first_imgA Chester-based company that turns municipal waste into valuable products is receiving a $100,000 seed investment from Innovacorp to take its technology to market. Sustane Technologies Inc. is the provincial winner of the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, ending a five-month search to find the best start-ups in Nova Scotia. “Innovacorp’s I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition once again showcases that Nova Scotia is brimming with vibrant, enterprising entrepreneurs,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “Leveraging this talent is the linchpin to growing our economy.” The I-3 competition began Sept. 3, and Innovacorp received 188 submissions from entrepreneurs. Sustane Technologies has the potential to eliminate the need for landfills. Its technology transforms waste into clean, value-added products such as biomass fuel pellets and biofuels. After completing its initial full-scale plant in Chester, the company will deliver its solution to municipalities around the world. The company’s founders are Peter Vinall, Javier De La Fuente and Robert Richardson. “This competition has challenged us to recalibrate and refine our business strategy,” said Mr. Vinall. “The cash, seed investment, and in-kind services we have won, is exactly what we need to take our company to the next level.” The Government of Canada provided a $100,000 contribution through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Business Development Program to support this year’s competition. “I want to congratulate Sustane Technologies and all the zone and sector winners on their impressive achievement,” said Scott Brison, president of the Treasury Board. “Through competitions like this, Innovacorp is helping creative and innovative Nova Scotians get the opportunity they need to realize their dreams. “The government is proud to support Canadian businesses at all stages, as they innovate, grow and generate new wealth for the economy. I look forward to seeing the progress these start-ups make into the future.” The competition finds and supports high potential early stage Nova Scotia knowledge-based companies, and encourages entrepreneurship across the province. These businesses will fuel economic growth. “Innovacorp’s I-3 competition engages the province’s most promising up-and-coming entrepreneurs,” said Stephen Duff, president and CEO of Innovacorp. “Ultimately, Sustane Technologies convinced our judges the value proposition of their start-up deserved top spot. “With its compelling product and solid business plan, we’re confident in this company’s future growth.” In total, $950,000 in cash, seed investment and in-kind business-building services was awarded to the winners. First place zone winners each received $100,000 in cash and services, and second place zone winners took home $40,000 in cash and services. In addition, the best overall submission in information technology, life sciences, clean technology, ocean technology, agricultural technology and waste diversion technology received a $25,000 award package. The zone winners were Sustane Technologies Inc., Lootbag, Antigonish, Airline Employee Travel Inc., Elmsdale, Site 2020 Inc., Halifax, and Orenda Software Solutions, Sydney. Sustane Technologies Inc. also won the top Waste Diversion Technology, Zora of Dartmouth won the Information Technology award, Treventis Diagnostics Ltd., Halifax, won Life Sciences, SATELLIGENT Telemetry Solutions Inc., Bedford, won Clean Technology, Turbulent Research Inc., Dartmouth, won Ocean Technology, and Allendale Technologies Inc., Lockeport, Shelburne Co., won Agricultural Technology. Innovacorp is Nova Scotia’s early stage venture capital organization. To learn more about the I-3 Technology Start-Up Competition, which takes place every two years, visit . www.innovacorp.calast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says if the Liberal government is serious about developing the energy sector and getting oil resources to market, it will re-engage in discussions with TransCanada about the abandoned Energy East pipeline project.In a heated exchange between Scheer and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in question period Wednesday over the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Scheer brought up the other energy project, which was cancelled last year.If the government really wants to develop Canada’s energy sector and get resources to market “they will invite Energy East back to the table,” said Scheer.While Trudeau initially deflected, he later said that in the case of Energy East, a private company determined it did not want to pursue the project because oil was at half the price it had been when the initiative was first proposed.“It actually never reached a point where we could have weighed in on it one way or another because they withdrew the project, because they also had another pipeline going south that they had trouble filling the space on,” Trudeau said.Last month the Federal Court of Appeal quashed approval of the Trans Mountain project, saying the government consultation with Indigenous communities was inadequate and criticizing the lack of attention paid to the environmental impact of increased tanker traffic off the coast of British Columbia.Scheer’s Conservatives have been calling the last few months the prime minister’s “summer of failures,” with the Trans Mountain pipeline high on the list.During an open caucus meeting earlier Wednesday, Scheer addressed his words to Trudeau in telling his party the prime minister approved a pipeline he had no intention of backing.“Oh, how you have failed on Trans Mountain.”Scheer highlighted Trudeau’s challenges and said Canadians are worrying tomorrow might not be better than today, adding, “Their story is Leona’s story.”Scheer lost a prominent member of the Conservative party this summer, but seems to have changed the narrative this week by welcoming former Liberal MP Leona Alleslev into the fold.