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New Green Building Products — July 2012

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img Once again, the “in” box on my desk is beginning to fill up with a stack of brochures describing interesting new products.I’ve selected four products to review in this latest roundup: an insert panel to improve the thermal performance of insulated concrete forms (ICFs); a new wall system for manufactured stone veneer; and two new water-resistive barriers (WRBs).A manufacturer of insulated concrete forms (ICFs), Reward Wall System of Omaha, Nebraska, is now selling polystyrene panels that can be slipped inside of ICFs to improve a wall’s R-value. This product will prove useful, since many ICFs have a relatively low R-value.Called Boost-R panels, the new foam rectangles come with notches that slide over the ICF form ties and rebar chairs. Of course, these Boost-R panels take up room that would normally be filled with concrete. So if you want to use these insulation inserts, you’ll need to order ICFs with thicker-than-usual cores. If you ordinarily use an ICF with a 6-inch-thick concrete core, and you’d like to insert 4 extra inches of foam on one side of the wall, you’ll need to order ICFs with a 10-inch core.Boost-R panels are 2 inches thick and are available in several different densities (1, 1.5, and 2 pounds per cubic foot). If you want more than 2 inches of extra insulation, it’s possible to insert two layers of 2-inch thick Boost-R panels inside the core of a thick ICF.The manufacturer claims that its 1.5 pound/cubic foot polystyrene has an R-value of R-4.17 per inch. That means that a 15-inch ICF with a 10-inch-thick core equipped with a 4-inch-thick Boost-R panel can have an R-value of R-38.Two-inch-thick Boost-R panels cost between 95¢ and $1.85 per square foot, depending on the foam density and the quantity ordered.Of course, there is a… last_img read more

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5 Easy Ways to Prevent Identity Theft

first_imgMonitor your statements: A survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston found that in 2012, more than 70 percent of consumers in the U.S. had at least one credit card. Unfortunately, the ease and convenience of using a credit card comes with the additional risk of having credit card information stolen. It is important to routinely monitor your credit card statements to identify any unauthorized activity on your account. If you discover that your credit card information has been compromised, use this helpful guide to learn what to do next. Secure your personal information: At home, make sure your personal information is stored in a secure location or is password-protected on a secure computer. Do not carry your social security card in your wallet and only provide your social security number when absolutely necessary. It’s also a good idea to shred any documents you don’t need–such as credit applications and offers or bank statements–that contain sensitive information. If you are required to provide an organization with your personal information, ask them what exactly they need it for and what measures they have in place to protect it. Check your Credit Report: Obtaining a free credit report once a year is an effective way to make sure that your identity has not been stolen. Identity thieves often open accounts or obtain loans using your personal information, and these activities will show up on your credit report. You may even consider implementing a credit freeze which restricts access to your report and makes it more difficult for identity thieves to open accounts under your name. By Ayesha Haider, BA, MBA, AFC CandidateIdentity theft is referred to as the “fastest growing white collar crime in America” by the Office of the Inspector General. Having your identity stolen can result in your hard earned funds being fraudulently withdrawn from your account and it can also have serious implications for your credit report and score, negatively impacting your eligibility for employment and favorable loan terms. The following methods outline some basic ways you can protect your personal information from falling into the wrong hands:Learn to identify phishing scams: Phishing requests are emails or other electronic correspondence you may receive asking for your personal information. Such requests are made to seem like they are being sent by a legitimate organization that you are affiliated with such as a bank, department store, or email-hosting service. Phishing requests are notoriously difficult to identify and often even the most Internet-savvy of us fall victim to these elaborate schemes. Learn how to tell if an email is a phishing scam by using CIO.com’s very useful guide or take the phishing IQ test to see if you can distinguish a phishing scam from a legitimate request. Guard your mail: Identity thieves often obtain personal information by stealing your mail and/or responding to pre-approved credit offers you receive in the mail. Avoid falling victim to mail fraud by checking your mail frequently and shredding any financial offers/documents you receive in the mail. To learn more about identity theft through mail, visit the S. Postal Inspection Service website.The best way of preventing identity theft is educating yourself on how you can best protect your personal information. Read up on what to do if your identity is stolen and monitor your credit card and bank account statements routinely to identify and unauthorized transactions soon after they occur.Photo by Jeff TurnerTo learn more ways to protect yourself and empower your clients against identity theft schemes, join our webinar on Tuesday, March 15 at 11 a.m. ET. Dr. Barbara O’Neill and Carol Kando-Pindea of the Federal Trade Commission will present a 90-minute webinar that identifies new ways thieves are stealing personal information and ways to prevent becoming a victim.last_img read more

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Top stories: ‘Vampire’ squirrels, Bigfoot DNA, and disappearing plastic

first_imgPeople would rather be electrically shocked than left alone with their thoughtsIt seems many of us don’t like being left alone with our thoughts. According to a new study, 67% of men and 25% of women would rather give themselves an electric shock than just sit quietly in a room and think.Ninety-nine percent of the ocean’s plastic is missingSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)There should be millions of tons of plastic floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it.Nature retracts controversial stem cell papersEarlier this year, two papers published in the journal Nature reported that simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells called STAP (stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency) cells—and immediately drew accusations of plagiarism and image manipulation. Now, Nature has published a much-anticipated retraction of both papers.’Vampire’ squirrel has world’s fluffiest tailThe rarely seen tufted ground squirrel is a weird little animal. It’s twice the size of most tree squirrels, and it reputedly has a taste for blood. Now, motion-controlled cameras have revealed another curious fact: It has the bushiest tail of any mammal compared with its body size.Nearly one-third of Americans aren’t ready for the next generation of technologyAlthough most Americans have access to the Internet, a large percentage of them may be suffering from a lack of digital readiness. A new survey finds that nearly 30% of Americans either aren’t digitally literate or don’t trust the Internet.’Bigfoot’ samples analyzed in labScientists have performed the first peer-reviewed genetic survey of biological samples supposedly collected from yetis, Bigfoots, and Sasquatches around the world. The results? At least in the lab, these elusive, hairy, humanoid creatures are nothing more than bears, horses, and dogs.last_img read more

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Nambatac not ready to go on vacation yet

