Bright Lights, Smart City

first_imgAccording to the Smart Cities Council, a city becomes smart when it uses information and communications technology (ICT) to enhance its livability, workability and sustainability. Smart cities have been described as an urban Internet of Things (IoT), and of the billions of objects predicted to be connected to the Internet by 2050, many will be the street furniture we take for granted – from traffic lights to rubbish bins. But in the discussions about the IoT, the data it produces, the analysis it enables, the secure connectivity and the need for interoperability, it can be easy to lose sight of what the smart city means for those that will experience it every day: the city’s residents and its businesses.Getting real about smartThroughout EMEA, Intel IoT Ignition Labs are working on just that idea: working out which solutions will have a real and positive impact on the lives of city-dwellers, and how they will do it. The Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities is also conducting research and using London as a test bed.London is also home to the Intel-sponsored Cognicity Challenge, which provides insight into very real ways in which a smart city can improve life for its inhabitants. Its goal is to accelerate deployment of smart city technologies by testing out the most encouraging projects in business and residential districts of Canary Wharf.One of the winners in the Integrated Resource Management category of the Cognicity Challenge is SeAB Energy, a company with the technology to turn bio waste into biogas and ultimately free electricity and heat. Because the technology (the MuckBuster and the Flexibuster) is small enough to be installed on local sites, waste disposal – and traffic – costs can be reduced. The by-product can be sold on as fertilizer: maximizing use of resources, and creating an extra revenue stream from the waste material.Urbanization and the circular economyWhat’s interesting about the SeAB project is that it reflects a number of key points about the development of the smart city.First of all, the need to manage waste and resources effectively is a key driver. As urban populations get bigger, cities need to deal with more people, more traffic, more pollutants and more energy consumption in a scalable and sustainable way. Cities occupy approximately three percent of the earth’s surface, but produce 50 percent of global waste, account for 60-80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions; and consume 75 percent of natural resources. That’s not surprising, now that urban dwellers out-number rural communities. (According to the UN, approximately 54 percent of the global population now lives in cities – a number that is expected to rise to 66 percent by 2050).The second point is that smart cities have a crucial role to play in delivering on what the EU calls the circular economy. Eighty percent of global GDP is produced in cities, and the European Commission believes the circular economy, in which waste is considered a valuable resource, is a key plank in creating a more efficient and competitive future for Europe. Economically viable waste management reflects exactly this goal.Collaborating for resultsThe third is the need for departments within the city authority to work together to achieve their goals. Solutions like SeAB’s cut across city’s plans for environment, transport, planning and construction. Data sourced by one department is likely to be of value to colleagues in another. Cross-departmental collaboration is essential.This is what the City of San Jose is doing. With Intel, it has entered a public-private partnership project to further its Green Vision initiative. The project will help drive economic growth, foster 25,000 CleanTech jobs, create environmental sustainability and enhance the quality of life for its citizens – and has already been recognized by the White House as part of its Smart America initiative.Powering the visionWe can see from the Cognicity Challenge, and Intel’s research that multiple initiatives from various sources will be needed to create smarter, more comfortable and more environmentally sustainable cities. Whether driven centrally by the city authority or by the coming together of private initiatives, there is a broad ecosystem involved.For example, when it comes to more effective use of electricity – another key driver for smart city development – companies like Rudin in New York are exploring how the IoT and machine learning can improve productivity and efficiency in its buildings. A leading private manager of business and residential property in Manhattan, Rudin has developed an operational efficiency tool, Di-BOSS, that is based on the Intel IoT Gateway and which has already helped achieve seven percent savings in energy consumption. On the residential front, homes are being transformed by automation systems such as Yoga Smart Home – also based on the Intel IoT Gateway.Uniquely smart, distinctly intelligentThe important point is that livable, dynamic cities evolve over time and take into account the needs of their citizens. The move to smart is the next step in that evolution – and it is an evolution. Discrete elements are built up, with new layers of intelligence and new connections added over time.In reality, we don’t really know exactly what the smart city will look like – there will be as many versions of the smart city as there are smart cities, with each developing its own unique vision to attract residents, businesses and workers.As the possibilities of IoT expand, so more of our daily lives will be encompassed by the smart city concept. The solutions highlighted by the Cognicity Challenge are part of the story. There are others in development – but what they will all have in common is the flexibility needed to fit into any number of city implementations in order to be commercially viable.What do you think? Will environmental issues be the key driver of the smart city? How do government departments collaborate more effectively on innovative technology? What’s the quickest road to really intelligent cities? Have your say in the comments below.Rob Sheppard is IoT Product and Solutions Manager at Intel EMEA. Keep up with him on Twitter (@sheppardi) or check out his other posts on IT Peer Network.last_img read more

