a month agoDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensen

first_imgDONE DEAL: Burnley sign HIK goalkeeper Lukas Jensenby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley have completed the signing of young goalkeeper Lukas Jensen.The Dane has completed his move to the Clarets after the player’s international clearance went through.Jensen was named in the U23s side who faced QPR two weeks ago.He has most recently played for Danish club HIK. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Canadian industries concerned about knockon effects of Bombardier tariffs

first_imgCALGARY – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision this week to slap major tariffs on Bombardier has raised concerns about ripple effects across Canada’s trade exposed industries.Jean Simard, president of the Aluminium Association of Canada, said the decision to impose duties of 220 per cent on Bombardier’s CSeries jets creates uncertainty across the manufacturing sector, including those supplying raw materials.“This very strong signal of enforcement by the U.S. administration adds up to a very volatile business environment, which nobody likes.”He said the aggressive move threatens to disrupt the well-integrated manufacturing processes, with industries like aluminum smelting possibly hit by collateral damage from the trade talks.“When you start tweaking the rules, the complexity of the consequences can be phenomenal,” said Simard.“Any decision of this kind certainly sends a tremor through the supply chain throughout North America.”Unifor president Jerry Dias said the Bombardier tariff is the latest U.S. move against many of Canada’s key industries.“They’re going after Bombardier, they’re talking about steel, aluminum, so there’s a whole bunch of balls in the air right now.”“They are going after the heart of so many of our industries, so ultimately we need to find a remedy, and I would suggest that has to be fairly quickly before this thing continues to digress,” said Dias.The concerns for business come as the third round of North American free trade talks wrapped up in Ottawa Wednesday, with little progress on key issues like domestic content requirements in manufacturing.Canadian softwood-lumber producers have already felt the impact of the tactics with the U.S. imposing tariffs on imports earlier this year.A spokesman for the Forest Products Association of Canada said the group had no comment on what the Bombardier tariffs might mean for their efforts to resolve their impasse with the U.S.Bernard Wolf, an economics professor at York University’s Schulich School of Business, said the U.S. tactics are misguided as they can do real damage to a system that’s benefited everyone.“There are supply chains that have been established, particularly in the automotive industry, that you can really mess up.”Wolf said the latest tariffs show the U.S. is looking to take advantage of any perceived subsidies or unfairness in the system.“This certainly is a red flag in terms of the Americans looking for other areas where there are subsidies,” he said.“The whole administration is trying to be more aggressive wherever it can. It’s very much America first.”Ian Lee, an associate professor at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business, said the moves against open trade go much deeper than U.S. President Donald Trump, and that he’s tapping into greater frustration about perceived negative effects of trade deals.“He’s decided he’s going to go after those parts of the NAFTA agreement that have disadvantaged the United States.”Lee said Canada has long protected airlines, banking, telecoms and especially dairy through supply management while pushing for open access to the U.S. markets, and the U.S. is now pushing back.“We’re approaching a Rubicon, where the Americans are saying here’s our line in the sand, here’s the things we want. And they are going to get it or walk away.”Graham Lloyd, CEO of the Dairy Farmers of Ontario, said, however, that he has faith the federal government will continue to stand up for the dairy industry, despite U.S. dairy farmers being desperate to access the Canadian market.“We don’t have any reason to have doubt the government wants to and will continue to protect us.”While it’s not clear what concessions or policy changes might result from the trade disputes, Simard at the aluminium association says the disputes themselves are making it very difficult for industries to make any sort of long-term plans and investments.“We’re just having layers of uncertainty upon layers of uncertainty,” he said. “You have to be able to see down the road. Right now we don’t see the road.”last_img read more

Chinas economic growth cools amid trade tensions

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s economic growth slowed in the quarter ending in June, adding to challenges for Beijing as its tariff battle with Washington escalates.The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 6.7 per cent over a year earlier, down from the previous quarter’s 6.8 per cent, the government reported Monday.Key drivers of growth including spending on construction and other investments were weakening even before the dispute with Washington erupted. Forecasters have expected a slowdown since Beijing tightened lending controls last year to rein in surging debt.Growth was “generally stable” but “the uncertainties of the external environment are mounting,” said Mao Shengyong, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics.Chinese leaders have expressed confidence their $12 trillion-a-year economy can survive the tariff war with U.S. President Donald Trump. Beijing is resisting American pressure to change industrial policies Washington says are based on stealing or pressuring foreign companies to hand over technology and might threaten U.S. industrial leadership.But forecasters said the downturn is likely to deepen as Beijing tightens financial controls and trade tensions worsen.“There are risks that Chinese growth will slow more abruptly,” Citigroup economists said in a report.Washington imposed an additional 25 per cent tariff on $34 billion of Chinese goods on July 6. Beijing retaliated with similar penalties on the same amount of U.S. imports. Washington fired back last week with a threat of 10 per cent tariffs on an additional $200 billion list of goods.Trade contributes less to China’s economic growth than it did a decade ago but still supports millions of jobs. Even though Trump’s first tariff hike didn’t take effect the current quarter, exporters say American orders started to fall off as early as April.More broadly, anxiety about tariffs “is already dampening business confidence and delaying investment,” said Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics in a report.Unless the two sides restart negotiations, “the conflict will escalate further, with major economic implications for themselves and the global economy,” said Kuijs.Of greater concern than trade is “slowing domestic demand within China’s economy,” said Tom Rafferty of the Economist Intelligence Unit in a report.China is the No. 1 trading partner for its Asian neighbours and buys oil, iron ore and other raw materials from Australia, Brazil and elsewhere. Chinese consumers are an increasingly important market for food, clothes, electronics and other goods.Investment in factories, housing and other fixed assets decelerated in the latest quarter. It rose by 6 per cent in the first half, down 1.5 percentage points from the first quarter.Chinese leaders are in the midst of a marathon effort to encourage self-sustaining growth driven by domestic consumption and reduce reliance on exports and investment.Beijing has responded to previous downturns by flooding the state-dominated economy with credit. But that has swelled debt, prompting concerns about risks to the banking system. The ruling Communist Party has made controlling financial risks a priority this year, suggesting it will resist easing lending controls.Consumer spending has risen more slowly than planned, leaving economic growth dependent on debt-supported investment.Retail spending in June rose by 9 per cent over a year earlier, a half-percentage point higher than in May. The increase was driven by rapid growth in the sales of higher-end consumer goods such as cosmetics and audio-video equipment.Forecasters say if threatened tariff hikes by both sides are fully carried out, that could cut China’s 2019 growth by up to 0.3 percentage points.Mao, the statistics bureau spokesman, declined to say how much the dispute might hurt Chinese economic growth.“But generally speaking, trade frictions unilaterally started by U.S. will have an impact on the economy of both countries,” Mao said.last_img read more

