Canada excluded from US steel aluminum tariffs

first_imgCanada and Mexico have been excluded from President Donald Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations hammering global steel and aluminum imports with tariffs of 25 and 10 per cent.The tariffs take effect in 15 days.Speaking in a briefing, a senior administration official says there’s no end date set on the exclusions.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters in advance of them being made public, would not speak to the issue of whether the threat of tariffs would be used to bully Canada and Mexico at the NAFTA bargaining table, saying only that NAFTA is important to economic and national security.The tariffs are being cast as a national security matter.A provision in U.S. law allows the president to set emergency tariffs if it’s a security issue. But the White House had been undermining its legal case in recent days. With the move sure to prompt international lawsuits and counter-measures, it’s been describing the tariffs as a NAFTA bargaining ploy.The White House is now avoiding that kind of talk.It’s also denying reports that it picked the tariff levels arbitrarily. The initial recommendation to Trump was for tariffs of 24 per cent on steel and 7 per cent on aluminum, but news reports have described the president seeking round numbers.The White House official who delivered today’s briefing says it was only upon careful consideration that Trump settled on those larger, rounder numbers of 25 and 10 per cent.He did not explain how that version squares with the fact that the round numbers remain in effect, despite the entire formula being upended by the fact that major suppliers have now been excused from the tariffs.Canada is the No. 1 seller of both steel and aluminum to the U.S.The fact that Canada could be on the initial hit list had become a political sore spot for the administration, as U.S. critics of the move ridiculed it by zeroing on the idea of national-security tariffs against a peaceful next-door neighbour and defence ally.last_img read more

US home construction rose last month led by apartments

first_imgWASHINGTON — U.S. developers broke ground on more homes last month, but the increase occurred entirely in apartments. The construction of new single-family houses fell.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts rose 3.2 per cent in November from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate 1.26 million. That is 3.6 per cent below a year ago. Single-family starts dropped 4.6 per cent in November and are down 13.1 per cent from a year earlier.Some of the data have been distorted by extreme weather. Home-building jumped 15.1 per cent last month in the South in the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. And home construction fell 14.2 per cent in the West, possibly because of wildfires in California.Still, rising mortgage rates have dragged down home sales in the past year, discouraging many builders.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Commander seeks assistance to transform the Army

“Ours has to be ‘mission command’- oriented assignment, and I am always prepared to perform my part and I expect the same from you, but ensure you do your part within the parameters of your responsibilities. I am not going to do your job and I trust you. I will only be steering the organization. You would have come here onboard different ships, but we all are now in the same boat. I will steer it as the Army wants. If we fail to sail together, we are bound to fall,” he cautioned.“When it comes to malpractices, misuses and wrongdoing, I maintain, justice should equally be meted out to the rank of a ‘General’ down to a ‘Private’. Discipline is the strength of our organization, and I need that be kept in mind all the time by everyone. Training was one of the best welfare for me and that should be the case with any soldier in a capacity-based Army. We are on our way to establish a National Defence University for ourselves, intending to produce more learned Officers. Similarly, qualitative standards of the Senior Command, Officer Cadet, down to the Recruit training level would be raised with introduction of new modules,” he quipped.Talking about the structural reforms that may be introduced to the Army, the new Commander remarked that the proposed move is not to ‘downsize’ the Army, but to ‘rightsize’ the Army to get the best results. “We have our own expertise within the organization for such forthcoming reforms since we had the skills to make war-winning strategies, tactics, small group operations, etc and apply them by ourselves. Such moves are always open to negotiations and discussions. Having fought a bitter war for so many years and admired as the world’s best Army, we ourselves are able to manage things and no outside assistance is needed for that. Such structural changes for the organization would be introduced for the betterment of the Army administration and other logistics. I am always prepared to take up any challenge in my life,” the Commander opined. The newly-appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake called upon the Army to assist him to transform the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based organization rather than a ‘threat’ based one, by raising the professional standards of the soldier in every sphere.“Everyone can be an Officer but cannot be a gentleman of required quality. Gentlemanliness is therefore much more admired and your example is more significant rather than your perception. I always welcome constructive and fair criticism with positive attitudes and like to be a ‘patient listener’ all the time. In this new era, we must be able to take challenges and reach our targets with dedication and commitment,” Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said. “Late General Denis Perera, being my first Commander and all past Commanders, including my immediate predecessor, General Crisanthe De Silva, deserve my praise and gratitude because it was their dedication which enabled me to stand here, today as the 22nd Commander. I also owe a deep gratitude to the people who prayed and cried for me,” he movingly remarked. In his view, the Commander said that 1/3 of the Army should always have Combat Readiness, another 1/3 for nation-building and the remaining 1/3 for administration of the Army and it is high time for us to re-build and promote the image of the organization. I would also suggest the appointment of a special committee for preparation of image-building measures. I also feel that soldiers must get priority over Officers because Officers could always manage easily. Remember that we are going to fight a Corporals’ War in future and not that of the Generals, the Commander added.He also requested Colonels of Regiments to inculcate their treasured values to respective Regiments and arrange programmes, accordingly. (Colombo Gazette) “Without compromising the national security concerns, we need to change our attitudes and mentality since the war is over now and we are now in post-conflict era. Before somebody directs us to do changes, we have to produce our own suggestions and take necessary action. I need to use two different criteria for the Officers and Other Ranks who served the Army before the year 2009 and afterwards. It’s a fair way to care for them,” the Commander commented. “Competition has to be there in the Army too, like in any other organization, the second oldest profession in the world. This is the truth, but it should be a fair, decent and a gentlemanly competition, through which anyone can reach the apex of office as the Commander,” the Commander noted.Speaking out his mind about how the future would hold for the organization, the Commander underlined the importance of transforming the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based one instead of a ‘threat’ based one as full-fledged professionals in disaster management, nation-building, reconciliation and all other spheres of national responsibility and concern, certainly with the military prowess to fight against a conventional or an unconventional urban fighting, insurgency, etc. “A soldier must be able to adjust to face any challenge of uncertainty and eventuality under any circumstances. You need to focus on the area of his interest, area of influence and area of responsibility, if we are to groom him as a skillful one,” the Commander pointed out. Thanking the President, Prime Minister and the former Defence Secretary for keeping full confidence in him, the Commander, paid a glowing tribute to all 21 of his predecessors who elevated the organization to the dizzy heights of invaluable service, in which he has been serving for more than 36 years. read more

