Giannis Antetokounmpo Monster Dunk as Bucks beat Pistons (Vid)

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks started the new year much like the finished the last one.Antetokounmpo threw down a spectacular one-handed dunk, Brook Lopez continued to show off his long-range shooting prowess and the Bucks cruised past the Detroit Pistons 121-98 on Tuesday night. Milwaukee has won four straight and eight of nine and is an NBA-best 26-10.Antetokounmpo had just 15 points, but his slam over Jon Leuer was the highlight of the night. Antetokounmpo blew past Andre Drummond, jumped and reached his right arm over a leaping Leuer for the slam during the first quarter.“It’s fun to have nights like this,” Antetokounmpo said. “Everybody has energy and plays hard.”Khris Middleton had 22 points and Eric Bledsoe had 18 for Milwaukee. Lopez had 25 points and made 7 of 12 from 3-point range, capping off the night by nailing a shot from beyond the sideline hashmark in the fourth.Did @Giannis_An34 just throw down the POSTER OF THE YEAR!?!#FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/anVvi6nNO6— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 2, 2019“I was feeling good.” Lopez said. “We were moving the ball really well and I was just trying to space the floor. My guys were making great passes to me all night. They’re so good at attacking the basket, drawing people and kicking out.”Blake Griffin had 29 points and nine rebounds, and Reggie Jackson scored 19 points for Detroit, which fell to 16-19.After leading 92-73 after three quarters, the Bucks built a 28-point lead midway through the fourth.“That team is a very good team,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “But there’s another competitive level we can get to. We’ve got some guys that are laying it on the line but not enough.”NOT BASHFULBucks coach Mike Budenholzer admitted he isn’t always thrilled with the shot selection of Lopez, who became the first center in NBA history, and the first Bucks player ever, to make seven or more 3s in consecutive games.“I’ve learned that he’s going to make some of them,” Budenholzer said. “There are times when I’m like ‘What is he doing?’ Then they go in and I sit back down.”CASEY STEAMEDCasey said officials refused to review a play in the waning seconds in which he claimed Langston Galloway caught an elbow to the eye from Bucks forward Thon Maker.“I was trying to get the officials to review it,” Casey said. “(Referee) Karl Lane yelled at me: ‘Turn it in then.’ I was just saying look at it.”OPPORTUNITY KNOCKSSeldom-used rookie Khyri Thomas scored a career-high 13 points off the bench for the Pistons.“It gives you an opportunity to further your career, whether it’s being a backup or whatever position it is,” Thomas said. “That’s what I was looking for, so I just went out there and played and had fun.”TIP-INSPistons: C Zaza Pachulia (right lower-leg contusion) sat out and is also likely to miss Wednesday’s game at Memphis, Casey said. Pachulia had an MRI on Monday. … Stanley Johnson didn’t play due to a thigh contusion. … G Ish Smith, who has been out since Dec. 7 with an abductor muscle tear, is making progress in his rehabilitation. … Griffin fell to the court early in the second quarter holding his knee at the same time teammate Jose Calderon writhed in pain after getting hit in the face. Later in the quarter, Griffin again fell to the floor, this time holding his face after colliding with Antetokounmpo.Bucks: F Ersan Ilyasova has returned to practice but remains out of game action after having surgery to repair a broken nose. Ilyasova hasn’t played since Dec. 14. … Maker received a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing.UP NEXTPistons: Visit Memphis on Wednesday in the first matchup of the teams this season.Bucks: Host Atlanta on Friday as Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer goes against his former team for the first time.—By RICH ROVITO , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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One hunter dead two injured after Nunavut polar bear attack

first_imgIQALUIT, Nunavut – Nunavut officials are investigating a polar bear attack that left one Inuit hunter dead and two injured.RCMP say the attack happened some time last week near the community of Naujaat, on the northernmost shore of Hudson Bay.The three hunters left the community last week and did not return as expected last Thursday.Search-and-rescue aircraft eventually found the hunters on White Island, about 80 kilometres from the community.The two survivors had minor injuries.RCMP continue to investigate and Nunavut Environment officials are now on the scene.last_img read more

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First Nations win case over 4 payments from Ontario federal governments

