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first_imgThe National Aquarium is considering moving its eight Atlantic bottlenose dolphins to a marine sanctuary, The Baltimore Sun reports. The popular tourist site, located in Baltimore, Maryland, says that it is responding to concerns that keeping such cognitively advanced animals in captivity is inhumane. Scientists have recently sparred over whether dolphins, whales, and other cetaceans belong in aquariums, with some claiming that the confined spaces cause stress, depression, and disease, and other stating that removing these animals would kill important research. The public itself may be souring on such displays, spurred, in part, by the 2013 documentary, Blackfish, which explored the ethics of keeping killer whales in captivity. The National Aquarium has hired a team of consultants to advise on the fate of its dolphins and to help it reimagine the aquarium experience. “We know so much more today about the animals and about our evolving audience,” aquarium CEO John Racanelli told The Sun. “We have to evolve.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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first_imgThe Suns entered the game ranked 28th in field goal percentage, shooting 44 percent for the season. But they scored at a blistering pace early, with 36 in the first quarter on about 54 percent accuracy. Phoenix led by as many as 17 when Jackson soared down the lane for a one-handed putback dunk and followed up with free throws on the next possession to make it 52-35 with more than seven minutes still remaining in the second quarter.Davis helped the Pelicans get back within single digits by halftime with crowd-pleasing plays on both ends. He dunked three times — twice on alley-oops — to go with a tip-in, three free throws and two blocked shots during the rest of the second period, and New Orleans trailed 65-58 when the half ended.TIP-INSSuns: Phoenix played the last 4:48 with no player taller than 6-foot-8 because their two available 7-foot-1 players, Dragan Bender and Alex Len, along with 6-foot-10 Marquese Chriss, had all fouled out. Bender fouled out with 9:20 remaining and Chriss exited with 8:47 left. … Booker has 18 30-point games this season … The Suns made five of their first six 3-point attempts before missing 16 of their last 18.Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic had 10 points and eight rebounds. … New Orleans announced it has signed the 6-foot-10 Okafor through the rest of the season. The 35-year-old former UConn star, who is coming back from a herniated disk that sidelined him four-plus seasons, returned to the NBA with New Orleans on a 10-day contract on Feb. 3. He played in his seventh game and started for the fifth time. … Rookie Walter Lemon Jr., signed to a 10-day contract last Wednesday, scored his first career points on a floater high off the glass late in the first quarter. That was his only shot. … Twice in the second quarter, Pelicans players — Lemon and Holiday — turned the ball over by stepping over the end line before releasing an inbound pass.UP NEXTADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Emeka Okafor, brought back to the NBA for the first time since 2013 about a week after Cousins’ injury, scored 14 points.Devin Booker had 40 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its 10th straight and still has not won this month. T.J. Warren added 23 points and Josh Jackson had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who led by as many as 17 in the second quarter but fell behind for good with about five minutes left in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew Orleans native Elfrid Payton scored 16 points, and his layup pulled Phoenix within 116-114 with 2:29 left, but the Pelicans scored the next five points on Darius Miller’s 3 and Holiday’s driving dunk, and Phoenix did not threaten again.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry angrily called a couple timeouts in the first half after watching Phoenix easily find open shots — and make them. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico George’s 26 lead Thunder past Magic LATEST STORIES New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts after his slam dunk on an offensive rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis scored a season-high 53 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and blocked five shots, and the New Orleans Pelicans extended their winning streak to six with a 125-116 victory over the hapless Phoenix Suns on Monday night.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points for the Pelicans, whose season-best unbeaten run has pulled them into a tie with Portland for fifth place in the Western Conference despite being without All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, who was lost for the season Jan. 26 with a torn Achilles.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next View comments Suns: At Memphis on Wednesday night.Pelicans: At San Antonio on Wednesday night. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Floyd Mayweather presents an entirely different challenge when McGregor steps in the Vegas ring Saturday night. In his professional boxing debut, McGregor must figure out how to beat Mayweather at his own game — something the best boxers in the world have never done.McGregor is a massive underdog, and deservedly so. But stop pretending the improbable doesn’t happen in combat sports, particularly when the self-proclaimed Mystic Mac is involved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTo declare McGregor can’t possibly win this fight displays more arrogance than, say, spending every night at a strip club the week beforehand, as Mayweather is currently doing.Of course the hard-hitting Irishman has a chance — and there are several tactics he could employ to pull the biggest upset in boxing history. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters He throws hundreds of punches from every angle with the goal of setting up the vicious left hand that has turned out the lights on MMA opponents.And if none of that is successful, McGregor could bend the Marquess of Queensberry rules to their breaking point in hopes of goading Mayweather into a brawl.None of it is guaranteed to work. But it’s definitely worth a shot.Looking back at Mayweather’s history is a daunting task, given his 49-0 record, but it contains clues for tactics that could magnify McGregor’s chances.For instance, McGregor could amplify the strategy used by Marcos Maidana and Jose Luis Castillo. Both boxers pressed Mayweather constantly, using roughhouse tactics on the border of legality, and bombarded Mayweather with punches, many from unorthodox angles.Mayweather won both fights, but definitely looked uncomfortable for long stretches. McGregor doesn’t have the hand speed of those professional boxers, but he should strive to emulate their urgency.He should also attempt to show Mayweather things he’s never seen before in the ring, and his decision not to hire a boxing trainer for the bout might actually help in that regard. The UFC star should switch stances and try just about any punch, including the looping overhand shots rarely seen in high-level boxing matches because they’re easily countered, but common in MMA bouts because of the distance they create from the opponent.If McGregor gets hit, so be it. Every punch absorbed is the price for a chance to reply.McGregor believes Mayweather made a mistake by agreeing to fight in 8-ounce gloves instead of the typical 10-ounce pillows, but he shouldn’t rely solely on the unicorn one-punch knockout. While McGregor has definite power, only the biggest Mac homer would think it’s something Mayweather hasn’t seen from boxers — and Mayweather has shown a solid chin and excellent recovery skills on the few occasions he has been hit.Instead, the key is to use that energy to get in a good position to unload the left hand or a combination through Mayweather’s shifty defense. McGregor could repeatedly tie up Mayweather and attempt to land shots in the clinch. View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “The people who don’t believe it don’t know anything about fighting,” said UFC President Dana White, who admittedly has a slight bias here. “This isn’t going to be a boxing match. This is going to be a fight.”It’s also a fight between a 29-year-old southpaw in his prime and a 40 1/2-year-old veteran who hasn’t fought in nearly two years and doesn’t particularly want to be here, as he acknowledged repeatedly Wednesday. Mayweather isn’t the fighter he once was, and his competitive fire is dwarfed by his need for the mammoth paycheck from this endeavor.But how does an MMA fighter with no competitive boxing experience since childhood take on a 21-year pro veteran with world championships in five divisions and arguably the most brilliant defensive skills in the history of the sport?He gets in Mayweather’s face, both before and during the fight.He charges forward from the opening bell and forces Mayweather to think defensively all night.ADVERTISEMENT These things could all unsettle Mayweather, who typically doesn’t face trouble unless he takes a voluntary risk by moving into dangerous areas to throw combinations, or getting angry and brawling a bit.And therein is another potential route for McGregor. Call it the Aldo Strategy: If he can get Mayweather feeling both confident and angry, there’s a chance Mayweather will let down his defense enough to attempt to finish McGregor in brute style — and maybe McGregor will have an opening.Mayweather hasn’t seemed interested in McGregor’s typical trash talk during the buildup to the fight, but perhaps he could waver the champion’s focus with the wrong word, an errant elbow or a rabbit punch behind the head — enough to draw a warning, but not lose a point.McGregor amplified his boasts this week, calling Mayweather “a broken man” and vowing to finish him within two rounds. Nobody knows whether McGregor actually believes his bluster, but the Irishman has defiantly vowed he will win.It’s not probable. But with McGregor, anything is possible.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Conor McGregor speaks during news conference Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just 20 months ago, a former plumber from Dublin fought a fearsome superstar who hadn’t lost in a decade. Conor McGregor talked his way into a big-money showdown, but he had to back up his boasts against Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in his sport.McGregor finished the UFC featherweight champion in 13 seconds with one devastating left hand.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Big money bets roll in late on Floyd Mayweatherlast_img read more

