Jackson & Haywood Businesses Selected for ScaleUp WNC

first_imgMountain BizWorks (MBW) has selected 15 small businesses in the region with strong potential for growth and job creation to take part in the third cohort of their ScaleUp WNC program, which began last Friday. Innovation Brewing, a seven-barrel brewery located in Sylva, and Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, a Waynesville company that handcrafts seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods, are participating. The initiative, made possible with financing from the U.S. Small Business Administration, aims to provide these businesses and fellow WNC entrepreneurs with intensive growth strategy development, mentorship, access-to-capital support, and a rich network of peer business owners.ScaleUp WNC launched in 2015, and funding will allow the nonprofit to continue hosting two cohorts annually through 2019. MBW says the end result of the high-impact initiative will be a diverse and distinguished group of entrepreneurs able to drive innovation and economic development across WNC for a long time to come. Thirty companies completed the program in 2015. To date, one-third of those alumni have already secured growth capital, and many more have met other major milestones—a testament to ScaleUp WNC’s design and curriculum.“We’ve been pleased with the outcomes of the program to date,” shares Matt Raker, director of community investments and impact at MBW. “It has provided and will continue to provide much-needed support to area ventures that are primed for expansion, so that they can experience sustained success while creating jobs and making a positive impact on our local economy.”The complete list of 2016 ScaleUp WNC participating businesses follows: Black Mountain Ciderworks (Black Mountain), Blue Ridge Energy Works (Boone), Brian Boggs Chairmakers (Asheville), Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon (Waynesville), East Fork Pottery (Marshall), Innovation Brewing (Sylva), Kudzu Brands (Black Mountain), Medea’s Espresso & Juice Bar (Arden), No Evil Foods (Asheville), Organic Planet Cleaning (Asheville), Outfitter Bicycle Tours (Hendersonville), Pisgah Pest Control (Brevard), Port City Amplification (Swannanoa), Printville (Asheville), and Still Point Wellness (Asheville).“In year one, we helped businesses scale from Boone to Bryson City, and we’re excited to work with companies from seven WNC counties this spring,” says Raker. “We’re also pleased that two-thirds of the businesses are women-owned, minority-owned, or based in a rural community, as our mission is to create economic opportunity for all.”MBW has received more than 45 applications for the 2016 program. Cohort 3 began Friday, March 4, and runs through mid-May. The following cohort will run from June through September. Applications are continuing to be accepted for Cohort 4 and are due by April 17.last_img read more

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SCC to host Small Business Summit on Dec. 4

first_imgSouthwestern Community College’s Small Business Center will be hosting a free Small Business Summit along with other area businesses including Entegra Bank, Lady Bizness, Western Women’s Business Center and Stanberry Insurance, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, in the Burrell Building on SCC’s Jackson Campus.“This truly is the most comprehensive event we’ve offered in my tenure here at the Small Business Center,” said Tiffany Henry, SCC’s Small Business Center director. “Not only do we have the best line-up of facilitators covering a wide range of topics that business owners need and have asked for, but we’ve also pulled various local resources together. We have time built-in for business owners to connect with experts from legal to insurance, lending to accounting and so much more.”Representatives from Entegra, Lady Bizness, the Sequoyah Fund, Stanberry Insurance, Smith & Morgan, P.A., Franklin Chamber of Commerce, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and other area businesses will serve as guest speakers and offer resources for attendees.The breakout sessions include discussions on creating your own graphics to brand your business, social media, finances, taxes, the image you want your business to have, customer experience, time management, and how to sell your product/service.Registration is required at http://bit.ly/sccsmallbiz. Upon registering for the summit, attendees will be able to choose the breakout sessions that are most relevant to their business.Lunch will be provided.For more information about this or other free seminars offered by SCC’s Small Business Center, contact Henry at 828.339.4426 or t_henry@southwesterncc.edu.last_img read more

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Learn Secret Gutenberg Tips on September 14

