Demolition of Massive Complex at Chanute AFB Set to Begin

first_imgTwenty-two years after Chanute Air Force Base in east central Illinois was shuttered, work to ready the 400,000-square-foot White Hall office building for demolition is scheduled to begin within days.The massive building — DOD’s largest until the Pentagon was completed — was left to decay over the past two decades due to the prohibitive cost required to rehabilitate it.The contractor will employ a variety of safety measures to limit potential hazards to its workers and the surrounding community. Prior to demolition, Greenville, S.C.-based CB&I Federal Services will remove all asbestos and lead-based paint, as well as fixtures that can be taken to a landfill.The site will be placed under negative air pressure during the asbestos removal process, with dust suppression systems being used, including wetting down material. Large concrete portions will be hauled away and crushed at another site. High-efficiency particulate absorption filtration will be used to keep material within the containment areas. Both asbestos content and the workers will be monitored under the $7.9 million contract.Demolition is expected to be completed by September 2016, reported the Rantoul Press.   Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus deal 840 save 160

first_imgErica Argueta/CNET Welcome to Fun with Numbers. The new Galaxy S10 sells unlocked for $900. The Galaxy S10E runs $750. And if you want the big kahuna, the S10 Plus, be prepared to shell out $1,000.Here’s where it gets fun: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Never-msrp (via eBay) has the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB) in black for $839.99. That’s the lowest price to date and a surprisingly big discount given how new this model is.See it at eBaySo for less than the price of the S10, you can get the Plus. For not much more than the price of the S10E, you can get the Plus. The only real question is whether you want a phone that big — it has a 6.4-inch screen. Once upon a time, we would have called that a phablet.Judging from Jessica Dolcourt’s Galaxy S10 Plus review, this is a phone worth owning. It has “three cameras, a killer screen and terrific battery life.” And that whole “use the S10 to wirelessly charge other devices” thing? That’s freakin’ awesome.Now for the catch: This model works only with GSM carriers, meaning AT&T, T-Mobile and their various partner carriers (Cricket, Mint Mobile and so on). It won’t work with Sprint, Verizon or any of their partners: Boost Mobile, Tello and others.Your thoughts? Best hidden Galaxy S10 features you need to know now Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus $999 News • Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode $999 $833 Review • Galaxy S10 Plus braces for Galaxy Note 10 impact 10:36 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. CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! See It Phones See It Now playing: Watch this: 56 Photos Commentscenter_img AT&T Samsung T-Mobile See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See it The Cheapskate Galaxy S10 Plus is an everything phone How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus Abt Electronics $999 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB, prism black) Share your voice Sprint Tags 2 Best Buylast_img read more

How is James Franco embroiled in Johnny Depp and Amber Heards legal

first_imgJohnny Depp’s legal team has reportedly planned to subpoena James Franco with respect to a defamation lawsuit filed against Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard. A video has been obtained by The Blast where James Franco allegedly met up with Heard just 24 hours after Depp and her fight where she claimed to have been beaten up by the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.The surveillance footage basically shows that Amber Heard and James Franco shared the lift of their apartment 24 hours post her blowout fight with Depp. Apparently, the Blast reports that Heard is riding the elevator down to the parking area. She then exits from the elevator but re-enters the elevator a few seconds later with James Franco. While the alleged fight left Amber with a lot of bruises on her face, Depp has refuted the claims. He stated that she “painted on” the wounds to garner “positive publicity.” Amber HeardInstagramFurthermore, in the defamation lawsuit that he filed in March, Depp claimed that Heard’s testimony was “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.” Despite a subpoena that has been sent to Franco, Heard’s attorney Eric M. George has deemed in irrelevant. George told E! News in a statement that the video featuring Franco and Heard is irrelevant to the claims. “Amber Heard and James Franco once lived in the same apartment complex and were simply taking an elevator at the same time. Period. Johnny Depp and his team have been trying—and failing—to place a salacious story based on this irrelevant footage for weeks. It’s pathetic,” he stated. James FrancoInstagramDepp’s attorney is not far behind with the war of words as the attorney shared a statement which reads, “We are interested in James Franco and Elon Musk as fact witnesses because we have evidence they are men who saw Amber Heard’s face in the days and nights between when she claimed Mr Depp smashed her in the face on May 21 and when she went to court with painted on ‘bruises’ to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order on May 27.” So far James Franco or his rep have not responded to the subpoena or the claims made by Johnny Depp and his attorney.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

