If you are looking at these pages with lust, chances are you have very good taste. The Jaguar XJ, after all, is one of the prettiest looking high-end luxury sedans one can buy in the country today. It’s almost a rolling sculpture compared to the at times racy, at times functional but mostly traditionally well proportioned German competition that is the Audi A8, BMW 7-series and Mercedes S-class.Inside too the Jaguar is more emotive than functional. It gets a wraparound dashboard which draws inspiration from speedboats. It is minimalist and only gets customary climate control system and audio controls on the dash with other handy bits like buttons for lock/unlock and seat massagers are integrated unobtrusively as part of the central console. The central tunnel houses cupholders and the Jaguar trademark rotary gear selector knob that rises up when the ignition is turned on.Otherwise, there’s nothing else; just lots of leather and simplistic lines. The idea behind this, according to the Jaguar’s chief designer, Ian Callum, is to make Jaguars an easy place to be in. And the XJ does feel like a living room. But, for a car that commands such a high pricetag interiors still need to feel special. And they do, courtesy the lovely play of chrome. Everything from air con vents to the various buttons and knobs as well as the outline for the trim is all chrome.Things aren’t as great at the rear. Sure, the seats are well bolstered and comfortable. These are hugely accommodating too with seatback angle being nearly optimum. But, in terms of the pamper coefficient, the XJ just can’t compete with its German rivals. It lacks adjustable rear seats, the sun blinds are manual and there’s no soft closing for the doors either.It was only natural then, that we enjoyed being behind the wheel more; helped in no small measure by the engine. The XJ comes with the choice of two engines–there’s the naturally aspirated 5-litre petrol V8 for the Portfolio trim and the supercharged version of the same engine that makes 510 bhp for the Supersport. The latter puts the XJ at a higher pedestal in output terms compared to its traditional competition.When driven sedately, it moves about with the elegance befitting royalty. Step on the gas with enthusiasm and it turns primal. There’s no letting off either; the engine revs unrestricted and with a sprinter’s ability towards the redline the moment the throttle pedal is buried into the carpet. And it keeps at it gear change after gear change. If you choose to buy the Supersport, you’d desperately wait for the weekends while envying your chauffeur through the week. Price: Rs. 1.1 crore (est)On the road: From PURI TO KonarkThe distance from Puri in Orissa to the famous temple town of Konark is just under 40 km. Naturally many would not deem such a meagre distance in terms of a long drive. After all, in the last decade or so, we have progressed from being a country where 50 km on the highway could take as much as three to four hours to one where you can actually go all the way from Delhi to Kolkata or Mumbai, both over 1,500 km away from the national capital, in a day. Yet, this relatively short stretch is perhaps one of the most scenic routes to drive on.It’s a narrow two-lane highway that connects the city with the town on the coast of the mighty Bay of Bengal. But don’t let those two adjectives–narrow and two lane–pass on the opportunity to drive on this road, for it’s quite well surfaced. The route itself will see you pass numerous quaint villages on either side, so you have to slow down a little in preparation for the odd calf or even child. About a third of the way through the lush coconut trees on either side of the road give way to piles of sand, and you realise that just to your right, past the sand dune is the beach and then the sea. A couple of kilometres later you see a vast unending deep blue to the right–Bay of Bengal. Further on, as the road turns, the sea disappears, to be replaced by what looks like a dense forest. A half-broken wooden signboard tells you that you’re passing through a reserve forest. Abruptly, you drive into sunshine as the road turns sharply left. A few more kilometres of driving later it is that Konark is approaching as you see increased traffic. Reaching Konark is quite the anti-climax, for the town itself is dingy and congested with tourists. The drive to the town though is a different story altogether. It’s nothing short of magnificent, and you can’t help but look forward to the journey back.-Vikrant SinghSuzuki Bandit 1250sThis one is a genuine sports tourer with enough power and torque in its belly to justify the sports tag. If you’re looking for a bike that will scream your presence to the bystanders each time you ride in, this is not for you. This, despite its fairing and large proportions. Astride, the Bandit exudes a feeling of function over form. Instrumentation is a simple twin pod affair with an analogue tachometer and a digital console that not only shows the speed but also houses all the other tell tales. The switchgear though has a positive feel and all of them are within easy reach of the rider’s fingers. The result? Top notch ergonomics. In the confines of the city the Bandit’s 250 kg weight shows, as does its longish wheelbase. Together they rob the bike of low speed manoeuvrability. But get it out onto the open highway and it’s a different story altogether. The riding position is close to perfect; the fairing does a good job of keeping you safe from the windblast at highway speeds while mirrors are large and mostly vibe free, giving you a clear picture of what’s behind. The long wheelbase, however, ensures that the Bandit is rock stable, even when cruising comfortably at three digit highway speeds. Speaking of highways, overtaking is a must and the Bandit excels here again thanks to that refined in-line four cylinder engine, which has enough torque and more to require less downshifting through that slick six-speed gearbox. Price Rs. 8.5 lakh, ex-showroom.-Rahul Ghoshadvertisementadvertisement
