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Nadal cruises, Raonic slugs it out in Brisbane

first_imgFormer world number one Rafa Nadal bulldozed Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-1 in the Brisbane International on Thursday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final clash with defending champion and top seed Milos Raonic.The 14-time grand slam champion, seeded fifth on his return from a wrist injury that forced him to end his 2016 season in October, took 55 minutes to sweep aside his German opponent in a one-sided contest between two left-handers.”It’s going to be a tough match,” Nadal said of his match against Raonic. “His serve is huge so I will need to return aggressively.”Raonic began his title defence with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Argentine Diego Schwartzman.Better known for his groundstrokes, the Canadian came to the net 22 times, suggesting serve-volley specialist and former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek – who Raonic added to his coaching team last month – is already exerting an influence.But he lost 10 of those points, a rate of return he will want to improve on.”I probably should have approached (the net) 12 more times and I probably should have won a few more,” said the world number three.”…I hesitated, but also, with him, you’ve got to understand that he’s quite quick. So rarely do you get him sort of reaching for balls,” added Raonic, who smashed 12 aces and won 75 per cent of his first-service points.Former finalist Grigor Dimitrov beat French veteran Nicolas Mahut 6-2 6-4 to set up a quarter-final clash with Austria’s Dominic Thiem who beat Australian wildcard Sam Groth 7-6(5), 6-3.advertisementlast_img read more

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Eddie Jones picks England heavyweights to wreak revenge on Italy

first_imgSix Nations 2019 England rugby union team Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Quick guide England team to face Italy Given it was a below-par kicking strategy rather than a lack of muscle that did for England in Cardiff, it also does little to bolster the idea that an international midfield remains a place for all shapes and sizes. Jones freely admits he was partly influenced by the Australia game at Twickenham three years ago when England’s backs were an average of 9.25kg lighter per man than the Wallabies. He is conveniently overlooking the fact that England won that particular match 37-21, with none of their four tries scored by anyone above 6ft. In many ways this is just a logical extension of what Jones has long fancied doing. Te’o was in the frame to face Ireland until he suffered an untimely side strain and, as a Test Lion, has more than just size and strength going for him. Tuilagi’s more accustomed position is outside centre anyway, while no one disputes the 21-year-old Cokanasiga is a towering talent. If England can get them all on the front foot, a nightmarish triple whammy looms for would-be tacklers.It is hardly surprising, though, that Jones struggled to recall choosing a bigger centre combination in his many years in the sport. Big is not necessarily beautiful in every facet of Test rugby, as France have often shown. Success, particularly in a midfield context, revolves as much around manipulating defences and creating space as blindly seeking contact.At Test level all teams can tackle and something different is generally required to outwit good sides. If England flatten Italy it does not automatically follow that the world’s best will be similarly crushed at this autumn’s World Cup in Japan. Two years ago England were made to look silly by Italy at Twickenham and Eddie Jones still appears to be in the mood for retribution. Rarely has a team been more deliberately picked to dish out revenge, with the Azzurri set to face the heaviest trio of players at 12, 13 and 14 that England have ever selected. Subtlety has left town, at least for the time being.Nowhere on this occasion are the languid skills of Henry Slade, a genuine playmaking 12, a midfield kicking option or the buzzing and versatile Jack Nowell. Instead Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi and the 6ft 4in, 18-and-a-half stone Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga, who collectively weigh 338kg, have been picked en bloc as a monster truck barrier to Italian ambitions, with Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler offering further bristle and gristle. Six Nations Many were also hoping to see Dan Robson handed a start at scrum-half but, once again, the Wasps man has to settle for a place on the bench. Why Jones still refers to “finishers” yet remains so reluctant to trust Robson with any decent game time is a mystery which will only deepen should Ben Youngs tear a hamstring on the eve of the World Cup. England’s head coach compared the relentless challenge of Test rugby to “climbing up Mount Everest” but the best expedition leaders always keep their Sherpas happy. Share on Pinterest The more pertinent explanation, perhaps, is that England needed to change things up after their disappointing Welsh brain fade, while Italy’s Michele Campagnaro, latterly of Exeter, is much more used to Slade’s game than Tuilagi’s. Following the tactical trickery of 2017, Jones is also wary of Italy finding alternative ways of slowing English momentum. “In certain games when maybe you’re not getting fast ruck ball the only way to get through the line is by smashing through it,” he said. “When the game is tight you need a bigger backline. If they go to a dump-and-fan-type defence – and we’re not sure what they’ll do – we’ve got the firepower to go through them. We’ve picked the team we think is right to play against Italy.”That means first Six Nations starts for the Wasps flanker Brad Shields, promoted in place of the hitherto excellent Mark Wilson, and Genge, who brings a certain edge that Jones feels has been lacking in England’s scrummaging to date. Last week’s training session with Georgia seems to have whetted everyone’s appetite for something tastier and Jones wants Genge and Sinckler to respond accordingly. “Both of them are maturing really well. Kyle has probably been ahead of Genge in terms of that growth rate, but Genge is really starting to get the bit between his teeth.“We want them to be aggressive, tough, relentless props but at the same time be able to understand the discipline of playing for your team and playing with the referee. For naturally aggressive players it’s always a challenge but as they play more top-level games they learn to channel it in a very productive way. Hopefully we will see more of that on Saturday.” Thank you for your feedback. Hide news Elliot Daly; Joe Cokanasiga, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Te’o, Jonny May; Owen Farrell (capt), Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Brad Shields, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ben Moon, Dan Cole, Nathan Hughes, Mark Wilson, Dan Robson, George Ford, Henry Slade. Since you’re here… Topics Share on LinkedIn The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. 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Port of Gdansk on Track for Record Year

