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Gabon’s Ali Bongo Arrives in Morocco to Recover from Stroke

Rabat – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has arrived in Rabat to recuperate after a stroke at the invitation of King Mohammed VI. The King persuaded Ondimba to choose Morocco instead of London.The president, who suffered the stroke in Saudi Arabia in October left Riyadh this morning, according to a Moroccan diplomatic source, AFP reported.On Tuesday, Ondimba’s wife announced that the president would leave Riyadh for Rabat to finish recovery. Read Also: Gabonese President Ali Bongo to Finish Recovery in MoroccoBongo’s wife, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba said, “To pursue his recovery, the president, consulting his close family members, has made the decision to accept the proposal of his brother, His Majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI … My husband will arrive tomorrow in Rabat, the capital.”AFP reported that the president’s recovery would take a few weeks.Gabon’s Vice-President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou had already taken over official duties in Bongo’s absence.King Mohammed VI and the Gabonese president share strong friendship.  In 2017, Bongo shared a picture of himself and King Mohammed VI as teenagers, illustrating the long-standing friendship between them. read more

UN peacekeepers mount antigang operations in Haitis capital

One suspect was killed during the operations, the latest in a series that the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) has recently mounted in sweeps against criminals and bandits. Two people were wounded, nine others were arrested, weapons seized and stolen vehicles recovered.MINUSTAH was set up by the Security Council last year to help to re-establish order in the impoverished Caribbean country after an insurgency forced elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile in February 2004. read more

Weather increased demand pushes global food prices to highest level in months

In a news release, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said its most recent Food Price Index, which measures the monthly change in international prices of a basket of 55 food commodities, including meat, dairy, sugar, and cereals, averaged 208.1 points. That is about 5.2 points, or 2.6 per cent, higher than the slightly revised index for January. “This month’s increase follows a long period of declining food prices in general. But it’s too early to say if this is a true reversal of the trend,” said Concepción Calpe, FAO Senior Economist. “The weather is probably a major force driving up prices for certain commodities like sugar or wheat, but brisk demand is also an important factor underpinning maize, dairy and oil prices,” Mr. Calpe added.The Rome-based agency also noted a spike in wheat and corn prices which it attributed to recent developments in Ukraine, “though the February increase in the Index cannot be entirely attributed to those events.”Cereals averaged 195.8 points last month, up 6.8 points or 3.6 per cent from the previous month. With some winter wheat crops already developing, FAO’s first forecast for world wheat production in 2014 stands at 704 million tonnes. This is a 1.7 per cent drop from the 2013 record but still the second largest crop ever, according to the ‘Cereal Supply and Demand Brief.’The latest estimate for world cereal production for 2013 stands at a record 2.5 billion tonnes, an increase of 13 million from the February forecast and 9 per cent more than the 2012 level. The rise is due to a significant revision in the estimates for Australia and also upward revisions to the figures for wheat and coarse grains in China.Vegetable oils rose 9.2 points to an average of 197.8 points in February, amid concerns over unfavourable weather in Southeast Asia and South America, and buoyant demand worldwide, including demand for palm oil from biodiesel producers. Dairy’s average of 275.4 points in February is 7.7 points higher over January. Meat averaged 182.6 points in February, up less than a point since the revised January level. Following a three-month decline, sugar prices recovered, prompted by concerns of dry weather in Brazil and recent forecasts pointing to a potential drop of output in India. The FAO Sugar Price Index averaged 235.4 points last month, up 13.7 points, or 6.2 per cent, from January. read more

Ukraine Ban deplores planned holding of November elections by rebel groups

“These ‘elections’ will seriously undermine the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum, which need to be urgently implemented in full,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.Reiterating the importance of restoring stability and safeguarding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Secretary-General through the statement urged all sides to uphold all parts of the Protocol, an agreement signed in the Belarussian capital in September by representatives of the Russian Federation, Ukraine and opposition groups.Tensions in Ukraine came to a head after months of political unrest led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in February. This was followed by increased political pressures in the country’s autonomous region of Crimea, where Russian military were subsequently deployed and a secession referendum was held in mid-March, in which the majority of the region’s people voted to join Russia. read more

