Kenai Approves Plan For Bush Doctor CabinMuseum

first_imgThe donation of $103,000 is intended to cover the costs of the construction project involved in this donation, including the funding for construction of the cabin, preparation of the site, and moving and setting up the cabin and antique medical equipment at the site. A fund has been established with the Kenai Community Foundation to allow for future contributions for capital improvements and maintenance of the project. In 1967, Dr. Hansen moved to Kenai, which at the time had no hospital in the area. He began practicing medicine, bringing with him used medical equipment he had acquired in Juneau. The antique medical equipment has been saved and most recently stored by the City of Kenai. The cabin is being constructed in Nikiski, and is expected to be moved into the City in late May or early June this year near the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center. Councilmember Jim Glendenning: “Thank you Dr. Hansen. I recall a time around 1970, at the old Pickle Hill in Soldotna, some motorcycles were going up the hill and somebody piled it all up. Someone came by with a pick-up truck and we scraped them all up and brought them to you. You fixed him up, and I guess he’s living happily ever after, I get a Christmas care every year. Probably some of those utensils you will have there might look familiar to me, I remember handing you one or two.” center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved an ordinance at their meeting on Wednesday to allow the City Manager to accept a donation in order to establish a Bush Doctor’s Historic Cabin/Museum from Dr. Peter Hansen and the Kenai Community Foundation. Some of the councilmembers took the opportunity prior to the vote to share stories of Dr. Hansen. Councilmember Henry Knackstedt: “I want to thank you for all of your contributions through time here, they are visible, and used. This particular building is being constructed right now, and you are funding it.” last_img read more

Google Maps will now tell you how packed your train will be

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Rylo Angela Lang/CNET Mobile Google Maps,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See It See it An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See It Apple iPhone XS $6 at Tidal Find out if your train or bus will have standing room only, or if you’ll be able to snag a seat. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Now you can know just how miserable your commute will (or won’t) be before you even get to the train station. Google Maps on Thursday rolled out a feature that predicts how crowded a train, subway or bus will be based on previous rides. Riders can see this information and then decide if they want to stick it out or wait for things to clear up.  The company also launched live updates on traffic delays for buses in locations where it doesn’t already have real-time information from local transit agencies. Riders can now see if their bus will be late and how long they’ll have to wait. They’ll also get more-precise travel times based on live traffic conditions, and will be able to see where the delays are on the map.   The two features roll out Thursday in around 200 cities worldwide, and are available on both Android and iOS.  Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) The Cheapskate Comments $155 at Google Express $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the AirPods review Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Google Maps for Android $210 at Best Buy $59 at eBay DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250)center_img Best Buy $520 at HP Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Read the Rylo camera preview Turo: Save $30 on any car rental TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo $999 See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) $299 at Amazon 2 Comments See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Tags Share your voice Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read DJI Osmo Action preview 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Amazonlast_img read more

No Virat Kohli but Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in ICC Team

first_imgTwitterThe ICC, after the completion of the Cricket World Cup, have announced the Team of the Tournament. Only two Indians find a place in the XI and it doesn’t include the captain Virat Kohli. Opener Rohit Sharma, who scored five centuries in the tournament, and Jasprit Bumrah, whose primacy in the world of ODI bowling was once again proven, were part of the chosen group of players.Virat had an uncharacteristically underwhelming time in the event. Coming into the World Cup with 41 ODI centuries, just eight short of Sachin Tendulkar’s world record mark of 49, he failed to add any in the 10 matches that India played. There were some high-class fifties from Kohli but, surprisingly, he failed to convert any of them into three-figure scores. Rohit Sharma scored five hundreds in the tournamentTwitter/ICCRohit, on the other hand, hit a purple patch during the last month-and-a-half and seemed unstoppable. He equalled Sachin’s record of most World Cup hundreds – six – in less than half the matches that the master blaster took. He also raised the bar by scoring five centuries in one World Cup – an unprecedented achievement.Bumrah came into this tournament as the best limited-overs bowler in the world. And he cemented his reputation even further by impeccable performances in almost all the matches. If it wasn’t for him, India may well have suffered a humiliating loss against Afghanistan. In death overs, the Gujarat pacer demonstrated again and again that he is unmatched when it comes to keeping runs down in the final overs. Jasprit Bumrah was brilliant for India.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesThe winners of the tournament, England, had four players in the side – opener Jason Roy, all-rounder Ben Stokes, middle-order batsman Joe Root and their new pace sensation Jofra Archer. Runners-up New Zealand were represented by their captain Kane Williamson, who was also given the honour of being the skipper of this side, and speedster Lockie Ferguson. The latter proved to be a major force in the middle overs with his wicket-taking prowess.The other losing semi-finalist Australia also had two of their players in the line-up – wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey and Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the tournament.Only one player from a team that didn’t play the semis qualified for the XI – Shakib Al-Hasan. The Bangladesh all-rounder had an incredible tournament were he scored over 600 runs and took 11 wickets.Interestingly, there were no spinners in the XI apart from Shakib. The four frontline bowlers were all pacers and all capable of bowling at over 150/kph. This is a testament to the big role played by genuine speed in the tournament.Team of the Tournament: Jason Roy, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Joe Root, Shakib Al-Hasan, Ben Stokes, Alex Carey (WK), Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Lockie Ferguson, Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

Police responding to shooter in Las Vegas

first_imgHarvest country music festival after apparent gun fire was heard on 1 October, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: AFPPolice swarmed the Las Vegas strip late Sunday following reports of multiple shots fired from the Mandalay Bay casino, police and US media reported.”We’re investigating reports of an active shooter near/around Mandalay Bay Casino,” police said on Twitter. Several people including a police officer had been shot at a nearby outdoor concert, the Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported.last_img

BCL forms probe body over Mondays clash

first_imgA three-member committee has been formed to look into Monday’s clash between factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) after announcement of a 301-member central body, reports UNB.New vice-president Al Nahian Khan Joy, law affairs secretary Fuad Hossain Sahadat and research secretary Pallab Kumar Barman are members of the committee.It has been asked to submit a report within 48 hours, said a Bangladesh Chhatra League press release issued on Monday night.At least seven people were injured during the clash at Madhur Canteen. Witnesses said the melee took place when a number of BCL activists, who did not get any post in the new committee, held a press conference in the canteen.last_img

