Property Owners to Benefit from Changes to Assessment Act

first_imgNova Scotia property owners will have more time to appeal their assessments when changes to improve the Assessment Act and regulations go into effect Tuesday, Jan. 1. “We recognize the need for the property assessment appeal process to be clear and understandable,” said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “Nova Scotians want the processes and procedures to be efficient and transparent. The Assessment Act and regulations now provide more flexibility to the appeal process for Nova Scotia property owners.” The act extends the length of time property owners have to appeal their assessments to 31 days after the notices are mailed. The time allowed to file appeals of amended or confirmed assessments will be 14 days. Other changes to the legislation include a new name for the assessment appeal body, which will be called the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal. Nova Scotians who wish to appeal an assessment will now be given 14 days notice of their hearing date. “The Property Valuation Services Corporation believes that these important changes to the Assessment Act will benefit everyone in the assessment system,” said Russell Walker, chair of the PVSC board. “The corporation is committed to an open and transparent assessment process and encourages property owners to contact us if they have any questions about their property assessments.” Information on the improved appeal process will be included with the 2013 assessment notices sent to Nova Scotia property owners.last_img read more

Businessman slaps extortion charges against goon

first_imgKolkata: A businessman was allegedly threatened by a local goon who recently demanded Rs 2 lakh as extortion money from him.According to the statement issued by the businessman identified as Tushar Ghosh, he was awarded a contract to paint a high-rise building in Beniapukur. He alleged that a few weeks after the commencement of work, a person identified as Deedar Shaikh demanded Rs 2 lakh as extortion money from him. Ghosh alleged that Shaikh threatened him with dire consequences if he failed to pay the money. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersGhosh said despite he lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station in this regard, no case was registered until superior police officers came to know about the incident on Wednesday. Sources informed on Wednesday a case was finally initiated against the person named in the FIR and a probe was started in this connection. But, police sources informed that there are some ifs and buts in the case as Shaikh happens to be a sub-contractor of the building. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaCops are trying to know whether Ghosh and Shaikh had any personal enmity. “I am shocked. Shaikh claimed that he is very much powerful and close to a minister and several political leaders. He threatened to kill me If I do not pay the money as per his demand,” said Ghosh. According to sources, on Wednesday, police called Ghosh at the Beniapukur police station and discussed about his complaint. Ghosh was also assured that necessary steps would be taken. Though police assured that action will be taken, Ghosh is still living in fear due to the death threat. Police sources informed that apart from the officers of police station, senior Kolkata Police officials are also probing the matter. Ghosh could be questioned shortly in this regard. Shaikh was not arrested till Wednesday night.last_img read more

Cellphone confusing crossing signals caused train to hit BC ambulance TSB

first_imgVANCOUVER – Cellphone distraction and confusion over a complex railway crossing caused a Canadian National train to hit an ambulance in Langley, B.C., the Transportation Safety Board says.Helena Van Gool, 87, was a patient being taken to hospital from a long-term care facility when the crash occurred on Sept. 11, 2015. Van Gool was airlifted to hospital, where she later died.A paramedic who was in the back of the ambulance with Van Gool was injured.The vehicle entered an intersection when a railway crossing bell was ringing, lights were flashing and the gates were descending, Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge Peter Hickli said Thursday after the agency issued a report.He said phone records indicated the ambulance driver, a paramedic, was on a cellphone a number of times during the trip.Other factors contributed to the driver’s distraction, he said, adding the paramedic was intending to turn left at a green light but stopped on the track when a lowered crossing gate appeared to be blocking the way forward.However, Hickli said the gate had come down for traffic moving in the opposite direction.“From videos of the incident and all the information it’s likely that the driver perceived they were trapped behind the gate as we see two (vehicles’) forward movements late, just before the collision,” he said.The report says there were two tracks about 13 metres apart at the crossing, with two different warning systems at the intersection.Faded road markings added to the confusion, Hickli said.Motorists were getting conflicting information because a red signal at the crossing indicated an approaching train required them to stop while a green traffic signal suggested they could proceed when it wasn’t safe to do so, an examination of the scene revealed.Since the crash, a warning system of flashing lights and a gate that protects the main track has been moved to make it more visible and an LED sign alerting drivers of approaching trains has been added to the same area while roadway markings have been painted, Hickli said.In 2014, the Transportation Safety Board gave road authorities and railways two years to find design deficiencies at all crossings and another five years to bring them up to standard, he said, meaning the changes did not have to be completed until 2021.Three other incidents had already occurred at the same Langley crossing in the last decade, Hickli said.“In this case, Transport Canada was actively engaged with both the railway and the road authority in changes that Transport Canada wanted to see made at this crossing. Unfortunately, the change hadn’t taken place at the time of the occurrence.”A Transport Canada official was not immediately available for comment.Hickli said the investigation also found ambulance drivers lacked training on how to properly use a crossing, such as the need to roll down the windows in order to hear any approaching trains.“They didn’t have a performance management program for drivers, unlike most transportation companies, to ensure drivers are sticking to policies, he said.Linda Lupini, executive vice-president of B.C. Emergency Health Services, said all ambulance drivers are now being trained on how use railway crossings and their performance is being monitored through a more organized system.The driver was using a hands free cellphone but it’s clear from the multiple studies cited in the report on distraction from any cellphones that mobile devices should not be used behind the wheel, Lupini said.“We have a policy now that says no cellphone use, hands free or otherwise, when you’re with a patient.”— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Encana says cost cutting includes 15 job reduction after Newfield acquisition

first_imgCALGARY, AB – The CEO of Encana Corp. says it cut its total workforce by 15 per cent and reduced its ranks of executives by 35 per cent in just over a week after closing its deal to buy U.S. rival Newfield Exploration Co. in mid-February.The move has put Calgary-based Encana, which reports its results in U.S. dollars, on track to realize its vowed annual savings of $250 million from the acquisition, CEO Doug Suttles said on a conference call on Thursday.“Eight days _once again, eight days _ after closing, we completed reorganizing the combined company,” he said. It said it will focus 75 per cent of its 2019 capital budget of $2.7 billion to $2.9 billion on those three plays.Encana reported a fourth-quarter profit of US$1.03 billion or $1.08 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $229 million or 24 cents per share in the last three months of 2017.Operating earnings for the quarter amounted to $305 million or 32 cents per share, up from an operating profit of $114 million or 12 cents per share a year earlier.Revenue for the quarter was $2.38 billion, up from $1.21 billion. “In total, we reduced the executive and senior management roles by 35 per cent and total positions by 15. The senior team of the combined company today is smaller than Encana’s senior team was before the merger.”The company hasn’t said how many employees were laid off, but in U.S. regulatory filings early last year, Newfield reported having 1,010 employees, almost all in the U.S., while Encana had 1,160 staff in Canada and 950 in the U.S.A 15 per cent cut would represent a total of about 470 lost jobs. It’s unclear how many jobs were cut in Canada.Suttles said employee cost reductions account for half of the savings _ the other half will come by cutting at least $1 million from the cost of each future unconventional well drilled into the Anadarko basin of Oklahoma, formerly owned by Newfield.When announced in November, Encana said the deal was worth about $5.5 billion in shares, but its stock has since fallen by more than 20 per cent. It also adopted $2.2 billion of Newfield debt.Encana has adjusted its exploration priorities in the wake of the Newfield acquisition to focus on three basins _ the Anadarko, the Montney of Western Canada, and the Permian of West Texas and New Mexico _ because they produce more valuable petroleum liquids and less natural gas than its other prospects.center_img Total production in the fourth quarter of 2018 was 403,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 335,200 a year ago.Encana shares rose by as much as six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday as analyst reports indicated its fourth-quarter results were largely in line with expectations.last_img read more