first_imgThe Canadian PressThe provincial and federal governments have been short-changing First Nations in Ontario for more than a century, a superior court judge ruled last week as she ordered long-stagnant annual payments be raised.The court found that the Crown has “a mandatory and reviewable obligation” to increase the annuity under the Robinson-Huron Treaty, which was signed in 1850.Justice Patricia Hennessy wrote that it’s the Crown’s duty to fulfil the treaty’s promise to increase the payments over time.“The Treaties were not meant to be the last word on the relationship,” she wrote. “Renewal of the relationship was necessary to ensure that both parties could continue to thrive in changing environments.”Hennessy did not say how much the payments should be, noting that there may be further steps and considerations in the implementation of her ruling.A delegation of 21 First Nations argued in the 2014 lawsuit that it is unfair that the annual payment of $4 to each of its members has not been raised, even though some members have been living in poverty.Hennessy’s decision states that an increase hasn’t occurred since 1875, despite the treaty’s promise to “increase the collective annuity when economic circumstances warrant.”There are about 30,000 beneficiaries to the Robinson-Huron Treaty in the 21 communities.The chiefs from the affected territory in northern Ontario have said the Anishinabek people agreed under the treaty to share their lands and resources with newcomers. In return, the Crown would pay annuities that were supposed to increase as the territory generated revenues from forestry, mining and other resource development.A spokesman for the Ontario government said it’s in the process of reviewing the court’s decision and declined to say anything further. The federal government also said it was reviewing the ruling, adding it “remains open to discussions with the interested parties.”Ontario NDP legislator Sol Mamakwa, the Opposition’s Indigenous relations critic, said the decision is a step forward to reconciliation and he expects a “significant” increase to the annuity.“Indigenous people have always been treated as second-class citizens in this country,” said Mamakwa. “When we think about the resources from the land, it’s the livelihood of our culture, it’s the livelihood of our people — and I don’t think there’s a set amount for that, but I think it matters to us.”Mamakwa said the annuity raise would increase access to resources along with programs and services offered in those communities.Batchewana Chief Dean Sayers said the decision is “huge.”Hennessy said in her decision that the treaty was vague, and could be interpreted in many different ways, but that a payment of $4 per person “suggests that the Treaties were a one-time transaction.“As the historical and cultural context demonstrates, this was not the case; the parties were and continue to be in an ongoing relationship,” she wrote.Hennessy also said the court and all parties involved in the treaty should develop processes and procedures for the “modern era” on how to move forward with the payment increases.last_img read more

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New UN report calls for strengthening Liberias juvenile justice system

The latest quarterly report on the human rights situation in Liberia, released today by the UN mission there – known as UNMIL – outlines a broad range of human rights concerns, with a particular focus on the challenges facing the West African country’s juvenile justice system. Containing information gathered across Liberia from February to April 2007, the report reveals that children below the age of criminal responsibility were tried in adult courts. In addition, in many instances, they were detained with adult inmates in violation of national law and international human rights standards.Human rights violations by some law enforcement officials and the need to improve standards in detention facilities were also cited in the report, as was the slow progress in the hearing of cases in a number of circuit courts during the February court term. Some circuit courts had not tried any cases, or only a few, due to the absence of essential personnel, the report stated.Through its quarterly reports, UNMIL’s Human Rights and Protection Section provides recommendations to help the Government promote, protect and respect the rights of all its citizens. The Section works in four key areas: monitoring, protection and reporting; transitional justice and institution-building; child protection; and capacity-building.As part of its efforts to support Liberia’s justice sector, the Mission has so far renovated and/or built 13 court houses, seven detention facilities and 24 police stations across the country. 14 November 2007Liberia’s juvenile justice system, which like most institutions in the country suffered significantly during the country’s brutal 14-year civil war, needs to be strengthened to ensure that the legal rights of children are upheld, the United Nations said today in a new report. read more

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Participants from across Ontario attend CAECO conference

The welcome session and round of introductions at the ADED Facilitator Day 2010 could have doubled as a geography lesson on Ontario.Twenty-one facilitators came from across the province — east, west, north and south — to participate in the day-long annual event, held recently by the Centre for Adult Education and Community Outreach (CAECO), at Brock’s Hamilton campus.Their attendance highlights the reach, diversity and accessibility of those who participate in Brock’s online and on-site adult education programs.Sharon Abbey, CAECO director, described the day as more like “old home week.”“This is the best day of the year,” Abbey said. “We have a great team and you are part of our team – each of you is professional, insightful and committed.“I read the evaluations that we receive from students each year and I’m blown away by the highly positive comments that they share about you. Obviously you should be proud of what you do.”Facilitator Day featured several sessions, including:representatives from Pearson Canada gave a demonstration of the online MyCanadianCompLabMatt Clare of Brock’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies, talked about Sakai and was joined, via Skype, by his CTLET colleague Giulia ForsytheBarbara Smith, CAECO facilitator advisor, updated the group on curriculum revisions, evidence of engagement, APA and working with rubricsThe agenda wrapped up with an hour-long roundtable in which facilitators discussed best practices, resources, online learning, effective evaluation and trends and issues around adult education. read more

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WatchBuyers market Metro Vancouver home sales dive 40 per cent compared to

VANCOUVER — The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board says home sales across the region in September plunged more than 40 per compared with the same month last year.Statistics from the board show 1,595 homes changed hands in Metro Vancouver last month, a 43.5 per cent drop from the 2,821 sales recorded in September 2017.The board says the result for last month also marked a 17.3 per cent decline when compared with sales in August.September sales in Metro Vancouver were also 36 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month.Cost of owning a home in Toronto, Vancouver ‘off the charts’ — and likely to get worse, warns RBCToronto, Vancouver at risk of housing bubble, UBS study findsChill in Canada’s once-hot housing market lingers on: pollA news release from the real estate board says more homes were listed across Metro Vancouver in September while demand remained below typical levels for this time of year.Board president-elect Ashley Smith says listings are accumulating as sales slow, easing prices just over two per cent since September of last year, while the composite benchmark price for residential properties has tumbled 3.1 per cent over the last three months.“There’s more selection for home buyers to choose from today. Since spring, home listing totals have risen to levels we haven’t seen in our market in four years,” Smith says in the release.“Metro Vancouver’s housing market has changed pace compared to the last few years. Our townhome and apartment markets are sitting in balanced market territory and our detached home market remains in a clear buyers’ market.”The total number of properties listed for sale in Metro Vancouver was 13,084, a 38.2 per cent increase compared with September 2017 and a 10.7 per cent increase since August, the board says.The benchmark price for a detached home was $1,540,900, a 4.5 per cent decrease from September 2017 and a 3.4 per cent skid over the last three months.The benchmark price of a condominium apartment property was $687,300, marking a 7.4 per cent increase over the last year but a 3.1 per cent slide in three months.Townhomes across the region had a benchmark price of $837,600 which the real estate board says is a 6.4 per cent increase since last September but a two per cent decline in three months. read more