UN womens agency calls for stronger support for womens roles in peace

International awareness of gender in conflict had increased, thanks to Security Council resolution 1325, which urged “Member States to ensure increased representation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for the prevention, management, and resolution of conflict” and the efforts of governments, UN bodies and civil society to implement it, UNIFEM Deputy Director Joanne Sandler told a news conference.”But awareness is not enough. As we approach the five-year anniversary of 1325 in October, what’s needed is stronger support for women’s participation in all efforts to promote and maintain peace and security,” she added, against the backdrop of the meeting at UN Headquarters of the 23-member Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) from 5 to 22 July.While a few women have been able to take part in peace processes in different capacities over the past decade, it was still rare for women to be involved alongside men at every stage, including the implementation of peace agreements, UNIFEM said in a statement.Where women have gained access to negotiations, they have made valuable contributions, it said, drawing attention to their roles in Somalia, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan.”Formal peace negotiations that leave out half the population have limited hope of popular support,” Nyaradzai Gumbonzvanda, UNIFEM’s regional programme director for East and Horn of Africa, said.UNIFEM, which maintains a web portal called “Women, War and Peace,” also has published “Women at the Peace Table: Making a Difference,” which includes interviews with women leaders who have advocated for women’s participation in peace negotiations. read more

US sales of previously occupied homes slipped 15 per cent in May

by News Staff Posted Jun 21, 2012 1:57 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US sales of previously occupied homes slipped 1.5 per cent in May but median price rose WASHINGTON – Americans bought fewer homes in May than April, suggesting a sluggish job market could threaten a modest recovery in housing.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that sales of previously occupied homes dropped 1.5 per cent in May from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.55 million.Sales have risen 9.6 per cent from a year ago, evidence that home sales are slowly improving. Still, the pace has fallen since nearly touching a two-year high in April and remains well below the 6 million that economists consider healthy.The monthly decline follows a report that employers added the fewest jobs in May in a year. Weaker hiring has slowed the broader economy and could lead some to reconsider buying a home, even with record-low mortgage rates available to those who can qualify.“Not a surprise that existing home sales took a step back in May,” said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. Lee noted that the level of home sales is still “decent.” But she said “softening job growth could slow the housing recovery.”First-time buyers, who are critical to a recovery, made up just 34 per cent of sales in May. That’s down slightly from 35 per cent in April. In healthy market, the number is more than 40 per cent.One positive sign: The supply of homes for sale remains low. The inventory of unsold home in May was just 2.49 million, roughly the same level as April. It would take little more than six months to exhaust the supply at the current sales pace, a ratio last seen in 2006 when the housing market was booming.A low supply typically encourages more people to put homes up for sale. That generally improves the overall quality of the homes on the market, which drives prices higher.The median price for a home sold in May was $182,600, up 5.1 per cent from $173,700 in April. It was the highest median price since June 2010 — when sales benefited from a federal home-buying tax credit.Home sales neared a two-year high in April, adding to other signs of modest improvement in the industry nearly five years after the housing bubble burst.Builders are more confident and are starting to build more homes. The government reported Tuesday that builders started work on more single-family homes in May and requested the most permits to build homes and apartments in three and a half years.Home sales rose 1 per cent in the Midwest, the only region to show an increase. Sales fell 4.8 per cent in the Northeast, 3.4 per cent in the West and 0.6 per cent in the South. read more