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first_imgIt’s a playful Page 3 inversion of ‘After Nehru, who?’ It’s also a dangerous question; you could be banished to the darkest dungeon of the palace for raising uncomfortable issues. But with Maneka Gandhi announcing the wedding of her son, Varun, to graphic designer Inca Yamini Roy, Rahul Dulhaniya Le,It’s a playful Page 3 inversion of ‘After Nehru, who?’ It’s also a dangerous question; you could be banished to the darkest dungeon of the palace for raising uncomfortable issues. But with Maneka Gandhi announcing the wedding of her son, Varun, to graphic designer Inca Yamini Roy, Rahul Dulhaniya Le Jayenge has officially become India’s longest running reality show. At 40, Rahul Gandhi is India’s most eligible bachelor, if not its most incorrigible-the second honour safely belongs to serial toxic boyfriend Salman Khan.Rahul and his Spanish girlfriend Veronica were last seen together at the 1999 Cricket World Cup in London.At 40, his father Rajiv Gandhi was married to Sonia Maino and had two children. In life, as in politics, Rahul is still an apprentice. The marriage question has enormous political implications in a party so obviously dependent on dynasty. As if a simple man’s dilemma was insufficient, the Congress has a view as well. His party would be overwhelmed with gratitude if Rahul were to choose a politically correct bride, perhaps a Brahmin from Uttar Pradesh.His family is not famous for suitable marriages. The one person who did marry according to tradition, Jawaharlal Nehru, was not entirely happy with the union. Rahul’s grandmother, Indira, married a Parsi from Allahabad, Feroze Gandhi, who fortunately at least had the right surname. Rahul’s father married an Italian builder’s daughter from Turin which turned out to be the smartest thing he could have done, if only in retrospect. His uncle Sanjay married Maneka, a Sikh sometime towel model, who left their 1, Safdarjung Road house in a very public spat with her prime minister mother-in-law in 1982.advertisementRahul admitted to having a girlfriend only in 2004 when he was on the campaign trail in Amethi, at which point he had said: “My mother and sister keep on telling me to propose. ‘If you do not want to propose, we will do it’.” She was seen with him everywhere from a cricket match to the Kumarakom backwaters on New Year’s Day in 2004. But Veronica, who is Spanish but grew up in Venezuela, and is, it seems, an architect, has clearly either bowed out or been told to do so, given the sensitivity involved in having yet another foreign-born wife in the Nehru-Gandhi family. Rahul, who divides his time between his official home on 12, Tughlak Lane and the family farmhouse near Delhi, has been sighted at restaurants but usually in all-male company or on motorbike rides with his brother-in-law.His visits to Dubai and London do raise eyebrows but they are usually cloaked in so much secrecy that any questions invariably involve phones being slammed down or speakers zipping up. It was the same with his birthday party in London, for which he so famously flew commercial. There are whispers about him currently dating the grand-daughter of the late deposed king of Afghanistan Zahir Shah. She’s a jewellery designer whose mother is also Italian.Marriage is certainly a question that vexes his mother and his cupcake-baking, house-proud sister. Especially as he has replaced his earlier facetious responses to that question with more than a hint of irascibility. As he travels across India, he often ducks the M-word. He told reporters covering his visit to Uttarakhand in 2008, “I do not know when I am getting married. But very often I come across reports about my marriage. You tell me when I am marrying.” It’s a question his mother brushes off with a laugh, as she does the eternal media favourite of when he will join the government: “Why don’t you ask him?” That’s his sister’s refrain too, who speaks only when campaigning and insisted in 2009 that “we are after him to get married”.Why is marriage so important for the heir apparent and PM-in-waiting? The bloodline that runs the Congress and has controlled the government for over 50 years of independent India’s 63-year history must continue. In dynastic politics who you marry is important, even for minor dynasties, as was evident in the private unease which greeted Sachin Pilot’s unorthodox marriage to Sara Abdullah, Farooq’s daughter. Sociologist Shiv Viswanathan says “marriage is a microcosm of Indian politics. The young dons have been presented as technocrats, but if one thing qualifies them for their work, it is family, which is still the idiom for a lot of our politics.”Rahul on Rumours”(Her nationality) is a tricky question. Her parents are Spanish but she has been living in Venezuela for a long time.” –2004″I do not know when I am getting married. But very often I come across reports about my marriage. You tell me when I am marrying.”–2008advertisement”I am busy with electioneering and have no time to think about marriage.”–2009 Marriage has always been a contentious issue for the Nehru-Gandhis. Nehru warned Indira that “marriage may make or mar one’s life”. On Feroze, he was careful but also cutting: “I know nothing about his family or other contacts.” When it came to Sonia, Indira seems to have done her best to put her Italian daughter-in-law at ease, often speaking to her in French. As for Maneka, 17 to Sanjay’s 28 at the time of marriage, she wrote to her friend Dorothy Norman, “I had some misapprehensions about the whole thing as Maneka is so very young… and I could not guess whether she knew her own mind. However, she seems to have fitted in and is a gay and joyous person to have around.” This was certainly not what she had to say when Maneka clashed with her over Sanjay’s monetary and political legacy. In an interview to the Jeddah-based Saudi Arabian daily Arab News in 1983, which the government machinery then scrambled to deny, she had said how Maneka had been put there by “some forces from the very beginning”. She did not explain who those forces were, or what they wanted to do.In contrast, Sonia’s children have had comparatively unheralded private lives. Priyanka Gandhi married Robert Vadra in 1997 and has stayed married, despite the jewellery exporter’s occasionally embarrassing family mishaps and even more embarrassing commitment to bodybuilding. Priyanka, who dated Vadra for six years, has always been the more public of the two, having first been spotted in the front row at her husband’s British School buddy Ashish Soni’s debut fashion show where Arjun Rampal first walked the ramp. Vadra is a friend’s friend. When no one cared for the TV serial actor Shah Rukh Khan, Vadra would hang out with him, something the superstar will never forget. Rahul, two years older, is now part of the extended brotherhood but is not so bubbly. A warm and loving uncle to Priyanka’s children, he seems in no hurry to have a child who could become the Congress candidate for prime minister in 2050.Historian Ramachandra Guha notes that once upon a time, not to marry was regarded as a real act of piety and patriotism. “To this day, many Bengalis refuse to believe that Bose took an Austrian wife, since he was ‘wedded to the nation.’ Gandhi’s mid-life vow of celibacy and Aurobindo’s and Vivekananda’s life-long celibacy certainly contributed to people’s trust in and respect for them. But now I think we are comfortable with politicians not just being married, but also having many affairs.” Although no one writes about the affairs, unless they have a direct bearing on big money. Sushi, anyone?Certainly, there is no shortage of speculation in Delhi society about who could be dating Rahul. Or indeed if he is dating at all. With marriage the recognised rite of passage to adulthood (in a country that sniffs at adultery), the Indian bachelor is the odd-man-out, and expected to stand in loco parentis, bringing up brothers and sisters, forsaking his own householder role. That’s not the case with Rahul, either in kinship terms or politically, notes sociologist Patricia Uberoi. So waiting for Rahul, the international man of mystery, to commit to anything, has become as much a national sport when it comes to his politics as his personal life.advertisementIt must be a welcome relief then, in an era when British Prime Minister David Cameron has three children, that the new Labour leader Ed Miliband, at 41, has never married. He does, however, have a son with his partner, environmental lawyer Justine Thornton. Drat that. But if Rahul is looking for role models, he can always go to the inhabitant of 8, Krishna Menon Marg, the now invisible Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the first and so far only bachelor to become prime minister.last_img read more

