to come. Instead of pursuing proposals to accelerate nuclear disarmament, including my Five Point Plan, there has been a dangerous return to Cold War mentalities,” Mr. Ban continued in the remarks. “This reversal is a regression for our world.” In a separate statement, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), echoed Mr. Ban’s apprehension regarding nuclear proliferation claiming he was “seriously concerned” about the DPRK’s nuclear programme and declaring that his agency remained unable to conclude that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”Nevertheless, he said, efforts to render the Middle East free of nuclear weapons continued amid some optimism following a recent forum held on the issue. The ‘Forum on Experience of Possible Relevance to the Creation of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East,’ he explained, had shown that it was possible “to have constructive dialogue on the establishment if a nuclear-weapon-free zone in this region, despite the complexity of the issue and differences of view among States concerned.”At the same time, Mr. Amano did note that the IAEA’s wide-ranging functions – from monitoring nuclear safety to assisting the UN’s Ebola response – were being successfully carried out around the world. “The IAEA is working very hard to fulfil its very broad mandate,” Mr. Amano concluded. “The challenges are considerable, but I am confident that we can continue to address them successfully with the support of all our Member States.”The 2015 Review Conference will run at UN Headquarters in New York through 22 May. The President-designate of the Conference is Ambassador Taous Feroukhi from Algeria.The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. It represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.
“We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations […], witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, and the rise of populist movements that seek to […] blame [refugees and migrants] them for various ills of society,?” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day. Yet, within this turbulence there are rays of hope, with concerned citizens and communities opening their arms and hearts. There has also been a promising international response, culminating with the New York Declaration adopted in September at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. ?”It is now crucial that governments honour and build on their commitments to govern large movements of refugees and migrants in a way that is compassionate, people-centred, gender-responsive and rooted in fundamental human rights,?” said Mr. Ban, calling the Declaration a critical step towards the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018. Underscoring that “every migrant is a human being with human rights,?” the UN chief said that to protect and uphold those rights stronger international cooperation is needed among countries of origin, transit and destination that is guided by international law and standards. “We must reject intolerance, discrimination and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric and the scapegoating of migrants. Those who abuse and seek to harm migrants must be held to account.?”Picking up that thread, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN focal point agency on the issue, said: “The upheaval we see all around in our politics should serve as a wake-up call to prepare rather than panic. We need to mould the future rather than ignore it [by] embracing the inevitability of migration, changing the perceptions of migrants among our publics and better integrating migrants in our societies.?” More must be done to rectify the current “toxic narrative” of migration, says UN migration chief William Lacy Swing, calling on the international community to show political leadership in dispelling the misconceptions surrounding migration, as well as combat rising xenophobia in various parts of the world.?”There is a real demographic revolution going on today and it is up to us to manage it for the benefit of all,?” he continued, noting that while most migrants simply want an opportunity and would welcome even a temporary one, with the right support, those that stay will contribute to whatever society they settle in, whether it is economically or culturally. For its part, UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, noted that there are more than 244 million migrants in the world, almost half are women, and with ongoing movements of refugees and migrants, it is critical that the global community comes together with unified and gender-responsive solutions that address both the opportunities and challenges that migration presents. The New York Declaration underlines the need for promoting and protecting the rights of migrant women and girls at all stages of migration. Moreover, the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018 is expected to become a dynamic vehicle for migration governance, which sees migrants, including women and girls, as agents of change with valuable skills, powerful voices and the potential for leadership.
In a news release, Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, also expressed concern that Doyle Hamm, who is who is due be executed in the state of Alabama on 22 February, may not have received a fair trial.The execution is set to go ahead even though Mr. Hamm has cancer and medical professionals have previously had difficulty accessing his veins, the release added.“We are seriously concerned that attempts to insert needles into Mr. Hamm’s veins to carry out the lethal injection would inflict pain and suffering that may amount to torture,” said the UN rights experts.The release also noted that judges have ordered a fresh medical report to be delivered by 20 February, two days before the scheduled execution.“We urge the authorities to halt [Mr. Hamm’s] execution, annul his death sentence, and hold a re-trial that complies with international standards, as we have received information indicating that his original trial did not fully respect the most stringent due process and fair trial guarantees,” they added.The Special Rapporteurs also said that the planned method of execution, using Alabama’s “three-drug protocol,” may also have torturous effects, because the sedative used is incapable of keeping a convict unconscious in the presence of the “excruciating pain” likely to be induced by the other drugs.Further, Ms. Callamard and Mr. Melzer said that imposing the death penalty in a manner that constitutes torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment would render the execution arbitrary in nature and thus be in violation of the fundamental right to life.The news release also noted that the human rights experts have written to the US Government to express their concerns about the case.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
A group of Brock University student-athletes and coaches are fortunate to have homes to go to, but they’ll spend 24 hours living in cars to help those who don’t.The Badgers will take part in No Fixed Address, an event being held at the Pen Centre from 10 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. Hosted by the YWCA, it’s a 24-hour live-in-your-car-a-thon to promote awareness and raise funds for women’s homelessness.It’s the first official event of the recently launched Badgers Care Program, which is focusing on Brock’s Athletics and Recreation department making a positive impact on the Niagara Community. The department hired a Badgers Care Program co-ordinator over the summer to help organize the University’s involvement in events like No Fixed Address.This is the first official event launched by our Badgers Care Coordinator, Hannah Pass. She was hired this summer to start our Badgers Care Program at our department“This is an exciting event as our first community outreach this year as a team,” said Badgers women’s basketball coach Ashley MacSporran. “I wanted my team to experience a night living in their cars to understand the realities right here in our city. With a majority of people impacted being women and youth, I felt very strongly that my team needed to step up and be a part of this.”In addition to MacSporran and assistant coach Amy Audibert, participating players from the Badgers basketball team include: Kira Cornelissen, Alex Symonds, Mellissa Tatti, Bridget Atkinson, Jess Morris, Chrissy Sirignano, Allie Columbus, Shannon Northey and Nikitia Chappell.Jenna Martin and Hannah Pass from women’s fencing will also be taking part, along with women’s volleyball players Maddie Brown and Hannah Davenhill.