Double Suicide Bombing In Afghanistan Kills 25 People Including 9 Journalists

first_img Share Photo by Omar Sobhani/ReutersAfghan security forces are seen at the site of a second blast in Kabul, Afghanistan April 30, 2018. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani – RC19C7812B10A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing at least 25 people, including nine Afghan journalists, officials said.An AFP photographer, a cameraman for the local Tolo TV station and several reporters for the Afghan branch of Radio Free Europe were among the fatalities, police said.At least 45 people were wounded in the twin attacks, according to Kabul police spokesman, Hashmat Stanekzai, who also said four policemen were among those killed.The attack was the latest in a relentless string of deadly large-scale bombings and assaults that have struck Kabul and elsewhere in Afghanistan so far this year. And even as the Afghan capital reeled from Monday’s assault, a suicide car bombing a few hours later in the southern province of Kandahar killed 11 children, a police spokesman said. Eight Romanian NATO soldiers were wounded in that bombing.In a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website, the Islamic State group said two of its martyrdom seekers carried out the Kabul bombings, targeting the headquarters of the “renegade” Afghan intelligence services.The blasts took place in the central Shash Darak area, home to NATO headquarters and a number of embassies and foreign offices — as well as the Afghan intelligence service.Stanekzai, the police spokesman, said the first suicide bomber was on a motor bike while the second explosion meant to hit those scrambling to get to the scene to help the victims of the first blast.The second attacker was on foot, in a crowd of reporters rushing to the site of the first attack, pretending to be one of the media, the spokesman said. The bomber then detonated his explosives while still among the reporters, Stanekzai said, intentionally targeting journalists.Agence France-Presse said the news agency’s chief photographer in Kabul, Shah Marai, was among those killed. AFP said Marai died in a blast that struck journalists who had rushed to the scene of the earlier attack.Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said along with the nine journalists killed, six were wounded. However, Sediqullah Tawhidi, an official with the Afghan Journalist Safety Committee, sad only five journalists wounded. Conflicting casualty tolls are common in the immediate aftermath of big attacks.The Paris-based group named the journalists, working for media organizations from multiple countries, adding that Monday’s attack was the deadliest targeting reporters since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. The group, also known by its French acronym RSF, said 36 media workers have been killed in Afghanistan in attacks by IS or the Taliban since 2016.RSF urged the Afghan government to do more to protect journalists.Survivors and witnesses recounted scenes of mayhem.Jawed Ghulam Sakhi, a 28-year-old a taxi driver said “when the explosion happened, everywhere was covered with dust and fire, it was such a horrific scene” with bodies and body parts “thrown about on the street and the pavement.”“I saw journalists covered with blood, this time they targeted the media,” Sakhi added.Masouda, a young woman who was with her husband nearby, assailed the authorities. Her husband was wounded and was taken to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.“I don’t know who is responsible for all these attacks, every day we lose our loved ones and no one in this government is taking responsibility for the killing of these innocent people,” she said.Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attacks. The presidential palace released a statement saying that attacks targeting innocent civilians, worshippers inside the mosques, national and democratic processes, reporters and freedom of speech all are war crimes.The U.S. Embassy also condemned the “savage bombings” in Kabul and reiterated its support for the Afghan people and Ghani’s government in their fight against terrorism.”“We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured,” it said, adding that “where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat.”Kabul chief of police Dawood Amin said the area hit was quickly sealed off and authorities were investigating. Mohammad Mousa Zahir, director of Wazir Akbarkhan Hospital, said several people suffering injuries from the blasts were being treated at his hospital.In its claim of responsibility, the Afghan affiliate of IS, known as Khorasan Province, said the first martyrdom seeker detonated his explosive vest near the intelligence service in central Kabul, forcing officers to head to the area of the explosion. The statement said the second attacker detonated his explosives vest after that. The statement, which exaggerated the overall death toll as militant claims often do, did not say journalists were specifically targeted.In the Kandahar attack, an Afghan official said a suicide bomber targeted a NATO convoy in the district of Daman but killed 11 children from a religious school nearby. The children had gathered around the NATO convoy for fun when the bomber struck, said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar.Matiullah Helal, deputy spokesman for the provincial police chief, said 16 people were also wounded in that attack, including NATO soldiers, civilians and policemen.Romania’ defense minister, Mihai Fifor, said eight Romanian troops with the “Carpathian Eagles” were among the wounded. NATO said the wounded service members, who are all in stable condition, were taken to Kandahar Airfield’s hospital for treatment.Gen. John Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission, said in a statement that “if the enemies of Afghanistan think their cowardly actions will deter the commitment of the brave Afghan forces and our Resolute Support advisers, or the call by the Afghan people for peace, they are sorely mistaken.”In other violence Monday, at least four Afghan policemen were killed in northern Balkh province, said Sher Mohammad Abu-Tariq, the district chief in Nahri Shahi. The insurgents ambushed the police vehicle and fired RPGs.Also, an Afghan police officer was killed and four people were wounded in an explosion in eastern Nangarhar province, said Attuhullah Khogynai, spokesman for the provincial governor. He said the slain officer was the chief of the criminal investigations unit for Behsud district.No one claimed responsibility for the other attacks. The IS affiliate in Afghanistan first emerged in Nangarhar a few years ago, then expanded its footprint to elsewhere across the country.IS and the more firmly established Taliban carry out regular attacks, with the Taliban usually targeting the Afghan government and security forces and IS targeting members of the country’s the Shiite minority, whom the affiliate perceives as apostates.The relentless assaults underscore the struggles that Afghan security forces have faced to reign in the militant groups since the United States and NATO concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014. Both groups want to establish strict Islamic rule in Afghanistan.Last week, an Islamic State suicide bomber attacked a voter registration center in Kabul, killing 60 people and wounding at least 130 others. There were 22 women and eight children among the fatalities.And the month before, an IS suicide bomber targeted a Shiite shrine in Kabul where people had gathered celebrating the Persian new year. That attack killed 31 people and wounded 65 others.last_img read more

