first_imgSouth Korean smartphone giant Samsung has slashed the price of Galaxy Core 2 to INR 8,007. Galaxy Core 2 was launched in the month of July at INR 11,900, and within a few months its price has been reduced by around INR 4,000. The new price can be availed at Samsung India’s official online retail store.Launched as the successor of Galaxy Core, Core 2 sports a 4.5 inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) TFT display, 5 MP rear camera accompanied by a flash, a VGA front facing camera, and 4 GB internal storage which can be expanded to up to 64 GB via microSD card.Galaxy Core 2 features 1.2 GHz quad-core processor backed with 768 MB RAM.On the connectivity front, the device supports dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, USB 2.0, Bluetooth, GPS and PC synchronization. The gadget runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS and comes packed with a 2000 mAh battery.This month Samsung also unveiled the successor of Galaxy S Duos 2, the Galaxy S Duos 3 priced at INR 8,150,last_img read more

first_imgFormer India captain Rahul Dravid and ex-Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena were on Friday named in the ICC Cricket Committee, adding even more cricketing experience to the list of eminent people already on the committee. “Dravid and Jayawardena have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each has been appointed for a three-year term. They will attend their first meeting at Lord’s on May 31 and June 1, three weeks before the ICC Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland,” ICCDravid replaces SangakkaraDravid, along with former Australia off-spinner and ex-chief executive of Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), Tim May, have been elected by the current Test captains as current player representatives, replacing former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan completed their three-year term.Jayawardena has been appointed as a past player representative and takes over from former Australia captain Mark Taylor.Richard Kettleborough, three-time ICC Umpire of the Year, has been appointed as umpires’ representative in the committee and replaces Steve Davis, who retired last year.Anil Kumble re-appointedMeanwhile, Anil Kumble has been re-appointed as the chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for a three-year term. The former India captain was appointed as the chair in 2012 and will now continue to head the group until 2018.ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice, who also administers the ICC Cricket Committee meeting, said: “I want to thank Mark Taylor, Kumar Sangakkara, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Steve Davis for their significant contribution to this committee.”I welcome Rahul Dravid, Mahela Jayawardena, Tim May and Richard Kettleborough, and I am confident that these highly credentialed individuals will carry on the good work of their predecessors to make the sport even more competitive and attractive.”advertisementThe ICC Cricket Committee is representative of all stakeholders in the modern game, including players, umpires and the media. It is empowered to make recommendations on cricket playing issues to the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and, if the matter is a policy matter, the ICC Board for approval.The ICC Cricket Committee is:Chairman – Anil Kumble (former India captain)Ex-Officio – Shashank Manohar (ICC chairman) and David Richardson (ICC Chief Executive)Past Player representative – Andrew Strauss (former England captain); Mahela Jayawardena (former Sri Lanka captain)Current Player representative – Rahul Dravid (former India captain); Tim May (former Australia off-spinner and ex-CEO of FICA)Full Member team coach representative – Darren Lehmann (Australia coach)Associate representative – Kevin O’Brien (Ireland all-rounder)Women’s Cricket representative – Clare Connor (former England women’s team captain)Full Member representative – David White (NZC chief executive)Media representative – Ravi Shastri (former India captain and a respected commentator)Umpires’ representative -Richard Kettleborough (member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires)Referees’ representative – Ranjan Madugalle (ICC chief match referee and former Sri Lanka captain)MCC representative – John Stephenson (MCC’s Head of Cricket)last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 13 (PTI) Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has expressed his inability to attend the Asian Games torch relay here on Sunday, prompting the Indian Olympic Association to extend an invitation to his predecessor Vijay Goel, who has accepted it. An official of the Sports Ministry today informed the IOA that Rathore was “very keen to join but will not be able to attend the torch relay function this weekend as he will be required to visit Cochin in connection with some urgent work”. IOA president Narinder Batra, with whose body the ministry has been at loggerheads in recent times on various issues, replied: “This event happens once only in four years and is very important part of our Indian sports history. It is unfortunate the Hon’ble Sports Minister cannot come. We understand he must have got more important work to attend.” Batra informed that Goel, who served as sports minister just before Rathore, has consented to grace the event. “Mr. Vijay Goel, former sports minister and present union minister, has very kindly