Tollfree number introduced to fix accountability Subrata

first_imgKolkata: Panchayats and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee said during his Budget speech in the Assembly on Monday that the toll-free number 180020200864 has already been introduced, where the beneficiaries of various development schemes can register their complaints if they face any difficulties while availing the facilities.The minister told the House that the mechanism has already been made operational in the districts, where the beneficiaries can lodge their complaints. The district administration will take prompt action if there is any complaint relating to the schemes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDuring his speech, the minister also said that 100 day works under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have been increased in the state. The Bengal government has secured first position by creating the maximum number of jobs in the state. In 2017-18, the state government generated as high as 31.25 crore person-days, whereas in the last financial year, the department created 21.64 crore person-days till November 2018, which is the highest in the country with Andhra Pradesh securing second place with 18.46 crore person-days. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn the last financial year, the state government released Rs 2,161.35 crore for the implementation of the programme. For the current financial year, the budgetary allocation has been increased up to Rs 6,219.50 crore. Mukherjee told the Assembly that the Bengal government has also set an example by constructing roads. He said that in the last one year, around 5,000 km of roads have been constructed. Work has been initiated to build around 2,527 km more in the current year. Taking a dig at the CPI(M) MLAs, the minister said that no significant steps had been taken in this regard by the erstwhile Left Front government. Mukherjee also responded to the CPI(M) MLAs who were shouting inside the Assembly on the cut money issue, saying that roads in various stretches used to remain in bad shape during the Left Front regime. The minister also reminded them that no tangible development had taken place during the Left Front regime and accused CPI(M) of lending support to the BJP. “Their protest against BJP is just show-off,” alleged the minister. He also said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the department to uplift the socio-economic condition of people in the villages. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, the department has ensured that 8 crore people in villages can avail the benefits of various government schemes. Mukherjee again criticised the previous Left Front government, saying that they used to tell the Centre that the construction of roads was completed and therefore no funds were required for the same.last_img read more

Motorway police explain why they shut M6 after finding 27 migrants in

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorway police have explained why they closed the M6 motorway during a ‘major incident’ last night (Wednesday January 9). Police shut the carriageway in both directions between junction 15 and junction 16 after stopping a lorry carrying 27 migrants near Keele Services on the northbound carriageway. The southbound carriageway was also shut as emergency services detained and assessed the group. Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) have today explained why it was necessary to shut the entire motorway – and say they had intelligence to suggest there was a second lorry carrying migrants. A CMPG spokesman said: “A lot of questions why we didn’t take the lorry into the services. Read MoreInvestigation as THIRTY decapitated birds – including ducks and pigeons – dumped next to public footpath in Stoke-on-Trent   “At the time we didn’t know which lorry it was and due to the immediate risk to life we had to start searching all lorries in that section which was after Keele Services. “We also had further information there was a second lorry but no details on which lorry it was. This lorry wasn’t found. We apologise for the delays and inconvenience but the actions we necessary. “Southbound was closed due to some of the 27 running away across the SB from the NB. Due to the potential of a second lorry we could not risk that happening again and a serious collision occurring.” Read MoreFacebook users warned over hoax message saying their private information is going to be made public TOMORROW   Highways England first reported police were dealing with an ‘incident’ on the motorway at around 4pm – with the lorry containing the 27 people being stopped at around 5.45pm. The motorway was then closed until around 9.30pm, with hundreds of motorists trapped in the closure – including hundreds of Burton Albion fans attempting to travel to watch their team play Manchester City. A 42-year-old man remains in custody following the incident, Staffordshire Police confirmed this morning. The migrants, none of whom were seriously injured, were given a medical assessment and transferred to be interviewed by immigration officials. Four of those detained told officials they were under 18-years-old and are now being cared for by Staffordshire County Council. Read MoreStoke-on-Trent woman with ‘pattern for getting pregnant’ has children taken into care   Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more


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

STARTERS ORDERS Tues Movers and Specials

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Tuesday 23 OctoberJULIE COLLIER Introduces the afternoon daily specials and offers on Tuesday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>SARAH KINSELLA Introduces the evening daily specials and offers on Tuesday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> HORSE RACING2.00 YarmouthFrankellina 7/4 > evens2.15 Gowran ParkGeorgeville 8/1 > 4/12.20 ExeterMr Mcguiness 6/1 > 11/46.10 KemptonPipe Corner Cross 5/2 > 6/4LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Champions League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 315/2 Shakhtar Donetsk1/3 Man City19/4 DRAWUEFA Champions League Group Stage20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport 4K UHD21/10 Man Utd29/20 Juventus11/5 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more

