Nadal mows down Mayer, Tsonga survives 5 set thriller against teenager

first_imgTop seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the third round on Wednesday.Channelling his early years with a sleeveless shirt, the muscular Mallorcan threw Mayer like a rag-doll around the Rod Laver Arena court for two hours and 38 minutes, pounding the world number 52 with a barrage of top-spin bombs.A masterful performance was blighted only by a late wobble, when Nadal was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the decider.But the Spaniard found an extra gear in the tiebreak, wrapping up the match with a monster serve to the corner that Mayer battled to get a racket to.Nadal’s bid for a 17th grand slam title continues against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur.There was a time when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was one of the new kids bounding on to the block, swinging from the hip and shaking up the established hierarchy in men’s tennis.Now aged 32, the charismatic Frenchman, who reached the Australian Open final 10 years ago, is part of the old guard holding back the charge of precocious young warriors hungry to seize power.He managed it, just, on Wednesday as his vast experience saw the 15th seed outlast straggly-haired Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in a five-set classic in Melbourne.Their second-round clash always looked like being something special and it was just that, as Tsonga avenged a straight-sets defeat at last year’s U.S. Open to reach the third round for the 10th time with a 3-6 6-3 1-6 7-6(4) 7-5 win.Outplayed at times by the stylish left-hander who struck 60 winners, Tsonga looked a beaten man at 5-2 down in the deciding set before he roused himself to claim an improbable victory.It was not all dogged defence though, even if Shapovalov’s firepower often threatened to overwhelm the former world number five, who has been troubled by a calf injury.With his back to the wall in a thrilling denouement to the three hour, 37 minute clash on a baking Margaret Court Arena, he produced some trademark fireworks of his own, including a between the legs effort that had the captivated crowd on its feet.Eighteen-year-old Melbourne debutant Shapovalov, playing only his third grand slam, would have been a worthy winner had he not wobbled when serving for the match at 5-3.Two errors from his favourite backhand and a double-fault opened the door for Tsonga to break back and the Frenchman then swept through the final three games, sealing the 16th five-set victory of his career with a textbook serve and volley winner.“I’m tired but really happy,” Tsonga, who performed his crowd-pleasing celebratory dance, said on court.“I did a big fight today. It’s not easy to play the young guns, they play great and go for everything so it’s difficult to defend. I suffered physically but I continued to fight.”NEVER EASY TO WINLater he expressed some sympathy for 50th-ranked Shapovalov, who looks to have an exciting career ahead of him.“I think he deserved to win also today, but I was also courageous and I did my job,” he said.“It’s never easy to finish the match.”Shapovalov’s explosive shot-making helped him take the opening set comfortably but Tsonga, popular Down Under after his final appearance against Novak Djokovic in 2008, found some extra zip on his shots to level the match.The third set whizzed by in 26 minutes as Shapovalov again seized control with some ripping winners off both flanks.It was tight in the fourth as Tsonga’s physical presence kept him ahead on serve and he piled on the pressure with some superb forceful tennis to claim the tiebreaker 7-4.Shapovalov was a point away from a 4-0 lead in the decider but Tsonga dug in, hoping his young foe would tighten.And so it proved, as Tsonga landed a blow for the old guard.Shapovalov said he would try to take as many positives from the defeat as possible.“As much as the loss hurts, I don’t find it as a loss,” he told reporters. “I find it as an opportunity to learn.“I’m the type of guy when things don’t go my way, instead of sulking or getting mad, I go back on the court and try to work twice as hard, so next time when I’m in that position I can hit some good serves, just close the match out.”last_img read more

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IOC confirms reinstatement of Russian Olympic Committee