agreed to be our chief guest at the torch relay function and official dinner.” The flame of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia will be lit at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi — the birthplace of the Olympic Council of Asia’s premier sports event in 1951. The ceremonial lighting of the Asian Games Torch will be followed by the start of the Torch Relay. The torch handover process will also involve the OCA president Sheikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah, Indonesia Olympic Committee President Erick Thohir and Indonesias sports minister Imam Nahrawi, besides Batra and Goel.advertisement The flame will later travel back to Indonesia for the start of the 18,000km domestic torch relay through 50 cities in 18 provinces before arriving at the Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Jakarta for the opening ceremony on August 18. The IOA and the Sports Ministry have been at loggerheads for some time on various issues, including selection of youngsters in various sports for training at the facilities of Sports Authority of India after the Khelo India School Games. The IOA feels that it was an infringement on the autonomy of the National Sports Federations (NSFs). Batra had earlier asked the officials of the NSFs not to be associated with the Khelo India initiative. PTI PDS PDS AHAHlast_img read more

first_imgDesmond Howard on the College GameDay set.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Desmond Howard and Rece Davis on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN has put the Big Ten on “upset watch” this afternoon, with two of the conference’s top teams hosting potentially dangerous teams at home.Ohio State and Michigan both won in fairly easy fashion in Week 1, though the Buckeyes and the Wolverines are hosting tougher opponents in Week 2.Cincinnati is playing at Ohio State, while Army is playing at Michigan.ESPN has put the Buckeyes and the Wolverines on “upset watch.”Rivals Ohio State and Michigan will be tested this week, and not by each other. In case you missed it, Army is good, and the Wolverines’ defense will have to be disciplined against the triple option when they host the Black Knights at noon Saturday. Don’t believe it? Ask Oklahoma. Last year, Army gave Oklahoma fits in a 28-21 OT loss to the Sooners in Norman. Army controlled the clock for 44:41, which resulted in OU’s offense finishing with a season-low 355 yards. Michigan’s defense allowed 4.6 yards per carry last year when facing teams under center, ranking 99th in the FBS.And while Ohio State fans are still celebrating the successful debut of quarterback Justin Fields, get ready for the return of former Buckeye Luke Fickell, who played and coached at Ohio State and is now head coach at Cincinnati. Fickell was a nose guard for the Buckeyes from 1992 to 1996 and coached in Columbus from 2002 to 2016, including a season as the Buckeyes’ interim head coach in 2011, between the Jim Tressel and Urban Meyer regimes.Ohio State and Cincinnati are set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on ABC.Michigan and Army are also set to kick off at noon E.T. The game will be on FOX.last_img read more

first_img Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths.Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’.“I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised.Dr. Emery said it is important to note that diabetes is extremely common, pointing out that the current data suggest that about 12 per cent of the population over the age of 15 in Jamaica is diabetic.“When you look at the international data, it’s even more alarming,” he noted. The Consultant said that about 400 million persons worldwide are diabetic at present, and the number is expected to grow to about half a billion by 2030.“It is a significant global problem, and whilst there has been a lot of focus given to some of the other complications of diabetes, we tend not to really focus a great deal of effort, energy and resources on the cardiovascular complications associated with it,” Dr. Emery said.He noted that the relationship between diabetes and hypertension is not new, and although the initial accounts were largely anecdotal, “we began to have epidemiologic data which support this association in the form of a very large and important trial called the Framingham Heart Study, which began in 1948”.The Consultant explained that subjects were assessed over a 30-year period, which led to the establishment of associations between particular disease entities.“One of the associations made from the study was that persons who were diabetic were about 200-500 per cent more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than persons who were not diabetic,” he informed.Dr. Emery noted that diabetic persons have a more rapid rate at which fat and cholesterol are deposited in the arterial system, leading to a narrowing of the blood vessels, which limits the flow of blood. This results in the heart muscle being starved of blood, which can lead to angina.He also explained that one may have complete blockage of the vessel, which is a heart attack.