‘Vomit comet’ study could lead to better space suit design

first_imgOn Earth, humans break from a walk into a run—where both feet are lifted off the ground—when their speed reaches about 2.1 meters per second. Calculations predicted that the transition speed would be lower on the moon due to the reduced gravity, at about 0.86 meters per second, but lab simulations have suggested higher values than that. Short of flying a crew to the moon, the only way to test things out in lunar gravity is by hopping onto NASA’s adapted DC-9 aircraft that can fly a roller-coaster path—so the researchers did just that. During each cycle on the so-called vomit comet, volunteers had 20 to 30 seconds to test out varying walk and run speeds on a treadmill (similar to what’s pictured) when the gravity on them fell to one-sixth of that on Earth. The results confirm that the walk-to-run transition speed is indeed higher than predicted by theory, at an average of 1.42 meters per second. This is possibly due to the additional force that swinging arms and legs exert on the body, as the effect of such force is more pronounced in lunar gravity, the team reports this week in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The researchers hope such studies could lead to more agile space suits.last_img read more

Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss

first_imgRoad Warriors: Alab posts 3rd straight win Read Next View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PBA IMAGESGinebra halted its three-game losing skid and dealt San Miguel its first defeat, 100-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite missing Greg Slaughter in the rematch of last year’s all-Filipino Cup Finals, the Gin Kings drew huge contributions from Jervy Cruz and unheralded big man Raymond Aguilar while also getting big games from LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:GINEBRA 100 — Tenorio 23, J. Aguilar 23, Cruz 17, R. Aguilar 16, Ferrer 11, Thompson 6, Caguioa 2, Mercado 2, Wilson 0.SAN MIGUEL 96 — Fajardo 33, Ross 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 12, Lanete 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Pessumal 4, Heruela 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0.Quarters: 19-33, 44-52, 75-66, 100-96. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Raymond Aguilar stepped up with 16 points. Tenorio had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists while Aguilar also scored 23 to go along with nine rebounds.“It was tough. Who would’ve thought that we can come out and win that game after the way we’ve played the last three games?” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone as the Gin Kings leveled their record to 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Today, we played a very controlled game and was able to make plays. At the start of the game, I thought this is a mismatch. The first quarter looked like an absolute mismatch and we had no chance. But our guys dug in, made a run at halftime, and carried that momentum in the second half. We got ahead and started believing. I think we forgot how good of a team we can be.”Starting slow and falling behind by 16, 33-17, in the first half, Ginebra swung the momentum to its favor as it staged a telling 22-2 blast in the third quarter to take a 68-61 lead. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Gin Kings even held a 10-point lead, 97-87 with 2:10 remaining before the Beermen made one last rally, bringing the lead down to two, 97-95 with 1:00 left to play.Tenorio could only muster a split on his free throw with 24.6 seconds remaining, opening the door for San Miguel. Arwind Santos, however, muffed a couple of game-tying 3-pointers and Chris Ross was called for a technical foul for deliberately shooting a free throw that was supposedly for Chico Lanete with 4.5 ticks left that led to another freebie by Tenorio.Lanete made his first charity and intentionally missed his second, but a fight for the loose ball gave Ginebra the possession. Aguilar was fouled and he sealed the game at the line.It was a valiant effort from four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who anchored his side with 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the defeat.Lassiter and Ross both had 16 markers and combined for 15 boards and nine dimes as San Miguel saw its five-game winning run snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