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Continue Reading Previous Renesas expands RX24T and RX24U MCU lineup for motor control applicationsNext MEMXPRO: PCIe PT33 SSD series to upgrade industrial control systems As the LoRa (Long Range) technology ecosystem accelerates, security remains an area for improvement in the market due to vulnerabilities that leave the network and application server keys accessible in the memory of modules and microcontrollers paired with a LoRaWAN stack. If keys are accessed in a LoRaWAN device, a hacker can impersonate it and authorize fraudulent transactions, which can result in a scalable attack with substantial losses in service revenue, recovery costs and brand equity. Microchip Technology in partnership with The Things Industries announced the industry’s first end-to-end security solution that adds secure, trusted and managed authentication to LoRaWAN devices at a global scale. The solution brings hardware-based security to the LoRa ecosystem, combining the MCU- and radio-agnostic ATECC608A-MAHTN-T CryptoAuthentication device with The Things Industries’ managed join servers and Microchip’s secure provisioning service.The joint solution significantly simplifies provisioning LoRaWAN devices and addresses the inherent logistical challenges that come with managing LoRaWAN authentication keys from inception and throughout the life of a device. Traditionally, network and application server keys are unprotected in the edge node, and unmonitored, as LoRaWAN devices pass through various supply chain steps and are installed in the field. The Common Criteria Joint Interpretation Library (JIL) “high”-rated ATECC608A comes pre-configured with secure key storage, keeping a device’s LoRaWAN secret keys isolated from the system so that sensitive keys are never exposed throughout the supply chain nor when the device is deployed. Microchip’s secure manufacturing facilities safely provision keys, eliminating the risk of exposure during manufacturing. Combined with The Things Industries’ agnostic secure join server service to the LoRaWAN network and application server providers, the solution decreases the risk of device identity corruption by establishing a trusted authentication when a device connects to a network.Similar to how a prepaid data plan works for a mobile device, each purchase of an ATECC608A-MAHTN-T device comes with one year of managed LoRaWAN join server service through The Things Industries. Once a device identifies itself to join a LoRaWAN network, the network contacts The Things Industries join server to verify that the identity comes from a trusted device and not a fraudulent one. The temporary session keys are then sent securely to the network server and application server of choice. The Things Industries’ join server supports any LoRaWAN network, from commercially operated networks to private networks built on open-source components. After the one-year period, The Things Industries provides the option to extend the service.Microchip and The Things Industries have also partnered to make the onboarding process of LoRaWAN devices seamless and secure. LoRaWAN device identities are claimed by The Things Industries’ join server with minimal intervention, relieving developers from needing expertise in security. Customers can not only choose any LoRaWAN network but can also migrate to any other LoRaWAN join server by rekeying the device. This means there is not a vendor lock-in and customers have full control over where and how the device keys are stored.The ATECC608A is agnostic and can be paired with any MCU and LoRa radio. Developers can deploy secure LoRaWAN devices by combining the ATECC608A with the SAM L21 MCU, supported by the Arm Mbed OS LoRaWAN stack, or the recently-announced SAM R34 System-in-Package with Microchip’s LoRaWAN stack. For rapid prototyping, designers can use the CryptoAuthoXPRO socket board and The Things Industries provisioned parts in samples with the SAM L21 Xplained Pro (atsamd21-xpro) or SAM R34 Xplained Pro (DM320111).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
zoom A new platform supply vessel (PSV) to be built for operating in arctic conditions is to be designed and powered by Wärtsilä. This is the first confirmed contract for Wärtsilä Ship Design’s new series of arctic PSVs.Wärtsilä will also supply an integrated package that includes machinery, and the electrical and automation systems, including the patented Wärtsilä Low Loss Concept (LLC). This highly redundant diesel-electric system provides additional reliability for continuous operation in various failure modes.The contracts with Kleven Verft AS were signed in January 2014. The ship will be built at the Kleven yard in Norway on behalf of REM Offshore AS, the Norwegian fleet owner. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2015, and will feature the latest developments of Wärtsilä Ship Design’s proven VS 485 design.“This significant order takes us a step further towards our goal of becoming a leading player in the market for ice class vessels,” says Magnus Miemois, Vice President Solutions, Wärtsilä Ship Power.“There is increasing oil company exploration being carried out in northern Russia, Greenland, the Barents Sea, and other arctic waters. This requires vessels specifically designed for these conditions, and Wärtsilä has shown that it can efficiently meet such needs,” says Åge Remøy, Chief Executive Officer of Rem Offshore AS.The ship will be strengthened and equipped for arctic operations, with the hull and propulsion fitted to comply with DNV ice class ICE 1B. This verifies that the vessel has sufficient strength, power, and equipment to operate in arctic conditions.Furthermore, the vessel will be readied for cold climate conditions according to the DNV class Winterized Basic guidelines. This notation includes requirements for maintaining safety and vessel operability in ice, under icing conditions, and at low temperatures. The new Wärtsilä design broadens its very popular 485 range with an arctic option, combining the efficiency and high level of redundancy with arctic operational capability.The Wärtsilä LLC will enable the vessel to fulfill the highest possible Environmental Regularity Number (ERN) of 99.99.99. The ERN rating represents the capability of a vessel to maintain its position and normal operations under certain weather conditions.Wärtsilä is the first supplier capable of providing such a high ERN.Wärtsilä, April 3, 2014
