Renewed US-Russia nuke pact won’t fix emerging arms threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration was quick to breathe new life into the last remaining treaty limiting U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons. The going will be slower when it turns to other arms control problems that are either festering or emerging as potential new triggers of an international arms race. China is modernizing its arsenal of nuclear weapons and has shown no interest in negotiating limits. North Korea is at or near the point of being able to threaten the U.S. homeland with a nuclear missile strike. Russia has begun deploying  exotic new weapons. Iran is the biggest missile threat in the Mideast.last_img read more

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Hurricane Chaser

first_imgGustav, Hanna, and Ike—while millions of people were dodging these recent hurricanes, Michael Black was flying straight into the eyes of these storms. The research meteorologist works for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and he braves the rough winds of massive storms to collect data that satellites just can’t provide. Over the past 22 years he’s flown into over 400 hurricanes, including Katrina and this season’s recent powerhouses.BRO: How do you fly into the storm?MB: Instead of flying with the nose pointed right at the eye, we fly sideways into the storm, because of the strong winds blowing across. We do all kinds of complex flight patterns, especially when the storm is making landfall. Sometimes we will circle around in the eye, because it helps us figure out how a storm changes in intensity.BRO: Is it true that the eye of a hurricane is actually the calmest part?MB: You can get high winds in the eye. The winds are usually a lot calmer than just beyond the eye wall, but it’s not true that the eye is always calm.BRO: What kind of plane do you fly?MB: Orion P3 turbo-propeller planes. They were originally built by the Navy for submarine surveillance, so they’re meant to fly low and over the ocean. Turboprops are better for this work, because pilots can control them better than jets. And they’re slower, which is better for gathering information.BRO: Ever have any close calls?MB: I was on a flight in 2003 through Hurricane Isabel. It was a category five, and we were east of the Caribbean Islands doing some very low flying, as low as 200 feet. We wanted to get some more information about the interface between the ocean and the atmosphere. There was an incredible amount of salt coating the instrument ports and the aircraft. When we climbed back up into the eye, one of the engines flamed out. We made it back to base, but the disturbing part was that we did some throttle tests on the ground, and suddenly the other three engines flamed out. We were lucky that we didn’t lose those engines in the air.BRO: How is flying into the middle of the storm useful for research?MB: It’s the only way we can get to the heart of the storm and measure certain parameters that we can’t get otherwise. We can get a detailed structure of the storm with Doppler radar aboard the aircraft. It’s like getting a CAT scan of the storm, which you can’t get any other way. Satellites are getting better, but they can’t pierce through all of the cloud layers.BRO: Do you still get nervous after all these years?MB: Pretty much every time—especially at the beginning of every season. I always get that adrenaline rush, because I don’t know what’s coming. The plane is bouncing around and people are getting sick. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you.last_img read more

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3 ways to build better relationships with members

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Organizations need 3 things to survive: new business, repeat business, and referral business. In today’s post, we’re going to discuss repeat business. How do you get consumers to come back to you after that first purchase? The secret lies in what is necessary to build relationships with people. Here are 3 ways to build long-lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with the people who do business with you:WOW them. Let’s face facts – if you don’t do an awesome job the first time, they’re not coming back for a second round. So you must endeavor to WOW them from the start. Yes, under-promise and over-deliver. Yes, take the transaction a step further. Yes, do more than you’re asked. Then you’ll start to reap the rewards.Make it ridiculously easy to do business with you. If you make people jump through the proverbial hoops to do something that can be streamlined or simplified, you’re going to lose business. Consumers can’t be bothered anymore with completing a clipboard full of forms. You must simplify AND automate. This is especially true for my readers in the financial services industry. The world is going mobile. It’s no longer the future. It’s the here and now. You must make it very easy for people to find information on your website and then to ACT on that information in a seamless manner. All of the various pages on my company’s website have a “call to action” that encourages visitors to contact me. What’s your “call to action?” continue reading »last_img read more