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHis days in the collegiate level may be winding down, but Rey Nambatac is not ready to say goodbye to Letran just yet.“I don’t want to go on vacation yet because I feel I have an unfinished business here in Letran,” he said. “I don’t think that every game will be my last. That’s why whenever I enter the court, I really give it my best effort to help the team and for us to get the win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Johnson looking to help Alapag succeed in his first head coach stint For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Nambatac backed up his words as he fired 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists to help the Knights escape St. Benilde, 66-60 on Friday, and hike their standing at 9-9 to force a playoff for the coveted fourth spot against Arellano.The 23-year-old is hell-bent on taking Letran to the Final Four in his fifth year, even if it means going through the eye of a needle as he seeks to become a two-time NCAA champion before moving on to a new chapter of his career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to make it to the Final Four and after that, the Finals and hopefully, we get the championship again,” he said.But before aiming for the stars, Nambatac knows that Letran’s journey to the next round begins on Friday when the Knights and the Chiefs clash in the knockout game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Arellano is still missing lead guard Kent Salado, who is out due to a slight MCL tear on high right knee, making Letran the obvious favoriteHowever, Nambatac knows that the Chiefs are still a dangerous foe as evidenced by their conquests in the eliminations — an 82-75 squeaker in the first round and a tight 84-73 triumph in the second round.“We can’t relax. Even if Salado isn’t there, their team is still intact,” he said. “We have to do it through our teamwork, discipline, and most important of all, our defense because it’s our defense which will help us win the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me? PLAY LIST 01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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AAEON: barebones embedded system supporting 6th and 7th gen Intel Core desktop processors

first_img Continue Reading Previous Clientron to showcase latest POS system and IoV intelligent in-vehicle driving solutionNext Lattice: MachX03D FPGA enhances security with hardware root-of-trust capabilities AAEON announces the EPIC-KBS9-PUC barebones embedded system. Built upon our success and knowledge, the EPIC-KBS9-PUC offers the power of 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core Processors, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a range of expandability and customization to support your application. Customers have been using this compact EPIC board in a wide range of industrial applications including controlling automated warehouse robots, retail POS systems, and even a 3D printer for cakes. The EPIC-KBS9-PUC offers the power, flexibility and versatility of the EPIC-KBS9 board in a barebones system that is easy to integrate into a wide range of industrial application.The EPIC-KBS9-PUC features a socket type supporting 6th and 7th Generation Intel Core desktop processors up to 65W. This means the EPIC-KBS9-PUC is one of the most powerful systems in its size. The board features dual channel 2133MHz DDR4 RAM supporting up to 32GB, providing the back-up needed to get the most out of your processor.The EPIC-KBS9-PUC is built to easily integrate into any embedded application. It features four Gigabit Ethernet ports designed for use with IP and PoE cameras, perfect for machine vision applications. It also offers two USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports in addition to a COM port. The EPIC-KBS9-PUC provides expandability with a full mSATA/mini-PCIe slot and a PCI express [x4] slot, allowing almost endless options, including graphics and frame grabber cards. The system can also be ordered with VESA or wall mount kits, allowing it to be easily installed anywhere.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

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DATA MODUL: new generation of PCAP touch analysis tools easyANALYZER 4.0

first_imgeasyTOUCH is the name of the PCAP/PCT (projective capacitive) touch system for industrial applications developed and produced by DATA MODUL. With this, cover glasses, sensors, displays and controllers are connected with one another and perfectly coordinated. The PCAP system can be optimally parametrised by the touch controller. As a result, it is protected against influences, such as grid bound disruptions. The specifically developed easyTOUCH (USB) controller supports industrial customers with various features throughout the product integration process with integrated DATA MODUL (driverless) firmware.The Munich-based system solution provider has further developed the easyANALYZER for improved visualisation of a PCAP touch display and its optimal configuration. This support tool is a free program with which the operator can individually define, adjust and change the settings and parameters of their touch display.With the further developed generation 4.0, DATA MODUL now offers a Europe-wide unique tool, which differentiates and supports two PCAP-controller manufacturers (Microchip and ILITEK) within one item of software. The easyANALYZER 4.0 independently recognises the implemented (USB) controller and the adjusted settings, and enables possible changes, for example the sensitivity (touch threshold) or the definition of the touch event number (finger) etc. by using the documentation. Advantage of the controllers by Microchip or Ilitek is the same look and feel, and the identical Graphical User Interfaces (GUI).Depending on the project, the pre-parametrised settings must still be adjusted on the easyTOUCH controller. With this tool, it is very easy for application engineers and customers to find the optimal configuration for the touch implementation . After all, it is not always clear at the beginning of a project how the touch system will be integrated and the possible disturbances could occur. With the easyANALYZER 4.0, the settings can be finely tuned independent of the controller and then fixed for the project. In order to facilitate or speed up finetung, the customer can pre-parametrise various scenarios in advance and send them to the DATA MODUL application engineer. The final setting is archived and made available for production. Also new to this version are the revised graphical 3D presentation of debugging data (reference and delta) and the intuitive, dynamic GUI. For optimal operability, this is now customisable.All in all, the easyANALYZER 4.0 provides the optimal communicative link between the touch system, customer and the application engineer. This connection has a single, common goal: finding the optimal, trouble-free overall solution.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Winbond: 2Gb+2Gb NAND and LPDDR4x memory product for 5G CPE modemsNext Abaco Systems: rugged XMC graphics and video boardlast_img read more

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Simeone upbeat despite Atleti struggles

first_imgAtlético Madrid Simeone upbeat despite Atletico’s poor recent form Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 04:50 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Saul Niguez - cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Atlético Madrid v Villarreal Villarreal Primera División The manager described the 1-1 draw with Villarreal as his side’s best performance of recent weeks Diego Simeone believes Atletico Madrid are nearing the end of a costly stretch which saw them fail to win for the sixth time in seven competitive matches on Saturday.Carlos Bacca cancelled out Angel Correa’s opener to give Villarreal a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano as the hosts missed out on adding to their solitary win in October.Atletico 33/1 to win Champions League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Atleti, who sit four points shy of the top two, were left to rue Kevin Gameiro’s inability to turn a promising close-range chance into a two-goal advantage in the second half.The result compounded the Rojiblancos’ frustration from their midweek draw with third-tier Elche in the Copa del Rey, but Simeone believes his team will soon return to their clinical best.”If we keep on this path things will improve for sure. I always prefer to see the positive side,” Simeone said at his post-match news conference.”This was the best of our recent games, for performance and intensity. At 1-0 we had chances to kill off game, like for Gameiro.”Bacca earns a point for Villarreal at the Wanda Metropolitano! #AtletiVillarreal 1-1 pic.twitter.com/sIZrQq9wki— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) October 28, 2017In addition to earning a point, 31-year-old Bacca’s late header extended Javier Calleja’s unbeaten start as Villarreal manager to four La Liga matches.The 39-year-old former midfielder has collected 10 league points from a possible 12 since replacing the sacked Fran Escriba in September.”It was a fair result. We had a chance [to go ahead through Cedric] Bakambu at 0-0,” Calleja said of his side’s performance.”After [the first] goal, when Atletico dropped back, we had our best spell.”last_img read more

