Record European football champions Real Madrid have announced the signing of Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior of Flamengo for a reported transfer fee of around 45 million euros.The deal will take effect in July next year but the 16-year-old will remain at Flamengo until July 2019, according to a Real Madrid statement on Tuesday.Real Madrid are said to have beaten off interest in the teenager from a slew of other high-profile suitors, including Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United, Xinhua news agency reportedVinicius made his first-team debut for Flamengo earlier this month. He is tied to the club until 2019 and had a 30 million euro release clause written into his contract.According to media reports in Brazil, it was the second-most expensive transfer in Brazilian football history after Neymar’s move to FC Barcelona in 2013.Dubbed as the next ‘Neymar’, Vinicius has been the standout young player at Flamengo since bursting onto the scene with the under-13 side.In March 2017, Junior helped Brazil win the Under-17 South American Championship, scoring seven goals and being named the tournament’s best player.
Seoul: The world’s biggest smartphone and memory chip maker Samsung Electronics on Wednesday reported second-quarter net profits slumping by more than half in the face of a weakening chip market, and as a trade row builds between Seoul and Tokyo. The flagship subsidiary of the sprawling Samsung Group has enjoyed record profits in recent years despite a series of setbacks but is now struggling with chip prices falling as global supply increases. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Net profits in the three months to June were 5.18 trillion won (USD 4.38 billion), Samsung Electronics said in a statement, down 53 percent year-on-year. “The weakness and price declines in the memory chip market persisted… despite a limited recovery in demand,” it said. In mobile phones, it achieved “stronger shipments on new mass-market models but was overall weighed down by slower sales of flagship models and increased marketing expenses”, it added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The results come hours after Apple, one of Samsung’s main rivals, delivered better-than-expected results as growth from services helped offset weak iPhone sales. The US firm has been shifting focus to digital content and services as sales of its flagship device weaken. Facing hardware challenges of its own, Samsung launched its top-end S10 5G smartphone earlier this year after South Korea won the global race to commercially launch the world’s first nationwide 5G network. But in April it was embarrassingly forced to delay the release of its new and hotly anticipated Galaxy Fold phones after reviewers provided with early devices reported screen problems within days of use. A simmering dispute between South Korea and Japan, which has seen Tokyo impose restrictions on chemical exports crucial to the South’s world-leading chip and smartphone companies — is also expected to affect Samsung Electronics’ key products. “The company is facing challenges from uncertainties not only in business areas but also from changes in the global macroeconomic environment,” it said. Two of the chemicals and materials targeted by Tokyo, hydrogen fluoride gas and photoresists, are essential to making memory chips, while the third, fluorinated polyimide, is used for high-spec TV screens and smartphone displays, including folding models. In the second half, Samsung Electronics said it “expects persistent uncertainties in the memory business”, while “overall sluggish demand in the broad smartphone market may limit upside potential” as competition increases. Q2 profits were ahead of expectations, HMC Investment Securities analyst Greg Roh told AFP, although smartphone sales lagged behind consensus forecasts. He expected similar profits in the July-September period before sales pick up in the fourth quarter, but added: “One big variable is the trade spat with Japan.” The South Korean firm had spent nearly eight years developing the Fold as part of its strategy to propel growth with groundbreaking gadgets. While the model was not the world’s first folding handset, the smartphone giant hoped it would help spark demand and potentially revive a sector that has been struggling for new innovations. The firm earlier this month announced it has “made improvements” to the device and would release it in September, but analysts say its delivery is likely to be affected by the Seoul-Tokyo trade dispute. “Because of the volume of chemicals required within the semiconductor manufacturing process, it is unlikely that the major chip suppliers will be able to find suitable quantities from suppliers outside of Japan,” said Len Jelinek, executive director of semiconductor research at IHS Markit. Tokyo’s move has raised international concern about the effect on global tech supply chains and the possibility of price hikes for consumers worldwide. Samsung is by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate business in the world’s 11th largest economy, and it is crucial to South Korea’s economic health. Operating profits plunged 56 percent to 6.6 trillion won in the second quarter, the firm said, while sales fell four percent to 56.13 trillion won. Samsung Electronics shares closed down 2.6 percent.