SMMT response to Budget 2001

Fuel typeOld Duty Rate (pence per litre)New Duty Rate (pence per litre)Reduction (pence per litre duty and VAT) Ultra low sulphur petrol47.82 45.822.35 As part of the Green Fuels Challenge, duty on road fuel gas will be cut by six pence per kg, frozen until 2004. The Chancellor also promised to: Finalise pilot projects for bioethanol, biogas, methanol and hydrogen during the year Consult biodiesel producers and car makers in advance of Budget 2002 SMMT reaction The cuts in fuel duty for ultra-low sulphur petrol and diesel, as well as road fuel gases represents good news for motorists and hauliers. It also marks further steps by Government to provide incentives for cleaner fuels and technologies. Vehicle Excise Duty – cars The Chancellor confirmed that the reduced rate of VED for cars with small engines would be extended to include those up to 1549cc from 1 July 2001. The extension of the small car engine VED rate would be backdated to 1 November 2000.Owners of cars between 1200cc and 1549cc who had purchased or would purchase a VED disc between 1 November 2000 and 30 June 2001 are eligible for a rebate of up to £55 for each annual licence purchased, or £27.50 for each six-month licence. The DVLA has undertaken to contact eligible motorists in July 2001. All other car, motorbike and bus VED rates were frozen. From 1 March this year, all new cars registered in the UK pay vehicle excise duty (VED) according to the amount of carbon dioxide their car emits. There are four new car VED rates ranging from £90 to £160. The DETR estimates that up to 70 per cent of cars registering under the new system will pay less VED than before. SMMT reaction SMMT remains concerned about the full implications of a new four-band VED system based on CO2 emissions, particularly as it will run alongside the existing system for cars registered before 1 March this year based on engine size. There is a huge potential for confusion in the market place as consumers struggle to identify what the new bands mean. All consumers need to be fully aware of the aims behind the new scheme and the effect of choosing a more environmentally friendly new car could have on running costs. Commercial vehicles Gordon Brown today swept away more than 100 different truck tax bands and replaced them with a system of seven broad rate bands. This will improve environmental performance and simplify the system for hauliers. Truck tax will be cut by over £300m a year compared to last year’s rates, bringing the UK down to among the lowest in Europe for the cleanest trucks. These new rates will come into force on 1 December 2001. The temporary truck tax rates introduced on 1 December 2000 will run till 1 December 2001. The Government claimed it has paid out more than £210m to over 120,000 hauliers in the form of truck tax rebates since last December. This has cut effective tax rates by up to 50 per cent for most hauliers. Since the Pre-Budget Report, the Government has consulted on ways to reform truck tax. The new system announced today is based largely on the ideas in the Government’s consultation document. Gordon Brown also said he wanted to go further to improve the environmental performance. He wants lower tax rates for trucks meeting the latest Euro 4 emission standards. These would apply from around 2004. The Reduced Pollution Scheme will be reviewed to see if it still offers any benefits. The Government also said it would look at the ways of paying truck tax, to see how they could be simplified. Modernisation fund Mr Brown announced a £100 million Haulage Modernisation Fund in the Pre-Budget Report. Since then the Road Haulage Forum discussed how to use the money. As a result, in England, the Government will give up to: £30 million for targeted support to retrofit older trucks running in areas of poor air quality, where nitrogen oxide and particulate emissions are most damaging. This cash will help hauliers qualify for up to £500 lower tax rates £15 million for advice on fuel efficiency, which should deliver savings of five to 10 per cent in carbon emissions and similar cuts in the typical haulier’s fuel bill £5m for training new drivers to help the industry meet new skills and manpower needs £3 million to increase Government enforcement of haulage industry regulations across the UK, at the industry’s request £2 million for some supporting measures, including a pilot scheme for the industry’s own plans to raise standards and business performance. Ultra-low sulphur diesel48.8245.82 3.52 Road Fuel Gases (LPG and CNG)15 pence per kg9 pence per kg 7.05 pence per kg Fuel duty Commitments made by the Chancellor in his Pre-Budget Report were confirmed in the Budget with cuts to both ultra-low sulphur petrol and diesel. The duty rate on unleaded petrol was also cut by two pence per litre until 14 June 2001. By this time oil companies have indicated that ultra-low sulphur petrol will be available across the country. Unleaded petrol 48.8246.822.35 Lead replacement petrol50.89 48.89 2.35 The rest of the Haulage Modernisation Fund in England will be used later when both the Government and the industry have a better idea of future needs. The Government said it would continue to develop its plans to set up a vignette system to penalise visiting trucks. These pay no UK road tax although they can work freely in the UK. SMMT reaction The reform of truck tax has generally been welcomed by the industry, although there remains concern about the significant increases between some of the bands. The delay in the review of the reduced pollution certificate scheme until 2004 is a disappointment. Road transport affects every aspect of our economy, so anything which helps keeps costs down will help the nation as a whole. Research and Development In the Pre-Budget Report, the Chancellor said that the Government would be looking at measures to boost investment in R&D across business. Today he confirmed that he would be setting out a consultation document, Increasing Innovation, seeking views on tax incentives to encourage innovation. The consultation paper outlines what would be involved in the design of an incremental R&D tax credit incentive. Some of the things that need to be considered include:Eligibility criteria Sub-contracted expenditureThe interaction with existing SME reliefs SMMT reaction The SMMT welcomes the publication of the consultation on incentives for Research and Development tax credits to companies. Climate Change Levy The Chancellor confirmed that the Climate Change Levy comes into effect on 1 April. Companies can get 100 per cent capital allowances on a range of energy saving technologies. SMMT reaction SMMT is disappointed that the Chancellor failed to announce a broadening of discount criteria for this new tax. The lack of action ensures that the majority of companies in the automotive sector will face increased energy costs in 2001. Productivity improvements and competitiveness will not be helped by the additional tax burden, which will affect component suppliers in particular. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Jaguar Land Rover scoops top environmental award

The coveted Climate Change Big Tick award was picked up by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) at the West Midlands Business in the Community (BITC) awards held in Birmingham last night.The Climate Change Big Tick is presented to businesses that take positive steps towards a sustainable future. JLR was recognised for its carbon reduction strategy, which focuses on reducing tailpipe and operational emissions and carbon offsetting.JLR is also shortlisted for the National Climate Change Award, the results of which will be announced at the Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner in London on 27 June.Commenting on the award, Executive Director Mike Wright, said, “Our focus on sustainability has achieved significant results across the business. Our manufacturing emissions have been reduced by 25% since 2007 while investment of at least £1.5 billion per year has delivered new technologies to reduce tailpipe emissions.“This award recognises the contribution our employees have made to achieving JLR’s challenging sustainability targets and will motivate us to deliver further improvements over the next few years.”Business in the Community Chief Executive, Stephen Howard, said, “I congratulate JLR on achieving their Big Tick. There has never been a better time to showcase that business can be a force for good – for the mutual benefit of both business and the communities in which they operate.”To find out more about how UK automotive is progressing towards an even more sustainable future, visit www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/sustainability/. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Chickens run wild around Norfolk housing estate leaving posties scared to deliver

