Sharma visits Pandit camps in Jammu

first_imgThe Centre’s special envoy on Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, on Friday visited Jagti area here, the largest township of displaced Kashmiri Pandits, and met people to understand their problems. He visited several households in the area where people apprised him of their problems, officials said. Mr. Sharma, who visited Srinagar and Jammu earlier this month, will be in the State for the next four days. The officials said that he would also meet people who came from West Pakistan immediately after Partition in 1947 and settled in Jammu. There are nearly three lakh such people. Besides, he will visit camps housing those displaced from their homes in border villages to understand their plight and ensure that they are properly rehabilitated. Mr. Sharma, a former Intelligence Bureau chief, was appointed the Centre’s interlocutor on October 23 to hold talks with all stakeholders in an effort to find lasting peace in parts of Kashmir. Around 60,000 Kashmiri Pandit families migrated in 1990 after the onset of militancy. Of these, 39,000 families based themselves in various camps in Jammu. Mr. Sharma will also visit the “ground zero” of unrest in south Kashmir’s Pulwama and Anantnag districts, they said. The high point of his visit will be his interactions with youths and students in the two districts.last_img read more

Presence of Opposite Sex Can Shorten Life Span

first_imgIn the 1970s pop hit “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” famed rocker Meat Loaf wails to his tired old lover: “[I]f I gotta spend another minute with you I don’t think that I can really survive.” Turns out that interactions with the opposite sex really do control life span, at least if you’re an insect or a worm. Sexually frustrated fruit flies perish prematurely, a study has just found. And another experiment reveals that in nematodes—nearly microscopic roundworms—males kill members of the opposite sex by spurring what resembles premature aging.An animal’s environment shapes its longevity, sometimes in surprising ways. For example, placing lab animals on a meager diet that replicates food scarcity in the wild extends survival in many species. And, oddly enough, dulling nematodes’ and flies’ sense of smell or taste stretches their life span. An animal’s environment also includes the other members of its species that it interacts with, such as potential mates and rivals. Researchers have identified some impacts of these interactions on life span. For example, because a male fruit fly’s seminal fluid contains toxins, mating can be fatal for females.Now, Scott Pletcher, a geneticist at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues have shown that sexually unsatisfied fruit flies give up the ghost faster that usual. The researchers played a dirty trick on some male fruit flies, housing them with other males that had been genetically altered to exude female pheromones, or scent molecules. Normal males woo these she-males but can’t mate with them. Pletcher and colleagues report online today in Science that the sexually thwarted males pined away. Their stored fat dwindled, their ability to endure stress declined, and their life span shrank by more than 10%. 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The team also pinpointed neurons in the male fly brain that were necessary for the truncated life span. These cells produce the protein neuropeptide F, which might enable the animals to respond to rewards, or beneficial stimuli such as mating. “The simplest way to think about it is that the flies are frustrated,” Pletcher says. “The imbalance between mating reward and mating expectation” may trigger physiological responses that spur the animals to waste away, he suggests.In the other study, Anne Brunet, a geneticist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, and colleagues found that in nematodes, the mere trace of one sex also seems to reduce the survival of the other. The nematode species that scientists typically study in the lab has two sexes—males, which constitute less than 1% of the population, and hermaphrodites, which produce sperm and eggs. Previous studies reported that hermaphrodites die sooner in the presence of male nematodes, and researchers suggested that hermaphrodites mate so much in this situation that they suffer injuries and expire.To test that idea, Brunet and colleagues placed males in culture dishes for 2 days, and then removed them and added hermaphrodites. Despite the absence of males, hermaphrodites still died before their time, the researchers reveal online today in Science. “Males are inducing a premature deterioration of the opposite sex,” Brunet says. This decline resembles premature aging—the worms slow down or become paralyzed, and their muscles and internal organs begin to degenerate. Like flies, male worms exert their life-shortening influence at least partly through pheromones, the researchers found. Mutant hermaphrodites that can’t sense pheromones show a normal life span in the presence of males.The finding poses an evolutionary puzzle. Hermaphrodites fertilize their own eggs, but males can sire offspring only by mating with hermaphrodites. So why do males kill the mothers of their babies? One possible reason, Brunet says, is competition among males. A male might trigger the demise of his mate to prevent other males from mating with her. However, Patrick Phillips, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of Oregon in Eugene, says he doubts that nematode males are manipulating hermaphrodites, because the hermaphrodites still live long enough to produce a normal number of offspring.Nevertheless, Phillips says the papers break new ground. “We’ve known for a long time that mating can be harmful,” he says. But these papers show that “you can have the effects without direct physical contact.” Sean Curran, a biogerontologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, predicts the animals’ ability to influence life span “is going to be a hot topic for discussion for quite a while.”Whether one sex shortens the lives of people or other vertebrates remains uncertain, and finding out will be tricky, Curran cautions: “It’s a far more complicated question in a mammal.” Indeed, in his angst-laden song, Meat Loaf lives on, reduced to merely “praying for the end of time so I can end my time with you.”last_img read more

