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first_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Editors’ Recommendations According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, nearly 870 million people — one in eight people across the globe — suffered from chronic undernourishment during the period from 2010 to 2012. Most, 852 million, come from developing countries, while 16 million people aren’t receiving the food they need in developed countries.In 2006, Lauren Bush Lauren designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding program. That bag was the starting point for her company Feed, which benefits organizations dedicated to fighting hunger. Today, Feed has donated over $6 million and 60 million meals.This summer Feed teamed up with Target to “make it easy for guests to make a positive impact on hunger in the U.S. and hopes to provide more than 10 million meals through Feeding America with the Feed USA + Target collection.  Beginning June 30th, Target will begin selling this limited edition capsule collection, which consists of over 50 items, ranging from a ranging from a $7 reusable market bag to a $400 collapsible bike, to coffee cups to t-shirts and denim shirts to bags in Feed’s signature burlap.Each item makes a difference. For instance, the $25 used to buy the denim utility shirt pictured above, left, can provide 20 meals to hungry people. The $15 that goes towards buying the orange t-shirt pictured above, center, can feed 12 people. The $30 that goes to the cost of the green messenger bag in both the photo on the left and center translates into 24 meals, while the $25 white hoodie above on the left can make 20 meals.If you’re looking for a way to help those in need this summer, shopping the FEED USA + Target collection is a great and simple way to start. Plus as an added benefit, you’d be adding some pretty cool items to your wardrobe.For more information on the Feed USA + Target Lifestyle Collection, visit target.com. The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits 5 Canadian Lifestyle Brands You Need to Knowlast_img read more

first_img 5 Classic Whiskey Cocktails You Should Know How to Make How to Smoke Meat: Everything You Need to Know Editors’ Recommendations Method:Place a single lit charcoal briquette inside your smoker’s firebox, then pile the wood chips on top.Close the lid and adjust the air vent(s) for a 5 percent opening. Make sure the temperature doesn’t rise above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. (Note: it’s cheese, it will melt at high enough temperatures.)Place the cheeses inside your smoker and smoke for 1 hour.Remove the cheeses from the smoker and serve right away or store in the refrigerator. Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes center_img It’s pretty much the holiday season at this point (if radio stations are playing holiday music, we think it counts), and that means it’s also the season of joy, revelry, and awkward exchanges with those coworkers who work on the other side of the office and you only really ever see when the words “free booze” show up in a company email.Ignoring office holiday parties for the moment, you, too, might be hosting a holiday party this season. Do you know what you’re making yet? Hummus and chips? Chips and salsa? Mini meatballs that you’ve bought by the bag and drop in a gravy that was powder only moments before?First, we’ve taught you better than that. There are plenty of options for everything from cocktails to main courses to keep you occupied for years. We now want to add one more side dish for you to consider: smoked cheese.Oklahoma Joe’sWhy smoked cheese? We’ve got a couple of reasons.First, it gives you a reason to use the smoker again. It may be getting colder, but you can’t say you haven’t looked lovingly outside at your smoker, cooing to it that it’ll be warmer soon. Well, warmth be damned! It’s time to fire that puppy up.Second, it’s cheese. Do you really need more of a reason than that? Once you got the method down for one type of cheese, you can experiment.If you need a third reason, here it is: smoked cheese adds a whole new flavor profile to any meal. You can do anything from smoked cheese on crackers to turkey and smoked cheese sliders to smoked mac and cheese to, well, anything with cheese in it. Those smoky flavors, bolstered by your choice of wood, will only enhance whatever you’re preparing.Finally (we promise, this is our last reason), smoking cheese is super easy. Want to know how easy? We spoke with the smoker producer Oklahoma Joe’s to find out just how easy. Below, check out their recipe for smoked cheese. All you need to do after that is remember to add your new smoked cheese to everything at your holiday part (except for the Old Fashioneds and one dish for anyone who is lactose intolerant).How to Smoke CheeseOklahoma Joe’sCheeses, cut into 1 x 1 by .25” slices:Cheddar cheeseSwiss cheeseGouda cheesePepper Jack cheeseBrick CheeseWoods for Smoking:1 cup apple wood chips1 cup cherry wood chips1 cup hickory wood chips How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish How to Cook Steak in the Ovenlast_img read more