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first_imgTaking a big leap of development in Indian education, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar has become the first IIT in the country to introduce Odissi dance in its curriculum in B.Tech.The classical dance which would be among the breadth courses of 12 credits in the four-year B. Tech programme already has 10 students enrolled in it. A breadth course is a general education course which all students at a university must takes as it gives them the exposure at the introductory level to a variety of fields.In the first year, students can learn Odissi as an extra-academic activity of one credit. They will have to choose any one activity from NSS, NCC, Yoga, badminton, volleyball, cricket and Odissi. Renowned Odissi personalities Ileana Citaristi and Kumkum Mohanty have been roped in by the institute to design the curriculum and examination papers.In the final year, the students can take Odissi as a purely optional subject or even opt out of it. A student who will opt for the course in the fourth year would get a diploma in dance along with the B. Tech degree certificate.Apart from Odissi, the institute also plans to begin courses in Sports, Humanities and Management and Entrepreneurship. A state-of-the-art Design and Innovation Centre would be set up at the institute’s new campus at Arugul in Jatni.Union Minister, Human Resource Development Smriti Zubin Irani would deliver the convocation ceremony, which will be conducted on September 19.last_img read more

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first_imgLDRA announced that Renishaw, an engineering and scientific technology company with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare, has successfully applied the LDRA tool suite to certify its RESOLUTE FS optical encoder system as functionally safe to level SIL 2 in accordance with IEC 61508-1:2010. Using the LDRA tool suite, Renishaw engineers were able to show MISRA C compliance of the re-engineered source code, to demonstrate functional correctness using unit test, and to analyze code coverage to prove the completeness of that testing.Renishaw used its existing RESOLUTE product as the starting point and retrospectively applied the IEC 61508 standard to develop RESOLUTE FS, which is the company’s first absolute encoder product to be certified for the functional safety market. RESOLUTE FS is intended for markets where the encoder feedback must be functionally safe for machinery requiring safe motion functions, such as Safely Limited Speed or SLS. Using an encoder system that is already rated for use in these applications enables machine builders to make safer machines with higher functionality, reduced set-up times, and less machine downtime.IEC 61508 provides clearly defined requirements relating to language selection for the development of safety-related software. The UK’s Motor Industry Software Reliability Association (MISRA) has established a set of guidelines for the use of C language in safety-critical systems, and these guidelines were followed by Renishaw to meet those requirements. The retrospective application of MISRA C:2012 to existing source code required a new, more challenging level of detail. LDRArules helped significantly in that the MISRA guidelines are frequently broken down in the LDRA reporting schema to less generic, more concise definitions, complete with practical examples of violations. This improved granularity made it easier to understand the relationship of each individual rule violation, which was reinforced by the detailed explanations in the LDRA documentation.Renishaw’s successful experience with LDRA’s static analysis tools led to an easy decision to extend its commitment further to the acquisition of the LDRA TBrun Unit Test tool. Renishaw needed an efficient way of unit testing and of showing code coverage associated with that testing in order to comply with the requirements of the standard. Although it is possible to develop unit tests using a simulator, Renishaw opted to do all of their testing on their target hardware, the Analog Devices Blackfin DSP BF534. The development team was very familiar with both the device and its debugging environment, and there was very little overhead involved in downloading and executing the tests on target.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous RTI: connectivity software Connext 6 for healthcare and autonomous systemsNext eCOUNT strengthens its presence in the UKlast_img read more

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first_imgFive times world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory.The luckless Leclerc had looked like becoming Ferrari’s youngest ever race winner, at 21, after starting on pole position and leading comfortably. Instead, the Monegasque ended up third.Hamilton and team mate Valtteri Bottas, lapping far faster than the stricken Ferrari, reeled him in and breezed past to secure the team’s second one-two finish in as many races and against the odds.”That was extremely unfortunate for Charles,” said Hamilton after starting in third place and behind the Ferraris.”He drove such a great race. We’ve got work to do to keep these guys off our tails,” added the Briton, who embraced Leclerc after they stepped out of their cars and offered commiserations.The race finished with the field following the safety car, deployed as marshals removed Daniel Ricciardo’s stranded Renault.”I was not expecting that result,” added Hamilton, who had complained earlier of feeling like a sitting duck with his fading tyres.Hamilton’s win was the 74th of his career but first this season. He is now 17 wins short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91.The Briton stayed second in the championship but is now just one point shy of overall leader Bottas, who won and scored the extra point for fastest lap in the season-opener in Australia two weeks ago.Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said it was always a balance between performance and reliability.advertisement”Charles was very unfortunate today,” he agreed. “He was the quickest guy and should have won the race but then things swing in the other direction.”Third place was still a first Formula One podium for Leclerc, and he also took an extra point for setting the fastest lap of the race, but that was scant consolation considering how much more he could have had.”It’s a very hard one to take,” said the youngster, in only his second race for Ferrari. “It’s a shame to only finish third, but it’s part of racing and we’ll come back stronger.”VETTEL SPINSLeclerc’s problems capped an already difficult day for Ferrari, with team mate Sebastian Vettel having a nightmare of his own.The German, who led initially but finished fifth, spun while defending second place from Hamilton and then lost his front wing in a spectacular shower of sparks.”I really struggled at the beginning of the race,” said a downcast Vettel. “Overall, there was not the pace I wanted to have today. Then obviously on top I had the mistake with the spin, so not a good evening”.”I lost the car very suddenly and once I spun it was too late. (It was) unfortunate that we had so much damage with the tyres that it caused the front wing to fail.”Dutch 21-year-old Max Verstappen finished fourth for Red Bull ahead of Vettel.British rookie Lando Norris put in a fine drive for McLaren to finish sixth, and score his first points in Formula One, ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.”Just the whole race today was a lot more fun than Australia,” said Norris.”I could do a bit of overtaking… I could enjoy the experience of Formula One much more here. We just had better pace than we thought we were going to have.”Frenchman Pierre Gasly brought his Red Bull home in eighth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Thai driver Alexander Albon and Mexican Sergio Perez, who rounded out the top 10 for Racing Point.Canadian Lance Stroll made contact with the Haas of Romain Grosjean at the start, pitting for a new front wing, while McLaren’s Carlos Sainz and Verstappen came together early. Grosjean and Sainz both retired.Also Watch:last_img read more

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first_imgHacienda Encantada is close to the hustle of downtown Cabo San Lucas and the Marina Golden Zone, but far enough removed for guests to relax in relative seclusion. The hotel sits high on a dramatic cliff with panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Its 150 hacienda-style luxury suites and residential villas are designed to seamlessly blend into the area’s famously stunning desert-meets-ocean landscape.As a true resort, the property offers a wealth of amenities that ensure guests need never leave the grounds throughout their stay if they like. Every guestroom offers a full kitchen, balcony with pool or ocean view, satellite television, Wi-Fi, separate sitting and dining areas, and a spacious bathroom with whirlpool tub. Hacienda Encantada also offers a beachfront restaurant, swim-up pool bar, infinity pool, jacuzzis, water playground area, spa, meditation area, shopping center, and a downtown shuttle.For guests looking to splash out, the resort offers a unique Dine Out Privileges Plan. This all-inclusive plan provides full-service dining and drinks at any of the resort’s restaurants and bars. The plan also includes privilege view suites with spacious private balconies, an in-room minibar, late checkout, and 24-hour concierge service. An additional feature even allows a la carte dining at and a complimentary shuttle to a number of offsite luxury restaurants in Cabo San Lucas’ Golden Zone.The resort is minutes from a wealth of activity opportunities including horseback riding, surfing, kayaking, parasailing, world class marlin and deep sea fishing, championship golf courses, and the shops of downtown Cabo. Of course the real draw is the water, including everything on and in the sea. The Sea of Cortez is one of earth’s most biodiverse bodies of water — a full one-third of the world’s species have been documented here. No trip to Cabo is complete without at least a day cruise around Land’s End — the iconic land formation that marks the meeting of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. It’s the ideal opportunity to snorkel or dive one of the world’s best spots for underwater exploration. The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny Editors’ Recommendations Modern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.Cabo San Lucas. Few Mexican destinations proffer more name-brand travel cache than this city at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. And few hotels in Cabo offer more luxury swank and swagger than Hacienda Encantada Resort & Spa. This ultra-luxury beachfront resort consistently tops the Best of Mexico lists of TripAdvisor and Condé Nast Travel, and with good reason. 12 Most Over-the-Top Hotel Pools for Extravagant Views center_img Welcome to the Botanist Bar, Canada’s Most Extraordinary Cocktail Bar Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Nowlast_img read more

