Blockbuster Big Bang Result May Fizzle, Rumor Suggests

first_imgThe biggest discovery in cosmology in a decade could turn out to be an experimental artifact—at least according to an Internet rumor. The team that reported the discovery is sticking by its work, however.Eight weeks ago, researchers working with a specialized telescope at the South Pole reported the observation of pinwheel-like swirls in the polarization of the afterglow of the big bang, or cosmic microwave background (CMB). Those swirls are traces of gravitational waves rippling through the fabric of spacetime a sliver of a second after the big bang, argue researchers working with the Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2 (BICEP2) telescope. Such waves fulfilled a prediction of a wild theory called inflation, which says that in the first 10-32 seconds, the universe underwent a mind-boggling exponential growth spurt. Many scientists hailed the result as a “smoking gun” for inflation.However, scientists cautioned that the result would have to be scrutinized thoroughly. And now a potential problem with the BICEP analysis has emerged, says Adam Falkowski, a theoretical particle physicist at the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics of Orsay in France and author of the Résonaances blog. The BICEP researchers mapped the polarization of the CMB across a patch of sky measuring 15° by 60°. To study the CMB signal, however, they first had to subtract the “foreground” of microwaves generated by dust within our galaxy, and the BICEP team may have done that incorrectly, Falkowski reports on his blog today.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(*)To subtract the galactic foreground, BICEP researchers relied on a particular map of it generated by the European Space Agency’s spacecraft Planck, which mapped the CMB across the entire sky from 2009 until last year. However, the BICEP team apparently interpreted the map as showing only the galactic emissions. In reality, it may also contain the largely unpolarized hazy glow from other galaxies, which has the effect of making the galactic microwaves coming from any particular point of the sky look less thoroughly polarized than they actually are. So using the map to strip out the galactic foreground may actually leave some of that foreground in the data where it could produce a spurious signal, Falkowski explains. “Apparently, there is something that needs to be corrected, so at this point the BICEP result cannot be taken at face value,” he tells Science.BICEP researchers are not ready to concede the point, however. Clement Pryke, a cosmologist at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a co-principal investigator for the BICEP team, acknowledges that the foreground map is an important and thorny issue. Part of the problem is that the Planck team has not made the raw foreground data available, he says. Instead, BICEP researchers had to do the best they could with a PDF file of that map that the Planck team presented at a conference. Moreover, Pryke says, conversations with members of the Planck team leave it uncertain exactly what is in the key plot. “It is unclear what that plot shows,” he says.As for Falkowski’s suggestion in his blog that the BICEP has admitted to making a mistake, Pryke says that “is totally false.” The BICEP team will not be revising or retracting its work, which it posted to the arXiv preprint server, Pryke says: “We stand by our paper.”In the end, the issue may change the path forward only slightly. Many researchers had been awaiting Planck’s own mapping of the polarization of the CMB, which the Planck team intends to release in October, to see if it reproduces the BICEP result. Now, however, they may be waiting as anxiously to see Planck’s final map of the galactic foreground, due out at the same time, as it could make the BICEP signal go away.last_img read more

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger rakes in big moolah

first_imgEk Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif has broken all box office records. In India, the film has grossed over Rs 200 crores. In fact, the film did well on the international Box Office too. Seems like it would soon cross the Rs 300 crore mark too and even break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs 385 crore.And besides creating the record of the highest opening day ever with a Rs 32.92 crore, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs 100 crore earning at the box office.Ek Tha Tiger is the story of a RAW spy, played by Salman Khan and the film has made history with its collections. The film released on August 15, 2012. Music reviewEk Tha Tiger has eight tracks, a mix of compositions by Sajid-Wajid, Sohail Sen and Julius Packiam. The album opens up with “Mashallah”, a groovy number sung by Wajid and Shreya Ghoshal.Next up on the playlist is “Laapta”. It makes you itch to hit the dance floor and groove the night away. “Banjaara” follows next. The expectations from this number were high given that it is sung by Sukhwinder Singh, who has one of the most distinct and original voice in Bollywood.One goes on a musical high with the next, “Saiyaara”, a soft and slow song. Last but not the least is “Tiger’s Theme”, which has some electronic beats and elements that remind you of James Bond themes.Overall, the soundtrack of “Ek Tha Tiger” offers the listener the romantic and action flavour of the movie.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.Ek Tha Tiger being remade in Tamil?There are reports in the media that Ilayathalapathy Vijay will remake this commercial entertainer in Tamil. Rumors of a remake of the film in Telugu are being suggested as well but no names have been suggested so far for Telugu.Grapevine has it that that Editor Mohan has bought the Tamil remake rights of the film. The film might be directed by Jayam Raja who worked with Vijay in Velayudham.advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar’s Test record under threat from Alastair Cook

first_imgEngland skipper Alastair Cook is in line to break one of the many records held by batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. Cook will have an opportunity to become the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs when his team takes on Sri Lanka in a three-Test series at home, starting May 19.Tendulkar breached the 10,000-run mark against Pakistan at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2005 when he was 31 years and 10 months old. Cook, who turned 31 last December, needs 36 more to join the elite 10,000-run club in Tests.Cook will get the chance to break Tendulkar’s record against Sri Lanka at Leeds, in the first Test in two weeks. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table) The left-handed opener will also become the first England batsman and the 11th overall to get to the 10,000-run mark. The England skipper has played 126 matches and has piled up 9964 runs at an average of 46.56.Graham Gooch and Alex Stewart hold the second and third spot in the list of highest run-scorers in Tests for England.Cook made his Test debut against India in at Nagpur in 2006. He made a sensational start to his career scoring a century on debut, adding to the 60 he made in the first innings. The stylish left-handed batsman made heads turn with his ability to amass runs in big matches. The high-point in Cook’s career came during the 2010-11 Ashes tour when he scored  766 runs in seven innings and guided his team  to their first series win in Australia in 24 years.Cook helped England conquer the spin den in India in the 2012-13 Test series. Cook’s unit came back from behind to win the series 2-1. The captain himself led from the front and scored 562 runs in four matches which included three centuries.advertisementlast_img read more

Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal will be decided after FA Cup final

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger said a decision on his future at the club will be made at a board meeting following their FA Cup final clash against Chelsea later this month.The Frenchman is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of the campaign as he prepares for the final Premier League game of the season against Everton with a hope to finish in the top-four for the 21st consecutive season.”I don’t know (what will happen in the meeting),” Wenger told a news conference on Friday.”There are many aspects of a football club which has to be discussed at a board meeting. One of those is what happens with the manager, the players coming in, contract renewals.”The most important thing is to win the football game. What happens to me after that is less important.”When asked whether a decision will be announced shortly after the FA Cup final on May 27, he replied, “Of course.”The North London club are relying on an upset to secure Champions League qualification. They are sitting fifth in the standings, one point behind fourth-placed Liverpool and three behind third-placed Manchester City.Liverpool host already-relegated Middlesbrough and Manchester City travel to Watford who languish 16th in the standings.Arsenal have won their last four league games and Wenger expected his side to focus on their own performance ahead of the final weekend of the season.”We just want everybody to play 100 percent in last game as is the tradition in England.” Wenger added.advertisement”We have to do our job, we are professionals. We are on a good run and that’s all we can do.”Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has recovered in time for the weekend’s clash while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remained on the sidelines with an hamstring injury.Wenger said he was yet to make a decision on the availability of defender Laurent Koscielny, who missed the last game with an Achilles injury.last_img read more

FA Cup: Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur draw League Two sides in 4th round

first_imgManchester United have been drawn against League Two side Yeovil, the lowest-ranked side in the FA Cup fourth round tie, for the second time in four seasons.In 2015, Yeovil lost to United United 0-2 thanks to goals from Ander Herrera and Angel Di Maria.”I don’t think I could pick anyone better to go up against in the world we live in at the moment,” Yeovil boss Darren Way told the club’s website on Monday night.WATCH VIDEO”It was an extraordinary achievement to get to the fourth round and to get Manchester United is a special moment for the club.”I want everyone to enjoy it and embrace the fantastic challenge. The players and supporters deserve it. It’s going to be a magical day.”This wasn’t a bad moment… �??� #YTFC #EmiratesFACup pic.twitter.com/yBkDoIDIXn- Yeovil Town FC (@YTFC) January 8, 2018 Meanwhile, fellow League Two side Newport County will host Tottenham Hotspur. Newport coach Mike Flynn told his club’s official website: “I’m over the moon. I’m so excited. “It’s an amazing draw and it looks like a good candidate for TV. It’s going to be so important for the club’s finances.”If Mansfield, another club from the fourth tier, can overcome Cardiff at home in a replay, they can welcome Pep Guardiola-coached Manchester City to Field Mill ground.Two all-Premier League ties are guaranteed with Liverpool once more at home against West Bromwich Albion and Southampton facing Watford at St Mary’s.Newcastle will visit either Chelsea or Norwich, while Bournemouth would end up facing West Ham on the south coast if those two clubs can overcome respective replays against Wigan and Shrewsbury.advertisement Nottingham Forest, who dumped holders Arsenal out of the FA Cup, and announced the appointment of Aitor Karanka as their new manager on Monday, visit Hull, the side the Gunners beat in the 2014 final.The draw:Liverpool vs West Brom; Peterborough vs Fleetwood or Leicester; Huddersfield vs Birmingham; Notts County vs Wolves or Swansea; Yeovil vs Manchester United; Carlisle or Sheffield Weds vs Stevenage or Reading; Cardiff or Mansfield vs Manchester City; MK Dons vs Coventry; Millwall vs Rochdale; Southampton vs Watford; Middlesbrough vs Brighton; Bournemouth or Wigan vs Shrewsbury or West Ham; Hull vs Nottingham Forest; Newport County vs Tottenham; Norwich or Chelsea vs Newcastle; Sheffield United vs Preston.(with inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Exclusive: WWE superstar Sasha Banks excited with India visit, ready to explore New Delhi

first_imgFormer World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) RAW women’s champion Sasha Banks is in India for the first time and she said she is very excited to step foot in the country.Banks, who is going to face Alexa Bliss on Saturday, also said that she’s absolutely buzzed to be in Indian and she is looking forward to her match with Bliss on December 9.”I’m very excited. This is my first time here in India and I got in this morning. I hopefully will get to explore later tonight. I’m really excited to meet all my fans. I get a lot of tweets and Instagram messages saying ‘Hey when are you going to be here in India?’ and now the Legit Boss is here,” Banks told indiatoday.in.The last time she spoke to indiatoday.in, she asked her fans to tell her what to do in India and speaking about that, she said she didn’t check much but she might have definitely got some.”I think I got, I didn’t really read them. The Singh Brothers are actually going to take me out to go explore. So they could just keep up on my Instagram page, to see where I go,” said Banks.Sasha, who was really emotional after her match with Bliss at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, said it was perhaps the second best moment in her career so far.So nice to meet you @KavitaDeviWWE today pic.twitter.com/PvoNXxIMtY- $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) December 8, 2017″That feeling was honestly incredible. It was a feeling I used to feel for NXT takeover. It’s crazy that I haven’t felt that way for a while. I knew how special that moment was and what it meant for not only WWE but women all over the world that we are breaking down doors and showing the whole country that women can do it just like the guys. Though we were fully clothed but it’s a step towards something where women can be treated equal and showing the world that women can do it just like the guys. Honestly, it’s one of my top highlight of my career. NXT Brooklyn was No.1 and last night was No. 2.That was something so special.” she said.advertisement”And I’m really looking forward to perform here tomorrow (Saturday) night in India because I know these fans are going to be crazy because they’re already pretty crazy here in the hotel already. Really looking forward to tomorrow night,” she added.The 25-year-old along with Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Bayley or the Four Horsewomen as they were called, brought in a revolution in the women’s division coming in from NXT. Talking about that, she said that she is proud of that and hopes that this goes on in the future. And that is exactly what is happening. Led by former women’s champion Paige, the duo of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, under the name ‘Absolution’ is dominating Monday Night RAW and has already taken the women’s division in the red brand by storm. They have targeted Banks on more than one occasion and in the latest match between her and Paige, she lost to the Englishwoman. Talking to us about countering Paige and Absolution, she said that the plans have not worked out and hence she has to go back to the drawing board.Onto #WWEIndia time to get my Bollywood on @SinghBrosWWE ?????? pic.twitter.com/4clatcG9R3- $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) December 7, 2017″The plans we’ve had so far hasn’t worked out. They attacked me from behind, attacked my friends and Paige beat me last week. So I have to go back to the drawing board and I have to figure out what works for Sasha Banks and I’m ready to bring down my revenge. Mandy Rose doesn’t stand a chance, Sonya doesn’t stand a chance…Paige has a little bit of experience…so I’ll give her that one. Maybe we should make it a best out of seven like Cesaro and Sheamus had,” said the four-time RAW women’s champion. Here are a few excerpts from the exclusive interview:Have you had the chance to see any Bollywood movie?I don’t know much about Bollywood, I’ve heard the music before…I love the clothing, dancing and I actually got to do the Bollywood dance with the boys before but if you recommend any film, I’d love to watch them.Teaching me Bollywood dancing! How did I do? @SinghBrosWWE pic.twitter.com/ZGqO4T6DUa- $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) December 8, 2017India is famous for it’s delicacies? So, tried anything yet?I only had a tiny bit. Had breakfast, which was nothing crazy for my American style. But I also had this Zuccini Pasta, which was amazing and I’ll go back for more.advertisement.@WWEUniverse in #India, please welcome the one & only @sashabankswwe!#WWELiveIndia pic.twitter.com/6NBqW3YQR4- WWE (@WWEIndia) December 8, 2017Do you think ‘Absolution’ can be anything like ‘The Shield’?Absolutely not. No!Will you call in the ‘Four Horsewomen’ if needed against them?If it’s needed. Would I call in them? Absolutely! Charlotte,  Becky, myself and Bayley…we are the ‘Four Horsewomen’ — we are a team  and we are a solid team. So having us all joining forces, not only take on Absolution, the Riot Squad…we could take over the whole world…we can even take over ‘The Shield’. I bet.last_img read more