“It’s great to see all of you again, and even better, it’s great to see more of you than the last time we were here,” Scheer told caucus.He highlighted Alleslev’s decision to cross the floor and flagged Richard Martel’s recent byelection victory for the Conservatives in Quebec.But there was no mention of Maxime Bernier — the Quebec MP who announced Aug. 23 he was leaving the Conservative party and starting his own political movement, calling his former leader and colleagues “intellectually and morally corrupt” as he slammed the door on his way out.Conservatives were livid at Bernier’s move and have argued that adding another party on the right side of the political spectrum will split the vote and allow the Liberals to easily win another majority government.But if Scheer is harbouring any worry over Bernier’s power-play move, it did not show Wednesday.Instead, Scheer focused on Alleslev, calling the Toronto-area MP accomplished, principled and courageous — qualities he said don’t count for much “if you’re a Liberal.”Scheer presented Alleslev with an official Conservative party membership card.Alleslev thanked caucus for making her feel “valued” and said she is overwhelmed by the support she has received from her constituents and the public.Alleslev says her concerns about the Liberal government’s handling of crucial files such as the economy and trade were met with silence, prompting her to leave.last_img read more

first_imgBRUSSELS – The European Union has approved Bayer’s buyout of Monsanto in a massive agriculture business deal, but says they will have to shed over $7.4 billion in firms and other remedies to ensure fair competition in the market.The $57 billion takeover has been watched by rivals and environmental groups, who are fearful that the number of players in the business of selling seeds and pesticides will shrink further and give one company a suffocating grip on the food chain.EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that the remedies proposed by Bayer and Monsanto are worth well over 6 billion euros in business and “meet our competition concerns in full.”Monsanto in September accepted Bayer’s offer, in which it also assumes $9 billion in debt, in a move affecting anything from tomatoes and cucumbers to the use of pesticides across the globe. The United States still needs to give its approval to the merger.Without the remedies, Vestager said that the buyout would have significantly reduced competition in the market and hindered innovation. She said the deal would create the world’s largest pesticides and seeds company and therefore needed a large number of remedies to be approved.“We have made sure that the number of global players actively competing in these markets stays the same,” said Vestager. “That is important because we need competition to ensure farmers have a choice of different seed varieties and pesticides at affordable prices.”Bayer CEO Werner Baumann said that “the European Commission’s approval is a major success and a significant milestone.” He said the companies were still working with U.S. authorities on the deal, which they hope to close in the second quarter of 2018.Environmentalists were less enthused, claiming that it still amounted to granting Monsanto and Bayer full control on the food chain.“This is a marriage made in hell,” said Nick Flynn, legal director of the Avaaz environmental campaign group. “Now the fight moves to the U.S. where regulators can still stop this.”Vestager said that there had been consultations to get a feel for each other’s views on the issue, but added that the EU and U.S. “markets are very different” when it comes to issues like Genetically Modified Organisms, making any prediction of their ruling impossible.Vestager made her approval dependent on the remedies and business sales.She said the divestitures remove all overlaps in seeds and pesticide markets and streamlines R&D.And, Vestager said, Bayer committed to work to keep open the emerging market in digital farming, which focuses on the use of data to guide agriculture. Bayer proposed BASF as the company to take over the business it sells in this sector.last_img read more

The BJP Monday demanded a meeting between Indian fishermen and the Sri Lanka Navy following the deaths of fishermen from Tamil Nadu in alleged attacks by the island nation’s navy.“Some time ago I heard two fishermen were killed by Sri Lankan navy, and recently I heard five fishermen were killed,” said Sushma Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha. “The Indian and Sri Lankan maritime boundaries are close and are sometimes crossed,” he said. “Indian fishermen cross the maritime boundary and come in the way of merchant ships.” He said the Joint Working Group between the two countries formed in 2004 to address the issue had met four times: in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012.Tamil Nadu leaders have repeatedly accused the Sri Lankan navy of attacking and killing Indian fishermen in the sea, particularly after the end of the Tamil Tigers in 2009. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has accused the Congress-led central government of not doing enough to end the recurring killings.P.C. Chacko of the Congress separately criticised the central government for doing little to secure the release of Indian sailors taken captive by Somalian pirates despite several reminders.“There has been no action from the government to secure these fishermen; a crisis management group should start working now,” said Chacko during the question hour. Minister of State for Defence Jitendra Singh promised to convene such a meeting soon but highlighted the need for Indian fishermen not to cross the international maritime boundary. Stating the that issue was under the external affairs ministry’s domain, Jitendra Singh assured the house that the Coast Guard would do whatever was needed.(IANS) read more