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England’s 1,000th Test: Guardian writers pick their favourite so far

first_img The Joy of Six: England v India memories Tanya Aldredv West Indies, 2nd Test Lord’s, 2000England won by two wicketsMy dad had been taking us to the Saturday of the Lord’s Test since 1986. For most of the 80s we spent the days folded into cagoules as England performed the cricket equivalent of hara–kiri. The weather improved in the 90s but the results not so much. Topics Graham Gooch (left), Bob Willis (centre) and Mike Gatting run from the pitch after England’s remarkable comeback win.. Photograph: Patrick Eagar/Popperfoto/Getty Images Facebook Since you’re here… Kevin Pietersen’s maiden Test hundred. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Support The Guardian England played like Pakistan at their most brilliant, with a desperate, irresistible aggression; not so much cornered tigers as cornered lions. The mood was established by some beery slogging from Darren Gough and Phil DeFreitas, who spanked Allan Donald all round south London on that Friday evening. Devon Malcolm, stirred after being hit on the head by a Fanie de Villiers bouncer, then produced the most coruscating spell of fast bowling. He took nine for 57, the best figures by a truly fast bowler in Test history, and flattened South Africa for 175. Their batsmen looked as if they had seen the devil. It was only Devon but on that day it was hard to tell the difference.Malcolm was one of many England players who for one reason or another were feeling aggrieved. Two others, Graham Gooch and the captain Mike Atherton, then blasted a barely believable opening partnership of 56 in five overs and England cantered to an eight-wicket victory. From the moment Gough and DeFreitas came together, England scored their runs at 5.76 per over and took a wicket every 30 balls. That team never played together before or after. If I live to 150, I doubt if I will see a more devastatingly brilliant England performance – in any sport. Oh and it was the weekend after I got my A-level results, and I had my whole life ahead of me. Fast forward to late June 2000. West Indies had won the first Test by an innings, Brian Lara had returned and the usual blueprint for a series seemed set.At the end of the first day England were delighted to have West Indies 267 for nine and all seemed well when Courtney Walsh was dismissed with the first ball of Friday morning. By tea England had been Ambrose-and-Walshed and West Indies had a first-innings lead of 133. But then Andy Caddick, touched by his intermittent genius, took five for 16 and West Indies were all out for 54. England’s target was 188.The next day 11 of us joined the queue. My middle brother was about to marry and there was something surreal, almost dreamlike in the just-maybe anticipation.Curtly Ambrose and Walsh were not going to make it easy and in the warhorses ran, ball after ball, faster and faster, as England stumbled, revived, stumbled, revived. Mark Ramprakash, opening, was bowled for two but Michaels Atherton and Vaughan put on 92, each scrambled single greeted with a guttural roar. When both fell and England found themselves 160 for eight, all seemed lost. Ali Martinv Australia, 4th Test Trent Bridge, 2015England won by an inns and 78 runsGreat Test matches tend to be close ones. Indeed the first Test with New Zealand at Lord’s in 2015 – an undulating affair of attack and counterattack, parry and riposte, that had spectators queueing round the block on the fifth day to be rewarded with a successful England victory charge – was arguably the most absorbing witnessed that summer cricket-wise. Facebook It was Joe who called me up early in 2005 to say they’d put tickets for the last day of the Ashes on advance sale and to ask did I think we should get a couple. I told him not to bother, that the match probably wouldn’t make the fifth day, never mind the series. Thank God he bought them anyway. I remember our excitement when they stopped play early on the fourth day and we knew, for sure, we’d be there for the end of the series. Those tickets were going for over £1,000 each now. And we were both so skint that we probably should have sold them on, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to do it. We’d been waiting for England to win the Ashes over half our lives.I can’t even recall all that much of it now, just the little bits and pieces that survived the hangover from a party that started at 10am on Monday morning and lasted till we stumbled away from the victory parade in Trafalgar Square sometime the next afternoon. Kevin Pietersen’s century, yes, and the moment Shane Warne dropped that catch, and Ashley Giles’ 59, still the very best underdog innings I’ve seen in my lifetime. I don’t see Joe so much any more, since we settled in different parts. It doesn’t matter. When we meet, we talk about 2005, and I am endlessly grateful I have a friend who knew enough to know better than me. England cricket team And yet it is the Ashes encounter at Trent Bridge a couple of months later, when Stuart Broad sliced through Australia with surgical precision and his colleagues delivered adhesive excellence in the slip cordon, in effect recapturing the urn in the first 94 minutes of the contest, that is burned into the old brain box forever.The scorecard – one that shows figures of eight for 15 by Broad, the tourists bowled out for 60 in the shortest first innings in Test history (18.3 overs), extras top scored with 14 and Joe Root ended the day with an unbeaten century – is an eye-catching record of the day, as are the frantic scribblings in this jotter’s notebook that seem to include more exclamation marks than runs managed by Australia.But it is as much about the imagery that the numbers and excessive punctuation throw up, such as the visiting skipper, Michael Clarke, staring long and hard into the green surface before the toss like a condemned man. His side’s granite-handed shots thereafter. Broad’s wide-eyed tribute to Edvard Munch after some brilliance from Ben Stokes at fifth slip, or the man of the hour (and a half) walking off with the Dukes ball held aloft and still displaying some of its gold lustre.To pinch a phrase from Brian Clough, another miracle worker on the banks of the Trent, I wouldn’t say Broad’s that day is the best bowling performance I have seen in my 10 years of covering Test cricket to date. But it is definitely in the top one. The images remain: of a drab three days of Test cricket at gloomy Leeds in which England were being all too easily humbled. The barbecue on the eve of the rest day at the Botham residence was as near to a wake as is possible for that event. Willis contemplated being dropped and the imminent end of his international career; Mike Brearley pondered the wisdom of returning to Test cricket – and why he had left out John Emburey? Then on the Monday when England followed on there is the unshackled Botham guffawing in the middle alongside Graham Dilley; Brearley on the balcony to applaud Botham’s century and animatedly urging him to keep going as the faint possibility of a miracle entered his head; the ball going into and out of Richie Benaud’s “confectionery stall”. Just before lunch on Tuesday Kim Hughes rejects a single to protect Graham Yallop from Willis, who was, by now, in another world.I once asked Botham whether this was his favourite Test. Of course it wasn’t. This game defined him and tormented him. By his own hand he had