Saturday 2015 CET Barcelona – Atletico Madrid Match for the title

← Previous Story Portugal: Porto wins league, to Sporting goes the Cup! Next Story → Petar Nenadic for HP: “In Plock because of high ambition and Danish coach” Arpad SterbikASOBALatletico madridBarcelonasaric ASOBAL League will see the second biggest derby this season Barcelona-Atletico Madrid. After the initial one in Madrid between Atletico and Barcelona which was won by Barcelona and has since kept the two points lead, with both teams winning all games so far this season. Now this game in Barcelona will surely be the crucial one in ASOBAL. The only possibility for Atletico to win the title is winning the match by 2 goals or more, everything will be a disaster for them and will see Barcelona as champion. Arpad Sterbik, in interview for claimed this game to be “life or death” for the Madrid side. “If we want to win at Palau, we have to play very seriously. With this game, we can win everything, but we will see. Everyone playing against Barca has extra motivation, and we will too try to get a good result.” – added Sterbik for read more

Come in I missed you Merkel gives Kenny Brexit boost in Berlin

first_img Enda Kenny paid a visit to Germany today. Image: DPA/PA Images Share463 Tweet Email Image: DPA/PA Images Enda Kenny paid a visit to Germany today. Taoiseach & Chancellor had detailed discussion on challenges arising from Brexit particularly the unique Irish concerns @merrionstreet— IrelandEmbassyBerlin (@irlembberlin) April 6, 2017 Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 10:34 PM 74 Comments ‘Come in, I missed you’ – Merkel gives Kenny Brexit boost in Berlin meeting The German Chancellor acknowledged Ireland’s specific interest in Brexit negotiations. The Irish and German leaders meeting in Berlin today. Source: RTÉ PlayerSpeaking in Brussels in February, Kenny made clear that any Brexit deal must include a provision to allow Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU should reunification with the Republic ever happen.Kenny has previously made the comparison of Irish reunification with that of German reunification and pointed out that, in that case East Germany, it did not have to apply to join the EU when it was absorbed into West Germany. 31,331 Views Apr 6th 2017, 10:34 PM GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA Merkel promised to help Ireland protect its interests in Brexit negotiations as she met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Berlin today.Kenny’s trip to Germany was his first European visit since the UK formally gave notice last week of its plans to leave the European Union.The bloc’s biggest economy is a vital ally in any negotiations and as Merkel greeted Kenny today she could be heard say to him: “come in, I missed you.”Inside as the two leaders gave statements to the press, RTÉ reports that Merkel acknowledged that Ireland has a specific interest in Brexit negotiations.“We are all familiar with the situation of Ireland, and with the very, very important issues of war and peace,” she said. As European partners we will try to help Ireland safeguard its interests. Short URL Speaking at today’s press briefing, Kenny said that any agreements with respect to Ireland must honour EU law.“This is a political problem and we will have to be both creative and imaginative in dealing with it,” he said.“Whatever is agreed of course Chancellor, will have to be compatible with European Union law. But we must not get lost in the technical detail at this stage and lose sight of the principal objective of maintaining peace.”Read: Bertie was back in Leinster House today and he managed to take a dig at Sinn Féin >Read: ‘You’re behaving like the mafia… no, gangsters’: Nigel Farage takes aim at EU > Source: IrelandEmbassyBerlin/Twitter By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La tempête Danielle devient le second ouragan de la saison dans lAtlantique