“Another way in which diabetes leads to heart failure is that the elevated blood sugars which we see in diabetes can also be directly toxic to heart cells. The heart tissue is not meant to function in an environment where blood sugars are elevated, so if they are chronically exposed to those levels of blood sugar, then there are biochemical consequences such as weakness of the heart muscle, and many patients go on to develop heart failure,” he said. “I think it is of paramount importance that we recognise this connection, and direct a lot of our attention to identifying, preventing and treating the cardiovascular complications associated with diabetes,” he emphasised. Dr. Emery was speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on January 23, against the background of the observation of Heart Month, under the theme ‘The Diabetic Heart: Are you at Risk?’. Consultant Cardiologist at the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, Dr. Handel Emery, has highlighted the need for more resources to address cardiovascular complications, which account for the majority of diabetes-related deaths. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_img Local Area Office: 902-424-5591 Fax: 902-424-7116 -30- HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 Highway 102 (Bicentennial Highway) will have closures on Friday, Sept. 4, between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., for blasting at the Larry Uteck Interchange. The inbound lanes will be closed for about 10 minutes. The outbound lanes will be closed for about 20 minutes. Drivers should expect delays or use alternate routes, which will be indicated by electronic signs.last_img

first_imgTRENTON, N.J. – The biggest U.S.-based drugmaker will change leaders in January when Pfizer Chief Operating Officer Albert Bourla replaces CEO Ian Read, who has led the company for nearly eight years.Pfizer Inc. said Monday that Read will become executive chairman of Pfizer’s board of directors.The move comes after Pfizer’s board in March gave Read an $8 million bonus contingent on boosting Pfizer’s stock price and staying on for up to a year. That allowed Read time to groom Bourla, who had been appointed last January to the newly created chief operating officer post.The maker of Viagra and the advanced breast cancer drug Ibrance has been dealing for several years with declining revenue as patents expired and generic competition began for a series of big-selling drugs, as have many other drugmakers. For Pfizer, those drugs include Viagra, blood pressure pill Norvasc and high-cholesterol pill Lipitor, which had reigned as the world’s top-selling drug for nearly a decade.The success of Ibrance, other recent cancer drugs and pneumococcal vaccine Prevnar 13 have revenue growing again, and Pfizer shares have risen about 22 per cent so far this year.Read, who started working at Pfizer in 1978 as an auditor, spent much of his tenure as CEO trying to pull off mega-acquisitions, the strategy that had enabled Pfizer to leapfrog to the top among U.S. drugmakers. But Read failed on deals to acquire first Allergan and then AstraZeneca, primarily to be able to move Pfizer’s headquarters — just on paper — to lower-tax countries in Europe.The New York company said in July that it was again reshaping its business, this time into three units: Innovative Medicines; Established Medicines, which handles older drugs that have lost protection; and Consumer Healthcare. It said Innovative Medicines will bring in most of the company’s revenue and has strong growth potential, due partially to an aging population that will create growing demand for new medicines.A couple of weeks after announcing the business reorganization, Pfizer reported a second-quarter profit that surged 26 per cent in a performance that beat Wall Street expectations.But Pfizer drew the ire of President Donald Trump in early July when it announced price hikes for about 40 of its drugs — shortly after Trump promised without any grounds that drug companies would be announcing “massive” voluntary price cuts by mid-June. Those cuts never came and most drugmakers have continued to hike prices, but Trump publicly shamed Pfizer on Twitter for its increases, leading the company to reverse them, but only until January at the latest.The 56-year-old Bourla just became chief operating officer in January. He also has run the drugmaker’s vaccines, oncology and consumer health care business.Read, 65, became CEO in December 2010 and has served as board chairman since 2011.When he took over, Pfizer’s share price was just $16.72, after steadily declining by more than one-third during the 4 1/2-year tenure of his predecessor, Jeffrey Kindler — a key reason Pfizer’s board forced Kindler out suddenly.On Monday, Pfizer shares climbed 20 cents to $44.27.___Follow Linda A. Johnson at https://twitter.com/LindaJ_onPharma___Johnson, based in Trenton, covers the pharmaceutical industry. Murphy reported from Indianapolis.last_img read more

