FIFA Docks OFI Six Points

first_imgATHENS — Top-flight Greek club OFI has had six points deducted following disciplinary action demanded by football’s world governing body FIFA.The decision was implemented by Greek league organizers Jan. 1, a day after notice was received from FIFA’s disciplinary committee, backing a complaint over delayed salary payments made by 22-year-old Serbian striker Aleksandar Pesic, who currently plays for Toulouse.The deduction drops OFI to 16th place in the 18-team league with 14 points from 18 matches. Financial troubles facing the Crete-based club prompted the recent walkout of coach Gennaro Gattuso.Olympiakos currently leads the Greek league with 42 points. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Kyrgios Withdraws From French Open, Citing Illness

first_imgPARIS — After a tantrum in Italy last week, the 36th-ranked Nick Kyrgios withdrew from the French Open on Friday.The ATP said the Australian player cited illness as the reason.Kyrgios was defaulted at the Italian Open after a raging outburst. Trailing against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud in round two, he slammed his racket into the clay and kicked a water bottle. Then he picked up a chair and flung it onto the court.He was fined and lost ATP points but escaped a suspension.The controversial Kyrgios’s withdrawal came only days after he posted a video online in which he said the French Open “sucks” when compared to Wimbledon, where he trained recently.In 2015, he insulted Stan Wawrinka with crude remarks during a match in Montreal. He was fined $12,500 and given a suspended 28-day ban. He also attracted criticism for deciding not to play at the 2016 Rio Olympics because of a spat with an Australian team official, and for firing back at retired players who have offered advice.Kyrgios was due to start his Roland Garros campaign against Cameron Norrie of Britain.The tournament starts on Sunday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Rohde & Schwarz presents innovative test and measurement equipment

first_img Continue Reading Previous From Edge to Fog to Cloud – IOT Computing with SMARCNext Toradex: early access for Apalis iMX8 with NXP i.MX 8QuadMax SoC At PCIM 2018, Rohde & Schwarz will be exhibiting its power-of-ten oscilloscope families R&S RTB2000, R&S RTM3000 and R&S RTA4000 with 10-bit A/D converters, 10 times as much memory as comparable instruments, and large 10.1″ touchscreen displays – the most advanced family of instruments currently available in the 2000, 3000 and 4000 class.The R&S RTB2000 oscilloscope is ideal for education, R&D and production, with a starting price of EUR 1,250. It is the first in its class to offer 10-bit vertical resolution and an acquisition memory of 10 Msample per channel. The R&S RTB2000 also features an impressive 10.1″ capacitive touchscreen. Oscilloscopes in the R&S RTB2000 family are available with two or four channels and with bandwidths of 70 MHz, 100 MHz, 200 MHz or 300 MHz.The R&S RTM3000 family is based on the same platform as the R&S RTB2000. It is designed for measurements on current and power rails, such as ripple and noise measurements on a DC voltage line. The 10-bit vertical resolution and vertical scaling down to 500 µV/div with full bandwidth make it ideal for verifying the increasingly strict tolerance limits on DC voltage signals. With a deep 80 Msample memory and high acquisition rates, users can make measurements over longer periods of time than with comparable instruments on the market. The oscilloscopes are available with bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz.The R&S RTA4000 oscilloscopes, also based on the same platform, have an even larger memory of 100 Msample per channel, making them ideal for analyzing serial data protocols and power-on/off sequences. They offer a 1 Gsample segmented acquisition memory. These oscilloscopes feature the same 10-bit resolution to clearly display fine details. They are available with bandwidths from 200 MHz to 1 GHz.The economical R&S RTC1000 model is extremely compact and can be equipped with numerous additional functions: eight-channel logic analyzer, four-channel pattern generator, protocol analyzer for I2C, SPI, UART/RS-232, CAN and LIN, digital voltmeter, component tester, spectrum analyzer, counter. Users can upgrade the bandwidth from 50 MHz to as much as 300 MHz with a software license.In addition to its oscilloscopes, Rohde & Schwarz will be presenting new probes to meet current challenges of measuring power electronics components. The R&S RT-ZHD high-voltage differential probes enable measurements with excellent signal integrity. Users can make floating voltage measurements up to 6,000 V with a high common mode rejection ratio (CMRR). The probes have a DC measurement accuracy of 0.5 %. With a bandwidth of up to 200 MHz, they can be used to measure fast switching edges. They also feature offset compensation up to 2,000 V. These probes cover a very wide range of measurement applications. They are perfect for measurements with the R&S RTM3000, R&S RTA4000, R&S RTE1000 and R&S RTO2000 oscilloscopes.The new R&S RT-ZPR40 1:1 power rail probe with 4 GHz bandwidth detects even the smallest coupled RF signals and unwanted ripple on power supplies. The R&S RTM3000, R&S RTA4000, R&S RTE1000 and R&S RTO2000 oscilloscope families work very well with this high-sensitivity, extremely low-noise probe.The R&S Scope Rider with up to 500 MHz bandwidth is ideal for field measurements on power electronics. Thanks to its fully isolated design, this handheld oscilloscope fulfils category CAT IV instrument requirements and can be used for measurements on low-voltage installations up to 600 V. Numerous functions can be added, such as a harmonic analyzer to assess power line quality. A CAN/LIN trigger and decode option is available for users in the automotive industry.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Photos: New Helmet Designs For Every Major College Football Team