first_imgWashington DC: A livid Democratic Party has introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives, condemning the “racist” tweets of President Donald Trump against four non-white women lawmakers from the Opposition party. Trump sparked a furore on Sunday when he said the women lawmakers “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and they should go home. Though Trump did not explicitly name Democrat Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley in his initial Twitter tirade on Sunday, the context made a clear link to the four Democrat women, who are known as The Squad. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingThree of the women were born in the US and one, Omar, was born in Somalia but came to the US as a child. The Democratic Party introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives condemning the alleged racist tweets. The resolution by Congressman Tom Malinowski could be voted on as early as Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said that Republican lawmakers “must join” Democrats in “condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets” and urged Democrats to support a resolution put forward by House Democratic lawmakers. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”The House cannot allow the President’s characterisation of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the President’s xenophobic tweets,” Pelosi wrote in a Dear Colleague letter to House Democrats. But Trump, a Republican, was in no mood to relent. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four “progressives,” but now they are forced to embrace them. That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats” Trump said as he unleashed a series of tweets against four Democratic Congresswomen. The four women lawmakers held a news conference at the Capitol on Monday to denounce a tweet by the president in which he apparently suggested that they leave the country. “This is a president who has overseen the most corrupt administration in our history,” Omar said. “To distract from that, he’s launching a blatantly racist attack on four duly elected members of the United States House of Representatives, all of whom are women of colour,” she said. “This is the agenda of white nationalists, whether it is happening in chat rooms or it’s happening on national TV. And now it’s reached the White House garden,” she said. “This is simply a disruption and a distraction from the callous chaos and corrupt culture of this administration, all the way down,” Pressley said. Both Omar and Tlaib repeated their calls for Trump to be impeached. Trump had in a tweet, which was widely considered as against the four Democratic progressive lawmakers, said they should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” before speaking out about how the United States government should be run. “He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation or immigration status because this is the only way he knows how to prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences,” Omar said. Trump also said these progressive Democrats “came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe.” His tweets were considered by the Democrats as “racist.” On Monday Trump again defended his controversial tweets. “If you are not happy, if you are complaining all the time, you can leave,” he told a heated news conference outside the White House. As the women spoke to reporters on Monday evening, he tweeted again. “If you are not happy here, you can leave! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America,” he wrote.last_img read more

first_imgCoimbatore: High security alert continued in the district for the third day on Sunday, with places of worship especially churches being brought under heightened vigil in the wake of intelligence inputs on infiltration of LeT terrorists into Tamil Nadu. Three people taken into custody here on Saturday on suspicion of being in touch with a man detained in Kerala for alleged links with terrorists were released after questioning, police said. The trio was let off on the condition that it should appear before the police whenever required, they said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Tight security measures including intensified vehicle and baggage checks continued across the city, where a high alert has been sounded since Friday following information that terrorists have entered the state and were heading here. The entire state is on alert with sensitive installations in places of large congregation coming under police vigil. Since the terrorists entered the country by sea from Sri Lanka, police suspected they may carry out attacks on places of worship, particularly churches, where a large number of faithful gather on Sunday.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook will use Canada as a testing ground as it rolls out new ad transparency features and increases scrutiny of political advertising.The social media giant said that starting next month Canadian users will be able click “View Ads” on a Facebook page to view what ads it is running on the main platform, as well as Messenger and Instagram.Facebook also said in its blog post Friday that all ads will be required to be associated with a page, which are often used by companies or groups.It will start testing these features in Canada and roll it out by next summer to other countries including the U.S., ahead of the midterm elections in November.“Starting in Canada was a natural choice as this effort aligns with our election integrity work already underway there,” wrote Facebook’s vice president of ads Rob Goldman.Facebook has come under fire for its role in the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the dissemination of so-called “fake news” on its platform. It disclosed last month that it found ads linked to fake accounts, likely run from Russia, that sought to influence the election.Also earlier this month, Facebook Canada said it was launching a “Canadian Election Integrity Initiative” ahead of the 2019 federal election. This was in response to a report by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in June that predicted that Canada is “very likely” to be the target of hackers before the vote.As part of the initiative, Facebook said it was launching a crisis line for Canadian politicians to use if their email accounts come under cyberattack. As well, the social media giant says it will partner with MediaSmarts to roll out a digital news literacy campaign.On Thursday, Facebook said that the initial test of its new ad transparency features will only show active ads. However, once implemented in the U.S., it plans to build an archive of federal-election related ads.For each current and historical federal-election related ad, Facebook will provide detailed information including the total amounts spent, the number of impressions, and demographics of the audience reached.As well, beginning with the U.S. federal elections before expanding to other jurisdictions, Facebook will require more detailed documentation from political advertisers in order to verify their identity. Once verified, advertisers will have to include disclosures in election related ads that read “Paid for by,” it said.“For political advertisers that do not proactively disclose themselves, we are building machine learning tools that will help us find them and require them to verify their identity,” Goldman wrote.last_img read more