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first_img Print  Close zoom Monday, January 13th witnessed the official opening ceremony of Damen Shipyards Sharjah FZE – the newest shipyard of Albwardy Marine Engineering. In a joint venture between the Damen Shipyards Group and Albwardy Marine Engineering, the core activities at DSS will continue along the tried and trusted course of Damen new-builds and Albwardy’s conversions, dry-dockings and repairs.Damen Shipyards Sharjah is conveniently located in the Sharjah Hamriyah Free-zone. The spacious new yard, located on a huge 284,000 square metre site, has direct and unrestricted access to the sea and meets the highest standards of modern ship construction and repair.The facility is equipped with a 120 x 26.5 metre ship-lift, with a 5,200 ton capacity and is connected to eight dry-berths, each of which is 125 metres in length. It also features a fully enclosed blasting and painting shed and an under-cover new build construction hall.There is also extensive adjacent repair space, with 1,200 metres of quay with a water depth up to nine metres.Up and running for some time now, DSS has the facilities to repair and construct all type of vessels, and has recently delivered tugs, workboats, support vessels, dredgers, landing craft, floating docks, barges and pontoons. The yard can proudly display a healthy order book that presently consists of contracts for two multicats, two shoalbusters, two barges, one aluminium crew boat and not less than ten ASD tugs.The cooperation between the two family-owned companies is further strengthened with three existing yards in Dubai and Fujairah that will continue their focus on repairs, conversions and dry-dockings. They will also undertake rig repairs and conversions for the oil and gas industry. With its 35 year history, Albwardy Marine Engineering is a well established name in the Gulf region. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Damen, January 16, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON – Mechanical issues and weather were not factors in the fatal crash of a private single-engine plane in front of horrified spectators at an air show in Alberta.The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says a review of the wreckage determined that the engine and flight controls were operating normally on the T-28B Trojan aircraft.Pilot Bruce Evans of Calgary was performing acrobatic manoeuvres at the Cold Lake Air Show in July 2016 when something went wrong.The plane hit the ground at high velocity in a near-vertical position.No air show personnel or spectators were injured.The TSB report says Evans appeared to have modified the order of his manoeuvres about halfway through his performance, but adds that is not unusual for an aerobatic performer.“The pilot flew from show right to left at about 500 feet above ground level, within the defined airspace for the routine, then entered a roll just before show centre,” says the report released Friday.“As the aircraft reached the inverted position, the roll stopped and the nose began to pitch toward the ground … the aircraft continued toward the ground in an arc until its collision with terrain.”The report says Evans had performed the routine without incident the previous day.Weather observations shortly after the crash reported light winds and a few clouds at higher elevations.Although it was the pilot’s first show of the season, he had participated in several events in 2015 without any problems, the report says.Evans had years of experience. The TSB says he earned a private pilot’s licence in 1993, a commercial licence in 1995 and an airline transport licence in 2015.He had accumulated just over 4,043 flying hours. About 460 of those were on the T-28B Trojan.Evans grew up in a Canadian Air Force family. His biography on the Cold Lake Air Show’s website at the time said his father was an aircraft maintenance engineer.It also said Evans was from Calgary and ran his own aerial geophysical survey company, Firefly Airborne Surveys, which combined his training as a professional geologist and passion for aviation.He purchased the Trojan in 2007. It was manufactured in 1954 and served in the U.S. Navy.last_img read more

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Rabat – Spain received 57,250 irregular migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in 2018 up to December 26, according to Spanish outlet El Pais.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimated the figure could surpass 58,000 arrivals by the end of 2018 with an average of almost 160 arrivals daily.El Pais added that 300 migrants arrived in Algeciras on December 28 aboard the Open Arms humanitarian ship. Arrivals in Spain this year accounted for 50 percent of all undocumented migrants that arrived in Europe via  Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, and Malta across the Mediterranean, which totalled 113,145 by December 19, 2018, according to IOM.While the number for Spain is a record, the total number is low compared to the migrants and refugees who entered Europe by sea during the same period in 2017 (168,258) and 2016 (359,160).El Pais cited Amparo Gonzalez of the state-funded scientific research agency CSIC, saying that many of the irregular “migrants – who are mainly from Morocco, Guinea and Mali – will not settle down in Spain.”Read Also: Spain Proposes Speedboat Ban to Curb Immigration, Drug TraffickingAccording to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 31 percent of those who entered Spain irregularly were from Morocco, 20 percent from Guinea, and 16 percent from Mali.Thirty to 50 percent of the irregular migrants who enter Spain either go to other European countries, or are deported to their home countries, especially if they are Algerians or Moroccans, Gonzalez stressed.She noted that sub-Saharan africans in Spain represent a minority of migrants, blaming media for spreading the misconception that “all of Africa wants to come to Spain.”Javier Aparicio Maydeu, an analyst, believes that irregular migration across the Mediterranean route will continue until Europe reaches an agreed-upon migration policy.But with the 2019 election coming soon in Spain “any changes will be put on hold,” Maydeu added.2,242 people died crossing the MediterraneanMore than 3,400 people died or went missing on migratory routes across the globe in 2018, including 2,242 deaths only in the Mediterranean.At least 769 undocumented migrants died using the western Mediterranean route from Morocco to Spain in 2018, over three times the recorded Mediterranean deaths in 2017, according to IOM.Waves of undocumented migrants will continue reaching Europe through Spain this year. Just yesterday, January 1, Spanish rescue services assisted 111 migrants traveling on three boats in the early hours of the day, according to El Pais. read more

