Return from injury a new chapter – Koscielny insists

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgArsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.last_img read more


Bobs Burgers The Movie everything we know about the Belchers film

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img Share your voice As you’d expect from a show where Tina has devoted herself to, uh, “erotic friend fiction,” Bob’s Burgers believes in fan service.”We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said when the movie was announced. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s — but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Release date, production infoGood burgers take time to cook. Look for the Bob’s Burgers movie to come to theaters in 2020. July 17 was the original date given, but voice actor John Roberts, who voices Linda, told Aesthetic Magazine he thinks it’ll be “a little later than they announced.”Cast: Who’s who?There’s no way this film can be made without the familiar voices behind the Belchers and their friends, so we’re going to assume the voice cast is the same as the show. (We’re rooting for non-Belchers, like Marshmallow and Gene’s friend Alex to be part of the movie too.) If we hear of special guest stars or confirmed minor characters who’ll make an appearance, we’ll note that here.  Belcher familyH. Jon Benjamin as Bob BelcherJohn Roberts as Linda BelcherDan Mintz as Tina BelcherEugene Mirman as Gene BelcherKristen Schaal as Louise BelcherDistant family and friends who seem likely to appearMegan Mullally as Linda’s sister, Aunt GayleLarry Murphy as regular customer TeddyJay Johnston as Bob’s rival, Jimmy Pesto Sr.H. Jon Benjamin (again) as Jimmy Pesto Jr., Tina’s crushLaura Silverman as AndySarah Silverman as OllieDavid Herman as school counselor Mr. FrondKevin Kline as the Belchers’ landlord Calvin FischoederPlot news, rumors, theoriesHonestly, the plot is of less interest in a Bob’s Burgers movie than just having the whole gang together on a bigger canvas, selling burgers and plotting hijinks. But here’s what we know anyway. Kuchi Kopi gets litAccording to Entertainment Weekly, in 2018 Bouchard said the “movie will reunite Louise with her beloved nightlight Kuchi Kopi in her dreams for another trippy adventure.”Now ear this, LouiseWhy does Louise, the youngest Belcher, always wear pink bunny ears? Bouchard says the movie will explain it. The Belchers are coming to a theater near you. Fox Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios Say it in Linda’s voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob’s Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob’s Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humor, family love and musical numbers.Now, there’s going to be a movie. It won’t hit theaters until 2020, but devoted fans can’t wait. Here’s what we know so far. We’ll add to this post as new information is revealed.The basicsWhat’s it called? As much as we love Bob’s elaborate Burger of the Day names (Baby, You Can Chive My Car), sometimes simple is best. The film’s just called Bob’s Burgers: The Movie. That was easy. 0 Target movie. https://t.co/sIusiSFCFp— loren bouchard (@lorenbouchard) February 22, 2019center_img I got musicFans know how often the Belchers and their friends seem to burst into song. (“Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom,” anyone?) So it’s good to hear Roberts say that although the cast doesn’t yet know the film’s plot,  “I do know it’s very musical and I’m sure it’s going to be great!” You’re singing our song, John/Linda. Post a comment Tags TV and Movieslast_img read more


Houston Astros Welcome Officers From Santa Fe ISD Police Department

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_imgHouston Astros FB pageHouston Astros welcomed all 11 officers from the Santa Fe ISD Police Department on the field last night.The AstrosFoundation presented Chief Walter Braun with a 13 thousand dollar donation prior to the game.Santa Fe ISD police officer John Barnes was badly injured in the May 18th school shooting.The last report from UTMB listed Barnes in serious condition, and in the intensive care unit.Barnes is a retired Houston Police Officer. Sharelast_img