The Americans will be looking to match the Germans better than they did in 2002, which will be difficult against a German offense that is the second-strongest in the tournament (with a 3.2 SPI offensive score). At a minimum, a draw would send the Americans to the knockout stage, so a 0-0 scoreline will suffice. But the Germans are a full goal ahead of the Americans in projected goals for this match (2.1 to 0.9, to be exact), so shutting them out won’t be easy.There are no players left on the American roster who played in that 2002 game, but the U.S. is equipped with a roster full of German-Americans. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are all of German-American descent, which perhaps isn’t very surprising given head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s German roots. Johnson and Jones spent time on Germany’s youth national teams, and four U.S. players (Chandler, Green, Brooks and Johnson) currently play in the Bundesliga. All of this to say that there might be even more at stake on Thursday for some of these players than the numbers suggest.YESTERDAYThe Argentina-Nigeria game started with a flourish, as Lionel Messi’s third-minute opener was matched by Ahmed Musa’s fourth-minute equalizer. It was the first time in World Cup history that both teams scored within the first five minutes of a match. And to follow it up, in the second half, Musa scored in the 47th minute and Marcos Rojo the 50th.Messi’s opening goal was the first conceded by Nigeria; entering the match, the Super Eagles were the only team that had not allowed a goal in this year’s tournament. Messi’s second goal came from a free kick, something and somewhere commonplace for him but rare for Argentina in the World Cup. Messi has scored three of his five career World Cup goals from outside the penalty area, and his nine free kick goals over the past four La Liga seasons are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13. But it was Argentina’s first free kick goal in the World Cup since 1982.Messi’s second goal gave Argentina the lead just before halftime, essentially guaranteeing La Albiceleste the win. Argentina is now 28-1-0 in World Cup matches when leading at half, with its single loss coming in the 1930 final to Uruguay. Messi also became the third player at this year’s tournament with a multi-goal first half (Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri later became the fourth), something that no player managed in the 2010 tournament.Although Nigeria lost, it became the first African team to advance to the knockout stage for a third time. Musa’s brace was the first for Nigeria in its World Cup history, and Nigeria passed Cameroon for the most goals by an African nation in the World Cup. France and Ecuador played to a scoreless draw, good enough for France to win Group E. The French had the advantage throughout the match, finishing with 242 touches in the attacking third compared to 57 for Ecuador. But France was held scoreless in large part thanks to Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, whose nine saves are tied for the most in a match this tournament. He leads all players with 18 total saves.The Swiss finished second in Group E , thanks to a hat trick from Shaqiri — the first by a Swiss player in the World Cup since Josef “Seppe” Hugi in 1954. The game also marked the first time Switzerland scored three goals in a World Cup match since 1994. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHThe United States and Germany have an interesting historical relationship, to say the least. The strong ties between the world powers are well known, despite recent hiccups, such as the revelation that the American National Security Agency had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germans and Americans also often visit each other’s countries and even migrate between them. According to the OECD International Migration Database, 20,149 American nationals migrated to Germany in 2011, and 6,125 German nationals moved in the other direction. This may seem like a big disparity, but when adjusted for total population, just about .001 percent more Germans per capita migrated to the U.S. than the other way around. Cross-tourism data shows a similar relationship. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 1.88 million Germans visited the United States in 2012, while the German National Tourist Board shows that 4.85 million Americans spent time in Germany the same year. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and HWas the U.S. Robbed Against Portugal? It Depends on What Time MeansHome or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and American Soccer?CORRECTION (June 26, 10:21 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Landon Donovan would have been the only returning player on the U.S. team this year from the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Demarcus Beasley is on the current roster and was on the 2002 team, but didn’t play in that quarterfinals match.CORRECTION (June 26, 10:58 a.m.): Previously, this story mistakenly said that any two teams from Group G could move on to the next round of the tournament. While any one team can still advance, there is one combination of two teams — Ghana and Portugal — that cannot advance together. As if you needed any data to tell you why you should watch Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game (and the Portugal vs. Ghana match, if you’ve got a split-screen setup), but we’re going to give it to you anyway.U.S. vs. Germany 12 p.m. EDTPortugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. EDTAlgeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHGroup G has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet-to-be-decided groups of the tournament — as it stands, no team is mathematically guaranteed to advance (though Germany is very close at 99.7 percent). The are a huge number of possible outcomes of Thursday’s matches, and any team can technically still advance to the next stage of the tournament.If the uncertainty of Group G isn’t enough to make you tune in, the level of play we’re expecting to see between the U.S. and Germany should; the teams’ combined Soccer Power Index scores is higher than that of any two teams playing Thursday. Although the odds are heavily favored for Germany (63.4 percent to the U.S.’s 14.8 percent), we don’t expect this game to be a blowout (see Belgium vs. South Korea for that).In their last meeting, a June 2013 friendly, the U.S. beat Germany 4-3. But friendlies are friendlies; the teams’ last competitive encounter was at the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when the Germans edged the Americans 1-0 in what is considered one of the best U.S. performances at any World Cup. (The U.S. did reach the semifinals at the inaugural 1930 World Cup.)