Comments 17 Photos Black hole seen in real life for the first time The beauty of black holes (pictures) 2 Now playing: Watch this: Tags The accretion disk (red) aligns along the equatorial plane of the black hole (white center circle). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam Using a supercomputer and some custom-built code, an international team of researchers has created the “most detailed” simulation of a black hole proving a long-standing theory that has puzzled astrophysicists for 45 years. The theory, first published in 1975, posited that the inner-most region of a spinning black hole would eventually align with the hole’s equatorial plane. While that may seem somewhat confusing and inconsequential, how this region is warped by the black hole can have huge effects on entire galaxies. The new research, published Wednesday in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, details a simulated solution to the theory — known as the Bardeen-Petterson effect — and solves a problem co-lead author Sasha Tchekhovskoy says has “haunted the astrophysics community for more than four decades.” When we saw the very first image of a black hole on April 10, we weren’t actually seeing the black hole. Black holes don’t emit any visible light. Rather, the incredibly strong gravity of a black hole causes debris, gas and other particles to spin around its edges forming an “accretion disk.” That’s something we can see. Not only is that helpful for cosmic detectives to find and understand black holes but these disks are also responsible for the evolution and function of a black hole. Moreover, they can tell astrophysicists more about how black holes spin and potentially the radiation the comes from them. The team, including the paper’s first author Matthew Liska, used graphical processing units (GPUs) to develop their simulation’s code. Enlarge ImageThe simulation shows two angles: a close-up (left) and a wider view (right). In the left image, you can see how the accretion disc rapidly collapses to the equatorial (horizontal) plane around the black hole (white). Sasha Tchekhovskoy/Northwestern University/Matthew Liska/University of Amsterdam “Once we created the code, we needed to find a large enough supercomputer to carry out the simulations,” says Tchekhovskoy, who co-led the research. “The National Science Foundation supercomputer, Blue Waters, was just right for the task.”Blue Waters, an immensely powerful computer operating with 1.5 petabytes of memory, is housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois. “We put a black hole inside of a computer and drop gas on it,” says Tchekhovskoy. “Initially, the gas orbits around the black hole at a plane tilted relative to the black hole equator. However, over time the inner regions of the disk align with the equatorial plane, revealing the alignment. The result may not be as immediately impressive as our first view of a black hole, but it is another first. Previously, astrophysicists studying the Bardeen-Petterson effect did not have access to enough computing power to adequately account for magnetic turbulence inside the accretion. With the supercomputer, researchers were able to simulate a more realistic black hole, with magnetic fields in place. “The unique aspect of these simulations is their treatment of the magnetic fields, general relativistic effects and a cooling function at the same time,” says Rebecca Nealon, theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Leicester not associated with the study. “Their results showing the Bardeen-Petterson effect while including these is an excellent confirmation of the general picture found in previous works.”The fields are a key factor in regulating how the accretion disk bends and falls into it, according to Tchekhovskoy. Ultimately, the researchers found that even for incredibly thin accretion disks, the proposed Bardeen-Petterson effect held up — accretion disks did align to the black hole.”The alignment of the disk with the black hole equatorial plane is the new finding of this work,” explains Tchekhovskoy. “At larger radii, the disk is tilted relative to the equatorial plane of the black hole.”The next phase of the research will look at “radiation transport,” says Tchekhovskoy. Essentially, the team will be able to predict what would happen to the particles of light that are produced during this process, giving astronomers a potential way to view the phenomenon via telescope. 2:56 Share your voice Sci-Tech
.A police explosives expert was seriously injured Sunday when a device placed outside a far-right bookshop in the central Italian city of Florence blew up, police said.The officer suffered serious injuries to a hand and an eye, city police chief Alberto Initmi told RaiNews24 television.Police called in an explosives team after a patrol spotted a suspicious package outside the bookshop, which has ties to a far-right group called Casa Pound.As the experts approached the package, the blast occurred, said investigators cited by the Italian news agency AGI. The device had been fitted with a timer, they added.Casa Pound first emerged in Rome in 2003. The movement now has several hundred members, who stage protests against the European Union (EU) and immigration.