GM to reveal next generate Corvette in July

FRANKFORT, Ky. — It’s enough to rev up Corvette fans — a new rendition of the classic sports car is coming.And General Motors has a big change in the next generation Corvette being revealed July 18.GM confirms the engine in the new model is being moved from under the hood to being tucked between the passenger compartment and the rear wheels — a “mid-engine” design.Chevrolet says the new generation Corvette will be “the sum of each generation before it,” but will “stand alone as the new standard of performance.”Previewing the reveal, General Motors released a photo showing GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra standing next to a camouflaged, next generation Corvette on Thursday in New York.The sports car is manufactured at a GM plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky.The Associated Press read more

Canada to boost presence overseas to attract more international students

OTTAWA — Canada plans to attract more international students by expanding its presence overseas in an effort to advance classroom diversity and boost economic benefits that already amount to billions per year.The economic effects of foreign students nearly doubled between 2010 and 2016, when they reached a total of $15.5 billion in Canada for everything from tuition fees to rent and groceries, according to a federal analysis.To put that in perspective, the document says the sector supported nearly 170,000 jobs in 2016 and had greater economic impacts than Canada’s exports of auto parts, aircraft and lumber.The vast majority of foreign students have been coming from India and China, while recent years have seen surges from countries with fast-growing economies like Vietnam. Officials from universities, colleges and the federal government are now in the early stages of developing an “aligned” strategy that will broaden campaigns in other parts of the world, Universities Canada president Paul Davidson said in an interview. He expects Canada to promote itself as an education destination in places with expanding economies and large populations of young people, like Colombia and parts of Africa.“We’re looking at where in the world there is a growing middle-class demand for higher education, a place where Canada has got linkages and connections,” said Davidson, whose organization represents 96 institutions.Canada has been an attractive place to study for years. In 2000, federal numbers show there were 122,665 valid study permits in Canada — a number that hit 572,415 last year for an increase of 467 per cent. Numbers compiled by Universities Canada say full-time international student enrolment at universities rose by about 15 per cent across Canada between 2017 and 2018.The 2018 growth came despite a diplomatic dispute last August between Canada and Saudi Arabia, which has been one of the top home countries for international university students.The Saudi government suspended diplomatic ties with Canada, expelled the Canadian ambassador and recalled its own envoy to Ottawa after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her department criticized the regime on Twitter for its arrest of social activists. Saudi Arabia also ordered thousands of its citizens studying in Canada to come home.Davidson said diplomatic efforts by the federal officials and the higher-education community helped reduce the impact. In the end, he said many Saudi students stayed, including medical trainees who had been in Canada for several years as well as those in studying in other areas of health science and some graduate programs.“The Saudi situation underscored the importance of having a diverse range of countries to work with,” Davidson said.Last month’s federal budget announced nearly $148 million of funding over five years for international education, part of which will be dedicated to efforts to attract more foreign students to Canada.International Trade Minister Jim Carr said beyond the economic impacts, students from abroad often establish important, decades-long links with Canada.“We believe that international students add value to our communities, that they experience Canada’s fine institutions and take with them an appreciation of who we are as Canadians,” Carr said in an interview.“Sometimes they stay, sometimes they go back to their home countries and become, really, ambassadors for Canada.”Denise Amyot, president and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada, said foreign students bring new perspectives that help their Canadian classmates better understand the world. Their higher tuition fees strengthen institutions and ensure a wider choice of programs are offered for all students, she added.Amyot, who represents 132 publicly funded colleges and institutes, said her members have also seen rising numbers of international students. In 2006-07, she said foreign students made up a four per cent share of enrolment in the college system — by 2015-16, it had grown to eight per cent.She said immigration policy changes in Canada have helped it compete with other countries in attracting the world’s increasingly mobile post-secondary students. The policies, she added, have sped up visa processing times, permitted foreign students to work in Canada while they study and improved a graduate’s chance of obtaining permanent residency.Numbers from the Immigration Department show that last year 10,950 former study permit holders became permanent residents. Between 2015 and 2017, the annual total failed to eclipse 3,000.“Some of our best immigrants, in fact, have been international students that have studied in Canada, worked in Canada,” said Amyot. “This becomes very, very attractive and Canada has a shortage of employees right now, so it is really helping our labour-market situation.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

Environmental and economic reforms needed for Latin American development UN hears

Ecuadorian Ambassador Francisco Carrion Mena today stressed the need for an increase in regional economic cooperation as part of “a new financial architecture capable of reducing the negative effects that our economies suffer from because of their intricate links to the international financing system.”Mr. Carrion said regional cooperation was the first step for global economic reform, but remarked that regional initiatives need to be integrated under a new global institutional framework.Mr. Carrion also spoke of the need for taking immediate measures on the environment ahead of the Rio+20 Summit, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, which will take place in June next year in Rio de Janeiro.He urged countries to fulfil their previous commitments and embrace new measures to improve the environment, citing Ecuador’s Yasuní Initiative as a successful example of an effective and innovative environmental strategy. Through this initiative, Ecuador has promised not to extract oil from its soil to avoid massive tons of carbon emissions in exchange for financial compensation.Danilo Astori, Vice President of UruguayUruguayan Vice-President Danilo Astori echoed Mr. Carrion’s remarks on the need for economic reform. “The need to establish new regulations and global agreements has become more than apparent in recent years. We are entering a new era in international economic relations,” he said yesterday.Mr. Astori also spoke of the environment as a key factor for development, stressing that “lacking an adequate environment will limit the effect of any other development effort.” In particular, he spoke of the importance of food security as “a fundamental component of Uruguay’s developmental agenda, as well as one of its national priorities. We remain convinced that the current critical situation is caused by structural causes that must be resolved collectively and urgently,” he said.To tackle the issue, he called for the renewal of trade negotiations at the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round, which have been stalled since 2008, and pressed for the elimination of agricultural subsidies in developed countries. Samuel Santos López, Minister for Foreign Affairs of NicaraguaNicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos López, echoed Mr. Astori’s remarks on the issue of food security, stating that “the global economic and financial crisis has aggravated the already serious food crisis, primarily in the impoverished countries.”“Immediate concerted actions are indispensable in order that we avoid the continued increase in the number of people who are hungry and develop sustainable policies for guaranteeing food security in the world,” he said.Wilfred Elrington, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of BelizeFor his part, Belize’s Foreign Minister Wilfred P. Elrington stressed the need for the transfer of environmentally friendly technologies and funding from the international community to small island developing States (SIDS) that are moving towards low-carbon and no-carbon emission economies.“For small island and coastal States like Belize, global warming poses an existential threat… While we appreciate that we are primarily responsible for our own welfare and are taking full measures as are within our competence to cope with our changing circumstances, climate change is a global problem which requires a global response based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibility,” he said. 27 September 2011Four Latin American countries have called for environmental and economic reforms to ensure growth in their region during the General Assembly’s annual general debate. read more