d’Amico’s Two New Product Tankers Hit the Water

first_imgzoom d’Amico International Shipping S.A., an international marine transportation company operating in the product tanker market, said that its two additional MR “ECO” vessels built at Hyundai Vinashin Shipyard Co., Ltd. (Vietnam) have been launched.The first vessel, MT High Sun (Hull n. S408, 50,000 dwt) ordered in March 2013 was launched and delivered on May 22 to Eco Tankers Ltd. (Malta), a JV with Venice Shipping and Logistics S.p.A., in which DIS has 33% interest.The second vessel, MT High Fidelity (Hull n.S 409, 50,000 dwt) ordered in March 2013 was launched on the same day and is expected to be delivered to d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) in Q3 2014.Both vessels are already fixed in time charter to a leading Oil Refining Company for a period of respectively three and two years at very profitable levels.The two newbuilding vessels are the latest IMO II MR design with the highest fuel efficiency. The design is the utmost HMD concept of hull shape and propulsion efficiency leading to a fuel saving of 6-7 T/day compare to the average consumption of world existing MR fleet.The vessels will have an attained Energy Design Index (EEDI) falling already well within the IMO phase-in 3 requirement due for vessels to be built after Jan 1st,2025, being of 31. 5 % lower than the current IMO reference line.d’Amico Tankers Limited fleet includes 38.8 double -hull product tankers (MR and Handysize) with an average age of about 5.8 years (of which 20.3 owned vessels and 18.5 chartered-in vessels), including 4 .3 ‘Eco design’ newbuilding vessels delivered in the first half of 2014.d’Amico Tankers Limited has currently a total of 11 new ‘Eco design’ product tanker shipbuilding contracts, which include 7 MR and 4 Handysize vessels, at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. Ltd.Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, said: “I am very happy to announce that two further ‘Eco’ vessels will join DIS modern fleet and have already been fixed in Time Charter to an important refining company at very good rates.We are actually seeing a constantly growing demand from Oil -majors and leading market players for these types of ships. In fact, these vessels will allow significant bunker cost savings and a consider able reduction of CO2 emissions. These two vessels and their unique design were also the result of a very close and successful cooperation between the technical team of d’Amico Group and Hyundai Mipo shipyard.”d’Amico, May 26, 2014last_img read more

Chefs and truck drivers beware AI is coming for your jobs

Robots aren’t replacing everyone, but a quarter of U.S. jobs will be severely disrupted as artificial intelligence accelerates the automation of existing work, according to a new Brookings Institution report.The report, published Thursday, says roughly 36 million Americans hold jobs with “high exposure” to automation — meaning at least 70 per cent of their tasks could soon be performed by machines using current technology. Among those most likely to be affected are cooks, waiters and others in food services; short-haul truck drivers; and clerical office workers.“That population is going to need to upskill, reskill or change jobs fast,” said Mark Muro, a senior fellow at Brookings and lead author of the report.Muro said the timeline for the changes could be “a few years or it could be two decades.” But it’s likely that automation will happen more swiftly during the next economic downturn. Businesses are typically eager to implement cost-cutting technology as they lay off workers.Some economic studies have found similar shifts toward automating production happened in the early part of previous recessions — and may have contributed to the “jobless recovery” that followed the 2008 financial crisis.But with new advances in artificial intelligence, it’s not just industrial and warehouse robots that will alter the American workforce. Self-checkout kiosks and computerized hotel concierges will do their part.Most jobs will change somewhat as machines take over routine tasks, but a majority of U.S. workers will be able to adapt to that shift without being displaced.The changes will hit hardest in smaller cities, especially those in the heartland and Rust Belt and in states like Indiana and Kentucky, according to the report by the Washington think-tank . They will also disproportionately affect the younger workers who dominate food services and other industries at highest risk for automation.Some chain restaurants have already shifted to self-ordering machines ; a handful have experimented with robot-assisted kitchens .Google this year is piloting the use of its digital voice assistant at hotel lobbies to instantly interpret conversations across a few dozen languages. Autonomous vehicles could replace short-haul delivery drivers. Walmart and other retailers are preparing to open cashier-less stores powered by in-store sensors or cameras with facial recognition technology.“Restaurants will be able to get along with significantly reduced workforces,” Muro said. “In the hotel industry, instead of five people manning a desk to greet people, there’s one and people basically serve themselves.”Many economists find that automation has an overall positive effect on the labour market, said Matias Cortes, an assistant professor at York University in Toronto who was not involved with the Brookings report. It can create economic growth, reduce prices and increase demand while also creating new jobs that make up for those that disappear.But Cortes said there’s no doubt there are “clear winners and losers.” In the recent past, those hardest hit were men with low levels of education who dominated manufacturing and other blue-collar jobs, and women with intermediate levels of education who dominated clerical and administrative positions.In the future, the class of workers affected by automation could grow as machines become more intelligent. The Brookings report analyzed each occupation’s automation potential based on research by the McKinsey management consulting firm. Those jobs that remain largely unscathed will be those requiring not just advanced education, but also interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence.“These high-paying jobs require a lot of creativity and problem-solving,” Cortes said. “That’s going to be difficult for new technologies to replace.”Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press read more

Researchers find more cases of Facebook app data exposure

SAN FRANCISCO — Security researchers have uncovered more instances of Facebook user data being publicly exposed on the internet, further underscoring its struggles as it deals with a slew of privacy problems.The researchers from the firm UpGuard said in a blog post Wednesday that the data, which included user names and passwords, came from two different Facebook apps that stored their data publicly on Amazon’s cloud services. Facebook says the databases have been taken down.But the episode illustrates Facebook’s issues with controlling its users’ data, especially once it is in the hands of third-party developers.The databases were from a Mexico-based media company called Cultura Colectiva, which included more than 540 million records — like user comments and likes — and from an app called At the Pool.The Associated Press read more