Law enforcement personnel investigates the area outside of the Chicago Mercy Hospital where a gunman opened fire in Chicago on 19 November 2018. Photo: AFPAn argument in a hospital parking lot escalated into a shooting that killed three people, including a police officer, in the US city of Chicago on Monday.The violence only ended when police engaged in shootout with the gunman inside Mercy Hospital.”We have four deceased individuals: police officer, two female staff employees at the hospital, and the offender,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told journalists.The shooter killed the first victim — a woman who was in a “domestic relationship” with him — during an argument in the parking lot, then fired at police when they got to the hospital, and ran inside, Johnson said.Additional police — including SWAT — arrived at the scene, and officers “engaged the offender for several minutes in the hospital, with gunshots being fired by the offender and by the police,” he said.During the shootout, the gunman killed a second woman when she got off an elevator, Johnson said. The shooter also fatally wounded, but it was unclear if he killed himself or was killed by police.Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified the two female victims as a doctor and a “pharmaceutical assistant.”Patients described being alarmed by the sound of gunshots outside Mercy Hospital and seeing a man apparently walking with a woman in the parking lot before shooting her three times in the chest.”Once she fell to the ground, he stood over her and shot her three more times,” bystander James Gray told reporters, adding that the attack played out “like a movie scene.”TV footage showed terrified patients and staff filing out of the hospital into a parking lot with their hands in the air after officers flooded the area.’Scared as hell’Patient Hector Avitia told the local CBS television affiliate he was with his wife waiting for test results when he saw a gunman dressed in black fire on someone on the ground several times in the parking lot.”Then almost immediately, an officer was already coming in an SUV, and (the assailant) exchanged fire at them and then reloaded and shot the person on the ground again,” another witness said.”And then he made his way into the hospital and more shots were fired.”The shooting followed a series of recent high-profile gun rampages that have fueled calls for reform of firearms regulations in a country plagued by gun violence.Less than two weeks earlier, a gunman killed 12 people in a California music bar packed with college students.That came after the worst anti-Semitic attack in modern US history, when a gunman opened fire on congregants at a synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh on 27 October.Bypassers alerted to the latest incident spoke of hearing between six and nine gunshots that initially sounded like construction noise.”I am scared as hell. I have never been so scared, I hear of shootings going on every day at people’s workplaces, but not where I work at,” an employee of the hospital’s family clinic told the ABC affiliate.Mercy, founded in 1852, has locations throughout Chicago and provides outpatient treatment and acute inpatient care, boasting doctors who are leaders in their field.Another hospital employee quoted by the Chicago Tribune said she was in her office when a notice came over a public address system telling those in the hospital to lock their doors.”I don’t know what happened,” the unnamed employee told the Tribune.”They told us to run, so we did.”