Govt to expedite infrastructure development works along Bangladesh, Bhutan borders

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) The Centre has decided to expedite construction of roads and develop other infrastructure along the borders with Bangladesh and Bhutan to check illegal movement of people and smuggling of contraband and fake currency notes.The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal besides others, officials said.”The meeting decided to expedite the construction of roads and other infrastructure works along the Indo-Bangladesh and the Indo-Bhutan border,” Sonowal told reporters after the hour-long meeting.An official privy to the meeting said the home minister directed the officials to improve all necessary infrastructure along the two international borders so that illegal movement of people is checked and smuggling of contraband and fake Indian currency notes is completely halted.The India-Bangladesh border is 4,096 km long and it touches West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.The Indo-Bhutan border is 699 km long and touches Sikkim, West Bengal, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.In September, the central government approved Rs 8,606 crore for 60 projects being implemented under the umbrella scheme of Border Infrastructure and Management (BIM) to meet special development needs of people living in those areas.The projects are implemented in 111 border districts to meet the needs of border population with focus on those living within 50 kms of India’s all international borders.The schemes include construction of roads, schools, primary health centres, promotion of rural tourism, border tourism, promotion of sports activities, cleanliness mission, protection of heritage sites, supply of drinking water, community centres, connectivity, drainage, to enable sustainable living in border areas, another official said.advertisementConstruction of helipads in remote and inaccessible hilly areas which do not have road connectivity, skill development training to farmers for the use of modern and scientific technique in farming, organic farming are some of the other areas where the projects are being implemented. PTI ACB ACB TIRTIRlast_img read more

Pep Guardiola: City must concentrate on Europe ahead of United title game

first_imgTopics Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Messenger The Observer Share via Email Share on Facebook Pep Guardiola “We were a long time without being together and I didn’t want to play with seven, eight or nine players who are going to play on Wednesday without four weeks playing together,” the City manager said.“We needed to play together to find our pace and our rhythm for two massive games against Liverpool. I understand people are going to talk about United but now all the decisions are about Liverpool. We have to focus on the Champions League, we have United in the middle but for the lineup we have to think about the Champions League.”He added: “We are closer than ever. We have one game to win and, if we are not able to win [against United], we have six more chances. We are so, so close and I am so happy with the performance.”City were outstanding in the first half at Goodison and applauded after the final whistle by Everton fans. “Maybe that’s because we are going to play against Liverpool,” Guardiola said, jokingly. “I didn’t know it but it is a great satisfaction that they give credit to what the players have done. First it is for our fans but if the people who love football enjoy how we play, then that is a great satisfaction. Last season I applauded them after the 4-0. This season they applauded us, so thank you very much.” Share on Twitter newscenter_img Everton Manchester City Share on LinkedIn Champions League Manchester City tear through Everton to put one hand on Premier League title Share on Pinterest Liverpool Pep Guardiola insisted the prospect of winning the Premier League title against Manchester United would not distract Manchester City from their Champions League quarter-final at Liverpool.City can clinch the championship with victory in the Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday having maintained their 16-point lead over José Mourinho’s team with a 3-0 win at Everton. The win was Guardiola’s 50th in 69 Premier League matches and only Mourinho reached the half century faster (in 63 games); but despite City being left with their dream scenario the manager was adamant Wednesday’s visit to Anfield is the priority. His strong team selection at Goodison Park was, Guardiola admitted, designed with Liverpool in mind. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