first_imgRussia was reinstated by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday after the remaining tests of the country’s athletes at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were all returned negative.Russians competed as neutrals at the Games after the IOC suspended the country’s Olympic Committee (ROC) in December, saying it had found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system..The IOC reinstatement means athletes can compete under the Russian flag and wear a national team uniform, while the national anthem can be played at gold medal ceremonies. It also means Russian officials can take part at IOC meetings.On Sunday the IOC said Russia, which has repeatedly denied state involvement in doping, would be automatically readmitted if there were no more doping violations from the Games.“The final notification of all remaining test results from the Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR) delegation has been received,” the IOC said in a statement on Wednesday. “The IOC can confirm that all the remaining results are negative.“Therefore, as stated in the Executive Board decision of Feb. 25, the suspension of the Russian Olympic Committee is automatically lifted with immediate effect.”The decision was announced earlier on Wednesday by ROC president Alexander Zhukov on state television.“The Russian Olympic Committee has had its rights fully restored,” he said. “It’s a decision of the utmost importance for us.”NEUTRAL TEAMA team of 168 Russians competed as part of a neutral ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia’ (OAR) team in Pyeongchang but two of them failed drug tests – medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky and bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.They had all been required to prove they were clean before the Games.Under the neutrality rules, the Russians were unable to wear national uniforms or have their anthem played at medal presentations, although on Sunday the men’s ice hockey team sang the national anthem after winning gold.Widespread doping by Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games was exposed by an independent report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).WADA said in a statement on Wednesday that Russia remained non-compliant with its code “as it has not yet met the necessary criteria of RUSADA’s (Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s) Roadmap to Compliance, following Russia’s proven systemic manipulation of the doping control process.”Russia also remains suspended from world athletics.Forty-three Russian athletes were disqualified from the 2014 Sochi Winter Games and banned by the IOC after the Olympic body followed up the WADA investigation, although 28 of those had their results reinstated and bans overturned after appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Those 28, however, were not invited to Pyeongchang by the IOC.last_img read more

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first_img…opportunistsThe consequential orders of the CCJ are serving like inkblots in Rorschach Tests to reveal the true nature of some characters, who’d like us to believe they have “open” minds on matters political. There’s this WPA fella who insists that after the CCJ defined the PNC-led Government as a “Caretaker”, they can carry on smartly with whatever they were doing (like looting the State coffers?!) but putting new elections on the top of their agenda – presumably with the State funding their campaign!!And this fella’s supposed to be moulding impressionable young minds in Arizona!! But maybe he’s more au fait with the situation in the US? However, he betrays his ignorance of the American political system when he asserted, “a caretaker government is no different from a lame-duck government”. There couldn’t be two things more different from each other than a “caretaker government” and a “lame-duck government”, the latter being a unique US concept.A “lame-duck” politician is an elected official who isn’t seeking re-election and is often used to describe US Presidents in their second and final terms in the White House. They’re usually seen as ineffectual. The term can also be used to describe Administrations of US Presidents who’ve lost the elections in November, but continue in office until a new President’s inaugurated the following January. But here, there’s legislation on the books – the Presidential Transition Acts – which are focused on getting the teams of the new President into their new roles. Most pertinently, the outgoing President doesn’t take any action that would saddle the new Administration with any new policy initiative. In other words, they work as a “caretaker” administration.A “caretaker government”, on the other hand, is a fixture in the parliamentary democratic system, and is most frequently one where elections have been scheduled, the Assembly stands dissolved but they just have to hold the fort until the elections are over and a new government is elected!! More infrequently, a government can fall upon the passage of a “no-confidence motion” in the Parliament and elections have to be called pronto – in the case of Guyana, three months. The incumbent Government becomes a “Caretaker government”.In parliamentary democracies like Guyana, “Caretaker Conventions” – detailing the parameters of the incumbent Government for the duration, have been explicitly articulated. According to the Canadian version, such “a government should restrict itself – in matters of policy, expenditure and appointments – to activity that is: routine, or non-controversial, or urgent and in the public interest, or reversible by a new government without undue cost or disruption, or agreed to by Opposition parties (in those cases where consultation is appropriate).”Does that sound like “keep on keeping on”?? Gwan da side!!…prostitutesOne has to understand the reality of the handful of WPA survivors who’ve lived off the political capital paid for with the blood of Walter Rodney, but now’s exhausted. How else can they get their offspring and relatives a piece of the Guyana giveaway being run by the PNC? The situation of the AFC, however, is different. They went into the coalition with the PNC with eyes wide open and articulated what they’d do to move the politics of Guyana into a more positive direction.At all times, they knew that in coalition governments – especially ones holding power by small majorities –- the smaller parties have absolute make or break power on the margins with their votes. It’s like jiujitsu!! Just look at how the minuscule Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland was able to force the Tories of Theresa May to torpedo Brexit because of their demands!!But being political prostitutes, the leaders of the AFC – Ramjattan and Trotman (Trotman was always PNC) – sold out for filthy lucre.And now are fighting for the “best bootlicker” title!!…has-beensOne can now appreciate the resentment, envy, and anger of fellas like Eric Phillips against the PPP. It had nothing to do with the claimed “marginalisation of their constituency.And everything to do with self-enrichment!!last_img read more