Rabat- Moroccan news website Goud.ma has been hacked by a hacker group that calls itself the Electronic Islam Army.The Moroccan tabloid has not been accessible for the past hour and at the time of writing it is still controlled by the hackers.The hacker group posted a message on the website, in which it lambasts its editorial line and its tendency to publish what it called “a porn site”. Update: The website was back to normal at 4.15 pm eastern time (9.15 pm time of Morocco), and has been taken back by the hackers at 11 pm eastern time (4 am time of Morocco) read more

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Assembly President Srgjan Kerim appealed to Member States to continue their support of the dialogue between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the Republic of Korea (ROK), following the Declaration this month by the two countries to bolster cooperation.Welcoming the resolution, Mr. Ban noted that today is especially “auspicious” because exactly seven years ago, the Assembly passed a resolution following the historic June 2000 summit between the two Korean Peninsula nations.“Today, as Secretary-General, I feel a much more personal obligation to do all I can to encourage and facilitate the continuing work for peace, security and reunification on the Korean Peninsula,” he said.This month’s Declaration “will pave the way for a permanent peace regime and eventual reunification,” he added. Mr. Ban also expressed hope that the October Declaration will serve as a catalyst for progress in the six-party talks – involving the DPRK, China, Japan, ROK, Russia and the United States – on achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.The Assembly resolution “is also a clear recognition of the efforts of the people and leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea to pursue through dialogue and peaceful means reconciliation between their two countries,” Mr. Kerim said.He also voiced optimism that the inter-Korean peace process will contribute to peace and security, not just on the Peninsula, but in the region and beyond. 31 October 2007Top United Nations officials today hailed the General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution encouraging the consolidation of peace on the Korean peninsula and the laying of groundwork for reunification. read more

Showers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and Southern provinces. Showers may extend to the North western province. The department of meteorology expects 100 mm of rain in some parts of the country today.The department said that the possibility for heavy rain in the southwestern parts and strong winds over the island and neighboring sea areas are still high. Thundershowers may develop at a few places in the Eastern and Uva provinces after 4.00 pm. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The public have been advised to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. read more

FILE – In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File) Judge grants class-action status to case in California against Uber over payment of drivers by Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 9:47 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – A federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case.The ruling increases the number of potential California plaintiffs in the suit that claims Uber drivers are incorrectly classified as independent contractors when they are actually employees.“Today’s ruling sets the stage for a trial and a legal battle that will have dramatic implications for Uber’s business model as well as more generally how independent contractors are viewed under California law,” said Lonnie Giamela, a labour lawyer in Los Angeles who has been following the case.U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco made his decision in the lawsuit filed by several current or former Uber drivers. The plaintiffs named in the suit say they are Uber employees and have been shortchanged on expenses and tips.Their lawsuit sought class certification on behalf of 160,000 drivers who have worked for the company in California since 2009. Chen certified the class, though he excluded some drivers and limited it to the drivers’ claims for tips, not expenses.Chen estimated the number of drivers in the suit could at least be in the hundreds, meaning the company could be on the hook for more in damages if it loses the case.Uber said in a statement it would likely appeal Chen’s ruling but was pleased that he had certified “only a tiny fraction of the class that the plaintiffs were seeking.” The company said it believes few current drivers would qualify for the class.“We are pleased the district court rejected the ‘mega-class’ plaintiffs asked it to endorse, but decisions from the Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit and other courts have made it clear that no class whatsoever can be certified here,” said Ted Boutrous, an attorney who represents the company.Classifying its workers as employees could raise Uber’s operating expenses significantly and would go against its business model and identity. Uber’s selling points for attracting drivers are based on ideas of freedom and autonomy.In his ruling, Chen rejected Uber’s argument that there is no typical Uber driver so the named plaintiffs in the suit were not typical of their fellow class members. Uber also argued that countless other Uber drivers, unlike the named plaintiffs, preferred being independent contractors instead of employees.Chen said the company had shown little evidence for that claim.The drivers, meanwhile, have numerous things in common, including that Uber sets their pay, can fire them, uses rider-feedback to evaluate them and does not control their schedules or where they work, Chen said. read more

first_imgWhilw there has been any number of tablet devices being announced and launched over the last few weeks, Gigabyte has been quietly working in the background and have now staked their own small claim to fame by announcing a 10.1-inch (1024×600) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen slate PC: the S1080.The S1080 is packaged around Windows 7 and runs an Intel Atom N550 dual-core processor. For storage you have an SD card slot to bolster the rather impressive 320GB of storage, and for connectivity options you have three USB ports, Wireless (Wi-Fi/Bluetooth ) and a VGA port. The last bit seems a puzzling move by Gigabyte given that HDMI is featured on a lot of the latest tablet PC’s, though at least you can use the VGA port to connect up to a wide-range of projectors that are already on the market.AdChoices广告The S1080 is expected to be released next month for $300.Read more at the Gigabyte press release, via Engadgetlast_img read more

