Pot from the Rock Canopy Growth strikes deal for private stores in

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Canopy Growth Corp. will have the first privately run legal weed stores announced in Canada under a landmark deal to supply and produce pot in Newfoundland and Labrador.The publicly traded company is the largest of its kind in the country with e-commerce operations and grow sites in six other provinces. It’s perhaps best known for its celebrity partnership with American rapper Snoop Dogg under the brand Leafs by Snoop.Its $40 million production plant in or near St. John’s will have a retail outlet in addition to three more storefronts in the province.Canopy CEO Bruce Linton said a custom brand from Newfoundland and Labrador has great potential for sales outside the province. But he was coy when asked if consumers may soon see strains marketed under such labels as: Yes B’y or Best Kind.“I have some very specific branded names of products that I want to bring out of here which would be really foolish for me to say now because everybody would grab them,” he told a news conference Friday in St. John’s.“But I think we can actually create products … that become extremely interesting for a lot of people in the country, and probably some exports internationally.”Linton said Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED) is growing fast in Canada and is exporting to Germany, with other countries soon to follow.Critics were quick to say the agreement announced Friday is a “giveaway” that will block smaller producers — concerns Industry Minister Christopher Mitchelmore downplayed.“What this deal with Canopy has done is secure supply,” he told a news conference. “It also secures production and jobs. We’re open and in active discussion and negotiation with a number of other companies across the province and across the country.“There was no special treatment given to Canopy Growth.”The company will supply up to 8,000 kilograms a year for two years, with a one-year extension option, once recreational pot is legalized next July. There is no minimum purchase requirement.The province has no licensed production sites yet so time was of the essence to nail down a reputable source, Mitchelmore said.“This provides stability and confidence.”Canopy Growth will ship product in at first, but will also spend more than $40 million to build a plant that will employ about 145 people. It’s to operate for at least two decades and is expected to produce 12,000 kilograms of flower and oil products a year by 2019.Mitchelmore said the province will contribute to construction costs by reducing remittances the company pays on each sale until those costs are recouped — up to $40 million.Canopy will also invest $100,000 a year in a research-and-development program over five years to be matched by the province.It’s meant to educate other producers under its CraftGrow program.“Our vision is for an industry which leads to production, job creation, supply chain development and research and development in this province,” Mitchelmore said.He estimates the province will ultimately have about 100 pot stores or more.Canopy has also partnered with various groups to educate the public about the dangers of driving high.The province’s liquor corporation will set the price in licensed stores. Recreational pot will be restricted to consumers 19 and older for use in private residences, and will be sold by private retailers.The federal government has moved to legalize recreational weed next July, but left distribution and regulation to the provinces.Interim NDP Leader Lorraine Michael said the “secretively brokered” Canopy deal is a missed chance for economic development in a province that desperately needs it. Worse, she said the governing Liberals are giving the company cash breaks that will ultimately be worth millions of dollars as Canopy is free to export surplus product with little local benefit.“This is a real giveaway,” she said in an interview. “What does it say to people in our agricultural industry who saw this as a new growth opportunity?“I think they’ve just been knocked out of the game.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more

