Republic Day: Mobile internet services snapped in Kashmir

first_imgMobile internet services have been snapped in Kashmir as a precautionary measure on the occasion of the Republic Day, officials said on Friday.The internet services on mobile phones and data cards were suspended on Thursday as part of the security drill for Republic Day.Although, it’s normal practice in Kashmir to suspend the internet services on the Republic Day and Independence Day, this is the first time that these services were withdrawn a day earlier.Security forces have been deployed in strength at strategic locations in the city.The law enforcing agencies are carrying out random frisking and searches of vehicles entering the city.This year the main Republic Day function will be held at Sher-e-Kashmir Cricket Stadium instead of the regular venue — Bakshi Stadium.The area around the cricket stadium was sealed on Wednesday for full dress rehearsal of the Republic Day Parade.Traffic police has issued an advisory for movement of vehicles between the city centre and south Kashmir and no vehicle will be permitted to move along the Ram Munshi Bagh-TRC stretch of the road during the rehearsal and Republic Day function.last_img read more

Top Stories: Reprogramming Mouse Cells, Stressed-Out Birds, and Speedy Evolution

first_imgCells Reprogrammed in Living MiceStem cells are usually made in a petri dish. Now, scientists have figured out how to reprogram the cells of living mice, transforming them into an embryolike state able to become any of the body’s cell types—even placenta. In the experiment, that conversion wasn’t tightly controlled; somewhat creepily, the mice developed tumors that resembled embryos. 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The advance boosts the chance that this material, which is a lot cheaper than its silicon counterparts, will hit the mainstream market.No Point in Testing Controversial Stem Cell Treatment, Italian Panel SaysAn expert panel that the Italian government asked to come up with a trial design for a controversial Italian stem cell therapy has thrown in the towel. The group, made up of top Italian scientists, has concluded that the treatment—designed by the Stamina Foundation and the focus of an intense public debate in Italy—has no scientific foundation and that there is no point in doing the study, for which the Italian government has allocated €3 million.Big-Brained Birds Keep Their CoolWhen it comes to avoiding stress, big brains are better than little ones. A study shows that birds with big brains have lower levels of a key stress hormone. Researchers think brainy birds keep their cool by anticipating or learning to avoid problems more effectively than their smaller-brained counterparts.U.S. Science Laureate Bill Hits RoadblockClimate science skeptics have derailed a congressional proposal to create the honorary position of U.S. science laureate. But proponents haven’t abandoned the idea of giving someone a national platform to foster public understanding of science and serve as a role model.Evolution’s Clock Ticked Faster at the Dawn of Modern AnimalsFive hundred thirty million years ago, the number and diversity of life forms on Earth mushroomed. This so-called Cambrian explosion kept Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, awake at night, as he worried that his theory of natural selection couldn’t explain the sudden proliferation of species. Now, researchers have combined evidence from the fossil record with clues in the genes of living species to estimate the speed of that evolutionary explosion. Their finding—that the rate of change was high, but still plausible—may put Darwin’s fears to rest.last_img read more

Goa human rights body directs govt. to ensure optimum care for HIV patients

first_imgThe Goa State Human Rights Commission(GSHRC) on Monday directed the State government to ensure optimum care and facilities for people living with HIV, following a complaint filed by Peter F. Borges, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Human Touch Foundation(HTF).The GSHRC has asked the Chief Secretary to fix responsibility in this regard. GSHRC in its inquiry report said that there were no full-fledged facilities in the State to provide treatment for people living with HIV. “There are no viral load testing facilities in the State of Goa for studies in HIV or any other viruses. Presently, the samples are referred to J J Hospital, Mumbai for viral load testing. The State should make efforts to provide this essential facility to all the individuals who are in need of the same,” said the order, based on its inquiry report.Mr. Borges had earlier argued that the goal of the Antiretroviral therapy (ART) in force is viral suppression and routine viral load facility is of utmost importance to all those accessing treatments in the State.Mr. Borges had also said the current treatment strategy, executed through State-run Goa Medical College and Link ART centres at Mapusa, Margao, Chicalim and Ponda are ineffective and not-coordinated in a professional manner.“There is a failure in retainment of the patient on ART, leading to lost cases, loss/death of patients in follow up, patients reporting to Goa Medical College with an advanced staged of treatment failure, with very less CD4 counts. During this, it is required that results of any viral load investigations are available within 2-3 days, hence the complainant prayed for viral load testing in the State itself, he said.last_img read more

