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first_imgManohar felt the five-man selection panel was an Manohar felt the five-man selection panel was an operational matter of the BCCI and was needed due to the large size of the country. “Its an operational matter. Tomorrow a scenario can happen and all three selectors can be from one place. So many matches are held all over the country simultaneously and its physically impossible for selectors to travel all over and watch. An operational matter cannot be there in the constitution.” Manohar was also opposed to the recommendation that the BCCI office bearers should have a cooling off period to take up another post after their term ends. “I have no issue with 9 years period for office bearers but with the cooling-off period there will not be continuity. Suppose some person is doing very well he cannot continue, its for the board to decide. “Its also not good for office bearers to be told not to hold positions in their home associations (concurrently). This is like – if you become a minister you have to resign as MP. There is no favouritism or conflict of interest here.” PTI SSR ARS AH AH RDSlast_img read more

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Sensors and processors converge for industrial applications

first_imgThis solution provides farmers with detailed pictures of crop conditions taken by camera drones and later processed in the cloud. The camera drones can also perform object recognition to warn farmers about live obstacles like deer. Moreover, farmers can perform specific functions such as adjusting nozzle settings according to weather or soil conditions.Bosch also claims to have improved the productivity of its ABS/ESP braking-system manufacturing at its Blaichach, Germany, plant by recording the movement of cylinders, the cycle times of grippers, and the temperature and pressure levels in the manufacturing process. The data collected from RFID tags is delivered to massive databases that digitally map the internal flow of goods.Industry 4.0 chips Semiconductor devices are another key ingredient in Industry 4.0 and IIoT designs. That includes processors for edge computing, memory for data storage, data converters, and wired or wireless connectivity chips for remote sensing and cloud platform links.One example is the Sitara AM6x processor family from Texas Instruments (TI) that enables gigabit industrial communications subsystems for factory automation, motor drives, and grid infrastructure. The processors are built around the convergence of Ethernet and real-time data traffic on a single network. And they support multiple protocols, including time-sensitive networking (TSN), EtherCAT, Ethernet/IP, and PROFINETFigure 3: A block diagram of the Sitara AM6548 multi-protocol processor, which offers gigabit throughputs for industrial connectivity standards like TSN. (Image: Texas Instruments) Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: IoT This TSN-enabled processor integrates a dual-core Arm Cortex-R5F-based microcontroller (MCU) subsystem that can operate in an optional lockstep mode and supports error correcting code (ECC) protection for both on-chip memory and external double-data-rate (DDR) memory. These features allow the processor to boost security and reduce system-level complexity for applications such as programmable logic controllers (PLC) and multi-axis motor drives.The Industry 4.0 platforms are increasingly demanding high-performance PLCs complemented with secure connectivity and human-machine interfaces (HMIs). It’s also imperative that PLCs shrink in form factor and process value chain, while increasing the number of I/O channels, both analog and digital. These PLCs will need to support new I/O protocols such as IO-Link.In addition, the advent of powerful system-on-chip (SoC) solutions is enabling the creation of digital twins, which pair virtual and physical worlds and create data pools that map and link together all the steps of industrial manufacturing. These cyber–physical systems create a virtual copy of the physical world and thus make monitoring physical processes less expensive and more efficient.Factory of the future Industry 4.0 promises a renaissance on the manufacturing floor with end-to-end sensor solutions and services. It facilitates smarter decisions, increasing operational efficiencies, improving yield, boosting engineering productivity, and substantially driving business performance.The reality of Industry 4.0 is finally starting to move forward with an acceleration in the availability of IoT sensors, big data, and AI applications. According to a Gartner Inc. report, in 2018, there were more than 6 billion IoT devices in the field, and the numbers are anticipated to grow to more than 20 billion by 2022.The factory of the future is slowly but steadily taking shape with more powerful processing nodes, more automated production processes, and smarter data analytics tools capable of processing and analyzing massive amounts of factory data in near real time. It’s becoming a reality, one IoT sensor solution at a time.>> This article was originally published on our sister site, Electronic Products: “IoT sensors bring Industry 4.0 into commercial focus.” Industry 4.0 has come a long way since the buzzword was coined at the Hannover Fair in 2011. The journey toward smart manufacturing continues, but what have really made a difference in recent years are the takeoff of the internet of things (IoT) and the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.Here, it’s worth mentioning that in 2012, General Electric coined the term industrial internet for a multitude of industrial devices intelligently connected to create systems that could monitor, collect, exchange, analyze, and deliver valuable insights. Eventually, the notions of Industry 4.0 and industrial internet began to converge, culminating in the industrial IoT or IIoT.Whatever it’s called, Industry 4.0 or IIoT, the underlying goal is the realization of the fourth industrial revolution after the steam engine, conveyor belt, and information technology (IT) aided by cutting-edge electronics. It takes manufacturing and process automation to a whole new level in which the factories of tomorrow will build connected systems comprising sensors, actuators, and control systems, all linked through different types of networks via the internet protocol (IP).Figure 1: Industry 4.0 marks the next level of digital transformation. (Image: Texas Instruments) What’s also accelerating the Industry 4.0 movement is the integration of AI applications such as fault detection and classification. The combination of IoT and AI technologies is changing the way engineers can manage data, disseminate information, and make real-time decisions in production environments. The use of machine-learning algorithms and robot-based process handling can further optimize modern manufacturing with huge savings in cost and worker-hours.A practical manifestation of Industry 4.0 can be seen at General Electric’s factory in Schenectady, New York. The manufacturing facility for sodium-nickel batteries has installed more than 10,000 sensors scattered across 180,000 square feet of manufacturing space. All of these sensors are connected via high-speed Ethernet.That brings us to one of the fundamental building blocks of Industry 4.0 designs: connected sensors.Internet of sensors Sensors connected via wired or wireless links form the backbone of an Industry 4.0 or IIoT system. The machine data that sensors deliver to the cloud can optimize manufacturing, predict failures, schedule maintenance, and automatically replenish inventory.What’s new in sensors in the Industry 4.0 realm is the convergence of localization and communication for creating precise, indoor-location systems. That allows factories to monitor tools in real time and manage their use by workers to improve efficiency, safety, security, and quality control on assembly lines.These high-precision and location-aware systems use smart wireless sensor solutions. Take the example of Smart Cab, which sensor supplier Bosch has developed in collaboration with CAB Concept Cluster (CCC). It integrates cameras and drones in agricultural vehicles and turns them into connected control centers in the field.Figure 2: Beyond smart manufacturing, the Industry 4.0 initiative is expanding into other areas like connected farming. (Image: CAB Concept Cluster) Continue Reading Previous Rutronik: multiprotocol wireless SoCs and modules from Redpine SignalsNext Silicon Labs: isolated smart switches drive any load in harsh industrial environments Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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Blake Jackson no-look catch