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Gov’t Debts, Low Subsidy & Investment Batters UL

first_imgThe University of Liberia with never enough government resources and investment dollars required to meet its operating budget and improve infrastructure and standards has been writhing under the financial stress for a long while.The UL administration is now up against the wall after students bulked against a tuition hike intended to help make up for inadequate funding from government to support Liberia’s premier tertiary institution.Finding herself in the hot seat with her boss, UL president Dr. Emmet Dennis away on leave and the university running on empty with no options in sight, the acting president, Weade Kobbah-Wureh, went for broke. Her chance to expose the sources of UL’s perennial problems and make a case for its survival and progress came when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf convened a meeting attended by the UL administration, faculty and student leaders and representatives to discuss current problems at the university.The discussions were held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium on Monday.Madam Kobbah-Wureh charged that the failure of government institutions and officials to settle their debts to UL is strangulating the operations of the institution.This situation, coupled with the repeated shortfalls in budgetary appropriations for the university, the significant increase in the student population over the last five years, are some of the major problems that necessitated the proposed increase in tuition fees, said the acting UL president.Madam Kobbah-Wureh, who is the official vice president for administration, said those problems have left the school unable financially to settle some of its own obligations.Other challenges she cited include the high cost of transportation for faculty, staff and students to commute to Fendell. Prominent on the list is the high cost of external recruitment of qualified instructors and professors for specialized areas in the schools of medicine and pharmacy.The high cost of setting up a robust information communication and technology system (internet system on all campuses of the University) was also a major drawback, likewise setting up digitized libraries on the campuses, according to Kobbah-Wureh.The unpreparedness of students to invest in their education and the need to break the culture of “everything for free” without giving back anything in return, is another challenge the UL faces, she said.She said the UL still remains the lowest paid university in the world, insisting that the UL authorities are not insensitive to the difficulties faced by the students, but increasing tuition and fees is to ensure quality education for the students comparable to any in the sub-region.Declared Madam Kobbah-Wureh, there is an urgent need to develop a sustainable funding plan for the university beyond crisis management. The UL VPA, however, expressed the determination of the administration to improve the standard of the institution.On the State of the UL over the last eight years, she said the UL has focused on five areas including: reduction in academic and fiscal malfeasance, faculty development, external collaboration, external support; and improving the physical and academic facilities, inclusive of the science and computer laboratories, libraries at the medical and law schools, buildings and grounds and other infrastructures for student accommodation.As a result of the financial constraints it faces, the UL administration was compelled to announce increases in its fees per credit hour from L$175 to US$5 or its equivalent and its transportation fares for students from Red-Light to the Fendell Campus from L$30 to L$100. The increased fees were met with outrage from the student population.The students are contending that the increments do not match the quality of facilities and standards at the UL. There are no modern functional computer and science laboratories, bus stops that would shield students from the sun and the rain and other deprivations on their list of complaints.She said the increment in fees and fares are meant to close up some of the gaps within UL’s budget. “The current budget presented for fiscal 2015-2016 by the UL is US$29 million. To date, the Government of Liberia has committed US$15 million. From tuition and fees the UL generates an additional US$5 million, leaving a deficit of US$9 million,” she explainedShe explained that the increment in tuition and fees beginning this academic semester will generate an additional US$3 million which will still leave a deficit of about US$5 million.Madam Kubbah-Wureh said UL administration will no longer allow government entities to owe the university for students on scholarships. Scholarship donors must make over 75% down payment before their beneficiaries are allowed to register.The head of the UL Student Union (ULSU), Daniel T. Woart, in his intervention, told the President about the deplorable learning environment that students are confronted with at the institution.He said the students are not resisting the increment in transportation fares and fees per credit hour, though given the economic situation in the country, those increments must be commensurate with the quality of facilities at the UL.“As far back as 2009, we alerted Dr. Dennis that the issue of raising the level of education was very necessary and there is a need to improve the academic infrastructure at UL,” he said.He stressed the lack of computer labs for the various colleges that needed to do practical work to improve their skills for the job market most especially the Business and Science Colleges.“We are aware that for the growth and development of any country, the sciences play a very critical role. For students who should play a major role in the development of the country learning in such an environment, we need to ask ourselves whether we are ready,” said Woart.He said if there is an increase in tuition fees and authorities do not change the academic environment, they will be deferring the provision of quality education.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘If Jose Mourinho says Spurs vs Chelsea doesn’t mean anything to him, he’s lying’