Officials to keep strict vigil on social media Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amidst growing concern related to fake news, especially ahead the Lok Sabha polls, the electoral authorities have decided to keep a strict vigil on social media platforms. The Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh on Monday told mediapersons that all the political parties or candidates will have to get their advertisements verified from the Election Commission. Singh said, “Political parties or candidates can only issue advertisements after getting it verified from the Electoral Office.” Singh said that “appropriate action” will be taken against the violators. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsA day after the Lok Sabha poll schedule was announced by the Election Commission, Singh also appealed to the people to use the Commission’s ‘cVigil’ app to report any violations of moral code of conduct like use of money, gifts or liquor to influence voters, muscle power to intimidate voters or use of hate speech. The general elections will begin on April 11 and will be held over seven phases, followed by counting of votes on May 23. The elections in Delhi are due on May 12. The EC in January had directed Delhi CEO to ask the city police to investigate the “fake news” of Lok Sabha poll schedule, which was being circulated on social media then. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe CEO had also been asked to seek action against unnamed persons and entities under relevant laws to prevent rumour-mongering. Singh on Monday said for the “first time”, a social media expert has been included in the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) of the poll body, which will monitor both at state-level and district-level. “Authorities will be monitoring all forms of the media, including TV radio, social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to check spread of any fake news and hate speech. For any individual violator, it will be reported at the district-level and for political parties, any violation would be reported at the state-level,” he said. Asked what would be the nature of action against such violations, he said, “appropriate action” would be taken, a per the laws. Singh also appealed to people use the Internet-based application ‘cVIGIL’, which stands for “citizens’ vigil” to report cases of poll code violations. Using this Android-based app, a person can send geo-tagged videos and photos, if any illegal money is being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls. “If any violations of the moral code of conduct is seen by people, like use of money, gifts or liquor to influence voters, muscle power to intimidate voters or use of hate speech, then a user can take a picture or a video and report it through this app,” he said. The Delhi CEO said, once the details has been uploaded, the complaint will be sent to a “flying squad” which will then escalate the complaint. “The only condition is a citizen would have to upload the complaint within five minutes for successful submission. And, within 100 minutes from that time, a Returning Officer (RO) has to dispose the case,” he said, adding, a user can chose to keep his or her identity anonymous. Meanwhile, Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh on Monday said around two lakh people have been added to the electoral roll in Delhi in the last two months, taking the total number of eligible voters to 1.39 crore at present. Singh, however said nearly 90,000 voter applications are presently being processed and asked the first-time voters to apply as soon as possible to get their names enrolled in the electoral list. “On January 18, the total number of voters in the electoral roll of Delhi stood at 1,36,95,291. So, there is an increase of nearly two lakh voters since then,” he said. The total number of male and female voters are 76,61,680 and 62,35,814 respectively while the number of third gender voters are 647, he said. Polling stations will be established at 2,696 locations, he said, adding 13,816 polling stations would be set up, with a model polling station in each Assembly constituency. There would 425 critical polling stations, as per current assessment, officials said. Delhi has seven Lok Sabha seats and 70 Assembly constituencies.last_img read more

Deepika and Vikrants kissing scene gets leaked

first_imgNew Delhi: A lip locking scene of actors Deepika Padukone and Vikrant Massey from their upcoming film Chhapaak has been leaked online. In the videos that have been doing the rounds on the Internet, the actors can be seen romancing each other at a terrace here while shooting for the scene. Also, the residents of the area are spotted watching the shoot and cheering for the actors as they kiss each other. In one of the videos, one of the residents can be heard saying, “Bache ko mat dikha (don’t show it to kids).” Chhapaak is based on the real life acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal and Deepika is portraying Laxmi in it. The film is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. It is scheduled to release on January 10, 2020. On playing the character of Laxmi, Deepika had said: “A character that will stay with me forever. It’s a very important story and it’s a true life incident, so hopefully good things will come out of it.”last_img read more

13th OIC Summit Kicks Off in Istanbul

Rabat –  The 13th Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off here on Thursday.Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar represents King Mohammed VI to the two-day event.Held under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”, the Islamic Summit will discuss the current situation in several countries, including Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. Over 30 heads of State and government participate in the summit, which is hosted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. read more

PeugeotCitroën to Make Casablanca Its Hub in MENA

Casablanca – Peugeot-Citroën Group intends to turn Morocco’s economic capital into its headquarters in Africa and the Middle East, says Maghreb Confidentiel.Following the failure to set up a similar project in Algeria, the French automobile manufacturer PSA Group has decided to strengthen its presence in Morocco by making Casablanca its piloting base for the Africa and Middle East region.According to Maghreb Confidential Jean-Christophe Quémard will serve as the head of the African and Middle East office. Quémard will be in charge of administration, human resources, marketing, communication and regional development of Peugeot- Citroën. The launch of this ambitious project coincides with beginning of construction work on the group’s new plant in the city of Kenitra, which is expected to be operational by 2019.The French automobile manufacturer’s attempt to set up a plant in Oran has reportedly met with obstacles in the Algerian bureaucracy.PSA group has signed partnerships with a number of Algerian companies such as Condor electronics, the state-owned company PMO and the pharmaceutical company Propharmal, a subsidiary of the Toyoya-owned French distribution group CFAO. read more