delivered such potent evidence of why he should not be captain of England. Objectively, he was not much fun. But we were giving the Aussies what-for in return and that was good enough for me Matthew Engelv Australia, 4th Test Old Trafford, 1964Match drawnThe Test began on Thursday, and Sunday was a rest day, as always. No rest for some: it was also speech day at boarding school, interminable as ever. But I did not then go home. I went to Manchester to stay with my friend Anselm, just as cricket-dotty as me. England’s 408th Test, my first ever. In some eyes, the worst ever.On an absurdly bland pitch, Australia had spent almost three days getting 656 for eight. By Monday, after we had escaped and reached the ground, England had no chance of winning and Australia had secured the Ashes yet again. Twitter Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Andy Bullv Australia, 5th Test The Oval, 2005Match drawnYour favourite might be the first, or the most thrilling, the one with the tightest finish. Or it could be the one with the finest innings, in which your best-loved player scored all the vital runs or took the crucial wickets and catches. They are all good reasons to love a match. Only, it seems to me now that it is not what you are watching that matters so much as who you are watching it with. Oh, you can try and tell everyone else what it was like, to put across how exciting it all was. But the memories are so much better when you can share them with somebody you don’t have to describe them to, because they were there with you. Like Joe. Vic Marksv Australia, 3rd Test Headingley, 1981England won by 18 runsThe virtues of the obvious are unfashionable nowadays. One only has to see how the England and Wales Cricket Board believes that the Hundred is so preferable to T20 cricket and that two conflicting short-form competitions in the summer of 2020 are somehow better than one good one. So I shall go for the obvious.The best series I have ever witnessed and am ever likely to witness is the 2005 Ashes; the most extraordinary game remains the Headingley Test of 1981. The climax took place while I was engaged in a humdrum Championship match at Taunton against Derbyshire – except for the fact that Viv Richards was hitting a century to complete his set against all the counties. Even so I was glued to the TV in the dressing room as my Somerset teammate Ian Botham celebrated his triumphant return to the ranks in the England team and a possessed Bob Willis snubbed a startled Peter West in the post-match interview. But then Ted Dexter stayed most of the day and Ken Barrington stayed forever. In my mind’s eye I can still see the imperious arc of Dexter’s bat as the ball sped to the boundary. I have no such memory of Barrington, who batted more than 11 hours for his 256. Objectively he was not much fun. But we were giving the Aussies what-for in return and that was good enough for me.My memory also tells me it was hot and sunny. More reliable sources say mild and breezy. They also say that by the Tuesday, when England had also passed 600, matching Australia block-for-block, the crowd had dwindled and most of the kids on the ground were round the back playing their own livelier matches. Were we? What is certain is that following that strange debut I was somehow inspired to become a cricket correspondent. So Old Trafford ’64 must have had something.It had the reverse effect on Anselm. When we got back to school in September, he joined the Boat Club. He still lives in Manchester and says he HAS been back to Old Trafford to watch cricket – twice in 54 years. A Test match? Never again. The barbecue on the eve of the rest day at the Botham residence was as near to a wake as is possible for that event 2005 and all that: an alternative history of the greatest Ashes Pinterest Twitter Share on Pinterest But with not a hospitality bottom out of position, enter Dominic Cork who with a six, four fours and desperate singles took England to a barely believable victory. Walsh finished with six for 74, Ambrose with figures of 22-11-22-1.As the sun emerged we spilled punch-drunk on to the Lord’s turf; England went on to lift the Wisden Trophy for the first time since 1969. Stuart Broad and England bowl Australia out for 60 in 18.3 overs. The Joy of Six: Ashes memories Read more Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Their batsmen looked like they’d seen the devil. It was only Devon, but on that day it was hard to tell the difference Facebook Facebook Twitter Cricket Devon Malcolm takes the acclaim from the stands after he blew away South Africa. Photograph: David Munden/Popperfoto/Popperfoto/Getty Images … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Twitter Pinterest Share on Twitter Facebook Sportblog Rob Smythv South Africa, 3rd Test The Oval, 1994England won by eight wicketsThere have been many better England teams than the Class of 94, as nobody in history has ever called them. But none in my cricket-watching lifetime have produced a performance as savage and memorable as that team did against South Africa at the Oval. On the Friday evening England were facing a 2-0 series defeat. Then the whole team went postal and for five astonishing sessions they brutalised an excellent South African side. It was cricket’s version of Falling Down. Share on Messenger Read more features Share on Facebook Australia cricket team Share via Email Twitter Andy Caddick celebrates after taking another wicket in a devastating spell of fast bowling against West Indies. Photograph: Alex Morton/Action Images Read more England v India 2018 Ted Dexter shows off the ‘imperious arc of his bat’ during his glorious Ashes century in 1964. 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Malayalam actress crew of 30 stranded in Himachal minister steps in

first_imgPopular Malayalam film actress Manju Warrier along with a film crew is stranded in flood-hit Himachal Pradesh prompting a union minister to intervene in the matter. The 30-member crew is stuck in Chatra, 100 km from Manali. They have been there for the past three weeks shooting for a film by director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, reports mathrubhumi.com. The actress was able to contact union minister V Muraleedharan seeking help, who in turn has reached out to Himachal Pradesh chief minister and sought immediate help. “Spoke to Himachal Pradesh CM on Malayalam film crew stuck in Chatru. Mandi district administration is in touch with stranded crew members. Evacuation efforts are on to bring them back to Manali today,” the minister of state for external and parliamentary affairs said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Himachal Pradesh has been lashed by incessant rains past few weeks, killing more than 30 people, and many areas are cut off due to landslides and bridge collapse. Hundreds of tourists are stranded in the state’s tribal Lahaul and Spiti district after a freak snowfall on Sunday cut off roads in the region, officials said. They said rescue work was on. According to officials, about 150 tourists were stuck in Chandra Tal lake near Kaza town. The crescent-shaped lake is situated at an altitude of about 4,300 metres or 14,100ft in the Himalayas. The worst affected is the Miyar valley which was cut off due to landslides at several places on the roads leading to the region. More than 300 vehicles were also stranded on the Spiti-Leh road after flash floods in nullahs triggered landslides.(Inputs from Hindustan Times)last_img read more