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) drives to the hoop during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAs the sunset fell on the Charleston Harbor in South Carolina in November 2012, the rays radiating into the faces of the Ohio State and Notre Dame women’s basketball players during the Carrier Classic, then-freshman guard Ameryst Alston lined up on the charity stripe for the first time in her collegiate career.After a couple of warmup dribbles to get a feel of the leather ball, Alston hit nothing but nylon to score her first point sporting the scarlet and gray.The first-year player would finish the game only scoring three points in the 21 minutes that she played, but, as the season progressed, Alston created a name for herself in the Buckeye rotation. Eventually, she would become one of the more pivotal players in the program’s history.Fast forward three years, 12 weeks and three days, and there was just under 1:30 to play in the third quarter in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The No. 7 ranked Buckeyes were leading the Iowa Hawkeyes at their home gym, 76-59. As the clock ticked down, Alston, now a senior, made a stutter-step move from the right wing toward the basket, dribbling to the opposite side of the cylinder, where she pulled up and connected on a short jumper. Usually, a late-game score to put a team up 19 points like Alston’s would be nothing but a trifling tally on a box score. Except that pull-up jumper was not usual — it was historic. With the make, Alston surpassed the 2,000-point scoring mark, making her only the sixth OSU women’s basketball player to achieve the milestone. Instead of cracking an immediate smile and having play stop to send the ball over to the bench to celebrate an archival moment of her career, Alston did what she had done after scoring all the other 1,998 points over the past four years: hustle down to the other end of the court to play defense.That is just who Alston is: a selfless player who is obsessed with earning team accomplishments instead of impressive individual accolades. “I’m really close with her, and I didn’t even know she was close to 2,000 points,” senior guard and four-year teammate Cait Craft said. “She never spoke about it, and even when she scored her 1,000th, I had no idea it was coming.”Alston was solely a role player when she came onto the scene in Columbus. It wasn’t necessarily her fault, though, as it was just because of all the talent that the Buckeyes had at the time, including Tayler Hill (who Alston just passed on the scoring list) and Amber Stokes, both of whom would go on to sign professional contracts.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAt the time, Jim Foster was at the helm of the OSU program, but he would be relieved from the position for a lack of postseason victories.The program then turned to former Washington coach Kevin McGuff in April 2013 for guidance.Upon arrival in Ohio’s capital city, McGuff said he was comforted by the fact that he was inheriting a talent like Alston, who was only going to be heading into her sophomore year.“When I got here I was obviously excited to have her in the program,” McGuff said. “I knew she could be a big piece of (OSU) kind of rebuilding the program, and she has certainly been that.”In McGuff’s first year as coach, Alston had a remarkable sophomore campaign, receiving a first-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and the media. She scored 19 points per game and also led the team with 112 total assists. Coming into her junior year, the Buckeyes were able to pick up a couple of premier recruits and transfers, including McDonald’s All-American and the nation’s leading high school scorer in 2014-15, Kelsey Mitchell. The influx of improving talent might have created a feeling of anxiety for a player who wanted to be the face of a program. For Alston, this was not so. “She was our main scorer and our go-to person our sophomore year, and then last year we had a bunch of young talent come in, and that never really bothered her,” Craft said. “It wasn’t just all on her anymore. There were other people to help her, but she took it in stride and she understood that was what was best for the team.”As a junior, Alston finished the year with 694 points, averaging 19.8 points per game and earning another All-Big Ten selection. She helped the Buckeyes become runner-ups in the Big Ten tournament before leading them to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where OSU would eventually fall to North Carolina by one basket. Now Alston, who is one of the two seniors on the team, has progressively become a vocal leader, as well as a leader by example, which she said is something she grew into over her four years in Columbus. “Being vocal is not something that I came in here with,” Alston said. “Now, I’m just trying to help give direction.” OSU is currently 21-4 and 13-1 in conference play, and it is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. Even with all the success the Buckeyes are having and scoring her 2,000th point, there are still goals that Alston and her squad have with four games left in the regular season. And those start with cashing in on the promising postseason future OSU looks to have.“We are just taking it one game at a time,” Alston said. “The goal is to win every game and to hopefully get a Big Ten championship.”As Alston continues to be one of the Buckeyes’ go-to scorers this season, she will continue to rise on the all-time scoring list in OSU basketball history. With 2,032 points and counting to her name, only three players are above her. Of the trio, Jessica Davenport’s third-place position with 2,303 points is the only one in jeopardy. Even so, the humble Alston never truly had a passion to score 2,000 points in her collegiate career. Her prerogative was always staying focused on her mission of the team winning games. “(Scoring 2,000 points is) actually not something I think about … It just kind of comes with it,” Alston said. “This year has been very special in terms of our success as a team. It’s always great, and fun, when you’re winning.”The next chance for Alston and her team to keep winning is set for Thursday, as OSU is scheduled to take on Nebraska at 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