first_imgHere’s Blake Jackson making a “no-look” one-handed catch (via okstate):Remind you of anyone?168391291If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img

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Tassie Twins Enjoying Tournament

first_imgThe 17-year-olds, from Launceston in Tasmania, are one of several sets of twins competing at the event in 2011, and they say that being a twin on the field does have its benefits, even if they aren’t identical. “Kit normally does the freakish stuff and I’m normally on the receiving end of that, sometimes roles are reversed so there is a bit of a twin thing coming out there sometimes, nothing too telepathic. It certainly shows at some stages how well we know each other,” Dana said. “We can get into each other a bit but we’ve played every single sport in our whole lives together, so when we both fire up we can get pretty in to each other but we’ve been good so far so hopefully we can continue that.”“We are generally pretty good mates outside of it, so we are not too fussed about it,” Kit said. “We are generally pretty competitive people though, we don’t act like it most of the time but when we do something we do it the best that we can,” Dana said. The twins only started playing division one in Launceston last year, with Kit then competing in the 2010 X-Blades National Youth Championships. What once was a sport they just played in the Aussie Rules off-season has now become a sport that the Young’s have become passionate about and hope to progress in. “It’s always been a pre-season thing, but now it’s become something a bit more, it’s a game that we actually look forward to playing over summer and this event reinforces that it would be good to play in later years as well. It’s something we’ll definitely look at playing further,” Dana said. Playing at a National Youth Championships level for the first time, Dana is enjoying the challenge of competing against teams from across the country, and is learning plenty along the way. “Even after one game you pick up a fair bit straight up,” he said. “We are just hoping to upset a few teams and learn a fair bit, we’re looking to be competitive as always, we want to give Tassie the best name we can.”last_img read more

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Seychelles: Pirates Captured by EU Naval Force Dutch …

first_imgEU Navfor, October 4, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom On Wednesday, 2 October 2013 eleven pirates were convicted in the Seychelles Supreme Court of committing acts of piracy and operating a pirate vessel between 7 – 11 May 2012. Their sentences ranged from 18 months to 16 years.The pirates had been apprehended by the Royal Netherlands Navy frigate, HNLMS Van Amstel, on 11 May 2012, after the warship’s Lynx helicopter sighted a suspicious fishing dhow towing 2 skiffs, 400 nautical miles off the Somali coast.When the warship’s boarding team approached the dhow, the Dutch Navy crew found 11 suspected pirates of Somali origin and a total of 17 hostages on board.After taking the suspected pirates to HNLMS Van Amstel, the Dutch boarding team found significant evidence that linked the 11 men to an armed attack on Motor Tanker ‘Super Lady’ a few days earlier.The 17 freed hostages, who were Iranian fishermen, were very grateful to the Dutch sailors for rescuing them from the armed pirates.The Royal Netherlands Navy has contributed warships to the EU Naval Force since the EU counter piracy operation began in December 2008. The current EU Naval Force flagship is HNLMS Johan de Witt, with Commodore Peter Lenselink embarked as the Force Commander. My location Print  Closelast_img read more