Sojourner Douglass Appeals to Preserve Accreditation

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgSojourner Douglass College is facing a fight to preserve its accreditation after changes to the federal Pell grant program in the earlier part of the decade caused significant declines in funding and enrollments, leading to budget shortfalls. Dr. Charles Simmons, president of the college, tells the AFRO that while he is confident Sojourner Douglass can win its appeal hearing in Feb. and preserve the accreditation it lost last Nov., he feels that the school has not been treated the same as other, traditionally White institutions (TWIs) in analogous or worse financial shape by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the body that oversees the accreditation process.Sojourner Douglass was originally established in 1972 as a branch of Antioch College, which is in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and became an independent institution in 1980, according to Simmons. The college, located in east Baltimore, mostly serves working adults (most of whom are female heads of households) and has organized its academic calendar to make it easier for adults, with their incumbent family and work obligations, to complete a degree program.Dr. Charles Simmons, president of Sojourner Douglas College.The school offers three semesters per calendar year, so that a full-time student could finish what would traditionally be a four year bachelor’s program in three years, says Simmons.The U.S. Dept. of Education changed its rules concerning Pell grant (education grants for low-income students) distributions for the 2011-12 academic year, allowing only two disbursements per year rather than three. Sojourner Douglas lost $5 million in federal student aid as a result of this change.The Pell grant was also limited to a total of 12 semesters (equivalent of six years), down from the previous cap of 18 semesters, on the reasoning that one should be able to complete a four year degree in six years.“Many of our students are transfer students,” explained Simmons. “They start at the community college, they may stop out to get a job, they may stop out to get married, they come back, they may stop out to have a child, so we had a number of students who were transfer students, and so we had a number of students who had reached that 12 semester cap, so we lost another $2 million.”By the end of fiscal year 2013, Sojourner Douglass was facing an over $5 million budget deficit as a result of the changes to the Pell grant program. This occurred just as the college was required to submit a periodic review report to MSCHE, demonstrating that they continued to meet the commission’s standards for accreditation.At this point, two things occurred according to Simmons. The bank that holds the commercial mortgage on one of Sojourner Douglass’s buildings saw the revenue shortfall caused by the changes to the Pell grant program and called the mortgage due rather than renewing it, creating a further debt obligation for the college. At the same time MSCHE was reviewing Sojourner Douglass’s continuing accreditation-worthiness, and seeing the revenue shortfalls and debt obligations of the college, determined that Sojourner Douglass had failed to meet the commission’s standard on fiscal resources and informed the institution that their accreditation would be revoked if it could not demonstrate that its operations were fiscally sustainable.Sojourner Douglass had to respond to six items in order to avoid this impending loss of accreditation, and while the college was able to satisfy most of the items, it was held back by the inability to complete a sale-leaseback agreement—in which an investor would purchase one of their buildings, relieving the college of the debt it owed on the property, and then lease it back to the college for continued use—because the investor would only agree to the sale-leaseback on the condition that Sojourner Douglass was fully accredited to ensure that the investor would have a viable, long-term tenant.MSCHE, however, wanted the sale-leaseback agreement completed prior to renewing Sojourner Douglass’s accreditation, and though MSCHE was informed that the sale-leaseback would be completed upon renewal of accreditation, MSCHE revoked that accreditation nonetheless, effective June 30, 2015. The school now faces an appeals hearing on Feb. 2, in Philadelphia.“We’ve been in operation for 42 years, we’ve served the community well,” said Simmons.  “This act to remove our accreditation was not based on academics, we’ve satisfied all of the academic criteria. Our students do well, our students graduate, they get good jobs; they’re in management positions throughout the state. So this is all just finance.”The Baltimore City NAACP is assisting Sojourner Douglass in its appeal of the MSCHE decision and looked into other, similarly situated, institutions and found that MSCHE has renewed accreditation for at least eight schools facing similar or worse fiscal deficits, including one school with a deficit of $47 million, all of whom are TWIs, according to Simmons.“It appears that we’ve been treated differently,” said Simmons.Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City NAACP, indicates that Sojourner Douglass is the only institution founded and run by Black people among those the NAACP looked at with similar financial issues, and was also the only one whose accreditation was revoked.“Even though some of the other schools have a lot of African American [students], they’re not run by African Americans, so that makes a difference,” said Hill-Aston.  “A lot of times schools can have African American students . . . and they’re making money off the population but they’re not run by African Americans . . . So I do feel there has not been the same opportunities given and I’m hoping that will change.”Hill-Aston says that now is the time for alumni to step up and help Sojourner Douglass with whatever contribution, regardless of size, that they can afford, as the institution works to revamp its finances and demonstrate the viability of its enterprise.Simmons said the loss in financial aid due to the changes in the Pell grant program, and the subsequent negative publicity from the loss of accreditation have cut the college’s enrollment by almost half, going from approximately 1400 students in 2013 to 800 now.In spite of the current challenges faced by the college, Simmons says he fully expects to win the appeal, and is encouraging students to remain with the institution rather than flee out of concern their credits or degrees will not be valid.“We intend to continue to serve our community,” said Simmons. “The credits are still good, credits are transferable, the degree is still good. As long as we are an accredited institution—and we won’t issue any degrees or any credits, if we lose, after June 30, 2015, but any credit that any student earns, or any degree that a student earns up to that point is good.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more