Dispute over State Senator Sylvia Garcias Intent to Resign Continues

first_img Share Julia Reihs/KUTThis file photo shows Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia speaking at the 2018 Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. The dispute over her intent to resign continues.The dispute over State Senator Sylvia Garcia’s intent to resign continues.Weeks ago, Garcia, who is a Democrat, sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott announcing her intent to resign effective January 2. She wanted Abbott to call a special election to fill her Senate seat and have it coincide with the regular November election.Abbott’s office said her letter didn’t meet the legal standards of an official resignation. His office asked Garcia to submit a new letter and remove the word “intent.”However, instead of writing a new letter, Garcia’s camp asked Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart to call the special election, and threatened to sue him if he didn’t do it.Stanart, who is a Republican, responded Tuesday through a statement. He said that, after consulting with the Texas Secretary of State and Harris County’s legal department, everyone is in agreement that he doesn’t have the authority to call elections.Stanart alleged Garcia is intentionally wording her resignation letter so it won’t go into effect until January 2, when she’d qualify for a bigger state pension. Garcia’s attorney has previously stated that her pension has nothing to do with it.Responding to an inquiry from News 88.7, Garcia said in a statement that “the Governor won’t do his job, and apparently, neither will members of his Party with the responsibility to enforce the State Constitution.”“I have no intention of stooping to their game of personal attacks,” said the Senator, while adding that she will “continue fighting to make sure the 850,000 Texans of SD 6 have a Senator on the floor Day 1 of the legislative session.”last_img read more

YouTube 4K Content Goes Live on Comcasts Xfinity X1 SetTops

first_imgWhat’s more, broadcast and cable networks have been slow to adopt 4K. This means that online services like YouTube have quickly become the biggest source of 4K videos on cable boxes. In addition to YouTube, Comcast’s X1 is also streaming movies and TV shows in 4K resolution from Netflix and Amazon. Popular on Variety Comcast television subscribers can now enjoy YouTube in ultra-high definition: The Google-owned video service is now serving up 4K videos on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes, the cable company announced Monday.X1 owners who also happen to have a X1 voice remote can get access to a curated selection of 4K content by asking the set-top for “4K videos on YouTube.” They obviously also need a 4K-capable TV set to truly enjoy those videos.Comcast first brought a YouTube app to its platform in 2017. Since then, YouTube has become one of the most popular voice search requests on the X1, the company said Monday.Adding 4K content to the X1 YouTube app may seem like a minor feature update, but it’s notable for 2 reasons: First, cable companies used to resist serving up over-the-top video content on their set-top boxes, for the fear of devaluing paid TV networks. But over time, most of them realized that customers who bought streaming devices to fill the gap were more prone to cut the cord altogether.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Biometric security is always a field of interest for those people who need to keep your data secure. Currently, it is used in a wide variety of high security applications, mostly by large companies with large amounts of customer data to protect. But, in the future you may be able to use a retinal scan to sign into your favorite social networking sites such as Facebook, and your email. More information: www.hoyos.com/Products/ConsumerProducts.aspxvia CNET Tired of Passwords? Replace Them With Your Fingerprint © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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.center_img Explore further Citation: EyeLock brings biometric security to your websites (2011, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-eyelock-biometric-websites.html The company behind this idea is the Hoyos Group which is a New York-based company that was founded in 2005. They have created a new product, called EyeLock, which was first unveiled at the Finovate conference in San Francisco. The device, which is a portable iris-scanner about the size of a business card, is also a USB drive. This allows it to work with a variety of machines. Once the user has installed a special program they can choose which applications to EyeLock. You can give the system software your log in information for those sites. The next time you want to sign into your favorite site all you have to do is hold the scanner in front of your eye. The tool will then automatically log you into your site. Users who wear glasses will be happy to find out that they do not have to remove them in order to complete the scan. This will be the first time that iris scanning technology will be an option for users on the consumer market. Since it will allow for the tracking of multiple log on the devices will no doubt be convenient. Though it may make signing onto your favorite sites more secure users should be aware that if they lose the device they will have a lot of different passwords to change since no device is un-hackable and the passwords are stored on it.last_img read more

Threeday fair in Salt Lake to showcase organic products

first_imgKolkata: Prakriti Organic Farmfresh India Ltd. (POFIL) is organising a three-day carnival of products at Salt Lake City Centre which will be inaugurated by state Technical Education, Training and Skill Development minister Purnendu Basu on Friday. “The state government has identified 120 clusters across the state under which more than 7,500 farmers have been involved in the production of organic vegetables. The farmers who have worked in this area have got assistance under the “Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana” (PKVY) — a scheme under which farming is promoted through adoption of organic village by the cluster approach and PGS certification. Our aim is to enable people of the state to have organic products at a reasonable rate. The most important part in this venture has been the motivation of farmers in the state to adopt organic farming and the Bengal government has been successfully able to do the same,” said Mannu Chowdhary, Managing Director of POFIL. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsApart from a plethora of organic vegetables and fruits, the special attraction will be two varieties of mangoes — Amrapali and Mallika from Bankura and also export quality watermelons from Bankura. The Himsagar and Langda varieties of mango from Malda will also make it to the three-day carnival along with organic tea from Darjeeling and three varieties of rice — Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and Black Rice. The state government is laying a lot of emphasis on production of organic vegetables as various studies have highlighted excessive use of pesticides in normal ones. The state is also holding two markets of organic vegetables — one at Bidhan Sishu Udyan in Ultadanga and another at Baguiati weekly.”We are processing the products in a scientific manner and packaging it mentioning the name of the farmer who has produced that particular vegetable so that customers can have a direct link with the farmer. A number of farmers will also be present at the carnival,” Chowdhary added. Organic products from Uttar Pradesh will also be a part of the event.last_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

