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The Latest UK envoy says EU shift on backstop could help

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):9 a.m.Britain’s envoy to Germany says the European Union might help avert a “no-deal” Brexit if it’s prepared to shift its position on the terms of future border controls with Ireland.Britain’s ambassador in Berlin, Sebastian Wood, says that the current “backstop ” solution is opposed both by U.K. lawmakers who want the country to leave the EU, and those who don’t.In an interview with German public broadcaster ARD, Wood noted that Britain wouldn’t have the right to get out of the backstop unilaterally “and many have noticed this.”He said “this might be the most important question in the coming days and weeks, and the EU can perhaps be a little helpful in that area.”___8:50 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by an historic margin.May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a last-ditch effort to win support for the divorce agreement she negotiated with the European Union. Though defeat was widely expected, the scale of the rout — 432-202 — was devastating for May’s leadership.Immediately after the vote, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no-confidence motion, saying it will give Parliament a chance to give its verdict “on the sheer incompetence of this government.”Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.___8:15 a.m.European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the bloc is stepping up preparations for a chaotic no-deal departure of Britain from the bloc after the rejection of the draft withdrawal deal in London left the EU “fearing more than ever that there is a risk” of a cliff-edge departure.Barnier regretted Westminster’s massive rejection of the deal he negotiated with the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May and said that any future deal would still have to include approving the withdrawal agreement.He said Wednesday that “whatever happens, ratification of the withdrawal agreement is necessary. It is a precondition.”He said that a linked political declaration offered “possible options” for further talks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UNICEF Ambassadors The Wiggles use jingle to encourage kids to wash hands

10 October 2008Popular Australian children’s entertainers and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Goodwill Ambassadors, The Wiggles, have created a catchy tune to help motivate millions of children worldwide to transform the mundane act of handwashing into an enjoyable habit, thereby improving hygiene and reducing the risk of disease. The Wiggles have donated the song to UNICEF to help the agency mark the first-ever Global Handwashing Day on 15 October. With approximately 5,000 children dying each day as a result of waterborne diseases, the UN agency has suggested handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet to help reduce the incidence of diarrhoeal diseases by almost 50 per cent.Helping to raise awareness and support for related UNICEF water and sanitation projects, The Wiggles have embarked on several fundraising initiatives since being name as Goodwill Ambassadors in February. “UNICEF gives all children, regardless of race or religion, the best start in life. For that reason, we feel deeply honoured to… work with UNICEF to help improve the lives of children around the world,” said ‘Red Wiggle’ Murray Cook. Global Handwashing Day is a public-private initiative spearheaded by UNICEF and other partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank Water and Sanitation Programme, Procter and Gamble, and Unilever. The event aims to bring handwashing to the top of the global hygiene agenda, and support the spirit of the UN International Year of Sanitation (2008). read more

Closing Bell TSX little changed traders look to stimulus hints further slate

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday amid hints about further stimulus measures for Europe and hopes for another strong run of bank earnings in Canada.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 14,715.69 +7.59 0.05%S&P 500 — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Dow — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.Nasdaq — Closed for Memorial Day holiday.The S&P/TSX composite index rose 7.59 points to 14,715.69 with volume light because New York markets were closed for the U.S. Memorial Day holiday.There was also major news on the merger and acquisition front as Pfizer said it does not intend to make a takeover offer for British drugmaker AstraZeneca. The announcement Monday came a week after AstraZeneca’s board rejected a proposed US$119-billion buyout offer from Pfizer, the world’s second-biggest drugmaker by revenue. Pfizer had been waiting for AstraZeneca to engage in merger talks by a Monday deadline.The Canadian dollar rose 0.08 of a cent to 92.08 cents US.European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the bank could engage in large-scale bond purchases to combat the negative spiral of low inflation if need be. Draghi’s remarks held out the prospect for action to stimulate the weak eurozone recovery at the ECB’s next governing council meeting June 5.The meeting will take place against the background of a slow recovery in the 18 countries that share the euro currency and concern that Europe may fall into a crippling downward price spiral.“His tone has certainly shifted over the past few months or so; the comments like the one we saw overnight certainly reinforced that thesis,” said Jean-Francois Dion, portfolio adviser at RBC Wealth Management.“Most economists think we will see some outright quantitative easing next month.”The base metals sector led TSX advancers, up 0.76%. Commodity markets were closed in New York, but July copper gained two cents to US$3.19 a pound in electronic trading.The financials sector was also supportive, up 0.2% as traders look to take in earnings from National Bank (TSX:NA) and Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) on Tuesday, Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) on Wednesday and CIBC (TSX:CM) on Thursday.Hopes are high for another string of solid reports after Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and TD Bank (TSX:TD) posted earnings last week that blew past expectations, with strong contributions from major divisions and lower loan loss provisions.“Overall, good numbers and expectations have certainly shifted higher following the numbers from TD and Royal,” added Dion.“Sentiment towards the banks has certainly improved quite a bit here over the past few months or so. Initially there was quite a bit of concern around the Canadian housing market potential for a hard landing. That seems to have been sort of washed out to some extent . . . and that has certainly helped rerate some of the banking stocks.”The energy sector was flat as July crude moved down 17 cents to US$104.18 a barrel.The gold sector was the major decliner, down 0.25% even as June bullion gained 90 cents to US$1,292.6 an ounce.In other corporate developments, Canadian Tire (TSX:CTC.A) shares jumped $1.76 to $105.20 as the retailer signed a multi-year deal with TSN that will see the sports broadcaster develop and produce content for the retailer’s traditional and digital marketing channels, including traditional and digital flyers, social media and online advertising and in-store advertising.WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYCANADANo major data scheduled for release.UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Durable Goods Orders (April)9 a.m.S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index10 a.m.Consumer Confidence Index (May)CORPORATE NEWSCANADABank of Nova Scotia: Analysts expect earnings of $1.31 per shareNational Bank of Canada: Analysts expect earnings of $1.05 per shareUNITED STATESNo major earnings reports of note. read more