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NCLAT dismisses govt claims of 2245 cr from Videocon Industries for Ravva

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has rejected the oil ministry’s plea seeking $314 million (around Rs 2,245 crore) from insolvency-bound Videocon Industries in unpaid profit petroleum from the Ravva oil and gas fields in the eastern offshore. The ministry had on October 22 last year sent Videocon a demand notice for payment of government’s share of profit petroleum, which is calculated after all capital and operating cost is deducted from the sale of oil and gas. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVideocon, which holds 25 per cent stake in Ravva oil and gas fields, had been admitted to insolvency and the resolution professional (RP) overseeing the process approached the Mumbai-bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) against the demand saying the company cannot be asked to part with any money, including share of profit, during the moratorium period. NCLT upheld the RP’s plea, which was challenged before the NCLAT. A three-member NCLAT bench headed by chairperson Justice S J Mukhopadhaya also upheld the same and said that the petroleum ministry could not recover these proceeds during the moratorium period from Videocon Industries, against whom insolvency was initiated in June 2018. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”NCLT rightly held that during the period of moratorium, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas cannot recover any amount nor can issue demand notice to the corporate debtor through ‘interim resolution professional’ to pay any amount,” said the NCLAT. The appellate tribunal also upheld the NCLT order staying the demand note by the ministry and directing to approach the RP for recovery of the amount. “We hold that NCLT rightly stayed demand notice dated 22nd October, 2018 during the pendency of the resolution process as long as the ‘moratorium’ is applicable on the corporate debtor,” said the NCLAT. As per Section 14 of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code (IBC), no recovery can be enforced from the corporate debtor, once the moratorium period comes into force once the insolvency is initiated by the NCLT. The matter is related to a ‘Production Sharing Contract’ executed between the government and ONGC, Videocon Industries, Vedanta and Ravva Oil (Singapore) on October 28, 1994. While state-owned ONGC had a 40 per cent participating interest, Videocon 25 per cent and Vedanta had a 22.5 per cent in the production sharing contract. A dispute between the government and Videocon arose in 2002, which was initially referred to the International Arbitration Tribunal, which partially upheld the company’s contentions. The Government of India filed an appeal on May 10, 2005 before the High Court of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Federal Court of Malaysia, where on May 16, 2016, it failed to get any relief. Both admitted Videocon’s contention that the courts had no jurisdiction to decide on the issue and award of the International Tribunal in favour of Videocon became final. However, the petroleum ministry had on October 22, 2018 sent a demand notice to Videocon asking it to allocate $314 million as “government share of profit petroleum”. Following this, Videocon’s RP had approached the NCLT, contending that company could not be asked to part with any money, including share of profit, during the moratorium period. The NCLT in its order had said: “It was judicious to direct the ministry not to press for implementation of the said demand notice.”last_img read more

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Crown says man should be convicted of girls murder based on alleged

first_imgVANCOUVER – A man charged with murdering a 12-year-girl in British Columbia over 40 years ago should be found guilty after confessing to undercover police that he abducted, sexually assaulted and killed her, a Crown attorney says.Mark Sheardown told jurors in his opening statement Monday that Garry Handlen also took RCMP undercover officers to the crime scene and provided details about snatching the girl while she was riding her new bike near Merritt, in the province’s Interior.He said Handlen’s “truthful, reliable confession,” which the jury will watch on video, will demonstrate he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the death of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.Sheardown said Jack’s mother saw her riding her bike as the woman was heading home in her vehicle, a few days before the girl’s 13th birthday.“Monica was offered a ride home but turned it down,” he said, adding Madeline Lanaro never saw her daughter again.Handlen, who sat in B.C. Supreme Court wearing a grey and black plaid shirt and listened to proceedings wearing headphones, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.Sheardown said 17 years after the girl disappeared, Jack’s skull and some bones were found by a crew doing work for the Forests Ministry. The remains were linked to her through dental records.Handlen was living in Minden, Ont., when he became the focus of an undercover police operation starting in May 2014.Sheardown said Handlen allegedly provided a supposed crime boss with details of the murder, saying “he grabbed her, took her in his camper, went up a hill and had sex with her, in Mr. Handlen’s words, and killed her by strangling her.”Handlen then accompanied three officers, who he thought were members of a crime group, to Merritt, Sheardown told the jury as Jack’s sister and other family members sat in the courtroom.“Together, the three officers and Mr. Handlen drove out to the Merritt area where Mr. Handlen attempted to find the area where he abducted Monica Jack,” Sheardown said of the girl who lived on the Quilchena Indian Reserve with her mother and siblings.“This took place over the course of two days,” he said, adding Handlen provided more details about the abduction and murder during that time.Four witnesses gave police statements about what they saw in the area where the girl was last seen near a pullout on Highway 5A, he said.“Collectively, the Crown expects these four statements will indicate that a truck and camper had stopped at the pullout right around the time Monica was passing through the area, a bicycle was seen almost directly across the road from the camper, that a sound of someone crying out was heard and that it was thought to be a girl because of the high pitch.”Jack’s brother went looking for her and spotted her bike, court heard, before their mother reported the girl missing.Handlen worked for the supposed crime group as a debt collector, loan shark and repossessed personal property such as all-terrain vehicles, Sheardown said.A former undercover officer who posed as the crime boss told court he met Handlen at a restaurant in Orillia, Ont., on May 22, 2014.He said Handlen talked about his childhood on a farm, being a handyman in Ontario’s cottage country and his work as a pipefitter in the Toronto area, which he’d left for Minden, as well as his supervisory job in Alberta’s oil sands for several years.Handlen was arrested in November 2014.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