zoom France’s Groupe Eurotunnel SA has decided to look for a buyer for its MyFerryLink business after the U.K.’s Competition Appeal Tribunal upheld the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to block the company from operating cross-channel sailings between Dover and Calais.Today’s court ruling says that the company is to cease operating the route within the next six months.According to CMA’s original ruling, Eurotunnel’s acquisition of SeaFrance back in June 2012 constituted a merger, and not a mere purchase of ships. CMA blocked Eurotunnel from operating the Dover-Calais ferry route for a period of ten years.However, Eurotunnel says that it ”acquired the assets of the defunct company, SeaFrance, in June 2012 following an open and public process.” The company subcontracted the operation of the ferries Rodin, Berlioz and Nord-Pas-de-Calais to an independent company, the SCOP SeaFrance, according to a statement issued by the company.”This decision is illogical. It reduces competition across the short straits and it is contrary to the interests of free trade. The CAT is forcing Groupe Eurotunnel to withdraw from this activity,” said Eurotunnel in a statement.
India is acquiring new laurels on the world stage. No, we aren’t being hailed for our economic growth (not possible since we are clocking a steadily declining Gross Domestic Product (GDP) every year), we have earned ourselves a new title–Lynchistan. Some of us write, rant, and protest but things remain much the same. The continuing occurrence of mob lynchings in India should make us collectively hang our heads in shame. But we are going through life in the most normal way possible. Bought your vegetables? Paid your kid’s school fees? Planned your next vacation? For most of us, life is going on in the same way as it normally does. We are stuck in our own personal rut, carrying our burden, running that same old race, singing that same old song. Also Read – A special kind of bondAnd while we’ve been busy living our best lives, India is changing forever. Now murders and lynchings don’t make us bat an eyelid. As worrying as these dangerous incidents are, more alarming is the casual acceptance of these as the new normal. Last year, I wrote about lynchings, and lo and behold, this year almost exactly at the same time, I’m writing about it again. A sense of surreality imbues this entire exercise. We should ask ourselves some pertinent questions. What is making these crimes of hate slide in a civilised society? How dismembered are our spirits that we, as a society, are resorting to such unspeakable acts and then normalising it? Who and what will stop these masters of hate before the situation goes completely out of hand? Also Read – Insider threat managementWas 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari a thief? The Jharkhand police and law of the land should have decided that; not a bunch of bullies and goons who tied him to a pole, thrashed him for hours, and demanded that he chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The newly-wed boy finally succumbed to his wounds in police custody. A 20-year-old Muslim youth was pushed off a train in Kolkata for refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Last year, a blind Muslim couple’s ordeal in Bengal circulated in a video. Their helplessness was chilling to the bone. Yet another Muslim man was beaten up in Gurgaon last month and forced to hail Lord Rama. Obviously, Lord Ram would never approve of such murders in his name. But something has changed in the minds of such people with criminal intent. They feel they have tacit support of the ruling party and its associated groups; most importantly, they know that they will get away with it. There was talk of a new anti-lynching law last year to prevent such heinous crimes. Opinions differed on the need for such a law; many argued better implementation of existing laws. All fair points; after all, no law or government can allow such ghastly incidents. But protecting the life of every citizen is the prerogative of the government. While law and order is a state subject, the Prime Minister must spell out his intent. So far, only Manipur and Madhya Pradesh have passed anti-lynching laws. Since PM Narendra Modi has spoken of inclusiveness and has promised safety and development of all of India’s citizens, it is time he intervenes. Only with the passing of a national anti-lynching law can the Modi government in its 2.0 avatar walk the talk on inclusiveness. Just a few stray comments criticising such incidents are useless. These comments help BJP distance itself from lynchings but that can’t allow them to shirk responsibility of governance. We need to see the government taking proactive steps and there has to be a strong message sent out to all who ever entertain the idea of accosting another human being with the intention of harming them. Modi 2.0 can encourage chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ but let him and his leaders say, ‘Lynching? No, not in his (Lord Ram’s) name’. (The writer is a journalist and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
MONTREAL – U.S. President Donald Trump’s sharp comments against Canada over trade are just a blip in an otherwise unbreakable, long-standing friendship, say some Americans living in the northeastern part of the country near the Canadian border.“In the long term, what we have in common as North Americans will ensure we overcome this period,” says John Tousignant, executive director of the Franco-American Centre, based in New Hampshire.Trump embarked on a post-G7 Twitter tirade on the weekend against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calling him “dishonest” and “weak” in the escalating battle over trade tariffs.The president’s surrogates also piled on during Sunday U.S. news shows, with Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro saying there was “a special place in hell” for Trudeau.Navarro apologized Tuesday.The jabs left a bitter taste with Phyllis Klein, owner of a marina on Lake Champlain in upstate New York, where about half the clientele are Quebecers.