UN calls for 55 million to help refugees from camp in northern

10 September 2007The United Nations agency tasked with helping Palestinian refugees appealed today for $55 million to fund the first year of emergency assistance to refugees from the Nahr el-Bared camp in northern Lebanon, which was badly damaged during months of intense combat between the Lebanese army and Fatah el-Islam gunmen. Karen AbuZayd, the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), said in Beirut that the funds will be used to provide shelter and support to host families, temporary jobs, infrastructure such as clean water and sanitation, and basic services, including health care, education and humanitarian assistance.The appeal is designed to cover the emergency needs of the residents of the refugee camp, former and current, and to plan for their full and safe return of those displaced by the fighting.Earlier this month the Lebanese army announced that it had seized full control of Nahr el-Bared from the Fatah el-Islam gunmen group, which it began fighting in May, forcing most of the camp’s estimated 31,000 residents, including about 8,000 classified by UNRWA as special hardship cases, to flee to the nearby Beddawi camp and other areas.UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Geir O. Pedersen told a donor meeting for Nahr el-Bared, being held in Beirut, that “thousands of displaced Palestinian and Lebanese civilians” now depend on the support of the international community to restart their lives.“We, the United Nations, will continue to assist and support the people affected by the conflict to the best of our ability,” he said, adding later that “we count on the continued support of the international donor community to ensure that the recovery and reconstruction phase will move forward rapidly and effectively.”In his statement, Mr. Pedersen voiced the UN’s support “to the Lebanese Government, the army, the Lebanese people and the Palestinian refugees and the PLO for the courage, determination and unity with which they have faced and overcome the challenges posed by the criminal aggression of Fatah el-Islam.”The relief effort will be led by UNRWA, but the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) will also assist, as will the Lebanese health ministry and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs). read more

AsiaPacific population growth falls to lowest of developing regions – UN report

21 April 2009The Asia-Pacific region’s annual population growth has fallen to 1.1 per cent, the lowest rate among the world’s developing regions, according to a statistical snapshot released today by the United Nations. The Asia-Pacific region’s annual population growth has fallen to 1.1 per cent, the lowest rate among the world’s developing regions, according to a statistical snapshot released today by the United Nations.Death rates have fallen but birth rates have come down more rapidly, according to the Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2008, released today by the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The Yearbook is a compilation of statistical data from a wide range of sources, providing a detailed picture of the major economic, social and environmental trends over the past two decades. This year’s report finds that the number of children born per woman fell to 2.4 for the period 2000-2005, down from 2.9 per woman for the previous five years, not only reducing growth but also aging the region. “We are familiar with population ageing in countries like Japan but the same phenomenon is now evident in many countries,” said Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. “Once the total fertility rate falls below the replacement rate of 2.1, we can expect the region’s population to start shrinking,” she added.Fertility has fallen below replacement level in 16 countries, including China, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand. In some countries, such as Niue, Georgia, Armenia and the Russian Federation, the population is already falling, according to the Yearbook.A number of countries still have fertility rates above 3.0 children per woman – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Tajikistan and Timor-Leste.Among other predominant trends, the Yearbook studies migration, which it says continues to shape the region, reinforcing the effects of falling birth rates particularly in small island states in the Pacific where emigration rates can be 15 per cent of the population or more. Migrants from these and other countries are heading for the region’s richer economies. They now make up more than 40 per cent of the populations of Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as moving farther afield. Even with the falling birth rates and emigration, the sheer size of the population and rapid industrialization of many parts of the region continue to take a toll on the environment, the Yearbook notes. In China and Viet Nam, between 1992 and 2002, for example industrial water withdrawal more than tripled.In other areas, the Yearbook noted that disaster-related deaths ballooned as cities were hit by over-crowding, with a total of 28 major earthquakes, floods and typhoons affecting more than 101 million people, killing more than 223,000 and causing more than $103 billion worth of damage in 2008 alone. read more