Police briefs traffic complaint leads to charge

Traffic complain leads to chargesAn 18-year-old Norfolk County driver is facing charges after Norfolk OPP got a complaint at about 10 p.m. on June 27 about a vehicle on Norfolk County 19, Middleton. The motorist is charged with operating a vehicle while impaired with a blood-alcohol concentration above the legal limit and, as a novice driver, having a blood-alcohol concentration above zero.Pickup truck dumps stolen ATVTwo male suspects tried to steal an ATV on Queen Street West in Charlotteville in the early hours of June 28.The two suspects loaded an ATV into the back of a dark blue pickup truck but were scared off by the yells of a neighbour. The ATV was ejected from the back of the truck when they sped away.Pickup truck stolenNorfolk OPP say  a black 2004 Chevrolet pickup truck with a grey stripe was stolen from a Riverside Road, Simcoe, address on June 8. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.Laptop and credit card stolenA credit card and laptop were stolen from inside a vehicle on Victoria Street, Simcoe, in the early hours on June 26. The stolen credit card was used for a taxi ride from an address in Norfolk County.Youth’s belongings stolenA youth who went swimming, just off of Thompson Road West, Waterford, had a black and blue Swiss backpack stolen. The backpack contained a pair of Gokey prescription sunglasses, Nike Air Max 270 running shoes, Jordan flip flops, a white Champion hat and cologne. read more

Relief effort in Afghanistan faces increasing obstacles UN officials say

“The operating environment in Afghanistan is getting worse by the day,” spokesman Hasan Ferdous told reporters in Islamabad. “This is a country with 6 million people in need of aid. They are not getting anywhere near the aid they need.”Reporting on several mine-related incidents, Mr. Ferdous said five children living in a camp for internally displaced persons had died recently as a result of landmine explosions. “Apparently the children were looking for firewood as the distribution of fuel for heating and cooking purposes had been stopped in the camp,” he said, adding that the UN-supported Mine Action Programme for Afghanistan estimated that each week between 40 to 100 people were injured by mines.The World Food Programme (WFP), meanwhile, said it had regained control of its Kabul warehouse seized earlier by the Taliban. “The armed Taliban have left the warehouse,” WFP spokesman Khaled Mansour told the Islamabad briefing. “We urge the Taliban to return the control of the other warehouse in Kandahar to WFP.”In another development, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers, in remarks to the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, said that refugees and asylum-seekers were already the object of considerable mistrust in many countries and that the war on terrorism must not become a war on Afghans nor a war on Islam. read more

Check your fivers Last remaining Jane Austen £5 note worth £50000 could

first_imgAn artist who helped mastermind a Willy Wonka-style treasure hunt for four bank notes, worth an estimated £50,000, admits the only still-hidden fiver could be anywhere in the world.Micro-engraver Graham Short etched Jane Austen’s face into the transparent part of the new plastic Bank of England £5 notes.But true to Roald Dahl’s classic tale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, while three were quickly discovered, no one has yet publicly laid claim to the fourth.Mr Short’s friend and fellow artist, Tony Huggins-Haig, who launched the project, said around 5,000 people have called up falsely claiming to have found it. The fourth was spent in the Dickinson & Morris Ye Olde Pork Pie Shoppe, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, whose employees say they are are clueless over its whereabouts.”It would be wondrous if someone finds it who is deserving, who is blown away by it, and who wants to do something worthwhile with it,” said 53-year-old Mr Huggins-Haig.”It’s been an incredible and humbling story thanks to Graham, who goes to incredible lengths to create artwork.”It really is a Willy Wonka story, and one day all four stories will be told, of which the first three are incredible.”All of Mr Short’s work is insured for at least £50,000, but Mr Huggins-Haig believes the notes could actually sell for up to £100,000. Micro-engraver Graham Short from Birmingham. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway. A picture showing the serial numbers of four new plastic Bank of England £5 notes engraved with a 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the notes.Credit:FERGUSONMEDIA. / HANDOUT/FERGUSONMEDIA. / HANDOUT A picture showing the serial numbers of four new plastic Bank of England £5 notes engraved with a 5mm portrait of author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the notes.center_img “If I can easily change sterling for Euros at the airport, then it could just as easily be anywhere in the world,” said Mr Huggins-Haig, who owns a self-titled gallery in Kelso, Roxburghshire.Mr Short, from Birmingham, etched on a unique serial number and quote onto each note, and in December, quietly spent them in shops in each of the four home nations. The series number of the remaining note is AM32885554.That same month a woman found the first, and promised to give it to her granddaughter, after Mr Short spent it on a sausage and egg sandwich in a south Wales cafe.A Scottish student found the second in a Christmas card, and the third was found by an “old lady” after he spent it in a pub named “Charlie’s Bar” in Northern Ireland.She has since donated it back to the gallery and the team want it to be auctioned off for Children in Need. Micro-engraver Graham Short from Birmingham. Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway.  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.last_img read more

