11 killed in bar shooting in Brazil

first_imgRio de Janeiro: At least 11 people have been killed in a shooting at a bar in Brazil’s Para state, police said. The shooting took place on Sunday in the city of Belem when seven gunmen arrived at the bar and began shooting, Xinhua news agency reported. They killed six women, among them the bar’s owner, and five men, according to the Military Police. One person was injured and taken to the hospital. An investigation into the shooting was opened by the Civil Police’s Homicide Division, but the motive behind the shooting is still unknown.last_img read more

Moroccos Zero Mika Brings about Unforeseen Changes

Rabat – The “Zero Mika” innitiative, beginning July 1 under the law 77-15, could bring about consequences unseen beyond initial planning as change will be evident in the daily lives of many Moroccans following the national prohibition of producing, importing, and commercializing plastic bag.Carrying the daily dose of bread home from the bakery each morning will feel absolutely different after July 1, but the plastic ban significantly impacts larger aspects of life that affects national environmental and economic policies that might lead to a setback if not controlled and regulated properly.In pushing forward this legal initiative, the Ministry of Environment planned to collect and burn approximately 11 tons of plastic bags in Fqih Ben Salah and four tons in Fes as well as other cities since the beginning of June as one of the measures taken to eliminate any long term trace of plastic bags. However, that approach might in fact bring about equal if not more environmental harm than it would benefit. On the brighter side, it’s not all about incineration and air pollution;the Elhaité Department started an awareness campaign that targeted Moroccan population in hopes of spreading information on more environment-friendly options that would replace the widespread use of plastic bags.“The distribution of cloth bags is one of the viable options in this initiative,” Mohamed Benyahia, director of the communication and cooperation department at the Ministry of Environment told Telquel. “There are many other environment-friendly traditional options that are forgotten and should be revived.”These options, according to Mr. Benyahia, include the traditional use of bags made of wicker, cloth, or woven using palmetto branches.The newly adopted prohibition furhter encouraged the Ministry of Industry to take on an inter-ministerial project that linked the Ministry of Environment, Commerce, Interior and Agriculture. Such a program will take on a plan of economic conversion.The Minister of Industry, Trade, and New Technologies Moulay Hafid Elalamy has promised a total of MAD 200 million to all workers in the plastic bag production industry. The proposed funding aimed to help workers accommodate the curtailing of the plastic bag industry.Under Elelamy’s policy, registered enterprises that make more than 30 percent of their turnover would be offered 50 percent of industrial investment linked to the economic conversion project, according to Usine Nouvelle, a website specialized in this sector.For smaller enterprises, the state will support required training for employees to work in other economic sectors. However, these small companies will not be able to benefit from any public aid unless they “engage in complete fiscal and social transparency and destroy or sell all machinery linked to the production of plastic bags,” declared the Ministry of IndustryWholesale dealers across Morocco have, nonetheless, voiced their discontent. Many of them are willing to keep selling their plastic bags despite the risk of getting fined for a sum of MAD 10,000 to MAD 500,000.The repercussions stated above questioned whether banning plastic bags is really a risk worth taking, only to be answered by the progress of time. read more

Chinese cement manufacturer to set up plant in Hambantota

The Deputy Minister said that the Chinese cement manufacturer will source 40% of raw material locally and the value addition would increase gradually. Cement imports surged 56% to 633,000 metric tonnes in May 2018 according to available data. He further said that land allocation for the project has been already approved and environment assessments have been completed. “The Chinese company will start production next May.” “Since most of the regional markets have large cement manufactures, this Chinese company would mainly concentrate on Sri Lankan markets.”Bandara said that though Sri Lanka has many cement manufactures almost 55% are still been imported and there are lot of opportunities for the Chinese company to market cement locally. A Chinese cement manufacturer is to set up a plant in the Hambantota Export Processing Zone, the Government information department said.The Government information department quoted Deputy Minister of Development Strategies and International Trade Nalin Bandara as saying that this is the first time a Chinese Cement manufacturer is entering the Sri Lankan market. read more

International Education Week showcases world of opportunity

Participants at a Saudi Arabian cooking demonstration try out some of that country’s dishes during International Education Week at Brock last year. Spoken word poetry, international cooking showcases and Chinese watercolour painting classes are all on the bill for International Education Week, which kicks off today.The annual event, celebrated in Canada and the U.S., will give Brock’s 1,000 international students from 80 countries the chance to show off some of their favourite aspects of home. It’s also an opportunity for the University’s Canadian students who have gone abroad to tout the benefits of having studied elsewhere in the world.With dozens of activities organized throughout the week by Brock International and several campus partners, the point is to celebrate the value of a more global education, explained Sheila Young, Brock International director.“It’s to highlight the importance of international education,” she said. “It’s to try and reach out to students who may not have thought about international issues or getting involved in international education experiences.”In addition to a poetry slam, cooking and painting classes, sporting events and an international photo exhibit are also happening.The exhibit in Sean O’Sullivan Gallery features photos taken by international students of images from their homeland. Another exhibit, called Home Away from Home, shows photos taken by Brock students who have gone on exchanges abroad.Both exhibits run until Nov. 23 and visitors are encouraged to vote on-line for their favourite photos. Winning submissions will be framed and shutterbugs will be recognized at the annual International Services holiday banquet.Other highlights include:Brock Hillel Centre for Jewish Life on Campus is holding a Holocaust remembrance evening on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Isaac’s Bar and Grill. Scholars at Risk speaker Anna Dolidze will present NGOs and the Legitimacy of International Legal Order on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Sankey Chambers. The week will also see 14 Brazilian undergraduate science students recognized for their efforts during a year-long visit to Brock that includes doing a research internship alongside some of the University’s professors.But it’s the cooking demonstrations organized by ESL Services and featuring foods from around the globe, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Venezuela that really draw those hungry for an international experience.“It’s not just learning to cook. (The students) showcase their culture and home country as well as showing how to make a dish,” Young said.“It’s fun to see the students share their culture in that way and everyone loves food.”International Education Week runs until Friday and most events are free. A schedule of events is available online. read more