first_imgzoom The total throughput realized at Poland’s Port of Gdansk over the first ten months of 2014 amounted to 26,489,411 tonnes, the result that is 4.7% higher compared to the corresponding period of the port’s record-breaking year of 2013.Since the beginning of this year, the Port of Gdansk has handled more than 10 million tonnes of liquid fuels, which indicates almost 11% growth as compared to the corresponding period of the last year. Bearing in mind the seasonal nature typical of this cargo group combined with the global trend prevailing on the market for several months now, it can be expected that in 2014 the result of around 12 million tonnes should be reached, which remains in accordance with the outlooks.The port handled record 9.2 million tonnes of general cargo, with the main share of containerised break-bulk processed by the DCT terminal.Throughput rates of general cargo over the past ten months have slightly exceeded the forecasts, and there is no indication suggesting that this trend might change in the nearest future.The throughput of bulk cargo, which at this time of the year stands at 2,952,473 tonnes, is almost 37% more than in the corresponding period of the previous year. The growing volumes of “other bulk” is mainly driven by the handling of aggregates, which in October alone accounted for half the amount of this cargo group. The structure of “other bulk” has changed in line with the situation of the construction industry influenced by the rapidly developing road building and the implementation of infrastructure investment projects. Continued growth in the handling of this type of cargo in the Port of Gdansk can be expected in the coming years.In view of both the positive trends observed in cargo handling and new investment projects implemented in the Port of Gdansk, the port expects a continued steady growth of throughput volumes.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Bill to divide JK into two Union Territories passed in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi: Article 370 Jammu and Kashmir in Lok Sabha Today Live News: The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha.A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision, the Lok Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill which seeks to divide the state into two Union Territories. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led NDA government moved the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha to bifurcate the state into two UTs — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh. Besides the bifurcation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 was also passed in the Lower House of Parliament. Both the bills were cleared by Rajya Sabha on Monday.(Inputs from The Indian Express)last_img read more

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Canadian military must learn more about Aboriginal history Mikmaq organizer

first_imgHALIFAX – An organizer of the Aboriginal ceremony in Halifax disrupted by off-duty members of the Armed Forces on Canada Day says she is glad the military has apologized but she also wants a public acknowledgment that much of the East Coast is unceded Mi’kmaq territory.“More than an apology, I need that education out there,” Rebecca Moore, a member of Nova Scotia’s Pictou Landing First Nation, said Wednesday.“That needs to be well known. That needs to be broadcast loud and clear by the Canadian Armed Forces. They need to make sure that their employees are well aware of that to avoid future conflicts like this.”Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of the defence staff, said late Tuesday that the Forces’ members involved will be removed from training and duties while the military conducts an investigation.He added that the members’ future with the Forces “is certainly in doubt.”On Saturday, five young Forces members dressed in black polo shirts, carrying the old Red Ensign flag, and singing “God Save the Queen” approached the ceremony, where a crowd had gathered to mourn the loss of life associated with European colonization. The ceremony was being held at the foot of a statue of British military man Edward Cornwallis, a former governor of Nova Scotia and the founder of Halifax in 1749.A tense but non-violent confrontation lasted for about 10 minutes, as the men took issue with assertions from organizers that they were interrupting a sacred rite on Mi’kmaq territory.“This is Canada,” one of the men said, his comments captured on a cellphone video posted on social media. “It might have been Mi’kmaq territory.”The men said they were members of the Proud Boys, a self-declared group of “Western Chauvinists” who say they are tired of apologizing “for creating the modern world.”Moore said the interruption was inexcusable.“We wouldn’t go up and interrupt a Remembrance Day parade for people mourning their fallen soldiers,” she said. “It’s the same thing. It was disgraceful.”In an interview with CBC News Wednesday, Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes said the five did not disrupt the Halifax ceremony, and only intended to check out what he described as an anti-Canada rally. He said he has posted a petition defending the five men, and hoped to fly to Halifax to present it to military brass.“As a Canadian I’m embarrassed,” said McInnes, the Canadian co-founder of Vice magazine. “These guys are being pilloried for doing their jobs.”The federal government and the head of the Canadian Armed Forces had made it clear late Tuesday that the actions of the five men were unacceptable.“I detest any action by a Canadian Armed Forces member that is intended to show disrespect towards the very people and cultures we value in Canada,” said Vance.“What happened in Halifax over the weekend is deplorable … The members involved will be removed from training and duties while we conduct an investigation and review the circumstances. Their future in the military is certainly in doubt.”Vance also issued an apology to Indigenous people, as did Rear Admiral John Newton, the commander of Maritime Forces Atlantic.The Department of National Defence issued a brief statement Wednesday, confirming that military police have started an investigation.“The bottom line is that Indigenous people are core members of the defence team and deserve to be celebrated as such,” department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier said in an emailed statement.“The defence team works hard to foster a diverse, inclusive organization and will continue these efforts to ensure a respectful, dignified environment for all Canadians.”Le Bouthillier said he could not comment on Moore’s suggestion that the department provide military members with more education about the Peace and Friendship Treaties, signed between the British and Mi’kmaq and Maliseet nations in the Maritimes between 1725 and 1761.Under these historic agreements, the Mi’kmaq and the Maliseet agreed to certain trade and political alliances with the Crown, but the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed in 1999 that they did not surrender any rights to lands or resources. As a result, these First Nations maintain that they hold Aboriginal rights and title throughout their traditional territory.“We did not surrender our territory,” Moore said in an interview. “We are not a conquered people. This is unceded Mi’kmaq territory to this day … I would love for the defence minister of Canada to say that — to say that to his employees so they know that.”last_img read more

