29 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep concern over the situation in Honduras, voicing his strong support for the nation’s democratic institutions and speaking out against the arrest of its constitutional President. According to media reports, President José Manuel Zelaya Rosales was overthrown yesterday, when a referendum was slated to be held on changing the Honduran constitution.Mr. Ban “urges the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country and full respect for human rights, including safeguards for the security of President Zelaya, members of his family and his government,” according to a statement issued yesterday by his spokesperson.He also urged all Hondurans to resolve their difference peacefully and “in the spirit of reconciliation.”The statement noted that the Secretary-General welcomes the prompt diplomatic efforts undertaken by the Organization of American States (OAS), whose Permanent Council has held a special meeting on the matter.“He trusts that international and domestic efforts will succeed in the promotion of a peaceful solution to the crisis through democratic means,” it said.For his part, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said he is deeply outraged by the military’s ousting of Mr. Zelaya.Speaking at the start of an Assembly meeting convened to discuss the matter, he said that yesterday’s events are a “throwback to another era that we had hoped was now a distant nightmare.”With regional groups and world leaders having denounced the Honduran military’s action, Mr. D’Escoto called on the 192-member Assembly to “add its voice to underscore the universal rejection of this crime.“Let us denounce the perpetrators with such unanimity that no military-backed regime in Honduras will be able to withstand the criticism and rejection of the world,” he added, calling for those responsible to be brought to justice.
2 July 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders discussed the issue of the territory that each of the two constituent States would occupy in a future federation during their latest round of United Nations-backed talks today. Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat exchanged preliminary views on the territory issue, according to remarks made by Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus, following the discussions in Nicosia.Today’s discussions were only the latest round of UN-backed talks between the two leaders aimed at reunifying the Mediterranean island.In May 2008, the leaders committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.” The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status. Mr. Zerihoun said the two leaders also discussed the follow-up to a recent agreement reached on the opening of the Limnitis-Kokkina crossings, and decided to discuss security issues at their next meeting, scheduled for 9 July.The UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been in place on the island since 1964, following the outbreak of inter-communal violence.
The body of an Indian fisherman has been recovered by the Sri Lanka Navy off the Delft Island.The Navy said that the body was recovered by the Navy, during a search operation conducted in the sea area off the Delft Island today. The Navy said that it also rescued 08 more Indian fishers and handed them over to the Kankesanthurei Police. The body was identified to be that of Karuppaiah Munnasami (55) from Ramanathapuram, India. Meanwhile, the Navy said it spotted over 500 Indian trawlers poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, close to the Delft Island, last night (12th January) and seized 02 trawlers and arrested 09 Indian fishers who trespassed into Sri Lanka’s territorial waters. (Colombo Gazette)
UN Photo/Cia PakSecretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s 73rd session.‘Two epochal challenges’In his speech, Mr. Guterres made particular reference to climate change and the risks associated with advances in technology, referring to these two problems as “epochal challenges.”Noting scientific evidence that the planet is getting hotter, increasing concentration of carbon dioxide, Mr. Guterres underscored: “Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.”“If we do not change course in the next two years, we risk runaway climate change … We need greater ambition and a greater sense of urgency,” he said.Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our worldUnderscoring the need to ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Mr. Guterres urged world leaders to make maximum use of upcoming such as the Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or COP24, in Poland in December to strengthen global resolve against the threat.He also announced that he will convene a Climate Summit next September, to bring together countries and cities, as well as political, business and civil society leaders, “to focus on the heart of the problem.”Turning to new technologies, Secretary-General Guterres highlighted the benefits offered by such advances, including to further the sustainable development agenda, but added that alongside the advances, considerable perils are also present.