Italy Moroccan Team Victim of Racism

first_imgTaroudnat, Morocco- A team of Moroccan immigrants playing in a minor league in Italy is considering to quite the league after its players were the target of racists attacks after rival fans told them to “go back home.”According to ANSA.it, earlier this week, a Moroccan team called “Casablanca” had decided to quit the Usip league in the eastern city of Forli after two episodes of racism. The first one was during a match against Club Juventinità di Forlimpopoli, which the Moroccans won 3-0 and the second one was when a rival team shouted at them saying “go back home Moroccans.”According to the same source, the Moroccan team has reconsidered quitting the league. “We will not withdraw. We remain in the field because otherwise, it would mean a defeat by racism,” Youssef Laazizi, a defender with Casablanca team was quoted by the same source as saying.What seemingly upset the Moroccan team is that the referee did not take any measure after the players complained to him.Following the incident, the Casablanca team has decided to send a petition to the league. “We can’t stand it any longer,” Rachid Hansal, the captain of the team was quoted by Italian media as saying.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Marc Gasol Is Joel Embiids Kryptonite

To put it another way: Against average competition, Embiid rivals Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden as the most prolific scorer in basketball in terms of points per 100 possessions. But when he’s guarded by Gasol, he essentially turns into Dewayne Dedmon.At 7 feet tall and 250 pounds, Embiid can usually bully smaller defenders and tactically position himself in the post. But Gasol is too big to be pushed around, and it’s forcing Embiid out of his sweet spots. Throughout the series, Gasol has refused to cede ground to Embiid, denying the entry pass into the post and forcing Embiid to catch the ball outside of the paint. During the regular season, Embiid averaged 7.4 touches in the paint per game. Against Gasol and Toronto in the playoffs, Embiid is averaging just 4.2 touches in the paint per game.Another factor contributing to Embiid’s lack of paint touches is the crowd that’s been forming right around the basket. Fellow Sixer Ben Simmons can’t shoot outside of 10 feet and so positions himself near the rim, which brings his defender to effectively provide help defense when Embiid is in the post. That’s a problem especially when the help defender is Kawhi Leonard, the player who has guarded Simmons most of the series.To make up for his lack of paint touches, Embiid has had to rely on his jump shot to generate points. But that’s not his strong suit. In the regular season, Embiid shot 34 percent on jumpers. In this series, he’s just 10 for 37 (27 percent) on those shots. Gasol is forcing Embiid to do what he does least well, and it’s working to the Raptors’ advantage.The fact that Gasol has given Embiid trouble shouldn’t be all that surprising. Even at 34 years old, Gasol can still play like the defensive player of the year he once was. Just ask Nikola Vucevic: Gasol neutralized the All-Star center during the Raptors’ first-round series against the Magic. Vucevic scored just 17 points per 100 possessions when Gasol was the primary defender — a far cry from Vucevic’s season average of 32 points per 100 possessions.When Gasol was brought to Toronto in a midseason trade, it was reasonable to wonder whether the big Spaniard had enough in the tank to make a difference on a contending team. Those doubts have been put to rest, in part because Gasol has chiseled out a perfect role for himself. In Toronto, Gasol doesn’t need to anchor a defense while also serving as a primary scorer, like he was forced to do in Memphis. Instead, he’s able to focus on what he does best, which is lock down the opposing team’s best big man.In all fairness to Embiid, he’s reportedly battled through injury on top of illness during the playoffs. And if we’ve learned anything from his monster Game 3, it’s that a healthy Embiid can live up to his self-proclaimed title. The only question is whether he can do it consistently against an elite defensive stopper like Gasol.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Joel Embiid has described himself as the “most unstoppable player in the league” — and for good reason. When he’s at his best, like in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, he can make defenders look downright foolish as he pump-fakes his way into windmill dunks. But so far in Philadelphia’s series against Toronto, Game 3 has been the exception. The Raptors have all but shut Embiid down on the offensive end, thanks in large part to Marc Gasol — the man who has perfected the art of stopping the league’s most unstoppable player.Through five games of the series — which the Raptors lead 3-2 — Gasol has matched up with Embiid on 201 possessions, holding him to just 21 points per 100 possessions. That’s a significant dip from Embiid’s season average of 37 points per 100 possessions.If you think those numbers are obscured by Embiid’s recent upper respiratory problem, consider this: Over the past two seasons (which is as far back as the NBA’s matchup data goes), Gasol has played against Embiid on nine separate occasions (including the regular season and this year’s playoffs). During that stretch, the two have matched up on a total of 379 possessions. Embiid averages just 19 points per 100 possessions when Gasol is his primary defender, by far his lowest average against anyone who has guarded him on at least 100 possessions. read more