Serbia and Sri Lanka ready to strengthen bilateral relations

Serbia and Sri Lanka have said they are ready to strengthen bilateral relations.First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Serbia Ivica Dacic met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo today, the Serbian Government said. He pointed out that the Sri Lankans have fond memories of Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito, while Dacic recalled that Broz visited that country twice – in 1959 and 1976, to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summits.Dacic is on a multi-day tour of India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) Dacic conveyed to Wickremesinghe “the gratitude of the Government, Parliament and the people of Serbia for the position of that country regarding the non-recognition of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo, with the expectation that Sri Lanka will continue to maintain this position in the future.”Wickremesinghe “emphasized that Sri Lanka, bearing in mind the problems with secessionist tendencies it has in its own country, pays special importance to integrity of states, and that it will not change its stance on the non-recognition of the unilaterally proclaimed independence of Kosovo.” Dacic and Wickremesinghe expressed readiness to intensify bilateral political dialogue at the highest level, as well as to enhance cooperation in all areas, B92 quoted the Serbian Government as saying. Both sides expressed satisfaction with the decades-long and traditionally friendly relations between Serbia and Sri Lanka, with particular emphasis on the possibilities of developing cooperation in the economic field and in this context agreed that direct contacts between businessmen and chambers of commerce are very important and that it is necessary to organize mutual visits. read more

Mortgage rates boosted US home sales 13 in August

WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rose 1.3% in August to the highest level in 17 months, as mortgage rates near historic lows have spurred a rush of home-buying.The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.49 million units, the best performance since March 2018. Sales have increased 2.6% from a year ago. Cheaper borrowing costs have increased affordability for buyers, but they have also led to higher prices amid a shortage of properties for sale.The median sales price climbed 4.7% from a year ago to $278,200, outpacing average wage gains.Homebuyers have been a beneficiary from the recent economic uncertainty, as interest rates have fallen in response to slower global growth and President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China.The 30-year mortgage rate averaged 3.56% this week, down from 4.6% a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.Still, the upside is limited by a decline in sales listings. There were 1.86 million properties for sale at the end of August, down 2.6% from a year ago.The inventory crunch appears to be most pronounced in starter homes priced below $250,000, the kinds of properties that are generally affordable for first-time buyers. Sales of homes worth less than $250,000 have fallen in the past year, while sales of home priced between $250,000 and $1 million have risen.Josh Boak, The Associated Press read more

Materials sector weighs on stocks in Toronto US stock markets up

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Weakness in the materials sector weighed on stocks in Toronto in late-morning trading as Canada’s main stock index moved lower, while U.S. stock markets gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 20.50 points at 16,673.77.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 105.67 points at 26,925.92. The S&P 500 index was up 12.38 points at 2,974.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.48 points at 7,969.11.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.53 cents US compared with an average of 75.48 cents US on Friday.The November crude contract was down 38 cents at US$55.53 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down 6.3 cents at US$2.34 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US$19.10 at US$1,487.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.55 of a cent at US$2.59 a pound. The Canadian Press read more

Nokia to cut 10000 jobs by 2013 end shut plants to streamline

Nokia to cut 10,000 jobs by 2013 end, shut plants to streamline operations by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2012 12:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HELSINKI – Nokia shares plunged more than 15 per cent Thursday after the Finnish cellphone maker said it would slash 10,000 jobs and close a number of operations, including one in Canada, amid fierce competition in the industry.The Finnish cellphone maker also announced personnel changes and said it has agreed to sell its luxury phone brand, Vertu.The measures, aimed at additional cost savings of €1.6 billion (US$2 billion) by the end of next year, will shut down research and development facilities in Ulm, Germany and Burnaby, B.C., among others“I am afraid that we cannot share any additional details on employee headcount by location at this time,” a Nokia official said in an email response to a request for additional information on the Burnaby shutdown.Nokia did say it will close its main Finnish manufacturing plant in Salo, with 850 layoffs, although a research and development centre there will remain.“These planned reductions are a difficult consequence of the intended actions we believe we must take to ensure Nokia’s long-term competitive strength,” CEO Stephen Elop said.“We are increasing our focus on the products and services that our consumers value most while continuing to invest in the innovation that has always defined Nokia.”He said more than a third of the global job cuts, to be completed by the end of 2013, will be in Finland, but pledged to keep the company’s corporate headquarters in Espoo, near the capital, Helsinki.Nokia Corp. updated its outlook, saying that heavy competition would continue to hit its smartphone sector, but to a “somewhat greater extent than previously expected” and that the downturn would continue in the third quarter.At midday Thursday, the stock was 45 cents, or some 16 per cent, at US$2.33 on the New York Stock Exchange.The loss-making company has been struggling against fierce competition from Apple Inc.’s iPhone and other makers using Google Inc.’s popular Android software, including Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC of Taiwan. It is also being squeezed in the low-end by Asian manufacturers making cheaper phones, such as China’s ZTE.Markets had been expecting Nokia to signal some improvement in its earnings expectations for this year after it joined forces with Microsoft Corp. in 2011, launching several Windows Phone 7 models, including its Lumia range. But its outlook bodes ill for the company that had been the No. 1 cellphone maker for 14 years.The Espoo-based company said that although it plans “significant” cuts in operating expenses, it will continue to focus on smartphones as well as cheaper feature phones and intends to expand location-based services.Nokia also announced that private equity group EQT VI had agreed to acquire Vertu, its global luxury phone brand, but that the Finnish company would keep a 10 per cent minority shareholding. No financial terms were announced.The company said it would also conduct an overhaul of its management team, with two long-time members of its top leadership – Mary McDowell, the head of the struggling mobile phones unit and Niklas Savander, head of the markets sector — leaving the company at the end of June. Chief marketing officer and brand manager Jerri DeWard, who joined Nokia in January 2011 will also step down.Chris Weber, the current head of Nokia’s U.S. operations, will take over sales and marketing on July 1.In April, Nokia announced one of its worst quarterly results ever, blaming tough competition for a €929-million net loss in the first quarter as sales plunged, especially in the smartphone market. Last year, it was still the world’s top cellphone maker with annual unit sales of some 419 million devices, but in the last quarter of the year it posted a net loss of €1.07 billion, a marked reverse from the €745-million profit a year earlier.Boston-based Strategy Analytics said Nokia had significantly lost market share in the first quarter to Samsung, which pushed it out as the world’s largest seller of cellphones by volume, grabbing a 25 per cent global market share against Nokia’s 22 per cent.It has fared even worse in the smartphone sector against Samsung and Apple by falling to third place in the first quarter of the year with sales of 12 million units against Samsung’s 44.5 million and Apple’s 35 million.“Nokia is significantly increasing its cost reduction target for devices and services in support of the streamlined strategy announced today,” said CFO Timo Ihamuotila. “With these planned actions, we believe our devices (and) services business has a clear path to profitability. Nokia intends to maintain its strong financial position while proceeding aggressively with actions aimed at creating shareholder value.”Last year, Nokia announced more than 10,000 layoffs, aimed at cutting operating expenses by €1 billion ($1.31 billion) by 2013. Thursday’s savings aims come on top of those.— With files from The Canadian Press read more