first_imgLa tempête Danielle devient le second ouragan de la saison dans l’AtlantiqueÉtats-Unis – Comme l’avait prédit le Centre national des ouragans (NHC) basé à Miami, la tempête Danielle, formée au-dessus de l’Atlantique, s’est transformée en ouragan.La tempête Danielle est devenue le deuxième ouragan de la saison dans l’Atlantique. D’abord classé en catégorie un, il s’est renforcé mardi pour être placé en catégorie deux sur l’échelle de Saffir-Simpson, qui compte cinq niveaux.À lire aussiL’effrayante vidéo filmée à bord d’un avion qui traverse l’ouragan IrmaL’ouragan se déplace pour l’instant loin des côtes dans l’Atlantique nord, avec des vents soufflant jusqu’à 160 km/h. Alors qu’il pourrait encore gagner en puissance, il devrait s’orienter vers le nord-ouest et passer à l’est des Bermudes d’ici la fin de la semaine. Mercredi matin, Danielle pourrait devenir un ouragan majeur, a averti le NHC.Pendant ce temps, dans le Pacifique, la tempête tropicale Frank accompagnée de vents soufflant à près de 85 km/h se déplace le long de la côte sud du Mexique. Ce mardi matin, elle était située à environ 210 kilomètres au sud/sud-ouest d’Acapulco.Le 25 août 2010 à 12:20 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pollution quatre jours pour nettoyer la Laponie

first_imgPollution : quatre jours pour nettoyer la LaponieLaponie – Territoire sauvage du Grand Nord, la Laponie subit les conséquences du développement touristique parmi lesquelles la pollution, qui devient un véritable problème. La Finlande a ainsi décidé de dépêcher par hélicoptères une quinzaine de volontaires, dont la mission sera de nettoyer la Laponie finlandaise de ses ordures.Mardi, la société publique Metsähallitus a envoyé quinze nettoyeurs volontaires “à trois endroits différents dans le nord-ouest de la Laponie, en [les] concentrant sur les zones difficiles d’accès” a expliqué Aku Ahlholm, un représentant de l’organisme qui s’occupe du nettoyage des refuges et des grandes routes en Laponie. De plus en plus de touristes s’y rendent par hélicoptère ou par petit avion, et laissent derrière eux leurs déchets.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiqueSur les berges des rivières et des lacs, cannettes et emballages plastiques de nourriture attendent les nettoyeurs volontaires. Par équipes de cinq, ils disposent de quatre jours pour accomplir leur mission dans une région qui n’a, comme le souligne la société Metsähallitus, “jamais été nettoyée auparavant”.En médiatisant cette opération de nettoyage, “nous voulons montrer que la région commence à être si pleine de détritus qu’il faut y organiser une opération de nettoyage plus vaste que cela” expliqueAku Ahlholm. Il s’agit également de sensibiliser les touristes au développement de la pollution en Laponie, pour les inciter à ne plus laisser derrière eux les restes de leurs pique-niques.Le 28 août 2010 à 17:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

One Punch Man Creator Shares A New Doodle On Twitter

first_img ‘One Punch Man’ Get A Video Game, Probably Has More Punches11 Manga Series That Should Never Be Live Action Movies Stay on target The creator of One Punch Man goes by the singular title of ONE, and he’s been working on One Punch Man for some time, all the way back to 2009. After launching One Punch Man as a webcomic, the series took on a life of its own and grew into the massively popular show you know and love now. ONE is still working on his webcomic and recently shared a new sketch of Saitama on Twitter, who looks like he’s just done something he’s super not sure— ONE (@ONE_rakugaki) June 20, 2017ONE’s Twitter has Saitama looking concerned, with a bloody glove and a bewildered expression on his face. What’s going on with him? Who knows? One thing’s for sure. Fans will flock to just about anything related to One Punch Man ahead of a new season of the show since there’s not much coming out of the news pipeline regarding the upcoming additional episodes.If you’re still waiting for more One Punch Man, know that more Saitama antics are on their way, though currently, all that’s immediately coming is a bunch of audio dramas. You’re still got season 2 to look forward to unless you’ve never seen One Punch Man. In that case, you’ll want to check out the series by way of Viz Media, who has just released the entire first season on Blu-ray. You’re definitely going to want to get caught up in time for the new episodes, whenever that may be.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Stevie Ray pitches Harlem Heat vs The Dudley Boyz in WWE