Firstround recap Ohio State ties school record with five firstround draftees in

Former OSU running back Ezekiel Elliott poses after scoring a touchdown in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. Elliott was one of five Buckeyes selected in the first round on Thursday. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWay back when the 2014 Buckeyes won the College Football Playoff national championship, everyone around the team knew the type of talent returning in 2015.As the season played out, it became apparent to the Ohio State faithful that there would be an extensive list of players leaving the program following the final whistle.After months of speculation and hype surrounding the former OSU football players who entered their names in the NFL draft pool, the outgoing Buckeyes lived up to the expectations on Thursday night.With five players selected in the first round, OSU fell just shy of the single-school record of six, held by the University of Miami in 2004. OSU did tie its own school record of first-round picks set in 2006.The first day of the draft was headlined for the Buckeyes by defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott, taken by the San Diego Chargers and the Dallas Cowboys at No. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively.Eli Apple, Taylor Decker, and Darron Lee also heard their names called by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night inside the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.After Bosa and Elliott were quickly taken off the board, most people thought a dozen or so picks would pass by before the next Buckeye was taken. But coming as arguably the biggest surprise pick of the first round, the New York Giants reached a bit to take the cornerback Apple with the 10th pick.Multiple media sources have stated that this is the first time in NFL history that a team has had three selections inside the first 10 picks. However, this has been accomplished 12 times before, with Oklahoma the last team to do so in 2010.It is the first time in program history that three players from the Scarlet and Gray were selected in the first 10 picks of the NFL draft. When Decker and Lee were selected at No. 16 and No. 20, respectively, OSU became just the second school in the history of the draft to have five picks in the top 20. With 11 picks remaining in the first round, many wondered if safety Vonn Bell or wide receiver Michael Thomas would come off the board to tie the mark set by the Hurricanes.In the end, the talented class from the Scarlet and Gray still boasted an impressive first-round showing in Chicago, drawing attention from all over the NFL. With the first round concluded, nine former OSU players remain on most draft boards entering the final two days of the draft. Bell and Thomas are likely to be two of the first Buckeyes selected, along with the possibility of wide receiver Braxton Miller.A pair of offensive players, quarterback Cardale Jones and tight end Nick Vannett, add to the list of potential second and third day picks. Vannett has gained the most attention from NFL teams prior to the draft, but many analysts are predicting Jones to be a late selection.Linebacker Joshua Perry is predicted to go in the middle rounds, while defensive tackle Adolphus Washington is expected to accompany Perry somewhere around the halfway point of the draft. The draft is set to continue on Friday with the second and third rounds, and Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. By the end of the weekend, OSU will begin to threaten its own NFL draft record of 14 total picks from one school set in 2004. read more

Senior mens tennis aces show love for the game

As the Ohio State men’s tennis team enters its last team competition of the 2010–11 season Friday, its three graduating seniors look to lead their team one final time during the NCAA Team Championship Tournament. Senior co-captains Matt Allare, Shuhei Uzawa and Balazs Novak spent the past four years building their leadership skills both on and off the court. “They’re class acts,” coach Ty Tucker said of the trio after the team’s last regular-season match. “They were taught by the guys who came before them, and they really stepped up this season.” All three seniors played doubles this season, but Allare and Novak played singles as well in almost every match they played. Allare was selected last week as one of four Buckeyes who will compete in the NCAA Singles and Doubles Tournament from May 25–30. He is an at-large selection in singles and in doubles with his partner, redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt. Freshman Blaz Rola and junior Chase Buchanan also were selected to play in the singles and doubles championship. Each will play singles in addition to acting as a doubles partner. After OSU had technically won the Big Ten season title in its match against Indiana, Novak didn’t talk about his individual performance when describing the match. “Everyone fought hard and everyone tried their best,” he said following the match. “I’m proud of them.” Allare said at one point during the season that he was “more concerned” with the team as a whole and wanted to win his matches just to benefit the team. In keeping with that spirit, these seniors would like to leave a legacy behind by bringing home OSU’s first-ever men’s tennis national title. “I can’t even put into words what that would mean,” Allare said. It would mean everything, Novak said. Uzawa agreed with both of his teammates. Allare said his underclassman teammates would be just as excited to win the championship “but they have three more years to let it soak in.” “We just need to focus on the first two rounds,” Novak said. “Since we’re not one or two the pressure is not as great.” But Allare added that if they lose, the team is out, meaning their hopes of bringing home the championship are over. “We just need to give it everything we’ve got,” Uzawa said. Whether they win or lose, these seniors will have left a legacy of skill and leadership with the OSU program. “They’ve been great guys,” Tucker said. “We’re gonna miss them.” read more

Football No 4 Ohio State releases depth chart ahead of matchup with

Members of the Ohio State football team sing “Carmen Ohio” following the Ohio State-Oregon State game on Sept. 1. Ohio State won 77-31. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAfter recording wins over Oregon State and Rutgers to start the 2018 season, No. 4 Ohio State released its depth chart ahead of its first ranked game of the season, a neutral-site matchup against No. 15 TCU. After defeating the Scarlet Knights 52-3 on Saturday, the Buckeyes will bring the same depth chart when the team travels to Arlington, Texas. With the same offensive line, Ohio State still has both redshirt junior Mike Weber and sophomore J.K. Dobbins splitting time at running back and redshirt sophomore Luke Farrell and redshirt junior Rashod Berry splitting time at tight end. On defense, sophomore linebacker Baron Browning is still listed as the starter at middle linebacker with redshirt sophomore listed at No. 2 Tuf Borland as he continues to recover from his Achilles injury. At safety, sophomore Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint are listed as co-starters alongside junior Jordan Fuller. Ohio State will take on TCU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. read more

Ederson said he has improved under Guardiola

first_imgThe Brazilian goalkeeper has picked up a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy in just his first season with Manchester City.25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson joined Manchester City in 2017.And since then, he has won a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy.“I’ve improved a lot,” Ederson explained to the club’s official website.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…“Pep gives me the confidence to play.”“I have made mistakes which allowed a goal, but I haven’t allowed this to affect me,” he added.“The freedom and confidence from Pep give helps me a lot and I adapted quite fast to his style – not just me, but all the team!”last_img read more