first_imgMultiple Alabama football helmets laying on the ground.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Alabama Crimson Tide helmets lay on the ground with in confetti after the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama won 26-23. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)We’re entering a quiet time in the college football offseason. Spring football has been over for a month-plus, but we’re still a month-plus out from teams reporting to preseason camp.So…let’s talk uniforms. A couple of weeks ago, we showed you the best concept uniforms for several major college football programs. You can check those out here.Now, let’s talk helmets. Over the years we’ve compiled quite a bit of concept helmets that have been posted on social media. We’ve put together the best ones for each Power 5 team.View them below.Here are the best college football concept helmets for every Power Five program.We’ve broken things down by conference, so click through to find out favorite design for your team.ACC (and Notre Dame)Boston College:Clemson:Duke:Florida State:Georgia Tech:Louisville:Miami:NC State:North Carolina:Notre Dame:Pitt:Pitt Panthers Football Helmet OnyxSyracuse:Virginia:Virginia Tech:Wake Forest:Next: Big 12 >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5last_img read more

Two-Year Contract Extension for FPSO Armada Perkasa

first_imgzoom Malaysia-based international offshore oilfield services provider, Bumi Armada Berhad announced that Afren Energy Resources Limited has extended its contracts with Armada Floating Solutions Limited and Bumi Armada (Singapore) Pte Ltd for the bareboat charter and the operations & maintenance respectively of the FPSO Armada Perkasa for another two years, with effect from 1 July 2014.The contracts extension for the Armada Perkasa, which has been operating offshore Nigeria in the Okoro-Setu field, is estimated at approximately RM 221 million in total.Mr Hassan Basma, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Bumi Armada said, “Our Armada Perkasa, has been operating for Afren since 2008 with more than 98% uptime. These two-year  contract extensions by Afren are for the second and third optional extension years and underscore the quality of the asset and the operations and maintenance services provided by BAB Group.”The Armada Perkasa, which is 211.2 m long and weighs 58,557 deadweight tonnes, has a production capacity of 27,000 bbls/day of liquids and storage capacity for 360,000 barrels. To date, the FPSO has lifted over 32 million barrels of oil.The original contracts were first awarded in 2007, to take effect from 1 July 2008, for a fixed term of five years with five one-year extension options thereafter. The initial optional extension contract was extended in October 2012, for a one year period with effect from 1 July 2013.The contracts extensions are expected to contribute positively to Bumi Armada’s revenue and earnings from 2014 through to 2016.Bumi Armada, December 16, 2013last_img read more

Transparency to Protect Human Rights in Shipping Industry

first_imgzoom During a panel debate hosted by The Mission to Seafarers at Nor-Shipping event, leaders in seafarer welfare concluded that higher level of transparency is needed to improve human rights in the shipping industry.An expert panel, made up of representatives from the RAFTO Foundation, the Institute for Human Rights and Business, Norwegian OECD NCP, and Human Rights at Sea, came together to discuss the challenges associated with tackling the very real risk of modern slavery in the shipping industry, and strategies for its elimination.“The key agreement from the debate was that the shipping industry needs to increase levels of transparency when it comes to human rights,” Ben Bailey, Assistant Director of Advocacy at The Mission to Seafarers, said.Introduced in 2006, the Maritime Labour Convention has been guaranteeing seafarers the right to decent work conditions, however, seafarers can be vulnerable to exploitation and abuse when working in isolated conditions.“The term ‘human rights’ is notably absent from instruments such as the Maritime Labour Convention, leaving space for exploitative practices to be carried out by less scrupulous members of our industry,” Bailey said.Increased cross-industry collaboration and closer work with NGOs “would allow the shipping industry to create and enforce policies which reduce bonded labour, and ensure the industry is a safe and attractive career option for seafarers globally,” according to Bailey.last_img read more

Province Hosts Guyana Municipal Service Officials

first_imgThe province’s municipal services staff will play host to officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development of Guyana during their visit to Nova Scotia today, Nov. 27, to Friday, Dec. 1. “Staff will show Guyana officials how different levels of government come together to deliver top-notch services to Nova Scotians,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The delegates will job shadow and participate in training programs on relationship building and presentation delivery. They will also visit the municipalities of Halifax, Queens, Shelburne, and Kings, as well as the Town of Wolfville, to learn how the province works with municipalities. Discussions will focus on solid-waste management, bylaw enforcement, financial operations and public works. In January, staff visited Guyana to provide training to the municipal service officers. The training included tips on how to be a successful municipal adviser, developing relationships with various levels of government and offered background information on Nova Scotia. The delegation is part of the Guyana Municipal Governance and Management Program, a joint venture of Guyanese and Canadian municipalities and the governments of Guyana and Canada. The goal of the program is to help Guyana develop sustainable municipalities by fostering good governance and reducing poverty. Project outcomes include municipal leadership and management, municipal services management, participatory governance, policy development and enabling institutions. The Guyana/Nova Scotia partnership was considered a good fit by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities because of a similar population, coastal geography and the reliance of natural resources to fuel the local economy in rural areas. Participants include the Guyanese towns of Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Linden, Corriverton, Anna Regina, Rose Hall, the Guyana Association of Municipalities, the Guyana Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The program is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency. For more information, see the Federation of Canadian Municipalities website at www.fcm.ca .last_img read more