“I feel that it’s certainly detrimental to U.S.-Canadian relations to have this kind of rhetoric out there,” said Klein, who will soon turn 80.Klein, who has operated her business for 38 years, says she she believes Canadians understand the difference between political rhetoric and the opinions of everyday Americans.“I find it difficult to try to apologize for words that come from the mouths of people in our government, so I don’t even try,” she said.“Because they know that the words that are coming out of the president of the United States’ mouth are not necessarily the feelings of those of us who value our relationships with our neighbours to the north.”In Vermont, where Trump is particularly unpopular, a few choice words from the president won’t keep people away from a popular weekend getaway on either side of the border, says one keen observer.“There is a large influx both ways of people visiting,” said Aki Soga, reader engagement editor for the Burlington Free Press. “Vermonters visit Canada, Canadians visit Vermont.”From a big-picture perspective, there are concerns about how the rest of the world sees the United States globally, he added. But as long as tariffs don’t directly have an effect on jobs in the state, the president’s words shouldn’t have a major impact, Soga said.“I think the first-hand interaction is likely to be a stronger factor than anything the president says,” he said. “If it goes on for a while — and it would have to go on for a while — people might change their views, but I don’t think this one incident is likely to have that effect.”Many social media users echoed that sentiment Monday, when the hashtag #ThanksCanada was trending on Twitter, celebrating Canadian contributions while pushing back against Trump’s comments.In New Hampshire, which counts Quebec as its largest trading partner and where nearly a quarter of the population has French-Canadian roots, Tousignant doesn’t believe a few undiplomatic words will do much to sour relations between “cousins.”“In the short term, we quarrel from time to time and certainly this is one of those quarrelsome moments,” Tousignant said, recalling that Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the current prime minister’s late father, had his own issues in 1971 with then-president Richard Nixon, who famously referred to the elder Trudeau as an “asshole.”Upon learning of the insult by Nixon, Trudeau replied: “I’ve been called worse things by better people.”That slight was a temporary issue and Tousignant believes this will be too.“If we spend more of our time focusing on the positives we share as North Americans, we’ll get past this short-term issue,” he said.Klein said tensions are normal in any relationship, but eventually the frostiness subsides.“Take any husband and wife, who are trying to learn to live together and raise a family, you’re going to have tensions, but usually we overcome them,” Klein said. “I don’t see this as anything different.”
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement From there it received another workshop in the 2012 SummerWorks Performance Festival and travelled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the following year. The darkly comedic story about a group of friends cleaning up the scene of a suicide the night before one of them gets married built up a cult following in the Toronto indie theatre scene.But in 2014, Blood Ties got a major boost in exposure when it was picked up as part of a subplot in Season 2 of Orphan Black, the Tatiana Maslany-led sci-fi clone drama co-produced by BBC America and Bell Media. Maslany’s suburban mom clone, Alison Hendrix, plays the lead role in her community theatre musical (you can see Johnston as one of the chorus members). Facebook Login/Register With: It’s rare for a theatrical show to have a television debut before its finalized stage premiere, but in Canadian musical theatre the path to production is its own kind of beast.When Barbara Johnston and Anika Johnson graduated from Ryerson Theatre School in 2009, their final performance was a workshop of a new musical they were writing together: Blood Ties was based on a true story about Johnston’s parents, who had to clean up the aftermath of a family member’s suicide. The collaborators turned it into a musical tragicomedy.“As we were writing the show we talked to them a lot. . . . All these horrible details,” Johnston said. “I just thought it was this insane story that combined the kind of drama and bizarre comedy with sorrow underneath the surface that we thought would make something very exciting.” Twitter
New Delhi: The CBI has arrested an executive director in the Airports Authority of India for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs 2 lakh from the owner of an airports ground handling company, officials said on Wednesday.G Ravichandran, Executive Director (Finance), had allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 4 lakh for allotting tenders to the company – Bright Shine Services (BSS) – for ‘D’ category airports, they said. Speaking to Millennium Post, officials said that CBI is conducting searches at official and private residences of the accused in Delhi and Chennai. They added that these searches have resulted in the recovery of some incriminating documents and investigation is going on. An official investigating the case said that V. Venkatesh, CEO of BSS informed about Ravichandran to the country’s premier investigative agency after the accused came to Chennai on March 13 to demand a bribe for allotting the tender to his company. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Venkatesh, in a letter to CBI, said that he did not want to pay the bribe and further requested for legal action against him. Following this, CBI sleuths managed to arrange a meeting between the two on March 17 in the presence of an independent witness. This meeting in Delhi was recorded and revealed that Ravichandran gave assurances to Venkatesh about awarding his company the tender. During a second meeting on March 19, Ravichandran is heard asking for Rs 10 lakh bribe per airport. Subsequently, Ravichandran demanded Rs 4 lakh to be paid as advance the next day, when CBI caught him and charged him u/s 7 of the PC Act.