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Modi Xi Putin to take up US protectionist trade policies on G20

first_imgBeijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of the BRICS grouping during the G20 Summit in Japan this week where the talks would be focussed on opposing the “unilateralist” and “protectionist” trade policies of the US, a senior Chinese minister said on Monday. China, which is seeking to build a strong opposition against President Donald Trump using trade and tariffs as a weapon to enforce his “America first” policy, said the issues of “unilateral” and protectionist” policies would be discussed in detail at the meetings of the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and Russia, India and China (RIC) at Osaka. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe G20 summit would be held at Osaka on June 28-29. Chinese President Xi Jinping will go there a day ahead of the Summit to take part in host of informal meetings including his meeting with Trump for key talks to end the bruising trade war between the top two economies of the world. Modi, Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the recently held Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit at Kirgiz capital Bishkek. Highlighting the importance of Modi-Xi-Putin meeting at Osaka, China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said, Given the current international landscape, the meeting among the three leaders is also of significance. As you know, China’s relations with Russia and India are showing sound momentum of growth.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsWhile informal meetings of the BRICS and the RIC take place in all the multilateral summits, Chinese officials say the Osaka meeting assumes significance as all major countries besides India, China and Russia are facing trade and tariff-related frictions with the US. As China is battling a trade war with US, Chinese officials hope that India, which is also facing trade frictions with the US especially over termination of its designation as a “beneficiary developing country” under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), would join the fight against Trump’s “protectionist” policies. India has recently announced retaliatory trade tariffs against the US covering 28 US products, including almonds and apples. In the upcoming Osaka summit President Xi will have an informal summit with the BRICS leaders. The discussion topics will fit in well with the agenda of the G20 Summit,” Zhang told media here. The leaders will have good discussions and exchange of views to enhance cooperation to better meet the major challenges facing the international community, uphold the multilateralism and oppose protectionism, he said. The other topics of discussion at the BRICS leaders’ informal meeting will include cooperation on economy, political issues, security and people to people exchanges among group to further deepen cooperation and uphold the good momentum of BRICS cooperation, he said. They will also discuss plans for the successful holding this year’s BRICS Summit in Brazil, he said. “I believe the upcoming informal meeting of the BRICS leaders will contribute to the successful holding of the G20 Osaka summit and help provide new impetuous to global economy,” he said. This informal meeting also help deepen enduring cooperation among BRICS members,” he said. About the RIC meeting, Zhang said the three leaders also maintained close exchanges meeting at different multilateral forums. Under the current circumstances, it is important for the three countries to strengthen coordination on major global issues and jointly uphold multilateralism, oppose protectionism and deepen cooperation on multilateral and international affairs to make important contribution to the global peace,” he said. “At the same time, it can provide impetus for the three countries to enhance cooperation at bilateral level and enhance mutual trust We are confident that the meeting will produce positive results,” he said. Trump, who kicked off the trade war last year, is demanding China to reduce the massive trade deficit which climbed to over $539 billion last year. He is also insisting on China to workout verifiable measures for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets. Both the countries have imposed additional tariffs on billions of dollars worth of their exports to each other.last_img read more

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How major US stock indexes fared Wednesday

first_imgStocks gave up a big rally and took a dive in afternoon trading Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again and said it plans to keep raising them next year. The market finished at its lowest level since September 2017.On Wednesday:The S&P 500 index shed 39.20 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,506.96.The Dow Jones Industrial Average retreated 351.98 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 23,323.66.The Nasdaq composite skidded 147.08 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 6,636.83.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks declined 27.95 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,349.23.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 92.99 points, or 3.6 per cent.The Dow is down 776.85 points, or 3.2 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 273.84 points, or 4 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 61.58 points, or 4.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is down 166.65 points, or 6.2 per cent.The Dow is down 1,395.56 points, or 5.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is down 266.56 points, or 3.9 per cent.The Russell 2000 is down 186.28 points, or 12.1 per cent.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UNs top refugee official urges more support for uprooted Iraqis

