Here’s An Updated 2016 NCAA Tournament Bracket Ahead Of The Sweet 16

first_imgSweet Sixteen Bracket for the NCAA bracket.If the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament weren’t the most exciting in the event’s history, they’re certainly in the running. We saw a 15-seed knock off the national title favorite. We saw numerous buzzer-beaters – including one from half-court. We saw a 12-point comeback in just 44 seconds. And we witnessed historic dominance from one conference – the ACC.Now, we’re onto the Sweet 16 – where the insanity seems to have settled. In fact, Gonzaga – winner of the West Coast Conference – is the only school from a non-power league left. That being said, the Bulldogs are dangerous.Here’s an updated look at the bracket. All four No. 1 seeds remain – though many have tough matchups this week. One week from now, we’ll know which teams will be participating in the Final Four.Sweet Sixteen BracketHere’s the schedule for games on Thursday and Friday. Elite Eight contests will be played Saturday and Sunday.Thursday:(2) Villanova vs. (3) Miami: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(2) Oklahoma vs. (3) Texas A&M: 7:37 PM ET on TBS(1) Kansas vs. (5) Maryland: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) Oregon vs. (4) Duke: 10:07 PM ET on TBSFriday:(1) Virginia vs. (4) Iowa State: 7:10 PM ET on CBS(6) Notre Dame vs. (7) Wisconsin: 7:27 PM ET on TBS(10) Syracuse vs. (11) Gonzaga: 9:40 PM ET on CBS(1) North Carolina vs. (5) Indiana: 9:57 PM ET on TBSIt’s been a historic year. Are there more surprises in store?last_img read more


The Champagne Connoisseur: David Speer

first_img Get to Know Alto Adige, the Northern Italian Wine Region Get Naked with Independent Winemakers with NakedWines Delivery Kit Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Editors’ Recommendations What’s Amphora Wine? A Primer on One of the Oldest Ways to Make Wine In a city filled with myriad craft breweries, it’s sometimes hard to find a man that loves wine more than beer. But fear not, dear reader, they do exist. Enter David Speer, owner of Ambonnay, a sparkling-wine bar named after a picturesque Grand Cru village in Champagne. An 11-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, Speer only became a bubbly connoisseur a decade ago. Since late 2011, he has operated his Portland, Oregon, Mecca to bubbles—the only bar of its kind in the United States—with the intent on making Champagne accessible to everyone. With this egalitarian attitude and a revolving list of small producers, he’s succeeded. The Manual recently sat down with Speer for a Q & A.Why did you open a Champagne and sparkling wine bar in Portland of all places?Portland, unfortunately, isn’t known for its wine and it should be. We have a great wine culture here and the consumers here are open to lots of interesting and esoteric wines, especially if they are a good value. I opened this Champagne bar because I love Champagne and we have a lot of really good importers here with some of the best selections of Champagne in America.How do you select the wines for your list since you rotate your stock a lot?One, I work with small producers and worldwide demand for a lot of their wines is high so we only get so much. Beyond those logistics, I want to keep the list fresh. Being a small place focused on only one thing, it can get stagnate. I don’t have a strict set of rules on where it has to be from, I just really want top quality wines, whether it be a grand marc or from a smaller negotiant or cooperative. I just want it to be a great wine with a price that is appropriate.Not everything is Champagne, however. I have some great Austrian and Italian sparklers and French sparklers that are not from Champagne.Do you think the average drinker in Portland is hesitant to try wine because they are intimidated by it or because they are beer drinkers? What have you done to get them to try wine?There are a lot of people who are really into wine and part of that is because of the Willamette Valley [an hour’s drive away]. When I was in New York a few months ago, there were places with great lists and I thought Portland pretty much stood shoulder to shoulder with them. Here, a lot of it is getting people to try Champagne for the first time. A lot of people have had Cooks or another low-grade sparkler and they’ve developed headaches and they say, “that’s Champagne and I hate it. It’s too sweet.” Part of it is getting the Champagne in their mouths. A lot of guests don’t know a lot about Champagne. They know they like it but they don’t know much more about it. Part of it is making it accessible and not being snooty. A lot of places are snooty restaurants or clubs that are trying to be exclusive.  I have tried to make it accessible, not just price wise, but by allowing them to have fun and not being snobby.You were recently named one of the top-10 sommeliers in the country by Food & Wine magazine. How did that come about?Back in the October 2012 issue, they included Ambonnay as one of the 25 coolest places in America to drink wine. They were putting together a selection of top sommeliers in 2013. I think their focus was on sommeliers who were pushing boundaries and doing new and interesting things and I guess Ambonnay was on their radar. It was a pretty amazing list of people.last_img read more


