Press release: Foreign Secretary in Paris for Middle East talks

first_img Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn The conflicts in Syria and Yemen have created 2 of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. There can be no military solution to either conflict, only peaceful and carefully negotiated political solutions will truly end the suffering. The UK will continue to take a leadership role in these crucial diplomatic efforts with our international partners around the world, intensifying work to find a sustainable way forward. Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook The Foreign Secretary will attend a meeting on Syria organised by France and the US to discuss how best to make progress towards a political solution to the conflict and support the efforts of the UN Special Envoy for Syria.Following this, the Foreign Secretary will host his US, Saudi Arabian and UAE counterparts at the British Embassy in Paris for a meeting to discuss a political solution to the conflict in Yemen. The ‘Quad’ group of Foreign Ministers last met in December in the UAE.Speaking ahead of his travel, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: For journalists Further information Email [email protected]last_img read more

Agricultural technology

first_imgRemote-controlled helicopters, unmanned aircraft equipped with imaging sensors; welcome to the future of agriculture.Farmers and technology experts from across the Southeast got a glimpse of the future last week at the Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Unmanned Systems in Agriculture Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. Unmanned vehicle developers hope the new technologies will make farming more cost effective, and better for society and the environment. “This unmanned aerial systems conference is really important because it’s highlighting existing technology, which can have immediate impact on agriculture,” said Joe West, assistant dean of the UGA Tifton Campus. “It’s demonstrating how unmanned aerial systems, which were developed with military applications, are transferring that technology over to agriculture where we’re essentially using those systems as platforms to carry technology to monitor crops and many other things; disease, drought, mineral deficiencies.”Unmanned autonomous systems are becoming more common place as a tool for farmers, according to the Association of the Unmanned Vehicle Systems, also known as AUVSI. Scientists are already using remote-controlled helicopters to detect diseases in farmers’ fields. Unmanned helicopters are also popular in Japan where more than 2,300 are used to spray rice fields and keep a close watch on the health of crops.“Agriculture is very technology-oriented,” West said. “We’re very advanced from the science standpoint, technology standpoint, even business standpoint. It’s going to be another tool that lets us reach further, make decisions better and then respond quicker.”One of the remote-controlled helicopters at the conference Thursday, the Aerobot 100, was designed to be used as an eye in the sky for the military, police or fire department. With a camera attached on its bottom, the Air Robot 100 allows its user to get a bird’s eye view of areas that are otherwise inaccessible. For example, it would provide another set of eyes for the fire department to see how many people are trapped in a burning building. Producers who farm large fields could use the machine to inspect crops for insect or disease damage. Using the Air Robot 100 could help farmers identify an emerging insect or disease problems before it’s spotted by crop scouts. “This is not specifically an agricultural UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) but it has a lot of potential. I think it’s representative of the class of UAVs that people who may come to this conference wouldn’t have known about,” said David Price, a senior research technologist with Georgia Tech. Price operated the Aerobot 100 with a remote control that also displayed video of what was being filmed.More and more universities around the country are studying unmanned aerial vehicle technology in agriculture. Highlighted by AUVSI, Virginia Tech uses unmanned aerial vehicles to locate microbes in the atmosphere that could lead to plant diseases. The research conducted will be used to create an early warning system for pathogens.As fewer people work on the farm, adopting these new technologies could play a key role in the success of farms everywhere.“It makes our farms more efficient. It makes them more sustainable and environmentally friendly,” West said. “Change is difficult. Adopting new technologies is difficult, especially if you’re older and haven’t been exposed to technology as much … “Adoption is more difficult. However, there’s one thing that makes adoption easy, and that’s if it makes money.”last_img read more