Paris – Foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, reiterated, on Sunday in Paris, Morocco’s support for France’s Middle East Peace Initiative.“Morocco has from the beginning supported the French initiative which was the only one on the table,” Mezouar told MAP on the sidelines of his participation in the international conference for peace in the Middle East, held in Paris, adding that after the failure of the negotiations in April 2014, there was a vacuum that was seized by Israel to pursue its policy of colonization and continue to repress the Palestinian people.The Paris conference comes at an important moment, especially after the adoption by the UN Security Council of a resolution condemning Israeli colonization, he said, noting that the presence of more than 70 countries in this meeting is a strong message from the international community, testifying to its commitment to resolving this long-standing dispute. He also warned against the current situation which cannot last and which could lead to an explosion in the region. “Time is ripe to establish a sincere dialogue for the solution of two states living side by side in peace,” he said, calling for compliance with the commitments made within the framework of UN resolutions.Mezouar also highlighted the strong commitment of King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, to the Palestinian cause, noting that this commitment is also reflected in the role of Morocco as member of the Arab Quartet.
VANCOUVER — There will be no provincial charges into a tailings dam collapse in British Columbia but the province’s new environment minister says a mining company may still be held responsible through federal laws.George Heyman says the August 2014 disaster has had tremendous economic and environmental consequences and British Columbians deserve to know what went wrong at the Mount Polley mine near Williams Lake.A three-year deadline on charges will pass Friday in the midst of an ongoing investigation and the head of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service says he doesn’t know when the probe will be completed.Chris Doyle says the federal departments of Environment and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are part of an ongoing integrated investigation into the spill.Doyle says the evidence collected to date under the provincial Emergency Management Act and the federal Fisheries Act will be considered by the Public Prosecution Service of Canada should charges be recommended.The Mount Polley dam breached at the gold and copper mine, sending 24 million cubic meters of mine waste and sludge into nearby waterways.Two reports found the collapse at the mine operated by Imperial Metals Corp. (TSX:III) was caused by a poorly designed dam that didn’t account for drainage and erosion failures.—-
The United States says the passage of the Bill on the Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is a huge stride forward for Sri Lanka.US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal said that the establishment of the OMP will help Sri Lanka advance truth and reconciliation. Meanwhile the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap said the new Office of Missing Persons law is an historic milestone in the path toward meaningful national reconciliation for all in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which sits in The Hague, today released the details of the indictment against Mr. Haradinaj, who voluntarily surrendered to the ICTY earlier this week after resigning as Prime Minister.In a statement the ICTY said Mr. Haradinaj, 36, faces 17 counts of crimes against humanity and 20 counts of war crimes, all connected to his role as a commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) in the Dukagjin area. The charges, which cover the period between March and September 1998, include murder, rape, the deportation of civilians, unlawful detention, harassment and the destruction of property.Mr. Haradinaj, an ethnic Albanian, has been indicted alongside two of his subordinates, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj. Those two men each face 16 counts of crimes against humanity and 19 counts of war crimes.The indictment alleges that the three men formed a “joint criminal enterprise” in early 1998 to consolidate the KLA’s total control over the Dukagjin area by attacking, persecuting and forcibly removing Serb civilians and by violently suppressing “any real or perceived form of collaboration with the Serbs by Albanian or Roma civilians.”While they may not have physically committed every crime for which they are charged, the indictment states, they are still considered criminally responsible for planning, instigating, ordering or aiding and abetting their commission.Mr. Haradinaj “established a system whereby individuals were targeted for abduction, mistreatment and murder, and whereby a systematic attack on vulnerable sections of the civilian population was carried out.” He “personally ordered, controlled and participated in beatings of persons” and gave tacit approval “on at least one occasion” for detained persons to be executed.The UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UMIK) has been in place in Kosovo since June 1999 when the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) drove Yugoslav troops out of the province amid grave human rights abuses in fighting between ethnic Albanians and ethnic Serbs.