China sets quotas for tin and other metals and tin news from

first_imgChina’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has set 2011 mining quotas for several minor metals, Reuters reported, increasing the permitted output of tungsten, tin, antimony, molybdenum and rare earths by between 5% and 12%. The announcement on MIIT’s website establishes new quotas for tin and molybdenum, but re-iterates ones already announced by the Ministry of Land and Resources for the other metals. In the case of tin MIIT’s quota for tin mine output has increased by 12% from 65,000 t of tin-in-concentrate in 2010 to 73,000 t for this year.ITRI says its understanding is that “the tin quota, which is allocated by province, is for general guidance in planning rather than a strict policy with penalties. Officially reported production of tin-in-concentrates last year was 83,636 t, well above the MIIT quota, while a separate quota for tin used by the Ministry of Land and Resources is 150,000 t. However the announcements by the ministries and other official bodies this year all point to increasing efforts to conserve resources and limit energy consumption.ITRI also reports China’s refined tin imports fell by 38% year-on-year to 901 t in March according to latest data of China Customs. The total imports in the first quarter were 1,924 t, down by 58% year-on-year. This was the seventh consecutive month of year-on-year declines because of the discount of Chinese domestic prices to the LME for most of the period since last September. China exported 280 t refined tin in March according to the official data, following zero reported exports in the first two months of this year. However actual exports are known to be much greater that the official reported total, as tin is classified as products rather than metal, thereby avoiding export duty.Although the China domestic tin price was still lower than the LME in the first quarter, concentrate imports were surprisingly high. China imported 9,004 t (gross weight) tin concentrate in first quarter 2011, up by 130% year-on-year. Most of concentrate arriving recently is from Myanmar, while concentrates from Bolivia accounted for a high proportion in the first quarter of last year.Moving to Bolvia, ITRI notes the “government may seek to nationalise several privately operated mines, including Sinchi Wayra’s Colquiri zinc-tin mine. Sinchi Wayra is a subsidiary of Glencore. However in a recent interview with Reuters the country’s mining minister, Jose Pimental, emphasised that any change in the status of the operation would be effected by negotiation.”“We are discussing with the company the possibility of shifting from a leasing agreement to a shared risk agreement with a majority participation by the state” he said. In an earlier report he had suggested that the Colquiri and other concessions, including the Porco zinc mine, would be rescinded as early as May 1.Colquiri has an annual production capacity of some 6,000 t/y of low grade tin concentrate and ITRI estimates from official figures that it produced 2,026 t on tin-in-concentrate in 2010. Currently all concentrates from the mine are believed to be exported.Moving to Spain, ITRI reports “Toronto-listed Eurotin has acquired Stannico, a junior exploration and development company with several tin projects in southern and central Spain, through an exchange of securities. In announcing the deal, Eurotin’s President and CEO Peter Miller also gave details of the growing potential for the development of its Oropesa project, based on drilling results since December.”The deposit was identified as a single “significant mineralised structure” in the 1980s by Spain’s state geological survey IGME. Drilling over recent months has identified three further such structures, with a greater indicated strike length than the original one and indicated thicknesses of between 5 and 40 m. Some 5,000 m of core drilling has been carried out in 2011 and the company plans to add up to three drill rigs to the two in use up to Easter. Sn assays to date have ranged from 0.2% to 4.8%. Following the better determination of the positions of the mineralised structures, the company will embark on the initial definition of resource and reserve estimates.last_img read more

Open thread what was your sporting highlight of 2013

first_imgSO, THAT’S ANOTHER year in the books.2013 was one filled with plenty of drama with Clare capping a stunning hurling summer with an All-Ireland win, the Dubs regaining their football title, Ireland almost shocking the All Blacks and the country’s soccer team hiring the ‘dream ticket’ of O’Neill and Keane.But what was your personal highlight? Finishing that 10k? Being on the sideline as Rob Kearney streaked past Kieran Read? Welcoming a cup back to the parish?Let us know in the comment section below. Most thumbs-up gets a nice book in the post.last_img

Washington student test scores flat in 2013

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington state test scores show persistently wide gaps between students of different ethnic backgrounds despite increased focus on the issue in recent years, officials said Monday.State Superintendent Randy Dorn said it’s one of the problems that keeps him up at night. He believes more investments in pre-Kindergarten instruction would help, ensuring that students aren’t falling behind before formal schooling begins.“Our investment has to not only be in K-12, but it has to be in early-leaning opportunities for those students,” Dorn said.The achievement gap has persisted with little change for many years, and lawmakers created the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee in 2009 to help guide policy on the matter. Still, even in the last few years the differences have remained constant and in some areas are quite stark.For example, 75 percent of Asian students in eighth grade met math standards this past year. For black students, only 32 percent met the standard and only 29 percent of American Indians did.Dorn said there’s also a lot of work to be done to aid students who are still learning English as a second language.last_img read more

Liveblogging the Ellies

first_imgA FOLIO: Blog programming note: We’ll be”liveblogging” during tonight’s National Magazine Awards gala insideRose Hall, Jazz @ Lincoln Center in New York. Check our guide to the races—”Handicappingthe Ellies”—refresh this page throughout the night for theminute-by-minute highlights, and join the conversation in the comments section below.6:00PM EST: Cocktail party begins, promptly. Magazine editors love an open bar. Clearly.6:45PM EST: Annie Leibovitz arrives. No sign of Miley Cyrus.7:39PM EST: Cocktails end, awards ceremony begins with nondescript jazz, courtesy of the house band.7:41PM EST: Glamour’s Cindi Leive: Magazines “first developed form of journalism three centuries ago.” Unrelated question: Is it possible to fact-check while live-blogging?7:46PM EST: First Ellie goes to … Print, beating out Aperture, Georgia Review, Metropolis, and the Virginia Quarterly Review for general excellence for magazines under 100,000 in circulation.7:47PM EST: Anderson Cooper hands out Ellie for excellence in reporting (National Geographic, beating out the New Yorker) and reviews and criticism (the Atlantic, also beating out the New Yorker).7:55PM EST: Legendary Harper’s editor Lewis Lapham presents the award for feature writing. First real upset of the night: Atlanta magazine wins its first Ellie (New York’s profile of Gawker, “Everybody Sucks,” had been the loose favorite). Also first tears of the evening, courtesy of editor Rebecca Burns.7:59PM EST: Mother Jones wins in the wide-open general excellence, 100,000-250,000 circ category (Paste, Philadelphia, Radar and Foreign Policy were the other nominees).8:04PM EST: Vanity Fair wins the profile writing Ellie. Here comes Graydon Carter, fresh off an emergency root canal, to accept the award. Thankfully, no references to the “back, the crack, the sack” from Carter this year.8:05PM EST: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi compares editing a magazine to developing a “fire in the loins.” I’m awake now, thanks.8:11PM EST: Upset number two. Backpacker steals general excellence (250,000-500,000 circulation) from heavily-favored New York magazine. Jonathan Dorn quips: “Sorry Adam, at least you inhabited my dreams for a month.”8:15PM EST: Legendary Esquire art director George Lois, he of the Museum of Modern Art-hung cover, presents the Ellie for design. Wired, justifiably, wins their second. Scott Dadich calls it “the highlight of my career, to accept this from George Lois.”8:20PM EST: Players Club founder and former New York Mets centerfielder Lenny Dykstra: “Let’s get the biggest question out of the way. ‘What the hell is Lenny Dykstra doing here? Sure, he’s one of baseball’s greatest success stories …’” Popular Mechanics wins for personal service, while BusinessWeek snags the award for personal service online.8:26PM EST: Speaking of baseball, ASME is pitching a New York, New Yorker shut-out so far. But it’s early.8:35PM EST: National Geographic wins its second Ellie of the night, for photojournalism, and 17th all-time.8:38PM EST: While presenting the Ellie for leisure interests, 30 Rock’s Judah Friedlander explains he’s into “medium-core porn,” because “hardcore is too hard.”8:40PM EST: New York magazine shut-out is broken; Adam Moss accepts for “Cartography: The Complete Road Map to New York City Street Food.” (Note to self: May need that guide after this show.)8:48PM EST: New Yorker shut-out still intact. The Nation wins for public interest.8:52PM EST: Shut-out over. The New Yorker wins its first Ellie of the night, its 47th.8:55PM EST: While serving the award for single-topic issue, Julian Niccolini, Four Seasons restaurateur, says his favorite single topic “is women, with Pinot Noir a close second.”8:59PM EST: Upset number three. Conde Nast’s $100 million-plus business magazine launch, Portfolio, wins (magazine section) in its first year of publication, beating Esquire and Wired in doing so. Editor Joanne Lipman says she’s “shocked.”9:03PM EST: Vanity Fair wins its second Ellie of the night, for a Leibovitz photo portfolio.9:09PM EST: Runner’s World wins the race for general excellence online, outpacing Babble, the New Yorker and Slate.9:13PM EST: Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi wins for columns and commentary. (Yesterday, when Taibbi was asked how he thought the Democratic race would end, he said: “In a pool of my own blood in a hotel somewhere.” OK …)9:18PM EST: New Letters, a literary magazine, wins the essay Ellie (beating a field that included the New Yorker) for a piece entitled “I Am Joe’s Prostate.”9:20PM EST: The big award of the night: general excellence, circulation above 2,000,000: National Geographic, which beat Glamour, People and Time for the honor.Click here for more coverage, and here for the full list of winners.last_img read more