Bell joins Rogers with unlimited data plans Telus takes different path

Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:TSX:RCI.B, TSX:SJR.B, TSX:T)David Paddon, The Canadian Press TORONTO — Bell has joined Rogers in offering wireless data plans that don’t charge overage fees once the monthly cap has been exceeded — a new approach for Canada’s national wireless carriers.Like its rival, Bell is offering a $75 per month plan with up to 10 gigabytes of full-speed data usage per month, followed by unlimited data at reduced speeds.Telus is taking a different approach from the other two, with a plan that effectively charges $75 per month for 15 gigabytes of data full-speed data usage per month, followed by the standard overage fee.The new plans signal at least a temporary shift in pricing strategy for Canada’s three national wireless networks, which have been slower to adopted “unlimited” data plans than  U.S. carriers.Rogers says the change in pricing is part of a multi-year plan ahead of the introduction of higher-speed, higher-capacity fifth-generation wireless networks.The Bell offers will end June 30 while Telus says its $75 plan with 10 gigabytes of data plus five gigabytes of bonus data will be available until July 2.There are other terms and conditions that set Canada’s three national carriers apart from each other and from Freedom Mobile, which has long offered unlimited data plans without overage fees in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.Analyst Aravinda Galappatthige of CanaccordGenuity says the introduction of unlimited plans with larger data buckets will counter one of Freedom’s main advantages.“With that said, we note there is still a healthy gap between Freedom’s pricing and Rogers’ initial pricing,” he wrote. A current Freedom promotion is offer 10 gigabytes of data per month for $60 plus four gigs of fast bonus data on its own regional network and one gigabyte of fast data nationally. read more

Ban Kimoon urges calm after Lebanon postpones presidential election again

23 November 2007Reacting to the fifth postponement of the Lebanese presidential election beyond the term of the current incumbent, Emile Lahoud, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged all parties to maintain calm and further intensify efforts to reach a compromise as soon as possible. “The Secretary-General urges all parties to live up to their responsibilities and to act within the constitutional framework as well as in a peaceful and democratic manner,” a spokesperson for Mr. Ban said in a statement released in New York voicing regret at the postponement of the election, which was to have been held tomorrow.“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned at the fragility of the situation in Lebanon and is following events very carefully.”Mr. Ban and his Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Geir O. Pedersen, are in close touch with key players in the country, the region and beyond, according to the statement. read more