Tango 12 named official ball of Euro 2012

first_imgTango 12, developed by Adidas, will be the official ball of the Euro 2012 European Football Championship in Poland and Ukraine.The first Tango ball appeared at the World Cup in Argentina in 1978. It was not used until 1998.Tango 12 will be presented during the finals draw in Kiev on December 2.The 16-nation Euro Championships, slated for June 8-July 1, 2012, will take place in four Polish cities of Warsaw, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Poznan as well as four Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Lvov, Donetsk and Kharkov.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Busmen brace for tough Cambodians

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fallen PAL inspires Canlubang Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BACOLOD CITY—Following a memorable AFC Champions League qualifying run last month, Ceres Negros coach Risto Vidakovic knows his team can’t afford to let up as it braces for a tough title defense of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup Asean zone crown starting on Tuesday.Armed with more experience, the Busmen open their campaign in Group F against Cambodian champions Boeung Ket with another huge crowd expected at Panaad Stadium here. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto With Global Cebu losing to Thanh Hoa of Vietnam in its AFC Cup opener on Saturday in Hanoi, the Busmen hope to give the country a breakthrough win in this year’s competition.Home United of Singapore and Shan United of Myanmar are also in Group F with Ceres, which went on a magical qualifying run last month in the top-tier Champions League, stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia and delivering a creditable showing in a 0-2 loss to Tianjin Quanjian of China in the playoff.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingVidakovic refused to make a huge deal out of their last two games against strong opposition, pointing out that the most important game will be against the Cambodians.“It doesn’t mean anything to us and we have to move forward and focus on the next game,” said the Serbian. “We can’t go [in the AFC Cup] with overconfidence. All our opponents deserve our respect.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READlast_img read more

Rio 2016: Deepika Kumari storms into pre-quarters of women’s individual archery

first_imgIndia’s Deepika Kumari defeated Guendalina Sartori of Italy in the Round of 32 of the women’s individual archery competition at the ongoing Rio Olympics here on Thursday. (RIO 2016 FULL COVERAGE)Deepika displayed red hot form to claim a 6-2 win and move into the pre-quarterfinals at the Olympic Shooting Centre. (India @ Olympics Live)The 22-year-old from Ranchi had a shaky start, shooting mediocre scores of seven and eight points with her first two attempts before coming up with a nine in her third.The Italian on the other hand, enjoyed a superb start with nine points in all her three attempts to take the first set 27-24. Clinching a set brings two set points to the winning archer.Deepika found her rhythym in the second set with attempts of 10, 10, 9 to take the set 29-26 and draw level. (Rio 2016: Bombayla Devi advances to round of 16 in women’s individual archery)Sartori meanwhile, seemed to be waver a bit although she did manage a 10 in her third attempt.The archer from Ranchi continued her superb form in the third set as well, notching up a total of 28 points with attempts of 10, 9, 9. Sartori (10, 8, 8) could only manage to score 26 points.In the fourth and final set, both archers started off with identical eight point attempts before Deepika scored perfect 10s with her next two attempts to take the set and the match.TOUGH FIGHT FROM ESEBUAEarlier, Deepika defeated Kristine Esebua of Georgia in the 1/32 eliminators.Deepika, placed 12th in the world rankings, displayed excellent form to defeat the higher ranked Esebua 6-4.advertisementDeepika dominated proceedings right from the start. Starting with a mediocre eight pointer with her first attempt, she scored 10 and nine points in the next two.The World No.8 Georgian could only manage attempts of 8,9,9 as Deepika took the opening set 27-26 and the subsequent two set points with some ease.The Georgian did better in the second set. Both archers scored identical attempts of 10, 10, 9 to split the set points with the overall set points score reading 3-1 in favour of Deepika.Deepika displayed outstanding marksmanship in the third set with 10 pointers in all her three attempts to increase her lead.Not to be outdone, Esebua shot 10, 9, 10 in the next set as Deepika could only manage three 9s to hand the set to the Georgian by a 29-27 margin thus forcing the issue into a fifth set.Both archers shot identical 10, 10, 9 in the final set to split points at 29-29 which settled the matter in favour of the Indian.last_img read more