Kontron: IoT solutions for digital transformation at embedded world

first_imgKontron will be presenting numerous highlights to its visitors at embedded world 2019, where among other things, Kontron will be showing Computer-on-Modules based on standards with the latest processors from leading manufacturers. The current portfolio of scalable IoT edge computers and gateways as well as the latest HMIs and Panel PCs with the latest x86 and ARM processors will also be presented. A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server of the KISS family and a Box PC with an Intel processor of the 8th generation complete the range of novelties at the booth. For the Industry 4.0 and digitization strategies of its customers, Kontron will demonstrate the IoT software framework SUSiEtec as well as machine learning with object recognition using artificial intelligence.Kontron will be presenting Computer-on-Modules of all leading standards such as COM Express, SMARC 2.0 and Qseven as well as motherboards and single board computers in various price and performance classes with the latest processors from the chip manufacturers Intel, AMD and NXP.For the first time, Kontron presents a Qseven module with the latest NXP iMX8X processor. The module is characterized by its low power consumption and, thanks to the powerful NXP i.MX8X processor in dual- or quad-core configuration, provides an ideal basis for networked terminals in industrial applications. Kontron is thus expanding its COM line based on the Qseven standard, which is particularly distinguished by its low power consumption and was first introduced in early 2018. Kontron supports the Qseven form factor in order to offer customers who already use it the opportunity to opt for new CPU technologies with Kontron products.Kontron will also be presenting new products and development services for Raspberry Pi. The developer kit based on a single-board computer expands the Raspberry Pi’s compute module with a variety of industry-typical interfaces, not only including USB, Ethernet 10/100 Mbit, RS 232 and RS 485, but also a CAN fieldbus interface. In addition to the developer kit, Kontron also offers customer-specific developments of carrier modules and systems for Raspberry Pi.Kontron will also be presenting scalable IoT edge computers and gateways based on the latest COMs and SBCs with different performance classes using different processors: these range from single core ARM processors to Intel Atom and Intel Core i processors to server class performance. They are therefore suitable for a wide range of applications including AI, machine learning, image processing and edge server computing.The highlight of the trade fair appearance will be a new Box PC based on the NXP LS1028 processor with up to 5 TSN-capable 1GbE ports. This enables companies to create universal IoT edge computers and gateways with a seamless connection between the field level, operational technology and information technology.The wide range of industrial monitors and Panel PCs with x86 is now complemented by versions with ARM processors with display sizes from 4.3 to 10 inches. These systems with NXP iMX.6 processors from ULL to Quadcore with a very good price-performance-ratio are used in a wide range of applications in machine and device controls for cost-sensitive industries and applications.A new 1U Short Rackmount Industrial Server KISS based on the 8th generation Intel Core processors complements the existing 2U and 4U systems.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Efficient web server technology for resource-constrained microcontrollersNext Vecow: expandable GPU computing system with NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphicslast_img read more

THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF SPILLED SOYBEANS CLOSES STREET

first_imgNOBODY WAS INJURED BUT A LOT OF SOYBEANS WERE SPILLED WHEN AN OVERLOADED SEMI TRAILER CARRYING SOYBEANS REAR ENDED ANOTHER SEMI’S TRAILER ALSO LOADED WITH SOYBEANS DURING THE NOON HOUR FRIDAY.THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR CARGILL AT THE 500 BLOCK OF HOEVEN WHERE THE TRUCKS WERE HEADING TO DROP OFF THEIR LOADS AT THE ELEVATOR.BOTH TRUCKS WERE FROM THE SAME COMPANY AND POLICE SAY WHEN THE LEAD TRUCK CAME TO A FULL STOP, THE FOLLOWING SEMI SLID INTO THE REAR OF THE TRAILER, RUPTURING IT.AROUND 20,000 POUNDS OF SOYBEANS SPILLED OUT OF THE DAMAGED TRAILER AND THE STREET WAS CLOSED FOR OVER THREE HOURS FOR CLEANUP OF THE SPILL.THE DRIVER THAT CAUSED THE COLLISION WAS CITED BY POLICE FOR FAILURE TO STOP AND WAS ALSO CITED BY THE IOWA D-O-T FOR HAVING A LOAD OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT IN HIS TRAILER.Photo courtesy KMEGlast_img read more