Aid to Horn of Africa must be linked to boosting longterm food

25 July 2011Emergency delivery of aid to people facing drought-related hunger in the Horn of Africa must be accompanied by longer-term efforts to boost food security in the region, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling for an agricultural transformation that improves the livelihoods of rural communities in the region. “Short-term relief must be linked to building long-term sustainability. This means an agricultural transformation that improves the resilience of rural livelihoods and minimizes the scale of any future crisis,” Mr. Ban said in a message to delegates attending a United Nations-convened emergency ministerial meeting on the Horn of Africa in Rome.“It means climate-smart crop production, livestock rearing, fish farming and forest maintenance practices that enable all people to have year-round access to the nutrition they need,” said Mr. Ban in the message, delivered on his behalf by Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.An estimated 11.6 million people in Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia are facing severe food shortages with rates of malnutrition and related deaths having reached alarming levels in many parts of the region. The UN last week declared a state on famine in two areas of southern Somalia, the worst affected country.Mr. Ban urged donors to provide a further $1 billion to assist those facing hunger. An estimated $2 billion in aid is required for the humanitarian response to the drought emergency, out of which $1 billion has so far been committed, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).Delegates at the meeting in Rome, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) at the request of France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), recognized that the hunger crisis in East Africa could rapidly worsen into a humanitarian disaster if a response is delayed.“The combined forces of drought, inflation and conflict have created a catastrophic situation that urgently requires massive international support,” Jacques Diouf, the FAO Director-General, told the meeting attended by ministers and other senior government representatives from the agency’s 191 Member States.“If we want to avoid future famine and food insecurity crises in the region, countries and the international community urgently need to bolster the agricultural sector and accelerate investments in rural development,” said Mr. Diouf.“Many of the women I met in Somalia and Kenya over the past few days had lost their children and had no one to depend on but the humanitarian agencies on the ground,” Josette Sheeran, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), told the gathering.“We are particularly worried about Somalia right now and it is vital that we reach those at the epicentre of the famine with food assistance – especially the highly fortified nutritious products that are so important for vulnerable children,” she said.Delegates at the meeting agreed that governments of the countries affected by the food emergency would manage response efforts in line with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Horn of Africa Plan of Action.They stressed that there is still a “window of opportunity” to support affected populations, including farmers, fishing communities and herders to restore their livelihoods and called for a special focus pastoralists and agro-pastoralists.“We commit to an immediate and appropriate response to ensure that affected countries and communities have the capacity to preserve the vulnerable livelihoods on which so many people’s lives depend while building long-term resilience and safeguarding the foundations of food security to ensure sustainable reduction of hunger and malnutrition,” the delegates said.As humanitarian operations gather pace, WFP is feeding 1.5 million people in Somalia and making efforts to reach another 2.2 million in areas of the south that had remained inaccessible. Food drops are being considered, according to an OCHA update.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that 780,000 children are acutely malnourished in southern Somalia, a 35 per cent increase since January. The agency has sent in nearly 900 tons of therapeutic and supplementary feeding supplies, enough to assist some 38,000 children in the coming days.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is distributing aid packages to some 189,000 people in southern Somalia and working with local authorities and other partners to register Somali refugees arriving in large numbers in Kenya and Ethiopia. Efforts are also under way to urgently improve shelter, water and other aid services for the refugees.The Security Council, meanwhile, expressed grave concern over famine conditions in Somalia’s southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle regions, as well as acute malnutrition in parts of the wider Horn of Africa.In a press statement after receiving a briefing from the Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Catherine Bragg, members of the Council welcomed the mobilization of the international community in response to the crisis, but voiced concern over the shortfall in humanitarian funding for Somalia. They urged all UN Member States to contribute to the appeal for Somalia.The Council urged all parties in Somalia to ensure “full, safe and unhindered access for the timely delivery of humanitarian aid to persons in need of assistance.” All armed groups must take appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian personnel and supplies, the Council added. read more

General Assembly President calls for early conflict mediation to avoid violence

25 February 2012The President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser today stressed the importance of mediation in the early stages of conflicts, saying that seeking peaceful settlement of disputes before they become violent can save lives and ensure stability. “There are lessons to be learned, particularly by those who insist on clinging to power against the will of their own people,” Mr. Al-Nasser said when he addressed the International Istanbul Conference on Mediation in Turkey, entitled ‘Enhancing Peace Through Mediation: New Actors, Fresh Approaches, Bold Initiatives.’“We should allow more room for mediation before conflicts erupt or situations worsen,” he told delegates at the conference that focused on the so-called “track II actors” in mediation ¬– civil society, research institutions, and former high level personalities – who, he said, are playing a growing role in resolving conflicts, building capacity and engaging in post-conflict reconstruction.“In some cases, track II actors support and contribute to mediation processes. In others, they initiate, lead and successfully conclude entire processes,” said Mr. Al-Nasser.He said the United Nations should support regional actors and initiatives to find lasting solutions to disputes.“It is a welcome and encouraging development that the United Nations, including the Security Council, is listening more closely to regional actors, and taking into consideration their concerns before making critical decisions,” he added.Mr. Al-Nasser announced that he will on 23 May convene an informal high-level meeting of the General Assembly in New York to discuss the role of Member States in mediation.“Benefiting from the experience of eminent mediators, the meeting will seek to identify challenges to effectively dealing with regional and international conflicts,” he said.He pointed out that the world is going through a challenging period of transition and that “all eyes are on the awakening taking place across the Arab world and other places. This flow of history cannot be stopped nor reversed.“Tragically, many people have paid the ultimate price for the establishment of an accountable political system that respects the dignity and basic rights of its people,” Mr. Al-Nasser said, stressing that the bloody conflicts in Libya and Syria should remind the world of the importance of mediation.Mr. Al-Nasser also met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu.His discussions with Mr. Erdogan centred on the latest developments in Syria. Mr. Al-Nasser commended Turkey for its leading mediation role in the region.They also touched on a wide range of issues including, the revitalization of the General Assembly and Security Council reform and the strengthening of the Alliance of Civilizations.Mr. Al-Nasser and Mr. Davutoglu stressed that the meeting of the Friends of Syria in Tunisia and the appointment of former UN Secretary-General Assembly Kofi Annan as Joint Special Envoy for Syria demonstrated the willingness and commitment of the international community to work together to resolve the crisis in that country. He welcomed the offer of Government of Turkey to host a second meeting on Syria next month. At a joint press conference, Mr. Al-Nasser and Mr. Davutoglu urged the Syrian Government to immediately accept a plan proposed by the League of Arab States aimed at ending violence against civilians. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (13,874.00, down 7.20 points):Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down seven cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $5.90 on 10.1 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 16 cents, or 1.86 per cent, to $8.76 on 9.9 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 47 cents, or 7.67 per cent, to $6.60 on 8.9 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Down 23 cents, or 1.72 per cent, to $13.17 on 8.3 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 43 cents, or 4.76 per cent, to $9.46 on 7.6 million shares.Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX:ATH). Oil and gas. Up four cents, or 3.45 per cent, to $1.20 on 6.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 93 cents, or 5.94 per cent, to $16.59 on 1.9 million shares. Cameco is suspending its Rabbit Lake uranium operation in northern Saskatchewan due to poor market conditions. The company announced late Thursday that 500 jobs will be lost at the mine in northern Saskatchewan and about 85 at its U.S. operations, including employees and long-term contractors. Most actively traded companies on the TSX by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 22, 2016 3:17 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Soldier fails to reverse guilty rape plea after claiming he was put

