David Stern Dennis Rodman With North Korea Dictator Ridiculous

Just in case you missed the lunacy of it all, NBA commissioner David Stern summed up in one word Dennis Rodman acting as a quasi-U.S. diplomat in meeting with North Korea suppressor Kim Jong Un and calling him a “cool guy.”“Ridiculous,” the outgoing commish said.Rodman was in North Korea with the Harlem Globetrotters as part of a project for HBO. Somehow, the strange Rodman ended up attending a game and convening afterward with Kim, who has been a dictator and continues to defy United Nations acts on nuclear weapons.In an interview with Charlie Rose of 60 Minutes, Stern – suspended Rodman many times during the former player’s NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers – did not hold back his disdain for Rodman’s laudatory remarks about Kim.”I think it’s ridiculous,” Stern said. “I think that if you’re going to meet someone with the record on human rights, and nuclear testing in a reckless way, counterfeiting U.S. dollars, and exporting a horrible brand of whatever it is that he’s exporting, starving his people, and locking them up, it should be done only in conjunction with the State Department with an agenda. If not, you shouldn’t go.”Rodman went on ABC on Sunday and rambled mindlessly about how the dictator was a basketball fan, a good guy and that Kim wants President Obama to call him, among other things. It was pointed out by interviewer Charlie Rose that Rodman did not intend to meet with the country’s leader when he arrived in North Korea.“No,” Stern said. “But then it was the burden of somebody to try to educate Dennis a little bit so he doesn’t come back and say, ‘The dude is really cool. His father was great. His grandfather was great. And really why doesn’t the President just give him a buzz?’ ”Surely, if this was an NBA matter, Rodman would be suspended by Stern indefinitely. read more

May Day for Workers focuses on Job Safety Health

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – Coming onto May Day, May 1st and the Department of Employment says the Turks and Caicos will join the rest of the world and observe World Day for Safety and Health at work. The Department said it is all to bolster the priority which is establishing a culture of prevention. Minster Employment Hon. Donhue Gardiner explained a need to “increase awareness of on the job hazard and risks, and understanding of their prevention and control.” The goal is to equate decent work with safe work and all ILO constituents, said Minister Gardiner, “must create the partnerships that are needed…” There will be a week of activities. Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations Recommended for you PDM Chairman says North & Middle Caicos MP ignorant of law, fails to remove voters Related Items:donhue gardiner, for safety and health, may day, world day Baptist Union President Makes Recommendation on Status and Immigration Billslast_img read more

Ruben Neves is an excellent player – Guardiola

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praises on Ruben Neves following reports the Premier League champions are interested in his services.The Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder has been linked with a move to the Etihad as a potential long-term replacement for Fernandinho, and Pep believes the Portuguese is a top midfielder.“Ruben Neves is an excellent player,” said Guardiola, according to France24.“The system at Wolves involves playing with two holding midfielders, not just one. But he’s an excellent player.”“There are many clubs in the world, many holding midfielders in the world, and most of them can play here. That’s not the point. The point is that most of them are under contracts.”Guardiola also insists there are limits to City’s transfer budget, despite their abundance of riches.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“A month ago, I started reading: ‘Ruben Neves, £100 million ($129 million, 112 million euros)’. That is not going to happen. We are not going to pay £100 million for a holding midfielder.”“Of course, all departments in the club, we have in every position four or five or six options (potential targets) ?- depending on age, what we believe and, of course, the price.”Guardiola also praised the work of City’s director of football, Txiki Begiristain saying: “I would say they are incredible, top at what they are doing. It looks simple but it’s not simple. It looks easy but it’s not easy.”“I am in touch quite often with Txiki, especially, because he is close to my door. I know exactly what they do, with the (City) academy, with the first team and they are doing it really well.”“But sometimes it doesn’t depend on us,” said the Catalan manager.“You have to pay the club, pay the family and talk with the players, and with the agents, it’s nuts. It’s complicated, so, so complicated.”last_img read more