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Controversial BBC Sketch Show ‘Real Housewives of ISIS’ Causes Uproar

Casablanca — A new BBC comedy series called “The Real Housewives of ISIS,” has its public divided between those seeing it as being in poor taste and those praising its satirical endeavors.“It’s only three days till the beheading, and I have no idea what I’m going to wear!” It is with these words that the trailer for the BBC Show “The Real Housewives of ISIS” begins. The trailer explores the lives of several imaginary “ISIS wives,” who tell the viewers about the circumstances that led them to join the organization. A clear satire of the terrorist group, the trailer has nonetheless sparked outrage amongst many, who criticized BBC and the show of tackling an inappropriate topic. The BBC really made a satirical show called “The Real Housewives of ISIS” while the real housewives of ISIS are being raped and abused daily— Meraj. (@UncleMeraj) January 4, 2017Hmm a parody show called ‘The Real Housewives of ISIS’ may just be a bit too far ?— Stephen McKnight (@SteMcKnightLFC) January 3, 2017So #Revolting on @BBCTwo was vile. Real Housewives of ISIS?! Who thought it would be ok? Racist, disgusting, and disturbing. Disappointed.— Blythe (@CrippleLikePunk) January 4, 2017Others were less critical of the show, and questioned why many found it so offensive:The outrage over ‘Real Housewives of Isis’ is ridiculous – it’s our duty to satirise people who join terror groups https://t.co/BWnnzetl0D— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) January 5, 2017The same people claiming The Real Housewives of ISIS is mocking Islam are the same people who claim ISIS is nothing to do with Islam. ?— Chris Beale (@bealec1988) January 4, 2017It’s mocking terrorists, not Islam, but I guess that’s just too edgy, these days. https://t.co/1gkqpKOpQE— DatNoFact (@datnofact) January 4, 2017Jon Gaunt, from Talk2Me Radio, tells RT that “we’re talking about democracy, here. And we’re talking about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. You see, that’s the wonderful thing about living in 21st century tolerant, liberal Britain.We have freedom of expression and freedom of speech. And therefore, all flavors, all views can be put forward, and so can comedy and so can ridicule.”Chief Executive of the Ramadan Foundation, Mohamed Shafik, however, thinks it’s “quite distasteful. I don’t think satirizing the suffering of our citizens and innocent people —thousands being killed at the hands of these brutal terrorists — is something to satirize.”If this controversy proves anything at all, it’s that humor is subjective. read more

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CIBC to buy Chicagobased wealth management firm for up to US200 million

TORONTO — CIBC has agreed to pay up to US$200 million in stock and cash to acquire Geneva Advisors, a private wealth management firm headquartered in Chicago.The Toronto-based bank (TSX:CM) says Geneva Advisors will build on its recent acquisition of PrivateBancorp in a deal valued at about US$5 billion.Geneva has about US$8.4 billion in assets under management and 100 employees.CIBC has agreed to pay US$135 million when the deal closes and an additional US$65 million contingent on performance targets. It expects 25 per cent of the purchase price to be in cash and 75 per cent in CIBC common stock.The Canadian bank says the deal is expected to close in its fourth quarter, subject to the customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.Once the transaction is completed, CIBC will have about US$50 billion in assets under administration in the United States. read more

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EU to revise its development strategy for Sri Lanka