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Canada has a rich history of innovation, but in the next few decades, powerful technological forces will transform the global economy. Large multinational companies have jumped out to a headstart in the race to succeed, and Canada runs the risk of falling behind. At stake is nothing less than our prosperity and economic well-being. The FP set out explore what is needed for businesses to flourish and grow. Over the next three months, we’ll talk to some of the innovators, visionaries and scientists on the cutting edge of the new cutthroat economy about a blueprint for Canadian success. You can find all of our coverage here.In 2018, the value of cryptoassets such as bitcoin and Ethereum has fallen US$700 billion from a high of more than US$800 billion. “No end in sight for crypto sell-off as bitcoin approaches $4,000” read one recent headline. “It’s Getting Nasty,” read another. Indeed, the selloff has been intense and worrisome to many speculators who bought into the market in the past 18 months and now find themselves deeply underwater.‘It’s getting nasty’: No end in sight for cryptocurrency sell-off as Bitcoin breaches $4,250The Great Crypto Crash of 2018: Cryptocurrency’s 80% plunge is now worse than the dot-com crashHalf a million Ontarians own cryptocurrency, says securities regulator, but many don’t understand the risksThis recent price decline is the result of a perfect storm, a rare collision of several factors.First, the prices were unsustainable. In early 2018, cryptoasset investors had overly optimistic expectations of adoption and utility. When projects failed to deliver, there was little to support their lofty valuations. We have seen this story before: people tend to overestimate the potential for technology short term and underestimate it long term.Second, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), which would have given more retail and institutional investors access to cryptoassets, failed to materialize as expected.Third, many companies that raised funds in the underlying cryptocurrencies themselves converted to fiat currencies for cash to fund their operations, adding to the selling pressure.A dispute in the lesser known “bitcoin cash” community also heightened the spectre of volatility and uncertainty. As did the poor performance of many cryptoasset investment funds, which has sparked demands among investors for redemptions of whatever was left. Finally, as we approach yearend, investors are looking to harvest tax-losses.But this is not a time for animal spirits to go into hibernation. This is a venture market, and like all venture markets, it requires a long-term outlook.The fundamentals for the industry are sound. Many compelling projects are launching soon; top talent continues to move from Wall Street and Big Tech to crypto ventures; and developers around the world continue to improve the code, build applications and dream up exciting new projects.Ethereum, a made-in-Canada project, has 200,000 developers building in its native computing language, Solidity. Large companies such as Fidelity and VanEck are investing more in cryptocurrency projects than ever before. And beyond bitcoin, big enterprises such as Delta Airlines and FedEx are looking to blockchain to transform many aspects of their businesses. Facebook now has a number of blockchain job postings.Some perspective is helpful, too: only two years ago, the cryptoasset market had a combined value of US$13 billion. Had it been a public company, it would barely have cracked the S&P 500 index, based on its market capitalization. Today’s market is worth US$100 billion.Furthermore, cryptoassets are one facet of the financial services revolution — and their price is only one indicator of innovation. Asset classes with notional values of trillions of dollars — stocks, bonds, collectibles and currencies, to name a few — could be transformed from analog to digital and, in the process, force companies, governments, investors and citizens to confront a brave new world. Canada is already a hotbed for blockchain innovation. We can harness this technology to reinvent the financial services industry for the better.This is a venture market, and like all venture markets, it requires a long-term outlook This new asset class includes some familiar elements: cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin — blockchain’s first killer app — and platform tokens such as Ethereum. But there are other asset types to watch:Utility tokens are programmable blockchain assets with utility in an application. For example, Golem aims to aggregate the power of the world’s smartphones into a decentralized supercomputer that anyone can use in exchange for Golem tokens.Cryptocollectibles allow for the tracking and trading of both tangible (diamonds, fine art) and intangible (virtual pets, such as Cryptokitties) goods.Security tokens are native digital bonds, equities and other securities that trade peer to peer. The Canadian Securities Exchange intends to get into this market. Canadian startup Polymath has made progress in this area, as has Toronto-based Xtreme Blockchain Labs, which is repurposing its crowdfunding platform, CrowdMatrix, as a securities token foundry.Natural asset tokens represent such tangible goods as gold, oil or carbon in peer-to-peer markets with real-time settlement. For example, the Royal Mint partnered with the Chicago Mercantile exchange to create Royal Mint Gold, a token backed by gold bullion in the Royal Mint’s vaults. The entire commodities market is up for grabs, as is mass-market carbon trading, real estate and other hard assets.Digital fiat money is cryptocurrency issued and governed by central banks. A year ago, Venezuela announced its launch of the “Petro,” a cryptocurrency backed by the country’s oil reserves but not widely used. Implemented properly, these cryptocurrencies could make markets more efficient, transparent and inclusive and central bank policy more responsive to crises and shocks.Stablecoins are native digital assets pegged to dollar reserves. While they make moving and storing value frictionless, they still require a trusted backer holding funds on deposit, not unlike a traditional bank. Still, they have gained popularity and must be taken seriously.This Cambrian explosion of cryptoassets may precipitate one of the greatest reorganizations of wealth and transformations of the global economy This Cambrian explosion of cryptoassets may precipitate one of the greatest reorganizations of wealth and transformations of the global economy in our history. Securities markets, central banks, carbon markets, loyalty points, commodities and virtually all other assets are about to go digital. We will see deep changes in our institutions, especially governments and banks.Questions about these cryptoassets remain: how and whether blockchain will reach its potential, how the technology will scale and how incumbents will react. We view these as implementation challenges to be overcome. Canada has a head start, with its critical mass of talent, capital and a thriving startup ecosystem. With the right support of our institutions — banks, governments, incubators, academia and corporate leadership — Canada could be the proving ground for the future of financial services and reap the benefits for decades to come. Or not.• Alex Tapscott is co-founder of the Blockchain Research Institute and co-author of Blockchain Revolution, now translated into 15 languages. He is also an active investor in blockchain companies and projects. read more

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Liz Weston: How 3 people changed their financial lives by Liz Weston, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2016 10:53 am MDT Last Updated Dec 20, 2016 at 11:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Lauren Greutman’s moment of truth dawned when she sneaked $600 worth of clothes into her closet. She didn’t want her husband to see what she had bought — or to know that they were $40,000 in debt.J.D. Roth hit bottom after buying a home he thought he could affordZina Kumok’s epiphany came when she saw her student loan payment eating 20 per cent of her paychecks.The catalysts were different, but the reactions of these three people in different parts of the U.S. were the same. Years of incurring debt made them realize that they couldn’t continue to spend like before.So they crafted plans, cut expenses and revised their thinking about money to get rid of debt. Because it’s the 21st century, they blogged about it — and their success inspired followings that turned their sites into profit centres.SPENDING REFLECTS YOUR VALUESFor Greutman, shopping was a way to have fun and soothe herself. Growing up, her mother would announce “mental health days” when her daughters could skip school and head to the mall. Later, Greutman shopped to cope with the stresses of being a stay-at-home mom and having a husband who worked 12-hour days. Halfhearted attempts to budget always failed.“A part of me didn’t want to change the way I was spending money, because I liked all the stuff,” says Greutman, 35, of Oswego, New York.She told her husband Mark about their debt, and they worked together and paid off the bills in two years. They sold their house and moved into a less-expensive townhome, freeing up $1,200 a month. Every month, they subjected their spending to a new filter: Did it align with their values of family, faith and financial freedom?“I valued all of those things, but yet if you looked at my checking account statement, it would look like I valued clothes and food and extracurricular activities,” says Greutman, who wrote about her experiences in a new book titled “The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life.”TOMORROW ALWAYS COMESRoth thinks his journey out of debt — which included $35,000 in credit card bills and personal loans — might have been easier if he’d been clearer about his values from the start. As it was, he was just sick of juggling bills.In 2004, Roth earned $50,000 as a salesman and computer consultant in Portland, Oregon. His constant financial scramble got worse after he and his then-wife, Kris, bought a home.“On paper, we could afford it,” says Roth, 47. “But once we moved in, I was overwhelmed by the new higher payments and by all of the repairs necessary for a 100-year-old farmhouse.”One night, after bouncing another check, he crafted a three-year plan to pay off the debt — and stuck to it. The biggest challenge, he says, was changing his thinking from a “live for today” mindset.“I used be one of those who said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter if I save because I could get hit by a bus on my way home from work,’” says Roth, who founded the personal finance site Get Rich Slowly and now runs a site called Money Boss. “That’s silly.. I was simply making things harder for myself in the long term because I was so focused on immediate gratification.”FOCUS YOUR FRUSTRATION ON DEBTFor Denver resident Kumok, 28, the problem was not having enough immediate gratification. Basic expenses, including student loans, ate up most of her paychecks when she started working at a small newspaper after graduating from Indiana University with $28,000 in student loans.“I hated how little I had to spend on myself,” she says.Kumok might have been able to pay less per month by using federal income-based repayment plans designed to help struggling borrowers. She instead decided to pay more after learning that just $10 extra each month would shave nearly a year off her 10-year repayment term. She writes on her blog, DebtFreeAfterThree.com, about how she ultimately paid off the debt in three years on an annual income of about $30,000.“I funneled every decision through the mindset, ‘Is it worth buying it or should I use that money to pay off my student loans?’” Kumok says.That caused tension with friends and even one of her bosses, who couldn’t understand why she turned down invitations for meals or drinks. If she had it to do over again, Kumok says she would have cut herself more slack.“I spent a lot of time stressing about money, which seems silly when I look back,” Kumok says.This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet.Liz Weston is a certified financial planner and columnist at NerdWallet. Email: lweston@nerdwallet.com . Twitter: @lizweston._______RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: How to pay off debt https://nerd.me/2hm5A0vMoney Boss website: http://moneyboss.com/DebtFreeAfterThree.com: http://www.debtfreeafterthree.com/ read more