Locals are confronted by hundreds of chickens “I think it is going to cause an accident one day. The chickens are always crossing the road all the time with cars coming through the estate.” More than 200 feral chickens have run wild on an estate leaving a local postman too scared to deliver mail.The flock was created after a rooster and hen were abandoned by their owners when they left the new-build estate in Diss, Norfolk, earlier this year.Dozens of chickens and six roosters now roam the residential roads around Ashbrook Meadows, with around ten new chicks said to be born each week.One resident, who described the chickens as a “nuisance”, said the postman was too scared to do his usual round.His stand-in, who asked not to be named, said: “I have to do this route now because the other postman who would normally do the route is frightened of the chickens.” Gwendoline Synclair, who has lived on the estate for around 18 months, said: “They are a bit of a nuisance and they are multiplying.”Sometimes you won’t see them and then all of sudden you open your door and they just all come running over to you.Another resident Carol Morris, 71, said she feared the chickens were getting out of control.”I have had the RSPCA out and they say that they have nowhere to take them and they would have to cull them all, there’s nowhere for them to go,” she said. 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. Locals are confronted by  hundreds of chickensCredit:James Linsell-Clark/SWNS.com read more

Were Connacht and we just deal with that – Pat Lam on

first_imgCONNACHT’S SUPPORTERS AND playing staff have grown accustomed to dealing with post-match disappointment, but the latest bout is harder to take.Missing out on a losing bonus point in the 16-8 defeat to Leinster at the Sportsground was scant reward for Pat Lam’s ambitious side. The home team played the more adventurous rugby, but came away empty-handed after several controversial refereeing decisions.There was a strong suspicion of a forward pass in the build-up to Gordon D’Arcy’s try, while many supporters and critics felt Jamie Heaslip should have been sin-binned for a late shoulder charge on Dan Parks.While Lam was hesitant about criticising referee George Clancy and his team of assistants – Leo Colgan, Ollie Hodges and Jude Quinn – he did admit to frustration, particularly around the Heaslip incident. Well I tell you, I played for Samoa. We touch anyone around that area and we get blasted, absolutely blasted. I don’t know, it’s pretty obvious. Everyone saw it. What determines a tackle, a shoulder charge, what’s late?“The officials will sort it out. But I don’t think I need to comment on it, because the crowd saw it, you guys saw it. It was a surprising decision. Obviously, the one for them to go ahead with a knock-on [was disappointing], with the call saying it went backwards.“I didn’t see any ball go backwards. Yeah, it’s frustrating but like I said, they’re things we can’t control. We’re Connacht and we just deal with that. What we’re really disappointed with is the little errors we’re making.”The Connacht coach admitted his own side had failed to keep their shape. ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan.Lam was honest enough to admit that his own team’s deficiencies had contributed to the defeat, with the loss of ‘shape’ in attack and defence jarring the head coach. Even with anger simmering over the match official’s calls on key incident, the Connacht boss says they will focus on their own shortcomings.“The bottom line is – and I’ve been saying it all year – we know we don’t have 13 or 16 internationals in our squad. However, if we play as a team, we’ve got some opportunity.We talked about that second half – ‘this game is there for the taking if we want it’. Obviously it’s difficult on some of the calls. But our focus, for us, is what we can control. Despite those calls, we lost shape and, particularly in attack, we didn’t look after the ball.”One of the major positives for the home side last night was the fact that youngsters Jack Carty and Darragh Leader proved their ability to play at Pro12 level. The out-half and fullback impressed, and Lam is confident that both young men have promising futures.“I think those boys, Darragh, Jack and their families can be proud. I think Ireland’s got some real talent coming through and what better stage to test and give their development a boost than in that game?“That’s why we did it and I think both of them can hold their heads up high. Those boys will be around for years to come for Connacht and for Ireland.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘If ROG has your trust, he has your back’: Meet the men who put O’Gara’s life on filmCave hoping for more tries in front of ‘special’ Ravenhill crowdlast_img read more

le Ricoh CX6 remplacera le CX5

first_imgle Ricoh CX6 remplacera le CX5Les spécifications du Ricoh CX6 sont connues. Il s’agit d’une amélioration discrète de l’appareil photo numérique CX5, sorti l’année dernière.Ricoh vient de dévoiler le successeur de l’appareil photo numérique CX5. Il s’agit du CX6, évolution du modèle pré-cité. Par rapport aux CX 5 sorti en début d’année, le CX 6 reprend les caractéristiques suivantes : un capteur CMOS rétroéclairé de 10 mégapixels, un zoom optique X 10,7 et un écran de 3 pouces (7,5 cm). À lire aussiOlympus dévoile le Tough TG-1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmesAu rang des nouveautés, il faut signaler une hausse de la résolution (1,23 million de pixels) et d’un écran 1,7 fois plus lumineux. Un bouton direct de déclenchement vidéo a été ajouté. Le CX6 sera commercialisé en 3 coloris : rose, noir et silver.Les ajouts sont donc appréciables mais discrets, d’autant plus que l’appareil ne peut toujours pas capter de vidéo en Full HD. Selon Les Numériques, flash et télémètre ont été recentrés et l’autofocus amélioré. Le CX6 sera disponible pour 299 euros.Le 18 novembre 2011 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