The meeting was held in a positive, open and constructive atmosphere. It was co-chaired by Jorge de la Caballeria, Head of Unit for South Asia and South East Asia – Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission and M.I.M Rafeek, Secretary of the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs of Sri Lanka. Both parties agreed on a series of actions for follow-up. The Working Group will report its conclusions to the EU-Sri Lanka Join Commission planned to be held in Brussels in early July. The next meeting of the EU-Sri Lanka Working Group on Cooperation will take place in Brussels within twelve months. At the conclusion of the working group, Caballeria said the EU, in close consultation with the Government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka.“Besides a continuing focus on Integrated Rural Development, the country strategy will also support the Government’s plans for Reconciliation and Governance. We hope that the new priorities will assist the Government in the implementation of the UNHRC Resolution on Sri Lanka, encompassing the areas of accountability and transitional justice, resettlement and durable solutions, governance and reconciliation.” Senior officials from the European Union and other ministries of Sri Lanka also participated in the meeting. The visiting delegation led by Caballeria also met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Harsha de Silva. The Sri Lankan Government meanwhile said it appreciates the assistance received from the EU for the development of the country and its citizens and hopes that EU will continue to assist the Government in achieving its medium term target of becoming an upper middle income country.”During the meeting the two sides discussed new opportunities for assistance. In line with the priorities of the Government of Sri Lanka, it was agreed that the focus of EU’s development strategy for Sri Lanka up until 2020 would be expanded.The EU will continue to support Integrated Rural Development in Sri Lanka in order to foster inclusive economic growth and sustainable development, while reducing poverty and addressing global issues such as climate change. The EU will also assist Sri Lanka in the field of Reconciliation and Democratic Governance to support the Government in addressing the root causes of the conflict, promote lasting reconciliation and democratic, accountable governance. The statement said that the EU and Sri Lanka have enjoyed diplomatic ties that span more than 40 years. Over the last decade, the EU has been one of the leading international donors, providing support for conflict affected people, the reconstruction of houses post-tsunami, and grassroots development, aimed at helping the poorest people in Sri Lankan society. Last week, the EU provided EUR 200,000 (LKR 32.8 million) to assist the populations most affected by the recent floods and landslides. The EU has set aside up to EUR 210 million (approx. LKR 34 billion) for Development Cooperation with Sri Lanka up to 2020.Earlier this year during his visit to Sri Lanka, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation andDevelopment, Neven Mimica, signed two Financing Agreements with the Government of SriLanka, one in support of Integrated Rural Development in Uva and Central Provinces (EUR 30million) and a second providing Trade Related Assistance (EUR 8 million). The EU is also in theprocess of exploring the most effective ways to financially support Sri Lanka’s national developmentstrategies, including poverty reduction, and promote sound and transparent public finances. (Colombo Gazette) The European Union (EU), in close consultation with the Government, is currently in the process of revising its development strategy for Sri Lanka, a Sri Lanka – EU joint statement said today.The joint statement said that the Working Group on Cooperation under the framework of the European Union-Sri Lanka Joint Commission concluded its meeting in Colombo today. read more

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Zika UN health agency launches database on worldwide virus research

In a press release, the agencies said that PAHO has systematically identified and collected basic information on all investigations related to Zika, both those already published and those on track to be published. The database includes the title, authors, and a direct link to the article. Each study has been categorized in the areas of virus, vectors and reservoirs; epidemiology; disease pathogenesis and consequences of Zika infection; clinical management; public health interventions; health systems and services response; research and product development; and causality. Users can also search the database by publication type: published articles, protocol and publication of preliminary results. The agencies said the search mechanism was created after a group of experts from around the world met in March to discuss a regional agenda to prioritize and coordinate research on Zika. At that meeting, researchers concluded that efforts must be increased to explore unknown factors about microcephaly and other congenital malformations that may be linked to infection by the Zika virus. Experts analyzed and mapped the gaps in scientific knowledge about the virus, how it affects people, its implications for public health in the Americas, and the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the vector that transmits the disease, the agencies said. To date, Zika virus is circulating in 34 countries and territories in the Americas. It is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito, and now has been found to be sexually transmitted. Zika has been associated with congenital malformations such as microcephaly, and neurological complications such as Guillain-Barré syndrome. read more

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New Xylem paper highlights potential of mine water management audits