15 February 2008In Syria as part of a weeklong visit to the Middle East, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed to the international community to provide greater support for Iraqis who have fled across borders. António Guterres urged help for Iraqis in Syria and Jordan, for more resettlement places in third countries and for the Government of Iraq to be more active in supporting those who have been forced to flee.The High Commissioner met senior leaders in both Jordan and Syria, including Jordanian King Abdullah II and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad. He told reporters that he had received assurances from both governments that Iraqi refugees would not be pushed back against their will and that the “asylum space” will be preserved. “This is a very important guarantee,” he added, particularly in view of the heavy burden both countries are bearing.He said the international response remains disproportionate to the scope of the problem.UNHCR and its partners estimate that out of a total population of 26 million, some 4.4 million Iraqis are still uprooted, including 2.4 million displaced inside Iraq and 2 million outside – mainly in Syria and Jordan. In addition, more than 41,000 non-Iraqi refugees are in Iraq.”The international community needs to provide more support to Iraqis themselves through the programmes that assist Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan and other host countries,” he said.”Up until now the international assistance has been out of proportion to the challenges that these countries face.”The High Commissioner also asked governments to increase the number of resettlement places for vulnerable refugees. “Some Iraqi families will not be able to go back to their country because they have been tortured or family members were all killed or because of some other situations,” he said. “The number of resettlement opportunities for the most vulnerable is very important.”Mr. Guterres urged the Iraqi Government to reach out to its uprooted population, noting that they were not typical refugees fleeing persecution but, rather, escaping generalized violence.”They need to feel that their government is supporting them and assisting them in the difficult conditions they are facing today,” he said. “My appeal to the Iraqi government is for stronger engagement with Iraqis in Syria and Jordan and with the governments of neighbouring countries.”Mr. Guterres said UNHCR had clear global criteria on the conditions needed for the voluntary return of refugees which ” are not met by the situation in Iraq now.”The agency is not promoting returns to Iraq in the present circumstances “because we do not believe the conditions are there for it to be possible on a meaningful scale,” he said.”That does not mean we cannot support people to go back if they decide to do so in the present circumstances. In our operations around the world we see that people are willing to go home even in the most dramatic circumstances.”The High Commissioner, who left Damascus for the Syrian town of Aleppo on Thursday evening, has also met top Government officials in both countries, talked to refugees and reviewed UNHCR operations. He has sought to assure Governments in the region of UNHCR’s continued commitment to, and engagement in, efforts to ease the plight of Iraq’s displaced.UNHCR this year has appealed for $261 million for programmes to support the most vulnerable of the uprooted inside and outside Iraq. read more

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Bank CEOs refocus priorities as Canadians borrow less turn to saving

by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 14, 2014 9:24 am MDT TORONTO – Canada’s biggest banks say consumers are reaching the limit on how much they can afford to borrow, and that’s likely to slow loan growth this year.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) chief executive Gord Nixon said Tuesday he expects Canadian households will begin to show more restraint.“In terms of pure consumer lending (growth), we’ll probably be operating at a much lower rate than we have been over the last few years,” he told a bank industry conference.“There’s no question that the consumer has been leveraged up.”Canadians have taken advantage of low interest rates for years by borrowing record amounts that could leave them vulnerable.Policy-makers have expressed concern that a sudden rise in interest rates would leave many consumers unable to meet their payments, potentially causing a fallout that ripples through the housing market and consumer spending.Statistics Canada reported last month that household debt touched an all-time high during the third-quarter of 2013, inching up 0.6 percentage points to 163.7 per cent over the summer months. The increase means Canadians owe nearly $1.64 for every $1 in disposable income they earn in a year.Nixon said he expects consumer lending growth to remain tight, rising by mid single-digit levels, for “an extended period of time” after several years of double-digit increases.“What would be the most healthy outcome for the marketplace is for there to be a steady, orderly increase in interest rates to a reasonable level,” he said.A slower increase in the debt levels of Canadians would help shift away from a dependence on the consumer for overall economic growth, said Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) chief executive Bill Downe.He expects U.S. business loans will become a more dominant force in the banking industry this year. BMO could gain a share of that growth through the presence of its Harris bank in the U.S. Midwest.“We’re going to benefit from continued strong commercial and industrial loan growth and I think that’s going to spill over into Canada,” he said.Downe said as consumers borrow less they will focus on financial planning, like saving for retirement, which will help grow its wealth management business.“In essence, it’s a shift on the part of the consumer from borrowing and spending to saving and investing,” he said.While Canadians may take on less debt in the future, more of them will be struggling to pay off their overdue bills rather than saving for the long term, a new survey of risk professionals in the financial services industry suggested.A poll from credit score analysis firm FICO said that 32 per cent of respondents expect that credit card delinquencies will increase over the next six months.And even balances on accounts that aren’t delinquent are predicted to rise, the survey found. About 60 per cent of bankers expect average credit card balances to go up, with nine per cent saying they’ll likely go down.Much of the debt will likely come from unpaid auto loans, which are expected to hit their highest level since the fourth quarter of 2012, FICO said.“While the delinquency predictions in our survey aren’t alarming, lenders will be keeping a close eye on these trends,” said FICO chief analytics officer Andrew Jennings in a release.“Banks are walking a fine line, trying to grow their lending portfolios without taking excessive risks.”The online survey, which was part of a broader poll of North American risk professionals in November, included 82 Canadian respondents.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) chief executive Brian Porter said he’s comfortable with the credit quality from its customers and doesn’t see any major concerns developing in the real estate market either.“We would view supply and demand relatively in check across the country,” he said.“The one area where we have some little concern is here in Toronto in the condo market.”Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD) head Ed Clark said low interest rates have pushed housing prices higher and the banking industry should be concerned about the potential for a housing bubble.“I don’t think it’s going to collapse, but I do think that if you run a bank, you should be worried.” he said.“It’s something we should watch.”TD Bank is staying cautious by turning down unfavourable loan applications that some other banks may approve, he said.“We have to always lean against these asset bubbles,” he said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bank CEOs refocus priorities as Canadians borrow less, turn to saving read more