Metros Biggest Union Voted to Strike Will They

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMetro workers are fed up, and on July 15 many frontline workers from its largest union voted to allow its leadership to call for a strike– a form of protesting currently illegal to its members.“Thousands of members turned out for the strike authorization vote yesterday meeting in Forestville, Maryland where members voted “yes” in favor of planning a strike by 94%,” a union release said Monday.Jackie Jeter, president of ATU Local 689, is coy about whether or not her union will go on strike. (Courtesy photo)Yet since striking is still illegal for union members, the overwhelming vote for a strike doesn’t mean it will actually happen.The District’s last transit strike was forty years ago.“The last time Local 689 held a strike authorization vote was in 1978 that resulted in a [weeklong] wildcat strike,” the union release said.President Jackie Jeter of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 689, is not spilling any information on if and when a strike will take place.“The union has no plans to make its timeline of events public, but will share developments at the appropriate time,” the release said.According to WAMU, ATU will probably meet this week to discuss next steps.There’s inherent urgency because if workers do, indeed, strike, the transportation system that spans Maryland and D.C. will no longer be available for service.“If we don’t move, this region doesn’t move,” union vice president Carroll Thomas said after Sunday’s vote and meetings.Political leaders, such as Virginia House Republican Speaker Kirk Cox, are asking that the state challenges the strike to “protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”Virginia, along with Maryland and the District signed on to give Metro $500 million in dedicating funding earlier this year.“The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year,” Virginia House leadership said in the release. “We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.”Despite the political concerns and obvious effect on the public, Metro workers say they are tired of being mistreated.“This is not against the public,” Jeter said. “We’re all on the same side and I wish the public would come out and tell management to treat workers right as [Metro] should treat the public right,” the union president said.Jeter and ATU Second Vice President Raymond Jackson, said workers are concerned after changes were made to the sick leave policy, random background checks were instituted and most recently the hiring of non-union contractors to do custodial work.“[Workers] have reached that point where enough is enough,” Jackson said. Further Jackson emphasized that while the strike is a contract violation, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has also violated the contract many times.“[Thousands] of members don’t show up on a Sunday if there’s not a problem,” Jackson said.Wiedefeld said he is trying to rectify the issues and avoid striking.  He threatened termination for those who strike.“We are prepared to pursue all remedies to protect service for our customers, including seeking relief from the courts and progressive discipline up to, and including, termination,” Wiedefeld wrote to employees on July 13. “To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do, and I am hopeful that no further action is necessary.”Word buzzing in the city is that the union may try to do something major on Tuesday- the day set for the MLB All-Star Game, yet no union member has confirmed or denied the rumor.last_img read more


Tutu Awards Prize to US School Shooting Survivors

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left awards the Children’s Peace Prize to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who campaigned against gun violence, from second left, Matt Deitsch, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo)Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that “children can move the world” and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.The Nobel laureate, who is 87 and has health problems, attended the ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Netherlands-based KidsRights Foundation.The prize went to David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, who were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed there on Valentine’s Day. A former student was arrested.last_img read more