CAF Champions League Final  Wydad Secures Draw in Tough Game Against

Rabat – Morocco’s Wydad of Casablanca has achieved a draw 1-1 against the Egyptian team of Al Ahly in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final on Saturday in Alexandria .The Eyptian team stunned Wydad early in the  second minute of the game when Moumen Zakaria sent a great shot from outside the penalty area with his left foot, scoring the first goal despite a deperate attempt from Zouhir Laaroubi to stop it.In the 15th minute Wydad scored the equalizer after the center forward Achraf Bencherki sneaked between three Egyptian defenders to net the goal with a beautiful after an assisst from right-winger Mohamed Ounajem. Throughout the remaining time of the fist and second halves Al Ahly put so much pressure on the Moroccan squad in search of a second goal but stumbled against a strong Wydad defense.The Moroccan team managed to preserve the draw despite El Ahly’s frentic attempts to score another lead.Though the result is highly positive for the Moroccan team, Al Ahly remains very dangerous outside Egypt.In the quarter finals, Al Ahly secured a qualification from Tunis when it inflicted defeat to the local Esperance despite a draw in the first leg 2-2.On November 4 Wydad and Al Ahly will meet again for the second leg of their face off.The Moroccans will need a small victory or at least a draw 0-0 to win the cup for the first time since 1992.In 2011 Wydad lost the Champions League final against Esperance following a defeat 1-0 in Tunis.The last Moroccan team to win the tournament was Wydad’s historical rival, Raja, in 1999 against Esperance. read more

Moroccos DGSN Seizes 400 Hashish Bags of 10 Tons in El

Rabat – Based on intelligence provided by General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST), police arrested a truck driver who was attempting to smuggle 400 bags of hashish, weighing a total of 10 tons, on Tuesday and Wednesday in El Jadida, near Casablanca.The police investigation resulted in the arrest of three other suspected criminals, including the owner of the truck, Morocco’s General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said in a statement.Police seized a sum of €10,000 from the gang, which is suspected to be linked to a criminal network operating in international drug trafficking. Read also: Morocco’s DGSN Seizes 493,700 Ecstasy Pills at Tanger Med PortAfter a careful and technical inspection, the packaging and wrapping of the seized drugs indicate that the drugs were intended to be smuggled by sea, added the statement.Police placed the suspects in custody while the judicial investigation is ongoing, under the supervision of the competent prosecutor’s office.The investigation aims to determine whether there are any other possible suspects in the criminal network, its extensions inside Morocco, and to identify their possible links with criminal networks internationally. read more

Number of Internet users to surpass 2 billion by end of year

The number of people with Internet access at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010, with 65 per cent of these in developed countries and only 13.5 per cent in developing countries, where access in schools, at work and public locations is critical, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) said, releasing the new data on the eve of World Statistics Day.By the end the year, 71 per cent of the population in developed countries will be online, compared to 21 per cent in developing countries. Regional differences are significant: 65 per cent of Europeans are on the Internet, compared to only 9.6 per cent of Africans.With the rapidly increasing high-bandwidth content and applications on the Internet, there is a growing demand for higher-speed broadband connections as a catalyst for growth.ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has called broadband “the next tipping point, the next truly transformational technology,” generating jobs, driving growth and productivity, and underpinning long-term economic competitiveness. Over the past year, there has been strong growth in fixed broadband subscriptions and by the end of 2010, fixed broadband penetration will reach 8 per cent globally, but levels in developing countries remain low at 4.4 subscriptions per 100 people compared to 24.6 in developed countries.While high-speed Internet is still out of reach for many people in poorer countries, mobile telephony is becoming ubiquitous, with access to networks now available to over 90 per cent of the global population. Data indicate that among the estimated 5.3 billion mobile subscriptions by the end of 2010, 3.8 billion will be in the developing world.“Mobile phone penetration in developing countries now stands at 68 per cent, higher than any other technology before,” ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Sami Al Basheer said. “These countries have been innovative in adapting mobile technology to their particular needs and will be able to draw even greater benefits from broadband once adequate and affordable access is available.” Overall, the price of services is falling, but high-speed Internet access remains prohibitively expensive, especially in low-income developing countries. In 2009, an entry-level fixed (wired) broadband connection cost on average 190 PPP$ (Purchasing power parity in dollars) per month in developing countries, compared to only 28 PPP$ in developed countries.Mobile cellular services are much more affordable, with an average monthly cost of 15 PPP$ in developing countries compared to around 18 PPP$ in developed countries. The relative price for ICT services, especially broadband, is highest in Africa, the region with the lowest income levels. 19 October 2010The number of Internet users worldwide has doubled in the past five years and will surpass the 2 billion mark in 2010, with the majority of the 226 million new users this year coming from developing countries, the United Nations telecommunication agency reported today. read more