Tropical Storm May Be Coming Our Way In The Next 48 Hours

first_imgNational Hurricane CenterAn image shows the formation of a potential tropical storm on the Gulf Coast on June 19th, 2017.A tropical system located over Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has an 80 percent chance of becoming a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico over the next 48 hours, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. The formation chance through 5 days is 90 percent. Early models show the entire Gulf Coast,  from Texas to Florida , potentially affected by the storm.  Sharelast_img

Irma Forecast To Hit Florida Keys At Daybreak

first_img@NHC_AtlanticIrma’s trajectory The Latest on Hurricane Irma (all times local):2:20 p.m.Forecasters expect winds of more than 110 mph (177 kph) from Hurricane Irma to smack the Florida Keys around daybreak Sunday.Irma was lingering over the northern Cuba coast on Saturday. Its forward speed has slowed to 9 mph (15 kph) and it has yet to make the expected big northward turn toward Florida yet. Its maximum sustained winds were 125 mph (205 kph).The U.S. National Hurricane Center’s latest forecast — which still can change a bit and has a margin of error of dozens of miles — projects Irma’s potent eye to make three landfalls into Florida.First, there’s a projected Sunday morning hit in the Lower Keys. Then later, after moving over water, Irma is expected to come ashore around Cape Coral or Fort Myers. From there it is predicted to steam inland go over the highly populated Tampa Bay region.After Tampa, Irma is projected to briefly go back out to the Gulf of Mexico and then hit north of Homosassa Springs for a third landfall. In the following days, Irma is forecast to head through Florida and Georgia into Tennessee.#Irma Between sunrise and now, sea level is rising.Key West Southern Most Beach Cam— Sunbeams Are Free (@JackDeTate) September 9, 2017___2 p.m.The White House says President Donald Trump and his Cabinet are receiving regular updates on Hurricanes Irma and Jose as they meet at the Camp David presidential retreat.Elaine Duke, the acting homeland security secretary, is scheduled to provide a full briefing to the president and the rest of his team.The White House adds that Trump and first lady Melania Trump are keeping everyone who has been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in their thoughts and prayers. They’re also urging the public to closely follow safety advice from local authorities.The president and first lady invited all Cabinet members and their spouses to the Maryland retreat for the weekend.Besides hurricane briefings, the White House says Trump also planned to lead a discussion of the administration’s priorities.___1:50 p.m.French ministers have decided to step up security on the Caribbean islands of St. Martin and St. Barts that were hit hard by Hurricane Irma and are now facing the approach of Hurricane Jose.On Friday, looting and gunshots were reported on St. Martin, and a curfew was imposed there and in St. Barts until Wednesday.According to a statement Saturday, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb is sending two extra gendarme squadrons and some 150 soldiers. They will be there to strengthen checkpoints, reassure the public and prevent further looting and chaos.One hundred firefighters are also being sent to the islands.The statement also said that a tanker with water is being sent for residents without clean running water.___1:50 p.m.The U.S. Coast Guard says that an overdue freighter has been located and is safely anchored.A Coast Guard statement says the Princess Samiah departed Tuesday from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. It was en route to Grenada.The Coast Guard says it was contacted by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Fort de France when the ship did not arrive.The Coast Guard says it made contact with the vessel owner who confirmed that the ship is safely anchored off St. Vincent in the southern Caribbean. All three crew members were reported safe.___1:25 p.m.Cuban officials say Hurricane Irma has damaged crops in the rural eastern part of the country.Civil Defense official Gergorio Torres tells reporters that authorities are still trying to tally the extent of the damage in Las Tunas province and nearby areas. He said damage seems to have been concentrated in infrastructure for crops including bananas.Eastern Cuba is home to the island’s poor, rural population. Once known for sugarcane and other crops, the agricultural industry was declining even before the hurricane.Video images from northern and eastern Cuba show utility poles and signs uprooted by the storm and many downed trees as well as extensive damage to roofs. There were no immediate reports of casualties.___12:55 p.m.Georgia is bracing for potentially far-flung impacts from Hurricane Irma, which could swamp the coast with storm surge and topple trees and power lines in Atlanta.The National Hurricane Center placed the entire Georgia coast under a hurricane watch Saturday as residents packed their cars and trickled onto the highways in six counties under a mandatory evacuation. A hurricane watch was also issued for the South Carolina coast from the Georgia line to Edisto Beach, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) southwest of Charleston.Irma’s center is forecast to enter southern Georgia far inland Monday and plow northward as a tropical storm or depression. Emergency officials expect tropical storm winds to reach Georgia’s coast, where storm surges could be amplified by unusually high tides.___12:45 p.m.The Dutch government estimates 70 percent of houses on St. Maarten were badly damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma. That leaves many of the 40,000 residents reliant on public shelters as they brace for Hurricane Jose.Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk said Saturday that Jose is forecast to track northwest of St. Maarten and will likely dump a lot of rain on buildings, many of which had roofs torn off by Irma.Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the situation remains “grim” on the island where widespread looting has broken out.Rutte says there are some 230 Dutch troops and police patrolling St. Maarten and a further 200 will arrive in coming days. Rutte issued a warning to looters that the troops and police will clamp down hard to end the lawlessness.___12:30 p.m.Florida’s governor is issuing urgent warnings to a third of his state’s residents to evacuate ahead of a massive hurricane on track to be the state’s most catastrophic ever.Gov. Rick Scott says the entire west coast of Florida will likely see dangerous affects from storm surge as Hurricane Irma comes ashore Sunday. About 6.3 million of the state’s approximately 21 million residents have been asked to evacuate.During a Saturday news conference, he told those in evacuation zones: “You need to leave — not tonight, not in an hour, right now”Scott said that the storm surge is expected to be up to 15 feet (4.5 meters) in some areas along the west coast of Florida. In the Tampa Bay area, Scott said the storm surge could be between 5 feet (1.5 meters) and 8 feet (2 meters).Scott said: “This is the most catastrophic storm the state has ever seen.”___11:50 a.m.Florida emergency management officials have asked another 700,000 to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma. That brings the total number asked to evacuate multiple states to nearly 7 million.Florida’s Division of Emergency Management said Saturday that officials have issued a mix of mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders to 6.3 million residents. The number rose overnight as the predicted path of Hurricane Irma has shifted west. It’s likely to come ashore Sunday.The size and trajectory of the storm has prompted officials to order evacuations along both coasts of Florida, including some of the state’s population centers. Florida is the nation’s third largest state with nearly 21 million residents.Another 540,000 have been asked to evacuate in the eastern part of Georgia.In South Carolina, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for eight barrier islands. That includes Hilton Head Island, the most populous of the islands with about 40,000 residents.___11:25 a.m.Hurricane Irma has weakened to a Category 3 storm with 125 mph winds, but it’s expected to regain its strength before slamming into Florida.The storm has been pounding Cuba, and forecasters say it will get stronger once it moves away.Irma is expected to hit the Florida Keys Sunday morning and then Tampa. The National Hurricane Center warned in a Saturday advisory that the storm will bring “life-threatening wind” to much of the state regardless of its exact path.Forecasters also predict storm surges of up to 15 feet in southwestern Florida and rainfall up to 25 inches in the Keys.The hurricane warning for Florida’s west coast has been extended to the Aucilla River, just south of Tallahassee, and the watch pushed west to Indian Pass on Florida’s Panhandle.The hurricane warning for Florida’s east coast has been pushed further north to Fernandina Beach, with the hurricane watch further north to Edisto Beach.___11:15 a.m.U.S. officials are working to secure some of the nation’s most contaminated toxic waste sites as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida.Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says the EPA personnel he’s spoken with seem “generally positive” about the prospects for toxic sites remaining secure in the coming hurricane. But, as he put it, “they can’t guarantee it 100 percent.”Rubio spoke with AP from the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center. Florida has Superfund sites on both the east and west coasts. Rubio says EPA officials have been assessing the sites for 72 hours. He says they think the risks to the sites are “real” but not as severe as Houston faced from Harvey, because of the Texas oil industry.