We get to celebrate festivals because of you: Harbhajan Singh wishes Indian Army on Diwali

first_imgVeteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today extended Diwali greetings to the Indian army, empathising with the soldiers who spend the auspicious occasion on the border protecting the citizens of the country.”I have a short message for you, my brothers. I want to salute you for your contribution. You have done so much for us. We don’t have enough words to thank you,” he said in a video posted on Twitter.Bhajji, who has not been part of the Indian team for a year now, also said that it was because of the Army men that people sleep peacefully in the comforts of their homes.”You are the reason behind the festivals we celebrate because you keep vigil at the border to protect us and so that we can sleep peacefully at our homes,” he said.”I fold my hands and bow down to you and salute you and your family members and wish them a very Happy Diwali,” he added.Ek Sandesh desh Ke REAL HEROES ke liye.#Salute mere fauji bhaiyo koAap bhi apne #Sandesh2Soldiers bhejiye ya Narendra Modi App pe Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 28, 2016Earlier, India Test captain Virat Kohli and former opener Virender Sehwag too wished the Indian Army ahead of the festival of lights. (Our ‘Fauj’ is the reason for our ‘mauj’: Virender Sehwag’s Diwali wish for Indian Army)An ardent fan of the Indian Army, Kohli has in the past praised the jawans for their brave acts. (The entire country is with you: Kohli wishes Indian Army Happy Diwali)Whenever you see a jawan, salute them. We get to celebrate festivals & live in peace because of them. Jai Hind ???????? #Sandesh2Soldiers Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 27, 2016Recently, Kohli offered his condolences to the families of the victims of the Uri terrorist attack, branding it as “disturbing”.”When these big incidents happen regularly, it feels bad. When we feel bad about it, just think of the families of the soldiers. It’s something very disturbing,” Kohli had said.Eighteen Indian soldiers were killed and several others were injured when heavily-armed militants stormed a battalion headquarters of the Indian Army in North Kashmir’s Uri town on September 18.Four militants involved in the terror strike were later killed by the army.A day after the attacks, Kohli had tweeted out an image from Uri and said that it ‘fill him up with emotions he can’t explain’.Interestingly, Kohli is not the only one to wish the jawans on this Diwali. Former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif too shared their special wishes through videos on social media.”Kisi Bhi Fauji Ko Dekho,Toh Ek Salute Thoko”.Your wishes can bring a smile to a Soldier this Diwali.Send ur #Sandesh2Soldiers via Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 25 October 2016This Diwali,pls light a lamp for our soldiers &Martyrs.Offer them a seat while in a bus or train.#Sandesh2Soldiers Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 27, 2016last_img read more

MS Dhoni tunes up for England tour with low-profile nets session

first_imgMS Dhoni, far away from the media glare, got down to training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.The former India captain, along with a few of India’s limited-overs specialists, underwent a Yo-Yo test at the same venue on Friday, June 15. Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu were among the players who took the fitness test last week.Rayudu failed the Yo-Yo test and was replaced by Raina in the ODI squad.Dhoni, who was in top form during the 2018 IPL and scored 455 runs besides leading Chennai Super Kings to their third title, reached the NCA with throwdown expert Raghu and India pacer Shardul Thakur.Siddharth Kaul also joined the party later.Also read – India in England: Suresh Raina to replace Ambati Rayudu for ODI seriesNews agency PTI reported Dhoni faced hundreds of deliveries, 70 per cent of which were throwdowns.Dhoni perhaps waited for the media attention to die down after the Afghanistan Test. India hosted their Asian neighbours for the historic match but it was over in two days.On what would have been the fifth day of the Test, Dhoni made use of the quiet time and trained with a lot of intensity.Also read – MS Dhoni admits batting lower down the order was getting trickyFor over two hours on Monday, Dhoni faced Raghu’s customary throw-downs from 18 yards and Thakur’s deliveries in between.After a short break, he resumed batting, this time facing up to Kaul.Raghu started with usual length deliveries as he warmed up with usual knocking.advertisementSlowly the pace increased and the veteran was peppered with short balls which reared from back of the length. He gingerly defended a few, confidently brought a few down and even swayed out of the line in case of a few.Also read – India vs Afghanistan: Navdeep Saini to replace Shami in one-off TestHowever, the moment there was some width, Dhoni would slash it over point. He would call up Shardul and ask him about his imaginary field placements.Shardul was seen pointing at imaginary field positions like mid-wicket, extra cover and deep fine leg. Dhoni would play shots accordingly.Once the session was over, he saw a couple of scribes watching his session.”Bhanak lag gaya (So you got the whiff that I am here),” he smiled at one of them as he disappeared inside the confines of NCA dressing room.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Baylor box score infographic

