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New Middle Eastern Virus Found in Camels

first_imgSigns are increasing that camels are involved in spreading a deadly new virus that surfaced in the Middle East last year. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that researchers had detected Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in a herd of camels in Qatar linked to two recent human cases. “This is a very important piece of the puzzle,” says Mike Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. So far, the virus has sickened 160 people and killed 68.The finding was part of an investigation into two patients from Qatar who both contracted MERS but survived. Qatari officials took samples from the environment and numerous animals at the farm where the two worked. Researchers in the Netherlands detected MERS coronavirus RNA in nose swabs from three of the 14 camels tested. The scientists confirmed the result by sequencing a fragment of the virus. “Based on the length of the sequence we are absolutely certain that this is MERS,” says Marion Koopmans, chief of virology at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, who was involved in the work.Scientists suspect bats as the ultimate source of the new virus, but human interactions with bats are limited so another animal species may act as a bridge. In August, Koopmans and other scientists reported that they had found antibodies against MERS coronavirus in 50 out of 50 camels from Oman. They also tested sheep, goats, and cows but found no antibodies. Whether the camels really were infected with MERS remained unclear, however. Earlier this month, Saudi officials announced that a camel owned by a MERS patient had tested positive for MERS as well but they have not presented any sequence data to date.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The result from the Qatari camels does not prove that the virus is transmitted from camels to humans. Infected humans could also have transmitted it to the camels, and other animals may also be involved. “We have to be careful about assuming that this is just in camels,” Osterholm says. “If camels can be infected then it’s very likely that other domestic animals can be infected as well.” Virologist Ab Osterhaus, who was involved in the work, confirmed to ScienceInsider that other animals including pigeons, chickens, and sheep were being tested as well, but did not want to discuss preliminary findings. Researchers were also trying to piece together the whole viral sequence found in the camel samples, he said.Even if they succeed and the link to camels is confirmed, many questions about the outbreak remain open. It is not clear, for instance, how many of the observed cases are linked to human-to-human transmissions and how many were animal-to-human. Osterholm also points out that many mild cases in humans may be being missed. Saudi Arabia has been looking for the virus only in patients in intensive care, he says. “That is like the drunk looking for his lost keys only under the street light because that is where there is light.”Osterholm praises Qatar for its efforts. “The public health officials in Qatar deserve a great deal of credit for their aggressive actions in investigating this situation and involving the relevant international laboratory partners,” he says. “This could have been done in Saudi Arabia months ago.”last_img read more

Meerut police asks Muslims to ensure roads are not encroached during Friday prayers

first_imgPolice in western Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut have asked Muslims in the city to ensure that they don’t encroach upon the road while holding their weekly Friday prayers to avoid traffic jams.After holding discussions among themselves and with the administration, Muslim clerics said they would abide by the instructions of the administration and co-operate.SSP Meerut Ajay Sahni said top Muslim clerics like the Nayab Shehar Qazi assured them that Friday prayers, during which the city mosques witness large congregations, would be held within the compounds of the mosques.“We held talks with them. They also said that traffic gets affected (when those attending the namaz encroach on the road),” Mr. Sahni said.Zainus Rashideen, Nayab shehar qazi, said the Muslims would abide by the administration’s advisory to ensure there is no impact on traffic. He said if the mosques fill up, the faithful would be asked to line up on the terrace of the mosques.last_img read more