first_img statement update getty Spurs go into the game in much better form than Chelsea Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Jamie O’Hara talks about Tottenham’s trophy chances under Jose Mourinho Bent played for Spurs between 2007-09 Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:06Loaded: 14.91%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Getty Images – Getty 3 Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea came to a limp end Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked appointed Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ deals PEP TALK Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Sunday means a lot more to Jose Mourinho than he’s letting on.This is the view of former Spurs striker Darren Bent, who believes the ‘Special One’ will be eager to get one over on his former club. Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 3 rookie error Mourinho became Chelsea boss in June 2004 and had a very successful time in charge which saw them win two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups before he suddenly left in September 2007.He came back for a second spell at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and while there was some success, his tenure came to a sorry end when he was sacked by the club in December 2015, the team were languishing in 16th place in the Premier League having won the title the season before.The Portuguese will face Chelsea for the first time as Spurs boss but has played down any suggestion that he will be extra determined to get the three points because it’s against a former club.But Bent begs to differ and claims that he would always have a point to prove when playing against a former club and thinks Mourinho will feel the same. latest Spurs have undergone a mini-revival since Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino last month.They’ve won four out of their last five Premier League matches and can actually leapfrog fourth-placed Chelsea with a win on Sunday.Bent is backing his former club to seal a narrow victory, tipping 2-1 as the scoreline, and was full of praise for Mourinho’s impact at the club.He also believes there’s no reason why they can’t finish in the Champions League spots come May.Bent said: “There was probably a time where no one would’ve ever thought that Mourinho would in charge of Tottenham because the gulf between the two clubs was massive. Chelsea in the 00s were so dominant. 3 Getty – Contributor Speaking on behalf of GentingBet, Bent said: “I know Mourinho will say that playing his ex-team doesn’t really mean anything but I can say as an ex-player that whenever I was playing against an old team, you always wanted to put one over on them.“Whether they let you go and you want to show them that they made the wrong decision or you decide to go because it’s the best thing for your career and you want to show that you’ve improved as a player. There’s a lot riding on it.“If he’s going to say that this game doesn’t mean anything to him then I think he’s lying.” LIVING THE DREAM Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father “It was a strange one [hiring Mourinho] but one that’s brilliant for the club and the Premier League.“I don’t know if that makes Spurs ‘relevant’ again but Spurs know now that they’ve got someone in the dugout who’s a serial winner, who wins trophies.“I think Spurs will feel they’re a step closer to winning a trophy.”Asked about whether Spurs can finish in the top four, Bent added: “Yeah, why not?“What’s helped them as well is that other teams around them haven’t been consistent.“Manchester City, Liverpool and Leicester look like they’re going to be in the top four. Chelsea have lost four out of their last five. It’s possible for anyone to get fourth because no one’s putting any results together.“At one stage, Spurs would have said that top four would have been impossible but all of a sudden they must be thinking that if they can put more results together, then they’re going to be right in there.”last_img read more

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Community activist Sinéad Stewart to stand in local elections

first_imgInishowen campaigner Sinéad Stewart has announced that she will be standing in the local elections in a bid to become an Independent councillor for South Inishowen.Stewart, who is from Burnfoot and lives in Buncrana, has been endorsed by Thomas Pringle TD.Commenting on her candidacy, she said: “I look forward to the upcoming campaign, and to the challenges that lie ahead.” Stewart currently works in technology and is studying Politics, Philosophy & Economics. She has been at the forefront of social justice campaigns in the county and beyond including the Anti-VRT campaign, Right2Water and Repeal the Eighth, and is an active member of her Trade Union.In her election campaign, she said she will focus on progressive change:“With the new electoral boundaries, the number of councillors for this area has been reduced to five. It’s more vital than ever that a real alternative to the establishment political parties should step forward. We simply can’t face into another five-year cycle of ‘business as usual’ in Donegal County Council, which has been beset by tired, cosy alliances and too few questioning voices – this holds us back from progressive change and positive action being taken to the benefit of all in South Inishowen. There is a lot that County Councillors can do – and in my work, I will be ambitious for this district and this county.”Stewart stated that she intends to tackle issues in housing, environment, funding for local services and making sure that Donegal is not left behind post-Brexit. She also aims to disrupt the current male-dominated cohort that is Donegal County Council, where three out of 37 local representatives are female. She said: “As a committed community and political activist for many years, I believe that that experience has me well placed to make a very valuable, positive change to people’s lives.“It is worth noting that politics in Inishowen and across Donegal down the years has been very much a boys’ club. There has been a small handful of women – but they have most often been constrained by and sold on the old party lines designed by and for men.“The perspective of women in our political structures is critical for our whole community to thrive – when the voices of half of the population go unheard and unheeded it stands to sense that we’re left in a pretty rotten place. I know the issues that are passed over as a result of strong, progressive women being absent from the table.“I want to provide a check on that – to start to change the culture on our council to be more welcoming of women – and for 2019 to be a turning point for women in Donegal becoming equal authors of our county’s future.” Community activist Sinéad Stewart to stand in local elections was last modified: February 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilLocal electionssinead stewartsouth inishowenlast_img read more