10 months agoHE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaer

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say HE’S BACK! Fergie on Man Utd training pitch today with Solskjaerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson will be on the training pitch with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today.The Daily Mail says Ferguson is expected at United’s training ground on Saturday after Solskjaer invited his mentor to visit him at the club.Ferguson will be greeted by Solskjaer and his coaching staff at Carrington as United prepare for Sunday’s game at home to Bournemouth.Ferguson is believed to have had a say in the decision to appoint Solskjaer as caretaker boss on loan from Molde until the end of the season alongside his old No 2 Mike Phelan.The former United striker acknowledged Ferguson’s influence over his career as a player and manager when he started the job last week. last_img read more

SeaBird Wins New Contracts in Asia Pacific Region

first_imgzoom SeaBird Exploration Plc announced that the Voyager Explorer has been awarded a contract from a national oil company in the Asia Pacific region. The contract has an estimated duration of about 110 days  and commencement is expected late November.The contract value is about USD 16 million. Additionally, the Aquila Explorer has been awarded a 30-day contract also in the Asia Pacific region. This contract will commence in early December and has an estimated value of approximately USD 3 million.SeaBird, November 8, 2013last_img

Community Feedin Tariff Program Announces Sixth Round of Successful Applicants

first_img the Municipality of the District of Guysborough Fundy Tidal Inc. Wind4All Communities Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Project Colchester-Cumberland Windfield Watts Wind Scotian Wind Inc. Affinity Renewables the Municipality of the District of Shelburne Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn Next steps for applicants include securing financing, completing a grid-impact study and obtaining the required federal and provincial environmental assessments and approvals. “We are very pleased with the collaborative approaches being taken by our applicants,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “Once constructed, these projects will generate and distribute clean, green power close to home, providing economic development opportunities in the communities they serve.” The Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) concept was introduced in the 2010 Renewable Electricity Plan to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a secure supply of clean energy at stable prices and create jobs. The program began accepting applications in September 2011. Almost 100 locally based proposals have been received from more than 20 community groups for this unique, made-in-Nova Scotia initiative to encourage community participation in renewable energy projects. “The COMFIT program is an innovative way for the province to help communities move away from their dependence on coal-generated electricity,” said Terry Norman, president of the Chebucto Terence Bay Wind Project. “We’re delighted that our project has been approved and we look forward to starting the next phase of the process right away.” The Community Feed-in Tariff allows eligible groups to receive an established price per kilowatt hour (kWh) for projects producing electricity from certain renewable resources. Rates were established by the Utility and Review Board in September. Projects can include wind, biomass, in-stream tidal and run-of-the-river hydroelectric developments. Eligible groups include municipalities, First Nations, co-operatives, universities and not-for-profit groups. The COMFIT program will help the province reach its renewable electricity targets of 25 per cent renewable electricity by 2015 and 40 per cent by 2020. The province expects 100 megawatts of electricity to be produced through the COMFIT program. For more information on the program visit www.nsrenewables.ca. Fourteen communities from across Nova Scotia are closer to enjoying the benefits of clean, green renewable electricity generated in their own backyards as the province announced the next round of approved Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects in Guysborough today, April 16. The approvals, granted since March 30, are: last_img read more