British Airways confirms £475 MS sandwiches will replace free inflight food

first_imgCruz said the complimentary food and drink in Club class would remain unchanged, and that BA would be contacting customers already booked on flights in the New Year to explain the changes, but could not guarantee they would receive free M&S food.  “What BA is offering is a product that is a lot more competitive, but because of a lot of different features and products and the quality of what we do, I am not worried about the comparisons at all,” he said. “While the low-cost airlines have had to become more sophisticated to expand their reach, our attitude is still very much different to theirs.” In-flight food on BA flights will come courtesy of M&S next yearCredit:© 2016 Bloomberg Finance LP/Bloomberg BA will no longer offer free food on short-haul flights It was in May that news first broke that BA would start charging for food, but the journey the airline has taken to move closer to its low-cost rivals began a long time ago. It was in April that BA streamlined its six existing ticket options down to three, with the cheapest, Basic, not including checked luggage, changes to flights or pre-selected seating. But it was back in 2013 that the airline first announced “no-frills” fares, trialling hand luggage-only tickets on eight short-haul destinations from Heathrow, expanding it to 32 routes a month later. The assumption was that by forcing customers to pay for food – as is the wont of low-cost airlines – BA would be lowering its fares, but Cruz said that ticket prices had been falling, were already very low, and that the introduction of paid-for food and drink would not have an additional effect. The items will have “small” mark-up on prices in M&S stores but will otherwise be the same. Cash will not be accepted on flights, with payment only possible via credit or debit card. However, cabin crew will accept BA’s frequent flier points, Avios, with a £3 ploughman’s sandwich, for example, costing 375 points. M&S said it had carefully researched its selection for the BA service, given how flying at 30,000 feet dulls the taste buds, but has not yet created bespoke offerings for air passengers.  BA will no longer offer free food on short-haul flightsCredit:ALAMY BA said the deal was motivated by the demand of passengers to have more choice in what they eat and drink, but critics believe the move marks the end of an era for the UK flag carrier, with the loss of free food and drinks on flights seen as the final breakdown of the barrier between the traditional airline and its low-cost rivals, such as EasyJet and Ryanair. Telegraph Travel’s consumer expert Nick Trend said: “There is now very little to distinguish between BA and its no-frills rivals when it comes to short-haul flights, though nowadays most people travelling to Europe choose their airline based on fare price and convenience rather than whether they get anything free on the plane.”But British Airways chairman Alex Cruz said BA was “really, really far from being a low-cost airline”.  In-flight food on BA flights will come courtesy of M&S next year British Airways has confirmed it will scrap free food and drink on its short-haul flights and instead offer passengers the opportunity to purchase snacks and sandwiches provided by Marks & Spencer. A deal between the airline and M&S was rumoured to be on the cards earlier in the month, but the UK flag carrier today formally unveiled the agreement between “two Great British companies”.The changes will be rolled out on services in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick from January 11 next year, with Stansted and London City to follow by the summer, by which time fliers will be able to avail themselves of items from M&S’s usual range, including a ploughman’s sandwich, a bacon bap, or a bag of Percy Pigs sweets. The retailer will not be providing on-board drinks. last_img read more

Drug dealer spared jail after telling judge his baldness had ruined his

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A judge spared a drug dealer from jail after hearing his alopecia had led to a life of ridicule and that selling drugs was a way of making friends.Cameron Bridges started selling drugs after being frozen out by his peers for much of his school life and to support his £150 a day cocaine habit.Bridges, of Polperro, Cornwall, admitted possession of cocaine, ketamine and cannabis with intent to supply, as well as possession charges and assaulting an emergency worker.Truro Crown Court heard the 20 year old’s life spiralled out of control until his arrest in May when he sought help and is now drug free.Chris Andrews, defending, said:”At school he suffered five years of ridicule and bullying and sat out PE while other children laughed at him.”It will come as no surprise that at 12 he started smoking cannabis and at 15 he started using cocaine behind his parents’ backs. Drugs gave him something he’s never had before, a circle of friends and all of a sudden a social group. Suddenly people rang him and he was in demand.”Judge Simon Carr jailed him for two years, suspended for two years, and ordered him on a six month drug rehab order, a curfew and 150 hours of unpaid work. read more