first_imgA soldier who admitted rape has failed in an attempt to reverse his guilty plea after claiming he was put under pressure following the emergence of an incriminating video.Johnny Toulson, 22, launched the unusual legal challenge after a jury cleared his friend of raping the same woman on the same night.After seeing video footage which seemingly caught him in the act, Toulson said he felt he “didn’t have a choice” but to admit guilt.But a Teesside Crown Court judge has rejected his claims and refused to let him change his plea. Toulson, from Thornaby, and Jamie Hill, 25, both denied raping a woman at her home in November 2014. Jamie Hill was cleared of rape The Army Reserve soldiers were accused of taking advantage of her when she was too drunk to consent after a night out in Middlesbrough.An eight-second video of Toulson with the woman, which was filmed by Hill, was seen by Johnny’s lawyers for the first time on the morning of his trial.The video showed the woman with naked Toulson covering her face and Hill laughing and saying “it’s her phone”.Mr Toulson said he was told by his barrister at the time, Robert Mochrie, that the situation was “not looking good” and he was given a choice of “a longer sentence or a shorter sentence”.He added that a Sergeant Major accompanying him to court advised him to change his plea as “you’ll be out sooner”.Mr Toulson said: “I was under pressure. I wasn’t able to think straight. I felt as if my world has just collapsed.“I just felt a bit of hopelessness that I’d go to prison anyway so I may as well take a lesser sentence. I didn’t personally believe I was a rapist.” Robert Mochrie said he told Toulson it was up to him whether he had a trial Robert Mochrie said he told Toulson it was up to him whether he had a trial center_img Mr Mochrie said: “I told him it was capable of destroying his defence. I told him in my opinion the jury would most likely convict him in the face of that evidence.”He said he told Toulson it was up to him whether he had a trial and added: “I’ll do everything I can to defend you but the evidence is what it is.”I would never ever tell somebody to plead guilty to something if they haven’t done it. I was there for a trial.”I wouldn’t expect someone to plead guilty to rape if they hadn’t done it.”I gave this man time. I left him alone to consider what he wanted to do.”Pamela Brain, now representing Toulson, said he was put in a pressurised and impossible situation with advice which was “far too strong”.Prosecutor Jason MacAdam said Toulson made a free choice to accept his guilt. Recorder Richard Wright QC said Toulson “made a fully informed decision” on proper legal advice because he agreed the video looked bad for him.He added: “He didn’t want to take his chance of a longer sentence. The acquittal of Mr Hill now means that he bitterly regrets his decision and wishes he had taken his chances.”He bailed Toulson until sentencing at a later date. Jamie Hill was cleared of rapeCredit: Katie Lunn/ Evening Gazette 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.last_img read more