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Global media discuss the vote

first_img‘We don’t need America’ Russian newspaper Kommersant discusses the importance of a victory for the candidates in the critical battleground state of Pennsylvania while an opinion piece by commentator Sergei Strokan discusses whether Trump or Biden would be better for Russia.Ultimately Strokan argues that “there is more and more reason to come to the conclusion that we have not needed America for a long time, although we do not openly admit this. Neither Trump’s America nor Biden’s America.”Beyond EuropeEurope is not the only continent watching the U.S. election closely. Latin America is focusing on the contest, as well as the importance of the Hispanic vote.El Pais Latin American edition notes that “the Latin vote will be decisive in Florida, Pennsylvania and Arizona,” adding that “the participation of the Hispanic electorate in some states may overturn the presidential elections in the U.S.”U.S.-Latin American relations have been somewhat strained given Trump’s opposition to immigration and U.S. intervention during Venezuela’s 2019 political uprising against the leftist regime of that country’s President Nicolas Maduro. Newspapers in the region, including the Buenos Aires Times in Brazil, weighed up how the election “could set the tone for the next phase of U.S.-Latin America relations.” LONDON — As the day of the 2020 U.S. election dawns, the whole world is watching on with baited breath.Campaigning by incumbent Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden amid an unprecedented public health crisis — the coronavirus pandemic — has given the outside world an insight into the issues that matter to American voters, from the economy and jobs to health care and racial equality.The run-up to the vote has also highlighted the political polarization that has split American voters.- Advertisement – ‘Disgrace’In Asia, Chinese state outlet Xinhua news agency wrote that “anxiety, pandemic prelude U.S. Election Day as candidates make final push,” but editorials are more critical of the vote.An editorial in the Global Times, a tabloid newspaper in China that is published under the auspices of the Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper, accused the U.S. election of stalling the “global Covid-19 fight.”“The U.S. presidential election has seriously impacted Covid-19 prevention, resulting in an untold negative influence,” the editorial said. “The Trump administration misjudged the epidemic early this year, leading to its ineptitude in the virus fight. The election has made the Trump administration stick to its wrong approach.”Pulling no punches, the editorial concludes that “the U.S. epidemic fight and its election have set a terrible example to the world. It is not only a disgrace to U.S. power but also to the American liberal system.” Beyond its shores, the U.S. election matters because the next president will shape not only America’s future, but the international political landscape too.A disputed result and potential civil unrest in the U.S. are in focus the world over. CNBC has a round-up of what the world’s media thinks as Election Day finally arrives.The U.K. is a good place to start given its “special relationship” with the U.S. Papers are focused on the possibility of a disputed election result, protracted wrangling over the vote count and even potential unrest on the streets.- Advertisement – Supporters of the President Donald Trump listen as he speaks during a rally on November 3, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Kamil Krzaczynski | Getty Images News | Getty Images – Advertisement –center_img Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden gestures after speaking during a Drive-In Rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 2020.JIM WATSON | AFP | Getty Images Election workers sort through some of the thousands of mail-in ballots at the Orange County Registrar of Voters in Santa Ana, California, November 2, 2020.Mike Blake | Reuters US President Donald Trump speaks during a Make America Great Again rally at Kenosha Regional Airport November 2, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI | AFP | Getty Images The left-wing Guardian newspaper headlines its coverage of the election and the final hours of campaigning by the candidates with “U.S. braces for historic election amid fears democracy is in danger,” leading with concerns over Trump’s “incendiary” tweet Monday (that Twitter also labeled as potentially misleading) that there could be “violence on the streets” if the vote count is not cut short in Pennsylvania.The right-leaning Telegraph newspaper also leads with concerns over a disputed result, its election coverage headlined with “America braces for election violence with shops boarded up and National Guard on standby.”‘Fight for America’ The election dominates world politics coverage by Europe’s news outlets on Tuesday with quick guides to the vote and opinion pieces weighing up what a Biden administration, or continuation of the Trump presidency, could mean for international relations, particularly Europe’s relationship with the U.S. following a fractious four years between Trump and the continent’s leaders.In France, an editorial in Le Figaro newspaper is headlined “An American Suspense” with author Philippe Gelie noting that “outside of the World Cup (soccer) finals, there is hardly any planetary suspense comparable to the U.S. presidential election.” Italian daily La Repubblica leads its coverage saying “the world is waiting” for the results of the vote, with its editor writing about the need to “reconstruct” America. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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TOBAM seeks to bring Bitcoin to institutional investors

first_imgTOBAM is looking to raise money from institutional investors for Europe’s first mutual fund investing in Bitcoin.The French asset manager – a specialist in smart beta strategies – has developed an in-house team focussed on cryptocurrency research. It said cryptocurrencies had “the potential to become durable standards in financial and saving markets”.Yves Choueifaty, president of TOBAM, described Bitcoin as a “highly diversifying asset”, and said the company had conducted research into the digital currency “from a technical, financial, economic and regulatory point of view” for a year prior to the launch of the fund.“This first move in the world of cryptocurrencies showcases our dedication to remaining ahead of the curve and to providing our clients with innovative products in the context of efficient (i.e. unpredictable) markets,” Choueifaty said.  The fund is available via private placements into an unregulated alternative investment fund domiciled in France.In a statement, TOBAM said its fund allowed institutional investors to access the cryptocurrency “in a more convenient and safer vehicle”.  “While Bitcoin is prone to significant risks, including a very high level of volatility, it also provides diversification benefits,” the company said.TOBAM said it had “developed cybersecurity systems and cutting-edge technological capabilities over the past 12 years, both of which will back up the structure and functioning of the fund”. This included the management of “forks”, which occur when a change or update is made to the algorithm behind Bitcoin.Bitcoin’s value has exploded in the past 12 months, growing more than 1,000% in dollar terms from $748 to $8,263, according to Coindesk. Source: CoindeskHow the price of Bitcoin versus US dollar has developed in the past 12 monthslast_img read more

