Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 25

first_imgThis Monday morning on Sportsday we looked back on day three of the second Test between England and Pakistan at Old Trafford, England opened up a 489-run lead over Pakistan after choosing not to enforce the follow-on.We have all the reaction from the Tour de France as Chris Froome became Britain’s first three-time winner when he crossed the finish line of the 21-stage race in Paris yesterday.We also look back on the Hungarian Grand Prix, Super League and how The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) is “disappointed” its recommendation to ban Russia from next month’s Olympic Games in Rio has been rejected.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

Baseball World Series MVP Award Named for Willie Mays

Willie Mays (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has named its World Series Most Valuable Player award after Willie Mays.The decision was announced Friday, the 63rd anniversary of Mays’ back-to-the-plate catch in deep center field at the Polo Grounds for the New York Giants against Cleveland’s Vic Wertz in the World Series opener. The Giants went on to sweep the Indians.The Series MVP award began the following year when it was won by Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Johnny Podres.San Francisco Giants’ Willie Mays is all set for a workout at the baseball club’s training camp at Casa Grande,  (AP Photo/RDS)Now 86, Mays played in 24 All-Star Games during a 22-year-career with the New York and San Francisco Giants, and the New York Mets.

Intel Launches 4th Generation Processors Offers Upto 50 More Battery Life

first_imgIntel officially unveiled its fourth generation processors at Asia’s largest trade IT fair, Computex, in Taipei on Tuesday.The fourth generation processors formerly known as Haswell is expected to give a whopping 50 percent more battery life and faster data encryption compared to its predecessors.”Delivering Intel’s largest generation-over-generation gain in battery life enablement  in company history, 4th generation Intel Core processors can bring an 50 percent improvement in battery life over the previous generation in active workloads when watching movies or surfing the internet, and two to three times improvement in standby battery life. For some systems coming to market this year, over 9 hours of active use battery life or 10 to 13 days of standby with fresh data on a single charge is expected,” stated the US chip giant.”4th generation Intel core processors offer the most significant gain in battery life enabling ever achieved by Intel, up to double the graphics and CPU performance improvements that are delivering exciting new consumer experienced, ” said Kirk Skaugen, the senior vice president and general manager, Intel PC client group.The new processors introduced at Computex is specifically designed for 2-in-1 ultrabook laptops which could combine the performance of a PC with the mobility of a tablet. “It’s (the ultrabook) a tablet when you want it, and a notebook when you need it,” said Skaugen.The fourth-generation processors will gradually replace the third-generation Ivy Bridge. According to a statement issued by the company, the products sporting the fourth generation Intel Core vPro would be available later this year. The prices for the new Intel Core processor is listed on www.intc.com.last_img read more

VW exCEO told of defeat device admission weeks before news was public

first_imgVolkswagen’s former chief executive Martin Winterkorn was informed that the car-maker had told regulators it was using defeat devices two weeks before the scandal became public, German tabloid Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.It said it was in possession of a letter sent Sept. 4, 2015, by an unnamed manager directly to then-CEO Winterkorn that said: “In the conversation on 03.09.2015 with the regulator CARB (California Air Resources Board), the defeat device was admitted. (sic)”Volkswagen’s US CEO Michael Horn told a U.S. House of Representatives hearing in October the company had told regulators Sept. 3 it was using defeat devices.A letter pointing to the then-CEO could lend weight to the cases of shareholders planning to sue Volkswagen for compensation for the plunge in its share price, saying VW should have told the public as soon as it became aware.The law firm acting for Winterkorn, who resigned on Sept. 23, was not immediately reachable for comment.A Volkswagen spokesman said the company declined to comment on an ongoing investigation.German financial watchdog Bafin is investigating whether Volkswagen breached disclosure rules when it admitted to falsifying U.S. emissions tests in September. It said last month the probe would probably take several more months.In parallel with investigations by various authorities, Volkswagen has hired law firm Jones Day to carry out an internal probe into identifying who ordered engineers to develop and install software designed to cheat U.S. diesel-emissions tests, and who knew.The discovery of the cheating, which U.S. authorities announced Sept. 18, unleashed one of Volkswagen’s biggest-ever scandals, leading to the resignation of several top managers and likely to cost it tens of billions of dollars.The news wiped 17 percent, or more than €13 billion ($14.2 billion), off Volkswagen’s market value on the next trading day.Volkswagen is expected to present the first results of its investigation in April. It has said so far it has no reason to believe that more than a few people were involved in the cheating, and not at top level.last_img read more

