Apple logo.Apple Inc is preparing to sell its first wearable device this October, aiming to produce 3 million to 5 million smartwatches a month in its initial run, the Nikkei reported on Friday, citing an unidentified parts supplier and sources familiar with the matter.Specifications are still being finalized, but the devices are likely to sport curved OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays and sensors that collect health data from blood glucose and calorie consumption to sleep activity, the Japanese news service cited industry sources as saying.The industry has long expected Apple to unveil some sort of smartwatch, following the release of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Gear watches.Wall Street is hoping to see a new Apple product this year to galvanize the former stock market darling’s share price and end a years-long drought of ground-breaking devices. CEO Tim Cook has promised “new product categories” in 2014.Apple declined to comment. (Reporting by San Francisco newsroom. Editing by Andre Grenon)
Deutschmann Automation presents UNIGATE IC2 PROFIBUS, the first member of its new UNIGATE IC2 embedded series. The powerful all-in-one bus nodes UNIGATE IC2 are based on the ARM Cortex-M4 processor technology and thus offer a significant performance leap compared to the proven UNIGATE IC series from Deutschmann. The ready-to-use UNIGATE IC2 PROFIBUS module provides reliable PROFIBUS connectivity and can be quickly and easily installed in a terminal device or sensor system. This means that development costs and market introduction of network-compatible products can be significantly optimized.Protocol connection of the UNIGATE IC2 module to the terminal device is implemented flexibly by script programming with the free Protocol Developer tool from Deutschmann Automation. With the UNIGATE IC2 embedded series, the script execution time can be reduced by a factor of 50 to 80, depending on the commands used, compared to predecessor products. With simple scripts, execution times in the microsecond range are possible. UNIGATE IC2 modules are also able to process large scripts very quickly.Compared to UNIGATE IC, the fast UNIGATE IC2 embedded series achieves much higher transfer rates for communication via SPI or UART. The SPI bus currently achieves a transfer rate of 12 Mbit/s in master mode, 33 Mbit/s are being tested. In slave mode, 10 Mbit/s are achieved. The UART interface supports baud rates of up to 7.5 Mbaud.The powerful UNIGATE IC2 series is pin-compatible with the widely used UNIGATE IC embedded solutions from Deutschmann, which continue to be available and are supported. The scope of performance of the firmware is identical and existing scripts for protocol connection of the all-in-one bus nodes can still be used. Under certain circumstances, minor adjustments may be necessary due to the changed timing.With the development of UNIGATE IC2 PROFIBUS, Deutschmann Automation is responding to the still strong demand for fieldbus modules, which, however, have to meet ever higher performance requirements. UNIGATE IC2 is now available in the PROFIBUS version and will soon be available for Fast Ethernet / ModbusTCP and EtherCAT.Deutschmann Automation delivers various series of Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet gateways, and embedded solutions as well as development tools for the realization of Industry 4.0 under the brand name UNIGATE. The compatible data communication products are developed and manufactured in Germany. To ensure a long availability of the product series, Deutschmann only uses long-term components.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous SEGGER adds video to emUSB-deviceNext Bridgetek expands and enriches EVE toolchain
Photo Attribution: US PresswireThe good folks at the Smoking Musket join me to talk Dana, WVU’s defense, and what they love about the Big 12. Enjoy!1. What has been the big difference between the hot start and the three-game slide?For one thing, I think we hit a little bit of a wall in terms of the competition gauntlet. In the Big East, you maybe had 1-2 games a year against Top 25 teams. This year, every team in the conference other than Kansas has been ranked at some point in the season. We’re not very deep, especially on defense, and I think the grueling schedule has caught up with us a little bit. But honestly the biggest issue is we lost our mojo. We were flying high after the Texas win, and then got punched in the mouth in Lubbock. I think that stunned our guys, and we haven’t had the mental toughness to bounce back. There are rumors swirling about team chemistry and whatnot, but those are always out there when teams struggle. I just think it’s a confidence issue.2. Everybody knows about Tavon Austin and Geno Smith, but who on WVU’s defense should worry Cowboy fans?Hahahahahahahaha! Maybe one of the refs will accidentally get in somebody’s way? Or the turf monster might jump up and trip someone as they’re running a corner route? Those are about the two biggest concerns for opposing offenses, at least as far as I’ve been able to tell.Although, there are a few youngsters out there who have shown promise, like safety Karl Joseph, who has been known to lay the wood if and when he actually gets in the proper coverage. And redshirt freshman linebacker Isaiah Bruce is one of the team’s top tacklers and one of the biggest reasons the team has been stout against the run. The other guy plugging up running lanes is nose tackle Shaq Rowell, who has been solid for us this season.3. 