first_imgHave you started using Gutenberg, the new WordPress editor currently in beta testing? Wondering if there are faster or easier ways to edit in Gutenberg?Or have you run into some issues, but haven’t figured out how to resolve the problems? Then you don’t want to miss this week’s Gutenberg YouTube Live talk and Q & A hosted by my friend Birgit Pauli-Haack on Friday, September 14, 2018. She’ll share all kinds of useful tips to make it easier for you to work with Gutenberg. The talk is free and open to any content creator, blogger, or do-it-yourself website owner.What You’ll LearnGutenberg keeps improving and adding features with each new release. But it also has several shortcuts and hidden features you might not know about. At the YouTube Live talk and Q & A, you’ll learn how to:Start a quote or ordered list quicklyApply code formatting around textDock the toolbar to the topAdjust the size of your editor window as well as many other Gutenberg editing tips. Have questions about Gutenberg? Ask away! There’s plenty of time in between tips to get your questions answered.Pauli-Haack will discuss what’s not quite working yet, and “gotchas” you want to avoid. In addition, you’ll learn about new features coming in Gutenberg 3.8, including Spotlight Mode and Full Screen Mode. What If You Haven’t Tried Gutenberg Yet But Still Want to Attend?I’ve got you covered! You’ll get more out of the talk if you’ve already used Gutenberg. And there are a couple ways to do that quickly.You can visit Test Gutenberg for a hands-on demo using Gutenberg. Add text, edit existing text, change colors, fonts, etc.Another option is to create a copy of your own WordPress site on a staging site, so you can test Gutenberg out with your own content, without making changes to your live site. According to the instructions in the post, it will take about 15 minutes to set up a staging site on Pantheon, for free. YouTube Live Talk DetailsThe Gutenberg YouTube Live and Q & A talk will be Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. It’s free, no registration required. When I asked Pauli-Haack how long she expected it to last, she said about an hour.SummaryIf you want to:Learn shortcuts for using GutenbergAsk questions about something that you didn’t expect with GutenbergFind out about upcoming featuresjoin Pauli-Haack on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…Relatedlast_img read more

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2010: Inzalo staff are ready!

first_img10 March 2010Inzalo Communications is not planning to miss the 2010 Fifa World Cup train. The Johannesburg-based company got out their football gear on 2 March to celebrate the start of the 100 days countdown with the rest of South Africa.Inzalo Communications getting into the South Africa 2010 spirit of things. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)The Inzalo team show off their readiness for the first Fifa World Cup on African soil. (Photo: Inzalo Communications)Football Fridays News Desklast_img

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Focus on Your Accomplishments During the Job Interview

first_imgPutting your best foot forward in the interview process is a critical aspect of a successful job search. But even more importantly, it can have a long-term impact on your loss prevention career in general. These impressions can have a lasting effect on how you are perceived as a professional as well as how you approach your career development plan. Whether the information serves as a reminder or a revelation, the most important objective should be to make a strong and lasting impression when exploring new career opportunities. Let’s take a closer look at how we should approach the interview:Focus on Your Accomplishments to Set Yourself ApartDuring the job interview, the person you’re speaking with wants to learn more about the person that they’re talking to in order to help determine whether or not they’ve found a good match. When asked about your experience, don’t simply reiterate your job descriptions. Talk about performance. Discuss the way that you responded to the different positions that you’ve held along your loss prevention career path, and the different things that you accomplished in those roles.Did you lead? Are you capable of creating something new and fresh? Can you develop programs? How much effort and success did you show at developing your subordinates? Are you capable of managing through change? Are you willing and able to show flexibility? How did you enhance results? Were you able to build business partnerships? A good interviewer wants to be able to see how you carry out your responsibilities so that they can then project you into the position that they are hoping to fill. Show the value that you can bring.- Sponsor – On the topic of strengths and weaknesses—always have both; and always attempt to turn the weakness into a positive. There is a reason that this is a popular question during the interview process; and while the answers are important, our response can reach well beyond what those specific strengths and weaknesses might be. Decision makers also want to know if you can be self-reflective—can you look yourself in the mirror and ask, “Where can I get better?” If this question is asked, the question that typically follows is “What are you doing about it?” Answer the second question before it is asked. Show the maturity and the resiliency to recognize your developmental needs, and the initiative to try to make personal improvement.A Winning Approach Starts with a Winning AttitudeA job interview provides a means to open a window into who we are—as a professional, as a leader, as a partner, and as a person. We are given precious minutes to summarize our value and our character; and make a positive and lasting impression on those having offered us the opportunity. This is a platform, and not a guarantee that others will see us for who we are. It is up to us to open the window and share the picture.But an interview is also something more. It is a search for a match, and a chance to take our skills and abilities to another level. It is a means to build upon our career, and find a home that not only meets our needs, but helps reveal our future. Unfortunately, it is also a skill that many take for granted. It’s simply not enough to be good at what we do. We also have to be able to share that information with others, and offer the best possible picture of who we are so that we continue to move forward down a successful and rewarding loss prevention career path.Check out loss prevention job opportunities at www.lpjobs.com.  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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Breaking News in the Industry: October 19, 2018