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Hughton happy at Norwich

first_img Press Association Chris Hughton all but ruled himself out of the Ireland job and insisted that he wants to repay Norwich for their faith in backing him with big cash in the summer transfer window. The Norwich boss has been linked with the Irish job vacated by Giovanni Trapattoni following Ireland’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat by Austria. Hughton, who was born in England but qualified to represent for Ireland through his mother, played 53 times as full-back for the country between 1979 and 1991. He also served as the national team’s assistant manager under Brian Kerr from February 2003 to October 2005. “There will be some very good names mentioned. I don’t know which way they will go but there won’t be any shortage of candidates. “For anybody who takes a job like that it is about timing. It is a different management philosophy (Premier League compared to international), a different week, the simple one is that it is day to day football and involvement with players (in the Premier League) and international level is not that. But it suits some people at some stage and others not.” Hughton said that he was not surprised by Trapattoni’s sacking but added: “He’s done a fantastic job there. We have to respect the fact that it is a nation that is not expected to qualify for all the championships that they enter. I am disappointed to see him go because he is a fellow manager.” The ex-Newcastle and Birmingham manager, however, steered Norwich to Premier League survival last season and brought in eight players over the summer, including Dutch striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, at a cost of around £25million. Hughton, who has been linked with the Irish job along with others such as Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, said: “I understand my name has been mentioned along with other previous players for Ireland. It is absolutely just speculation. “I am manager of Norwich, I am extremely happy here. We spent and invested more this summer than we ever have done. I have had support from the board here. I have a group of supporters who are fanatical and want this team to do well and I have the same challenges here as the supporters and the players have. I am incredibly happy here. “There has been no official approach. We are a club I would like to think which is going in the right direction.” Hughton was coy on the question of whether he would like to manage Ireland some time in the future, not wanting to fuel any conjecture before Norwich face his former club Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday. “I can only answer questions to the appropriate people which is why my decision is to talk about how happy I am here at Norwich,” said Hughton. “Anything I might say over and above that might be construed in a different way. I was very proud to play for Ireland and I always want to see Ireland winning football matches but my responsibility is here. “The club have shown great faith in me. They have spent very big in the summer. There is a project here, one started before I got here, and it is a challenge I am very much looking forward to. last_img read more

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Paul confident of doing well in Super50; Yadram wants to make impact

first_imgKEEMO Paul, one of the three overaged players selected for the West Indies Under-19 squad, said that the daily training with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) academy coaches has given him great confidence to perform to his expectations during the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super50 tournament.Paul, the 18-year-old who was the vice-captain of the victorious West Indies Under-19 team at the 2016 International Cricket Council (ICC) Youth World Cup in Bangladesh, will make up the Regional youth side as one of the players who will not feature in the 2018 Youth World Cup.“I have been doing a lot of training with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) academy coaches both in the gym and in the nets. It helped me to improve my strengths and work on my weaknesses so I am confident,” he pointed out.Paul played in the last Regional Super50 tournament with the West Indies U-19s, in which he scored 15 runs from three matches while be bowled without capturing a scalp, but this time around the all-rounder feels he is better prepared to deliver.Bhaskar Yadram“I am confident of doing well,” he said.He added, “These players are preparing to defend the U-19 World Cup so I will be happy to share my experience and render assistance in other areas which will help them going forward”.According to a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) source, the all-rounder was selected because the WICB wants to continue to nurture his talent with hopes of him ascending to the highest level like they did with other outstanding youth players over the years.Meanwhile, Paul’s Guyanese counterpart, Junior Cricketer-of-the-Year 2016, Bhaskar Yadram wants to hit the ground running, and make an immediate impact.“I’m very excited,” said the opening batsman.He added, “My main aim is to score as many runs as possible, and at the same time get wickets. It’s a great opportunity so I want to make full use of it”.The duo will depart today for Antigua. While the final squad is yet to be confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), a source close to the WICB selection panel informed Chronicle Sport that the Guyanese duo will be part of the 14-man squad.The Under-19s will do battle in Group A of the Super50 which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.Title-holders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, along with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes and visiting English County Kent Spitfires,have also been installed in Group A.Group B, meanwhile, comprises last year losing finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions and ICC Americas.The Super50 tournament will serve as part of the build-up for the Under-19s as they ready themselves for the defence of their ICC Youth World Cup title captured last year in Bangladesh.last_img read more