first_imgA new Xylem white paper entitled Shoring Up Mine Water Management by Nate Maguire, Americas Business Unit Director with Applied Water Systems, accepts that the current period of soft commodity prices may not be the time to make huge investments in new mine properties or to expand existing operations. “But it can be an excellent time for smaller, quick-return investments that boost efficiency, reduce costs, enhance profit margins and prepare an operation to thrive in better times.” One part of this is auditing existing water management processes and equipment at mines to see what improvements can be made.“In mines, as at any industrial site, it’s common to find aging machinery in need of repair or replacement, equipment no longer sized properly for required demand, and systems performing at less than optimum because the operation has changed or evolved. This also pertains to mine water equipment. Pumps, piping and controls for applications such as dewatering, tailings basin decanting, wastewater treatment, camp water transport, fire suppression and dust control may be in need of upgrade. For instance:• Pumps operating outside their optimum range waste energy and are subject to faster wear and shorter service life.• Pumps no longer compatible with the water’s physical or chemical properties can be at risk of premature failure, causing costly, unplanned downtime.• Older pump hydraulic designs and fixed-speed installations may consume far more energy than the latest premium efficiency units with variable frequency drives (VFDs).Current market conditions offer a prime opportunity to audit mine water management and pumping systemsto identify waste and operating risks. Such an audit can form the basis for a program that optimises pumping efficiency at a high rate of return on investment. “Experience shows that mine planners and engineers often intentionally oversize pumps. In dewatering, for example, designers size pumps not just for immediate needs but toanticipate enlarging or deepening of the pit. However, if significantly oversized for initial requirements, the pumpswill run inefficiently and wear out faster than they should.”It is a common practice to select one large pump to serve two purposes within a mining operation. A single 150 hp turbine, for example, might be selected at a sand and gravel pit for water transfer and for wash plant supply, one being low head and the other higher pressure. “However, these joint flow applications rarely operate at BEP, so a more energy-efficient selection might be to down-select multiple pumps, each ideally suited for the application. The cost of the second pump can be recouped through energy savings and underscores the importance for pump system designers to consider system efficiency and operating costs, as well as future capacity requirements when designing a system.”On the flip side, a pump that was properly selected for a specific duty point may now be operating outside of its BEP as requirements, such as head or flow, have increased. Furthermore, digging deeper may lead to a change in thecharacter of the water: more abrasive solids or more acidic (thus more corrosive) water may create different pumpmetallurgy, which may cause rapid wear, requiring intensive maintenance and early replacement. On a more basic level, some pumps simply wear beyond their useful life and can be replaced or rebuilt. Replacement can reduce demands on the maintenance team and provide an opportunity for increased energy efficiency and materials upgrade for longer product life.“These include pumps with advanced hydraulic designs, corrosion resistant impellers or taking advantage of variablefrequency drives to save energy and extend service life while improving operational flexibility. Finally, mines can put critical processes at risk by becoming dependent on pumps that lack redundancy appropriate to their degree of criticality. The failure of a critical pump means unplanned and extremely expensive downtime.”last_img read more

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Motorcyclist killed in collision with lorry at Park West

first_imgA MAN IN his 30s was killed at lunchtime today when the motorcycle he was travelling on collided with a lorry.The incident occurred at Park West in Dublin 12 at about 12.45pm. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the lorry was uninjured.The stretch of road is currently closed, pending completion of an examination by forensic investigators. Local diversions are in place.An appeal for witnesses has been issued by gardaí and anyone with information is asked to call the local station on 01 666 7600.The victim is the third motorcyclist to die on Irish roads this year. Since 1 January, 42 people have been killed in road incidents.last_img

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Nintendo limits access to 18rated Wii U eShop content even for adults

first_imgNintendo has always been known for offering very child-friendly content and services. The Wii and DS use friend codes and restrict online play to make sure any children playing aren’t subjected to inappropriate content.With the Wii U, all of that has changed, or so we thought. With several 18-rated launch titles and a proper online service for the first time, adult fans were pleased. However, it seems that Nintendo Europe has implemented a content blocking service, which you can’t turn off.For example, if you want to look at ZombiU on Nintendo’s eShop during the middle of the afternoon, forget it. The problem was first noticed when an Italian gamer emailed Nintendo’s customer service with what he thought was a glitch. It turns out that in regard to regulations present in European countries, Nintendo blocks users from viewing 18-rated trailers and buying 18-rated content during the day. In fact, this content can only be accessed between 11pm – 3am. So that’s just four hours a day.This is an additional precaution to make sure under-age gamers don’t view or buy such content, but no matter what your parental controls are on your Wii U, you’ll get the same message popping up. The message states that the content you are trying to access can only be viewed at certain times, but it doesn’t state what those times are, leaving Wii U users to guess.The Italian gamer who highlighted this problem also makes the point that it’s pretty insulting, as even if he did have a child, Nintendo is assuming no child monitoring is happening. Surely if parents were worried about such things they would simply change the parental controls. It seems strange to punish adult users who’s Wii U might not ever be touched by a child, especially when Nintendo’s competitors have no such restrictions.This restriction is only affecting European countries at the moment, but there’s no guarantee Nintendo won’t implement this in other territories.More at NeoGAF, via Eurogamerlast_img read more