Graphite companies join forces for spherical graphite development

first_imgElcora Advanced Materials Corp, Northern Graphite Corp, Nouveau Monde Mining Enterprises, Metals of Africa Ltd, Coulometrics and a private industry partner are jointly acquiring a micronising and spheronising mill to produce spherical graphite (SPG), a critical step in the production of anode material used in lithium ion batteries (LIBs).The mill will be added to Coulometrics’ battery production and test facility. Considerable work has already been completed by Coulometrics to produce SPG and to evaluate many different suppliers of spheronising equipment.  Northern Graphite has financially supported most of this work and has agreed to share its current knowledge on spheronising with the other participating companies. All of the participating companies will share in any spheronising technologies that are developed going forward. The spheronising equipment will be used to evaluate and optimise the yield of SPG from various graphite mine concentrates and to develop next generation and high-yield spheronisation technology to meet the demanding cost targets for automotive LIB applications.  Ultimately, the goal of all the parties is to achieve full qualification of their materials by LIB manufacturing companies.The development and testing process will be led by Dr Edward Buiel who commented: “The addition of the spheronising equipment will enable us to produce and test Coated Spherical Purified Graphite “C-SPG” from end to end within North America. This will rapidly advance our C-SPG development efforts and we believe it is the first real effort by junior graphite companies to address the needs of the LIB industry. It also demonstrates the commitment of those involved to develop next generation, high performance anode materials for LIBs which will provide a significant cost advantage and a greatly reduced environmental impact. They will also represent a major improvement over methods currently employed in China.”Coulometrics is a leading provider of energy storage consulting services and advanced battery component manufacturing services. Buiel, owner of Coulometrics, has a Ph. D. in Physics and 20 years of experience developing carbon-based materials for lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors.    Coulometrics has a unique combination of expertise that includes graphite processing for lithium ion batteries and full cell electrode coating, calendaring, cell assembly, and testing.Elcora was founded in 2011 and has been structured to become a vertically integrated graphite & graphene company that mines, processes, refines graphite, and produces both the graphene and end graphene applications. As part of the vertical integration strategy, Elcora has secured high-grade graphene precursor graphite from its interest in the operation of the Ragedara mine in Sri Lanka. Elcora has developed a unique low cost effective process to make graphene that is commercially scalable. This combination means that Elcora has the tools and resources for graphene vertical integration.Northern’s Bissett Creek graphite deposit is an advanced, pre-development stage project that has a feasibility study and its major environmental permit. Subject to the completion of operational and species at risk permitting, which are at an advanced stage, Northern is in a position to commence construction in 2016 subject to the availability of financing. The Bissett Creek project is located close to infrastructure in eastern Canada, has the highest reported percentage of large/XL/XXL flake, and a reasonable capital cost.Nouveau Monde owns the Matawinie graphite project on which the company delineated, in February 2016, a graphite resource estimate totalling 48.6 Mt at a grade of 3.97 % Cg in the Indicated Category and 34.7 Mt at a grade of 4.08 % Cg in the Inferred Category. The project is located in the Saint-Michel-des-Saints area, some 130 km north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada with direct access to all needed infrastructure, labour and green and affordable hydroelectricity. Nouveau Monde is developing its project with the highest corporate social responsibility standards and the lowest environmental footprint (targeting a net zero carbon emission operation). An  NI 43-101 PEA will be delivered around the end of Q2 2016.Metals of Africa Ltd (MTA) has successfully delineated, high quality and grade graphite resources in Mozambique. The 100% owned Montepuez Resource boasts 61.6 Mt @ 10.3% TGC and the nearby Balama Central Resource contains 16.3 Mt at 10.4% TGC that was defined in less than one month of drilling – both resources remain open in all directions. The company has uniquely positioned itself amongst its peers, to now quickly transition into development with an extremely low cost operating profile.last_img read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Duty Calls The Star Trek Girl Explaining

first_imgWhen I first saw this clip, I thought it was funny, but as soon as I stopped laughing I had to wonder why it had as many views as it did. It’s up to over 500,000 now and still rising, but still, it’s just an adorable red fox standing outside of someone’s window, licking the condensation off of the window and making chirping sounds while he does it. Does that count as “unusual behavior?” You think he might be rabid? Maybe he’s their pet and he just wants to get back inside?  глупая лиса 1994: “Today”: “What is the Internet, Anyway?” This week a video that was originally recorded back in 1994 from The Today Show where the hosts are absolutely stumped as to exactly what The Internet really is and what the little @ symbol really means rocketed to the top of the YouTube charts. As funny as it is watching a young Bryant Gumbel try to figure out how to speak an e-mail address aloud really is, remember the recording is only 17 years old. Look how far we’ve come since then. Also of note this week is a video of a fox licking a window covered in condensate for some unknown reason, a hilarious lampooning of EA’s smash hit video game Call of Duty, and much more. Hit the jump to see the videos. This minute and a half clip surfaced after a couple of blogs picked up on it and a few celebrities tweeted it, laughing at the state of the Internet today compared to the way it was only 17 years ago when this episode of  The Today Show originally aired. The poor crew has such a hard time understanding what the Internet really is that they have to have an off-camera hand shout over to them exactly what it is and how it works. For me though, it’s all fun and games until you realize that they didn’t even have their own e-mail address, and neither did the network. Seriously? Oh Improv Everywhere, our lives would be so boring without you. At Bryant Park one night, where the ice rink is usually filled with ice skaters out to enjoy the winter air and get a little exercise, one man had a little bit of trouble clearing the ice when it was time for the Zamboni to come out and smooth everything over. While the crowd looks on, he struggles to get to the gate so the crew can get to work. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but it’s more than worth a look from start to finish. The makers of the upcoming first person shooter game Bulletstorm decided to point out exactly how repetitive, formulaic, and all-around silly the first person shooter genre has become thanks to games like EA’s Call of Duty series, and it’s hard to argue: their 5-minute prank demo, called Duty Calls: The Calm Before the Storm, looks as good as Call of Duty, plays pretty much like Call of Duty, and makes fun of the characteristic ranking system, looting system, and story elements that seem to keep popping up in those kinds of games. Granted, Call of Duty fans will horribly disagree with all of those statements, but you have to admit, the mini-game is pretty funny. Now then, how about a PC demo of Bulletstorm, guys? When are we going to see that? Star Trek Girl – Music Video She’s been around for a little while, but Star Trek Girl’s mad skills have garnered her close to a million views on YouTube and downloadable tracks on iTunes. I’m trying desperately to avoid making the immediate connection between an attractive woman in a Starfleet uniform with all of those views, but there might be something there. Come for the pretty lady, stay for the phat beats, perhaps? Regardless, the Star Trek Girl has mad skills and the song is catchy, so it’s well worth a download if you liked it as much as I did.  Duty Calls Worst Ice Skater Ever?last_img read more