The secret to success

first_imgWhen it comes to succeeding in a franchise, Coffee Club co-founder and Brisbane Roar shareholder Emmanuel Drivas shares his thoughts on what it takes to be successful.The 56 year-old started the Coffee Club 21 years ago along with business partner and co-founder Emmanuel Kokoris, and since then the company has grown to over 250 stores nationwide.Having left school at the age of 15 to join the workforce, Drivas worked in nearly every capacity of the food and hospitality industry from snack bars to fruit markets before he decided to go into a business venture with his good friend Emmanuel Kokoris.“The Coffee Club came on board because I was very good friends with my other business partner Emmanuel Kokkoris, who actually at the time was working with me at a fruit market and Emmanuel wanted to venture out in his own business and that’s how we came up with the Coffee Club,” Drivas says.“We opened up the first Coffee Club on Eagle Street Pier and over time it eventually grew, but back in those days Emmanuel and I had no intention of franchising.”Although it has grown to be one of the biggest coffee franchises in Australia today, Drivas admits that in the early days, the pair didn’t know a great deal about franchising.“People liked our brand and we were getting a lot of enquiries about franchising and we didn’t know much about franchising because it was relatively new in Australia.”With a Coffee Club in every State across Australia, including 26 in New Zealand, The Coffee Club has now branched out into Asia with five stores in Thailand.Having just secured a master franchise for a province in China, Drivas is now keen to branch out all over Asia and the Middle East after recent negotiations with Egypt and Dubai.“We’ve just secured a master franchise for a province in China, so we hope to start pushing them out throughout the province.”While operating and maintaining a business can be difficult and at times cut throat, Drivas says its dedication rather than a business plan which will find you success.“You have to really be dedicated to your business and dedication doesn’t just mean you have to be there from morning until night seven days a week, it can be a number of other things.”“Dedication is really just dedicating yourself to managing your business and you can do that by managing the people around you while marketing your company.”When looking to the future, Drivas believes it’s all about expansion and getting your name out there which is the key to growth.Having already branched out into Asia, Drivas boldly declares that, as well as growing overseas; he would also like to see the number of stores double within Australia.“Our five year plan here in Australia is to grow from 250 stores to 500 stores and that’s a fairly big plan because it gives us an average of 50 stores a year which is rapid growth.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Hundreds of Greek artefacts to be preserved

first_imgCompanies Threeding and Artec 3D have teamed up once again to assist with the preservation of ancient Greek artefacts.Taking an innovative approach to museum archiving, the dynamic duo have announced they will be adding a new collection to their online platform, which will see a number of unique ancient Greek artefacts digitised in 3D form. The project is seeing success thanks to Artec’s leading technology, namely high-resolution Spider and Eva scanners and studio software. President and CEO of Artec 3D Artyom Yukhin says the team is “honoured to once again be the 3D scanning partner of choice for Threeding’s restoration projects”. “The capture of ancient relics is delicate work, requiring tools that can operate quickly, efficiently, and precisely. Using our lightweight, handheld 3D scanners and advanced software platform, Threeding has been able to add even more value to its impressive historical collection,” he said.Once the project is complete, hundreds of artefacts, which are currently apart of a private collection, will be made available on the Threeding platform for 3D printing by members, changing the way people experience history.“Creating this collection of 3D printing models of ancient Greek artefacts is a milestone for us,” said Cveta-Maria Partaleva, co-founder of Threeding. “Although we already had fantastic ancient artefacts in 3D printing format from our other museum projects, these relics have tremendous meaning for human history and will make Threeding a desirable partner of all museums and collectors who are looking to present their artefacts in a 3D printing-friendly manner.”The pieces are from different periods of history, and include items such as sculptures and busts. Currently available for download are models such as Venus of Milos, the Head of Hygeia and the Head of Zeus, among others.Currently the largest repository for 3D printable historical artefacts, upon completion of the project, more than 1,000 museum objects will be available.Source: 3dprint.com Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Des botanistes britanniques créent un jardin pour attirer les pollinisateurs