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With just four games left in the regular season, the Ohio State women’s ice hockey team is fighting for position in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. The team, tied for fourth place with the University of Minnesota-Duluth, is hoping to separate itself from UMD in order to gain home-ice advantage for the conference playoffs. Coach Nate Handrahan called the next few weeks a “hotly contested race” to get the last home ice advantage spot. Both teams have 38 points heading into this weekend’s conference matchups. Senior forward Natalie Spooner said OSU’s next four games are big, adding, “We’re striving right now for home-ice advantage.” It won’t be easy for the team to pick up points in the four upcoming games. They host Minnesota this weekend at the OSU Ice Rink then travel to Wisconsin the following weekend to take on the Badgers. The first time OSU and Minnesota met, OSU dropped both games, 4-1, on Dec. 10 and 11, 2011, respectively. “I know we want to get some wins this weekend against Minnesota,” senior forward Laura McIntosh said. Wisconsin and Minnesota occupy the No. 1 and 2 spots in the standings, respectively. “The rest of the season, like I said, we have Minnesota and then Wisconsin, two highly ranked teams,” McIntosh said. “I think we’re hoping to be consistent both days, both weekends, and pull out some big wins to get home ice.” In the WCHA playoffs, the top four teams receive home ice advantage. First place plays eighth place, second plays seventh, third plays sixth, and fourth plays fifth. Following the first round, the teams are again reseeded and advance to the WCHA Final Face-Off. OSU will most likely be playing in the four versus five matchup in the first round; it’s just a matter of whether they get the higher seed. “It’s up to the other games,” McIntosh said. “It looks like we’re going to play Duluth in playoffs, but it’s whether it’s home or away.” UMD will host this year’s WCHA Final Face-Off. Knocking UMD out of a tournament that they’re hosting is something McIntosh said she wouldn’t mind doing. “You know, Duluth, we’ve had a big rivalry with my whole time here, I think it’d be definitely nice,” she said about defeating them in the first round. Spooner and McIntosh said they are pleased with the season up to this point. “I think the season has gone well so far, you know, we’ve accomplished a lot of the goals we set at the beginning of the season,” McIntosh said. “We’re being more consistent and that was big for us, so we’re doing pretty good.” Those accomplishments include picking up big wins against rival programs like North Dakota and UMD, she said. “I think we’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve lost a few games that we’d like to have won, but I think that we’ve definitely learned from the mistakes we’ve made and it’s made us a stronger team,” Spooner added. Handrahan echoed the sentiments of his players and said he was pleased with a lot of the things the team has done. “I think we’ve grown a lot over the course of the season,” he said. “It’s a special season with a special group of girls.” Players and coach alike said they think the team’s best hockey is yet to be played. “If everyone does their part and plays how they can, I mean, we should be really successful,” Spooner said. The puck drops at 7:07 p.m. Friday and 4:07 p.m. Saturday when the team will take on the Golden Gophers. read more

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first_imgThe Neptune Evaporator System manufactured by Neptune Systems is a new and low-cost method for environmentally-sound leachate, water treatment and mining applications. Delivering onsite disposal at a cost of less than $0.01/gallon, the Neptune Evaporator converts the liquid stream into an aerosol, which allows the water to evaporate while all contaminants settle back in a narrow alley at the front of the evaporator. Mounted on a trailer for easy transport onsite or to multiple locations, the Neptune Evaporator typically processes an average of 4,000 gallons/h and up to 9,000 gallons/h in optimum conditions.“Currently the most common method of treating leachate is hauling it to a waste water treatment plant or installing a treatment plant onsite at a cost of around $0.30/gallon plus trucking costs,” says Roxanne Garrett, president of Neptune Systems. “As to the Neptune Evaporator, all inclusive operating costs (which include the complete system – plus fuel, maintenance, and labour) are estimated at less than $0.01/gallon evaporated,” she says. Garrett stresses that other companies have attempted to use evaporation to dispose of leachate; however, the systems are either combustion driven, or require separation of the solids prior to beginning the aerosol process. Regarding the operation of the Neptune Evaporator, Garrett explains that when the leachate is turned into an aerosol, all containments and debris with a size in excess of 5 micron drop out in a designated ‘evaporation alley’. The remainder of the water and all particulates smaller than 5 micron are converted into stage 1 aerosol and disappear into the atmosphere.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Greek tragedy inspired play Elektra/Orestes, contemplating the story of the House of Atreus, will be staged at Sydney’s Belvoir St Theatre. The vicious cycle of younger generations facing the wrongs of the previous generation comes to life through the contemporary Clytemnestra and Agamemnon’s sacrifice which weighs on their children. Katherine Tonkin, as Elektra, stalks her mother’s palace looking for a way to achieve some semblance of justice, while Hunter Page-Lochard, a modern day Orestes, lives in exile. Playwrights Anne-Louise Sarsks and Jada Alberts team up to make the audience wonder – where does love, justice and revenge fit in a disordered world of natural disaster and war. Is taking the law into one’s own hands and going to extreme actions justified by the need to rectify a staggering situation? Who is responsible for the state of things and what can any one of us possibly do about it? The Electra/Orestes epic is proof that everything old is new again, portraying an ancient Greek myth which truly resembles the world we live in. Tickets cost $72 for adults, $62 for seniors, $49 for concession. Previews are $50, while student saver is at $39. For further information or bookings, visit www.belvoir.com.au/productions/elektra-orestesWhen: Saturday 14 March till Sunday 26 April Where: Belvoir St Theatre, 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills, NSW Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgMalakpet: After a brief lull, the prices of onions in the city started soaring again, indicating a steep hike in the days to come. Onions, a staple food for almost all households, are presently up for the grab in the city markets at Rs 25 per kg with a slightest increase of Rs 5 as compared to the month of June when the price was stable at Rs 20 per kg. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us The appreciation in prices by as much as Rs 5 per kilo is seen as a precursor of a steep price rise in the coming days. “Since the off-season has commenced in the markets and due to heavy rains, the prices are slowly moving up this month. The trend will continue for quite some time,” said A Chandrashekhar, Secretary (Grade-I), Agriculture Market Committee, Malakpet. Also Read – Techie strangled to death in Hyderabad Advertise With Us “Presently”, he said, “the wholesale prices are ruling between Rs 1,800 and Rs 2,000 in the market for general commodity, while the price for white onion – very rare to the market – is flatly Rs 3,000 per quintal. The white-coloured onion is widely used for cooking in Nalgonda district besides neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh.” In June this year, the price of onion in the market was Rs 20 per kilo and it was assumed that the prices were largely under control. However, the surge was set in motion by the seasonal change from this month, which has started impacting the prices. Advertise With Us The market is receiving less quantity of onions due to seasonal changes and rains that have started lashing the neighbouring states as well as parts of Telangana quite for some time. The climate change is said to be the reason behind the shortfall in production, and in turn, arrivals at the market, which threaten to push the prices up steeply in the coming weeks. “The arrival of the commodity particularly from neighbouring states dropped in recent days owing to the seasonal change,” added Chandrashekar. It may be mentioned here that India is the second largest producer of onion in the world, next only to China. However, the productivity of onion in India is very low i.e., 14.21 tonnes per hectare as compared to China and other countries like Egypt, Netherlands, and Iran, etc. The major onion-producing states in the country are Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand and Telangana. Only Mahbubnagar, Nagarkarnool, Tandur and Shankerpally are the areas in Telangana State, where onion farming is being taken up by local farmers.last_img read more