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Nebraska Takes Delay Of Game On 1st Punt Of Season To Honor Sam Foltz

first_imgNebraska honoring Sam Foltz by taking a delay of game penalty.BTN.Nebraska only had 10 players on the field for its first punt of the season.This was intentional.Nebraska intentionally did not send out a punter at the end of their first series, honoring former Huskers’ punter Sam Foltz, who passed away in a car crash this summer. The Huskers took a delay of game penalty.It’s a tremendous gesture.We’ll always remember #SF27.Well done, @HuskerFBNation & HUskers fans.Great class, @FresnoStateFB.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) September 4, 2016Nebraska is also honoring Foltz, who died in a car crash with former Michigan State special teamer Mike Sadler, with a helmet sticker. They’re keeping his locker in-tact, too.Locker room set up and ready to go. #Huskers #gbr #SF27— Nebraska Equipment (@NUequipment) September 3, 2016Well done, Nebraska football.last_img read more

Captain of Death Ship Should Be Charged ITF Says

first_imgThe International Transport Workers’ Federation has called for the coroner to recommend charging Venancio Salas, the captain of the notorious MV Sage Sagittarius, in connection with mysterious deaths at sea.The final submission was made to the coronial inquiry into two out of three deaths on board the Japanese-owned coal carrier, which was dubbed the “death ship”.In 2012, the Flag of Convenience ship’s chief cook and chief engineer died in “highly suspicious circumstances” off the Australian coast. A company official sent by the ship owners to investigate, was found dead on board once it docked back in Japan.Counsel assisting told the inquest the two deaths were a result of foul play, and the Panama-flagged ship’s captain lied to Federal Police about his whereabouts at the time and had the opportunity and motive to delete data from the bridge voice recorder, ITF informed.“The ITF will submit Captain Salas committed an indictable offence in perverting the course of justice, and will call for the coroner to recommend he be charged,” ITF National Coordinator, Dean Summers,  said.The coronial inquiry has heard allegations that the captain was involved in gun dealing and admitted to physically assaulting his crew.last_img read more

Weekend incident at residence on Red Creek Road leads to arrest

first_imgA 47-year-old man was arrested without incident at 5 p.m. on Saturday and held in custody pending a court appearance.The people involved are known to each other and the police have no information to suggest the greater public is at further risk. The investigation is ongoing. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – An incident that took place on Saturday, September 14th at a residence on the Red Creek Road has lead to the arrest of a 47-year-old man.RCMP Corporal Madonna Saunderson shares, what can be confirmed is that on 7:21 AM, Fort St John RCMP responded to a report of an assault in progress at a residence on Red Creek Road in the Charlie Lake area.Two female victims reported that a man had assaulted them. The initial report alluded to the possibility of firearms being involved, although there were no shots fired. Therefore assistance from the Emergency Response Team was obtained.last_img read more

Elections for three PCs this year

The Minister said that elections are likely to be held in the Central, North Western and Southern Provincial Councils this year.The Minister also said that the Sri Lankan government will not hold Presidential early Presidential elections next year as hoped for by certain quarters. (Colombo Gazette) The government may hold elections for three Provincial Councils this year, Media Minister and government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.He said this while speaking at the weekly post Cabinet press briefing held today. read more

Stocks edge lower to put market on track for weekly loss

NEW YORK — Stocks moved broadly lower in early trading On Wall Street Friday as investors again retreated to safer holdings in a market racked by fear and anxiety over trade disputes.The week has been especially turbulent as investors and central banks react to the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. The lingering conflict looms large over the prospects for global economic growth and has been shaking markets with wild swings all week.Technology stocks bore the brunt of the selling. DXC Technology plunged 28% after cutting its financial forecast for the year. It was the heaviest weight on the sector, but technology powerhouse Apple and several chipmakers also fared poorly.Industrial and communications stocks also fell hard in the early going. General Electric shed 2.4% and TripAdvisor lost 3.6%.Utilities held up the best and wobbled between small losses and gains. The sector is normally considered a safe place to park money if economic growth and other parts of the market look shaky.Investors are also weighing some of the final earnings reports in what has been a better-than-expected round of results.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index fell 0.5% as of 10 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 121 points, or 0.5%, to 26,257. The Nasdaq composite fell 0.8%.OVERSEAS: European indexes fell broadly. The British government reported that its economy shrank in the second quarter for the first time since 2012. Germany reported that exports fell in June. Stocks in Asia were mixed.WILD WEEK: U.S. stocks opened the week by plunging to their worst loss of the year and then wobbled for several days before eventually recovering the week’s losses on Thursday. With the early losses on Friday, major U.S. indexes are now poised to finish a second straight week with losses.UBER’S ROUGH RIDE: Uber fell 8.6% after losing more money during the second quarter than Wall Street had expected. The company reported its largest quarterly loss on record in the same period it went public and made huge stock-based payouts. The company spent heavily on sales and marketing, including costly promotions designed to attract riders and drivers. The cost of price wars and retaining drivers while competing with rivals such as Lyft has been a strain on its ability to turn a profit.BAD BATCH: Nektar Therapeutics plunged 39.2% after the company revealed that a cancer treatment study was impacted by bad batches of an experimental drug. The company has since refined the manufacturing process for the drug candidate, which is involved in multiple cancer treatment studies with partner Bristol-Myers Squibb.Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press read more