Rate of weight loss matters less for overall health benefits suggests study

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 30 2019Losing weight slowly or quickly won’t tip the scale in your favor when it comes to overall health, according to new research. Health researchers at York University found that people who lose weight quickly versus those who lose it slowly don’t get any additional health benefits and it’s the amount of weight lost overall that can have an impact.In the study led by Jennifer Kuk, associate professor in York University’s Faculty of Health, researchers looked at the data of over 11,000 patients at a publicly-funded clinical weight management program and found that those who lost weight quickly had similar improvements in metabolic health with those who lost weight slowly. Moreover, the rate of weight loss matters less for overall health benefits than the amount of weight you lose.Related StoriesIntense weight loss with the soups and shakes could reverse type 2 diabetesCoffee may boost weight loss, concludes studyFemales on ketogenic diet fail to show metabolic benefits in animal modelNormally, individuals are recommended to lose weight at one to two pounds per week, as faster weight loss is related with a slightly higher risk for gallstones. However, there are reasons to believe that faster weight loss may have better effects for cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors.The study is the first study of its kind to look specifically at risk factors for cardiovascular health and diabetes.”With the same pound for pound weight loss, there is no difference in terms of health benefits if you lose weight fast or slow,” says Kuk. “However, given the risk for gallstones with faster weight loss, trying to lose weight at the recommended one to two pounds per week is the safer option.”The study looked at 11,283 patients who attended the Wharton Medical Clinic Weight Management Program between July 2008 and July 2017. Researchers found that patients who lost weight more quickly tended to have a bigger reduction in obesity and better health improvements than patients who lost weight slowly. However, these improvements in health associated with faster weight loss were abolished after adjusting for absolute weight loss.”The results show that we really need to look at interventions that focus on long-term weight management that can achieve sustained weight loss at the recommended one to two pounds per week,” says Kuk. Source: 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 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 Novel machine learning technique for simulating the every day task of dressinglast_img read more

At Detroit auto show the future of cars is in the future

first_imgA autonomous car simulator from BCS Automotive Interface Solutions was one of the high-tech items on display at the Detroit auto show, but remains decidedly for the car of the future Explore further But tucked away in a corner of the show were the people and companies hoping for at least a little bit of the attention: the car of the future. They were the autonomous startups, the vehicle experience designers, sensor makers and research universities all competing with the glare from of those shiny new cars.At the booth of Velodyne LiDAR, which makes laser scanning automotive eyes, a giant monitor showed the surrounding environment just as an autonomous car might see it: full of dots and circles.The technology helps cars see the world in three dimensions. But it is decidedly not ready to guide self-driving systems. Something as simple as bug splatter can frustrate the laser eyes’ ability to see.”As our customers get more involved into the development, they find issues which seem obvious which were not part of our original specs, like rain, ice, rocks”—and yes, bugs, said Philippe Schricke of Velodyne.Schricke said one of the challenges is figuring out who is responsible for solving challenges.Does the carmaker need to figure out how to keep the car’s laser eyes clean? Or do the laser eyes need to work even when they are dirty? “But it’s a matter of adapting to the technology as well, like anything new.”People will have plenty of time to adapt.The designer car of the future is not ready for prime time, either—not until engineers figure out how to keep bug splatter from blinding autonomous cars.”It’s a transition, right? So you can’t really immediately replace the entire market with something like this. You have to phase it in. And you have to do it slowly,” Saad said.In the meantime, BCS is preparing its “periscope”—a 180-degree video monitor that acts as a high-tech rearview mirror—for use in the cars of the near future.”I would venture to guess that it will be sooner than later,” Saad said. Pennsylvania lets Uber self-driving cars back on roads Citation: At Detroit auto show, the future of cars is… in the future (2019, January 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from The Detroit auto show kicked off this week with glitzy, high-production value debuts of mostly sports cars, giant trucks and SUVs—new versions of age-old themes.center_img © 2019 AFP Tech companies are working on new solutions for autonomous cars but they are not ready to be deployed Nearby, a contraption vaguely resembling a giant open-air golf cart sits in front of another giant screen.It is a simulator showing what the inside of the car of the future might look like, brought to you by BCS Automotive Interface Solutions. Bold vision of cars to comeTheir vision? A joystick instead of a wheel, sensors that measure the heat off your skin and adjust the air conditioning, and a swiveling driver’s seat that swings toward the large screen nearby when in autonomous driving mode. It’s a bold vision, tested out recently on consumers—and not just the millennial type.”We did have some grandmas,” said the company’s Bassem Saad, global director of product management.”Some felt it’s very responsive,” he said of the joystick steering wheel in particular. Ford shows off their GT at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), one of the sporty options on display 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.last_img read more