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Vancouver seeks Transportation agency clout in railway battle with CPR

by Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 12, 2015 12:48 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Vancouver seeks Transportation agency clout in railway battle with CPR VANCOUVER – The City of Vancouver is fighting plans by Canadian Pacific Railway to resurrect train traffic on a rail spur cutting through some of the city’s priciest neighbourhoods.Vancouver has applied to the Canadian Transportation Agency for an order overruling CP’s (TSX:CP) removal of the Arbutus Corridor from lines due to be mothballed.It also wants the railway forced to make an offer to sell the 11-kilometre corridor at its 2004 net salvage value, which is the after-tax value of the land, minus cleanup costs.“The city does not support the reactivation of cargo trains along the Arbutus Corridor,” the city said in a release on Wednesday.“Resuming rail operations on the corridor has numerous inherent safety risks that include deteriorated rail infrastructure.”Officials filed for the two orders last Friday.The city pointed to the corridor’s 50 public crossings at grade level, 18 of which have outdated crossing lights and signals. It also noted a lack of fencing along the corridor. It said the public has used the line extensively for 15 years.Gordon Price, a city councillor from 1986 to 2002, said it was his understanding that if the railway stopped using the track after a certain time period, it would be obliged to put it on the market. The railway maintains ownership of the land.The clash lies in the grey area where the city holds zoning control over the land. That’s now the jumping-off point for negotiations, Price said.Lawyers from both sides are likely to meet before the Canadian Transportation Agency as a means of adjudicating the dispute over the land’s value.“One never really knows what the dynamics are behind the scenes. But somewhere between what CPR was saying, which was hundreds of millions (of dollars) versus the probably bottom estimate the city was offering, there’s got to be something in there,” said Price, who is now director of a program at Simon Fraser University about urban design, sustainable community development, city planning and transportationVancouver and Canadian Pacific have been arguing over the future of the land since trains stopped running on the tracks in 2001.Mayor Gregor Robertson has accused the railway of bullying and said the company rejected the city’s “fair” market offer to buy the land before the company tore up some community gardens planted beside the tracks.The company has proceeded with plans to reactivate cargo trains.In January, a B.C. Supreme Court judge dismissed Vancouver’s application for an injunction halting CP’s removal of the gardens, but also found the city had raised legitimate questions about whether the railway has abandoned the land.Price called the recent development “lawyer fodder.” He doesn’t expect movement any time soon.“In the case of CPR, they don’t have any motivation to move forward. Nor does the city have any reason to accept their number,” he said.“So you probably have a situation where neither party has an incentive to move. And … from the city’s point of view, the less that happens on the line, the better.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly reported that the city maintains ownership of the land. read more

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INSIDE WASHINGTON Plane fire safety rules stall under Trump