Even those few on the streets also refused to talk about the incident or the apparent threat perceptions they are experiencing.Meanwhile, colleges in the area that have foreign students are also advising them to stay indoors and not speak to any non-college official.On Thursday, in the light of unconfirmed reports of threats to students from African nations, colleges chose to close their gates to outsiders during work hours. In Acharya Institute of Technology (AIT), where two of the students who were attacked study, all college gates remained closed and even students and faculty were not allowed to exit during work hours. “We used to stay as a group in AGB Layout in a ground floor house. It is a 4-km walk from college to our house, but it was worth it as all our roommates are from the same city. We usually have small arguments with locals when they do not understand what we are saying, but this is a serious matter. Now, we are thinking of staying in the hostel,” said Kenyan student Manase, who did not want his full name revealed. Once a small but bustling lane, with three major colleges on the route, the entire area has now become a major draw for students with several new colleges setting up campuses in the vicinity. Students from African nations avoided classes on Thursday. Some, who have taken up private accommodation, are even planning to move into hostels, which now seem safer. A thriving community of students from countries like Iran, Afghanistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, Sri Lanka and other nations live and study in colleges around Soladevanahalli. Like AIT, Sapthagiri College and Raghavendra College have also been functioning for over 10 years in the area and have foreign students studying there. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lankan students in Hesaraghatta in Bengaluru are living in fear of being attacked following a mob attack on a Tanzanian student in the area.Students from various African countries and other foreign students staying around Hesaraghatta area where the assault took place, are now swarmed with rumours of more attacks to come, The Hindu newspaper reported. A Sri Lankan national, who said he was Andrew, said: “We have taken our landlord’s number and will depend on him to translate. We will try to stay at home for now.”On Thursday afternoon, only a few foreign students were seen on the main road leading to Hesaraghatta, which normally bustles with foreign students thronging eateries. read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 1, 2013 10:59 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian manufacturers cautious in January but momentum should improve: RBC TORONTO – A monthly gauge of Canadian manufacturing purchasing intentions improved marginally in January, the first increase since October.The RBC-sponsored index was 50.5 last monthThe index had been unchanged in December after dropping to 50.4 from 51.4 in November, the weakest growth in two years of data collection.A reading below 50 signals contraction while a higher number indicates growth.RBC produces the survey in partnership with the Purchasing Management Association of Canada and Markit, a global financial information company.The purchasing managers index, or PMI, found that output increased for the first time in three months in January, but new order growth slowed since December.The rate of job creation also weakened, easing to a 12-month low.“The Canadian manufacturing sector experienced a relatively lacklustre start to the New Year amid ongoing global economic uncertainty,” said Craig Wright, RBC’s chief economist.“As some of the more extreme downside risk scenarios look less likely now, we should see confidence in the global economy improve, paving the way for a stronger recovery in Canadian manufacturing.” read more

Clément Gorrissen, aged 28, and Simon Davis, aged 57, had just disembarked from their flight from Hargeisa and were about to go through immigration at Galkayo Airport when a gunman opened fire on them. Both men, staff of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), were fatally wounded in the shooting.Mr. Gorrissen and Mr. Davis, nationals of France and the United Kingdom, respectively, often worked together and were on mission in Somalia to offer technical advice and to help build local capacities in the specialised field of illicit money flows.UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov strongly condemned the killing of his colleagues in the “cruel and senseless” attack.“I hope the relevant authorities in Somalia will undertake every effort to ensure that their killers are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice,” he said in a statement. “I would also like to offer my most profound condolences to the family, loved ones, friends and colleagues of these two individuals, who were so committed and dedicated to UNODC’s work.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the “cold-blooded killing” in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The Secretary-General urges the relevant authorities to fully investigate this outrageous crime and to bring the perpetrators to justice without delay,” said the statement. “He expresses his appreciation to all United Nations staff in Somalia for their continued dedication under difficult circumstances.” Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Somalia, Nicholas Kay, also condemned the “brutal” murder of the two international consultants, who were in Galkayo to support UNODC efforts in the region.“Our UN colleagues were working in support of the Somali people’s aspiration for a peaceful and stable future. There can be no justification for such a callous attack,” said Mr. Kay, who is also head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).He too called on the authorities to immediately conduct a full investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice without delay. In a statement issued to the press, the members of the UN Security Council condemned the killings “in the strongest terms” and joined the call for the Somali authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. “The members of the Security Council are appalled that individuals working to support the people of Somalia have been killed as they sought to help Somalia progress towards peace and prosperity,” they stated. read more