Forget the Galaxy Fold wheres the Galaxy Home smart speaker

first_imgSamsung originally said the Galaxy Fold would launch April 26. Now it will hit the market in September. Waiting to release a product until it’s essentially perfect is the right move for customers and for Samsung. In times in the past, the company rushed to sell devices before the bugs had been worked out, all in a quest to be first. It has taken a more measured approach in recent years, but Samsung still gets ahead of itself. The Galaxy Fold is evidence of that. After using the device for only days — or,  in some cases, hours — during a short review period in mid-April, several technology journalists had issues with their devices. Some peeled off a thin top layer on the display, which was an essential protective coating, not a removable screen protector. Others had detritus get under the screen itself, causing bumps and bulges. Samsung canceled the release date to explore what happened. “It was embarrassing,” Koh told reporters in Korea. “I pushed it through before it was ready.”samsung-developer-conference-9891The Galaxy Home draws on expertise from Samsung and Harman, the audio business it purchased.  Angela Lang/CNET On Wednesday, 89 days after the Galaxy Fold was to go on sale, Samsung said it has addressed the issues experienced by those reporters. It extended the screen’s protective top layer beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure.” It added “reinforcements” to keep debris from getting under the screen, while new “protection caps” strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area. Samsung also added reinforcements beneath the Infinity Flex Display, likely to make the plastic screen stiffer, and it reduced the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.Samsung doesn’t need another big delay or more problems with the Galaxy Fold. It said it took “the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made.” But this wouldn’t be the first time Samsung’s had multiple problems with a new device. Remember the Galaxy Note 7? Shortly after the phablet went on sale in August 2016, users started reporting overheating problems. Samsung originally tied the issues to a battery flaw and recalled all the Note 7 phones on the market. That didn’t fix the problem, however, and the replacement devices also overheated. Samsung launched a rare second recall in October 2016 and stopped manufacturing the Note 7.Samsung has repeatedly said that it’s learned from that experience. Presumably the tests it’s conducting on the Galaxy Fold, which are ongoing, will head off any issues people could see with the device. We won’t know, though, until reviewers and consumers get their hands on the revamped phone. Then the focus turns to the Galaxy Home. We hope.  Samsung Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Galaxy Fold: Samsung will relaunch the foldable phone in September A Galaxy far, far away? Samsung’s Bixby speaker is still a no-show Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant Forget foldable phones. Samsung’s Bixby assistant is about to get smarter 8:07 Global smart speaker sales should reach 147.7 million units this year, up 71% from 2018, Strategy Analytics predicted in May. Amazon and Google will each control nearly a third of the market, while the rest will be split between more than a dozen other voice OS platforms, including Apple’s Siri, Alibaba’s Ali Genie, Baidu’s Duer OS and Xiaomi’s Xiao AI, the research firm said. There was no mention of Bixby. When Samsung announced its first smart speaker a year ago, there were already concerns that the device came too late. Even Apple has struggled in smart speakers. Its Siri-powered HomePod has regularly been placed on sale, and Apple in April even slashed the price by $50 to $299, an unusual move for the company. So far, consumers haven’t been willing to shell out more money for better sounding smart speakers.”I struggle to see Samsung really succeeding in bringing an alternative,” Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi said. The situation might have been different a year ago, she said, “but seeing how little progress they’ve made from a Bixby perspective makes me really doubt that they will ever be able to compete with Alexa in the US.”Shaky reputation?Samsung may be starting to develop a reputation for delayed products. Even my un-tech-savvy parents in Iowa know about the Galaxy Fold’s delay. The company worked on foldable displays for years before showing anything to the public. It demonstrated a flexible OLED screen at CES 2013 and gave the first glimpse of the Galaxy Fold at its developer conference late last year. It officially unveiled the Galaxy Fold at the beginning of its Unpacked Galaxy 10 launch in February. The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display when folded, and a separate 7.3-inch display when unfolded into a tablet. It starts at $1,980 (about £1,500 or AU$2,800) and comes in four colors: cosmos black, space silver, martian green and astro blue. Users can start using apps like Flipboard on the small, front display and then pick up where they left off when moving to the big, inside display.  Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… Share your voice Tags 0 Then at the Galaxy S10 launch in February, Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh told CNET the device would go on sale by April. (Samsung PR said it would launch in the first half of 2019.) But it’s now late July, and there’s still no sign of the Galaxy Home. The latest update from Samsung was in the form of comments by another co-CEO — Hyun-suk Kim, the head of the consumer electronics division — who told the Korea Herald in early June that the Galaxy Home would launch in the third quarter. For those of you keeping score, that’s at least three missed launch dates. If the third-quarter timing is true, it could make sense for Samsung to unveil the launch date at the Galaxy Note 10 event in two weeks. It also could wait for the IFA electronics show in Berlin the first week of September. Samsung on Thursday said it didn’t have anything to add at this time. While a smart speaker may not be as flashy or as novel as a phone with a folding screen, it’s a device that has more universal appeal. People would be more likely to buy the Galaxy Home this year than the Galaxy Fold. The foldable device — soon to be the first like it on the market — is more experimental and expensive than other phones, limiting its appeal largely to early adopters. Smart speakers are becoming so common even children know how to use them. Amazon in June said it’s launching an Echo Dot aimed at kids. The company, with its Alexa voice assistant, dominates the smart speaker market in the US, followed by Google.  See also Smart Home Mobile Foldable Phones Smart Speakers & Displays Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Home a year ago but still hasn’t started selling it.  Angela Lang/CNET Late Wednesday, Samsung finally gave us news three months in the making: the revised launch date for its Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone. But there’s another product with an even more complicated and prolonged timeline: the Galaxy Home. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling last August. The cauldron-esque speaker is powered by the company’s Bixby digital assistant, which was initially geared as an interface to control 2017’s Galaxy S8. Samsung has expanded the technology into its various appliances and televisions. The Galaxy Home would be Bixby’s first appearance in a smart speaker. We don’t yet know exactly what the speaker will do or how much it’ll cost. When Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Home a year ago, it said it’d go on sale in the second half of 2018. It showed the smart speaker again during its developer conference in November but didn’t specify the launch date. 2018 turned into 2019 with no sign of the Galaxy Home. last_img read more