first_img Now Playing Up Next Batista talks about AEW not being legitimate competition, tripping during WrestleMania entrance Jonny passed along this recap.Following up his brother Booker T’s comments about wanting to wrestle the Dudley Boyz at Wrestlemania, Stevie Ray calls out D-Von Dudley on a new Wrestling Compadres Slamcast and makes it clear that he also wants a Harlem Heat vs Dudley Boyz match at Wrestlemania!“If it was to happen, WE would be ready. And this would be the perfect time to take him (D-Von) and his so called brother out. We want this match to happen.”iTunes: videosPowered by AnyClipWoman Who Paid R. Kellys Bail Receives Bomb Threats at Her DaycareVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:01/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 2.91%0:00Remaining Time -1:01 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles R. Kelly Former WWE star ‘Grandmaster Sexay’ dies Woman Who Paid R. Kellys Bail Receives Bomb Threats at Her Daycare Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for the Superstar Shake-up, WrestleMania 35 fallout review WhatsApp Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey states her UFC debut “felt bigger” than Wrestlemania main event Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWElast_img read more

Minister congratulates Colby Jennings

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 17, 2017 – Providenciales – Hon. Karen Malcolm, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Library Services has congratulated Colby Jennings on an impressive performance in the track and field event at the IAAF World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya where he won Bronze medal in the final 400m.Hon Malcolm stated; “My Ministry is looking forward to welcoming Colby back home and celebrating his achievement. Colby is still quite young and I’m confident that he will achieve many more records in his career.”“I am elated to see our athletes demonstrating their phenomenal skills competing against larger countries on the world stage performing at the highest level and actually securing medals.”The Minister encourages the public to attend the celebrations when Colby returns to the Turks and Caicos Islands.  “We must come and support our athlete.  I admire the humility of our athletes in both victory and defeat.  Qualities which signifies the making of great athletes”.Colby Jennings will join the team of athletes from Turks and Caicos Islands in Nassau, Bahamas during the course of the week.  The team left the islands on July 16, 2017, to participate in the Commonwealth Youth Games.A representative from the Department of Sports, Mr. Kyle Knowles will also accompany the team.  Hon. Malcolm wishes all the athletes, their coaches and support teams all the best in the Commonwealth Youth Games and will be following the team’s progress with great interest as they perform in the Bahamas.  The government remains committed to providing the necessary resources to help the athletes achieve success.Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

States railroads at odds over oiltrain information

first_imgAnyone with time, patience and a sharp enough eye to make out the number 1267 on a small placard can spot a crude oil train rolling through town.“It’s not hard to miss,” said Matt Landon, a 35-year-old community organizer who co-founded Vancouver Action Network to monitor oil shipments. “You just look for the mile-long oil train.”It’s tougher, though, to establish a pattern for oil train movements through the state. That information might someday be vital to emergency service providers in the event of a spill or, worse yet, an explosion of the highly volatile crude oil coming out of North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation. But BNSF Railway, which is transporting most of that oil in Washington, doesn’t think it should have to tell the public the routes, numbers of trains and quantities of the shipments moving through their communities.The railroad’s position is backed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recently ordered railroads to share information with states about the movement of Bakken crude, but with the understanding that the data would go only to emergency responders.Despite the stance of BNSF, other railroads and the federal transportation department that the information is too sensitive to release widely, Washington and several other states are refusing to sign confidentiality agreements, instead insisting that such information would be public under state open-records laws.last_img read more

NASA California earthquake moved the ground this much

first_img Tags Sci-Tech 0 The USGS shared this view of a highway broken apart by the Ridgecrest earthquake. USGS A 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook, rattled and rolled Southern California early in July. It did more than slosh water out of swimming pools and bring Disneyland to a halt. It also redecorated the landscape.NASA’s Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team took a closer look at the Ridgecrest earthquake and its aftermath, crunched the numbers and figured out just how much it moved the earth around it. A colorful image highlights the action.ridgecrest-alos2-2019189Enlarge ImageThis map highlights the ground movement from the Ridgecrest earthquake. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) data courtesy of Eric Fielding/NASA JPL and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency The land west of the fault (in blue) moved as much as 2.7 feet (0.8 meters), while other areas (red and orange) moved as much as 2 feet (0.6 meters).NASA’s Earth Observatory released a before-and-after GIF on Thursday that illustrates the ground displacement. We previously saw the crack created by the quake in satellite views.The before and after images show some dramatic changes caused by the Ridgecrest earthquake. NASA Earth Observatory images by Joshua Stevens, using Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) data courtesy of Eric Fielding/NASA JPL and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency The ARIA team’s work will help US government agencies assess the damage from the earthquake. “The analysis can be used to estimate where the fault moved deep and which areas have increased stress and higher likelihood of future earthquakes,” NASA said. The good news is the fault has quieted down since the main earthquake on July 5. “The odds of a subsequent large earthquake continue to drop with time since the mainshock,” the US Geological Survey noted. The ground may get a chance to settle into its new configuration. NASA Space Post a comment Fury from afar: NASA sees violent volcanoes from space Share your voice 15 Photoslast_img read more