first_imgTheft suspect arrested after store clerk’s leg brokenA clerk who was trying to stop a theft suspect fleeing an Alex City, Alabama, store early Wednesday morning suffered a broken leg when the suspect ran over them, according to the Alex City Police Department. Corp. Michael Howell, a detective with Alex City PD, said officers responded to the store on Hillabee Street around 6:30 a.m. in reference to a person being run over by a vehicle.On the scene, officers found the clerk, who was suffering non-life-threatening injuries. The victim was take to nearby Russell Medical Center before being transferred to a Montgomery hospital. Detectives determined that a man asked the clerk for cigarettes, then bolted from the store without paying. The clerk ran after him and as the suspect attempted to drive off, the clerk tried to grab him through the car’s window. The suspect subsequently ran over the clerk’s leg.The suspect didn’t get very far, however. Detectives identified him as 23-year-old Dameyune Kortez Horton, of Huntsville, and arrested him a short time later at a nearby apartment complex. Kortez, who is charged with first-degree robbery and attempting to elude, was transported from Alex City Police custody to the Tallapoosa County Jail.   [Source: WSFA12 News]- Sponsor – Crafty thieves arrested for stealing hundreds of dollars of craft itemsTwo Michigan women were arrested in Grand Traverse County after hundreds of dollars worth of stolen crafting goods were found in their vehicle. On Monday around 2 p.m., Michigan State Police Troopers pulled over a vehicle on Rennie School Road for a registration violation. The troopers noticed a large amount of new craft merchandise in the backseat without any shopping bags and investigated the scene and found the items had been stolen from stores in the area.Managers at the stores had not reported the thefts yet but more than $600 more of merchandise was returned. A 36-year-old Kalkaska woman was arrested for first degree retail fraud and the driver, a 34-year-old Kalkaska woman was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Both women also had outstanding warrants for their arrest, troopers said. They were both taken to the Grand Traverse County Jail and posted bond, their arraignments are scheduled for next week.    [Source: UpNorthLive]Can Rutgers’ lost season be traced to the credit card fraud scheme?In retrospect, Rutgers coach Chris Ash conceded he might’ve downplayed the impact that the loss of eight players involved in an alleged credit-card fraud scheme would have on his team this fall. “Anytime you lose that number of guys,” Ash said Monday, “it hurts.”It was a far cry from what Ash said in July, when he expressed confidence that his Scarlet Knights would be just fine without the eight players heading into training camp. “It’s not adversity; it’s not a speed bump,” Ash told NJ Advance Media at the time. “It’s an event that happened a long time ago that we’re going to deal with and get through.”Ash could’ve used the situation as a way to temper expectations heading into his third season. After all, his team was about to enter training camp without eight players who were expected to contribute to both the back-7 of the defense and to a variety of special teams units.  “I look at it as ‘so what?’ ” Ash said. “It’s an opportunity for our football team to grow and get stronger. And that’s exactly what we have done.”Flash forward to today. The Scarlet Knights sit at 1-6 overall, 0-4 in Big Ten play, heading into a Homecoming affair this Saturday against Northwestern. The hope that Rutgers would reach a bowl game — one of Ash’s stated goals in July — has been squashed by the likelihood of more embarrassing losses heading into a brutal stretch of Big Ten powers over the final six weeks. “I really feel bad for our players,” Ash said Monday. “These guys have worked really hard, and I feel like they deserve a win … and we are going to keep working hard to get that done.”In recent weeks, Ash has talked openly about the loss of 16 players who he said would’ve likely had an impact this fall. But he stopped short of using the absence of the eight players — two were dismissed, two others left the program, and four are currently serving suspensions while their legal cases get resolve — as an excuse. As his team prepares for its next Big Ten match-up, Ash conceded the absence of the eight players had an effect. “You look back on it,” he said, “I knew there was a chance it would hurt us if things (didn’t) go perfect. Things haven’t gone perfect so, yes, it’s hurt us.”   [Source: NJ.com]Man stole from same retailer four timesAn Illinois man accused of stealing from a Decatur Walmart four times this year is behind bars. Sworn statements from police say 49-year-old Tony Tyus stole from the same store, located at 4625 E. Maryland St., between July and October. Officers arrested him two days after what they say was the fourth theft attempt. Police say he went into the store on the morning of July 22 with a cart and took several things, include a Fisher Price Power Wheels “Dune Extreme” toy. That item alone carried a $199 cost. They say he left the store without paying for any of the stolen things.The statement says a Walmart worker caught Tyus in the parking lot after a theft on Oct. 23. It says he put more than one vacuum, an air fryer, soda, coffee and six bottles of alcoholic drinks – worth over $493 in total – in the cart and left the store. After 3 a.m. on Sept. 4, police say Tyus and 31-year-old Marcus James went into the store one after the other and walked out with things they didn’t pay for. Officers say one of them took a dehumidifier and air mattress, while the other left with 21 packages of meat in a cart. They’re accused of leaving the store in the same black SUV.In the last theft attempt sworn statements mention, police say Tyus went into the store just after 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 and headed for the fresh meat cooler and frozen food aisle. Officers say they saw on security video that his clothing seemed bulkier after he left the store. Walmart leaders then discovered $226.64 of meat missing. In total, the items listed in statements as stolen had a value of over $1,500. Tyus is facing burglary and retail theft charges. He is behind bars in the Macon County Jail. Investigators says they’re still looking for James on Tuesday. Tyus has three past convictions on his record, including two for theft and one for burglary.   [Source: WAND17 News]Shoplifting suspect arrested and banned from local storesA prolific shoplifter in Wisconsin has been banned for life from West Towne Mall, East Town Mall and all Walmart, Walgreen’s and Hy-Vee stores. Madison police said the suspect’s latest arrest happened on Oct. 13 at a Walmart on 4198 Nakoosa Trail. He was caught stealing ten bottles of liquor worth $320.Madison police said officers had probable cause to arrest the suspect for two other recent incidents. Police said the victim has five open court cases including two felonies and three misdemeanors…  all related to retail thefts. Jermaine Harris, 45 of Madison, was arrested for strong armed robbery, retail theft and felony bail jumping.  [Source: WMTV15 News]Google moves into retailing with pop-ups; B8TA storesGoogle showed off its new Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL phones and the new Pixel Slate, along with a passel of other Google and Pixel-branded products, earlier this week. “A Few New Things Made By Google” was big news for tech watchers as Google, and a reminder that Google, once on the service end, is a fully established hardware marketer too. Google also announced that the new stuff will be on display and for sale at seven b8ta stores that are separately owned by the startup retailer, which will serve as demo showcases for its connected-home type products. B8ta locations seem to be retailing’s latest flavor, located in all the places you would imagine — New York, Chicago, Santa Monica, Seattle, San Francisco… and a few other big cities.In addition, B8ta operates 70 stores-within-a-stores at Lowe’s locations. The places serve as a hub for smart products displayed the way consumers might use them in their homes. The hired help are called “B8ta testers.” Google is no stranger to retail, of course. The company will also open pop-up stores in Chicago and New York, as it did last year, essentially acting as showrooms for Pixel (and other brands, too). The Google pop-ups open on October 18, the same day the new products are available, and they are due to close New Year’s Eve. Consumers in some locales will be able to order remotely and have Pixel products delivered, within minutes, via the new Google Enjoy service. So even in that “last mile” of retailing, Amazon and Google seem to be going head to head.In addition, B8ta operates 70 stores-within-a-stores at Lowe’s locations. The places serve as a hub for smart products displayed the way consumers might use them in their homes. The hired help are called “B8ta testers.” Google is no stranger to retail, of course. The company will also open pop-up stores in Chicago and New York, as it did last year, essentially acting as showrooms for Pixel (and other brands, too). The Google pop-ups open on October 18, the same day the new products are available, and they are due to close New Year’s Eve. Consumers in some locales will be able to order remotely and have Pixel products delivered, within minutes, via the new Google Enjoy service. So even in that “last mile” of retailing, Amazon and Google seem to be going head to head.   [Source: Media Post] 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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Giant space magnet may have trapped antihelium, raising idea of lingering pools of antimatter in the cosmos