Elon Musks 60 satellites launch could trap humans on earth may pose

first_imgPixabayRecently, it has been reported that Elon Musk, the SpaceX founder is gearing up for an internet revolution. The South African billionaire’s company is planning to send 60 satellites as a part of their Starlink project, a mission aimed at beaming internet from space, thus making it accessible to everyone. However, some experts believe that Elon Musk’s move could affect future space missions, and it may trap humans on earth.As per these experts, Elon Musk’s new mission could increase the amount of space debris, and finally, it will make it harder for rockets to escape Earth’s orbit. Space experts reveal that this fear of colliding with an object in space is called ‘Klesser syndrome’. It should be noted that there are an estimated 170 million pieces of junk floating in Earth’s upper atmosphere, but only 22,000 are being tracked by space experts.”The worst case is: You launch all your satellites, you go bankrupt, and they all stay there. Then you have thousands of new satellites without a plan of getting them out of there. And you would have a Kessler-type of syndrome,” said Stijn Lemmens, a European Space Agency scientist in an interview with Scientific American.Experts also suggested that it will take more than a thousand years for any SpaceX satellites in our orbit to descend to Earth and finally burn up in the atmosphere.In order to avoid potential collisions, SpaceX is launching the satellites into a lower orbital planet. However, critics claim that even after taking such precautions, mega-constellations like the Starlink project could cause at least 67,000 collisions in a year. Apart from causing threat to space travel, collisions in space could also drastically affect technologies like television, GPS, mobile phones and weather-related services.”This is something we need to pay attention to. We have to be proactive,” Glenn Peterson, an aerospace engineer told MIT Technology Review.Initially, 60 satellites will be launched as a part of the Starlink project. Elon Musk had also revealed that he plans to send nearly 12,000 satellites by the mid-2020s as a part of this project. If this project becomes successful, the internet will become 40 times faster irrespective of location.last_img read more

Precious objects gathered by fleeing Rohingya

first_imgMajor Rohingya refugee camp populations in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh. — Map: AFPThe Rohingya had no time to consider what to take as Myanmar forces drove the Muslim minority into Bangladesh in a crackdown a year ago likened by the UN to ethnic cleansing.Some fled with little more than the clothes on their backs and children on their hips. But what they did manage to bring tells an intimate story about the plight of a long persecuted and stateless people.- ‘This isn’t immaterial’ -Jalal Ahmed prised the faded tin number plate marked with Burmese characters off the front of his family’s home as they packed up their lives and left Rakhine state.”When we were leaving, we knew we would need something to prove we were Rohingya, and proof of our residency,” he told AFP in the doorway of the shanty where he lives with his family in a vast refugee camp in southern Bangladesh.The Ahmed family had lived in a proud two-storey wooden home in their village for countless generations, Jalal’s grandfather Abdul said.Jalal, a 52-year-old businessman, said the plate was not a memento but a connection to his past before the misery of refugee life.”This isn’t immaterial,” Jalal said. “We carried it with us because wherever we go, this will show that we belong to a place.”- Our identity -Mohammad Ayaz, 12, brought a faded old photograph of his family with him on the long journey from Myanmar.It shows 17 people — his grandparents, siblings and parents, aunts and uncles — posing for an official portrait holding signs marked with Burmese script.The Rohingya are reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants, branded “Bengalis” and denied citizenship and basic rights and freedoms.”We will need this photo when we go back to Myanmar, to identify who is who from our family,” he told AFP, folding up the creased photograph for safekeeping.”It’s a very important picture. We will need this.”- Feeding the needy -Asaru Begum knew the journey to Bangladesh would be long and arduous, especially for her children and grandchildren.So she brought cooking pots to gather water, stew rice and green chillies, and perform ablutions for prayer while hiding out in the hills.”I brought the pots and rice because I knew the children would get hungry after two days’ journey,” she told AFP, pointing to the pots she still treasures today.”I brought them so I could feed the babies. They cry a lot when they are hungry.”- ‘I miss school’ -Mohammad Khares, a diligent pupil with dreams of going to university, was in his final year of high school when violence erupted in his village.”I miss school very much. I was about to graduate, I was this close. That really hurts,” the crestfallen 20-year-old told AFP.There are no schools in the camps, so Khares has used his Bengali and English language skills to find piecemeal work with foreign aid groups helping the refugees.His school ID card is precious.Most Rohingya receive little or no schooling in Myanmar so his card — bearing his photograph, credentials and official seal — is a rare privilege and a passport to opportunity.”When I go back to Myanmar, I want to resume my studies. But they might ask, ‘what proof do you have of your education?’ This card will prove that I was a Class 10 (final year) student,” he said.- Family first -Violence descended so quickly on Mohammad Jubayer’s village that he had no time to choose what his family might need to survive in Bangladesh.”On our way here, we couldn’t bring anything,” he told AFP at the edge of a fetid tent colony overlooking a trash-strewn, muddy clearing.Other escapees shared what food they could as Jubayer, 30, and his wife took turns carrying their four infant children as their eldest daughter trailed behind.”We spent nine days walking through the hills. We had our children with us. So we just carried them — nothing else.”- A touch of home -Mohammad Umar left all this favourite playthings behind in Myanmar as his family joined the steady exodus of Rohingya leaving their burning homeland.But once in Bangladesh, the industrious 12-year-old put his mind to work.Scavenging a rechargeable battery, and carving a hull from a chunk of styrofoam, he fashioned a rudimentary boat replete with a pen tube for a rudder.”We used to make these and play with them in Myanmar,” Umar said as the boat chugged through brown puddles swollen by monsoon rain.last_img

Rohingya crisis consequence of social hatred Amnesty

first_imgRohingya refugee. Photo: Syful-IslamThe crisis in Myanmar and reported massacres of Rohingya Muslims are the consequence of a society encouraged to hate and a lack of global leadership on human rights, Amnesty International said on Thursday.The human rights group said in its annual report covering 159 countries that “hate-filled rhetoric” by leaders was normalising discrimination against minorities.”We saw the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities laid bare in the horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar,” said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty.Last week, the United States urged the UN Security Council to hold Myanmar’s military accountable for what it said was the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.Nearly 690,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine and taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh since the Myanmar military launched a crackdown on insurgents at the end of August, according to the UN.More than 6,500 Rohingya are currently trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between Myanmar and Bangladesh.Amnesty said the international community had failed to respond robustly to “crimes against humanity and war crimes from Myanmar to Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen”.It said that leaders in countries such as the United States, Russia and China were not standing up for civil liberties and instead were “callously undermining the rights of millions”.Amnesty said president Donald Trump had taken backward steps on human rights that were setting a dangerous precedent. Shetty described his move to ban people from several Muslim-majority countries in January last year as “transparently hateful”.Last year’s report accused Trump of “poisonous” rhetoric.Free speech will be a key issue for those concerned about human rights this year, the report said.Amnesty said its staff were arrested at an unprecedented rate in Turkey in 2017, which along with Egypt and China was also among the biggest jailors of journalists.Two Reuters reporters in Myanmar were arrested while investigating the killing of Rohingya Muslims. Court proceedings are ongoing.”In 2018, we cannot take for granted that we will be free to gather together in protest or to criticise our governments. In fact, speaking out is becoming more dangerous,” Shetty said.Read More: Myanmar ‘bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence’last_img read more