first_imgDes botanistes britanniques créent un jardin pour attirer les pollinisateursDes scientifiques de l’Université britannique du Sussex sont parvenus à créer un jardin constitué majoritairement de plantes à fleurs pour lesquelles les abeilles et autres insectes pollinisateurs ont une préférence. Le jardin de l’Université du Sussex, au sud du Royaume-Unis est un véritable paradis pour les pollinisateurs et pour cause, il est constitué majoritairement des meilleures plantes à fleurs, étudiées spécialement pour satisfaire les besoins des insectes. Le projet dirigé par le professeur Francis Ratneiks et son doctorant Mihail Garbuzov a été initié en 2009 avec pour objectif de mettre en évidence une éventuelle gamme de végétaux qui attirent particulièrement les abeilles et autres pollinisateurs.Trois ans après la création du jardin expérimental, les résultats préliminaires se montrent plutôt encourageants. Les chercheurs ont en effet réussi à mettre en évidence un vaste panel de plantes à fleurs à haut potentiel d’attractivité. Les observations menées au sein du jardin montrent par ailleurs que les insectes ont cent fois plus tendance à se poser sur ce type de plantes que sur d’autres pour lesquelles ils présentent une certaine aversion.Pour en arriver à une telle conclusion, les scientifiques ont fiché certain type de plantes qu’ils ont examinées à intervalles réguliers au cours de l’été, notant à chaque fois le nombre de pollinisateurs, notamment abeilles et bourdons, posés sur les fleurs. Les résultats de cette expérience montrent que la bourrache attire particulièrement les insectes, plus que n’importe quelle autre plante du jardin. Un pollen plus accessible dans certaines plantes À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au contraire, les pélargoniums semblent créer chez les pollinisateurs une certaine aversion. “Cette plante est absolument inutile pour les insectes, mais elle est populaire, vendue en lots dans les magasins de jardinage” explique Mihail Garbuzov à BBC nature. Cette différence s’explique par l’anatomie même des plantes. “Dans les fleurs ouvertes (comme celles de la bourrache) le pollen et le nectar sont beaucoup plus accessibles pour les insectes”, souligne le chercheur.L’équipe espère désormais que leurs résultats puissent être intégrés par tous les jardiniers. “Il existe de nombreuses listes de “plantes amies des abeilles” disponibles… mais jusqu’à présent aucun résultat scientifique ne soutenait ces listes”, conclut Mihail Garbuzov.Découvrez les rafraichissantes images de ce jardin sur MaxisciencesLe 24 février 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

No Headphone Jack No Problem for Crowdfunded Adapter

first_img When Apple closed the door to the iPhone 7 headphone jack, it opened a window for innovators.But while many makers introduced Lightning-connected earbuds or wireless listening devices, Podo Labs is taking a different approach to mobile audio.The San Francisco startup last month launched “Jack,” a sleek adapter that brings Bluetooth capacity to any headphones, speakers, car stereo, or TV.Podo Labs’ third successful crowdfunded project blew past its Kickstarter goal of $20,000 in just three hours; as of press time, the campaign has earned $439,500 from 9,550 backers.Podo LabsThe concept is simple: Clip Jack onto your shirt or bag, plug in your favorite headphones, and pair with your phone; a 300mAh battery promises up to 12 hours of playback.Plus, two Jack users can connect over a shared love of Beyonce or Barry Manilow: sync two audio devices from one source to listen with a friend.“While the story in 2017 is ‘Will my phone have a headphone jack?’, Jack keeps your existing headphones relevant before you need to buy a new pair,” Podo Labs President Eddie Lee said in a statement.The palm-sized connector pairs with any phone, tablet, computer, or smartwatch, and accepts any 3.5mm aux, making it easy to stream music during a road trip or control home speakers at your next party.Plenty of folks have already recognized the benefit of Jack, available in white/gold, black/gunmetal, or navy blue/gold on Kickstarter for an early-bird price of $25—38 percent off the expected $40 retail cost.Snag the “complete Jack bundle” for $49: one Jack adapter, one pair of in-ear headphones ($19), and one hard-shell carrying case ($6). Or add each accessory a la carte to any reward level.Podo Labs“We’re currently trending right near $1 [million] in total at our current rate,” the Podo Labs team wrote in a Tuesday project update, announcing that the next stretch goal will be “for you backers to decide.”Folks can vote now for a Jack mobile app (Android and iOS) or multiple sync compatibility with up to four Jacks; alternatively, anyone can suggest an idea online. Geek Pick: Bose Headphones 700 Cancel All the NoiseGeek Pick: Galaxy Buds Are Samsung’s Best Earphones Stay on targetlast_img read more

Mansfield Town forward Ryan Evans has died at the age of

first_imgRyan Evans who was the captain of their U18 performance group died today at his home, days after accepting a place in their U21 squad ahead of next season.Mansfield U18 coach Jamie McGuire confirmed his death in a statement via Skysport saying:“We are all desperately sorry to learn of this news and our thoughts and prayers are sent to Ryan’s family at this sad time.“As a player, Ryan was a fantastic leader, always willing to learn and had a never-ending enthusiasm to do the best he could. It was for these reasons, amongst others, that I made him my captain last season. We’ll remember him as a smiling young man, with a great energy and charm.”Mansfield chief executive Carolyn Radford added:“We are deeply saddened to learn of Ryan’s passing; a young and talented footballer who was looking forward to U21s football with us next season.“To lose someone so young is heart-breaking for Ryan’s family and as a club, we will support them in every way we can. Our heartfelt thoughts are with Ryan’s loved ones, whilst we will remember Ryan and his family in our prayers.”It is not clear what killed him but we are sure in no time we will have the cause of his death here.last_img read more