UN official deplores NATO attack on Libyan television station

8 August 2011The head of the United Nations agency entrusted with safeguarding press freedom today deplored a recent North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) attack on Libyan State broadcasting facilities last month which killed three media workers and injured 21 people. “Media outlets should not be targeted in military actions,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said in a statement, citing a Security Council resolution from 2006 that condemns acts of violence against journalists and media personnel in conflict situations. “The NATO strike is also contrary to the principles of the Geneva Conventions that establish the civilian status of journalists in times of war even when they engage in propaganda,” she added. “Silencing the media is never a solution. Fostering independent and pluralistic media is the only way to enable people to form their own opinion.”NATO issued a statement saying that the strike was conducted in accordance with Security Council resolution 1973 adopted in March, which authorizes the use of “all necessary measures” to protect civilians in Libya, where the regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi has conducted a military offensive against citizens seeking both greater freedoms and his removal from power. read more

UN envoy voices deep concern over forced deportation of ethnic minorities to

Peter Leuprecht, the Special Representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for human rights in Cambodia, said the refugees had crossed from Viet Nam to the Andong Meas district of Ratanakiri province at least a day before they were deported on 2 March, but provincial police denied access to UN officers on grounds that the Montagnards were “illegal immigrants.””These deportations are in clear violation of the 1951 Convention on Refugees, to which Cambodia is a party,” Mr. Leuprecht said in a statement issued in Geneva. “The ‘non-refoulement’ principle in this convention states that asylum seekers should not be returned to a country where they face a well-founded fear of persecution.”The Special Representative said this was not the first time that such incidents have come to his attention and expressed regret that Cambodia appeared to be in non-compliance with its obligations under the refugee treaty.On 25 January, Viet Nam tried and convicted four Montagnard asylum seekers who were forcibly deported from Cambodia, sentencing them to up to six and a half years imprisonment for “organizing illegal migrations,” Mr. Leuprecht said, adding that he was also worried by evidence of mistreatment by the Cambodian authorities. The Special Representative said that it was the Cambodian authorities’ responsibility to ensure that those responsible for these incidents were brought to account, and to ensure that UNHCR staff were allowed to carry out their work properly.”Where repatriations do occur these must be voluntary. No asylum seeker should be mistreated or forcibly deported,” he said, urging the Royal Government of Cambodia to fully uphold its international obligations on the treatment of refugees.Meanwhile, UNHCR said talks with Cambodian and Vietnamese officials, as well as the agency’s representative for the region, will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday as part of a bid to put back on track the agreement on the return to Vietnam of some 1,000 Montagnards who had fled to Cambodia a year ago. read more

Ahead of Pyeongchang Games UN Assembly President appeals for nations to honour

“I solemnly appeal to all Member States to demonstrate their commitment to the Olympic Truce for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic and Paralympic Games and to undertake concrete actions at the local, national, regional and world levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Truce,” said Mr. Lajčák. He also called upon all warring parties of current armed conflicts around the world to “boldly agree to true mutual ceasefires for the duration of the Olympic Truce, thus providing an opportunity to settle disputes peacefully.” The ancient Greek tradition of the ekecheira, or ‘Olympic Truce,’ began in the eighth century B.C., and serves as a hallowed principle of the Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) renewed this tradition in 1992 by calling upon all nations to observe the Truce.The Peyonchang Olympics will be held 9-25 February and the Paralympics 9-18 March.On 13 November last year, the General Assembly adopted a resolution that urges Member States to observe the truce individually and collectively throughout the period from the seventh day before the start of the Olympics until the seventh day following the end of the Paralympics. The Assembly also expressed its expectation that “Pyeongchang 2018 will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.”In a statement on 9 January, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the decision of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to send a delegation to the Olympic Winter Games. read more