Opening of EP Hotel an Economic Boost for Mobay – Bartlett

first_img He said that beyond the jobs generated, there is spin-off for manufacturing and other sectors from the use of locally made furnishings, and other products and services. “So, you can see how this property is adding dimension to Jamaica’s tourism product while producing a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the Montego Bay community and beyond,” he noted. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the S Hotel has created an economic boost for Montego Bay. Story Highlights Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the opening of the S Hotel has created an economic boost for Montego Bay.He said that beyond the jobs generated, there is spin-off for manufacturing and other sectors from the use of locally made furnishings, and other products and services.“So, you can see how this property is adding dimension to Jamaica’s tourism product while producing a magnificent multiplier effect as its impact ripples through the Montego Bay community and beyond,” he noted.“This is what we mean when we talk about strengthening the linkages between tourism and other economic sectors so that more Jamaicans benefit from tourism’s success and more of the tourism dollars stay right here the country,” he pointed out.Mr. Bartlett was speaking at the official opening of the European Plan (EP) property located on the Montego Bay Hip Strip on Gloucester Avenue on January 26.Unlike all-inclusive hotels where meals and most services are covered in one package, EP hotels focus on accommodation, with meals and services at additional costs or accessible outside of the property.The Tourism Minister noted that EP properties like the S Hotel create economic opportunity for surrounding communities – restaurants, shops, craft markets and attractions – as “guests tend to spend on services provided by local businesses outside the hotels.”“EP models are ideal for the more adventurous traveller; those seeking immersive vacation experiences and genuine engagement with the local community,” he pointed out.“They want the freedom to wander around town and discover eateries popular with locals, purchase authentic handicraft and experience the unique way of life of the destination,” he added.The Minister said that the Montego Bay Hip Strip offers a prime setting for EP hotels and he wants to see more investors “set up shop” along “this important stretch.”“I am referring not only to accommodations but shops, attractions and eateries,” he said.“Of course, current activity on the Hip Strip augurs well for the future. I am pleased to see hotels being refurbished and restaurants like Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records opening to join the veterans like Margaritaville, Blue Beat Ultra Lounge and Pier One in providing a variety of exciting entertainment offerings to both visitors and locals. I look forward to further developments,” he said.He noted that the area is on the Government’s radar for further development.“After all, it is the perfect location – a stone’s throw from Doctor’s Cave Beach, just five minutes from the Sangster International Airport and within walking distance of some of the best nightlife, restaurants and shopping,” he noted.The Minister added that he is looking forward to “a greater coming together of the public and private sectors to recreate a vibrancy on the Strip not seen since its heyday”.last_img read more


Nova Scotia Recognized for Tourism Excellence

first_imgA record nine Nova Scotia nominations are finalists for the 2010 National Awards for Tourism Excellence. Premier Darrell Dexter extended his congratulations to those short-listed for the prestigious awards. “Nova Scotia can be proud of these nominees, recognized for creating outstanding tourism experiences,” said Premier Dexter. “They make our province a top travel destination and help to create good jobs that grow the economy.” The awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, recognize people, places, organizations and events that offer a superior tourism experience to travellers in Canada. “Members of Nova Scotia’s tourism industry are working hard to provide exciting reasons for people to come to our province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “Our record number of nominees recognizes that tourism helps to make life better for families in every region.” Grand Chief Membertou 400 has been named a finalist for Event of the Year. The three-day celebration honoured the life and legacy of the distinguished Mi’kmaq leader on the 400th anniversary of his baptism. Largely staffed by volunteers, the event brought 80,000 visitors to Halifax and was included in Her Majesty the Queen’s royal tour. It generated about $2.5 million for the local economy. “I would like to thank the government of Nova Scotia, and federal and municipal governments, for their generous support of the Grand Chief Membertou 400 celebrations,” said Deborah Ginnish, project leader for the Grand Chief Membertou 400 and executive director of the Mi’kmaq Association of Cultural Studies. “Their contributions allowed Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaq community to introduce its rich culture to tens of thousands of Nova Scotians and visitors to our province, bringing great joy and pride to our people.” Three finalists were named in each of 14 judged award categories.The National Awards for Tourism Excellence will be presented at a gala dinner in Gatineau, Que. on Nov. 2 as part of The Tourism Summit, TIAC’s annual national tourism policy conference. More information about the awards and summit can be found at www.tiac-altc.ca .last_img read more


