Senate subcommittee moves to pull U.S. out of ITER fusion project

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Senate budgetmakers have moved to pull the United States out of ITER, the huge and hugely over budget international fusion experiment under construction in Cadarache, France. The cut comes in the Senate version of the so-called energy and water spending bill, which would fund the Department of Energy (DOE) and other agencies for fiscal year 2016, which begins 1 October. But nixing ITER is hardly a done deal: On 1 May, legislators in the House of Representatives passed their own version of the energy and water bill, which includes $150 million for the U.S. contribution to ITER—the amount the White House has requested.”This year we have recommended eliminating funding for the U.S. contribution [to ITER],” said Senator Lamar Alexander (R–TN) chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development at the subcommittee’s markup of the bill today. “This saves $150 million in just this year.” The subcommittee also moved to cut funding to ITER last year, when the Democrats controlled the Senate and Dianne Feinstein (D–CA) chaired the energy and water subcommittee. 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That’s more than the 0.7% increase in the House spending bill but a far cry from the 5.3% boost that the White House has requested. Nevertheless, Alexander said the budget would put the United States on the path to doubling spending on basic energy research—presumably meaning the DOE science program minus ITER, which could cost the United States a total of $4 billion or more. “Doubling basic energy research at the Department of Energy is one of the most important things we can do to unleash our free-enterprise system to provide cheap, clean, reliable energy,” he said.The bill would also boost the budget of DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) by 3.9% to $291 million, far short of the 16% increase requested by the White House, and above the flat budget of $280 million in the House bill. ARPA-E’s role is to quickly transform the most promising ideas from basic research into budding technologies.Other details of the bill should be presented Thursday, when it is scheduled to go before the full Senate Appropriations Committee.The White House has already said it would recommend that the president veto the House version of the energy spending bill.last_img read more

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SBP still on lookout for next naturalized player

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES Recruitment biggest challenge for Frankie Lim at Perpetual View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Malditas save PH from shutoutcenter_img But they just haven’t decided on who to take that next step with.“At this point in time, we do not have any particular player yet. My understanding is we’re still looking for the best possible candidate,” said SBP vice chairman Robbie Puno on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Right now, we’re ready to spearhead that process. We’ve spoken with a couple of congressmen who will author the bill. But what we’re waiting for is the imprimatur as to who we will really make the effort to naturalize, because when you start that process, it becomes really difficult,” he said.Blatche has represented the Philippines as its naturalized player for the better part of the last three years, but the SBP has meticulously tried to find a contingency plan and kept an eye on a few prospects. One of them is Isaiah Austin, who suited up for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup and impressed with his averages of 20.0 points, 13.0 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, and 2.4 assists.Puno, who authored the bills for the naturalization of Blatche and Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger previously, said that the Philippines hosting the 2023 Fiba World Cup should be taken at the highest of considerations as SBP looks to field possibly one of the strongest national teams in six years’ time.“If our target is 2023, there will be probably enough time for us to make sure we have the right player in terms of his basketball skills, his age, as well as his attitude,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Andray Blatche. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche may still be at his peak right now, but Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) acknowledges that the Syracuse native is now battling time.That’s why the association has is prepared to endorse next naturalized candidate who could represent the country in international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

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Lee Dixon reveals when Mourinho will be sacked

first_imgAdvertisementManchester United have been in complete shambles ever since the current season has been underway, and manager Jose Mourinho looks absolutely clueless as to how can he turn it around, with certainty of even a top 4 finish looking diminishing and Lee Dixon knows what might get the United boss the boot.After United’s worst ever start to a campaign began with the beginning of this season, despite finishing in second place in the Premier League last season, things have been looking bleak for Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho and failing to provide promising results has already got him in loggerheads with fans and players alike as the frustration at Old Trafford continues to build.Back in the first week of October this year when rumors of Mourinho getting sacked were blowing in the wind, mediocre yet fortunate results have helped him survive, but now speculations around the same topic have begun to arise and, according to Lee Dixon, if it becomes mathematically impossible for United to make a top 4 finish, Mourinho gets the sack.After winning just six of 14 PL games this year, Mourinho admits that things should not be the way they are right now, and insists that he doesn’t need a miracle to turn things around.“We don’t need to waste points where we don’t need to waste,” he said. “Before Palace, I said my target would be end of December in top four. Now the target has changed. Now we have to try to be very close to these positions.”Manchester United face an in-form Arsenal tonight at Old Trafford.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Who all died in Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 The