Argentina Coach Demands Perfection

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO — Perfection is hard to attain in football. Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella says that’s what his team needs to achieve to have a chance of beating Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday.Describing the Germans as “very powerful” rivals physically, mentally and tactically, Sabella on Saturday said there’s no room for error for Argentina.Sabella says: “We must play a perfect game.”The coach said injured winger Angel Di Maria’s condition was improving, though it was still unclear whether he would be fit to play on Sunday.He also dismissed a question about whether he would step down as Argentina coach after the match, saying the issue was “irrelevant” and that he was only thinking about the final.KARL RITTER, Associated Presslast_img read more

UN chief condemns deadly twin bombings in Kabul

first_imgBy Yoshita Singh United Nations, Sep 7 (PTI) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday condemned the attacks on a Kabul sports centre which killed at least 22 people, including sportsmen and two journalists who were covering the initial bombing for a local news agency. The first of two blasts occurred when a suicide bomber detonated himself inside a gym at a wrestling event on Wednesday. A car bomb was triggered soon after as first responders attended the scene. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned the attack in which around 75 people were wounded. “This latest cynical act of terror targeting ordinary citizens of Kabul, along with first responders and journalists, is deeply shocking,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Special Representative for Afghanistan. In a later statement, Guterres condemned the attack and said in a statement issued through his spokesman that “every effort should be made to bring to justice those who organized this attack against civilians.” The sports centre is located in Kabul’s Dasht-i-Barchi suburb, which is predominantly a Shia Muslim neighbourhood. UNAMA has documented a pattern of attacks deliberately carried out against the minority Shias in recent years, the latest of which occurred on August 15 at an education centre. As the Shia community prepares in coming days to commemorate Ashura at which time millions of Shia Muslims globally mark the martyrdom of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson at the Battle of Karbala, “immediate and long-term security measures must be commensurate with the continued risks this community is facing,” said a statement released on Thursday by the Mission.advertisement UNAMA demanded that “the orchestrators of this campaign of systematic attacks against the Shia Muslim religious minority face justice for their crimes”. The UN mission also expressed its deep concern over the heavy price paid by the Afghan media during the years-long Afghan civil war, with the killing of journalists in Afghanistan being among the highest in the world, and extended its deep condolences to families who had lost loved ones and wished the injured a quick recovery. “We join Afghans in expressing our revulsion at such a callous attack,” Yamamoto said. In July, UNAMA released figures highlighting the tragic toll the conflict has had on civilians, revealing that the first half of 2018 was the deadliest for Afghans since UNAMA began documenting civilian casualties in 2009. PTI YAS KUNKUNlast_img read more