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Duncans tired parliamentary committee performance leaves MPs questioning his competency

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Opposition MPs said Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan seemed “tired” in an appearance before a parliamentary committee Tuesday that left them wondering if he’s still up to the job of leading a sprawling and “complex” department.During an hour-long appearance before the Aboriginal affairs committee, Duncan offered rambling answers to both opposition and Conservative MPs.At two points during his appearance, Duncan had his answers cut short by his own parliamentary secretary and by the Conservative chair of the committee.Duncan, who sat next to his department’s deputy minister Michael Wernick, also failed to answer a question from Conservative Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke who wanted to know what water projects the department had recently completed.“I kept thinking, ‘wasn’t he given those (Conservative) questions in advance?’” said Liberal Aboriginal affairs critic Carolyn Bennett. “He seems tired. I don’t know how to explain it, there just isn’t a lot of energy there for this file that is hugely important.”NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Linda Duncan said it was up to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to decide whether Duncan was still able to handle his portfolio.“It seems he gets a lot of assistance from the deputy minister,” said Duncan. “It’s a big, complex portfolio and we need a minister giving it his full attention.”Minister John Duncan, however, said his health was fine.“I’m great, yeah,” said Duncan, after he finished his appearance. “I’m fixed. I am all good.”Duncan was recently hospitalized as a result of complications stemming from his 2010 open-heart, valve replacement surgery.The news of his hospitalization surfaced in January after Duncan’s competency was openly questioned by the press during the Attawapiskat housing crisis. The crisis seemed to have caught the minister flatfooted. Duncan’s press aide pulled the minister away to safety several times after he was caught facing reporters’ questions he seemed unable to field.Opposition MPs are again wondering if Duncan is up to the task. His interaction with Conservative MPs Tuesday raised eyebrows among MPs on the committee.One exchange came when Greg Rickford, parliamentary secretary for Aboriginal affairs, asked Duncan a question about cooperation between First Nations and Ottawa. Rickford, a Conservative MP from Kenora, cut Duncan off after the minister spent about a minute and a half answering the question.“I am hearing from First Nations leaders in the great Kenora riding who appreciate the fact that they are getting a real opportunity to make inputs. I am sure you can concur with me that this has been positive and certainly determinate with some of the success you are having,” said Rickford.Duncan said, “I consider that a compliment. We believe that the best way to make progress is in partnership and with mutual respect so we, um, you know, I always go back to the water legislation, because the water legislation was basically presented with no First Nation support on the first go around now we have very significant First Nation support. We spent a year and a half saying, number one, we want to come to a place where both parties are pretty satisfied with the legislation. We did a lot of negotiations, I had to renew, or not renew, I had to, um, um, put some real political capital into that bill. My staff, departmental staff, there were a lot of officials that worked a lot of hours on that, many days, and I know that, particularly the Alberta and Atlantic Chiefs….”Rickford then stopped Duncan before he could finish the sentence.“Minister, sorry to interrupt you, I have a couple more questions on education I want to squeeze in here and my colleagues are going to ask you some tough questions on water,” said Rickford.“Fair enough,” said Duncan.Duncan was referring in his answer to a proposed government bill to create regulations for water systems on First Nations reserves that was introduced in the Senate last week. The previous incarnation of the bill died when the election was called last spring.When the round of questioning came around again to the Conservatives, Clarke lobbed another easy question at Duncan.“I am just hoping you can add some clarification just in regards to what water systems, on reserve, that the government has actually helped build, most recently,” said Clarke.“Your question is on bulk water systems?” said Duncan.“Water and wastewater infrastructure, what new projects have recently taken place, undertaken?” said Clarke.“Yes thank you for that. One thing I would like to start off by saying, the technology dealing with water and waste water is accelerating at a rate that is very helpful in terms of affordability going forward. The old systems were very expensive and we all know that we are facing a significant challenge even though we’ve invested huge monies since forming govt. The economic action plan, on top of our core funding, provided $187 million over two years to support the construction of 23 water and waste water projects, benefiting 44,000 FNs residents,” said Duncan, before taking an about 20 second pause.“We um, addressed 15 water treatment systems of both a high design risk and a high overall risk in the national assessment and we have work underway on 47 other such systems so that survey in assessment allowed us to set priorities and I have been to some of those plants and it’s most amazing. The main thing we have to make sure, we invest in the technology, we invest in the system and we have to make sure we have an operator and that the operator has the certification that is required and isn’t stolen by another jurisdiction because these people are very much in demand. So that has become a very big challenge. We have an operator training in place so this whole area is a great focus for us as well,” said Duncan, who referred to a government commissioned assessment of water and waste water systems on reserves across the country.Clarke then repeated the question.“What action is being taken to improve water and waste water services on the reserves?” said Clarke.By this time, Wernick had provided Duncan with a list and the minister rhymed off some of the department’s recent projects in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

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Another person succumbs to injuries following Dehiattakandiya accident

Another person succumbs to his injuries following an accident in Dehiattakandiya.A father and two sons were killed yesterday in the accident in Dehiattakandiya. The father and two sons, aged six and 14 were travelling on a motorcycle when it crashed into a tipper truck.All three were killed in the accident while two others, who were also on the motorcycle, sustained injuries. One of the two succumbed to his injuries in hospital today. (Colombo Gazette)

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UN agency launches largescale food distribution in Niger

