Leigh Griffiths close to Celtic return

first_imgCeltic striker Leigh Griffiths has hinted at returning to football after taking a break for his “mental health state”.Griffiths has taken a break from football for close to a month to seek professional help for personal issues and has dropped a major hint that he’ll soon return to play for Celtic.According to Sky Sports, the 28-year-old posted a message on social media announcing his imminent comeback.“Not long before I’m back doing all this!” he wrote on Twitter while retweeting a message from a Celtic fan with clips of him lifting trophies and scoring goals for both Celtic and Scotland.Last Sunday, he corrected the record by stating the reason for his break, saying: “Despite what has been written about me, rumored or said to you from afar, I just want to settle one thing and to make it clear once and for all,”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I am off work due to my mental health state. Not gambling, drugs, or any other issue that has been written about me since December.”“I’m putting this out there now because family and friends are being asked questions and they’ve been told to say nothing,” he explained.“But I’ll not be silenced, especially by newspapers and idiots who can write tweets and make up stories and it grows arms and legs due to people’s sad and pathetic lives.”last_img read more

Appropriations Process Slated to Move Forward in House Senate

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The process of drafting appropriations bills appears set to move ahead in the House and Senate despite uncertainty as to whether either chamber will pass a fiscal 2017 budget resolution.On Thursday, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the budget blueprint reported out of committee on Wednesday won’t go to the floor for a vote until after lawmakers return next month from their spring recess that starts next week. Nevertheless, Republican leaders say the House will take up all 12 spending bills, reported CQ Roll Call.“We’re moving full steam ahead,” said Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.Markup of the FY 2017 military construction-VA spending measure, the first appropriations bill scheduled this year, will take place next Wednesday, said Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.).The milcon spending bill also is expected to be the first appropriations bill the Senate turns to. A markup by the full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled for April 14, according to the story.While House leaders still hope to attract broad support from Republican members to pass an FY 2017 budget resolution, it’s not clear that Senate Republicans will pursue passing a spending framework. Earlier this month, the Senate Budget Committee indefinitely postponed drafting its resolution.Even with the appropriations process seemingly moving forward, there is no reason to believe enacting spending bills will be any easier in 2016 than in past years.Disagreement between the two parties over the use of DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to boost base defense spending likely will be a point of contention again this year. At Wednesday’s markup of the House’s budget resolution, Democrats objected to the framework’s assumption that $23 billion would be shifted from the OCO account to the base defense budget, $18 billion more than President Obama proposed.“There are so many hurdles to the appropriations process right now, that that is just one of them,” said Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), ranking member on House Appropriations. “And I do think it’s so important that we can … that we get regular order and get the process moving, that I would hope that the Republican leadership can get serious and really begin honest, clear negotiations,” she said, reported CQ.last_img read more

EU Commission proposes €7bn loan to Greece for July

first_imgClose The European Commission proposed to give Greece a €7bn (£4.92, $7.7bn) bridge loan to cover the countrys financing needs in July using the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM).The Commission believes the EFSM is the best means to provide short-term financing for Greece, Commission vice president for the euro Valdis Dombrovskis told reporters in Brussels.Greece faces urgent financing needs. It has outstanding payments and arrears to the ECB (European Central Bank) and IMF (International Monetary Fund) that need to be paid in the coming days. Euro area leaders therefore invited the Eurogroup to address these issues as a matter of urgency. Member states together with the institutions explored the options available. There are not many, he said.The bridge loan would have a maximum maturity of three months and would be repaid to the EFSM from money that Greece is to get from the eurozone bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) on the conclusion of negotiations on the next, €86bn three-year bailout.The proposal to use the EFSM for the bridge loan is controversial because Britain and the Czech Republic are strongly opposed to it.We are aware of serious concerns from non-euro area member states. We are therefore working on arrangements to protect the non-euro area member states from any negative financial consequences should the EFSM loans not being repaid, Dombrovskis said.Unlike the ESM, which is a eurozone fund, the EFSM is an EU-wide fund, backed by the EU budget and therefore disbursements from it need the approval of all of the EUs 28 governments, rather than just the 19 of the eurozone.But decisions in the EFSM are taken by qualified majority voting, which means that if 16 countries representing 65 percent of the EUs population support a disbursement, its opponents like Britain or the Czech Republic can be outvoted.last_img read more