On Sunday afternoon, a slender, 22-year-old Cuban pitcher made his professional baseball debut. He struck out nine and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, five singles and one walk. Fifty-five of his 85 pitches were for strikes and, by all accounts, his first start was a success. Around 4 p.m. Monday, this same phenom strolled into the visitor’s dugout at Huntington Park to answer a throng of questions from the media. He sat down next to Louisville Bats trainer and translator Tomas Vera, looking neither nervous nor excited. The young man took his time answering a myriad of questions, speaking very softly and smiling occasionally as Vera translated for him. And at the end of the session, he got up and walked back down the tunnel to the locker room. Just two days in the life of Aroldis Chapman, the Cincinnati Reds $30 million man. A man who, if he continues to compile dominating performances like the one he had on Sunday, will force the Reds to promote him to the big league club. Count Bats manager Rick Sweet among those impressed. “He handles [pressure] very well. He doesn’t show [nervousness] at all,” Sweet said. “He’s been on the national scene and the international scene, so it’s almost a relief when he gets in between the lines to where he can focus, to where he’s away from all of [the media hoopla].” Even a casual observer of baseball can notice just how special Chapman is. His delivery matches his personality: calm and quiet. Right before Chapman fires the ball home, he hides the ball behind his back, keeping the hitter guessing for a few extra seconds. Then, his body unwinds, and at a three-quarter angle, his left arm slingshots the ball toward home. Sometimes the ball travels as hard as 101 mph, which Chapman reached on a first-inning strikeout Sunday. Despite the aura around his triple-digit fastball, Chapman said he doesn’t concentrate on how hard he throws. “Honestly, I really don’t pay attention to the speed. I think it’s something the Lord gave to me and I have to thank God and all the coaches I’ve had since I was in Cuba,” Chapman said through Vera. “They’re all a part of this, but the speed isn’t that important for me.” And while Chapman may not acknowledge that his fastball is indeed heavenly, Sweet appeared amazed that his young southpaw threw the ball so hard, so often, and with such apparent ease. “I just saw [Chapman] throw over 100 mph I think a total of seven, eight times in one game. I don’t know … if I’ve seen that total in my career,” Sweet said. “It’s very special, especially when you see how he easily he does it. He’s not a max effort guy that’s all over the place. He’s nice and easy and smooth, and the ball explodes out of his hand.” Explode onto the major league scene is what Chapman could do very soon. If a Reds starter goes down with injury, Chapman would be among those considered for the call-up. The main reason for the call-up would be because the Reds believe Chapman’s pitching prowess matches his major-league readiness, but the fact that he can draw a crowd will also heavily factor into the decision. Considering that their attendance has dwindled in recent years, the Reds would be hard-pressed not to consider elevating the left-handed Cuban. Chapman, whose warm-up bullpen session reportedly attracted 150 spectators Sunday, is also quickly gaining the respect of his comrades. Perhaps the biggest surprise of Monday’s media session was how many times Chapman referenced how helpful his teammates have been. At one point, a reporter asked Chapman about his teammates and, after Vera translated it, Chapman flashed his pearly whites. Across the dugout, a handful of his teammates were pointing at him, making sure their famous friend and teammate put in a good word for them. Often times in sports, when a player signs a big contract, the size of his head swells along with his paycheck. Sweet said Chapman is the total opposite. “He’s very quiet, very shy. Not intimidated, but he’s a shy young man,” Sweet said, “and he’s gotten along very well with his teammates.” “It’s been nice to see. You think with all the money he’s making, sometimes guys [let the money get to their head], he’s not that way. He just wants to be part of the team.” So long as Chapman’s cultural adjustments progress alongside his changeup, it’s hard to imagine the Reds keeping their prized left-hander in the minors too much longer.
There is a need to challenge conventional thinking around chute systems and transfer points according to Weba Chute Systems, especially seeing that most problems associated with transfer points can be eliminated during the design stage. Weba Chute Systems’ extensive experience and technical expertise, coupled with its broad applications knowledge, has positioned it as the leader in its field, says Mark Baller, Managing Director. “The expertise of chute manufacturers is useful during the design stages of a project to eliminate potential flow and maintenance problems at a later stage.”By the very nature of their application, transfer points should be accorded the same level of importance as any other machinery involved in mineral processing. “It is interesting to note that transfer points can contribute to some of the highest maintenance costs on a mine, and yet engineers often do not view transfer point systems as a critical element of the minerals processing system,” Baller argues.Traditional conveyor system design focused more on the structural integrity of the system and the selection of mechanical components. However, the design of the actual transfer points was considered to be of secondary importance, in addition to being constrained by a lack of design analysis of the material flow characteristics and needs. The end result is a plethora of inefficient and expensive transfer points.“It is critical to consider basic chute specifications when addressing a material transfer problem, which necessitates a thorough knowledge of transfer point design as well as the ability to determine best practice for an application and the willingness to customise each design to these specific requirements,” Baller says.The Weba Chute System is a concept that has been pioneered to cater for all of these factors. It is based on the lined ‘super tube’ or cascade system which results from those occasions when material runs on material.“We have proved through numerous successful installations of Weba Chute Systems that the correct use of our streamlined scientific approach to the dynamics of bulk materials handling can completely eliminate the problems associated with conventional transfer chutes resulting in significant cost savings,” Baller explains.To date the company has engineered over 4,000 transfer chutes that are operating successfully throughout the global mining industry. The Weba Chute System eliminates the problems associated with conventional transfer chutes as well as providing a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution for material transfer. The key to a successful project begins with a comprehensive site visit. Weba Chute Systems will consult with the plant engineers and maintenance staff to ensure that the end product meets all of their requirements, as well as complying with all safety, health, environment and quality requirements. This incorporates the operation’s unique product specifications and data, belt width and speed, material size and shape and throughput as well as the plant layout, including the position of belt scrapers and dust suppression/extraction systems.“We consider a holistic design that does not only focus on the entry and exit points, but also incorporates the control of the flow, volume and velocity of the material being transferred at all times,” Baller says. Weba Chute Systems owns the intellectual property on a wide variety of transfer point designs.System design is undertaken using sophisticated 3D computer software and data received. The company is ISO 9001:2008 accredited to ensure quality of manufacture. Performance is guaranteed in accordance with operational and application parameters, ensuring the provision of a chute solution that works for every application.