British Airways to Fuel Flights With Household Waste

first_img Amazon Pledges to Make Half Its Shipments Carbon Neutral by 2030Portugal ran on renewable energy alone for four days Stay on target One man’s trash is another man’s … jet fuel?British Airways plans to convert household waste into renewable jet fuel.Part of the airline’s commitment to cut net emissions in half by 2050, the first in a series of waste plants will turn dirty diapers, plastic food containers, chocolate bar wrappers, and more into clean-burning, sustainable propellants.The factory can reportedly transform enough rubbish to power all BA 787 Dreamliner-operated flights from London to San Jose, Calif., and New Orleans, La., for a whole year.“Sustainable fuels will play an increasingly critical role in global aviation, and we are preparing for that future,” International Airlines Group (IAG) CEO Willie Walsh said in a statement.British Airways—the UK’s largest international airline—is working with recycling and waste management expert Suez and renewable fuels firm Velocys, each of which provides funding, as well as technological and operational support.“Turning household waste into jet fuel is an amazing innovation that produces clean fuel while reducing landfill,” Walsh added. “This partnership … shows how we are investing in our long-term future—and that of our customers.”Compared with conventional jet fuel, BA’s new product is expected to scale down greenhouse gas and particulate matter emissions by 60 percent and 90 percent, respectively. The UK Department of Transport just last week added sustainable jet fuel to its Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) incentive scheme.“We believe that the recently announced RTFO changes will allow the UK to become a world leader in sustainable jet fuel,” Velocys chief David Pummell said in a statement.It remains unclear exactly where or when this new plant will be constructed, or when it will begin production. British Airways did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Companies have been going green for years; in January, Greenpeace named Apple, Google, and Facebook among the world’s most environmentally friendly tech firms.In the last decade, meanwhile, a number of test flights have been conducted using biofuels like waste vegetable oil, algae, jatropha, and camelina to help reduce air pollutants.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Brock Lesnar returns on RAW tonight PostWWE TLC PPV videos

first_img Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto Brock Lesnar Google+ Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:01Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Pinterest Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Brock Lesnar returns on RAW tonightWWE RAW is live tonight from Green Bay, Wisconsin.Tonight will see the fallout from last night’s TLC PPV in Minneapolis and the return of WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar to answer the challenge made by WWE Champion Jinder Mahal for a match at the Survivor Series PPV next month.Wrestleview.com will have live RAW coverage tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).#TheBeast @BrockLesnar will ANSWER @JinderMahal’s #SurvivorSeries challenge NEXT MONDAY on #RAW! #SDLive @HeymanHustle pic.twitter.com/ZS32gEnikP— WWE (@WWE) October 18, 2017Post-WWE TLC PPV videosWWE posted the following videos from after last night’s TLC PPV in Minneapolis. Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Braun Strowman Twitter Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) WhatsApp Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Matchlast_img read more

Red Salvation Army kettles feeling golden

first_imgReports of gold coins showing up in the Salvation Army red kettles aren’t a new phenomenon, but until this year it’s been a rare sight in Vancouver.This year, though, Salvation Army of Vancouver has received not one, but two gold coins.On Friday, officials at the local Salvation Army office found a 1-ounce gold coin while looking through the donations from one of the 52 kettles stationed around Clark County.“It was a nice find,” said Dewey Weber, business manager for the Salvation Army of Vancouver.A couple of weeks ago, a 1/4 -ounce gold coin had showed up, he said. With gold trading at more than $1,268.60 an ounce, the coins are worth a total of $1,586.10 in donations. Officials said it’s the first time in three years they had seen a gold coin show up in the kettles.While that’s a drop in the bucket, so to speak, for the entire Salvation Army’s general fund, Weber said he and others are thrilled.“We’re happy with anything we get in the kettles,” he said.The generous gift is especially appreciated right now as Salvation Army officials say they’re falling short this year of their fundraising goal. As of Wednesday, the Vancouver office was $19,300 off from last year’s fundraising efforts. As of Friday, that number had grown to $24,500 off last year’s mark.last_img read more

Two Community Meetings About The Swan Lake Fire Starting Tonight

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享There will be TWO meetings about the Swan Lake Fire.– Wednesday, Aug 21 at the Cooper Landing School – 6:00 pm– Thursday, Aug 22 at the Sterling Community Center – 6:00 pm. Updates will be posted as they are made available. Please attend a meeting that is closest to you to avoid adding traffic congestion on the highway.last_img