Knowing Stroke Signs Saves Lives

first_imgKnowing and responding immediately to the warning signs of stroke can significantly improve the odds of survival and recovery. To help Nova Scotians recognize such potentially life-saving cues, the province, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia, and Cardiovascular Health Nova Scotia — the provincial program responsible for improving care for heart disease and stroke — have partnered on a 16-month awareness campaign. “We are working with our partners to reduce the devastating impact stroke can have on the lives of Nova Scotians,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health. “Through this campaign and our efforts to improve stroke care, I know many people who suffer a stroke will live longer, more fulfilling lives.” The five warning signs of stroke are weakness, trouble speaking, vision problems, headache and dizziness. “When it comes to a stroke, the faster you can get medical attention, the better,” said Menna MacIsaac, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. “We encourage all Nova Scotians to know the warning signs and call 911 immediately.” A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of the flow of blood to the brain or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain. Strokes can hinder the ability to move, see, remember, speak, reason, read and write. A recent poll of Nova Scotia adults 18 and older indicates that 65 per cent of Nova Scotians can name at least two warning signs of stroke. This same poll also showed that two-thirds of Nova Scotians would call 9-1-1 or an ambulance if they, or someone they know, experienced warning signs of stroke. The campaign aims to improve those results. The campaign, funded by the Health Department, is part of a provincial strategy to enhance existing stroke programs and services. Modelled after other successful stroke awareness campaigns, it will include television and print materials that will run from mid-July until November 2010. Someone suffers a stroke every 10 minutes in Canada, making it the third leading cause of mortality in the country, with 14,000 deaths annually. Of the more than 50,000 strokes nationally each year, about 1,500 occur in Nova Scotia. More than half of survivors need help with daily activities. For more information on the warning signs of stroke, visit www.heartandstroke.ns.ca/stroke .last_img read more

Never Saw It Coming wraps shoot in Canada

first_imgAdvertisement EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Thriller stars Emily Hampshire and Eric Roberts. Marina Cordoni among producers.Principal photography has wrapped in Sudbury, Ontario, on Never Saw It Coming.Gail Harvey directed the thriller based on Linwood Barclay’s book about a young woman who passes herself off as a psychic. Twitter Advertisement When the charlatan targets the family of a missing woman, she becomes entangled in the dark secrets of the husband and daughter. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Unexploded bomb from jet found in Kilinochchi

An unexploded bomb from an Air Force fighter jet was found in Kilinochchi.The bomb was believed to have been dropped in a jungle area in Dharmapuram in Kilinochchi during the war. The bomb was discovered by area residents who had later informed the police.The police Special Task Force (STF) removed the bomb from the area. (Colombo Gazette)