first_imgFoxconn : “la face cachée d’Apple”, Envoyé spécial met en lumière le côté obscur de l’iPhone 5Le reportage d’Anne poiret “la face cachée d’Apple”, produit par Uspide et diffusé jeudi soir 13 décembre sur France 2, a permis à des dizaines de milliers de téléspectateurs de se faire une idée sur le quotidien d’ouvrier travaillant dans deux usines d’assemblage Foxconn en Chine. Une plongée édifiante qui vient souligner un état de fait dénoncé depuis un certain temps par de nombreux médias.Un reportage, deux usines, et un constat accablant pour les usines Foxconn, fournissant de grands noms de l’électronique dont HP, Dell, Nokia, Sony et…Apple ! “La face cachée d’Apple”, le reportage choc d’Anne Poiret diffusée jeudi 13 décembre dans l’émission Envoyé spécial a livré les exclusivités de son investigation. On relèvera, parmi les nombreux éléments dévoilés, une cité dortoir de huit étages, à Shengzou, où les étudiants stagiaires et les ouvriers sont parqués comme du bétail, et où l’eau et l’électricité ne sont pas distribuées, l’immeuble étant encore en construction.Ou encore l’histoire de ces deux étudiantes, envoyées à l’usine de Shenzen (usine d’assemblage et de montage de l’iPhone 5) par leur école, contre leur gré. Étudiantes en médecine, le stage ne correspond pas à leur étude, s’effectue la nuit, alors qu’elles n’ont que 16 ans. Un constat accablant sur l’illégalité totale dans laquelle ces deux jeunes filles se trouvent. Et si elles avaient refusées, elles n’auraient peut-être, voire sûrement, pas obtenu leurs diplômes, et encore moins une bourse d’étude.15.000 stagiaires, 7 % des ouvriers et un silence inquiétant : d’après le reportage, Foxconn se refuserait à commenter ce chiffre alors qu’Apple estime qu’il y en aurait trois fois moins…Un état des lieux désastreux mis en lumière par le reportage d’Anne Poiret, qui vient conforter plusieurs éléments pointés du doigt par les médias dans le passé.Un quotidien d’ouvriers laissant aphoneÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Depuis plus de deux ans, de nombreux médias chinois et étrangers se sont succédés pour mettre en avant les conditions de travail catastrophiques du géant chinois : le China Labour Bulletin, le Shangai Evening Post, la Fair Labour Association, le New York Times. Et force est de constater que les mêmes constats, et les mêmes conclusions reviennent immanquablement, laissant peu de part au doute. Pressions physiques, psychologiques, manipulation de produits dangereux ou toxiques avec le minimum de sécurité, travail illégal d’étudiants. Rien ne semble ajouter du crédit à Foxconn qui a récemment accentué la pression sur ses usines face à la commande grandissante d’iPhone 5. Terry Gou, président de Foxconn (Hon Hai), ainsi que ses responsables, ont déjà communiqué sur certaines avancées qu’aurait fait la firme dans le domaine : hausse des salaires, conditions de travail améliorées. Mais face à ces paroles, le dernier reportage d’Anne Poiret sonne comme un uppercut arrivant sous le visage d’une personne tirant la langue au monde entier.Les récentes bagarres générales ne font d’ailleurs qu’accentuer le fait qu’un malaise ambiant règne entre les murs des usines Foxconn. Des murs pas assez épais pour ne pas entendre le désespoir contrôlé des ouvriers de Foxconn.Le 14 décembre 2012 à 12:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

BFSB Bahamas Briefing Featured Attorney General Carl Bethel

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 9, 2018 – Nassau – Under the theme, “The Bahamas: the Clear Choice for Financial Services,” Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, the Hon. Carl W. Bethel, QC, updated the Bahamas Financial Services Board’s (BFSB) ‘Bahamas Briefing’ at Baha Mar, March 1, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in the financial sector, given it is an extremely integrated global system.He added over the past 20 years the international regulatory community has experienced rapid growth and change, in order to keep up with crimes — financing of terrorism and money laundering presenting challenges to the financial sector.  He affirmed that the challenges affect every jurisdiction on every continent, and as a result The Bahamas has and continues to make significant advances to ensure its financial sector survives and rules adhere to internationally accepted best practices and regulatory principles.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