1-10, how good of a job do you feel like Dana is doing in year two?I’d go with about a 5. The way the season has gone, though, it’s hard to get a read. Are we just going through a rough stretch or is something seriously wrong within the program?If we can right the ship and finish 8-4, I don’t think too many people will be calling for his head. But if we slide to 6-6 after starting 5-0 and being ranked (probably unreasonably) in the top 5, that’s a bit concerning.4. Has the transition to the Big 12 been easier than you thought it would be, tougher than you thought, or about how you thought it would be?We knew we would have our hands full, and most folks predicted 9-3 or 10-2 records. When we raced out to that fast start, some of us got hopeful and started dreaming of bigger things despite the defensive struggles. The thing nobody predicted was the sudden disappearance of the offense, and I don’t think that’s attributable to the change in conferences at all.I could have seen us lose a game 48-42 and not been too surprised by it. But to only score 7, 7, and 17 meaningful offensive points in a three game stretch is perplexing to say the least. The thing I’m most impressed about with Big 12 offenses is how quarterbacks are so much more developed. In the Big East, you could count on a couple misfires a game to help stall drives. In the Big 12, you have to go make a play.Otherwise, the fans and the teams we’ve encountered so far have been nothing short of fantastic. That’s been the part that has made being a fan in the Big 12 so much fun.5. Predictions for Saturday?With the caveat that I’m a perpetual WVU optimist homer, I keep thinking the Mountaineers have to right the ship at some point. They simply can’t stay in an offensive funk for the rest of the year, and I actually saw some improvement out of the defense last week.It doesn’t hurt that we’re decent against the run and Oklahoma State’s quarterback situation is unsettled. I’ve seen a few other folks pick WVU in the upset this week, and I’m going to agree with them and take the Mounties 42-31. Now that I’ve said that, we’ll probably get blown out by 3 touchdowns.If 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!
Read more Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage Share on Messenger Japan rugby union team Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Japan have made this World Cup with their effervescence, verve and slickness, but to beat South Africa for the second successive tournament they will need to show a capacity to react to something they have not planned for.The Springboks feel like a customer at a bar who cannot get served. The focus has been on the hosts since their stunning victory over Scotland, a match that went ahead only after volunteers, some of whom had lost their houses when Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan’s capital last Saturday, worked selflessly from the early morning at the stadium in Yokohama. Little attention has been paid to the remarkable turnaround since Rassie Erasmus took charge of South Africa last year. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Rugby World Cup … we have a small favour to ask. 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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. Since you’re here… features Michael Aylwin Japan secured a famous win over South Afrcia in the 2015 World Cup. Photograph: Tim Ireland/AP Reuse this content It was difficult to think of them as World Cup contenders in December 2017 when they faced a weakened Wales in Cardiff and were 21-3 down at one point in the first half, conceding two tries when not even a rudimentary grasp of defending was shown. An abiding image was of Eben Etzebeth, then captain and one of the world’s top second-rows, leading a forlorn charge from his own line and then limping off. Would he, you wondered, ever wear the green jersey again?However, Erasmus, in a short time, has South Africa playing like the Springboks again: hard, abrasive, uncompromising, well-conditioned but also spiced with some devilry. Primed by the scrum-half, Faf de Klerk, they can wing it with Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi, two of the most potent finishers here.The way they started their final pool match against Canada, running from everywhere when their opponents were prepared for a forward onslaught, showed they pack the element of surprise, serious contenders who have earned the renewed respect of the All Blacks.They will test Japan in a way Ireland and Scotland could not because their game, while having a fixed point, is multifaceted. By having six forwards on the bench, including a complete tight five, Erasmus is pointing the hosts to an attritional approach from the first minute to the last, sustained by fresh legs, but is it a trap?The concern over Japan is that they are a highly programmed side. From the opening week, as they prepared to face Russia, a parade of players has said the same thing: we trust our leaders