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction takes place in the centre of the Tohoku region, which bore the brunt of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that led to the Fukushima meltdown. It is an appropriate location to continue making the strides that began amid the devastation of the Indian Ocean tsunami in January 2005, which claimed 227,000 lives.The aim is to update the landmark agreement reached a decade ago in Hyogo, also in Japan, which detailed the work required from all different sectors and actors to reduce disaster losses. The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) has produced some important successes, including the reduction in the number of people directly affected by natural disasters in Asia – where most such disasters occur – by almost one billion. While such successes are encouraging, there remains widespread concern that the drivers of disaster risk – improper land use, non-existent or poorly implemented building codes, environmental degradation, poverty, climate change, and, most important, weak governance institutions – are still present. Furthermore, a string of tragedies since 2005, and recognition of the huge financial cost of repairing damage to commercial and residential buildings worldwide – an average of $314 billion each year, 85 per cent of which is borne by the private sector – highlight the need for intensified action.In an op-ed published this week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that a new UN report found that annual investment in disaster risk reduction of $6 billion can result in savings of up to $360 billion. Recognition of that has led to greater private sector participation in the Sendai conference.“A decade ago, when the last such gathering was held, the private sector was scarcely represented,” Mr. Ban said. “This time, companies and entrepreneurs will be there in full force to explore a range of valuable opportunities.”Ahead of the conference, Margareta Wahlström, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), met with UN Radio to discuss her expectations for the meeting’s outcomes and its significance in what is a momentous year for the UN development system. She said there was already a high degree of agreement on disaster risk reduction issues and priorities and great understanding on what needs to be the focus of the updated framework.“What is left for Member States and countries now,” she said, “is to find a common formula for the terms of international cooperation on financing, on how to formulate a common global commitment. But also of course the achievement of sustainable development goals and how to deal with climate adaptation.”Ms. Wahlström said that the new framework will seek to improve the functioning and integration of institutions and policies designed to mitigate disaster risk, while pushing for continued focus on strong preparedness measures and the importance of proper planning and execution of reconstruction. “If that document gets fully agreed and it has strong sense of proximity to what countries, national and local governments need, then we have a success,” she said, adding that she hoped that the conference would help to forge new partnerships on disaster risk reduction. “In an environment which is so intense in collaboration between organizations and local governments, if they come out of the conference with even more commitment to that collaboration…that is also a sign of success.”Ms. Wahlström added that the questions up for discussion in Sendai are the same ones permeating talks on the entire post-2015 development agenda and she stressed the importance of aligning the new framework with the new development agenda and the expected new climate agenda to be agreed in Paris at the end of 2015.Sendai is the first of several international meetings this year at which major global development and climate change issues will be agreed. After Sendai, world leaders meet in Addis Ababa in July to discuss financing for development, then again in New York in September to adopt a new development agenda, and finally in Paris in December to forge a meaningful, binding climate change agreement. She quoted the Secretary-General, who said “sustainability starts at Sendai” and acknowledged that 2015 will be a “very critical year” for the UN.“That is a strong illustration that this is one of the cornerstones for success of all the efforts being put in in 2015 for a sustainable and viable development future for all countries in the world,” she said. “So it is an opportunity that lends itself to the increasing understanding of how risk, development and sustainability links to each other. “If we can keep that very strongly as an integrated part of the rest of this year, we will come out with a better foundation for sustainability in 2016.” read more

first_imgThe Raspberry Pi has set the price bar very low for a fully functional PC, and no one has managed to get anywhere near it yet. VIA is within spitting distance though, with the announcement today of a $49 Android PC (APC) system.Just like the Raspberry Pi, the APC ships as just a board without a case. It takes the form of a Neo-ITX motherboard that you can just plug into a TV or monitor, hook up some peripherals and start using. And it is tiny, measuring just 17 x 8.5cm.The APC’s spec includes a VIA WonderMedia ARM 11 processor at its core, 512MB DDR3 RAM, 2GB of on-board flash storage, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a microSD slot, Ethernet port, and both VGA and HDMI display ports. As for power consumption, it tops out at 13 watts under load and 4 watts when idle.The ARM 11 SoC being used is the WonderMedia WM8750, which runs at 800MHz, supports OpenGL-ES 2.0, and includes H.264 video encoding and 720p video playback. In other words, it’s probably going to function quite well as a cheap media playback machine or as a development board for testing Android apps if you can cope with using the included Android 2.3 OS. That’s sure to be upgradeable, though.VIA is taking pre-orders for the APC now and hopes to start shipping the boards in early July. If you want to be ready with a case, know that the Neo-ITX form factor is compatible with both Mini-ITX and MicroATX, so you should be able to pick up a tiny and cheap case to house it easily.More at APClast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The UN climate chief has voiced regret over Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol and says the country still has legal obligations to work against global warming. Christiana Figueres, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, also expressed surprise that Canada chose to announce its decision just after more than 190 countries reached a hard-fought accord in Durban, South Africa. Canada last Monday became the first country formally to quit the landmark Kyoto Protocol as it sought to avoid paying penalties of up to $US14 billion ($A13.94 billion) for missing targets on cutting carbon emissions. But Canada, like virtually all countries, remains part of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – set up by the 1992 Rio Earth Summit which called in broad terms for global action against human-caused global warming.last_img read more

