Exhostage Boyle demanded wife lose weight as means of control prosecutor

first_imgOTTAWA — A Crown attorney has accused Joshua Boyle of dictating strict weight-loss targets for wife Caitlan Coleman after the couple were freed as hostages of Taliban-linked captors.Prosecutor Jason Neubauer said today in Ontario court that the demands were a tangible way for Boyle, on trial for allegedly assaulting Coleman, to assert his control over her.Neubauer pointed to a list Boyle apparently prepared that set out weight-loss goals of about 2.5 pounds a week — targets the prosecutor said she had to meet or be chastised.Under cross-examination, Boyle said the pair pestered each other for years to lose weight and the targets were merely proposals for negotiation, with no punishment for failing to meet them.Boyle, 36, has pleaded not guilty to offences against Coleman, including assault, sexual assault and unlawful confinement in the period of October to December 2017.The incidents are alleged to have taken place after he and Coleman returned to Canada following five years as prisoners of extremists, who seized them in Afghanistan during a 2012 backpacking trip through central Asia.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Stars To Appear At National Memorial Day Concert

first_imgOn the eve of Memorial Day, the 24th annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will bring to life the moving stories of America’s servicemen and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.The inspiring television event will pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served during World War II, salute the valor of our Korean War veterans, and honor the sacrifices of our National Guard heroes and their families.The multi award-winning program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:NEW YORK), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. Opening the show, with a special performance of the National Anthem will be the season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL. The all-star line-up also includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; DANCING WITH THE STARS finalist and classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and THE VOICE finalist Chris Mann; and acclaimed Tony award-winning tenor Alfie Boe; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.This American tradition will air live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.The 2013 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature: • The moving story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard, that focuses on how multiple deployments tragically can impact both those who serve as well as their family members; • A tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning, the renowned actor and longtime contributor to the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, who passed away last December; and • On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans who fought and perished in this “forgotten war.”Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.The broadcast will be supported by a comprehensive social media campaign and resource-rich website at www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert. Highlights will include: a “Virtual Wall of Remembrance” where viewers can share tributes to our veterans and fallen heroes; plus suggestions on what you can do to support veterans and their loved ones; as well as resources for service members and their families.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Falco Perrette Chuck Lorre sitcom set for new CBS season

NEW YORK — “The Big Bang Theory” finale has yet to air and CBS is already back in business with its creator.The network said Wednesday that its fall lineup will include a new sitcom from Chuck Lorre that stars Billy Gardell, who co-starred in “Mike & Molly.”Other stars joining CBS’ 2019-20 schedule include Edie Falco in the police drama “Tommy,” former “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette in the sitcom “Broke” and Patricia Heaton in the comedy “Carol’s Second Act.”In the Lorre comedy, titled “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Gardell plays a Detroit sock salesman who falls in love with his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant.His co-star is Folake Olowofoyeku (fola-ke-olo-wo-foy-e-ku), a Nigerian-born actress who was in “Transparent.”“The Big Bang Theory” ends Thursday on CBS after 12 seasons.The Associated Press read more

Hambantota port agreement to be further amended

USD 5 million has already been deposited to a special account as security and it is to be transferred to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on the effective date of agreements. The Hambantota port agreement is to be further amended and cabinet approval has been obtained to sign the amended agreement.Cabinet spokesman Gayantha Karunatillake said that the amended agreement will ensure Sri Lanka obtains the agreed investment of the project much earlier. On 25th July 2017, China Merchants Port Holdings Company Limited (CMPort), Sri Lanka Ports Authority (“SLPA”), the Government, Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Limited (“HIPG”) and Hambantota International Port Services Company (Private) Limited (“HIPS”) had agreed on the terms of the Concession Agreement in relation to the development, management and operation of the Hambantota Port.In the signed agreement CMPort agreed to invest an amount of up to USD 1,120.00 million into the Hambantota Port and Hambantota port and marine-related activities.Of this the total amount is to be paid to SLPA for the acquisition of the 85% issued share capital of HIPG is USD 973.658 million (and HIPG shall use a portion of such amount to acquire 58% issued share capital of HIPS) and the remaining USD146.342 million (equivalent to approximately HKD1,141.47 million) is to be deposited into a bank account in the name of the Company in Sri Lanka and will be utilised for such Hambantota port and marine-related activities as may be agreed with the Sri Lankan Government within one year from the final payment of capital injection in HIPG. The Port of Hambantota is located on the Southern coast of Sri Lanka occupying a prime location within 10 nautical miles to the main shipping route from Asia to Europe and is also in a strategic position along the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. (Colombo Gazette) After one month from the effective date 10% of investment value (01 instalment) should be paid, 30% of value should be paid after 03 months (02 instalments), rest 60% of value should be paid within 06 months (03 instalments). On the request of government CMPort has agreed to amend these agreements on follows, to pay 30% (01 instalment) on the effective date, pay 10% after one month (02 instalments), pay rest 60% within 06 months (03 instalments).It has been decided to sign an additional agreement in this regard. read more