first_img But the “four or five” antihelium candidates Ting says it has tallied over the past 5 years would be something else altogether. There are few conceivable ways for conventional astrophysical processes or dark matter particles to generate that much antihelium, says Kerstin Perez, a particle astrophysicist at MIT. She is co-leading a balloon experiment that could search for antihelium when it launches over Antarctica in 2020. “If it’s real,” she says of Ting’s claim, “it’s something fundamentally new.”It also would validate Ting’s original proposal. When Ting sold NASA and DOE on the AMS, he said it might find runaway particles from oases of antimatter, helping solve a deep riddle. The big bang produced matter and antimatter in equal amounts. Soon after, they began colliding and annihilating each other in puffs of gamma rays. But somehow, matter came to dominate the observable universe. That could be because of some fundamental difference between the two—or maybe it was just a coin flip, where certain regions of space came to be ruled by one or the other. Ting’s idea to look for those regions galvanized his critics, who considered it outlandish because clumps of antimatter coexisting with normal galaxies would produce more gamma radiation than astronomers observe. Moreover, large antiparticles could not easily survive the journey to the AMS. But if antimatter were there, the AMS would sniff it out—or so the original pitch went.The feeling both inside and outside of the AMS team, though, is that it’s still far too early to rule out a more mundane explanation: a problem in the detector. As charged particles pass through the doughnut-shaped magnet, its field bends their paths into signature curves that indicate their charge and momentum. The particles arc through nine cooled-down silicon detectors that track the curves. About a billion times a year the particle turns out to be a helium nucleus, with two positive charges. But each year has also brought one event or so that for all the world looks like it is curving with charge equal to minus two, Ting says—the expected signature of antihelium. The events could just be heliums bouncing unusually off an atom inside the experiment, leading to a misidentification. But the team has used computers to model all the possible paths a particle could take in the detector. “We still do not see any possible way this could come from any background,” Ting says. “Many people in the collaboration think we should publish it.”That he hasn’t done so yet is typical of Ting, his supporters say. “That is kind of his trademark, so to speak , to be extremely sure when something comes out,” says Philip von Doetinchem of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, who is a member of the AMS team but has not worked on the antihelium problem. But critics see it differently. “He knows that he has an instrumental problem,” Tarlé says. To Tarlé, Ting is strategically playing coy to drum up further support for the mission.And Ting may need it. DOE, which will review the AMS in 2019, is eager for breakthroughs—not routine astrophysics. “Understanding the spectra of particular species of cosmic rays is good to know, but it’s not as important, quite frankly,” Salamon says. A more pressing concern is that just one of four redundant pumps that cool its silicon trackers is working at full strength.If the AMS can last until 2024, when the United States and other nations plan to stop funding the ISS, the magnet should be able to double its census of particles. Achieving that would not only help differentiate between exotic and mundane interpretations of its positron signals but also could give Ting more antihelium candidates. Ting won’t say whether having 10 or more will provide the statistical power required to call this a discovery, but he says each one helps.Ting says he is planning to replace the broken pumps with a new system that astronauts would install during a spacewalk. A NASA spokesperson confirms that planning for the repair is underway, in case the last pump breaks. The agency has devoted $16 million to possible spacewalks between now and 2019. DOE and Ting’s international partners have already purchased the replacement parts, he says. “There’s no money issue,” Ting says.If, after all these years, the AMS falls short of finding antihelium, it won’t be for lack of trying.Clarification: A previous version of the story incorrectly suggested that DOE is impatient with the AMS project. MatterThe magnet bends ordinaryparticles one way. Detectors trackthe curves, which depend on theparticles’ charge and momentum.AntimatterAntimatterparticles bendthe other way. An antihelium nucle-us, with a charge of minus two, would bend more than a proton. Proton Antihelium CREDITS: (DATA) AMS; (GRAPHIC) V. ALTOUNIAN/SCIENCE Giant space magnet may have trapped antihelium, raising idea of lingering pools of antimatter in the cosmos By Joshua SokolApr. 19, 2017 , 3:45 PM Sam Ting speaks softly and deliberately as he gets ready to deliver some juicy news to his audience. “You normally cannot hear me anyway,” jokes the physicist at the start of a talk this past December at CERN, the particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, while a technician fiddles with his microphone.Ting may be soft-spoken, but few would call him retiring. Two decades ago, Ting persuaded funders to spend $1.5 billion to build the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). In 2011, NASA launched the 8.5-metric-ton magnet on the penultimate space shuttle flight and attached it to the International Space Station (ISS). Now he is capturing attention again, with a hint—buried at the end of his talk—that the AMS is finally delivering on the promise of its original name, when “AM” stood for “antimatter.”So far, the AMS has measured the masses and electric charges of some 90 billion particles that have passed through the magnet’s maw. Nearly all of those are protons and helium nuclei, along with a smattering of electrons and nuclei of carbon, oxygen, and iron. A precious few are antiprotons and positrons: the antimatter counterparts of protons and electrons. To Ting, those antiparticles may be clues to the unseen “dark matter” that weighs down galaxies with extra gravity, although many astrophysicists regard them as the byproduct of humdrum galactic events.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(*)Those antiparticles are not Ting’s big news, however. At CERN, and again in a 16 February talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, where he has worked since 1969, Ting says that the AMS may have trapped a bigger and weirder form of antimatter. The AMS, he says, has seen a handful of candidate particles of antihelium-3, made of two antiprotons and an antineutron. In labs on Earth, physicists have made antihelium for a few fleeting instants, but no one has ever detected it in space.”It was shocking,” says physicist Michael Salamon, AMS project manager at the Department of Energy (DOE) in Washington, D.C., who heard about the results when Ting called him during a vacation. It’s so unexpected that Ting says he has refrained from publishing the finding or even asking theorists what might be going on. “I want to make sure the signal is genuine,” he tells Science. Detecting antihelium in nature could shake up cosmology. A single confirmed detection could indicate the existence of islands of antimatter that have survived since the big bang, or point to particle interactions beyond the standard model of physics. And for Ting, who turned 81 in January, it would be a vindication, a final retort to his strident critics.In 1976, Ting shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering a subatomic particle called the J/Psi meson. It was 1994 when he first proposed using the AMS to take the particle hunt to space. He promptly drew flak. Some contended that the project, funded by international partners and DOE, had won support through savvy political maneuvering instead of a normal scientific review, and that it wouldn’t deliver big insights. Ting’s results so far amount to “physics by press conference,” says Greg Tarlé, an astrophysicist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a vocal critic of Ting and the AMS.Ting’s marquee AMS result—that more high-energy positrons than expected are buzzing around the galaxy—has not impressed the doubters. That positron excess, which a European satellite found in the mid-2000s and the AMS confirmed, has sparked hundreds of theory papers connecting it to hypothetical dark matter particles. The mutual annihilation of those particles might create a half-and-half blend of electrons and positrons in a narrow energy range. The electrons would fade into a sea of electrons from other sources, but the rarer positrons might stand out. To Ting, the best explanation for the extra positrons is a dark matter particle with a mass of 1 teraelectronvolt—about as much energy as a flying mosquito.Other researchers favor more familiar astrophysical sources. The proliferation of dark matter models, including those that Ting points to, “maybe has more to do with communities and how fast they write papers than it does with science,” says Tim Linden, a particle astrophysicist at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He and others note that the Milky Way is a messy laboratory, roiling with pulsars—the spinning, highly magnetic cores of collapsed stars—and supernovas, which accelerate protons to ultrahigh energies and send them slamming into cooler gas. Both phenomena could generate the antimatter that the AMS sees. Silicon trackers Magnet What’s the matter? Perched on the International Space Station, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer since 2011 has studied the charged particles that pass through its doughnut-shaped magnet. It has found many light antimatter particles, but just a few antihelium candidates.last_img read more