and follow their gameplan. Generals and soldiers, but what happens, in the heat of battle, when commands cannot be heard and initiative needs to be taken?Japan have looked their least effective against the teams they were expected to beat, Russia and Samoa, emerging with a try bonus point but only late on. Topics Rugby union Share via Email Share on Facebook The Observer Rugby World Cup 2019 Once Michael Leitch came on after 30 minutes, they were so impressive against Ireland when they were underdogs that they spooked one of the most structured teams around into, if not panic, a radical departure, by offloading and running from deep. The team that led the world rankings at the start of the tournament were unable to control the pace of the game, their fabric unravelling to the point where their staples of scrum, lineout and maul offered no comfort.Scotland were similarly bewitched by Japan’s ability to release the ball dextrously at the point of contact, but when they rallied in the second half, scoring two tries to reduce the gap to seven points and disarming their opponents through vigorous counter-rucking, the hosts struggled to adapt. It is an inherent weakness of a side whose exposure, while greater in the past six years than that of any other tier-two nation here, is sporadic.Japan have reached the quarter-finals for the first time largely because of the brilliance of the strategies devised by their coaches, led by three New Zealanders, Jamie Joseph, Tony Brown, and Scott Hansen, together with the attention to detail, the skill of the players and an outstanding back row. But in South Africa they are up against opponents who play New Zealand twice a year and are equipped to deal with devious attacking ploys and high-octane rugby.Erasmus opted to build his side up when other coaches, given the frenzy generated by Japan, may have looked for a fence to sit on. “We prepare to win and play to our strength, which is physical rugby.”Was it five weeks ago that the World Cup had barely generated a ripple in the capital? The Japan News on Friday interviewed a customer at the tournament’s megastore. He had come looking, in vain, for a Brave Blossoms jersey, more than 200,000 sold and counting. “I really did not know about the game of rugby, but it has become a sport that has ignited the whole nation,” he said.A South Africa victory would dampen the fire, not extinguish it. The spirit of 2015 is being invoked but it was the Springboks who played most of the rugby in Brighton that day. This is a different team, meaner and focused, geared to go all the way. Japan are also better equipped and have a nation and the neutrals behind them, winning hearts as well as matches, but every dream has a wake-up moment. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook South Africa rugby team
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The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung 2015 is finally here. You probably drank and ate your way through December with all those holiday celebrations and feasts filled with eggnog, mulled wine, champagne, ham, turkey and all that good stuff that comes with the season. Do you feel a little sluggish and slower because of it? We bet you do! With the New Year and slow schedule, now is the perfect time to revive and reset your body with the a cleanse. Are you a little skeptical about the thought of going on a juice cleanse after all those weeks of delicious food? “It’s really a rest for your organs, you don’t have to process all that food and you can just let your system cleanse,” said JuicePress health coach Eva Collins. “It helps your system be more alkaline, and that’s going to be wonderful because it helps prevent disease.”Scared of the commitment of a liquid diet? Cleanses can be as short as ½ a day, and go all the way up to 30 days. Some people do it regularly — once a week or once a month! “You’re getting all of the nutrients and enzymes from all of the foods without the bulk food that comes with it, that fiber, since your body doesn’t have to break down all the food with it, those nutrients can go straight to your bloodstream,” said Collins. Sounds good to us, plus it must be better than eating junk food. Need a little help figuring out the best cleanse? 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Premier Rodney MacDonald today, Feb. 12, offered congratulations to Cape Breton native Gordie Sampson for winning his first Grammy award in Los Angeles last night. “The depth of Gordie’s musical talent is surpassed only by the quality of his character, and this award, in my mind, is a tribute to both,” said Premier MacDonald. “Gordie’s hard work and dedication to his craft inspires everyone who knows him, and it is so appropriate that the award comes on the eve of the East Coast Music Awards where other talented East Coast musicians, like Gordie, will be recognized.” Mr. Sampson, whom the premier is proud to call a friend, played with the premier and Glenn Graham on the double ECMA award-nominated album “Traditionally Rockin” in 1998. “Hopefully this is the first of many Grammy Awards for Gordie, and can serve as an excellent example of success for all of the aspiring, talented writers, musicians and producers we have here on the East Coast of Canada.”