The price of oil edged up to 10746 on Middle East North

The price of oil edged up to $107.46 on Middle East, North Africa turmoil AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 16, 2013 5:20 pm MDT The price of oil rose for the sixth consecutive day Friday on continuing violence in Egypt and supply disruptions elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude edged up 13 cents to US$107.46 a barrel and was up 1.4 per cent for the week.Brent crude, used to price oil imported by many U.S. refineries, rose 80 cents to US$110.40 per barrel for October delivery.Turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa has disrupted some production and exports, especially in Libya and Iraq. It has also raised the spectre of spreading violence that could block important supply routes.Violence in Egypt continued Friday as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters fought with armed civilians, police and troops in Cairo. At least 60 people were killed in fighting across the country, with nearly 700 having been killed since violence erupted Wednesday.Egypt is not a major oil exporter, but there is concern that an escalation in fighting could spread to neighbouring countries or disrupt the Suez Canal, a major trade route.Rising oil production in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere has helped keep the market supplied with oil, and global demand is rising only modestly. That has kept prices from rising even further amid the Middle Eastern violence, analysts say.In other energy futures trading, heating oil rose one cent to close at US$3.08 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), wholesale gasoline fell one cent to US$2.97 a gallon and natural gas fell five cents to $3.37 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

On Day for Eradication of Poverty UN highlights needs for a holistic

“Poverty is easy to denounce but difficult to combat,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day. “Those suffering from hunger, want and indignity need more than sympathetic words; they need concrete support.” Mr. Ban stressed that during times of economic austerity it is even more crucial to put policies in place that will protect the most vulnerable. “As governments struggle to balance budgets, funding for anti-poverty measures is under threat. But this is precisely the time to provide the poor with access to social services, income security, decent work and social protection,” he said. “Only then can we build stronger and more prosperous society – not by balancing budgets at the expense of the poor.” With the fight against poverty at the core of the UN development agenda, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the UN General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. This year’s theme for the Day, ‘Ending the Violence of Extreme Poverty: Promoting Empowerment and Building Peace,’ highlights the link between poverty and social unrest, as well as the need to provide people with the necessary skills to contribute to society. “Poverty is not merely a matter of minimum income thresholds or insufficient resources, nor must it be remedied only through charity or wealth redistribution schemes,” the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in her message for the Day. “There is educational, cultural, scientific and social poverty, which is the corollary of material poverty and must be combated with the same determination,” she added. “Poverty results in deprivation of individual capacities for development and in the lack of autonomy. Poverty eradication entails building each person’s capacity to create wealth and to tap each human being’s inner potential.” Ms. Bokova noted that despite overall economic development worldwide, more than one billion people live in extreme poverty, which the World Bank defines as living on less than $1 a day. “This situation is a violation of basic human rights and an obstacle to development,” she said. “Progress is within our reach. Since 2000, extreme poverty has been halved. This proves that with political will and the joint commitment of States, outcomes can be achieved. To succeed, we must redouble our efforts to combat new forms of poverty and social exclusion. We must also understand all aspects of poverty in order to tailor our response appropriately.” She stressed that quality education, scientific development and cultural diversity are essential strategic tools for developing human intelligence and enabling people to take control of their future. In a separate message, the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Magdalena Sepúlveda, called on States to take immediate measures to ensure access to justice by the poorest segments of society, stressing that such access is a human right in itself and essential for tackling the root causes of poverty. “Without access to justice, people living in poverty are unable to claim and realize a whole range of human rights, or challenge crimes, abuses or violations committed against them,” she said. She also highlighted the financial, social and physical barriers that prevent the poor from accessing justice and perpetuate and exacerbate their disadvantage, noting that they are often unable to seek justice due to the cost and time of travel to a distant courthouse, fees charged for filing claims or lack of free, quality legal assistance. “Lack of information about their rights, illiteracy or linguistic barriers, coupled with entrenched stigma attached to poverty, also makes it harder for the poor to engage with the justice system,” she noted. “In such circumstances, a person living in poverty cannot uphold their rights or challenge injustice.” To mark the Day, representatives of governments and civil society will gather at UN Headquarters in New York to discuss how poverty violates fundamental rights and the need to build on the successes of the anti-poverty goals known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to intensify anti-poverty efforts. The eight MDGs, agreed on by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS reduction, and a ‘Global Partnership for Development.’ read more