Ben Stokes asked umpires to not give 4 overthrows says England fast

first_imgBen Stokes apologises for the overthrows.Twitter/Cricket World CupFast bowler James Anderson has said that Ben Stokes had asked the umpires to not give the four runs as overthrows which ultimately proved vital for England’s win over New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at Lords on July 14.The incident that happened during the final over of the match when England was chasing a target of 241, Stokes accidentally hit the ball while diving for a second run with the back of his bat. The ball got deflected and went to to the third man boundary giving England six runs. After consulting each other, Kumar Dharmasena and Marais Erasmus decided to give six runs which put England on the driver’s seat. The hosts before that ball needed nine runs from three balls, after that incident their target was reduced to three runs of two balls. The all-rounder was seen putting his hands up in an apologetic manner for the boundary that England got luckily. Anderson holds the ball up after claiming his 500th Test wicket. ReutersJames Anderson was quoted by Sydney Morning Herald as telling BBC’s Tailenders podcast, “The etiquette in cricket is if the ball is thrown at the stumps and it hits you and goes into a gap in the field you don’t run. But if it goes to the boundary, in the rules it’s four and you can’t do anything about it.””I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’.But it’s in the rules and that’s the way it is,” he added.The rules regarding the boundary and also the tie of super over have been criticised by cricket fans all over the world. They believe that ICC’s rules are baseless and problematic and resulted in New Zealand’s loss in such an important match.ICC, on the other hand, has not commented on the issue.last_img read more

BCL forms probe body over Mondays clash

first_imgA three-member committee has been formed to look into Monday’s clash between factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after announcement of a 301-member central body, reports UNB.New vice-president Al Nahian Khan Joy, law affairs secretary Fuad Hossain Sahadat and research secretary Pallab Kumar Barman are members of the committee.It has been asked to submit a report within 48 hours, said a Bangladesh Chhatra League press release issued on Monday night.At least seven people were injured during the clash at Madhur Canteen. Witnesses said the melee took place when a number of BCL activists, who did not get any post in the new committee, held a press conference in the canteen.last_img