Newmont Suriname has reached 1 Moz of gold poured at the Merian gold mine in east Suriname, two years after commercial production began on October 1, 2016.Merian was built safely, on time and approximately 20% below budget, with total development capital of $525 million invested by Newmont. Staatsolie, on behalf of the Government of Suriname, owns 25% of the operation. It is 60 km south of Moengo and predominantly in the Pamakan area, about 15 km west of the Marowijne River.In 2018, the second phase of the Merian project was also completed safely, on time and within budget with the construction of a primary crusher to process harder ores that will be recovered, as the mine gets deeper.Based on current gold reserves, Newmont Suriname projects a mine life of approximately 15 years for Merian. The company is also conducting exploration activities at Sabajo and in north and south Amazonia, which could further expand and extend production in Suriname.In August 2016, Newmont established the Pamaka Community Development Foundation (CDF) to implement development projects in the Pamaka area. In support of the foundation, Newmont Suriname voluntarily contributes $1/oz sold. The board of directors of the CDF consists of two representatives of the Pamaka community, two Newmont representatives and two from the government.Merian is due to produce between 485,000 and 540,000 oz of gold this year at all-in sustaining costs of $580-630/oz.
Des macaques pillent un village de ThaïlandeDans un village thaïlandais, les habitants sont quotidiennement victimes de pillages de nourriture perpétrés par des macaques sauvages qu’ils ne parviennent pas à arrêter.Dans le village de KhlongCharoenWai, à moins de 100 km de Bangkok en Thaïlande, les pillages sont quotidiens. Les coupables ? Des milliers de macaques sauvages, en quête de nourriture. Suite à la destruction de leur habitat, les singes extrêmement voraces ont pris pour habitude rentrer dans les maisons dès que les humains tournent le dos afin de dérober tout ce qui passe.”Ils se faufilent dans la maison quand ils voient que je dors. Ils vont dans la cuisine, prennent l’huile de cuisson, le sucre, et même les médicaments que je cache dans le placard”, déclare à l’AFP ChaluayKhamkajit, habitante du village de KhlongCharoenWai, sur la côte est de la Thaïlande.Cela fait une dizaine d’années que les raids ont lieu dans ce village. Et les singes volent non seulement de la nourriture, mais aussi des médicaments, et renversent tout dans la maison.Le chef du village, ChatreeKaencharoen, raconte : “ils ont poussé une télévision de 21 pouces, qui est tombée et s’est brisée. Ils ont même volé un cuiseur à riz, ont réussi à l’ouvrir et l’ont vidé pour manger le riz”.Les villageois tentent pourtant de trouver des solutions. Bloquer les portes du frigo et des placards, lancer des pierres, voire même s’armer d’un lance-pierre, placer un chien dans le jardin, rien n’y fait.Certains des foyers entourent même leur maison de filets. Fermer les fenêtres est aussi un moyen, mais avec la chaleur tropicale qui règne là-bas, c’est assez difficile.”Parfois, des centaines de singes arrivent en même temps, surtout à l’aube et au crépuscule, quand il fait moins chaud. Ils savent que c’est l’heure du repas”, raconte le chef du village.DéforestationLa faute de ces pillages quotidiens incombe à la destruction de la mangrove, leur habitat naturel. Habituellement, les macaques crabiers, espèce omnivore, se régalent des nombreux fruits, crustacés et racines qu’offrent ces forêts tropicales. Sauf qu’entre 1973 et 2009, la Thaïlande a perdu 43% de ses zones boisées. La mangrove a été remplacée par des élevages de crevettes, source de revenus et de nourriture pour la communauté locale.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les macaques “pouvaient trouver à manger facilement par le passé. Mais quand il y a moins de forêts, ils vont chercher à manger dans les maisons”, explique ChatreeKaencharoen.Pour l’association WWF, la faute est entièrement celle des humains. “Les gens se sont rapprochés de la nature, c’est pour ça qu’il y a plus de chances d’interactions entre les humains et les animaux”, souligne PetchManopawitr, responsable de l’ONG en Thaïlande.”Comme les humains, les macaques peuvent adapter leur comportement assez facilement. Et quand ils savent qu’ils peuvent trouver de la nourriture dans le village, ils viennent”, continue-t-il.Et la situation n’est pas près de s’améliorer, la WWF estime que le tiers des forêts de la région du Grand Mékong (Thaïlande, Laos, Cambodge, Vietnam, Birmanie) serait voué à disparaître d’ici 20 ans.Les autorités locales ont bien tenté d’endiguer le phénomène en stérilisant quelques individus. Mais à trop petite échelle pour avoir un réel impact sur la population de macaques. “On ne peut pas les stopper”, désespère l’adjoint au chef du village, TawinSongchaoren.Le 29 août 2013 à 19:50 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Twitter David Bixenspan over at Deadspin.com is featuring an article revealing that a number of motions were filed by WWE physician Dr. Chris Amann in his lawsuit against CM Punk and Colt Cabana, with the intent being Amann didn’t want specific things brought up.One motion that was not specifically sealed according to the article was Amann’s third motion that argued the defense could not reference his “romantic and sexual relationship” with former WWE star Jillian Hall (Jillian Faye Hall).The relationship was never brought up during the trial. Hall confirmed the relationship with Deadspin before the article went public, noting it took place while he was the traveling physician as part of the Monday Night RAW crew.The article further references why this is considered a violation of the code of ethics involving physicians and patients.