Legendary UNC basketball coach faces probe over racially insensitive remarks

first_imgUS sports NCAA women’s tournament: UConn and Notre Dame renew rivalry in Final Four North Carolina Read more ‘Why can’t 100% of jobs go to women?’ McGraw wants change in college basketball Hall of Fame women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell is under investigation over allegations that she tried to force players to compete despite serious injuries and made a series of racially insensitive remarks, including telling her players they would be “hanged from trees with nooses” if they didn’t improve, according to a Washington Post report published on Thursday citing seven people with knowledge of the probe.Hatchell’s attorney, Wade Smith, said on Thursday that players misconstrued comments she made as racist and that she wouldn’t try to force someone to play without clearance from medical staff. Topics Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Hatchell, a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, is the winningest women’s basketball coach in Atlantic Coast Conference history. She has a career record of 1,023-405 and is 751-325 mark in 33 years at UNC with a national title in 1994.The 67-year-old icon became the third women’s coach in Division I with 1,000 career victories in 2017, made her 23rd career NCAA tournament appearance last month and is the only coach with national championships at three levels – AIAW, NAIA and NCAA.She was diagnosed with leukemia in 2013, underwent chemotherapy through March 2014 and returned the following season to lead the Tar Heels to a 26-9 finish. The program also spent several seasons under the shadow of the school’s multi-year NCAA academic case dealing with irregular courses featuring significant athlete enrollments across numerous sports, a case that reached a no-penalty conclusion in October 2017.Hatchell received a contract extension in September 2016 that runs through the end of next season.North Carolina went 18-15 this season with upsets of top-10 teams North Carolina State and defending national champions Notre Dame, who are playing in this weekend’s Final Four. The Tar Heels lost to California in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the first trip there since 2015. Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on Messengercenter_img College sports Read more Support The Guardian Basketball Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp College basketball … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest The school placed Hatchell and her coaching staff on paid administrative leave Monday amid player concerns while a law firm conducts a review of the program. The Post, citing six unnamed parents of players, said complaints were about inappropriate racial comments and players being pushed to play while hurt.In a statement to the Associated Press, Smith says Hatchell “does not have a racist bone in her body” and “cares deeply about (players’) health and well-being”.School spokesman Steve Kirschner said Monday in a statement that the review is “due to issues raised by student-athletes and others”. He did not specify what those issues were.He said the university has hired a Charlotte-based law firm to conduct the review and “assess the culture” of the program. He said there was no timetable but added the review will be “thorough and prompt”.In a statement on Monday, Hatchell said she will cooperate fully with the review.“I’ve had the privilege of coaching more than 200 young women during my 44 years in basketball,” Hatchell said. “My goal has always been to help them become the very best people they can be, on the basketball court and in life.“I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me. I love them all.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Kick It Out found to have ‘number of failings’ after employee complaints

first_imgRace Reuse this content Topics Soccer People should stop throwing stones inside English football’s glass house David Conn Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Bulgaria ordered to play one game behind closed doors over racism Share on WhatsApp These included: providing specialist governance training for board and senior management; improving the flow of communication within the organisation; conducting a strategic review of its activities; focusing on staff workloads and “reducing risk of burnout” and introducing “more effective staff support systems”.Three new trustees have been appointed recently to the board, which the charity described as “refreshed”.Tracey Howarth, the head of regulatory compliance at the Charity Commission, said: “The trustees of Kick It Out should have made protecting those who came into contact with their charity from harm a governance priority. The charity did not fully deliver on this expectation, largely due to failures in communication within the charity … It is because of the importance of Kick It Out’s work, particularly in the current climate, that the trustees understand that it matters just as much how the charity delivers on its purpose, as what it delivers, so that it can continue to be successful and thrive in the future.” The review followed complaints to the commission by former employees about the culture and management at the organisation, including one woman who had suffered a serious sexual assault at a working residential away day.The perpetrator was not a Kick It Out employee or official, and although the charity’s management believed they tried to support the woman as well as they could, the victim felt they lacked adequate expertise and procedures.The Charity Commission opened a “regulatory compliance case” a year ago, and in response Kick It Out, which is funded by the Football Association, Premier League, EFL and Professional Footballers’ Association, commissioned an independent review, led by a QC. Lord Herman Ouseley, the chairman of the campaign for 25 years since its formation in 1993, resigned at that time, infuriated that he had not been kept fully informed over internal discussions about the staff concerns.In a statement, the Charity Commission said: “The [independent] report identified a number of failings. There was evidence of poor communication and a lack of training in key areas such as governance and staff welfare. Many staff felt they were not managed well by the senior management team, with some feeling overworked and inadequately supported.”There were “a series of governance failures related to poor communication among the senior management and trustees”, the commission said. That “contributed to the slow sharing of information among the trustees” of the sexual assault, although it did not diminish the support given to the victim.Kick It Out, which last month announced the appointment of a new chair, Sanjay Bhandari, responded by pointing out that complaints of bullying and harassment had not been upheld by the review. It said it accepted the review’s findings and agreed to implement all the recommendations by May next year. Share via Email An independent review of football’s anti-racism organisation, Kick It Out, has found a series of governance failings including poor communication and a lack of training in staff welfare, the Charity Commission has revealed. news Share on Messenger Kick It Outlast_img read more

Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell, Who Suffered Gruesome Ankle Injury, Posts Video Of Himself On Treadmill

first_imgLaquon Treadwell runs on treadmill after injury.Ole Miss star wideout Laquon Treadwell suffered a gruesome injury against Auburn back on November 1, breaking his leg and dislocating his ankle in the Rebels’ loss to the Tigers. But less than three months later, it looks like he’s making some serious progress on his road to recovery. Wednesday night, Treadwell posted an Instagram video of himself jogging on a treadmill. It’s amazing to see after the severity of the injury.Before suffering the injury, Treadwell was one of the most feared wideouts in college football. Let’s hope he’s able to get back on the field and continue his successful career.last_img read more

Tug Boat Strike to Halt Operations at Australian Ports

first_imgzoom Eastern Australia’s ports will be hit by 12-hour strikes next Tuesday and Wednesday as tug boat crews express their disagreement with a new industrial contract which would force three-person tug crews under a single agreement, according to local media.The strikes, which will affect all coal carriers, fuel carriers, car importers and bulk container vessels entering port, will shut down activities in the ports of Sydney, Botany, Geelong and Newcastle on January 12, and the ports of Brisbane and Melbourne on January 13. The strikes will not affect cruise ships or defence vessels.The strikes were organized by Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE) tug crews after the Denmark-based tug operator Svitzer, that manages tug boats in Australian ports, attempted to force the crews, consisting of a skipper, a deckhand and an engineer, onto a new four-year enterprise agreement.The AIMPE does not agree with the change in contract, and therefore issued Svitzer with a Notice of Industrial Action on January 6, according to GAC.For 25 years the three-person crews were represented by three different agreements recognising different sets of skills.The strike comes as a shock to Svitzer, as the company said it had already reached agreement with two unions, out of three involved in the matter, namely the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Negotiations for a new agreement have been underway with the three maritime unions since October.Svitzer is likely to take the strike threat to the Fair Work Commission this weekend.Following the strike announcement, the port of Brisbane indicated that the move will have minimal impact on port operations, The Sydney Morning Herald cited Port of Brisbane’s chief operating officer Peter Keyte.Brisbane has two tug boat operators, Svitzer and Smit, who have an interchange agreement, while in other ports Svitzer is the sole tug operator.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Premier Promotes Nova Scotia as Clean Energy Innovator