Labour candidate receives torrent of online sexual harassment and abuse

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Officially the Labour Candidate for Aberconwy – nomination papers in at Bodlondeb today!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 11 May 2017 “Those posting the abuse are cowards, as they hide behind stupid names and funnily enough nobody ever says anything like that on the doorstep when I go around knocking on doors.”“I’m sure Guto Bebb (the defending Tory MP) isn’t getting this kind of abuse simply because he’s not a young woman standing.” Standing firm for Aberconwy!— Emily Owen (@Emily4Aberconwy) 14 May 2017 “I highly doubt you’ll be asking the male candidates their penis size in order to make a decision about their politics….. sexism is not okay. ”Speaking to the Daily Post, Ms Owen said: “I decided to say something on social media as sexism like this just isn’t acceptable. It’s totally depressing that this sort of thing is still going on in 2017.” Emily Owen, standing for election as the Labour Party candidate in Aberconwy, has been on the receiving end of a huge amount of sexual harassment on social media since announcing her candidacy. Ms Owen, 22, highlighted the abuse with a message on Twitter: “Let’s discuss politics, not my breasts.”The Labour candidate, who is standing against Guto Bebb, Conservative MP for Aberconwy since 2010, has received messages commenting on her physical appearance and her breast size, with one man contacting her  to say: “How many votes for a striptease?”In a post on her Facebook page MsOwen said: “This is the first time I’ve been under this level of public scrutiny and I have to say I’m shocked! “If people have questions about my politics, discuss with me. If you don’t agree with my reply, challenge me.“What is not acceptable is flooding me with messages about what sexual acts I’m prepared to perform to get votes, what bra size I am, how many votes needed for me to strip and comments suggesting the reason I’m standing is to sleep with an Oxford grad.“I’ve been debating ignoring it but this behaviour is disgusting and needs calling out!!!last_img read more

Thermo Fisher Scientific application note highlights use of portable XRF analysis in

first_imgOre deposit investigation showcases high correlation between Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Field X-ray data and lab assays. The company has published a new application note detailing results of an investigation carried out in the Francisco I. Madero zinc-copper-lead-(silver) deposit, which is owned by Peñoles and operated as an underground mine in Zacatecas, central Mexico. High correlation was found between sample data obtained from the Thermo Scientific Niton FXL field X-ray lab and lab assays. This finding, along with identification of geochemically anomalous zones at depth using data from the analyser, indicate the efficiency of the instrument in locating centres of hydrothermal activity and mineralisation.“More than 3,000 of our Thermo Scientific portable XRF analysers are deployed in the global mining markets. The Niton FXL analyser is ideal for advanced exploration and drilling, industrial mineral mining and oil and gas exploration. Additionally, our unique Thermo Scientific TestAll Geo technology automatically determines the correct analytical test mode for rapid analysis of major and minor elements in geological samples. All of our analysers, both portable and handheld, are engineered from the ground up to withstand harsh mining environments, reduce laboratory costs and improve efficiency” said Jon Shein, Senior Director of Marketing Communications for Thermo Scientific Portable Analytical Instruments.The Thermo Scientific Niton FXL Series field X-ray lab delivers XRF-based elemental analysis with lab-quality testing performance and low levels of detection for up to 40 critical elements. Housed in a compact, portable package, it can be operated virtually anywhere onsite, from the back of a truck, mounted on a tripod or in an on-site lab. It has a rechargeable battery and is designed to operate in dusty, harsh field environments. This elemental analysis lab offers great performance, features and mobility:True lab-quality performance with superior limits of detectionNondestructive with accurate, consistent elemental analysis in minutes – or lessEasy to use, with little operator training requiredAvailable with 1 mm, 3 mm and 8 mm spot sizesSample spinner for reducing sample heterogeneity issues due to grain sizeClosed-beam design requires minimal licensing in most countriesThe Niton FXL field X-ray lab is based on Thermo Scientific’s proven, reliable software: there’s no PC required, alleviating the worry of a computer crash and loss of data. Not only does this instrument include advanced batteries that support extended continuous operation on a single charge, it is also free of the need for air filters that can clog if not maintained.last_img read more