At 37 Feliciano Lopez becomes oldest Queens singles winner

first_imgLondon: Feliciano Lopez became the oldest Queen’s singles champion on Sunday when the 37-year-old Spaniard defeated Frenchman Gilles Simon in a thrilling three-set clash, 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2). Lopez, the first wildcard to win the key Wimbledon warm-up event since Pete Sampras in 1999, is also the lowest-ranked player to claim the title at 113 since 108th-ranked Australian Scott Draper in 1998. While Lopez has had an exhausting week — he still has to play the doubles final with Andy Murray — 34-year-old Simon also played inspired tennis despite all his matches going to three sets. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ MedvedevHowever, he just fell short of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title. Lopez was the second 37-year-old to win an ATP tournament on Sunday after Roger Federer claimed his record-extending 10th Halle title. “I don’t know how I did that,” said Lopez after receiving the trophy. “The whole match was very exciting. I took the early set but then he (Simon) got better and better. It was tough for me to find a way to win points. “He was coming up with unbelievable shots and I was a bit desperate. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships”I thought the best moment of my career was when I held this trophy in 2017 but it’s not. It’s right now.” Lopez broke Simon in the first game of the match with his second break point — quite some feat by the Spaniard given the Frenchman had come into the match having saved 30 during the week. The Spanish veteran looked to be in complete control as he broke Simon again to go 4-1 up, netting the first break point but clinched the second one with a sublime volley. Lopez took the first set with an ace but Simon was the faster of the two out of the gate in the second set, breaking the Spaniard for a 2-0 lead. Lopez broke back immediately and it stayed with serve before a tie-break which featured a 33-stroke rally. Simon rallied and retrieved a mini-break and then broke again to hold a set point on the Lopez serve which he converted with aplomb. The third set went with serve and despite their respective ages, and the length of time they have spent on court this week, both showed remarkable agility. Lopez hoped to close out the match at 6-5 and had a match point which he dumped into the net. However, he made no mistake in the tie-break.last_img read more

A look at key events in the investigation and murder trial of

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – A jury has found Saskatchewan farmer Gerald Stanley not guilty in the shooting death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old resident of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Here is a look at key events in the second-degree murder investigation and trial:Aug. 9, 2016: RCMP receive a phone call from Stanley on his farm near Biggar, Sask. Police arrive and find Boushie dead with a bullet wound to the back of his head. He is lying on the ground near a disabled grey Ford Escape. Stanley, his wife and son are taken into custody. His wife and son are released a short time later.Aug. 10, 2016: RCMP issue a news release saying five people were in a vehicle that drove onto private property. Mounties say words were exchanged in an attempt to get the vehicle to leave before shots were fired. Police say three people from the vehicle were taken into custody as part of a theft investigation but officers were still looking for a male youth. Stanley is tested for gunshot residue, photographed and charged with second-degree murder.Aug. 12, 2016: Boushie’s cousin, Eric Meechance, says the group in the SUV was heading home to the Red Pheasant First Nation and had gone to the Stanley farm for help with a flat tire.Aug. 14, 2016: With tensions building, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall issues a Facebook post condemning “racist and hate-filled” comments on social media. “None of us should be jumping to any conclusions about what happened. We should trust the RCMP to do their work,” Wall says.Aug. 18, 2016: Stanley makes an appearance in North Battleford, Sask., court and pleads not guilty. His lawyer asks that Stanley be granted bail. The courtroom is packed with Boushie’s friends and family.Aug. 19, 2016: Stanley is granted bail by a Court of Queen’s Bench justice. His bail is set at $10,000 and includes a number of conditions, including that he stay within 6.4 kilometres of his home and to have no contact with Boushie’s family or any witnesses.Aug. 20, 2016: Mounties warn that some of the comments posted on social media could be criminal.Aug. 24, 2016: A rural councillor, Ben Kautz, resigns after posting that Stanley’s “only mistake was leaving witnesses.” The comment is later removed from a Saskatchewan farm group’s Facebook page and the group is shut down. Kautz’s wife says the post was written in the heat of the moment and her husband regrets it. She says the family has had thousands of dollars worth of tools and gas stolen from their farm in the past.April 3, 2017: Preliminary inquiry begins to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.April 6, 2017: A judge orders Stanley to stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.Aug. 2, 2017: A trial date is set for Jan. 29, 2018.Nov. 2, 2017: An internal RCMP investigation clears officers who were accused of mistreating Boushie’s family. The family had filed a complaint about how they were treated when they were notified of his death in August 2016. The RCMP report says the complaint was unfounded.Jan. 29, 2018: Jury selection takes place at the Alex Dillabough Centre in Battleford. A jury of seven women and five men is selected from a pool of more than 200 people. Saskatchewan Chief Justice Martel Popescul, in his opening address to jurors, says he expects the public to be well-behaved during the trial.Jan. 30, 2018: The Crown calls its first witnesses.Feb. 2, 2018: — The Crown wraps up its case.Feb. 5, 2018: — Opening statement from defence. Stanley is called to testify.Feb. 8, 2018: — Closing arguments from both sides. The jury begins deliberating at 4 p.m. local time.Feb. 9, 2018: — The jury finds Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder after deliberating for 13 hours.last_img read more