10 Things To Know for Thursday

first_imgAP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, FileFILE – In this Monday, March 13, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. 1. TRUMP’S ABOUT-FACE ON NAFTAHours after the administration threatened to pull out of the trade pact, Mexico and Canada agreed to renegotiate the deal to “the benefit of all three countries.”2. LAWMAKERS NEAR DEAL ON SPENDING BILLA breakthrough seems possible after the White House backs off a threat to withhold payments that help lower-income Americans under “Obamacare.”3. UNITED MAKES ‘BUMPING’ CHANGESThe embattled airline says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees.4. HOW NORTH KOREA HAS MASTERED BRINKSMANSHIPThe technique over the years has won the country a grudging respect from Washington and its allies, while sometimes filling Pyongyang’s coffers with aid by relieved rivals.5. AS TRUMP CALLS FOR WALL, A LOOK AT WORLD’S BARRIERSWhile the structures are effective at protecting borders, they’ve also destroyed city neighborhoods, harm the environment and prevent innocent victims from reaching safety, an AP examination finds.6. ANN COULTER’S BERKELEY SPEECH CANCELEDStill, the liberal California university is bracing for possible violence and protests whether the conservative pundit comes to the campus or not.7. STANDOFF CONTINUES IN DELAWAREA man suspected of shooting and killing a state trooper outside a convenience store remains barricaded — and trading fire with officers — inside his house.8. SMALL BUSINESSES HAVE TAX BREAK WISH LISTSBut owners don’t plan a hiring binge if the Trump administration’s plan to lower tax rates becomes law.9. ‘YEP, I’M GAY’Ellen DeGeneres made history 20 years ago as the first prime-time lead on network TV to come out.10. WHERE THEY PLAY FOR PAYNow that the NFL draft is here, LSU running back Leonard Fournette is one of several college stars ready to cash in. Sharelast_img read more

DK Filmmorks Happy Hour Fundraiser

first_imgDK Filmmorks is holding a Happy Hour fundraiser Aug. 19 to support “The Runaways,” a powerful tale of overcoming domestic abuse with the power of love in the face of adversity. An IndieGoGo fundraising campaign is currently underway to help bring the film project to fruition. The Happy Hour is scheduled to be held at Khan’s Bar and Grill, 1125 H Street NE from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event is free, but interested attendees should register at http://tinyurl.com/zzrszaklast_img

No 2 Louisville hosts No 20 Miami on Sunday

first_img Listen She has 12 career 30-point games and 51 career 20-point games. She is averaging 21.1 points per game, which ranks second in the ACC and 12th in the country. She is connecting on 2.8 3-point field goals per game, which ranks fourth in the ACC. She is averaging 23.8 points vs. AP Top 25 teams. She is 89-105 (.848) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Story Links She recorded her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her career with 21 points and 13 rebounds at Va Tech. She had 10 points and 12 rebounds vs. UConn, 13 points and 14 rebounds vs. Georgia Tech and 14 points and 10 rebounds vs. Nebraska. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – No. 2 Louisville women’s basketball (23-1, 10-1) looks to extend its nine-game winning streak when it hosts No. 20 Miami (21-5, 9-2) on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. ET in the annual Play4Kay Pink Game. ABOUT THE HURRICANESMiami enters Sunday’s matchup with a 21-5 record and they are 9-2 in the ACC, just one game back of Louisville. Miami ranks third in the ACC with a .451 field goal percentage and ranks second with a .360 field goal percentage defense. Their +8.3 rebounding margin ranks second in the league. In ACC games, UofL ranks first in the league in scoring defense (53.1), field goal percentage defense (.329), and second in 3-pt field goal percentage defense (.236). In the 72-63 win over Virginia Tech last Sunday, Asia Durr (34) and Sam Fuehring (21) combined for 55 of UofL’s 72 points. It marked Durr’s season high in points and Fuehring’s career high. The duo combined to shoot 19-32 (.594), while the rest of the team shot 8-29 (.276) Fuehring is averaging 10.5 points, which ranks second on the team, while shooting 91-168 (.542) from the floor, which ranks 11th in the ACC. Her 6.9 rebounds also lead the team.center_img Junior forward Beatrice Mompremier was named ACC Player of the Week last week after averaging 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Hurricanes that included an upset of No. 4 Notre Dame. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the 72-65 win over the Fighting Irish, in addition to aiding a Miami defense that limited Notre Dame to its lowest point total and field goal percentage of the season. In addition to amassing her 18th and 19th double-doubles of the season, Mompremier closed out the week by tallying her fifth 20-point game. She ranks seventh in the league with 16.6 points, second with 11.8 rebounds, and ninth with a .550 field goal percentage. She ranks first with 3.8 offensive rebounds per game and second with 8.0 defensive rebounds. She has scored in double figures in 13 of 24 games. In ACC play, she is averaging 9.5 points and 7.2 rebounds. Senior center Emese Hof almost averages a double-double with 13.9 points and 8.7 rebounds, while sophomore guard Mykea Gray is the team’s third double-digit scorer with 12.4 points per game, while shooting 46-137 (.336) from deep. Junior guard Laura Cornelius averages 9.9 points, while shooting 39-105 (.371) from deep and dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists. Sophomore guard Kelsey Marshall averages 8.6 points and leads the team in 3-pointers made with 54 (54-140, .386).Series History – UofL is 4-1 all-time against Miami and has won the last four contests. The Cardinals are 2-1 at home and 2-0 at the KFC Yum! Center. Last season, Louisville won 84-74 at Miami. In the two matchups at the KFC Yum! Center, UofL won 63-59 on Jan. 15, 2017 and 68-55 on Jan. 25, 2015.Date: Sunday, Feb. 17Time: 3 p.m. ETSite: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Ky. (22,000)Radio: WKRD-790, Nick Curran, play-by-play; Adrienne Johnson, analystVideo: ESPN2, Pam Ward, play-by-play; Carolyn Peck, analystLast Meeting: W, 84-74 (Feb. 25, 2018 at Miami)Series History: 4-1 (2-1 Home, 2-0 Away, 0-0 Neutral)UofL National Ranking: 2nd Associated Press, 2nd USA TodayPromotion(s): Play4Kay Pink GameFor the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB. Print Friendly Version Watch Durr continues to rack up accolades and recently was named to the Wooden Late Season Top 20, Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Top 10 and a Senior CLASS Award Finalist. She ranks second in program history with 2,228 points and 342 made 3-pointers. Tickets Live Stats After holding opponents to less than 50 points in six of nine games, UofL’s scoring defense has improved from 64.3 to 59.1 points per game and moved from 182 to 64 nationally. During that nine-game stretch, opponents are averaging 50.4 points per game, while shooting .325 from the floor and .263 from 3-point range.last_img read more