“The high number of indictments for torture filed by the Attorney General’s Office, the number of successful fundamental rights cases decided by the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, as well as the high number of complaints that the National Human Rights Commission continues to receive on an almost daily basis indicates that torture is widely practiced in Sri Lanka,” Manfred Nowak told the General Assembly committee dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues, known as the Third Committee. “This practice is prone to become routine in the context of counter-terrorism operations,” Mr. Nowak, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, added. Mr. Nowak said that during the course of his visit to the country from 1 to 8 October, he received “numerous consistent and credible allegations” from detainees who reported that they were ill-treated by the police to extract confessions, or to obtain information in relation to other criminal offences. Similar allegations were received with respect to the army. Also addressing the Committee, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam of Sri Lanka said that his delegation respectfully differed with regard to the Special Rapporteur’s description of detainees’ conditions in Sri Lankan prisons which Mr. Novak had described as amounting to degrading treatment. Overcrowding was caused by resource constraints, he said, adding that his country was mindful of its international obligations. The Special Rapporteur, who works in an unpaid, independent capacity, said that in an effort to criminalize torture and bring perpetrators to justice, the Government enacted the 1994 Torture Act. While the significant number of indictments filed under the Act was encouraging, Mr. Nowak decried the fact that only three people have so far been convicted. “Given the high standards of proof applied by the Supreme Court in torture related cases, it is regrettable that the facts established do not trigger more convictions by criminal courts,” he stated. While the Government does not agree that torture is widely practiced, “I’m convinced and I think I have enough evidence for that,” Mr. Nowak told reporters after his address to the committee. The Sri Lankan Ambassador said he also respectfully differed with regard to the statement about torture being widely practiced in Sri Lanka, and said that statistics had shown torture to be very rare. Nevertheless, he said Sri Lanka would take the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations into account, and welcomed initiatives towards technical assistance, he said. The Ambassador thanked Mr. Novak for his work, and assured him of Sri Lanka’s commitment to full cooperation with the United Nations and his office and for constructive engagement to take care of all the Special Rapporteur’s recommendations. Mr. Nowak added that the most serious allegations of human rights violations, including torture, relate to the ongoing conflict between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But he noted that he was not in a position to speak about that since he was not able to visit detention facilities in army camps or those run by the LTTE. In addition to Sri Lanka, Mr. Nowak has visited Paraguay, Nigeria and Togo in the last year. He is scheduled to visit Indonesia next month and Equatorial Guinea and Iraq early next year. 29 October 2007An independent United Nations human rights expert said today that although Sri Lanka has measures in place to prevent torture, the brutal practice is widespread – an accusation disputed by a representative of the country’s Government. read more

The Secretary-General expressed his concern that the Abyei Referendum Commission is still not established, according to information released by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The two leaders also talked about the importance of holding the referenda on time and without any violence or acts of intimidation.Mr. Ban expressed the international community’s determination to respect the outcome of the vote, and underscored the need for all concerned to adhere strictly to the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), which ended a two-decade north-south civil war in Sudan.The Secretary-General and Mr. Kiir, who is also President of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan, reviewed the situation in the conflict-affected Darfur region of western Sudan and the need for an inclusive peace process to end that conflict.Inhabitants of the south will vote on 9 January next year on whether to secede from Sudan or remain united with the rest of the country. On the same day, residents of Abyei, located in the centre of the country, will vote separately on whether to retain Abyei’s special administrative status in the north or become part of Bahr el-Ghazal state in the south.Mr. Ban yesterday announced the appointment of three members of a UN panel tasked with monitoring the referenda.The former Tanzanian president Benjamin Mkapa will head the panel, while former Portuguese foreign minister Antonio Monteiro and former Nepalese election commission chairman Bhojraj Pokharel will serve as the other two members.The referenda will be the final phase in the implementation of the CPA. 22 September 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the First Vice-President of Sudan Salva Kiir today held discussions on the upcoming referenda in the African country on the self-determination of southern Sudan and the central region of Abyei. read more