first_imgWhen SYRIZA was elected, Yanis Varoufakis quoted the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, saying that on that day, “Greek democracy chose to stop going gently into the night,” and instead “to rage against the dying of the light”.“Tsipras wanted to make the wiggle-room and Yanis was the sacrificial lamb, and that’s a tragedy”.Last Sunday, Greek democracy raged once more, but within hours the Greek finance minister was gone.The motorcycle-riding economist, theoretician and blogger – noted for a healthy mistrust of politicians – burned like a comet for the past five months, until his trajectory reached its apex in the referendum vote.SYRIZA’s call to arms at the polling booths, invoking Greece’s ancient democratic values, spurred a nearly two-thirds majority to dismiss the eurozone’s latest – if by then invalid – bail-out deal.No small part of that historic poll is down to Varoufakis and his ability, not only to enrage eurozone ministers, but to translate the complex world of global capital movement, of bond yields and macroeconomics, into a spiritual crusade for millions of Greeks.At the heart of his argument was not only to defeat the mantra of austerity, but to reimagine the relationship between what individual states want, and the collective will of those joined in a federation like the European Union.Greece’s insolvency he vowed would remain until European-wide reforms and what he called the EU’s “fiscal water-boarding” was challenged. On his elevation to minister, Varoufakis set out to destroy what he called the “extend and pretend” strategy: extending loan repayments and pretending Greece’s debt could be repaid.As the academic-turned-politician sought to turned his theories into practice, Varoufakis’ eloquence, along with his T-shirts, 1300cc Yamaha, love of game theory and undiplomatic tweets, confused and unsettled the ‘eurocracy’.As Greece bathed in a moment’s joy at the sheer defiance of the creditors last weekend, Varoufakis resigned to help smooth Greece’s negotiations with its lenders on a deal.In his farewell statement he said he would “wear the creditors’ loathing with pride”. Meanwhile he has his critics beyond Europe’s shores. Professor of Modern Greek Studies at the University of Sydney, Vrasidas Karalis said his departure was inevitable and necessary. “He had many good ideas, indeed he came up with some visionary solutions, but most of them were totally unrealistic… his ideas offered utopian solutions to questions that really asked for mere mathematics”.Melbourne University professor Nikos Papastergiadis, a long-time friend, believes ‘walking away’ from the job would have been anathema to Varoufakis. “I know as a fact he did not acquiesce,” says Papastergiadis.“Tsipras wanted to make the wiggle-room and Yanis was the sacrificial lamb, and that’s a tragedy”.Papastergiadis believes the key to understanding Varoufakis’ mass popularity, beyond the ‘flamboyant rebel with a cause’ hype, is rooted in substance. “His analysis has never been properly contradicted. He exposed fallacies and cant and hypocrisy, as well as the authoritarian behaviour that goes on in the European ‘club’. “He communicated economic policies and theories with a clarity that has previously been unknown in these debates. For the first time we’ve had a translator, and we’ve lost that now.“Love him or hate him, at least you got to see what was going on behind that curtain.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_img Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Probe Packs Up Space Rock Cargo From Asteroid RyuguJapan’s Hayabusa-2 Grabs Second Sample From Asteroid Ryugu Japan’s Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which landed on the asteroid Ryugu in February, just “bombed” the giant space rock to make a large crater and collect more samples.Tonight, the Hayabusa-2 will engage in this “crater operation” (April 4 in the U.S. and the morning of April 5 at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) headquarters), where it will shoot asteroid Ryugu with explosives to create an artificial crater, reported. A live broadcast from mission control will be available in English on JAXA’s YouTube channel, starting at 8:30 p.m. EST. The explosion will most likely take place around 9:30 p.m. EST.On Thursday, JAXA announced the start of the “small carry-on impactor” (SCI) phase of the Hayabusa-2 mission, CNET noted. The SCI is a 4.4-pound cluster of copper that will be fired at asteroid Ryugu at a super-high speed of 4,474 mph. The aim of the SCI phase is to analyze the asteroid’s underlying structure, collect some samples, and learn about the solar system’s past.[SCI] First image is the navigation image received on April 5, 04:35 JST. The target area of the SCI is visible and this is enlarged & accentuated in the second image on the left, with previously taken data on the right. We are aiming for this area.— HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) April 4, 2019The operation, which will take about 40 minutes, will involve the SCI separating itself from the main Hayabusa-2 spacecraft, which will then go to the other side of the asteroid to protect itself from the big blast. While it’s on the move, the Hayabusa-2 will release a camera that will observe the impact approximately 0.6 miles away, and eventually send some cool photos back to Earth. Following this, the Hayabusa-2 will come close to the asteroid’s surface and engage the onboard explosives to develop the crater.A picture of the separated SCI, which was photographed from approximately 500 meters above the asteroid Ryugu. (Photo Credit: AXA/The University of Tokyo/Kochi University/Rikkyo University/Nagoya University/Chiba Institute of Technology/Meiji University/The University of Aizu/AIST)After the dust from the impact settles, the Hayabusa-2 will move away from its hiding spot. If everything goes according to plan, scientists aim to send the spacecraft closer to asteroid Ryugu’s surface to observe the