Rogers sells personal finance website MoneySense to Ratehub for undisclosed amount

TORONTO — The MoneySense personal finance website has been sold by Rogers Communications Inc. to Ratehub Inc., for an undisclosed amount.Ratehub is a Toronto-based company that owns an online comparison site for financial products.Its gets most of its revenue from commissions paid by companies after readers click to learn more about a particular product.Rogers Media axes 75 jobs, slashing one-third of its digital content and publishing team‘Television is not dead’: Rogers to shift more content online, head of Media division saysRogers Media abandons $100-million joint venture with Vice CanadaMoneySense was once a print magazine with an online presence. Since 2016 it has continued solely as a digital publication that attracts an estimated 700,000 unique visitors a month.Rogers Media president Rick Brace says in a statement that it was important to find a “good home” for MoneySense.Ratehub and MoneySense have previously collaborated to present a credit card comparison tool for Canadians.“We see this acquisition as a way to extend our partnership even further and bring Canadians more comparison tools in areas such as mortgages, investing and savings vehicles, and insurance products,” said James Laird, co-founder of Ratehub Inc. and President of CanWise Financial. read more

Students impress in qualifiers for race against Ohio States Dontre Wilson Devin

Runners relax post-race while Fernando Lovo, football operations coordinator, speaks of the next step in the process, the semifinals to be held April 5. Fastest Student Race took place March 26 at the Woody Hayes Center as part of the preliminary rounds to race against OSU football players at the Spring Game. Credit: Kathleen Martini / Oller reporterThey’ve long been called some of the best fans in the land, but Ohio State students might also have earned the title of some of the fastest in the land.With many current and formers Buckeyes looking on, 41 Ohio State students showed up to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Wednesday, looking to compete for a chance to race against sophomore running back Dontre Wilson and senior wide receiver Devin Smith at halftime of OSU’s Spring Game April 12.Once the competitors toed the line and went back in their stances, the onlookers were more than impressed.“Believe it or not, some of the times that we have here are even faster than we had when we did this at (the University of) Florida. It’s pretty impressive,” Fernando Lovo, OSU’s football operations coordinator, said following the event. “These kids were unbelievable. It was really impressive.”While Lovo would not reveal the names of the competitors who advanced to the next round — which is set to take place at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day April 5  — he did reveal some of the 40-yard dash times that impressed him.“We had a 4.4 (seconds) — that was our fastest time,” Lovo said. “We also had a 4.51, 4.53, 4.52 and a 4.6, so there were some great times.”After hearing whispers in the locker room, Wilson made his way to the field size up his future competition. While he was also impressed with what he saw on the turf, the sophomore couldn’t find anyone who would beat him.“It’s possible,” Wilson said, who has been clocked at 4.33 seconds in a 40-yard dash since joining the Buckeyes. “But I’m not going to let that happen.”Despite being noticed as one of the faster runners in the competition, Colwyn Headley, a fourth-year in microbiology, agreed with Wilson in his prediction.“Dontre is probably like a world-class sprinter,” Headley said, with a big smile on his face. “I’m just a poser if anything.”John Findley, a second-year in sports management, however, thought he had a real shot at the speedy sophomore.“I’m going to give 110 percent,” Findley said. “Dontre is a really nice guy, but I really want to try to beat him.”Marcus Perry, a second-year in aerospace engineering, echoed Findley’s confidence, saying he too had a legitimate chance beating Wilson in Ohio Stadium.“I was a sprinter in high school, so I have a decent chance,” Perry said. “I just hope I get a decent start. I’m a little bit out of shape, but I’m hoping for the best.”While he was focused on the task at hand, Findley wanted to take the time to appreciate the opportunity coach Urban Meyer had afforded them.“Coach Meyer is an awesome coach,” Findley said. “Every day you don’t get to meet the fastest running back or wide receiver on the Buckeyes or even get to watch a practice on this field. It’s pretty awesome.”The students who are set to run in the next round of races April 5 at OSU’s Student Appreciation Day will be notified privately in the coming days, Lovo said. He did not say whether or not their names would be made public before the next set of races. read more