The Latest 17000 supporters of yes in Greek vote 25000 naysayers rally

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2015 10:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATHENS, Greece – The latest news on Greece’s financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):___9:00 p.m.Police in Athens say about 25,000 people have gathered in the capital’s Syntagma Square for a rally supporting a “no” vote in the upcoming referendum on whether to accept a new bailout deal.Meanwhile, about 17,000 people gathered outside the nearby Panathenian stadium for the “yes” rally, police said.Friday was the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s referendum on whether Greece should accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans.___7:55 p.m.Brief clashes have broken out between a group of youths and police in the Greek capital’s Syntagma Square just before the start of the main “No” rally backed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ government.Greek police used pepper spray Friday evening to deter several dozen anti-establishment protesters from throwing rocks and smashing property in the big Athens square in front of parliament.The ‘Yes’ side was holding its rally just 800 metres away in a different section of central Athens. Friday was the last day of campaigning before Sunday’s referendum on whether Greece should accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans.___7:50 p.m.The leader of Greece’s conservative main opposition party says a “no” vote in Sunday’s austerity referendum would drastically weaken the country’s negotiating position with its creditors.Antonis Samaras said Friday that all of Europe would perceive a “no” victory as a rejection of the euro currency itself — and that would result in Greek banks staying shuttered even longer, despite the government’s vow they will open Tuesday.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said earlier, however, that Sunday’s referendum was not a vote on whether Greece will remain in the 19-nation eurozone. Tsipras backs keeping the euro currency.Samaras also rejected Tsipras’ claim that a deal with creditors could be hammered out within 48 hours after the referendum.He called on Greeks to support a “yes” vote to keep Greece inside the eurozone.___7:25 p.m.In a rare move, 16 former armed forces leaders of Greece have signed a joint declaration calling on the Greek people to show “calm and national unity” ahead of Sunday’s referendum on whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity.The letter said “Greece is at a highly critical moment in its history that will require difficult and inevitably painful decisions … All Greeks, united and above party political lines and divisions, must help with all means available to address this situation with calm and national unity.”The letter was signed by three former chiefs of the armed forces, nine ex-army chiefs, two former heads of the navy and two former heads of the air force.___7:15 p.m.The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, has rejected an appeal by two citizens asking for Greece’s critical referendum on austerity to be ruled unconstitutional. The vote will be held as planned on Sunday.Court president Nikos Sakellariou said Friday “the referendum will proceed normally.”The reasoning behind the decision was expected to be issued later in the day.The two men had appealed to the court on the grounds that Greece’s constitution bars popular votes on fiscal issues. Greek voters are being asked whether to accept creditors’ demands for more austerity in return for bailout loans.___6:50 p.m.A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece’s referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday’s vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans.The ALCO surveyfor the newspaper Proto Thema gave the “Yes” campaign a 0.6 point lead over the “No” vote in the bailout referendum — well within the 3 per cent margin of error. Of those interviewed, 41.7 per cent said they would vote yes and 41.1 per cent intend to vote no, with 10.7 per cent undecided and the rest either casting blank ballots or abstaining.The survey, released Friday just ahead of the final campaign rallies, also found that 76 per cent of Greeks want to stay among the 19 nations using the euro currency.Asked whether holding the referendum was a good idea, 42 per cent said yes while 48 per cent said it was a mistake.The poll was carried out July 1-3.___5:55 p.m.The eurozone’s financial rescue fund — officially Greece’s largest creditor — says it considers the country to be in default, even though Athens has not missed a repayment to the fund itself.The European Financial Stability Fund said Friday it considered Greece’s failure to cover a 1.6 billion-euro ($1.8 billion) repaymentthis week to the International Monetary Fund to be an “Event of Default” that allows the EFSF to activate a loan repayment demand. Fund CEO Klaus Regling says “this event of default is cause for deep concern. It breaks the commitment made by Greece to honour its financial obligations to all its creditors, and it opens the door to severe consequences for the Greek economy and the Greek people.”___5:40 p.m.Top banking officials in Greece are meeting with Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis and Alternate Finance Minister Dimitris Mardas.A finance ministry official says the meeting is being attended by the deputy governor of the Bank of Greece and the managing directors or presidents of the country’s five largest lenders: Piraeus Bank, Alpha Bank, Eurobank, Attica Bank and National Bank of Greece as well as the secretary general of the Greek banking association.The meeting comes as Greece gears up for its referendum Sunday and on the fifth day of restrictions on banking transactions, with Greeks limited to 60 euro daily withdrawal limits. Many ATMs have run out of 20 euro notes, meaning the limit for many has effectively been reduced to 50 euros.The official, who spoke only on condition of anonymity in line with government rules, did not reveal what was being discussed.___5:30 p.m.Greek police say dozens of anti-establishment protesters have raided a supermarket in an Athens suburb and handed out food to people.The incident happened in the Vyronas area, in the east of the capital, when about 30 protesters entered the supermarket, took food off the shelves and scattered pamphlets in and around the store.Police say no one was hurt.___5:25 p.m.The head of the eurozone finance ministers’ group, Dutchman Jeroen Dijsselbloem, harshly rejects comments by his Greek counterpart that Greece and its creditors have come “very, very close” on fiscal policy and reforms and that the only issue left is debt relief, which a “no” win in Sunday’s referendum would lock into a deal.Dijsselbloem says Yanis Varoufakis is totally wrong: “We are not talking to the government any more. They have chosen an extremely risky route, but we’re now waiting for the result of the referendum.”“There are no new proposals from our side and, whatever happens, the future for Greece will be extremely tough. To get Greece back on track and the economy out of the slump, tough decisions will have to be taken and every politician that says that won’t be the case following a ‘no’ vote is deceiving his population.”___5 p.m.Germany’s finance minister is dampening hopes that a quick bailout deal for Greece can be reached after Sunday’s referendum.Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted as telling Germany’s Bild daily on Friday that any negotiations after the Greek vote “will take a while.” Greek voters are choosing Sunday whether to say yes or no to demands by creditors like Germany for more austerity.Schaeuble said Greece would first have to apply for more aid and eurozone finance ministers would have to consider whether to open negotiations — which would have to be approved by the German Parliament. He insisted Greece would have to make efforts of its own in return for any new aid.Schaeuble said: “These would be very difficult negotiations — because the situation in Greece has worsened dramatically in the past few weeks.”