New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future

first_imgThe problem of forming an uniform polysilane film was solved by carefully examining controlled parameters and optimizing the burning conditions of the polysilane film and reduced the density of the unattached hands to 1 x 1016/cm3. More details of the development process were not made public. The pin-type amorphous Si PV cells were put on the glass substrate by using a new coating process, which allowed the p- and n-layers to be formed by using the chemical vapor deposition method. The conversion efficiency of the cell that has their p-, i- and n-layers formed by using this coating process was 0.51%. This is tempered by the fact that the thickness of the new cell’s i-layer is 120nm. This makes them significantly thinner than the amounts found in existing amorphous Si PV cells, which have a thickness of 250nm.Researchers at JAIST believe that if this thickness is increased the efficiency will improve. Citation: New Si based photovoltaic cells may be the light of the future (2011, February 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-si-based-photovoltaic-cells-future.html 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. Sharp Develops Mass-Production Technology for Triple-Junction Thin-Film Solar Cells (PhysOrg.com) — A team of scientists at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or JAIST for short, led by Tatsuya Shimoda, a professor at the JAIST School of Materials Science, has created an amorphous silicon photovoltaic cell by applying a liquid Si. This world’s first inphotovoltaics has a conversion efficiency of 1.79% which, when applied to a pin-type cell whose i-layer was made with the coating process, according to JAIST researchers. They also have hopes that when the efficiency of the amorphous silicon photovoltaic cells improves in the future, it may become possible to mass-produce the Si PV cells by using a roll-to-roll method.The research group started with cyclopentasilane, a liquid Si, but they did not reveal any further specifics of the liquid Si. We do know that it was developed by emitting ultraviolet rays at CPS in a carbon hydrogen solvent in order to polymerize part of the CPS to make a polysilane. This Liquid Si was developed during the period between 2006 and 2007. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Information in Japanese: translate.google.com/translate … news/2011/02/10/011/ Explore furtherlast_img read more

Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Just when it began to appear that scientists had found a viable way around the problem of the blurring that occurs when using masks to create smaller and smaller silicon wafers for computer chips, a previous study on beam splitting optics showed that the new approach would not work, at least as it has thus far been proposed. A group of researchers explain why in a paper in New Journal of Physics. Quantum electronics: Two photons and chips Currently, the silicon wafers that make up computer chips are made by the process of lithography, whereby optics are used to create an image on a piece of wafer. To create the channels that make up the transistors, masks are used to prevent some of the photons directed towards a wafer from arriving. When the wafer is then immersed in special chemicals, the parts that were struck react differently than those that weren’t, creating the channels. The problem is in the clarity of the image produced on the other side due to the use of optic lenses to focus the photons, as some degree of blurring will always occur due to the nature of lenses. As researchers try to make smaller transistors, the blurring eventually becomes a roadblock, which is why some are looking for alternatives.One such approach is to take advantage of the unique properties of entangled photons; those wily quantum particles that for some inexplicable reason, tend to mimic the behavior of one another, without any apparent means of communication, and at a rate faster than the speed of light. Because they are correlated, the thinking went, they’d always arrive at the same place at the same time (in this case a sensor) creating a near perfect image; so if say a mask were made, in this case a simple one with just two slits in it; it would make sense that the pair of entangled photons would interfere with one another as they tend to do, as they pass through the slit, then arrive together on the other side at exactly the same place and time, which is just what you’d need if you wanted to impact the material on the other side to create your wafer the way you intended. Unfortunately, things haven’t worked out quite that way, because as it turns out, while you can expect a pair of entangled photons to do their thing simultaneously, you can’t rely on them to arrive at the same target, or again in this case, the same sensor, while they are doing so; which of course is a big problem if you’re trying to make a wafer where the photons have to hit their target not only at exactly the same time, but in exactly the right place or you’ve got nothing to show for your efforts.Even so, researchers hoped that enough photons would arrive in the same place at the same time by chance to allow for the process to work; but this meant adding in an exposure time (waiting for enough of the photons to arrive at the same place) which as it turned out rose too rapidly as the feature size requirements went up, making the process unfeasible.While it appears the original idea for using entangled photons for the development of quantum lithography won’t work, researchers aren’t giving up hope just yet; the stakes are too high. The hope now is that some other new imaginative way can be thought of to get around the problems encountered, allowing for the creation of almost unimaginably small chips. Citation: Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography (2011, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-apparent-roadblock-quantum-lithography.html More information: On the efficiency of quantum lithography, Christian Kothe et al 2011 New J. Phys. 13 043028 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/4/043028AbstractQuantum lithography promises, in principle, unlimited feature resolution, independent of wavelength. However, in the literature, at least two different theoretical descriptions of quantum lithography exist. They differ in the extent to which they predict that the photons retain spatial correlation from generation to absorption, and although both predict the same feature size, they vastly differ in predicting how efficiently a quantum lithographic pattern can be exposed. Until recently, essentially all quantum lithography experiments have been performed in such a way that it is difficult to distinguish between the two theoretical explanations. However, last year an experiment was performed that gives different outcomes for the two theories. We comment on the experiment and show that the model that fits the data unfortunately indicates that the trade-off between resolution and efficiency in quantum lithography is very unfavourable. Explore further When sending two photons through a double slit they will produce an interference pattern on a detection line after the slits. Denoting the arrival position of the photons with s and t one can plot the detection probability where lighter colour indicates higher probability. If the photons are constrained to arrive at the same place the left figure applies; if they propagate independently the right figure applies. Image credit: New J. Phys. 13 043028 doi:10.1088/1367-2630/13/4/043028 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.last_img read more