With funding finally coming in for Niger’s hungry millions after initial appeals fell on deaf ears, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today reported the start of large-scale distribution that will feed 2.5 million people in the next two months. Yesterday the first free food distribution at village level took place in the small village of Tolkobey, 90 kilometres from Niamey, the capital, and WFP is finalizing field level agreements with non-governmental organization (NGO) partners. The agency last week tripled the funds it had requested to deal with crisis arising from drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years in the world’s second poorest country. So far it has received 40 per cent of the new total of $57.6 million, leaving the current shortfall at $34.4 million. WFP aims to get food assistance to all critical and at-risk areas to avoid an increase in hunger among the 2.5 million people most at risk. More than 1 million more have been affected by the crisis, UN agencies say. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that, more than a week after pictures of starving children shocked the world into action, relief supplies are reaching their destination but more needs to be done to get children out of danger. “While its initial appeals for money to avert the disaster fell on deaf ears, UNICEF programmes in Niger are now almost fully funded,” the agency said, noting that it had received nearly $15 million to help care for nearly 200,000 children, 32,000 of them severely undernourished, and some 160,000 are moderately undernourished. UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah recently toured emergency feeding centres in Maradi, epicentre of the crisis, to see the suffering first-hand. “We were at the hospital of (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières where they receive the severely malnourished children and we saw a child die in front of us…I think we should all feel guilty because children cannot die now at this time and age when we have technology and resources,” a shocked Ms. Salah told reporters before leaving Niger at the weekend. Working closely with its partners on the ground, UNICEF Niger has provided 41 tons of therapeutic milk, 6.7 tons of food and 190 tons of UNIMIX – a life-saving porridge easy for undernourished children to digest. In collaboration with WFP, 187 tons of corn-soy blend and 614 tons of cereals have been delivered to 62 affected villages, benefiting an estimated 200,000 people, including 40,000 children under five. In addition, about 900 tons of cereals are being delivered to another 90 villages, and approximately six tons of seed (corn, wheat, potato) have also been provided. As famine threatens to spread through the region, neighbouring countries including Nigeria, Mali, and Burkina Faso are also at risk of serious food shortages. “We need to fight poverty, we need to build an early warning system, and we need to empower the government and the local communities, so that we can prevent this from happening next year,” Ms. Salah said. read more

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UN agencies coordinate aid for thousands of floodhit Nepalese

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is continuously supporting district government’s coordination structure and coordinating disaster response meetings in Nepal. According to the latest assessments conducted by the Red Cross Society, a total of 26 districts have been affected. The estimated total number of affected families is around 16,000 but will increase as assessments in newly-affected districts are still in process.“Our main concern with the floods in Nepal, that estimate of the number will of people who are affected – will drastically rise,” Stephanie Bunker, a spokesperson for OCHA said of the floods. The Red Cross Society estimates that over 45,000 people to date have received various relief assistance. While the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that no epidemics have occurred, the agency in collaboration with the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) and the District Health Office in Nepal, will continue monitoring the health situation, paying attention especially to vector-borne diseases.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) expects to deliver a total of 1,300 metric tonnes of food, including rice, lentils, salt and oil to those affected in the country’s western regions. An assessment of longer-term humanitarian needs in the realms of shelter and education is now being conducted. A total of 5,700 educational kits will be provided to affected districts by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its NGO partners.“Our operations are underway and working with Nepal Red Cross we plan to make sure that food isn’t a problem for the victims of this tragic crisis,” Richard Ragan, WFP’s Country Director for Nepal, said earlier this week. “While much of the world’s attention is focused on the ongoing peace process in Nepal, it is important that we also respond to the very real and immediate needs of these victims of a terrible natural disaster.”In the most affected districts of Banke, Bardiya and Achham, deliveries of immediate relief assistance continue despite the bad weather that has occasionally hampered transportation of the assistance, OCHA said. read more

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AR Gives San Jose Body Worlds Exhibit Silicon Valley Twist

first_imgStay on target Put Women on U.S. Currency With Google’s AR AppGoogle Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More Devices For more than 20 years, the traveling Body Worlds exhibition has given visitors an inside look (literally) at how human and animal bodies work, using the decades-old process of plastination.Now, The Tech Museum of Innovation is putting a “Silicon Valley twist” on the display—taking folks even deeper into our anatomy via augmented reality.Body Worlds Decoded, and its proprietary Iris AR system—built in partnership with the Institute for the Future, on the Google Tango platform—launched on Sunday.“Body Words Decoded is one of the most ambitious and exciting anatomy experiences ever created,” Tim Ritchie, president and CEO of The Tech Museum of Innovation, said in a statement.“The human body contains so many mysteries,” he continued. “And the implementation of AR and all of its capabilities stand to provide valuable clues in unlocking those secrets and inspiring the next generation of advances in medicine and physiology.”You’ve already seen the Body Worlds exhibit (multiple times, if you’re a nerd like me)? Great. You’ve never seen it like this.Visualize yourself at Body Worlds Decoded (via The Tech Museum of Innovation)Attendees can view and interact with lifelike models and virtual objects: Take a 360-degree walk around a 3D beating heart, see how concussions affect the brain and skull, and get a new perspective inside the center of an eyeball.“This is the future of museums,” according to Toshi Anders Hoo, director of the Institute for the Future’s Emerging Media Lab. “AR is about to transform how we interpret our world and how we approach education.”Borrow one of the museum’s Iris-enabled Lenovo Phab 2 Pro handsets to explore eight full-body plastinates and more than 60 anatomical specimens—from the smallest organs to the most complex systems (including nervous, respiratory, and cardiovascular to urinary, reproductive, digestive, and locomotive).Visitors are also encouraged to get crafty, sketching their own anatomical designs, or admiring an art installation inspired by “the wonder and mystery of the human body.”Admission to The Tech Museum of Innovation—open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 201 S. Market St. in San Jose—includes access to Body Worlds Decoded.Funded by Ann and John Doerr, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, the exhibit is set for a 10-year run, promising periodic updates with new 3D models, animations, specimens, and other content.“Body Worlds Decoded is an experience like no other,” Doerr said. “It is our dream that it will inspire youth and contribute to a greater understanding of the life sciences.”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Rising costs squeeze middle class

first_imgWASHINGTON — Three years ago, Jason Prosser was stunned to discover the cost of child care for his newborn son — so much so that he and his wife postponed having a second child.The day care center they found near their Seattle home tops $10,000 a year. Next year, their son, now 3, can attend a Catholic preschool less than half as costly. “It’ll be nice to have enough relief next year,” Prosser said. “It’s just funny that the relief will be a private school.”He and his wife are among legions of middle-class families who are straining under the weight of accelerating costs for a range of essential services from day care to health care. And now a study by the Center for American Progress shows just how heavy the burden has grown: For a typical married couple with two children, the combined cost of child care, housing, health care and savings for college and retirement jumped 32 percent from 2000 to 2012 — and that’s after adjusting for inflation. Compounding the pain is that average pay for Americans is barely topping inflation. The figures help explain why many Americans feel stressed even as the economy has strengthened — and why some feel bewildered to hear that overall inflation in the United States is, if anything, too low.last_img read more