Komatsu D8518 dozer equipped for small mines

first_imgKomatsu America has introduced the new D85-18 dozer. With a 264 hp, Komatsu SAA6D125E-7, variable geometry, turbo charged (KVGT) and after cooled, Tier 4 Final certified engine, this new dozer “leverages Komatsu’s nearly 20 years of experience and innovative leadership in emissions technology to deliver a high-performance, more environmentally-friendly engine that burns up to 5% less fuel and costs less to operate” says the company. A standard EX track model and a low ground pressure PX track model are available to offer customers flotationand weight distribution options that best match their needs.“For anyone looking for a large construction or small mining size dozer, the D85-18 hits the sweet spot,” saidChuck Murawski, Komatsu America Product Manager. “Whether you’re dozing, leveling or spreading, it has thespeed and power to get the job done and it saves you fuel in the bargain,” Murawski said. The crawler dozers are equipped with the latest KOMTRAX technology. Data such as fuel levels, DEF levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. A new Operator Identification System reports key operating information for multiple operators and a new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs.Komatsu says it has built upon its strengths using a proven Tier 4 Interim foundation to integrate Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) that further reduces NOx emissions using Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF). The Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimise performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. The result is lower fuel consumption with no loss of performance. Komatsu continues to use a Komatsu Variable Geometry Turbocharger (KVGT) and Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valve with hydraulic actuator for more precise temperature and air management control as well as longer component life.To ensure product reliability and durability in demanding conditions, Komatsu developed the entire system, including the control software, which is critical to the effective operation of the after-treatment system. This control system is also integrated into the machine’s on-board diagnostics systems and KOMTRAX, Komatsu’s standard telematics system. The D85EX-18 is also equipped with a 9.4 yd³ SIGMADOZER blade which gives the machine a high blade capacity. The SIGMADOZER with standard power pitch “dramatically improves dozing performance and increases productivity by up to 15% over a conventional Semi-U blade.” The blade features a frontal design concept adopted for digging and rolling material at the centre of the blade. “The unique blade shape increases soil-holding capacity. Digging resistance is reduced for a smoother flow of material so larger amounts of soil can be dozed with less power.” The protruding cutting edge of the SIGMADOZER resembles a spade nose shovel whereas the straight cutting edge of a conventional Semi-U blade resembles a flat shovel. The SIGMADOZER works similarly to a spade nose shovel because it is easier to push through the soil and requires less energy.The D85-18 has a new automatic transmission that reduces fuel consumption by up to 5% and offers greater power train efficiency. Two gearshift modes – automatic or manual – can be easily selected to fit the appropriate application: automatic for all general dozing and manual for dozing and ripping rough ground. E- and P-Modes help match machine performance to the application. E-Mode is chosen for all general dozing, levelling and spreading applications providing adequate speed and power while saving up to 10% fuel usage. P-Mode is chosen for heavier applications where engine power has priority over fuel consumption.Komatsu’s Palm Command Control System (PCCS) gives operators maximum control, offering a relaxed posture and “superb fine control” to minimise operator fatigue. Powerful turns under various work conditions are achieved with the Hydrostatic Steering System (HSS) to transmit power to both tracks without interruption. Counter-rotation is available in neutral for minimum turning radius, providing excellent manoeuverability. An integrated cab design also creates an optimal operator environment.last_img read more

Hasbros Mighty Muggs Because Funko Pops Have Soulless Eyes

first_imgStay on target Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. If you know me, you know I love Funko Pops. Actually, that’s a lie, but I respect Funko Pops. Simple molds to make inexpensive collectibles across a mind-boggling range of properties. It’s both a good business model and a good way to make figurines accessible to casual collectors. I mean, I hate them with a passion myself, but that’s because I know Funko can do so much better when they use more complex molds and keep closer to on-model designs for their vinyl figures.Anyway, Funko Pops. Squat bodies, big heads, creepy soulless eyes that lots of people love. But if you don’t like the Funko Pop design, Hasbro has an alternative: Mighty Muggs. They’re shaped similar, have giant heads, and are about $11 a pop. And, since Hasbro is one of Disney’s biggest licensing partners for toys, they have lots of Marvel and Star Wars figures to collect. They also have eyes with irises and sclera, not just little black beads of alien perception. Each one also has three facial expressions, too.Hasbro sent us a box of four Mighty Muggs with the cringe-inducing hash tag #MUGGLIFE on the packaging. Here are the Mighty Muggs of Neo-Jedi heroine Rey and popular learning experience Poe Dameron from Star Wars and monarchical technocrat Black Panther and complex procyonid Rocket Raccoon from Marvel.AdChoices广告The bodies of all four of these figures are nearly identical, inline with Funko Pops and Kidrobot’s Munny vinyl figures. Round with LEGO minifigure-like hands and feet, easy for standing up and cheap to produce. You can move the arms up and down a little, but that’s about it. Rey comes with a lightsaber that’s just a simple tube with a little ring between the grip and the transparent blade, and everyone else is empty-handed.Hasbro adds an extra function to the collectible vinyl figure formula by giving Mighty Muggs different facial expressions. Instead of just one painted face, their huge heads are cylinders with three expressions painted on them, like Man-E-Faces from He-Man. These face-heads are capped with big, molded hair or helmets that hide a spinning mechanism. Pressing down on the head turns the face a notch, changing the figure to the next expression.It’s a neat gimmick that lets you change your Mighty Muggs’ look based on your mood. The mechanism is completely hidden and seems fairly sturdy, so you can switch between angry Rey and happy Rey on a whim without dealing with anything more complex than pressing down on her head.I don’t know if I’ll ever quite get vinyl figures like these. I’m more of an on-model guy, and when I go chibi I go full weeb with Nendoroids. But these Mighty Muggs are fun, inexpensive figures with much more expressive eyes and the same low price tag as Funko Pops, and they’re a pretty good alternative if you’re into this type of figure.center_img Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… last_img read more