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We’ll be ruthless against terrorists: General J.J. Singh

first_imgTOP GUN: SinghA new war fighting doctrine has been propounded, the army needs modernising and it has to learn to fight in conjunction with the other two services.So General Joginder Jaswant Singh’s tenure as chief of army staff comes at a time when the Indian Army is at a doctrinal,TOP GUN: SinghA new war fighting doctrine has been propounded, the army needs modernising and it has to learn to fight in conjunction with the other two services.So General Joginder Jaswant Singh’s tenure as chief of army staff comes at a time when the Indian Army is at a doctrinal crossroads. A battle-scarred veteran, who led over 200 counter-insurgency operations in the Kashmir Valley, and a keen sportsman, the general is a straight-shooting soldier with matinee-idol looks and does not fight shy of hiding his emotions. Days after taking over as the 22nd chief of army staff, he sat down for an exclusive interview with Managing Editor Raj Chengappa and Special Correspondent Sandeep Unnithan to expound his vision for transforming the world’s third largest army into a 21st century fighting force and his plans to hook the troops onto sports like shooting. General Singh has about three years to execute his vision and, maybe, even complete his untitled work of fiction-he is a writer too-set in the backdrop of Kashmir militancy. Excerpts.Q. You are the first officer from the Sikh community to take over as the chief of army staff. What does this mean to you personally? A. I have often thought of this particular aspect. When I joined the army as a 15-year-old, the interview board asked me what my mother tongue was and I replied, Hindi. They were surprised. ‘But you are a Sikh,’ they said. As my father was in the army, I went wherever he was posted.advertisementI wasn’t and am still not fluent in Punjabi. In the army, our religion is that of our troops. In my 59 years, I have spent 41 with the Maratha troops and I know their culture, language, customs and traditions much more than I do of Sikhs. I think Iam firstly an Indian, then an Indian soldier, then a Maratha and then a Sikh.Q. After you took over, your first statement was that you wanted the army to have a human touch. How does this translate on the ground? A. It is nothing new. Our army is one of the most experienced in handling terrorism and insurgency. All of us who led our troops in sensitive assignments have achieved success when there were two things going for us-a professional attitude and a humane approach. The moment you sacrificed one of them, there was a problem.Now the acme of leadership and the real test of skills is how you can fine-tune these two requirements.Q. The recent events in the Northeast and Kashmir haven’t really helped the army’s image. A. I don’t agree that the army’s performance has been below par. By and large, it has conducted itself with credit and it is a difficult task when the enemy can be anywhere. He adopts all means fair and unfair to hit at us, to provoke and target us. Sometimes it is done deliberately to make sure that we respond and the response harms innocents so that we can be blamed.Q.But some transgressions of the army have had a negative impact. A. We are going to make the rank and file understand this-the stakes are very high and your conduct is as important as your operational efficiency. Professional skills and human touch have to blend.They have to ensure that they don’t transgress because one dead terrorist will not end terrorism. But one lady like Manorama Devi (her death sparked off protests in Manipur) can be a costly mistake. Imagine, the home minister had to make two visits, the army chief had to go too. As far as possible, we will try to stop people from conducting unprofessional operations.”I want a lean, highly professional force. We are improving our capabilities to fight in the future battlefield.” Q. What is your assessment of the ground situation in Kashmir? A. Certainly, the level of terrorism and insurgency in Kashmir has been contained. We should be able to bring this down to a very manageable level.Our endeavour will be to bring in normality to such a degree that the civil administration, police and the state machinery can deliver the goods to the people. That is my priority No. 1. We have to win over the people, they are the final determinant in any insurgency. I already see a turnaround.Q.Will you look at a further deinduction of troops from Kashmir? A. First we have to see the situation on the ground. Up to March, the place is covered by sno wand it is not the right time to make an assessment. We will wait for summer to make a conclusion on whether terrorism has been brought under control and if the force there can be pruned.Q. What is your approach towards dealing with terrorists? A.They will be dealt with ruthlessly. There will be no quarter given or taken.Q. Is the infrastructure of terror still intact across the LOC? A. According to intelligence reports, terrorist networks have not been dismantled.Q. If peace talks with Pakistan don’t succeed, will a hostile situation again develop? A. It will take some more time to make a judgement on this. The only thing I can say right now is that  from our side we will keep our guard up. We will monitor the situation closely. There is a lot of internal strife in Pakistan and it is also deeply engaged in handling terrorism and certain institutions of terrorism along its border with Afghanistan.advertisementTerrorists are probably targeting Pakistan from those centres. So the devil has come home to roost and now Pakistan is taking action against the training schools and infrastructure which it has started.Q. So is the possibility of a war with Pakistan receding? A. I wouldn’t like to say that there is a possibility of war or that it is receding. As I have said, the indicators are that Pakistan is tied down to a lot of internal challenges and trouble along its western border.Q. What is your vision for the army? A. I would like to have a highly professional but lean army. I am going to lay more stress on ensuring our human resource is kept fully motivated, trained and adequately rested. We have to develop our capabilities to protect ourselves from threat from all quarters. While the intentions of neighbours and adversaries can change anytime, capabilities cannot be built overnight.Q. How will future wars in this region be fought? A. I believe that in future battles, the winner will be the one adept at fighting in all weather conditions and at night. We are improving our competence in these areas to fight in the modern battlefield.  The revolution in military affairs and information warfare is going to have an impact on the way we fight.My motto has been ‘Fight to Win’ which means you enter a battlefield with the conviction that you will emerge victorious. I also believe that when the time comes, we will win not on points but by a knockout. This is my philosophy.last_img read more