Compiling and processing information was once a relatively straightforward process.A person would gather a certain number of facts and figures based on a particular sample size and use a machine to record the data that were collected.Analyzing the data to better understand any patterns and predict trends emerging from the information was fairly clear-cut, as variables, the number of things that could be measured and counted, were somewhat limited. ‘Small data’ can be processed by a standard software package and easily understood.Enter today’s era of big data, defined through the basic ‘three Vs’: volume (lots of it), velocity (pouring in at record speeds), and variety (from traditional databases, documents, e-mails, video, audio and many, many other sources). Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Ejaz Ahmed researches big data, specifically, high-dimensional data analysis.Data is said to be ‘high-dimensional’ when a small or moderate sample size has a large number of variables. Advances in technology mean the types and level of detail of data are increasing at breakneck speed to the point where the amount of data far exceeds the sample size.Ahmed, who is also Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics and Science, explains that this makes it difficult to understand patterns or predict future trends from data gathered. What often results is statistical bias, a distortion of the true meaning of the numbers.But cutting down the number of variables to make predictions is also problematic.“You may have selected some variable that may not be important and you may have deleted some variables that are important,” says Ahmed.“You’re trying to pick strong signals and you’re deleting the weak signals; individually they may not be important, but together, they could be useful.”If done improperly, reducing a large data model to a small one will result in statistical bias, a distortion of the true picture, he says.“In my research, we work with much larger models and we try to find smaller models with the best variables for prediction of the future,” says Ahmed. “My work is to reduce the bias that results in prediction error.”And that work has taken Ahmed far. Earlier this year, he led the International Workshop on Perspectives on High-dimensional Data Analysis in Morocco. He regularly participates in worldwide conferences as an organizer, presenter or speaker and is on the boards of a number of statistical journals.The 2017 book that Ahmed edited, Big and Complex Data Analysis: Methodologies and Applications, has been received well in the field, according to the publisher. He is set to publish two more volumes in 2019.With funding from the Ontario Centres of Excellence and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Ahmed is applying his methods in a partnership with Stathletes, a Niagara-based company that collects, records and verifies hockey data.The Brock-Stathletes partnership aims to expand its extensive database of performance measures in hockey through Ahmed’s research.Since joining Brock University in 2012, Ahmed has developed statistical and computational strategies to reduce bias in particular statistical models, especially those used in genetics research.“It’s important to be as accurate as possible,” says Ahmed. “The more you have statistical bias, the more errors come into our models. This could have serious implications for health care, business decisions and many other things.” read more

first_imgEM Vinto (Bolivia)10.960-5.4% Guangxi China Tin (China)15,375+7.5% Company2011production(tonnes)% change Minsur (Peru)30,205-16.2% PT Timah (Indonesia)38,142-5.6% The table below shows the results of a survey of the leading refined tin producers carried out by ITRI. Of the companies covered, half reported a decline in production last year, including three of the big four. The two largest companies reporting increases were the ASEAN custom smelters and refiners, MSC and Thaisarco. Both were helped by increasing Indonesian refining business, which in turn reflected the stimulus to small-scale mining activity provided by record high prices last year. In contrast, the two integrated Indonesian producers (PT Timah as shown and PT Koba Tin, which produced 6,332 t) both reported lower production. The Chinese companies experienced a mix of gains and losses, while all the South American companies reported lower output. Gejiu Zi-Li (China)8,600-4.4% Malaysia Smelting Corporation40,267+3.9% Thaisarco (Thailand)23,864+1.5% Yunnan Chengfeng (China)15,430+9.0% Metallo Chimique (Belgium)10,007+0.6% Yunnan Tin (China)56,174-5.1% The biggest decline was reported by Minsur, following an enforced cut-back in mining rates in the first half of the year while its tailings storage facilities were investigated. The company’s 2012 production in Peru is expected to be at a very similar level, although output from its Taboca subsidiary in Brazil should increase significantly from the very low levels of recent years. The other likely increases this year may come from China Tin and Metallo Chimique’s secondary smelter in Belgium, both of which have increased their furnace capacity.last_img read more

first_imgIn December the teams at the SOMAÏR (Soc des Mines de l’Aïr) mining site packaged the 3,000th t of uranium into drums. Thus SOMAÏR has set a new annual production record for a second year in a row as 2,700 t of uranium were produced on the site last year. AREVA holds a 63.6% stake in SOMAÏR, founded in 1968, while SOPAMIN (Société du Patrimoine des Mines du Niger – the Nigerien agency that manages the State’s mining interests) holds a 36.4% stake. Since 1971 it has operated several uranium deposits in the department of Arlit (region of Agadez), Niger.This success, which is part of the group performance plan to increase production capacity at the mining site, has been made possible thanks to the SOMAÏR LIXI project started in 2009, which enables low-grade ore from the deposit to be processed (< 1 kg uranium per t of extracted ore), by heap leaching. Crushed and sintered ore is laid out in regular heaps in leakproof areas. Sulphuric acid-based solutions are then dripped onto the heaps and percolate through the ore for several months to leach the uranium. The enriched leach liquor is then processed in the site’s processing plant to produce Yellow Cake.All SOMAÏR employees met close to the mining site to celebrate this operational success, in the presence of the Prefect of the Department of Arlit, the local mayor, representatives of the Niger Ministry for Mining and mining companies, the main partners and stakeholders of AREVA in Niger, and local people.“This new performance, which contributes to the growth of our mining activities and secures the uranium supply, rewards the work accomplished by the SOMAÏR’s team and the employees of the mining BG” said Olivier Wantz, AREVA’s Senior Executive Vice President, Mining Business Group.last_img read more