US agency Hospital forced nurse to participate in abortion

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A federal civil rights agency says Vermont’s largest hospital required a nurse to participate in an abortion over her moral objections.The Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that the University of Vermont Medical Center could lose some federal funding if the two parties cannot agree within 30 days on the hospital’s policies on employee participation in abortions.The Burlington hospital says in a statement that its policies strike the balance between supporting employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and ensuring “patients are not denied access to safe and legal abortion.”The hospital says it is disappointed by the government’s actions.The civil rights office says the nurse was required to participate in the abortion in May 2018.The Associated Press read more

UNs top human rights official urges international action to stem starvation and

In her opening remarks to the Forum, Mrs. Robinson noted that despite some recent progress, “there have been few improvements over the past five years in the implementation of the right to adequate food.” The High Commissioner said that in order to tackle poverty and hunger, there was a need to promote and respect the rights of women “who play such a critical role in agriculture in developing countries.” She also called attention to the “desperate” need for national improvements in health care, education and improved irrigation systems as well as food safety management. Globally, Mrs. Robinson said States must ensure that the new round of World Trade Organization negotiations removed obstacles to food imports from developing countries. “While trade liberalization can promote trade in agriculture and the innovation of new food technologies, current barriers to food products from the South and competition faced by local farmers from agro-businesses have not produced the so-called level playing field,” she said. Mrs. Robinson also called for “a more ethical globalization that promotes non-discrimination and protects the vulnerable, the isolated and the poor, while maximizing economic and development opportunities.” The two-day Forum promotes dialogue involving a wider range of participants – including grass-roots groups, youth associations and trade unions – than is normally represented at the UN. It was set up to respond to concerns about the effects of globalization on economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the impact of poverty and destitution on the realization of human rights. read more

Robert Griffin III Sidelined After Injury Scare

Washington Redskins coaches decided to bench quarterback Robert Griffin III on Sunday after he bruised his knee during a hit from 335-pound Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.Doctors cleared Griffin to return in their 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos, but coaches opted to keep him off the field.After falling to the ground in pain, Griffin’s left knee was examined by doctors.“I think it just scared me,” he said.The left knee isn’t the same knee that Griffin had surgery on in January, after he tore his ACL in last year’s playoffs.When asked about Griffin’s left knee Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said: “I think he’s fine. Doctors felt like he could have went back in.”Griffin told the media after the game: “We decided it was smart to just keep me off the field and be ready to go next week.” read more