Plantes dépolluantes et air intérieur : bilan sur les idées reçuesFrance – Le 28 juin dernier, un atelier sur le thème de l’épuration de l’air intérieur par les plantes a dressé un bilan mitigé sur leurs capacités de dépollution.L’étude Phytair 2004–2011, réaffirme les propriétés dépolluantes de certaines plantes d’intérieur courantes : pothos, plante araignée ou encore dragonnier. Leur feuillage contribue à diminuer les taux de benzène ou encore de monoxyde de carbone. À lire aussiUn guide sur la pollution de l’air intérieurNéanmoins, l’Agence de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie (Ademe) ainsi que l’Observatoire de la qualité de l’air intérieur tempèrent cette affirmation. En effet, dans nos espaces clos, la présence de plantes ne saurait à elle seule suffire à purifier l’air. Les bons réflexes doivent perdurer : aérer les pièces au moins dix minutes par jour, utiliser une VMC ou une hotte aspirante, limiter les aérosols, l’encens, etc.Ainsi, la création d’un label “capacité d’épuration de l’air” pour certaines plantes serait prématuré. L’étude Phytair doit donc se poursuivre par une expérimentation dans une maison témoin. Le 1 juillet 2010 à 10:48 • Emmanuel Perrin
Theo Walcott hopes Everton can secure one of the Champions League spots in the Premier League but revealed sixth place may be more attainable.The Toffees have not improved on their fifth-place finish they achieved in the 2013/14 campaign, with the Merseysiders settling for eighth last season.However, Walcott believes there will be a massive improvement under new manager Marco Silva, with back-to-back league wins lifting them up to 11th and within four points of sixth.“Me personally, I’m hoping for a top-four finish, I really am. I’ve set my goals really high,” he told Everton TV.Everton still keen on signing Juve’s Moise Kean Obinna Echi – July 28, 2019 Everton are still pushing for the signature of Juventus striker Moise Kean despite the Italian champions insisting they’d only sanction the deal with a…“I’m a positive guy so I genuinely think we’re going in the right direction.“You need to be realistic as well and think maybe that’s a bit too far-fetched, but I think sixth is reachable.“We just have to start turning those draws into wins, it’s as simple as that.“We’re not far off, I really don’t think we are. I think you can judge us fairly when everyone is back fit.”
Juventus are reportedly considering a move for Christian Eriksen in the January transfer windowThe 26-year-old playmaker’s current deal at Tottenham will expire in June 2020, amid reported interested from Barcelona and Real Madrid.Eriksen recently admitted that he’s unsure whether a new contract is on the table for him at Spurs.Now Tuttosport claims that Juventus will make a move for Eriksen if their bid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United fails.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Eriksen has struggled to get back into favour with coach Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs after returning from an abdominal injury in mid-October.The Denmark international has only played 90 minutes of football twice for Spurs since then, but still has no shortage of admirers.Eriksen has managed 57 goals and 73 assists in 239 appearances for Spurs across all competitions since his arrival from Ajax in 2013.
Citing primarily cost, Alaska Dispatch News Executive Editor David Hulen said his company dropped its contract with the Associated Press on Thursday.Download AudioInside pages of Wednesday’s Alaska Dispatch News — minus the AP content. (Photo illustration by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)“There’s no bad blood, there’s no grudge. I’ve got absolutely nothing against AP. But as a service that we pay money for, it just didn’t pencil out for us,” Hulen said.Going forward in the Dispatch’s print and online editions, readers will no longer find content from the AP. AP member radio stations, newspapers and TV stations will no longer be able to use the wire service to access Dispatch content. They’ll have to contact the paper and negotiate permission directly.Andrew Jensen, managing editor of the weekly Alaska Journal of Commerce, said the loss of Dispatch News photos could cause him some trouble.His Anchorage-based newspaper sometimes competes with the Dispatch for stories, but he occasionally relies on their photographers. The Journal of Commerce doesn’t have a staff photographer.Actual losses to other statewide media are hard to quantify, and this is where the story gets a little complicated.Up until 2014, the Alaska Dispatch was online only. Its employees ran a robust news website financed by Alice Rogoff, former chief financial officer of the U.S. News & World Report and the wife of billionaire David Rubenstein.Then Rogoff struck a $38 million surprise deal with California-based McClatchy Company to buy the state’s largest newspaper, the Anchorage Daily News. That merger resulted in the Alaska Dispatch News.Former Dispatch writer Craig Medred broke the story at craigmedred.news that Alaska Dispatch Publishing LLC had sued McClatchy Newspapers, Inc., over that deal. Part of that lawsuit involves the Anchorage Daily News’ contract with the AP.The lawsuit alleges that McClatchy misrepresented a contract with the AP, leaving the Dispatch on the hook for more than $340,000, according to documents Medred posted.It is unclear what the loss of that revenue will do to the AP’s coverage of the state. Currently, the AP operates a one-person Juneau bureau – where I just finished a stint covering the state legislature — and a three-person Anchorage bureau. Its journalists generate original stories in addition to aggregating and curating photos and stories from its member news organizations. It circulates that news to members in the state and around the world.AP Director of Media Relations Paul Colford said it won’t change the way the company provides news in Alaska.“We have every intention of continuing to provide a strong and vital news report in Alaska. Period,” Colford said.At the Dispatch, Hulen said he doesn’t think readers or other AP members in the state will notice much of a difference.“If you look at it closely, we were not using very much AP content and haven’t for some time. And I think it’s also, if you look closely, I’m not sure that much of our content was actually being used around the state, maybe kind of as filler. We have not used an enormous amount of AP content.”What Dispatch journalists don’t generate, Hulen said often comes from other content-sharing services. He said the company recently added Reuters, which is a wire service that competes with the AP.“We get a bunch of services,” Hulen said. “We get The New York Times, we get The Washington Post, Bloomberg, we get Tribune. We get The Christian Science Monitor and now we get Reuters, and so we’re not using AP but I’m not sure a normal reader would see much of a change.”Hulen said he strongly supports the work that AP journalists do and that he supports the organization’s continued presence in the state. But, as newsroom budgets are reduced statewide, less content is produced, and the AP’s sharing service has become less valuable to the Dispatch.“People are doing good work, they’re doing the best they can. But everybody is also doing it with much less horsepower than they may have had 5 years ago. Say if you’re in Ketchikan or Fairbanks or Kenai for that matter, right? Just as the things have, you know, as the media economics have evolved — but that’s not at all to disparage the good work … that people are doing on any given day.”Hulen said the Dispatch has informal content-sharing agreements with several media organizations in Alaska and that those will continue.Editor’s note: Rashah McChesney is a former Associated Press reporter who covered the Alaska legislature as a temporary employee earlier this year. Also, KTOO and Alaska Public Meida are AP members and, separately, KTOO and the Alaska Dispatch News occasionally share news content.