Here are 5 easy ways to make sure your personal loan does

first_imgA bank staff member hands Indian 500 rupee notes to a customer on November 24, 2016, in the wake of the demonetisation of old 500 and 1000 rupee notes in Mumbai.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesPersonal Loan comes to a person’s rescue whenever there is an emergency situation – be it medical or any undeclared expense. It has the potential to bail you out of a situation where you cannot meet the expense. The quick and easy accessibility feature of a Personal Loan makes it the most sought after loan options during an unexpected financial crisis. They are also the best borrowing option for short-term financial needs. However, since such loans come with a high-interest rate baggage, caution and restraint are key before opting for it. So, any error or delay in repayment can result in a heavy outgo, possibly leading to a debt spiral.Here are five precautions that can help you ensure that your Personal Loan does not become a liability.1: Say no to multiple loansThe desperation for raising funds in a financial crisis often urges individuals to seek loans from various banks or NBFCs. This is not helpful as multiple applications only reduce the chances of getting a loan sanctioned. With every loan application, banks check the Credit Score and credit history of the applicant. Taking multiple loans could impact the Credit Score negatively and dampen borrowing potential. An individual with a low Credit Score is typically charged higher interest rate than someone with a healthy Credit Score.2: Don’t borrow more than you can repayWith banks offering pre-approved Instant Personal Loans, it is easy to get carried away and borrow more than your repayment capacity. If your EMI towards the loan repayment is beyond your means, you could land yourself in a bigger financial trouble by having to break other funds or take further loans. One way to ensure your Personal Loan repayment remains within your means is by making sure your loan EMI does not exceed 35 to 40% of your monthly income.3: Choose loan tenure wiselyChoosing the right tenure for a Personal Loan is important to reduce the burden on yourself. The longer the loan tenure, the higher is the overall cost of repayment for the loan even though the EMI might seem tempting. You must go for the shortest tenure possible for you to afford. The loan tenure must be determined as per your repayment capacity.4: Ensure timely repaymentsYou must avoid missing or delaying Personal Loan EMIs as it would attract a penalty for late payment. Regular delays can also impact your credit profile negatively, thus affecting your borrowing potential for future. One way to ensure timely repayment is by opting for an auto debit facility from your bank account towards loan EMIs. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty5: Always read the fine printLegal documents might not be easy to go through but make sure you pay attention while you read through the terms and conditions of a Personal Loan. These documents will help in the event of any dispute between you and the lending institute. As the terms and conditions are different for each bank, it makes sense to compare different loan options before zeroing in on one.Loans are tricky. They can help you build wealth or drag you to financial misery. Make the best use of them through your financial learnings.last_img read more

UH Hobby Survey Raise Sin Taxes To Pay For Public Schools

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:50 PixabayA new survey found Texas voters overwhelmingly want to increase state money for public schools, but a majority also oppose raising sales taxes to offset any cuts to property taxes. So what funding solutions do Texans support?According to the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs, most Texans favor an increase in so-called sin taxes to pay for public education.“Almost 70 percent support increasing taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, and about 60 percent support increased sales taxes on beer, wine and other alcohol,” said Jim Granato, the Hobby School’s executive director.Residents also favor raising taxes on oil and gas extraction — and there was one big surprise.“About three out of five Texans support legalization and taxing of casino gambling, and almost the same percent support legalizing and taxing recreational sale of marijuana,” Granato said.But respondents rejected the idea of instituting a state income tax by three-to-one.State lawmakers are trying to figure out how to fund public education, while capping property taxes. Listen X Sharelast_img read more