Masai Ujiri Next step in developing African basketball is a pro league

TORONTO — Masai Ujiri believes there are potential NBA stars living in Africa who might never pick up a basketball.The Toronto Raptors president and his Giants of Africa organization is hosting “Mandela 100,” a two-day celebration honouring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It culminates with the Raptors’ game Wednesday against the visiting Philadelphia 76ers that will feature three African players in Toronto’s Serge Ibaka (Republic of Congo) and Pascal Siakam (Cameroon), and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (Cameroon). Ujiri said there’ve been talks involving both the NBA and FIBA about the possibility of an African league. The problem is Africa’s infrastructure.“For me, the challenge for the continent is people see Africa as one continent, one country, and it’s not. There’s 54 countries with 54 different laws, regulations and borders and that’s the challenge for us,” Ujiri said Tuesday. “Once we can have some sort of league it’s going to blow up because you can see that there is talent. It’s a gold mine.“I’m confident to say there are 10 Embiids walking around, there are 10 whoevers walking around in Africa. There are people who have gone through their lives that have that athletic ability who haven’t even touched a basketball. They never had the courts, they never had the opportunity. That’s why it’s a gold mine and people are starting to realize it now.”Ujiri was asked about how a player such as Siakam or Embiid would be received in Africa.  “I think I was on a phone call with (American sports executive) Scott O’Neil the other day and he said ‘Embiid goes back to play it’ll be like Muhammad Ali or something,’” Ujiri said. “It’s why you like the rise of these players with Pascal and Serge and OG (Anunoby, who was born in London to Nigerian parents) and these guys, with this day and age of social media and you can watch highlights on your phone.”Ujiri’s Giants of Africa program uses basketball to educate and enrich the lives of African youth. The two-day celebration began Tuesday with a tribute gala.Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press read more

Conveyor belt transfers that deliver material control

first_imgMartin Engineering has introduced custom-engineered transfer chutes, helping to deliver material control from the time it leaves the conveyor discharge pulley until it reaches the receiving belt. By managing the material speed and direction, Martin® Inertial FlowTM transfer chutes can minimise impact and wear on liners and belts, while containing the dust and spillage that are often generated at transfer points.The engineered flow chutes employ special geometries that capture and concentrate the material stream as it travels through the chute. Every design is tailored to suit the specific material characteristics and conveyor systems of the individual customer, rather than using stock products and attempting to make them work. These Inertial Flow transfer chutes provide the dual benefits of minimising aeration and preventing buildup within the chute, particularly important when dealing with combustible materials.“Transfer points should never be a production bottleneck,” commented Martin Product Development Engineer Justin Malohn. “By testing the customer’s specific bulk material and applying those properties as the initial step in chute design, we can develop a transfer that meets capacity while minimising the potential for build-up and chute plugging.They also incorporate replaceable liners, allowing operators to unbolt the enclosure for simplified replacement of worn components without confined space entry.Engineered chutes typically employ a ‘hood and spoon’ transfer, with the hood discharge chute at the top of the system and a spoon receiving chute to place material onto the belt being loaded. Martin Engineering components are custom-designed to suit the characteristics of the conveyed product and the materials used for chute construction.“The hood minimises expansion of the material stream, directing it downward,” Malohn explained. “The spoon provides a curved loading chute for a smooth line of descent, consistently feeding the material at a specific speed and direction to minimise impact in the loading zone.”The goal is to confine the material stream and reduce air entrainment, while directing the moving material onto the receiving belt with minimal impact. Successful designs reduce spillage, abrasion, dust and premature wear. This control also helps ensure that material is centre-loaded on the belt, avoiding mistracking and fugitive material.To achieve the optimum hood, spoon and settling area, Martin Engineering’s engineered flow chutes are designed using 3D computer-based flow and modeling to define the geometry. “The direction and force of impact should maintain as much momentum as possible, ideally with an impact angle of no more than 8-12°,” Malohn said.Designers use detailed information about the specific material characteristics and the parameters of the conveyor system itself, including the feed system, belt properties, support structure and transfer distances. Martin Engineering also has in-house capability to perform comprehensive bulk material testing to obtain critical friction values, using customer-specific materials, belt construction and liner materials.By controlling the velocity and force of impact in the load zone to match the belt speed and direction, the engineered systems mitigate material splash, turbulence and dust. The low-turbulence, low-impact loading and controlled airflow can eliminate the need for baghouse dust collection systems, and the stable material path contributes to improved transfer, while minimising belt abrasion and spillage.last_img read more