There’s renewed optimism about finding a deposit of natural gas in the Nenana Basin that can be developed. Doyon, an Interior regional Alaska Native Corporation, has explored the area for 10 years without commercially producing gas, but their president and CEO said new data is yielding promising results.Listen nowAaron Schutt spoke to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.“Very clean data,” Schutt said. “It was better than any other data we’ve gathered before and there were more targets than we expected to see as well.”Doyon has spent $100 million looking for oil and gas in the Nenana and Minto Basins.”What we have learned is the Nenana Basin has generated a tremendous amount of gas and certainly some oil,” Schutt said.Schutt said to expect an announcement in November.
Stay on target It’s International Women’s Day on March 8, and while we try to keep things very gender inclusive here on Geek.com and give props to men, women, and gender-nonconforming in equal proportions there’s nothing wrong with taking a little extra time to shine the spotlight on the fairer sex a little more. While the comic book industry has been viewed as a boy’s club for decades, behind the scenes some of the most innovative and creative artists have been women. Here are 11 names any serious comics geek should know and celebrate.Tarpé MillsThe early days of comics were very male-dominated, but for June Tarpé Mills, that was just more motivation. The Brooklyn-born artist went by her middle name so that editors and readers wouldn’t know she was a girl. After modeling to pay her way through New York’s Pratt Institute, she worked as a fashion illustrator before working on a number of adventure comics in the early 1940s. Her most notable character, Miss Fury, ran in multiple Sunday newspaper color sections, debuting a half-year before Wonder Woman. Miss Fury was a socialite who battled spies and criminals in a full-body panther costume, and Mills brought a seething sexuality to the strip that pushed boundaries week after week.Marie SeverinIf there’s a single name that was present at some of the most important creative moments in comic book history, it was Marie Severin. Her brother John brought her into EC Comics at the height of that company’s 1950s popularity, where she cut her teeth as a colorist. After the Comics Code destroyed EC, she went to Marvel’s production department. They quickly learned she was a brilliant — and fast — draftswoman, and she worked on Dr. Strange and Sub-Mariner comics, followed by dozens more. In 1976 she co-created Spider-Woman and later worked for Marvel’s all-ages Star Comics imprint. She was still doing published work as late as 2005 but formally retired in 2007, capping off a half-century of work in the comics medium.Ramona FradonAfter graduating from the Parsons School of Design, Ramona Fradon was encouraged to submit artwork samples to DC Comics in 1950. Her knack for figure drawing and inventive cartooning got her multiple jobs, most notably as the artist on Aquaman. She was the company’s go-to female illustrators, most notably creating Metamorpho with writer Bob Haney. In 1965, she left the comics biz to raise a family, but once her kids were old enough the call of the spinner rack was too strong to ignore and she returned to DC to work on a grab bag of titles. In 1980, she took over art duties on the Brenda Starr newspaper strip and drew it for the next 15 years. Even after retirement, she kept drawing, most notably for the SpongeBob SquarePants licensed book.Rumiko TakahashiThe manga business in Japan was male-dominated for a while after World War II, but many young women took inspiration from Osamu Tezuka to write and draw their own stories. One of the most notable is Rumiko Takahashi, who studied under Kazuo Koike in the 1970s before debuting Urusei Yatsura in 1978. The breezy tale of an alien princess who comes to Earth ahead of an invasion fleet became a huge success, and Takahashi followed it up with hit after hit, most notably rom-com Maison Ikkoku and gender-swapping martial arts epic Ranma ½. Takahashi continued working into the 21st century and was recently honored with the Grand Prix de la ville — essentially a lifetime achievement award — at France’s prestigious Angouleme comics festival.Trina RobbinsThe 1970s were a fertile time for comics both in and out of the mainstream. As Marvel was building their universe, the streets of San Francisco teemed with underground artists publishing boundary-pushing books of their own. In general, those comics weren’t terribly enlightened when it comes to women. So Trina Robbins, a transplant from Brooklyn who had been active in sci-fi fandom, put together Wimmen’s Comix, an anthology of up-and-coming female cartoonists that would be massively influential. Robbins would work all over the industry, from the undergrounds to all-ages work for Marvel and even becoming the first female artist to draw Wonder Woman.Shawn KerriStraddling the worlds of California car culture and punk rock, Shawn Kerri was one of the most underrated but potent cartoonists of the 1980s. Perhaps most notable for designing the skanking mascot for the Circle Jerks, Kerri — born Shawn Maureen Fitzgerald — broke into the industry with strips in auto humor magazine CARToons at the age of seventeen. A few years later, she moved to Los Angeles and started punk fanzine Rude Situation, all the while contributing to Cracked, writing Donald Duck comics for Disney and drawing dirty gags for Hustler using the pen name Dee Lawdid.Colleen DoranThe self-publishing boom of the 1980s and 1990s, buoyed by the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, allowed a whole generation of artists to get their comics on the stands. Colleen Doran was an art prodigy, winning a Disney illustration contest and the age of five and working professionally in advertising in her teens. In 1979, she started printing her sci-fi epic A Distant Soil in fanzines, and the rich, manga-influenced series has been running on and off ever since, set to measure a thousand pages upon completion. She’s also done lots of freelance work for Marvel and DC, including illustrating some issues of Sandman.Julie DoucetMontreal-born cartoonist Julie Doucet became one of the most iconic artists of the late 1990s with her series Dirty Plotte, a wild collage of dreams, fantasies and gritty realism limned in a deeply textured art style that improved by leaps and bounds every issue. Doucet stopped creating Dirty Plotte in 1998, moving on to longer form works and experimental collages. In 2006, she announced her retirement from the comics medium but she continues to make prints and other works.Amanda ConnerAfter attending the Joe Kubert School, Amanda Conner got her first Marvel work at the age of 21 and has been refining her expressive, dynamic art style across dozens of different comics ever since. In the late 1980s she signed on with Archie for a few years, but her biggest breakthrough came at DC, where she first became the iconic artist for character Power Girl, and then brought