Northwest parents too often overlook window hazards

first_imgWith summer underway, window falls will be on the rise, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, said Amber Kroeker, the child injury prevention program supervisor at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. That’s because Pacific Northwest summers are cool enough that many homes don’t have air conditioning, which means that open windows are a primary source of cooling a house down.“It’s a momentary lapse of supervision,” Kroeker said. “Parents think the child knows better or won’t climb up on that dresser placed next to the window.”Kroeker explained that parents think lots of dangers lurk around children, such as fire risks, and understand the importance of car seats and life vests. But she said window safety is one of the most overlooked dangers.That might be changing though, Kroeker said, as advocacy around window safety seems to be making a mark in the Northwest. After averaging about 50 window falls per year in Oregon over the last few years, that number settled around 25 falls last year, Kroeker said.“We definitely are seeing a reduction in window falls in recent years,” she said.Kroeker provided these tips to improve window safety:• Move furniture, or anything children could climb onto, from underneath windows.• Educate children about window safety. Screens aren’t good enough to prevent window falls, Kroeker said. “Screens keep bugs out, but don’t keep kids in,” she said.last_img read more

Frances World Cup win a distant memory for Hugo Lloris

first_imgGoalkeeper Hugo Lloris feels that winning the World Cup for France is a thing of the past and is fully focused now on tasting glory at Tottenham.The 32-year-old won the biggest trophy of them all in football last July after captaining France to their second World Cup at Russia.Over six months later, however, the memory of lifting the golden World Cup trophy in front of the French supporters at Moscow following their 4-2 win over Croatia in the final is now nothing more than a distant memory for Lloris.Instead, the Frenchman’s sole concern now lies with Spurs’ current campaign where they hope to finally claim some silverware themselves in the near future.Mauricio Pochettino’s will host Leicester City today at Wembley in the Premier League, where they hope to claim victory to restore their five-point deficit to leaders Liverpool – who defeated Bournemouth 3-0 on Saturday.“To be honest, the football and the time is going so fast,” said Lloris, according to FourFourTwo.“I don’t want to say that I’ve forgotten about the World Cup but, for me, it belongs to the past. I don’t have time to make a step backwards and think about the World Cup.“Every time people talk about this moment – it gives you a lot of positive energy. But as a professional and as a man I am just focused on today and tomorrow. Maybe when I will be retired, I will think in a different way but it’s not the case at the moment.”The Spurs captain added: “We are Tottenham and we have the humility to say in a different place, a different club, a bigger institution, they are used to winning – they won in the past, they win today and they will win tomorrow – because of the heaviness of the institution.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“When you wear the jersey of some clubs, you have this pressure every day. It’s not the case in Tottenham. Historically there is a great history, it’s a great club in England. But it’s not the type of club that used to win every year. It needs more time.“For me the best way is to compare the club when I arrive [in 2012] and the club of today. We reduced the gap massively between the best teams in England and maybe in Europe, too.“And the process takes maybe more time than in some other places. But for sure we are going the right way because every season we are improving and improving and improving.”“It is important to believe in yourself but it is important to have sense, too,” he continued.“The main target for the club and for the team is to get the top four for the fourth time in a row. You need to look at the clubs behind because everything can turn very quickly. But you can look ahead, too.“We are in the position we deserve because in the league, we are quite consistent but at the moment there are two teams who have done much better than us.“We will see what will be in March and if we will be in a place to compete for the title or just the top four. That doesn’t mean we don’t have ambition.“The ambition is to win every game until the end of the season.”The Spurs and Leicester game at Wembley will begin at 2:30 PM (CET).BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 11: Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur celebrate with team mates after the UEFA Champions League Group B match between FC Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at Camp Nou on December 11, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)last_img read more

Police Investigate shooting incident

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 16, 2016 – Detectives of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force have launched an investigation into the report of a shooting which occurred early today (Friday 16th December 2016) in the Gracebay area of Providenciales.Police responded to the Cheshire Medical Centre around 12:34 am where an 18-year-old male was met and explained to officers that he was shot in the left knee while standing at the entrance to the Danny Buoy’s parking Lot. Police went to the area and established a crime scene.  A 29-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of that shooting incident.  Investigation is ongoing.If you were at the Danny Buoys area and may have seen who fired the shots or has information that can assist with the investigation, contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 339-5901. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1- 800 8477 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.crimestoppers.tc. The information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. #MagneticMediaNews#TCIGeneralElections#TCIResults2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