New BELAZ technical support centre for Ural region opens in Berezovsky

first_imgThe technical support centre occupies 3,240 m2 and has been built from the ground up. The construction process began on 12 June 2017. The technical support centre is compliant with international standards: it is fitted with modern equipment and a warehouse of original spare parts. Pre-fabricated steel structures were used to build the centre thanks to their durability, safety, and installation convenience. The technical support centre represents a cluster of industrial premises and auxiliary ones and offers space for scheduled maintenance and capital repairs and space for storing the spare parts. Over 50 highly qualified specialists will be able to perform extensive repairs of any complexity for BELAZ haul trucks with the carrying capacity of 30-220 t.The location for the technical support centre in the city of Berezovsky boasts convenient access to the ring road around Yekaterinburg, the capital city of Sverdlovsk Oblast. Thanks to this fact buyers of heavy BELAZ vehicles will be able to reach the technical support centre fast. It is particularly important in view of the discovery of new deposits of mineral resources in the Ural Federal District. The first official documents were signed as part of the opening ceremony: a vehicle maintenance contract with the copper miner OAO Svyatogor and a vehicle sales contract with the copper mining company AO Safyanovskaya Med. Global mining truck major BELAZ has opened a modern technical support centre in Russia’s Ural Federal District, the press service of the Belarusian Industry Ministry told Belarus news agency BelTA (see eng.belta.by). The center for repairing and maintaining BELAZ mining vehicles was solemnly opened in the city of Berezovsky, Sverdlovsk Oblast. The centre had been built by BelTransLogistik company, an official representative of BELAZ in the Ural Federal District. Belarussian Industry Minister Vitaly Vovk, BELAZ Director General Piotr Parkhomchik, Berezovsky Mayor Yevgeny Pistsov, and the BelTransLogistik top manager Mikhail Dubasov took part in the opening ceremony.last_img read more

Two women bailed after Liverpool dog attack death

first_imgTHE TWO WOMEN arrested at the weekend in connection with the death of a 79-year-old man in Liverpool have been released on conditional bail, pending further enquiries.Clifford Clarke was killed when an “out of control” dog attacked him in his back garden at about 8.40pm Saturday.Merseyside Police officers said they found the body of a man and were confronted by the vicious dog when they were called to an address at Richard Kelly Close in the Clubmoor area.A post-mortem exam showed the victim died from multiple injuries consistent with a dog attack.Although the breed of dog had not been established at the time, two women in their late-20s were detained on suspicion of manslaughter and an offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act, 1991.Investigations into the tragic death continue.The dog attack is the second to occur in Britain this year. In March, 14-year-old Manchester girl Jade Anderson died in an attack by a number of dogs. Her family have started a campaign to pressure the government to change laws relating to dog ownership.A study published in April found a link between violent crime and the trade for dogs on Britain’s streets. The three year study from Middlesex University included over 100 interviews, many with dangerous dog owners and several gang members found evidence of animals changing hands for up to £10,000 each.‘Out of control’ dog attacks and kills elderly man in his garden‘Justice for Jade’ campaign looks for change after dog attackRead: Teenage girl found dead in house with ‘out of control’ dogs> Read: New study links violent crime with dangerous dog tradelast_img read more

Its not a rolling suitcase its a portable power plant

first_imgThere’s nothing more annoying than sitting down at a coffee shop with your laptop, connecting to the shop’s WiFi, and then realizing your computer’s battery is just about to die. There are plenty of establishments that offer free WiFi but often there will be no outlets. A new invention makes it easy for you to bring a lot of power with you, wherever you might go.Germany-based Younicos have created a mobile lithium titanium battery pack called the Yill. The device looks more like a rolling suitcase modeled after a yo-yo than a source of renewable energy, but it does win points for style. Designed by Werner Aisslinger, the Yill can power a modern workstation for two to three days.The mobile energy storage unit plugs into a charging station that take in power “from renewable energy sources” (they neglect to explain exactly which ones). Or you can just plug it into a normal power socket. The device stores up to 700Wh and it takes just four hours to charge. The vacuum-sized device can provide up to 300W at any time.Younicos also has a green energy solution for your home. Though it’s a bit larger than the Yill, the Yoe is a “smart electricity storage unit” that stores between 4 and 12 kilowatt hours. It allows users to cover most of their energy needs through self-generated photovoltaic power. Of course, you have to have a solar energy system already set up, or have access to an energy supplier.There is no word yet on pricing or availability for the products.Read more at Younicos, via Dvicelast_img read more