Harley Quinn to the company’s top-tier characters with her own solo series.Fiona StaplesOne of the most critically-acclaimed artists in the comics world today, Fiona Staples has brought a unique sensibility to her long-running collaboration with Brian K. Vaughan, Saga. Staples is notable for embracing digital technology to create pages that read like traditional narrative art but are rendered with bold color holds and striking linework. In 2015, she was hired to illustrate the rebooted Archie comic, updating the traditional teen for modern audiences.Sana TakedaJapanese artist Sana Takeda got her start in the video game industry, creating 3D renders of athletes for Sega’s sports titles. Marvel editor C. B. Cebulski got ahold of her portfolio and realized he had an incredible talent on his hands, hiring her to illustrate titles like Ms. Marvel. Takeda draws entirely digitally in Photoshop, but you’d never know it — her illustrations are rich with texture and flow brilliantly from panel to panel. Her current series is the creator-owned Monstress with writer Marjorie Liu, and it’s a gripping horror fantasy epic that is a critical and commercial success.More on Geek.com:11 Female Sci-Fi Authors You Need to Read10 Awesome Comics With Trans Characters By Trans CreatorsThe Complete History of Rock Stars Making Comics Study: It’s Perfectly Reasonable For Women to Complain About Cold OfficesGoogle Doodle Celebrates International Women’s Day
Image credit: Security Networks This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Botnets move P2P as centrally controlled zombie networks come under fire (2011, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-04-botnets-p2p-centrally-zombie-networks.html Traditionally, botnets have relied on a small group of control computers to send out instructions to thousands of infected PC’s to do their dirty work, despite the fact that is has a very large major weakness; take away the few central computers and the botnet dies. Because of this, another type of botnet, where each bot contains additional code that allows it to pass along instructional information, is starting to emerge. With these so-called P2P networks, no central command is needed, instructions are fed to just one or two members of the network, and those few pass them along to others, who in turn pass them on until the whole network has been updated and is working as one.Clearly this new type of botnet would be a lot harder to kill. Enter researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratories, in New Mexico, where Stephan Eidenbenz and his colleagues have been creating and killing botnets in a secure lab. Recently, they published a paper in Computer Networks describing a modified version of a P2P botnet that they believe would create a significant problem for those looking to stamp out botnets in general. In this new configuration, the bot network would set itself up into a hierarchy with instructions coming only from a computer higher up the in the hierarchy, who would in turn only receive commands from one higher up yet, until the one at the top is reached.Creating such a network would overcome some of the technical difficulties that botnet builders have been running into when trying to create strong stable conventional P2P botnets, and that is, the complications that arise when trying to create a network that relies purely on individual PC’s being able to communicate with one another; that would be sort of like relying on information from word of mouth, or rumor, rather than getting it straight from the top. In the new configuration (wherein the authors clearly don’t disclose the how-to part, as that would give the bad guys the goods) there is once again just a few computers running the show, but the trick is, the hierarchy is scrambled anew each day allowing different computers to sit at the top issuing commands down the line, thus making it virtually impossible for law enforcement to track down which machines are actually issuing the commands at any given point in time.By doing research of this kind, those on the right side of the law are hoping to create the next generation botnets before those on the wrong side figure out how to create them for themselves; and hopefully by that time, ways to kill them. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Researchers: Botnets Getting Beefier More information: AntBot: Anti-pollution peer-to-peer botnets, Computer Networks, doi:10.1016/j.comnet.2011.02.006AbstractBotnets have emerged as one of the most severe cyber-threats in recent years. To evade detection and improve resistance against countermeasures, botnets have evolved from the first generation that relies on IRC chat channels to deliver commands to the current generation that uses highly resilient P2P (peer-to-peer) protocols to spread their C&C (Command and Control) information. On an encouraging note, the seminal work done by Holz et al.  showed that P2P botnets, although relieved from the single point of failure that IRC botnets suffer, can be easily disrupted using pollution-based mitigation schemes.For white-hat cyber-security practitioners to be better prepared for potentially destructive P2P botnets, it is necessary for them to understand the strategy space from the attacker’s perspective. Against this backdrop, we analyze a new type of P2P botnets, which we call AntBot, that aims to spread their C&C information to individual bots even though an adversary persistently pollutes keys used by seized bots to search the C&C information. The tree-like structure of AntBot, together with the randomness and redundancy in its design, renders it possible that individual bots, when captured, reveal only limited information. We mathematically analyze the performance of AntBot from the perspectives of reachability, resilience to pollution, and scalability. To evaluate the effectiveness of AntBot against pollution-based mitigation in a practical setting, we develop a distributed high-fidelity P2P botnet simulator that uses the actual implementation code of aMule, a popular Kademlia-based P2P client. The simulator offers us a tool to evaluate the attacker’s strategy in the cyber space without causing ethical or legal issues, which may result from real-world deployment. Using extensive simulation, we demonstrate that AntBot operates resiliently against pollution-based mitigation. We further suggest a few potential defense schemes that could effectively disrupt AntBot operations and also present challenges that researchers need to address when developing these techniques in practice.via Technology Review (PhysOrg.com) — Botnets, those networks of computers infected with bots (little pieces of code that allow a computer to be manipulated from an outside source) have increasingly of late come under attack by law enforcement agencies as it’s become apparent that criminals are using them to steal personal information such as credit card numbers and pins. But, as the centrally based botnets go down, new peer to peer (P2P) botnets are cropping up to replace them.