___11 a.m.Florida emergency management officials say at least 51,000 residents have hunkered down in approximately 300 shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma.Most of those staying in shelters are in southeast Florida, which initially looked to be the main target of the storm before the forecast shifted west. More than 15,000 people are in shelters in Palm Beach County while neighboring Broward County has nearly 13,000 people.The threat of Irma has prompted state and local officials to ask 5.6 million residents to flee ahead of the storm. It’s expected to come ashore Sunday and take aim at the Tampa Bay area.Officials in the Florida Keys are evacuating some 460 inmates and 125 corrections officers from a jail on Stock Island to a jail in Palm Beach County.Spokeswoman Becky Herrin said in a news release that Sheriff Rick Ramsey made the decision Friday night because of the changing path of Hurricane Irma. The jail on Stock Island is near Key West on the lower end on the island chain.___10:50 a.m.France has dispatched one of its most impressive military transport planes to assist recovery efforts near the hurricane-battered French overseas islands of St. Martin and St. Bart.In a statement Saturday, the French army said the four-engine airlifter A400M had taken off from the mainland city of Orleans to the Caribbean with a Puma helicopter, a dozen military and technical personnel and humanitarian cargo.The fast-approaching Hurricane Jose — which is going to pass just above St. Martin — has meant that all access to and from St. Martin and St. Bart has been halted.The A400M is expected to arrive at Fort-de-France, the capital of France’s Caribbean overseas department of Martinique, and will remain in the region at least a week to help with hurricane relief work.___10:40 a.m.Florida Gov. Rick Scott is heeding his own advice about Hurricane Irma by evacuating his beachside mansion along the Gulf Coast.The governor’s office confirmed that Scott’s family, including First Lady Ann Scott, left Naples in southwestern Florida ahead of the dangerous storm. Scott’s daughter, her husband and their grandchildren have also evacuated.Scott’s mansion is worth approximately $15 million, according to his latest financial disclosure.As governor, Scott usually splits his time between his mansion and the governor’s mansion located in the state capital, Tallahassee. The multi-millionaire businessman was first elected in 2010.___10:30 a.m.Residents in the French overseas territories of St. Martin and St. Barts have another hurricane at their doorstep after a devastating blow from Irma.Hurricane Jose was closing in Saturday. Forecasters expected winds of up to 93 mph (150 kph), along with torrential rains and large waves.French authorities said Saturday that some 1,105 workers are now deployed St. Martin and St. Barts to help the islands’ recovery. By Saturday, damage estimates from Irma reached the 1.2 billion euro ($1.44 billion) mark — pockmarking the islands that have become famous as lush playgrounds for the rich and famous.In St. Martin, travel to or from the island has ground to a halt until Jose passes.Jacques Witkowski is France’s Director of Public Safety. He says the international airport isn’t operational.The last airplane flew in to the battered Grande-Case de Saint Martin airport Friday. It carried emergency workers to help with reconstruction as well as specialists who aim to re-establish the island’s damaged water and electricity systems.___10:15 a.m.Florida’s governor is warning residents that storm surge of up to 12 feet in places will inundate houses.Gov. Rick Scott urged anyone living in an evacuation zone in southwest Florida to leave by noon Saturday as the threat of Hurricane Irma has shifted west.He says the storm is “going to go faster than you are.”Scott said 25,000 people in Florida have already lost electricity as Irma’s outer bands have begun hitting the southern part of the state.The governor also warned of dangerous storm surge of between 6 feet (2 meters) and 12 feet (4 meters) across parts of Florida.He said: “This will cover your house.”___8:45 a.m.The National Hurricane Center says the eye of powerful Hurricane Irma is expected to hit southwest Florida and Tampa sometime Sunday, but the entire state will feel the storm’s effects.Hurricane Center spokesman and meteorologist Dennis Feltgen said Saturday that while Miami won’t get the core of Irma it will still get life-threatening hurricane conditions.The Category 4 storm pounded Cuba early Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph). It was expected to strengthen before hitting Florida.___8 a.m.Hurricane Irma’s winds have slowed slightly while it rakes Cuba, but the massive storm is expected to strengthen again as it approaches Florida.The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Saturday morning that Irma remained a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 130 mph (215 kph). Forecasters expect the storm to pick strength back up as it moves away from Cuba.The storm’s center was about 10 miles (15 kilometers) northwest of Caibarien, Cuba. That’s also about 225 miles (365 kilometers) south of Miami.Meteorologists say damaging winds from Irma’s outer bands were already arriving in South Florida. The storm was expected to reach the Florida Keys on Sunday morning before moving up the state’s Gulf Coast.__7:45 a.m. EDTMeteorologists say damaging winds are blowing into South Florida as Hurricane Irma approaches.The National Weather Service said Saturday morning that damaging winds were moving into areas including Key Biscayne, Coral Gables and South Miami. Gusts of up to 56 mph (90 kph) were reported on Virginia Key off Miami as the storm’s outer bands arrived.The center of the storm was about 245 miles (395 kilometers) southeast of Miami early Saturday as it raked the northern coast of Cuba.The latest forecast track predicts the center of the storm will move along Florida’s Gulf Coast through Monday.___6:25 a.m.France’s public insurance agency estimates that Hurricane Irma inflicted 1.2 billion euros ($1.44 billion) in damage on infrastructure in the French overseas islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.In a statement Saturday, the Caisse Central de Reassurance, France’s public-sector reinsurer that provides coverage for natural disasters, said that amount covers damage to houses, vehicles and businesses.It added that Hurricane Irma is “one of the biggest natural catastrophes to have occurred in France in 35 years.”The agency said affected residents have 10 days to make a claim starting from Saturday, when the status of a natural disaster was officially declared___6:10 a.m.France’s Director of Public Safety has held a press conference in Paris on the recovery efforts in the French overseas island territories of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy that are reeling from Hurricane Irma.Jacques Witkowski said Saturday that “there are 1,100 people, both civilian and military, deployed on the islands” to help with recovery.But he said they were also tasked with evacuation of residents ahead of another hurricane, Jose, which is expected to violently pummel islands in the Caribbean later on Saturday.Witkowski said the eye of Hurricane Jose will pass close to the islands of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.___5:20 a.m.The National Hurricane Center says Irma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane, as it moves over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba.Irma had briefly regained Category 5 strength late Friday, but now has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph (249 kph). The hurricane is about 245 miles (394 kilometers) from Miami and moving about 12 mph (19.3 kph) toward the west-northwest.In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose is a Category 4 hurricane, about 190 miles (306 kilometers) east-southeast of The Northern Leeward Islands, moving toward the islands at 13 mph (20.92 kph) with winds reaching 150 mph.In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday north of Tecolutla, Mexico and weakened to a tropical storm. By early Saturday morning it was 135 miles (217 kilometers) south of Tampico, Mexico, moving sluggishly at only 2 mph (3.2 kph) near the Sierra Madre Mountains with maximum winds of 40 mph (64.4 kph). It was expected to weaken further throughout the day.___3:20 a.m.Dutch marines have dropped flyers from a helicopter warning beleaguered inhabitants on the devastated nation of St. Maarten to head to shelters as Hurricane Jose barrels through the Caribbean.Jose, a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds, was forecast to pass close to St. Maarten over the weekend, delivering a second damaging blow to the former Dutch colony that suffered catastrophic damage when Category 5 Hurricane Irma slammed into it on Wednesday.Peter Jan de Vin, a Dutch military commander on the island of Curacao who is helping coordinate relief efforts on St. Maarten, tweeted a picture Saturday morning of a marine dropping flyers out of a helicopter flying low over one of St. Maarten’s shattered seafront neighborhoods.___2:20 a.m.The National Hurricane Center says the eye of Irma is moving over the Camaguey Archipelago of Cuba as a Category 5 hurricane.The center says Irma made landfall there late Friday and has maximum sustained winds of 160 mph (257 kph). The hurricane is about 275 miles (443 kilometers) from Miami and moving about 12 mph (19.3 kph) toward the west.In the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday north of Tecolutla, Mexico and weakened to a tropical storm, with winds reaching 45 mph (72.4 kph).In the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose is a Category 4 hurricane, about 240 miles (386 kilometers)east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands, moving roughly westward at 14 mph (23 kph)with winds reaching 150 mph.___12:35 a.m.A newly strengthened Irma is taking aim at south Florida with 160 mph (257 kph) winds after battering Cuba and leaving more than 20 dead across the Caribbean, as another hurricane follows close behind.Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday. Thousands of people in the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands, and more than 6 million people in Florida and Georgia were warned to leave their homes.Many residents and tourists were left reeling after the storm ravaged some of the world’s most exclusive tropical playgrounds, known for their turquoise waters and lush green vegetation. Among them: St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla.Irma threatened to push its way northward from one end of Florida to the other beginning Sunday morning. Sharelast_img read more