first_imgWith the global mining industry moving towards the legislated adoption of Proximity Detection Systems (PDS), they are becoming a critical control measure for improving safety in mobile mining equipment. PDS technology works to detect people and vehicles in the vicinity of an enabled vehicle and sounds an alarm for an impending hazard. In certain systems, the PDS is able to take control and initiate last-line-of-defence measures such as stopping the vehicle during an impending collision. Interactions covered include vehicle-to-vehicle, vehicle-to-person, and vehicle-to-structure.However, effective implementation of such technologies to-date are rare due to a general lack of understanding (or misconception) of the technology’s true capabilities and limitations, the implications of the technology on operator/operational behaviour, change management issues and the industry’s general inexperience.Reliability and functionality claims made by suppliers are not easily verifiable by the end user, at least not relative to any known framework, methodology, or standard. Additionally, there are many PDS units and multiple sensing technology categories used such as radio frequency, infrared, radar, ultrasonic, LIDAR, and combinations thereof. Sites can be further confounded when selecting a PDS unit because little is known about the actual strengths and weaknesses or what is effective/ineffective relative to specific operating conditions.This leaves mining companies ill-equipped to decide which system type and functionality is best suited to their particular needs. Simply put, mining companies and suppliers do not have a consistent assessment protocol available to put the systems through their paces to determine how well a particular system might work for a given site.It is for this reason that Mining3, in conjunction with Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) and Earth Moving Equipment Safety Round Table (EMESRT), is working on a framework which will assist in benchmarking the accuracy and reliability of proximity detection systems. With a focus on developing a PDS Validation Framework that is scientifically rigorous yet practical for site to implement.A first draft of the framework has been developed, peer-reviewed, and accepted by ACARP. The next stage of the PDS project, which has been approved by ACARP, will involve translating and finalising the proposed test procedures into a safely executable field test program. Mining3 will seek engagement with expert volunteers from the industry to assist with this process. Importantly, the next phase will also involve field verification of the proposed test program, including the logistics of setting up the tests and executing them. Gaps and weaknesses of the current methodology are to be identified, and the methodology is expected to be fine-tuned and improved as a result.last_img read more

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. And MIT engineers said, “Let there be light,” and there was light—from nanobionic plants.By embedding specialized nanoparticles into the leaves of particular shrubs, scientists can activate a dim light that lasts nearly four hours.A few more tweaks, and the researchers believe their glow-in-the-dark greenery could eventually be bright enough to illuminate a workspace (which is a huge step up from the top three lines of a book).“The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp—a lamp that you don’t have to plug in,” Michael Strano, the Carbon P. Dubbs professor of chemical engineering at MIT, said in a statement. “The light is ultimately powered by the energy metabolism of the plant itself.”So cool, right?This technology, according to a study published in the journal Nano Letters, could be used to provide low-intensity indoor lighting, or to transform trees into self-powered streetlights.To create these amazing plants, the MIT team used luciferase (the enzyme that gives fireflies their famous glow) and the molecules luciferin and coenzyme A. Each component enters leaves through tiny pores and get to work performing chemical reactions and, ultimately, making everything from arugula and kale to spinach and watercress radiate.Early efforts yielded only 45 minutes of luminescence, which has since improved to 3.5 hours. Currently, one 10-centimeter watercress seedling provides about one-thousandth of the amount needed by which to read.Glowing MIT logo printed on the leaf of an arugula plant (via Seon-Yeong Kwak/MIT)Additional adjustments to the concentration and release rates of each component should help boost the amount and duration of light.Researchers are also eyeing innovative ways to paint or spray the nanoparticles onto leaves, turning everyday shrubbery into temporary bulbs.