“There are many mutually beneficial solutions for digital challenges. We need urgently to find the way to apply them,” he said, calling on the global community to use the United Nations as a platform to draw attention to the risks and benefits of technological advances and to nurture a digital future that is safe and beneficial for all “As guardians of the common good, we also have a duty to promote and support a reformed, reinvigorated and strengthened multilateral system,” said the Secretary-General, addressing the annual gathering of world leaders at UN Headquarters on Tuesday.“We need commitment to a rules-based order, with the United Nations at its centre and with the different institutions and treaties that bring the Charter to life … There is no way forward but collective, common-sense action for the common good.”Mr. Guterres’ annual opening message, which draws from his yearly report on the work of the Organization, also highlighted the persisting challenges facing the people and the planet, including the seemingly unending conflicts in Syria and Yemen, the suffering of the Rohingya people and the threat of terrorism, non-proliferation and the use of chemical weapons.He also drew attention to increasing inequality and the “discrimination and demagoguery” faced by migrants and refugees, in the context of clearly insufficient international cooperation, as well as cautioned against widening inequalities, tensions over trade and pressures on human rights around the world.“It is our common duty to reverse these trends and resolve these challenges. We need to move ahead based on facts, not fear – on reason, not illusion. Prevention must be at the centre of all we do,” stressed Mr. Guterres.“This session of the General Assembly is a real opportunity for progress.” Full statement here‘Winds of hope’“Despite the chaos and confusion in our world, I see winds of hope blowing around the globe,” said Mr. Guterres, noting the recent signing of the historic peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the start of the peace process between Djibouti and Eritrea, and other positive developments elsewhere.The approval of a compact on refugees and another on migration also represent signs of hope, he said, highlighting also the promise offered by the world’s young people, gender equality gaining ground and growing awareness of discrimination and violence against women and girls.He also stressed that the UN must lead the way in pursuit of gender equality.Despite the chaos and confusion in our world, I see winds of hope blowing around the globe“For the first time in United Nations history, there is full parity in our Senior Management Group and among Resident Coordinators leading country teams around the world. We are firmly committed to equality and empowerment everywhere,” said the Secretary-General.In conclusion, Mr. Guterres recalled the words of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in which Mr. Annan said that the world shares a common destiny and that everyone can master it only if they face it together –that is why we have the United Nations.“Our future rests on solidarity,” said Mr. Guterres, calling on everyone to help repair the broken trust.“We must reinvigorate our multilateral project. And we must uphold dignity for one and for all.”
IM’s June article on water management is at deadline for editorial contributions and here we note an interesting opinion from America’s National Mining Association. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued guidance on water quality requirements for coal mines in Appalachia. The guidance relies solely on electric conductivity (also known as specific conductance) as an indicator of water quality impairment. The guidance establishes a range of between 300-500 microSiemens (a measure of conductivity) as triggering close scrutiny by EPA of the permit application and anything approaching or beyond 500 microSiemens as cause for EPA to deny a Clean Water Act (CWA) permit. These permits are required to operate coal mines and to conduct mine land reclamation in the region. EPA’s guidance establishes a de facto water quality standard that interferes with the states’ statutory authority to set water quality standards and issue permits. Implementation of the conductivity limit also will make EPA the final decision-maker on permits issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers and the Office of Surface Mining (OSM). The guidance is now open to public comment, but EPA has yet to make the underlying data available for outside peer review or public scrutiny.Two questions arise from EPA’s guidance:Is conductivity an appropriate measure of water quality impairment? Are the conductivity levels set by EPA defensible or achievable?The answer to both questions is -no.Conductivity is a measure of a given quantity of water to conduct electricity at a specified temperature. It is predicated upon the presence of dissolved solids, which conduct an electrical charge. It is not a meaningful measure of contamination or the ability of a given body of water to meet its designated use.Conductivity has generally been used in the field as a first screen for water quality. Elevated conductivity