Summer chillers

first_imgDiscerning travellers from the region are unwinding with rejuvenating getaways that help you indulge, energise and de-stress. That’s obviously the reason why spa retreats and natural forest resorts are mushrooming in and around Punjab. Enveloping many a harried city slicker in their serene ambience, these retreats are topping the holiday,Discerning travellers from the region are unwinding with rejuvenating getaways that help you indulge, energise and de-stress. That’s obviously the reason why spa retreats and natural forest resorts are mushrooming in and around Punjab. Enveloping many a harried city slicker in their serene ambience, these retreats are topping the holiday destinations list. From mountain biking to nature walks; from enjoying a Turkish Hammam to Ayurvedic treatments, get set to soak up the luxury that some of the best retreats in the region offer.Terrain and Quad biking remain the most popular adventure sport hereGreen poolNamed after the Kikar tree resting on top of a nearby hill, Kikar Lodge Nature Resort and Spa is home to exotic species of birds and the elusive Barasingha and Barking dear. Conceptualised by Gobindar Singh Chopra in 2005 as the region’s first private forest reserve resort, it sets one’s adrenaline off by offering nature trails. Buffalo cart, tractor rides, adventure sports, night safaris, fishing on the Sutlej, healing massages on shacks and animal sightings are some of the few. In the fray are plans to offer Asia’s longest zip line tour in collaboration with UK’s Flying Fox company.The retreat’s 30 luxury safari tents and red-brick cottages with thatched roofs are laid out in a discreet cluster to reflect nature’s serenity. The property’s stateof-the-art spa offers therapeutic treatments in collaboration with the Kairali Ayurvedic Institute. It offers authentic Ayurvedic solutions for arthritis, spondylitis, sinusitis and migraine. Food is cooked using organic produce, natural spring water and in-house dairy milk products. No wonder this lodge has attained the status of the Welcome Heritage Resort by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation.USP: Solitude and luxury in the midst of nature, besides wildlife sightings.Location: Village Kangar, district Ropar, Punjab.Things to do: All terrain and quad biking, rappelling, night safari, paintball, swimming, croquet, billiards, pool, table tennis, team building/leadership exercises for corporates and schools.Cost: Two nights packages start from Rs 13,000 onwards for a couple; inclusive of all meals and one night safari. Taxes extra.advertisementMoksha Himalaya Spa ResortSoul curryLiterally meaning nirvana, Moksha Himalaya Spa Resort is all about creating an unforgettable experience. Set in the lush Shivalik valley among pine trees, and nestled at the beginning of the majestic Himalayan Mountain ranges, it offers elaborate spa rituals. Their trained spa therapists offer treatments that culminate in an ideal state of balance, detoxification, deep muscular relief and relaxation. This plush and uber luxurious resort is a dream venture of entrepreneur R.K. Garg. Besides 62 suites, the wellness sanctuary is equipped with yoga rooms and meditation pavilions where guests can practice under expert supervision. Besides 12 multi-function therapy rooms (with extensive views of the mountains), the retreat has outdoor heated infinity lap pools, heated jacuzzis, couples deluxe suites with sunken bathtubs. The infrared sauna, temperature controlled swimming pools, Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy rooms, a trendy nail bar, a hair salon and Thai massage stations are some of the other exclusive services. Hydro facilities include whirlpool, herbal steam bath and vichy rain shower. But nothing matches the decadent luxury of a Turkish Hammam, offering elaborate bathing rituals for men and women. The property also has an all-day Terrace Restaurant, offering a stunning panoramic dining experience with excellent views of the valley. Those looking to unwind after a busy day at the spa can relax with a cocktail or wine at Moksha’s Lobby Lounge. The show stealer, however are the resort’s Infinity poolbar and pavillion. A 40-cover poolside restobar, Infinity offers light refreshments and health cuisine. One can also organise private parties as the resort provides all the facilities. It also caters to small private family/friend parties and celebrations in its extensive grounds. Their business centre is well-equipped for small meetings.Moksha also has wedding organisers, who come with a plethora of ideas for themes, menus and decorations and a collection of albums of past events.USP: A luxurious spa experience in a beautiful, private sanctuary of wellness. Another exciting part is a cable car taking you to the five star retreat, starting from 3,000 feet to 5,200 feet above sea level.Location: Parwanoo, District Solan, Himachal PradeshDistance from Chandigarh: 35 KmThings to do: Yoga, meditation, swimming, Ayurvedic treatments, aromatherapy, Turkish baths, Thai massagesCost: Rs 15,000/suite/night (including breakfast) Rs 35,400/suite/ for two nights/ three days.Suryavilas ResortSpacially yours A little haven of repose, Suryavilas is a blissful sanctuary of tranquillity, where you can luxuriously unwind. The star attraction here is the spa that offers a holistic experience. Their specialised skincare treatments, mud baths, cellular reprogramming, reflexology, sauna and jacuzzi facilities are excellent. Trained therapists blend Ayurvedic and western therapies, providing top-of-theline international treatments with world famous Thalgo products. Besides common therapy rooms, there are a couple massage rooms. Brainchild of Gaytri Bajaj, the getaway is neatly tucked away from all spying eyes. Around 40 km from Kalka, the hideaway is set amidst pristine, untouched environs. Enveloped in contemporary Balinese architecture, each of the retreat’s 36 deluxe, super-deluxe, premium and luxury suites flaunt private sit-outs offering exquisite view of the majestic peaks around. Curry @ 3000 feet, the in-house restaurant serves world cuisine and their bar with an Indonesian decor offers a wonderful array of tipples. The guests are pampered silly with private heated pools, barbeque and personalised butler service on request.USP: International spa facilities within five-star resort environs. Al fresco fine dining and barbecues.Location: Kumarhatti Nahan road, Gandhigram, Himachal Pradesh.Things to do: Aquamarine spa treatments, swimming, recreation sports, barbecues and nature walks.Cost: Packages start from Rs 16,999 onwardsadvertisementAamod at Dalhousie in its snow clad splendourHigh spiritsNestled within a dense evergreen Deodhar forest, Aamod at Dalhousie is surrounded with unparalleled scenic beauty. The forest resort is located in Ahla village, approximately six kms from Dalhousie, on the road to Khajjiar adjoining the Kalatop wild life sanctuary. It offers fantastic views of the magnificent Pir Panjal range of Kashmir, which is snow clad throughout the year.The second luxury eco-boutique by Gaurav Jain, Aamod strictly follows the eco tourism principles in its establishment and operations. It offers a perfect blend of pristine surroundings with modern-day comforts. The cottages are unique, built out of unbaked mud in traditional style. Being adjacent to the protected wildlife zone, Aamod affords several spectacular walking options, varying from two hours to four-five days.USP: Splendid views, serene setting, tastefully built resort with excellent F&B options and a range of activities to choose from-a definite first for Dalhousie. Location Village Ahla, Dalhousie Khajjiar Road, Dalhousie.Distance from Chandigarh: 352 km.Things to do: Mountain biking, guided nature hikes, camping, mini-adventure course for kids, spa therapies, table tennis, football, croquet, carom, darts several board games and library. Boating at Chamera lake, paragliding and zorbing at Khajjiar are some of the activities that can be done around the resort.Cost: Deluxe Cottages- two nights/three days-Rs.12,000 Family Suites- two nights/three days-Rs.18,000/- (Rate per four adults).Treks and trails near the resort: Resort to Dainkund and return (two-three hours), Khajjiar and return (half day to full day), Ganji Pahadi and return (half day), Panjpullah and return (half day).last_img read more