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Armenia UN agency warns of food aid shortages

“Many of these beneficiaries include children and old people who have no source of income,” Muzaffar Choudhery, country director for WFP’s operations in Armenia, said. “International food aid, provided by WFP, is their only lifeline. Without it, the nutritional level of the most vulnerable people will dramatically decrease.”WFP has received only $10 million, less than a third of the $32 million requested for its three-year Armenian operation launched in 2001.Mr. Choudhery thanked Sweden, Switzerland and Japan for contributions earlier this year, adding: “Without this we would not have made it to the end of April.” The donations were used to purchase 497 tons of vegetable oil and 898 metric tons of flour.WFP first began operations in Armenia in1993, and has mobilized a total of 108,344 tons of food assistance to feed an average of 220,000 people a year.”This is a country virtually without an export economy and, currently, has little prospects for economic growth,” Mr. Choudhery said. An estimated 55 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.Since independence in 1991, Armenia has been hit by a series of disasters, both economic and natural, following a 1988 earthquake that left over 25,000 people dead and more than 400,000 homeless. It was also affected by the continuing conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, which has cut Armenia off from its neighbours and former trading partners, Turkey and Azerbaijan, WFP said. read more

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Postal workers delay possible job action for 24 hours as contract talks

OTTAWA – The threat of possible job action by Canada Post workers has been placed on hold for 24 hours.The Canadian Union of Postal Workers made the announcement in a statement issued late Sunday night.“We’ve amended our notice in a last-ditch effort to reach a negotiated agreement before we are forced to start working to rule,” said CUPW national president Mike Palecek.The union served 72 hour strike notice Thursday night, accusing Canada Post of forcing a labour disruption by refusing to bargain in good faith.It said that if there was no deal by midnight Sunday, it would begin job action on Monday by having its members refuse to work overtime on a rotating basis, starting in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.The two sides have been deadlocked for months on the issues of pay scales for rural letter carriers and proposed changes to pensions for future employees.A federally appointed mediator was brought in Friday, and Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said in a statement Sunday night that the Crown corporation had agreed to extend the talks for 24 hours at the mediator’s request.Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk welcomed the development.“It is an encouraging sign of ongoing progress and a renewed determination to negotiate a new collective agreement,” she said in a release issued by her office early Monday morning.The minister said she would remain focused on supporting the ongoing negotiations, and would continue to monitor the situation closely.Palecek previously said that the union’s planned job action would have little effect on Canada Post customers, noting the mail would still be delivered.Hamilton disagreed with that assessment, warning in a phone interview that the threat of job action was creating uncertainty for customers and would have a huge impact on the business “whether the union likes it or not.” Postal workers delay possible job action for 24 hours as contract talks continue A postal worker walks past Canada Post trucks at a sorting centre in Montreal on July 8, 2016. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz) by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 28, 2016 9:45 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 29, 2016 at 3:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Blame wages and turtle doves 12 Days now costs 34363

by Joe Mandak, The Associated Press Posted Dec 2, 2016 8:55 am MDT Last Updated Dec 2, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The slow recovery of the U.S. economy is continuing to keep the cost of Christmas — or at least the gifts listed in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” — from spiraling out of control.The price of two turtle doves jumped from $290 to $375 this year, but nine of the other 12 gifts listed in the carol stayed the same price or became cheaper, including a partridge in a pear tree, according to the 33rd annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index released Thursday.As a result, the overall cost of the gifts listed in the song increased 0.7 per cent to $34,363, up $233 from last year’s total of $34,131.PNC Financial Services Group releases the price index each year as a whimsical way of tracking inflation.Besides the turtle doves, only the cost of 11 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming — both up 2.8 per cent — increased.Thomas Melcher, chief Investment officers for PNC Asset Management Group, said the increasing wages of drummers and pipers could signal a march toward higher wages for a broader range of workers in 2017. He said he wouldn’t be surprised to see increases coming for the eight maids-a-milking, nine ladies dancing and 10 lords-a-leaping.“There are some underlying inflationary pressures that seem to be building,” Melcher said.The price of five gold rings, as tracked by PNC, hasn’t gone up in three years, even though the price of gold as a commodity has.“At a certain point, the end product should begin to reflect the price appreciation of the commodity,” Melcher said.PNC calculates the prices from sources including retailers, bird hatcheries and two Philadelphia dance groups, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philadanco.The cost of buying the same gifts online is $44,603 this year, up 2.2 per cent from $43,627 last year. But Melcher cautioned that’s largely because it costs more to transport animals and performers — 10 lords-a-leaping cost $5,509 in-person, but $13,373 online because of transportation costs — than the cost of the items themselves.“In most instances, it’s cheaper to shop online,” Melcher said. “I’ve never personally shipped a swan, but I imagine it’s not the cheapest endeavour in the world.”A buyer who purchased all the gifts each time they are mentioned in the song would spend $156,507, up $1,100 from last year.The full set of prices for purchasing the gifts from a bricks-and-mortar business, not online, is:— Partridge, $20; last year: $25— Pear tree, $190; last year: same— Two turtle doves, $375; last year: $290— Three French hens, $182; last year: same— Four calling birds (canaries), $600; last year: same— Five gold rings, $750; last year: same— Six geese-a-laying, $360; last year: same— Seven swans a-swimming, $13,125; last year: same— Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same— Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $7,553; last year: same— 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $5,509; last year: same— 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,708; last year: $2,635— 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,934; last year: $2,855___Online: pnc.co/ChristmasPriceIndex Blame wages and turtle doves: ’12 Days’ now costs $34,363 FILE ‚Äì In this Nov. 22, 2016, file photo, a representative poses for a photograph beside the “Five Golden Rings” section of a “Fire Garden” display, on the eve of the public opening of the “Christmas at Kew” festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in London. The slow recovery of the U.S. economy is keeping the cost of gifts listed in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” from spiraling out of control, according to Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group’s 33nd annual “PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index” released Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File) read more