Appeals court affirms that Googles data collection with Street View cameras overreached

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Attorneys suing Google for enabling its camera-carrying vehicles to collect emails and Internet passwords while photographing neighbourhoods for the search giant’s popular “Street View” maps look forward to resuming their case now that a federal appeals court has ruled in their favour.The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Tuesday that the Google went far beyond listening to accessible radio communication when they drew information from inside people’s homes.“The payload data transmitted over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks that was captured by Google included emails, usernames, passwords, images, and documents,” wrote the panel. “Even if it is commonplace for members of the general public to connect to a neighbour’s unencrypted Wi-Fi network, members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network.”Marc Rotenberg, executive director of Electronic Privacy Information Center, called it “a landmark decision for Internet privacy.”“The court made clear that the federal privacy law applies to residential Wi-Fi networks,” he said. “Users should be protected when a company tries to capture data that travels between their laptop and their printer in their home.”A Google spokesperson said Tuesday that attorneys for the Internet giant are “disappointed in the 9th Circuit’s decision and are considering our next steps.”Attorney Elizabeth Cabraser, representing a class action of plaintiffs who say their privacy was invaded, said they are pleased with the opinion and are looking forward to moving forward with their case.Google has apologized for the snooping, promised to stop collecting the data and said that collecting data from public Wi-Fi networks in more than 30 countries was inadvertent but not illegal.Earlier this year Google also settled a 37-state lawsuit for $7 million after attorney generals argued that that while Google vehicles drove through neighbourhoods between 2008 and March 2010 taking photos for the mapping software, the company also collected data being transferred through unsecured wireless networks.The practice was discovered by a German data protection commissioner in 2010. A few months later, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told conference goers the firm had made a mistake.“In short, let me just say that we screwed up,” he said at the time.Google says it has disabled the equipment that was collecting the data, and agreed to destroy the information as soon as possible.Street View allows users to zoom in to ground level photographs while browsing maps. by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 2:57 pm MDT Appeals court affirms that Google’s data collection with ‘Street View’ cameras overreached AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Buy local says panel of politicians and food activists