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first_img___I am so impressed with our govenor Rick Scott. Excellent prep and communication for us Floridians.— TryReason (@Try_Reason2) September 6, 201711:50 a.m.A Dutch navy spokeswoman says that marines who flew to three islands hammered by Hurricane Irma have seen a lot of damage, but have no immediate reports of casualties.The Category 5 storm made a direct hit Wednesday on the island where the Dutch territory of St. Maarten is located, though the scope of damage isn’t yet clear. Some 100 Dutch marines flew to the islands on Monday to prepare for the hurricane.Navy spokeswoman Karen Loos says that some troops were able to send images of destruction from St. Maarten and another island, St. Eustatius.Loos says, “You do see there is a lot of damage. Trees, houses, roofs that are blown out. A lot of water, high water.”She says the extent of the damage elsewhere on the island is not yet clear.The first of two Dutch naval vessels heading for the islands is expected to arrive at 8 p.m. local time in St. Maarten.11:30 a.m.President Donald Trump says Hurricane Irma looks like “something that could be not good.”Ahead of a meeting with Congressional leaders Wednesday, Trump said the group had a lot to discuss, including what “seems to be record-breaking hurricane heading right toward Florida and Puerto Rico and other places.”Trump says “we’ll see what happens.” He adds: “it looks like it could be something that could be not good, believe me not good.”Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history. It made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday. Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.If you live by the beach you should evacuate your family and pets. This storm should not be taken lightly. #hurricaneirma2017https://t.co/3Ihobiw0ZP— Rachel Kelly (@rkkelly904) September 6, 20179:55 a.m. President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser says the government can handle Hurricane Irma relief because the life-saving phase for Hurricane Harvey is over and has entered a longer term phase focused on individuals. Tom Bossert tells The Associated Press that the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas are not being forgotten as Irma hits the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and possibly Florida later this week. He says those in the path of the newest storm should heed evacuation orders. For Harvey, he says the government is working on longer-term assistance, such as Small Business Administration loans, unemployment wages and reconstruction. ___ 9:40 a.m. The U.S. State Department is warning U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Cuba, Haiti or the Dominican Republic due to the expected impact of Hurricane Irma. It notes that the Category 5 storm could bring life-threatening flooding, flash flooding, mudslides, and storm surge, while travel and other services will likely be disrupted. The department says it has authorized the voluntary departure of U.S. government employees and their family members from the three countries due to the hurricane. ___ 8:55 a.m. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the twin-island nation appears to have weathered its brush with Hurricane Irma. Browne says in a statement that there were no deaths in Antigua. He says that preliminary reports also indicate there are no deaths in Barbuda despite widespread reports of damaged buildings and downed trees. He plans to visit as soon as possible. The prime minister says the airport will reopen at 2 p.m. ___ 8:45 a.m. Hurricane Irma has caused torn off rooftops and knocked out all electricity on the French islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy and France has requisitioned planes and sent in emergency food and water rations. The regional authority for Guadeloupe and neighboring islands said in a statement Wednesday that the fire station in Saint Barthelemy is under 1 meter (more than 3 feet) of water and no rescue vehicles can move. It said the government headquarters Saint Martin is partially destroyed and the island is in a total blackout. Electricity is also partially down on the larger island of Guadeloupe, where the threat receded despite danger of heavy flooding. French minister for overseas territories Annick Girardin expressed fear “for a certain number of our compatriots who unfortunately didn’t want to listen to the protection measures and go to more secure sites.” She added: “We’re preparing for the worst.” ___ 7:20 a.m. President Donald Trump says his administration is closely watching Hurricane Irma. On Twitter Wednesday, Trump says his “team, which has done, and is doing, such a good job in Texas, is already in Florida.” He adds: “No rest for the weary!” In a subsequent statement on Twitter, Trump says “Hurricane looks like largest ever recorded in the Atlantic!” Hurricane Irma made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean early Wednesday. It’s on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend. Trump has declared emergencies in Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 1:20 p.m.Dutch authorities are trying to gauge the extent of damage in Sint Maarten from Hurricane Irma, but officials say it appears to be significant.Sint Maarten is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and shares an island with the French territory of St. Martin. The island is east of Puerto Rico.Dutch Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk says the damage wreaked on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten by Category 5 Hurricane Irma is “enormous.”Dutch Caribbean coast guard spokesman Roderick Gouverneur says coast guard officials in Curacao have lost communication with their base in Sint Maarten.Plasterk told reporters in The Hague on Wednesday that the damage caused by Irma’s direct hit on the island “is so major that we don’t yet have a full picture, also because contact is difficult at the moment.”He says it remains unclear if Irma caused casualties.About 100 troops are on the island helping local authorities assess damage and repair vital infrastructure in the storm’s aftermath. Two navy ships are also steaming to the island to offer help. 12:35 p.m.Among the people hunkered down ahead of Hurricane Irma is Richard Branson, the head of the Virgin Group.Branson owns small Necker island in the British Virgin Islands and he’s posted a blog entry saying he and friends have “experienced a night of howling wind and rain as Hurricane Irma edges ever closer.”He says “the atmosphere is eerie but beautiful.”Like many in the region, Branson says he and his group will shelter indoors as the storm hits, though his guests may have it better than most. They’re headed for a concrete wine cellar.He adds: “I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge.”12:00 p.m.National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini says Hurricane Irma is so record-breaking strong it’s impossible to hype.Uccellini told The Associated Press on Wednesday he’s concerned about Florida up the east coast to North Carolina, starting with the Florida Keys.He warns that “all the hazards associated with this storm” are going to be dangerous.Hurricane expert Kerry Emanuel of MIT calculates that Irma holds about 7 trillion watts — about twice the energy of all bombs used in World War II. Stores are running out of water fast by us. Really scary… #HurricaneIrmapic.twitter.com/u8LRGZQu2S— Kate Savage (@kaybugs35) September 6, 2017 ___ 5:55 a.m. The plane flying Pope Francis to Colombia is flying a changed flight path to avoid Hurricane Irma, which is slamming the Caribbean. The special Alitalia jetliner, which departed late Wednesday morning from Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci airport, had been originally scheduled to fly over Puerto Rico and Venezuela before entering Colombia airspace. Instead, the revised route takes it south of the U.S. territory and includes flying over Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago. The Vatican traditionally issues telegrams of papal greetings to nations he flies over while on pilgrimages. So the updated flight plan meant the Vatican had to draft new telegrams. Francis’ pilgrimage to Colombia is aimed at helping to solidify the South American nation’s peace process. He returns to Rome on Sept. 11. ___ 5 a.m. As Hurricane Irma continues to roar across the Caribbean on a path toward Florida, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Katia’s maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 kph) with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. But the hurricane center says Katia is expected to stay offshore through Friday morning. The storm is centered about 105 miles (165 kilometers) east of Tampico, Mexico, and is moving east-southeast near 2 mph (4 kph). ___ 4 a.m. French authorities have ordered inhabitants to remain confined to their house and not go out under any circumstances in the French Caribbean islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy because of Hurricane Irma. The French ministry of Interior has issued the highest possible alert for both islands of French overseas because they appear to be in the middle of the path of the dangerous Category 5 storm. Schools, public services and ports have been closed. Authorities recommend the population stay in the safest room of the house and get prepared for power cuts and disruption in the supply of water. Two other French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique have been placed under a more moderate alert. ___ 3:20 a.m. Officials in the island chain south of the Florida mainland are expected to announce evacuations as Hurricane Irma moves west through the Caribbean toward the state. Officials in the Florida Keys say they expect to announce a mandatory evacuation for visitors starting Wednesday and for residents starting Thursday. The Category 5 hurricane is expected to reach Florida by the weekend. On Wednesday morning it was about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Antigua. People in South Florida raided store shelves, buying up water and other hurricane supplies. Long lines formed at gas stations and people pulled shutters out of storage and put up plywood to protect their homes and businesses. ___ 2 a.m. The most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history has made its first landfall in the islands of the northeast Caribbean. The National Weather Service said the eye of Hurricane Irma passed over Barbuda around 1:47 a.m. Residents said over local radio that phone lines went down as the eye passed. The National Hurricane Center said Irma was maintaining Category 5 strength with sustained winds near 185 mph (295 kph) and heading west-northwest on a path toward Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba before possibly heading for Florida over the weekend. 1:30 p.m.Britain is sending a Royal Navy ship to the region struck by Hurricane Irma to provide humanitarian assistance and is also sending aid experts to the region.International Development Secretary Priti Patel said Wednesday the ship will carry Royal Marines and Army engineers along with water purification equipment and other support items.She said, “The thoughts of the British people are with those affected by Hurricane Irma and Britain has already taken swift action to respond.”center_img Share The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):Keep an eye on Hurricane Irma with EarthCam’s live webcams in the affected areas here. Courtesy of EarthCam.comDue to high traffic on the NHC website, we will post some #Irma forecast graphics for Advisory 30. Earliest Arrival Time of TS winds: pic.twitter.com/iIi2pUd4B7— NHC Atlantic Ops (@NHC_Atlantic) September 6, 20176:05 p.m.The director of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency says the eye of Hurricane Irma is expected to be 35 miles (56 kilometers) from San Juan at 7 p.m. EST.Abner Gomez says wind gusts of up to 100 mph (160 kph) could reach Puerto Rico’s capital.More than 600,000 people are without power and nearly 50,000 without water on Puerto Rico. Fourteen hospitals are using generators after losing power, and trees and lights posts are strewn across some roads.The tiny island of Culebra currently reporting sustained winds of 88 mph and wind gusts of 110 mph.___5:55 p.m.The State Department is ordering some U.S. government personnel in the Bahamas to leave the Caribbean island chain ahead of the arrival of powerful Hurricane Irma.As the storm pounded islands in the northeastern Caribbean on Wednesday, the department also moved to draw down its presence in several other area nations and warned Americans to reconsider any planned travel there.The State Department ordered non-essential staff and the family members of American employees at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau to depart as Irma bore down with heavy rain and historic winds that could lead to life-threatening floods, mud slides and storm surges that could disrupt travel and government services.Earlier, the department said it would allow U.S. personnel and their families to leave Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti at government expense.___5:25 p.m.The government has confirmed one death on Barbuda caused by Hurricane Irma.Midcie Francis, spokesperson for National Office of Disaster Services for Antigua and Barbuda, says there has been massive destruction on the island of about 1,700 people.“A significant number of the houses have been totally destroyed,” said Lionel Hurst, the prime minister’s chief of staff.The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever measured destroyed homes and flooded streets across a chain of small islands in the northern Caribbean, passing directly over Barbuda which was left largely incommunicado.___5 p.m.Hurricane Katia has formed in the Gulf off the coast of Mexico with sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph). The government of Mexico has issued a hurricane watch for the coast of the state of Veracruz from Tuxpan to Laguna Verde.Katia is anticipated to drift toward the coast on Thursday.The announcement of Hurricane Katia came minutes after the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Hurricane Jose had formed in the open Atlantic, far from land and well east of Hurricane Irma.Jose has winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and is quickly strengthening, but poses no immediate threat to land.___4:45 p.m.Hurricane Jose has formed in the open Atlantic, far from land and well east of Hurricane Irma.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Wednesday that Jose poses no immediately threat to land. But meteorologists warn the storm’s path could change.Jose has winds of 75 mph (120 kph) and is quickly strengthening.___3:45 p.m.French President Emmanuel Macron says he expects that victims and heavy damages will be discovered when Hurricane Irma has left the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy in the French West Indies.Speaking at a crisis center set up at the Interior Ministry, Macron told reporters Wednesday night that while if it’s too early to give a precise toll and figures, he can already say “the toll will be harsh and cruel.”Macron said there will be victims and that “the material damage on both islands is considerable.”Saint Barthelemy is a French overseas island in the West Indies while nearby Saint Martin is a half-French half-Dutch island.___Heavy rain and 185-mph winds lashed the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico’s northeast coast Wednesday as Hurricane Irma roared through Caribbean islands on its way to a possible hit on South Florida.The strongest Atlantic Ocean hurricane ever measured destroyed homes and flooded streets across a chain of small islands in the northern Caribbean, passing directly over Barbuda and leaving the island of some 1,700 people incommunicado.___3:30 p.m.People with active warrants in one Florida county might want to think twice about heading to a shelter for Hurricane Irma.Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday that deputies will be checking identification at the county’s shelters, and anyone with a warrant will be arrested and taken to “the safe and secure shelter called the Polk County Jail.”Judd also posted that sex offenders and sex predators would not be admitted to the shelters.Sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Horstman says they’re trying to educate the public before the storm hits this weekend. She says they’re hoping people with warrants will turn themselves and use the next few days to deal with their legal issues.___3:15 p.m.Gov. Rick Scott says his administration “is looking at all possible avenues to get as many people out as possible” ahead of Hurricane Irma.He estimates that 25,000 people have already evacuated from the Florida Keys. He says that if local officials tell people to evacuate, that means it is not safe to stay.He says “I cannot stress this enough. Do not ignore evacuation orders. Remember: You can rebuild your home. You cannot rebuild your life.”He says Irma is extremely dangerous and deadly, and everyone should pay close attention to the hurricane’s progress.___3:05 p.m.People evacuating the Miami area now, days ahead of Hurricane Irma, may be driven by memories of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago.Researcher Jennifer Collins at the University of South Florida’s School of Geosciences says it’s not an exaggeration to say that people who remember Andrew are picturing total devastation that could come from Irma.Meanwhile in Tampa, which wasn’t affected by Andrew, she says “people are preparing like crazy, and all the stores are out of everything.”Collins says her research shows that people with strong support networks can be the least likely to evacuate, even to stay with friends and family far inland, because they felt more comfortable hunkering down with their neighbors. Her surveys found that people without neighbors to depend on were more likely to flee. And she says those who did stay ended up regretting it because the damage was worse than they expected.___2:35 p.m.Florida law prohibits extreme price hikes for commodities such as food, water, hotels and lumber in the event of a potentially catastrophic storm like Hurricane Irma. But Florida law doesn’t cover airlines tickets — that’s up to federal regulators. And some people are shocked at what they call sky-high price-gouging.Steve MacQueen was shocked to learn he had to pay $1,725 to fly his 87-year-old mother from Fort Myers to Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday. He says he understands “the price is always ghastly” when you buy at the last minute, but not this bad.He paid anyway to make sure his mother could stay with his sister in North Carolina. He now lives in Vermont, but as a former Floridian, he says the looming storm terrifies him.___2:20 p.m.The Netherlands is urging the United Nations and its 193 member states to provide assistance and show compassion with people in the Caribbean suffering from the impact of Hurricane Irma.Dutch U.N. Ambassador Karel van Oosterom made the appeal during a General Assembly meeting Wednesday on protecting civilians in conflict. He said the eye of the hurricane passed right over Sint Maarten, one of four countries in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.He said the hurricane earlier hit two special municipalities of the Netherlands located in the Caribbean Sea, Sint Eustatius and Saba.Van Oosterom said “first information indicates that a lot of damage has been done but communication is still extremely difficult.”He called for “compassion with the people in the region who are suffering right at this moment, to show solidarity, and to provide assistance where necessary.” 1 p.m.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says the eye of Hurricane Irma is passing over the British Virgin Islands.It says a wind gust of up to 110 mph (177 kph) has been reported a little to the west at Buck Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.At 1 p.m. local time, the storm was centered about 35 miles (55 kilometers) east of St. Thomas and 105 miles (170 kilometers) east of San Juan, Puerto Rico.It was moving to the west at 16 mph (26 kph)last_img read more