“Our target is to perform one treatment when the plant is a seedling or a mature plant, and have it last for the lifetime of the plant,” Strano said. “Our work very seriously opens up the doorway to streetlamps that are nothing but treated trees, and to indirect lighting around homes.”Once you’ve finished another chapter of your book and want to go to sleep, simply turn off the plant-light by adding nanoparticles carrying a luciferase inhibitor. (I’ll leave it up to MIT to find a better way to market that.)center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgAs Everton prepare to face West Ham at home on Sunday, Marco Silva has confirmed they will be without Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Andre Gomes.Everton will also be without £27.2m signing Yerry Mina, who signed from Barcelona in the summer.“He started training with the group. Now it is a matter of getting him ready to play.” Silva told Sky Sports.“It is the same situation with James McCarthy. He has to win some confidence as well. It was a bad injury. He is doing well, he is happy and confident, now we must give him time for sessions.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…“Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is okay, he is in normal condition and worked with the group. Seamus [Coleman] is out for the [West Ham] game. Our medical staff will make a report but he is out for one or two weeks.“[Andre] Gomes is not ready yet. Bernard is okay and worked with the squad this week.”last_img read more

first_imgChelsea are reportedly closing in on signing Leandro Paredes from Zenit Saint-Petersburg as a replacement for Cesc FabregasThe Spanish playmaker ended his four and half year stay at Stamford Bridge this month in favour of a move to AS Monaco following a lack of game time.Now Chelsea are short of midfield options and have begun a frantic search for a suitable replacement before the transfer window closes in less than two weeks time.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But The Express reports that Blues look set to succeed with a £31m deal for Paredes from Russian side Zenit on the verge of being completed.The Argentina international could even make the squad for Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg clash with Tottenham.Paredes has been at Zenit since 2017 after joining from AS Roma for £24m and joins Chelsea after their failed bid for Cagliari’s Nicola Barella.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Coral Harbour Base, 30 OCT. ‘17 (RBDF): For Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner, Telley as he is called by those who know him well, the Scotia Bank 2018 Calendar competition presented him a unique opportunity to receive unbiased feedback on his new found love, photography.And that he did.   His photo Sunrise out at East End Point, captured the hearts of the judges and will be leading the ScotiaBank 2018 Calendar off, being featured in January.   He was presented his official award at Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend.He has been involved in photography a relatively short time.   Back in 2015, Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner bought a drone because it was a cool and trendy big-boy-toy. He took pride in flying it and began taking photos simply because it was an option in the drone he purchased.What he didn’t expect was that his interest would grow exponentially in capturing imagery.   He began studying online tutorials from global artists about photography and editing and began posting some of his favorites on his Instagram handle Telley G Aerial Photos. Gardiner also purchased a good DSLR camera and began shooting photos all around New Providence.He felt he found his calling and his goal became to “bring the beauty of The Bahamas to the world.’   He wasn’t sure how to digest the praises from his followers, as they gushed and awed at his photos, high-fiving him for his creative eye. Until Now.   He plans to continue shooting and creating masterpieces, bringing vivid images of our way of life to the world.Petty Officer Gardiner joined the Force in April 2001 as a member of Entry 36 along with Woman Entry 8.   He has served his entire career as an engineer, currently billeted as the Chief Engineer onboard HMBS Leon L. Smith.Photo shows: Petty Officer Anthon Gardiner with his wife Lieutenant Gardiner at the Bahamas National Trust Wine & Arts Festival held over the weekend. Also shown are photography work done by himself. (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritage Press Release: RBDF Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_img AP, June 8, 2018 SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California appeals court has upheld a San Diego city ordinance that closes a picturesque children’s beach for nearly half the year so that seals may give birth, nurse and wean their pups.In a decision filed Thursday, the 4th District Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling that set aside the ordinance governing Children’s Pool Beach in La Jolla, an affluent seaside community in San Diego.Thursday’s ruling will keep the beach closed between Dec. 15 and May 15 every year. Violators face misdemeanor penalties of up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.The Children’s Pool is an artificial cove that was used as a swimming hole for youngsters until seals began moving in during the 1990s — spurring a years-long feud between supporters