School supplies collected in Rick Case drive delivered to Boys and Girls

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – Thousands of Broward County students received donated school supplies in Davie.The students were gifted the supplies, Monday, as part of Rick Case’s second annual Drive for Supplies event.Organizers said the supplies were collected throughout the month, and there’s still more time to donate.“We’re continuing the drive until after Labor Day at all the Rick Case dealerships. We have drop off boxes,” said Stan Bostic with Rick Case. “If you want to continue to help us and help the Boys and Girls Club children, please donate some school supplies at each one of those dealerships in Weston, Davie and Fort Lauderdale.”The donated supplies will be delivered to various Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Three decades after Exxon Valdez oil disaster Prince William watchdog group remains

first_imgExxon Valdez tanker aground. Off-loading of remaining oil in progress. (Photo courtesy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council)This Sunday, Alaska marks the 30th anniversary of an event that changed the state forever. On March 24th, 1989, 11 million gallons of crude oil spilled into Prince William Sound when the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground.Three decades later, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council has an important role in making sure a disaster of that magnitude doesn’t happen again. Joe Lally is director of programs for the organization. Lally is a former member of the Coast Guard and served as captain of the port for Prince William Sound.Living in Valdez, Lally says he enjoys fishing in the pristine waters of the sound. He told Alaska Public Media’ Wesley Early that his mission on the council is to make sure it stays that way. LALLY: The role of the RCAC is to ensure the complacency that led to the original oil spill back in 1989, that that complacency doesn’t creep back in. We wanna make sure that we have the most effective and reliable prevention and response system in place.EARLY: So last year, Alyeska Pipeline Service Compnay switched contractors for oil spill prevention and response in the area from Crowley to Edison Chouest. The RCAC expressed concerned about the new crews and how they were being trained. Do you still have those concerns?LALLY: No. We worked very closely during the the Edison Chouest transition. We are always going to be concerned, but the initial concerns were that the transition was occurring over too short a period of time, that it was rushed in a way. The total transition included five new escort tugs, four new general purpose tugs, a new anchor-handling, or utility tug, and then four new purpose-built oil spill response barges. And then on top of that, 150 or more new crew members. So, our concerns were that this was all happening in too short a period of time, but we ended up going out on over 40 exercises. So our personnel went out on those exercises and observed what was going on, the operational aspects, and then we would offer our recommendations if we noticed anything, or our observations that would just work to improve the system and help them to make any operational changes that they might need to make.EARLY: Does the RCAC have any concerns with the state budget and how it’s potentially impacting oil spill and response in Prince William Sound?LALLY: Yes. The Prince William Sound RCAC just recently visited Juneau, shortly after the budget was released. And we just wanna make sure that the state is fully prepared in case there is another big oil spill. They estimate that if a spill were to occur the size of Exxon Valdez, it would cost the state upwards of $500 million in today’s dollars. And then the cost to all parties could exceed $6 billion. So we wanna make sure that the budget for the state is protected and make sure the prevention response system that is currently in place is not in any way rolled back, weakened or eroded.EARLY: You mentioned all the work that had been put in, and the spill was devastating in for wildlife in the Sound initially. But how about long term? What populations still haven;t recovered from the Exxon Valdez spill?LALLY: There are specific species. I know that herring was impacted and has not bounced back. We’ve actually witnessed and have seen where you can go out on these island and dig and go down six inches to a foot, and  come up with fresh oil just like the day it was spilled kinda thing. So our job is to conduct this research and then provide advice to regulators and industry to help make improvements to the prevention and response system.last_img read more

The Queen is scared of Meghan Markle fears Duchess could hurt the

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesIt seems that Meghan Markle has scared the Queen. Or at least put her on edge. And we have to say, that is no mean feat.Reportedly the Queen is concerned about the impact a break between the Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry could have on the Royal Family, expert Judi James claimed.Ms. James said: “I’m just wondering whether a lot of the symbolism won’t actually be worrying the older Royals.”Those three quills —the one thing they don’t like very much is being written about when it’s somebody saying the wrong thing.”The body language expert continued: “I think they’re used to new royal brides who keep slightly quiet, at least for a few months, possibly a couple of years. Meghan MarkleGetty Images “We saw with Meghan, she hit the ground running and she’s the most eloquent member of all of that age group of royals which is fantastic—but she’s reasonably spontaneous with that.”I think the songbird—is there a little bit of a threat there?”If anything goes wrong in the marriage, she’s going to sing like a canary and tell everyone what’s going on in the royal family? I’m sure that won’t happen, but like everything about Meghan there’s such a strong message there, such a personal message.”Ms. James added: “I think we’re hearing from her that she won’t be held back. It’ll be interesting to see if anyone tries to hold back a little bit and make her more regal.”Well, it seems that the Palace secrets may not be secret if Meghan is slighted. Which makes us wonder if Meghan’s crusade to stand on her own and separate from the Royal Family is because she is still not part of their inner circle. If she is still being treated like an outsider. If the Palace does fear secrets being spilled. They might still be keeping secrets from Meghan herself, not trusting her enough to let her in on the Royal Family’s biggest secrets. That could be a reason Meghan is trying to be independent.last_img read more