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Contraception masculine de nouveaux traitements en cours détude

first_imgContraception masculine : de nouveaux traitements en cours d’étudeLes laboratoires américains se penchent actuellement sur le développement de moyens de contraception hormonaux destinés aux hommes. Différents essais seraient déjà en cours sur des hommes volontaires.Il pourrait s’agir là d’un nouveau tournant dans l’histoire de la contraception. Les nouvelles méthodes de contrôle de conception en cours de développement aux Etats-Unis ne concernent non plus les femmes, mais bel et bien les hommes. L’objectif : développer un contraceptif hormonal masculin à la fois sûr et réversible. Les dispositifs encore à l’état d’étude, devraient constituer une alternative efficace et moins radicale pour les sujets souhaitant maîtriser leur reproduction, que la vasectomie. Une stérilisation définitive obtenue en ligaturant le canal déférent de chaque testicule, explique Le Figaro.L’idée, pour l’heure à l’état de projet, semble donc correspondre aujourd’hui à une véritable demande de la population masculine. Pour répondre à cette attente, des fonds de recherche ont récemment été débloqués visant à financer la conception de produits contraceptifs. Certains d’entre eux devraient déjà être présentés en octobre, lors d’une conférence sponsorisée par la fondation Bill et Melinda Gates.Des recherches en phase testDe nombreuses études sont actuellement à la phase de tests auprès de patients volontaires. C’est le cas notamment de Steve Owens, un homme de 39 ans qui a accepté de se soumettre à une méthode destinée à réduire le nombre de spermatozoïdes présents dans le sperme. Interrogé par le New York Times, il explique n’avoir “plus (été) capable de produire un enfant” durant la prise du traitement. En outre, à la fin de celui-ci, ses gamètes avaient retrouvé leur concentration normale, lui permettant de concevoir de nouveau.À lire aussiPourquoi les hommes ont-ils une érection le matin ?Les moyens de contraceptions hormonaux masculins reposent sur le principe suivant : un mélange de testostérone et de progestagène envoie des signaux bloquant la production des spermatozoïdes. Le traitement actuellement en cours d’étude devrait dans le futur se décliner en de nombreux modes d’administration tels que l’implant, le gel ou encore la pilule.Pour l’heure, les résultats bien qu’encourageants ont provoqué la réserve des scientifiques. Faits encore inexplicables : la contraception masculine ne fonctionne que sur 95% de la population concernée, et semble dans certains cas présenter des effets secondaires.Le 26 juillet 2011 à 13:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Taxe carbone les compagnies aériennes chinoises refusent de sy soumettre

first_imgTaxe carbone : les compagnies aériennes chinoises refusent de s’y soumettreLe 1er janvier, est entré en vigueur au sein de l’Union européenne un système d‘échange de quotas d’émission de gaz à effet de serre, l’ETS (Emission Trading Scheme), visant à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique. Mais les compagnies aériennes chinoises s’opposent à cette taxe carbone, et refusent de s’y soumettre. Depuis le 1er janvier, toutes les compagnies aériennes du monde desservant l’Europe se voient contraintes d’acheter des permis de polluer instaurés dans le cadre de l’ETS (Emission Trading Scheme), un système d’échange de quotas d’émission de gaz à effet de serre. La mesure vise à lutter contre le réchauffement climatique, à laquelle s’opposent plusieurs pays, et notamment la Chine.Ainsi, les compagnies aériennes chinoises ont fait savoir qu’elles refusaient de se soumettre à cette taxe carbone, rapporte l’AFP. “Nous sommes fermement opposés à la mauvaise pratique européenne d’obliger unilatéralement des compagnies internationales à entrer dans l’ETS”, a déclaré Chai Haibo, le secrétaire général adjoint de la China Air Transport Association (CATA), qui représente les quatre principales compagnies chinoises.Une position déjà affirmée il y a plusieurs mois. L’année dernière en effet, le président de la CATA, Wei Zhenzhong, avait prévenu que “les compagnies chinoises ne participeront pas à l’ETS, ne fourniront pas le plan de surveillance carbone aux pays de l’UE et ne négocieront pas de politiques préférentielles avec l’Union européenne”.8 euros la tonne de gaz à effet de serre À lire aussiLa tragique histoire de l’homme évacué d’un avion à cause de son odeurCe système de quotas instaurant des permis à polluer a pour but de contraindre toutes les compagnies aériennes du monde à acheter l’équivalent de 15% de leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre, soit 32 millions de tonnes. Avec un prix fixé à 8 euros la tonne, cette mesure devrait rapporter quelque 256 millions d’euros en 2012. Mais la Chine n’est pas le seul pays à s’opposer fermement à cette taxe. C’est aussi le cas de la Russie et des Etats-Unis dont la Chambre des représentants, a adopté un projet de loi visant à interdire aux compagnies aériennes américaines de s’en acquitter.Le 6 janvier 2012 à 13:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Grand Theft Auto V is Being Used to Teach AI Agents How