Public School Administrators Association in Place Aug 1

first_imgPrincipals, vice-principals and other regional education leaders working in regional education centres and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, are now part of a new Public School Administrators Association, effective Aug. 1. The association is a formal, professional network in which principals, vice-principals, and other regional education leaders will support excellence in teaching, learning and leadership in the classroom to better help students, their families and staff. They will also identify their own leadership development needs and make plans for how those needs will be met. A 13-member, interim board is currently in place. Members of the first permanent board will be selected by association members at an annual general meeting this fall. As reported by the regional centres for education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, about three per cent (24 of 711) of principals and vice-principals have requested to return to the classroom. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union will provide services to the association, as determined through an affiliation agreement that will be developed.last_img read more


Job creation trebles in Feb at 861 lakh shows EPFO payroll data

first_imgNew Delhi: Net employment generation in the formal sector almost trebled to 8.61 lakh in February compared to 2.87 lakh in the same month of last year, according to the latest EPFO payroll data. The retirement fund body Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation has been releasing payroll data from April 2018, covering the period starting September 2017. According to the latest data, the highest job creation was recorded in January 2019 at 8.94 lakh against the provisional estimate of 8.96 lakh released last month. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalDuring February 2019, the highest number of 2.36 lakh jobs were created in the 22-25 years age group, followed by 2.09 lakh in the 18-21 years age bracket. The data showed that 80.86 lakh new jobs were created in the 18 months period from September 2017 to February 2019. However, the EPFO has revised downward the number of net subscribers added or new jobs created from September 2017 to January 2019 to 72.24 lakh from 76.48 lakh released last month. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe sharpest revision was for March 2018 in the latest report which showed contraction or exit of 55,934 members from the EPFO subscriptions. Last month, the EPFO payroll data had showed that as many as 29,023 members exited from its schemes in March 2018. In February 2019, the EPFO data had showed that as many as 5,498 members joined EPFO schemes in March 2018. On contraction in March 2018 numbers, the EPFO said, “March 2018 figure is negative due to large number of exits reported in the month of March, in view of it being the closing month of the financial year.” The EPFO said the data is provisional as updation of employee records is a continuous process and gets updated in subsequent months. This is age-band wise data of new members registered under the EPFO where the first non-zero contribution received during a particular month. For each age-wise band, the estimates are net of the members newly enrolled, exited and rejoined during the month as per records of the EPFO, it added. The estimates may include temporary employees whose contributions may not be continuous for the entire year. Members’ data are linked to unique Aadhaar Identity, it added. The EPFO manages social security funds of workers in the organised or semi organised sector in India and has more than 6 crore active members (with at least one-month contribution during the year).last_img read more


AntiRowdy squad busts IPL betting racket at Eden

first_imgKolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more


Ohio State baseball sweeps Hofstra in first home series of 2016

Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during OSU’s 12-1 win over Hofstra on March 18 at Bill Davis Stadium.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team followed its 12-1 victory over Hofstra on Friday with two more wins against the Pride on Saturday and Sunday by scores of 4-2 and 2-1, respectively.The Buckeyes’ three-game sweep improved their record to 11-6-1 and sets the stage for a televised showdown Tuesday with Xavier. Over the weekend, OSU’s offense pumped out 24 hits while its pitching staff allowed just four runs. Game 2With redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer, one of the Buckeyes’ strongest pitchers, on the hill, OSU seemed to be in line for another easy victory. However, the cold weather and Hofstra starting pitcher Chris Weiss kept OSU’s offense in check until the Buckeyes broke through with a three-run eighth inning. With OSU trailing 2-1, junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson provided the spark for the Scarlet and Gray, punching an RBI single through the right side of the infield to score junior catcher Jalen Washington. After an intentional walk to senior third baseman Nick Sergakis, senior first baseman Troy Kuhn singled through the left side to score Washington and Dawson, tallying the game’s final runs. Niemeyer (1-1) received a no-decision in his fourth outing of the year, scattering five hits during a career-high seven innings of work. Sophomore reliever Seth Kinker (2-1) picked up the win for OSU, while redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos earned his fourth save of the year. Freshman John Rooney (1-2) received the loss for Hofstra. Game 3The final game of the homestand turned out to be a pitchers’ duel between two seniors: OSU’s John Havird and Hofstra’s Bowie Matteson. Hofstra drew first blood on sophomore center fielder Steven Foster’s RBI single to left center in the top of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the Buckeyes finally solved Matteson, breaking through behind an RBI triple from freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry, which scored junior center fielder Troy Montgomery. With the game tied at 1-1, Dawson once again provided the heroics for OSU. On the first pitch he saw, the 6-foot-2 junior drove a hard-hit single to right field to plate Cherry. Havird (1-1) picked up the win for OSU, hurling a career-high seven innings and striking out three with no walks. Pavlopoulos picked up another save, his fifth..Over the weekend, Dawson batted .600 (6-for-10) with seven RBIs, one homer, two triples, one double and two walks. The Grove City, Ohio, native now leads the team with 21 RBIs. OSU’s next challenge is set to come Tuesday against the Xavier Musketeers (7-12) at 5:05 p.m. The game is OSU’s fourth of a seven-game homestand at Bill Davis Stadium. read more