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More than Just Surveillance Cameras: How Guitar Center Streamlined its LP Activities

first_imgWhen Chris Rodriguez, the director of loss prevention and safety for Guitar Center, planned to outfit his stores with new surveillance cameras, he had a prime opportunity to change the way his stores fight retail shrink through an open platform solution.LP Magazine presents a new webinar, How Guitar Center Streamlined its LP Activities through an Open Platform IP Solution, on this groundbreaking surveillance camera system that goes beyond fighting shoplifting: Using the system’s features such as heat-mapping, people counting and traffic flow, Rodriguez has shown other stakeholders in Guitar Center’s business that his LP tools can not only protect the store’s bottom line, but actually boost it.By teaming with Gerald Becker, vice president of physical security for USS, Rodriguez abandoned the typical sea of fixed-view surveillance cameras for more strategically placed dedicated HD cameras and 360-degree cameras. Incorporating cameras in the chokepoints as well as the wide-open areas allowed Rodriguez to maximize his coverage without redundant recording.- Sponsor – This one-hour webinar will feature Rodriguez describing the needs from the retail perspective, Becker providing the point-of-view of the integrator, and Scott Thomas explaining Genetec’s flexible loss prevention technology features representing the manufacturer.Attendees will learn …How to place surveillance cameras to maximize recording while minimizing wasted bandwidthHow you can use surveillance system data to enhance your businessWhat features to look for in surveillance systemsHow much you can expect to spend for modern surveillance systemsThe formal presentations will be followed by a live question-and-answer segment where the three will respond to questions from the webinar attendees.Go here to learn more!SpeakersChris Rodriguez has over 20 years of experience in loss prevention and operations. His experience includes big-box retail such as K-Mart, Home Depot, and Sears. Most recently, he was the director of security and loss prevention for Goodwill Southern California, when he was asked to return to his former employer and assume the director of loss prevention and safety role at Guitar Center, Inc. Rodriguez is also a member ASIS, and the Association of Threat Assessments Professionals.Gerald Becker oversees the USS Physical Security Division where he directs the expanding line of physical security products and services. Formerly director of CCTV at USS, he oversees the division’s sales, product development and customer service through development of new physical security products and expansion of partnerships into new and existing markets. Becker holds several patents for physical security innovations he developed.Scott Thomas is the global director of retail business development at Genetec and has worked with retail for over 24 years.Register for this webinar now! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Leading Provider of Logistics Services Partners with ALTO US to Implement Supply-Chain Risk Management…