Nitish Kumar avoiding responsibilities over encephalitis floods in Bihar Rabri Devi

first_img Next Asian News International PatnaJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 18:27 IST RJD leader Rabri Devi (Photo credit: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSRJD leader Rabri Devi on Sunday rebuked Chief Minister Nitish KumarRabri Devi accused JDU leader of avoiding responsibility amid flood and encephalitis crisis in BiharTwo people have died so far due to floods, which have affected at least 6 districts in the stateIn the wake of encephalitis crisis and flood in the state, former Chief Minister and RJD leader Rabri Devi on Sunday barraged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar with a series of questions and accused him of avoiding responsibility.”There is encephalitis breakout, drought, and floods in the state but Chief Minister Nitish Kumar avoids responsibility by the blaming nature. Who is responsible for the scandals worth crores of rupees in the name of dam construction to avoid floods,” Devi said in a series of tweets.Two people have died so far due to floods, which have affected at least 6 districts in the state.”Water in most of the rivers in North Bihar has crossed the danger level marks but the government is busy blaming nature instead of carrying out rescue and relief operations. They are not concerned about the public. All they want to do is hand out freebies. People are in distress,” Devi, who is also the leader of the Opposition in Bihar Legislative Council, wrote in another tweet.There is an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) crisis going on in the state due to which 176 children have lost their lives. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to their families.Raising alarm over the lack of farsighted efforts of the Nitish government, Devi said: “What are the concrete steps the Nitish government has taken in its 14-year term to resolve the annual flooding issue? How much money has been spent?””In the amount of money that has been spent every year in the name of relief, rescue and rehabilitation, the issue itself could have been resolved,” Devi added.ALSO READ | Litchi has nothing to do with encephalitis: ExpertALSO WATCH | Supreme Court expresses anguish over rising encephalitis death tollFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrakriti Sharma Nitish Kumar avoiding responsibilities over encephalitis, floods in Bihar: Rabri DeviThere is an Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) crisis going on in the state due to which 176 children have lost their lives. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each to their families.advertisementlast_img read more

Chandrayaan2 the most important and prestigious mission says ISRO chairman

first_img Next Asian News International TirumalaJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 15:30 IST ISRO chairman K Sivan (File photo: PTI)Chandrayaan-2 is a very important and prestigious mission for India, said ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan on Saturday ahead of the lunar mission’s launch on Monday.The ISRO chairman on Saturday visited the Sri Venkateswara temple here.Speaking to the media after visiting the temple, he said, “On Monday early morning at 2.51 am, we are going to launch the most important and prestigious mission, Chandrayaan II.””A GSLV Mark III vehicle is going to be used for the mission and after a successful launch; it will take nearly two months to land on the moon at the South Pole,” Sivan added.Chandryaan-2 will explore a region of moon where no mission has ever set foot. The landing site of the mission, at about 70 degrees south latitude, is the southernmost for any mission till date. No country has attempted this before.According to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.”This mission’s preparations are going on without any issue and we are ensuring that the launch takes place at the given time as planned.” Sivan said.READ | Chandrayaan-2 launch, date, time, mission objectives, all you need to know and frequently asked questionsALSO READ | What APJ Abdul Kalam advised Isro, Nasa scientists on Chandrayaan-2ALSO WATCH | From Aryabhatta to Chandrayaan II: India’s dash to outer spaceFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKritika Bansal Tags :Follow Chandrayaan-2 Chandrayaan-2 the most important and prestigious mission, says ISRO chairmanAccording to the ISRO chairman, the mission is expected to bring forth a lot of new revelations in the field of Lunar science.advertisementlast_img read more