Volvo CE and Skanska Electric Site project cuts carbon emissions and costs

first_imgA 10-week research project electrifying and automating the majority of equipment at Skanska’s Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden, has seen a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy cost and a 40% reduction in operator cost.The Electric Site research project, conducted by Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska, were even better than expected, the two companies said. As a result, the test period has been extended until the end of the year.IM has been on site at the project today and witnessed the machines in operation.“The results also indicate that the Electric Site project takes a big step towards helping Volvo CE achieve its future vision where work sites are 10 times more efficient, with zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and zero emissions,” Volvo CE said.Together, these results support the potential for a 25% reduction in total cost of operations, Volvo said, explaining the reduction in total cost of operations is just a prediction at the moment.“As the prototype machines are part of a research project and are not commercially available, it is impossible to give a guaranteed figure,” the company said.Uwe Müller, Chief Project Manager for the Electric Site at Volvo CE, said: “Over the last 10 weeks, we’ve made incredible progress, learnt a lot and seen huge potential in the Electric Site solution’s environmental, efficiency, safety and cost benefits.“In fact, we have decided that we want to learn more, so we will extend our test period with Skanska until the end of the year. The results we have seen so far confirm that this research project is a step towards transforming the quarry and aggregates industry and creating emission-free quarries.”The Electric Site project aims to electrify each transport stage in a quarry – from excavation to primary crushing, and transport to secondary crushing. It incorporates electric and autonomous prototype Volvo CE machines, new work methods, and site management systems, which together form a complete site solution. New technology encompasses machine and fleet control systems and logistic solutions for electric machines in quarries.Anders Danielsson, President and CEO of Skanska, said: “With climate change reshaping our industry, we need to find new, sustainable solutions and build partnerships with organisations that have different competencies.“Our ambition is that this collaboration with Volvo CE will help us and our customers to reduce our carbon footprint. The power of partnership will make it happen.”Melker Jernberg, President of Volvo CE, said: “At Volvo CE, we believe in a sustainable future and we are doing our best to build the world we want to live in. The Electric Site is one example of how we are trying to achieve this. With this research project we are combining intelligent machines, automation and electro-mobility to challenge traditional ways of working in the quarrying industry and explore new alternatives.“We will now further mature the technologies involved and the reliability of the concept. Developing, testing and validating prototype machines with a customer at an early stage in the process speeds up development and ultimately brings more value to us and our customers.”The Electric Site project involves eight HX2 autonomous, battery-electric load carriers, which transport the material from the primary mobile crusher up to the secondary static crusher. When it came to energy use per tonne, the HX2s proved they could help Volvo CE take a big step towards achieving its future vision where work sites are 10 times more efficient, the company said.The second-generation prototypes incorporate shared technologies and components from the Volvo Group. They use a lithium-ion battery to power two electric motors which drive the machine; the hydraulics are driven by an additional electric motor. The HX2 is fitted with a vision system, which allows it to detect humans and obstacles in its vicinity. It can follow an adjustable, pre-programmed GPS path.The LX1 prototype electric-hybrid wheel loader delivered more than a 50% improvement in fuel efficiency at the quarry, as well as significant reductions in emissions and noise pollution, compared with its conventional counterparts. Its job was to organise the piles of material at the site.The LX1 is a series hybrid that incorporates a driveline that consists of electric drive motors mounted at the wheels, electric-driven hydraulics, an energy storage system, a significantly smaller diesel engine and new machine architecture, including a new design of the lifting unit. It’s this combination that enables the substantial gain in fuel efficiency.The EX1 70 ton, dual-powered, cable-connected excavator prototype loaded the primary crusher at the quarry. The base machine for the EX1 is a Volvo EC750 crawler excavator that has been upgraded to incorporate an electric motor in addition to the diesel engine. At the quarry, the machine was plugged into the grid, so zero emissions were emitted.If the cable is connected, the EX1 will automatically start in electric mode. If not, it will start in diesel mode. The EX1 is operated in exactly the same way as a conventional Volvo excavator.last_img read more