MES off to fast start with dual fuel haul truck engine conversion

first_imgMine Energy Solutions (MES) is building on the recent dual fuel hybrid truck trial it ran with project partners New Hope Group and Hastings Deering at the New Acland coal mine in Queensland, Australia, and hopes to roll out its first commercial fleet at an operation in the state’s Bowen Basin late next year.The trial on a Cat 789C haul truck took place over the past two years at New Acland and involved the conversion of high horse powered diesel engines from 100% diesel to dual fuel operation, using natural gas as the dominant fuel through sequential gas injection.MES’ Graham Box provided IM with some more insight into the High Density Compressed Natural Gas (HDCNG®) technology, owned and developed by MES shareholder Intelligas, and the company’s business model.Mr Box said MES, which doesn’t sell a product or a kit but a “fully-funded energy proposition”, uses bespoke designs for each truck model conversion it works on.The incorporation of Type 4 carbon fibre cylinders to store the gas – which is compressed and stored at 350 bar (5,000 psi) using patented technology – is one of the ways the company has got around the weight and space constraints that previously limited technology using compressed natural gas and LNG on truck engines.A lightweight non-invasive engine augmentation and on-board control system also help alleviate this issue, according to Mr Box.“Remember, our gas remains in a gaseous state and is not liquefied,” he added.The haul truck fuel conversion packs use HDCNG® proprietary gas cylinder filling technology to achieve energy densities approximately double that of conventional compressed natural gas storage systems and approaching two thirds of the density of LNG without the operational complexity and cost of LNG cryogenic storage and handling, according to MES.“This enables mine trucks to achieve high levels of diesel displacement whilst carrying sufficient fuel on board for a full work shift and not adversely affecting payload,” the company said.The system has been developed to achieve sufficient fuel storage quantities on board the machine for a full work shift of up to 12 hours. In mine haul trucks, a slim-line diesel fuel tank (and if required a slim-line hydraulic oil tank) replaces the existing tanks allowing for the introduction of HDCNG® fuel packs for the storage of gas on the machine.The trial at New Acland took place on a Cat 3516B engine, yet Mr Box said the company is “well advanced” or has “completed development work” on a number of other OEMs and models.“Our first commercial conversions will be on either a Liebherr or Komatsu mine haul truck,” he said. “We are targeting large trucks/engines, with the 789C, or equivalent, the smallest we will do.”In addition to preparing for its first commercial fleet agreement late next year, Mr Box said deliveries are expected in the US and Western Australia’s Pilbara region in the following two years.This is just for starters, with qualified opportunities in Canada, South America, India, Russia, South Africa, Ghana, Tanzania, Indonesia and Mexico, according to Mr Box.“The best testament for us is feedback from mining companies who have been searching for the type of technology we have developed,” he said.“We have been told by some of the world’s largest miners that there is clear daylight between our technology and anything else out there, including from the OEMs. It has been MES’ choice to position our commercial pathway in a targeted and controlled fashion and we are working closely and collaboratively with our pathfinder customers and these other mining companies.”last_img read more

Its in crisis Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family

first_img Wednesday 20 Feb 2019, 10:20 AM 12,415 Views https://jrnl.ie/4503066 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share7 Tweet Email1 No Comments Phoenix House Image: Google Maps By Hayley Halpincenter_img THE LAW SOCIETY of Ireland has this morning raised concerns over security issues in the family courts system. Chair of the Law Society’s family and child law committee Keith Walsh has said that the “family courts system is in crisis”. “It is chronically underfunded, lawyers and judges are over-stretched, and our clients are often highly vulnerable – children and adults in need of urgent assistance, specialised care and dedicated facilities,” Walsh said in a statement. The family court deals with sensitive and personal matters, including (but not limited to) divorce, custody, child maintenance, domestic violence and children in state care.Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before a meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning. During the committee, the Law Society will highlight issues surrounding inadequate security, unsafe environments for litigants and unsafe working conditions for courts staff, lawyers and judges.“The Law Society has been highlighting the safety issues within the family courts infrastructure in Dublin and nationwide for several years. Unfortunately, this came to a head during an incident in December 2018 involving a Circuit Court judge, a lawyer and a client in Phoenix House in Dublin,” Walsh said. A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm at the court in relation to that incident, and the case remains before the courts.The building, where Judge Susan Ryan of the Circuit Court was presiding, was evacuated and a major security operation took place on 20 December last.Armed gardaí and a bomb disposal team were called in to deal with an incident which was resolved peacefully.A man in his mid-forties was arrested, and proceedings in the case are ongoing.Walsh added that the situation is “particularly bad” in Dublin in terms of the buildings in which the family courts are held. “The childcare courts are currently housed in Victorian criminal law courts which are simply not fit for purpose,” he said. Specialist division of family law courtsA specialist division of family law courts and judges would help deal with family law cases more efficiently, according to Walsh. “It would be more likely that the same judges would be available to deal with cases that appear regularly before the courts and create more consistency,” he said. “It is not proposed to change the work undertaken by each court, but that only family law cases would be heard in these courts and they would take the family law cases out of the more general courts.” The Law Society is also calling for more focus to be placed on settling cases earlier in the process.“Very active intervention in family law cases by judges, with an emphasis on resolution and alternative dispute resolution approaches, could result in significant savings in time and resources for all parties,” Walsh said. Cost in family law casesThe Law Society has also addressed the issue of costs in family law cases.“What the Law Society suggests in this regard is that a better way to look at costs is to encourage settlement at every possible opportunity and to improve and increase the focus on case management,” Walsh said.“If there is any realistic prospect of a coherent policy approach to costs in family law cases, then either legislation or, as we are calling for, a specialist division of family law judges who will apply the law in a consistent manner is required.”Comments are closed due to legal reasons ‘It’s in crisis’: Law Society raises concerns over security issues in family courts system Members of the Law Society’s family and child law committee are to appear before the Oireachtas Committee on Justice this morning. Image: Google Maps Feb 20th 2019, 10:20 AM Short URL Phoenix Houselast_img read more