App Store 15 minutes pour valider une application

first_imgApp Store: 15 minutes pour valider une applicationUn ex-employé d’Apple raconte son expérience au sein de la toujours controversée équipe de validation des applications proposées sur l’App Store. Il explique que le flux de logiciels et de mises à jour imposent un rythme soutenu, pas plus de 15 minutes par logiciel.La validation des applications proposées sur l’App Store par Apple a toujours suscité la polémique, au départ à cause de sa rigidité sur certains points pourtant anodins (par exemple une application photo retirée car elle proposait de prendre un cliché avec le bouton de volume), et aujourd’hui, c’est plus le relâchement complet affiché par la marque qui surprend, avec de nombreuses copies de logiciels payants, ou des produits posant des problèmes de sécurité des données personnelles qui sont pourtant mis en ligne par Apple.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un ex-employé de la société s’est confié à Business Week. Cette personne ayant gardé l’anonymat a précisément travaillé pour l’équipe de validation de l’App Store et explique que le flux est tel que chaque application n’a le droit qu’à en moyenne 15 minutes pour obtenir ou non sa certification. Il faut rappeler qu’Apple teste les nouveaux logiciels mais aussi les mises à jour des applications existantes. Si l’application est rejetée, c’est alors une commission qui se réunit pour statuer sur les motifs de cette interdiction à envoyer au développeur.L’ex-employé évoque plusieurs milliers d’applications soumis chaque mois. “Vous avez toujours un facteur humain, et les gens trouveront toujours un moyen de faire les choses que les contrôleurs ne prennent pas en compte pour tourner le système en leur faveur” commente un analyste de Gartner. On ne sait malheureusement pas combien de salariés composent cette équipe de vérification.L’App Store reste encore aujourd’hui la plateforme la plus complète en matière d’applications mobiles, on en recense plus de 600.000 et le succès ne se dément pas puisque Apple a annoncé avoir dépassé les 25 milliards de logiciels téléchargés, le tout en moins de quatre ans.Le 16 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Harlan Ellison AwardWinning Science Fiction Writer Dies at 84

first_imgBeth Gwinn/Getty Images/Via NPRWriter Harlan Ellison, seen here in 1991, died Thursday at 84.Science fiction writer and provocateur Harlan Ellison, who wrote stories including “Jeffty Is Five,” “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” and “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream,” died in his sleep at home in Los Angeles at age 84. Like many who write short stories and novellas in genres like speculative fiction, the sweep of his career is evident in his collection of awards: Hugo Awards, Nebula Awards, Edgar Awards and many others. He wrote episodes of Star Trek (“The City on the Edge of Forever” won him a Writer’s Guild of America Award), as well as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. He wrote comics and read audiobooks.He also had a reputation for being, as Jason Sheehan called him in a review of his 2015 collection Can and Can’tankerous, “America’s weird uncle.” Words like that one from the title — “cantankerous” — and “irascible” and “difficult” followed him for much of his life. His rants were legendary, including a profanity-filled one about the need to pay writers that has been viewed on YouTube more than a million times. Sheehan also said:He fronts Weariness [a story in the collection] by telling the tale of running a workshop at a convention in Washington. A bunch of art pieces handed around as inspiration. A bunch of writers given one hour to compose a complete story.And then there’s Harlan, at the front of the room, with his portable Olympia typewriter, poking away at 120 words per minute (with two fingers and no typos, he brags), feeling sad and tired and coming up with a story about the heat death of the universe which begins: “Very near the final thaw of the universe, the last of them left behind, the last three of the most perfect beings who had ever existed, stood waiting for the transitional moment. The neap tide of all time.”One draft. No idea where he was going with it. Just start hitting the keys and seeing what happens next. That’s how Ellison rolls. Tired, old, ornery — and yet kind, too. Generous. Giving us stories, and then stories about the stories. The lettuce story? Inspired by a Chinese dinner with Norman Spinrad in 1956, sold to Amazing Stories that same year for $49.50, then remastered for this collection. Weariness is just a few hundred words long but his afterword is a kind of love letter to Ray Bradbury, and runs for five times the story’s length, maybe more. And it is beautiful.Ellison, who won so many awards, wrote a column in Variety in 2013 about the Oscars in which he said, “I do not merely hate all awards shows, I wish to see them beheaded, stakes driven through their black and corrupted widdle hearts, and to see the decapitated remains buried at a crossroads come midnight.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Houston Public Media elevates stories that matter the most to the Lone

first_img Share FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Victoria CordovaHouston Public Media832.842.5866vcordova@houstonpublicmedia.orgVicky CharlestonHouston Public Media713.743.5380vcharleston@houstonpublicmedia.orgView Printable VersionHouston Public Media elevates the stories that matter the most to the Lone Star through regional and national newsroom collaborations.Houston is one of four participating cities in American Public Media’s Marketplace Hub. The new pilot project is a partnership between Marketplace and select public media stations across the country to generate more content from different geographic regions.Houston Public Media’s Energy and Environment Reporter Travis Bubenik will be contributing two national stories a month to Marketplace as part of this collaboration effort, sharing the latest on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas with a national audience. Marketplace is the most widely heard business and economic programming in the nation, broadcasting on more than 800 public radio stations nationwide and heard by 14.6 million listeners every week.For the latest stories and shows on Marketplace from Travis Bubenik, check out # #About Houston Public Media Houston Public Media is a service of the University of Houston and supported with financial gifts from the community. Houston Public Media combines broadcast and digital assets to serve residents of Southeast Texas with trusted local news and entertainment and national programming from NPR and PBS. With a combined weekly audience of more than 1.5 million, Houston Public Media is committed to delivering content that expands minds and possibilities with trusted information.last_img read more

Baltimore Police Search for Clues after 6 Shot 2 Fatally

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Police are searching for clues after two people were killed and four others were injured when shots rang out in front of a northwest Baltimore store.Police say that a gunman fired on the people about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The suspect has not been found.One man was pronounced dead at the scene and a second was pronounced dead at a hospital. Police say a third man was critically wounded, and a fourth man and two women had injuries that were not life-threatening.On Thursday, police identified the dead men as 23-year-old Davon Dozier and 29-year-old Troy Smothers.Police say detectives and an academy class were combing the area Thursday for additional evidence.Police believe the shooting was in retaliation for a homicide several days ago.last_img