Rolltoroll process prints thousands of cheap flexible memory elements

first_imgPhotograph of a printed WORM memory bank with 26 bits, with an optical microscope image of the bit layout at right. The bit size is approximately 200 x 300 micrometers. Image credit: Leppäniemi, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd Copyright 2012 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of (a) A questionnaire card with a printed 12-bit WORM memory bank, flexible battery, and LED. (b) Roll-to-roll printing of the WORM memory banks for the card with VTT’s “ROKO” printing line. (c) WORM memory bank pre-sintering and the readout device. Image credit: Leppäniemi, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd In terms of stability, the researchers observed the onset of a slow decline in the resistance after being stored for four months in the dark with a desiccant at ambient conditions. The decline resulted from the less-stable ‘0’ state due to self-sintering, which decreased its resistance. However, even after the 19 months of monitoring time, the researchers described the bits as maintaining a good ‘0’ state stability. In contrast, when exposed to a high temperature of 85 °C (185 °F) and a high relative humidity of 85%, the resistance underwent a rapid drop in less than three hours.To demonstrate a simple application of the WORM memory, the researchers, together with Stora Enso Oyj, manufactured 1,000 electrical questionnaire cards for the Printed Electronics Europe 2011 conference that attendees used to vote for the best booth at the conference. A flexible printed battery supplied the small write voltage (less than 10 volts), and an LED inside the card indicated the successful push of a button. The questionnaire cards represent just one possible use of the WORM memory, which the researchers hope to further improve in the future.“The goal is to provide printed memory addressing logic and reach higher bit amounts,” Leppäniemi said. “Also, improving the long-term stability via proper encapsulation requires further attention.” In this way, the technique allows for selectively and irreversibly modifying the resistance of the bits, enabling a WORM memory function. As the scientists explained, such a memory has important advantages for real-world use.“The advantage of the memory lies in the processability,” Leppäniemi told “The memories can be printed with high-throughput methods and the bit properties can be tailored by changing the composition of the bit ink. Also, the resistive memory provides simple, non-destructive readout when compared, for example, to printable ferroelectric random access memories.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Nanotechnology The researchers, Jaakko Leppäniemi, Tomi Mattila, Terho Kololuoma, Mika Suhonen, and Ari Alastalo at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, have published their paper on the WORM memory printing process in a recent issue of Nanotechnology.The WORM memory is a resistive memory in which data is written using a high-resistive ‘0’ state and a low-resistive ‘1’ state. Readout can be performed with a device that measures the different resistances by physical contact or capacitively by sweeping over the memory without making contact. To realize a resistive WORM memory, the researchers prepared bits out of a silver nanopaste mixture that combines the advantages of two different commercial inks by Advanced Nano Products Ltd. One of the inks, called DGP, has the advantage of being writable with moderate electrical power, but has the disadvantage of instability due to the high-resistive ‘0’ state losing resistance. The second ink, called DGH, has the opposite properties: it requires a high electrical power for writing but has improved long-term stability. Although neither ink by itself is optimal for making memory bits, the researchers found that combining them offers the best of both worlds: moderate electrical power for writing and good long-term stability. ( — In an attempt to lower the cost of making flexible write-once-read-many (WORM) memory devices, a team of researchers from Finland has developed a fabrication process that can mass-print thousands of these memories on a flexible substrate. Since they cannot be rewritten, WORM memories are particularly useful for tamper-proof applications, such as electronic voting and storing medical records. Magnetic random-access memory based on new spin transfer technology achieves higher storage density More information: Jaakko Leppäniemi, et al. “Roll-to-roll printed resistive WORM memory on a flexible substrate.” Nanotechnology 23 (2012) 305204 (12pp). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/30/305204 Citation: Roll-to-roll process prints thousands of cheap, flexible memory elements (2012, July 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from When combined, the two inks form a self-organized network, which allows the researchers to tune the initial conductivity and ‘0’ state resistance of the bits. The researchers could control the resistance by controlling how sintered and close together the nanoparticles are: resistance is high when the particles are unsintered and well separated, but decreases when the particles sinter and coalesce. To control the inter-particle distance, the researchers employed nanoparticles encapsulated with ligands to prevent agglomeration and create the high-resistive ‘0’ state. To decrease the resistance, and thus switch from the ‘0’ state to the ‘1’ state, the researchers removed the encapsulation by heating with electrical current. The heat melts the ligand, which allows the unencapsulated particles to coalesce and sinter, where they achieve higher conductivity and lower resistance. (a) Illustration of the roll-to-roll printing process. After printing, the roll containing the WORM memory banks is fed into a die cutter, and some of the cut WORM memory banks are laminated. (b) VTT’s roll-to-roll printing line “ROKO.” Image credit: Leppäniemi, et al. ©2012 IOP Publishing Ltd Explore furtherlast_img read more