Safer way to make diazomethane developed

first_img Diazomethane (CH2N2) is a toxic yellow gas at 25 degrees Celsius, and is usually used in solution in ether. It is a useful reagent for many reasons, such as its ability to be converted to carbene, which is used in the synthesis of cyclopropanes. It is usually prepared as needed in the lab by hydrolysis of a precursor such as diazald (N-methyl-N-nitroso-p-toluenesufonamide), but becomes explosive during the processes of purifying and isolating it. Safety precautions such as preparing the chemical in a fume hood or behind a blast shield, avoiding ground glass joints, wearing thick protective gloves, avoiding any sharp edges or scratches on the glassware, and so on, are employed during the synthesis to protect the scientists from potential explosions.Researchers Erick Carreira and Bill Morandi of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at ETH in Zurich have developed a new method for generating diazomethane in situ that uses a catalyst and avoids the need for the dangerous isolation process and generation of large volumes of the explosive chemical. The catalyst is an iron porphyrin complex and is used to catalyze the cyclopropanation of olefins such as styrenes, dienes, and enynes in an aqueous solution of potassium hydroxide (6M, KOH). Since olefins are immiscible with water, they create a safe biphasic environment for the formation of the intermediate, diazomethane, which is constantly generated and immediately consumed in the reaction. The catalyst remains within the olefin phase.The new method is safer for the chemists because there is a much lower risk of explosion since the diazomethane is consumed as soon as it is created, and large volumes do not accumulate. There is also a much lower chance of exposure to the toxic gas.In the paper, published in Science, Carreira and Morandi suggest the method could also be used in the synthesis of other toxic or explosive reagents, provided they can be prepared in aqueous solutions. More information: Iron-Catalyzed Cyclopropanation in 6 M KOH with in Situ Generation of Diazomethane, Science 23 March 2012: Vol. 335 no. 6075 pp. 1471-1474, DOI: 10.1126/science.1218781ABSTRACTDiazomethane is a common and versatile reagent in organic synthesis whose broader use is generally impeded by its explosiveness and toxicity. Here we report that a simple iron porphyrin complex catalyzes the cyclopropanation of styrenes, enynes, and dienes under the demanding conditions [aqueous 6 molar potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution, open to air] necessary for the in situ generation of diazomethane from a water-soluble diazald derivative. A biphasic reaction medium arising from the immiscibility of the olefin substrates with water appears essential to the overall efficiency of the process. The work we describe highlights an approach to catalysis with untoward reactive intermediates, in which the conditions for their generation under operationally safe regimes dictate catalyst selection. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Diazomethane is a toxic, explosive reagent prepared as needed in laboratories, where it is commonly used in cyclopropanation, but its explosive nature prevents it being used widely on an industrial scale. Now, scientists in Switzerland have developed a new method of synthesising diazomethane that is much safer and therefore could lead to much wider use. Journal information: Science Microscale Chemical Factory © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Safer way to make diazomethane developed (2012, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-safer-diazomethane.htmllast_img read more

Tips to cure cracked heels this winter

first_imgDuring winter, we apply lotions and creams to our hands, neck and face but miss out the most important part, the feet, thus causing cracked heels. Give your feet an oil massage and apply glycerine and rose water, says an expert. Here are some easy hacks to keep our feet and heels soft and tender this winter.*Oil massage: Oils are the best natural moisturisers, not only for your dry feet but also for anywhere on your skin. You can either use any hydrogenated oil alone or mix them to get added benefits of their different components. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf*Glycerine-rosewater remedy: Glycerine is one of the best moisturisers that one can imagine. Applying glycerine on cracked heels can accelerate the healing process as well. Blend together one tablespoon of glycerine with two teaspoons of rosewater and half a tea spoon of freshly extracted lemon juice. Apply this mixture on your heels and wear a pair of clean socks. You should follow this remedy just before you turn in for the night. It can give you smooth and soft heels without any cracks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive*Oatmeal-jojoba oil remedy: Another good exfoliating foot mask can be made using ground oatmeal and jojoba oil. Grind up a tablespoon of oatmeal in your blender, pour it into a bowl and add jojoba oil to create a thick paste. Massage this into the damaged skin on your feet, and put your feet up for half an hour. When the time is up, rinse your feet with cool water.*Rice flour scrub for cracked heels: Not exfoliating your feet is also a reason for dry and cracked heels. So, exfoliating them is also necessary. Rice flour is best exfoliating scrub you can make for your feet at home. Mix one table spoon of rice flour with two table spoon of honey and one table spoon of lemon juice. Mix the scrub well and scrub your feet gently for 10 minutes. If you have serious cracking then soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes before scrubbing. *Herbal neem and Tulsi remedy: And now an Ayurvedic remedy for cracked heels which has been used since decades in India. Use the anti-fungal and anti-bacterial margosa leaves or neem leaves, when mixed with the turmeric, can do wonders to give you soft and smooth heels. This easy home – made remedy is particularly good for bleeding heels.*Milk and honey exfoliate for cracked heels: When you lack in taking proper care of your feet, this may result in cracked heels. Therefore, it’s essential to follow a daily regime of cleansing and moisturising your heels and a weekly regimen of exfoliating them during winters. If you already have cracked heels, exfoliate them daily by using milk and honey and moisturize them till they are cured completely.*Fruit mask for healing cracked heels: Fruits have many enzymes and other miraculous components. They can even make you get rid of your cracked heels. You just need to pick certain fruits like banana, pineapple, avocado, papaya and mash them to massage your feet. Banana and papaya are the best options as you can mash them easily. Rub them alone or make this fruit mixture.last_img read more