INSIDE WASHINGTON: Plane fire safety rules stall under Trump WASHINGTON – A year ago, the U.S. government was campaigning for an international ban on shipments of rechargeable batteries on passenger planes because the batteries can self-ignite, creating intense fires capable of destroying an airliner.“The risk is immediate and urgent,” Angela Stubblefield, a U.S. aviation official, declared then.Today, that urgency has evaporated as safety regulations stall under President Donald Trump’s push to ease what he sees as red tape holding back the economy.The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards, decided last year to ban bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries on international passenger flights. On cargo flights, the batteries can be charged to no more than 30 per cent, a level that may reduce the likelihood of fires.As a result, countries around the world have been adopting the new international standard for domestic flights as well. The Obama administration also looked to do so, submitting rules for publication that makes them binding. But after Trump took office on Jan. 20, he signed an executive order freezing the publication of new regulations. That means airlines and cargo operators remain free to ignore the standard for domestic flights.The Obama administration had considered the change so urgent that it was fast-tracked in the rulemaking process. Trump’s executive order says urgent safety rules can be exempted from the freeze, but the new administration isn’t invoking that exemption for battery shipments.“This is part of our ongoing regulatory review,” the Transportation Department said in a statement. “The safe movement of hazardous materials remains a priority. We will provide updates as soon as decisions are made with regard to these and other issues at hand.” No time frame was provided.Rechargeable batteries are used in consumer products ranging from cellphones and laptops to electric cars. Manufacturers like them because they pack more energy into smaller packages, but the batteries can self-ignite if they have a manufacturing flaw, are damaged, exposed to excessive heat, overcharged or packed too closely together. The fires can burn up to 1,100 degrees Fahrenheit, close to the melting point of the aluminum used in aircraft construction.Since 2006, three cargo jets have been destroyed and four pilots killed by in-flight fires that investigators say were either started by batteries or made more severe by their proximity.Most passenger carriers and some cargo operators are voluntarily abiding by the international standard for their domestic operations for the time being. Trade associations for the U.S. and international airline industries, as well as the Air Line Pilots Association, say they support extending the standard to domestic flights.But lobbyists for the battery industry, which opposed the international standard when it was adopted last year, are urging administration officials to make changes that would allow certain batteries to continue to be shipped on passenger flights. The U.N. agency standard already allows for limited exemptions, but lobbyists are asking for blanket exemptions for medical-device batteries and shipments to remote locations and other changes.The position of U.S. negotiators last year was that medical-device batteries were no less dangerous than other kinds.Extending the international ban to domestic flights is “a matter of life and death,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the House transportation committee’s senior Democrat and an advocate of banning air shipments of batteries.“If we don’t start following the ICAO guidelines and stop stuffing giant boxes of lithium batteries that are fully charged into passenger aircraft, sooner or later we’re going to kill a lot of people,” he said. “When something is this critical that it will take down an airplane, voluntary compliance with a non-existent rule is not adequate.”But Bob Richard, a battery industry lobbyist, said people living in the Alaskan outback, for example, might not be able to receive batteries for their backup heaters or emergency beacons if the international standard is extended to domestic flights.Under Trump, “regulators are going to be held more accountable for understanding the impacts of their rules,” Richard said. “I think that will cause agencies to take a closer look at the implications.”Battery makers and electronics companies say the problem is mostly limited to manufacturers in China that make substandard batteries and don’t follow hazardous materials shipping regulations. They say greater enforcement of the previous, less stringent shipping rules is the better solution. But a study by Canadian safety authorities found that the problem of battery shippers not following regulations was widespread and not limited to China.Congress directed the Transportation Department last year to adopt the international standard for domestic flights. But it’s not uncommon for federal agencies to ignore congressional directives or delay compliance, especially if they disagree with them.Without harmonization, the U.S. also can’t enforce the U.N. agency standard for international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States. The U.S. is the world’s largest aviation market.Safety concerns about rechargeable batteries increased after FAA tests in 2014 showed gases emitted by overheated batteries can build up in cargo containers, leading to explosions capable of disabling aircraft fire suppression systems. An organization representing aircraft manufacturers said in 2015 that airliners aren’t designed to withstand lithium battery fires and continuing to accept battery shipments is “an unacceptable risk.”___Follow Joan Lowy at http://twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowyEDITOR’S NOTE _ An occasional look at how Washington works behind the scenes. by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2017 2:01 am MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 2014 file image frame grab from video, provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), a test at the FAAs technical center in Atlantic City, N.J. The International Civil Aviation Organization, a U.N. agency that sets global aviation safety standards, decided last year to ban shipments of lithium ion batteries on international passenger flights and require that the batteries be no more than 30 percent charged on cargo flights. As a result, countries around the world have been adopting the new international safety standard for their domestic flights as well. The United States is a notable exception. (FAA via AP, File) read more

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UN marks Day of the Tropics with focus on regions vulnerability

“Loss of biodiversity is greater in the Tropics than in the rest of the world,” according to the Day’s official website, which noted that the region hosts some 80 per cent of the world’s biodiversity and much of its language and cultural diversity.The UN has projected that by 2050, the region will host most of the world’s people and two-thirds of its children. The Day “celebrates the extraordinary diversity of the tropics while highlighting unique challenges and opportunities nations of the Tropics face,” according to the website. For example, nearly 95 per cent of the world’s mangrove forests by area are in the Tropics. Mangroves – ecosystems located on the interface of land and sea in tropical regions – can play an important role in reducing vulnerability to natural hazards and increasing resilience to climate change impacts, by acting as a form of natural coastal defence. However, mangroves are disappearing three to five times faster than overall global forest losses, with serious ecological and socio-economic impacts, according to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Today’s focus on the Tropics is meant to provide “an opportunity to take stock of progress across the Tropics, to share tropical stories and expertise and to acknowledge the diversity and potential of the region,” according to the Day’s website. Thousands of people have tweeted photos and shared stories under the official hashtags of #WeAreTheTropics and #TropicsDay. The Tropics stretch from the tropic of Cancer – which runs north of the Equator through Mexico, northern Africa and the Middle East, South and South-East Asia – to the circle of latitude known as the tropic of Capricorn, which runs through South America, the southern part of Africa and Australia. One of the key characteristics of the region is the prevalence of rain – which is highly affected by climate change. The Tropics have just over half of the world’s renewable water resources, roughly 54 per cent, the UN said, yet almost half their population is considered vulnerable to water stress. read more

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Josesito Lopez Breaks Victor Ortizs Jaw Ruins Title Hopes