WILMINGTONS REPUBLICAN PRIMARY RESULTS Diehl Wins Big Lively Almost Catches Baker Tarr

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Nearly 1,500 Wilmington voters pulled Republican ballots for the State Primary Election on Tuesday, September 4. Below are how they voted:Contested RacesU.S. Senate Candidate Geoff Diehl (861 votes, 61%) soundly defeated John Kingston (368 votes, 26%) and Beth Linstrom (187 votes, 13%). 71 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 7 chose to write in a candidate.Governor Charlie Baker (815 votes) beat Scott Lively (653 votes), 55.5% to 44.5%. 24 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 2 chose to write in a candidate.State Attorney General candidate James McMahon (730 votes) defeated Daniel Shores (471 votes), 61% to 39%. 290 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 3 chose to write in a candidate.State Representative candidate Pina Prinzivalli (751 votes) easily defeated Erin Buckley (351 votes), 68% to 32%. This was technically a contested race, but Buckley withdrew several weeks ago. Due to the timing of her withdrawal, her name remained on the ballot. 136 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 5 chose to write in a candidate.Uncontested RacesState Senator Bruce Tarr received 1172 votes. 312 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 10 chose to write in a candidate.Secretary of State candidate Anthony Amore received 1043 votes. 436 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 15 chose to write in a candidate.Lt. Governor Karyn Polito received 1027 votes. 437 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 30 chose to write in a candidate.State Treasurer candidate Keiko Orrall received 1,013 votes. 472 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 9 chose to write in a candidate.U.S. Congressional candidate Joseph Schneider received 1026 votes. 454 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 14 chose to write in a candidate.State Auditor candidate Helen Brady received 998 votes. 485 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 11 chose to write in a candidate.Governor’s Council candidate Richard Baker received 989 votes. 497 voters opted to leave a blank, while another 8 chose to write in a candidate.No CandidateThere was no Republican candidate for State Presentative in the 21st Middlesex District (Precinct 3). The seat is currently held by Democrat Ken Gordon.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex District Attorney. The seat is currently held by Democrat Marian Ryan.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex County Clerk. The seat is currently held by Democrat Michael Sullivan.There was no Republican candidate for Middlesex Registry of Deeds. The seat is currently held by Democrat Dick Howe.Voter Turnout4,566 of Wilmington’s 17,009 voters went to the polls on Tuesday, representing a 26.84% turnout.3,061 Democratic ballots were cast. 1,494 Republican ballots were cast. 11 Libertarian ballots were cast.The above numbers are uncertified results from the Wilmington Town Clerk’s Office.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON’S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY RESULTS: Gonzalez & Palfrey Eek It Out; Ryan & Galvin Cruise; Warren UnderperformsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”last_img read more

Thai cave boys to make first public appearance

first_imgThe 12-member `Wild Boars` soccer team and their coach rescued from a flooded cave pose with a drawing picture of Samarn Kunan, a former Thai navy diver who died working to rescue them at the Chiang Rai Prachanukroh Hospital, in Chiang Rai, Thailand on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersThe 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave will make their first public appearance on Wednesday when they hold a nationally-televised news conference in Chiang Rai.The boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach sparked an international rescue effort after they became trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai.The boys and their coach have been in hospital in Chiang Rai since they were rescued.”I pass the hospital where the children are staying every day and every day I say a prayer to thank Lord Buddha for their return,” said Duang, a noodle vendor, who only wanted to be identified by her first name.The Thai government will allot 45 minutes’ airtime on its “Thailand Moves Forward” for the soccer team’s news conference.The show, which will be recorded at Chiang Rai’s provincial hall at around 6 p.m. local time after the evening national anthem, will also be broadcast live across dozens of channels.Some Thai television personalities joked that the boys will help ratings of the otherwise dull television show, which is usually reserved for monotonous conversations about the military government’s performance.”This is the story all Thais want to hear. Don’t switch it off, don’t put it on mute,” joked a presenter VOICE TV, a television station that is often critical of the military government.”It should help the Thailand Moves Forward show’s ratings shoot through the roof,” he added.The soccer team’s rescue operation drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists to the scene.Many journalists left after the last four boys and their coach were brought out safely last week. But the sleepy, northern town of Chiang Rai kicked into action again on Wednesday ahead of the boys’ much-anticipated appearance.”The reporters are back. I had to pick a Japanese reporter up from the airport at 2 a.m.,” said Manop Netsuwan, a Chiang Rai resident and tour operator.At Chiang Rai Airport a screen welcoming visitors shows a cartoon of the group with rescuers and the words: “Our Heroes”.The boys, their coach and some rescuers will be asked a series of carefully vetted questions submitted by journalists in advance, officials said.They have asked the media and the public to respect the boys privacy after they are discharged, citing concerns about the sudden impact of media attention on the boys’ mental health.”The media know that the children are in a difficult situation, they have overcome peril and if you ask risky questions then it could break the law,” Tawatchai Thaikaew, deputy permanent secretary at the Justice Ministry, told reporters on Wednesday.”We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in the hearts,” he added.last_img