WASHINGTON – The White House said Wednesday that Mexico, Canada and other countries may be spared from President Donald Trump’s planned steel and aluminum tariffs under national security “carve-outs,” a move that could soften the blow amid threats of retaliation by trading partners and dire economic warnings from lawmakers and business groups.Peter Navarro, Trump’s trade and manufacturing adviser, said in an interview on Fox Business that the tariffs would go into effect within about 15 to 30 days and the proclamation the president intends to sign would include a clause that would not immediately impose tariffs on Canada and Mexico.Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters the exemptions would be made on a “case by case” and “country by country” basis, a reversal from the policy articulated by the White House just days ago that there would be no exemptions from Trump’s plan.The update came as congressional Republicans and business groups braced for the impact of expected tariffs of 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, appearing resigned to additional protectionist trade actions as Trump signalled upcoming economic battles with China. Trump was expected to announce the tariffs by the end of the week.The looming departure of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn, a former Goldman Sachs executive who has opposed the promised tariffs, set off anxiety among business leaders and investors worried about a potential trade war.“We urge you to reconsider the idea of broad tariffs to avoid unintended negative consequences to the U.S. economy and its workers,” 107 House Republicans wrote in a letter to Trump.At the White House, officials were working to include language in the tariffs that would give Trump the flexibility to approve exemptions for certain countries.“He’s already indicated a degree of flexibility, I think a very sensible, very balanced degree of flexibility,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC. “We’re not trying to blow up the world.”Trump signalled other trade actions could be in the works. In a tweet, he said the “U.S. is acting swiftly on Intellectual Property theft.” A White House official said Trump was referencing an ongoing investigation of China in which the U.S. trade representative is studying whether Chinese intellectual property rules are “unreasonable or discriminatory” to American business.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said an announcement on the findings of the report — and possible retaliatory actions — was expected within the next three weeks.Business leaders, meanwhile, continued to sound the alarm about the potential economic fallout from tariffs, with the president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce raising the spectre of a global trade war. That scenario, Tom Donohue said, would endanger the economic momentum from the GOP tax cuts and Trump’s rollback of regulations.“We urge the administration to take this risk seriously,” Donohue said.The president has said the tariffs are needed to reinforce lagging American steel and aluminum industries and protect national security. He has tried to use the tariffs as leverage in ongoing talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement, suggesting Canada and Mexico might be exempted from tariffs if they offer more favourable terms under NAFTA.Lawmakers opposed to the tariffs, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have suggested more narrowly focused approaches to target Chinese imports. But members of Congress have few tools at their disposal to counter the president, who has vowed to fulfil his campaign pledge.“I don’t think the president is going to be easily deterred,” said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who has suggested hearings on the tariffs.Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Trump had listened to him and others who disagree with the direction of the trade policies. “I thank him for that and he’s been a good listener. The difficulty is so far I haven’t persuaded him,” Alexander said.Republicans in Congress have lobbied administration officials to reconsider the plan and focus the trade actions on China, warning that allies such as Canada and members of the European Union would retaliate.The EU said it was prepared to respond to any tariffs with counter-measures against U.S. products such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s jeans and bourbon. EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said the EU was circulating among member states a list of U.S. goods to target with tariffs so it could respond quickly.The president plans to rally Republicans in western Pennsylvania on Saturday in support of Rick Saccone, who faces Democrat Conor Lamb in a March 13 special House election. Trump has told associates the tariffs could be helpful to the GOP cause in the election in the heart of steel country.__Associated Press writers Zeke Miller, Matthew Daly and Alan Fram in Washington and Lorne Cook in Brussels contributed to this report.___Follow Ken Thomas on Twitter at https://twitter.com/KThomasDC
TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by rising energy stocks and gains in the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.87 points at 14,822.60.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.66 points at 23,904.78. The S&P 500 index was down 0.79 points at 2,584.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 4.34 points at 6,961.42.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.64 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down 14 cents at US$52.22 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.3 cents at US$3.01 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,290.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.30 cents at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)
Rabat – Hostility may ratchet up again between Royal Air Maroc and its pilots in the Moroccan Association of Airline Pilots union (AMPL).Local media reported on Saturday that the crisis between RAM and AMPL may continue as pilots voted against an agreement introduced by the state-owned air carrier and the union in mid-August.In July, the company experienced a wave of protests from pilots who were calling for a pay raise. The pilots also called for the reestablishment of a school of aviation in Morocco after the closure of RAM’s training center for pilots in 2014.The protests resulted in the delay and cancelation of more than 12 flights a day for nearly a month.RAM and AMPL said that they reached an agreement in mid-August to end the crisis.The deal aimed to focus on recruitment to end the shortage of pilots.RAM noted that the company-funded training center for pilots “is no longer a priority.”The deal entailed that “recruitment needs will continue to be satisfied through partnerships with foreign training institutions.”The agreement also gave pilots four days off monthly, in addition to the traditional two days off per week, a pay raise, and a grant to pay a third of pilots’ training fees.However, of the 426 members of the AMPL, 359 pilots voted against the agreement.On September 18, Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani inaugurated the Moroccan Private Aviation Academy (MAPA) in Benslimane, near Rabat.El Othmani said that the project is set to meet the growing needs of the aviation industry.The school will offer training to pilots and aviation maintenance technicians to address the shortage.According to El Othmani, Africa will need some 4,900 pilots in the coming years, as well as a large number of technicians.The project benefits from government assistance.