Terri Donia, left, from the Niagara Region speaks about the policy brief while fellow panelists Lynn Ogryzlo and David Alexander listen.Regional and municipal politicians joined Niagara residents March 18 for a Brock-led discussion on local food initiatives, the challenges faced in the local food industry, and the vast potential to bring people and regional food together.The centrepiece of discussion was the third policy brief released by the Niagara Community Observatory (NCO), a Brock research institute that gathers and disseminates research on issues that impact Niagara.The third brief, authored by Sophia Papastavrou and Fran Chandler, is titled “Niagara Food: It’s Nutritious, Delicious and Available But We’re Not Buying It… Why Not?” David Siegel, Political Science professor and director of the NCO, said while there is usually some criticism against the local food movement, based on greenhouse gas emissions, the benefits and successes could outweigh the concerns.Today’s consumer likes the idea of buying local food, but that same consumer is also looking for semi-prepared or fully prepared meal options, Siegel said.“This could provide a great opportunity for producers and those who are preparing these goods,” he said.David Alexander, a Welland city councillor who teaches rural geography and tourism at Brock, presented food for thought as one of three panelists during the presentation at Thorold’s Keefer Mansion. Alexander challenged those in attendance to “play with their food” by thinking outside today’s established norms and food-buying behaviours and patterns. He challenged government agencies to do the same, noting that Canada is currently the only G20 country without a national food policy.“If you don’t see grape juice on the table, ask for it. Demand it. Why do we still have places that don’t have locally grown grape juice on the table?”Alexander and fellow panelist Lynn Ogryzlo, author and self-described culinary activist, noted the importance of linking education of children and youth with the local food movement. Ogryzlo asked the crowd what item would be considered to be Niagara’s culinary icon. The grape and the peach were the offered answers, but Ogryzlo shook her head. “The donut,” she said.On the one hand, Niagara has an alarmingly high rate of childhood obesity, she said. On the other hand, seasonally available, nutritious options are available from thousands of local farms and producers. The disconnect needs to be addressed, she said.Ogryzlo pointed out the economic impact of buying local as well. According to research from the Niagara Culinary Trail group, if residents spent just $10 per week of the grocery money they already spend on locally produced goods, they would inject $253 million into the local economy every year.Terri Donia, panelist and a project manager with the Niagara Region, made similar points in her presentation. The agricultural potential of Niagara is 600 per cent higher than other places in Ontario, she said. Its assets include: a stellar microclimate and soil the ability to develop agri-tourism hundreds of co-operative agriculture groups already at work in Niagara the proximity to the United States the supporting framework of research and documents developed at Brock and through local governments“It doesn’t have to take a lot of infrastructure for some of the initiatives,” Donia said. One online service, she said, allows consumers to shop for produce over the Internet and have it ready for pickup weekly at a nearby location.In his concluding remarks, Siegel said the Niagara Community Observatory is looking for its next policy brief topic, and welcomes any input on potential areas of research. Previous topics have included attracting and retaining youth, and seniors.Quick links:• Niagara Food: It’s Nutritious, Delicious and Available But We’re Not Buying It… Why Not?• Niagara Community Observatory read more

Beach Rats to be screened at Brock Film Series

The Brock University Film Series continues this week with Beach Rats, the second feature film by Eliza Hittman.Beach Rats, being shown Wednesday, Feb. 14, it is an edgy, dreamy portrait of aimless youths and aimless love on the shore of Brooklyn — in this case, Coney Island. The film has won acclaim at Sundance and numerous other film festivals, praised in part for a lyrical visual style reminiscent of the work of Claire Denis, but it’s Beach Rats’ star, the newcomer Harris Dickinson, whose performance has been singled out for the most attention. Reviewer Wendy Ide, of The Guardian, wrote, “there’s a wounded beauty to his performance. He captures the kind of tortured inarticulacy that speaks volumes.”For more than 40 years, the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film has hosted Brock’s film series to bring some of the best in international, independent and Canadian cinema to St. Catharines. Films, all selected from the TIFF circuit, screen most Wednesdays until April 4 at the Pen Centre’s Landmark Cinemas.Tickets for each screening are $10 for adults and $5 for Brock students and can be purchased in the lobby of Landmark Cinemas each Wednesday night. Season tickets are also available. For more information and a full lineup, see the BUFS website. read more

Kobe Bryant to Take Practice to Next Level

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he received the “green light” to workout harder in practice, but he still hasn’t set a return date as he recovers from the Achilles tendon injury he suffered last April.“I just keep it all open right now,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I don’t know why you guys are so hell-bent on timelines. It’s like the most ridiculous thing to me. It’s entertaining. When I’m ready, I’m ready.”Bryant is currently working on developing explosive strength and power, and targeting exercises to build up his Achilles tendon.“I do a lot of calf raises during the day, just trying to get it as strong as possible and constantly pushing the flexibility of it, the mobility,” said Bryant.Bryant said after his Achilles tendon is fully healed, he’s going to need three weeks of hard conditioning to get back to his playing weight.“I need to get my fat ass in shape,” Bryant said. “Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running has caught up to me a little bit. So, I got to get in shape.” read more