Massey urges MSHA to reverse dust scrubber policy in coal mines

first_imgMassey Energy’s Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship has requested that MSHA (Mine Safety & Health Administration) reverse the agency’s practice of requiring the coal industry to turn off dust scrubbers on continuous mining machines. “We have urged you to reverse this practice as soon as possible and allow our coal miners to enjoy the benefits of one of the truly significant technological advances of the past 30 years – the scrubber – a device able to physically remove from the atmosphere up to 98% of the harmful dust generated in the mining process,” he wrote in his letter to Joe Main, Assistant Secretary for MSHA. IM‘s June leader discusses the recent mining disaster in Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine and how MSHA is aiming to prevent future accidents.This letter comes after the agency required that many Massey and other Central Appalachia mines turn off their scrubbers. Massey has strenuously objected in multiple instances. However, MSHA has continued this practice.Continuous miner machines have been equipped with a device called a ‘scrubber’ for many years. This device, much like a vacuum cleaner, sucks in dirty air from the area of the machine cutting coal and passes it through a filter prior to the scrubber exhausting the filtered air. This filtering of dusty air greatly reduces the dust remaining in the air so that the equipment operator breathes in cleaner air.The federal government’s research arm in the area of mine health and safety, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), has conducted a study that shows a coal miner working on a section where the scrubber is turned off may inhale up to 12 times as much respirable dust as when the scrubber is on.“Currently, 62 of our 132 continuous mining machines are not permitted to run with their scrubbers operating,” writes Blankenship. “Our coal miners are also confused and, quite frankly, distressed by MSHA’s action. They cannot understand why the agency that has been created to protect their health and safety is doing the opposite.”last_img read more

Column I attended Nelson Mandelas inauguration in 1994 and he will be

first_imgIt always seems impossible until it is done.Joe Murray is coordinator of Afri, an Irish organisation that works for peace, justice, human rights and sustainability. Afri’s patron is Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You can find out more about Afri at www. You can follow them on Twitter here.Read: More than 80,000 to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg>PHOTO: Barack Obama shakes hands with Cuban president Raul Castro>LIVE: The Rainbow Nation says goodbye to its founding father> IT WAS WHILE walking down O’Connell Street on my first ever anti-apartheid protest in the late 70s that I first registered the name Nelson Mandela. Though vaguely aware before, it was when a friend and co-walker Catherine Moloughney began to chant ‘Free Nelson Mandela’ that I was led to find out more about Mandela and the cause he represented.The urgency and the obscenity of the apartheid system was brought home later when then Bishop Desmond Tutu visited Ireland at the invitation of Afri in 1984 and told extraordinary stories about the reality of apartheid, like, for example,  the fact that he had been refused permission to accept a previous invitation from Afri in 1982. Tutu’s great humanity, compassion and warmth was in itself the most stinging challenge to the odious system of apartheid.Walk to freedomWatching Nelson Mandela’s iconic walk to freedom in 1990 was like watching the world take a seismic shift. Mandela walked with dignity and pride and talked without rancour or bitterness – his only desire to build a new, just and inclusive South Africa for all its citizens. It was a moment when anything seemed possible.I was walking again four years later on the Afri Famine Walk as Mandela preparing to be inaugurated as President in South Africa. The Famine Walk that year was led by Dunnes Stores Striker Karen Gearon and Gandhi’s grandson Arun Gandhi, both with their own strong links to South Africa.The Dunnes Strikers, now finally getting the recognition they deserve, put actions on the many easy words of condemnation directed at the apartheid system.Dunnes strikersTheir strike courageously challenged the strange paradox of abhorrence and acceptance in which much of the world seemed suspended. My colleague Don Mullan and I departed from the walk for the inauguration at the invitation of Archbishop Tutu, who had also previously led the Famine Walk saying  ‘we walked the Famine Walk and soon after we walked to freedom in South Africa’.I arrived in South Africa to the most tangible excitement I can remember – a whole nation seemed to be swept up in a wave of anticipation, elation and colour. Everyone seemed to be walking and all going in the same direction, towards Union Buildings in Pretoria.Mandela’s voiceMandela’s distinctive voice sent the crowd into near hysteria:  ‘Today, all of us by our presence here and by our celebrations (throughout) the world confer glory and hope to new found liberty’.And then the dancing began. Even for one who doesn’t normally dance, there was little option but to allow oneself to be carried along in the embrace of a liberated people, carried eventually back to a Soweto convulsed in song and celebration, where we remained until darkness fell and well beyond.Regarding the greatness of Mandela there is little doubt and yet even such a great man was not perfect. I recall him once suggesting that South Africa should be a leader in the field of Arms exportation in Africa. But then again Mandela was no pacifist having led a guerrilla army – a fact that has been conveniently airbrushed out of much of the recent blanket media coverage.In losing Mandela the world has lost a unique leader and global figurehead, one whose political life was clearly about serving the public good rather than personal advancement or enrichment. The long years of reflection in captivity had brought an insight, a wisdom and a mature generosity that is all too rare in leadership today.His legacyBut what now? What is most important now, rather than deify Mandela, is to honour his memory with an appropriate legacy. The greatest legacy would be to end the scandal of hunger in our world of plenty; to stop robbing Africa and countries of the South of their resources; to tackle climate change seriously and urgently; to take on the peddlers of death in an arms industry costing over 17 billion dollars annually.It may seem like an impossible task but in his own imitable words:last_img read more