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety “Everybody has been a child in a car,” Jones said, which made the experience universally relatable. But not everyone has experienced racial profiling, and the realities of interacting with police while black. “It is not a gruesome scene, but it is very disturbing,” he said. Winston Duke on set in Los Angeles.To make “The Messy Truth” more immersive, Jones and director Elijah Allan-Blitz made use of a high-end VR headset in combination with a Leap Motion sensor. “It uses infrared cameras to track the movement of your hand,” said Allan-Blitz. “In the experience, you are looking down and you see your whole body.”“It really does pull you in,” added Jones, who has seen people become very emotional after viewing the experience. “Sometimes, there is tears.” It probably also didn’t hurt that the duo was able to get Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in “Black Panther,” to play the father in the piece, something Jones called “a huge coup.”“The Messy Truth VR Experience,” whose executive producer is Michael Dutton of 6cc Media, is currently being shown at the Technicolor Lab in Los Angeles. Jones and Allan-Blitz have plans to bring the experience to people across the country, possibly showing it in airports or shopping centers as well as at festivals. The exact distribution plan is still being worked out, as is a strategy for giving viewers a chance to take action after experiencing “The Messy Truth.”Jones’ Magic Labs, 6cc and Allan-Blitz plan to produce additional VR pieces that give people a chance to experience new perspectives on issues like the plight of coal miners in Appalachia, the opioid epidemic and sexual harassment in the workplace. Ultimately, they also want to distribute those experiences as 360-degree videos for maximum exposure.“I believe that there is a massive hunger for more empathy and understanding,” Jones said. VR could be the ideal empathy machine for this, and be part of an effort to use technology for good. Said Jones: “Right now, we have an overabundance of data and a scarcity of wisdom.” “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a new virtual reality (VR) short-doc created by Van Jones and starring “Black Pather” actor Winston Duke, was awarded with the Advanced Imaging Society’s Social Justice Lumiere Award Wednesday night. In an exclusive interview with Variety, Jones opened up about the power of VR to overcome divisiveness with empathy.“Media is being more and more used to either divide or distract,” Jones said. The TV host, activist and social entrepreneur argued that media was used either as a toy or a weapon, and called divisive clickbait “a symptom of laziness.”Now, Jones wants to use VR to reach beyond those divides. “The Messy Truth VR Experience,” a first in a series of planned VR pieces, does this by putting viewers into the shoes of a African-American child, who is in the car with its father while getting pulled over by police.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. August 10, 2015 This story appears in the August 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Listen Now How Success Happens 3 min read Amazon’s proprietary Kiva robots are state-of-the art inventory fetchers, saving humans from walking up to 11 miles per shift, some experts estimate. They’ve helped Amazon build some of the most efficient warehouses on the planet. Now Clearpath Robotics of Kitchener, Ontario, is looking to upend that dominance with its automated guided vehicles (AGVs), i.e., mobile robots. It’s a unique opportunity—and challenge. Direct human labor (picking, packing, sorting) remains one of the most expensive cost centers for e-commerce. The implications of easily automating such processes could be a game-changer for fulfillment centers and third-party logistics companies—a study from Janney Capital Markets estimates that robots could reduce fulfillment costs by 20 to 40 percent. Humans still retain an edge; they can quickly identify objects and manipulate them with just the right amount of force. By comparison, machines are ham-handed, especially if an object is unfamiliar, awkwardly shaped or sitting on a dark shelf. Clearpath’s bots are out to close that skills gap. “Our technology is fundamentally different from the one Amazon uses,” says Simon Drexler, Clearpath’s director of indoor industrial systems. “Our robots operate in collaboration with what human beings are already doing, meaning you can implement them within operations in facilities that already exist.”While Amazon’s robots navigate warehouses by reading bar codes on the floor, Clearpath’s intelligent AGVs will roll through an environment, laser-scan it and store it in their onboard memory. (They are scheduled for full release by late fall.) “Integration is a relatively minor process,” Drexler says. “We can get a fleet of robots up and running in a matter of days.”Clearpath was founded in 2009 by four mechatronics engineering students from the University of Waterloo working to develop robots for U.S. Army minefield operations. The initial bots were unmanned vehicles designed for what the company calls “the world’s dullest, dirtiest and deadliest jobs”—mining, disaster response, harbor surveillance and agriculture.Clearpath’s recent pivot into warehouse automation is an outgrowth of what its engineers have learned and perfected in the past six years through lucrative research contracts with Microsoft (for its Xbox Kinect motion-detection game console), Honda, NASA and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “System design and algorithms are central to good robots. Fast robots must also be smart—able to pick up red T-shirts instead of blue ones,” says Jim Beretta, head of Customer Attraction, a Cambridge, Ontario-based B2B marketing consultancy. “Clearpath are experts at developing systems to do this.”But Amazon still casts a large shadow, and so does Google (with its self-driving car). At stake is a slice of the application of advanced robotics across healthcare, manufacturing and services, which could have an estimated potential economic impact of $1.7 trillion to $4.5 trillion per year by 2025, according to McKinsey & Company. Even a small slice of that pie would mean billions for the privately held Clearpath, which has seen its partnerships drive revenue growth of 200 percent year over year since 2010. (The company would not provide specifics.)Clearpath’s ultimate goal is to remove humans from fulfillment centers altogether. “The long-term vision,” Drexler says, “is for a manufacturing or fulfillment facility where you can literally shut the lights off because everything is automated.”