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UConn Is 1 Win From Being The Streakiest College Team Ever

After the University of Connecticut Huskies won their 109th straight game Monday, their chances of winning the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and carrying that win streak into next season remain just about steady at 48 percent (down a tick from 49 percent after round one), according to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.Up next for the Huskies is No. 4-seed UCLA, a team that was ranked 15th at the end of the season and that UConn hasn’t played since 2014. If UConn wins that game, it’ll have 110 straight wins, moving it clear of Penn State’s 109 consecutive wins in women’s volleyball in 2007-10 — acknowledged as one of the longest winning streaks in collegiate sports history.Both streaks are over twice as long as the next-longest streak by any other entity in their sport. Before Penn State’s mark, the longest win streak by any other team in Division I women’s volleyball was USC’s 52 games in 2002-04. The longest streak in NCAA women’s basketball by a team other than UConn was 54 games by Louisiana Tech in 1980-82. (For comparison, UCLA men’s basketball’s heralded 88-game win streak was only 28 games longer than the previous record-holder’s.) Of course, Geno Auriemma’s UConn squad also holds the second- and third-longest streaks in women’s NCAA basketball, as well as the fifth-longest, which ended one game before the current streak began.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket Indeed, the Penn State streak may be the longest that is directly comparable to the current Huskies run. There doesn’t appear to be any official list of longest streaks across all sports, but the generally acknowledged record for a team winning streak is the Trinity College men’s squash team, which won 252 straight team meets from 1998 to 2012. Similarly, the University of Miami won 137 team tennis contests in 1957-64. But a team’s squash or tennis meet winning streak isn’t really the same as a game or match streak in a team sport, since each meet is a collection of smaller matches from an individual or pairs sport.Individual sports have generated streaks longer than UConn’s. Cael Sanderson of Iowa State won 159 straight matches to go 159-0 in his collegiate wrestling career (other wrestlers have won more in a row than UConn’s 109 as well). But comparing individual dominance to team dominance is suspect. And other acknowledged streaks can be even more dubious, because they come from lower divisions or carve out a subset of games played — like Mount Union winning 112 straight regular-season games in Division III football.In other words: Don’t miss Saturday’s game! The Huskies will be playing for a claim to the longest winning streak in collegiate team sports history.But things get harder from there. To win this tournament, there’s a good chance that UConn will have to beat three of the next four highest-ranked teams. Barring upsets, the Huskies would face Maryland in the Elite Eight, Baylor in the Final Four and either Notre Dame or South Carolina in the final. If the Huskies face the Irish, they’ll be matching up against the team with the second-longest current win streak in NCAA women’s basketball, 16 games.Check out our March Madness predictions. read more

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Former Ukip councillor charged with murder of wife in Stowmarket

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A husband has been charged with the murder of his wife after she was found dead at a house in Stowmarket.Stephen Searle, 64, is due to appear in court in connection with the death of 62-year-old Anne Searle.Mrs Searle was found unresponsive at an address in The Brickfields in the Suffolk town at 10.30pm on Saturday.Paramedics attended but she was declared dead at the scene, officers said.Suffolk Constabulary said a post-mortem was conducted on Sunday and requires further tests to be carried out.Police confirmed that the accused and victim were husband and wife. Mr Searle is a retired Royal Marines Commando, who sold poppies for the British Legion.He stood for Ukip in last year’s General Election. He was elected to Suffolk County Council in 2013, but lost his seat in 2017. Mr Searle, of The Brickfields, has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning. The scene at the Brickfields, Stowmarket, after Anne Searle was found dead The scene at the Brickfields, Stowmarket, after Anne Searle was found dead Credit:Bury Free Press / SWNS.comlast_img read more