levels indicate that further analysis should be done to determine the specific water chemistry, i.e. the makeup of the specific dissolved particles in the water, and whether those particles occur in amounts that are demonstrated to impair aquatic life specific to that stream. The EPA guidance eliminates this vital step-an approach that is scientifically and legally deficient.The 300 – 500 microSiemens conductivity threshold set by EPA for coal mining permits is not an appropriate basis for determining water quality impairment for the following reasons:Higher levels of conductivity are often the result of virtually any activity that disturbs the surface of the earth (e.g., highway construction), thereby increasing dissolved solids. Background conditions can exceed the 300-500 microSiemens threshold. No evidence has been presented that uniquely correlates higher conductivity levels with coal mining or valley fills. The necessary scientific analysis, including collecting sufficient data, has not been conducted to establish a cause-and-effect relationship between conductivity and adverse effects on water quality. In fact, there is substantial data that show good macro invertebrate populations in streams with conductivity much higher than the 300-500 microSiemens threshold and poor macro invertebrate levels in streams with low conductivity-substantiating the need to look beyond conductivity as a measure of stream impairment. In developing the conductivity levels, EPA did not follow its national criteria development guidelines (1985 Guidelines for Deriving Numerical National Water Quality Criteria for the Protection of Aquatic Organisms and Their Use). None of the studies cited by EPA in support of the range applicable to mining indicate the stream uses are harmed by conductivity at those levels. Rather, the studies focus on impacts to certain mayfly populations that are known to be especially sensitive and suggest that the absence of these mayflies in streams with elevated conductivity is directly related to upstream mining. EPA has ignored the fact that other aquatic life in the stream are robust and perform essentially the same stream function as the affected populations. EPA presents no evidence that the designated uses of these waters have been harmed.Further, the levels are unachievable. EPA has noted it expects -few, if any – fill permit applications in Appalachia to meet the levels of conductivity set in the guidance. This limit will apply immediately to all coal mining, including underground operations, in the six Appalachian states. EPA has not ruled out applying the standard similarly to other industries throughout the water program.
Friday 31 Mar 2017, 6:30 PM http://jrnl.ie/3317831 All five bodies recovered from downed helicopter as Welsh police release photo of crash site All of the victims were from the same family. POLICE IN WALES have recovered all five bodies from the site of Wednesday’s helicopter crash in Snowdonia.The five people who died were all members of the same family and have now been identified by police as Kevin and Ruth Burke aged 56 and 49, Donald and Sharon Burke aged 55 and 48 respectively and 51-year-old Barry Burke.The five are from the Milton Keynes area in southern England.Ruth Burke is originally from Dublin and the downed helicopter was crossing the Irish Sea en route to Dublin when the crash occurred. Ruth and Kevin died in the helicopter crash. Source: FacebookChief inspector Richie Green of North Wales Police said this evening that all the bodies have now been removed from the crash site. He described it as a “challenging and distressing operation.”“Shortly before 3.30pm this afternoon the last of the five who were on board the helicopter were recovered and they have now been transported to a local hospitals mortuary, ” Green said in a statement.“Thames Valley Police family liaison officers have informed family members and we can now begin the very difficult process of formal identification,” he added.Rescue efforts had got underway on Wednesday after radio contact was lost with the privately-owned helicopter.The search at first focused on an area of the Irish Sea before its location in the Welsh mountainous region was identified.The rugged terrain was inaccessible to vehicles and this along with poor weather conditions had hampered the rescue operation.A temporary exclusion zone over the crash site remains in place and extends to a height of 5,500 feet above sea level but the radius has been reduced from five to two miles.Now that the bodies have been recovered by police, the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch is leading the probe into the crash.“Recovery of the helicopter will begin, weather permitting, this weekend and led by the AAIB whilst North Wales Police will prepare a file for HM Coroner and assist the AAIB investigation,” Green said. The crash site in Snowdonia, north Wales. Source: North Wales PoliceWith the consent of the family of the victims, police have released a photograph of the scene taken before the crash to show the difficult terrain involved.Read: Recovery of the bodies of five family members killed in a helicopter crash to continue today >Read: Dublin-born woman among five victims of helicopter crash in Welsh mountains > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 30,961 Views By Rónán Duffy Share190 Tweet Email2 Mar 31st 2017, 6:30 PM Short URL 5 Comments