LOS ANGELES — Viking Ocean Cruises, celebrating its 20th anniversary, has announced 13 new itineraries that will set sail in 2017, 2018 and 2019.Clients can choose between eight to 23-day itineraries. Highlights include:Turquoise Seas of the Western Caribbean – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November 2017 – February 2018) – Sailing the western Caribbean with an eight-day itinerary, guests will explore the temples of Altun Ha in Belize, walk in the steps of Hemingway’s Key West haunts and marvel at Cozumel’s blue waters at Punta Sur. Sailing roundtrip from Miami, guests will visit three countries and five ports. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at US$2,999 per person.Panama & Central America – (Miami to Miami; sailing on Viking Sky; November – December 2017 and January 2018) – With countries including Costa Rica, Columbia, Honduras, Belize and more, guests will visit eight countries and nine ports on this 15-day itinerary. While making the roundtrip from Miami, guests will experience the Panama Canal, discover Costa Rica’s rainforest and explore Old Town Cartagena’s colonial architecture, a UNSECO World Heritage Site. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,499 per person.Atlantic Crossing – (Miami to Barcelona; sailing on Viking Sky; March 3, 2018) – During this classic transatlantic journey, guests enjoy the 14-day sailing and call on ports in both Europe and the New World. In Europe, destinations include the Garden Island of Madeira and Barcelona. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $2,399 per person.More news: Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongPassage to India – (Athens to Mumbai; sailing on Viking Spirit; Aug. 18, 2018) – On this 21-day itinerary, guests will trace the routes of the earliest merchants from Greece to India, with ports of call in six countries including Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Oman. Along the journey, guests will accompany local guides to ancient treasures, visit the red sandstone city of Petra and see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo. Inclusive pricing for veranda staterooms starts at $5,999 per person.For more information, visit vikingoceancruises.com. Share Travelweek Group New Viking itineraries in Alaska, Australia, Asia, and Caribbean Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, January 13, 2017 Tags: Promotions
<< Previous PostNext Post >> Thursday, April 20, 2017 Emirates cuts 20% of their U.S. routes, blaming Trump administration DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, slashed its flights to the United States by 20% Wednesday, blaming a drop in demand on tougher U.S. security measures and Trump administration attempts to ban travellers from some Muslim-majority nations.The Dubai government-owned carrier’s decision is the strongest sign yet that new measures imposed on U.S.-bound travellers from the Mideast could be taking a financial toll on fast-growing Gulf carriers that have expanded rapidly in the U.S.Dubai was one of 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries affected by a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage aboard U.S.-bound flights.Emirates’ hub at Dubai International Airport, the world’s third-busiest, is also a major transit point for travellers who were affected by President Donald Trump’s executive orders temporarily halting entry to citizens of six countries.The latest travel ban suspended new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and froze the nation’s refugee program. Like an earlier ban that also included Iraqi citizens, it has been blocked from taking effect by the courts.Emirates said the flight reductions will affect five of its 12 U.S. destinations, with the first cutbacks starting next month.