Workaholism Is the Threat That Masquerades as Dedication

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. You can’t miss them — large, white buses with tinted windows shuttling tech professionals both ways between San Francisco and the southern end of Silicon Valley. One day while stuck in traffic, I looked at the buses and thought, “Why can’t these smart companies create an algorithm to avoid sending people in both directions — thereby avoiding pushing them to start their workdays even earlier while en route to the office?”And then it hit me. We don’t need an algorithm to optimize who works from which location — we need to reimagine the workday for knowledge workers.Always-available culture. For most of my career, I’ve worked in tech in Silicon Valley. I remember the first time I got a device that allowed me to read work email away from my desk. It felt liberating. Then, as more people got mobile devices, our always-available culture became an everyone-always-on culture. I never realized how fatiguing it was to be on all the time until I got a chance to turn it off.Related: Working 80 Hours a Week is Not Actually What Leads to SuccessAt too many companies, there is no chance to turn it off. From the moment employees begin their morning commutes until the moment they check their email “just one more time” before closing their eyes at night, connected teams are working. Work seeps into every part of their life — their evenings, weekends and vacations. Even their sleep! And many business owners and leaders fuel this norm by operating the same way themselves.More harm than good.Studies show that this overwork — whether management requires it, encourages it or tacitly accepts it — is detrimental to our teams and our businesses. Is a team that works in always-on mode dedicated and productive — or perpetually on the brink of burnout?The downsides can be very real.Related: 3 Reasons Founders Need to Stop Trying So HardHealth problems result. And health problems lead to more sick days and a revolving door. Studies have shown that people who work more also drink more. They’re more likely to be depressed. They demonstrate a link between overwork and illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. Ailing employees eventually call in sick, and when they can’t take the pace anymore, they quit — and that’s expensive for companies.Tired employees don’t do good work.The difference between working 40 hours per week and working, say 55 or more, shows up in the quality of the work. In the ‘80s, the Whitehall II study in Great Britain highlighted a drop in cognitive function for those working longer schedules. Teams that spend more hours at their desks but get progressively less effective aren’t benefiting the business.Overworking doesn’t create a noticeable difference.We can’t tell the difference between employees who overwork and those who don’t. This was the finding of a Boston University business professor who studied consultants. Do you know whether your star performer is actually working 70 hours a week — or just pretending to in order to impress you? Research shows you probably can’t tell the difference.Related: Those 12-Hour Days Are Killing You Without Helping Your BusinessThese are the things that go through my mind when I see those white buses rolling through Silicon Valley, carrying knowledge workers who are “maximizing their days” by working through long commutes. As their days expand, the value these professionals deliver for their companies actually decreases. Ending this toxic workaholism — and building a healthier workforce and healthier companies — will require a loud, clear, honest call to action from the top. We need to lead by example and say to our teams, “Whatever work is following you into your evenings, weekends and vacations — it can wait.” Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read October 25, 2016 Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

Tornion Panimo are a large craft brewery in North

first_img“Tornion Panimo are a large craft brewery in Northern Finland with a history spanning over 140 years, and are now launching a ‘Brewmaster Legends’ range of family beers.“This involves brewing beer with brewmasters from different countries and backgrounds.“So far, they have worked with a legendary brewmaster from Finland, Leo Andelin (creator of Lapin Kulta), a Czech brewmaster David Maša, and now I am to become the third brewmaster to collaborate with them on this project when I visit later this month.“It’s an incredible opportunity for a collaboration between Tornion Panimo and the Walled City Brewery with thanks to the NICHE project. “This is about brewing beer styles native to the brewmaster’s country, so together we will be brewing an ‘Irish Red Ale’ which will be launched in Finland.“We are also pushing our collaboration further by planning to brew a ‘Lapland Beer’ to be launched in Derry in the run up to Christmas.”Welcoming the joint collaboration between the Walled City Brewery and Tornion Panimo, Acting Tourism Manager with Derry City & Strabane District Council Jennifer O’Donnell said:“I am delighted that the Walled City Brewery and Tornion Panimo have developed such a strong, collaborative working relationship.“This is a great example of how the NICHE project can help businesses increase their capability and capacity for innovation, thus ensuring sustainability and growth.“We have seen food provenance and production really come to the fore in recent years. The NICHE project helps us to learn from other regions in Europe facing similar challenges and opportunities within the food and drinks sector.“Strong collaborative working relationships – such as this one established between the Walled City Brewery and Tornion Panimo – provides us with a great opportunity to build upon international best practice and reinforce our position as a real foodie hub.”WALLED CITY BREWERY ‘NICHE’ COLLABORATION LEADS TO LAUNCH OF ‘LAPLAND BEER’ was last modified: November 13th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet IRISH RED ALEJAMES HUEYTornion Panimo BreweryWALLED CITY BREWERY ‘NICHE’ COLLABORATION LEADS TO LAUNCH OF ‘LAPLAND BEER’WALLED CITY BREWMASTER FOLLOWING on from a successful visit to Finland this year as part of the Council-supported ‘NICHE’ project – the Walled City Brewery have been working in collaboration with Lapland’s Tornion Panimo Brewery to produce an ‘Irish Red Ale’ and ‘Lapland Beer’ to be launched in the run up to Christmas.Derry City & Strabane District Council hosted a ‘NICHE’ summit in March 2017 – attended by delegates from seven European regions involved in the INTERREG project which aims to develop international best practice in food innovation.Since then, there has been ‘staff exchange trips’ throughout the partner regions to help food and drink producers build innovative ‘food value’ chains.Walled City Brewmaster James Huey said: “Following on from our successful visit to Finland on the back of the DCSDC-supported NICHE project, our Executive Chef Jill McKillop made contact with a brewery from Lapland called Tornion Panimo.last_img read more