Scientists record yoctonewton forces

first_img © 2010 The researchers, from the University of Sydney, in NSW Australia, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Colorado, USA, have used their system to measure forces three orders of magnitude smaller than any previously measured force. The forces were as small as 174 yoctonewtons, or 174 septillionths of a newton (174 x 10-24 newtons).Professor Michael Biercuk of the University of Sydney and colleagues developed their system using a Penning trap, a device in which ions are confined in two dimensions by a strong magnetic field, and in the third dimension by a weak electrostatic field. About 60 beryllium ions are held in the trap and kept very cold to eliminate motion due to thermal effects. The ions are charged and normally line up in the center of the trap. They are affected by any stray electrical or magnetic fields, which cause them to vibrate and become displaced from the center.Any movement produced by an applied force is detected by reflecting a laser off the ions and measuring any Doppler shift in the frequency of the light. (The light’s frequency is slightly higher when the ion is moving towards the detector, and lower when moving away.) The detection system was able to measure the strength forces in the yoctonewtons range.Until the present experiment, the smallest forces ever measured were in the attonewton range (10-18 newtons). These measurements were made coupling micro- or nano-fabricated resonators to systems such as single-electron transistors, or superconducting microwave cavities. The ability to detect tiny forces is important for applications such as tests of fundamental physical phenomena and precision spin-resonance imaging.The researchers hope to eventually be able to measure a single yoctonewton by using a single beryllium ion in the trap, and they believe their experiments will lead to the development of a new class of sensors based on trapped ions. Their results are published online in the pre-publication blog ArXiv. Scientists develop novel ion trap for sensing force and light Explore further Citation: Scientists record yoctonewton forces (2010, April 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Scientists in Australia and the US have discovered that trapped ions are “exquisitely sensitive” force detectors, and have used them to record the tiniest forces ever measured. Phase-coherent Doppler velocimetry. (a) Atomic resonance employed for detection of ionmotion, 19 MHz. (b) Schematic of the Doppler-detection system based on photon-arrival-time measurements. (c) Schematic of pulse sequencing/triggering for phase-coherent detection. (d) Histogram of photon arrival times relative to start-pulses generated synchronously with an RF excitation of the COM mode on resonance. Photon arrivals are bunched with periodicity given by the driven COM oscillation period, and su er hardware delays. Solid blue line is an exponential t to the data used to remove a background scattering rate. Figure credit: Michael J. Biercuk et al., ArXiv, (see paper for details) 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.last_img read more

Windows 10 Update Study too complex and not enough control

first_imgWindows 10 Update Study: too complex and not enough control by Martin Brinkmann on February 27, 2019 in Windows – Last Update: February 27, 2019 – 34 commentsHow are updates perceived by users of Windows 10 Home? A new study, “In Control with no Control: Perceptions and Reality of Windows 10 Home Edition Update Features” by a group of researchers from University College London suggests that updates are complex and that many users don’t know about certain features that could improve the updating behavior.Microsoft changed the update model with the release of Windows 10. The company switched to a system of cumulative updates for all supported editions of Windows 10. Microsoft switched to a cumulative update model for previous versions of Windows in 2016.Updates are released on the second Tuesday of each month and sometimes out of schedule. Microsoft releases two feature updates for Windows 10 that upgrade the operating system to a new version.Windows 10 Home users have less control over the updating than Pro, Enterprise, or Education users. Up until recently, it was not possible to pause updates or delay feature updates on Windows 10 Home devices officially; this meant that updates were installed as soon as they were picked up by Windows Update and that the devices had to be restarted to complete the updating process.The only option that Home users have when it comes to controlling updates is to set Active Hours, a feature designed to prevent automatic restarts of the system during the period. Complex UpdatesThe researchers asked the participants of the study a number of questions. Among them whether the updating behavior of Windows 10 was easier and caused less interruptions than in previous versions of Windows.53% said that updating was easier and 43% agreed that updating caused less interruptions. Only 8% stated that updating was more complicated and 21% said that updating caused more interruptions.About half of the study’s participants reported that they experienced unexpected restarts because of updates; 42% said that updates took longer than expected and 70% stated that they became more concerned the longer an update took to complete.The researchers discovered that the Active Hours feature was set inappropriately for a large number of survey participants and that most users were unaware of the existence of the feature.Only 28% of survey participants knew about feature and its default setting — 8AM to 5PM– was unsuitable for 97% of all users. The default Active Hours period is appropriate for businesses and may need to be adjusted even there.Home users, on the other hand, at least those who participated in the study, used their computers on weekday evenings in the majority of cases; outside Active Hours.Another key finding of the research is that many survey participants could not make distinctions between cumulative security updates and feature updates.The researchers recommend to improve the Active Hours feature, either by providing users with direct information about it and its controls, or by using automation to pick appropriate Active Hours based on usage automatically.Closing WordsA low number of participants, 97, participated in the study. It might be necessary to run a study with more users to verify the findings.Now You: What is your take on Windows and updating? (via ZDNet)SummaryArticle NameWindows 10 Update Study: too complex and not enough controlDescriptionA new study suggests that Windows 10 updates are complex and that Windows does not provide users with enough control over updates.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Costa Rica womens futsal team beats Iran in the VI Womens Futsal

