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Arsenal ace out for MORE than two months, reveals Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Tomas Rosicky will be out for longer than two months.The Czech’s agent revealed on Wednesday that the midfielder had undergone surgery on his knee and the 34-year-old is now set for a prolonged period on the sidelines.In better news for the Gunners, Hector Bellerin is fit again and in contention for Sunday’s trip to Crystal Palace after missing the opening day defeat to West Ham.“Tomas [Rosicky] has had surgery on his knee,” Wenger told Arsenal.com.“His agent said he will be out for one or two months, but it will be longer. How long exactly, we don’t know yet.“Hector Bellerin is back and is available for Sunday, Danny Welbeck is making good progress, but is still not available.” 1 Tomas Rosicky last_img

Chelsea eye double swoop, Liverpool striker move, Arsenal in talks with manager

first_imgtalkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and football gossip from Monday’s papers and online… Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son latest Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:27Loaded: 6.71%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error PEP TALK Sam Allardyce explains why Everton must appoint Duncan Ferguson as manager until the end of the seasonManuel Pellegrini is expected to take charge of West Ham for their next game against Crystal Palace on Boxing Day following their 1-0 defeat of Southampton. Pellegrini was coming under increasing pressure before Saturday’s victory stabilised his position slightly. The Hammers are not in action until Boxing Day as their match this weekend has been postponed with opponents Liverpool on Club World Cup duty. (Guardian)Chelsea are considering a bid for Bordeaux forward Josh Maja, who used to play for Sunderland. Nigeria international Maja, 20, joined Bordeaux in January after scoring 17 goals for the Black Cats, and he’s so far netted seven times in France. He was highly-rated as a youngster and was linked with moves to the Premier League before Bordeaux secured his signature. (90min.com)The Blues have also put Brighton centre-back Ben White on their wanted list, with a £25m move mooted when the transfer window opens. White, also wanted by Liverpool, has caught the eye since joining Leeds on loan during the summer. His performances have played a key role in the Whites’ excellent campaign which sees them as one of the favourites for promotion to the Premier League. (Sun) AFP or licensors statement Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti on target targets appointed center_img Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Everton interim boss Duncan Ferguson is set for talks with Moise Kean after introducing him as a substitute against Manchester United – before taking him off just 18 minutes later. Kean only joined Everton during the summer but speculation suggests he may leave Goodison Park next month having failed to establish himself with the Toffees. (Telegraph)Swansea are the frontrunners to sign Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster on loan in January. The Welsh club’s manager, Steve Cooper, has a good relationship with Brewster having coached him with England’s Under-17s. Brewster has also been linked with Leeds United as he seeks for more game time. (Telegraph)France boss Didier Deschamps has urged his striker Olivier Giroud to leave Chelsea amid the striker’s links with a move to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan. Giroud has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge this season with Frank Lampard favouring Tammy Abraham as first-choice and Michy Batshuayi as his backup striker. (Mirror) Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 2 Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule LATEST Coutinho is flourishing at Bayern Munich – could he join them on a permanent basis? Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS The Arsenal hierarchy are putting off candidates to become the next manager of the club due to their reluctance to back them in the transfer market. The Gunners continue to hunt for a new head coach after sacking Unai Emery last month. Freddie Ljungberg has been in charge on an interim basis since the Spaniard’s departure. (Mirror)Despite numerous reports, Arsenal have not approached Wolves for permission to speak to Nuno about becoming their new manager. The Portuguese was said to be one of the club’s top targets, but it appears Arsenal no longer want him. (Express and Star)Instead, Arsenal have allegedly made Mikel Arteta their prime candidate for the job and club chiefs were spotted leaving his Manchester mansion on Sunday night. Arteta used to play for the Gunners and currently works as an assistant to Pep Guardiola at Man City. – FULL STORYBayern Munich players have urged the club to sign on-loan Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis following his match-winning display against Werder Bremen on Saturday. Coutinho joined Bayern on a season-long loan during the summer after failing to establish himself in Catalonia. (Mirror)last_img read more