Trump Israelis And Arabs Share Common Cause Against Iran

first_imgPresident Donald Trump declared Monday opened his first visit to Israel, saying he sees growing recognition among Muslim nations that they share a “common cause” with Israel in their determination to counter the threats posed by Iran. Arriving directly from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump expressed his hope for cooperation among U.S. allies in the Middle East. His second stop on the nine-day tour aimed to test the waters for reviving the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Trump, who had previously suggested that it would be easier than anticipated to solve the conflict that has vexed his predecessors for decades, said that conditions were right in both Israel and the Arab world to strike what he has called “the ultimate deal.” “We have before us a rare opportunity to bring security and stability and peace to this region and to its people,” Trump said upon his arrival in Tel Aviv. Trump’s first stop was a meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. In a statement following the meeting, Trump addressed his meetings the previous day with Arab and Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, and said that there is growing realization that they share a “common cause with you” in their determination to defeat extremism and deter “the threat posed by Iran.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Trump “a true friend” to Israel and expressed optimism about the president’s role in the Middle East peace process. But obstacles have emerged that may complicate the relationship between the White House and the Knesset. Trump, wearing a yarmulke, on Monday became the first sitting president to visit the Western Wall. Trump touched it in prayer and, adhering to tradition, placed a note in a deep crevice. He also toured the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified and the location of his tomb. On Tuesday, he is set to meet with Abbas in the West Bank and deliver a speech at the Israeli Museum. But Trump may face concerns from Israelis over the new $110 billion arms deal he announced during his previous stop in Saudi Arabia as well as questions from Israeli officials about revelations that he disclosed sensitive Israeli intelligence to Russian officials. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One, said the U.S. could provide clarifications to Israel about the disclosure but said, “I don’t know that there’s anything to apologize for.” White House aides have also tried to play down expectations for significant progress on the peace process during Trump’s stop, casting the visit as symbolic. Tillerson referred to the visit as “a moment in time” and suggested that the U.S. would take a more active role in the future in brokering a deal if both sides make serious commitments. Trump, whose unorthodox approach has spurred some hope on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has done no such managing of expectations. He boldly stated that achieving peace is “something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years.” in March during a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “But we need two willing parties,” he said then. “We believe Israel is willing. We believe you’re willing. And if you both are willing, we’re going to make a deal.” And Trump made one symbolic gesture Monday in bridging the gap between Israel and the Arab world. His flight on Air Force One was believed to be the first direct flight between Saudi Arabia and Israel, nations that have limited diplomatic relations. Even the White House press corps making the trip on a separate plane from Riyadh to Tel Aviv had to make a technical stop in Cyprus before proceeding to Israel. Netanyahu said he hoped an Israeli prime minister could soon make the same flight. Gulf Arab countries long have been suspicious about Iran, whether that’s the United Arab Emirates’ long-running dispute over Iran seizing several Persian Gulf islands from it in 1971 to Bahrain’s simmering anger over a 1981 coup attempt it blamed on the newly formed Islamic Republic. The Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations further fueled Gulf nations’ worries about Iran’s regional intentions, especially as it backs Shiite militias fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and supported the government of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad that many had opposed through supporting rebel groups there. Trump is seeking to ease concerns that his policies wouldn’t be as beneficial to Israel as once believed. He has taken a tougher line on settlements than Israeli officials had believed, urging restraint but though not calling for a full halt to construction. Trump has also retreated from a campaign pledge to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, bending to the same diplomatic and security concerns as other presidents who have made similar promises. Palestinians, who viewed Trump’s victory with some trepidation, are said to have been pleasantly surprised by Trump’s openness during a recent meeting with Abbas in Washington. And on the eve of Trump’s visit, an Israeli official said Netanyahu’s cabinet has approved confidence building measures with the Palestinians, including allowing building in a West Bank area. The official briefed on Sunday’s meeting said the package includes building permits for Palestinians in Area C that has largely been off limits to Palestinian development until now. He spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal government announcement. He did not elaborate and it is not clear how big the plan is. One point of contention in the talks: the fate of east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war. The area is home to sensitive religious sites, including the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital while the international community says the future of east Jerusalem, claimed by the Palestinians, must be resolved through negotiations. The Trump administration drew the ire of some Israelis this week when officials declined to state that the Western Wall was part of Israel, as has been U.S. policy. And while Netanyahu in the past has expressed support for the establishment of a Palestinian state, he has been vague about this goal since Trump gained power. Sharelast_img read more

Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of

first_img Explore further The team, led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, made their discovery by creating several so-termed p-n nanojunction devices (the boundary that is formed between P and N type semi-conductors) in their lab and then taking careful measurements of each type using laser light to measure the resultant photocurrent produced. They found that as the power to the laser was increased, so too did the photocurrent. During their experimentation, they found that they could produce up to 5 mA/W, even at a low temperature; a number that is 6 times higher than has been demonstrated with any other optoelectronic device based on graphene. They believe this occurs because the electrons in the graphene aren’t able to transfer their heat very well due to poor coupling with other materials.Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon that has all manner of unique properties and because of that, new applications for it have been announced periodically since its discovery in 2004. Until now though, very little progress had been made in using it in optoelectronics devices. This new property, called a hot-carrier regime by the team, is unusual because it’s normally only seen in other materials at very cold temperatures. With graphene, however, the effect occurs at low, medium or high temperatures making it a very good candidate for practical applications such as photo-sensing or as part of devices that harvest the energy in sunlight.The team notes that the discovery of this new property of graphene they describe is likely just the first step in a very long journey. Much more research needs to be done to find out such things as just how efficient can a process using it be made, or what if more layers of graphene are integrated into a device. They plan to continue work in this area, as will others no doubt, now that this new property has come to light. More information: Hot Carrier–Assisted Intrinsic Photoresponse in Graphene, Science DOI:10.1126/science.1211384ABSTRACTWe report on the intrinsic optoelectronic response of high-quality dual-gated monolayer and bilayer graphene p-n junction devices. Local laser excitation of wavelength λ = 850 nm at the p-n interface leads to striking six-fold photovoltage patterns as a function of bottom- and top-gate voltages. These patterns, together with the measured spatial and density dependence of the photoresponse, provide strong evidence that nonlocal hot-carrier transport, rather than the photovoltaic effect, dominates the intrinsic photoresponse in graphene. This regime, which features a long-lived and spatially distributed hot carrier population, may open the doorway for hot carrier–assisted thermoelectric technologies for efficient solar energy harvesting.Preprint on arXiv: arxiv.org/abs/1108.3826 © 2011 PhysOrg.com Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to lightcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A team comprised of researchers from MIT and Harvard has discovered yet another unique and useful property of graphne, this time it involves optics. As they describe in their paper published in Science, when light, or in this case a laser, is aimed at an object with a graphene surface its electrons get hot and remain so for longer than the rest of the object. This property opens up the door to all kinds of possibilities for new kinds of superfast photo-detectors and energy harvesting technology. 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. Citation: Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of optoelectronic devices (2011, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-team-graphene-pave-kinds-optoelectronic.htmllast_img read more

Microsoft Wants to Clean Up Your GermInfested Smartphone Screen

first_img 3 min read April 16, 2015 Register Now » Your smartphone is a dirty, dirty little thing. If scientists swabbed that grody brick for germs, they might find some of these nasties and, sadly, almost definitely the last one: E. coli, staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, yeast and fecal matter. And, shoot, that’s just the short list, guys.   It’s a vicious cycle. You touch your phone dozens of times a day at least, maybe even hundreds. And the germs you come into contact with from everything you paw between phone zone sessions — doorknobs, dollars, elevator buttons, toilet seats, etc. — get all over you and, inevitably, all over your precious phone, too. Yuck.Related: Hypochondriac’s Dream: Sickweather App Tells You Where Germs Lurk Near You Disinfectant wipes are a decent temporary solution, but they can’t kill all bacteria and viruses all of the time. And flimsy screen protectors are a pain to put on and typically don’t last very long. The bugs win, whatever you do.  Microsoft knows this, and it feels your heebie-jeebies and wants to make it all better. Hopefully 99.9 percent better. Last week the tech behemoth briefly blogged about its new patent for a UV light system that it says could automatically disinfect mobile device touchscreens — and apparently even your fingertips as well.Related:  Is Your Office Making You Sick?The potential antimicrobial cleaning system would be centered around a UV and visible light transparent film material that would go onto or in touchscreen-equipped devices. “UV light is emitted from a UV light source into an edge of the transparent film material in order to transfer the UV light through the transparent film material while remaining in the transparent film material through total internal reflection effect,” the patent reads, per the April 10 Microsoft blog post. “Some UV light exits the transparent film material at points of contact to disinfect fingertips and immediate surrounding areas through the frustrated total internal reflection effect.”We hope Microsoft moves forward with the fresh initiative. It could offer a nice, simple solution to a really disgusting problem, one that most of us would rather not think about and are too lazy to properly deal with on our own. Too bad the auto-cleaning system would probably only be available for the company’s own touchscreen gizmos, like Microsoft Surface tablets and Microsoft Lumia smartphones, as hinted at in the blog post.Related: The Makers of This Solar-Powered Technology Want to Eliminate a Global Sanitation Issuecenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