Dutee, Tintu ensure Railways supremacy in National Open

first_imgKolkata, Sep 19 (PTI) Competing in her first senior level event after winning a landmark gender case, sprinter Dutee Chand stole the limelight by winning 200m and 4x100m relay gold on the final day to complete her golden treble in the 55th National Open Athletics Championship here today. The diminutive 19-year-old, who had won the 100m gold on the second day, reigned supreme in the 200m before helping Railways win the 4x100m relay today to bag her third gold of the meet at SAI Complex here. “I was nervous before coming here but my target is now fulfilled. I could achieve this because of love and blessings of all of you,” Dutee said, flashing “V” and a broad grin. Dutee had claimed a 100/200m double in Ranchi National Open two years ago and missed the last edition in Delhi as she was banned under IAAFs “hyperandrogenism” policy. After her appeal against this policy was partially upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, she took part in National Junior Federation Cup in Hyderabad last month and won gold in 200m. Tintu Luka also lived up to the expectations when she smashed an 18-year-old 800m meet record, clocking 2.00.56 to win the last event of the concluding day. Tintu took a big lead after finishing the first lap under 57 seconds but with no competition, she slowed down to reach the finish line with her best time in India as she defended the title fourth year in a row. “She was alone at the finish so could not pace up but Im happy with her effort,” Usha said as Tintu got past her previous best timing in India — 2:01.86 — which she achieved while winning gold in Kerala National Games earlier this year. Tintu has already qualified for Rio Olympics with her timing of 2:00.95s at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing last month. It was the second meet record which came after the Services 4x400m relay quartet of V Sajin Sumit Kumar, Manas Y and Arokya Rajeev put together 3:06.63 to blaze past the previous best of 3:07.27, set by the same department in 2013. Overall, Railways emerged champions with 267 points, far ahead of second placed ONGC (185) and Services (174.5) who however reigned supreme in the mens section. PTI TAP PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Eden Hazard’s regret – getting Jose Mourinho the sack in Chelsea

first_imgEden Hazard has tried to clarify the whole situation and told, “In 12 years I’ve only had one bad season – the last six months under Mourinho – and it was partly my fault,” “After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape.“We didn’t win, we got into a sort of routine – training, training without having fun. It was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end.” In the next season, Chelsea have won the Premier League title under the management of Jose Mourinho after many years. Eden Hazard was in great form in that season as he has scored 14 goals in the Premier League. The Belgian winger has also won the ‘PFA Footballer Of The Year’ award in 2014-15 season. But Jose Mourinho was sacked at the middle of the next season as the Blues were in the relegation zone at that point of the season. “If I’m now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: ‘Mourinho’,” Eden Hazard Would Like To Reunite With Jose Mourinho In Future.AdvertisementEden Hazard has expressed his desire to work again with Jose Mourinho. The 27 year old Belgian winger has joined Chelsea in the summer transfer window of 2012-13 season and since then he has won two Premier League titles for the Blues. Jose Mourinho came back as the Chelsea manager for the second time in his managerial career at the beginning of 2013-14 season. In the first season, the Portuguese manager has tried to build up a strong team and the Blues have finished at the third position in the Premier League table in that season. Eden Hazard Would Like To Reunite With Jose Mourinho In Future. “The season in which we became champions, we made many goals and played good games.” Meanwhile Chelsea will play against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the Premier League just after the International Break. Advertisementlast_img read more