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Syria regime opponent wins top Egypt literature prize

first_imgCAIRO – Syrian writer Khaled Khalifa, a veteran opponent of the ruling Baath party, has won the Naguib Mahfouz literature prize from the American University in Cairo, organisers said on Thursday.The novelist told AFP by telephone from Damascus that he was happy to receive the award, but said his joy was “incomplete because of the severe and arbitrary measures imposed on Syrians in Egypt”.He was referring to the 325,000 Syrian refugees now in Egypt after fleeing the conflict in their homeland. Human Rights Watch charged last month that Egypt had detained more than 1,500 refugees from Syria, including Palestinians, before forcing most of them to leave the country.Khalifa was unable to travel to Cairo in person to be presented with the award as he was unable to get a visa, organisers said.The prestigious prize was awarded for his novel “La Sakakin fi Matabekh Hazehi Al-Madina” (No Knives in this City’s Kitchens).Part of the prize is that his book, currently available in Arabic only, will be translated into English.His novel focuses on the lives of Syrians under the rule of the Baath party headed by President Bashar al-Assad.The award, now in its 18th year, is named after iconic Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz, the only Arab winner of the Nobel prize for literature.Khalifa, who is also known for his screenplays, was born in Syria’s second city Aleppo in 1964.Syria has been engulfed in a deadly conflict since March 2011 between opponents and supporters of Assad’s regime.More than 126,000 people, mostly civilians, are estimated to have been killed in violence over nearly three years.last_img read more

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The Pistons Trade For Blake Griffin Was A Desperate Move — And