first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier today and we saw the death of several of our favorite characters. If Avengers: Endgame ending was heartbreaking, then Game of Thrones’ episode 3 shattered our hearts into million pieces.Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3:As we knew from the released promo of episode 3 that the fight between Night King and the living will cost us several of our favourite characters. There were predictions that Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen will die during the fight but that did not happen. However, we did witness the loss of several characters. Here’s a list of all those fallen heroes:Dolorous Edd:In one of the tense moments, we see Samwell Tarly almost getting eaten up by the White Walkers but was saved by Edd … who instantly dies by a wight.Lyanna Mormont:A giant wight bust into the castle and tosses Lyanna Mormont along with her troop. Still, she manages to pick herself up and storms off towards the giant, who then picks her up and crushes every bone in her body. In her dying moment, she stabs the dragonglass in the giant’s eyes and makes him fall to the ground. Lyanna couldn’t survive the injury. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 promo detailsGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Jorah Mormont:From the very early episodes of Game of Thrones, we knew that Ser Jorah was immensely in love with Daenerys Targaryen. After meeting her, he dedicated his entire life to serving her. So, on the battleground when Daenerys is all alone and surrounded by hundreds of wights, we see Jorah coming to rescue her. He fights magnificently.Daenerys holds Jorah in her arms and cries her heart out as he draws his final breath.Beric Dondarrion:Beric Dondarrion was coming back to life for one true purpose — to save Arya Stark in the time of her need. Beric and Clegane fight several wights but in the end, he is deeply wounded and dies instantly while looking into Arya’s eyes.Theon Greyjoy:As stated in episode 2, Theon Greyjoy and his men went to Godswood to be with Bran Stark and help him in every way possible. Theon fights off several wights but in the end, he is murdered by Night King himself.For a character like Theon, the death was not cruel because he died surviving a Stark and in a poetic way, he did serve his true purpose.Melisandre will resurrect Jon Snow in the latest season.Facebook/Game of ThronesMelisandre:Back in season seven of Game of Thrones, Melisandre told Lord Varys that she will come to the Winterfell as she is destined to die in a foreign place. The character comes in the beginning and helps the Dothraki by using her magic.She then subtly tells Arya that she is meant to kill someone with Blue Eyes. After Arya finishes the task, Melisandre walks out of the castle and removes her magical necklace and dies immediately.Night King:We all thought that it would be Jon Snow who will put an end to Night King but everything got twisted when we saw Arya Stark jumping on the Night King and stabbing him with her Valyrian steel.As of now, we are not sure about Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and Jon Snow’s Ghost.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will stream on May 5 in the United States and on May 6, 6:30 am in India on Hotstar.last_img read more

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Carfentanil Seizure Brings Opioid Epidemic To Houston

first_img Share X Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, flanked by Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner and others.The Houston Forensic Science Lab says a drug seized on June 7th — field-tested as methamphetamine — turned out to be carfentanil. Dr. Peter Stout with the crime lab held up a tiny baggie as an example.“So just to give you a perspective, this is sugar — I didn’t bring the real stuff with me, but this is sugar. But what we received was 80 milligrams of carfentanil. That much right there is enough for 4,000 lethal doses. The lethal dose of this, you can’t even see.”Ed MayberryDr. Peter Stout with the Houston Forensic Science Center, holds up a baggie of sugar that represents the small amount of Carfentanil needed to kill as many as 4,000 people.A lethal dose could be as little as 20 micrograms. That’s a problem for police officers and EMTs. If it gets on your finger and you touch your mouth or eyes, it can kill you. Fentanil and the more powerful Carfentanil are sometimes pressed into pills to look like vicodin or xanax. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says police are receiving special training.“We are urging all first responders to make the assumption that there’s fentanil in the drug that they’re dealing with. We are in the process of ordering better, thicker gloves for our personnel, and we’re actually asking them to put two layers of gloves on for the extra safety.”Better masks are being purchased for first responders. Narcotics officers now carry the antidote Narcan. Mayor Sylvester Turner says the city will find the dollars to equip more officers with the antidote. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:17last_img read more