Harry

first_img Harry Furthermore, a few months ago when I went to my bank (Wells Fargo) to cash a check from Ambassador (any time you cash in more then $600 of precious metals here in Tucson you are issued a check instead of cash) the teller at the bank asked me what the check was for. I asked the bank clerk to elaborate on what she meant by ‘what the check was for’. The teller (a nice young lady) told me it was now ‘required policy to ask everyone who was cashing or depositing a check from a jewelry store, coin store or a coin & stamp store’. I told this clerk that in all fairness it was none of the bank’s business why the jewelry store issued me a check. At this the clerk went and got the bank manager. I told the bank manager that it was none of the bank’s business why the jewelry store issued me a check. The bank manager told me that he was required to record this information otherwise he could not process the check. I asked him if he couldn’t process the check or the bank couldn’t process the check (I was starting to get irritated). I just thought I’d let you know that yesterday I went to Ambassador Jewelers here in Tucson to sell (sadly) a measly 10 ounces of silver. To do so I had to submit to having my right index finger inked and fingerprinted. When I told them (politely) that I would prefer not to have to have my finger inked up and pressed onto a piece of paper I was informed that they would be unable to purchase the silver. I asked them when this process of finger printing became a standard step they told me January 1st of this year.  Considering it’s a Saturday column, I don’t have that many stories for you today…and I’m rather happy about that.You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3. – Paul F. Crickmore…SR-71 test pilotToday’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is almost fifty years old…scary stuff, as I remember this song all too well.  I’m sure you will as well…and the link is here.Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is an old chestnut from the master of the romantic era…Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky and, after two unsuccessful attempts, was rewritten in the form we know it today way back in 1880.  Whenever this was programmed in the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra‘s season, it was pretty much guaranteed to be a sold-out house…and a standing ovation at the end.  This performance is with the London Symphony Orchestra with Russian Maestro Valery Gergiev conducting.  The run time on this is a hair over 20 minutes…and the link is here.  Enjoy!Well, was that the bottom?  Beats me, but if I had to bet a dollar, I’d say we’re pretty close…at least in gold.  Both Ted Butler and I are still concerned about silver, because the short position is still massive, even if JPMorgan et al took another 10,000 contract off the Commercial net short position during the last three days of the week.  If you remember, I’ve been commenting on the lack of silver volume all week long during this engineered price decline.  Even yesterday’s net volume was underwhelming.In June of last year, the Commercial net short position in silver got down around the 12,000 contract mark…and even with those estimated 10,000 contracts removed from the current Commercial net short position, it still stands at 36,000 at the moment…and that’s light years off that June 2012 low.Can JPMorgan et al get the liquidation necessary to get their short positions that low again?  I don’t know.  But if they tried, we’d have to see significantly lower silver prices to get there.  But can they, or will they?  That is the $64,000 question at the moment.Of course the other question that has to be answered is this.  If we have seen the bottom, either yesterday…or early next week, what will “da boyz” do on the next rally?  Will they be the short sellers of last report as they have been for the last twenty-five years, or will they stand aside at let the prices go?The answers to both those question should be known in the not-to-distant future.  So, in actual fact, there are two $64,000 questions floating around out there…and nothing else matters except the answers to those two questions.Here are the 3-year charts for both silver and gold.  As you can see, we are pretty close to what I consider to be a major bottom…and once “da boyz” can’t get any more technical fund long liquidation, the bottom will be in, regardless of the price…or the size of the Commercial net short position at the time.So we wait.(Click on image to enlarge)(Click on image to enlarge)In closing today’s column, I’d like to point out one more time that the world’s fiat currency system…and the financial and economic system that has risen out of it since August 15, 1971…is pretty much on its last legs.  What will replace it is still unknown…but the powers that be know all too well that they can’t muddle along much further without everything either blowing up or melting down…and the ever-increasing signs of that are all around them.As GATA’s Chris Powell said many years back…”There are no markets anymore, only interventions”…and that pretty much describes what passes for monetary, financial and economic policy on Planet Earth today.It can’t…and won’t…last much longer.Because of the President’s Day holiday in the U.S. on Monday, I may or may not have a column on Tuesday…so if there isn’t one posted on this website by 7:00 a.m. Eastern time on that day, you’ll know why. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations.An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation (March 2012)  of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff.Please visit our website for more information. And so it goes … (down the toilet). All the best, Well, was that the bottom? Beats me, but if I had to bet a dollar, I’d say we’re pretty close…at least in gold.The gold price traded pretty flat through Far East trading on their Friday…but then dipped slightly at the London open going into the a.m. gold fix.  From there it traded flat until 1:00 p.m. GMT…8:00 a.m. in New York…and about twenty minutes before the Comex open.By the time that JPMorgan et al were done for the day, the low tick checked in at $1,596.00 spot around 10:35 a.m. Eastern time.  From there, the price rallied back to the $1,610 spot mark, but wasn’t allowed to trade above that price for the rest of the Friday session.On an engineered price decline of this magnitude, the trading volume was immense…around 284,000 contracts, give or take…and gold closed at $1,610.10 spot…down $24.30 on the day.Of course silver was the metal that “da boyz” were really after…and it was under light selling pressure right from the moment that Far East trading began on their Friday morning.  However, by 1:00 p.m. GMT in London, silver was only down about a dime from Thursday’s close.But once the engineered price decline began, it was sold down hard throughout the entire Comex trading session…and the low tick of the day [$29.59 spot] was set at precisely 2:45 p.m. Eastern time in electronic trading.The subsequent rally wasn’t allowed to get far…although the price did recover about 20 cents from its low.Silver closed the Friday trading day at $29.80 spot…down 60 cents from Thursday’s close.  Gross volume was around 96,000 contracts, but once the spreads and roll-overs for March were subtracted, the net volume was only 44,000 contracts.The dollar index opened at 80.39 on Friday morning in Japan…and hit its nadir [80.22] just minutes before the London open.  The high tick [80.57] was in around 7:30 a.m. in New York…and from there the index faded a hair in the close.  The dollar index finished the day at 80.48…up about 10 basis points.For the umpteenth day in a row, there was no correlation between the currencies and the precious metal price action.The gold stocks gapped down and then headed for the nether reaches of the earth…and from about 10:30 a.m. Eastern time onwards, the stocks bounced along the bottom despite the fact that the gold price recovered a bit after that.  The HUI got smoked to the tune of 3.61%.The silver stocks got hit pretty hard as well, but did a little better than their golden brethren.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.20%.(Click on image to enlarge)And here’s the long-term Silver Sentiment Index so you can see how things look going back several years.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 78 gold and 65 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday within the Comex-approved depositories.  It was “all the usual suspects” in gold…and in silver it was Jefferies as the big short/issuer of note once again with 60 contracts issued…and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia stopping 63 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no reported changed in either GLD or SLV yesterday.The U.S. Mint had a small sales report yesterday.  They sold 5,000 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 35,000 silver eagles.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 43,000 ounces of gold eagles…3,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 1,643,500 silver eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold sales ratio for February to date stands at just under 36 to 1.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday, they didn’t report receiving any silver, but did ship 350,997 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that activity is here.I’m happy to report that were big improvements in the Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold in yesterday’s Commitment of Traders Report from the CFTC.In silver, the Commercial net short position declined by 5,149 contracts…or 25.7 million ounces.  The total Commercial net short position is now down to 234.0 million ounces of silver.The Big 4 traders are short 256.7 million ounces of silver, or 109.7% of the entire Commercial net short position…and Ted Butler says that JPMorgan Chase is short 167.5 million ounces of that amount all by itself.The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short an additional 54.2 million ounces of silver, bringing the Big 8’s total up to 310.9 million ounces…of which JPMorgan Chase holds over 50% of the Big 8’s short position on its own.As far as concentration goes…the Big 4 are short 50.5% of the entire Comex futures market in silver…of which 33 percentage points of that amount is held by JPMorgan on its own.  Just think about that for a second….one trader is short one third of the entire silver market!  And it’s my opinion the Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia is short about 11 percentage points of the Comex silver market as well…so these two banks are short about 44% of the entire silver market between them on a net basis…and these are minimum percentages.The ‘5 through 8’ traders are short another 10.7 percentage points of the Comex futures market in silver.  So the Big 8 are short over 61% of the silver market on a net basis.In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by 13,954 contracts, or 1.40 million ounces. The Commercial net short position in gold is now down to 16.07 million ounces.The Big 4 are short 9.92 million ounces…and the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 5.66 million ounces.  The Big 8 are short 15.58 million ounces of gold, or 97.0% of the entire Commercial net short position.As far as concentration goes, the Big 4 are short 27.1% of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a ‘net’ basis.  The ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are short an additional 15.4 percentage points…so, in total, the Big 8 are short 42.5% of the entire Comex futures market in gold on a net basis and, once again, those are minimum percentages.Here’s Nick’s now world famous “Days of World Production to Cover Short Positions” chart.  JPMorgan is short about 87 days of world silver production…and it’s my opinion that Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia is short about 27 days of world silver production.  That’s two banks short 114 days of world silver production between them…just about four months.  Also note how the four short traders in silver totally dominate the short side.  The ‘5 through 8’ trader’s position…even in total…just don’t matter.If you’d like to view the interactive, long-term COT charts going back about sixteen years, you can do so by clicking here for silver…and here for gold.It nearly goes without saying that since the Tuesday cut-off for yesterday’s COT Report, there has been an even bigger improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both silver and gold than we had in this last report.  I’m guessing between 7-10,000 more contracts in silver…and 20-30,000 additional contracts in gold…especially after the engineered price declines we saw yesterday.  Yesterday was a capitulation to the down side in spades…all courtesy of JPMorgan and friends.Further to the story about producing I.D. for buying or selling gold bullion or jewellery in the U.S.A…I got the following e-mail from reader Harry Morgan yesterday…Hello Ed, Sponsor Advertisement Anyway, the reason for my email was to let you/others know that, at least in Tucson, when you sell any precious metals (even 10 measly ounces of silver), you will be fingerprinted. So I said I worked at the store and this was a paycheck, then said that I had robbed a home, stolen some jewelry and sold that to Ambassador, then I said I had bought them all lunch and this check was to cover my expenses. Admittedly I was being an ass but I was very agitated about this intrusion into my personal business. So we had this little stand off until I said (firmly and evenly) that I sold a couple of my watches. At this they processed my check.last_img read more