3 Strategies for Taking a Bite out of the Booming App Market

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer 5 min read “There’s an app for that” used to be a tongue-in-cheek slogan in the iPhone’s early days. Now, it’s a fact of life: By 2020, it’s estimated that 6.1 billion people will rely on smartphones. Users will install 210 billion apps between now and then, a trend that will earn developers a collective $57 billion in revenue in 2020 alone.Related: 4 Ways a ‘Data-Driven’ Approach Anticipates Buyer BehaviorApps are quickly becoming a brand imperative. But going after downloads or in-app purchases isn’t enough anymore; those are just the beginning stages of a product’s life cycle. To make apps a part of long-term growth strategies, companies must evolve these products based on users’ behaviors.Every business needs an appThe app industry is big — and getting bigger — but the major proportion of the industry’s usage and revenue are still concentrated among the top 200 apps. Localytics found that 20 percent of apps are used only once. Consumers are far more likely to use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube than spend time exploring more novel smartphone products.A word-of-mouth campaign might draw users to a new app, but what happens when their initial curiosity wears off? If there’s nothing that repeatedly engages their attention, they’ll reopen Instagram or Snapchat, as fresh content from a reliable source will always beat the flashy new thing.Brands can’t rest on their laurels, then. They must constantly iterate on their apps to retain users. But launching occasional updates or announcing minor tweaks once a quarter isn’t enough. “Twenty-five new features” that no one wants won’t have as powerful an impact as the one key upgrade that aligns with users’ expectations and in-app behaviors.People have finite time and energy. They want to know that an app is worth their attention, so companies must make their value propositions clear. Perhaps your company can offer users a coupon for $10 off a new feature as a thank-you for creating their in-app profiles. Such incentives will keep the app top of mind so users return to it often. At that point, brands can track users’ behavioral patterns in order to deliver better customer experiences.Building effective appsCompanies that don’t monitor in-app behavior are taking shots in the dark with their marketing strategies. In contrast, businesses that know how and when customers use their apps can formulate campaigns based on their audiences’ needs. Users will be thrilled by the personalized experiences and become increasingly reliant on the app, as a result.Behavioral data also plays an important role in feature road maps. Your development team might brainstorm 15 cool-sounding functions, but none of those will land effectively if customers aren’t interested in them.Brands can’t know what the best feature set is until they monitor their customers’ patterns. How long do they stay within the homepage feed? How often do they hit “refresh”? Do they go down rabbit holes to discover new features? Or, do they favor the same one or two options over and over again?Here’s how companies can answer those questions and build effective long-term strategies:1. Integrate with an analytics service.Dozens of platforms offer must-have analytics services for any company that’s serious about app monetization. The price points vary from free access to several hundred dollars a month, so there are affordable options for businesses at every level. Choose a solution based on which data types it collects and how deep it can go when gathering insights.Google Analytics, the tried-and-true website standard, works wonderfully with both iOS and Android. It tracks how often users open an app, how long their sessions last and where they are when they’re using it. Google Analytics also records usage flows and button taps. Optimize the customer experience around these insights by creating a more intuitive, customized mobile experience.Related: 3 Mobile Analytics Platforms for Measuring User Engagement2. Transition to feature-rich platforms as the app grows.As the app gains traction, upgrade to more complex services, such as Mixpanel or Flurry. These platforms track in-depth metrics, including the average number of social media friends, frequency of social posts and engagement drop-off points. Deeper analytics go beyond anonymous user data and provide information about behaviors within the app ecosystem.Branch.io enables companies to record the entire customer journey, from the moment users tap an ad in Safari to the time it takes to click download in the App Store. Those data points indicate which marketing campaigns and promotions work.3. Refine the app experience based on user behavior.Behavioral patterns offer raw, real-time customer feedback. Analyze this data to learn which areas draw the most attention and which inspire people to use the app day after day. Invest in the areas that generate the most significant engagement and ROI. People will appreciate the fact that the app both meets their needs in increasingly specific ways and feels customized to their interests.Related: 6 Tips on Getting Customer Feedback and Making It ActionableSuccessful apps depend on great customer experiences. In order to stay competitive in an increasingly saturated world, companies must be ruthless about eliminating unpopular features and responding to user needs. After all, every garden must be weeded so the flowers can blossom. October 10, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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