Gold prices fall sharply silver remains unchanged

first_imgThe yellow metal began October on a negative note, with prices declining by Rs 325 due to weak global cues and lacklustre performance by domestic jewellers even as silver prices remained unchanged at Rs 45,500 per kg.Gold prices closed at Rs 31,200 per 10 gm on Saturday, after gaining Rs 175 the previous day despite the stock markets ending higher on account of value-buying by investors.Silver prices have been hovering around the Rs 45,000-mark since September 28 and have changed little since the August 31 closing of Rs 44,900 per kg.Gold prices have appreciated marginally, having closed at Rs 31,050 per 10 gm on August 31, 2016.Prices of shares of gold companies also did not change much on Friday; Titan shares closed 0.74 percent higher at Rs 395.65 apiece, while PC Jeweller gained 2.92 percent to end at Rs 484.75. Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri shares closed at Rs 66.30 apiece, up 0.84 percent.last_img read more

Social media manipulation by govt a grave threat to democracy

first_imgFreedom House logoMore governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.A study of internet freedom in 65 countries found 30 governments are deploying some form of manipulation to distort online information, up from 23 the previous year.These efforts included paid commentators, trolls, “bots”-the name given to automated accounts-false news sites and propaganda outlets, according to the 2017 “Freedom on the Net” report by human rights group Freedom House.The report said online manipulation and disinformation tactics played an important role in elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, including the United States.“The use of paid commentators and political bots to spread government propaganda was pioneered by China and Russia but has now gone global,” said Michael Abramowitz, president of Freedom House.“The effects of these rapidly spreading techniques on democracy and civic activism are potentially devastating.”Sanja Kelly, director of the Freedom on the Net project, explained such manipulation is often hard to detect, and “more difficult to combat than other types of censorship, such as website blocking.”The organization said 2017 marked a seventh consecutive year of overall decline in internet freedom, as a result of these and other efforts to filter and censor information online.China is worst, againFreedom House said China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for a third straight year, due to stepped-up online censorship, a new law cracking down on anonymity online and the imprisonment of dissidents using the web.Other countries also increased their efforts to censor and manipulate information, the report said.This included a “keyboard army” of people employed and paid $10 a day by the Philippine government to amplify the impression of widespread support of a brutal drugs crackdown, and Turkey’s use of an estimated 6,000 people to counter government opponents on social media.Meanwhile, as Russia sought to spread disinformation to influence elections in the US and Europe, the Kremlin also tightened its internal controls, the report said.Bloggers who attract more than 3,000 daily visitors must register their personal details with the Russian government and abide by the law regulating mass media-while search engines and news aggregators are banned from including stories from unregistered outlets.The study also found governments in at least 14 countries restricted internet freedom in a bid to address content manipulation. In one such example, Ukraine blocked Russia-based services, including the country’s most widely used social network and search engine, in an effort to crack down on pro-Russian propaganda.“When trying to combat online manipulation from abroad, it is important for countries not to overreach,” Kelly said.“The solution to manipulation and disinformation lies not in censoring websites but in teaching citizens how to detect fake news and commentary. Democracies should ensure that the source of political advertising online is at least as transparent online as it is offline.”Freedom House expressed concern over growing restrictions on VPNs-virtual private networks which allow circumvention of censors-which are now in place in 14 countries.It said internet freedom also took a hit in United States over the past year.“While the online environment in the United States remained vibrant and diverse, the prevalence of disinformation and hyperpartisan content had a significant impact,” the report said.“Journalists who challenge Donald Trump’s positions have faced egregious online harassment.”last_img read more

Robotic Pet Sitter Feeds Plays With Your Pooch

first_img If dogs are a man’s best friend, what is a dog’s best friend?Los Angeles startup Anthouse hopes its roving robot ticks that box.Every day, millions of humans abandon their furry friends for hours at a time, left alone to fend for themselves. But what if someone—or something—could entertain your pup during long days at the office or on vacation?The Anthouse Pet Companion Robot aims to “change the way owners and their pets interact.”The smart, app-controlled machine allows folks to catch up with their at-home animals from anywhere in the world (as long as it has a cellular or Wi-Fi connection).Remotely dispense treats, record video, and snap photos using the companion application, available for Android and iOS.Dog’s best friend? (via Anthouse)Set the cyborg to different speeds (from slow/turtle to fast/rabbit) to keep your canine moving. Owners can even play fetch from afar with a tennis ball launcher, which throws pitches up to 26 feet. Train Buddy to return the ball to the robot, and your dog can have two-and-a-half to five hours of nonstop fun.But, just like you, the Anthouse Pet Companion needs an occasional break: When the robot’s battery gets low, it automatically retires to its wireless charging station for a reboot.A built-in speaker, meanwhile, lets you chat with Fido; just don’t expect anything more than a confused look and a whimper.Early bird animal lovers can pre-order the automated pet sitter for a steeply discounted cost of $299. Available in white or yellow, the 13-pound nanny is expected for global delivery in December.Even a $100 price cut, however, has so far not been enough to push Anthouse over the halfway crowdfunding mark. With 22 days left in its first Kickstarter campaign, the firm is struggling to reach its $50,000 all-or-nothing goal.Cesar Millan and Audible recently launched their own take on combating doggy depression: Audible for Dogs—a rotating selection of titles that provide peace of mind for man and best friend when leaving your four-legged mate home alone.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesFlorida Man Pries Alligator’s Jaws Open to Rescue Dog, Gets Bitten Stay on targetlast_img read more