Heritage Fest abegins today

first_imgHyderabad: Hare Krishna Movement, Hyderabad chapter, is organizing a mega festival, titled ‘Heritage Fest,’ a competition of Indian heritage-based events for school students from LKG to Class X. The festival begins on July 1 in different parts of Hyderabad in 1,000 schools with the massive participation of 30,000 students. This is an open competition for students from any school and entry is free. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Heritage Fest is not only a convergence of cultural contest but also a cherished event which is aimed at bridging the cultural divide in this era of tech-frenzy, increasing juvenile delinquency and stressed lifestyle of kids. The range of events include colouring, painting, Gita sloka, chanting, puranic, costumes, classical dance, vocal, music, cookery, pushpalankara, rangoli, drama, folk dance and story-telling. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us All the participants will be given a certificate. The winners of the contest will be given Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, mementos, trophies. Around 30,000 gertificates, medals and over 100 trophies will be given away during prize distribution. An attractive ‘Champion trophy’ will be presented to the school with overall best performance and a runner-up trophy will be given to the runner-up school. Next top three schools will also be rewarded with mementos. A special memento will also be given to the school with a maximum number of entries in the Fest. All teachers who have trained the winning students will also be given Citation Certificates.last_img read more

These Robotic Sumo Wrestlers Are Totally Changing the Game

first_img If you’re into sumo wrestling, you probably know how plodding the matches can be. You’ve got the behemoth fighters and the matches themselves, and the actual event and fanfare surrounding all that. It can take a while to finish. But these two metal sumo wrestlers, or robots if you want to be primitive about it (robots are people too!) are changing the game in a ton of cool ways.For one thing, these zippy robo sumo wrestlers can engage and finish a sumo wrestling match in all of five seconds. They zoom toward each other like angry Roombas and duke it out before you can blink an eye. It’s a whole lot more efficient than regular sumo, that’s for sure. Japan’s national sport takes on a dramatically different look when you bring these specially-built robots into the mix.Some of the robots have mods like metal blades or wider arms and don’t look, unlike something you’d see in the show Robot Wars where teams build vicious robots to try and decimate their competition. And this isn’t just a random, one-off thing, either. There are actual robot sumo tournaments, with the last one having taken place in December 2016.In fact, there’s another one coming up on the horizon: the 29th international sumo robot tournament. It’s coming in December of this year, and it’ll likely feature some of the awesome kinds of robots you can see in the video above making regular sumo wrestlers look like absolute fools. So if you’re kind of interested in sumo wrestling but aren’t so interesting in watching big guys going toe to toe in an arena and want something a little more engaging to follow, perhaps your true sports calling is that of robo sumo.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech SuitsRobots to Compete in Underground Challenge in Mining Tunnels last_img read more