Drum motors for extreme operating environments come under the SME spotlight

first_imgAlexander Kanaris, President of Van der Graaf, will put forward the benefits of using the company’s GrizzlyDrive™ drum motor with IronGrip lagging in extreme environments at the SME Annual Conference and Expo on Monday.In an abstract ahead of the conference, Kanaris said: “Conveyors powered by external motors and gearboxes, along with v-belts, chains, couplings and pillow block bearings, often operate with relatively low efficiency and require regular maintenance.“With rising electrical and labour costs, mining and aggregate industries are forced to evaluate ways to minimise downtime, reduce maintenance costs, increase worker safety and ultimately increase profits.”According to Kanaris, new drum motor technology has addressed efficiency and operator safety concerns. An internally driven conveyor drive, the drum motor “eliminates external components, houses the electric motor and gearbox inside the drum, increases operator safety, saving space, eliminates scheduled maintenance, increases longevity and overall efficiency”, Kanaris said.“With v-belts, chains and couplings no longer required, the internal drive design drum motor, has efficiency gains of up to 30% and lower operating costs,” he said.“Reliability and longevity of conveyor drives pose challenges for belt conveyors to operate in harsh and abrasive environments and failure is ground zero for loss of production. The latest Van der Graaf GrizzlyDrive drum motor with IronGrip lagging is developed specifically to operate in these extreme environments.”The GrizzlyDrive is available from 3-50 horsepower and 8.5″ to 42″ diameter, with thepatented IronGrip high performance lagging design engineered for harsh and vibratory applications, according to Van der Graaf.last_img read more


Dassault and IPACS look at IoT sensing and 3DEXPERIENCE platform combination

first_imgDassault Systemes has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with IPACS to jointly pursue technical and business opportunities in key industries in Australia, namely natural resources, defence, marine and offshore, cities and territories.IPACS is an Australia technology company specialising in the collection, monitoring and reporting of real-time asset performance in various industries.Dassault Systemes and IPACS went through a value assessment during a pre-qualification phase for the South Australia Government’s marine and defence industry supply chain programme, the “Virtual Shipyard”, to develop a strong domestic defence industry that will support the Federal Government’s Future Submarines and Future Frigates programmes set to commence in 2020.In the course of the assessment, Dassault and IPACS identified each other as partners with strong and desired skills for technical and business collaboration as they explore opportunities in natural resources, defence and other key industries in Australia, they said. Under the terms of the agreement, Dassault will collaborate with IPACS to create a “first-of-a-kind industrial demonstrator in Internet of Things (IoT) for joint exploration of these business opportunities”, which will leverage IPACS’ IoT sensing technology and Dassault Systemes’ software solutions on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.Kailash Nath Sriram, Managing Director and CEO of IPACS, said: “IPACS currently operates South Australia’s pioneering Remote Operations Centre (ROC) for the state’s resources industry. This new industrial IoT demonstrator will be a fantastic platform for IPACS in expanding our expertise to service other major industries.”The ROC is a collaboration between OZ Minerals, the University of South Australia, IPACS Power and the South Australian State Government that provides an information and communications technology (ICT) platform for remote applications. It examines how vibration analysis of equipment at a distant mine site can indicate impending problems and failures. This enables equipment to be repaired before issues arise and used more intensively for longer periods.The collaboration also further extends Dassault Systemes’ ongoing partnerships with local companies in Australia for industry capability development and expansion.Said Masaki Sox Konno, Managing Director, Asia Pacific South, Dassault Systemes, said: “As a technology partner to IPACS, already an established player in South Australia’s resources sector, Dassault Systemes brings its global expertise and best practices in industrial processes and digitalisation solutions to the collaboration.”last_img read more