School knocks back funding for Modern Greek

first_imgState Labor MP Jenny Mikakos is “perplexed” at the decision by Wales Street Primary School Council to knock back state government funding to reinstate the Greek language program.In all my years as a parliamentarian I’ve never seen a school knock back an offer of funding, so I have to say I’m surprised and perplexed at why this funding has been knocked back.She remained hopeful that school council would change its mind after last week’s final decision, and encouraged disgruntled parents to run for school council early next year. “In all my years as a parliamentarian I’ve never seen a school knock back an offer of funding, so I have to say I’m surprised and perplexed at why this funding has been knocked back,” she said. “I hope that the school council reconsiders, but I respect the fact that it is ultimately their decision.” Mikakos said she and local member for Northcote Fiona Richardson had approached the Education Minister, Bronwyn Pike, and the education department, and managed to secure funding to reinstate Greek alongside Italian in the school’s Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program. “We made the case that there had been a long-standing Greek program offered at that school, that there’s a significant Greek community in the Thornbury area, that there are a number of parents who wish for their children to keep studying the Greek language at that school,” she said, adding that additional funding is not easy to come by.“It would be an ongoing program, and it would be the same level of teaching as what’s offered for Italian, which is one hour a week,” she said.But Wales Street Primary School Principal Chris Sexton told Neos Kosmos last week that the decision to offer only one language in their Languages Other Than English (LOTE) program was not only based on funding.Mr Sexton said the 2009 decision to only offer Italian was also influenced by timetabling and behavioural issues caused by class disruption.He added that recent feedback from staff and students about the change has been “extremely positive”. “Data is showing that students are more engaged in the LOTE program with staff reporting significantly less instances of disruptive behaviour from students,” he said.“Moving to a single LOTE has improved timetabling of the curriculum which is in turn enabling more learning time for the students.”Mikakos said she was “could not understand” how issues around timetabling couldn’t be resolved.“The funding’s now been secured, so I would have though that any other concerns that might exist would be relatively minor,” she said. The offer of funding will remain on the table, but Mikakos stressed that the decision was not up to the Victorian government.“We have a system of independent school governance, that’s been in place for around 20 years now, whereby school councils ultimately make these types of decisions.”She encouraged parents who were unhappy with the decision to run for school council. “As I understand it there are school council elections in the first term of next year, where half the school council will be up for election,” she said.“So it’s possible that the membership of the school council might change, and it’s possible that the school council might change its mind then or possibly earlier.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

With help from church widow operates food cart in BG

first_imgBattle Ground resident MaKayla Hopper never intended to be a food cart operator. Hopper and her husband, Brian, had plans to open a restaurant featuring authentic Kansas-style barbecue. They were planning restaurant details when Brian was diagnosed with leukemia.The couple and their kids had to walk away from their Battle Ground home, Brian’s business and their restaurant dreams to move to Seattle, where Brian received treatment. Brian died in March from a staph infection as he waited for a bone marrow transplant.Hopper suddenly found herself without her husband, her home and any income. The Vancouver church Hopper attends, City Harvest Church, knew of Hopper’s restaurant aspirations and gave her a mobile food cart.From there, Holy Smoke … It’s Big B’s BBQ — named in Brian’s memory — was born.Hopper was just one of more than half a dozen people who inquired about opening a food cart in Battle Ground last year. In the past, the city denied requests to operate self-contained food carts because it has no policies on the books. The surging interest, however, prompted city officials to establish regulations for operating the units, Planning Supervisor Sam Crummett said.The planning commission sought public input on the issue and drafted a set of proposed regulations. The city council reviewed the proposal Monday night and asked staff to draft an ordinance to establish a city code regarding mobile food units.last_img read more