first_imgPremier Stephen McNeil highlighted Nova Scotia’s leadership in clean energy to delegates at a new leaders’ conference of the World Economic Forum today, Sept. 10, in Tianjin, China. Nova Scotia is committed to generating 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, like tidal and wind power, by 2020. “Nova Scotia is a small province with a big future in sustainable energy,” Premier McNeil told delegates. “We’re addressing climate change and the need for a lower carbon future by embracing change through innovation that focuses on one of our greatest advantages – our proximity to the ocean and its tides.” The premier addressed participants at the forum as part of a panel looking for ways to promote smarter, climate-friendly growth through innovation. The event is a highlight of his visit to Southeast Asia to promote enhanced trade relationships and investment opportunities in Nova Scotia. The provincial government has encouraged innovation in developing, storing and using lower-carbon energy sources through regulatory changes and programs designed to support research and development into alternative power sources. This includes support for tidal generation, wind power development, forestry by-products and biofuels. “Many equate innovation with technology but really it should be thought of in a broader way,” said Premier McNeil. “It takes leadership to ensure we are optimizing our energy resources in the most responsible way. And it takes governments, academia, and the private sector working together to innovate in research and regulation.” The conference, called New Champions, is an annual meeting of 1500 delegates from all parts of the world exploring current issues including climate change, energy development, health-care innovation, ocean technology and information technology. Nova Scotia is capitalizing on natural assets like the high tides in the Bay of Fundy and access to significant wind resources to become a leading edge source for research and public policy to deliver on the potential for cleaner ways to generate energy. Examples of innovative approaches being used in Nova Scotia include the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy that is supporting research to develop turbines that can withstand the strong tidal forces in the Bay of Fundy. The work at the centre can lead to technology that can support tidal power development around the world. “Our history has been built on the oceans,” said Premier McNeil. “Nova Scotia’s future will be built on energy, innovation and trade.” More information on the World Economic Forum and its New Champions event is available at www.weforum.org .last_img read more