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Johnson Matthey celebrating 200 years of inspiring science and sustained innovation

first_imgJohnson Matthey supplied the tungsten alloy used in the manufacture of officially approved darts Johnson Matthey helped develop and produces platinum based active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for use in anticancer treatments Bitrex – the world’s bitterest substance – is supplied by Johnson Matthey as a safety product to prevent children from swallowing harmful substancesIn 1982, Bitrex was officially recognised as the world’s most bitter substance by the Guinness Book of Records.       Bitrex is so strong-tasting that it would be possible to taste a single teaspoon of the substance in an Olympic-sized swimming pool In 1838 George Matthey joined the company as an apprentice at the age of 13Matthey played a significant role in the development of the standard metre and kilogram as well as the standards for imperial measurements, based on his work in the creation of platinum/iridium alloys Johnson Matthey’s eXovation initiative invites people to send in their ideas for new products and processes that JM will help developJohnson Matthey Applications Past and PresentJohnson Matthey technology was integral to the Apollo and Space Shuttle programmes’ fuel cell systems Johnson Matthey, one of the longest-trading businesses in the FTSE 100 Index, celebrates its 200th birthday this year.  Now a global leader in science and technology that makes the world cleaner and healthier, the company was founded in London by Percival Norton Johnson in 1817 as a gold assaying business.  In the same year, the first bicycle was built, the states of Mississippi and Alabama were created and the fifth President of the US was sworn in. In the UK, George III was King, Lord Liverpool was Prime Minister, the first Waterloo Bridge was completed and it was three years before Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle to hatch his theory of evolution. In China it was the midpoint of the Qing Dynasty, the tea trade experienced a surge and in South East Asia it was two years before the founding of modern Singapore.200-year commitment to innovation keeps the company at the forefront of technological breakthroughs that make life cleaner, healthier and more efficientEntrepreneurial approach sees more than one in 10 of today’s 13,000-strong global workforce engaged in research and developmentTechnologies around the world and beyond this world – from materials that powered Apollo and Space Shuttle missions to catalysts that clean emissions from one in three car engines worldwideScience at every scale – from manipulation of materials at atomic scale through to technologies used in world scale applicationsTwo hundred years after Johnson founded the company, it is global with operations on all continents and annual sales of more than £3 billion. Over 90% of the company’s sales come from technologies that have an explicit environmental, health or sustainability benefit. Today the company employs 13,000 people in 30 countries worldwide. One pound in every £20 generated is reinvested in research and development. Last year alone, Johnson Matthey invested £188 million in research and development projects around the globe.Starting his business at the age of 25 with just £150 of capital, Johnson established himself in the City of London as an ‘Assayer and Practical Mineralogist’. His pioneering work in assaying (determining precious metal content) and refining precious metals quickly established Johnson’s reputation for the quality and accuracy of his work. As Johnson’s reputation grew, his business flourished.George Matthey joined the business as an apprentice in 1838, becoming a partner in 1851. In the early years, Johnson Matthey alloys of platinum and iridium were used to create the benchmark metre and kilogram, as well as standards for imperial measurements.Johnson Matthey’s science is helping to enhance people’s lives on a global scale.  Innovative technologies developed by the company’s scientists are transforming the quality of air around the world. New materials are reshaping battery technology for the automotive industry and advanced technologies are being developed that optimise the efficiency of world scale processes used to produce many important chemical intermediates. Today, one third of all new cars on the planet are fitted with catalysts manufactured by Johnson Matthey at its facilities around the globe, dramatically reducing vehicle emissions worldwide. The exhaust from cars fitted with Johnson Matthey catalysts is often cleaner than air that enters the engine. At the same time, the company is applying its expertise to create vital products for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, making a difference to the health and wellbeing of many people around the world.Johnson Matthey has always had science and technology at its core. Through the constant application of new ideas and new processes, the company has built an organisation that has sustained 200 years of growth and helped create a sustainable future for our planet. The steely determination of Johnson Matthey employees over many generations has made a positive contribution to the company, its shareholders and the world at large.Robert MacLeod, Chief Executive of Johnson Matthey said: “This is a very special year for all of us at Johnson Matthey as we celebrate our 200th anniversary. This extraordinary achievement belongs to my colleagues worldwide and to our predecessors. For two centuries Johnson Matthey has been at the forefront of inspiring science. Much of the important work that we do is not visible to the naked eye but the impact of our science is global and profound. This year we renew our mission to make the world a cleaner and healthier place for everyone”.Fast factsPercival Norton Johnson established his assaying company in London in 1817 aged 25 with just £150 of capital (equivalent to £11,500 today). George III was on the throne, Lord Liverpool was the Prime Minister and it was a full three years before Charles Darwin set sail on HMS Beagle Johnson Matthey is the world’s largest recycler of platinum and platinum group metals Johnson Matthey supplies around a third of all the autocatalysts fitted in new cars around the world Around 60% of Johnson Matthey’s sales come from products that improve air quality by reducing transport emissionscenter_img Johnson Matthey began producing autocatalysts in 1974, and since then, these products have prevented millions of tonnes of pollutants from entering the air.Johnson Matthey in the World TodayJohnson Matthey is continuing to increase the amount that it invests in research and development – now up to £188 million a year Johnson Matthey manufactures precious metal and other material components for medical implants and surgical devices Johnson Matthey supplied the thin gold film used to shield astronauts’ helmet visors from the glare of the sun Johnson Matthey employs 13,000 people around the world, with 13% involved in cutting-edge R&D work More than 90% of Johnson Matthey’ sales come from products that have a direct environmental, health or sustainability benefit. They make the world cleaner, healthier and more efficient and conserve the planet’s valuable resources Johnson Matthey can print working circuits in gold on paper, plastic, glass and other surfacesJohnson Matthey technology in food packaging helps to prolong the shelf life of fresh produce The sculpture popularly known as Eros in Piccadilly Circus is made from aluminium supplied by Johnson Matthey.last_img read more