Smart window controls light and heat kills microorganisms

first_img © 2018 Phys.org Citation: Smart window controls light and heat, kills microorganisms (2018, July 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-smart-window-microorganisms.html The researchers, led by Yan-Yan Song at Northeastern University in Shenyang, China, and Xing-Hua Xia at Nanjing University in Nanjing, China, have published a paper on the new sterile smart window in a recent issue of ACS Nano.As the researchers explain, integrating multiple functions into a single smart window presents a challenge, since each function typically requires a different material composition. For example, one of the most widely used materials for smart windows that control visible light transmission is WO3 (tungsten trioxide). As an electrochromic material, WO3 can reversibly change its optical transmittance in response to electrochemical charging and discharging. On the other hand, smart windows that convert near-infrared solar radiation into heat typically involve metal nanoparticles. Also, a wide range of materials have antimicrobial properties, most notably copper. So far, however, combining all of these properties into one material has remained a challenge.In the new study, the researchers designed an electrochromic-photothermal film composed of 3D WO3 in a honeycomb-like structure embedded with gold nanoparticles and nanorods. While the WO3 controls the amount of visible light that passes through the window, the gold nanostructures convert incoming sunlight into thermal energy for heating the building interior. “This is a new strategy that achieves excellent photothermal conversion via solar gain optimization on electrochromic films and, importantly, the photothermal efficiency is adjustable during optical transmission,” Xia told Phys.org.The researchers demonstrated that the window can change from fully transparent to pitch black within minutes. Further, they showed that a near-infrared laser increases the temperature of the window by 24 °C in about five minutes. To investigate the antimicrobial properties of the window, the researchers treated it with E. coli and irradiated it with a near-infrared laser. They found that the bactericidal effect was strongest when the window was in its dark state, in which it could eliminate virtually all of the bacteria. In contrast, the effect was much weaker for windows in the transparent state, as well as those made of only WO3 or only gold nanostructures, rather than both materials combined. The results suggest that most of the bactericidal effects are due to the photothermal properties of the window.”The sterile smart window would be particularly useful in aircraft, in high-latitude zones, and also in hospitals,” Xia said. “It should be multifunctional, for example, controlling visible light transmission dynamically, tuning heat conversion of near-infrared solar radiation, and reducing attacks by microorganisms.” Journal information: ACS Nano Material could help windows both power your home and control its temperature A new smart window offers more than just a nice view—it also controls the transmittance of sunlight, heats the interiors of buildings by converting solar radiation into heat, and virtually eliminates E. coli bacteria living on the glass. In the future, such sterile smart windows may be used in airplanes, hospitals, public transportation, and other areas.center_img Photographs showing one of the three properties of the sterile smart window: control of visible light transmission. Credit: Xu et al. ©2018 American Chemical Society Explore further More information: Jingwen Xu et al. “Electrochromic-Tuned Plasmonics for Photothermal Sterile Window.” ACS Nano. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.8b02292 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