Beverley uranium mine may use hot rock power

first_imgCorriente has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Metso Brasil Industria e Comercio Ltda. to supply the major components of the processing facility at the Mirador copper-gold project in Ecuador. The LOI quotes an equipment package totaling over $27 million, which includes a crusher, SAG mill and ball mill. Signing of this critical LOI allows Corriente to stay on its path to complete construction of the Mirador project in late 2008 with commissioning by the end of the year.Ken Shannon, CEO of Corriente: “The availability of key mill components is one of the major bottlenecks facing new mine developments around the world. We are pleased to be able to reach reasonable economic terms with Metso and at the same time to be assured the equipment will be delivered to meet the scheduled mine start-up at the end of 2008.”Corriente, a copper-gold development company, is moving towards construction of a starter operation at its Mirador copper-gold operation. Corriente has completed an Environmental Impact Assessment for initial operations at Mirador and in May 2006 completed a major equity financing for the project. Corriente says “Mirador is one of the few new, sizeable copper projects available for near-term production” and it controls a 100% interest in over 60,000 ha located within the Corriente Copper Belt, Ecuador. So far three copper and copper-gold porphyry deposits have been discovered on the Belt: Mirador, Panantza and San Carlos, as well as the Mirador Norte prospect currently under development. Additional exploration activities are ongoing, as six additional exploration targets have been identified to date.Mirador has a completed feasibility study on a starter operation with a measured and indicated resource model of 346,968,000 t at an average grade of 0.62% Cu, 0.2 g/t Au and 1.6 g/t Ag (at an average cut off of 0.37% Cu). The project is forecast to annually produce some 60,000 t of copper, 32,000 oz of gold and 398,000 oz of silver during the first five years of production. The mine model indicates a 38 year mine life at a throughput of 25,000 t/d. The capital cost for the project is estimated at $195 million.As an indication of the growth potential of the project, Corriente has prepared an internal cash flow projection for an overall mine plan that allows for an expansion to a capacity of 50,000 t/d with construction underway in year five. This expansion would require a twinning of the concentrator and use the same infrastructure layout and the same pit model and geological resources as in the starter project feasibility study. The capital cost of the expansion is estimated to be about $100 million. www.corriente.comlast_img read more

South African power crisis shuts the big mines

first_imgHundreds of thousands of South African precious metals ounces are at risk as the ongoing power problems in the country have come to a very serious state. Electricity supplier Escom no longer has sufficient capacity to meet demand and is having to make cutbacks and reduce its exports of electricity to neighbouring countries. Mineweb reports that gold miners Anglogold Ashanti, Gold Fields and Harmony and platinum miners Anglo Platinum and Impala have all had to to shut down their operations until power supplies can be guaranteed. These are BIG producers and their closure, and that of others that will have to follow, will cost millions of dollars of lost precious metals production over a week.Gold Fields reported early this morning that all mining activities have been suspended at its South African operations. “This is due to Eskom requesting their Key Industrial Consumers (KIC) of which Gold Fields is one, to reduce its consumption to the minimum load possible. This communication was received yesterday evening. A decision was taken to put no shifts down last night and no shifts were put down this morning.”Eskom has indicated that “KIC loads will be reduced to ‘survival levels’ or switched out totally for the next two to four weeks.” AngloGold Ashanti says that it has ben told by Eskom, that “the current situation arises from reduced generating capacity aggravated by problems associated with coal supplies to power stations caused by unusually heavy rainfall.”“This will have a serious effect on the South African operations and will negatively affect our gold production. The South African Operations produce approximately 7,000 oz/d. We are looking at ways to continue operations and will work closely with Eskom to try and resolve this problem” said Ian Cockerill, Chief Executive Officer of Gold Fields.last_img read more