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Greek village with zero unemployment

first_imgThe small village of Anavra in Thessaly has managed to do what most European couldn’t dream of achieving. It has zero unemployment. Anavra is the only region in Greece that, even during this period of financial crisis, continues to have negative records concerning unemployment, the crisis and criminality. All the 500 village residents are livestock farmers, owners of modern and environmentally friendly farms. The annual income per resident is €30,000 to €100,000, while the residents’ average age is under 40 years old. There are indeed a lot of perks. Anavra offers free electricity, free heating in the winter months, free parking for all, free gym, two all-day schools, football and basketball fields, a Folklore Museum and an environmental-cultural park of 240 acres. Amazingly, the village’s windmill park can supply 13,000 households and sells electricity for €100,000 euros a year. It was the dream of a local to re-energise his home town after studying in Athens. Dimitris Tsoukalas, the president of the non-profit company Voluntary Organization Of Anavra Magnesia For Environment, Sustainability And Culture (ANAVRA-ZO) saw an opportunity to invigorate the local economy and make it environmentally friendly. Through a way of self-government and volunteerism, the psyche of the locals changed. People didn’t get engaged in political parties, personal ambitions and political games and instead focused on being profitable through hard work and good produce. Source: Greece Greek Reporter Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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71 des foyers français sont équipés dun ordinateur

first_img71% des foyers français sont équipés d’un ordinateurLes résultats de la dernière étude “Référence des équipements multimédias”, menée par GfK et Médiamétrie, révèlent que plus de 19 millions de foyers possèdent au moins un ordinateur en France (71% des foyers). La quasi-totalité étant connectée à Internet (67,7%). En un an, 1,2 million de foyers supplémentaires se sont équipés de PC. C’est 7% de plus par rapport au troisième trimestre 2009. En vedette, les portables et netbooks, qui ont contribué à cette croissance. Les deux instituts expliquent que depuis l’année dernière “ce sont près de 2 millions de foyers supplémentaires qui ont craqué pour un ordinateur portable, soit une progression de 22%. Aujourd’hui, 40% des foyers en sont équipés contre 26,7% il y a deux ans. Sur ce segment, le marché des netbooks se taille la part du lion : 2,2 millions de foyers en possèdent un, soit deux fois plus de foyers qu’il y a un an”.Autre tendance qui marque l’année 2010 : les ordinateurs se multiplient par foyer. Selon l’étude, 7,8 millions de foyers sont désormais équipés de plus d’un ordinateur (28,7% des foyers). Ce sont davantage ces foyers déjà équipés d’un PC qui en ont acheté un supplémentaire cette année. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 12:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un accord francoespagnol pour installer deux parcs éoliens en mer

first_imgUn accord franco-espagnol pour installer deux parcs éoliens en merLe groupe de services pétroliers français Technip et le groupe énergétique espagnol Iberdrola ont signé un accord pour répondre à l’appel d’offres lancé par la France concernant la construction de deux parcs éoliens en mer, a annoncé un communiqué. Le gouvernement français a lancé le 11 juillet dernier un appel d’offres portant sur la construction de 600 éoliennes en mer qui devraient être en mesure de fournir 3.000 mégawatts au total. Ce projet qui devrait voir le jour d’ici 2015 sur cinq sites au large des côtes de la Manche et l’Atlantique a alors attiré l’attention de plusieurs grands groupes internationaux. À lire aussiL’éolien assure plus de la moitié de la production d’électricité en BretagneEt notamment celles du groupe français de services pétroliers Technip et du groupe énergétique espagnol Iberdrola, qui ont décidé de signé un protocole d’accord. Celui-ci porte sur “la conception, l’ingénierie et la construction de ces deux zones” d’éoliennes offshore, précise Technip dans son communiqué. Le groupe rappelle d’ailleurs qu’il entend devenir un “acteur majeur sur ce marché”. En 2009, le groupe avait déjà inauguré Hywind, la première éolienne flottante d’échelle industrielle au monde, rappelle Sciences et Avenir. Le groupe français avait également lancé mi-janvier Vertiwind, un projet d’éolienne flottante en mer qui devrait, à terme, déboucher sur l’installation de modèles de très grande puissance.Le 2 août 2011 à 20:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Galaxy S10 chip kills it in our early Snapdragon 855 benchmarking tests