“NYU medical ethics professor Arthur Caplan told Deadspin that such a relationship would be obviously out of line for a physician. “It’s a huge ethics no-no,” he said. “You cannot have romantic relationships with your patients. There are a number of reasons why: First, it distorts your objectivity in terms of treating them. They can bamboozle you, or you can feel like ‘I wanna please them, so I’ll give them more pain meds,’ or whatever they’re asking for. Second, they have enough problems working with wrestlers because they have what we call dual loyalties.”WWE blocking ROH at MSGWWE is reportedly doing all they can to block Ring of Honor’s attempt to book Madison Square Garden for an event next year according to a report by Dave Meltzer.As reported earlier this week, an article by the Baltimore Business Journal revealed that ROH has plans to book the world’s most famous arena in New York City in 2019. Sinclair Broadcast Group CEO Chris Ripley is quoted in the interview noting the upgrade in production value for ROH over the last year and plans moving forward. WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte
WILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, there are several town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, January 13, 2019.Sunday, January 13No MeetingsMonday, January 14The Wilmington Housing Authority meets at 4pm in Deming Way’s Community Hall. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Special Education PAC meets at 6:30pm in the High School’s Library. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Historical Commission meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 4. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. An Executive Session precedes the meeting at 6pm. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, January 15The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Board of Library Trustees meets at 7:30pm in the Library’s Banda Room. Read the agenda HERE.Wednesday, January 16The Wilmington Board of Appeals meets at 7pm in the Town Hall Auditorium. The agenda will be posted HERE by Monday night.Thursday, January 17The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE.The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Friday, January 18No MeetingsSaturday, January 19No Meetings(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 9, 2019)In “Government”
Dark inflation opens up a gravitational window on the first moments after the Big Bang A model that could see testing at the LHC is one developed by Anupam Mazumdar, a scientist at the Lancaster University in the United Kingdom and his colleagues Rouzbeh Allahverdi, at the University of New Mexico in the United States, and Bhaskar Dutta, at Texas A&M University. Their model shows how inflation generates the “seed for structure,” and describes how cold dark matter accounts for “missing” matter in the universe. Thirdly, the model’s inflation explains neutrino masses. The results of the paper can be found in “Unifying Inflation and Dark Matter with Neutrino Masses” in Physical Review Letters.“We know dark matter has to exist,” Mazumdar tells PhysOrg.com. “We see its influences. But it has to interact really weakly with the rest of the universe. This is why the right-handed supersymmetric neutrinos – sneutrinos – are a dark matter candidate. The right handed sneutrinos also give rise to tiny neutrino masses observed in nature.”Mazumdar also explains that the universe is expanding: “It undergoes inflation.” So Mazumdar and his peers wondered if it was possible to tie inflation to dark matter and neutrino masses. “We wanted to see if we could tie these things together in a model that can be tested in a laboratory.”Part of the challenge involved in putting together their model included the fact that in most standard models that address this question, the inflaton field values are entered by hand. Inflatons are characterized by integer spin. “We had to figure out how to talk about an inflaton as a scalar particle and try to identify what an inflaton is, exactly,” Mazumdar says.He goes on to explain that no single particle acts like an inflaton. Instead, a combination of particles is needed. “When we combined an sneutrino, a standard Higgs particle and a supersymmetric lepton, we found they act like an inflaton whose masses and couplings are not ad-hoc but well motivated and constrained by the current experimental limits.” “The model shows that the inflaton which is responsible for inflating is also responsible for neutrino masses….This component could also act like dark matter,” Mazumdar continues. “Now it is something that can be verified in experiments. Once the properties of the supersymmetric neutrino are found, the testable properties can help us identify dark matter.”“We are always looking for evidence to back up observation,” Mazumdar points out. “Until now, finding ‘missing’ matter has relied on cosmic microwave background experiments. It was thought that inflation could only be tested by this method. Now we have proposed a simple model that would allow inflation testing on earth.”Mazumdar hopes that the model he and his peers have developed can be tested at the LHC by the end of this year or the beginning of next year. “This could answer the questions of why neutrinos have such small mass, and whether they would make a good dark matter candidate and the inflaton candidate.”Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. One of the biggest mysteries of the universe deals with questions of dark matter. There are several experiments and models being designed all over the world to try and determine what would make good dark matter candidates. And with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland, some of these experiments may be ready for testing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Designing a test of neutrinos as dark matter candidates (2008, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-01-neutrinos-dark-candidates.html Explore further