The MDG Africa Steering Group was set up by Mr. Ban after a report in June showed that despite faster growth and strengthened institutions, Africa at its present rate would fail to achieve any of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000.“It is an unprecedented gathering bringing together the heads, the apex I would say, of the entire international development system,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) official Guido Schmidt-Traub told a news briefing today.The inaugural meeting will bring together leaders from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission, the African Union, the African Development Bank, the UN Development Group, which is chaired by UNDP, and the Islamic Development Bank.The meeting will focus on three objectives: the international system’s support for African governments in implementing practical programmes to achieve the MDGs in five areas – health, education, infrastructure, agriculture and food security; the need to ensure aid predictability so that African governments can plan years ahead for additional hospitals, schools and training doctors, teachers and nurses; and enhancing collaboration among the Group’s members at the country level.Mr. Schmidt-Traub noted that the June report highlighted some of the success stories coming out Africa. “There are actually quite a few,” he said. “That is the good news and the challenge now is to scale up these success stories, and that can be done simply by implementing existing commitments.“The key message today is that existing commitments if fully implemented are enough and sufficient to achieve the MDGs in the whole of Africa and so the focus now has to be squarely on implementation,” he added.In all cases, the concerted follow-through needs to be broader, more effective and scaled up, he stressed. “The meeting itself will focus on getting a fuller understanding of the objectives and then really deciding on how to follow through,” he said.The follow-through will be led by a second group called the MDG Africa Working Group, led by the Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, which will meet for the first time on 20 September, involving senior operational leaders of the Group’s organizations plus other bodies such as the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) of industrialized, market-economy countries. Successes cited by the June report included the expanded AIDS treatment, increased agricultural productivity, rising school enrolment and access to water and sanitation. These “demonstrate that rapid progress is possible when sound national policies are met with full support, including increased development assistance, from the international system,” the Group said in a media advisory. Stressing the need for predictability in aid, it noted that although the G8 summit of industrial nations in 2005 promised to increase Official Development Assistance to Africa to $50 billion annually by 2010, African countries still do not know how this promise will translate into their country-level budgeting flows. 12 September 2007With the whole of sub-Saharan Africa currently off track for meeting a single one of the ambitious goals the world has set itself for slashing poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy by 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening an unprecedented meeting of development leaders on Friday to put the continent back on the rails to progress.
Rwandan rebels are now surrendering at a rate of 146 fighters a month, according to the UN mission in the DRC (MONUC), with more than 660 heeding the mission’s call to return to civilian life since the start of this year, along with 1000 of their dependents.This past weekend, another 10 members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) surrendered to a joint UN-Congolese army patrol near Goma. The rebels brought with them 31 of their dependents along with a sizable arsenal of weapons, MONUC said.The mission said the new additions to its disarmament program are now being processed for repatriation to Rwanda. It called on remaining FDLR fighters to follow suit, offering them and their families a chance for a decent future and stressing that life in the bush will only become more and more difficult from now on.The voluntary disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and rehabilitation (DDRRR) programme for the ex-militia is managed by MONUC, while civilians are repatriated by the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).The FDLR and other Rwandan militias have been a key factor in the resurgence of violence in North Kivu province, where over 100,000 civilians have been uprooted by fighting in the past two months, in addition to the many hundreds of thousands previously displaced.The ethnic Hutu rebels, who recently carried out a wave of retaliatory attacks against civilians after being targeted by a joint Congolese and Rwandan military offensive, have been operating in eastern DRC since the 1994 genocide of Tutsis and moderate Hutus in Rwanda. 27 April 2009The number of Rwandans laying down their arms and leaving militias that terrorize civilians in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has multiplied four-fold on a monthly basis compared to last year, the United Nations reported today.