Honda Cars expects sales to grow in double digits with upcoming BR-V

first_imgHonda Cars India expects sales to grow in double digits in the current fiscal despite several challenges though it says achieving a total of 3 lakh units during the year looks to be a difficult.The car maker, which is all set to enter the fast-growing mid-range sports utility vehicle segment next month with its seven-seater BR-V , had sold 1.92 lakh units last fiscal, a growth of just 2 per cent over 2014-15.ALSO READ:A new generation Honda CR-V in the works?”As far as Honda is concerned, we should have a decent growth, hopefully a double-digit growth during the fiscal,” Honda Cars India Senior Vice-President (marketing and sales) Janeshwar Sen told PTI.The company had earlier set a target of selling 3 lakh units annually by 2016-17, but due to “challenging conditions” it is not sure if it would be able to achieve that.”The market remains very challenging. Prices have gone up due to various cesses, there is no clarity on the diesel (front). So, we are pragmatic but need to look at the situation practically,” Sen said.ALSO READ:Dealers start taking bookings for Honda BR-VThe new Amaze has been received well and BR-V launch is round the corner, which should help the company, he added.      “Besides, we plan to add around 45 new dealerships this fiscal, taking the total to 340 outlets by the end this fiscal. It should also help as we would be tapping new markets,” Sen said.He, however, admitted that the automobile industry as a whole is under pressure and it won’t be easy to achieve sales targets.advertisement”It remains a challenging environment for the industry as a whole. Passenger vehicle industry grew over 7 per cent last year. But if you take the fourth quarter alone, growth was just 2 per cent,” Sen said.ALSO READ:Can Honda BR-V dislodge Hyundai Creta from top spot?Absence of a long-term road map for the industry is one of the major issues affecting the sector, he noted.Asked about just 2 per cent growth last fiscal compared with the industry figure of over 7 per cent, Sen said, “Broadly there were two major issues. Rapid shift towards petrol cars was one and MPV segment witnessing a steep decline was the second major issue for us.”He added, “It takes some time to make changes in the production schedule. So, moving from diesel to petrol took some time and that impacted us a bit. Second, Mobilio sales were hit as the entire MPV segment went down.”ALSO READ:Honda Cars India to spice up the compact SUV segment with BR-V launchHe also attributed the performance to the company being not that strong in commercial sales.On expectations from the BR-V, which would compete with the likes of Renault Duster and Hyundai Creta, Sen said: “It’s a hot segment. One thing we are confident about is this vehicle will do well.”Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster are priced in the range of Rs 8.46 lakh and Rs 14.42 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).”What we are offering is value. It is versatile because of third row, there is boot space of 691 litres when third row is tumbled down. It is best-in-class. Besides, premium interiors and high ground clearance of 210 mm are other highlights,” Sen explained.ALSO READ:Is Honda Navi a bike or a scooter? A six speed manual transmission mated with 1.5-litre petrol engine and an average of 21.9-km per litre for diesel variant are the other highlights of the upcoming vehicle.BR-V will hit the roads on May 5.last_img read more

ARCCORE becomes a part of Vector

first_img Continue Reading Previous Raspberry Pi finds growing application in professional development projectsNext Rohde & Schwarz: Scope Rider provides assistance in development of electric superbike Vector has acquired the Swedish embedded software specialist ARCCORE. This acquisition strengthens Vector’s portfolio of products and services in the field of AUTOSAR. Customers of Vector will benefit from further innovations for this global automotive software standard.ARCCORE was founded in 2006 and currently employs 80 people worldwide who work on developing and distributing products and services in the domain of embedded based solutions, primarily for the automotive market. Since 2009 the focus is on the global ECU software standard AUTOSAR.Vector is not new to the Swedish market. The wholly owned Vector subsidiary VecScan AB is headquartered in Gothenburg and has been serving customers since 2002 with software tools and embedded components mainly for the automotive market. In the meantime, VecScan AB has established a solid position in Scandinavia and will continue to expand it in the future.Development work on AUTOSAR Adaptive software for automotive ECUs is currently in full progress in the IT industry. While the development of conventional ECUs was driven primarily by stringent real-time and safety requirements, today aspects such as updating and upgrading capability are primary considerations. These involve dynamic reloading of software components, the use of standard libraries – such as for image analysis –, self-learning of functions and accelerated production cycles. The main use cases are automated driving and “over-the-air” updating as well as multimedia applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