___4:20 p.m.Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in a televised address to the nation, has called on voters to reject creditors’ proposals for more austerity in return for rescue loans.He said Friday that Sunday’s referendum is not a vote on whether Greece will remain in the euro. Tsipras backs Greek remaining in the 19-nation eurozone.Tsipras also said an International Monetary Fund report released Thursday that says Greece needs debt relief “fully justifies” Athens’ position that Greece’s debt load is unsustainable. The Greek leader said Friday it was pointless to keep imposing harsh spending cuts on salaries and pensions just to continue servicing an unsustainable debt.Speaking on the last day of campaigning before a referendum Sunday on the creditors’ demands, the prime minister urged Greeks to vote “no to ultimatums, divisions and fear.”___3:00 p.m.Greece’ finance minister says an agreement with the country’s creditors “is more or less done” as European officials have put forward “very decent proposals” to the Greek government his week.Yanis Varoufakis has told Ireland’s RTE radio Friday that this “has not been a dead week in terms of negotiations” despite European officials stating publicly that there would be no further talks until after Sunday’s referendum.He says Greece and its creditors “have come very, very close” on fiscal policy and reforms and that the only issue left is debt relief, which a “no” win in the referendum would lock into a deal.Varoufakis says the ruling Syriza party “would emerge much stronger and united” if the “yes” vote prevails, playing down suggestions that the government would resign.___2:40 p.m.Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel says he would have preferred that Greece take more time to organize Sunday’s referendum and that the question on the ballot paper be far clearer.Luxembourg has just taken over the rotating presidency of the European Union for the next six months and Bettel’s government will have some responsibility for chaperoning through any Greek debt talks.Bettel says that “the amount of time there has been to organize the referendum is not ideal. A referendum is something that requires an exchange.”He says that “a referendum is something where people have to know what they’re voting on. People have to be able to understand the arguments in favour of a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.’”___2:10 p.m.European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says a “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum would weaken Greece’s hand in its debt negotiations with international creditors.Greeks will vote on whether to accept a proposal that creditors had made of specific reforms in exchange for loans. European Union institutions are framing it as a vote for or against the euro.Juncker says Friday that “the Greek negotiating position would be dramatically weakened by a ‘no’ vote.”He adds that “even in the case of a ‘yes’ vote, we will have to face difficult negotiations.”Without sorely-need bailout funds, Greece could fall out of the 19-nation single currency club. However no legal mechanism currently exists for a country to leave the group or be kicked out by its partners.___1:15 p.m.The Council of State, Greece’s highest administrative court, is hearing a case brought by two private citizens who are seeking to have Sunday’s referendum ruled unconstitutional and cancelled.A separate group has filed a counter-motion supporting the referendum’s legality.Spyridon Nicolaou is one of the two who are trying to have Sunday’s popular vote called off.He tells The Associated Press: “The referendum is invalid because it expressly violates the constitution, which stipulates that a referendum cannot take place on economic matters. But it’s also invalid because it doesn’t incorporate the text of the documents on which the Greek people are called on to decide. Would anyone from Evros (in Greece’s far northeast) know the specific documents?”Dimitris Belantis is one of those seeking to ensure the vote goes ahead.He says the referendum doesn’t violate the constitution, noting that votes can be held on “crucial national matters” which could include economic ones.___11:05 a.m.Greece’s economic partners in the 19-country eurozone appear to be withstanding the escalation of the Greek debt crisis, with business activity rising to a four-year high in the second-quarter of the year, according to financial information company Markit.Its purchasing managers’ index — a broad gauge of business activity — rose to 54.4 in June from 53.6 the previous month. June’s figure took the average index reading for the second quarter as a whole to a four-year high. Anything above 50 indicates an expansion in activity.Chris Williamson, Markit’s chief economist, says the turmoil in Greece appears to have had “little discernible impact on the real economy.”Williamson says the combination of the stimulus program from the European Central Bank stimulus and low inflation appears to be boosting consumer and business spending, helping to offset ‘Grexit’ anxiety.___10:40 a.m.Though the poll by ALCO for To Ethnos newspaper found Greeks evenly divided on the question that’s actually being put forward in Sunday’s referendum, it found a clear majority in favour of the country staying in the euro.According to the poll, an overwhelming majority of 74 per cent said they believe it is better for Greece to remain in the euro, compared to 15 per cent who prefer a national currency. A further 11 per cent said they did not know or would not answer.On the actual question about recent creditor proposals, the poll found 41.5 per cent supporting “yes” and 40.2 per cent “no,” with 10.9 per cent undecided. The rest said they would abstain or leave their ballots blank.ALCO interviewed 1,000 people nationwide on June 30-July 1 and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.___9:50 a.m.An opinion poll shows Greeks almost evenly split over Sunday’s referendum on recent creditor proposals, with 41.5 per cent saying they will vote “yes” and 40.2 per cent “no,” with 10.9 per cent undecided. The rest said they would abstain or leave their ballots blank. The difference between the “yes” and “no” votes is well within the margin of error.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the referendum last weekend, asking Greeks to decide whether they should accept creditor reform proposals in return for bailout funds. He is advocating a “no” vote.The “yes” campaign says the referendum is a vote on Greece’s future in the euro, which the government rejects.The poll, conducted by ALCO for To Ethnos newspaper, interviewed 1,000 people nationwide on June 30-July 1 and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.___8:40 a.m.Germans are divided on whether Greece should stay in the eurozone.An opinion poll conducted for public broadcaster ARD found that 45 per cent of Germans say Greece should keep the common currency. An equal number say Greece should leave the eurozone.Sixty-nine per cent of respondents say they are concerned about the impact that a possible bankruptcy of Greece might have on the country’s population. Some 31 per cent say they are worried about the cohesion of the European Union, while 24 per cent are concerned about the consequences that such a possibility might have for the German economy.The telephone poll of 1,001 adults, published Friday, was conducted from June 29-30. It had a margin of error of up to 3.1 per cent. A demonstrator blows a whistle during a rally organized by supporters of the Yes vote in Athens, Friday, July 3, 2015. A new opinion poll shows a dead heat in Greece’s referendum campaign with just two days to go before Sunday’s vote on whether Greeks should accept more austerity in return for bailout loans. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) The Latest: 17,000 supporters of ‘yes’ in Greek vote, 25,000 naysayers, rally in Athens read more