As if the Clippers weren’t an easy enough target already, as one of the worst franchises in the history of North American professional sports, instances like Monday night happen and drive the point home even further.A quick recap, in case you missed it: The Clips swung a blockbuster trade, sending five-time All-Star Blake Griffin and spare pieces to the Detroit Pistons — all this just seven months after Los Angeles put on an elaborate free-agency pitch for Griffin, complete with a mock ceremony in which the team pumped in noise and lifted a banner into the arena rafters to simulate retiring his jersey.The optics of this are embarrassing for Los Angeles, a franchise that’s already overfed its fans with humiliation. Still, as cringeworthy as the change of direction seems, the Pistons could be the ones left with egg on their face as the deal all but puts a hard ceiling on the development of this club, which also gave up what could end up being a valuable first-round pick1Pistons fans know all too well from the last two drafts how painful it is to barely miss on star talent. Aside from watching their team take Luke Kennard over budding Utah star Donovan Mitchell, they also saw Detroit take Stanley Johnson over Devin Booker..Depending on who you ask, the Pistons look either smart or desperate here. If you buy into the notion that this move was smart for them, it’s because you believe Griffin is still one of the 10-to-15 biggest stars in the league, and that the 28-year-old has simply been hindered by fluke injuries in recent seasons. If you feel it reeks of desperation, it’s because you see the writing on the wall: That the Pistons have lost eight in a row, and that Stan Van Gundy, one of the few men in the NBA who holds a dual title as both coach and team president, may need a playoff run to justify holding onto both of those jobs.In any case, this certainly qualifies as a shakeup, and it’s undoubtedly one that could quickly reap benefits. Griffin brings a playmaking ability that the Pistons lacked badly prior to the deal.On paper, Detroit’s offense — at 21st in the league out of 30 — is bad, but not awful (Van Gundy, without injured starting point guard Reggie Jackson for the past month, has in turn given speedy backup Ish Smith an unthinkable 30 minutes per game). But a deep dive, both statistically and on film, shows how much of a challenge it can be for the Pistons to score; particularly in half-court scenarios, where they’re forced to grind things out. They rank 29th out of 30 in average length of possession in half-court offense after surrendering a made shot and are almost just as bad — 27th out of 30 — in efficiency following an opponent score, according to advanced stats site Inpredictable.Van Gundy and his assistants revamped the Pistons’ offense before the season to include more handoffs and ball movement, a strategy that might have gone overboard at times, given who the recipients were. Detroit sometimes looked as if it was bending over backwards to create shots for Avery Bradley by running dozens of off-ball screens for him — the most in the NBA, at 51.5 per 100 possessions, per Second Spectrum and NBA Advanced Stats — even though he’s been below average as a shooter this year.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/avery.mp400:0000:0000:46Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In trading both Bradley and Tobias Harris, who’s in the middle of a career year and leads Detroit in scoring, the Pistons might need a while to figure out the pecking order with the remaining roster — particularly among their younger wing players like Stanley Johnson, Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard. With Jackson still out, Griffin will be called upon to handle the ball a ton, meaning it will likely be out of the hands of Andre Drummond a bit more, despite him having nearly quadrupled his assist rate this season.That dynamic between Griffin and Drummond is the enormous bet here; one that resembles a less versatile version of what the Pelicans decided they’d do last season when trading for DeMarcus Cousins to pair him with Anthony Davis. One where a club’s two best players are both big men, despite the league having moved in a direction that favors smaller, quicker teams.The gamble, though, is less a matter of tactics and more of sheer cost. By the 2019-20 season, Griffin and Drummond alone will cost more than $61 million in salary. To give that context, as of right now, that would make the Griffin-Drummond duo just one of five NBA pairings that exceeds the $60 million mark2A number of other teams like Golden State, Houston, New Orleans, Minnesota and San Antonio figure to join that list in the near future, assuming their All-Stars (Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns and Kawhi Leonard) stay put and sign the sorts of big-money deals they’re eligible for. in combined salary during that season, according to ESPN front-office insider Bobby Marks. Looking at the others — Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal; Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams; Boston’s Al Horford and Gordon Hayward; and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan — highlights that other clubs who’ve invested in that way have already had perennial playoff success to justify that spending. It’s unclear whether Detroit would ever reach that point; especially without cap space to address the backcourt imbalance.Griffin and Drummond themselves will likely fit just fine. Griffin has shot uncharacteristically bad from midrange — at 24 percent, he’s the second-worst in the NBA from there among players with 50 attempts or more — but he knocks down 3s at a decent enough clip to create space between him and Drummond. Both men are good passers, and Drummond, one of the best rebounders in the game — approximates some of what DeAndre Jordan does on offense for the Clippers, as far as rolling to the basket and catching lobs. (Drummond isn’t nearly as good as Jordan on the other end of the court, and is a bit inconsistent with how he aggressively he defends pick and rolls.)Whether the Pistons can develop or find the right talent to put around these two remains to be seen. By trading Harris, Bradley (who was slated to be a high-priced free agent this summer anyway) and Boban Marjanovich — who is the most efficient scorer ever, but often unplayable — Van Gundy made this roster more top-heavy than before, which is risky, given Griffin’s injury history. The ex-Clipper has only played in 66 percent of his games the past four seasons after playing in 99 percent of his contests during his first four years in the association, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Detroit’s first-round pick — one that could easily land in the lottery — could also be valuable for the rebuilding Clippers, too, given how many of those Doc Rivers essentially gave away in recent years.The deal is far easier to make sense of from the Clippers’ perspective: They’re finally embracing the idea of a full-on rebuild, and didn’t want to continue to carry the burden of the 5-year, $171-million contract they gave him in July. (The decision to offer Griffin a fifth year in exchange for leaving out the no-trade clause here looks brilliant in hindsight.) If anything, this deal should further embolden them to see what sorts of packages they can get in return for Jordan and Lou Williams, who is all but a lock for the Sixth Man of the Year award, and narrowly missed out on making the All-Star team. Depending on who all they get back in such deals, there’s a slight chance they could even remain in playoff contention while building a strong foundation — one that looks far different now that they’ll have the cap space to make runs at star-level free agents in the near future.For the Clippers, it was about knowing when to abandon ship, and finding a partner to help them kickstart the process. Only time will tell whether this enormous gamble pays off for Van Gundy and his Detroit club. By trading for Griffin and the weighty contract that comes with him, the Pistons just went all-in on something that might only marginally improve their hopes of reaching the playoffs this season and beyond. read more

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