EHF CL HANGOUT Kim Andersson and Experts for warmup

← Previous Story Germany invites Serbia, Slovenia and Brazil to Super Cup 2015 Next Story → CRISIS: SG Flensburg lose second match in a row in Wetzlar With Round 1 the of the VELUX EHF Champions League just one day away, handball experts from around Europe gather online to analyse the new season, discuss the biggest summer news and give their predictions for the months ahead.EHF Media and Communications’ Chris O’Reilly will host the broadcast which will feature ehfTV commentator Tom O’Brannagain, ehfcl.com contributors Björn Pazen, Bence Martha and Peter Bruun.Also joining is a very special guest from Sweden, former champion with THW Kiel and current Ystad IF right back Kim Andersson. This panel bursting with handball knowledge is certain to provide some brilliant insight and entertainment.The hangout will begin at 17:30 CET on Tuesday 15 September and can be viewed in the video below and on-demand with the ehfTV YouTube channel. read more


Geek Answers Why should we care about prime numbers

first_img Share Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Reddit Flipboard Cryptographyfactorizationfactorsmathmathematicsnumber theoryNumbersPGPprime numbersprimesquantumquantum computersRSASecurity A prime number is a number that is only divisible by one and itself, which is essentially saying that it has no divisor. That takes half of all possible numbers off the table right away (the evens), along with all multiples of three, four, five, and so on. It might seem that this would leave no numbers after a certain point, but in fact we know that there are an infinite number of primes — though they do become less frequent as we go on. In fact, that’s part of what makes primes so interesting: not only is the number line studded with primes all the way up to infinity, but that whole number line can be produced using nothing but primes.For instance, 12 can be rewritten as (2 * 2 * 3), and both 2 and 3 are primes. 155 can be written as (5 * 31). An extremely complex mathematical proof can assure you that combinations of prime numbers can be multiplied to produce any number at all — though if you can understand that proof, you’ll have no use for this article.There are all sorts of ways to visually represent primes.So right out of the gate, we know that prime numbers are important. How could the group that spent hundreds of years obsessing over Fermat’s Last Theorem possibly turn away from a set of numbers that, in a certain sense, contains all other numbers? In a sense, we can define primes according to this status as a basic-level number: primes are the total set of numbers which are left over when we rewrite all numbers as their lowest possible combination of integers — 28 is (2 * 14), which is in turn (2 * (2 * 7)). When no further factoring can be done, all numbers left over are primes.This is why primes are so relevant in certain fields — primes have very special properties for factorization. One of those properties is that while it is relatively easy to find larger prime numbers, it’s unavoidably hard to factor large numbers back into primes. It’s one thing to figure out that 20 is (2 * 2 * 5), and quite another to figure out that 2,244,354 is (2 * 3 * 7 * 53,437). It’s quite another again to find the prime factors of a number fifty digits long. Though the best mathematicians have chewed on the problem for hundreds of years, there just doesn’t seem to be any way to factor large numbers efficiently.This little quantum prototype could be the beginning of the end for modern computer encryption.That fact makes primes vitally important to communications. Most modern computer cryptography works by using the prime factors of large numbers. The large number that was used to encrypt a file can be publicly known and available, because the encryption works so only the prime factors of that large number can be used to decrypt it again. Though finding those factors is technically only a matter of time, it’s a matter of so much time that we say it cannot be done. A modern super-computer could chew on a 256-bit factorization problem for longer than the current age of the universe, and still not get the answer.Primes are of the utmost importance to number theorists because they are the building blocks of whole numbers, and important to the world because their odd mathematical properties make them perfect for our current uses. It’s possible that new mathematical strategies or new hardware like quantum computers could lead to quicker prime factorization of large numbers, which would effectively break modern encryption. When researching prime numbers, mathematicians are always being both prosaic and practical.last_img read more


No plans to extend conscription

first_imgThe government will not proceed for the time being with plans to lengthen military service, Defense Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos said Tuesday.Ministers have discussed the possibility of extending the length of conscription over the past few months but Panayiotopoulos said that there first needed to be a detailed study of the “social parameters.”Conscripts serve nine months in the military at the moment.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img