The Monday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Monday, Jan. 29———VICTIMS’ REMAINS FOUND IN PLANTER BOXES, TORONTO POLICE SAY: A self-employed landscaper now facing five counts of first-degree murder allegedly dismembered some of his male victims and buried their remains at the bottom of large planter boxes. Toronto police, calling the accused and alleged serial killer, said Monday that more victims may yet be identified in what they called an unprecedented case in Canada’s largest city. Speaking at a news conference, Det. Sgt. Hank Idsinga said officers had found dismembered skeletal remains belonging to at least three people in planter boxes at a home linked to Bruce McArthur, already charged earlier this month with killing two men who had disappeared from the city’s gay village. McArthur, 66, was arrested and charged Jan. 18 in the presumed deaths of Selim Esen, 44, and 49-year-old Andrew Kinsman. He was further charged on Monday in the deaths of two missing men — Majeed Kayhan, 58, and Soroush Mahmudi, 50 — as well as Dean Lisowick, 47, who had never been reported missing.———NO PLACE IN POLITICS FOR ASSAULT, SCHEER SAYS: Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if allegations of sexual assault were levelled against candidates for his party today, they wouldn’t be allowed to run. But Scheer says he can’t speak to a decision made by party officials during the 2015 campaign to allow Ontario MP Rick Dykstra to remain on the ballot despite knowing he had been accused of assault. That the party was aware of an allegation of sexual assault against Dykstra came to light in a report by Maclean’s magazine. Scheer says he can’t comment on that decision but if the party was made aware of such an allegation today, the individual would be removed as a candidate until an investigation was completed. Scheer calls the allegations about Dykstra disturbing and says there’s no place for such conduct in the political system. Dykstra has not returned a request for comment on the allegations; he lost his seat in the 2015 election and went on to become president of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, a position from which he resigned over the weekend just ahead of the Maclean’s story publication.———TIME FOR CHANGE ON HARASSMENT, MINISTER SAYS: The time has come to crack down on harassment in federal workplaces, including Parliament Hill, says Employment Minister Patty Hajdu. “Parliament Hill features distinct power imbalances that perpetuate the culture that people with a lot of power and prestige can and have used that power to victimize the people who work so hard for us,” Hajdu said Monday in the House of Commons as she kicked off debate on proposed legislation to support safe workplaces. The legislation, introduced last fall, is aimed at giving workers and employers a clear course of action to better deal with allegations of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. Later Monday, MPs agreed with a motion tabled by NDP House leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau to fast-track the legislation, known as Bill C-65, sending it straight to the House of Commons human resources committee for further study. The proposed changes would merge separate labour standards for sexual harassment and violence, subjecting them to the same scrutiny and dispute resolution process, which could mean bringing in an outside investigator to review allegations. They would also — for the first time — bring parliamentary staff under the protection of the Canada Labour Code.———NEW CANDIDATE JOINS ONTARIO PC LEADERSHIP RACE: A new candidate jumped into the race to lead the Ontario Progressive Conservatives on Monday as the party grappled with the latest accusations of sexual misconduct to hit its ranks. Doug Ford, a former Toronto city councillor and brother to the city’s late former mayor Rob Ford, said he was throwing his hat in the ring to save the party from what he called political “elites.” The party’s executive announced Friday there would be a leadership race to select a permanent replacement for former leader Patrick Brown, who stepped down last week in the face of sexual misconduct allegations, which he vehemently denies. Caucus members had recommended that interim leader Vic Fedeli carry the party through the upcoming provincial election. The party found itself having to fill another vacancy Monday after its president Rick Dykstra resigned abruptly amid a report from Maclean’s magazine on allegations of sexual assault. The allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press and Dykstra has not responded to requests for comment. Fedeli said he was shocked and disgusted by the reported allegations against Dykstra, adding he is taking them very seriously. He said he will take steps to ensure the workplace is safe for party members and staffers in the wake of the allegations.———CANADA HINTS AT WTO, LUMBER TRADE-OFF: The Canadian government has suggested it might drop its major international trade case against the U.S., if it gets a softwood lumber deal. Canada has filed a wide-ranging complaint to the World Trade Organization about the way the U.S. applies punitive tariffs, infuriating the Americans. U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer called it a “massive attack” on the American system of international trade. “If it were successful, it would lead to more Chinese imports into the United States and likely fewer Canadian goods being sold in our market,” he said Monday at the end of NAFTA talks in Montreal. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the case is directly tied to softwood lumber, where the U.S. imposed duties. “We are aware that the U.S. is concerned by our litigation. And to those concerns, I have a very clear response and a clear offer, which is: let’s sit down and let’s negotiate a softwood lumber deal,” the minister told reporters following her earlier appearance with Lighthizer and their Mexican counterpart, Ildefonso Guajardo. A big challenge in reaching a softwood deal is that it’s not entirely up to the governments of Canada and the U.S. As part of any deal, the American lumber industry would need to sign off on the right to sue Canada again for punitive duties — and there’s no indication that’s happening.———MORNEAU DELUGED WITH MESSAGES OVER TAXES: Bill Morneau was inundated with more than 10,000 missives last fall following the release of controversial tax-change proposals that infuriated Canada’s small-business community. An internal memo obtained by The Canadian Press says the flood of messages addressed directly to the federal finance minister came in addition to the more than 21,000 email submissions his department received as part of a related public consultation process. The Nov. 15 briefing note to the deputy finance minister also says the department had yet to process all the tax-related submissions at that time — even though more than a month had passed since the end of the consultation period. The document says that, as expected, most submissions came from taxpayers that would be directly affected by the tax proposals. The memo also lists the most common criticisms — including complaints the consultation period was too short, that the changes would have retroactive consequences on retirement plans created under the current rules and that farmers were too busy with their harvests to thoroughly examine the proposals. Morneau has argued the proposals were designed to stop wealthy owners of private corporations from unfairly taking advantage of the system — however, the uproar eventually forced him to back away from some elements of his plan.———GIRL KILLED BECAUSE OF UNDERAGE SEX, CROWN SAYS: The Crown opened its second-degree murder case against 55-year-old Raymond Cormier, alleging he killed 15-year-old Tina Fontaine when he discovered her age. He was arrested 16 months after Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in central Winnipeg in 2014. She had run away from a hotel — where she was being housed by Child and Family Services — and was being sexually exploited. Her death shocked the city and led the Manitoba government to phase out the use of hotels for kids in government care. Crown attorney James Ross said told jurors they will hear evidence from Cormier’s friends, as well as from wiretaps of Cormier’s apartment, that he killed the teenager because he was worried he might be arrested. Cormier had sex with Tina and later was angry upon finding out she was only 15 — one year below the age of consent, Ross said. “Mr. Cormier told associates that Tina Fontaine ‘got killed because we, I, found out she was 15.’” Ross also said Cormier was worried Tina was going to report him for possessing a stolen truck — the same one the Crown believes was used to transport her body to the river.———MURDER TRAIL BEGINS FOR FARMER IN FATAL SHOOTING: Jury selection has begun at the trial for a Saskatchewan farmer accused in the fatal shooting of an Indigenous man. Gerald Stanley was formally arraigned on a charge of second-degree murder and pleaded not guilty at a community centre in Battleford, Sask. Saskatchewan Chief Justice Martel Popescul must find 12 unbiased jurors in a case that stirred racial tensions in the province. Some 750 potential jurors were summoned — prompting jury selection to be held in a community centre — and about 200 showed up. Colten Boushie was 22 when an SUV that he was a passenger in drove onto a farm near Biggar, Sask., on Aug. 9, 2016. An altercation ensued and Boushie — from the Red Pheasant First Nation — was shot and killed. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.———AUDITOR GENERAL TO ISSUE NEW FIGHTER JET REPORT: Six years after his explosive report on the F-35 derailed the Harper government’s plan to buy the controversial stealth aircraft, federal auditor general Michael Ferguson is diving back into the fighter-jet file. Ferguson’s staff have been going over internal government records for several months, though the auditor general’s office won’t reveal exactly what aspects of the program are under the microscope. The final report is scheduled for release in the fall. Ferguson’s last report on fighter jets in April 2012 was a bombshell that found senior defence officials twisted rules, downplayed problems and withheld information about the Harper government’s plan to buy 65 F-35s. The report forced the government to suspend the project pending a complete review, which eventually pegged the full cost of buying and operating the F-35s at more than $45 billion. Six years later, Canada still has not chosen a new fighter jet to replace its aging CF-18s. It is unlikely the auditor general will find the kind of serious problems with the government’s efforts to buy fighter jets as the last time, as the overall procurement system has been revamped with a variety of checks and balances.———ALESSIA CARA DEFENDS BEST NEW ARTIST GRAMMY WIN: Canadian singer Alessia Cara is defending herself against negative comments over her Grammy Award win. Cara won best new artist at Sunday’s show, which some social media users said wasn’t fair since she’s already well-established in the music scene. Some wrote that the award should have gone to R&B singer SZA, who was also nominated in the category alongside Julia Michaels, Khalid, and Lil Uzi Vert. Cara responded to the backlash on her Instagram account, writing that she didn’t ask to be submitted in the category and had “no control over” the outcome. The Brampton, Ont., native said she’s “worked really hard” and was “not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was kid.” The 21-year-old added “there is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers.”———last_img read more

Tentative deal reached with unionized shipbuilders working on navy vessels

first_imgHALIFAX – The union at the Halifax shipyard building the next generation of Royal Canadian Navy vessels says it has a tentative agreement with Irving Shipbuilding.Both the union and the company said no details will be released until Halifax Shipyard employees have a chance to view it and vote on it.Unifor gave 48-hour strike notice last week, but talks resumed before a Saturday deadline for the walkout.Last week, the union said a strong majority of 850 members had rejected an earlier tentative contract.Unifor’s lead negotiator had said tensions were high, and the issues were not just about economics, but rather were tied to disagreements over the number of discipline cases at the shipyard and the use of foreign workers.The company confirmed a new tentative agreement has been reached, but declined further comment.The shipyard has said it is planning to build up to six Arctic and offshore patrol ships and 15 Canadian surface combatants over the next 25 years, referring to the projects as “the backbone of the Royal Canadian Navy.”last_img read more