first_img Those who are building self-driving cars will now have the option to test their AI agents inside of Grand Theft Auto V thanks to OpenAI’s, Universe program.Universe connects game controls and video displays to machine-learning agents that can be trained by video games. Universe has actually been tested using a wide range of video games. Researchers use games to test out their AI agents because they learn the way humans do: through trial and error.This open-sourced MIT-licensed code is maintained by Craig Quiter, who works for the Uber-owned start up, Otto. They were responsible for delivering 51,744 cans of Budweiser over 120 miles by using a self-driving truck. This AI software comes programmed with a trained driving agent, so developers only need a copy of GTAV to get started.Grand Theft Auto V is based on Los Angeles. The game isn’t an exact replica of the city, but its streets are very similar and are perfect for teaching an AI car how to drive. In addition to that, the game’s wide variety of vehicles and weather patterns also provide researchers with a good deal of data to test out their algorithms and models.“[Integrating with Universe] was a perfect fit because GTA V runs in Windows, and Universe allows running the AI separate from the game; in Linux, for example, where most AI work is done,” Quiter told The Register.If you’re going to train AI to drive, GTAV is certain a great place to do it. Those who worry that training AI within the murderous world of Grand Theft Auto is a bad idea will be relieved to know that violence has been removed from the system. This is good news since the last thing we need is a swarm of AI cars running over pedestrians for the fun of it. ‘Saints Row: The Third’ and ‘Shakedown: Hawaii’ Are GTA on Nintendo SwitchThe History Of Farts In Video Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Latino youth to dream big at Clark College

first_imgClark county — Local Latino youth are invited to dream big — and make it happen — at Clark College.“Going Beyond the Dream” is a conference aiming to give Latino youth professional, educational, occupational and parenting-skills connections. Business, science, education, engineering, mental health, law enforcement and social work professionals will be on hand. Participating agencies include the Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts, Clark County, Washington State University, Southwest Washington League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Safe Communities Task Force, Clark County, Vancouver Police, Sea Mar Community Health Clinic, D&L Associates, Latino Community Resource Group, USDA Gifford Pinchot National Forest and the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Young people will meet key professionals in workshops and group discussions. Parenting issues and college admissions will be addressed, too.The event is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 at Clark College, 1933 Ft. Vancouver Way. For more information, call 360-852-3605.last_img read more

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The Pensions Regulator consults on new defined contribution code

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published a new draft defined contribution (DC) code of practice for consultation.The new code aims to raise standards of governance and administration in defined contribution (DC) pension schemes.It sets out the standards of conduct and practice the regulator expects trustee boards to meet in complying with their legal duties, and to deliver better long-term outcomes for retirement savers.The revised code will overhaul the existing DC code, first published in 2013, in order to better support trustee boards and workplace pension scheme managers in light of changes to pensions legislation.The consultation into the code launched on 24 November and will run until the end of January.The new DC code will be laid in Parliament in May 2016 and will come into effect in July. Until then, the 2013 code will remain in force.TPR will run a separate consultation on a series of ‘how to’ guides that it intends to produce to support the revised DC code next spring.Andrew Warwick-Thompson, executive director at The Pensions Regulator, said: “The reforms introduced this year have led to unprecedented change in pensions and we know that trustees of DC schemes and any scheme offering money purchase benefits need to adapt to ensure member outcomes remain strong.“In this context, the draft revised DC code seeks to make the standards we expect from trustees as clear as possible. The guides that will support the new DC code will provide practical guidance to help trustees understand the different measures they can put in place to meet the standards in the code.”Hugh Nolan, chief actuary at JLT Employee Benefits, added: “We welcome the Pension Regulator’s consultation on the new DC code. The intention to simplify, clarify and consolidate the Regulator’s expectations can only be applauded and we have been particularly pleased by the excellent engagement with key stakeholders before reaching the current stage.”Sophia Singleton, partner and head of DC Consulting at Aon Hewitt, said: “What trustees are looking for right now is practical support with how to complete their chairman’s statement, and in particular, how to assess value for members. This draft code does not achieve that. The draft code itself has taken a step back to cover the issues at a higher level, so I am looking for significantly more detail from the Pensions Regulator in the guidance in the spring.”“The other area that isn’t covered is how members access the new flexibilities. Making the right decisions and choosing the right product can potentially have a significant impact on a member’s outcome. This is a crucial area where trustees need guidance”.last_img read more

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Lawsuit Claims Chukchi Rules Fail to Protect Walrus

first_imgA coalition of environmental groups filed a lawsuit today against the Fish and Wildlife Service, saying its rule allowing the oil industry to disturb or harm Pacific walrus in the Chukchi Sea violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act.Download AudioEarthjustice attorney Erik Grafe  says the rule the Fish and Wildlife Service issued last year isn’t specific enough to protect walrus from seismic work, oil drilling and other industry activity in the Chukchi Sea.“Instead the rule defers analysis of the impact of oil and gas activities at the Hanna Shoal and mitigation of those effects to a later stage that is not subject to public comment and that the people don’t get to know about until after the fact,” he said.The waters governed by the rule, off Alaska’s northwest shore, include an area where Shell has leases and may resume exploration as early as next year. The Fish and Wildlife Service determined industrial activity would harm only a small number of walrus.  The rules require aircraft to stay away from the animals and limits seismic noise when walrus are present.Grafe  says walrus are already suffering from a massive loss of sea ice that used to allow them to rest closer to their foraging grounds. Now, Grafe says, they congregate on land in summer and travel to productive areas like the Hanna Shoal,  a 30-mile shallow shelf  that’s near Shell’s Burger Prospect.“So what they’re having to do is swim all the way from those coastal haul outs, all the way out to the Hanna Shoal to feed and then swim all the way back,” Grafe says. “And this is mothers and calves and it’s a huge burden on them and a huge stress, and allowing activities in the Hanna Shoal without analyzing those impacts just adds to walruses’ woes.”Kara Moriarity, president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, says walrus are already protected by law. She says the Fish and Wildlife service rule includes flexibility so companies can meet protection standards using the latest technology. Moriarity says her group is still studying the suit.“It appears, at first blush anyway, this could just be another attempt to delay progress through frivolous litigation, because we’ve certainly seen our fair share of that,” she said.Earthjustice filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the Alaska Wilderness League, Greenpeace and four other environmental groups.last_img read more