first_imgIn an expansion of its recently-created Strategic Marketing Services group, Framingham, Massachusetts-based tech publisher IDG has partnered with Networked Insights to launch IDG Social Scout—a service that uses proprietary analytics to track conversations around topics and brands and measures sentiment/engagement over time.“As we saw how social media was becoming key for marketers, IDG looked for ways we could provide solutions for our clients in this space in addition to our traditional paid media solutions,” IDG Strategic Marketing Services client services vice president Deidra Bodkin said. “It was clear to us that the absolute first step is to listen to what your audience is actually saying about your brand, products or a business topic. We knew that brand listening would form the base platform that all of our other strategic recommendations would be based on.”In September, IDG recast its corporate sales and marketing operation in the U.S. as Strategic Marketing Services, with a focus on services like consulting, integrated programs such as custom media, and now social media capabilities.Tapping Networked Insights’ proprietary “listening platform,” the IDG Social Scout service can track social conversations online in regard to specific topics chosen by IDG’s marketing clients, providing real-time data on how well those terms are resonating—ideally helping the marketer to develop a more pointed, effective campaign. After determining which topics its clients are most interested in learning about, IDG’s research team develops a community of sites based on conversational engagement and volume that the company will track on an ongoing basis, Bodkin said. IDG will provide clients with a benchmark report that includes their brand and three competitors, Bodkin said. From there, it will provide weekly metrics reports that show change in conversation, sentiment and key conversations that are happening online regarding a particular topic.“In addition to the standard keyword-based natural language approach, our method of discovery takes morphology, synonomy and polysemy into account while searching for the most popular topics of conversation,” said Bodkin. “It does so by using pattern recognition to develop an idea of context based on a given set of posts. This helps us to increase recall without lowering precision too much, in effect widening our net without getting too many unwanted comments caught in it.”Bodkin said context also is important to the service’s sentiment calculation. “We achieve this by using natural language processing and a rule-based system to identify sentiment words—usually adjectives and adverbs—and connect them to the nouns they modify,” she said. Bodkin declined to say how much IDG charges its clients for the Social Scout service but said implementation is turnkey. “Once we determine the topic area and key issues within the topic that we want to track, IDG handles everything.”In May, IDG launched IDG Amplify with a set of ad products geared around social sites, whereby a user can comment within an ad unit and then share it with their social graph.last_img read more

CM YS Jagan attends YSRCP MLAs workshop

first_imgAmaravati: The YSRCP president and AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy have attended the workshop organized at AP Assembly. On the occasion, CM YS Jagan has directed that every MLA should come to the Assembly, should prepare well before every speech, and must discuss on strategy so that the opponents don’t get any chance to question. The AP Assembly is conducting two days workshop for the newly elected MLA’s over the house procedures, rules, and regulations. Speaker Tammineni Sitaram is heading these training sessions. Also Read – Producing films, serials my ambition, says Nani Advertise With Us Speaking on occasion, CM YS Jagan said we have won so that we may attend the Assembly. Everyone should participate, in case of absence, there must be a reason. He advised every MLA to come before half an hour and have a discussion. CM also said that there is nothing to catch wrong if the Speaker doesn’t give you a chance even after raising the hand. Also Read – Students told to make Swatch Bharat a success: Collector Mohammad Imtiaz Advertise With Us CM YS Jagan has clarified that the earlier situations in the Assembly will not exist anymore. He reminded that in previous sessions if any serious question raised then TDP leaders use to mislead the debate. If there is a debate on public issues between the opposition and the ruling party, then the people will understand who is what. He suggested that no one should involve in any corruption, scams, and without making any mistakes, they should move forward. Advertise With Us While speaking on a particular topic, it should be considered as an important one, and it should be presented with well preparation. If it is not done so then, the opponents will take a chance to criticize the issue. CM YS Jagan said the Chief Whip would provide the full information on every subject. CM also said he was advised to pull five MLA’s so that there will be no Opposition status. If we do so, then there will be no difference between them and us.last_img read more

first_imgWomen shout slogans during a protest against the government and police forces after at least nine people were killed when police fired at protesters calling for the closure of a Vedanta Resources-controlled copper smelter in Thootukudi, in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, May 22, 2018.REUTERS/P.RavikumarLondon-listed Vedanta Resources hopes to restart its copper smelter in Thoothukudi and still wants to double its capacity despite protests demanding its closure that killed 13 people this week, a company executive told Reuters on Friday.The company’s position comes a day after Tamil Nadu, where the smelter is located, said it was seeking a permanent closure of the plant due to allegations that it pollutes the air and water of the locality.”We’re not in that stage to look at setting up a plant elsewhere,” P. Ramnath, chief executive of Vedanta’s India copper business, said in an interview.”We’re confident that we will be able to overcome these issues. It will certainly require a huge effort but I am sure we can hope to restart as quickly as possible.”The plant, in the coastal city of Thoothukudi, has been shut since late March for maintenance and pending a renewal of its license, even as locals continued largely peaceful protests demanding its permanent shutdown.The opposition escalated on Tuesday when thousands of people marched towards a local government office on the 100th day of the protest. Ten people died in police firing that day; three more died in subsequent days.Ramnath said the smelter suffered from a “perception” that it was the most polluting industry in Thoothukudi because of its size, and that support of the local community would be important to restart the plant and double its capacity, as suggested by Vedanta’s billionaire chairman Anil Agarwal.”Our chairman has said that we need the license to operate, but also we need to build bridges with the local community so that we get their license to operate as well,” he said.”But at this point of time the atmosphere is very tense, temperatures are high.”LEGAL OPTIONSThe Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board cut the power to the smelter on Thursday, saying that last week it found the company preparing to resume production without permission.Ramnath denied the allegation.”There was no reason for making preparations to restart the plant when we are still under maintenance that happens once in four years,” he said.Ramnath said the company was considering legal options to get power restored to the smelter, which produces 400,000 tonnes of copper a year.Around 250,000 tonnes of the output is consumed locally, making up for 36 percent of India’s demand. The rest is exported to countries such as China.Vedanta wants to double the smelter’s capacity mainly to meet India’s rising copper demand, which Ramnath expects to grow by up to 10 percent annually. The expansion would, however, be delayed from its earlier completion target of late 2019.[Source- Reuters]last_img read more