SteelSeries Arctis 1 Is World’s First USB-C Wireless Gaming HeadsetGeek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone Kit Stay on target Amazon Echo recordings might have captured a homicide, and a U.S. judge recently ordered Amazon to hand them over for murder case evidence.On Monday, a judge said that New Hampshire authorities who are investigating the deaths of two women can study the recordings, which were made by an Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant, the Associated Press reported.Last year, 48-year-old Christine Sullivan and 32-year-old Jenna Pellegrini were murdered at a Farmington home. Timothy Verrill, a man from Dover, New Hampshire, is accused of first-degree murder and pleaded not guilty to the crime.Authorities believed that these Echo recordings might have captured Sullivan’s death and the removal of her body. The potential recording could be located on a server managed by Amazon, however the e-commerce company said it won’t disclose customer data “without a valid and binding legal demand properly served on us.”Amazon has not provided additional comment on the case.More on Geek.com:Is Valve Making a New VR Headset, With Half-Life This Time?Smart Eye Implant Uses Magnets To Manage GlaucomaBill Gates Shows Up With a Jar of Poop to Highlight New Toilet Tech
Rain returned to Clark County the past few days, but what kind of weather will the workweek hold? Check our local weather coverage.In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories of the weekend:Vancouver’s only ice rink to remain open after approved saleVancouver’s lone ice rink is here to stay, after all.After announcing an impending closure in early April, Mountain View Ice Arena owners announced Friday that it will remain open. City Bible Church elders approved the building’s sale Thursday evening, officially shuttering the church’s plan to build a school in its place.Rink owner and church member Bruce Wood said he and rink manager Bob Knoerl delivered a letter of intent to purchase the rink to the church Tuesday. The sale was approved at approximately $4.1 million and included the reimbursement of costs incurred by City Christian Schools to convert the rink to a school.“We’ve begun a journey to purchase the Mountain View Ice Arena and make it our permanent home,” Knoerl said in a letter addressed to rink users.
HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – Hyundai’s Hope on Wheels program gave a big gift to Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Thursday.A $50,000 donation will benefit the hospital’s Love Jen Cancer Fund, which helps families both financially and emotionally while a child is being treated.With the grant, Hyundai’s nonprofit organization surpasses $130 million in total grant funding in its 19th year helping children fight cancer.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The wait is finally over. Apple has officially unveiled its all new Mac Pro sporting a sleek, cylindrical design in what is called a ‘sneak peek’ into the next generation Pro at its Worldwide Developers Conference held in San Francisco on Monday.The all new revamped Mac Pro desktop computer features a unified thermal core which will keep the machine cool and is powered by Intel Xeon E5 processors based on Ivy Bridge micro-architecture and sports dual workstation-class GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra fast ECC memory. At 9.9 inches height, Mac Pro is just around one-eighth of Mac Pro Tower and is referred to as the most radical of them all by Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.”With the latest Xeon processors, dual FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet,” Schiller said in a statement.With its dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the all-new Mac Pro will have nearly 2.5 times faster graphic performance than the current versions and will give around 7 teraflops of PC power. It can also run three 4K displays at one time. The PCIe featured in the Mac Pro will be ten times quicker than the current hard drives available and the four-channel ECC DDR3 memory is enabled to deliver 60GBps storage bandwidth.”With all the power, the new Mac Pro lets you seamlessly edit full -resolution 4k video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.” assures Apple in press statement.”Each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports supports up to six daisy-chained devices, giving you the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals. Thunderbolt 2 is completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals and allows you to transfer data between Macs faster and easier than ever.”Unlike its predecessor which had a pair of 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 slots and dual 4-lane PCL Express 2.0 slots, the new Mac Pro will be missing on the expansion slots, quite a noteworthy change. The Mac Pro to be shipped later this year is going to be assembled in the US.
MaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu has once again proved his popularity as the teaser from his upcoming movie Maharshi has amassed record-number of hits on YouTube. In about 48 hours, the clip has garnered over 15 million views. The teaser presents him in stylish avatars. He mouths inspirational words aimed to lift the spirit of the youths. Stepping into the shoes of a college student ‘Rishi’, the actor has charmed the audience with his chocolate boy looks.After promising a Ugadi and Gudi Padwa surprise, Mahesh Babu treated his fans with the much-awaited teaser of his upcoming next on Saturday, April 6. Ever since the teaser released, the actor’s look in a checkered suit stepping out of a helicopter in an exquisite location and his powerful dialogue in the custody has left the fans crazy. It is now on the verge of beating the teaser record of Rajinikanth’s Petta which amassed 15,637,517 hits till the story went for publishing. In the Mahesh Babu’s latest movie, the actor will be also portraying the role of a high-profile successful entrepreneur, a man who never loses. Maharshi marks the 25th film of the Superstar and is a very close and special project for him. The film is all set to hit the theatres on May 9.With about a month to go for the film’s release, the fans can expect songs from the movie to be unveiled one after the other in the weeks to come before the big pre-release event. The Telugu movie has Pooja Hegde playing the female lead with Meenakshi Dixit and Sonal Chauhan doing key roles. Allari Naresh has enacted an important character, while Jagapathi Babu, Sai Kumar, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Vennela Kishore, Pavitra Lokesh and host of other supporting artistes are part of the cast.
Google CEO Sundar PichaiJustin Sullivan/Getty ImagesGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai once said: “It is important to follow your dreams and heart. Do something that excites you.” And it looks like Pichai did just that.While he may be a household name now, known as someone who not just heads the Mountain View, California-based company, but also as the one behind its AI projects, his childhood, by his own admission, was quite simple and humble.Speaking to the New York Times, the 46-year-old CEO remembered the time he lived in Chennai and said that there was “a simplicity to my life,” which he says was a nice experience. “We lived in a kind of modest house, shared with tenants. We would sleep on the living room floor,” he revealed.Pichai went on to say that as a child he saw drought, which made them extremely anxious. Such was the impact, that he still doesn’t sleep without a bottle of water next to his bed. He also recalled that when he was a child, the home did not have a refrigerator and when they finally got one, “it was a big deal.”However, he believes that their life was still amazing the way it was and it didn’t feel like they were lacking anything. “But I had a lot of time to read. I was processing a lot. I read whatever I could get my hands on. I read Dickens. Friends, playing street cricket, reading books — that was kind of the totality of life,” he told NYT.Pichai earned his degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and then went on to study MS at Stanford University. He also has an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. When asked how it was attending Stanford, he said that it was the first time he was travelling in an airplane. “I remember landing in California, and I stayed with a host family for about a week. I was in the car going from the airport, and was like, ‘Wow, it’s so brown here.’ The family was like, ‘We like to call it golden.'”Speaking of the course, he explained that students at the IIT then had rare access to the computer and he was thrilled with all the labs at Stanford. “It was a big deal to me. I was so wrapped up in that, that to some extent I didn’t understand there was a much bigger shift happening with the internet,” he added.Apart from discussing his childhood and his life at Stanford, Pichai also spoke about the sexual harassment protest that Google employees participated in on November 1. He said that the company has learnt a lot from it and has been changing the way it functions.”We’re acknowledging and understanding we clearly got some things wrong. And we have been running the company very differently for a while now. But going through a process like that, you learn a lot,” Pichai said, adding that Google has now put in place channels where employees can report their issues.