Mitsubishi Electric and Here are working on a new V2V system for

first_img Share your voice 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal Mitsubishi More From Roadshow The 2020 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport looks bolder than ever 2019 Honda CR-V review: Still one of the best small SUVs around 2020 Mercedes-AMG GT first drive: A refresh that polishes an already good car Enlarge ImageMitsubishi Electric and Here’s Lane Hazard Warning system can identify road hazards like stalled cars or slick pavement and upload that information to the cloud for other cars. Mitsubishi Electric/HERE Mitsubishi Electric — no, not the car maker, but related — and a Dutch company called Here have been working on a vehicle-to-cloud-to-vehicle information system that would allow a car to report a road hazard and share it with other vehicles. The system is called Lane Hazard Warning, and unlike a lot of V2V systems, this one just completed its second successful real-world test, the two companies announced today.The first real-world test of the Lane Hazard Warning system took place in Tsukuba City, Japan, in winter 2018. The second test took place in Southern California and concluded at the end of April. Pretty cool, but what exactly does the system do?First, Lane Hazard Warning uses a vehicle’s sensors to identify potential road hazards such as wrecked cars, big potholes and slippery surfaces. It then flags those hazards and which lane or lanes they affect and sends that data to the cloud where other vehicles equipped with the system can access it.”When something unusual happens on the road ahead drivers often have very little time to react, and that can put them and their passengers at risk,” Hiroshi Onishi, executive officer and group president of Automotive Equipment at Mitsubishi Electric, said in a statement. “Together with Here Technologies, we’ve developed a new system designed to give drivers a few valuable extra seconds or minutes to prepare for a potential danger on the road ahead, such as by switching lanes or simply driving with greater caution. “The two companies are planning to make the system available to automakers for testing, with the ultimate goal being to license the technology out to companies developing self-driving cars or vehicles with advanced driver assistance features. Tags 0 18 Photos Auto Tech Car Industry Post a commentlast_img read more

Flood victims left in the lurch Naidu

first_imgGuntur: TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu criticised that the government had failed in coming to the rescue of people, especially farmers, reeling under impact of floods. He visited the flooded agriculture fields in Vellaturu, Kishindapalem,Chintapotu, Pedalanka, Poturlanka and Juvvalapalem villages under Vemuru Assembly constituency in the district on Wednesday. The former chief minister interacted with the farmers whose crop was damaged in the floods and enquired about the quantum of loss. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Speaking on this occasion, Naidu expressed surprise over official teams not visiting flood-hit areas even after one week despite crops in 50,000 acre were damaged by floods. The TDP chief faulted the government for not taking steps to fill the reservoirs though they were empty and warned of taking up agitation to mount pressure on the state government to do justice to farmers. Observing that there would have no chance of floods if the floodwater was released in a systematic manner, he described the floods as “government-created calamity”. Also Read – Quarry checks bring down granite production Advertise With Us Naidu alleged that the YSRCP government had hatched a conspiracy to inundate his house and Amaravati, but instead it caused huge losses to farmers by destroying crops in large area. He reminded that during the floods, he had stayed in the flood-hit villages and supervised the relief measures. The former CM criticised that people in the flooded villages in Krishna and Guntur districts had been facing severe problems but Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was touring the US. He demanded that the government extend helping hand to the flood victims irrespective of politics.last_img read more

US NSCs new chief of staff antiMuslim

first_imgNational security adviser John Bolton and White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders listen as US president Donald Trump meets with Uzbekistan president Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the White House in Washington, US, on 16 May 2018. Photo: ReutersUS National Security Adviser John Bolton’s new chief of staff has drawn scrutiny for his past work with a conservative think tank that has been accused of promoting anti-Muslim messages, the media reported.Fred Fleitz, who joined the National Security Council this week, was an outspoken opponent of the Iran nuclear deal when he worked at the Centre for Security Policy, CNN reported.Fleitz was one of more than a dozen authors of a 2015 report from the think tank that called for, among other things, using “shariah-adherent advocacy and practices as legal premises for deportation and stripping of American citizenship”.The report also argued academic institutions that accept donations from “shariah-adherent individuals or governments” should be “discouraged” from promoting things like “interfaith dialogue” or “Muslim-Christian understanding”, because that effort “amounts to promoting shariah or civilisation jihadist agendas”.In an interview in 2017, Fleitz also blamed “the failure to assimilate British Muslims” in the UK for a terror attack in London.However, Sebastian Gorka, a former deputy assistant to president Donald Trump defended Fleitz’s past writings about Islam.“Fred Fleitz is one of the few people since 9/11 who have been trying to speak truthfully about the global jihadi movement. He’s been pushing back on the political correctness that has gotten people killed,” Gorka had earlier told CNN.last_img read more