22 June 2010Nearly a million people in rural Nepal have access to energy thanks to two United Nations development programmes which show that early investment by national governments and communities can attract private financing and extend access to utilities, according to a UN report released today. “High public investment in early years of capacity development is crucial to get communities to the point where a market can take shape and where you can interest the commercial sector,” Olav Kjorven, UNDP Director of Policy and Assistant Secretary-General, told journalists in New York.The report, Capacity development for scaling up decentralized energy access programmes, builds on lessons from two decentralized energy projects in Nepal that provided electricity by micro-hydro power to 250,000 people and which provided access to improved cooking stoves to 580,000 others.According to the report, the key to the programme’s success was early public investment in capacity development, which developed local and national capacities required to deliver, manage, operate and maintain the solutions to providing energy access in rural areas.Once made, these investments can help drive down the cost of utilities and attract substantial financing from communities and the private sources at later stages, as is the trend in Nepal.The benefits of the improved energy programme include better lighting in schools and hospital, reduced health risks from indoor air pollution, diversified livelihoods and increased incomes among the poorest segments of Nepalese society. “All of these development dividends translate into accelerating achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” said Kiran Man Singh, National Programme Manager of the Rural Energy Development Programme in Nepal, who also participated in the launch of the report. Its release comes three months ahead of a high-level summit planned for UN Headquarters in New York on accelerating progress towards the MDG deadline of 2015. “There is no energy Millennium Development Goal, but what we find is that expanding access to energy is something that leads to progress across all of the MDGs, so it’s a cross-cutting issue of the highest importance,” Mr. Kjorven said, referring to the eight goals which include ending poverty and hunger, reaching universal education and increasing environmental sustainability.In addition, the Secretary-General’s Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change has called for universal access to modern energy services by 2030.The report’s findings could have consequences for a majority of people. Nearly half of the world, or some three billion people, lives without access to modern energy for lighting, cooking, heating and mechanical power for productive activities. In addition, some two million people die every year due to health risks and fires associated with burning solid fuels indoors in under-ventilated kitchens. Nepal, whose Government helped pioneer the programmes with UNDP, is working to expand their reach to bring energy to a greater percentage of its population. Kenya and other countries are interested in applying the same strategy.
“There must be zero tolerance for acts of gender-based violence and zero tolerance for complacency by governments and other institutions responsible for the safety and well-being of women, men and children affected by conflict,” says the agreement, adopted at the end of the three-day International Symposium on Sexual Violence in Conflict and Beyond in Brussels, Belgium.The meeting, attended by doctors and social service providers from countries affected by conflict, was sponsored by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Belgian Government and the European Commission.“We must address this issue with hope, passion and compassion,” UNFPA Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid said. “We can talk about this issue until we’re blue in the face, but if the leadership of governments doesn’t insist that this issue is on the table, we won’t make progress. Governments must live up to their promises to make ending sexual violence a priority.” Among the most heart-wrenching testimonies presented was that of doctor from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Jean Pascal Manga, who told his horrified audience of girls as young as one year-old being raped by foreign objects such as metal bars, nails and sticks.“Green wood from the manioc plant had caused a great many problems creating fistulas especially in very young girls,” he said. Traumatic fistulas occur when tissues are ruptured during violent rape, leaving passages that constantly leak urine or faeces or both. “No one knew that you would find a fistula in a small girl under five years old, even as young as one year old,” he added. “We face new conditions, and we need exchanges with our western colleagues to treat these problems.” He said there were about 25,000 women and girls who were raped and needed continuing support. “In Africa, once a woman has been raped, she may be abandoned by her entire family, and when she has a fistula and smells of urine, no one wants to be around her,” he noted. Among the 226 cases of fistula from rape, about 20 per cent of surgeries were a failure. Some 90 per cent of women and girls who were raped had some kind of sexually transmitted infection and nearly 10 per cent were HIV positive, he said. In another presentation, Feryal Thabet, of the Bureij Women’s Health Centre in Gaza, said the border closure with Israel and escalating conflict were causing a deterioration of women’s health and an increase in violence against women. “More than one third of Palestinian pregnant women are anaemic,” she said. “Early marriage is on the rise and so is high-risk pregnancy.” She noted that antenatal visits to the centre were decreasing and 80 per cent of women did not receive any post-natal care in 2005. “There were 61 births at checkpoints with no medical assistance,” she said. Citing rising unemployment and poverty, she stressed that the increased vulnerability of women and unsafe sex were coupled with a lack of access to appropriate care and shortages of supplies, including contraceptives. Representatives from 14 conflict-affected countries presented their national action plans to address sexual and gender-based violence. Participants called for a longer-term, holistic approach to meet the health, education, legal, psychosocial and security concerns of affected populations.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is taking to the airwaves today to make a personal appeal to the citizens of the strife-torn Central African Republic (CAR) to end the bloodshed that is tearing their country apart with increasing inter-communal violence between Christians and Muslims, warning perpetrators that they will be held to account.“I am deeply troubled by what is happening in your country and I want to speak to you personally,” he says in his broadcast, which comes as United Nations agencies reported that the humanitarian situation in the impoverished nation of 4.6 million people is deteriorating, with 600 people killed in the last week alone and 159,000 others driven from their homes in the capital, Bangui.“Too many people are scared and the country is on the brink of ruin. I appeal to everyone to follow the path of peace. The bloodshed must stop. Do not allow the voices of hatred to sow division where none existed before. Whatever your faith or background, you share the same history and the same future. I call on religious and community leaders, Muslim and Christian, to act as messengers for peace.”CAR has been thrown into turmoil since Séléka rebels launched attacks a year ago and forced President François Bozizé to flee in March. A transitional government has since been entrusted with restoring peace and paving the way for democratic elections, but armed clashes have erupted again, and in Bangui this week, Christians and Muslims launched reprisal attacks against each other in and around the city.“I have a clear message to all who would commit atrocities and crimes against humanity,” said Mr. Ban. “The world is watching. You will be held to account. The United Nations is committed to helping your country recover from this crisis. You are not alone and we will not abandon you.”Earlier this month the Security Council authorized an African-led and French-backed peacekeeping force to quell the spiralling violence.“African and French troops are already on the ground and are making a difference,” Mr. Ban said. “More will come soon to help restore order. We are working to provide food, shelter and medicine. And we will stand by your side to build lasting peace and a better future for all.”