first_imgGUATEMALA CITY – After a 2-1 victory against Iran in a nail-biting match Thursday, Costa Rica plays Guatemala tonight in a bid to secure fifth place in theVI Women’s Futsal Tournament.The match didn’t get off to a good start for Costa Rica after Iran’s star player Niloufar Ardalan scored the first goal against Costa Rica in the seventh minute.But Costa Rica was determined to fight back in the second half, and Costa Rica’s supporters cheered as Priscilla Torres managed to even the score. During the extra time, Natalia López scored the second goal that secured Costa Rica’s victory.“Both teams had lost against great powers like Brazil. It was a tough match because the Iranians are very fast,” said Torres after the match, elated from her team’s victory and still struggling to catch her breath.The vivacious 26-year-old says football runs in her veins. Her father, Carlos Torres, played for Costa Rica’s men’s national team in the 1980s and nurtured her talent for sports since she was a child.“He was the one who would take me to the training drills. We share the same passion and we talk about football a lot,” said Torres, who has played for the national women’s futsal team for the past 14 years and has traveled to Spain, Mexico and the Dominican Republic to compete in international tournaments.Women’s futsal on the riseLópez, 25, has played futsal – a version of football with a smaller field and usually played indoors – since the age of 11. As a final year dentistry student she said it can be difficult to strike a balance between academic commitments and her love of sport.“The team trains up to seven times a week and somehow I manage to do both things with great passion,” she said. “I love futsal because it’s an intelligent sport and it forces you to make on-the-spot decisions.”Costa Ricans are known for their football culture and López’s family is no exception.“They’ve always supported me. My parents, siblings and boyfriend always come to the matches. They’re proud of me and they know that playing for the national team requires great effort,” she said.Women’s futsal is on the rise, said López, who hopes one day Costa Rica will shine in international tournaments in Brazil or Argentina.“It’s a very exciting sport and people just love it. I think our country does support women’s futsal. A couple of years ago we didn’t even have a national women’s team, but it’s been growing steadily and I hope we can become a great power.”Challenging stereotypesThis is the second time that Costa Rica has played against Iran, whose players wear hijabs and tights in order to comply with Islamic dress codes.Iran’s participation in this tournament made headlines after Niloufar Ardalan, known as “Lady Goal,” went to court to fight for her right to travel to Guatemala after her husband refused to allow her to renew her passport because he wanted her at home for their 7-year-old son’s first day at school. Under Islamic law, Ardalan, 30, requires her husband’s permission to travel.Ardalan’s story went viral on social media with women from all over the world sharing the hashtag #WeAreAllNiloufarArdalan. Torres added that the language barrier had made it hard for her teammates to socialize with the Iranian players, but that they all felt a deep sense of admiration for Ardalan and her struggle.“We admire them as women and as athletes because we all share the same passion. I’d like to learn more about their culture, and I hope we can have our photo taken with the Iranian team before we leave,” Torres added.The Iranian team sparked curiosity and admiration from locals with Guatemala’s volunteer paramedic team presenting them with badges to take home as a souvenir.“We brought a group of women paramedics in case the Iranian team needed treatment, as we were told they cannot have contact with men for religious reasons,” paramedic Jorge Borrayo told The Tico Times. “We know they’ve traveled a long way to be here so we brought them these badges so that they can take a little piece of Guatemala back to Iran.”Costa Rica takes on Guatemala tonight at 8 p.m.See more photos of Thursday’s match in Guatemala City: (Courtesy Imer Lucero/Immagine Professionale) (Courtesy Imer Lucero/Immagine Professionale) (Courtesy Imer Lucero/Immagine Professionale) BBC Türkçe – İranlı kocalardan ‘karıma eşitlik’ kampanyasıایندی‌نوبت‌کیشی‌لریندی— TAHA Kermani (@tahakermani) October 3, 2015 Facebook Comments After missing the Asian Cup last September, the court ruled in Ardalan’s favor and allowed her to travel to Guatemala for the world tournament.“I’m very happy for her because she’s one of Iran’s best players. I hope Iranian women continue to fight for their rights because playing sports is essential for any person’s well being,” López said. (Courtesy Imer Lucero/Immagine Professionale) (Courtesy Imer Lucero/Immagine Professionale) Related posts:FIFA’s Blatter shocked by US anti-corruption tactics World, meet Ms. Sloth Kong. Random Photo of the Month: Ethiopians watch Costa Rica’s La Sele get beat by Spain CONCACAF to review refs after Gold Cup furorlast_img read more