Construction Begins On Texas Largest Solar Farm

first_img Share Listen 174 Power Global CorporationAn artist’s rendering of the Midway Solar farm in Pecos County, TX Construction has started on what will be the largest solar farm in Texas, the latest sign of renewable energy’s continued growth in what has traditionally been oil and gas country.South of Midland in Pecos County, the Midway Solar farm will make enough electricity from the sun to power about 50,000 homes annually. Austin Energy is buying the power.Pecos County Judge Joe Shuster said the new farm will add to about eight solar farms that have been built there.“We opened our doors up roughly six to eight years ago for the first one to come in, and once the first one came in, the others started to follow,” he said, adding that the companies keep knocking.“We’ve got one right now that’s talking to us that’s going to be somewhere around 500 megawatts just in one farm alone,” he said.So could anything slow down this boom?Federal tax credits are set to wind down in the coming years. After 2021, commercial builders will only get a 10 percent credit, down from the current 30 percent.And then there is the constant balancing act of building out enough electric lines to handle the influx of new wind and solar.The shortage has gotten a lot worse in the Panhandle just in the past year as new renewable projects come online, though some infrastructure upgrades happening this year should help ease the problem there.The Midway solar farm is expected to be finished by the end of this year. Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:06last_img read more

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first_img August 19, 2010 – High-end imaging capabilities are offered in the ergonomically designed, portable Mindray premium M7 ultrasound system, being launched this week in the United States. System on chip (SOC) technology brings a new level of imaging performance to compact, portable ultrasound systems. This segment of the ultrasound market is experiencing significant growth as more healthcare facilities are requiring premium performance in a compact form. The M7 platform provides advanced imaging features, including octal-beam imaging technology. This provides good temporal resolution along with an innovative implementation of multiple tissue harmonic imaging technologies to improve image quality for technically difficult patients. iZoom enables the user to view images from a longer distance by increasing the size of the clinical image display area on the screen and iTouch provides a single button image optimization. Tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), cine compare, and real-time 3-D are part of the platform as well. The system has an on-board workstation for patient information management plus the ability to transmit information wirelessly for a range of applications.The M7 system recently received a 2010 “best of the best” award from red dot for product design. With more than 12,000 submissions from more than 60 countries, the international “red dot design award” is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. The award-winning products are put before an international public in the red dot design museum.In addition to launching the M7 platform, Mindray recently introduced a significant new upgrade for its M5 system. The new 3.0 release features full DICOM capability, networking, work list, MPPS, query and retrieve and structured reporting. Automatic measurement of the carotid’s intima-media thickness (IMT) and wireless data transfer are included (regulatory clearance pending for IMT and wireless). Three new transducers — curved, linear and cardiology — are also options in the new upgrade.For more information: ir.mindray.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | August 20, 2010 Portable, Compact Ultrasound System Launched in U.S. last_img read more