Marvell says 80211ac 4×4 solution is an industryfirst

first_img More information: www.marvell.com/company/news/p … il.do?releaseID=3196 The 88W8864 is Marvell’s attempt to excel in enabling seamless wireless throughput of high bandwidth data applications and to enable reliable HD multi-stream video distribution over Wi-Fi networks. The 802.11ac connectivity is to enhance consumers’ “immersive digital entertainment” experiences. The end result is expected to be high-quality video content across service provider gateways and set-top boxes. The 88W8864 will be integrated into Marvell’s media platforms.”I believe that with Marvell’s new breakthrough 802.11ac 4×4 Wi-Fi solution, we are positioned to change the landscape for enterprise-class network infrastructure and carrier grade video applications, further empowering the entire spectrum of always-on devices, ” according to the company release quoting Marvell’s co-founder, Weili Dai.Dai further noted that this is a new era of digital lifestyles that require superior wireless connectivity, critical for live content across all screen sizes and “Smart Furnishings.”Marvell said it is currently sampling the new chip to Wi-Fi equipment manufacturers.The key features of the Avastar 88W8864 SoC are its 802.11ac and beamforming capabilities. First, the 802.11ac standard is said to significantly increase bandwidth available over the Wi-Fi link and network capacity for densely populated environments. Wireless capabilities are extended to new use cases such as real-time video streaming and wireless backup. With the new chip having built-in 802.11ac support, the 88W8864 delivers up to 1.3 Gbps of throughput. Marvell says in turn it is well suited for enterprise APs and the transfer of carrier-grade wireless.Marvell is offering support for both implicit and explicit beamforming. Beamforming is a method of radio-frequency transmission that can be integrated across devices including laptops and smartphones. Beamforming improves link robustness and wireless performance. HD video streaming is seamless in locations where devices could previously maintain only minimal connection to the network, which improves the performance of existing devices in the network even if they themselves do not implement beamforming. Marvell says its beamforming technology outperforms other digital signal processing techniques for range extension by at least six times. Another advantage of the new entry’s beamforming is increased battery life of any device that is connected to the 88W8864. © 2012 Phys.org 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. Citation: Marvell says 802.11ac 4×4 solution is an industry-first (2012, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-marvell-80211ac-4×4-solution-industry-first.htmlcenter_img Marvell’s wireless chip set to raise connection fever Explore further (Phys.org)—Marvell Technology Group has announced Avastar 88W8864, a wireless local area network system-on-chip. The company says the 88W8864 sets new industry benchmarks for speed and range. The new entry is the industry’s first “802.11ac 4×4 solution,” for access points and wireless video distribution. With the release of the Marvell 802.11ac 4×4 chip, the company message is that here is a solution that offers a significant increase in Wi-Fi bandwidth capacity and reliability.last_img read more

Better social skills in pigs found to result in reduced length of

first_imgA small team of researchers from Scotland’s Rural College, the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and Queens University in the U.K., has found that better social skills in pigs lead to shorter rank fights. They have published a paper in Royal Society Open Science describing experiments they conducted with domesticated pigs and what they found. More information: Irene Camerlink et al. Advantages of social skills for contest resolution, Royal Society Open Science (2019). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181456 Credit: CC0 Public Domain Hong Kong to cull 6,000 pigs as first swine fever case found Explore further Citation: Better social skills in pigs found to result in reduced length of rank fights (2019, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-social-skills-pigs-result-length.htmlcenter_img In the animal kingdom, fighting between members of a species or a group within a species is a common way to establish rank. But it can also lead to problems for the participants if they are injured. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if animals in the wild have a mechanism for mitigating injuries, perhaps by shortening the duration of bouts. They further wondered if the degree of socialism had an impact on rank fight length. More specifically, would animals that have learned to socialize well with other animals engage in shorter and less injurious bouts? To find out if this might be the case, the team studied domesticated pigs, which are known to engage in rank fights.The experiments involved allowing 32 piglets to visit a neighboring farm whenever they wanted to socialize with other animals, including pigs. Another 32 piglets were restricted to their own farm where they were only ever allowed to interact with their mothers. When the piglets were eight weeks old, they were placed in pens with another piglet. The researchers observed them to see how they interacted. Rank fights between pigs generally involve sniffing, walking around one another, nudging, tussling with snouts, and on some occasions, actually biting one another. A few minutes later, one of the pigs will give up and show submission to the other, establishing the rank level between the two of them.The researchers report that for the well-socialized pigs, the rank fights lasted on average just three minutes. Those that had not been allowed to socialize while growing up tended to fight longer—on average, one minute longer. They also found themselves injured one-third more often than the socialized pigs. The findings indicate that socialization in pigs allows for less severe, shorter rank fights, preventing injury among group members. 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. Journal information: Royal Society Open Science © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