Hayes Looks to Raise Fines on Liquor Sales to Minors in Baltimore

first_imgralejandro@afro.com Del. Antonio Hayes has submitted a bill to the General Assembly to raise the maximum fine for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors in Baltimore City. (Photo courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes)Baltimore City has the lowest maximum fine – tied with Calvert County – for a first-time offense of selling alcohol to minors. Del. Antonio Hayes (D-Baltimore City) has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to double the current maximum fine, from $500 to $1,000.“This bill, like other pieces of my legislation, is really the brainchild of people in communities that I represent,” said Hayes, who tells the AFRO that his bill was spurred by the advocacy of Dr. Marvin Cheatham, president of the Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association, on the issue of liquor sales to minors.Currently, in Baltimore City, the Board of Liquor License Commissioners (BLLC) can impose a fine of up to $500 on an establishment for its first offense of selling alcohol to minors. Subsequent offenses allow a maximum fine of $3,000, and Hayes says his bill, House Bill 868 (HB0868), would simply put the initial fine more on par with the fine for subsequent offenses.Baltimore City’s current maximum fine is well below that of other counties in the state, according to the freshman delegate. In adjacent Baltimore County, the maximum fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors is $2,000. In Prince George’s it is $12,500, and in Montgomery County it is $20,000, says Hayes.“Most liquor stores, $500 is what they do in two to three hours, so it’s not really sending them a message of the importance of [not] serving alcohol to minors,” said Hayes.Cheatham tells the AFRO that there are 15 establishments selling or serving alcohol in the vicinity of his neighborhood, four of which were fined last year for selling alcohol to minors.“What we were seeing was not only violence and crime associated with the liquor stores, but we were beginning to see an uptick in the sale of liquor to young people because they weren’t checking the IDs,” said Cheatham, who says the current BLLC has been more aggressive in policing sales to minors, but that its penalties need more teeth.“Where it is now . . . that’s far too little when you consider you sold liquor to a minor,” said Cheatham.According to Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth, executive secretary of the BLLC for Baltimore City, 44 establishments were fined for selling alcohol to minors in fiscal year 2013, with approximately 75 establishments being fined for, or charged with, selling alcohol to minors in fiscal 2014 (running from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015).The process for fining an establishment begins with a police vice operation, generally involving an underage cadet, who attempts to purchase alcohol. If the undercover cadet is not ID’d and sold alcohol (or sold alcohol despite an ID showing the cadet was underage), the police file a report with BLLC who then holds a hearing to determine guilt and the appropriate fine.“Last year [vice] visited approximately 150 locations throughout the city,” said Bailey-Hedgepeth.“The majority of the liquor stores and taverns in the district are responsible establishments,” said Hayes, “it’s just that there’s a couple of bad apples that are not responsible, so this [bill] is really to go after the ones who are not being responsible.”Because HB0868 simply raises the maximum fine that can be assessed against an establishment for a first offense of selling alcohol to minors, the bill has no direct costs for implementation.last_img read more

Richard Wright HighSchoolers Get Early Break in Media Industry

first_imgRichard Wright Public Charter School’s 2014 Black Tie Gala.Being a young, aspiring journalist in the nation’s capital can be truly rewarding. Perhaps, no other group of teenagers in the city knows this as much as students at the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts.After an impromptu meeting on Capitol Hill with civil rights leader U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a small group of Wright students created the short film, Bridging the Legacy  – Congressman John Lewis: A Hero for Every Generation, which will be viewed June 13 at the Richard Wright Black Tie Gala Film Festival 2015 at the Warner Theatre.Founded in 2011, Wright is the only non-selective high school in the city that affords students unique opportunities to explore media and hone their craft in print and broadcast journalism. Students participate in forums and conferences surrounding issues of civil rights, economic growth, environmental sustainability, technology development and global affairs. Their educational experiences venture from the White House to behind the scenes of local newsrooms. Their work is also published in local newspapers and online platforms.Inside the walls of the southeast school, largely attended by youth who reside in D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8, is where the magic happens.“I really appreciate the family atmosphere we have here. It’s very close knit,” says Stokely Lewis, who worked on the congressman’s documentary. “I can talk to the staff, I’m close with my peers, and it’s something that I have really gotten used to.”Stokely is a member of the ambassador’s club, the school’s premier leadership organization, which cultivates peer-to-peer accountability and mentorship as well as leadership skills as students make decisions that affect the entire student body.Student ambassador Kennard Jones and guest at 2014 gala.“We believe in empowering our students to become solid thinkers and leaders for themselves because clearly we know that they’re not going to be with us for a very long time,” says Dr. Marco Clark, the school’s founder and CEO.In an effort to address reading, writing, and speech deficiencies among urban youth, Clark envisioned the school invoking the spirit of an acclaimed 20th century writer.“Richard Wright represents the majority of the population that we serve – some of our kids have some challenges just as Richard Wright,” says Clark. “Richard Wright was able to express himself in a written format as well as an orator standpoint and I think that really coupled what we needed to have in our school. Plus, we wanted our kids to understand that you can stand for things that are very important especially if they’re going to make a positive change.”When Shaka Williams entered Wright as a freshman, he was unsure of all that mass media entails. Eventually, he took to camera production, then became a founding anchor of the school’s news desk. As a former athlete who took a break to focus on his studies during his senior year, Williams enjoys keeping up with sports through reporting.“We may not have the best teams in the area, but I do promote them and I give them the absolute respect for what they do on the field and what they do in the classroom,” he says.As a member of the school’s first graduating class of 60 students, Williams will attend the University of the District of Columbia for mass communications and English, with a stronger sense of what it takes to become a nationally recognized sports anchor.“A lot of kids come [to the school] with an [interest] in being a journalist, interviewer, or filmmaker and being here opens up their minds of what they want to do,” he says. “And they’re set afterwards.”last_img read more