Throwback Thursday – History Style

first_imgThe 1st Pekin Train Depot, est. circa 1850, photo around 1900.The beginning of the end for old Pekin,…the New Albany & Salem Railroad reached Salem on January of 1851 and by 1854 the town of Old Pekin had largely moved to New Pekin, centered around the railroad tracks.Contributed by Washington County Historian Jeremy Elliott of the Stevens Memorial Musemlast_img

Rising costs to hit falling fares.

first_imgAirlines filled a record percentage of seats in May as passenger demand remained strong and airfares in the second quarter fell about 6 per cent compared to last year.Global demand for the month grew by 7.7 per cent as the load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to post a new May record of  80.1 per cent. That was down on the 10.9 per cent growth recorded in April but still ahead of the long-term average.The International Air Transport Association said the six per cent drop in fares compared to the second quarter last year contributed to about two-fifths of the growth.But there is some bad news: the degree of fare stimulus is about half what it was in 2016 and IATA is expecting it to fade due to rising airline cost pressures and softening business confidence.Nonetheless, the airline umbrella group is still expecting good demand in the upcoming peak travel months of July and August.“Passenger demand is solid,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. “And we don’t foresee any weakening over the busy summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.“But the rising price of fuel and other input costs is likely to see airlines’ ability to stimulate markets with lower fares taper over the coming months.’’“In parallel, rising trade protectionism and barriers to travel are worrying trends that, if unchecked, could impact demand.’’Global International traffic rose 7.7 per cent in May while worldwide domestic demand rose 7.9 per cent.Above average international growth was seen in the Asia-pacific (10.5 per cent), Latin America (9.3 per cent) Africa (11.7 per cent) and Europe (7.5 per cent).North America came in at 4.8 per cent while Middle East carriers hit an eight-year low of 3.7 per cent growth compared to May last year.“Although year-to-year comparisons are distorted by the strong performance for the same period a year ago, the slow-down also reflects the ban on the carriage of large portable electronics devices in the cabin from 10 airports in the region to the US, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from the Trump Administration’s proposed travel bans,’’ IATA said of the Middle Eastern figures.“Passenger traffic growth in the Middle East to North America market was already slowing in early-2017. But RPKs fell again in April (-1.2%) for just the second time since at least 2010.“In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, these impacts could continue. By comparison, the route to and from Europe has continued to trend upwards this year.”On the domestic front,  China, India and Russia remained the growth leaders while Japan saw a 10.3 per cent year-over-year surge against “a robust economic backdrop’’.Growth in Australian domestic traffic remained subdued at 1.0 per cent with capacity down 3.1 per cent.last_img read more

How Hunch Built a Data-Crunching Monster

first_imgThey’d evaluated more conventional technologies like Hadoop, but the key requirement they couldn’t achieve in their tests was low latency. They’re running on a graph with over 30 billion edges, with multiple iterations to spread nodes’ influence to distant neighbors and achieve a steady state, a bit like PageRank. This has to be extremely responsive to new users inputting their information, so they have to re-run the calculations frequently, and none of the systems they looked at could deliver the results at a speed that was acceptable. Hunch has really interesting problems. They collect a lot of data from a lot of users, and once someone creates a profile they need to quickly deliver useful recommendations across a wide range of topics. This means running a sophisticated analysis on a massive data set, all to a strict deadline. Nobody else is doing anything this ambitious with recommendation engines, so I sat down with their co-founder and CTO Matt Gattis to find out how they pulled it off. Tags:#hack#Interviews pete warden When Matt first told me about his design decisions, I have to admit I was surprised that he was apparently swimming against the tide by working within a single uber-machine rather than using an army of dumb boxes, but as he explained their requirements it all started to make sense. With more and more companies facing similar latency issues, I wonder if the pendulum is swinging back towards parallelism across a system bus rather than a network? Even with their software and hardware architecture in place, there were still obstacles to overcome. Their monster server uses CentOS Linux, but very few people are running memory-intensive applications on machines with so much RAM, so they ran into performance problems. For example, by default the kernel will start paging out to disk once the memory is about 60% full, which left them with only about 150 GB of RAM available before swapping kicked in and performance cratered. There’s not much documentation available around these parameters, so the team ended up scouring the kernel source to understand how it worked before they could produce a set hand-tuned for TasteGraph’s needs. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… The other part of the puzzle was the software they needed to actually implement the processing. They looked at a series of open-source graph databases, but ran into problems with all of them when they tried scaling up to 30 billion edge networks. Continuing their contrarian approach, they wrote their own engine from the ground up in C, internally codenamed TasteGraph. The system caches the entire graph in memory, with rolling processes re-running the graph calculations repeatedly, and the end-results cached on multiple external machines. They have even recoded some of their inner loops in assembler, since they spend a lot of their cycles running calculations on large matrices and even the specialized linear algebra libraries they use don’t deliver the performance they need.center_img How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid The first thing he brought up was hardware costs, casually mentioning that they’d looked into getting a server with one terabyte of RAM from Dell! That immediately piqued my interest, because the Google-popularized trend has been towards throwing an army of cheap commodity servers at big data problems, rather than scaling vertically with a single monstrously powerful machine. It turns out their whole approach is based around parallelism within a single box, and they had some interesting reasons for making that choice. They determined that the key bottleneck was network bandwidth, which led them towards housing all of their data processing within a single machine. It’s much faster to share information across an internal system bus than to send it across even a fast network, so with their need for frequent communication between the parallel tasks, a monster server made sense. As it happens they decided against the $100,000 one terabyte server, and went for one with a still-impressive 256 GB of RAM, 48 cores and SSD drives. Why You Love Online Quizzes Related Posts last_img read more