A music nerds last stand Youll pry my CDs out of my

first_img4:15 Test your music system with these great rock tracks Well, blame isn’t quite right. The guy is a champ. He’s also a former radio DJ with enough vinyl records to one day construct the Carson Family mausoleum. The thing is, you can’t put Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band — with the bright yellow gatefold, blood red back and all that colorful chaos on the front cover — in the hands of a 6-year-old and not expect something to happen.My dad’s collection always felt magical. It was a huge physical presence that predated me and served as evidence of a version of him before he was my dad. It was important enough to not get pitched out of various moving vans as my family trekked from Texas to California to Georgia to Tennessee over the years. I never considered not building a collection of my own. So I started mine two years later, at a time when cassettes were losing ground to CDs and vinyl was just over. In a crucial moment while buying my first album, I picked my format, opting for a CD of the album I was purchasing because CDs, I was told, were the future. Tags Comments Way back in 2007, researchers from the University of Winchester in the UK did a study about why people collect music. One of the main reasons is that people are trying to construct a cultural autobiography representing facets of themselves — the good, the bad and the boy bands.That’s definitely true for me. I arrange my CDs in the order they were relevant to me. My CD shelving is like an Arctic core ice sample with each shelf representing an era of my life. The most crowded shelf is from college, when everything sounded important and my friends and I cordoned off Friday afternoons to go to the record store. One look at 2007’s Wincing the Night Away by the Shins, and I’m back in my freshman dorm hanging a poster of (what else?) Sgt. Pepper. Of course there are other reasons I buy CDs. For one, I want the artists I care about to take my money so they can keep making the music I lean on for every high, low and in-between point of my life. gettyimages-78120048.jpgRemember actually going to a store and buying CDs? I do because I STILL DO IT. Getty Images Also, liner notes, man. Where else am I supposed to learn who co-wrote which song and which obscure ’70s R&B tune got sampled on what track so I can bore my friends? Another reason: I want to. So I do. Pharaoh Khufu got a pyramid. Let me have a few stacks of an outdated media format. None of which is to say I have anything against other formats. I own vinyl, I subscribe to a streaming service. And I’ll admit that it’s gotten harder to keep up the CD purchases, partly because I can listen to any album I want on the day it comes out and I have the chance to debate with myself whether a record is important enough to warrant a place in my autobiography of albums. Plus, there are plenty of times when I walk into my neighborhood record store, trying to keep my money local, and just don’t find what I’m looking for. As a result, my collection is imperfect. There are albums I’ve forgotten to buy. Sound & Color by the Alabama Shakes, The Louder I Call, the Faster it Runs by Wye Oak. Clean by Soccer Mommy — all important, all loved, all on my list to purchase at some point. Certainly, there are albums I’ve bought digitally or on vinyl that were meaningful but go unrepresented on my CD shelf, like Passwords, the last album by my favorite band, Dawes. There’s a low-lying sadness I’ve come to feel as my music collection sprawls out over different rooms, hard drives and even servers. Lately I’ve been streaming Heard it in a Past Life, a hotly anticipated debut album by 24-year-old Maggie Rogers. If I never buy it, is it still mine? Does it have to be mine? Would that matter any less to me? Would having it on CD change that specific feeling of finding an album that will probably always sound like early spring 2019 to me?I’m not going to bother to find out because I will buy this CD. And when that kid in the lab coat comes for me, I’ll swat him away with it. Originally published at 5 a.m. PT.  Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 22 Photos 74 I measure my life out in CDs. Erin Carson/CNET There will come a day when some fresh-faced young person in a lab coat will try to coax an old Spoon record out of my ancient, gnarled hands.Let me tell you something — there’s going to be a tussle. I won’t be letting go of that jewel case easily, and I look forward to that day when, with whatever strength I’ve got left, I get to educate that youth about CDs. It’s 2019. Approximately 51 million people in the US pay for music streaming services every month. Last year, vinyl sales hit 10 million in the US. Those numbers are up 12 percent from 2017.Yet here I am, vowing to be the last person on Earth buying CDs. This isn’t so much about the CDs themselves. Vinyl lovers (a group I count myself as part of) will talk about sound quality and big, beautiful album art. CDs don’t offer much charm. No one is ever going to play a CD and mutter to themselves while clutching a cup of hot tea, “Mmm, so warm.”This is about the ongoing battle for control over my own beloved music collection. It’s about how, in wild-eyed frustration, I chose a hill to die on. A hill made entirely of compact discs. I would now like to take the opportunity to blame my dad. So Retro: Recording analog in a digital world Musiclast_img read more

UK optimistic of participatory polls in Bangladesh

first_imgUK’s FCO-DFID joint minister of state Alistair Burt. Photo: TwitterThe United Kingdom (UK) has expressed hope that the next national elections in Bangladesh would be participatory, where all parties will join, reports UNB.UK FCO-DFID joint minister of state Alistair Burt and state minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alamduring a meeting at foreign ministry discussed about the upcoming general elections in Bangladesh that will take place later in 2018 or early 2019.The UK minister expressed satisfaction at the noticeably improved physical infrastructure in the Rohingya camps, including strong coordination between different UN and other agencies, said the foreign ministry in Dhaka.He also deeply appreciated the sacrifices made by the host community in welcoming and sharing scarce resources and opportunities with the Rohingya people.Welcoming the fact-finding mission report published by the United Nations, the UK minister opined that the ‘severity the report’ will be a big test for the international community how they would respond to the accountability aspects of the Rohingya crisis, including sustainable repatriation of more than one million Rohingys who want to go back to Myanmar.He hoped that the fact-finding mission report would help ‘change’ the current level of consensus at the international level, particularly at the UN Security Council, for sustainable solution to the crisis.State minister Shahriar Alam thanked the UK government and people for all out support for the Rohingya crisis, including strong role at the UN Security Council.He expressed optimism that upcoming UN General Assembly would provide an opportunity to carry forward the international efforts to find concrete ways to resolve this protracted crisis.State minister Alam expressed satisfaction at the continued assistance from the UK, since our independence, in the socio-economic development of Bangladesh.The UK minister visited the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazaaron Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Moudud sees evil motive behind Digital Security Act