Unproven welterweight Josesito Lopez made former welterweight champion Victor Ortiz quit on his stool Saturday night, breaking Ortiz’s jaw en-route to a miraculous upset victory.As he leaped onto the top rope, Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) showed his surprise at Ortiz’s decision to quit, shrugging his shoulders and smiling at the Staples Center crowd. Lopez was a last minute replacement for Andre Berto, who failed a drug test in the months leading up to the fight.“I knew I had to fight the fight of my life to win,” said Lopez, a native of Riverside, California. “I knew the longer it went, the better chance I’d have. He hits hard, but I was never going to quit. I knew it was a close fight on the scorecards, and I knew I could press him more and more if I continued. He’s like a tree. I had to chop him down.”Ortiz came out strong, using his superior power and overall boxing skills to keep Lopez on the retreat. Despite his obvious disadvantages Lopez conterpunched Ortiz, who is subpar defensively, landing power punches in return.“I’m a man, and I’m not intimidated by anything, I have a big heart. He tried to intimidate me, but it didn’t work. Victor has no heart.”The upset put Ortiz’s career in flux. His showdown with Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez was abruptly cancelled after his defeat, and the boxer has lost his last two fights. read more

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Drawing pictures of smiling spiders can help people overcome arachnophobia

Adam Cox's art therapy is seen as causing far less emotional distress than traditional remedies based on persuading patients to directly confront the spiders Drawing pictures of friendly spiders can help people overcome arachnophobia, a Harley Street hypnotherapist has said.Adam Cox, a Clinical Hypnotherapist, encourages clients in his art therapy sessions to draw brightly coloured, smiling spiders with “big eyes” to reduce their feelings of anxiety towards the arachnids.With an estimated 12 million UK adults admitting to arachnophobia, Mr Cox’s techniques could become increasingly sought after as the autumn marks the start of spider mating season.Mr Cox’s therapy workshops involve an average of 10-15 participants, all of whom have been able to touch a tarantula or help capture and release a house spider afterwards.  Adam Cox’s art therapy is seen as causing far less emotional distress than traditional remedies based on persuading patients to directly confront the spidersCredit:Susannah Ireland The ‘Phobia Guru’ warns that as the fear is often learned from parents, it can easily be passed on to a child who can then develop general anxiety disorder.There is also the danger of an arachnophobic being involved in an accident, like a car crash, if a spider appears in front of them while they are occupied with another activity. Mr Cox, who himself used to suffer from a fear of heights and public speaking, also uses his psychological training to help arachnophobes face the creatures in the ‘Spider Courage Experience’.Phobias are more pronounced than fears, and can become overwhelming and affect day-to-day life. All of Mr Cox's clients have been able to touch a tarantula or help capture and release a house spider after the session. All of Mr Cox’s clients have been able to touch a tarantula or help capture and release a house spider after the session.Credit:Kin Communications An Anxiety UK spokesman said: “Art could play a role in the treatment of spider phobia in that a client with this fear may find it helpful, as part of the graded exposure process, to draw a spider and in doing so, become accustomed and eventually overcome any fear associated with this activity thus enabling them to then move on to the next step, which might be seeing a spider in a jar, for example, placed at the far side of a room.” He told The Telegraph: “The art therapy is partly down to desensitisation but mostly by creating new associations. We encourage the participants to make draw them with big eyes, a smile, give them a name and use bright colours.“In the 4 hour workshop we use a varied approach which includes hypnotherapy, NLP, art therapy, education and desensitisation alongside immersive therapy where they hold the tarantulas, capture and release a house spider and hold a house spider.”Using art therapy is seen as a treatment which causes far less emotional distress than traditional remedies based on persuading patients to directly confront the spiders. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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New handheld XRF from Oxford Instruments features integrated camera

first_imgOxford Instruments’ handheld XRF analyser X-MET7000 Series is now available with an optional integrated camera. The new integrated camera allows Oxford Instruments’ X-MET7000 users to accurately position the portable analyser on the samples, store images for future reference and include them in the analysis reports. The new camera option is available for the handheld XRF analysers X-MET7000 eXpress and X-MET7500. With only three simple steps, the X-MET7000 Series with integrated camera accurately analyses, verifies and screens material. These are positionining the X-MET using the camera image; pressing the trigger to start the analysis; and finally saving and printing customised reports. Accurate positioning of the analyser ensures users measure the part of the sample that is of interest. such as a mineral vein, and having the sample image in the analysis report is a useful reference.The optional integrated camera increases the X-MET7000 eXpress and X-MET7500’s ease of use even further, along with the X-MET’s largest touch screen available on the market, and its intuitive and easy-to-read graphical user interface with large functional icons. The bright and high contrast 4.3 in Blanview transmissive LCD touch screen ensures optimal outdoor viewing, even in direct sunlight. Up to 10-12 hours battery life enables operation for a full working day on a single battery charge. The handheld XRF analysers come with a lot of reporting flexibility; reports can be downloaded on a USB memory stick, or to a laptop using a USB connection or WiFi. The results screen and reports can be easily customised, such as to show pass/fail messages. The rugged, yet light and compact design of the X-MET7000 Series withstands the harshest environments and weather conditions found in mineral exploration.last_img read more