Google Rents NASAs Historic Silicon Valley Airfield

first_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Google has signed a deal to rent NASA’s historic Moffett Federal Airfield for a minimum of 60 years, as it looks to expand its research in space exploration and robotics. The tech giant will pump $200 million into the 1,000-acre property, which is located on San Francisco Bay, California, NASA said. The deal will see Google-subsidiary Planetary Ventures pay NASA a total of $1.16 billion in rent.The airfield includes three storage facilities for air or space craft, known as Hangars One, Two and Three, as well as a flight operations building, two runways and a private golf course.Hangar One was built in 1933 and is one of the world’s largest freestanding structures.”Once renovations are complete, Hangar One will again be home to high-tech innovation, as Planetary Ventures begins using the historic facility for research, development, assembly and testing in the areas of space exploration, aviation, rover/robotics and other emerging technologies,” NASA said in a statement.There are also plans to renovate Hangars Two and Three, and create an educational facility, “where the public can explore the site’s legacy and the role of technology in the history of Silicon Valley”.”We look forward to rolling up our sleeves to restore the remarkable landmark Hangar One, which for years has been considered one of the most endangered historic sites in the United States,” David Radcliffe, Google’s vice-president of real estate and workplace services, said in a statement.NASA said the deal was part of its efforts to “reduce our footprint here on Earth”.”We want to invest taxpayer resources in scientific discovery, technology development and space exploration – not in maintaining infrastructure we no longer need,” Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, said in a statement. November 11, 2014 This story originally appeared on CNBC This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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first_img Technology | Artificial Intelligence | July 18, 2019 Paragon Biosciences Launches Qlarity Imaging to Advance FDA-cleared AI Breast Cancer Diagnosis System Paragon Biosciences LLC announced the launch of its seventh portfolio company, Qlarity Imaging LLC, which was founded… read more Related Content Qlarity Imaging’s software is used to assist radiologists in the assessment and characterization of breast lesions. Imaging features are synthesized by an artificial intelligence algorithm into a single value, the QI score, which is analyzed relative to a database of reference abnormalities with known ground truth. Image courtesy of Business Wire. Feature | Artificial Intelligence | July 19, 2019 | Michal Chorev AI Models Predict Breast Cancer With Radiologist-level Accuracy Breast cancer is the global leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women, and the most commonly diagnosed cancer… read more News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more News | March 05, 2009 Hologic Sells 65 Mammography Systems in The Netherlands News | Mammography Reporting Software | July 26, 2019 Ikonopedia Releases Automated Combined Reporting Package at AHRA Ikonopedia showcased its recently released Automated Combined Reporting package and its entire suite of structured… read more News | Mammography | July 10, 2019 SimonMed Imaging Implements ProFound AI for 3-D Tomosynthesis Arizona-based SimonMed Imaging announced their implementation of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-… read more center_img Image courtesy of Imago Systems IBM collected a dataset of 52,936 images from 13,234 women who underwent at least one mammogram between 2013 and 2017, and who had health records for at least one year prior to the mammogram. The algorithm was trained on 9,611 mammograms. Image courtesy of Radiology. News | Radiology Business | June 26, 2019 Konica Minolta Healthcare and the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub Partner to Drive Innovation in Healthcare Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas, Inc. read more March 6, 2009 – Hologic has received a final order for 14 Selenia digital mammography systems with service contracts from Hologic’s dealer in The Netherlands – a deal in which Hologic has sold a total of 65 mammography systems. This is the last of four order phases in The Netherlands Breast Cancer Screening Tender. The tender process started in 2006 with three digital mammography and three computed radiography vendors bidding for the business. In the end Hologic was awarded 100 percent of the digital mammography systems in the tender. The last of the 65 plus digital mammography systems awarded under the tender will be installed by the end of 2010.“The Netherlands was the first country in the world to install a commercial version of the Selenia digital mammography system. With this award, more than 130 Selenia digital mammography and Selenia Dimensions three-dimensional digital breast tomosynthesis systems will be installed in the country and more than one million Dutch women a year can be screened for breast cancer using Hologic digital mammography systems,” said Jack Cumming, chairman and chief executive officer of Hologic. For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Technology | Breast Biopsy Systems | July 24, 2019 Fujifilm Releases Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option for Aspire Cristalle Mammography System Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A. Inc. recently expanded its breast imaging solutions with the launch of its… read more News | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 Therapixel Appoints Matthieu Leclerc-Chalvet as CEO Artificial intelligence (AI) breast cancer screening specialist Therapixel announced the appointment of Matthieu… read more Technology | Mammography Reporting Software | July 25, 2019 Hologic Partners With MagView to Develop Unifi EQUIP Solution Hologic announced a partnership with mammography information solutions provider MagView to develop Unifi EQUIP, an… read more last_img read more

Its official Costa Rica sets world record for recycling

first_imgCosta Rica’s plastic invasion In July 2018, ecolones had tried — but failed — to take the recycling title from Bisleri International Pvt Ltd., which had set the record in Mumbai, India in 2015.In addition to the organization’s record-setting efforts, ecolones is a virtual currency that incentivizes sustainability by providing discounts to people who recycle.Despite the record, Costa Rica has a less-than-stellar relationship with recycling. The country restricted single-use plastics at public institutions last year, part of efforts to curb the plastic pollution that has plagued Costa Rica’s rivers. Guinness World Records now lists ecolones in Costa Rica as the record-holder for “most plastic bottles recycled in eight hours.”According to Guinness, a recycling drive organized by ecolones collected 30,162 kg (66,495.83 lb) of plastic bottles in Belén, Heredia on Dec. 7, 2018. More than two-dozen companies donated bottles to help achieve the record. This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Alajuela exhibit showcases local recycling legend PHOTO: Turning waste into virtual currency Costa Rica’s ‘invaluable’ 280-kilometer, sea-to-sea, 16-day hikelast_img read more