00:00 /01:05 Ed Mayberry | Houston Public MediaActivist Johnny Mata and members of the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice call for an end to Harris County’s opposition to bail bond reform.Last June, U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal ordered most indigent misdemeanor defendants who are denied personal bonds to be released from jail on unsecured bonds within 24 hours. Harris County has spent more than $5 million appealing a federal lawsuit challenging its bail system. Another bail reform effort is underway in Dallas.Cynthia Cole with the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice said Sandra Bland didn’t have $500 for her bond.“Should the bail bond system represent individuals who have minimal amount of money, so you stay in and someone who does have money just gets out and walks? We’re asking these judges to please re-address the issue,” said Cole. Representative Carol Alvarado of Houston said the issue will be discussed at the state level.“As we go back to the legislature next session, we will be working to make sure that we can address this civil rights violation affecting minority populations,” Alvarado said. Two sitting judges have opted out of the appeal to Judge Rosenthal’s ruling, but 14 others are waiting to hear from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share X Proud 2 have stood w/the Greater Houston Coalition 4 Justice. The time for Bail Bond reform is overdue. I believe we can make a fairer system that’s also cost effective. Thx to @RodneyEllis @kimoggforda @AFSCME @TexasCJC for your hard work on this issue. #txlege @texasdemocrats pic.twitter.com/H9DnD1gxAe— Carol Alvarado (@RepAlvarado145) February 1, 2018 Listen
Stay on target People traditionally celebrate 30 years with pearls or diamonds. KFC China, however, is marking its anniversary with something a bit more modern.In 1987, Kentucky Fried Chicken became the first Western restaurant chain to open in China. Three decades later, the fast food joint has teamed up with Huawei to release a branded smartphone.Details are scant. But based on a poorly translated ad posted to Weibo, 5,000 special-edition phones will be produced, each engraved with Colonel Sanders bespectacled face and the year “1987” on the back. The catch: They will be sold only in China.AdChoices广告KFC’s new Enjoy 7 Plus device doesn’t exactly stand out from the crowd: It runs Android 7.0 and has a Snapdragon 425 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a microSD card slot.There is even a fingerprint scanner on the back, according to The Guardian, which tipped a gratis 100,000 “K dollars,” the Colonel’s virtual currency.The bright red handset also comes loaded with KFC wallpaper and app, for ordering food on the go. A separate music program lets users play DJ at any of the country’s franchises; blast songs like “Happy Birthday” and Wagner’s bridal chorus (perfect accompaniment to a fried-chicken proposal) over the restaurant speakers.KFC opened in Qianmen, Beijing, in November 1987. The chain has since expanded to include more than 4,500 outlets in China—the company’s single largest market.This isn’t the Colonel’s first tech-infused publicity stunt: In 2014, the company created a keyboard covered in fried chicken paraphernalia and matching fried-chicken-drumstick mouse and USB drive. A year later, the KFC Tray Typer—part of a German advertising campaign—launched as the ideal way to respond to texts without ever laying a grease-stained finger on your handset.The packaging-as-appliance gimmick continued with 2016’s limited-edition 5-in-1 Watt A Box meal crate, complete with a chicken zinger, hot wings, hash browns, chocolate pie, mobile power bank, and micro-USB and Lightning charging cables.And just last month, KFC sent a chicken sandwich into the stratosphere, where it floated between 60,000 and 80,000 feet above Earth for four days.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. KFC’s Loaded Cheetos Sandwich Is Here to Sabotage Healthy DietsFinally, You Can Buy a KFC Drumstick That Will Last Forever
EA has kicked off its marketing campaign for Battlefield 4 today with a press release and a 17-minute gameplay video. As you’d expect, the game looks great, but the press release contains a statement that may worry more than a few gamers due to events of the past few weeks regarding another big EA game release.Recently EA has received a lot of bad press because of the disastrous launch of SimCity. The problem being, the game was always connected and therefore required you log in to a server to play. Come release day, and for the week that followed, EA had grossly underestimated demand for the game and thousands of gamers were left frustrated and unable to play.So how does this impact Battlefield 4? Well, the press release announcing the game today includes the following:Taking a page from the social aspect of multiplayer gaming, the single-player mode will now track players’ progress, adding an element of persistence and friendly competition to the campaign.Tracking and elements of persistence for single player to me suggests a game that needs a server connection. So I contacted EA’s marketing department to see if I could confirm that this is, or is not going to be the case. I heard back from EA Games Label PR Manager Devin Bennett, who is currently in Stockholm promoting the game. He simply said,We will have more details regarding how DICE will be bringing elements of Battlefield’s signature multiplayer experience to the single player campaign in the months ahead.You could interpret that response in one of two ways: EA’s marketing team simply don’t know yet, or they don’t want to talk about it yet. If I was EA planning to make Battlefield 4 an always connected title I certainly wouldn’t want to talk about it so soon after the SimCity problems. Gamers still remember the pain of that launch.For now, we just don’t know what the situation is and will have to wait for someone at EA, or DICE, to definitely confirm or deny that Battlefield 4 is an always connected game. If it is, then you can be sure EA will do a much better job of having servers ready for the launch. You could also argue that requiring a server connection is much less of an issue for this game as Battlefield 4 will mainly be purchased for the multiplayer gameplay.