TSX pulled lower by metals and materials stocks as US Fed leaves

by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted May 3, 2017 9:40 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX pulled lower by metals and materials stocks as U.S. Fed leaves rates unchanged TORONTO – Falling metals and materials stocks pulled the Toronto stock market moderately lower Wednesday, while the U.S. central bank announced it was leaving its key interest rate unchanged.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 76.51 points to 15,543.14, with all major sectors registering declines.On the corporate front, shares of Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) fell nearly 12 per cent or 91 cents to $6.84 after the troubled mortgage lender postponed the release of its financial results until May 11. The company had been scheduled to release the figures Wednesday.A number of other big companies reported earnings.The owner of the Toronto Star newspaper and other media operations reported a $24.4 million loss in its most recent quarter as it continued to deal with declining advertising revenue. The loss was an improvement from last year when the comparable losses were more than twice as big. Shares of Torstar (TSX:TS.B) shed more than nine per cent, or 16 cents, to $1.50.Loblaw (TSX:L), Canada’s biggest grocery and drug store retailer, reported $230 million in net earnings, up from $193 million in the same quarter last year. Its shares were barely changed, down 0.17 per cent or a penny to $76.86.Trading action was more muted in New York, as the Nasdaq composite index dropped 22.82 points to 6,072.55, a day after it hit a record on gains from technology stocks.The broader-based S&P 500 shed 3.04 points to 2,388.13, while the Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 8.01 points to 20,957.90.As expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve announced it was leaving interest rates unchanged this month.The central bank had modestly raised its benchmark short-term rate in December and March, with most economists expecting it to do so again when it next meets in mid-June.It signalled that the Fed expects the U.S. economy to be resilient and that more hikes can be justified for this year.“It’s pretty much of what we had thought was going to happen,” said Colin Cieszynski, chief market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“The Fed didn’t really say much and they’re just kind of leaving all their options open. They didn’t make any hints on June or when they may start cutting back their balance sheet.”In the currency market, the average value for the Canadian dollar was 72.92 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent from Tuesday.Commodities were mixed with the June crude contract ahead 16 cents at US$47.82 per barrel, while the June natural gas contract gained three cents at US$3.23 per mmBTU.The June gold contract pulled back $8.50 at US$1,248.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was down nine cents at US$2.54 a pound.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

No 7 Maryland squeezes past Georgia 5851 in Puerto Rico

TRUJILLO ALTO, Puerto Rico — Stephanie Jones scored 21 points, and No. 7 Maryland held off Georgia for a 58-51 victory Saturday in the Puerto Rico Clasico tournament.The Terrapins (6-0) led 53-51 in the final minute before Brianna Fraser hit a jumper and Taylor Mikesell added a free throw with 20 seconds left to quell the comeback bid.Maryland made more field goals in the first quarter (10) than over the final three periods (nine).Jones scored 17 in the first half, and the Terps held a 15-point lead early in the second quarter. But Georgia (3-3) went ahead 40-38 shortly after halftime, and the game remained close during a fourth quarter in which the Terrapins missed nine of 11 shots from the field and the Bulldogs went 3 for 20.Jones was the only Maryland player to score in double figures. Mikesell and Fraser had eight points apiece and Shakira Austin contributed 14 rebounds.Gabby Connally scored 16 on 5-for-21 shooting for Georgia, which was outscored 16-6 at the foul line.BIG PICTUREGeorgia: The Bulldogs are a .500 team, but that likely won’t last for long if their defence against the seventh-ranked team in the country is any indication.Maryland: The Terrapins got off to a fast start for a change and showed their mettle from playing in a close game following a series of blowouts. This victory, albeit by a narrow margin, should not impact their perch in the top 10.UP NEXTGeorgia: Faces Mercer on Wednesday night, the first of three straight nonconference home games.Maryland: Hosts Georgia Tech on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25The Associated Press read more