Black Friday in July Sale MacBook Pro Up to 700 Off

first_img Phillip Tracy, by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndo247 SportsRanking The Highest-Paid NBA Players In 2019247 SportsUndoAdvertisement Author Bio Phillip Tracy, center_img Best Buy is currently promoting a Black Friday in July sale for the second time this month. But hey, we’re not complaining. Especially since the sale cuts the price of the 2018 Apple MacBook Pro by a whopping $600. If you’ve been eyeing Apple’s exceptional but exorbitantly-priced laptop, then now is the time to buy. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is now going for as low as $1,449 ($350 off) with a Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Doubling storage to 512GB raises the price to $1,599, which is $400 lower than the usual price of $1,999. MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) for $1,449 ($350 off, Core i5/8GB of RAM/256GB SSD)Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) for $1,599 ($400 off, Core i5/8GB of RAM/512GB SSD)Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018) for $2,249 ($600 off, Core i7/16GB of RAM/1TB SSD)As per usual, the biggest savings are on the top-tier models. Best Buy is selling the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD for $2,249, for savings of $600.The larger and more powerful 15-inch MacBook Pro is also on sale. Deals start with a Core i7 model with 16GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and AMD Radeon Pro 555X graphics, which goes for $1,999 ($400 off). Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) for $1,999 ($400 off, Core i7/16GB of RAM/256GB SSD/Radeon Pro 555X GPU)Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) for $2,399 ($400 off, Core i7/16GB of RAM/512GB SSD/Radeon Pro 560X GPU)Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018) for $3,099 ($700 off, Core i9/32GB of RAM/1TB SSD/Radeon Pro 560X GPU)There’s also a mid-tier model on sale with 512GB of storage and a Radeon Pro 560X GPU for $2,399, or $400 off. And if your budget is flexible, we recommend going all-out on the 15-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i9 CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and a Radeon Pro 560X GPU. That model costs $3,099, which is a lot of money but $700 off what you’d usually spend. The MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops around, and a recommended choice for Apple users who can afford to spend top dollar. With blistering performance, an improved keyboard, a thin and durable chassis, and a gorgeous Retina display, there isn’t much we don’t like about Apple’s flagship laptop. In fact, our biggest complaint is the laptop’s steep price, which this deal mitigates in a big way. Best Buy’s Black Friday in July sale ends on Saturday, July 27, so you’ll need to act fast. At least until Best Buy launches its next not-Black Friday event. Best Laptop Deals in July Phillip Tracy is a senior writer at Tom’s Guide and Laptop Mag, where he reviews laptops and covers the latest industry news. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Phillip became a tech reporter at the Daily Dot. There, he wrote reviews for a range of gadgets and covered everything from social media trends to cybersecurity. Prior to that, he wrote for RCR Wireless News and NewBay Media. When he’s not tinkering with devices, you can find Phillip playing video games, reading, listening to indie music or watching soccer.last_img read more

Chinese PM starts South American investment tour

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — China’s Premier Li Keqiang and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed on Tuesday to embark on studies for an ambitious railway linking Brazil’s Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announced billions in other investments and trade deals.Rousseff emphasized the importance of the project to cut down the time and cost to move commodities to the Asian market.“A new path to Asia will open for Brazil,” said Rousseff. “It will cross our country from east to west, and the South American continent.” The memorandum of agreement to begin feasibility studies on the trans-Andean railway will also involve the Peruvian government. Rousseff invited Chinese companies to participate.The stop in Brasilia is the premier’s first on a four-nation South American tour that includes Chile, Peru and Colombia. It comes as the continent feels the pinch of lessening Chinese demand for its commodities.“We’re moving into a different era, because China’s economy is transforming to being consumer based and it’s slowing down, so commodity prices are going down,” said Kevin Gallagher, professor of international relations at Boston University with expertise in China’s ties to Latin America. “Chinese trade and investment was Latin America’s best friend for a decade, and now everybody is in a panic.”China remains the top trading partner for Latin America and the Caribbean, with $112 billion of the region’s exports heading to China in 2013, according to Gallagher. Li’s trip began in Brazil with the signature of 35 agreements that total a $53 billion investment in infrastructure, energy and mining among other areas over the next six years.center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Chinese banks will back projects of state-run oil company Petrobras for $7 billion, a relief for the firm embroiled in a corruption scandal that has blocked access from credit markets. The kickback investigation has implicated Brazil’s biggest construction and engineering firms, delaying existing petrochemical complexes and key equipment needed to tap offshore fields works.The Chinese government also agreed to buy 40 planes from the Brazilian company Embraer and to build an industrial park for car manufacturing in the state of Sao Paulo.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FILE – In this March 15, 2015, file photlo, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang waves as he arrives for a press conference at the end of the National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. Li Keqiang will accelerate plans for an ambitious railway linking Brazil’s Atlantic coast with a Pacific port in Peru, and announce billions in other investments and trade deals, when he visits Brasilia on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, kicking off a four-nation South American tour that includes Chile, Peru and Colombia. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving soberlast_img read more