Le cancer du sein en nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières

first_imgLe cancer du sein, en nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières annéesSelon une récente étude, le nombre de cancers du sein aurait connu une nette augmentation au cours des 30 dernières années. Une incidence en hausse dans toutes les régions du monde, y compris dans les pays en voie de développement. C’est une hausse préoccupante que vient tout juste de révéler une étude publiée en ligne dans la revue britannique The Lancet. Selon les chiffres établis, le nombre de cancers du sein a affiché une forte hausse au cours des 30 dernières années : il serait passé de quelque 640.000 cas en 1980 à 1,6 millions en 2010, soit une augmentation de près de 250%. Or, cette enquête est une des plus fiables jamais réalisées. En effet, celle-ci s’est basée sur plus de 300 registres du cancer et sur des données concernant les causes de décès dans 187 pays. À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosPlus en détail, l’incidence de ce type de cancer a donc connu une hausse de 3,1% par an, et ce dans toutes les régions du monde. Sur les 1,6 millions de cas recensés en 2010, la moitié sont ainsi survenus dans des pays en voie de développement. Par ailleurs, la hausse s’est principalement manifestée chez les femmes de 15 à 49 ans, avec deux fois plus de cas pour cette tranche d’âge dans les pays en voie de développement que dans les pays développés. Toutefois, la hausse des décès a été plus lente (1,8% par an) que celle des cas, passant de 250.000 en 1980 à 425.000 en 2010, dont 68.000 femmes de 15 à 49 ans dans les pays en développement, relève l’AFP.Le cancer de l’utérus également en hausse En outre, les auteurs de l’étude se sont également penchés sur les chiffres d’un second type de cancer : celui du col de l’utérus. Là encore, le constat révèle une hausse du nombre de cas mais moins importante. Pour la même période, celle-ci a été de 0,6% par an, alors que 378.000 cas étaient diagnostiqués en 1980 contre 425.000 en 2010, dont 76% sont survenus dans des pays en développement. Cette année-là, 200.000 femmes en sont mortes, soit une augmentation annuelle du nombre de décès de 0,46%. D’après les scientifiques, deux paramètres pourraient entre autres, être à l’origine du phénomène :  la démographie et le vieillissement des populations. Quant à l’augmentation moindre du nombre des décès, elle pourrait s’expliquer par l’extension du dépistage dans les pays en développement, rapporte l’AFP. Le 16 septembre 2011 à 09:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


WWE issues statement about CM Punk signing with UFC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Videos Articles Pinterest Laura Vandervoort Kane Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles The Miz Google+ WhatsApp Videos Articles Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Clash of Champions Highlights: Luke Harper returns, Rollins/Strowman, Becky against Sasha center_img CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Will CM Punk Ever Fight In The UFC Again? Joe Rogan Says Floyd Mayweather Should Fight CM Punk in MMA Debut WWE just issued the following statement on Sunday morning.“WWE wishes Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk) the best of luck in his newest endeavor.”WWE.com: CM Punk statementRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror MovieVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Here’s Who CM Punk Might Fight At UFC 225 Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Did CM Punk Make A Secret Return To Wrestling?last_img read more


Neymar Brazil World Cup favourites – Roberto Carlos

first_imgRoberto Carlos has backed both Brazil and Neymar to star in the upcoming World Cup and believes that they are the favourites to win the tournamentBrazil head into the World Cup hoping to erase the painful memory of their 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.Carlos, who won the World Cup with Brazil back in 2002, is confident that they have the talent at their disposal to be a serious threat in Russia.“Brazil are favourites,” the former Real Madrid defender told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).“I’m Brazilian, of course I’ll want Brazil to win the World Cup.“I see Brazil playing and I can’t find any other team which is playing like them.“The Brazilian squad is a group, it’s not only Neymar. That’s such a strong group.“And beyond that, they have an extraordinary coach. Brazil is the favourite.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“When you lose a game as we lost in 2014, or having been eliminated in the semis, what I see is that, with this new coach and this squad, it’s time Brazil starts winning again.”Carlos has tipped Brazil to surprise rivals at the World Cup and believes that sides like Spain could be caught out by everybody knowing their style.“One squad with five world titles must win the sixth,” continued the 44 year-old.“Spain has one, but they have a great squad. The thing is that everybody knows how Spain is playing.“Brazil has a new model of playing football. This can be a surprise to the opponents.”Carlos also had some positive word for the injured Neymar and believes that the Paris Saint-Germain forward is on the road to greatness.“Neymar is going the right way,” said Carlos.“It’s a pity about this injury but Neymar is doing everything right to be the best in the world.”last_img read more