Another security breach: Fan clicks selfie with Kohli and then hugs him tight

first_imgYet again on Friday a fan managed to enter the field of play to click a selfie with India captain Virat Kohli during the ongoing second Test against West Indies in Hyderabad.The fan broke the security cordon at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium and reached Kohli, who was fielding at short mid-on, to click a picture with the superstar cricketer.The incident took place at the end of the 15th over which caused a delay in proceedings as Ravichandran Ashwin waited to start his sixth over.India vs West Indies Live Score 2nd Test Day 1 Fan clicks selfie with Virat Kohli after interrupting play in the Hyderabad Test (AP Photo)This is the second time in successive Test matches that a fan has interrupted play to click a selfie with Kohli after the incident in Rajkot, where two youngsters did the same with the Delhi batsman.Live Cricket Score: India vs West Indies 2nd Test Day 1As India dominated proceedings against the Windies on the first day of the Rajkot Test match, two young men rushed to the pitch to meet Kohli.The two men ran on to the ground and tried to click selfies with Kohli, who was standing on the middle of the pitch.On that occasion, Kohli posed for the photos for a second before the umpires intervened and asked them to go away as play had to be resumed. They were escorted off the ground by two security officials.Kohli was unfazed by the abrupt stop of play and carried on after the incident as India piled on the misery on the West Indian bowlers. India manage to win that match by an innings and 272 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 2-match series.advertisementThe interruption on Friday meanwhile, gave the umpires the opportunity to call for drinks with the West Indies score reading 40 for 1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 12*, Shai Hope 6*) after Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat first.The Windies lost the wicket of Kieran Powell in the 12th over as he tried to loft a delivery from R Ashwin over cover but mistimed the shot and got caught by Ravindra Jadeja instead.last_img read more

The Manual Wind: Blancpain Villaret Chronographe Pulsometre

first_imgOne of the great ironies in the watch world is the chronograph complication.  Although equally classic and useless, it happens to be a staple in every man’s watch collection.  While the function of a chronograph, a stopwatch, is not very useful these days, it is the multiple hands and symmetrical dial layouts that have made this the most popular complication to produce.  Blancpain, producers of some of the most classic Swiss timepieces, has taken the classic chronograph to a new level with the introduction of the Blancpain Villaret Chronographe Pulsometre.  Known for their movements and dials, Blancpain has has brought their strong points to the forefront with this latest release.Now larger than their previous Blancpain Villaret Chronograph, the enamel and hand painted dial fills out this above average 43.6mm case size.  With help from the classic Villaret design, this larger case set in rose or white gold, is much more dramatic on the wrist with the stark white of the enamel dial taking most of the wrist space.  A slim bezel makes for more dial surface area.  The unique feature of this piece is the Pulsometer painted on the perimeter of the dial.  Chronographs generally cater to plains and automobiles to calculate speed.  This piece is a tribute to the older chronographs designed with doctors in mind.Under the dial lies the Blancpain in house caliber F385 movement.  Beating at 36,000vph, this column wheel chronograph incorporates a silicon balance spring and also has a flyback function.  Unique to Blancpain, each of their mechanical movements incorporate a 100 hour standard power reserve setting them apart from a lot of comparable movements.  A sapphire crystal case back and textured rotor round out this new flagship chronograph.Over the years, Blancpain has been able to set themselves apart from the competition all the while maintaining their classical watchmaking DNA.  The Blancpain Villaret Chronographe Pulsometre with its larger diameter and new movement is a testament to that. Editors’ Recommendations Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion last_img read more

15th Annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

first_imgNova Scotians who gamble are being encouraged to balance that with other social activities. That is the message from the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation during the 15th annual Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1. “For those who choose to gamble, and even those who don’t, the awareness week delivers important messages about balance,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation. “This is our opportunity to showcase what we do all year long to ensure players have the information they need to make good decisions about their play.” The Responsible Gambling Resource Centre at Casino Nova Scotia locations will each host open houses Saturday, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 from 2 p.m. to midnight. Staff will encourage players to learn about responsible gambling using interactive responsible gambling tools. Responsible gambling ambassadors will deliver responsible gambling information at ticket and video lottery locations and give players an opportunity to complete an online responsible gambling quiz for a chance to win a prize. “We believe a campaign that can both entertain and educate will be effective in keeping the conversation about responsible gambling top of mind,” said Mr. MacKinnon. Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corporation is the Crown corporation that manages the gaming industry in Nova Scotia. For more information on Responsible Gambling Awareness Week or for responsible gambling tips, visit www.yourbestbet.ca .last_img read more

UN agency sounds alarm on mounting hunger in Chad

Although there are signs of improvement in Niger, which is in the midst of a severe food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that child malnutrition rates are alarmingly high in neighbouring Chad.“We’ve seen the positive impact of timely, well-coordinated food and nutrition assistance delivered in partnership with the Government in Niger,” where almost half of the 15-million strong population are hungry, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran.But in Chad, which experienced a long and crippling lean season, “children are weak and need to continue receiving food and nutritional support,” she stressed.Weak and erratic rainfall across the eastern Sahel destroyed much of last year’s harvest, also drying up watering holes for cattle.To respond to the situation, WFP rolled out emergency food assistance operations in Niger and Chad to meet children’s nutritional needs and to keep families fed through the lean season, when food is in short supply and prices are on the upswing.Manuel Aranda da Silva, the agency’s Emergency Coordinator for the Eastern Sahel, said that in some parts of Niger, prices are starting to fall in local markets and malnutrition rates among the very young are stabilizing.Mr. Aranda da Silva, who has just wrapped up a fact-finding mission to Niger and Chad, said that hunger rates remain high among Chadian children. Global acute malnutrition rates in Chad for children under the age of two are as high as 26 per cent in places, far exceeding the 15 per cent emergency threshold.That figure is nearly 4 per cent above the international definition for an emergency situation.WFP, he said, must maintain its operation for at least the next three months, as well as begin tackling some of the structural causes of malnutrition and food insecurity to bolster resilience to recurrent droughts.“The health system in Chad does not cover all areas, and there are fewer non-governmental organizations to support WFP’s food distributions,” he noted, emphasizing that even though harvest time is approaching, it is dangerous to scale back nutritional support for Chadian children. 16 September 2010Although there are signs of improvement in Niger, which is in the midst of a severe food crisis, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned that child malnutrition rates are alarmingly high in neighbouring Chad. read more