“The recent actions taken by the U.S. government relating to the issuance of entry visas, heightened security vetting, and restrictions on electronic devices in aircraft cabins, have had a direct impact on consumer interest and demand for air travel into the U.S.,” the carrier said in a statement.Emirates does not provide financial data for its U.S. operations or individual routes, but said it had seen “healthy growth and performance” there until the start of the year.Since Trump has been in office, however, there has been what it called “a significant deterioration in the booking profiles on all our U.S. routes, across all travel segments.”It said it is responding as “any profit-oriented enterprise would” and will use the capacity freed up by the culled routes elsewhere on its network.More news: A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerThe Americas region, which also includes routes to Canada and Latin America, accounted for 14 per cent of the $22.75 billion in revenue Emirates pulled in during the fiscal year through the end of March 2016.Emirates’ half-year profit fell 75% to $214 million in the last period the company has disclosed, through last September – before the U.S. election. Executives cited increased investments including aircraft purchases and the repayment of bonds, and said a “bleak” economic outlook in many parts of the world was reducing travel demand.Robert Mann, an aviation consultant in Port Washington, New York, said business travel between the U.S. and the Middle East has clearly been hurt by the ban on gadgets, while the attempted visa bans have put a damper on leisure travel from the countries targeted.“Neither factor is a good thing for the Middle Eastern carriers who are primarily affected,” he said.The cuts will reduce the number of U.S.-bound flights from Dubai to 101, down from 126 currently.Twice daily Emirates flights to Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle will fall to once a day. Daily flights to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando will be pared to five per week.Andrew Lannon, a Canadian attorney based in Dubai, arrived in Fort Lauderdale for vacation on an Emirates flight Wednesday and said passengers had to check their electronics, which made the 18-hour flight difficult because he couldn’t work.Passengers were then told upon landing they would have to wait on the plane for an hour while their bags were checked, but were then let off after 20 minutes, Lannon said, adding that it took another hour for most passengers to clear customs.Kevin Mitchell, head of the Business Travel Coalition in the U.S., said all the Gulf carriers are probably losing business because of the security measures and attempted travel bans, and that will hurt consumers.More news: Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported“For consumers it means higher prices, fewer choices, less connectivity,” Mitchell said.Like its smaller Gulf rivals Qatar Airways and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, Emirates has ramped up its U.S. presence and recently launched a new service to Newark via Athens.Several big U.S. carriers and their pilot unions have bristled at the Gulf airlines’ U.S. push, accusing them of flooding the market with capacity while receiving billions of dollars of unfair government subsidies.Emirates and its Gulf rivals deny the allegations.Despite a vigorous lobbying and public relations campaign, the U.S. carriers were unable to persuade the Obama administration to block further expansion by Gulf airlines. But U.S. airline executives made a personal pitch to restrict their access during a White House meeting with Trump earlier this year.Jill Zuckman, a spokeswoman for the “Partnership for Open & Fair Skies” campaign opposing more U.S. routes for the Gulf carriers, was quick to seize on Emirates’ decision.“The fact is, market demand has never played a role when the Gulf carriers decide where to fly. It is well known that the Gulf carriers, including Emirates, lose money on most of their flights to the United States and are propped up by billions of dollars in government cash,” she said.The U.S. travel industry, already fretting that the ban on travellers from a number of Muslim-majority nations is affecting foreign travel generally to the United States, expressed fresh concern after Emirates’ announcement, however.“The aftermath of 9-11 taught us that we can’t take either global understanding or U.S. market share for granted,” said Jonathan Grella, executive vice-president the U.S. Travel Association. “Every limiting security message needs to be offset by a sincere welcome to legitimate, lawful travellers.” By: Adam SchreckSource: The Associated Press Share Tags: Donald Trump, Emirates, Trend Watch