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Washington TV Newswomen Stage Breast Cancer Fund Raiser

first_imgLesli Foster of WUSA9 News, along with FOX 5 News’ Shawn Yancy and ABC7/WJLA-TV’s Rebecca Cooper, headlined breast cancer fundraiser at the Powerhouse.Many familiar faces seen daily and nightly on local Washington D.C. news television stations were dressed in all hues of pink at the D.C. Newsbabes Bash fundraiser for breast cancer.  More than a dozen female news anchors, and special guest Dr. Jill Biden hosted a swanky fundraiser to benefit Survivors Offering Support (SOS) June 11 at the Powerhouse in the Georgetown area of Washington, D.C.The classy two-hour event united major area anchorwomen in a sea of pink solidarity across the D.C. metropolitan area all in one room, as they raised funds for breast cancer survivors.  The on-air news hosts included Lesli Foster and Andrea Roane of Gannett’s WUSA 9 and Allison Seymour , and Shawn Yancy of FOX 5 News of FOX 5 News.Dozens of pink spotlights shined along the walls of the three-level venue as specialty cocktails were served, hors d’oeuvres were passed, and sweet treats including cupcakes by Georgetown Cupcake and gelato by Dolci Gelati.  In 2009, a group of friends working in the television news industry provided the idea to create an event to benefit a widely known cause that has now continued for six years.  This year’s sponsors included Spilled Milk Catering, Bethesda Row, Powerhouse, and Glassman Wealth Services.“This is a group of dedicated and competitive women, uniquely working together for an amazing cause. Now, that’s newsworthy,” said President Barry Glassman a sponsor who donated a whopping $10,000 to the Newsbabes Bash organization on behalf of Glassman Wealth Services.Although Washington pro football  star Robert Griffin III was not in attendance, he donated a pair of flashy pink football cleats he wore in October for breast cancer awareness month.  The autographed cleats were auctioned at the event with bids beginning at $500.In addition to anchorwomen, more familiar faces including 45-year NBC 4 news anchor Jim Vance, WPGC 95.5’s Tati of the Pablo Morning Show, and Oprah Winfrey Network’s OWN TV star Bershan Shaw supported the breast cancer awareness bash. Shaw, a two-time breast cancer survivor kept her first diagnosis private.  Upon finding cancer in her body a second time, the OWN TV reality star now shares her personal struggle with the disease.According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-American women with an estimated 27,060 new cases expected to surface from 2013. African-Americans have the highest death rate and shortest survival span for most cancers compared to other racial and ethnic groups in the United States.last_img read more

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Imagine Dragons Become First MajorLabel Band With a Beat Saber Music Pack

first_imgIn addition to introducing the new “Imagine Dragons” music pack, Beat Games also used E3 to preview a new 360-degree level (shown in the trailer above). The new level, which features Imagine Dragons hit “Believer,” is scheduled to be released some time this summer. Beat games, the company behind the breakthrough virtual reality (VR) rhythm game “Beat Saber,” has struck its first major-label partnership: Beat Games released an Imagine Dragons music pack Monday, allowing “Beat Saber” players to slice and dice their way through 10 songs from the band’s four studio albums.“Beat Saber,” which is a bit like a mix of “Guitar Hero” and “Fruit Ninja,” has been a success story since the first release of an “early access” version around a yer ago. In March, it became the first VR game to surpass sales of 1 million copies. “Beat Saber” has also been prominently featured in billboards and commercials for Facebook’s new Oculus Quest VR headset.But until now, “Beat Saber” primarily featured lesser-known EDM artists. Imagine Dragons, who are releasing on KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, are the first major-label band to get their own music pack.The new release will be available across all VR platforms that offer Beat Saber, including Oculus Rift and Quest, HTC Vice, Windows Mixed Reality and PlayStation VR. The entire music pack costs $12.99, but players can also buy individual songs for $1.99. The music pack comes with playable versions of the following songs: “Bad Liar,” “Believer,” “Digital,” “It’s Time,” “Machine,” “Natural,” “Radioactive,” “Thunder,” “Warriors” and “Whatever It Takes.” Popular on Variety center_img ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Kolkata Police cracks down on waste burning

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police have issued a circular stating that from now on, burning of waste will be treated as a crime as per the law and offenders may get arrested. The circular has come into effect from Wednesday. According to sources, keeping the massive change in the climate in mind, the state Environment department and Pollution Control Board (PCB) had urged the police department to take action against the offenders who would be found burning waste materials. After being notified by the Environment department, senior officials of Kolkata Police discussed the matter and decided to publish the circular. According to the circular, from July 3 burning of any waste such as garbage, plastic, wood, bio-waste, electronic equipments, domestic wastes, husk, household waste, recyclable and non recyclable wastes, will be against the law. If any person is found burning the same, he/she may get arrested and face a trial eventually.last_img read more

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