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first_imgThe University of the District of Columbia (UDC) recently announced the opening of its 20,000-square-foot green roof atop Building 44 of it’s Northwest Washington campus.The school’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) has called the rooftop garden the centerpiece of its Urban Food Hub. As urban populations swell to space-gobbling proportions, ways of producing food in small spaces—such as a roof—become increasingly important for meeting dietary needs, school officials said. In fact, other Urban Food Hubs are popping up in other wards throughout the District.“The green roof stands as a model of progress not only for the University of the District of Columbia, but also as a positive step in the fight to ensure that all District residents have access to fresh and nutritious food,” said CAUSES Dean Sabine O’Hara in a statement.The garden’s first crops—cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, Swiss chard and African basil—were chosen because they require low maintenance. The garden also contains 11 other types of bee attracting plants to encourage pollination.In addition to being a source of food, the rooftop garden also presents significant environmental benefits. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, green roofs provide shade and remove heat from the air, they reduce energy use and absorb greenhouse emissions and pollutants from the air, among other things.UDC’s garden also features a storm water system that will harvest rainwater and capture water runoff from the roof, as well as a greenhouse and research space.last_img read more

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first_imgWe know that the hardware inside the PS4 and Xbox One is very similar, which is great for game developers and those of us who appreciate quick PC ports or better yet simultaneous releases. But the PS4 seems to have the edge right now in terms of next-gen console performance.A case in point is the forthcoming release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (available January 28). This is a reboot of the PS3/360 Tomb Raider game from last year, which has allowed developer Crystal Dynamics to produce the game they wanted to on current gen machines with the hardware limitations removed. And it’s clear to see how the game has improved graphically.Comparisons between the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game are inevitable, and it looks as though the PS4 version is easily coming out on top. Crystal Dynamics updated the game with a solid 30fps target in mind. Initial testing has revealed that the Xbox One manages an average of 30fps, but can spike up to 45fps during less busy scenes. However, the PS4 version apparently manages to average 60fps. Both games run at 1080p.These are only early reports, and the fact is the game will look great and play great on both consoles. If you are lucky enough to own both a PS4 and Xbox One, though, the PS4 version is clearly looking like the better option right now.We know that the PS4 has a better GPU than the Xbox One, and this could account for much of the performance differential. But these are very early days in the lifecycles of the consoles, and the maturity of the software libraries the developers rely on will also factor. Microsoft is surely working hard to improve performance where it can, but then Sony won’t be sitting still either. We won’t get a true picture of if there really is a significant performance advantage until 2nd and 3rd generation multi-platform games start shipping.last_img read more

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