first_imgNational Retail Systems (NRS) recently announced it has aligned with ALTO US to implement ALTO’s supply-chain risk management platform.“A layered program is key in our risk management success within our supply chain,” said John Tabor, senior vice president for NRS. “It has become more than cargo crime prevention for us. It’s just as much about a transparent and seamless experience for our clients. Being able to go wide and not just deep within our supply-chain risk management program is why we are taking this exciting leap with ALTO.”The supply-chain security programs in place at NRS have been recognized as among some of the most advanced in the industry by law enforcement and government agencies nationwide. Tabor added, “We are optimistic that our national footprint and focus in supply-chain security, along with ALTO’s ability to give us a real-time, big view of our supply-chain risks, will not only benefit us but the entire industry as we progress with our project and mutual contributions. This new strategic alliance will lead to a more controlled and innovative view while securing supply chains for NRS customers.”- Sponsor – The partnership between NRS and ALTO is a significant step as ALTO opens operations in North America after more than a decade serving retailers and shippers in Latin America and Spain with proven success. “We are privileged to have NRS as our strategic partner given their award-winning programs in the supply-chain security arena. We are also aware of NRS’s presence and command in galvanizing some of the industry transportation security programs for some of the nation’s largest retailers,” said Maurizio Scrofani, CCSP,LPC, vice president of supply-chain security and intelligence for ALTO US.ALTO’s supply-chain risk management solution is called ALTO AssuranceSM, a modular plug-and-play system that offers asset protection and risk management professionals visibility and compliance each step of the transit of goods to their stores. Using a combination of innovative tools to ensure assets under care and custody are at the right place, right time with accuracy, its integration mechanisms allow for holistic risk assessment with route review, tracking, and a robust audit library to provide supply-chain and logistics managers all the information needed to ensure controls are in place throughout the process. This innovative approach is cloaked with a comprehensive business intelligence platform that focuses on managing a multitude of risk factors that reduces costs associated with delays, theft, and other preventable incidents—results that add to retailers’ bottom line from both expense reduction and enhanced operational efficiency. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Fukushima Radiation: Modeling Shows Limited Spread in Ocean

first_imgDaily computer simulations are suggesting that, so far, the hazardous radioactive materials being released into the sea by the Fukushima nuclear plants are still largely restricted to areas near the coast. In the model being run by French researchers, the powerful Kuroshiro current—the Pacific’s version of the Gulf Stream—tends to block contaminated seawater from flowing southward toward Tokyo Bay while picking up little contamination itself. Figuring out where Fukushima radioactivity is going involves all the complexities and uncertainties that plagued early efforts to model the meanderings of oil last summer in the Gulf of Mexico, and then some, says ocean modeler Claude Estournel. She is a member of the SIROCCO group at the University of Toulouse in France running the SYMPHONIE-NH ocean model under the auspices of the French national research agency CNRS. The International Atomic Energy Agency requested that the group run its model centered on the Fukushima plant on the coast northeast of Tokyo. The resulting daily simulations posted on the Web are rife with uncertainties, Estournel cautions, so that the group is presenting only “scenarios of dispersion” that provide an “orders of magnitude” idea of the actual amounts of radionuclides in the sea. Caveats aside, the modeling is strongly confirming oceanographers’ intuition. The highest concentrations in the model are still within 5 kilometers or so of shore but have been carried up to 50 kilometers north and south by wind-driven currents. That contamination was released directly into the sea. 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In the model, concentrations are 1000 times lower than near Fukushima in the Kuroshiro as it shears off the southern extent of contamination and heads east into the Pacific. The modeling will guide Japanese authorities as they scramble to sample the expanse of ocean liable to contamination.last_img read more

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New ‘superglue’ could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robots

first_img Superglue is great for fixing busted bookshelves, suitcase wheels, and—of course—shoes. But what if you want to fuse something a little more jiggly, like the gel cushions used to pad crumbling spinal discs? You’d be out of luck, until now. That’s because scientists have created a new kind of glue that can bond hard and soft substances to hydrogels, Jello-like materials used in everything from medical devices to soft robots. Previously, researchers in these fields used an ultraviolet light treatment, but it could take up to an hour or more to attach the surfaces together. Now, a team of experimental physicists has invented a new adhesive, made of superglue’s main ingredient—cyanoacrylate—plus an organic compound that diffuses into the parts being fused, leading to a tough bond without brittle residue left behind. This nonsolvent delays the hardening of the glue just long enough to let it seep into each layer being pressed together, forming a bond within seconds. The hydrogel bond can hold up to 1 kilogram and stretch up to 2000%, the researchers report this week in Science Advances. That’s good news for spine docs and robotics buffs alike—not only can the new adhesive help build devices like this octobot, but it can also be used to deliver drugs through soft, permeable patches that adhere to the skin. It can also help researchers designing stretchable batteries and electronic skin, hydrogel-based electronic patches packed with sensors for taking vital signs and communicating with outside devices. The only downside? It won’t be on the market for another 3 to 5 years.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Zahra AhmadJun. 23, 2017 , 11:00 AM New ‘superglue’ could seal the deal for stretchable batteries, soft robotslast_img read more

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