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Noel King appointed as Ireland caretaker manager

first_imgNOEL KING HAS been confirmed as Ireland’s caretaker manager, the FAI has confirmed.The 57-year-old, who has been in charge of the Under-21 side since 2010, has been entrusted with leading the senior squad for their remaining World Cup Qualifiers until a suitable replacement is found.According to an official statement from the FAI, King has been named as ‘interim senior manager’. The association’s High Performance Director, Ruud Dokter will provide additional support to the Dubliner. Current U21 Assistant Coach, Harry McCue will take charge of the U21 qualification matches against Romania in October.King takes over from Giovanni Trapattoni, who stepped down from his role as national team boss following a disappointing qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014. Defeats to Germany, Sweden and Austria scuttled any Irish hopes of reaching a second major tournament in succession.The FAI statement read: “[Our] board of management met this evening to review the work it has been doing on the senior men’s team managerial appointment and to progress the next steps in the appointment process.”The association has tasked Dokter and former Ireland and Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton, who was involved in targeting Trapattoni, with carrying out a ‘comprehensive assessment of the market’. Tellingly, the statement continued:The [board] resolved that it will take the appropriate time to appoint the best person to manage Ireland for the Euro 2016 campaign which starts in September next year.”Noel has worked first hand with many current senior players during their time at U21 level including Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick.In a poll carried out by TheScore.ie today, 42% of fans said they would not be happy with the appointment of King as caretaker. 18% declared they would be happy while 38% voted ‘other’, which perhaps explains the diffidence the team is regarded with after their recent slump in form.35,000 Dublin fans welcome All-Ireland heroes at homecomingJoe Schmidt: November Series will be a trial run for Ireland’s new captainlast_img read more

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Le réseau social chinois Renren coté à Wall Street

first_imgLe réseau social chinois Renren coté à Wall StreetRenren, l’équivalent chinois de Facebook, a fait une entrée remarquée à Wall Street, la Bourse américaine.Si Facebook devrait entrer en Bourse d’ici peu de temps, Renren n’a pas attendu. Le réseau social chinois, numéro un du secteur dans l’Empire du Milieu, est entré en Bourse, mercredi 4 mai, à New York, dans une opération à 743,4 millions de dollars, soit 498,26 millions d’euros, explique Le Monde. Une entrée immédiatement suivie d’un bond puisque les titres cotés étaient mis en vente à 14 dollars alors qu’une fourchette de 9 à 11 dollars avait été pronostiquée le 15 avril. Surtout, dix minutes après l’ouverture, l’action bondissait déjà de 42,86% à 20 dollars. Renren (“Tout le monde” en Chinois) est apparu sur la scène des réseaux sociaux un an après Facebook. Surtout le groupe chinois a indiqué que son chiffre d’affaires s’était élevé à 20,5 millions de dollars (13,74 millions d’euros) durant le premier trimestre de l’année, en hausse de plus de 46% sur un an. Cette introduction est la deuxième d’un acteur chinois du web puisque depuis décembre, le site de partage de vidéo Yoku est également coté au New York Stock Exchange.Le 5 mai 2011 à 14:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Retrial continues today in the Supreme Court

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppOld wounds opening for the family and friends of slain teenager, Leslie Aurelus as a retrial started last week into the 2008 murder case after a successful appeal to the courts. The court finding that the case was probably dealt with unfairly since the trial was suppose to take place before a 12 member jury but instead took place before a 7 member panel on Grand Turk and a new verdict is expected this week, Clifford Gibson may either walk a free man or start a new sentence. Three years ago an emotional case came to an end when a guilty verdict was handed down to 20-year old Clifford Gibson for the murder of then 17 year old Leslie Aurelus, who was fatally stabbed in the Downtown area of Providenciales on new years morning. last_img read more

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Madhavaram holds BJP enrollment drive

first_imgVivekanandanagar: Medchal district BJP president Madhavaram Kantha Rao took up the ‘Intintiki BJP Sabhyatva Namodu’ (party’s membership drive) programme in here on Sunday. He and party activists/leaders went to the houses in the colony urging the residents to join the party by taking membership.Later, Rao, claimed that the campaign was going on briskly and that the people’s response was good. He had appealed to all residents to enroll themselves as members. Among those who accompanied Rao were BJP activists Venugopal, Vinod and Karthik.last_img read more

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Boy 14 taken to hospital after being hit by car in StokeonTrent

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 14-year-old cyclist was taken to hospital after a hit-and-run on a Stoke-on-Trent street. Emergency services were called to the junction of Berwick Road and Milton Road in Sneyd Green just after 5.30pm yesterday (Tuesday May 8) The boy was taken to hospital after the collision, which also involved a blue Ford Focus. Now Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses. A spokeswoman said:  “A man has been arrested following a non-stop collision involving a teenage cyclist in Sneyd Green last night. “The boy was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital. Fortunately the injuries were not as serious as first thought and he has since been discharged. “A 46-year-old man, from Stoke-on-Trent, was arrested at his home address on suspicion of dangerous driving. He remains in custody. “Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 611 of May 7.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a car in collision with a cyclist. “One ambulance attended. “The teenage male patient, the cyclist, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital with multiple injuries.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more

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