LCD is the predominant technology used in most of the displays we include in devices today. And while the display technology is constantly being updated to allow for better efficiency and image output, LCDs still account for the majority of energy used in portable devices.Engineers at UCLA have been working to rectify that problem, not by reducing the energy required by an LCD, but recycling it instead.Liquid Crystal Displays work by sandwiching a layer of molecules between two transparent electrodes and two polarizing filters. A combination of a backlight and control of the voltage applied to each pixel of the display allows light to escape and create images we see as the viewer.This control of light used to display images is a wasteful system because that’s all the light is used for. The engineers at UCLA realized that whenever the display is active and emitting light, it can also recycle it with one simple change: the polarizing filters can be switched out for a new filter that includes photovoltaic properties. It’s called a polarizing organic photovoltaic.By using the new polarizing filter a device can harvest energy from the LCD as it is being used. So rather than the energy being wasted just as viewable light, it can also act as an energy generator itself. But the energy generation doesn’t just happen when the display is in use. The new polarizing filter will also continue to generate energy from natural light just like a typical solar panel.If such a filter were used in a smartphone it could significantly increase battery life even if you have the screen active for hours each day. When your phone dims the screen to save power it will also continue to refill the battery as long as there’s a decent light source for the photovoltaic filter it to use, for example, you leave it in direct sunlight.The initial research done by Professor Yang and his team at UCLA has found the new filter can recycle as much as 75% of the wasted photons from the backlight. Apply that to a portable device and you gain battery life. Use it in a non-portable devices without a battery and there should be significant energy efficiency gains.This potentially breakthrough technology has the potential to quickly replace the polarizing filters currently used in LCDs if the energy harvesting potential is as high as predicted. It also offers a transparent solution to the issue of where to put a solar panel on a portable device, meaning a design-focused company like Apple should have no issue including it on a future iPhone or iPad.The research paper will be printed in the next edition of Advanced Materials.Read more at the UCLA Newsroom
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 19,571 Views http://jrnl.ie/3189859 By Gráinne Ní Aodha Jan 16th 2017, 6:45 PM Updated 6.45pmThe Luas Green Line has returned to normal service after the section between Beechwood and St Stephen’s Green was suspended due to “an incident at Harcourt Street”.According to a statement on the Luas website, some delays are to be expected to the service, which had been suspended for over an hour.All Red Line services are operating normally.Read: Snap election for Northern Ireland to be held on 2 MarchRead: Man in his 30s dies after falling from roof in Kerry 10 Comments Monday 16 Jan 2017, 6:45 PM Share36 Tweet Email1 Short URL Delays expected as Luas Green Line back in service Luas has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
Un nouvel astéroïde pourrait frapper la Terre en 2040La NASA a annoncé qu’un astéroïde découvert en janvier 2011 dans l’espace serait susceptible de frapper la Terre d’ici 30 ans. Baptisé 2011 AG5, il serait large d’environ 140 mètres. Si des milliers d’astéroïdes sont découverts chaque année dans l’espace, la quasi-totalité de ceux-ci n’ont aucune chance de frapper un jour notre planète. En octobre 2011, seuls deux astéroïdes étaient ainsi listés à un niveau supérieur au niveau 0 sur l’échelle de Turin. Celle-ci sert à catégoriser les risques d’impacts de ces objets géocroiseurs et est graduée de 0 (aucune chance de collision) à 10 (collision certaine entrainant une catastrophe globale). Les objets “dangereux” en question sont 2007 VK184 qui y figurent depuis 2008 et… 2011 AG5, ajouté l’année dernière. En effet, cet astéroïde a été découvert en janvier 2011 par le Mount Lemmon Observatory en Arizona et suscite depuis l’attention de nombreuses équipes dont certaines de la NASA. D’après les estimations, l’objet pourrait en effet frôler de très près la Terre voire même entrer en collision avec aux environs de 2040. Toutefois, les scientifiques ont beaucoup de mal à observer l’astéroïde et ont seulement pu évaluer un diamètre de 140 mètres. Sa masse comme sa composition restent inconnues. “2011 AG5 est l’objet qui a aujourd’hui la plus grande chance d’entrer en collision avec la Terre… en 2040. Néanmoins, nous l’avons seulement observé sur la moitié d’une orbite. La fiabilité de ces calculs n’est donc pas très haute”, commente Detlef Koschny de la Solar System