Who Is New Doctor Who Companion Bill

first_img The Doctor’s companion is all of us: They (usually she) travel with, tend to, and care for the Time Lord. But more importantly, they (mostly she) serve as an audience surrogate—a lens through which viewers experience the adventure.For three years, Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) held the position—until she erased the Doctor’s memories of her, stole a Tardis (sound familiar?), and left on an adventure to Gallifrey.But the BBC knows that an unattended Doctor is an unnatural Doctor, so the broadcaster last year announced the addition of newcomer Pearl Mackie as the show’s latest sidekick, Bill Potts.But who exactly is this curly-haired, denim-jacket-wearing, Prince-loving Londoner? Here’s what we know, based on the two-minute season 10 trailer:BBCShe’s a lunch ladyThe very first thing we learn in the promo video is that this woman sitting on a bench is called Bill, and serves chips (fries)—presumably at the university where the Doctor is masquerading as a professor or lecturer. The institution which, according to the BBC, “turns out to be holding some pretty dark secret.”BBCShe’s incredibly nosy inquisitiveDoctor what? Where are we? Which way is up? What’s a Dalek? Can I use the toilet? She asks a lot of questions, which, to be fair, is a pretty good tactic when traveling with the Doctor.BBCShe’s in for a lot of adventureShowrunner Steven Moffat and Co. are keeping the upcoming series under lock and key. They did, however, offer a few glimpses of the planets Bill visits, the aliens she meets, and the adversaries she encounters, including those pesky Daleks.BBCShe’s feistyDuring an appearance on Canada’s InnerSpace talk show, Mackie described Bill as “quite excitable, very quick-witted, quite instinctive” with “a really big heart.”“She is governed by it,” she said, “which is good; which can be a positive quality, [but can also] be a big of a negative quality, because she can sort of fly off the handle.“She’s not maybe as tempered as she could be, which I think is a great quality, but also can get her into a bit of trouble,” according to Mackie, who appeared in musical comedy film Svengali (2013) and one episode of Doctors (2014), before acting in West End production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2015-16).BBCShe’s currentDebunking early rumors that Bill would be “from Earth’s recent history,” Moffat confirmed to the BBC that the character is “right now”—a modern companion for a modern season of Doctor Who, which the bosses promised will be “like new.”BBCWe also know that the Twelfth Doctor’s Christmas companion, and former employee of River Song, is back for more adventures in space and time. Nardole, as played beautifully gently by Matt Lucas (above, left), appears in only a handful of trailer shots, leaving much of his participation to the imagination.Bill, Nardole, and the Doctor return to small screens on April 15 in “A Star in Her Eye,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Lawrence Gough. Stay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster last_img read more

Nicosia says Jerusalems status must be negotiated issues advisory Updated

first_imgThe final status of Jerusalem, the holy city of the three monotheistic faiths, must be determined through negotiations in the framework of the Middle East peace process, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.The statement comes a day after Washington announced it recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, leading to concerns over a flare-up of tensions in the region.In its statement, the foreign ministry noted that the Republic of Cyprus “aligns itself with yesterday evening’s statement by HR/VP Federica Mogherini, following US President Trump’s announcement concerning Jerusalem. Cyprus shares HR/VP Mogherini’s concern on how this development will be perceived in the region.”The ministry said also that “the Republic of Cyprus underlines the need for restraint and calm and expresses the hope for commencement of negotiations,” adding that full respect of UN Security Council resolutions remains Cyprus’ firm position.In the meantime, the foreign ministry has issued an advisory for Cypriots planning to travel to Jerusalem or the West Bank.Because of large-scale demonstrations by Palestinians in the West Bank (including Ramallah and Bethlehem) and in the old city of Jerusalem, the government is advising anyone planning to travel there to exercise caution and comply with any security guidance from local authorities.The Representative Office of Cyprus in Ramallah has temporarily suspended its operation.In the event of an emergency and/or need for consular assistance, Cypriot citizens may contact the Cypriot embassy in Tel Aviv, as well as the foreign ministry.Contact detailsEmbassy of the Republic of Cyprus in the state of IsraelChancery:61, Dizengoff streetTop Tower 14th floorTel Aviv 6433233IsraelTel.: + 972 3 92 730 00, + 357 22 65 1080 (direct from Cyprus)Fax: + 972 3 62 90 535Foreign ministry duty officer(outside office hours)Tel:+35799660129Email:: dutyofficer@mfa.gov.cyForeign ministry crisis management departmentTel: +35722801000, +35797775998Email: cycc@mfa.gov.cyYou May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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