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StarCraft II Nova Covert Ops expansion out this month Blizzards slow d

first_imgFor those of you that stuck with Blizzard through all of their less-than-ideal treatment of the StarCraft franchise (like splitting SCII up into a near six-year release), you were most likely flabbergasted with how abruptly the 18-year narrative ended when you finished Legacy of the Void. The games have always been good, and despite Blizzard’s writing, fans have always been invested in the characters and lore. Now, after the very last, seemingly rushed events of Legacy, we’ll be returning to the post-Legacy universe with a three-part mission pack starring Nova Terra, the Dominion’s top ghost.Where do you go with StarCraft after the events of Legacy, aside from completely rebooting the universe in some way?  The Dominion is left in a post-war state and needs to rebuild. The rule of the emperor, Valerian Mengsk, is somehow in political jeopardy, and that happens to coincide with the unexplained disappearance of some of the faction’s ghosts, the lore’s version of spies. Clues about the disappearances lead to a group known as the Defenders of Man, and it’s Nova’s job to figure out what’s going on.Nova Covert Ops sounds like one of those post-narrative cleanup storylines that epilogues tend to be, but hey, more StarCraft — one of the only shining beacons of the RTS genre nowadays — is good, no matter how little.Nova Covert Ops releases on March 29 with two more packs to follow, supposedly finishing its release schedule around December of this year. Each pack will contain three story missions, and you can grab the whole thing on discount for just $14.99.last_img read more

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Raspberry Pi gets customized OS called Raspbian

first_img(Phys.org) — The no-nonsense, bareboned, elemental $35 computer called Raspberry Pi is making headlines again with its Wednesday announcement of its new Raspbian operating system, described as an OS specifically optimized for the Pi computer’s hardware specs. That means the Raspberry Pi now has a recommended operating system for making the device work. Raspbian meets the team’s goal of delivering a faster running OS for the little computer, and it is of course no accident that Raspbian evokes the word Debian, the Linux OS flavor, as it is a custom Debian build that brings faster performance to the device. 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. Distributors reel from Mad Wednesday rush for $35 Pi www.raspberrypi.org/archives/1605www.raspberrypi.org/downloads © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Raspberry Pi gets customized OS called Raspbian (2012, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-raspberry-pi-customized-os-raspbian.htmlcenter_img The new OS allows better use of the Raspberry Pi’s floating point hardware and allows for faster web browsing. Also, there is an omxplayer accelerated media player that comes preinstalled with this image. (Omxplayer is a video player specifically made for the Raspberry PI’s GPU,). The Raspbian distribution is available from the Raspberry Pi downloads page. “We are pleased to announce the release of our first SD card image based on the Raspbian distribution,” said the Raspberry Pi team. “Users who are still using Debian squeeze will definitely want to switch to this, as it contains numerous tweaks and performance improvements to the firmware, kernel and applications,” said the Pi team blog. “Those who are using the recent Debian wheezy beta will also see a very worthwhile, but somewhat smaller, improvement.”The Raspberry Pi foundation behind the device has a history that goes back to 2006 when the idea for a tiny and cheap computer first hatched. Design plans were subsequently laid out as plans progressed for a Model A and B, priced at $25 and $35. Earlier this year, the Raspberry Pi officially announced it was taking pre-orders and high anticipation from eager public was so high that retail partners were unable to cope with the traffic hitting their websites for the PC, with board features such as a 700 MHz ARM11 processor, an SD card slot, HDMI output, USB, and Ethernet ports. Disappointed fans were told the device sold out of its first production run. With licensed manufacture deals, the Raspberry Pi foundation earlier this week, however, announced progress in that its partners were now working at building capacity, with 4000 Raspberry Pis being made every day. As a result, the Pi team said there were no longer supply-choked limits to orders of just one per customer. “Both of our manufacturing partners have been working at building capacity so you we can lift that limit,” said the team.RS Components (RS) and Allied Electronics (Allied) are taking general orders. Talking about the order change, a source at RS Components said, “This means that customers worldwide can now order multiple quantities of the Raspberry Pi Model B board, along with the associated accessories, including SD cards pre-loaded with the latest Raspberry Pi operating system and Raspberry Pi cases for safer storage. Customers will be provided with a forecast future delivery date when placing their order, and these orders will be fulfilled after all orders placed before 16th July have been shipped.” The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. More information: Explore furtherlast_img read more

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