crater and maybe grab some samples from the freshly-blasted area.For more updates on the SCI operation, follow Hayabusa-2’s Twitter account.More on’s Hayabusa-2 to Drop Explosive on Asteroid Ryugu to Create Crater Japan’s Hayabusa-2 Spacecraft ‘Fires a Bullet’ Into Asteroid RyuguHayabusa-2’s New Asteroid Photo Shows Dark Touchdown Marks Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgOn Monday, Valencia and Atletico Madrid played out a thrilling 1-1 draw, but the match had some extras for one home fan for a wrong reason.Atleti midfielder Thomas Partey hit a ball and it flew into the stands at the blow of the final whistle, hitting one fan in the face, breaking his glasses and leaving him with an injury.One Twitter account mentioned the incident and the victim replied.Acaba el partido, el jugador del atletico lanza un balonazo a la grada y le da a un hombre en la cara rompiendole las gafas y haciendole un corte en la cara.Ni disculpas ni nada. Ojala el @valenciacf tenga un detalleDifusion para que se sepa.@Generaldepie_— Ángel ?? (@angel_ms18) August 20, 2018“It seems that the person affected was me,” Jose Carmelo Llopis wrote.“The ambulance and medical staff at the Mestalla were wonderful in helping me out.“Of course, the glasses were broken and I have a few scratches on my eyelids.”David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.When he saw this tweet, Thomas Partey replied and apologised about the incident.“I just found out that last night I hit you with a ball at Mestalla,” the player wrote.“I hope you are okay.“I’m really sorry about the glasses, it wasn’t intentional.”@josecarmelollb Buenos días José! Acabo de enterarme de que anoche te di con el balón en Mestalla. Espero que estés bien. Siento mucho lo de las gafas, fue sin querer!.. Un saludo!— Thomas Teye Partey (@Thomaspartey22) August 21, 2018last_img read more

first_imgWith just 8 days until Election Day, on March 5, absentee voting will be open all week at Soldotna City Hall. The Soldotna City Council approved an ordinance back in December that will ask the voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Soldotna residents are now able to cast their absentee ballots in the special election to determine whether or not the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house. PROPOSITION NO. 2019-AGENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FORCONSTRUCTION OF A FIELD HOUSE AND RELATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTSAT THE SOLDOTNA REGIONAL SPORTS COMPLEXShall the City of Soldotna incur debt and issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) for the purpose of paying costs of construction of a Field House containing an indoor turf field and elevated track, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex?The bonds shall be secured by a pledge of full faith and credit of the City of Soldotna (Ordinance 2018-035)Yes     A “YES” approves the issuance of general obligation bonds.No      A “NO” opposes the issuance general obligation bonds. The question will go before the voters in a special election on March 5, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%.last_img read more

first_imgRedesigns are becoming a big part of Gawker Media’s DNA, as this week, the company rolled out its second of 2013.Since 2011, Gawker has been testing a number of ways to enhance content navigation and promote advertising engagement. And earlier this year, in line with its Kinja blog and commenting platform rollout, Gawker introduced an image-centric page. However, the newest design has reduced the lead image size, and has pivoted to a more content-dense experience.Nick Denton, CEO and founder of Gawker Media, says that the redesign had been in the works throughout the year, and some of this design was already rolled out on two of its verticals. He also assured his employees that this would be the major change until the close of 2014. Here is Denton’s letter to his staff that explains the newest features and the rationale behind the redesign:From: Nick DentonTo: The StaffSubject: 2014 templateCongratulations to all – especially Tom, Etele, Joco, Lauren, Diego and the others in the product team on this project. And to those in Sales who have navigated clients through the transition. (Seems very smooth so far, partly because the ad units remain much the same.)This version brings back one of the most popular features of the 2011 design, the persistent list of headlines. That will encourage more circulation from post to post without requiring readers to always go back to the front page. (They are more likely just to click away.)The sidebar headlines, more moderate images and the inclusion of related links on all stories: together this makes for a denser page. Readers have more options and are more likely to see something that grabs their eye.All sites on the Kinja platform are also now able to republish external stories with their own introduction. That will help with repurposing stories from other Gawker Media sites, from satellite Kinja blogs and from the archives. This is what has been testing the last few weeks. The functionality is now universal.Plenty remains to be done. For example, image annotation may be a couple more days. But the system will apply to every large image in a post, not just the lead image. There are sure to be bugs. Please send in any you notice to [internal bugs email]. And we intend to make more use of any space to the right of the content column, for additional related items on the front and for annotations on inside pages.However, the most important feature of this template is that – after some tricky balancing between user and advertiser needs – it’s done. This template will last us, with minor modifications, through to the end of 2014. Once we’re through the fixes, we’ll be able to focus better on further improving the discussion interface. That’s our top priority. More (rather exciting) news on that soon.What isn’t new here for Gawker is the negative reaction it is already receiving from its readers in response to the redesign. Many have been quite vocal on the company’s Kinja commenting platform about their disdain for the latest update. However, the friction between Gawker and its readers has become a defining characteristic of the brand’s identity, so it shouldn’t be cause for concern just yet.last_img read more