Public transport providers and local authorities a

first_imgPublic transport providers and local authorities are using loopholes in legislation to avoid their legal obligations to ensure that buses are accessible to disabled people, campaigners fear.They believe that transport companies are using three different loopholes to allow them to cut costs and use ageing, inaccessible buses.Access laws state that all buses and coaches have to meet the Public Service Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (PSVAR) – which date back to 2000 – but coaches have until January 2020 to comply, while all single-deck buses have had to comply by January 2016.One of the ways that some bus companies have been dodging the regulations, it is believed, is by simply removing the hanging straps in buses, and placing “no standing” signs in their vehicles.This means they can call their vehicles coaches instead of buses, because there are no standing passengers.Another tactic is to block-book inaccessible buses for contracts to provide free school transport.Buses that provide only free school transport do not have to meet PSVAR, but the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency has told disabled activist Doug Paulley that it believes some councils are trying to cut costs by using inaccessible vehicles, while at the same time allowing members of the public to use the buses as fare-paying passengers, and also charging some pupils, which should invalidate the PSVAR exemption.The third loophole used by bus companies is to take advantage of regulations that allow inaccessible vehicles that are more than 20 years old to be used for a maximum of 20 days a year.Paulley (pictured), who is currently awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether disabled people should have priority in using the wheelchair space on buses, said he has caught a bus that was inaccessible to wheelchair-users, despite the PSVAR, and which was taking advantage of both the 20 days-a-year loophole, and the free school transport loophole.He said: “When the government put the deadlines for accessibility in place, they set the deadlines at the projected lifetime of buses and predicted that all existing buses would be worn out and out of circulation by now.“It seems bonkers to me that operators are playing silly buggers to get round the ban on using inaccessible buses, to enable them to use recently bought, ancient and inaccessible buses on scheduled bus services. And I think it treats us with contempt.”Paulley is also concerned that the law is almost impossible to enforce for a disabled person because it comes under criminal legislation, rather than civil law.This means that any breach of the law would have to be proved “beyond reasonable doubt” instead of “on the balance of probabilities”, even if an organisation could be persuaded to take on the prosecution.He added: “It’s perverse that something that was considered so important that failure to comply was made a criminal offense, is so easily sidestepped and not enforced or enforceable.”The Department for Transport failed to comment by 11am today (18 August), despite repeatedly promising to do so.last_img read more