Is Renting On The Rise After Harvey

first_img 00:00 /03:59 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Guadalupe Mares grew up in the Hidden Forest neighborhood just north of I-10 East and still lives in the same house with her mom and brother.Harvey flooded it to the roof.“To this day, the outside of the house is done,” Mares said. “Just the inside, we’re still working on it.”She said they plan on staying here, despite the frequent flooding. Water previously entered the house during Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and Hurricane Ike in 2008.The property’s 2018 value dropped to a third of last year’s, entirely due to structural damage.“My mom, I guess she’s just hard-headed,” Mares said. “It was her first house that she owned and, you know, being an immigrant from Mexico coming over here, she worked really hard to get her dream house.”But is it worth it in an area that floods often?Mares said they like the neighborhood because it’s quiet and the neighbors are friendly. On top of that, it’s affordable.But instead of owning, would they be better off renting? If it ever floods again, they wouldn’t have to worry about rebuilding; they could just move.Mares doesn’t think it would make much of a difference.“Seeing all my stuff, like my prom pictures, my baby pictures, my graduation pictures, my diploma, everything – not even mine but my brother’s as well, my mom’s stuff – everything was just destroyed and it was just really hard,” she said. “So I feel like even if you’re renting or owning the house, you still go through the same thing.”Are More People Renting?Right after Harvey, thousands of homeowners moved into apartments and rental homes while their houses were repaired.It’s hard to say how many stayed renters. But what is known is that the apartment industry did not see an exodus of tenants this year – at least not on a net basis. Bruce McClenny, president of ApartmentData.com, said apartments have seen really good numbers in 2018.“And I wasn’t expecting that at all,” he said. “I was expecting more of a flat based upon an expectation that more renters who were homeowners would be moving out.”But again, it’s hard to say what the cause is because Houston’s economy is robust, and lots of people are moving here and renting.Meanwhile, home sales have been growing as well.“Nothing indicates that our market has shifted in any significant amount from ownership to rental due to Harvey,” Ed Wolff, president of Beth Wolff Realtors, said. He points out that 2018 is on pace to be another record year for home sales.“For people who’ve been used to living in a home that they owned and are now in a rental situation, after three to five months they start recognizing what they liked about home ownership,” Wolff said.Michelle Pawelek, senior director at Greystar Real Estate Partners and the 2018 president of the Houston Apartment Association, said from speaking to apartment managers, it doesn’t seem that very many former homeowners stayed renters.“We were hopeful that they might see the quality of apartments had changed, that lifestyle, the amenities available, lock-and-leave communities, all the services, and that people would want to stay,” Pawelek said. “But we have really experienced the mass of people moving back into their homes.”What’s more, according to the Houston Association of Realtors, condo and single-family home lease volumes have overall declined this year.Jim Gaines, chief economist at Texas A&M’s Real Estate Center, said, sure, for people who want to live in flood-prone areas, renting may be better than owning.But people who are ready to settle down will still buy, and in Houston, flooding will always be a risk, no matter where you live.“You may or may not get hit,” Gaines said. “If you get hit, it’s catastrophic. But it could hit one side of the street and not the other.”That’s why, he said, for anyone buying a house in Greater Houston, flood insurance is crucial.center_img Share X – / 5last_img read more