Blender 28 beta released with a revamped user interface and a highend

first_imgThe Blender team released beta version 2.8 of its Blender, a free and open-source 3D creation software, earlier this week. Blender 2.8 beta comes with new features and updates such as EEVEE, a high-end Viewport, Collections, Cycles, and 2D animation among others. Blender is a 3D creation suite that offers the entirety of the 3D pipeline including modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking. It allows video editing as well as game creation. What’s new in Blender 2.8 Beta? EEVEE Blender 2.8 beta comes with EEVEE, a new physically based real-time renderer. EEVEE works as a renderer for final frames, and also as the engine driving Blender’s real-time viewport. It consists of advanced features like volumetrics, screen-space reflections and refractions, subsurface scattering, soft and contact shadows, depth of field, camera motion blur and bloom. A new 3D Viewport There’s a new and modern 3D viewport that was completely rewritten. It can help optimize the modern graphics cards as well as add powerful new features. It consists of a workbench engine that helps visualize your scene in flexible ways. EEVEE also helps power the viewport to enable interactive modeling and painting with PBR materials. 2D Animation There are a new and improved 2D drawing capabilities, which include a new Grease Pencil. Grease Pencil is a powerful and new 2D animation system that was added, with a native 2D grease pencil object type, modifier, and shader effects. In a nutshell, it helps to create a user-friendly interface for the 2D artist. Collections Blender 2.8 beta introduces ‘collections’, a new concept that lets you organize your scene with the help of Collections and View Layers. Cycles Blender 2.8 beta comes with a new feature called Cycles that includes new principled volume and hair shaders, bevel and ambient occlusion shaders, along with many other improvements and optimizations. Other features Dependency Graph: In blender 2.8 beta, the core object evaluation and computation system have been rewritten. Blender offers better performance for modern many-core CPUs as well as for new features in the future releases. Multi-object editing: Blender 2.8 beta comes with multiple-object editing that allows you to enter edit modes for multiple objects together. For more information, check out the official Blender 2.8 beta release notes. Read Next Mozilla partners with Khronos Group to bring glTF format to Blender Building VR objects in React V2 2.0: Getting started with polygons in Blender Blender 2.5: Detailed Render of the Earth from Spacelast_img read more

Global Grape Summit wrapup part four Retailing i

first_img Global Grape Summit wrap-up part four: Retailing i … The global blueberry industry gathering in British … Mission Produce: “We’re going to continue to push … November 13 , 2018 You might also be interested in Larger tropical stingless bees fly better in hot conditions than smaller bees do, new research has found.The finding runs contrary to the temperature-size ‘rule,’ which suggests that insects that rely on the external environment to control their temperature are larger in cold climates and smaller in hot ones, according to Science Daily.”Most [insects] employ some means of behavioral thermoregulation. As body size increases, it’s more likely that insects will be able to behaviorally and physiologically thermoregulate, especially in flying insects”, said lead author Meghan Duell, a graduate student at Arizona State University.She explained that bigger bees, like bumblebees, are partially endothermic and can warm themselves up by shivering their flight muscles to produce heat but can’t constantly physiologically regulate body temperature.They measured air and thorax temperatures of 10 species of stingless bees – which varied in body mass between 2 and 120 milligrams – to assess how well bees fly at high temperatures and the variations seen based on body size. They also measured leaf and flower surface temperatures and air temperatures in sun and shade within the bees’ native tropical forest canopy.The study looked at bees in the rainforests of Panama.”If bees stop flying as often in hot temperatures, the amount of time they have to forage (and therefore pollinate flowering plants) decreases. This can mean they aren’t able to collect enough food to maintain the colony,” Duell said.”On a large enough scale, this negatively impacts the overall bee population and the plants they pollinate while collecting pollen and nectar for food.”Therefore, better flying performance is an advantage for bees in hot climates. Bees that are unable to fly in hot conditions ultimately end up walking from flower to flower, which is far less efficient than flying and means they are subject to even warmer temperatures on the surfaces of flowers and leaves.In the beginning, the researchers were expecting the smaller bees to perform better in hot weather, due to the size “rule.” However, their findings showed that large bees seem to have adapted to the high temperatures by using their ability to maintain their heat.The flight performance advantage was also seen in cooler altitudes of the hot Panamanian rain forest.”Essentially the bigger bees are exposed to higher temperatures — sometimes in excess of 10 degrees Celsius hotter than air temperature — because they produce a lot of heat while flying. That same heat producing ability gives them an advantage in cooler regions as well because they can be active earlier in the morning, later into the evening or on cooler days compared to smaller bees,” Duell said. Canada considers retaliatory tariffs on U.S. apple …last_img read more

airlinesAmerican AirlinesQatar Airways

first_imgairlinesAmerican AirlinesQatar Airways In June 2017 Qatar Airways announced its interest in acquiring a stake in American Airlines, however, yesterday the airline announced that it had ‘taken the decision not to proceed with its proposed passive financial investment in American Airlines.’ The Qatar Airways’ statement said:“Further review of the proposed financial investment, taking into account the latest public disclosure of American Airlines, has demonstrated that the investment no longer meets our objectives. Qatar Airways will continue to investigate alternative investment opportunities in the United States of America and elsewhere that do meet our objectives.“Qatar Airways will continue to seek opportunities to invest in global aviation to support the airline’s goal to offer the best possible travel experience for its customers.”last_img read more