Auctions begin for Raspberry Pi beta boards

first_imgJust a few weeks ago we noted that the beta boards of the Raspberry Pi $25 PC had been produced and that they were undergoing testing. If everything went well with testing then the Raspberry Pi project would kick into full production and an initial run of boards would be produced which would in turn be sold off to schools, universities, businesses, consumers, and anyone else who might want a credit card-sized $25 PC. And the fully-functional beta boards? Ten of them would be auctioned off, with all the proceeds being reinvested in the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Everything has proceeded as planned and the auction have started to hit eBay.The auctions clearly state that 100% of the proceeds will go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. RasPi is a registered charity, in full accordance of British law, so even if the seller is the one that gets to keep the money (which is a bit counter-intuitive) every bidder can feel good about where their money is goings. And there is quite a bit of money to feel good about. So far the first auction to end — beta board 10 of 10 — is currently at an incredible 1750 GBP ($2712.73) with over five days left on the auction. The other three boards that are available — 9, 8, and 7 — are currently at 930 GBP, 670 GBP, and 565 GBP respectively. All of the beta boards for sale at this point are Model B, which is technically the $35 version of the Raspberry Pi. It is just like the Model A in most respects, but has twice the memory (256MB vs 128MB), an extra USB slot (making for two total), and has built-in ethernet. It consumes 3.5W instead of the Model A’s 2.5W but that is a minor factor for most applications. Auction winners will get the beta board, a certificate of authenticity, a USB power supply, and an SD card preloaded with an operating system.The beta boards have two minor differences from the final production unit. One is a tiny “hand modification” that was made to address an issues with the PCB design and the other is the use of an larger-than-normal SD slot connector. The SD slot works, but the connector’s frame is just bigger than it ultimately will be. And why get a $25 PC (well, $35 PC in this case) for something like 50 times the price it will be shortly? Some people will just want to support the foundation, while businesses might bid so that they can get their Raspberry Pi board as quickly as possible, thus getting the jump on their competition. Bid on the boards at eBay, via RasPilast_img read more

New Ubuntu for Android video surfaces phones no where to be seen

first_imgIt’s not uncommon to hear of a smartphone referred to as a tiny computer. Every day these machines grow more powerful, and the software that powers them adapts to allow users to treat them like computers. Motorola and Ubuntu have both supported variations of the same idea in the past, where you connect your smartphone to a keyboard and a monitor and the phone becomes a desktop OS. Motorola may have abandoned their WebTop OS and the hardware that supported it, but Ubuntu is keeping the dream alive.The idea that your phone would straddle the mobile world and the desktop world is exciting. It sets a unique mindset for enterprise workstations that simultaneously decreases cost and dramatically decrease the number of supported devices for any system admin. Ubuntu is clearly looking to attract that group as their primary market, but it also doesn’t hurt to try and get the general consumer excited about it first.This video that demonstrates what a great world it would be if our entire computing existence was on one piece of equipment. The only problem now is that Ubuntu doesn’t actually have a product to deliver yet.If you follow the video to its home, you land at the Ubuntu for Android website. The animated characters from the video are replaced with a much more professional looking example of an smartphone running what appears to be a variant of Android 2.3 and Ubuntu on the screen next to it. It’s made abundantly clear that multi-core phones can handle this with no problems. The only thing they need now are manufacturers willing to help make this a reality.The “Get in touch” button at the top and bottom of the page link you to a contact form for handset manufacturers and network operators to reach out and collaborate with the Ubuntu team.Ubuntu for Android remains a really cool idea, but not one that is likely to manifest anytime soon as something users will be able to take advantage of. There’s a lot of unanswered questions about Canonical’s approach to Ubuntu for Android, particularly why the company seems uninterested in working with the ROM developer community that currently has millions of active users. Until there are supported devices, Ubuntu for Android will remain a really cool sounding pipe dream.last_img read more