New Study Biocides Market is Estimate to Grow 9912 Million Worldwide

first_img“Various end use industries have initiated the use of organic acid-based biocides for improved results and to avoid undesirable corrosion. Increase in demand for these biocides among pharmaceutical industry poses lucrative opportunities for the players in the global biocides market.” Biocides Market was valued at $6,479 million in 2015, and is expected to reach $9,912 million by 2022, supported by a CAGR of 6.3% during the forecast period 2014 – 2022. The metallic compounds segment held nearly two-fifths of the total market share in 2015. Biocides Marketcenter_img Biocides are chemicals that combat pests or microorganisms such as molds, bacteria, algae, insects, and rodents. Biocides include various products such as disinfectants, wood preservatives, rodenticides, antifouling agents (on boats), and in-can preservatives, which are used in homes, hospitals, industries, and others. Biocide preservation applications that encompass preservation of water-based paints, adhesives, polymer dispersions, and metal working fluids (implied during the shaping of metals) have high market demand, accounting for the highest consumption of speciality biocides both in terms of volume and value. Despite regulatory pressures reducing the number of biocides depending on their concentrations in end products, blends of carefully selected biocidal active substances in optimal ratios coupled with new advancements provide improved preservation solutions without the need for cautionary labelling.Download Sample Copy of this Report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/1870Presently, the global biocides market is witnessing vivid opportunities due to increased focus of governments of various economies on the consumption of clean water. Biocides also find wide array of applications in a broad range of products such as antimicrobial coatings and food & pulp industry. Moreover, they control sulfate reducing bacteria and slime forming bacteria in oil well drilling, oil field processing, and gas storage equipment. Thus, emerging applications of biocides is another major factor anticipated to propel the growth of the global biocides market over the forecast period. In addition, growth in need for agrochemicals due to rise in demand for high-quality pest-free crops is another key aspect that drives the growth of global biocides market.Biocides are used in a wide variety of materials to protect against biological infestation and growth. Biocidal metallic compounds such as copper and tin have found effective usage in preservation of metalworking fluids or hydraulic fluids to deter bacterial growth. Metallic compounds have proved to be effective in removal of various corrosion levels in boilers. Furthermore, increase in export and import of biocides across countries owing to their major applications in agricultural pesticides & insecticides and water treatment setups are some of the key factors that are projected to fuel the demand for biocides in the coming years.Metallic compounds segment accounted for around one-fourth share, in terms of volume, in 2015. In response to the perennial modifications in the wood preservation industry as well as agricultural industry, efficient biocides are currently in high demand across the globe. Thus, increase in demand for copper and zinc-based biocides especially for protection of crops is one of the major aspects that fuel the demand for biocides globally.Send Enquiry on this report @ https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/1870KEY FINDINGS OF BIOCIDES MARKET:In terms of volume, the water treatment segment is projected to show highest growth rate during the analysis period.Asia-Pacific is projected to maintain its lead position throughout 2022, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.0%, in terms of volume.Agriculture application segment occupied for approximately one-fourth of the total market in 2015.China occupied for around one-third of the total Asia-Pacific biocides market in 2015.In terms of value, Korea is expected to grow at a high CAGR of 7.6% in Asia-Pacific market from 2016 to 2022.In 2015, Asia-Pacific and LAMEA collectively accounted for more than half of the total biocides market, and are expected to continue this trend due to increase in investments in the modernization of agricultural techniques and rising infrastructural development, specifically in China, India, Brazil, and other developing economies. Moreover, rise in urban population demanding efficient water treatment facilities is the major reason that drives the growth of biocides market.The major companies profiled in the report include The Dow Chemical Company, Troy Corporation, BASF SE, Thor Group, AkzoNobel N.V., Clariant Corporation, Lanxess AG, Solvay SA, Kemira OYJ, and Lonza Chemicals.For More Info on this Report, Visit @ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/biocides-market-expected-to-reach-9912-million-globally-by-2022—allied-market-research-617323643.htmlAbout usAllied Market Research, a market research and advisory company of Allied Analytics LLP, provides business insights and market research reports to large as well as small & medium enterprises. The company assists its clients to strategize business policies and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.Allied Market Research provides one stop solution from the beginning of data collection to investment advice. The analysts at Allied Market Research dig out factors that help clients to understand the significance and impact of market dynamics. The company amplies client’s insight on the factors, such as strategies, future estimations, growth or fall forecasting, opportunity analysis, and consumer surveys among others. As follows, the company offers consistent business intelligent support to aid the clients to turn into prominent business firm.last_img read more

Choir gives back to the less fortunate

first_imgA Ladysmith Gazette journalist had the opportunity to go to the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School on Wednesday last week.School executor head Andrew Stead celebrates his birthday on August 28 and due to this, the Stead Legacy Project was born.As part of the project, the school will be giving back to the community. Although the school relies mainly on businesses to sponsor the children, as not all of them are able to receive bursaries, they still want to give back and did so on Wednesday when they had less fortunate children visit.These are children who come from troubled backgrounds. They were treated to lunch and sweets, and got to enjoy a performance from the choir. A lot of them are from other cities and towns. Head boy Lengana Mashaphu is all the way from Johannesburg and said that, in the beginning, he found it difficult to be there, but now he loves it and sees it as his second home.The pupils at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School all have a passion for music and are groomed to be real gentlemen. In order for them to make it into the choir, each learner has to pass 25 exams before having to sing a solo for the whole school. The other learners then decide whether or not the boy becomes a part of the choir or has to solo again. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Many may think that music is the only thing they focus on… However, the boys take all the usual subjects at school as well. Every Wednesday, they put on an afternoon show and the Ladysmith Gazette journalist attended it.The first half of the show was soft and from a lot of English composers, while the second half started with a bang and had the boys giving it their all in an African medley, also showing off their gumboot dancing skills.These boys love to entertain and to give back to the community, be it in the form of song or charity.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