Converting waste heat into electricity works better in two dimensions

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img Explore further More information: Sunao Shimizu et al. “Enhanced thermopower in ZnO two-dimensional electron gas.” PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1525500113 The enlarged illustration (in the circle) shows a 2D electron gas on the surface of a zinc oxide semiconductor. When exposed to a temperature difference, the 2D region exhibits a significantly higher thermoelectric performance compared to that of bulk zinc oxide. The bottom figure shows that the electronic density of states distribution is quantized for 2D and continuous for 3D materials. Credit: Shimizu et al. ©2016 PNAS 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. Improved thermoelectric materials with atomic layer deposition Citation: Converting waste heat into electricity works better in two dimensions (2016, June 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-electricity-dimensions.htmlcenter_img (Phys.org)—The large amount of waste heat produced by power plants and automobile engines can be converted into electricity due to the thermoelectric effect, a physics effect that converts temperature differences into electrical energy. Now in a new study, researchers have confirmed theoretical predictions that two-dimensional (2D) materials—those that are as thin as a single nanometer—exhibit a significantly higher thermoelectric effect than three-dimensional (3D) materials, which are typically used for these applications. © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The study, which is published in a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sunao Shimizu et al., could provide a way to improve the recycling of waste heat into useful energy.Previous research has predicted that 2D materials should have better thermoelectric properties than 3D materials because the electrons in 2D materials are more tightly confined in a much smaller space. This confinement effect changes the way that the electrons can arrange themselves. In 3D materials, this arrangement (called the density of states distribution) is continuous, but in 2D materials, this distribution becomes quantized—only certain values are allowed. At certain densities, the quantization means that less energy is required to move electrons around, which in turn increases the efficiency with which the material can convert heat into electrical energy.Experimentally demonstrating this thermoelectric enhancement in 2D materials has been challenging because of the difficulty in fabricating 2D materials with the appropriate electron arrangement. Although previous experiments have demonstrated this enhancement in certain materials, it has been unclear whether the mechanism of enhancement agrees with predictions.In the new study, the researchers fabricated a 2D electron gas on the surface of a zinc oxide semiconductor, and showed that this material’s thermoelectric properties can be directly compared to those of bulk zinc oxide because both 2D and 3D versions have a single electron band. “In order to discuss the thermoelectric effect unique to 2D materials, it is very important to control the carrier density in the 2D layers,” Shimizu, a researcher at the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Saitama, Japan, told Phys.org. “Our approach, the electric field effect with ionic gating, enabled us to produce an ideal 2D layer and to control the carrier number.”Using their new approach, the researchers found that the 2D electron gas exhibits a thermoelectric effect that is approximately three times larger than that of the 3D semiconductor.This enhancement ratio is about twice as large as predicted by a simple simulation, which the researchers suspect could be due to inaccuracies in estimating the thickness of the 2D layer, where even a few nanometers can make a big difference. They hope that future research will lead to more accurate approaches of estimating the thickness, providing a better measure of the thermoelectric effect enhancement. “The results of this study clearly remind us of the importance of low-dimensional materials and devices for realizing high-performance thermoelectric conversion,” Shimizu said. “In the future, I would like to investigate other low-dimensional materials, including nanotubes and quantum dots.”last_img read more


Mamata shares development achievements in Facebook post

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday shared some significant achievements in development and financial management in Bengal, over the last seven and half years since her government assumed office in 2011, on her Facebook page.She has pointed out that the state’s planned expenditure has increased nearly six times from Rs 14,615.16 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 85,328.53 crore in 2018-19. “The capital expenditure leading to creation of infrastructure and social assets has increased more than 11 times from Rs 2,225.75 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 25,287.20 crore in 2018-19,” Banerjee wrote in the post on her Facebook page. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataShe further mentioned in the post that the state’s own tax revenue has increased 3 times from Rs 21,128.74 crore in 2010-11 to Rs 62,746.58 crore in 2018-19. “We had announced a Tax Settlement Dispute Scheme last year. Nearly 29,000 cases have been settled by March 31, 2019, with a revenue collection of nearly Rs 754 crore,” the Chief Minister added. It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government’s performance in improving the financial health was acknowledged with the national award for e-governance in 2014. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis impetus to e-governance resulted in higher revenue generation, which in turn contributed to more resources for development. The higher tax compliance in general (including as a result of e-governance), has consequently made available a higher amount for expenditure. The expenditure pattern has also improved. Apart from a rise in capital expenditure and planned expenditure, there has been a rise in spending in social infrastructure, agri, agri allied and rural development, physical infrastructure etc. The Gross Value-Added (GVA) and per capita income of the state has been far better than the country. As mentioned in the manifesto of the Trinamool Congress, the growth rate in the industrial sector has been 194 percent higher than India, while that in the services sector has been 26 percent higher. The growth rate in the agriculture and allied sectors has been 247 percent higher than the country. It may be mentioned that the state government has already brought a threefold increase in the income of farmers and has bagged the Central government’s Krishi Karman Award for five consecutive years for record production of crops.last_img read more