Highly conductive organic metal looks promising for disposable electronic devices

first_img(Phys.org) —Although organic materials are often used as semiconductors, such as in organic LEDs and organic transistors, organic materials that have an electrical conductivity as high as that of metals are still very scarce. One problem with developing organic metals is that there is a tradeoff in terms of their crystalline structure: a high crystallinity is required for high conductivity, but is detrimental to the materials’ processability. 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. Explore further Citation: Highly conductive organic metal looks promising for disposable electronic devices (2014, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-highly-metal-disposable-electronic-devices.html Controlling the ‘length’ of supramolecular polymers through self-organization Now in a new paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers Joseph J. Armao, IV, et al., at the University of Strasbourg in France, have demonstrated a way to overcome this problem by developing a new class of organic materials that are highly conductive yet very soft and flexible. When irradiated with a light pulse, the material reorganizes its molecules to correct structural defects. The new material can therefore be assembled with low crystallinity and then transformed via a light pulse into a material with high electrical conductivity.”Historically, electronic devices have been developed with inorganic materials such as doped silicon, copper, silver, etc.,” Nicolas Giuseppone, professor at the University of Strasbourg, told Phys.org. “These materials come from limited natural resources which are expensive to extract and process before even being suitable for manufacturing. Additionally, a big problem we have is electronic waste, as many of the inorganic materials used in electronics are quite toxic for the environment, and recycling these materials is difficult and expensive. Organic metals provide an alternative material which is cheaper, easier to produce, and environmentally friendly. In addition to replacing inorganic materials in the electronic devices we currently use, we may be able to create devices with novel properties and architectures through a combination of synthetic modification (at the molecular level) as well as control over the supramolecular organization (at the bulk level).”The new material is a one-dimensional supramolecular polymer composed of stacks of molecular units called tris-amide triarylamines (TATA). Although these organic nanowires may originally suffer from the same structural defects as other organic materials, the application of a relatively low-energy light pulse can correct misalignments of the TATA stacks, essentially giving the polymers the ability to self-heal. The results showed that light irradiation increased the conductivities of the suparmolecular polymers by up to four orders of magnitude, reflecting the effectiveness of the photoinduced supramolecular self-optimization. The study marks the first demonstration of supramolecular polymers that achieve electronic, magnetic, and optical signatures similar to those measured in the best conjugated polymers. “I would say the greatest significance is (a) the ability to demonstrate metallic properties in a supramolecular system without the need to crystallize the material or resort to other processing techniques, (b) the demonstration that supramolecular systems, i.e. ensembles of molecules which are non-covalently bound, can possess characteristics found in conjugated polymers, (c) the ability to remotely trigger the healing mechanism and doping process with light, which creates a responsive material, and (d) the demonstration of a novel error correction mechanism driven by supramolecular polaron diffusion (charge-transfer interactions) within the assembled structures,” Giuseppone said.Highly conductive organic metals could have a variety of novel applications in organic electronics due to their advantages of being lightweight, low cost, and disposable. Applications include transparent electrodes, printed electronic circuits, thermoelectric materials, and memory devices. “Future research plans include both applications of these materials in devices as well as further research into their fundamental properties,” Giuseppone said. “In terms of applications, we are working towards incorporation of these organic assemblies as metallic interconnects for electronic circuitry, testing the efficacy of these materials in solar cells as well as trying to develop means for controlled vertical device architecture. Our fundamental work involves manipulation of optical and plasmonic fields as well as further elucidation and control over the conduction properties.”center_img (b-d) Images of the organic metal, TATA, are shown with different imaging techniques. (e) X-ray scattering of a thin film of TATA. (f) Side view (i) and top view (ii) of the proposed stacking structure of TATA. Credit: Armao, et al. ©2014 American Chemical Society © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society More information: Joseph J. Armao, IV, et al. “Healable Supramolecular Polymers as Organic Metals.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/ja5044006last_img read more