first_imgThe Galaxy S10’s Snapdragon 855 chipset could dominate with up to 45 percent faster performance speeds compared to the Galaxy S9 when Samsung unveils its next flagship phone this Wednesday in San Francisco. This isn’t just Qualcomm talking. At CES last month, we got a chance to test Snapdragon 855 on a prototype phone. So far, the benchmarking results paint the picture of an incredibly fast device that leaves the Galaxy S9 and LG V40 in the dust.Qualcomm typically gives a small group of journalists the opportunity to run a slew of common benchmarking tests on a phone called a reference device. You can think of it as a working prototype that Qualcomm uses in part to test the latest Snapdragon chip with the camera, apps, 5G network trials and so on. While the reference device isn’t a finished phone that will sell under a brand name — unlike a prototype for Samsung’s foldable phone, for instance — it’s extremely useful for seeing how a phone running on the Snapdragon 855 might act.Qualcomm is the world’s largest chip maker for mobile phones, which means that the Snapdragon 855 will come to many of the highest-end Android phones in 2019. But Qualcomm isn’t alone. Samsung and Huawei, the top two phone makers, manufacture their own in-house chips, too — though only a small number of Samsung phones use its homegrown Exynos chip.The Snapdragon 855 should make graphics run about 20 percent faster on Android phones. Angela Lang/CNET Meanwhile, Apple uses its own A-series CPUs in the iPhone — Apple designs them, and TSMC or other partners manufacture them. What about that big Apple/Qualcomm brouhaha, then? Yes, the iPhone company is currently engaged in an FTC suit against Qualcomm for allegedly operating a monopoly in the mobile chip space and charging excessive licensing fees. But those are the modem chips that the phones use to communicate on cellular wireless networks. Apple has shifted to using Intel as its modem supplier while the Qualcomm issue works its way through the courts — though that may well delay Apple’s path to a 5G iPhone, Apple said during the trial.But back to CPUs. Like I said, the Snapdragon 855 is expected to process CPU tasks 45 percent faster than last year’s Snapdragon 845, the one on the Galaxy S9. It’s projected to process graphics 20 percent faster, too. My test results from the Snapdragon 855 just about fit the claim, ranging from an average of 19 percent to 45 percent faster than two phones using Snapdragon 845 (see chart below). 11,153 254,929 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 3,475 24% Apple 140 Percentage gain (betw. 855 reference and next highest result) • Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? To test the speed of Qualcomm’s new processors, I ran eight benchmarking tests three times apiece on the Snapdragon 855 reference phone, and two phones running the 2018 Snapdragon 845: a Galaxy S9 Plus  and an LG V40. Together, these tests measure CPU, GPU and JavaScript speeds for web apps. The chart below shows the average result, but I also included a column showing the Snapdragon 855 reference device’s percentage gain over the LG V40 or Galaxy S9 Plus, whichever phone had the next-closest score.Snapdragon 855 reference phone specsJust so you know what kind of working device we’re dealing with.6-inch WQHD AMOLED with 2,880×1,440-pixel resolutionDual rear cameras: 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel8-megapixel front-facing camera6GB RAMUSB Type-C connectorNo headphone jackKryo 485 CPU: Up to 2.8GHz Phone makers have also been found to game the most popular benchmarking apps, causing tests to inflate the resulting scores. That’s why CNET also relies on real-world observation when we rate a phone’s processing speeds. If the phone feels slow despite top benchmarking scores, we’ll point out the discrepancy.Now for just one more reminder. Phones that use the Snapdragon 855 aren’t automatically 5G phones — these devices will need to use Qualcomm’s X50 modem to connect to faster networks, once they’re available. Here’s everything you need to know about 5G phones. 45% GeekBench 4.3 multi-core 102 8,850 2,399 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 GFxBench ES 3.0 1080 Manhattan offscreen Best Buy 59 AnTuTu Abt Electronics GFxBench ES 3.1 1080 Manhattan offscreen 29 Share your voice 8,302 Snapdragon 855 demos hint at what you could do on Galaxy S10, Pixel 4 44% 42 34 Now playing: Watch this: GeekBench 4.3 single-core Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 29% How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus First published Jan. 15 at 5 a.m. PT.Update Feb. 18, 5 a.m.: Updates throughout.Read now: Galaxy S10 won’t save Samsung innovation, but folding ‘Galaxy X’ couldRead next: The foldable phone revolution will be awkward, but essential 2,180 See It 80 65 26% reading • Galaxy S10 chip kills it in our early Snapdragon 855 benchmarking testscenter_img 167 19% Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) $899 Can we trust benchmarking results?Why do we benchmark? There’s value in quantifying the improvements we might see on a finished product. Fast phones mean you’ll be able to do what you want to quicker, including loading resource-hungry apps and processing photos with advanced features. snapdragon-855-benchmark-5The AnTuTu benchmark test, running on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 reference device. Angela Lang/CNET Benchmarking is even more useful for the companies using the chips. Qualcomm can provide phone makers with a range of scores that phones using the new chip should hit on certain tests. If that doesn’t happen, the engineers on both sides can dig in to work out the problem. Nobody wants to sell or buy a suboptimal phone.That said, benchmarking tests aren’t without controversy. The reference device isn’t a “final” phone, which means that final results on the future Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 4, OnePlus 7 and LG G8 could turn out differently. It all depends on how the phone maker’s software works with the chipset. Yes, even if they all use Android as their base operating system, the phone makers’ software layers are different enough to impact these speeds. The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now GFxBench ES 3.1 1080 Carchase offscreen Phones 3:49 JetStream – Geometric mean See It See All 55 $899 Galaxy S9 Plus (Snapdragon 845) 36 Photos 44 225,241 40% 71 Qualcomm 5G Google Intel LG Samsung Apple Snapdragon 855 benchmarking tests 357,899 Samsung Galaxy S10 $899 See it Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package 38% News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now 115 LG V40 (Snapdragon 845) See It $899 108 15 Photos Sprint GFxBench ES 2.0 1080 T-Rex offscreen Snapdragon 855 reference device 25 Comments Tags 74 Yep, the Galaxy S10 leaked againlast_img read more