Online observatory aims to combat energy poverty

Energy poverty is caused by income limitations and energy inefficiency, according to experts. Credit: Max Pixel/ image is in public domain Expert urges government to consider ‘fuel-poor’ households Household energy poverty has been described as a lack of adequate energy services for warmth, cooling, lighting and to power appliances needed for essential services and to support health and a decent standard of living.It is not the same as financial poverty, according to Stefan Bouzarovski, professor of human geography at the University of Manchester, UK. “Energy poverty is driven not just by income limitations but energy inefficiency,” he said.Thought to have increased since the financial crisis of 2008, energy poverty is now estimated to affect around 10% of the EU population, or 50 million Europeans. It is a problem that goes beyond the ability to afford heating bills, as a lack of heat or cooling and the associated stress is thought to have knock-on effects in health, and educational and career attainment.Prof. Bouzarovski was speaking at a conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 29 January to launch the EU Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV), an open-source online repository for energy-related data. The idea is to develop indicators to measure energy poverty across the EU and provide a source of comprehensive, accurate information to help people create innovative policies and practices to address the problem.Prof. Bouzarovski, who will chair the EPOV steering committee, has spent the last five years investigating the different dimensions of energy poverty in Eastern and Central Europe as part of a project called EVALUATE, which he says has helped to build up a substantial knowledge base on European fuel poverty and energy efficiency.He says the different ways that countries across the EU deal with energy policy presents challenges for researchers. “There is no one-size fits all approach,” he said. Different legal regimes and assessment criteria exist throughout Europe, meaning developing high-quality data can be challenging.Countries also adopt diverse approaches to the financial aspects of energy, with some authorities subsidising tariffs and others funding cash supports to help customers pay bills. Provided by Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine If you have ever run up arrears on your bills or shivered without turning on the heat at home during winter because you are concerned about the cost, then you may be experiencing energy poverty. The specific challenges faced by individual countries are also different. According to Prof. Bouzarovski, the regions most at risk of energy poverty are southern and central Europe. But the energy problems in cities in Spain, where the main challenge is often cooling, and small towns in Hungary, where adequate heat can be an issue, are quite different.PlatformThe EU Energy Poverty Observatory is not a physical building with monitoring equipment and telescopes. Rather, it has been designed as a user-friendly web platform where members can share insights from data, reports and case studies, in order to devise ways of tackling challenges such as energy efficiency, security and affordability.Addressing the conference, Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, pointed out that heating is the third most demanding use for energy, after transport and electricity, and that a more efficient, clean energy industry is essential to the people of Europe.”It’s our duty to make sure that no one is left behind,” he said.The conference heard that in some regions, people spend 10% of their income on energy services, while others spend upwards of 25%, and affordability could become more of an issue as the EU moves towards a decarbonised economy.Speaking at the event, Claude Turmes, a member of the European parliament (MEP), said that the ability to pursue green efficiency is currently the preserve of a determined, privileged few who can invest time and money in energy solutions.For example, the upfront costs of installing an energy-saving device such as a solar panel can be prohibitive and prevent positive change. Up to 85% of buildings in the EU are not energy efficient, yet retrofitting a typical family home with insulation can easily run to tens-of-thousands of euros.Also, often there is also no incentive for landlords to insulate and refurbish their properties with energy efficiency in mind because the costs of usage are paid by the tenant. EPOV hopes to study factors that can influence change in those areas and give people insight into practices elsewhere. For example, some countries address this by stipulating combined rent and heating bills to share the burden of costs between landlords and tenants.Theresa Griffin MEP, who also spoke at the event, said that European policy must enable a just transition to a low-carbon economy. “Through our collective efforts, we can ensure that from 2018 and beyond, no European ever again has to choose between heating, cooling or eating,” she said. Citation: Online observatory aims to combat energy poverty (2018, January 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-online-observatory-aims-combat-energy.html Explore further 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. read more

New method automatically computes realistic movement with friction from 3D design

first_imgSimulating any 3-D surface or structure—from tree leaves and garments to pages of a book—is a computationally challenging, time-consuming task. While various geometric tools are available to mimic the shape modeling of these surfaces, a new method is making it possible to also compute and enable the physics—movement and distortion—of the surface and does so intuitively and with realistic results. 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. Researchers from Inria, the French National Institute for computer science and applied mathematics, have developed a novel algorithm that computes the shape of the surface at rest, that is, without any external force, and when this shape is deformed under gravity, contact and friction, it precisely matches the shape the user has designed.”Imagine you want to create a fancy garment on a 3-D character. With our method, you can freely design this garment directly in 3-D, around the character. You don’t have to care about physics, but just about the shape, including the folds and wrinkles, that you would like to see at the final stage,” explains Florence Bertails-Descoubes, scientific supervisor of the work and a researcher at INRIA. “Once you’ve completed the modeling, our algorithm automatically converts the geometric cloth into a physical one.”Users draw or design any 3-D surface utilizing their preferred geometric tools and can then turn to the new computational method to convert the surface into a physical object, and one that may or may not make contact with other surfaces. Bertails-Descoubes collaborated on the work with her Ph.D. students Mickaël Ly and Romain Casati and Inria colleagues Melina Skouras and Laurence Boissieux, and the team will present at SIGGRAPH Asia 2018 in Tokyo 4 December to 7 December. The annual conference features the most respected technical and creative members in the field of computer graphics and interactive techniques, and showcases leading edge research in science, art, gaming and animation, among other sectors.Many geometric tools exist to perform accurate modeling of shapes with flexibility given to the user. Given the example of modeling clothing around a 3-D character, the researchers’ method provides a simpler way for the clothing to mimic movement on the animated character, automatically computing for gravity and frictional contact with an external body.”For instance, if a user draws a 3-D skirt on an animated character, our method will automatically shrink the rest shape and tighten it at the waist, to compensate for gravity which ‘wants’ to pull the item downwards,” notes Bertails-Descoubes. The team’s method also enables users to change the physical properties of the garment designed, i.e. making it out of linen instead of cotton. In turn, the cloth will behave differently, appearing softer, for instance, for lightweight cotton and will appear to have less friction with the body.The scientists note that “the major difficulty in this kind of inverse problem stems from the fact that it is highly nonlinear. This complexity is particularly exacerbated by the presence of contact and dry friction, which was never explicitly accounted for in previous studies. It is thus challenging to design a robust algorithm able to find a valid rest shape for a large variety of different scenarios.”The researchers provided several examples in the paper, showcasing their algorithm’s performance on 3-D animated designs. Included in the paper are two hat examples—noted as ‘floppy hat’ and ‘beret’—which are posed on a human head through contact and friction. Without the researchers’ inversion method, the floppy hat sags, completely losing its original style and partly covering the face of the animated character. In contrast, after running the new algorithm, the hat preserves its original style and realistically flip-flops with the movement of the character. The beret example produced similar realistic results after applying the team’s method—the beret correctly remained inflated and posed on the head. When ‘wind’ is applied to the design, the beret slides with the movement but does not fall completely off the head, exemplifying the algorithm’s ability to realistically simulate the physics involved.In future work, the team will focus on making their algorithm work faster and be adapted to the creation of real garment patterns. Explore further Provided by Association for Computing Machinerycenter_img Without inversion (left), the hat sags under gravity, losing its intended style and partially covering the face of the character. In contrast, the inverse method automatically infers a natural shape of a thin elastic shell simulator such that a stable equilibrium matches the input geometry. Credit: SIGGRAPH Asia Citation: New method automatically computes realistic movement with friction from 3-D design (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-method-automatically-realistic-movement-friction.html Novel machine learning technique for simulating the every day task of dressinglast_img read more