first_imgAfter losing their first warm-up clash against New Zealand, India announced their arrival in style. India crushed Bangladesh by a comprehensive margin of 95 runs. KL Rahul, MS Dhoni and the spinners stood up and gave a great come back, which pleased captain Virat Kohli.However, the potential worry for the Indian management could be the form, or the lack of it, for the Indian openers. Both the warm-up matches were played on greenish pitches and hence, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan struggled to get going against New Zealand and Bangladesh.India’s prolific run in ODIs is primarily due to the fact that their top order has been churning out runs and while, Kohli looked in great touch, both Rohit and Dhawan looked out of sorts. However, the skipper is not losing his sleep over this and believes his seasoned duo will stand up and score runs when it matters the most.’Shikhar and Rohit are quality players’ Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit SharmaReuters”We have had two good challenges in the two games while batting first. Shikhar and Rohit are quality players, they become stars in ICC events. Ideally, we would have liked to chase today. I understand if guys don’t get going right away in this format,” Kohli said after the match.The captain also said that there could be a lack of motivation in the warm-up matches because of the number of matches the Indian players play right through the year. “In warm-up games, at times, you don’t get the motivation especially because of the amount of cricket that we play. But I am glad about what we got out of these two games,” he further added. Kuldeep YadavLINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty ImagesThe skipper was also very happy with the performance of his wrist-spinners as Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal picked six wickets combined. This is a massive shot in the arm for the Indian team heading into the tournament. Both the spinners have been trump cards for Kohli over the past 15 months and are his attacking options in the middle overs.”We were challenged by their batsmen as well but we bowled well and our spinners got wickets too. Bumrah got us the breakthrough and Chahal and Kuldeep got us six wickets,” Kohli reflected.The captain sounded pleased with the efforts of his team in the warm-up clashes. India will now take on South Africa in their first match of this World Cup on June 5, at Southampton.last_img read more

first_imgIndian IT firms marginally advanced in trade on the BSE market despite uncertainties over the UK referendum and Nasscom’s gloomy outlook for these firms if Brexit comes true.Among the listed IT companies, Infosys rose by 1.08 and Wipro registered a rise of 0.12 percent and TCS ended flat in trade.The Tata Group’s Tata Motors, which derives 90 percent of its profit from its subsidiary and Britain’s biggest car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover, however bucked previous day’s fall and ended 3.28 percent higher in trade on Thursday.Tech Mahindra was marginally up by 0.23 percent. The company had said it will “wait and see what the outcome of the referendum is,” according to FirstPost.Nasscom had earlier predicted a “clearly negative” impact on Indian IT companies in the short-term if Brexit happens. There are around 800 Indian companies in the UK that provide employment to 110,000 people in the country.The Indian IT trade association reportedly said Brexit could have a negative impact in the short-term on the $108 billion Indian IT sector, which reportedly draw a revenue of 6 to 18 percent of its revenue from the UK.”Consequently, a negative implication of Brexit is that Indian IT companies may need to establish separate headquarters/operations for EU, leading to disinvestment from the UK and diversion of activity from the UK to EU,” Nasscom was quoted in a PTI report.A possible fallout can weaken the British pound, forcing Indian IT firms in India to revisit many existing contracts which may lose propositions unless re-negotiated, the report read.In the event Britain votes to remain, it would restore business certainty though Indian professionals will be lower in Britain’s priority compared to the skilled workers migrating from other EU countries.Ahead of the outcome of Britain’s referendum, Sensex increased by 200 points (0.8%) to cross the 27,000 mark and Nifty rose by 66.75 points to close at 8270.45, with a decline in 1498 shares over advancement in 1093 shares.last_img read more

first_imgPalestinians protest against the US president`s cuts to aid, outside an office belonging to the American Consulate in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, on 4 September. Photo: AFPIsrael’s top court on Wednesday upheld an order to raze a Palestinian Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, after debating petitions challenging the decision.There has been strong international pressure on Israel to reverse its plans to raze Khan al-Ahmar, which the Israeli authorities say was built illegally.“We reject the petitions” against the directive to demolish Khan al-Ahmar, the supreme court panel said in its ruling, adding that a temporary order preventing the razing of the village during court hearings “will be cancelled within seven days from today.”It will now be down to the authorities to decide when to carry out the demolition after the restriction order ends.The present village consists mainly of makeshift structures of tin and wood, as is generally the case with Bedouin sites.In May, the Supreme Court rejected a final appeal against its demolition after nine years of hearings before various tribunals.The court said Khan al-Ahmar residents had rejected proposals by the state regarding the site of their relocation, and expressed hope “the dialogue” would continue.Activists say the villagers had little alternative but to build without Israeli construction permits that are almost never issued to Palestinians in the large parts of the West Bank where Israel has full control over civil affairs.Tawfiq Jabareen, one of the lawyers representing Khan al-Ahmar residents in the petitions, said the court “was following Israel’s rightwing government” in its ruling, which he said was “legally wrong”.“It is not based on legal arguments and contradicts past supreme court rulings,” he told AFP. “This is unfortunately what the government wants, and the court doesn’t want to intervene.”Jabareen said there were currently no understandings between the state and residents on a voluntary relocation.“I’ve never seen someone who’s being expelled and whose house is being destroyed sitting idly by,” he said.Defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, who oversees the occupation of the West Bank, praised the judges for their decision in the face of “the coordinated attack of hypocrisy by (Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas), the left and European states.”“Nobody is above the law, nobody will keep us from acting on our sovereignty and responsibility as a state,” he said.last_img