UN envoy calls on Israel to preserve health of Palestinian detainee on

10 February 2012The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process today called on Israel to do everything in its power to preserve the health of a Palestinian detainee who is on a hunger strike and to resolve the case. Khader Adnan has been refusing food since 18 December in protest at his detention without charge, according to media reports. Early this month, a military court reportedly ordered that he be held in administrative detention for four months. Special Coordinator Robert Serry called on the Israeli Government “to do everything in its power to preserve the health of the prisoner and to resolve the case while abiding by all legal obligations under international law,” according to a statement issued by his office. During his recent visit to the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed the situation of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli custody with the Palestinian Minister of Prisoners’ Affairs.Mr. Serry’s office is following up on some of the issues related to the question of prisoners, particularly on the use of administrative detention.The statement noted that administrative detention “should only be employed in exceptional circumstances, for as short a period as possible, and without prejudice to the rights guaranteed to prisoners.” read more

Mens soccer Terrapins too much for Ohio State

OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed dribbles the ball against UC Santa Barbara at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State men’s soccer team knew it was heading into its toughest match of the season. As OSU stepped onto the field at College Park, a place where coach John Bluem team has never recorded a win, the Buckeyes looked to hand Maryland its first loss of the season.  The Terrapins would prove to be too much to handle, as they would go on to defeat the Buckeyes 2-0 on Friday night, handing OSU its fourth straight loss.Maryland attacked early and often in the first period and was quickly rewarded for its efforts.In the 13th minute, sophomore forward Gordon Wild netted his Big Ten-leading 10th goal of the season to put the Terps ahead 1-0.Moments later, in the 19th minute, sophomore forward Sebastian Elney was able to find the back of the net from 15 yards out to extend the Terrapins lead to 2-0.The two goals would be more than enough for Maryland, holding the Buckeyes scoreless through 90 minutes.  OSU has not been able to get on the scoreboard in its last two games, being held without a goal for the last 243 minutes. The last time OSU found the back of the net was in the 27th minute against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Sept. 28.A big reason for the Buckeyes’ loss was a very poor first period, in which they were outshot 11-2. They were able to outshoot Maryland 7-5 in the second period, but by that time the Terrapins had taken their foot off the gas and protected their lead.Despite the loss, redshirt freshman goalkeeper Parker Siegfried had a solid night in net. Siegfried made six saves, giving him a total of 37 on the year through 12 games.With the loss, the Scarlet and Gray fall to 3-9 on the season, with a 2-3 record in conference. The team will now return to Columbus, where they begin a two-game home stand with matches against Oakland and Indiana. read more

Last years loss against Purdue a distant memory

What a difference a year makes. The last meeting between Ohio State and Purdue left the Buckeyes stunned and the Boilermakers euphoric. Upset 26-18 by underdog Purdue, OSU left West Lafayette, Ind., a year ago shocked and embarrassed. At the time, the loss was devastating. One year later, it was motivating. The OSU coaching staff hung reminders of last season’s uninspiring effort this week to ensure its team didn’t forget the debacle. “You walk in the building, the hallway, locker room, weight room, anywhere you can think of it was there,” senior offensive lineman Justin Boren said. … “After we lost I think the headline was ‘Train Wreck’ or something and it just reminded us that we have to take care of business.” On Saturday, it appeared as though the coaches’ ploy worked. This year’s Buckeye squad refused to fall victim to Purdue. They were ready. Dominating their opponent in every facet of the game, the Buckeyes thrashed Purdue 49-0. “I’ve never been a part of this team where we had to come off a loss straight into a team that beat us last year,” senior captain Dane Sanzenbacher said. “We all had a lot of emotions coming into the game. Not a lot needed to be said. Everyone was ready.” Looking to avoid a repeat performance, the Buckeyes sprinted to a 42-0 halftime advantage. “It was definitely something that we remembered, and we definitely didn’t want to let that happen to us again,” safety Orhian Johnson said of last year’s loss. “We felt like we needed to go out there and just play our game and just get after them early.” OSU’s 76 yards on the ground in the first stanza alone were 10 more than the Buckeyes had in all of last year’s contest combined. Compiling almost triple the rushing yards from a year ago and outgaining the Boilermakers 489-118, the Buckeyes did everything they could to erase the unpleasant memories from a year ago. And recording nine tackles for losses while pitching its first shutout of the year, the silver bullet defense avenged its subpar performance at Purdue a year ago as well.   “We try to make every game a statement game,” safety Jermale Hines said. “When you’re a Buckeye, you tend to have a lot of pressure on you because people expect you to win every game. We didn’t get it done last year but we came together as a team, as a coaching staff and fought hard.” Although the Buckeyes had extra motivation suffering their first loss of the year a week ago, quarterback Terrelle Pryor said it was the previous Purdue game that had him fired up. “I think Purdue last year was a lot more motivation than last week,” Pryor said. “I think Purdue last year really motivated us because they really kicked our butts up and down the field the whole game.” Fortunately for the Bucks, it was them doing the butt-kicking this time around. read more