Buddy high on NBA best Rookie list

first_img T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Related Items:#magneticmedianews, basketball, buddy, buddyhield, grandbahama, magneticmedia, magneticmediatv, nba, sacramento, sports Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 10, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Buddy Heild, now of the Sacramento Kings has risen to No. 5 on the NBA Rookie ladder.  Heild is hailed as a good player under pressure by which says that when things get tight, Buddy is shooting at 75 per cent from the field and has a true shooting of 67 per cent.Buddy is also quoted in recent interviews as distancing his style from an NBA big player and  champion, Steph Curry. Buddy says he is Buddy Fresh, Buddy Love and admits that at this stage in his NBA career he cannot do the things Curry is doing. Buddy also said the trade to the Kings, where expectations of their performance as a team are not high without DeMarcus Cousins; Heild said he plans to finish strong, no cruising for him.  It was last month that Buddy was traded to the Kings from the New Orleans Pelicans.#MagneticMediaNews #BuddyHield #BahamasLovesBuddyPhotoCredit: Sacramento Kings #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flameslast_img read more

Army vows to help fund cleanup at Bonneville

first_imgContractors may come and go, but Clark County will have the resources necessary to turn Camp Bonneville into a park, an Army official vowed Tuesday.The statement by the U.S. Army’s project manager comes as Clark County works to terminate the contractor hired four years ago to turn the former east county artillery range into a county park.“The Army stands by ensuring that Clark County has the proper resources,” said Bill O’Donnell, the Army’s Virginia-based project manager for Camp Bonneville.The cleanup stalled late last year when the main subcontractor removing unexploded ordnance pulled out after Army funding dried up. Cost overruns and funding disputes reached a stalemate between the Army and the county’s lead contractor, Bonneville Conservation Restoration and Renewal Team, headed by Mike Gage, a former deputy mayor of Los Angeles who had previously worked with the Trust for Public Land.Citing the need for “new leadership and a fresh perspective,” the county and state Department of Ecology jointly announced last month that the county was terminating its contract with Gage.last_img read more

DOJ asks Google to share data in Roger Stone investigation

first_imgThe government reportedly wants to compile a timeline of Roger Stone’s public statements related to his alleged communications with WikiLeaks. Getty Images The Justice Department has asked Google to share data to help with its investigation of Roger Stone, President Donald Trump’s former adviser.The tech giant is being asked to share upload dates for YouTube videos in which Stone made public statements in August 2016, according to a court order, Forbes reported earlier on Monday. Google owns YouTube.”While YouTube posts a ‘published on’ date for videos,” the order reads, “the government seeks certified business records establishing the upload dates.” The government reportedly wants to compile a timeline of Stone’s public statements related to his alleged communications with WikiLeaks about the 2016 release of stolen Democratic party information. Stone was indicted in January for allegedly lying to Congress and has denied claims that he had direct communications with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.The videos the Justice Department is interested in include ones showing Stone on InfoWars and the Dana Loesch show, as well as one of him making public remarks in Florida.  Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Originally published June 10, 3:20 p.m. PT.Update, June 11: Adds confirmation from the DOJ. Share your voice $999 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the Rylo camera preview Rylo 1 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $60 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $6 at Tidal Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the AirPods review Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See at Amazon Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Apple iPhone XS DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Google,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Comment See It DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $999 7 $59 at eBay Read DJI Osmo Action preview Comments Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Tags $210 at Best Buy See at Turo $155 at Google Express Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30.center_img $520 at HP Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $299 at Amazon $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See it Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sprint See It $999 Amazon Politics TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review Chris Monroe/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Angela Lang/CNET Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Boost Mobile See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Utqiaġvik barbecue connects people to scientific research next door