6 Ways Integration Decimated Black College Sports

Once, Black college sports were all the rage. The players with the most talent and creativity went to historically Black colleges and that was that. Then integration hit in the mid-1960s, and slowly but sadly, the Black athlete began to consider it the thing to do by playing somewhere else. Soon, Black colleges saw a drop in star athletes coming to their schools. Soon, the lure of play at a majority college took over and Black colleges were left, in many cases, stagnant and troubled.Talent FledOnce integration hit and coaches at major colleges suppressed their biases, they used the freedom they had to recruit the players they had long admired from afar at Black colleges. They used the inducement of having better training facilities, playing in front of much larger crowds and exposure to the NFL as enticements … and the Black athletes gradually began turning away from historically Black colleges and universities. read more

Dont call it a battle Ohio State footballs Reid Fragel Taylor Decker

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer is calling the competition for the Buckeyes’ starting right tackle job a “battle,” but that word seems too strong when you hear the players involved discuss the matter. Senior tight end-turned-lineman Reid Fragel is opposed in his pursuit of the starting position by freshman Taylor Decker. Fragel said he doesn’t begrudge Decker for opposing him, nor does Decker wish to supplant the Buckeyes’ three-time letter-winner in cold blood. Quite the opposite – they’re supporting each other in the competition and both players said they plan to keep it that way during OSU football’s annual media day Sunday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Meyer said he isn’t satisfied with either players’ performance so far and noted their position as one of the weaker ones on the entire team, as well as one of few ongoing position battles. “One guy is learning how to play (the position) and one guy is a freshman,” Meyer said during OSU’s media day. “They’re trying hard. They’re talented guys. They’re great people, but our production at right tackle isn’t where it needs to be.” For Fragel’s part in the bout at the right tackle, he volunteered to change positions after Meyer was hired for OSU’s coaching job in November. “I knew when coach Meyer came in, his offensive philosophy was different from (former OSU coach Jim) Tressel,” Fragel said. “Being a pro-style tight end, I knew I couldn’t fit in as a spread tight end. I also knew I had some blocking ability and size to work with.” For his offer to switch positions – an act some might consider selfless and for OSU’s betterment – Fragel was rewarded with a fight for playing time with Decker, a 6-foot-10, 310-pound first-year player from Vandalia, Ohio. The players have formed a bond through their competition, though – Decker even disclaims every positive remark about himself with an equally positive nod to the elder linesman he is fighting for playing time against. “I feel like I know that offense really well, not that Reid doesn’t. Reid knows the offense really well,” Decker said. “I try to study well and come off the ball hard, and, I mean, Reid does those things well also.” Fragel, who pulled in five catches for 64 yards in 13 games during the 2011 season, agreed with Decker, saying “whatever” to anyone that thinks of the players’ competition as a battle. In fact, Decker is routinely aided by Fragel in practice – some battle, indeed. “We don’t avoid each other or anything like that,” Fragel said of their off-field relationship. “It’s not like two gunslingers walking past each other. I definitely try to help him out.” It seems unlikely this friendly competition will end in the kind of football training camp brawls that receive national attention this time every year. By the end of camp, one player will be slated to see significantly more time on the Ohio Stadium turf than the other.  Both players appear happy to defer to the other, though, and Fragel said it’s what’s best for the team. “At the end of the day, Taylor’s a great player,” he said, “and the way it should be in any system is the better player will play.” You might say Decker agreed with Fragel, but you could also argue “agreed” isn’t strong enough verbiage in the same way “battle” doesn’t accurately describe the players’ competition. “Reid’s a great player. He’s obviously a tremendous athlete, being a tight end and everything,” Decker said. “I would love to be able to play… but I love (Fragel).” OSU opens the 2012 season Sept. 1 against Miami (Ohio). The game is scheduled for a noon kickoff at the Horseshoe. read more