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NASA astronaut pays a sweet tribute to Peter Mayhew in space

first_img NASA Space Star Wars Star Wars fans on Twitter pointed out how the cupola windows resemble a TIE fighter cockpit. Of course, Chewie was best known for his connection to the Millennium Falcon. Mayhew’s contributions to culture extended far beyond the screen, as Hague’s loving tribute shows. Chewbacca’s heart reached all the way into space. Tags Share your voice Indulged in a movie night last night…the Force was with us on @Space_Station. #MayThe4thBeWithYou pic.twitter.com/YVHgZ2ugwf— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) May 5, 2019 Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects Hague shared an image of Mayhew wearing his Chewbacca costume with the furry mask off. The black-and-white photo is framed by the multi-pane window of the ISS cupola. The blue of Earth shines from behind it. “Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers,” Hague wrote. Mayhew’s official Twitter account is now managed by his family. The account responded to Hague, saying, “That’s lovely.”Hague and some of his crewmates marked May the Fourth, the Star Wars day of celebration, by watching a Star Wars movie. He shared a peek at the famous opening crawl playing on a screen in the station. 27 Photos Post a comment 0 TV and Movies Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. pic.twitter.com/YJTZrxVwCm— Nick Hague (@AstroHague) May 8, 2019 Nick Hague paid tribute to Peter Mayhew. NASA/Nick Hague Star Wars and NASA go together like R2-D2 and C3PO. All the way up in Earth orbit, astronauts on the International Space Station felt the loss of Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Chewbacca to life. NASA astronaut Nick Hague posted his own tribute to Twitter on Wednesday acknowledging Mayhew’s death in late April. last_img read more

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2020 Mini Cooper SE is a sprightly hatch with electric feel

first_imgEnlarge ImageI’m a huge fan of EVs that err on the conservative side of design, so the Cooper SE is right up my alley. Mini Mini hasn’t been shy about teasing its new Cooper SE electric hatchback. We’ve already seen it tow a Boeing 777. Heck, we’ve already taken a camouflaged prototype for a spin and walked away impressed. Now, as the automaker promised earlier, it’s time to see the whole shebang.Mini on Tuesday unveiled its all-electric Cooper SE hatchback. It sports a single electric motor on the front axle, granting it 181 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque, all of which is routed through a single-stage transmission. For its output, acceleration isn’t too shabby, with 62 miles per hour arriving in 7.3 seconds. Its top speed is electronically limited to about 93 mph.Even though the output isn’t stratospheric, the Mini Cooper SE should handle quite nicely. Its center of gravity is more than an inch lower than the sporty Cooper S, and the car’s stability control system was reengineered specifically to handle the instant torque its electric motor provides. Four drive modes are on offer, giving the driver the option to be as green as possible by limiting or deactivating certain systems (like the air conditioning) to provide more juice for range.Speaking of range, the T-shaped battery under the floor has a capacity of 32.6 kWh. That might not seem like much, but given the car’s small footprint, that translates to a range between 146 and 168 miles by European standards. The EPA has not yet released figures for the US, but suffice it to say, they’re usually a bit lower than what the Europeans calculate. The car also packs a two-stage regenerative braking system that lets drivers use a single pedal if they want.2020 Mini Cooper SEEnlarge ImageThe interior packs a few unique touches, like a new gear selector and a screen in place of the gauge cluster. Mini The car’s design keeps it close to the standard Mini Hardtop. There’s a Mini Electric logo on the side scuttles, the tailgate and the front radiator grille. The charger is accessed above the rear wheel on the passenger side, which is where the fuel cap lives on non-EV variants. There are a few extra flourishes, like a new front end that replaces the unnecessary grille and some decorative yellow bits scattered about. Two wheel designs are on offer, in 16- and 17-inch diameters, both of which are unique to the Cooper SE.Inside, the Cooper SE gets a 5.5-inch color screen for an instrument cluster, as well as an SE-specific gear lever and an electronic parking brake. Two-zone climate control is standard, and it can precondition the cabin before setting off on a trip. Its 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system includes both navigation and Apple CarPlay as standard equipment. Available in three trims — Signature, Signature Plus and Iconic — Mini has not yet released pricing for the Cooper SE, but that will happen before it goes on sale. We’re not quite sure when that will happen, but since it carries a 2020 model year, it should hit the market within a year. Tags Mini Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Electric Cars Hatchbacks Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharp More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop 30 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse Mini 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly 1:30 Post a comment 0 2020 Mini Cooper SE zaps its way onto the scene with battery-electric power 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 2020 Kia Soul review: Well-rounded boxlast_img read more

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NASA legendary flight director Chris Kraft has died at 95

first_img 15 things you need to qualify for NASA’s astronaut program (pictures) 0 Post a comment 15 Photos Chris Kraft pioneered the idea of Mission Control in NASA’s early years. NASA Christoper Columbus Kraft Jr., NASA’s first flight director, pioneer of Mission Control and a key figure in the spaceflight program, died Monday. He was 95. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine called Kraft a “national treasure,” pointing to his work in establishing NASA’s Mission Control, which directs human spaceflight activities from the ground. Kraft’s work in developing the procedures and processes for sending humans to space would eventually pave the way for the Apollo missions to the moon and, to this day, provides communications for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. “Chris was one of the core team members that helped our nation put humans in space and on the moon, and his legacy is immeasurable,” said Bridenstine in a NASA press release. “Chris’ engineering talents were put to work for our nation at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, before NASA even existed, but it was his legendary work to establish Mission Control as we know it for the earliest crewed space flights that perhaps most strongly advanced our journey of discovery.” Kraft was born in Phoebus, Virginia, on Feb. 28, 1924. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1944, having majored in aeronautical engineering and joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics in 1945. Kraft was tapped to oversee flight operations for NASA’s earliest manned expeditions off-planet and would serve as the first flight director for NASA’s Mercury missions, putting Americans into space for the first time.As we travel further into the cosmos, Kraft’s legacy will be remembered. The Mission Control Center at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston is named in his honor. “We stand on his shoulders as we reach deeper into the solar system, and he will always be with us on those journeys,” said Bridenstine. 4:19 Share your voicecenter_img Tags Everything we know about NASA’s Space Launch System Now playing: Watch this: Sci-Tech NASAlast_img read more

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