Florida Decreases Rate on Real Property Rentals

first_imgFlorida decreases the sales tax rate on real property rentals to 5.8% from 6%, effective January 1, 2018.Sales Tax on Real Property RentalsA Department of Revenue publication explains that Florida imposes the sales tax on the total charged when real property is:rented;leased;let; orlicensed.Some examples of real property rentals subject to tax include:commercial office space;commercial retail space;warehouses;self-storage units; andmini-warehouses.Applicable Sales Tax RateSales tax applies at the rate in effect during the time the tenant occupies, or is entitled to occupy, the real property, regardless of when the rent is paid. For example, rental charges paid on or after January 1, 2018, for rental periods prior to January 1, 2018, are subject to 6% state sales tax. In addition, rental payments made prior to January 1, 2018, that entitle the tenant to occupy the real property on or after January 1, 2018, are subject to 5.8% state sales tax. Discretionary sales surtax may also apply to the rental charges.Reporting Sales Tax DueIn addition, the publication discusses the proper reporting of tax due on commercial rentals on sales and use tax returns.Tax Information Publication, No. 17A01-14, Florida Department of Revenue, November 13, 2017, ¶206-322Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy

first_img By Hannah Northey, E&E News, Sean Reilly, E&E NewsOct. 18, 2017 , 4:56 PM Originally published by E&E NewsU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s suggestion that he’d get rid of advisory committee members who also receive EPA grants has roiled the research community.Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event yesterday, Pruitt questioned the objectivity of scientists who serve on EPA advisory boards and also receive agency grants. 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So let’s recap: according to some, scientists who receive money from oil and chemical companies are perfectly qualified to provide the EPA with independent science advice, while those who receive federal grants are not. Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists A Pruitt spokeswoman didn’t reply to emailed requests for details on the forthcoming policy, such as whether it would require advisers who have received past or present EPA funding to step down.But the impact could be far-reaching.EPA has two dozen federal advisory committees that provide advice on air quality, pesticides, chemicals, environmental justice, drinking water safety, hazardous waste and more. Also in play are panels under the auspices of individual committees to address specific topics like air quality standards for a particular pollutant.While some members of Congress—including Pruitt’s fellow Oklahoman, Representative Frank Lucas (R) — have said the current system creates at least the appearance of a conflict of interest, critics of Pruitt’s approach warned that it could undercut efforts to keep the agency’s work grounded in top-notch research.Deborah Swackhamer, a retired science professor who chairs the agency’s Board of Scientific Counselors (BOSC), said conflict-of-interest rules for advisers are already clear and prevent researchers from directly influencing or being influenced by EPA grants. If a conflict is discovered, she said, researchers must recuse themselves in a process that’s also overseen by EPA’s ethics officials.”To simply disqualify a whole bunch of excellent scientists is throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” she said. “It guarantees a less qualified set of advisers and is a clear attempt by the administrator to remold these boards to his own liking, so that they will support his deregulation agenda rather than provide objective advice.”Excluding researchers who have received EPA funding is likely to “significantly and adversely affect the quality of the scientific advice” provided to the agency, said Ana Diez Roux, a Drexel University epidemiologist and immediate past chairwoman of EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.”The top scientists, the ones most qualified to provide objective and transparent scientific advice to EPA, are of course the scientists who will likely be most successful at obtaining highly competitive federal grants,” Diez Roux said in an email. “It would be a disservice to the American public to exclude those most qualified from serving on these panels.” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt Ana Diez Roux, Drexel University “He is a very energetic, very bright attorney,” Lucas said at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee markup. “If, perhaps, in the last session, you were concerned about what this would do to EPA, I would suggest … you should be with me to potentially address your concerns from this point on.”A Lucas spokesman did not respond today to requests for comment on Pruitt’s plans.Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said in a blog post yesterday that Pruitt is attempting to push through the goals of House legislation that have failed to make their way through Congress.Halpern also noted that Pruitt is not opposed to advisers who receive industry funding.”So let’s recap: according to some, scientists who receive money from oil and chemical companies are perfectly qualified to provide the EPA with independent science advice, while those who receive federal grants are not,” he wrote. “It’s a fundamental misrepresentation of how conflicts of interest work.”Joanne Carney, director of government relations at AAAS (publisher of ScienceInsider), said she knew of no federal agency that currently bars grant recipients from serving on advisory committees.While noting that it’s difficult to comment without knowing details of Pruitt’s plans, Carney said that the association “would question policies that would exclude qualified experts from review panels based on criteria that are extraneous.”Reprinted from Greenwire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2017. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.net Proposal to ban EPA grantees from agency science advisory boards stirs controversy The committee — often known by its acronym, CASAC — is a seven-member body charged with providing outside expertise during EPA’s assessments of the agency’s air quality standards for a half-dozen major pollutants.Depending on its scope and how quickly it takes effect, Pruitt’s directive could carry major repercussions for a high-stakes review of the particulate matter standard. That review, launched last year by a 27-member CASAC review panel, is being closely followed by industry and environmental groups in light of mounting research that fine particulates pose health risks at levels below the current limits.Last year, the Energy and Environment Legal Institute, an anti-regulatory group, sued to disband the panel on the grounds that Diez Roux and most of the other members had received EPA grants at some point and were thus allegedly biased toward the agency’s position in favor of tighter regulation. The group had wanted a federal judge to name a new panel with members “independent” of EPA influence.The institute dropped the lawsuit after EPA attorneys argued that the group lacked legal standing to bring the litigation; the agency also pointed to a 1999 decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that concluded that receipt of grant money didn’t mean that advisory committee members were “susceptible to improper influence.”In an interview yesterday, Steve Milloy, a senior fellow at the institute, said he didn’t know the specifics of what Pruitt had in mind but applauded the overall intent.”I’m very pleased,” Milloy said. “It’s something I’ve been working on for a long time.”Industry pushPruitt’s plans could also fall within the scope of a broader campaign by business organizations to open the door for more industry participation on advisory committees.Under H.R. 1431, a House-passed bill sponsored by Lucas, no member of one panel, the Science Advisory Board, could have current EPA grants or contracts; members would be barred from applying for agency funding for three years after their term ends. The measure would also allow industry representatives with a stake in the board’s work to serve as long as any conflicts of interests are disclosed.Similar legislation has won House approval in past years, only to die in the Senate. In urging Democratic support for the latest version, Lucas in March suggested that Pruitt, who previously served as Oklahoma’s Republican attorney general, could otherwise tackle the issue on his own. Gage Skidmore/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Read more…last_img read more