first_imgResidents attended a recent science-centered barbecue at the Barrow Arctic Research Center to hear about some of the research being done in Utqiaġvik. (Ravenna Koenig/ Alaska’s Energy Desk)There’s a lot of science that happens on the North Slope. Some of it’s homegrown, like the wildlife research done by the North Slope Borough. But a lot of it is done by scientists who spend weeks or months doing field work here before heading home.Listen nowSo how does the community stay in the loop on the research being done in their own backyard?Out on the edge of Utqiaġvik, people filter into the building that serves as the town’s science hub. Kids play on the floor, while adults chat over hamburgers and hot dogs. By the time the presentations get started, every seat is taken.“Thank you all for coming to our first BARC-becue,” Kaare Erickson said. Erickson is the community science liaison for Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation (UIC) Science, the arm of the village corporation that works on science logistics. “We call this building the BARC — it’s the Barrow Arctic Research Center… we’re just starting the BARC-becue series.”Erickson grew up mostly in Unalakleet but his mom is from Utqiaġvik. Basically his job is to represent North Slope residents to the scientists who work up here, and vice versa.In addition to food, there are also presentations from scientists who are trying to better understand some of the natural processes that affect climate by studying things like clouds and vegetation.Fifty or so people showed up to the event, including Emma Kignak, who goes by Susie.“I wanted to hear what was going on with the global warming,” Kignak said.Kignak says that she’s seeing the effects of that warming with her own eyes, like changes in the sea ice. She came to this talk because she wants to understand why those changes are happening, and what might happen in the future. For example, she’s concerned about the warming of the permafrost that her town is built on.“I always wonder… where are we going to go if all of a sudden the ice melt[s] and we all sink in?” Kignak said.Leanna Mack is another resident who turned out for the event. She says she likes to keep tabs on the science being done in her hometown; it’s something she’s naturally curious about.“I’ve been interested in science myself,” Mack said.  “And growing up, my grandmother — she translated for National Science Foundation.”Mack says she was a little surprised that so many people came to the talk because it is a drive, albeit a short one, from the main town. But she also said it makes sense, given this community’s long history with research.“A lot of people in the community have been engaged in all the science that’s been going on up here for like 30, 40 years already,” Mack said. “And so I think that’s why there are so many people who do come out here, especially older people, because they were involved in it when they were little as well.”Throughout the summer, Kaare Erickson will be organizing several other science outreach events.Though Erickson is an employee of UIC Science, about half of his work is funded by the National Science Foundation, which sponsors a lot of North Slope research.Erickson says that some researchers are more invested in outreach than others, and he’s glad when he encounters people who want to engage with the public. Presentations like those at the BARC-becue do help the community stay informed about the science that’s happening in their home.But Erickson also wants researchers to take a second look at when in the research process that outreach happens.“Does it come at the very end when you’re all done with the research when you come back and share the knowledge?” Erickson said. “Or does it come in the middle where you’re doing the research so that some of that traditional knowledge might be incorporated into your results? Or does it come in the very beginning when you’re planting the seeds and creating the research questions?”In the future, Erickson hopes that things will shift more toward the last.last_img read more

Justice R S Chauhan sworn in as Telangana HC Chief Justice

first_imgHyderabad: Governor E S L Narasimhan on Saturday administered the oath of office to Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan as the Chief Justice of Telangana High Court at a function held at the Raj Bhavan here. Chief Secretary S K Joshi initiated oath-taking ceremony, and High Court Registrar General A Venkateswar Reddy read out the warrant of the President of India, appointing Justice Chauhan as Chief Justice of Telangana High Court. Also Read – Heavy rains lash erstwhile Khammam district Advertise With Us Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao congratulated the Chief Justice and presented a bouquet to him. Legislative Assembly Speaker Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, Home Minister Md Mahmood Ali, Medical and Health Minister Eatala Rajender, Excise Minister V Srinivas Goud, Transport, Roads and Buildings Minister Vemula Prashanth Reddy, Minister for Endowments Indrakaran Reddy, DGP Mahender Reddy and Judges of High Courts of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka were also present.last_img read more