first_imgVideo editing can cost hours of your time if you don’t use the right specs, but because those specs can also cost you a ton of money, the trade-off is a hard decision to make — and that’s where we come in. A fellow Tom’s Guide forum user recently asked us to find a high-quality video-editing laptop that they could afford on a budget.maloneg6 writes, “I am trying to recommend a laptop to my friend for high-level video editing (maybe even in 4K). From his price range ($1,000-1,500), what I have seen as the best is the Dell XPS 15 4K with i7-7700HQ, GTX 1050 and a 512 GB SSD. Someone from his college recommends a MacBook Pro with i7-4850HQ, but I am not sure what is actually the best to go with.”MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 MORE: Laptops with the Best Overall PerformanceFirst things first, maloneg6, toss that MacBook Pro out of the window. It’s five years old and will probably drive your friend crazy. And while the Dell XPS 15 you mention is a great choice for video editing, we’re going to stick with some of this year’s models (but feel free to check out our review from last year).Apple 15-Inch MacBook Pro (2018)If you really want a MacBook Pro, then we suggest getting the most recent model. But that’s going to destroy your budget, since we tested it at $4,699 and the starting price is $2,399. Our unit had an Intel Core i9-8950HK CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB SSD and an AMD Radeon Pro 560X GPU with 4GB of VRAM.The latest MacBook Pro was able to transcode a 4K movie to 1080p on the HandBrake benchmark in 10 minutes and 16 seconds. The MacBook Pro also has a vivid, 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 panel that hit 117 percent of the sRGB spectrum and had 354 nits of brightness.Dell XPS 15We tested the recent XPS 15 at $1,549 (starting at $999), a configuration that came outfitted with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM. This machine got through the HandBrake test in 10 minutes and 12 seconds, which makes it both cheaper than the MacBook and faster for video editing.The XPS 15’s 15.6-inch panel we recommend isn’t 4K, but the laptop can be configured with such a display for $2,099. The 1080p panel hit 115 percent of the sRGB gamut and had 371 nits of brightness, while the 4K panel reproduced 164 percent and 447 nits. We couldn’t find our model on Dell’s website anymore, but the company sells a similar version with a beefer 512GB SSD for $1,699, as well as a cheaper one with 8GB of RAM for $1,399.Acer Predator Helios 300 Special EditionIf you’re willing to sacrifice portability (especially due to size and lack of battery life), the Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition is a steal for $1,399. It’s packed with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of VRAM.The Helios 300 was slower than the MacBook Pro and XPS 15 on our 4K video transcoding test, at 10 minutes and 30 seconds, but it’s still well within range of what they got. And this machine’s 15.6-inch panel is pretty solid for the laptop’s price, covering 113 percent of the sRGB color gamut and hitting 312 nits of brightness.Bottom LineGetting a good video-editing laptop on a budget, even one of $1,500, can be tough, but the Helios 300 satisfies most of those needs. If you’re a fan of macOS, then getting your preferred brand is going to cost you some change. And if you want the best display with the fastest video-converting speed, then the XPS 15 is the way to go. We hope that these suggestions helped you and your friend. Let us know what you decided to go with!Credit: Laptop Mag by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoForbes.com12 House Renovation Mistakes, In PicturesForbes.comUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A parade-goer at this year’s Pride in London (Photo: GayStarNews) ‘They would like to hear anyone who witnessed the assault which happened following Pride in London. The area would have been busy at the time. Officers would also like to speak with anyone who helped him off the tube at Stratford.’Anyone in the UK with information is asked to contact the Community Safety Unit at Westminster by calling 101. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.See alsoLegendary London drag performer Ruby Venezuela dies Police want to find these three men after homophobic assault in Brighton They say a 49-year-old man was assaulted and robbed in Soho at approximately 1.30am on Sunday 8 July.He was walking along Greek Street towards Tottenham Court Road, where he planned to catch a bus home.Soho would have still been fairly busy at this time following the preceding day’s Pride in London celebrations and its high number of late-night bars and cafes.Police suspect a hate crime due to language used‘The victim was able to make his way to Stratford Underground Station where he was given medical treatment by officers before being taken to hospital,’ say police in a statement. ‘He was found to have suffered a broken back and continues to receive treatment.‘Due to offensive language heard by the victim shortly before the assault, the incident is also being treated as a hate crime.‘Detectives have carried out extensive CCTV enquiries to identify the suspect(s). Police in London have launched a public appeal to help them with investigations into a suspected hate crime in Soho. Police warn ‘real possibility’ of increase in LGBTI hate crime due to Brexit eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more