Lightemitting transistor uses light to transfer an electrical signal

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. At left, the drawing of the LET describes the scientists’ observation, shown in the electroluminescence intensity map at right. The infrared light emitted from the LET reaches the detector, meaning that an electrical signal can be transferred to the detector by light. Credit: Shin-ichi Saito, et al. In one of the early discoveries of the current “silicon electrophotonics era,” scientists from Hitachi, Ltd. in Tokyo have built a light-emitting transistor (LET) that transfers, detects and controls an electrical signal all on a single nanometer-sized chip. Using a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) substrate, the group could optically connect the LET to a detector, resulting in a tiny chip that may integrate a wide range of microelectronics and photonics nano devices. Citation: Light-emitting transistor uses light to transfer an electrical signal (2006, November 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-11-light-emitting-transistor-electrical.html “With LETs, we could develop an optical interconnection beyond the present copper interconnection,” Shin-Ichi Saito, co-author of the study in Applied Physics Letters, told PhysOrg.com. “If LETs are really integrated on silicon chips, we might reduce power dissipation (since light does not have electrical resistance), as well as RC [Resistive Capacitive] delay: in electrical circuits, the interlayer coupling capacitance reduces the speed of electrical signals, while such a delay might be reduced in optical interconnections.”Similar to a standard field-effect transistor, Saito et al.’s LET takes advantage of some interesting properties of 2D electron and electron hole systems, called “quantum confinement effects.” By reducing the thickness of the crystal silicon down to the nanometer scale, the scientists fabricated an ultra-thin single crystal silicon film, directly connected to the thick silicon electrodes. In such a design, n-type (electrons) and p-type (holes) semiconductors lie next to each other separated by a narrow junction. As the electrons and holes efficiently eliminate each other in a process called “recombination,” photons are emitted; thus electrical signals can be converted to optical signals. This close-up drawing of the LET shows the ultrathin silicon junction acting as a quantum well. After recombination, the electric carriers are confined into a standing wave, greatly increasing the electroluminescence efficiency. Credit: Shin-ichi Saito, et al.center_img Explore further “The key idea is that the 2D conduction band electrons behave just like electrons in direct band-gap semiconductors,” said Saito. “In bulk Si, the conduction band electrons move very fast with a large momentum. However, in the ultra-thin Si, the electrons cannot move perpendicular to the substrate with such a large momentum, simply because that direction is restricted. Many people also consider that this quantum mechanical confinement plays some role for the enhanced luminescence in nano-scale silicon.”To optically interconnect this electrical signal from the LET to a detector–which were electrically isolated but on the same silicon chip–the group applied a forward voltage bias to the LET. The scientists observed the light from the LET to reach the photodetector, and measured the “photocurrent” in the detector to increase with a voltage increase, and decrease when the voltage was turned off (detector limitations caused some current to continue flowing).Although the Hitachi group points out limitations to the present experimental set-up that need to be fixed before applying the principle to marketable technology, they suggest solutions for these problems: for example, reducing the response time of the detector and using waveguides to contain the light on the chip. However, the achievement shows how, using curious phenomena of quantum mechanics, photons, just like electrons, can be manipulated on a silicon chip. Quite possibly, future integrated circuits may use lights instead of currents to enhance performance while reducing power dissipation.“We have just confirmed the basic operation principle for this LET,” said Saito. “The hope is that this is just the beginning of more research; we have lots to do.”Citation: Saito, Shin-ichi, Hisamoto, Digh, Shimizu, Haruka, Hamamura, Hirotaka, Tsuchiya, Ryuta, Matsui, Yuichi, Mine, Toshiyuki, Arai, Tadashi, Sugii, Nobuyuki, Torii, Kazuyoshi, Kimura, Shin’ichiro, and Onai, Takahiro. “Silicon light-emitting transistor for on-chip optical interconnection.” Applied Physics Letters 89, 163504 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.com “With the lateral carrier injections that we used, we can efficiently inject both electrons and holes directly in the quantum confined silicon,” said Saito. “Usually, nano-scale silicon structures are passivated by SiO2, which has huge potential barriers for carriers. Such a limitation does not exist in our device.”In this set-up, the p-n junction consists of a light-emitting diode (LED) made of ultrathin silicon. At a 9nm thickness, the silicon acts as a quantum well, confining the electric carriers to two dimensions, which forms a standing wave consisting of an electron. This confinement serves an especially useful purpose for integrating optical components into silicon circuits, as it enhances the electroluminescence efficiency of the junction. While other LETs–from carbon nanotubes and organic models to semiconductor and nanocrystal devices–have been demonstrated, Saito et al.’s is the first in which recombination occurs along the silicon junction and takes advantage of quantum confinement’s electroluminescence. Decline of entrepreneurship blamed for Japan woeslast_img read more