Players prepare for Dino Babers’ new offense with revamped conditioning

first_img Published on April 1, 2016 at 3:17 am Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Jordan Fredericks had never seen so many teammates throwing up. More than five or six came out of station drills to get rid of the contents in their stomachs, including Fredericks.“It might’ve been the first time in football that I’ve ever thrown up three times a day,” Fredericks said. “I just kept throwing up. It got (running backs) coach (Mike) Hart mad, but I felt like I was getting in shape.”The Syracuse running back hadn’t even taken much time off during Winter Break before coming back to Syracuse. He had wanted to take a week off after coming home, but his mother set him up with his personal trainer in just a handful of days.“Yeah, I was hurting, too,” offensive lineman Omari Palmer said. “… We came from a team that was huddled up every time to no huddle. That was hard. You gotta do extra stuff, run extra, eat right, just live properly outside of football.”At 11 a.m. Saturday, SU will put its rapid-fire offense on the Carrier Dome turf for the first time at Syracuse’s annual spring game. When co-offensive coordinator Sean Lewis and Syracuse’s staff created the hashtag #OrangeIsTheNewFast, it became a recruiting tool, but it’s also a message of how SU plans to play, if its offense having the namesake (Baylor) of one of the best quick-strike attacks in the nation isn’t clear enough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd while the offense’s logistics — its routes, blocking schemes and how it runs — might be a focus on Saturday, the work to shape players into the offense has been intense.The offense new head coach Dino Babers brought to Syracuse is supposed to require the players to be conditioned at their best. After running 63 plays per game (127th, second to last, in the country) and about two per minute in 2015 under head Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator Tim Lester, the players will be gears in an offensive machine that ran 83.7 plays per game (seventh in the country) and about three plays per minute at Bowling Green in 2015.“I’m like, ‘Wow, this is some official stuff,’” Fredericks said of the intense workouts. “You know you don’t expect that to happen to you. You think you’re in shape, and it wasn’t just me.”After Babers was hired, he changed around the football program’s training staff in addition to cleaning out the coaching staff. Will Hicks, now an assistant director of athletics for athletic performance for Olympic sports, had only handled the football team under Shafer and past coaches. Hicks shifted to only Olympics sports once Babers was hired. Players said they received the new training staff’s workouts when they returned to campus in January.While Babers did his part in getting his players in shape — he and his staff had soda removed from the vending machine — Palmer has adjusted his routines. On lifting days, the offensive lineman will lift twice for an hour apiece. Those workouts are followed by 15 minutes on the elliptical. Other days, Palmer will run a mile and a half and try and finish it in under 12 minutes. Instead of going home for Spring Break, Palmer decided to get some extra work in with Sean Edinger, the newly-hired assistant director of athletics for athletic performance, by hanging back in Syracuse.SU running back George Morris said the new training staff’s workout centers on explosion more so than the workouts under Shafer’s training staff. But when asked to point to specific drills, Morris said he’s still adjusting to the new workouts.“Honestly, there’s a lot of names, and I’m still learning,” Morris said in early March. “Every time we work out there’s a new one each day, so I’m still trying to learn the names.”Fredericks came into the offseason trying to cut weight and add muscle at the same time. Since working out with Edinger, Fredericks said his squat has increased about 150 pounds to nearly 500. The rising sophomore running back came into this spring seven pounds heavier than he was listed on last year’s roster.Babers has said the linemen in front of Fredericks will have to drop weight. Palmer, who is listed on the 2016 roster at 321 pounds, played in 2015 at 305 pounds. The average size of a lineman at Bowling Green last season was about 299 pounds. Even with a bit elevated weight, Palmer said he feels like he’s approaching the best shape he’s been in.On Saturday, Palmer will be able to put that to the test in pads during Syracuse’s scrimmage. For the first time, the new offense will be on display and so too will be players’ revamped conditioning.“Everything is fast,” Jordan Fredericks said. “Everyone needs to be in tip-top shape.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tottenham Midfielder Gets Surprise England Call Up

first_imgTottenham midfielder Harry Winks has surprisingly been called up to the England squad ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.Winks, 21, was added to the squad by manager Gareth Southgate after the duo of Fabian Delph and Phil Jones pulled out with respective injuries.Winks was initially expected to link up with the England Under-21 squad before the call up to the senior team.A win for England in Thursday’s clash with Slovenia will secure a spot in next year’s World Cup in Russia and left-back Ryan Bertrand is delighted with the state of the team and the healthy competition within the players. He said: “We have fantastic competition for places and that can only be good for the squad.”“We are very much in a positive mindset and the work is not finished. We want to get the six points.“With perhaps my fan’s head on, it would be nice to complete the qualification in front of the home fans and have a decent night at Wembley.” he concluded. RelatedEngland Recall Forster And Delph Ahead Of Slovenia, Lithuania ClashesSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”Tammy Abraham Gets England Call UpSeptember 29, 2017In “England”NLD Watch: Tottenham Receive Triple Boost Ahead Of Mammoth ClashNovember 16, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Amazon workers median pay in 2017 28446

That data, disclosed Wednesday in Amazon’s annual proxy report, is a reminder that while the technologists, business managers and marketers at Amazon headquarters can make more than $100,000, in most of the country, Amazon is a blue-collar logistics company where workers take home far less.In Seattle, Amazon’s more than 45,000 employees are paid an average of more than $110,000, according to an analysis of individual worker data posted to job review site Glassdoor. The median, or midpoint, of Amazon’s 566,000 individual employee salaries worldwide stood far lower.At Amazon’s dozens of logistics depots around the U.S., entry-level work generally starts at between $11 and $16 an hour, according to Amazon job postings and Glassdoor reviews.Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos received $1,681,840 in compensation in 2017, the proxy statement said, $1.6 million of which represents the cost of providing his security.Bezos—who owns 16 percent of the company’s shares, a stake that makes him the world’s richest man with a net worth of $127 billion, according to Bloomberg—received the other $81,840 as salary.The pay disclosure was mandated by the federal Wall Street reform bill passed after the 2008 financial crisis. Its aim is to allow a comparison of the top executive’s pay to rank-and-file pay.By that metric, Amazon’s disparity between CEO and average worker pay stood at 59-to-1, a relatively narrow gap. Compensation data firm Equilar, which surveyed companies earlier this year on the pay ratio they planned to disclose, found a median pay ratio of 140-to-1.In a statement, Amazon said that it offered highly competitive wages and benefits “in every country and every sector where we employ people.” 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. Amazon workers in Spain plan first ever strike ©2018 The Seattle Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Explore further Citation: Amazon worker’s median pay in 2017: $28,446 (2018, April 20) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-amazon-worker-median.html Amazon says its median employee pay was $28,446 last year. read more