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party leader Moudud Ahmed. File PhotoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday alleged that the government has enacted the Digital Security Act with an ‘evil motive’ to ‘regulate’ the media ahead of the national elections, reports UNB.“This law has been made with an evil plan to keep the media under its [govt] control ahead of the election. The rules under the much-talked-about section 57 have been included in four different sections of the act tactfully,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said the government’s main motive behind the act is also not to allow the media to work independently.Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum, a pro-BNP platform, organised the programme at the National Press Club marking the second death anniversary of BNP’s former standing committee member ASM Hannan Shah.Moudud, a standing committee member of the party, said the section 32 of the act is very dangerous. “As per the provisions of the section 32, journalists can be sentenced to 14 years’ jail and fined Tk 2.5 million for publishing any government document in the media.”He said the government has included such provisions in the act to gag the media and restrain its independence and snatch the freedom of expression. “This act is contrary to the Constitution, and the government has formulated it only to hang onto power.”About former chief justice SK Sinha’s book ‘A Broken Dream’, the BNP leader said it is a historical document where the writer clearly stated how the government used to establish its political influence on the country’s apex court and create barriers for the judges to working independently.He also said Sinha and other judges gave verdict against the 16th amendment as it was unconstitutional one. “I think the 16th amendment verdict and SK Sinha’s book will remain as historical documents in our political and social life.”Moudud, however, said SK Sinha while performing as the chief justice did an unfair act in the case over his Gulshan House. “He (Sinha) gave a verdict that my house was not government’s property. But he unfairly accepted the government’s appeal regarding the house though it was not the government’s house.”The BNP leader said the government forced him out of the house through sending police as its appeal was accepted in the apex court.“Even after that, I defend Sinha’s 16th amendment verdict and praise his book. He’ll be immortal in the history of Bangladesh for his role and the book.”last_img read more