Musang King cendol business booms after customer complained its overpriced

first_img Related News Nation 01 Jun 2019 M’sia to start exporting Musang King to China in August Nation 27 Apr 2019 High-tech solution to thorny problem of ‘fake’ Musang King Muhammad Ariff Qayyum Mohd Zamri, the owner Raja Cendol Taming Sari in Bandar Hilir here, saw sales tripling after the Facebook complaint went viral sometime in February.”I’m so thankful the matter went viral. “Now more people know about my stall, and I have many more customers. My workers and I have never been busier,” said the 25-year-old entrepreneur, adding that durian lovers did not mind paying RM38 for a bowl of Musang King cendol. Even before the viral incident, his stall, which he opened two years ago, was already popular.While the Musang King cendol is the clear winner among his customers, he also offers Udang Merah cendol (RM20 a bowl), D24 cendol (RM20), hybrid durian cendol (RM17) and normal cendol (RM7).Cendol is a refreshing Malaysian dessert consisting of shaved ice, creamy coconut milk, red beans, corn, palm sugar syrup (gula melaka) and little green strands of dough made from rice flour. To add more flavour to this delicacy, durian pulp or other fruits like lychee, as well as nuts, jelly and ice-cream are added.Muhammad Ariff said he needed about 20kg of durian pulp a day to meet the demand for durian cendol.”Just for each serving of Musang King cendol, I use between 120g and 150g of the flesh,” he said, adding that his durians were mostly sourced from Johor and Pahang.Since he is extremely particular about the quality of durian he uses, he has to cope with the fluctuating prices.”Between November and January, durian prices shoot up due to the smaller harvests. During the durian season from May to August, prices start to drop. “Cheap or expensive, I still have to buy my stock,” he said.His stall, located within the grounds of Menara Taming Sari in the tourist district of Bandar Hilir, also sells durian-based mochi (a Japanese dessert), ice-cream, dodol, candy and mooncake. When he decided to venture into business two years ago, Muhammad Ariff Qayyum did it just to pass time. Little did he expect his cendol stall would eventually generate an average income of RM90,000 a month.His income would swell to RM150,000 a month during the school holidays when more visitors head to Melaka.Before he opened his stall, he worked at his family-owned factory located at the Melaka Halal Hub in Serkam that produced durian-based snacks.”I was earning about RM2,000 a month then. “Since durian is a seasonal fruit, I used to have a lot of free time and that’s when I came up with the idea of setting up a cendol stall as an uncle and aunt of mine have a recipe for delicious cendol,” he said.Using his savings of RM25,000 as capital, he started the venture. His father Mohd Zamri Mohd Taib, 51, is now his business adviser. In fact, it was his father who suggested that he introduce Musang King cendol to his menu and to add gula melaka syrup to enhance its taste.In 2018, the young entrepreneur raked in total sales worth RM950,000, and he is targeting RM1.2mil in sales this year. He hopes to open branches in Kuala Lumpur and Johor in the near future. – Bernama MELAKA (Bernama): RM38 for a bowl of cendol heaped with dollops of Musang King durian?Peeved at the price, one customer proceeded to upload a photo of the receipt showing RM114 for three bowls of cendol on Facebook and complained.The photo soon went viral, with many netizens agreeing that the cendol was overpriced. However, in the end, the cendol seller had the last laugh – he laughed all the way to the bank. center_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Melaka exco member plans to give Dr M durians as a birthday gift Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

When its more trouble than help

first_img Central Region , Citycism Views 11 Jul 2019 Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia much needed in Sarawak Related News Tags / Keywords: FATHERHOOD is a daily and long-term responsibility. No two ways about it.I come from the school of thought where responsibilities should be shared equally with your other half, thanks to the strict upbringing of my parents who are both retired teachers.Having gotten married in my 40s, there was no such thing as waiting or planning for children. The Mrs said my time was running out. A year later our daughter was born and with the new arrival, came a maid. My other half is a career woman who also has a passion for teaching. So after work, she would go to the homes of relatives and friends to tutor their children. When our daughter turned two and the wife was a month into expecting our son, the maid started giving us problems, so we decided to let her go.It was tough initially, especially for me, but slowly I began enjoying the daily routine. Both my wife and I were adamant that we would not hire another maid and we could do without the unnecessary stress of having an extra adult under our roof, not forgetting the drama that is likely to come with having live-in domestic help.Think about it. No one wants to fork out RM15,000 to RM20,000 for bad help.Everyone expects to get a decent, hard-working person to look after their children and provide peace of mind. But reality doesn’t always meet expectations.  The challenges after our son was born were many. Out went our social life, the gatherings for football matches and yes, sleep was a luxury. But it still beats having to spend so much on domestic help who turns out to be unhelpful and that triggers endless arguments that can threaten a marriage. I have a friend who has forked out close to RM50,000 for maids this year alone. He and his wife are considering legal action against the embassy and the maid agency. The couple – he a businessman and she a lawyer – have two young children and a father-in-law to care for. So imagine their frustration when they were given the run-around for not one, but three maids this year.To get a maid from a certain South-East Asian country, one has to pay anything between RM13,000 and RM16,000 to the maid agency. Such agencies usually give a guarantee of between one and three months, where they will replace the worker free of charge if she breaks terms of the contract within the said period.Very often, what happens is some maids would say they are homesick or ill because based on the contract prepared by the embassy concerned, the maid can resign immediately if she is ill or mistreated. In the event the maid is homesick or gives any reason for not wanting to continue employment, she can give one month’s notice and the employer is also obliged to pay for her transportation or flight back.That burns a huge hole in the pockets of employers. Why do the employers have to pay so much? The agency in the maid’s home country is making money. The local agencies here also make money. The real losers are the employers. For maids from another Asean country, I am told the agency charges between RM17,000 and RM22,000 and the employee is paid a monthly salary of RM1,200.We have all heard stories about maids running away and other woes of employers, but we have also heard about maids who are a godsend and been with their employer for many years. Personally, I will not be hiring any more domestic help.Though it is hard work and at times stressful looking after a 15-month-old and a four-year-old, I take great pride in knowing that the bond is enhanced when fathers are present to care for their children. I am a firm believer that shared responsibilities with the spouse should be encouraged as it will have a positive lifelong impact on the children and family. Thanks to an understanding wife, I have built and maintained a routine that also allows me to enjoy a boys’ night out once in a while, especially during football season! Related News Nation 10 Jul 2019 Arrested: Perak executive councillor accused of sexually assaulting maid There are pros and cons to having a live-in maid. — Filepic Views 09 Jul 2019 An inspiration to youngsters {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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