Irish government to appeal Hooded Men torture ruling in Europe

first_img Seven of the Hooded Men, who were kept in hoods interned in Northern Ireland in 1971, (from left) Jim Auld, Patrick McNally, Liam Shannon, Francie McGuigan, Davy Rodgers, Brian Turley and Joe Clarke, following a press conference at KRW Law in Belfast. When they came along in the line, they actually passed me by. I sort of thought, ‘what’s the matter with me?’ They came back around… and said ‘we have something special in mind for you’. I was stripped by the commanding officer, and he himself photographed me standing in the nude with him holding me by the hair.The government confirmed today that it will now seek a referral of the case to the Court’s Grand Chamber, which 17 judges sit on.Darragh Mackin, solicitor for The Hooded Men said they warmly welcome the position adopted by the Irish government.“We now look forward to an expeditious hearing in the Grand Chamber,” he said.Kevin Hannaway, one of the Hooded Men who underwent the treatment said:Today’s ruling is not only a mammoth step for us, but for many other torture survivors all around the world. We always knew the judgment was flawed, and that we had strong grounds of appeal, we are delighted the Irish Government has accepted our submissions and an appeal will now be lodged. We all intend on fighting this case to the very end on behalf or ourselves and those who have passed away since the treatment we underwent.The decision has also been welcomed by Belfast solicitors, Madden and Finucane, which represents a daughter of one of the men. Senator Niall O’Donnghaile (left) with Liam Shannon, one of the Hooded Men outside Leinster House in April. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesSpeaking in Dublin this afternoon, Sinn Féin senators Niall Ó Donnghaile and Rose Conway-Walsh also welcomed news of the appeal.“The judgement in the Hooded Men case has live, global implications and it is only right that those who have committed, are committing or would seek to commit the kind of torture inflicted on these fourteen Irishmen, are exposed and held to account on the international stage,” said Ó Donnghaile.“The Hooded Men have been campaigning for truth and justice for almost fifty years now, their steadfast courage and dignity is renowned the world over; we know that what these men endured was systematic and calculated torture, it is long passed time that reality was held firm on the international stage,” said the Sinn Féin senator.The appeal will be lodged before the 20 June deadline. Jun 12th 2018, 7:08 PM 7 Comments Seven of the Hooded Men, who were kept in hoods interned in Northern Ireland in 1971, (from left) Jim Auld, Patrick McNally, Liam Shannon, Francie McGuigan, Davy Rodgers, Brian Turley and Joe Clarke, following a press conference at KRW Law in Belfast. Image: PA Wire/PA Images Irish government to appeal ‘Hooded Men’ torture ruling in Europe The 14 Hooded Men were interned in the North in 1971. Tuesday 12 Jun 2018, 7:08 PM Share24 Tweet Email 10,780 Views CABINET DECIDED TODAY to lodge an appeal to the European Council of Human Rights against the ruling that the group known as The Hooded Men were not subjected to torture.Today’s decision followed consultation with the group and their legal representatives and is the maintaining of the consistent government position in relation to this case, according to a spokesperson for the Foreign Affairs Minister and Tánaiste Simon Coveney.In April, the men had a meeting with Coveney to convince him to appeal the court’s decision which rejected a request by Ireland to revise its judgement in the case involving the alleged torture and ill-treatment of the 14 men who were interned in the North in 1971.The court dismissed by six votes to one the request to look at its judgment into whether or not the treatment of the men amounted to torture.The men, ten of whom are still alive today (aged between 66 and 85) claim members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) – the precursor of the PSNI –  caused them long-term psychological damage because of the techniques they used on them over seven days in 1971.Although the techniques were initially found to be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights in 1976, that finding was reversed by the European Court of Human Rights two years later. Francie McGuigan (second left), one of the 14 ‘Hooded’ men, who were kept in hoods interned in Northern Ireland in 1971. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesFive techniquesThe five techniques used on the men were hooding, wall-standing in stress positions for hours, white noise, sleep deprivation, and food and water deprivation.Briefing politicians in April, one of the men detailed his experience, stating: Short URL By Christina Finn Image: PA Wire/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more