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J Mahendran death Celebs condole the passing away of veteran Tamil filmmaker

first_imgMahendran dies at the age of 79.PR HandoutKollywood has lost one of the finest filmmakers in the form of J Mahendran, who passed away at the age of 79 on Tuesday, 2 April at his residence in Chennai.His son John Mahendran announced the news on Twitter and wrote, “”DIRECTOR MAHENDRAN PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING. [sic]” He was not keeping well for some time. The filmmaker was recently admitted to a private hospital and was on ventilator. Mahendran’s body will be kept for the public homage at his residence at 10 am and the final rites of the veteran will be performed at 5 pm. He was born in 1939 and got his early education in n Ilayangudi and Madurai. He had interest in writing since a very young age as he was active in stage plays during his college days.Legendary Tamil actor and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, MGR had spotted his talent and asked him to pen screenplay for Ponniyin Selvan. But the project got delayed. Mahendran got breakthrough in Naam Moovar in 1966. Since then, he wrote scripts for over 25 movies.After penning stories for over dozen movies that include Jayalalithaa’s Panakkara Pillai and Sivaji Ganeshan’s Thanga Pathakkan. He turned filmmaker with Rajinikanth-starrer Mullum Malarum, which turned out to be a career-changing film of the Tamil superstar. Some of his fine films includes, Johnny and Nenjathai Killadhey.He had also acted in many movies and was recently seen in the films like Rajinikanth’s Petta, Vijay Sethupathi’s Seethakaathi and Boomerang.Many celebrities have expressed their condolence over the death. Check out the comments made by some of them below:Mohan Raman: An iconic Director passes away. I pray for his Athma to attain Sadhgathi. Shri J. Mahendran will forever be remembered for his classics like Mullum Malarum, Uthirippookkal and his play Thangapathakkam made immortal by Sivaji. A good friend. @johnroshanLakshmy Ramakrishnan: Prayers and Salute to one of the greatest film makers of our times , #Mahendran sir A.R.Murugadoss: It is deeply saddening to hear the demise of one of the pioneer filmmaker #Mahendran sir. You and your films live forever in our hearts sir. Rest in peace.pcsreeram: #Mahendran He spoke less and his films spoke more. To me his films were of great inspiration How can I forget the sleepless night I had after watching “uthripookal” May his soul rest on peace.Director Ahmed: Deeply saddened to hear this..RIP #Mahendran sir. Rest in peace.Music director Ghibran: I’m deeply saddened and disturbed by the demise of our veteran director #Mahendran Sir. A very humane personality and one of the finest director of our times. #RIPMahendranBOFTA Dhananjayan: Director Mahendran sir, a legend & trend setter for Tamil Cinema passed away. We are going to miss him badly. RIP the legend. You can pay your tributes to him in person at Director Mahendran sir, No.86. Second phase. Chettinad enclave. S. Kolathur, Narayanapuram. Chennai -100Shanthnu Buddy: #RIPMahendran sir Another Legend leaves us ⚫️last_img read more

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Full Show Sexual Abuse At Southern Baptist Churches And Holocaust Survivor Jacob Eisenbach

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: On Monday’s Houston Matters: A new investigation from the Houston Chronicle reveals widespread sexual abuse at Southern Baptist churches that left behind more than 700 victims in 20 years. Two of the journalists involved detail how survivors tried to get church leaders to do something years ago.Also this hour: Stuart Eizenstat explains why he believes the Carter presidency is the most underappreciated of the last century. He served in that administration and has a new book about it, called President Carter: The White House Years.Then, Dr. Jacob Eisenbach shares his story. He was 16 when World War II erupted, losing his father, sister, and youngest brother during the Holocaust. He speaks at Rice University this week.And Jeff Balke joins us to discuss developments in Houston sports.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share Listencenter_img 00:00 /00:00 Xlast_img read more

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Drone Captures Five Killer Whales Gruesomely Ambushing Gray Whale and Killing Calf

first_imgOrcas have become synonymous with being cute and cuddly over the last several decades, thanks in large part to Sea World marketing them as gentle giants. Out in the open water it’s an entirely different story, which played out over the weekend in the water next to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.A drone mounted camera captured the gruesome scene of five of the killer whales launching a precision attack on an unsuspecting Gray Whale and her helpless calf. Sadly, the calf was killed in the ambush, but this is mother nature, not Sea World. Watch this video and see why orcas  are considered some of the most ruthless killers in the Ocean. When you gotta eat, you gotta eat.last_img read more

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