Explore further Chan, a post-doc at Argonne National Lab (formerly at MIT), points out that the theory is lacking when it comes to band gaps. “The band gap problem is a well known one. However, using current methods, there is quite a bit of inaccuracy when it comes to calculating band gaps.” Band gaps in solids are important, especially if researchers want to identify the best materials for a variety of functions. The maximum efficiency of a solar cell, for example, is determined by the band gap of the material. “The inability to predict the band gap is holding back research in photovoltaics, as well as in semiconductors and thermoelectrics,” Chan points out.However, Chan thinks that a solution might have been found. Working with professor Gerbrand Ceder at MIT, it appears that a modified application of density functional theory – with a special generalization for solids – might hold the key to more accurate predictions of band gaps. The work is described in Physical Review Letters: “Efficient Band Gap Prediction for Solids.”“In the past, researchers have broken down individual electrons using a sort of itemized list of individual states. This has allowed for calculations revealing different properties, including band gaps. Unfortunately, the accuracy of the band gap predictions has been off,” Chan says. She points out that scientists know that silicon has a band gap of about 1.2 eV, but when current methods are employed to calculate the band gap, the answer is 0.7 eV. “You can see how that’s a problem if you are trying to gauge the suitability of a material for specific purposes,” she continues.To get a more accurate prediction of band gaps, Chan and Ceder created a method that involves altering the use of density functional theory so that an itemized list of individualized states is not the only consideration. “We also recognize that there are a number of interactions between electrons. So we look at the total energy, which includes these interactions,” Chan explains.Not only do Chan and Ceder make use of the total energy, but they also demonstrate that the band gap can be viewed as a property of the ground state. “This changes the way we view the band gap, seeing that it is a part of the ground state,” Chan says.Moving forward, Chan hopes that this technique can be used to identify the band gaps of different materials with more accuracy. This could prove useful in identifying the best options when creating future technology. “This work is part of the Materials Genome project started by Professor Ceder, with a goal of predicting properties of known compounds and using the knowledge to design new ones,” Chan says. “Part of that is understanding the band gap and being able to quickly determine the band gaps of various materials.”“Our method is relatively inexpensive, and could be useful when learning the properties of new materials,” Chan continues. “If someone came up with a new kind of material, predicting the band gap is not a question easily answered in the past. Hopefully our work will pave the way for easier answers in the future.” More information: M.K.Y. Chan and G. Ceder, “Efficient Band Gap Prediction for Solids,” Physical Review Letters (2010). Available online: prl.aps.org/abstract/PRL/v105/i19/e196403 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Enhanced efficiency when determining band gap in solids (2010, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-11-efficiency-band-gap-solids.html (PhysOrg.com) — “With density functional theory, we are able to put different elements in a computer simulation and do calculations based on quantum mechanics to find out about their different properties,” Maria Chan tells PhysOrg.com. However, density functional theory is not entirely helpful in identifying all the properties associated with different compounds. Toward a better understanding of bilayer graphene 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.
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Travelweek Group Posted by Fog causing delays at London’s Gatwick airport Thursday, October 27, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> LONDON — Thick fog covered the runways at Gatwick Airport early Thursday morning, resulting in a slew of flight delays. Although the fog has since lifted, the busy airport – along with other airports in the London area – are still dealing with a backlog of flights. British Airways has confirmed that flights were being delayed due to adverse weather conditions and advised passengers to check their website for the most up to date information.Website Flightracker.com notes that 128 flights are delayed at Gatwick and 111 at Heathrow, while Stansted seems to be operating normally.Gatwick Airport is also suggesting delays will continue, despite the fog having lifted. Fog is affecting flights at London Gatwick today. For the latest flight info, please click here: https://t.co/Md01pAPZDw [10:13BST 27OCT]— British Airways (@British_Airways) October 27, 2016 Share Earlier fog is causing some knock on delays. Please check with your airline for latest flight status. Thanks Jay— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) October 27, 2016
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