251000 nouveaux cas de gastroentérite

first_img251.000 nouveaux cas de gastro-entériteFrance – En l’espace de sept semaines, le nombre de personnes touchées par la gastro-entérite a dépassé les 2 millions dont 251.000 nouveaux cas dans la semaine du 8 au 14 février, d’après le bulletin hebdomadaire du réseau Sentinelles-Inserm.251.000 nouveaux cas ont été recensés dans la semaine du 8 au 14 février. L’incidence du nombre de consultations pour diarrhée aiguë a été évaluée à 399 cas pour 100.000 habitants. Une diminution d’après les médecins Sentinelles, même si cette incidence demeure supérieure au seuil épidémique qui avait été fixé à 262 cas pour 100.000 habitants.  Dix-sept régions françaises l’ont dépassé avec en haut de la liste le Limousin et ses 731 cas pour 100.000 habitants, suivi du Poitou-Charentes avec 647 cas, de la Basse-Normandie avec 582 cas, de la Corse avec 570 cas et de la Bretagne avec 514 cas. L’âge médian des personnes touchées a été estimé à 25 ans, allant de 1 mois à 96 ans d’après l’AFP. La semaine prochaine, la diminution du nombre de cas devrait se poursuivre, selon les prévisions nationales du réseau Sentinelles-Inserm.Le 19 février 2010 à 11:07 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Samsung Has Officially Killed the Note 7

first_img Following several days of ceaseless bad news, Samsung has decided to permanently cancel the embattled Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It’s still investigating the most recent round of alleged battery fires, but the company has had to admit that the Note 7’s brand has been too tarnished to continue selling it. This isn’t only about the Note 7 — Samsung itself could be seriously wounded by this catastrophe.Anyone with a Note 7 is being urged to return it to the carrier or retailer from which it was purchased. Everyone should be able to get a full refund, and carriers in many places are offering to swap the Note 7 for another device. Production of new devices has been shut down, so this is the end of the line for the Note 7. It’s not clear if Samsung will share its findings after the battery investigation or if it’s looking to keep this out of the news going forward.Samsung has been the largest Android OEM for years, but it stumbled back in 2014 with the Galaxy S5. It’s old plastic design was starting to look very low-end compared to what other device makers were doing, and the GS5’s sales were lackluster. Samsung reinvented its industrial design with the Galaxy S6 and Note 5. Suddenly, it was rivaling Apple’s in smartphone design. The use of curved AMOLED panels also helps Samsung create some amazing-looking devices.It’s sad to see the Note 7 get the boot. It was the culmination of Samsung’s design improvements with its symmetrically curved glass front and back, the incredible display, and water-resistant frame. At the same time, Samsung might have been getting a little too big. Samsung has taken the lion’s share of Android revenue for years as previously big players like HTC struggle to turn a profit. The Note 7 fiasco could be an opening for other device makers to gain some ground on Samsung, which will in-turn push Samsung to improve its devices and avoid complacency.In the next few weeks, we’re expecting the LG V20 to launch around the world. This phablet is the follow-up to LG’s disastrous module G5. The V20 isn’t modular, and it may be the company’s best chance at a hit smartphone in years. Samsung’s recent stumble obviously helps LG. Then there are the Pixel phones from Google, which come into the premium market dominated by Samsung. This is as good a time as any to offer consumers a premium Android device that isn’t made by Samsung.As for Samsung, it has a tough road ahead. The Note 7 mess is meme-worthy, and the internet never forgets. It’s unlikely the Note brand will survive. Samsung will have to either rename the annual Note device or stop making them all together to focus on the Galaxy S line. This probably won’t knock Samsung from its position as the top Android device maker, but it’s going to take a big hit that will set its plans back by years. Stay on target Samsung Using DMCA To Remove Exploding Note 7 GTA Mod VideosSamsung Sets Up Note 7 Exchange Booths at Major Airports last_img read more

Klopp Champions league final is a source of motivation

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits last season’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid has not dampened the motivation of his team.Liverpool enjoyed a brilliant campaign in Europe last season en route to the final in Kiev before losing to Real Madrid.Klopp’s men will confront French Champions Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night in their Group C opener.When asked if the defeat to Real Madrid had harmed the club, Klopp said: “No damage. No, absolutely not.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think we got a lot of respect because of the way we played last season and I think everyone who saw the final saw that we could have won it against a side in a completely different moment.“They see the games we played. They saw City, they saw Rome, they saw Porto. They saw so many games which we played in a really good way. There was a lot of respect.“It is a nice experience, it is a nice memory, but pretty sure it will help us in the moment, all that stuff, but at the end, we have to start new – using the experience but not relying on it.“The best way is when you are experienced you use your new knowledge and start again – like a virgin if you want.”last_img read more