Eyes to the sky Ireland will be treated to a rare eclipse

first_img 11 Comments 25,009 Views Friday 10 Feb 2017, 8:00 AM http://jrnl.ie/3232336 Image: moon image via Shutterstock IRISH ASTRONOMY FANS will be treated to a rare eclipse of the moon just after midnight tonight.David Moore, editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine said we saw a “similar, but poorer eclipse, last September”. It was still “quite spectacular to the naked eye,” however, and Moore said this means tonight’s eclipse should be an excellent sight for everyone in the country.The eclipse officially begins at 10.34pm but the dimming on the top edge of the moon will not be detectable with the naked eye until after 11pm, possibly from 11.30pm. Mid-eclipse is at 12.44am.“You don’t need a telescope or binoculars to see this event so everyone in Ireland should be able to see the eclipse,” Moore said. “Even if it is cloudy, you should keep checking the sky all evening as all you need is a tiny break in the clouds for a few seconds to see the eclipse.”Those in the Leinster area are being invited to the Astronomy Ireland headquarters, which has some of the largest telescopes in Ireland, tonight to view the event. It is free and there will be free tea, coffee and biscuits to keep everyone warm.The magazine is also asking people who catch a glimpse of the eclipse to email pictures and descriptions for publication in the next edition.Read: The supermoon is expected to last until Wednesday night>Pictures: Here’s how the supermoon looked over Ireland last night> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3452 Tweet Email3 By Michelle Hennessy Short URL Eyes to the sky: Ireland will be treated to a rare eclipse of the moon tonight The eclipse will officially begin at 10.30 but dimming will not be visible until after 11. Feb 10th 2017, 8:00 AM Image: moon image via Shutterstocklast_img read more

Chrome OS bientôt sur tablette

first_imgChrome OS bientôt sur tabletteÉtats-Unis – Google envisage d’intégrer son système d’exploitation Chrome OS sur une tablette internet. La concurrence envers l’iPad se développe.Google entend riposter face à l’iPad d’Apple. Le géant américain souhaite installer son système d’exploitation Chrome OS, prévu pour les netbooks, sur les tablettes internet. Une vidéo en ligne sur le site Chromium Project montre que Chrome OS pourrait être multitâches.Sur les pages du site, on peut lire : “Même si l’objectif initial était les netbooks, Chrome OS pourrait éventuellement être adapté sur une large variété de périphériques. Chaque périphérique pourrait avoir ses propres entrées, sa propre largeur d’écran et son type de processeur.” Si Google creuse dans cette voie, les relations déjà tendues avec Apple risquent de se refroidir davantage.Le 4 février 2010 à 13:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Expanding Role of Printers