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first_imgTechnology | September 14, 2012 New Telemedicine Solutions for First Responders, Mobile Caregivers and Specialists September 14, 2012 — This week at the American Telemedicine Association’s 2012 Fall Forum, Medweb introduced several new products designed to present first responders and clinicians with immediate access to tools for use in the field and to save precious time in emergency situations, providing new opportunities to improve both overall patient treatment and clinical outcomes.Medweb’s SmartConsult Telemedicine solution allows specialists (dermatology, ophthalmology, radiology, cardiology, dental, neurology, wound care, etc.), general practitioners and nurse practitioners to provide outreach to patients in remote locations, neighborhood clinics in urban areas or within incarcerated populations using Smart Workflows. It provides a comprehensive, computer-based, patient-assessment protocol and a simple interface for uploading images captured with a digital camera or other peripheral device into an electronic consultation. Medweb’s SmartConsult Telemedicine solution includes a specialist screening, diagnosis and treatment workflow to collect specialty-specific patient information.Medweb Telemedicine Toolkit (MT2) features an all-in-one set of digitally enabled peripheral devices in a small case about the size and weight of a laptop computer. It enables mobile caregivers to conduct and document a full patient consult while maximizing portability. MT2 makes use of the latest advances in optics, LED light sources, digital displays, wireless data transfer and high-resolution imaging. Every device in the kit has a minimum of a two-megapixel imaging capability.The MT2 includes the following medical devices: Vascular Ultrasound; Vitals Direct Kit (temperature, pulse, oxygenation, blood pressure, glucose, EKG); digital multi-headed scope with the latest detachable lenses that allows users to easily switch between an ophthalmoscope, otoscope, episcope and general exam camera; tablet computer; and solar panel with lithium ion battery.The MT2 works with Medweb’s m-Health applications on both Apple and Android devices, and Medweb’s Smart Consult Encounter Management software running on a Windows tablet. The kit is designed to upload image data to EMR, PACS or Medweb Cloud Services via 3G or 4G cell phone or Wi-Fi where available. The additional lithium battery pack and solar panel provide up to seven days of regular usage without a separate power source.And with Medweb’s CameraDirect solution, users can turn any digital camera into a wireless general exam camera. Currently many common telemedicine solutions rely on low-resolution video or HD video cameras that are less than one megapixel. By comparison, widely available digital cameras have upwards of 10MP to 18MP per image. CameraDirect eliminates the need for expensive carts and a tangled mesh of cables. Instead, images and video can be acquired using off-the-shelf high-resolution cameras that transfer images directly to the cloud, eliminating the need for proprietary servers, gateways and associated costs.For more information: www.medweb.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Teleradiology | May 10, 2018 DocPanel Partners With University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Teleradiology company DocPanel announced a partnership with the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of… read more News | Breast Density | February 14, 2019 Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with TeleMammography… read more Image courtesy of Philips Healthcare News | Teleradiology | April 10, 2019 vRad Receives 19th Patent vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a Mednax Radiology Solutions practice, announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office… read more News | Teleradiology | November 25, 2018 Siemens Healthineers Showcases syngo Virtual Cockpit for More Flexible Workforce Management During the 104th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), Nov. 25-30… read more News | Ultrasound Imaging | March 30, 2018 Philips Integrates Reacts Tele-Ultrasound Platform on Lumify Portable Systems Philips in partnership with Innovative Imaging Technologies (IIT) announced an industry-first integrated tele-… read more center_img News | Orthopedic Imaging | November 09, 2017 Sectra to Provide Orthopedic Post-Operative Follow-Up for Teleradiology Company International medical imaging IT and cybersecurity company Sectra recently signed an agreement with the global… read more Technology | Teleradiology | June 28, 2018 Dictum Health Launches Advanced Telestroke Module for Virtual Exam Room Platform Dictum Health Inc., creators of the Virtual Exam Room (VER) telehealth technology, announced the release of their Care… read more News | Teleradiology | May 06, 2019 Chipmunk Health Chooses Philips HealthSuite for Telehealth Services Philips announced that telehealth service provider Chipmunk Health, with locations in the Netherlands and Canada, is… read more Related Content News | PACS | March 19, 2018 Exa PACS Helps Teleradiology Provider Increase Productivity 400 Percent Nine months after the implementation of Exa PACS (picture archiving and communication system) from Konica Minolta… read more Technology | Ultrasound Imaging | May 15, 2019 Clarius Releases Clarius Live Ultrasound Telemedicine Solution Clarius Mobile Health released a telemedicine solution called Clarius Live. 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