The Gifted Season 2 Ep 8 Recap The Season Makes Good on

first_imgStay on target We’ve reached the halfway point of Season Two of The Gifted, and things are just now starting to kick into gear. Much of the first half of this season now feels like the show setting up the world of last night’s episode. We met a new faction in the Morlocks, which I’m positive are going to be even more important in the season’s second half. We got to know The Purifiers, and while they don’t have a huge presence in this episode, their influence ominously hangs over each scene. The Mutant Underground has been pushed even further apart, and even the inner circle is in disarray. The situation feels dire for mutants of all stripes, which makes for some captivating TV.To no one’s surprise, everything went real bad after Rebecca slaughtered everyone in the bank at the end of the last episode. It’s a Purifier’s paradise out there. Humans are attacking mutants, and riots and fires are breaking out all over the city. There’s one particularly horrifying event we’re only shown: A group of human supremacists set fire to a foster home. It’s unclear if any of the kids living there survived. Over the course of the episode, we see each character react to the news. It’s an effective way to make us feel their fear. We all know the feeling of watching the news and seeing something horrible happening in your own country, and feeling completely helpless to do anything about it. Through that lens, we can immediately understand their actions.Emma Dumont and Skyler Samuels (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)For Lorna, that means getting her baby as far away from the Inner Circle as possible. After Rebecca slaughtered a room full of (mostly) innocent people and ran off on her own, Lorna’s convinced the Inner Circle can’t protect her baby. Especially with the world growing less stable by the minute. This isn’t what Reeva promised her at the beginning of the season. For her, this episode is all about coming to terms with who her father was and why he wasn’t around as she grew up. The show still never says the name “Magneto,” and it feels more awkward here than ever before. Especially since it’s painfully clear who their talking about, what with him leading the “brotherhood” that’s on the news and sending Lorna a metal disc that looks exactly like his iconic helmet when she was a teenager.This episode goes in a different direction when it comes to the flashbacks. Usually, The Gifted opens with one that introduces the general themes of the episode, and most of the time never mentions them again. Here, we got multiple flashbacks throughout the episode to different points in Lorna’s life. We see her as an angry teenager, rejecting the only birthday message she ever got from her father, while keeping the gift itself. We see her as a young adult who gets arrested after flipping over a car belonging to a guy who wouldn’t leave her alone at a bar. Her foster mother gets her out of jail a little too easily, which certainly raises her suspicions regarding who actually made the call. (Hint: It’s a guy whose name the show can’t use for some stupid reason.) The new direction of the flashbacks works so well here. It directly connects them to the main action of the story. It shows us why Lorna and Eclipse feel the way they do without having to shoehorn in exposition about their past. We see it, so we don’t need to be told. It’s just better storytelling. Hey, Gifted? More like this, please.Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)It also gives the rest of the episode a bit less time to tell it’s story, which turns out to be a good thing. It means the episode only focuses on what really matters. It doesn’t feel the need to give lip service to every character arc. For the most part, each scene has a reason to be here. We don’t need to spend another handful of scenes where Jace Turner broods and drags his feet before ultimately coming down on the side of fascism. Again. Instead, the focus is on Lorna figuring out how she’s going to keep her child safe in a world where Purifiers are killing people like her. Esme offers a hard solution that doesn’t appear to have an alternative: Send Dawn to a boarding school in Switzerland. Lorna’s willing to do it, because it’s the only way to guarantee her safety. As she tells Eclipse when she brings Dawn over to say goodbye, she’d rather have her daughter grow up hating her than not grow up at all.That scene between Polaris and Eclipse is so well done, too. Both Sean Teale and Emma Dumont make you feel how heartbreaking this process is for them. They’ve spent so much time apart this season, it’s easy to forget the great chemistry they had in Season One. They work really well together, and it almost hurts when Lorna takes Dawn away, and for a brief moment as their hands touch, the aurora borealis appears around them. It’s a beautiful, painful scene. It’s why Lorna’s change of heart is completely earned, along with the fact that it isn’t a complete 180. She still puts her child somewhere safe, but doesn’t send her all the way to Switzerland. She follows in her father’s footsteps and asks the woman who raised her to take care of Dawn. It’s a little better, and Eclipse receiving a text update assuring him that his daughter is loved is a perfectly bittersweet moment. The scene directly afterwards provides some excellent contrast too. I’ve been calling Lorna Polaris since the beginning, but this is the episode we really see her become that version of the character. She fashions her old birthday present into the iconic headband. She looks like such a badass here, and I really hope the series can live up to this awesome moment.Guest star Ken Kirby and Natalie Alyn Lind (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)The Strucker story is surprisingly engrossing as well. The show’s finally doing something with Reed’s powers, you guys! Caitlin and Lauren get him to a university hospital run by a doctor who used to work with his father. We get some more backstory on the Fenris twins, which suitably freaks Lauren out. The more we learn about them, the more they sound like Lauren and Andy. You know, except for the incestuous Nazis thing. That’s not the only thing that starts to freak Lauren out, though. At first, everything seems OK. Dr. Risman is working on treatments that allows mutants whose powers hurt them and others to control or suppress them. The treatment works on Reed temporarily, but the doctor needs to test Lauren’s blood to create a more permanent version. Reed, whose powers have brought him nothing but pain and destruction so far, is on board with that plan, and Lauren is too at first. Especially since she meets a cute boy who shows her that college is still a possibility for her.What the episode does really well in these scenes is subtly convey the feeling that this place isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. At first it seems like the Struckers have found an ally. A doctor who’s sympathetic to the mutants’ plight, and wants to help them however she can. She even points out one girl who can make plants grow. Her parents wanted to cure her, but she insists there’s nothing to cure. So the doctor gave the girl a job tending to the clinic’s plants. OK, so why is she locked up in her own room, like the guy who uncontrollably releases electricity from his skin. Dr. Risman espouses progressive views, but there may be something much more sinister under the surface. Especially once Lauren finds out the true goal of the mutant serum she’s working on. She wants to suppress the X gene permanently. Her assistant says it’ll be for people who don’t want it in themselves or don’t want it in their families. That last part raises additional red flags. Suddenly, it makes total sense when we learn that Risman’s brother is the founder of The Purifiers. She claims to hate him, but we get the sense it’s his methods she disagrees with. She sounds completely on board with his goals. That’s a chilling revelation to leave us with for the week.Blair Redford and Jamie Chung (Photo Credit: Annette Brown/FOX)This was a particularly strong episode of The Gifted. It focused on moving a smaller number of stories forward, and really dove into how the characters are dealing with their situations. This is what I want to see more of on this show. There are some good characters here, and the series is better when they’re given room to breathe. The only bits that don’t work are the Thunderbird/Blink scenes. They spend the episode tracking down Rebecca to learn why the Inner Circle hit the bank. They get the name of what Reeva was after, and that’s it. We learn nothing new, and there’s a ton of needless relationship drama where Blink worries to no end. At least we got a particularly gruesome image of what Rebecca can do to a person. The image of the guy with his limbs and ears in the wrong places is going to stick with me, that’s for sure. And hey, when the rest of the episode is so strong, it’s easier to forgive a weaker storyline. Now I just hope the series can carry this momentum through the season’s second half.The Gifted airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.Previously on The Gifted: The Gifted Season 2 Episode 7 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 6 RecapThe Gifted Season 2 Episode 5 Recapcenter_img ‘The Gifted’ S2 Finale Recap: Death, Destruction & Hope for Season 3’The Gifted’ Season 2, Ep 5 Recap: The Reunion We’ve Waited For last_img read more

Monkeys demonstrate selfawareness in computer game

first_img Citation: Monkeys demonstrate self-awareness in computer game (2011, February 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-monkeys-self-awareness-game.html The study was carried out by Professor John David Smith of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York and Georgia State University’s Dr Michael Beran, and the results were presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting in Washington DC, at a session organized by the European Science Foundation.The macaques were taught to decide if the density of a small box on a computer screen was either sparse (S) or dense (D). If they used the joystick to move the box to the correct letter a treat was dispensed, while if they made the incorrect choice they got no treat and the game paused. They could avoid the pause in the game if they instead moved the box to a third option, a question mark, if they were unsure of the density of the box.The results showed the monkeys preferred to pass and move on by selecting the question mark if they were unsure of the correct answer. This option avoided the pause and allowed them to get to the next treat more quickly but did not result in a treat.Other studies have shown that human subjects also use the pass option if presented with similar problems they find too difficult.The results suggest the macaques, which are Old World monkeys, understood when they were uncertain and therefore liable to make an incorrect choice and were aware they did not know the answer. When capuchins, which are New World monkeys, were given the same task they did not take the pass option.Professor Smith said it is not certain if this kind of thinking ability emerged only once and only in the Old World primates, the line which leads to humans and apes, but that the ability of humans to be aware of our own thinking was “central to every aspect of our comprehension and learning.” 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. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Barbary monkeys going ape on Gibraltar (PhysOrg.com) — It has been widely assumed that only humans are aware of their own thinking, but a new study in macaques by US scientists shows some monkeys are also self-aware.last_img read more