first_imgThis news follows RR Donnelley’s touting the success of its Press+ platform, now used by 323 publications to launch paid content models online. In June 2011, the company acquired Helium.com to enhance its content creation offerings—one of a series of acquisitions it made to broaden its services. In August, it purchased LibreDigital, which provides digital magazine replicas, data analytics and content for more than 40 e-commerce sites. That same month, the company bought software company Sequence Personal to bolster its custom digital publishing services. Finally, in October, all of that build-up paid off when it struck a $550 million deal through 2020 with American Media Inc. to assist the OK! and Star publisher with its digital convergence.Greater Reach, Smarter SolutionsRecently, Wisconsin-based printer Quad/Graphics bought a minority stake in India-based print service and business solutions provider Manipal Technologies. ManipalTech is a printer of security, marketing, branding and communications products, but the company is also developing products with embedded technology like fingerprint recognition, printed electronics and near field communication (NFC).President and CEO Joel Quadracci says Quad has a firmer grasp on the traditional printing business, while ManipalTech brings a sharper-edged technology suite.Already, publishers are taking advantage of Quad’s expanding services. WIRED incorporated NFC into 500,000 subscriber copies of its April issue. An NFC-powered ad launches a mobile site when users tap an NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the page. Print Base, Digital Add-On“Our customer revenue mix has shifted to include non-print,” says  Steve Grande, vice president of sales with commercial printer Fry Communications. Fry now includes a litany of companies under the Fry Family Network umbrella, such as Thumb Media Group (focused on mobile technology); Aysling Digital Media Solutions (a distributor of WoodWing editorial workflow systems, mobile and content management systems); and Circulation Specialists Incorporated, among other services.Due to this growing list of offerings, Grande says his team specializes in the consultative sale. “Sometimes, publishers are challenged in the digital market; some publishers know exactly what they want to do. We help apply proper technologies and make them accessible, and provide the services they really need,” he says.Despite the promise of the digital publishing space, Grande says print still represents 80 to 90 percent of Fry’s business. “The non-print portions of our business become the differentiating factor in our offerings to customers. With things the same in print, the digital expertise is a significant benefit and a tipping point of our sale,” he says. With the race on for expanding magazine brands onto a variety of platforms, particularly the kind that don’t involve paper, printers are finding new ways to serve clients and draw in new revenue. Some of these tactics include launching multiplatform services, in addition to combining digital and print solutions for a one-stop shop for publishers.Digital DiversificationContinuing to diversify beyond its role as a printer, RR Donnelley recently made a $2.5 million investment in catalog shopping app CoffeeTable, which allows tablet users to browse and purchase from multiple retailers’ catalogs directly within the application.“Our core business is delivering multi-channel solutions,” says Ann Marie Bushell, president of RR Donnelley’s CustomPoint Solutions. Like cataloguers, she adds, “[Publishers] want a provider that can take content from creation to delivery, across a variety of media.”last_img read more

Creditors Take Control as Tech Site Gigaom Shuts Down

first_img A statement from Malik revealed little else except for a heart-felt ‘goodnight.’ Gigaom, one of the top tech news sites, suddenly shut down last night. This hurts more than I can say: I was just told Gigaom is shutting down — it has run out of money. We tried our best, but it wasn’t enough. The news underscores the seeming fragility of content publishing online—especially given the suddenness and finality of the decision, and the amount of investment that backed Gigaom. The site raised an $8 million round in early 2014 led by Shea Ventures, just as founder Om Malik decided to leave the company to join True Ventures as a partner. Staffers took to Twitter to relay the news. The nature of the tweets suggest the shutdown was a surprise. Walborsky left Gigaom in September 2014.  “Our growth will never be the growth of big media companies,” then-CEO Paul Walborsky told Folio: in early 2013, describing a strategy embedded in the company from the start. “Pageviews grow exponentially, but advertising only grows with GDP. Put those together and ad revenues are limited. Given those limitations—never reaching 100 million uniques and declining ad rates—we need to do more than ad revenues. What we’re building is not pageviews, we’re building long-term relationships with the audience.”center_img The site later confirmed the news with its own post, adding that it was unable to pay its bills. Bankruptcy is not being considered as an option. “We do not know at this time what the lenders intend to do with the assets or if there will be any future operations using those assets,” says the statement. “The company does not currently intend to file bankruptcy.” — Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) March 10, 2015 As of 5 pm today we are owned by trustees (SVB). They are in charge of our payments and our events. — Stacey Higginbotham (@gigastacey) March 10, 2015 Nevertheless, like many other sites of its scale—the site claims 6.5 million monthly visitors—Gigaom diversified from a strictly ad-supported model by launching a series of events and a subscription-based data service.last_img read more

Police Felon Killed Prosecutor in Jealous Rage

first_imgPolice in the country’s northernmost community say a convicted felon shot and killed a state assistant prosecutor in a jealous rage over a woman.Download AudioMurder charges were filed Wednesday in Barrow against 47-year-old Ronald Fischer in the death of 48-year-old assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan.North Slope Borough police say Sullivan was killed Monday night in the Barrow home of a woman who had a past relationship with Fischer.Investigators say Sullivan was unarmed and seated on a couch when he was struck twice with blasts from a 20-gauge shotgun fired by Fischer.They say security video from a nearby store shows Fischer entering the home.Online court records did not list a lawyer for Fischer. Attorney Robert Campbell represented him this year in a felony case, but says he won’t be handling Fischer’s murder charge.Sullivan was an Army veteran and former Washington state House representative.last_img read more