Missions Division de l’Agence spatiale européenne cité par le Huffington Post. D’après les calculs, l’astéroïde aurait pour l’heure 1 chance sur 625 de frapper la Terre le 5 février 2040. Mais encore une fois, au vu de la courte durée d’observation, les scientifiques soulignent que les chiffres sont susceptibles de changer. D’autres observations avant une éventuelle mission de déviation À lire aussiLe grand “boom” entendu par les New-Yorkais proviendrait d’une météorite”Heureusement, cet objet sera observable de la terre durant l’intervalle 2013-2016″, souligne Donald Yeomans du Near-Earth Object Observations Program de la NASA en Californie. Dans le très peu probable scénario que les chances d’impact ne diminuent pas significativement après des observations supplémentaires, “il restera du temps pour mettre au point une mission de déviation pour altérer sa trajectoire avant le moment clé de 2023”, ajoute-t-il. En effet, cette année-là, l’astéroïde fera sa plus grande approche de la Terre et la “frôlera” à une distance de 2,99 millions de kilomètres. “Même si le ‘trou de serrure’ est bien plus large que celui d’Apophis en 2029, ce serait tout de même une tâche simple d’altérer la trajectoire de l’astéroïde, assez pour manquer ce ‘trou de serrure’ et donc l’impact en 2040”, ajoute Donald Yeomans faisant référence à l’astéroïde Apophis qui pourrait menacer la Terre en 2036. “La prudence d’action serait d’attendre au moins que les observations de 2013 soient faites avant de mettre au point des plans préliminaires pour une mission de déviation potentielle”, précise encore le chercheur.Le 29 février 2012 à 11:57 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 18, 2017 – Nassau – Fiscal imprudence by successive Bahamian governments continues to weigh down the public while crooked, inept and irresponsible politicians go free. The IMF is suggesting a low income tax on everyone getting a paycheck and some in the business community are rejecting that idea. Organization for Responsible Government said adding any further taxes ahead of the Government’s [planned fiscal] reform is unacceptable, and the suggestion of it is downright irresponsible.“In effect, what the IMF suggests by this is that if the Government taxes its citizens more the IMF will lend it more money. The Government does not need more money; it needs to learn how to live within its means, like the rest of us.”The DPM and Finance Minister said there are no internal talks about an #incometax but he told the Tribune the possibility is not ruled out and the Administration did take notice.The FNM did not run in the May 2017 elections on any promise of introducing income tax but Minister Turnquest explained: We will consider all available options to ensure that, at the end of the day, we have a tax system that is simple, reflective of our unique situation in terms of openness as an economy; is progressive rather than regressive so that the burden of taxation is not borne by the most vulnerable in our country, and achieves the revenue yield necessary to provide the services Government must provide for society.”#MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#incometax, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Abarca was then found in possession of a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The officers were unhurt, but Helo later died from the gunshot injuries inflicted by Abarca. Abarca plead guilty to the federal charge in October 2017, but proceeded to trial on the state charges in late January 2018. He was convicted by a state trial jury on all counts, and is awaiting sentencing on the state convictions. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-police-dog-felon.mp3VmJennifer-on-police-dog-felon.mp300:00RPd Abarca was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2016 for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was separately charged by a state grand jury that same month with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault, and one count of felony destruction of a police dog. Abarca was already a convicted felon (Burglary in the Second Degree) in September 2016 when he was involved in an incident where he fled from Palmer police officers at a high rate of speed in a vehicle towards Anchorage. As he was being pursued on foot, Abarca turned and shot Helo several times and exchanged gunfire with the officers. The officers returned fire at Abarca and were able to wound and disable him. At approximately Mile 36 of the Glenn Highway, Abarca slowed the vehicle down and jumped out with a handgun in his hand. The Palmer police officers had been joined by this time by an Alaska State Trooper and his police canine “Helo.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Palmer man was sentenced in federal court yesterday to serve 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Almando Abarca, 26, of Palmer, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to serve 10 years in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.