Doesn’t matter how much it rains, the heat and the humidity in the Capital always returns with a vengeance. After a relatively cool Saturday, Sunday was just that as we headed over to Shangri-La Eros Hotel’s Cafe Uno for a lazy brunch. The one adjective every one can easily associate with brunches is – laziness. The whole process of reaching the venue, choosing your dishes and your drinks must be done with complete disregard for time and haste. Otherwise, be rest assured, all a lavish lunch will be is a hurried lunch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’We took a walk around guided by sous chef Abhinandan Singh as we started off with smoked salmon, prawns, lobster, blackforest ham, salami and yes some very good sushi. All of this to go with the champagne. The coolest thing on offer, besides the cold cuts of course, is a live chaat counter right inside the cafe. So take your pick of gol gappas, raj kachoris and papri chaats if that is what you are craving on a weekend afternoon. And since gol gappas were on offer, could we possibly say no!? The cafe also has various flavours of lassi and chaanch, besides juice, to go with the Indian dishes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIf you the kinds to steer clear off such quirks for a brunch, there is a pasta station and a pizza oven ready for you to customize the dishes to your taste. Cafe Uno offers an interesting mix of continental dishes along with Indian dishes when it comes to the heavier meals. Right from the Hungarian Goulash to the garlic mashed potatoes (topped off with bacon bits -heaven!), jacket potatoes, butter steamed vegetables and a grill where you can pick from prawns, fish and your meats to be cooked to your taste with your choice of sauce. The Indian spread has your papads, dal, paneer, mutton kofta, mutton raan, Hyderabadi fish kebabs and a lot more – clearly they intend to spoil you with options! For dessert they had a wonderful spread of ice creams and some exquisite pastries and you could also get pancakes or waffles made if you want. And yes – the fruits. Somehow for us fresh fruits trump most desserts so we were more than happy with our colourful plates. Rounding it all off with a cup of Darjeeling tea, office work was the last thing on our minds but well then! The cafe serves their brunch from noon to 3:30 pm and here are the rates – Rs 3, 200 plus taxes per person with unlimited champagne, Rs 2, 500 plus taxes per person with unlimited soft beverages and Rs1, 500 plus taxes for the kids buffet. Book your table soon!
Image courtesy of Imago Systems Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). 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Rendering courtesy of Stantec. March 10, 2015 — New clinical-trial findings provide further evidence that combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy is the best treatment for people with a low-grade form of brain cancer.The findings come from a phase II study co-led by a researcher at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) and researchers at the University of Maryland and at London Regional Cancer Program in Ontario, Canada.The study shows that patients with low-grade gliomas and at high risk for tumor recurrence have an overall survival of 73 percent after three years when treated with radiation plus temozolomide, a chemotherapy drug. This is compared with a three-year survival of 54 percent for historical controls treated with radiation alone.The findings are published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics.“The most effective treatment for these rare tumors is currently controversial at best,” said Arnab Chakravarti, M.D., chair and professor of radiation oncology and co-director of the Brain Tumor Program at the OSUCCC – James. Chakravarti is the trial’s translational research national study chair.“Many of these high-risk low-grade gliomas progress to grade III and IV tumors over time, so identifying the best treatment strategy is critical to ensure that patients have the best outcomes,” said Chakravarti, who is also the Max Morehouse Chair in Cancer Research at Ohio State.“Our study reports that combining radiation with temozolomide-based chemotherapy appears to improve clinical outcome compared to historical controls treated by radiation alone. This may prove critical in killing enough tumor cells to prevent progression to stage IV disease, or glioblastoma multiforme, over time.”Low-grade gliomas represent less than 1 percent of all human tumors in the United States. The average survival times vary depending on the tumor’s structural, molecular and genetic features. (One form of high-risk low-grade glioma has an average overall survival of about 5 years.)The study’s key technical findings include:The three-year progression-free survival rate was 59 percent.Grade 3 adverse events occurred in 43 percent of patients; grade 4 events occurred in 10 percent of patients. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD Chakravarti and his lab are currently conducting molecular studies to more specifically identify which low-grade glioma patients benefit from temozolomide.For more information: www.cancer.osu.edu FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more