of the animals and those who want beach access.In 2014, the City Council approved closing the beach for part of the year after other efforts to protect the seals during their breeding season were unsuccessful. The California Coastal Commission issued a permit allowing that action.Visitors to the area often walk up to the seals, pose for selfies with them and mimic their barking noises. When they’re disturbed, seals can abandon their pups, give birth prematurely or miscarry, or become frightened and accidentally stampede babies. They’ve also nipped at humans.The group Friends of the Children’s Pool sued San Diego and the coastal commission, arguing that the Marine Mammal Protection Act gives the federal government jurisdiction over marine mammals, not local governments. The group won a trial court ruling in the matter.The appeals court rejected the group’s argument and the lower court’s ruling, saying nothing in the protection act pre-empts a state’s ability to regulate access to its own property.“(The ordinance) is not directed to conservation or taking of seals,” according to the ruling. “Rather, it is a land-use regulation, which falls within a traditional state police power.”Coastal commission Chair Dayna Bochco said in a statement that the ruling shows the commission “made the right decision to protect the seals and public safety at Children’s Pool.”“This agency will continue to safeguard our precious marine resources as we have for the last 40 years,” Bochco said.Friends of the Children’s Pool says on its website that the group doesn’t want to force seals to be removed from the beach, “only to force the city to find a better way to manage shared use within the law.”“The seals had prospered for over 20 years sharing habitat with people. If the City still insists shared use is impractical, it can revert to restoration of Children’s Pool as originally entrusted, not buried under 10 feet of sand,” the group says.Or, the group says, San Diego “must repatriate the seals to the wild, for their safety, per federal recommendations and procedures.”“San Diego had no right to create a pen for them on state trusted land to exploit them for a tourist attraction,” the group says. Posted: June 8, 2018 AP Court: Popular San Diego beach can keep closing for seals Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgWell folks, it is over. The snow and ice, that is. Of course, it may be a while before all signs of the winter action are gone. I noticed many parking lots were plowed Monday, piling snow ten feet or higher in places. That will take a while to melt away.The relentless east wind continued to puff out a dying, cold breath Monday, keeping our highs in the 30s as of 5 p.m. It was warmer in the foothills, in the 40s. It was a slushy mess getting around Monday, but that is the transition part. I wish it would rain all night at 50 degrees and be gone.A strong storm moves inland Wednesday, with high winds along the coast and blustery weather inland. Back to normal finally. No more stubborn ridge of high pressure keeping us in the doldrums.Northern California also received some much-needed moisture, with rain and mountain snow, but authorities there say it was only a drop in the bucket after years of below-normal precipitation. It will take a while but all is welcome.The weather the rest of the week and into the weekend calls for weather systems to move inland, with periods of rain and mild temperatures. It actually will be a little below normal, but warmer than it’s been recently, mostly 45 to 50 degrees. Freezing levels will be bouncing around between 4,000 and 6,000 feet.last_img read more

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police and fire rescue crews responded to a plane making an emergency landing on U.S. 27 in Miramar, near the county line.The call came in just before 11:30 a.m. Tuesday of a small plane trying to land at North Perry Airport, near the area of Pines Boulevard and U.S. 27 in Pembroke Pines.Officials said the pilot had contacted the tower to report engine trouble.The Piper PA-28 ended up landing safely near the area of North Krome Avenue and U.S. 27, near Honey Hill Road.7Skyforce HD flew over the scene where Florida Highway Patrol, Pembroke Pines Police and Miami-Dade Police cruisers could be seen surrounding the aircraft.“I don’t know what happened,” said an onlooker.“It’s crazy, bro,” said another witness. “It’s only in Dade, only in Dade.” Two men were on board when the aircraft came down. They were not hurt.The pilot and passenger could be seen walking around the plane and talking with officials.The engine cowling was removed and could be seen on the ground in front of the Piper.Martha Betancourt, woman who works at a food truck nearby said she witnessed the landing. She recorded cellphone video moments after it touched down on the roadway.Another view of the plane’s landing was posted onto one Instagram user’s story showing the aircraft taxiing on the highway.Speaking through a translator, Betancourt said the men on board came over to her truck and were a little shaken up.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said they are working with Pembroke Pines Fire Rescue on the call. Authorities have been consulting with the pilot to figure out the best way to remove the plane.The aircraft remained on the roadway Wednesday morning.The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the landing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more