Keep pushing forward working hardTop awardee Aadilah Ali

Aadilah Ali receiving one of her many awards for from Minister of Education Dr Nicolette HenryTop students from various schools were today awarded for their outstanding performances at the 22nd National Award Ceremony was hosted by the Education Ministry at the National Cultural Centre.The theme for the event was “Education for a Good Life Through Innovation and STEAMS.”Aadilah Ali was the Ministry’s top awardee carrying away awards for Best Performer at both the 2017 and 2018 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), Most Outstanding Overall and the Most Outstanding in Natural Sciences.Speaking to the Department of Public Information (DPI) Ali said that it felt amazing receiving the awards as her hard work had finally paid off. She also had words of encouragement for other students:“I look at failure as a stepping stone, I do not look at it as an obstacle, so for me, what I want people to take away from my experience is that you need to push forward. Even little obstacles, you should not let them overtake you. Keep pushing forward and working hard and you will get what you deserve.”Ali is currently studying for a degree in medicine at the University of Guyana.Minister of Education Dr Nicolette Henry delivering the feature address commended the student, describing the ceremony as a celebration of their achievements and determination.“This is significant because we recognise that their success is not accidental, nor did their dreams become a reality through luck or chance. It took hard work and in some instances sweat, determination, sacrifices and most of all appreciation for what you were and are doing daily in your classroom and learning environment.”(left to right) Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson, Minister of Education Dr Nicolette Henry and Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education (ag) Adele Clarke along with the with top studentsChief Education Officer Marcel Hutson noted that education is the only path towards development of self and country, “… education creates within individuals the capacity to perform certain functions for themselves such as reading and writing and problem-solving and therefore such individuals become employable and useful to society.”Parents, teachers and guardians were also commended by Hutson who said without the guidance of these individuals, the success of the students might not have been realised.Students were awarded for their outstanding performances at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations, the National Grade Six Assessment and individual subjects among other areas. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEducation Ministry honours 2016 top academic performersOctober 21, 2016In “latest news”Three CAPE students recognised for outstanding achievementsAugust 21, 2018In “latest news”CEO to NGSA students: No time to rest or ‘poverty will come upon you like a bandit’July 27, 2017In “latest news” read more

YTC forecasts decline in Myanmar tin production

first_imgThe ITRI reports that Yunnan Tin Co (YTC) has forecast diminishing tin production from Myanmar over the next few years from its estimate of 24,000 t of tin mined in the country in 2014. In 2014, after six years as a net importer of refined tin, China became a net exporter of the metal due to the rapid growth of tin-concentrate imports from Myanmar which allowed China’s refined tin production to rise 10% to 175,000 t in 2014 compared to the previous year.YTC recently visited the Man Maw mining area in Myanmar’s Wa County, which has been the location of rapid growth in the countries mined tin production over the last couple of years. At the ITRI China International Tin Forum in Shanghai, YTC’s General Manager, Zhang Fu, outlined the company’s belief that Myanmar’s 2014 tin production was a peak, and that resource and grade depletion at Man Maw will result in a progressive decline in production in the following years.ITRI is forecasting total annual tin production in Myanmar of 35,000 t in 2015, which represents a 16% increase on the 30,000 t of tin that ITRI estimates was mined in the country in 2014. Both these figures include roughly 2,000 t of tin from operations in Myanmar unrelated to the Man Maw mining area. However, the ITRI concurs with YTC’s view that current levels of tin production from Man Maw are unsustainable and will decrease over the next few years.Picture courtesy of YTC.last_img read more

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016 names Chairperson

first_imgThe National Mining Association (NMA), sponsor of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016, has announced that Caterpillar group president Denise Johnson will chair the world’s largest mining equipment exhibition. Johnson, who oversees the Resource Industries group for Caterpillar will lead the 2016 show, held September 26-28, at the Las Vegas, Nevada, Convention Center.“I’m honoured and excited to chair such an expansive showcase of mining equipment, technology and expertise from around the world,” said Johnson. “MINExpo® 2016 is showcasing real technologies, advancements, innovations and solutions that will impact the bottom line of mining companies today – and into the future.”Johnson joined Caterpillar in 2011 and initially served as the General Manager of Specialty Products within Caterpillar’s Reman & Components Division, where she had global responsibility for wear component products and facilities. She previously had a career with General Motors, where she built deep expertise in operations and product management. In 2012, the Caterpillar Board of Directors named Johnson Vice President with responsibility for Diversified Products Division. Before being named a Group President, Johnson also served as Vice President with responsibility for Integrated Manufacturing Operations and Material Handling & Underground Division.“As the sponsor of MINExpo®, NMA is excited to bring together the equipment, parts and service providers who are committed to working with mining companies throughout the world to improve safety, lower costs and maximize productivity,” said NMA President and CEO Hal Quinn. “Caterpillar exemplifies that commitment, which is demonstrated in part through its ongoing support of NMA and MINExpo. That said, we are thrilled to have Denise Johnson as our MINExpo 2016 chair.”The show has already exceeded expectations for the number of domestic and international exhibitors. MINExpo 2016 features 830,000 ft2 of space with more than 1,400 exhibitors in 12 halls of indoor and outdoor exhibits. The three-day show will feature the most innovative technologies in the mining industry, an opening session with industry leaders, and expert-led educational sessions.MINExpo® 2016 is also a global event with pavilions from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany and Sweden. MINExpo 2016 is part of the US Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program and 20 delegations are currently being formed through this program.last_img read more