Indian fisherman No warning before Gulf shooting

first_imgAssociated PressDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An Indian fisherman aboard a boat shot at by the U.S. Navy off Dubai’s coast has told officials the crew received no warning before being fired upon, India’s ambassador to the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday.The account differs from that provided by the Navy, which said it resorted to lethal force Monday only after issuing a series of warnings.One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his countrymen were seriously wounded. The shooting underscored how quickly naval encounters can escalate in the increasingly tense waters of the Gulf. Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The shooting happened Monday afternoon when a boat rapidly approached the refueling ship USNS Rappahannock about 10 miles (16 kilometers) off Dubai’s Jebel Ali port, according to the Navy.The Navy said the boat’s crew disregarded warnings from the U.S. vessel, and only then did gunners fire on it with a .50-caliber machine gun.A description of the incident posted online by the U.S. military indicates that a security team aboard the Rappahannock began issuing warnings as the boat headed toward it from about 900 yards (820 meters) away. Gunners opened fire when the boat closed in to about 100 yards (90 meters), according to the account.The white-hulled, dark-bottomed boat appeared to be a civilian vessel powered by three outboard motors. It had no obvious military markings. The skiff was 50 feet (15 meters) long and carried no communications gear, according to the U.S. military description.Similar boats are used for fishing in the region, though Iran’s Revolutionary Guard also employs relatively small, fast-moving craft in the Gulf.Indian consular officials have met with the wounded. Indian Ambassador M.K. Lokesh told The Associated Press on Tuesday that one of the survivors reported that the men were returning from fishing when they encountered the American ship. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Parents, stop beating yourself up Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family “The reason why we have repeatedly announced that the presence of foreign forces can threaten (the) security of the region is visible in the incidents that are happening,” he said at his weekly news conference.“Any move or policy which can somehow endanger the security of this region or the security of energy supplies can threaten the interests of the regional countries,” he added.The U.S. recently boosted its naval presence in the Gulf with additional minesweepers and other warships. The Pentagon said Monday it is sending another aircraft carrier to the Middle East several months early to ensure it has two carriers continuously in the region.___Associated Press writer Nirmala George contributed reporting from New Delhi.___Online: New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Comments   Share   center_img “He says there was no warning” before the shooting occurred, Lokesh said, though he noted that authorities are still working to determine what happened. “We are waiting for the investigation to be complete.”Guest workers from India and other South Asian countries have flocked to the Gulf for decades in search of well-paying jobs. Many are employed as low-skilled workers in industries such as fishing and construction.Dubai’s police chief, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, said an initial investigation suggests “the boat was in its right course and did not pose any danger,” according to comments published by Abu Dhabi-based daily The National. He told the government-backed newspaper that the shooting appeared to be a mistake.Lokesh said the casualties are all from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Four other men _ two Indians and two Emiratis _ were unhurt because they were in the boat’s cabin, he said.The three injured men are recovering in a Dubai hospital and are “out of danger,” the Indian ambassador added. It was not immediately possible to reach the fishermen directly.The U.S. ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has expressed regret for the loss of life and assured Indian officials that the U.S. government will conduct a full investigation. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories India has separately asked the United Arab Emirates to investigate the incident, Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said Tuesday.Emirati and American officials both say they are investigating.Lt. Greg Raelson, a spokesman for the Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, declined to say what types of warnings the Rappahannock’s crew issued before opening fire, though he said they acted in line with standard procedures.“U.S. ships have an inherent right to self-defense against potential threats. The U.S. crew repeatedly attempted to warn the vessel’s operators to turn away from their deliberate approach,” he said.The Gulf federation, which includes the commercial hub of Dubai and the oil-rich capital Abu Dhabi, is a key American ally in the Gulf. American warships frequently visit Jebel Ali port, a popular rest stop among U.S. sailors.Tensions are high in the Gulf after nearby Iran last week renewed threats to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz _ the route for one-fifth of the world’s oil _ in retaliation for tighter sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program.In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast used Monday’s incident to challenge the U.S. over what he called a provocation in the Gulf, according to comments carried by the semi-official Fars news agency. Quick workouts for men Sponsored Stories last_img read more