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first_img WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments involving an agreement between Iran and world powers in Vienna over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program (all times EDT):___2:20 p.m.Minutes after Iran and world powers announced their deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of economic sanctions, a text message began making the rounds on Iranian mobile phones.It read: “Goodbye falafel. Hello McDonald’s.” Obama says all of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon are cut off under the terms of the agreement announced Tuesday. The president says Iran will remove two-thirds of its installed centrifuges and get rid of 98 percent of its stockpile of uranium.In exchange, the president says Iran will receive phased in sanctions relief as it fulfills the provisions in the deal.Obama threatened to veto any congressional legislation that would seek to block implementation of the agreement. He says that no deal “means a greater chance of more war” in the Middle East.___7:09 a.m.President Barack Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off for Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna.Obama spoke from the White House Tuesday morning after the deal was announced.Addressing skeptics of the agreement, Obama said, “This deal is not built on trust. It is built on verification.”He says the nuclear agreement with Iran ensures that Iran “will not develop a nuclear weapon.”He says Iran’s compliance will be verified by inspections.Obama said the deal is not built on trust, but instead on verification.___Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Assad’s comments came as he congratulated Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the deal signed Tuesday.Assad says coming days will witness a “strengthening of the constructive role played by Iran in supporting the rights of nations.”Iran is a key supporter of Assad. It has poured in millions of dollars’ worth of help to prop up Assad’s army in recent years as it fights an insurgency and rebels seeking to topple his rule.___8:30 a.m.Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron, described the deal with Iran as historic, saying it “secures our fundamental aim — to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon — and that will help to make our world a safer place.”He said the deal required leadership, courage and determination and that it was time to move forward and put it into place.Cameron said Iran will reap economic benefits, so long as it delivers on everything it has agreed to do.___8:25 a.m.Pakistan’s foreign ministry welcomed the agreement that was reached between Iran and world powers in Vienna.In a statement released Tuesday, the ministry said Pakistan had consistently maintained that the Iran nuclear issue should be peacefully resolved through dialogue. Noting Pakistan’s position as a neighbor to Iran, the foreign ministry said such confidence-building measures “auger well for peace and security in our region.” ___1:40 p.m.President Barack Obama has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Iran nuclear deal won’t lessen U.S. concerns about Iran’s support for terrorism and its threats toward Israel.The White House says Obama spoke Tuesday with the Israeli leader and reiterated that the deal, in his view, will prevent Iran from becoming nuclear-armed, which is of interest to both the U.S. and Israel.Obama said a planned visit to Israel next week by U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is a reflection of the high level of security cooperation between the two allies.Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted the deal as a “stunning historic mistake” and pointedly noted that his country is not bound by the agreement.___1:20 p.m.President Barack Obama has thanked European leaders for their help in reaching the nuclear deal with Iran.Obama discussed the historic agreement in separate conversations Tuesday with French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron and the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini.The three countries and the EU are part of the group that negotiated with Iran for nearly two years. Hammond said he hopes and expects that the agreement will herald change in Iran’s relations with its regional neighbors and the world. He said Iran will be encouraged to play a constructive role, “particularly in the struggle against violent Islamist extremism.”__7:40 a.m.The spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says the nuclear deal announced Tuesday between Iran and world powers in Vienna will be “a catalyst for regional stability.”Saad al-Hadithi tells The Associated Press that the landmark agreement, designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, is “an important step” and will lead to better unity in the fight against terrorism.A U.S.-led coalition is conducting airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State militant group while neighboring Iran provides extensive logistical support on the ground. Despite their shared interests in defeating the Islamic State group, coalition nations have not worked directly with Iran, Iraq’s biggest ally, even as negotiations were under way in Vienna.__7:30 a.m.Secretary of State John Kerry says the Iran deal he spent the last 19 days negotiating in Vienna is “the good deal that we sought.” Throughout nearly two years of talks, U.S. officials have said that “no deal is better than a bad deal.” French Ambassador Francois Delattre says the draft resolution will be presented to the council in coming days.A senior Security Council diplomat says the U.S. took the lead in drafting the resolution. Asked whether it’s likely to be approved within seven to 10 days, the diplomat says that’s the “right ballpark.”The diplomat was not authorized to be identified and spoke on condition of anonymity.___11:50 a.m.Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush calls the Iran nuclear deal “dangerous, deeply flawed and short sighted.”He says the agreement merely consolidates the grip on power of “violent revolutionary clerics who rule Tehran with an iron fist.”Bush says the agreement is not diplomacy, but “appeasement.”___11:40 a.m.Here’s what’s ahead for the Iran nuclear deal in Washington:After receiving a copy of the agreement, lawmakers will have 60 days to read it, vote yes or no — or take no action.They’ll want to know: Does it call for inspections of Iranian nuclear and military sites anytime, anywhere? What sanctions against Iran will be lifted and when? Can sanctions be reinstated if Iran cheats? Did Iran come clean regarding its past nuclear activities? That’s just for starters. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The White House says the leaders agreed the deal represents a historic solution that will verifiably cut off all the pathways Iran has to develop a nuclear weapon.___12:30 p.m.World reaction to the Iran nuclear deal is pouring in.German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the agreement provides a “realistic chance of overcoming one of the most difficult international conflicts through diplomatic means” and brings much closer the goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Germany is a party in the negotiations and its main business lobby is anticipating a surge in exports to Iran as economic sanctions lift.Egypt’s foreign ministry calls the deal an important development that could lead to regional stability and head off an arms race. Egypt and Iran have not had full diplomatic ties since 1979 when Iran had its Islamic revolution and Cairo signed a peace deal with Israel.As well, the United Arab Emirates is welcoming the agreement. The seven-state federation has longstanding trade ties with Iran but, along with other Gulf Arab countries, has been deeply skeptical of Iran’s ambitions in the region.___12:10 p.m.At the United Nations, the Security Council is preparing a resolution to endorse the deal restricting Iran’s nuclear development in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against Tehran. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Christie says President Barack Obama’s team should have walked away from the talks. Instead, says the governor, Obama is “playing a dangerous game with our national security.”___10:30 a.m.The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who is believed to be held hostage in Iran, is marking the historic nuclear deal by urging the Obama administration and Iran to continue to press for Levinson’s release.Levinson’s wife, Christine, said leaders of the two countries “need to continue working together with the same sense of urgency to resolve Bob’s case and return him home to his family as soon as possible.”Levinson has been held hostage for more than eight years, making him the longest-held American hostage in history. His wife said, “This nightmare must end.”An Associated Press investigation published in 2013 revealed that Levinson vanished while working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission.__10:30 a.m.Israel’s prime minister says his country is not bound by the international nuclear agreement with Iran, and that Israel reserves the right to defend itself.Benjamin Netanyahu says the world is now a “much more dangerous place” and criticized Tuesday’s agreement as a “stunning historic mistake.” 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Congressional hearings could start soon but formal action appears unlikely before the August recess.If Congress rejects the agreement, President Barack Obama is expected to veto that decision. A two-thirds majority in the House and Senate would be needed to override his veto.Even if Congress votes against the deal, that doesn’t scuttle it.Congress can only thwart the deal by passing new sanctions legislation or stripping away Obama’s authority to waive those sanctions that were imposed earlier by Congress.Moreover, Obama could unilaterally offer a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own. He can’t lift the congressionally mandated sanctions, though. Only Congress can do that.