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Cricket statistician of the Duckworth-Lewis method dies aged 78

first_imgTONY Lewis, the mathematician and statistician who co-devised what became known as the Duckworth-Lewis method for settling weather-affected limited-overs matches, has died at the age of 78.Lewis and fellow academic Frank Duckworth came together to produce a fairer method of settling such games than the controversial system which had been used at the 1992 World Cup.Their new system was first used in 1997 for a Zimbabwe v England game, and officially adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in 1999.Duckworth-Lewis calculates targets based on the batting team’s remaining resources – wickets in hand, and overs in hand – via mathematical formulae.In 2014, Australian professor Steven Stern became the custodian of the system, on the retirements of Duckworth and Lewis, and it is now known as the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method.The England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement: “Cricket is deeply indebted to both Tony and Frank’s contributions to the sport. We send our sincere condolences to Tony’s family.”Born in Bolton, Lewis was a lecturer at the University of the West of England when he and Duckworth came together after South Africa’s target in the 1992 World Cup semi-final against England was comically reduced from 22 runs off 13 balls to 22 runs off one ball.Duckworth explained in 2007: “I recall hearing Christopher Martin-Jenkins on radio saying ‘surely someone, somewhere, could come up with something better’ and I realised that it was a mathematical problem that required a mathematical solution.”Lewis and Duckworth were appointed MBEs in 2010.Around the same time, an Irish pop group formed by Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy and Thomas Walsh of Pugwash – calling themselves The Duckworth Lewis Method – released two cricket-themed concept albums in 2009 and 2013.last_img read more

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Syracuse women’s lacrosse lands No. 2 spot in preseason poll

first_imgSyracuse landed the No. 2 spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Top 20, which was released on Tuesday. The Orange return six of their seven top scorers, including sophomores Megan Carney, Meaghan Tyrrell and senior Emily Hawryschuk — responsible for 32, 37 and 75 goals last season, respectively. A majority of the starting defense from last year’s team will also be returning for SU.The top 20 features North Carolina in the No. 1 spot, followed by the Orange, Maryland, Northwestern and Boston College. The list includes a total of five Atlantic Coast Conference teams (Virginia at No. 7 and Notre Dame at No. 11). Despite beating Northwestern in a 15-14 overtime thriller during the regular season last year, the Orange were eliminated from the NCAA tournament after a quarterfinal defeat at the hands of the Wildcats. Syracuse also suffered 12-14 and 13-14 defeats against then-No. 1 Boston College, as well as losing to UNC and Maryland. Last season’s 16 wins, however, did include victories against five teams who landed a spot in the preseason top 20: Virginia, Notre Dame, Loyola, Florida and Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange closed out their season with a sixth quarterfinal appearance in the last eight years, and have only missed the tournament once in the past decade.  Comments Published on December 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm Contact Roshan: rferna04@syr.edu | @Roshan_f16 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Scout Gaming appoints Johan Öhman as Director of Excellence

first_img European daily fantasy sports (DFS) solutions provider Scout Gaming has confirmed the appointment of former NetEnt Chief Executive Johan Öhman as its new Director of Business Excellence.A seasoned industry executive, Öhman served as Chief Executive of leading industry games developer NetEnt from 2006 to 2011, guiding the enterprise through its initial public offering on the Stockholm Nasdaq in 2009.The appointment sees Öhman return to the betting sector having most recently served as CEO of digital securities network Clavister (2016-2017).Taking on the leadership position, Öhman will advise Scout Gaming on building effective operations, stakeholder management and creating commercial utilities.“Scout is in a similar position as NetEnt back in early 2000, addressing a new and rapidly growing market with a market leading and innovative solution,” said Öhman.“The social drivers behind the game are easy to understand and the technological solution offers a smooth and easy integration for B2B customers.”Scout Gaming chief executive Andreas Ternström commented on the appointment: “Johan Öhman is a gambling veteran with great knowledge from building successful companies.“In addition to his wide understanding of the gambling sector he will, in particular, bring his knowledge about business processes and strategic planning to Scout.” StumbleUpon Submit Share Scout Gaming secures £6.5m through bookbuild July 17, 2020 Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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