Two Mexicans arrested after drug plane lands in Belize

first_imgBelize — A plane was confiscated and three men arrested by police Sunday at the Belize order with Mexico after they were found transporting drugs.According to a report, the take down occurred in the district of Blue Creek where two Mexican nationals and a Belize man were taken into custody after a reported gun battle. The exchange of bullets took place after police surprised the criminals by intercepting their twin-engine plane after it landed on the Belize-side border of Mexico.Belize -- A plane was confiscated and three men arrested by police Sunday at the Belize order with Mexico after they were found transporting drugs. According to a report, the takedown occurred near Two Leguas where two Mexican nationals and a Belize man were taken into custody after a reported gun battle. The small plane, which was loaded with packages of cocaine, was intercepted before it was able to take off from Belize territory. On site, police from Belize arrested the three men and confiscated the small plane while police on the Mexican side of the border cordoned off the area. The Mexican armed forces arrived for inspection and security purposes. The small plane, which was loaded with approximately one ton of cocaine, was intercepted as it landed. On site, police from Belize arrested the three men and confiscated the small plane while police on the Mexican side of the border cordoned off the area.The arrested Belize man is reportedly a police officer. The pilot of the plane managed to escape. The plane had arrived from Colombia.The Mexican armed forces arrived for inspection and security purposes. This year, the number of abandoned or crashed planes found on the border between Quintana Roo and Belize has increased, indicating an increase in the activity of the drug route.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img News | Advanced Visualization | July 03, 2019 TeraRecon Unveils iNtuition AI Data Extractor Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced visualization company TeraRecon announced its new iNtuition AI Data Extractor… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more Technology | Advanced Visualization | June 13, 2019 Materialise Receives FDA Clearance for Cardiovascular Planning Software Suite Three-dimensional (3-D) printing software and solutions company Materialise has received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale Transformations in Molecular Imaging Herald Entry to Novel Applications Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. read more Technology | Artificial Intelligence | June 20, 2019 TeraRecon Receives First-of-Kind FDA Determination for Northstar AI Results Explorer Advanced visualization and artificial intelligence (AI) technology provider TeraRecon has successfully completed a U.S… read more March 23, 2009 – FiatLux Imaging and Panasonic Computer Solutions Co. will demonstrate at HIMSS 2009 the advanced visualization capabilities of FiatLux Visualize optimized for the next generation of tablet computers for the healthcare industry including the new the Panasonic Toughbook H1 Mobile Clinical Assistant (MCA).FiatLux Visualize processes images from patient exams onboard the computer so that healthcare professionals can address the growing demand for clinical data access at the patient bedside and at the point of decision throughout the hospital. FiatLux Visualize received FDA 510(k) clearance in August 2008.“The beauty of the Toughbook H1 is that it can ease clinical loads and improve workflow by allowing more to be done at the point of care,” said Greg Davidson, senior business development manager, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. “Having solutions like FiatLux Visualize optimized for the H1 is a perfect example of this value proposition. Through the combination of Panasonic and FiatLux, clinicians will have mobile and reliable access to advanced medical imaging and analysis when and where they need it.”Ushering in new possibilities for high-quality, affordable, diagnostic images, FiatLux Visualize allows physicians and a wide array of medical professionals to view, manipulate, and analyze MPR, MIP, and detailed 3D representations of the human anatomy from CT and MRI exams virtually anywhere, anytime. Neurosurgeons, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons can use FiatLux Visualize for image analysis, surgical planning, and improved patient communication and understanding at a fraction of the cost of traditional workstation based imaging technology.For more information: www.fiatluximaging.com, www.panasonic.com/toughbook FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 A 3-D printed model (left) and a model constructed in augmented reality (right), both of a kidney with a tumor. In both models, the kidney is clear; the tumor is visible in purple on the AR model and in white on the 3-D printed model. Photo courtesy of Nicole Wake, Ph.D. Feature | Advanced Visualization | July 02, 2019 | By Jeff Zagoudis Augmented Reality Versus 3-D Printing for Radiology Three-dimensional (3-D) printing and… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcarecenter_img News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 04, 2019 Ann Arbor Startup Launches Augmented Reality MRI Simulator SpellBound, an Ann Arbor startup specializing in augmented reality (AR) tools for children in hospitals, has officially… read more Related Content Henry Ford Hospital’s ViewRay MRIdian linear accelerator system allows real-time MRI-guided radiotherapy. Shown is the support staff for this system. In the center of the photo is Benjamin Movsas, M.D., chair of radiation oncology at Henry Ford Cancer Institute. Second from the right is Carri Glide-Hurst, Ph.D., director of translational research, radiation oncology. Technology | Virtual and Augmented Reality | June 10, 2019 Medivis SurgicalAR Gets FDA Clearance Medivis announced that its augmented reality (AR) technology platform for surgical applications, SurgicalAR, has… read more News | March 23, 2009 FiatLux Imaging, Panasonic to Showcase 3D Software for Mobile Healthcare Computers Feature | Henry Ford Hospital | May 21, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Innovations in Radiotherapy and Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital Henry Ford Hospital thought leaders regularly speak at the radiation oncology and radiology conferences about new res read morelast_img read more

first_img News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more October 10, 2011 ­­— Varian Medical Systems is introducing a new PremierAssurance program that offers cancer treatment centers flexible access to a broad spectrum of services from Varian’s customer support organization.  The program offers radiation oncology clinics the ability to predict and control service costs through customized, comprehensive service plans; they include technology maintenance and upgrades, help desk support, training and education, consulting services, and site-specific clinic design solutions.With PremierAssurance, customers can choose support packages at distinct service levels covering four broad areas: installation, service, help desk, and training and education.Varian highlighted the PremierAssurance service at the annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).For more information: www.varian.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July.  Technology | October 11, 2011 Varian Launches PremierAssurance Service for Cancer Treatment Centers Related Content Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read morelast_img read more