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first_imgFor more information, visit: http://www.frost.com/prod/servlet/meawards.pag  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Contrast Media | July 15, 2019 FDA Approves Bayer’s Gadavist Contrast for Cardiac MRI in Adult Coronary Artery Disease Patients The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Gadavist injection for use in cardiac magnetic resonance… read more “The next-generation, cryogen-free 1.5T and 3.0T MRI technology promises a reduction in the MRI scan cost by up to 40 percent due to the financial viability and simplicity of the MRI equipment,” said Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Avimanu Basu. “This cost-effectiveness is achieved by maintaining a higher operating temperature of 20 degrees K with the help of a cryocooler, which eliminates the need for expensive liquid helium.” News | March 26, 2014 Improved Magnesium Diboride Wires Deliver MRI-Level Image Quality Furthermore, the technology is maintenance-free and extends the equipment’s longevity to 10 to 20 years. The presently available MRI has a lifetime of five to seven years and is complex and expensive to maintain, as it employs superconducting NbTi wires that operate at a temperature of 4 degrees K. This necessitates cooling with the help of 1,700 liters of liquid helium cryogen. News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Feature | Contrast Media | July 18, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How To Manage Risk in the MR Suite Macrocyclic contrast agents have the best safety profile of all the magnetic resonance (MR) contrast media that are n read more News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 01, 2019 | Jeff Zagoudis, Associate Editor FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Medical Device Safety in MRI Environment The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new draft guidance titled Testing and Labeling Medical Devices for… read more News | Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) | July 16, 2019 AAPM 2019 Features More Than 40 Presentations on ViewRay’s MRIdian MRI-guided Radiotherapy ViewRay Inc. announced that the company’s MRIdian System is the focus of more than 40 abstracts selected by the… read more News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more “CES, Inc.’s technology is aimed at improving the current-carrying capacity of wires and thus, the field strength of the magnet,” noted Basu. “On the one hand, this makes the device more industrially viable and simple and on the other, it supports the development of a range of applications across industries.”center_img Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated uniqueness in developing a technology, which significantly impacts both the functionality and the customer value of new products and applications. The award lauds the relevance of the innovation to the industry. Two brain metastases from primary lung cancer are contrast enhanced in the brain of a 61-year-old male. Speakers at AHRA 2019 will state that ProHance and other macrocyclic MR agents present a very low risk to patients. Images courtesy of Bracco March 26, 2014 — Based on its recent analysis of the superconductor technology for MRI market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Cutting Edge Superconductors, Inc. with the 2013 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation Leadership. CES, Inc. developed a proprietary technology based on magnesium diboride superconducting wire, which enabled cryogen-free 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with image qualities similar to the currently available 1.5T MRI. The technology leveraged innovative customizations in the chemistry of the material by adding both magnetic and non-magnetic impurities to magnesium diboride wires. This resulted in improvements to the critical currents of superconducting magnesium diboride wires. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more Related Content The technology is expected to influence a wide spectrum of industries such as electrical power (generation, transmission, and distribution), healthcare, air travel and defense. It can also be applied in high-performance cryogen-free magnets for scientific nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), accelerators and fusion reactors. In addition, it can benefit small hospitals in economically unstable nations in the form of low-cost, high-quality portable MRI. Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Focused Ultrasound Therapy | July 10, 2019 Insightec’s Exablate Neuro Approved With GE Signa Premier MRI in U.S. and Europe GE Healthcare and Insightec announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and CE mark for Insightec’s… read more The cryogen-free 0.5T MRI delivers images of average quality when compared to 1.5T MRI, as the quality of image is directly dependent on the square of the strength of the magnetic field. However, the current 1.5T MRI technology requires the use of cost-intensive liquid helium, which increases the cost of maintenance and operation, as well as initial cost.last_img read more

Denmark plans 38 billion upgrade of Copenhagen airport

first_img Wednesday, December 28, 2016 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Denmark plans $3.8 billion upgrade of Copenhagen airport Tags: Airportscenter_img The Canadian Press Posted by COPENHAGEN — Denmark’s government plans to spend 20 billion kroner ($3.8 billion CAD) on further expanding Copenhagen airport — the Nordic hub — with more long-haul flights and reorganization of runways.Business Minister Brian Mikkelsen says Denmark’s infrastructure needs to be improved as people travel more nowadays, adding the aim is to reach 40 million passengers a year by 2024, up from the present 27 million.Mikkelsen says an estimated 12,500 jobs would be created during the expansion and 9,000 permanent jobs when completed.Airport CEO Thomas Woldbye says “if we don’t expand now, we will run out of space in a few years.”Presented Friday, the plan is pending parliamentary approval.last_img read more