Caterpillar roof supports to extend Whitehavens Narrabri North longwall

first_imgWhitehaven Coal Ltd has placed an order for 50 Cat® longwall roof supports to extend its Narrabri North longwall from 300 m to 400 m to increase production and reduce costs. Already regarded as one of the most productive longwalls in Australia, the current system set a monthly production record of 1.057 Mt in April. The mine in New South Wales will start mining its first 400 m wide panel in the second half of 2017.Narrabri is operating a complete Cat longwall mining system including an EL3000 shearer, roof supports, AFCPF6 face conveyor and BSLPF6 beam stage loader with crusher and boot end. The order of Cat roof supports includes 43 face roof supports and 7 gate road supports with 2.05 m spacing, 2.25 to 4.70 m height range, 450 mm leg diameter and 13,000 kN support capacity.Last year the mine ordered a second EL3000 shearer based on the productive performance of the first machine. The EL3000 Shearer features a unique one-piece mainframe engineered to optimise productivity while ensuring reliability and durability. The ranging arms feature cast hinge points designed to handle higher cutting and haulage forces, such as 860 kW (1,380 hp) cutting forces with haulage capable of 32 m/min while cutting.According to Whitehaven, the mechanical availability of the second Cat shearer since its installation in September 2015 is very good. Advanced, state-based automation is boosting longwall productivity and reducing downtime. Functionalities such as horizon control and face alignment provide a consistent cutting process.Narrabri established a new calendar year production record of 8.3 Mt of ROM coal in 2015. Whitehaven’s June quarter production report explains further positive results: “As a direct consequence of the higher production levels, production costs have fallen with Narrabri confirming its place as Whitehaven’s lowest cost mine.”last_img read more

Antennerelais un enseignant porte plainte contre X

first_imgAntenne-relais : un enseignant porte plainte contre XUn enseignant de Nanterre a porté plainte contre X en demandant le démantèlement d’antenne-relais appartenant à Bouygues Telecom et qui sont placées sur le toit de son lycée.L’affaire relance une nouvelle fois le débat sur les conséquences de l’exposition aux ondes. Mardi, l’AFP fait part de la plainte contre X déposée au pénal par un enseignant de Nanterre. Celui-ci réclame le démantèlement d’antennes-relais de Bouygues Telecom situées sur le toit de son lycée (Joliot-Curie), estimant que les ondes émises par celles-ci peuvent constituer un risque sanitaire. Le professeur, Frédéric Bailleux, indique en effet que le niveau des champs électro-magnétiques relevés près du gymnase du lycée pourrait “provoquer des dysfonctionnements d’appareils tels que des défibrillateurs ou des pace-makers” et constituer “un danger pour les élèves [1 300] et personnels du lycée”. À lire aussiInternet mobile : Bouygues Telecom ouvre totalement les usages de ses forfaitsD’ailleurs M. Bailleux ne serait pas le seul à entamer une telle démarche puisqu’il affirme que sept autres enseignants du lycée auraient également porté plainte. De son côté, Bouygues Telecom a réagi en indiquant que “les niveaux d’exposition sont faibles et tout à fait conformes à la réglementation”. Jean-Philippe Desreumaux, directeur de fréquences et protection chez Bouygues Telecom se base sur les résultats d’un rapport commandé fin 2011 à un laboratoire de mesures de champs électro-magnétiques pour appuyer ses dires. Toutefois, sollicité par M. Bailleux, le Criirem (Centre de recherche et d’information indépendantes sur les rayonnements électromagnétiques) conteste les conclusions de ce même rapport. Une contestation elle-même critiquée part M. Desreumaux qui estime que “le Criirem n’est pas habilité à effectuer ce type de mesures et inquiète inutilement les gens”. Mais la plainte de M. Bailleux ne concerne pas que ce point-là puisque celui-ci affirme aussi que le contrat passé en 1995 pour l’installation des antennes-relais est arrivé à terme en 2009. Une autre assertion également démentie par Bouygues Telecom qui semble indiquer “être en relation” avec le proviseur de ce lycée.Le 12 juin 2012 à 17:14 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

VIDEO Highlights From Wilmingtons Tiny TotsKids Club Program

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program ended its second (and final) session this summer last Friday, August 3.Below is a video from staffer Erin Cowden highlighting some of the fun that was had over the three weeks.——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”VIDEO: Highlights From Wilmington’s Tiny Tots/Kids Club ProgramIn “Videos”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

Video How the landfill in Anchorage harvests gas from trash

first_imgHundreds of landfills across the lower-48 have turned their decomposing trash piles into a source of energy. So far, there’s only one project in Alaska harnessing the power of trash to produce gas.last_img