Second generation Bahamian 13 Phillip Dorsett playing in NFL Superbowl for New

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#UnitedStates, February 4, 2018 – Minneapolis – Miami born and raised, 25 year old Dorsett who joined the Patriots in September is the son of Nassau man, Howard Dorsett and grandson to Exuma man, Thomas Dorsett (said to be from Williams Town, Ex).With the final score of 41-33, the Bahamian descent, wide receiver will have to settle for a loss tonight as the Philadelphia Eagles take Superbowl LII.#MagneticMediaNews#PhillipDorsett#SuperBowlLIIPhoto credit: MM fan Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PhillipDorsett, #SuperBowlLIIlast_img read more


Jamaicans brace flooding during severe storm

first_imgMost of the roads now look like rivers, but Jamaicans finally were able to receive some good news. The worst of the weather system has passed and the rain will slowly come to a halt over the next few days.Tens of thousands of people are without power Tuesday night due to the floods. As of 10 p.m., there are no reports of any major injuries or deaths.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. KINGSTON, Jamaica (WSVN) — Severe weather has been swamping the streets in Jamaica and putting residents in danger as they fight through the flood.Rain, as of Tuesday, continues to pour down on Jamaica. The storms all began over the island nation on Friday and it has only recently started to let up.The Jamaica Observer, a Kingston newspaper, released video of the flooding. High water could be spotted in nearly all of Jamaica’s 14 parishes.Many cars are stalled out, leaving drivers to be forced to walk under their umbrellas.“The water was pushing cars down here and all of that,” said resident Hopeton Thomas. “Oh my God. Look there.”Though the gators loved the onslaught of rain, the situation for many residents is more serious.About $175 million has been allocated by officials as part of their national emergency systems to combat the flooding. last_img read more


Trump Administration Looking to Limit Legal Immigration Based on Income Public Benefits

first_img Listen 00:00 /01:06 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ServicesA U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office.A new report shows immigrants from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean would be most affected by rules being considered by the Trump administration to restrict family-based immigration. According to leaked drafts of the policy, the administration is looking to set income limits, so green cards would be harder to obtain for less-affluent legal immigrants, usually coming to the country through a family connection.center_img Share Immigrants earning less than 250 percent above the federal poverty line ($62,000/year for a family of four) would have their income count against them when immigration officials are deciding whether or not to grant them a visa. New data from the Washington D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute (MPI) show the people most likely to meet income requirements come from Europe, Canada and Oceania (Australia), while immigrants from Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean are most likely not to meet the income threshold. “It might change the face of future immigrants coming to the state (Texas),” said Jeanne Batalova, an MPI senior analyst, “but also, it raises the question, what will happen to people who could be eligible, but cannot clear those new standards.”Because the considered rules could have large impacts on the race and ethnicities of future legal immigrants, some experts say it’s a way of bringing back the Immigration Act of 1924, which set quotas on how many people could immigrate from each country to maintain the racial and ethnic makeup of the United States at the time. Number and Share of Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) by Region of Birth, United States and Texas, 2014-16Note: Recently arrived legally present noncitizens are persons with green cards or legal nonimmigrant visas who came to the United States in the five years prior to the survey.Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.Recently Arrived, Legally Present Noncitizens: Total and in Families with Annual Incomes below 250 Percent of the Federal Poverty Line, United States and Texas, 2014-16Source: Migration Policy Institute (MPI) analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s pooled 2014-16 American Community Survey and 2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) with MPI legal-status assignments.The policy stands to have a greater impact on Texas because of the size and countries of origin of the immigrant community in the state. “Proportionately speaking, Texas is likely to be affected more than other states in the United States,” said Batalova.The policy would also greatly expand (from 3 percent to 47 percent) the share of legal immigrants that would be deemed a “public charge” based on their use, or their dependent’s use, of public benefits.A public charge determination weighs heavily against a legally present non citizen when an immigration official is deciding to grant or deny them a green card or visa. The new public charge rules would apply to nearly half of all lawfully present immigrants, including some 1.3 million Texans.Proposed public charge rules would also have major chilling effects on immigrant use of benefits like Medicaid and food stamps. “It potentially creates an enormous chilling effect,” said Mark Greenberg, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, “which could leave families with children fearful that receipt of publicly funded health care assistance is going to hurt their ability to get green cards or to get another family member admitted to the country.”last_img read more