British prison is first to use disruptor to create droneproof shield around

first_imgA British prison has become the world’s first to use a new system designed to stop drones flying over perimeter walls to drop contraband into jails.The device creates a 2,000ft (600m) shield around and above a prison that will detect and deflect the remote-controlled devices.It uses a series of “disruptors”, which are sensors to jam the drone’s computer, and block its frequency and control protocols. The operator’s screen will go black and the drone will be bounced back to where it came from.Drones have become a major security problem in Britain’s prisons and are increasingly used to smuggle in drugs, weapons, phones and other valuables.The new system, called Sky Fence, is being introduced at Les Nicolles prison on Guernsey, where around 20 “disruptors” will be installed on the perimeter and inside.The Channel Island jail was initially going to install a drone detection system, but went a step further to put in the technology that stops drones in-flight. The new system in Guernsey is part of a £1.7 million security upgrade that also includes new cameras, a new lighting system and new alarms.The final phases of the work are being completed and the upgrades are due to be ready by June.Les Nicolles is a mixed category prison which holds both men and women, young offenders and adults, and has a capacity of just 139.It opened in 1989 and its population has fallen to an all-time low in recent years. It is independent of the mainland prison and justice system and is run by the State of Guernsey.Guernsey’s Home Affairs president Deputy Mary Lowe said the introduction of the technology was “an exciting time”.She said: “Here we have Guernsey leading the way in the world.” Credit:Drone Defence / SWNS 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. Prisoner governor David Matthews said: “This is the first time this technology has been used in any prison anywhere in the world.”I would like to see it adopted in other UK prisons because it has become a significant problem there. Drones can carry weapons, contraband, mobile phones and drugs. This is about prevention.”Sky Fence has been created by UK companies Drone Defence and Eclipse Digital Solutions.Nottingham-based company Drone Defence has worked on the idea in the past year.Founder and CEO Richard Gill said: “It disrupts the control network between the flyer and the drone. The drone then activates return to home mode and it will then fly back to the position where it had signal with its flyer. Credit:Drone Defence / SWNS Drone defence Drone defence “Someone described it as the final piece in a prison’s security puzzle. I think it could have a significant worldwide impact.”Mr Gill said the technology is perfectly safe and does not “hack” or damage the drones. It is relatively cheap to install and, depending on the size of the prison, costs range from £100,000 to £250,000.Eclipse managing director Alan Drinkwater said they had modified existing technology to create Sky Fence.last_img read more

GMGs Open Mining Format gaining traction in 2019

first_imgGlobal Mining Guidelines Group (GMG) says 2019 has, so far, been a productive for its Open Mining Format (OMF) and the growing community that surrounds it.GMG’s Data Exchange for Mine Software sub-committee is committed to making OMF implementation straightforward. To this end, it has developed a support document that, as Project Lead Sam Bain, Partner Integration Manager at Seequent describes, “provides easy-to-follow instructions for making the most of OMF in your chosen product”.The document illustrates how to use OMF with Deswik, Seequent, and Dassault Systemes products currently supporting it, according to GMG.Bain explained: “OMF is a straightforward format that is easy to implement…The format can be used to transfer points, lines, meshes and regular block models, as well as the metadata on these objects.”Gustavo Pilger, Technology Research and Development Director at Dassault Systemes, said the document “shows the community that the file format exchange is real as it is already implemented across a few applications”.Pilger hopes the document will help improve the format and frame its second iteration, while spreading “the word that there is a file format exchange that supports interoperability across applications”.The community adopting the OMF is widening, according to GMG. Bane Sullivan, a graduate student at the Colorado School of Mines, created an open source viewer for OMF on GitHub, which, GMG says, offers a way to view an OMF file without having to buy a software package.Seequent’s Bain said: “It is a great sign of a community developing around the OMF. It can only be a good thing if a format can easily be incorporated in a free viewer by a student working on their own.”The sub-committee will also be kicking off OMF 2.0 at a workshop in Toronto, Canada, on February 28-March 1. OMF 2.0 will focus on block models, chosen in response to feedback from end users. Bain said: “The end goal of the workshop is to agree on what OMF 2.0 will look like and then share this plan with the wider community for review and comment.”GMG’s Open Mining Format is an open-source file interchange format developed to enable seamless and reliable transfer of data between mine software packages, which can produce major efficiency gains by eliminating the time required for manual and convoluted data transfer across the mine site, according to GMG.last_img read more

Drug Dealers Love iPhones

first_imgAdChoices广告 Now, granted, my knowledge of the modern drug trade is entirely based on the TV shows Breaking Bad and The Wire, but I was under the impression that drug dealers were partial to “burners”–pre-paid cell phones that you can toss away every week or so. Turns out that the iPhone is actually a popular choice amongst members of the drug trade.This revelation comes from a recent interview with an anonymous Apple Store employee. “We get a lot of drug dealers who try to buy iPhones with fake IDs,” the employee told Popular Mechanics. “You can tell them instantly just by how shady they act, and they know you know, but you obviously can’t start accusing them of being drug dealers–they are customers, after all.”It gets better, “But when they try to check out, they’ll use what are obviously fake IDs or fake credit cards, and it often turns out they’re using a dead person’s Social Security number or something. And when you call them out on that–then, they run.”last_img read more