___11:00 a.m.Republican presidential contender Chris Christie hopes Congress will reject the Iran nuclear deal.The New Jersey governor says the deal will lead to a nuclear Iran and Middle East, threatens Israel and the U.S., and “turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head.”Earlier, Republican presidential rival Marco Rubio also turned thumbs down on the agreement, saying the U.S. gave “concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed.” Kerry that the U.S. and its partners would have finished the negotiations a long time ago had they been willing to settle for a lesser deal.“We were determined to get this right and I believe our persistence paid off,” Kerry told reporters at a news conference in Vienna, adding that the agreement marked a historic day.On crutches and still nursing a broken leg, Kerry also joked that Tuesday was a historic day for him personally because it was the first time in six weeks he had worn a pair of shoes.__7:25 a.m.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says “a new chapter” has begun in relations with the world and the Islamic Republic.Rouhani made the comments Tuesday in an address from Tehran after world powers reached an agreement with Iran over its contested nuclear program.Rouhani said: “The sanctions regime was never successful but at the same time it had affected people’s lives.”Rouhani spoke live on state television flanked by two Iranian flags. He spoke after remarks by President Barack Obama were carried live on state television, a rarity in the Islamic Republic.__7:15 a.m.President Barack Obama says a landmark nuclear deal with Iran “is not built on trust, it is built on verification.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks to journalist from a balcony of the Palais Coburg where closed-door nuclear talks with Iran continue in Vienna, Austria, Monday, July 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak) Speaking in English to reporters in Jerusalem, he said that by removing sanctions, the deal will give Iran billions of dollars to support what he calls a worldwide terrorism network.He also says it “repeats the mistakes” of an earlier international agreement with North Korea, in which international inspections failed to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapons capability.___10:10 a.m.Ordinary Iranians are welcoming the country’s historic nuclear deal, embracing it as a chance to end their nation’s isolation and an opportunity for a better economy after years of stifling sanctions.There are no signs of people pouring into the streets of Tehran after the deal was announced on Tuesday — but that may have more to do with the stifling summer heat and the fact that most Iranians are fasting during the last days of Ramadan.Many instead were glued to television coverage of the deal. At one Tehran electronics shop, people clapped as President Hassan Rouhani appeared on screen to address the nation.Shopkeeper Ali Hosseini summed up the mood by saying: “I am proud that my country has resolved this critical issue through talks, not war.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories Another text joked that the country’s ATMs would soon be dispensing U.S. dollars instead of Iranian rials.There may not be a McDonald’s yet, but ordinary Iranians have been quick to welcome the deal as a chance to end their nation’s isolation and improve Iran’s economy after years of stifling sanctions.There were no signs of people pouring into the streets of Tehran after the deal was announced, but that may have more to do with the stifling summer heat and the fact that most Iranians are fasting during the last days of Ramadan.Many instead were glued to television coverage of the deal, which included a rare live feed of President Barack Obama’s address on state TV.___2 p.m.Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the U.S. is prepared to bolster the security of allies in the Middle East, using military means if necessary, to check what he calls Iran’s “malign influence” in the region.His statement is intended to reassure allies nervous about the landmark deal reached with Iran to control its nuclear program. Israel is strongly opposed to it.Carter says deterrence remains a major component of America’s national security and the U.S. has tens of thousands of military personnel in the region to defend against any aggression, ensure freedom of navigation in the Gulf and make sure Iran’s influence is restricted. __9:45 a.m.U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, is predicting that Congress will reject the nuclear agreement with Iran. Rubio says the deal “undermines our national security.”The Florida senator said President Barack Obama gave “concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed.”Rubio says that failure to obtain congressional support would tell the Iranians and the world “that this is Barack Obama’s deal, not an agreement with lasting support from the United States.”__9:40 a.m.Democrats in the U.S. Congress are expressing skepticism about the deal that President Barack Obama and Western powers reached with Iran.Shortly after announcement of the agreement Tuesday, members of Obama’s party cautiously congratulated his effort but said they would review the deal closely in coming weeks.Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut said he would examine the deal to ensure it “adequately protects the interests” of the United States and its allies.Congress is likely to vote in September on whether to approve or disapprove the deal, though Obama has extensive executive powers to end sanctions on Iran. ___10:10 a.m.House Democrats say presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing the negotiated deal with Iran.Clinton met Tuesday morning behind closed doors with Democrats. Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly said that during the session Clinton endorsed the nuclear pact that ends crippling sanctions.Said Connolly: “She endorsed it. Full-throated.”Rep. Steve Israel of New York said Clinton supports the core elements. He said she told lawmakers that Congress has an obligation to review all the details.___9:55 a.m.President Barack Obama is starting his campaign to sell the nuclear deal with Iran to skeptical U.S. allies and members of Congress.Senior Obama administration officials say Obama informed the leaders of the House and Senate of the deal Monday night, and plans to speak with additional members of Congress this week.Obama will also spend part of the week speaking with his foreign counterparts. Officials say Obama will talk to key European allies as well as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia’s King Salman. The officials briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.Netanyahu has been a chief critic of the negotiations and immediately rejected the deal. He’s expected to work to persuade U.S. lawmakers to pass legislation that would block Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran. How do cataracts affect your vision? Sponsored Stories ___8 a.m.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed claims that the Islamic Republic sought to make atomic weapons under its nuclear program.Speaking live in a nationwide televised address Tuesday, Rouhani said: “Iran has never sought to manufacture a nuclear weapon and will never seek to manufacture a nuclear weapon.”He added: “The whole world knows very well that manufacturing a nuclear bomb … is considered forbidden.”The comment came during a speech in which Rouhani sought to appease hard-liners about the merits of the nuclear deal agreed to in Vienna between the Islamic Republic and world powers.___7:55 a.m.Britain’s Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says the deal announced Tuesday will impose strict limits and inspections on Iran’s nuclear program.Hammond said in a statement that granting the International Atomic Energy Agency access to verify Iran’s adherence to the agreement will provide confidence that its nuclear program is peaceful.Hammond said world leaders recognize that there will be concerns in the region.“We will maintain our clear position in support of the Gulf states and against Iranian interference in their internal affairs,” he said. Republicans vehemently criticized the deal, as was widely expected. Speaker John Boehner said Obama had abandoned his own goals and the deal would likely fuel a nuclear arms race around the world.___9:25 a.m.The Vatican welcomed the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program and expressed hope that the progress would extend to other areas.Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told journalists the agreement “is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See” and noted that continued efforts “on the part of all involved will be necessary in order for it to bear fruit.”Lombardi said that “it is hoped that those fruits will not be limited” to the nuclear program alone.___9:05 a.m.Russian President Vladimir Putin says the deal with Iran has brought the world “a sigh of relief.”In a statement published on the Kremlin website, Putin also said that “Russia will do its utmost to make sure that the Vienna agreement is fully implemented, thus contributing to the international and regional security.”___8:50 a.m.Syria’s President Bashar Assad says the signing of a nuclear agreement is “a historic turning point” in the history of Iran and its relationship with countries of the region and beyond. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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