Makerbot unveils the Replicator 2 3D printer

first_imgEvery geek who knows what a 3D printer is looks forward to the day when putting one of these gadgets in the home is both cost appropriate and quality assured. 3D printers are unbelievably cool, and in the right hands there’s a practically unlimited number of uses for such a creative device. At the end of the day, however, when you spend money on a product like this it helps to know that there’s a professional organization behind it. Makerbot has been one of the biggest names in the 3D printing space for a long time now, and today they showed off exactly why that is with the new Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.The previous Makerbot devices were great geeky little toys, but they looked and felt a little amateur. The wooden panels were fun, but the whole machine wobbled when something was printing, and the display on the unit was pretty low quality. Granted, none of that mattered when your fun new thing popped off the plate, but really the Makerbot lacked the professional touch needed to put it in the home. The Replicator 2 is a whole new monster, made with a steel frame and milled PVC panels. The black matte finish to the device gives the machine a whole new look on the outside. Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis noted that the Replicator 2 was the company’s step from making hobbyist devices to prosumer devices, and the new design carries that tone well.On the inside, the Markebot has been heavily modified for performance. The printer has access to a larger print space without making the device itself any larger. The full print space is now 11.2 x 6.1 x 6, which is 37% larger than before. The extruders are now capable of printing at a resolution of 100 microns, which is just slightly thicker than a typical sheet of paper. This means that there will be more than twice the layers in a print job then have been seen in previous printers. As a result, everything comes out much smoother to the touch.You can also print multiple individual pieces now without a sprue grid and that line up with everything else on the plate. While you can use a variety of different materials, Markerbot has optimized the printer for their own materials. The Makerbot PLA is a bioplastic fillament made from corn, and is available in many different colors.Makerbot still allows you to use any software to send things to their devices, but now includes Makerware. The Makerware 3D modeling software allows you to build items right on a virtual Makerbot plate, so when you print you can see exactly where on the Replicator 2 the model will be printed. This makes it much easier to make sure you know what the item will look like coming out of the printer, which can occasionally be a proiblem with 3D printers. The Makerware software is designed to be as simple as possible so 3D designers of every skill level, including none at all, can use the tool. Once you click print, the Replicator 2 will start in seconds, instead of the minutes it took previous units.The Maketbot team has certainly put their best foot forward with the new Replicator 2. For $2,199 the 3D printer comes fully assembled and ready to print. The price is still a little high to put one in every home, but it is clear that Makerbot’s goal was to first release a mature product that looks great anywhere.Makerbot’s Replicator 2 is available for sale online, but now also available at the very first Makerbot Store, which is opening in New York City this week.last_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Captive State

first_imgStay on target Captive State is a dark, somber, low(ish)-budget, science-fiction political allegory that dares to ask the question “What if District 9 and They Live were the same movie — and both took themselves much too seriously?” Directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of The Planet of The Apes) it wrings impressive visuals from a minuscule budget and digs enthusiastically into big, meaty ideas about class, geopolitics and war-fighting but fails to engage emotionally; mostly thanks to a screenplay that’s more devoted to moving pieces around for an unnecessarily convoluted (and too easy to figure out too soon) plot twist than to letting us fully connect with any of our featured players or their world.Set eight years from tomorrow after Earth has been invaded, conquered, and effectively colonized by a technologically-superior alien race identified only as “The Legislators,” the story limits the majority of its scope to cat and mouse battles between human police and government officials collaborating with the alien occupiers and the insurgent resistance fighters working to bring the system down in the walled-of city of Chicago. That narrow focus helps keep the budgetary scope manageable, but it also lets the onscreen events more directly present the obviously intended “think about it, won’t you?” visual parallels to real-life military-versus-insurgent scenarios of recent years aimed at hitting Western and specifically American audiences right in the “How would you like it???” soft-spot – which is quickly apparent to be the overriding goal here.Story-wise, Chicago is the focus because it houses one of the main access hubs leading to the underground cities where The Legislators are at work stripping the planet of its natural resources. Ashton Sanders (Moonlight)  and John Goodman are, ostensibly, our main characters; respectively playing a street-smart young hustler angling to get himself and his girlfriend out of the city for good (only to find himself drawn into the machinations of an anti-legislator resistance cell who venerate his deceased brother as a heroic martyr) and a world-weary police investigator who sees his mission to thwart the so-called “terrorists” not as collaboration but as all he can do to prevent The Legislators from simply leveling the city he used to call home.Because it’s “that kind of movie,” the two men share a connection that you will almost certainly guess well before it’s established and probably even sooner than you pick out the earnestly-loaded trigger-switches being carefully set in place to make the stiflingly-obvious Act 3 turnaround happen; but to be honest Sanders and Goodman are both exceptionally good actors and so good here that, were they allowed to simply play their dynamic out across the whole film the overall familiarity of the telling wouldn’t be as much of an issue. The problem, instead, is that no sooner are we sold on the tone and texture of this morally gray two-track dual-protagonist narrative than does Captive State decide to sideline them for most of its middle section.It’s a truly bizarre structural decision; one that feels a lot like the film must have come in too long at one point and this was the best they could get to at a reasonable length: After spending nearly all of its introductory scenes establishing the world of the film and its rules through the movements of two characters, the film abandons both for an extended sequence detailing the elaborate series of checks, codes, hacks and procedures by which the network of minor and/or previously-unseen characters comprising “the resistance” can congregate, plan and execute a daring act of insurrection against the bad guys in which Goodman’s character barely participates until showing up for the very ending and Sanders isn’t present at all.Maddeningly, the sequence itself is the technical highlight of the film — a bravura clockwork mechanism of introductions, seemingly-random minor visual cues and actorly-tics that effectively communicate what’s going on with only the barest hint of data. It’s easily one of the clearest illustrations of “this is how an effective insurgent campaign works” I can recall seeing put to film, science-fiction tinged or otherwise — and as a short film in its own right it’d really be something; but as part of this one it’s mostly mechanical and distancing, because we don’t know these people, or really why we should care beyond their individual actors being reasonably compelling. In fact, it feels so separate that instead of ending with the expected up-close confrontation with The Legislators (who we don’t really ever get much of a look at, but for what we see they’re sort of like if Venom was a porcupine) they end up against different, more conventionally “Predator-esque” looking armored aliens that get called in for reinforcements whom we also never see again. And then it’s done with and we’re back to the “real” movie again for a “no, that wasn’t the plan — this was the plan!” finish that’s nowhere near as cleverly-disguised as it thinks it is.Frustratingly, I really wanted to like this more than I did. It honestly does so much right in the bits and pieces that I’m sorely tempted to give it a pass because you want to encourage studios to let established directors do mid-budget passion projects around big ideas, taken seriously, staged with good actors and made with real conviction and something to say. Indeed, even in 2019 it is pretty gutsy for a Hollywood studio to put a movie out where the open and obvious point is “Hey, maybe try to see things from the insurgent’s perspective” (whatever you think of the point itself.) But execution matters, and too much of Captive State ends up feeling like homework. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more