Rise of the Tomb Raider is far superior on PS4

first_imgMicrosoft managed to secure a year of exclusivity for Rise of the Tomb Raider when it launched in November last year. That annoyed Tomb Raider fans who had opted to buy a PS4 this generation, but it looks as though the exclusivity may actually backfire in the long term for Microsoft. That’s because a big problem with the Xbox One version of the game has been fixed on PS4.People can argue all they want about superior graphics on one platform or another, but when you ultimately sit down to play there’s only one thing that matters: gameplay. And that’s where the Xbox One version of the game fell down. Not because the gameplay was poor, but because the player’s control of the game was.Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One has a very noticeable input latency issue. There was clear input lag when playing which meant actions such as achieving a headshot were made much more difficult and frustrating. There was also an obvious and large dead zone. Those input issues remain even today on Xbox One.For the Xbox 360, PC, and PS4 versions of the game, development was shifted from Crystal Dynamics to Nixxes. They removed the input latency issues on the Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game. The launch build of the PS4 version contains the input latency suggesting it wasn’t getting fixed for the Xbox One’s main rival, however, patching the game to v1.04 sees it removed.So, not only does the PS4 version contain a number of bug fixes, frame-rate improvements, PSVR support, and the option of 4K image quality tweaks if you play on a PS4 Pro, it also removes by far the most frustrating feature of the Xbox One version.I wonder if Microsoft will now demand Crystal Dynamics revisits Rise of the Tomb Raider and finally fixes the input latency issue? If they don’t, how can anyone recommend buying the Xbox One version anymore?last_img read more

Solari excited to coach Real Madrid

first_imgSantiago Solari has expressed delight at the opportunity of managing a club like Real Madrid after he was named the interim coach following the exit of Julen Lopetegui.Solari, 42, said he is determined to make the most of his opportunity. The former Castilla boss will lead Real Madrid to their Copa del Rey tie away to third-tier side Melilla on Wednesday.A good result in the Cup and league game fixtures may convince the club to hire the gaffer with rumours of uncertainty over the appointment of a new manager circulating the Spanish press.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“In life, and in this profession, everything changes quickly. The important thing is the day to day, what we do each day, the hopes we put in every day,” he told Xinhuanet, when asked about his future.“I am very excited, very satisfied to be here. To work at Real Madrid is a great opportunity, the most beautiful, of any job,” he told the expectant press.“This is a group of champions, warriors, who have won many things for this club. The situation is not the easiest, but I see them very motivated to turn it around,” he insisted.last_img read more

Military officials searching for owners of abandoned boats off Naval Base Coronado

first_img , Military officials searching for owners of abandoned boats off Naval Base Coronado shore January 25, 2018 Posted: January 25, 2018center_img CORONADO (KUSI) — Military officials are searching for the owners of eight boats that washed ashore on Naval Base Coronado during the rainstorm earlier this month.The unclaimed boats include several sailboats and larger vessels as well as smaller ones.Navy officials say it’s imperative the boats be removed from the beach by Feb. 15, when nesting season begins for some protected species that uses the beach as a habitat.“When the owners do not take responsibility for removing their property from NBC’s beaches, taxpayer money must be used to safely remove the vessel and resulting debris, which directly impacts the base’s ability to meet our mission of supporting and training America’s heroes,” Coronado base information officer Sandy Duchac said.The base can be contacted at (619) 545-7418. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

A Glimpse of The Portside Piers Picturesque Transformation

first_imgIt literally is the heart of the Embarcadero…..between the Maritime Museum and its Star of India and the Cruise Ship terminal…and for 71 years, the location for Anthony’s Fish Grotto.But the location was in need of a makeover and Anthony’s lost out to The Brigantine Incorporated and it’s concept for a two-story complex of restaurants and as importantly to the Port, a free walkway and deck for the public with a panoramic view of the harbor.  The restaurant group and its design team called it Portside Pier.Castellanos live with us on Good Morning San Diego and told our Ed Lenderman quote: “Folks can go up there whether they’re patronizing the restaurants or not and enjoy sweeping views of the bay and waterfront.”Construction crews start driving the pilings next week, Completion of Portside Pier:  fall of 2019. Ed Lenderman, July 24, 2018 Updated: 9:17 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The makeover of the San Diego Waterfront continues, and in this instance, it includes a site familiar to residents and tourists alike.At a ceremonial groundbreaking  for a new multi-million dollar two-story restaurant complex, Port Chair Rafael Castellanos wasn’t engaging in  hyperbole when he described the location for the upcoming transformation as one of Southern California’s most iconic waterfront restaurant sites. Ed Lenderman center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics A Glimpse of The Portside Pier’s Picturesque Transformation Posted: July 24, 2018 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more