Changes to LongTerm Care Policies will Improve Access to Care

first_imgChanges to long-term care policies will ensure more timely access and make better use of the province’s long-term care beds for those with the greatest need. There are 2,485 Nova Scotians currently on the waitlist for long-term care, however, many of them are not ready to accept a bed in their preferred facility when it is offered, causing people who need the care and are ready, to wait longer. “Changes are clearly needed to address the growing waitlist, especially for those people whose care needs are greatest,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “Right now, we have primarily a first-come, first-served waitlist for long-term care, while other areas of the health system are prioritized by need. That’s the direction we need to move toward.” Starting March 2, there will be new criteria to ensure efforts have been made to better support people in their homes or communities before seeking long-term care placement. People now on the waitlist have the option of turning down a placement in their preferred facility when a spot becomes available. Under a new policy, people must be willing to accept the bed. Other changes include implementing new standards in the placement process to reduce vacant bed days, and introducing oversight to ensure consistency in decision-making across the province. Government also commissioned a report by Mount Saint Vincent University’s Centre on Aging. Home to Nursing Home: Understanding Factors that Impact the Path Seniors Take, indicates that 50 per cent of survey respondents would not accept a long-term care bed if offered one tomorrow. “We can make these changes now, in large part, because of the investments made in home care and other continuing-care programs over the past few years,” said Mr. Glavine. “We know people want to stay in their homes for as long as they can, and they should have access to the care they need in the right setting.” Over the coming months, government will establish a new approach to prioritizing people on the waitlist based on their needs. There are more than 7,800 long-term care beds in the province. Last year about 2,900 Nova Scotians were placed in long-term care, while around 530 people deferred placement. For more information on policy changes or to download a copy of the Home to Nursing Home Report, visit http://novascotia.ca/DHW .last_img read more

Kinder Morgan says 51 First Nations have agreed to pipeline expansion project

first_imgChris Stewart APTN NewsIn Alberta, oil is still the number one economic driver of its economy.And though there are protests in British Columbia and across Canada against Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion, the Trans Mountain project does have support in Alberta.Kinder Morgan says 51 First Nations have signed on to the project. Now it’s up to Ottawa – and the premiers of Alberta and B.C. – to decide whether it will be built.last_img

Wireless System Uses RFID Tags to Sense Food Contamination

first_img The MIT Media Lab is putting food-safety detection directly in the hands of consumers.Researchers developed a wireless system leveraging the RFID tags already on many products to sense potential contamination.Inspired by two real-life events involving corrupted baby formula and poisoned alcohol, the team created a simple program that could save lives.Dubbed RFIQ, the MIT reader senses minute changes in wireless signals emitted from radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags when those signals interact with food.Even the smallest adjustments correspond to levels of certain contaminants, according to a new release. A machine-learning model reviews those correlations and, given a new material, can predict if it is pure or tainted, and at what concentration.When tested on baby formula laced with melamine (an organic compound used to make plastics which, in high concentrations, is toxic) and alcohol diluted with methanol, the system boasted a success rate of 96 percent and 97 percent, respectively.“In recent years, there have been so many hazards related to food and drinks we could have avoided if we all had tools to sense food quality and safety ourselves,” study co-author Fadel Adib, an assistant professor at the Media Lab, said in a statement. “We want to democratize food quality and safety, and bring it to the hands of everyone.”RFID tags—stickers with tiny, ultra-high-frequency antennas—can be employed in a variety of applications, including tracking of goods, people, and animals; contactless payments; machine-readable travel documents; and timing sporting events.A wireless reader (used manually or automatically) pings the tag, which emits a unique signal containing information about whatever it’s attached to. Electromagnetic waves then penetrate the material and return distorted—in MIT’s case, to a machine-learning model on a separate computer.Currently restricted to a lab, the system may eventually be available for commercial use; researchers envision a future in which people have their own reader and software to conduct food-safety sensing before buying virtually any product.Models could also be implemented into supermarkets or smart fridges to keep a steady eye on food spoilage.More coverage on Geek.com:These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart DeviceThe Artificial Nose Knows: Device Warns of Spoiled FoodWash, Dry, Scan: Device Detects Disease-Causing Germs on Hands Stay on target These Tags Convert Just About Anything Into a Smart DeviceGraphene on Toast Paves Way for Edible Electronics last_img read more