Are there still human remains inside the Titanic? The question lingers on. When the RMS Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, after hitting an iceberg on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City, 1,500 lives were lost. About 334 of the drowned were recovered in the days following the tragedy, but a great many corpses were never found. While the assumption is that decades in the ocean would have led to total disintegration, the discovery of the wreck of the Titanic in 1985 also prompted a debate over whether there could be human remains embedded in the wreckage, two and a half miles below the surface of the Atlantic.Photos were taken during submarine explorations of the site, and the release of some of those photos suggest that corpses were indeed dragged to the ocean floor. One photo was taken in 2004 and released in 2012, when the 100-year anniversary of the Titanic tragedy was marked. The image showed a crumpled large coat with a boot protruding from beneath its seam.Officials say human remains may be at Titanic shipwreck site http://t.co/JZSjdCpS— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 15, 2012AdChoices广告inRead invented by Teads“The way that the clothes are arranged, makes it look like someone’s final resting place,” Kristina Killgrove, a biological anthropologist at the University of North Carolina, told Discovery News. These images were taken during an expedition by the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) and explorer Robert Ballard, who discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.“These are not shoes that fell out neatly from somebody’s bag right next to each other,” James Delagado, the director of maritime heritage at the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, told The Associated Press in 2012. The way they are “laid out” makes a “compelling case” that it is where “someone has come to rest,” he said.Evidence of human remains on the Titanic, over 100 years later. pic.twitter.com/QrYLUfd9RE— Terrifying (@terrifyingposts) March 30, 2014It was Ballard who discovered that the ship broke into two sections, almost a half mile apart. In between the two sections was a debris field, and Ballard and his men took photos of not only items from the ship but also many pairs of shoes. Later analysis suggested that the shoes were once attached to the decomposed remains of Titanic victims.Robert Ballard giving a talk on his Titanic discovery. Photo by Erik Charlton CC by 2.0James Cameron, who directed the hit film Titanic and has performed extensive research, disagrees that there are bodies on the ocean floor. Cameron has visited the wreck 33 times and said he has seen “zero human remains” during his explorations.“We’ve seen shoes. We’ve seen pairs of shoes, which would strongly suggest there was a body there at one point. But we’ve never seen any human remains,” said Cameron.The bow of the wrecked RMS Titanic, photographed in June 2004Some scientists said that at the depth, even bones would turn to sediment and dissolve. The shoes that have been found were once worn by people, certainly, but those bodies are no more. However, a theory exists that deep within the wreck, within closed cabins, identifiable human remains could be found because of the cold, pressurized environment.Such questions were raised again recently because a number of high-priced trips have been booked for the summer of 2019 to give people a chance to see the site of the sunken Titanic, 13,000 feet down. OceanGate is one company with trips booked for a 10-day-long Titanic exploration costing more than $100,000 per person. The OceanGate journey takes people out to the location of the wreck, and then, in small groups, on a 90-minute submarine descent to the Titanic, for about three hours of up-close examination of the wreck.Dana Hall, marketing manager of OceanGate, told The Vintage News in an earlier interview, “We are scheduled to depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland, for the first manned expedition to the site of the RMS Titanic since 2005. Fewer people have seen the legendary vessel since it sank in 1912 than have gone to space. Over the course of six missions running June through August a limited number of citizen explorers, known as mission specialists, will be among the first in nearly 15 years to descend 3,800 meters below the surface of the North Atlantic, in the world’s only 5-person submersible capable of reaching Titanic depths, to directly observe the maritime heritage site.”However some recent setbacks have put these trips on temporary hold.Related Article: The Titanic Wreck was Discovered While Looking for Lost Nuclear SubmarinesNo one has so far reported seeing evidence of a human victim in wrecks thanks to one of these trips. Between 1987 and 2004, seven research and discovery expeditions recovered over 5,500 non-organic artifacts from the Titanic site, including a bracelet, gloves, a napkin, a pocketwatch, binoculars, keys, a chandelier, and even menus.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 3 min read May 30, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Mobile devices are becoming key job-hunting tools, according to a recent mobile survey from my company, Glassdoor. Most employers are not taking advantage of this as much as they should, however.With 9 in10 job seekers reporting that they are likely to use a mobile device during their job search in the next 12 months, employers seeking a competitive edge should optimize their careers pages and application processes for mobile devices.In order to do that, consider taking these approaches to the company’s online presence:Related: 6 Signs It’s Time to Find a New Hiring StrategyMake it responsive. Having all your workplace information available online is one thing. But this information should be laid out carefully, in a way that’s easy to navigate across all platforms including desktop, mobile and tablet devices. This is referred to as having a “responsive website,” one that addresses people’s needs and makes it simple for job seekers to find what they want. It’s an employer’s responsibility to work with engineers to make sure the corporate website conveys the impression that the organization cares about the candidates’ online experience. If the online experience or design is difficult to navigate or job seekers can view the site only on a desktop or laptop computer, this can deter potential candidates from exploring further.Related: Hourly Job Seekers Bypass Logging Into Social Network on ApplicationsAllow for applying for jobs via mobile devices. Once candidates successfully navigate a careers page via mobile, if it’s not easy for them to click “Apply,” the employer might lose their interest and all the work to create the mobile site could be lost. In fact, 25 percent of job seekers reported they would be deterred from applying to a job if the company’s career site or job listings were not optimized for mobile devices.How is this done? Instead of requiring a resume for the application process, ask for social media data or a link to more information. This makes simpler for a great candidate to be entered into a company’s career system and placed on its radar.Related: Radical Transparency Can Re-Energize a Company’s Culture and Deliver ResultsMake the careers site transparent. Even after a company’s mobile job site is optimized both for responsiveness and easy application, it will again lose out on top talent if candidates can’t find the information they’re really looking for. Compelling content that shares specifics about what makes the workplace especially great, the things the company is trying to improve and what candidates should anticipate in the interview process will help prospective talent gain a sense of the company before they click “Apply.”All these elements will help a company be ahead of the game when it comes to winning over top talent and taking its recruitment program to the next level. Related: Marketing, Meet Tech. 4 Tips for Hiring a Data-Obsessed Team.